Why did you decide to rescue?
My first rescue was Zeus and I guess I adopted him by accident, lol. A friend of mine called me one day and said this little pup had been wandering around her brothers house for several days, but he couldn't keep him because his dogs were very aggressive towards the pup and he was afraid they might hurt him, so he was just putting food out for him on the sidewalk and tried to find his owner with no luck. My friend took him in for a few days, but also couldn't keep him due to her condo association rules, she asked me if I could foster him while we searched for his owners. I, of course, said yes but at the time was working long hours and didn't think I could have time for a dog, but considering this poor thing was homeless I decided to make the time to foster him. On that first night you should've seen how scared this poor thing was, he had high signs of abuse and undernourishment and that's when I decided I am never buying a dog again and would always adopt.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
The name Zeus' was a no brainer! I needed a big name for a big personality. In case you don't know, Zeus is the Greek God of the Sky and King of the Gods. When I rescued Zeus he was afraid of everything, so shy, and walked as if he was afraid I would hurt him, but after just a few days the way he looked at me said to me that I was his person, I was now in charge of keeping him safe, spoiling him and showing him all the love he never had but really deserved. With time you could see Zeus' personality flourish and now you can see how much character he has. I would compare him to a sour patch kid cause when he first meets people he's a little dick! Haha! But after he's comfortable he is the biggest love bug you can find, he has become such a big part of my life and I can't imagine not having him, then came the time when Zeus was getting too spoiled lol... and possessive over me so after a year of having him I knew he needed a friend and I decided to go to the humane society and find him a brother or sister. I went to the shelter and played with a few pups, first a cute high energy Labrador that I knew would never be a good fit with Zeus because Zeus is a tiny 6 lbs chihuahua and this high energy dog just yelled broken items and fights with Zeus. I finally asked one of the girls that worked there which was the dog that had been there for a long time and was just being overlooked by people and she says Osito (means bear in Spanish) a black, piercing hazel eyed, 75 lbs German Shepard/Husky mix that was bigger than what I was looking for but I said I want to meet him! I wanted to give a new life to a pup no one else wanted to give to them so she brought him out to play. I had already seen him laying in a corner earlier but for some reason overlooked him (like everyone else). I'm not going to lie, "Osito" has an intimidating look to him when you first meet him, but he seriously is a gentle giant!
I wanted him, and knew he was gonna be a great fit, but now I needed the Zeus stamp of approval, so first thing in the morning the following day I went back with Zeus and introduced them, they played for about an hour an seemed great so I signed paperwork and brought "Osito" home. Osito didn't feel right though so I had to come up with a new name for him. He's such a dopey, clumsy, smart boy so after much though I decided Bruno fit him well. Bruno also has signs of abuse even more than Zeus, on the first day I took him home he pulled off of his collar and RAN AWAY! I chased him until a wonderful lady let me in her car and drove me to where he was I got him back on the leash and walked home. He needed serious nurturing as he had been in the shelter so long that he was scared. I remember having to lay on the floor and cuddle with him for hours for him to start trusting me.
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
When dealing with big dogs my biggest fear was him attacking Zeus or me or Tom. I never felt afraid of Zeus when I got him, but Bruno is massive and he growled at Tom a few times which scared me thinking one day he might snap at me but that was Brunos own fear and past, so it has been work to get him to know and feel he is in a safe environment.
Would you rescue again?
OF COURSE!!!!!!! Adopt don't shop all the way!
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
Knowing that you gave a pup a second chance! Dogs don't have voices and we have to be their voice. I am a huge advocate for animals and try to make awareness always.
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