Why did you decide to rescue?
It was 2001 and I kept hearing noises coming from my neighbors backyard. I came to find out a mother had given birth to a bunch of puppies.
When I noticed the runt of the litter being mistreated and neglected by humans and by the pups mom, I fought to get that small dog in my possession. I didn't know what I was going to do when I rescued her, but I knew she needed to be taken care of. Rascal was special. She was my heart dog. She beat so many odds in her life. From being abused and neglected, to overcoming many health issues like cancer, thyroid disease, hip dysplasia, arthritis, to name a few. She never stopped being like a puppy. Up until a week before she passed at age 13, Rascal would constantly want to play. She had so much energy and quirks. She would smile with full teeth accompanied by a wiggle butt. She would gently grab my pointer finger and pull me where she wanted to go, like holding hands. She was sassy and spunky and loved life and lived it fully.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I had no idea what I was doing, but once I got the puppy I noticed how malnourished she was and there were signs of abuse. I didn't know if she was going to survive or how to really do much to care for her. First step was going to the vet and seeing what we were dealing with.
Would you rescue again?
I did. Rescued Daisy in December 2015. Daisy was a shelter dog and a rescue group saved her and I adopted her from them. Daisy was failed by humans, because they didn't understand that Daisy needed to acclimate to their homes and their dogs. She was thrown into a group of dogs and they turned on her to protect their home and Daisy got the worst of it. That's why she was dumped at the shelter. Terrible stuff. But now she is safe and loved.
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
Knowing that I was able to save a life. To give a dog the chance that someone else wasn't going to even try to give it.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
There are so many dogs and other animals in shelters that are there because humans let them down or were a part of backyard breeding. Shelter dogs are not damaged or broken.
You can follow the memories of Rascal and the life of Daisy @rascal_forever_10.21.14