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The first time I saw Tundra was when I went to help at an adoption event. Nina from the Espanola New Mexico Shelter said, “You have to come see this cute puppy”. He was peering out of the top cage in the van and extremely shy. I had to lift him from the pen without his cooperation so he could be seen by potential adopters.
I knew I would want to get another dog eventually. I had recently lost my Malamute named Madison that I had for over 12 years. My other two dogs at home, Sunni and Toby, seemed to be doing alright. But there was something missing. I just didn’t think a new houseguest would happen this quickly. After an hour or so of thinking about it, I made the decision to take him home.
Over the years of owning dogs I’ve come to realize that each one is unique and have their own personality. They’re just like people, only a whole lot better. They give unconditional love. Something humans have never learned to do. Owning a pet is a responsibility that not everyone should take on without a lot of thought. It’s a life changing decision, and one that I’ve never regretted.
Scarlet was dumped at a shelter from a very young age and had been living there for about 6 months. A friend of mine was working at the shelter at the time so I would browse the dogs they had up for adoption out of interest. I saw Scarlet on the site one day and asked my friend about her – she was about to be put down as she was going kennel mad and no one had shown any interest in her. I thought it was heartbreaking that this poor girl had been brought into the world, spent the first 6 months of her life in a kennel and then was simply going to be killed – no animal deserves an existence like that. I asked my friend about rescuing her, spent some time convincing my parents to let me adopt her and she was shipped to me 3 days later. I’ve had her for 2 years now and it’s been wonderful spending that time with her. She’s an absolute joy to have around and I’m so glad that I rescued her – she has the most wonderful spirit and I feel great knowing I was able to keep it alive.
After saying goodby to our precious girl, Sophie, we grieved for several months. We decided we needed another beautiful pet to light up our home and lives. We searched for the perfect addition to our lives. Then while on Pet Finders, we had this powerful pull to one particular Chow mix. As we looked into her background, our hearts just broke - you see, she had apparently been dropped in a sparsely populated area - while she was pregnant. One day a homeowner found her in his shed with nine puppies. When the rescue group picked her & her brood up, they found that she was so emaciated (she was only 35 lbs), they weren't sure she would live. Her pups were also near starvation. The group was able to adopt out her pups, but Moira was still there - extremely sad as all her babies we now gone. We immediately applied to adopt her, she came for a visit & decided that she wanted to be a member of our family, so she stayed. She had an extreme case of separation anxiety (go figure!) - the first day we left for work, she rearranged our livingroom and the next day she actually took the glass panel off our french doors (the panel was very carefully set aside against the wall), opened the door & greeted us at the gate. We decided to enroll her in doggy day-care. She was in day-care for 8 months when we decided to take her on a road trip for the holidays, meeting her "cousin" in San Jose and then "Nana & Grandpa in Las Vegas. When we returned home, she deciided that she no longer needed day-care caused mom & dad took her for a long ride & brought her back home!!!
When we moved into our first home together, I surprised my husband
with a shelter cat right away. Five years later when we had a fenced
yard and were ready to add a dog to the family, we went back to the
same shelter for Quincy. He was only three months old. He is now
fifteen years old and a treasured member of the family. We wouldn't
know what to do without him.
After my husband & I bought our first house we knew we wanted a dog but wanted to wait a few months. I knew I wanted a puppy and went to Petfinder to see what litters were going to be available in the next 6 weeks. I figured I would fill out the application and be ready. Instead I clicked on this sweet face with the milk dribble chin and INSTANTLY fell in love and drove 3 hours each way to pick her up from her foster home that weekend. I learned that she was part of a litter found on the side of the road in Virginia. I'm so grateful for whoever found them and saved them. She is now a 4 year old, very spoiled little girl who still has that milk dribble chin. She's our child and we could never imagine life without her.
Our neighbors across the street moved away but I noticed one day they forgot to take their Bootsie. She would sit on the front porch waiting for them to return and it just broke my heart. We already had a dog but after a couple of feedings, she got to know me so I scooped her up and she has been mine for 16 years. She is sweet, curious and loves to sit on lap when I read. I don't know what I'd do without her.
This my newest cat, my son's girlfriends neighbor's cat had kittens, and my son says to me, "Want another cat?" Having one already, I couldn't resist, she is the sweetest.
I am sending an update on my buddy Frago. Poor Frago must have some lingering memories of the hell where he had to forge for himself, get hit with stones, and dodge bullets. We had a large storm with wind, thunder, lightening and heavy rain. When frago heard some of the initial loud thunder claps, he ran into a corner, huddled up, shaking, and crying. I got down on all fours and slowly approached him, laid down with him, then after about a half hour, I walked him back to the bedroom, telling him how much of a good boy he is. He climbed into the bed pulling himself tightly to me and licked my face up again. Being a combat veteran myself, I know what was in Fragao's mind. Frago just needed a little time to be ensured he was safe and knew I would risk my life to keep him safe.
When I came home from Viet Nam, 3 July,1967-'69, I was a mangled up twenty-year-old, going on ninety a mental and physical wreck, trying to put some sense into what the heck had happend in my life. I am still trying to make sense of what I have seen and my participation in that night mare. My first night home was laced with heavy thunder storms, complete with thunder and lightening. My mom came into the room and found me huddled under my bed crying. She walked out and shut the door. After all, they went through WWII, they were tough. Frago knows he can count on me, he feels the love, and enjoys the special food and treats I bought him. We have totally bonded, suffer PTSD together and give comfort to each other. The Lord introduced us with our shared experiences, very beautiful.
One Saturday last summer, my daughter and I were making our usual pet store run for supplies. As I made my way to the back of the store to visit the rest room, I passed a rescue group of dogs. One of them "spoke" to me with her liquid brown eyes. As I stroked her silky coat, I explained to her that we already had 3 girls at home and really didn't have any more room at our house but I wished her the best and prayed she would find a good home.
Several months later, a co-worker passed around the story of how she had adopted a dog (Pokie) for her brother whose health had now deteriorated to the point where he would be going into a nursing home and she was now trying to locate a new home for his companion. Her story touched our hearts and we agreed to open our home -- what's one more right?
We brought her home and sure enough, it was the same little girl with the liquid brown eyes I met that day at the pet store. I suppose our prayers were answered!
I volunteer for Austin Boxer Rescue in Texas and when darling Keely ended up at the rescue for the 4th time I knew I had to give this sweet girl a home where she would be loved for the rest of her life. That was almost 1 year ago and she has been the most delightful addition to my family. She makes me laugh every day and she's just a big ole squishy love bug. I don't know why the other families returned her, but she's a true treasure and the love of my life!