What are Zoe & Miles’ stories?
WM: We lost 2 beloved “best friends” in November of 2009. On New Year’s Day, my husband sent my niece and I to a shelter and Zoe found us. It often happens that way, a recognition that we belonged together. Miles was a sweet puppy with VERY large paws. It soon became apparent that he’d be too much dog for the older gentleman who had taken him. We had room for him to run and play, and Zoe needed a pal. Q: Do either have any of your personality? A: Miles is pure dog. He’s affectionate, trusting, and uncomplicated. He loves with every fiber of his being…I visit that plane with some regularity, but like Zoe, I can also be guarded.

What are some of their favourite things?
WM: When I stir in the morning, they know a hike is imminent. Miles usually moans outside my bedroom door, while Zoe waits patiently until I step outside, then they both go ballistic…leaping and frolicking with excitement. Also, when we go riding, or when either my car or my husband’s comes up the drive, they do a dance of joy and wrestle each other.

Who demands more attention?
Miles has to be physically connected whenever possible, likes to lie on our feet, lean into us, etc. Zoe is our sentry. She watches and reports on all activity. But she does love to be loved when she “punches out” at night, loves a good bedtime snuggle. She still wears the scars of having been abandoned, but has learned to love and play again, thanks in large part to Miles.

What have you learned from having these rescue pets in your life?
My family has been rescuing animals for as long as I can remember. It’s the most basic, humane decision we can make: to alleviate suffering, to offer love and warmth and shelter, to make a friend.

What do they mean to you?
They are my soul mates. They make me laugh; when I’m blue, they comfort me. They remind me how wonderful it is to be in the moment and just embrace life for all it’s worth.

Where did you get your big heart for animals?
My parents. Growing up, my older sister was a Collie named “Bonnie.” I can’t imagine life without animals. We share our home with three horses, two dogs, and two miniature donkeys. We’re getting ready to adopt two wild horses…there are so many amazing animals out there waiting for us, if we just open our hearts.