Meet Engelbert and his unusual family! Engelbert’s adoption story is quite wonderful and so is the home he ended up in.
Engelbert was languishing in a shelter when his dad, Steve, first saw him. Steve was at the shelter to get another dog, but that dog had already adopted so he went around the facility again and that’s when he spotted Engelbert.
Engelbert had a long list of health problems, but Steve knew that if he didn’t take him, no one else would.
“If you don’t know his story, he was abused by his previous owner and taken by the shelter,” Steve writes of Engelbert. “He had been kept as an outside dog, through the winter. He had frostbite on both ears which had to be trimmed off and he has neurological issues.
His back legs don’t work properly, but he’s an unbelievably strong little dog. The love this dog gives is intense. I will catch him just staring at me like he can’t believe his good fortune. I feel the same.”
Engelbert arrived at his new home and was welcomed into the family of 6 dogs, one pig, cat, rabbit and other animals. Plus one human.
All of Steve’s animals are rescues and as you will see from the following photos, all are adorably loving and get along with one another.
Engelbert’s dad smiles to himself when people ask him why he’s not married. He comments, “I should just show them this picture,” he comments.
Mind you, two of the dogs are not his. He was dog sitting at the time. Still…that’s quite the pack!
Engelbert is only 5 pounds but is the biggest personality in the house. This is how Englebert likes to be carried. Isn’t Engelbert adorable?
As Steve says, you can find an Englebert of your own waiting for you at your local shelter.
One of Engelbert’s friends is Phyllis. Phyllis has been blind for a very long time.
“But she definitely sees that she is loved.”
This is Edna. She’s a 12-year-old Bichon mix that her owners gave up because they didn’t have time for her.
“She has a couple medical problems but they are completely treatable. A week before this picture was taken she was on a cement floor, in a cage, in a shelter,” Steve says.. She’s a wonderful dog.”
The dogs don’t mind posing for pictures for their dad. “I don’t know. I saw a bunch of empty pots.
I saw a bunch of little dogs running around. One thing led to another.”
Stuart and Bikini get first dibs on the favorite chair in the house. “I can’t even begin to count the number of animals and humans that have been on this chair.
It’s the least aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture that I have. No fancy designer, no clean lines, and the material is, well…it’s durable. But every night, 1 by 1 we all end up here.”
Englebert and Phyllis put on their bath time faces. “The faces of bath time desperation and resignation,” says their dad.
Steve writes, “Like a good waiter I’ve learned to carry more and make fewer trips.”
Edna, Englebert, Eeyore, Loretta, and Stuart the rabbit hang out together a lot. Stuart “doesn’t seem to know he’s a rabbit and they don’t seem to know he’s a rabbit, so it works out well.” What an awesome pack!
“When I was younger I never realized you could form a measurable connection with a rabbit, chickens, a pigeon, …a pig. But as I got older, I took the time, I allowed those things to happen. My life is better now.”