She always read the profiles first and saved the photos for last – she wanted to think she was being fair in her evaluation. She didn’t consider herself to be someone drawn only to physical appearances.

But as she clicked through more and more profiles in her search for a companion, she grew impatient. She wanted to winnow the results more quickly. She was tired of being lonely. So, finally, she started looking only at the photos. And then she saw one that stood out and made her heart stop — even the profile matched: reserved, independent, affectionate and loyal.

It was an overweight, sleepy shar pei that had been saved from a puppy mill.

She adopted the dog the next day and never looked back.

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