Earlier this year, a five-year old black lab mix was found walking the streets, so thin that rescuers could see his ribs. He came to CCA where he found nourishment and love as he waited for his forever family. He was in luck this June when Lauren Mathews and her husband, who learned about CCA from a friend, came to us looking for an emotional support dog. Nitro, now known as Archie, is enjoying all the love he is receiving from his new family. Thank you, Mathews family, for sharing your story!
How did you find out about CCA and Nitro?
I heard about CCA through my friend Shannon who sponsors the Paws for a Cause event. She spoke to me about CCA multiple times before, so I knew that's where I would be going when it was finally time for me to adopt a dog. When my therapist suggested that an emotional support animal would be crucial for me and would help me in many ways, I set out to see if I could find the right pup for me. I found Nitro by looking online, and something sparked in my mind that I wanted to meet him.
What drew you to him in the first place?
What drew me to Nitro (Archie) was his sweet demeanor, his gentleness, and the look in his eyes that told me he wanted someone to give his love and trust to. He was also extremely ADORABLE!! It was love at first sight.
Do you have any other animals? If so, how did it go bringing him into your home?
Prior to adopting Archie, I did not have any other animals of my own, but my in laws had two dogs, and introducing them was incredibly easy. He was so easy going that they got along almost immediately. It did take time for him to adjust to living in our apartment, though, and it took him a few days to know that this was his new home and that he was safe, could trust us, and that he could make himself comfortable.
What is your favorite story/experience with Archie since you’ve had him?
My favorite experience with him was the first time he cuddled with me on the couch, and the first time he trusted me enough to take a treat from my hand. I knew gaining his trust was going to take time, and I felt so happy when I saw the look in his eyes that he trusted me!
Do you have anything to share about your adoption experience with CCA?
I loved my adoption experience with CCA. I had never dealt with rescuing a dog before, but I felt so comfortable working with the CCA team. The line of communication was so open, and they were willing to answer any questions I had during the process. The CCA team even continues to answer questions I have now, after I brought him home! I am SO grateful for CCA and their amazing team.
Is there anything else about Archie that you would like to share?
He is an incredible dog. He loves his people, and brings such a calming presence to mine and my husband’s life. While he was very shy in the beginning, so many silly aspects of his personality are beginning to show, and I can't wait to see what more comes along.