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An Orphan’s Tale
by Terry Swiers of Dublin, CA

My name is Tyson.

A year ago my parents adopted me.

I was really sick for the first few months I was in my new family. Being in a stable and loving home has done wonders for me.

This past May, just when I thought my life couldn't get any better, my parents took me to MacCallum House to celebrate their anniversary and my birthday. My first vacation ever.

Upon arriving, I could barely contain myself. The spacious grounds are just beautiful, especially the lawn, which is made up of thousands of small flowering plants that bloom in the day and close up at night. With so much space to play in, I knew I wouldn't be bored here.

When we checked in, even I was treated like a valued guest. Kids are not always welcome at places this nice, and it was unusual for someone my age to be treated so well.

We were shown to our room shortly after checking in. It was warm, cozy, quiet and fancy. The extra bed they brought in for me was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I've been asking for one just like it ever since.

In addition to the beautiful grounds to play in, there are plenty of activities within walking distance. There are lots of shops (including my favorite, the Mendocino Cookie Company) and lots of places to eat.

After walking around town, we walked a short distance to the ocean and a soft
Sand beach. It was my first time seeing the ocean, and I couldn't believe my eyes. It was awesome.

I guess I can sum up how I feel in one sentence: It just doesn't get any better than MacCallum House for a three-year-old Dalmatian.

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