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From the Canal to the Castle

Oct 6 04 a boy knocked on my office door & said, "Lady, there's a dog in ur swimming pool." It wasn't a swimming pool, but a canal in New Orleans. Outside I found a dog, standing on an overturned shopping cart. He was crying,barking & begging for help. After numerous phone calls to 911, local fire depts., the humane society & local vets, no one was able to help me. Now it was up to me. After about 3 hours of trying to coax him to the side of the canal & not being successful, I was worried I was going to have to get IN the canal to get him out. I went next door to an abandoned building looking for aids available in helping me rescue this pup. I found boards on the back side of the building, so I picked one that was long and wide...I thought I could lay it out & he would get on the board & walk to me. When I returned, he was gone. My initial thought was "Oh no....he's drowned"....but suprisingly, he'd swam to the side & was trying to climb up the steep enbankment. One of my co-workers held my feet and I laid on my stomach and reached down as far as I could...looked directly in his big brown eyes, asked him not to bite me, & pulled him up and over the side of the canal. I always say this is as close to childbirth as I will ever get....I was covered in canal slime and so was "Canali" and he was laying on my belly, licking my face and I was crying my eyes out like I HAD just given birth. My husband and I always say "Did I rescue Canali or did Canali rescue us?"

Janna Leone
Fremont, CA

Basement Bunny

Bert was the only rabbit left at the animal rescue near my home. He had gotten out of his cage and escaped into the basement. I knew the woman who rescued him, so I agreed to help her catch him. When we caught him, she told me that I could keep him. I decided to name him Bert. It wasn't a typical rabbit name, because he wasn't a typical rabbit. We don't know what breed he was, but that didn't matter. That was 6 years ago. He passed away today, September 5. I'm going to miss him, and things will be very weird without him. He was a fantastic rabbit and my family loved him very much.

Lacona, NY

Colby is blind & deaf but can teach us all a lesson on life.

Colby is the most special kitty. He will teach you what life is all about. He was born a perfectly healthy kitten. He went in for his routine neuter and had a sever reaction to the anesthesia. He woke up a very sick little guy. He was at a 24 hour vet in critical condition for three weeks. Then he came home to my house and he had to relearn how to walk, use the kitty box and eat. He lost his sight and hearing. He can hear vibrations and reacts almost like he can hear. He can also hear high pitched sounds like a baby crying or kittens crying. Both of which are in my house. I clap my hands and he comes to me. It has been 5 months and I am happy to say you wouldn't even know he has any disabilities. He didn't let anything hold him back. He can walk normal & find the cat box. Never has accidents. He knows how to get to his food. Cuddles with all the cats in my house, both young and old. He has so much determina! tion. 4 weeks ago he taught himself how to climb up my stairs and now he can come down the stairs as well. When he wants something he hollers so I know he either wants food or to be picked up or to get in my bed to cuddle and sleep with me. He is one independent guy and I have learned so much from him.

Cheri Friedman
tarzana, CA

The Birthday Girl

My husband and I went to our local Animal Shelter one day just for something to do. He had already made it clear that no animals were coming home with us, as we already had 1 dog and he thought that was enough.

When I was walking down the isle of dog pens, I saw a skinny black dog with long floppy ears and sad eyes looking through the bars at me, I stopped to pat her head and then walked on. She must have spoken to my heart when I patted her, because I kept feeling the urge to look back. Each time I did, there she was, still sitting there looking at me with those big sad eyes! As I walked back by her pen,, her head followed my every move.

I told my husband to come look at her,, he looked at her, then looked at me, and said "You want her, don't you?" I just smiled and said, yes, but I understand that we came to look, not get.

Well, she must have touched something inside him as well, cause we adopted her that very day! We didn't know it till the paperwork was being filled out, but she was due to be ethinized the next week!

That fateful day was 9 years ago this past June! She moved into our home well, and was best friends with Benji in no time.

I am happy to say,, that skinny sad eyed floppy eared doggy,, has grown into a this fat sassy girl who loves to celebrate her birthday's with belly rubs, and cake!

She's our funny little girl, and she still touches my heart each and every day!!

Donna Burke
Waco, TX

Abby the Love Machine!

I adopted Abby from Colorado Fox Terrier Rescue two years ago. Since coming into my life she has brought more love and pleasure than I can describe. Abby is a lap dog and loves to crawl on my lap, throw her little body back into my arm and stretch her head back to give me a big, wet, kiss as if to say..."I love you dad!" I can't imagine life without Abby, she is so special and such a big part of our lives.

Alan Gates
Highlands Ranch, CO

Rescue from the Highway

Here's the story of Cruiser - A cold Feb day and I sent my boyfriend to the grocery store - He comes home and says "I have something for you on the front seat" and I am excited and thinking flowers or candy, and there lies a small pathetic black kitten, emaciated & crying. He had been limping across a major highway in traffic and my boyfriend stopped and scooped him up in his coat. He thought he would bring him home and I would take him to a shelter - WRONG. I ran him to our vet; he was only 4 pounds, with rickets and an upper respiratory infection, a mangled paw and a bite on his ear. After quarantining him in a spare room, lots of medicines, feeding him with a dropper, and sleeping with him when he cried, he made a full recovery and is now 15 pounds of spoiled cat. He's been with us for over a year now and is a part of the family. A real momma's boy, he follows me everywhere and he can't even "meow", he only makes a "meep" noise. He has made a full recovery and now shares our home with another cat, Pockets, we rescued from being taken to a shelter by his previous owner, and our Chihuahua/Terrier, Bosley.

Maria Novak
West Chester, PA

Rescuing MoJo

Five years ago, I rescued MoJo from the min-pin rescue. I had to drive 4 hours to the foster home to see if they approved of me. They had 6 min-pin there where fostering & 3 of there own. They let them out of the cages to come to the living room, They where all barking like crazy & jumping around. My friend said your not going to take one of these dogs are you?

I was sitting on the sofa & one dog came up & kissed me on the cheek & jumped back down. His name was Jo-Jo. He had been abandoned by a retired priest, The priest also abandoned his dying wife in Hospice. JoJo was her dog. He had sit in a church basement in a crate for six month in his urine & feces. barely getting feed by a church elder. Finally the elder brought him to the Min-Pin rescue. They said he looked like elephant man when they brought him in. all kind of skin problems,bacteria problems. He also had allergies I found out later. MoJo is JoJo, I changed his name. He bite someone & I called the Min-Pin rescue & they said to bring him back if I wanted to. I said no, I'm not going to bring him back. I am going to work with him I promised him he would never be abandoned again & I meant it.

Min-Pin Rescue said that you would be suprise at how many get brought back.

We went to obedience school & we trained his commands in German. He graduated form the Misty Wood Shephard obedience school.

The trainer praised MoJo on his stance How he sit so proud for a small dog.

MoJo nickname is Killer.

Ft. Pierce, FL

My Black Beauty

In May 2009, a coworker came to work stating someone had abandoned a pup in her front yard over the weekend. She has an invisible fence, so her two other dogs can play outside. She thinks that someone drove by seeing her two dogs outside playing and figured the pup would be in good hands. She put ads in the paper, and visited local shelters to see if anyone was looking for this female black lab pup, but received no inquiries. Since she has two large dogs herself, she asked around the office if anyone wanted her. My boyfriend and I have cats, but he really wanted a black lab since his whole family have had black labs for years, so I took her off her hands. This cute puppy has been an amazing addition to our family. We named her Crash because she was so uncoordinated, fumbling over her big paws. She was always crashing into something. At first she was very needy as she definitely had some abandonment issues, but now she has blossomed into a beautiful, very obedient and affectionate one year old, who is very happy to have a loving home. She gets along with our cats beautifully, but even though she is bigger than them, they show her who is boss. She loves going to our camp and running with the other dogs, chewing on her favorite toys, and being in the car (even though we may not be driving anywhere, she will whine to be in the car and sit in the passenger seat and wait patiently). I cant believe anyone could get rid of her. Their loss, our treasure!

Rhiannon Martin
Syracuse, NY

Sweetie Pie

This morning (9-2-10) I took my mother to work like I always do before coming home and getting ready for my college classes. On the way to her work we saw a dog running in the middle of a main street. She was able to cross so we figured she was headed home. On the way back home however I saw her still walking around so I pulled over and called to her, she came right up to me and got in my car happily. She looks like a mix and is so sweet that I started to call her Sweetie Pie. She did have a collar on her so I was able to call the family but there was no answer and I wasn't sure where the address was so I took her to the local no kill shelter that is by my house.

She was perfect in the car, I rolled down the back window a bit so she can stick her nose out and she just had a blast, and she is such a beautiful little dog. I would of loved to have taken her home but I already have three dogs and that's the limit in the area where I live. But I am happy to say that I did save a dog today.

St. Louis, MO

Beautiful Bella

On February 14, 2009, my husband and I decided that we did not want to give ourselves or our children chocolates, or any cheesy Valentine Day gifts. We wanted to adopt a dog from an animal shelter, to save a life, and to give love and receive love back. So we all loaded up in our truck that day, and looked at several shelters until we reached the Fort Worth Animal Shelter. As soon as we came into the room, (I really believe Bella chose us), we saw this very enthusiastic puppy in a cage, she was all black with tan socks and a big white J on her chest. She was so happy to see our family she looked like she was going to pop! We took her into the visit room, and we all fell in love with her immediately. The Shelter told us she was a Rotweiler/German Shepard mix - a little bigger dog than I wanted, but she is well worth it! Adoption was quick and soon we were all in the truck taking our new addition to our family home with us. Bella was so happy she could not stop jumping from the back seat (where the children were) to the front seat (were we were). Bella loves to go on walks, loves to play ball, talk to us, and swim in our swimmng pool. She even will lend a paw when she thinks someone needs help reaching the pool stairs, with a piggy back ride. Bella is loved so very much and cherished, by us. She has made a perfect addition to our family, she will be with us forever!

Melanie Horeftis
Burleson, TX
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