It took just one look at the fuzzy gray German shepherd/Ibizan hound mix for Ginger Fuenty to fall in love.
Fuenty found her rescue dog, Cinna, at Paradise for Pets Rescue in Windermere on Oct. 9, 2013. Cinna, his mom and his seven siblings were abandoned in a vet's yard, and the vet contacted the rescue to take the dogs in.
"Cinna was one of the last pups to need a foster home, and he was just too adorable. I felt I had to help him," Fuenty says. "After fostering a few weeks, I became a foster failure, which is the best thing I have ever failed at."
Paradise for Pets Rescue originally gave Cinna the name Noah, but Fuenty wanted to give her pup a fresh start with a new name. Because she and her best friend are fans of The Hunger Games movies, her friend suggested the name Cinna.
Fuenty says Cinna is a snuggly dog who gives unlimited kisses and attention. He is obsessed with playing ball and chewing on coasters.
"I call Cinna my love bug," she says. "He wakes me up in the morning by crawling up and giving me a kiss or a little woof."
When Cinna was introduced to his new home in Clermont, he was also welcomed by Fuenty's other rescue dog, Westley. Fuenty said Cinna's mom actually looked very similar to Westley, so the resemblance may have helped Cinna draw the eye of his new family.
"Cinna just bonded with Westley immediately," Fuenty says. "I think since he was part of a big litter that had been getting smaller as they were adopted, he was happy to have another dog around."
Fuenty says she loves living with two rescued dogs, and she wishes more people would consider adopting animals in need of homes. "I believe that there are so many great dogs out there looking for homes from shelters or rescues that pet shops and puppy mills are unnecessary," she says. "I wish more people would recognize their new best friend is most likely waiting for them at the local shelter."