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We adopted Johnny Earl from our local shelter. I had always wanted a Benji dog and he is incredible. I will never go anywhere but a shelter to find my animal companion.
On March 1st, we celebrate the imaginary birthdays of our dogs. Adopted from shelters in three different states, Jesse will be 13, Angus will be 8, and BJ Muggs will be 9. Even though they are all different mixed-breeds, they act like littermates, playing and running together. Their antics keep us smiling up here in the mountains. We heartily endorse adopting adult and senior dogs. They all deserve a second chance to live out their lives in safe and loving homes.
In Sept. 2009, My husband and his friend were out walking in the woods behind our house. Soon they heard a small, soft, weak kitten's cry. They went to investigate. They found a small black kitten with its front right paw dangling in a tree. They rescued the kitten and brought him home. His paw/leg was swollen and limp. We immediately took him to the vet. The vet said that he was only 4 weeks old and that he had been in the tree for a while. He was dehydrated and the vet didn't know if his leg could be salvaged. The vet wrapped the leg and told us to take him home and keep an eye on him, give it some time to heal. On the way home, we decided to call our little guy Gizmo. After about 6 weeks of care and therapy, Gizmo's leg began to work and now he has full function of the leg. Today he is a happy, healthy cat. We love him and he has become such a character. He has really earned his name.
I lost one "babyman" cat and went to the local Shelters everyother day in hopes to find Macy. Alas I was not able to find him...but found this little two pound fuzzball that was yelling up a storm. I remember thinking on the way home what have I done as he was showing me his great set of lungs....Griffith is now a 14 pound precious boy ( at 10 months). My other cat Mica, has adopted him as his brother as has my rescue 3 legged Golden Retriever.. I could not imagine not having Griffith be a part of my household.
We adopted our 3 boys in 2009; Jake in March, George in June, and Henry in December. They are around the same age (18 months). Each shared a grim future of living on the streets of Philadelphia, but thanks to our local rescue organizations, were given a second chance. They are such special, loving boys, and we are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to be their forever family. They have a strong bond with each other and do everything together; whether it's watching the birds through the window, chasing balls and toys around the house, or joining us to sleep each night - they are our 3 amigos :)
WHILE LOOKING FOR A "NEW" FRIEND I MET MEG WHO WAS SITTING ON TOP OF HER COOP LEANING AGAINST THE PEN, HER EYES STARING AT ME. I TOUCHED HER AND SHE MELTED. SHE'S LIVED WITH US 1 1/2 YEARS NOW AND WE LOVE HER DEARLY. SHE LOVES TO BE HUGGED AND PLAY WITH HER TOYS. SHE LOVES THE CATS, OTHER DOGS AND US OF COURSE!!!!
In 2004 we adopted two of the sweetest puppies - both Lab mixes rescued by Labs4Rescue from high kill shelters in the South. Carlisle (on left) was transported to New England from Tennessee and Jack came to us a few months later from Louisiana. Both boys are sweet, well mannered dogs and fill our lives with constant joy. Because of them, I became involved as a volunteer for Labs4Rescue, doing home visits for potential adopters. Then my husband and I helped to establish an off-leash dog park in our town where dogs can go for friendly off-leash play and visit with their doggie and human friends. Our lives have been enriched because of them and looking back at the last few years, we believe the boys rescued us, not the other way around!
I've always had cats, but after losing the last aged cat, I hesitated to adopt another cat, because we planned to travel in a motorhome. But fate deemed otherwise. First there was the 3-4 week old kitten mewing across our yard, desperately looking for food. We learned he must have been left behind when his mother lost her life protecting him from a predator. Then there was the 4-5 month old kitten, obviously once loved, but dumped off as he grew beyond the cuddly stage. Ok, two cats is good, right? But several years later, I was introduced to one of the most horrific parasites I have known, the Cuterebra (large fly egg larva that burrows into flesh to develop). The little female was not severely infected, but her brother was emaciated and unable to move in spite of his mother's dutiful attendance. I rushed them to the Vet, who doubted he could save the brother, but immediately performed surgery to remove the worms. The tiny little lump of fur refused to give up. Using a Have-a-Heart, I did my best to trap the mother, but was not successful. We named the brave little brother Trooper for his valiant effort, and now have Brindy, Tazzy, Molly and Trooper, who travel with us in our motorhome.
I've already shared my story on the Rescue Site about "My Little Diva". This time I just want to say that 'Thank God" for all of you with your rescue stories. There are very evil people out there that abuse, neglect and abandoned innocent animals. They should be found and punished. Those people just don't value an animals life. But I know there are many more people out there that love animals and saved them from a horrible fate. Please please go to a shelter, or Rescue if you want to add a dog or cat to your family. There are so many dogs and cats waiting for a furever home and you will save their life. They will love you and be forever grateful. You will never regret it. If you can't add a dog or cat permanently to your home right now, please consider fostering a dog or cat until they can be permanently adopted.
We rescued Rocky Top and Peyton from a "horrible siutation" when they were a year old. They are not related but they were both stuffed into the same cage since birth. When we first got them Peyton could hardly walk since had never been out of the small cage she lived in. Peyton is a precious lady and Rocky is a wild little man. At no point during the day are they more than 10 feet apart from each other, and still wrestle constantly. We have had them now for 6 years and I thank god everyday that these precious puppies are getting the great life every dog deserves!