"Hi! My name is Pele. When I was still a puppy, my mom, Ann, told me that she rescued me from the evil perils of the street. How lucky could I be: happy, loving and loved? Entering my teenage years, I became more curious to know if I was adopted. Finally, I could not resist the urge to know who I really was so I asked my mom. It was not exactly the story of sleeping in a cardboard box under a bridge, panhandling on the street corner, and scavenging in dumpsters I had pictured as a puppy. I was taken aback by the true story of a charity auction, free wine, rescue puppies, and the bids stopping abruptly at $1,500. WOW, I am like new money!"