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Katie has been with my Mom for almost 25 years now. She was a stray that moved into Mom's garage with a newborn kitten one day. After the kitten grew old enough, they both disappeared, but about three months later, there was Katie again, and expecting again. She gradually found her way into the house before the kittens were born, and has never left. We had no problems finding good homes for the kittens, but Katie was already home.
My husband (fiance at the time of this story) and I decided we wanted to make a donation to a local animal shelter, we found an amazing shelter on line The AAWL, and found a wish list of items they needed on their website. We went out and bought a bunch of the items and took them down to the shelter the next day.We decided to take a quick look at the dogs there with no intention of bringing one home, we already had 1 dog, 2 cats, 4 sugar gliders and 12 lizards. We looked at the dogs and were about to leave when a volunteer informed us there was one more row of dogs we missed, we walked down the row when I spotted this beautiful little girl ! She looked nothing like we thought our second dog would look like, pointy ears, white hair, smaller than we would want...BUT she smiled at us and had the cutest white eyelashes ! We took her out to play and the next day we brought our dog down to meet her, it was instant love ! They have been glued together ever since that day and they were the perfect Maid of Honer and Best Man we could have ever asked for ! We went to the shelter to donate and we were rewarded with an irreplaceable member of our family ! The picture above is the first night we had her !
Cassidy came to us via our Vet who knew that we have a propensity for adopting special needs pets. Cassidy has three legs because one of them did not develop having been restricted by the chord before birth. She is 5 weeks old - cute as He makes them, and happy now in her forever home with her two kitty sisters and two doggy brothers.
Last November, I lost my sweet KelBel after almost 15 years. I checked the website for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and saw Luna. She had been picked up as a stray dog by the Buffalo police in the cold weather on someone's porch. When I went to visit her, she just cuddled up and pleaded with her eyes "Please take me home!" Well, she did come home with me several days later. Now Luna is part of our family and shares weekly play dates with her niece, Zoe. Just look how happy she is and what a sparkling smile!! Now she's my "Moon Doggie".
"Baby" was not abused but shared a home with an elderly veteran in poor health and 3 other cats. The cats were healthy and neutered but in need of food. A City agency found him and found family members in Washington State. They arranged passage for him but the cats needed new homes. They said that he cried when they took the cats. It broke my heart!
Having had a Calico before, I couldn't resist Baby who just needed to be rescued from her shelter cage, loved and fattened up! It didn't take her long to discover the cat tree, as you can see.
Since Baby is a bright Calico and my two other cats are Orange and White and Black and White, she completes the set! They make a pretty trio and what a great feeling! Baby is my first rescue cat and the most affectionate cat I've had. She seems very thankful!
My husband never had a pet and we weren't looking for one but he just happened to go into a Petsmart to kill time and there was Faith. She was just sitting there quietly while all the other dogs from the shelter were barking and whining. He fell instantly in love and we drove over 30 miles that week to pick her up. She is the dog for us! She is sweet and calm, unless you mention going for a walk (not common for a Catahoula). When it's time for a walk - all I have to do is get out my sneakers and she goes crazy. She loves to go camping or to the park where she can meet new dogs and people. All the kids stop playing to pet her when we are out walking - she's a celebrity! We can't imagine not saving this special, sweet dog.
We were looking for a playmate for our mini-schnauzer Samantha. We found Charlie (also a mini-scnauzer) at the animal shelter in east Texas where we were living at the time. He was so dirty and skinny, but got along with Sam famously. He made himself at home immediately, and even hopped into bed with us the first night, and under the covers, where he sleeps to this day. He is such a little sweetheart and will jump in your lap the minute you sit down. We have had him a year now and can't imagine life without him.
4 years after her other dog died, my Mom finally wanted a dog again. She left the choice up to me. Her only criteria, it must be a female. It took me 5 trips to Animal Control and the SPCA to find her..
I walked into a large room with rows of cages at animal control. A beautiful red dog was right in front of me. I thought she was a full blooded chow. I thought "mm chows are one owner dogs, not good for mom". So i walked right past her w/o even reading her description card.
I found nothing. As i stood by the door, the red dog took the classical "i want to play" pose: front legs bent down & rump up - that caught my attention. I read her card: Female, part chow. She was very playful and friendly. She had recently given birth.
I called Mom on my cell - "I think I found you a dog." And described her. "Get Her" said mom. For $45, we got a wonderful spade dog with a microchip. It was love at first sight. I wanted to call her "Redd Foxx". LOL Mom called her Candy Girl.
Mom and Candy Girl were together for 4 fabulous years. Mom died at age 82 & Candy Girl came to live with me. She shares the home with 2 birds and 3 cats [2 indoor 18yr old females and 1 in/outdoor 6yr old male]. A wonderful addition to our fur & feathers family. The cats - all adopted from the SPCA.
This is Scratch.
As a kitten Scratch was asthmatic.
Unable to breath normally (lungs too small for his body), he wheezed and gasped his way through months of gut-wrenching breathing.
The vet told me that he would likely not survive his kittenhood because his lungs could not support this little body far less a fully-grown feline body.
No matter, I couldn't leave this beautiful boy for euthanizing - not without showing him some measure of earthly love. So home he went where he was rocked, cuddled, sang to, and loved without end, even though I knew his life could end all too soon.
Scratch is now eight (8) years old, healthy as a horse (and almost as big). He grew; his lungs grew. He got over whatever allergies he had.
He is now the easy-breathing, romping big brother of Sam, Speckles and Silhouette.
Scratch and I have a very special bond.
This is Sammy B'eau B'Ammi.
Sam was abandoned when his owner moved, taking Sam's sibling, but not Sam. From this point on, the little fellow survived around a public school where he was found by Leslie. Leslie already had two cats and a dog; she couldn't afford to adopt Sam, but she fed him and did what she could, which included introducing me to Sam.
When I moved from the area, Sam remained on my mind. The memory troubled me. The school would be re-opening soon. Would Sam be scared, mistreated by students? Fall would be arriving soon. Would Sam be cold, perhaps get sick? And then there'd be winter...
I asked Leslie to capture the little guy. I said I'd come and get him. She did, I did, and Sam joined my 2 other cats to make 3:
Scratch, Speckles and Sam.
After adjusting to his new home, Sam probably went under a car, the car probably started, and this is probably how Sam lost his tail. It was so badly dislocated that it had to be amputated.
Still, if he could talk, I'll bet he would say: "I'd give up my tail any day for my new mommy. And God bless Aunt Leslie who took care of me and introduced me and mommy."