It’s been exactly two years since Boogie came to live with us (back then a 7 month-old pup known as “Rooney”) and as I look back on the time he’s been in my life, I can’t help but get a bit teary-eyed. Where do I begin? He came to us an awkward, insecure little guy — anxious if left alone and scared of his own shadow. Yet, his sweet, lovable and fun-loving nature was always present. Boogie was a very high-energy puppy who LOVED playing fetch, wrestling with other dogs, and taking runs on the beach — a little of that medicine would magically transform him into a tame, easy-going, super-affectionate snuggle-buddy. Two months after adopting Boogie, my husband and I discovered we were pregnant. It came as a shock and — when mixed with the grueling schedule of an 8th grade teacher, morning sickness and fatigue — having a high-energy rescue puppy with separation anxiety seemed a tad overwhelming for a little while. But with a little encouragement from Lena and the purchase of a dog crate, it became very obvious that Boogie was nothing but a blessing for me during this very challenging time, as I had a live-in exercise partner, a warm little body to cuddle with while watching movies, and endless comic relief. Much to Boogie’s delight (and mine) I was laid-off from my job due to budget cuts. The days I spent with Boogie during my pregnancy will always be for me a rich reserve of lovely memories — together we hiked every doggie-friendly corner of the city. He kept me in great shape and in high spirits, both of which made for a wonderful, smooth transition into motherhood. Boogie has taken to my son, Leo, beautifully and a new side of his personality has emerged — that of the patient, affectionate (and tolerant!) protector. I have chosen not to return to work so I can be a full-time mommy to my two “boys.” The money is tight, but we could not be happier. As I type, Boogie — now a gorgeous, strong, healthy, confident dog (it’s been a good while that he hasn’t needed his crate during separations) who is often the subject of lots of praise from strangers — is dreaming doggie-dreams at my feet, as tired as my son is from a full day spent mostly outdoors. My life is sweetly full and full of sweetness, and much of that has to do with the sweet puppy who rescued ME. Thank you, Rocket Dog Rescue for helping us find one another.