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Buddy had me from a lick of my hand

We fell in love with Buddy when we saw him on a local shelter's website. Our love grew when we went to visit the painfully skinny "multicultural" breed shivering in the back of his cage. I reached out a tentative hand. He walked over and licked it, and I told my husband he was going home with us. We happily paid the adoption fee and all three of us left with tails wagging.

That was in January of 2007. Buddy has since put on 20 pounds and has doggie beds upstairs and downstairs along with a daybed in my home/office. He's got two boxes full of toys, plenty of food and water and, most importantly, no shortage of love.

We recently learned that we can't have children, and Buddy has made that much easier to accept. He's our child and the love of our lives.

My only regret is that we can't save all of the shelter animals. Our four walls only have room for one dog right now, but our hearts have plenty of love to eventually adopt more.

Buddy is extremely intuitive, and he is grateful that our family gave him a second chance. Please consider adoption if you decide to get a pet. We couldn't ask for a sweeter, more loving dog.

Mary Russell
Nashville, TN

Buckley with Rawhide

We adopted Buckley in 2006 as a shy little puppy. He is absolutely the sweetest dog, willing to give as many kisses as you will accept and is so loving and gentle with our 19 month old daughter. He is also incredibly active and keeps our other two rescue dogs on their toes. Our home became complete when we brought him home. I couldn't ask for a better little boy!

Elizabeth Gillies
Abingdon, MD

Amazing Gracee

Gracee had been beaten by her owner, hit by a car, and denied vet care for her injuries for several months before she found her way to the local pug rescue that I volunteer for. She was the first transport I was involved in. I was nervous as I drove to pick her up for the first time. I expected her to be fearful, untrusting, or at least scared. What I found instead was a creature whose love for life could not be beaten out of her. Walking around on a broken leg and two broken hips, she was a perfect picture of what true determination looked like....she never let her injuries keep her from doing anything that any other dog could do. After several surgeries, I watch her now as she runs through our yard, pain free, her whole body wagging along with her tail… and she smiles up at me as her eyes look into my soul. I didn't rescue her, she rescued me, and because of her I have been forever changed. Being a part of her rescue has made me a more dedicated volunteer because I want to help more dogs like her to find forever homes.

putt_alabama@yahoo.com
Birmingham, AL

Classic Car Kitty

Bobbie was found with his sister in the back seat of a 1968 Dodge Dart that was being stored in a garage. The owner had chased the mother out of the garage a week before, not realizing she was nursing kittens. By the time he discovered them, they were starving and very weak. We found a home for his sister, took him to the vet and nursed him back to health. Now our "little panther" is handsome, sleek, loving and very intelligent, and we feel blessed that he came into our lives.

Pamela Moll
Macungie, PA

ROSIE: A TRUE FRIEND! HAS WENT TO PUPPYDOG HEAVEN

IN AN EARLIER STORY ABOUT 2 WEEKS OR SO AGO I TOLD OF A TRUE AND LOYAL FRIEND OF OURS NAMED ROSIE. SHE WAS A VICTIM OF CANCER AND THIS MORNING WOKE UP AND WENT OUTSIDE AND THEN WAS UNABLE TO COME BACK IN ON HER OWN AND MY WIFE BROUGHT HER BACK INSIDE. DURING THE DAY SHE LAYED IN ONE SPOT NOT WANTING TO EAT OR DRINK. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO WATCH, BUT I ALWAY SAID I WOULD NEVER LET HER SUFFER. IT IS NOT ALWAYS THE QUANITY OF LIFE, BUT INSTEAD THE QUALITY OF LIFE. ROSIE WAS SO SPOILED AS ARE ALL MY ANIMALS. I GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY NEED AND ALOT THEY JUST WANT. THEY ALL ARE SO LOVED.

THE VET CAME OUT TO CHECK ONE OF MY HORSES TONIGHT AS HE WAS FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER AND WE ALSO HAD HIM CHECK ROSIE TO SEE IF SHE WAS SUFFERING LIKE WE BELIEVED SHE WAS. HE SAID HE COULD GIVE HER A PAIN KILLER, BUT IT WOULD BE TEMPORARY. MY WIFE MADE THE DECISION TO HAVE HER PUT TO SLEEP. WE BOTH HAD KISSED HER GOOD BY AND TOLD HER WE LOVED HER AND SHE WOULD BE MISSED DEARLY. GOOD-BYE ROSIE MY BELOVED FRIEND. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.

ALL OUR LOVE

CHRIS & PAUL

YOU WERE A GIFT FROM HEAVEN & NOW WE RETURN YOU BACK ,

Paul
Mauk, GA

Little Rawley

We found little Rawley at a yorkie rescue group and fell in love at first sight. He was absolutely terrified of everything, sick and very thin. We wondered if he would ever be able to trust again. Now we celebrate every tail wag, every kiss and the stars are back in his eyes. He seems to know he is part of a forever family now and we adore him.

J Vest
Apopka, FL

MITZY

Mitzy and her 4 brothers and sisters were abandoned on the steps of out local police department at 2 or 3 days old. My friend took them all and bottle fed them until they were ready to be fostered out. At the time, I only had 1 kitty and thought he might like a friend. So I chose the quietest female, brought her home, and she immediately bonded with him and us. She is too fat, but soooo happy, and now has 3 other adopted kitties to play with. They ALL showed up at my doorstep. Guess they read "SUCKER" on my forehead, but I love them all. By the way, Mitzy is the black and white one, with Sammy her newest buddy.

PAM
BEACON, NY

My angel

My name is shylow and I was born on Aug 28,2007. I was giving to a family who did not take care of me and I became very very sick. then when I was around 10 weeks of age I was taken from the bad place and I met this girl who when i was place in her arm i knew she has lots of love to give to me. But I did not feel like living in this cold world. I ended up with this women who now is tryin to get me to eat and drink but i would not. so she take me to the vet and i thought to my self her i go to another place some one who does not want me again, but she stayed with me threw my vet stay and she talk to me every day she even was petting me and brushing my fur. I started to feel better and I wanted to respond but did not at first. she never gave up on me I finely found a home . she and her hubbby took me to a place to learn puppy training only I was to advance for the classes. then one day while i was learning to be come her service dog, we were out in the mall when i senesed that there was something wrong with my new angel mom. I tried to tell her say , then my angel mom had a seriger and i put my paws on her so she would not fall out of her wheelchair. So to make a long story short . I am now two and loving life and saving hers like she saved mine. So to all who save animals your our pet angels.

Darcy Leonard
Sacramento, CA

Snowball

This is Snowball. We rescued her from certain death in a shelter in Alabama. She was scheduled to be euthanized on a Saturday and I found her on PetFinder on Thurdsay. I knew the minute I saw her I had to save her; there was something about her that melted my heart and I knew I couldn't let her die in a shelter without ever knowing what it was like to be a real dog in a real family. She quickly became a huge part of our lives and a wonderful addition to our family. She had never had a real family before or even been in a house. She used to bark at the rocking chair and had a terrible time going up and down the stairs! Her favorite thing to do besides steal potatoes from the basket in the kitchen was to play "tag" with my daughters. She acclimated herself quickly into our home and our hearts. Although we only had her for six months before she passed away (she had a kidney defect which we knew about) I cannot stress enough how important it is to rescue instead of going through a breeder or GASP! a puppy mill. We are looking right now to adopt another dog to brighten our lives once again. If I had to do it all over knowing she would only be with us for such a short time I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just knowing that her last six months on earth were filled with love & joy and play dates with our neighbors' dogs is enough and the pure joy and love she gave in return is priceless and timeless. We did the right thing and I hope everyone out there will as well.

Jennifer Donovan
South Berwick, ME

Mooch the Breast Cancer Awareness Dog

We were looking for a new dog to adopt at our Animal Shelter.After several visits, there was this little dog...sitting at the very back of the cage and shaking like a leaf. Our hearts went out to him...He was SO scared. We had to wait 10 days to take him home (to see if an owner claimed him since he was a stray). We visited each day to talk to him and the more we talked, the more he shook. When we finally got him home, it took another 3 days for him to "warm-up" to us..but, NOW he is our baby, definitely our loveable lap-dog and never fails to pose for any photo so he can ham-it-up. This is his Breast Cancer Awareness pose.

Ruth Rowley
Severn, MD
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