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Ginger Snap Is A Boy's Best Friend

It was 2009 and my son was turning the big "10". He wanted all kinds of material goods that would go in and out of use quickly. I adored my friend's beagle. Every boy should have a dog. Our Rottweiler CaseyGirl had died from cancer three years before and we were settled into our new home. I went to petfinder.com and found a few beagles. I drove after work to Cocheco Valley Humane Society and played with the little "beagle" puppies. Ginger was happy and playful in the yard. I spent hours watching her play with the other pups to see her personality. This was a big decision. I went home and slept on it. The next day I couldn't wait to go and get her. My son was given his birthday present in April even though his birthday was not until August. She has been healthy and happy and one of the sweetest dogs I ever knew. Of course her big paws should have been a clue to us all that she was not actually a beagle. She has grown into a beautiful American Fox Hound. I never even knew the breed but found that George Washington loved them. She draws positive attention wherever we go. We are so glad she did not grow up in the shelter but here in our loving home. There is nothing like seeing your little boy fall asleep on the couch with his dog... or play frisbee with her one of her favorite games. Life is good and we are very thankful to have rescued Ginger Snap as much as she rescued us from being lonesome without our family dog. Cocheco Valley made the process excellent, easy, and fun. We promised to love Ginger Snap forever and we will.

Lisa Doherty
Epsom, NH

Our Angel

Our family moved back to Scotland and we thought to complete our New Life here we would get a puppy; so a family member arranged to get a puupy for us, the runt of the litter. Unfortunately, the people they were to obtained the puppy from had given the last one away but asked if we would take the mother of the puppys; we said we might but would like to see her. The owners brought her in and we saw she was A WEE PUPPY HERESELF! They had bred her at 6 months and she was so Malnourished but she was so lovely, so I immediately took her and that night she was given a proper bath and fed and had a wee walk about. This continued for about 4 weeks intensely (feedings) to get her to an acceptable wieght and use to her surroundings. Needless to say she not only adoped us but she became a member of the family "Our Baby Girl"! Now 4 years later she is the sweetest Staffie and well nature dog we have ever had. Our promise to her was that she will never have to go thru the things she did in the beginning of her life and that she will be in a family for good. She is Our Angel and she knows it.

Lenni Neil-Parra
Hamilton, United Kingdom

Everybody wanted to put him down!

Sushi's story starts in Feb 2005 when I was told about a little ginger cat (4 wks old)whom everybody said must be put down because he'll never survive! He was born with radial hypoplasia (his two front legs were without normal joints & crossed over his chest) I took one look into his beautiful eyes & tiny useless front legs & fell hopelessly in love! He has turned out to be the most amazing cat with very powerful back legs - when on grass he can almost outrun my other 3 rescues by hopping like a rabbit! He jumps up onto most surfaces - sometimes slipping and sliding all over until he gets his balance again (or not!). I know when he just wants to be loved - a very soft little cry; or when he wants to go outside to relieve himself - then a loud strident cry. He loves driving in the car with me, but always knows when it's for a visit to the vet - then I have to fight to get him to the car! My other cats all seem to know that he is unable to clean his own face and when he flops down next to one of them (on his shoulder first because he cannot lie down normally) they will groom his face and ears as long as he needs. I entered him into the Rescued Animal Competition recently - was proud to see his picture in with the rest of the gorgeous animals! My Sushi is my baby and the bravest little animal I know. I cannot imagine life without him! I wanted to submit a photo of him sitting up and balancing with his front legs over his chest, but couldn't get the pic clear enough.

Dee Shiels
Cape Town, South Africa

Finally, My Forever Dad

I am Ziva a sweet 3 year old calico polydactyl (6 toes on each front foot) cat who was abandoned and left to survive all alone. I lived under a house, foraging for food until some neighbors rescued me and gave me to the local cat shelter. Some of their friends knew Mom and Dad and were just certain that I belonged to them. Boy were they right on! I have beautiful, long silky fur and don't even shed (Mom loves that part) and I complain a lot when the food dish is empty. After all, I did do without food for some time. But otherwise I am easy to live with. Just ask me? I joined their 6 year old Cristy who is definitely a Biggie in the puss department at 23# but we get along just fine. Cristy was a rescued cat too and knows how wonderful Mom and Dad are. As you can see, if Dad or Mom is taking a nap, I am right there to cuddle up and snooze too. At long last I have a FOREVER Dad, Mom and Home. Oh! Each of my toes are a different color which makes me even more adorable.

Ziva (Herself)

Judi Fibush
Rocklin, CA

Finaly, My Forever Dad

I am Ziva a sweet 3 year old calico polydactyl (6 toes on each front foot) cat who was abandoned and left to survive all alone. I lived under a house, foraging for food until some neighbors rescued me and gave me to the local cat shelter. Some of their friends knew Mom and Dad and were just certain that I belonged to them. Boy were they right on! I have beautiful, long silky fur and don't even shed (Mom loves that part) and I complain a lot when the food dish is empty. After all, I did do without food for some time. But otherwise I am easy to live with. Just ask me? I joined their 6 year old Cristy who is definitely a Biggie in the puss department at 23# but we get along just fine. Cristy was a rescued cat too and knows how wonderful Mom and Dad are. As you can see, if Dad or Mom is taking a nap, I am right there to cuddle up and snooze too. At long last I have a FOREVER Dad, Mom and Home. Oh! Each of my toes are a different color which makes me even more adorable.

Ziva (Herself)

Judith Fibush
Rocklin, CA

An unlikely family member

My husband and I had been married for 7 years before we got our first dog and now my husband cannot be separated from our two Shih Tzu’s. Pumpkin (brown & white) was a purchase from a pet store because I was convinced that I would never find a Shih Tzu at a shelter. Then we met Teddy (white) during adoption day at Petco last year. Our daughter cried and said she wanted nothing else for Christmas but that puppy. Teddy had been terribly abused and didn't even have hair when we got him. Now Pumpkin has a lifelong friend and is my husband's best buddy. Teddy has brought so much love and joy to our home. Teddy's adoption has showed me so much about the plight of shelter dogs and I have volunteered to help a local no-kill shelter. We will never again look for a dog anywhere else!

Susanna Carter
Horn Lake, MS

My Lil' Dude...Dex

When I met Dex, I hadn't even looking to bring a dog into my home. I had figured that I work too much to properly care for a dog. I had gone to the pet store with my brother to get some food for his pets and decided to take a look at the dogs for adoption. I didn't see anything pups that stood out to me and was about to leave until I saw a little black nose peeking from underneath some blankets in a bin of Aussie Shepherd pups. The moment I picked him up, I knew there was an instant bond between us.

Two years later, instead of working late, I try to find reasons to get home early so that we can sneak of to the beach and enjoy running around in the sunshine. Everyday I think of how close I came to missing out on having such an awesome friend in my life.

Brian Hedlund
Temecula, CA

Syd Makes a Funny

I work with horses and I don't usually take my dog, Sydney, with me. He gets too jealous of the horses. One day I only had one appointment and I decided to take him along because they were removing large trees in our yard. I didn't want him to be frightened. At the farm I parked in the barnyard and dropped my keys on the seat like always in case the car needed to be moved. Then I went about my business. Half way through trimming one pony my car alarm went off sending the big horses flying in all directions. I thought Syd must be terrified and scrambled through the rain to get to him. As I ran toward my RAV4 there was his face framed in the windshield -- smiling! He almost seemed to be saying, "Do ya hear that?! I doo-ed it!" It was pretty funny until I got to the car and found that when he stepped on my key tag setting off the car alarm he had also locked me out! Luckily it only took AAA about 30 minutes to come open the car for me while I waited in the rain under a tree. Syd was an unclaimed stray from the humane society and these little "adventures" of his always make me wonder what kind of mischief he may have gotten into while he was running wild!

Lisa Phelps
Barnstead, NH

Happiness has a name...Arthur!

After our dog Laces, of fifteen years whom I had resuced as a puppy in NYC, had passed away, our house no longer seemed like a home. My daughter who was three at the time was having trouble adjusting as well. My husband and I decided about a month later to start looking on line at the shelters and we found a dog that we thought was perfect but she was a three hour drive. We got in the car and told my daughter that we had a surprise for her. The shelter had told us that this dog was being held under our name. When we got there, that was not the case. We tried to bond with other dogs at the time but just felt deflated. We returned home and unbeknownst to me, my husband kept looking. He wanted to give us some happiness. He found us a new dog to meet. We were in love with the picture but didn't want to fall intothe same trap. Hesitantly, I applied, we were accepted and the best part is he was only 20 minutes away. His name is Arthur and turned out to be who was meant for us. He is a chow basset mix and has the perfect temperment for our family. (We also have three cats). We are complete once again. And have been living happily for three years. And will continue to for as long as possible.

Nancy
Melbourne Beach, FL

My Kitty Love

I grew up having more dogs than cats. But when I had to have my older dog put down, and went without a pet for almost a year, I decided to adopt a cat. I looked on petfinder.com & started my search. I almost adopted a cat at the 3rd facility I went to, but decided to wait until I'd gone to the last one. (They had a Maine Coon & I was very intersted in possibly getting one of that breed.) I'm so thankful I waited. They took Harley out of the cage & handed him to me & he reached up & gave me a kiss. Then he did it again. Needless to say, I took him home & he's been a wonderful, sweet, loving cat that I dearly love.

Karran Martin
North Richland Hills, TX
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