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I found Peanut while exercising early one morning. I glanced up the driveway of a local college and wasn't sure if I saw a kitten or a small tree stump. Well it was an adult cat who was nothing but bones and fleas and she was curled in a ball. I brought her right home. She was so thin you couldn't even pet her as every blade of her spine was visible. The vet estimated her to be about 4 years old. It took about 6 weeks before she did anything but eat and sleep. I named her Peaunut because she was so tiny. 8 years later and she is a bushel of Peanuts and a loyal friend who has never forgotten how I rescued her. She sleeps on the other pillow on my bed at night and never asks for anything, she's just happy to be loved.

Cathy Long
New London, CT

Lucky Buddy

My husband found Buddy one night, all huddled in a little ball, near the door of our church. He was so pathethic looking! Covered with mange, he looked like a little lizard. His skin was grey, rough and scratchy. The only hair he had was red and on the tips of his ears and tail. His stomach was distended and his eyes were runny and sunken. The vet asked if we wanted to put him to sleep since he was so sick. The members of the committee that met that night at church paid to have him treated. A couple of days later my mother arrived for a visit and fell in love with the little guy. She wrapped him in a towel and held him day and night. When she went home the next week, little Buddy went home with her. My mother passed away last month with Buddy lying on the bed next to her. He is now back with us and is a constant reminder of the joy that he brought to my mom!

Rona Fleming
Garland, TX

Riddick - aka Ridiculous

When my son wanted to adopt a puppy, I convinced him to go with what I thought was an older dog instead. Imagine our surprise when we took Riddick to the vet and found out he was only about six months old. That's when his name was stretched to Ridiculous. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with heartworm, but we caught it early and treated it successfully. He's now the clown of the house, always up for playing and hugs. He had a rough start in life, but he seems to know that he has found his forever home and he loves it -- just as much as we love him!

Kristie Reeves
Jacksonville Beach, FL

Diesel's New Home

I had just put my beloved Schipperke, Bear, down for health reasons and cried for 2 days straight. I was volunteering for a local dog event that same week and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control was there with a new batch of puppies. Diesel was on his hind legs looking at me through the cage barking. I knew right away he was going home with me that day. I went back to my area and got my checkbook. Within a matter of minutes, he was mine. He's been spoiled ever since.

Diane Arment
Scottsdale, AZ

The Littlest One

Kai came from our local Humane Society. She was the runt of the litter and the only red one in the bunch. She climbed into my daughter's lap and sat patiently while I completed her adoption papers. She rode home sleeping on my daughter and has been a blessing for the past three years. I could not have adopted a better dog! I encourage all to check with their local shelters - rescue dogs are the BEST!

Kristie Reeves
Jacksonville Beach, FL

My Dumpster Puppy

Babie Girl just turned 11 years old in October. My son found her and her sister Jennie at the dumpster at our local park. He hides them in the back of his El Camino for several days- taking care of them without me knowing it. At the time I was determined not to have any pets, but my determination to not have pets ended with seeing their beautiful faces. He named Babie and I named the other Jennie. Jennie was not in great health to start with --and so she passed within a few days of being with us. Babie is my best friend and her name says it all she is my "babie". She addicted to tennis balls and her squeaky toys. There are always toys lying around the house. She is a finicky eater and a miss priss.

Arcdhale, NC

Pound Puppy to Lap Dog

What can I say about Mr. Martie? When my chow passed Babie Girl needed a new friend so off to the pound I went. It did not take long to spot this handsome face. I was told he was about 8 months old and had been a street dog prior to being brought to the pound 4 months prior. He had kennel cough so they had to isolate him and treat the cough. I went back a few days later and brought him home. Babie Girl says it was not love at first site and it took several days for things to settle down between the two. I belive he had been abused or run off so much, as he was very hand shy and when i would pet him he would duck his head like he was afraid. Mr. Martie has since turned 11 years old and is mommy’s 100 pound lap puppy. When he needs a little extra attention he crawls right up into my lap regardless of what I may be doing. He has the most expressive face, loves children, and is constantly knocking things off the tables with his tail. He loves his afternoon walks with Babie Girl. His favorite place to sleep is in the bay window, but he needs a little help now geting into the bay window and into bed at night. To this day he eats his food like he is never going to get anouther bite, results of being a street dog i guess. He is mommy’s little boy.

Archdale, NC

Lost Pup Rescued from Drowning

Dec. 27, 2008, Macy a five/six week old red Siberian Husky was rescued from an ice cold creek, in the middle of our property. We were drawn to her by her shrill crys of desperation, in attempt to get out of the creek. We have no idea how she get to this isolated spot. She was hypothermic and in need of HELP. We saved her from a cruel ending!

Macy was added to our pack and is a great addition to our lives. She is now near full grown, a beautiful red husky with the most gently personality.

Len & Gail Troman, Alabama

Len & Gail Troman
Attalla, AL

Magic & Teddy

Magic & Teddy were feral from a colony of about 18, I adopted Magic back in April 2009, where he was up for adoption at a petsmart thru Couragous Cats Rescue. Magic was withdrawn and didn't like anyone but they had a slogan on his adoption card that given time, Magic could become magical. Well, he looked adorable so I took him, and after 5 months he finally let me pet him and he loves it. He is still jumpy and is quick to bolt, but he loves playing with the other kats, and loves affection and has developed a jealous streak. I adopted Teddy(Grey) in May 2009 but didnt take him home till June. Teddy was a grumpy dude, would hiss at me but now he loves belly rubs and is constantly trying to duck Magic head butts when I am petting him. Magic doesnt appreciate me petting Teddy when he is there so the competition is on and Magic is pushing and head butting till I pet him, he actually bites me to get my attention and will hit teddy but teddy takes it in stride and will lay out with belly exposed for the massage that he deserves, but when he's had enough he takes off with Magic in close pursuit.

Long Beach, NY

Asia with the stunning blue eyes!

We first met Asia at a Meet and Greet event held by Save A Dog - a local rescue organization. She had literally just arrived from a shelter in Kentucky where she was about to be euthanized - and when we knelt down by her she melted into us and thus melted my heart! She's a character - and queen of the house!

Karen Goudey
Ayer, MA
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