In my book, dog adoption is not charity. It is simply a wonderful way to add to your family, a chance to add that missing piece which makes your house a home.
Choosing to adopt a dog, from a breed specific rescue or a shelter, is a wonderful way to bring a new family member into your life. You can label Cleo a shelter dog, but for us that is secondary to her status as beautiful girl. A dog we feel lucky to have found at our San Francisco SPCA.
Better labels for Cleo would be: big girl, copycat, loved one, senior sweetie, adored family member, and occasional messy roommate.