One year ago, almost to this exact day, we adopted Bear from ARF. Our story starts off a little rocky, when we brought Bear home he had some serious anxiety issues – like eat the door frame and all the blinds when you go to the grocery store for an hour level of anxiety. Looking back we wouldn’t change a thing, over time, lots of love and building trust through training Bear has become an absolute integral part of our family. When our alarm goes off in the morning he jumps into the bed to snuggle for 30 minutes while we hit snooze and then gives us kisses to wake us up when the alarm goes off a second time making us smile first thing every morning.

Bear is our #1 companion when it comes to hiking, camping, band practice, skiing, family gatherings and so much more. Bear has just become our absolute best friend and brings so much light into our lives and others, he says hi to everyone and makes everyone smile – a complete 180 from the shy guy we brought home a year ago. We just love him so much and are so grateful to ARF for bringing him into our lives!

– Erin & Zach

“We just love him so much and are so grateful to ARF for bringing him into our lives!”

Erin & Zach, ARF ADopters

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Additional updates on ARF alumni

  • Adoption Update – Wrigley

    “We got Wrigley from ARF on 6/22/18. My father-in-law just passed away 5 days earlier on Father’s Day. We had been looking for a dog. I randomly got online to look at ARF website and then randomly Word with Friends Word of the day popped up on my phone, it was CANINE!!!…”

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  • Adoption Update – Honey (formerly Virginia)

    “This story was so random but so perfect all at once. It was an early morning and my mom was on her iPad looking on Facebook and whatnot, and all of a sudden she said ARF has puppies!! We had to be at ARF right away because it was a first come first serve process…”

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  • Adoption Update – Panna (formerly Missoula)

    “Panna was found on the streets of Stockton, CA. She was plucked from the shelter by the wonderful folks at ARF. My husband spotted her ears on the adoption page and sent me her photo…”

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