I moved to Santa Fe from Texas in August 2012 to start my first year at Southwestern College. It was a hard move for me because I basically uprooted myself from a place I called home for 15 years, leaving my family and friends behind. It was rather lonely for me until I met Paloma in November 2012. My friend Claudia Escareno-Clark, Paloma’s Godmother, found her as a stray in her neighborhood and took her to the shelter. Claudia had heard me considering adopting a dog but I wasn’t completely sure. I was hesitant about adopting a dog because I knew how much of a commitment it was going to be to train since she was going to be an indoor dog. I lived on a ranch in Texas so I never had to worry about that. Claudia called me saying she found the perfect dog for me so we went to the shelter to visit Paloma. Later that afternoon I signed the paperwork and was taking Paloma home. From time to time, I still can’t believe I have a dog!
Paloma is a 4 year old hound/beagle mix who is well behaved, lovable, and friendly. Her name means “dove” in Spanish. A dove represents peace which is why I named her “Paloma” because of her calming peaceful nature. She always wants to meet new people and pets when we go on walks. I have always heard dogs resemble their owners which I found comical, but after having Paloma for almost a year I have seen how she is me in dog form. Paloma and I share a bubbly and spunky personality. Paloma is also a mentor for me. She is a daily reminder of unconditional love, forgiveness, faithfulness, and to slow life down to appreciate the good things.