Wags to Riches is a quarterly profile of local adoption success stories.

Gifford, age 5, is loved by Mary Beth and Ben in Clear Brook, Va.

Adopted from: Briggs Animal Adoption Center, Charles Town, WV on October 23, 2013.

How did he get his name? Briggs, the adoption agency, named him Gifford after Rep. Gabby Giffords, because he, like Gabby, had the true grit to survive very difficult circumstances.

You picked him because… After losing both of our senior Shih Tzus in April and July of 2013, I was definitely not looking for a dog at the time. Gifford was spending time with the Spay Today staff and volunteers, who posted his picture on Facebook. I happened to see that photo, and that was it! After spending some time with Giffie, we adopted him in October. I like to say HE chose US and took away all the pain of losing our Shih Tzus.

Favorite activity together: We love walks, sitting on the porch and having conversations.

Favorite treat or snack: Giffie goes crazy for baked chicken crackers and homemade peanut butter bone cookies.

Favorite toy: Giffie has never been interested in toys…I suspect because he was in the wild so long.

You love him because…What’s not to love?? He’s the sweetest boy ever!

The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) is a private nonprofit animal welfare organization with a central mission to place companion animals in loving homes with compassionate people who will make lifelong commitments to them by accepting them as a member of their family. The BAAC is located at 3731 Berryville Pike, Charles Town, WV. Visit their website at www.baacs.org or call 304-724-6558.