CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Boss Dawg, a boxer/bulldog mix, turned Marissa Stewart, of Charleston, into a dog person. She doesn't mind though.
"I don't know how I got along without him before," she said of the approximately 3 1/2-year-old pup she adopted from the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in September 2011.
Stewart's sister probably shares a little of the blame too. It was she who kept sending Stewart pictures from the shelter.
"She kept emailing me these links, saying, 'Look at these dogs up there.' I didn't have any intention of adopting, but I offered to go up and walk them to get them out of the crate for a while."
The third dog she walked was Boss Dawg. Stewart was immediately struck by his charming personality and cuteness. She was concerned because he was coughing, so she alerted the shelter staff, who told her he had kennel cough.
"I asked if I could pay for the medication, and they said they couldn't really medicate him there, that if he went back into the general population, he'd just get sick again."
She made an immediate decision.
"I said, 'OK, I'll be back to get him tomorrow.' They looked at me like, 'Yeah, she won't be back.'