My Birthday Week was made a little happier with the addition of a new family member.  I adopted an adorable hound mix named Taylor.  She's settling in nicely, happy to have a forever home after being surrendered when she got pregnant.  Taylor's puppies found families but Taylor remained in the care of a rescue organization, until I adopted her.  The process of searching for a dog is quite easy now, thanks to the internet.

Websites such as http://www.ahscares.org/ and http://www.jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org/ allow you to search for the animals that are available.  Petfinder.com and AdoptAPet.com show thousands of furry friends who would love to find a nice warm place to call home.  Animals of all ages, shapes, and sizes are wanting to love and be loved.  By rescuing a pet, you're making a commitment for the lifetime of the pet, so it's not a decision to take lightly.  But if you and your family feel the time is right, and you've got the willingness and means to open your door and hearts to a canine companion, the dog will love you forever.  And I think you'll find YOUR home and YOUR weeks will be a little happier as a result.  To those of you who already have a dog, please use the Comments section to share what you love about having a fur-baby.