When Doug and Michelle Christian heard about a Malinois mix by the name of Mary, who was desperately in need of a home, they immediately agreed to be her foster parents for a while.
As the couple already had two dogs who were permanently residing in their house, both of which were previous foster fails, they were certain that she would only stay with them until she found a loving forever home.
The couple made it clear multiple times that Mary would only be a foster.
To their surprise, as soon as Mary arrived at their home, she immediately clicked with her new doggo siblings.
And, even though her dad, Doug, didn’t want to seem interested in her at all, the rest of the family accepted her as if they knew her their entire lives.
“I pretended I was keeping emotionally distanced. But all I really wanted was to adopt this dog,” Doug told The Dodo.
Within just a few weeks, Mary became an essential part of the Christian family.
Having Mary around, Doug soon realized that he did not want to live life without her, so he started dropping subtle hints to his wife about adopting her, hoping that she would be on board with the idea.
However, he was totally oblivious to the fact that Michelle was already going through adoption papers with Fox.
“She texted me, ‘Doug loves Mary, and Mary loves Doug. I’d like to surprise him for Christmas,’” said Fox.
As soon as she found out that Mary was officially theirs, Michelle decided to wrap her adoption papers, along with a new tag, in a red box, placing it underneath a tree and marking it with “Doug”.
When it was Doug’s turn to open his gifts on Christmas morning, he was brought to tears as soon as he realized what he had gotten.
“As soon as I saw the adoption papers folded over with the tag that was customized with her name on it, I just came apart. It’s the only thing that I really wanted for Christmas,” said Doug.
Doug got tears of joy all over Mary as he gave her a big celebratory hug, but this pup didn’t mind one bit as she was overjoyed herself.
One couldn’t really tell who was hipper, Doug or Mary.
Even as time passed, these two were as happy as they were on that Christmas day.
Mary now enjoys her days spent in a warm and loving house surrounded by people who cherish and adore her, and Doug now has three furry babies who make his life so much better.
Now, that is life!