We ring in the New Year celebrating the Best Family; Brad, Allyson, Aubrey, Lauren and Dexter, our January 2016 selection for Pet Family of the Month! We are delighted for this sweet family to be our first pick of the New Year!
Brad and Allyson were high school sweethearts and both moved to Oxford to attend graduate school at Ole Miss. While Brad attended Ole Miss Law School, Allyson was able to obtain her Master of Business Administration degree. Brad is currently serving as an attorney at Holcomb Dunbar, right here on the square, and Allyson is celebrating her 22nd year in the Office of Research at the University of Mississippi!
In 2002 and 2005 they welcomed daughters, Aubrey and Lauren. Aubrey is an 8th grader at Oxford Middle School, and she is the artist in the family. Her sister Lauren attends Oxford Intermediate School and loves to play basketball for her school! Go Chargers! Aubrey and Lauren also both enjoy playing the guitar, and have been known to rock out from time to time. Apparently the girl’s musical prowess is not a trait they inherited from their parents, as both Brad and Allyson claim to be rather musically challenged.
And now we come to Dexter, the sweet pup who stole the family’s heart, the minute they laid eyes on him. Aubrey and Lauren were sitting on a bench in front of Hollie’s Sweet Tooth watching a Christmas parade, and here comes Dexter strolling by. As soon as Dexter laid eyes on the girls he jumped right up on the bench and squeezed his way right between them. The girls couldn’t believe that he did it and they assumed he belonged to someone in the parade. Lucky for them all, a Humane Society worker informed the girls that he had been staying at the shelter, and that he was looking for a family that would love him forever. Aubrey and Lauren were thrilled! Originally the family agreed to temporarily foster Dexter, but let’s get real. Even the staff at the Humane Society laughed when the word “temporary” was used, because it was so obvious Dexter would never be going anywhere. He was theirs!
The Best’s have lovingly named the day that Dexter became part of their family “Gotcha Day”, and Aubrey, Lauren, and Dexter have been inseparable ever since. He is always there to greet his new family with a little wiggle and shimmy whenever he sees them. Dexter is also very protective of his family. Recently Aubrey and Lauren both got the flu and they spent their days resting and recovering in an awesome little teepee the girls had received as a Christmas gift. And guess who was right there in the middle, lending support, cuddles, and love. That’s right: Dexter! This pup also prefers to know where everyone is at all times. When it is bedtime he walks around the house checking that everyone is safe in bed, and then he finally makes his way to the empty sofa downstairs. What a pup!
In his down time, Dexter enjoys going for car rides and biting at the air. He is even a soccer fan and loves a friendly match every now and again. He has a peppy, upbeat personality and even a little bit of a sweet tooth! Recently, he got into a little mischief and demolished one of his sisters carefully and painstakingly constructed gingerbread houses. Uh oh! The girls were sad about it at first, but dogs will be dogs, and they were quick to forgive their sweet furry brother! Such love and understanding from such a sweet bunch. Here at Homeward Bound we love the Best family! Join us in wishing them a Happy New Year and a thank you for being out January Pet Family of the Month!!