How We Met
Sometimes your pet picks you, sometimes you pick them, and sometimes it’s just fate, or coincidence, or something else entirely…


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Annie the Orphan

I was seven-years-old when I first met her. My mom’s best friend, Michelle, had always had foster puppies, and on this night, she decided to bring one over. The first thing I did when I opened the door was scream “PUPPY”! A scrawny white terrier puppy came trotting through the door like she owned the place (foreshadowing). She won my best friend, my brother and I over in about ten seconds before migrating towards my mom.

Michelle explained that she needed to find a home because she was a foster, and went on to say that her name was Sunday, because she was from a litter of seven and they were named after the seven days of the week. I was as angelic as could be all night long, but my mom still wouldn’t give in. Keep in mind that my pet bunny had died that morning. So after a lot of thinking and a lot of holding the puppy, I decided to write a contract which I would sign and then give to my mom. I stated that I would walk, feed, bathe, train and clean up after Sunday and that all my mom had to do was the “money stuff”. Of course, being seven that was a little unrealistic, but I got my point across. Sunday was ours.

We went to the shelter the next day to get all the things a puppy needs, + 10,000 toys. Since I considered her my puppy, I decided I was going to rename her Essie. I had recently read a book about a dog princess by that name and decided it was fitting. My mom quickly intervened and said that Annie would be more suitable because the puppy was an orphan, and in the famous musical “Annie” the protagonist is also an orphan. Annie it was.

The rest is history… eight years later she is still the queen of the house and of my life. She gets attention from every member of the family and knows to go to Grandpa if she wants a piece of meat. We live two blocks from the beach and two blocks from Land’s End trail so she goes on hikes all the time. She is very spoiled, but she is such a charmer that there is no way we could say no to that cute face. We love her endlessly and thank the SPCA for their efforts to save other dogs like her.

By Natalie de Bord. Posted on May 15, 2018

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Telling stories should be fun so we’ve come up with a few ways to let you share. One way is by using the form below to write a story and include photos and videos. You can also call 1-415-360-0202 from your mobile phone to record your audio story. It’s all up to your imagination. Get started!

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2. Tell us about your pet. *

Did you adopt your pet from a shelter or rescue organization?

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4. What’s the title of your story? *

5. What’s your story about? *

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? Best Practices for Submitting Photos and Videos

Imagery is an important part of the Companion Chronicles so we encourage storytellers to submit high-quality photos and video that give meaning to their stories. Please use these guidelines below to ensure that we can accept your submissions:

  • Please send the highest quality/largest size media possible.
  • If you use a camera phone, please change the settings to the highest possible quality setting and export the media off your phone at the largest size.
  • Please do not distort the image by applying photo filters or effects.
  • When taking video, hold the camera as still as possible. Using your phone? Hold the phone horizontally, and keep your hands as still as possible.
  • Do not attempt to increase the size of an existing image using filters or software. This will not improve the quality.
  • Check the focus! Low light or wiggly animals can make photos blurry. Moving the camera when taking video can create unwanted motion blurs in video.
  • Avoid taking photos or video with objects that have visible logos or characters or inappropriate sayings on them.
  • Avoid using your camera's built in flash; it washes out the image and creates dark outlines and cast shadows.
  • Make sure your photos and video aren't too dark. When taking pictures inside, try moving closer to a window or raising shades or opening curtains to add bright, natural light to your images.
  • Consider your composition. Faces and images taken straight on (not above, looking down) are the most engaging. Avoid zooming in too closely or standing too far back. Avoid distracting or cluttered backgrounds. Make sure your pet or action is the focus of the image, not the surroundings.