#ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

If you follow me on Instagram or seen some of my Instagram Stories you know that I just had a baby!  Her name is Reece — and she is just adorable!  We rescued her from the animal shelter in San Bernardino, California in late October when she was just two months old. It was highly likely that if she wasn’t adopted it would of been her last day. Ugh…I don’t like my mind to wander there.  It was a miracle she is ours!

To Thine Own Style Be True | #ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

I have a confession to make….I wasn’t originally open to adopting a dog from an animal shelter. I resisted the idea for so many reasons.  But as soon as Albert showed me a picture of Reece online, I knew she was meant to be ours and somehow I needed to rescue her.



When I called the animal shelter, I was told that I was number six on the wait – list!  My heart sank and my hopes faltered. We didn’t even have a 50% chance in adopting her!  Another negative for me was that we lived two hours away. Was the drive really worth it if the chances of coming home empty handed were high?  The night before interested families were allowed to come to the animal shelter in hopes of adopting an animal, I told Albert that I didn’t want to go. I felt very hopeless and in despair.


Thankfully, my husband’s optimism motivated me to try to rearrange my schedule (and three kids’ school schedules — yes, it can get very hairy) and make the two hour drive to The San Bernardino Animal Shelter (with ugly traffic) and hope the other five families ahead of me wouldn’t show up!  I decided with faith and love for this animal — that I didn’t even know — to save her life. It drove me to take the chance.

To Thine Own Style Be True | #ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

I reaped the rewards of my faith!  The other five families were a no – show!  I was the last one standing! The wonderful staff members there were so nice and celebrated with me! It was an amazing moment to meet her in cage #129 with other chihuahuas; it is still under investigation if she really is one as they shelter identified her — a chihuahua.  Are any of my readers dog experts?  What do you think?  Is she a chihuahua? Or is she what what our family postulates, a mini pinscher? Or a combination of both? Nonetheless, she is a cutie!


Photography by Melissa Thomson

When I received the invitation to support the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, I jumped at the opportunity. Every year, approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized. Instead of shopping for a dog, adopt and rescue one this holiday season. This event means a lot to me since Talbots will donate 10% of sales toward the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. You guys know I love Talbots (see my previous post here, here, here). I can’t wait to see you there!

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Talbots, South Coast Plaza

3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Thursday, December 15TH

4 PM – 7 PM

Talbots will donate 10% of pre-tax sales.

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