Piacentini and Smith spent hours scouring pet adoption and shelter sites trying to find a dog. Many websites instructed them to check back later or displayed a celebratory image that there were currently no dogs available. They were persistent and checked back often, and luckily they finally found the perfect new addition to their family. In May of 2020, they fell in love with a 13-week-old Doberman, who they named Lenore; she was going to be taken to a shelter if her owners could not find a home for her soon.
Lenore had a major impact on their family during the pandemic. “She has been a lifesaver when it comes to mental health. When everything started with the pandemic, we were in a dark place. Getting a puppy was a commitment to a ritual,” said Piacentini. “We have to exercise her, get up with her every morning, and do daily training. It was good for both Amy and me to have a tangible place for us to pour our time—which we unexpectedly and suddenly had a lot of!”
Lenore isn’t the only new member of the crew. Fortunately, other members of the family found their perfect companion too. Rosie and Amy’s daughter recently adopted an American Mastiff mix from the Southern Nevada Animal Rescue League (SNARL). Rosie’s mother adopted a Chihuahua from Pawsitive Difference, and her grandmother adopted a Shih Tzu from a private owner.
If you are interested in adding a new pet to your home, you can visit lvpetscene.com for more information, including upcoming adoption events.