Why did you decide to rescue?
My boyfriend worked at an apartment complex as a leasing agent. One day a resident brought a dog in with no collar. My boyfriend kept it at his work waiting for someone to claim it. It was getting late and I wanted to feed and take care of it so my mom and I went to pick it up. We took it to the vet to see if it had a chip, which it didn't. No collar and no chip. It was a small and adorable dog. My whole family instantly fell in love with him. My dad, who was always a big dog lover, was holding the little doggy and showing him off to all of our neighbors. We were definitely planning on keeping him if he wasn't claimed. All was going well and we were smitten, until my boyfriend called. The owners daughter can come in. The dog belonged to her dad and they had given it a bath and forgot to put the collar back on. We brought the dog back to its owner. They were very thankful. It was then we decided we wanted a small dog and as soon as possible. There was no doubt in our mind we were going to adopt a dog from a shelter as we know how many there are that need homes.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
My mom, dad and I went to a shelter in our area to look around and see the dogs there. We were walking around and a little dog immediately got my attention. He was an older dog, grey and white, and very matted although they tried to clean him up as best they could. I continued looking at all of the other dogs, of course I wanted every single one, but knew we couldn't take them all. My parents and I discussed the dogs we saw. My dad fell in love with a boxer. I told them I found a small dog. He was older. He was a last chance dog as he was older, been on and off the streets, and in and out of shelters. He just couldn't get adopted. I needed to show them right away so we went over to him. His name was Schnitzel. He was very shy and timid and scared. It broke my heart. To me it was love at first sight. From the moment I laid eyes on him I couldn't get him out of my mind. He was perfect in every way. We told the shelter volunteers we would like to take him out and see how we all connected and my dad told them about the boxer he saw. Unfortunately the boxer couldn't be with other dogs. My dad had another dog he fell in love with. A larger dog and her name was Cassidy. She was Black and Tan and they thought she was a coonhound mix. She was gorgeous, adorable, and was a little less then a year old. The deal was one small dog, but we decided to take her out and see how she did as well.
The meet and greet went well. The little doggy instantly connected to me. He was by my side from the start. The shelter said it was clear he loved me but wanted to make sure he connected with the rest of the family. They even made my brother come meet us since he lived in the house. He was pretty shy and timid around the guys and we could definitely tell this poor baby was previously abused. The big dog Lucy was absolutely hysterical. She was jumping in and out of the little pool they had set up and was running all around. She was very energetic. We decided to adopt both dogs. I was in love with the little guy and my dad was in love with the big girl. When they brought them out to us, Schnitzel was so scared of Cassidy. He was hesitant to get in the car and so scared. When we got home he followed me everywhere I went. He was my shadow from that day forward and it hasn't changed to this day. He eventually warmed up to everyone in the house. It took him a little longer to be comfortable around the guys, which just broke my heart. He is the sweetest most loving dog I have ever met. He will wait for me at the door and he will give kisses all day everyday. Cassidy is so friendly and loving. She loves everyone. She likes to play ball and run and play tug of war. It didn't take long at all for the two dogs to become comfortable and love one another.
Schnitzel became Linus and Cassidy became Lucy. Linus and Lucy and have filled our hearts with so much love, joy and happiness. They changed our lives.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I was very nervous the dogs wouldn't bond with us and get along with each other as well. I was so nervous Linus would stay shy and timid and be scared of everything.
It turned out everything was perfect. The two dogs bonded and both warmed up to out family and became part of it instantly. We fell in love and the dogs get along perfectly even with the age difference. Linus is an old man and Lucy is very young. Big and little. They are the best.
Would you rescue again?
Absolutely without a doubt. It was the most amazing experience. We saved an older dog that was going to be put down and it turned out to be the love of my life. We will only rescue. There are so many dogs that need homes, they need love, and they need a family.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
Giving these sweet animals a new start. A fresh start. A chance at unconditional love and affection. A home. We save them, but it turns out they really do save us.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
There are hundreds and thousands of animals that are stuck in shelters. In small cages. Please consider adopting if you are interested in a pet. I can't believe the amount of joy it brought our family and it feels good and so right. A very rewarding experience!
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