Adopted Dog Makes NYC Feel Like the Greatest City in the World

New York City never felt like home—until they made Peggy part of their family.

Anna + Peggy

We were two people who left everything in Australia to brave the big, bad world of New York City. We left behind friendship, family, and the companionship of our beloved furry friends and family, and then we only had each other.

Fast forward a year into living in New York, we still didn’t know why people called it the greatest city in the world. People were disconnected and fleeting. My fiancé, Brad, threw himself into working late hours to power through our time in New York. I was (unknowingly) on the cusp of getting laid off and struggling to call New York City my home. Every day I would FaceTime my mother in hopes of getting in a sneaky peek at my family dog, Thor. I missed his furry little face, soft pink belly, and spunky personality. I missed all of it.

"Peggy, the only one who wasn’t fluffy, was the odd one out from her sisters. Looking like she didn’t belong, I felt like she was just like me."

While getting to know New York, I joined the worldwide obsession with “Hamilton: An American Musical” and began to follow Lin-Manuel Miranda on social media. On one fateful day, he retweeted a picture of three little pups up for adoption named Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy.

Peggy, the only one who wasn’t fluffy, was the odd one out from her sisters. Looking like she didn’t belong, I felt like she was just like me, and so I immediately submitted an adoption application to Muddy Paws Rescue and held my breath. 

Fast forward another year. With Peggy asleep on my feet as I write this, I almost don’t know how to articulate how much has changed since she came into our lives. When I lost my job, she didn’t let me sit and sulk in my studio apartment. She was my inspiration to get back on my feet (literally) and start walking outside.

We have formed so many dear friendships with people that we’ve met because of Peggy. We say hi to every second person on our block because they know her. Peggy is the mascot of our building. One of her favorite pastimes is to sit in the lobby because everyone comes over to see her. In turn, everyone gets to know us, too.

We have explored almost every inch of Peggy’s favorite place in the world, Central Park because we love to make her happy. We’ve seen more of New York City and learn to love it more because of her. Since day one she has given us so much joy that I felt compelled to give back, so earlier this year I began volunteering for Muddy Paws. Being a part of such a supportive and positive community has made me feel that I have found a place of my own in the city where I can make a difference.

Peggy has made New York City the greatest city in the world—and most importantly, she made it our home.

Each year, Petco Love invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Anna Lai won Muddy Paws Rescue in New York a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.