Hello to all of our friends! We know we’ve used the we’ve been busy excuse before but, for lack of creativity, we’re using it again. Big things have been happening; some good and some sad but please know we have missed you all dearly.
My grandfather, one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever known, passed away on Tuesday. After living a beautiful life for 94 years, he joins my grandmother in Heaven. A husband, a father, a grandfather, a preacher, a prankster, a woodworker, a downhill skiier, a distance racer, a dog rescuer and a man who embraced life to the fullest, my grandfather was an amazing person. I am so lucky to have spent 25 years with him. Rest In Peace, Papaw. I love you forever.
Tomorrow morning, Bethany is off on a transport to Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue in New Jersey! A wonderful no-kill rescue, they already have people interested in adopting her! Pick Your Paw is the rescue group who helped me save Chelsea and their awesome President and I have become great rescue buddies. Pick Your Paw saves dogs from Miami-Dade Animal Services and other high-kill shelters and places them in amazing forever homes. The great thing about Bethany going to them is that she’ll find a home in a matter of days. We think that’s pawsome because after 4 months in our home, she deserves a family that will be hers forever. It goes without saying that we will miss her terribly; especially Chelsea who may come unglued. If you live in the North and are interested in adopting Bethany, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also ended up with another foster dog: “King” DJ. He was supposed to be a temporary foster; he was going on the transport with Bethany to a no-kill rescue in the North, too. Since they were both going together, we agreed to foster him for a week. If not, he would be euthanized before he got the chance to be pulled from the shelter and transported.
We took DJ home; he was noted as “good with cats, dogs and kids; obedient; loving”. Sadly, this was not the case. After trying to attack Roory, DJ decided to go after the dogs. Despite proper one-on-one introductions, his behavior changed once in a pack situation. He got very aggressive, his behavior escalating quickly, and we had to separate them before someone got hurt. Because of these issues, DJ was not permitted to go on the transport.
After he tried to play tug-of-war with a shoe I was wearing, we realized just how much DJ had been failed by people. Because of the slight human aggression (no dog should try to wrestle with a shoe attached to your foot!), it was recommended we bring DJ back and have him euthanized. My heart sank. He had been failed by people so many times. We couldn’t let it happen again.
Abandoned at Miami-Dade Animal Services at 3 months old, DJ thought he found the perfect home. A family came and adopted him just in the nick of time. They kept him for a year before bringing him back to the shelter. They were moving…and DJ wasn’t part of the moving plan. Left to die at the place he’d been saved from, DJ was quickly running out of time. When the rescue group agreed to take him, they pleaded for a week-long foster–otherwise he’d be killed before he could escape. That’s where we came in. And realized just how much more he had been failed. And though we don’t have a solid plan in place for him, we’re continuing to foster while looking for a local rescue group or adopter for this pretty boy. If DJ could speak, we think this is what he would say:
I don’t know what forever love means because no one has ever showed me. I’m not sure how to act around other dogs because my owners never socialized me. If I jump on you, it’s because no one ever taught me not to. I may get aggressive if you raise your voice because the last people who did that used to hit me. I may nip at your hand if it’s down at your side because no one ever showed me how to properly interact with people. I may get hyper but that’s because I never got to be a puppy. I may rip up your stuff, jump on things I’m not supposed to and pull at my leash when we’re walking. But I am very smart. If you show me love, I will learn to trust you and eventually shower you in face kisses. If you teach me how to behave, show me how I should interact with others and be patient and kind, I will learn. Because all I want to do is make you proud. If you adopt me, please don’t throw me out when you move. Don’t give me away when I get old and gray. Just keep showing me the love that everyone says I deserve so badly and I will be your loyal companion for the rest of my life. Please give me a chance. Don’t cast me aside like all the others. I want to know what forever love feels like.
We thank you all for being there for us through the ups and downs and send our love to everyone, four-legged and two-legged, too 🙂