Whether you are a horse lover, a feline fanatic or a true pup parent, there is nothing quite like the unconditional love of a pet–something these Alachua County residents are more than aware of! From rescues to therapy animals, these pet lovers are sharing what makes their relationship with their animals so special!
with owner David Rountree
I adopted Ted when I needed a friend more than ever. Our relationship truly exemplifies the saying “Who Rescued Who.” I adopted Ted from the Humane Society after he was found wandering Gainesville at the age of one or two years (they were unable to determine his actual age). I walked in and we instantly connected.
I wanted a Jack Russell because I always heard stories about how high energy they are. If you knew me back then, that was the perfect match for my personality. But that’s not what I got. Now at 10-11 years old, he is what I affectionately call a “cat-dog” as he sits around all day, sleeps wherever he wants, is very reserved until he gets to know you, and chooses when he wants to play. He’s legitimately one of my best friends!
He has taught me how to slow down and appreciate life around me. He knows when I just need a friend and will come sit on my lap because deep inside I think he needs it too. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a little hunter so lizards, moles and opossums beware! He’s literally everything to me, even when our now similar cat personalities want some space. We’ve learned to coexist and that’s why we both rescued each other.