A few years ago, I didn’t know much about the rescue and foster world. I knew there were dogs in shelters all around the country, and my heart broke when I saw television commercials that depicted dogs in wire cages, trapped in an existence where only heaven knew if they’d ever get out. Walking the corridors of shelters was something I had done in the past, and added wonderful dogs to my life, but this time we tried something different.
When we were ready to add a new dog to our household we went online to a rescue site: www.adoptapet.com. Up popped many pages of all kinds of dogs looking for homes. I found out that most of these dogs are “rescued” from life on the streets or they are “rescued” from shelters where their time has run out. Wonderful, caring, giving people (like Bernie Berlin www.aplacetobark.com who has saved over 2,500 homeless pets) drive thousands of miles donating hundreds of dollars in gas (and much more in food and vet care) to snatch these loving animals out of the hands of death.
And guess what you find once these animals’ photos are posted on the rescue sites? Adorable, hugable, squeezeable, licking bundles of love that will forever thank you for saving their lives.
That’s how it was with Charlie Bear. Now, he did come with “issues,” and he was a challenge in our home, but he was and is worth every single minute.
Did you rescue a loving pet into your life? Did that pet end up rescuing you? That’s what happened with us. Back in October of 2010 when I first wrote about looking for a dog, many of you responded on Facebook. Like Ronna who adopted a caramel colored cocker spaniel from Craig’s List. And Troy who adopted a 95-lb lab and who said, “He wasn’t what I thought I was looking for at the time, but he has never ceased to be exactly what I needed.” And Crystal who was looking to adopt their first dog for her boys who were 4 and 6 and believed she found the right match on www.petfinder.com.
Charlie Bear and I hope you all have found your matches made in heaven. Tell us about them, and send photos of your rescued/adopted love bug and we’ll post them on a future blog. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugs from B.J.
Woofs & Wiggles from Charlie Bear