You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’ve found the perfect dog for all you Illinoisans.

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The fine citizens of Illinois have plenty to be proud of. The state has produced some of our most beloved celebrities and public figures, including John Malkovich, Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama (come back Obama, we miss you so much it hurts!). Illinois will also take on any state when competing for best pizza, hot dogs, beer, and other heart-stoppingly delicious foods. The city of Chicago is a mecca for artists, with some of the best theaters and live music venues in the world. But what event caused the people of Illinois to scream, cry, hug, cheer, laugh, and make worldwide news earlier this year? The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Naturally, Illinois sports fanatics should consider welcoming a dog into their lives that closely resembles Chicago’s mascot: the mighty Newfoundland.

Newfoundlands are ceaselessly loyal dogs, from the time they’re Chicago cub-looking pups to adulthood when they grow up and look like full blown Chicago Bears. They show the same devotion to their owners as Chicago sports fans show to their teams. Illinois winters are biting, but Newfoundlands have heavy winter coats—the very thing Illinois citizens clamor to buy in hopes of fending off the winds that come off The Great Lakes.

Hailing from the middle of the country, Newfoundlands exemplify Midwestern friendliness. Sweet and patient dogs, they welcome the pets of strangers. These dogs are droolers, but have some sympathy. You remember the first time you smelled a deep-dish pizza, too. Careful though, Newfoundlands grow to be 100+ pounds, need light exercise, and should not overindulge in the greasy Chicago delicacies that are so tempting. Ready to adopt your very own mascot? Here are some resources for adopting a Newfoundland in Illinois.

Illinois Newfoundland Rescue Resources:
Gentle Giant Rescue
Newfoundland Puppy Find
Newfoundland Rescue Shelter


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