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Sent from Heaven - literally

In June of 2006, my dear mother became very ill and was hospitalized. It was the beginning of the end, but I wasn't ready to let go of her. She was not only my mother, but also my best friend. A few days before she passed away, she told me she wanted me to get myself a "little" dog. This was a strange request coming from my mother because she always told me I had too many animals (all rescues). I told her when she got better, I would get a "little" dog per her request. Then a few days later, she said it again. This time my sister was there to witness what my mother requested. My sister and I looked at each other but agreed with my Mom to get a little dog when she came home from the hospital. Unfortunately, my mother passed away a few days later. I was devastated.

About a year later, I was driving down a deserted road to meet some friends for dinner and saw a white furry animal run under my wheels. I slammed on my brakes and got out of the car to see a little dog, shivering and covered in leaves. No other human was in sight and the dog had no collar or leash. I took her home and did my due diligence for two weeks trying to find her owner to no avail. Then I remembered what my mother wanted for me before she died and knew this was gift from beyond. My dog was sent to me from heaven from my mother. Her deathbed request for me was fulfilled. I named her Bebe Rose and she's a little Maltese. She's the love of my life in more ways than one. Thanks Mom!!

Christine DeCarolis
Pittsburgh, PA

I am Tiger and may be Ireland's oldest cat!

I am a rescued cat. My human found me thrown over a wall when I was only 2 weeks old. I am now 24 years old which is equivalent to being 115 years old in human years.

I had a stroke 3 weeks ago and my Vet made me better. I can't believe how he took my temperature! Lucky he can move fast because my claws were well sharpened!

The kiddies in our family love to rub and brush me. That makes me purr so loudly.

I also live with a Golden Labrador. Dogs will never be as smart as us Cats! LOL I enjoy chasing her around the garden and I sleep in her bed.... this means the stupid dog ends up sleeping in my little basket. LOL

If you are on Facebook you can find me here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=160019947345874

Ursula
Sligo, Ireland

Meant for greatness...Meet Mia

As an insurance agency I became connected with the mother of a client of mine that died suddenly. While talking with the mother, I was told that when her daughter was found, Animal Control took a mixed breed hound dog named Mia that her daughter was training to be a therapy dog for the Delta Society. The mother lived in another state and wouldn't be able to get to the humane society where Mia was taken for over a week. We both knew that Mia, being a large mixed breen hound wouldn't last long. I decided to go get Mia that same day. It took many calls and finally a personal call to the Animal Control officer to finally locate Mia at the shelter. We brought Mia home and discovered all the "tricks" that Mia had mastered. She could count when you held up fingers, bring her emtpy dog bowl to you, she could bow, she could go and get your shoes! She was amazing! To think this wonderful dog would have been put to sleep without anyone knowing her talents and skills! She was the most amazing dog and very well mannered. We kept Mia until she was finally reunited with the mother of her deceased owner. It was so wonderful to have been a part of saving Mia's life and I know she has a wonderful forever home.

Patrice
Gulfport, MS

My miracle baby

On a cold and rainy November night, I heard a cat crying outside. I tried to find the source and couldn't. Fast forward to the next morning and the crying started again. I threw on a jacket and shoes and ran outside determined to find this cat.

I rounded the back corner of my house and there she was, a feral calico kitten wedged in the V where a board had broken out of our shed. I expected her to go wild when I got closer but she just stared at me with these heartbreaking eyes. I grabbed her and got her unstuck and pulled her inside my jacket. The poor baby was shivering and shaking so bad.

I ran inside, yelled for my husband dragging him out of bed and we took off for the vet. She was so tiny, and was barely moving. We headed to the vet.

After a few x-rays we were told that she was paralyzed. Nothing broken or any spine damage, but her spinal cord had suffered from lack of blood from being wedged. The vet kept her for a few days, calling us every day to update us.

Black Friday he called again and told me that he wasn't sure she would ever walk again. He wanted to know if we were willing to take that chance or if we wanted to put her to sleep. Talked it over and we decided she deserved the chance after being stuck for 9 hours in the cold temps and rain.

We brought her home and so began the process of caring for her. After about 2 weeks, I saw her tail twitch. A week after that she was up and running around the house like nothing had ever happened! She is truly my miracle baby!!

Jennifer
Quinton, NJ

Our Bambie of the wooods..

We live in the country, a good percentage of woods with scattered houses. Not far down the road is a national forest, which covers a great deal of land. On our way home, we passed a road,and my son said what was that. I turned around to see,and it was this little, wet,mostly bones, starving, black an white dog. Didnt really need another dog,but there was no way in Hello,was I going to leave this dog. Well, I put her in the truck,she road on my grandbabys lap, all the way home,wrapped up in my grandbabys blanket. When we got home,my son,grandbaby,and sister all announced that she was a she,and her name was Bambie. As our Bambie grew, we realized she was a Bambie. She loves to bounce,no matter how high,are short the grass. She also climbs. We have a hurricane fence around our home, and she will climb it. Then on all four she perches on the bar,before she leaps off. So shes part deer,and part cat, that equals all OURS!!!

Dawn
Elmer, LA

Sully is Mine Now!

I was visiting my roommate at the elementary school she teaches at at lunchtime one day and when I was leaving to go back to my office, I see this tiny Chihuahua chasing cars in the middle of the street! (I always carry a slip leash in my work van and my car) I took the leash out of the van and I asked anyone outside in the area if they knew whose dog it was and English is not the first language in this area and nobody answered me.

The dog would not come to me but kept following these two ladies walking with strollers and I asked them to wait and stop while I got the dog. They picked up the dog and handed her to me. She had no collar or tags and I took her to the local vet office to see if she had a chip and she did not.

I ended up taking her back to my office she was a little bigger than my hand and she sat on my lap while I finished my work that day. I tried to give her to my neighbors because we already had 3 dogs. Once I got her home and I sat on the couch and had her in my lap I fell in love! I named her Sully because I found her on Sullivan Street.

She now lives with 4 other dogs and loves it here! She wears a collar and a name tag and is microchipped. All of my dogs are ID'd and chipped.

Always use a buckle collar on your dogs, never leave a choke chain on your dog because it could get caught and kill them.

Karen
n/a, CA

From Virginia with Love

It started with a Petfinder post by a Facebook Friend. I wasn't really looking for another dog. But there was something about that sad wrinkly face I couldn't stop thinking about. He had been in the shelter for almost a month, and had been picked up as a stray before that. He was a few days away from being put to sleep. I found myself saying "I will take him". After going through heartworm treatments he was on his way from Virginia to my home in Ontario, Canada. With the help of several Facebook friends who spent the day relaying him across the miles and distance I finally met my Bailey. After only a short time, it's like he's always been here. He's gone from an untrained, underweight dog into an eager to learn, healthy, fully house trained completely loved member of my family. I can't say enough about the full value of a Rescued pet. I absolutely adore my "Recycled Doggy"

Erin Hurl
Hamilton, ON, Canada

She Named Herself

I found her in the middle of the road... about four weeks old, very scared, very hungry and eyes almost closed due to an infection. To keep my curious dogs from frightening her more, she was left in the bathroom while her food was being prepared. Within 5 minutes she fell in the toilet and got herself out again. Thus her name is "Privy" and she is regaining her health and happiness quickly. And the toilet lid is always closed now!

Deb
Constableville, NY

Tuffy the Terror

Tuffy was found in a field at about age 4 weeks and was quickly given to us. He is now four months old, and this rambunctious kitten romps around our five other cats. His antics have easily won a place in our hearts even as terrorizes our troop of cats.

Rusty Peacock
Weeki Wachee, FL

Love the Washington Snow

Heidi was found as a stray in California and we adopted her via petfinders.org. She came to live with us and another rescue German Shorthaired Pointer here in Washington state. Her first snow day was eye opening for her but now she love to play in the snow when she can find some.

Karen @ Kelso
Kelso, WA
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