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Features June 2016 Issue

One Family’s Adoption Story

Carol Costello, two of her children, and Teddy, who as a young puppy was left alone only for very short periods.

One Family’s Adoption Story

Carol Costello was nervous. “I’d never had a dog before,” she says, “and it bothered me that Teddy would be home by himself for so many hours every day while my husband and I were at work and the kids were at school.”

Teddy was the malti-poo — half Maltese, half poodle — that the Massachusetts-based Costellos were adopting from a breeder in Spokane, Washington, and Ms. Costello’s consternation actually began even before the 12-week-old dog stepped into her house. “I was concerned about his transition all the way across the country,” she says. “I didn’t want him being ‘shipped’ in a crate in the cargo load.

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