The dog-adopting tradition started innocently enough as a way to fulfill Neydi’s childhood dream of owning a pup. "Carlos got our first dog, Captain, as a surprise for me,” Neydi Romero tells The Dodo. “We had talked about getting a dog since we got married, so he got him for the first-year mark.”
In Captain, an Australian shepherd with a touch of blue heeler, Neydi found a faithful companion and active playmate. “Captain is a sweet, smart and independent dog,” Romero says. “He is the one that takes care of me when I am sad or sick. He loves to go to the park and get chased by his doggie friends.” At home, Captain usually keeps to himself, but when toys are involved, the pup comes out of his shell. “He is obsessed with balls and bones,” Romero adds.