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Maggie the stray

I was delivering mail on a below zero February day when I ran into Maggie. I was in a very bad neighborhood best known for drug activity. She was huddled between 2 trash bags for warmth when she saw me. She immediately ran over to me wanting to play. You could see her ribs, she was so thin and as I would find out later she was extremely dehydrated yet all she wanted to do was play. I got my car and came back to get her. I opened the door and she jumped right in licking my face the whole ride. At the time I had 2 cats and wasn't looking for a dog, so my initial reaction was to take her to a shelter. A friend informed me that the shelter would put her down more than likely so I took her home.

I've now had her for 2 and a half years. I believe she is a pitbull-german shepherd mix. I don't know what I would do without her. She is my best friend who rarely leaves my side. I now have 4 cats (all strays) who get along very well with her (after some interesting adjustment time). I had a recent scare with her and a chicken bone which made me realize how much I need her. Bringing her home was the best thing I have ever done.

Bob Hetherington
Philadelphia, PA

Thrown on the highway

Marcus was the size of my palm when he was thrown out of a moving vehicle on a highway. He must have been barely two weeks old. I brought him home and, since then, for the 6 years that he has been with me has never let me forget that I am the most special person in his life - just as he is in mine.

Reena
Bangalore, India

Jade

My daughter had always loved and wanted a dalmatian as im a rottweiler owner my beloved bullmastiff died of a heart attack so we decided on another.We bought dice a 12 week old dally he was so handsome we was very happy until he started havin problems around a yr old.The vet diagnosed bladder stones so we treated dice with tablets and he went the same again so he had to have an operation,things were fine until afta a few months his problem flared up agin but this time dice couldnt cope and he died suddenly at the vets he was almost 3.. we decided on another one she was being rehomed by someone,Angel she was called and she was a 5yr old bitch,we had aggression issues with angel as she was a typical dally she would fight for food but we loved her regardless! angel was with us for nearly 2 yrs when we moved she got out and was run over on mothers day this year so we had to have her put to sleep..we was devastated!!..a woman got in touch who had 2 dallies a dog and a bitch the bitch was only with her since jan she had bought her from someone else she is jade and she is 4 yrs old..the woman gave her to me as her other dog did not get on with her..we brought jade into our home with our other 2 rottweilers and it was if we never lost angel ..i dont know what i would do now if jade wasnt here she has filled a huge gap in my life and my girls she is absolutely wonderful,playful,loving and loyal she never leaves my side! she now has took over angels place in my bed and we love her to bits!

kathleen prem
manchester, United Kingdom

Bebe the paralyzed hero

Bebe is a stray dog ( about 3-4 years old) who has been shot by a pellet gun in her spine. Two bullets have paralyzed her 2 hind legs. My sister and I found the dog on the steer. She was in pain, crying. From this moment we take care of her. She has been going through so much pain and she needs special care. We managed to get her a wheelchair. Bebe is now learning to walk with it. She is the smartest dog ever and she needs your help. Please help us find her a loving home forever. She deserves it. At the moment she is in a foster home waiting for her forever home. Please go to my site www.saveapet.co.cc to read the whole story of her and my other stray dogs. Every day she looks into my eyes and she is trying to tell me: " I want to have a loving home and someone to love me"..

Best Regards,

Donika and Tereza
Sofia, Bulgaria

Jazz did more than pay me back.....

I rescued a lilac-crested amazon about10 years ago. He is quite a character and very entertaining. He and I argue constantly. He prefers men but puts up with me because I gave him a home.

About a month ago I turned on the teapot to purify water for the hummingbirds and went outside to work in the garden. The dogs were with me and the cats were inside. Jazz started to whistle; like you would whistle for the dogs. This wasn't unusual until he repeated it over and over and over. He normally would whistle a couple of times and then say, "here kitty, kitty, kitty". He did not do that. He just kept it up.

I went in the house because I thought the new kitty might be bothering Jazz in his cage. As I walked in I could smell gas!! The teapot had boiled over and put the fire out. My stove has an electric start that kept trying to start the flame again. Thank goodness it didn't work or we would have blown up! ! I rushed over and turned off the stove. Jazz said, (in his jovial voice) "Oh, I'm a good boy! Ha, ha, ha, ha." Love that bird.

Jazz paid it forward that day!

Saundra
Rohnert Park, CA

Floyd the stray

My husband and I have rescued all four of our dogs, but this is Floyd's story. We were doing yard work and noticed a little 3 month old puppy running down the road. We called him and he came running over, big smile on his face, tail wagging and ears a-flapping! Neighbors told us he had been hanging around for a week but no one picked him up. We tried to find his owner but fell in love immediately. He is a curr/pit bull mix (we think!) that we named Pretty Boy Pink Floyd. He gets along with all people and all of our dogs and is the biggest commedian in the house.

Judie
Palm Bay, FL

Owen and Snowball left behind, but now have a place called home

When my neighbor moved out on July 4th, he left behind Owen and Snowball. I thought he would be back to get them so I made sure they had food and water. A few days went by and no one returned. I talked it over with hubby and decided at the time I would keep Snowball(he was 8 months old) and find Owen (he is 3 years old) a home. As the days went by I just couldn't give Owen up. I kept both of them. Owen lived in the home for 2 years with 2 other cats and 5 children and a single dad. Then the females had kittens(one of them Snowball), and there were at one time 13 cats and kittens plus 5 kids. I don't know what he did with the other 11 and why he left Owen and Snowball behind, but I do know that Owen and Snowball are very happy and loved in thier new home.

Karen
Elk Grove, CA

My Rescues

I searched on petfinder for quite awhile for another husky as my Nova girl had died. I found a husky at the Elberton ounty shelter, in Georgia, which was a kill shelter. It took me awhile to get the info, there were no pictures. A volunteer vet when there and took some pictures for me and got back with the details. One of which was "1044" had been there over 30 days. The shelter was not crowded so for now she was ok. Two days later I picked her up from the volunteer vets house after she picked up 1044, spayed her and gave her shots. Once we left there, she became Georgia and is a really cool dog. Later I adopted a sooner be one kind then another from a friend whose Mother had died, so the dog was basically abandoned. He is Traveler. I wish I was making better money cause I'd get another husky for Georgia. These two keep me from being so deepressed as my Nova girl passed over the rainbox bridge, I still miss her very much

Janelle

Janelle Wolves
Mebane, NC

My Furry Guardian "Cat" Angel

In 1999, I adopted "April" now age 10 from the Houston Human Society. She was about 12 weeks old when I adopted her and brought her home. When I got her home she started having eye and nasal drainage and nasal congestion, coughing, etc. I took her to the vet clinic and she was diagnosed there with a very bad "upper respiratory infection". I treated her with various medicines and breathing treatments for quite a while, as I am a very responsbile and committed pet owner, love her dearly as to me she is my baby and I wanted her to get well. Anyway little did I know that 8 years later, I would be diagnosed with a very serious type of breast cancer called "triple negative", which I am battling to this very day. I have had several surgeries, gone through 7 months of chemotherapy, and 6 weeks of radiation. All throughout my battling this disease, April, is the main one of my (3) cats that has constantly clung to my side, sleeping next to my head on my queen bed day and night on her cat bed. I live alone and have no family. "April" has truly been my furry guardian "cat" angel, and I pray to God that I outlive her, because I want us to spend many more years together. I feel like she is paying me back for taking such good care of her when she was sick with the bad URI as a baby. She has been my survival to say the least during my battle with "triple negative" breast cancer.

Cynthia K. Wurth
Houston, TX

Our gentle Giant

When I met my now hubbie, Mark he had 4 rescues and I had two pure bred Rotties....so once we married we had a new blended family....two years in My oldest Rott at 12 1/2 made her journey to the rainbow bridge and it was time to find a new member to keep the six strong....we ventured to a few shelters and this being my first rescue, was hard for me...I want to take them all but none were pulling on my heart strings either....a stop by The Lake County Animal Services in Tavares changed all that...lookiing thru the cages, Mark came upon one and i heard him exclaim..."What r u!!!?"....he was beautiful but very thin...see his ribs....long story short....we named him Troy and saved him from being put down the next day....Troy is the now, a year and a half later at 120 pounds and growing....the sweetest gentle giant of them all...he loves all his siblings...loves to play and sleep near his Mom or Dad....Thank you boy from tugging on my heartstrings...I cannot imagine day to day without you in it!!!

Lori Fleck -Wysocki
Clermont, FL
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