Originally found here, I found this story to be wonderful. That is a father who knows the right dog for his son and will do what it takes to get it. I also love that they went to a shelter to find their perfect companion! Please follow the link for the full article.
“He made it known that that was the dog he wanted and he didn’t want any other dog,” said his father, Robert Lucas Jr.
He tried to interest the young boy in other furry friends at the shelter. But little Robert wouldn’t hear of it. He would play only with Gibbs.
His persistence presented a problem for his parents, who were determined to get a dog for the young boy’s 5th birthday. They stopped by the shelter a few days before Gibbs would be available for adoption. And shelter workers told the family that several other people had expressed interest in the butterscotch-and-chocolate-colored dog.
The shelter allows dogs to be adopted on a first come, first served basis on the day they become available. Dogs become available about a week after they enter the shelter, to allow original owners time to reclaim them.
Little Robert’s parents worried they wouldn’t be able to get the popular pup. So Lucas hatched a plan: He would get to the shelter very early—a little after midnight—on Feb. 7.
But as he put his son to bed the night before, he wondered if that would be early enough. So he left their Spotsylvania County home early, and reached the parking lot at 11 p.m. He stayed in his car until the shelter opened at 8 a.m.