Puppy - Nathan MacKinnon
“Babe, come on! This way!” your fiancé grinned, leading you by the hand into the shelter.
You laughed and gave him a grin. “I’m honestly surprised this isn’t reversed. I’m the one who flipped when you said we were getting a dog.”
“Well, I’m the one who told you and decided we should.” he reasoned, grin still plastered on his face and his eyes shining bright. “Dogs are just cute and adorable. Man’s best friend as well as women’s.”
“And I agree.” you said, pecking his cheek. “Come on. Let’s start looking.”
He nodded and held your hand as the two of you start looking into the different kennel areas. Each dog seemed to either be asleep or watching the both of you with a lot of intent, tails wagging.
“Can we not, like, adopt them all?”
Nate giggled. “If we had the space, we could, but we can only get one for now to get used to it. We can decide if we want another in a year or so.”
“Fair enough.” you smiled, looking into the kennel at a mama dog with some puppies. She was a Pit Bull- Chocolate Lab mix according to the paper on one of the bars. Her name was Ellie and her six pups were Rocky, Jack, Rosie, Willie, Luca, and Lilah. Jack and Willie had already been adopted, it seemed. You looked into the kennel and noticed a puppy with a stubby tail and a pink ribbon around its neck. The puppy was brown with more floppy like ears and looked a lot like her mother.
“Babe, come take a look at this one.”
Your boyfriend looked over to where you pointed at the pup. His eyes widened.
“Oh my god, she’s so cute!”
That seemed to get the puppies’ attention. They lost focus from their mother and ran immediately to the chicken wire that separated the sides, sticking their little muzzles out of the holes and yapping at the two of you for attention.
You grinned and knelt down. “Hi there, little cuties! Hi! Oh look at you!”
Note nodded and knelt down with you. “They’re so precious!”
You stuck a few fingers into one of the holes and instantly the puppies started to sniff. The little one you and Nate had been admiring even started to give it little tiny puppy licks with her teeny tongue and nuzzling your hand with her head and you only fell more in love with the pup.
“She likes you already.” he grinned.
“I know!” you exclaimed, failing to keep your excitement in. “Babe, we have to get her. We just have to. She’s so adorable!”
Nate nodded and asked for a volunteer to come over. “Hey there.”
“Hi.” he smiled. “Having any luck?”
“Perfect luck, actually.” he assured. “We’re actually very interested in that little pup right there.”
The guy looked. “Oh, you like Lilah, huh? Well, follow me. I’ll show you to Rob and he can help you.”
You grinned and followed him and Nate to the office where a man sat in a chair, going through files. “Sir?”
He looked up and smiled at the two of you. “Hello there. Good to meet you. The name’s Rob. Rob Johnson.” he said, shaking your hand then Nate’s. “I’m the head here at the ASPCA. What can I do for you?”
“Hi, I’m Nate and this is my girlfriend, (Y/N).” Nate said. “We came here looking for a dog or a puppy to adopt together and we found one.”
“Ah how exciting!” the man across the desk grinned. “Who is it?”
“Lilah, sir.” you piped. “One of Ellie’s pups. She’s the one with the stubby tail. She’s so adorable!”
“Ah, little Lilah. She’s a cutie. Can’t blame you. So, this is the little one you want to bring home?”
Nate nodded. “Yes, sir. Where do we start signing?”
About a week later, you found yourself being led out of the shelter by an excited, happy pup on a leash. Lilah, for how young she was, was still a force no matter how small.
You giggled “Alright, Lilah! I know you’re excited sweetie!”
“Very excited.” Nate grinned. “She’s so cute, babe!”
“I agree.” you said, reaching the car and unlocking it before picking up the pup and holding her as you got into the passenger’s side. “Here we go, sweet girl. We’re going home! You’re coming home with us!”
Lilah yapped and started to lick your face, causing you to grimace the only way dog kisses made people do. With every ounce of love in their heart, but disgust towards doggy breath.
“Okay, Lilah, that’s enough. I know! We’re excited too!”
Nate looked over at the two of you. “Ready?”
You nodded and held Lilah as she calmed down, sitting in your lap while you pet her short fur. “Ready. Let’s go.”