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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — We met Shorty by accident. I had never heard of the breed before — rat terrier.

My brother-in-law said it would be the perfect dog for my husband and me, so he filled out an on-line application for a rat terrier rescue on our behalf. We got leads on a dozen dogs at least. But my husband accidentally deleted every email we received about every dog except one — Shorty.

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Our first Shorty sighting was in his foster mom’s front yard. Shorty was ‘walking’ his foster brother around by dragging the other pup’s leash.

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He was really cute, and sweet. Still, I was hesitant to take him home. We were newly married, and had just bought a house, and the additional responsibility seemed like a lot.

I’ll never forget what my husband Chris said when I voiced my concerns out loud, “He’s just a little guy. How hard could it be? If we move, we’ll just scoop him up and take him with us.”

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That was 2003 and we did just that: we scooped up the best dog we have ever had, and along the way we rescued 4 more. Three are gone now, including Shorty, who died just this year. But as Shorty’s mom forever- there are two things I know for sure. As long as I am able I will always have dogs, and those dogs will always be rescues.