Once Mellow passed, the heartbroken Downs agreed to a “No more dogs for a while” policy.
Leo, however, was not happy about the new plan. “He kept saying, ‘Mom, I want another dog!’” Downs said. “And then, like every other child, he went to Dad begging for the same thing.”
Slowly, Downs began to warm to the idea. She began looking at Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ Facebook page, then the shelter’s website. There she saw a dog that made her heart stop: A pit bull mix named Nutty-Buddy who was just over 9 weeks old.
“His resemblance to Mellow was astonishing so much [that] I immediately showed my husband,” Downs said. “He quickly said, ‘Put in an adoption application for him! I have to meet him!’”