Popper had been without a permanent home for nearly two years. She had been found as a stray. Her right front leg had been so badly injured that it had to be amputated. The folks at Pet Tender Angels, a non-profit shelter in Greenville, S.C., came to her rescue and were caring for her, but what she needed most was a family to call her own. Unfortunately, no one had stepped forward to adopt her. Some speculated that it was because she was missing that leg. Others thought perhaps it was because she looked as if she had some pit bull in her background, a very misunderstood and maligned breed.

None of this mattered to Jennifer Remeta, who lives in Greer, S.C. Not that Remeta was looking to adopt a dog in the first place. The family already had a six-month old puppy, and everyone knows what a lot of work that can be. No, she had simply logged onto Petfinder.com to find a local rescue group where she could volunteer.

"Popper found me," Remeta says. "I say she found me because from the moment I laid eyes on her I knew she was meant to be a part of our family. Something in her eyes reached straight into my heart, and I couldn't say no."

As it turned out, neither could Remeta's husband when she announced she wanted to adopt Popper. So the dog no one wanted had at long last found a home and a family, including a dad, a mom and two young boys.

There's no mystery to them about why Popper hadn't been adopted during those two long years. "We know she was overlooked because she was just too special to belong to anyone but us," Jennifer Remeta says. And that's just the way it is for Popper.