Pixie & Pookie's Stories


Why did you decide to rescue?
I've always had a strong belief in rescuing as opposed to buying. I got my first rescue almost 15 years ago (yes, she's still with us!) and it's been nothing but joy. Plus, I love getting mixed breeds. It's fun to see a combination of different breed personalities. I think it's so much more interesting than just one breed!

Please tell us your story with rescuing.
When I got our first rescue (Pixie) a black Lab/Jack Russell Terrier mix I was on the hunt. I had connected with a rescue organization that had regular adoption days at a local pet store. I had originally gone to the event to look at a particular dog I had seen on their website but there wasn't quite the match. As I was starting to walk away and go back to my car, I saw Pixie out of the corner of my eye. She was being taken out of the rescue van by a volunteer Girl Scout. I ran over to inquire about her. When the Girl Scout said she was being brought out to be made available for adoption, I grabbed the leash from her hand, nearly knocked her over and went straight to the adoption desk to fill out the paperwork. That was 14 years ago and she is still trucking along. Four months ago we decided it was time to bring another black dog into our life. I saw a Facebook posting from the same organization as Pixie was from, showing 6 little 7 week old pups. Three of them were black and looked a lot like Pixie! I went to the adoption center and same thing -- I nearly had to knock others over to grab my adoptee! And that is how little Pookie, an all black Australian Shepherd/Australian Kelpie mix came into our life. She and Pixie are best buds and join black cats Pickle, Pinkie & Pie!
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I didn't have a lot of fears since I had grown up with dogs but I hadn't intended on adopting a dog that was young and not potty trained! But heart strings were tugged and are stronger than any misgivings one has about adopting a dog and so sleepless nights with potty training were born. 
Would you rescue again?
I have and yes I will ALWAYS rescue!
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
I always tell my pups, "Well, looks like you just won the puppy lottery!" I love the idea that I have saved a dog from a more miserable life and that they are going to get spoiled do death. And of course the truly most positive part is what they give back to you. Dogs in general are very devoted and loving to their owners but there's something about a rescue. They seem to understand that they were specially chosen and rescued from a bad situation and are so very grateful. 
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
Rescue dogs are fully trainable, super cute and love you just like any other dog. Taking dogs off the street and taking out of neglectful situations is super important and is a way to do your part in this world!

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