Because I've been exposed to a lot of puppies during my time volunteering at Toronto Animal Services South, I've learned to harden my heart to their charms by forcing myself to think about doing my taxes whenever there's a pup in the vicinity.
Penny comes along, though, and no amount of visualizing mountains of taxes can keep her smush-faced, melancholy, squishable sweetness at bay. I was on the verge of doing what I haven't done since seeing Stella for the first time, which was to take a dog home on first meeting.
Somehow, I resisted (my inner fortitude is powerful due to the cereal I eat), knowing that Penny is going to have zero problems getting a home.
By the way, Penny's brother Magoo is still at the shelter and waiting for a home. What?
She's in foster care right now due to some eye surgery but will be back at TAS South and ready for adoption in a few days.