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10 years ago my life completely changed when I stopped by the 10th chance rescue at my local Petsmart. To all the other visitors the orange tabby must have looked like a malnourished and sickly cat (which in reality he was). When I looked into his gorgeous green eyes, I felt a love that could never be described in words. I asked to hold him and with one gentle paw to my face I knew he was going home with me.
Over the past 10 years my love Tyler (Ty Ty Luvie Boy to all) has had numerous respiratory infections, gum infections, eye infections, reactions to medications... And the list could go on and on!! My fabulous veterinarian treats him symptomatically. His diagnosis, a poor start in life.
The most devastating news came 6 years ago when the eye specialist told me his retinas were degenerating and that ultimately he would go blind. I cried and cried, begging her to tell me this really wasn't true. I wanted to purchase him new eyes. I would do anything for my sweet docile luvie boy.
Here we are 6 years later and blind. All of the vets words of comfort came true. Ty Ty gets around perfectly fine, still runs to the door when someone rings the bell, plays with his sisters, follows me around and most importantly lives a happy and beautiful life.
This boy continues to rescue me time and time again. He's there waiting to comfort me after every long day, celebrates joyous news, comforts me over sad news, break ups..... The list could go on and on.
Ultimately my blind guy has taught me to see the bright side in any situation.
I'm so happy he's mine!!
In this photo it shows how she's grown from the first picture by the dumpster to laying in my lap by the heater :)
Well the story goes....
I was at work one night, as I was taking out the trash I noticed this little lady behind the dumpster. In fear of her getting hit by a car or getting hurt by the garbage trucks, I decided if she was still out there when I got off I would bring her home well I walked out the front doors and there she was staring at me just waiting I scooped her up and brought her home, cleaned her up fed her she was thin, dirty and had a cold. I didn't think she would have had the impact she has on my family they all took one look and said welp she's ours lol needless to say ms Cali has become and now always will have a nice warm home and a loving family <3
One night while I was in college & lived alone, I was mugged. I was ok but afraid to be home alone. The police said it was PTSD. About a month later, on a cold Sunday morning, I woke & just felt a need to go to the Big Dog Rescue of Tallahassee adoption. I was there all day playing with puppies, especially this sweet little black lab/chow mix. I took him home that day.
That day was the beginning of the most wonderful & closest relationships in my life! His name was Rocky & he was my best friend for the next 14 years. I took him everywhere I went from the moment we met, vacations to the beach & mountains, every holiday, everywhere, he was even at my wedding. He was beautiful solid black & grew to 90 pounds. He never left my side, literally. He was just a good dog who never did anything wrong. Everyone who knew him, loved him.
We lost him to cancer in Sept 2012 and still miss him everyday. The pain my husband & I felt was unbearable but the wonderful memories of our time together & the strength he gave me I will never forget.
Adopting a rescue pet brings more than joy to your life. It brings a feeling peace to know that you gave another creature a chance they may never have had. I encourage everyone, especially those who feel lonely or afraid, to adopt a furry friend. They will never let you down!
We miss you sweet "Rock Dog" and hope the story of your life can help just one lonely, scared animal find a forever home full love!
On June 25th my boyfriend and I were going to his house. On the way he told me about a very timid dog that had been living in their carport for the last three days, they had been giving her food and water but could not pick her up in order to take her to a shelter. When we got there I sat down on the driveway and called out to her, she immediately came running and plopped down in my lap, dry nosed and panting from the heat. Damian was baffled by her instant trust. She was a bit thin and absolutely filthy, in addition to having a sore hip. She also had a collar indent in her fur, like she had worn one for a long time but lost it. I was given a brush and I managed to get out all of the dirt clods and loose fur. I then called my dad and talked him into letting me bring her home just until her owners or a new home was found. She reluctantly allowed me to pick her up and put her in the car, she was absolutely terrified whenever we would stop for any reason, like we were going to toss her out the window or something. When we got her home we did everything we could to find her owners, but it soon became clear that she wasn't being looked for. She bonded closely with our Labrador and my younger sister; so we kept her. We named her Foxanne because she looks a bit like a fox and my mother likes the name "Roxanne". She's doing well now, she put on a little weight and her hip is no longer sore. She is a great snuggle dog but also loves to be active, she has an insatiable sweet tooth and will shamelessly steal lollipops but will leave alone a steak that is within her reach, go figure. She's a quirky mutt but I’m glad she chose me, I couldn't imagine life without my little "Fox".
My older sister was living with some friends who had a little runt of a kitten but they didn't take very good care of her so she sent me a message asking her if i wanted the little kitten, i came and saw her and she was so small you could see her ribs and everything when i went to get her she was living in her own filth she had no food or water. I took her and had her stay with a family member until i could bring her to my own place cause i was living with different family and had two cats with me already but the shelter was full and i had no choice but to bring my kitten home with me and everyone who met her melt with her green eyes and her white spot on her chest she is a little black kitty who with love and Popper care has gotten bigger. she will always be my tiny
I dreamed of having a dog my entire adult life, and I was finally in a place where I could do just that. I wasn't quite ready for a long-term commitment, though, so I decided to foster for the humane society. I bought all the supplies, put up the fence,etc. and headed to the shelter ready to find a foster dog. They said, "well, actually, we need someone to take this incredibly pregnant cat." She had apparently been on the street in the middle of winter, sick, and due any day-- presumably law enforcement found her and put her in the bathroom at the shelter, which is where she was found the next morning. Not being a cat person, I decided I would just help them out for 6-8 weeks until the kittiens were weened and then get the cat and kittens adopted and move on to get a dog. Well, I got her home and she disappeared for 2 days, then didn't eat or drink, and fought a respiratory infection. I took her to the vet, she lost her kittens, and I couldn't imagine taking her back to the shelter. I was keeping her until she was adopted. In the next 12 months, she was only looked at twice and was never adopted (with a face like that, how didi so many people pass her over?). By that time, she had grown on me and gotten me through MANY tough times. I decided that I couldn't imagine not having her and finally adopted her myself! I've now had her for 4 years. I love her, I spoil her, and I can't imagine life without her! She even turned me into a cat person!
Ruffy showed up in my yard in 2004 as a stray . His hair was matted & he was hungry & scared. I fed him regularly outside and he was always waiting for me when I can home from work. The first time I picked him up and took him inside my kitchen he jumped as high as the door trying to get outside. So I let him outside for a few more days. The next time I picked him up and brought him inside he decided to stay :-) He has been my buddy for nine years now! He putts golf balls with me every night.
Meet My Topper!
In Febuary 2011 I had to have my beloved Kona kitty put to sleep :( I had him 15 yrs and he was the best)
He was suffering from old age and the vet said he was suffering. I was so heartbroken and cried for weeks.
One day my daughter called to let me know, there was an abandoned cat in her building that was so lovable and desperately wanting a home.
So the next day, I went to visit and meet him. Immediately he came to me and wrapped around my feet purring,
and I picked him up and he kissed my nose. (melting my heart).
Now I was living with my sister and brother in law at the time, and they didn't want me to get another pet,
as their cat was territorial and would be upset. So my daughter (knowing how much I missed Kona)
she said I could move in with her, If I wanted him. :)
since she had two cats already, and Topper had fleas, worms, and needed to be fixed and get shots,
before introducing them. We made a kitty tent on the patio, with warm blankets and everything he needed for the nights,
during the day I would sit with him, and let him know he was here to stay.
We kept the sliding door open with screen closed during the day, so the cats could get use to eachother before Topper
was ready to come inside. They all get along now, Topper, Snoopy and Baby Girl .
Topper follows me everywhere, and cries if I even go check the mail, I am constantly reassuring him,
I will never leave him and he will always be a part of this family, FOR LIFE.
I was walking through an apartment complex and I saw a sign on a wall that read "Do not feed stray cats". As I approached my car in the parking lot I heard a meow but couldn't locate where it was coming from. As I got into my car, I heard it again and went for a closer look. I saw a little head peeking around the back tire of a car parked near me. The kitten wouldn't come out and avoided me when I reached for it. Luckily, I had a bit of food in the car and coaxed it out. I was able to grab her and take her home. I wanted to slowly introduce her to my other rescue cat and dog, but she had zero patience for that and wanted to introduce herself on her terms. My dog didn't pay much attention to her but it took my other cat a while to tolerate her. She has nerves of steel and and essentially let it be known that she was here to stay. I named her Annie, but refer to her as Little one. She has her daily routine and decides when she needs attention. She also loves being outdoors and adventurous but never wanders very far off. She is neutered and happy.
My family had been a one dog family for many years until Sophie came along. Mom had been toying with the idea of getting a 2nd but wasn't entirely convinced until we ran across a pet foster home who posted about their newest arrival.
Sophia Mama, a black labrador mix, was found in southern Illinois in the country fields. A farmer was able to get the shy dog and brought her to his shed. Sophie was more nervous around the farmer than his wife, making her fear of men clear. Also, she easily learned to sit and stay. It was estimated she had an owner but was neglected and possibly abandoned. Sophie stayed in the barn for three days, causing no trouble while waiting for the humane society to pick her up. When the farmer came to check on her, he found the dog nursing 10 newborn pups. The puppies and their mom were transferred to Wisconsin, where they'd be placed in a pet foster home. Sophie was given her full name "Sophia Mama" after the way she adored her puppies and how shy & delicate she was. All the puppies grew up soon enough and were quickly adopted. No one wanted the mom except for my family.
We drove an hour to get her and, after much coaxing, got the lab to trust us. It took months for Sophie to adjust to living with us and even longer to cure her man-phobia. This timid sweetheart became an energetic spaz in due time. Sophie's always shoving toys in our faces or snuggling us for attention.
Maybe my family was meant to be a 2-dog family. We just needed to wait for the right dog. And Sophia Mama is definitely it.