June 19th 2012 7:39 pm
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Little Dude here! I've been elected to represent my pack this year in the adopt contest. What an honor. Thanks guys! I think I'll start by explaining the adoption process a little and then I'll introduce all my furiends in the pack.
If you are looking for a new pet to add to your family then you should look no further than your local rescue group or shelter. There are lots of great pets just waiting for a home. They vary from young to old and from small to large. Most of us are just mutts (mixed breeds), but there are lots of purebred pets that need a new start too. No matter what breed they are all of these potential pets are full of love and are just waiting for the right family to come along to share all of that love with.
You might be asking yourself, 'But Little Dude, isn't adopting a long and complicated process?' Well, the simple answer is no. Adoption is simple and usually pretty quick. The first step is finding a potential pet that you think will be perfect for your family. You can always start by checking your local shelter. You can also check lots of websites for adoptable pets. I'd recommend petfinder.com or adoptapet.com. Oh and don't forget dogster has adoption listings as well.
Okay, so you've found your perfect companion. Let's say he's a happy 2 year old yellow lab mix with a great smile (hint, hint). Your next step is to contact the rescue. Let them know you saw this adorable guy and you are just bursting at the seams to make him a part of your family. They will point you in the direction of their adoption application. This is a simple form designed to make sure that you and the potential lucky lad are compatible. Just answer the questions honestly and e-mail it back to the rescue and they will usually get it approved within a few days. They may also do a home check. This just means a nice person comes out to meet you and have a look around to make sure your home is safe for your new pet.
The next step, is to set up a time to meet and pick-up your new family member. With my rescue, this is when you would pay your adoption fee as well. Don't worry, adoption fees aren't expensive. My fee is only $125 and I'm up-to-date on all my shots and I've been neutered. Sounds like a bargain right! If the pet you are going to get has a foster parent that is who you will be meeting. If you are going to a shelter, you'll be meeting a shelter worker. Either way, it'll be someone who can answer any questions you might have. You just show up on schedule and meet your new best buddy. Make a final decision that he is indeed the perfect companion for you and your family. Then, you sign an adoption agreement. Again this is a simple form that says you will take care of and love your new best friend. That's a pretty easy form to sign. Then it's a quick wave to the foster parent/shelter worker and away you and your new best friend drive off into forever. And that's a great feeling to have, let me promise you.
Well, now that I've shown you how easy adopting is, let me introduce you to the pack and share some of their incredible stories.
First up, there's Phantom, Cowboy, and Choso. They are foster mom's dogs. Phantom 7 years old and Cowboy 2 years old are purebred Australian Cattle Dogs and Choso 7 years old is an Australian Cattle Dog mix. They are extremely high energy and help foster mom keep the goats herded and taken care of. They also make sure the rest of us get plenty of exercise when we go on walks together. Foster mom's uncle used to raise cattle dogs and that's why she loves them today. He got really sick one time and that is when foster mom got Phantom. She saw them being cared for by her cousin and just instantly fell in love with little Phantom. Her uncle was more than happy to keep the little pup in the family. Cowboy came to live here when uncle got really really sick about five years after that. Foster mom took all the cattle dog puppies he had because he wasn't able to take care of them and she got them to the homes he had arranged. The rest of them found homes through the local humane society and foster mom kept Cowboy for her uncle. His old working cattle dog had just died and Cowboy was the friendliest, sweetest little guy in the bunch, so she hand picked him to go back to uncle. Unfortunately uncle died before foster mom ever got Cowboy to him. That was the day he became a part of the pack. Choso was part of another litter that foster mom picked up. Her mom was a mixed breed cattle dog. She originally got adopted to foster mom's aunt. Well, after some moves, some barks, and some angry neighbors, Choso came back to live here. Foster mom is a sucker for cattle dogs, so I don't think I have to explain why Choso is a permament member of the pack.
Now introducing Rosebud. Rosebud is a 6 year old American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix. She came here after being discovered in town chasing every car she could lay her eyes on. A sweet old lady walked door to door asking neighbors if they knew Rosebud, but no one did. She contacted foster grandma and soon Rosebud was here making herself comfortable. She lives in a big outdoor pen now with three other older ladies. Let me tell you older doesn't mean calmer. Those ladies play from sunrise to sunset. Rosebud is currently looking for her forever home, but soon may be a permament pack member because of how long she has been here.
Our next pack member is Flat and let me tell you this is one lucky girl. Flat was found behind foster mom's uncle's house. He called foster mom and told her about this super skinny german shepherd and puppy he had spotted. Foster mom went to investigate and couldn't believe the dogs were still alive. They were so thin foster mom could have put her hands around the adult's waist. Foster mom had a take-out plate of mexican food in her car and grabbed the flour tortillas from the plate. She pinched off a small piece and offered it to the mom. Being the smart girl she was she reached into foster mom's other hand and got the big piece. Foster mom couldn't get near the puppy yet, but was certain that with time she'd be able to safely take them both. She found out pretty quickly that the neighbor had cornered the momma dog in his shed eating dog food and the frightened girl had growled at him. He tried to shoot her, but luckily had missed. Foster mom figured this was why the puppy was so terrified. That, plus the fact, she may have been born in the wild and didn't know anything about people. The neighbor guy was told to back off of them and leave them in peace and he did. Eventually foster mom was able to get the big full-blooded german shepherd momma out of there and the next day had a home lined up for her. The poor little puppy was a different matter. Foster mom had to get a little creative and borrow a trap from some hunters to catch the little pup. After several failed attempts to catch the pup foster mom filled the trap with cheetos and then the pup was successfully caught. Foster mom brought her home and dumped her right out of the cage into the kitchen floor. The pup landed spread eagle flat on the floor. That was when she got the name Flat. Foster mom petted her and talked to her and the little pup turned into the most loyal, friendly, and generous little dog anyone has ever seen. Loyal because she always walks behind foster mom's left leg whenever we go for walks. Friendly because she is always ready to introduce shy foster dogs to their new adopters. Generous because she has become foster mom's number resource in leash training dogs that are frightened of leashes. Flat just has this magic power that tells them it is okay and to just walk. Foster mom has had dogs that would jump, scream, bite the leash, and flail around. Then she brings Flat out and they just walk on leash right next to her. She is a very special girl. Flat is a permanent member of the pack.
Next up we have Bear. He is Choso's brother. He is an 8 year old German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix. Him and Choso came here to live after some angry neighbors nearly dragged their family into court because the dogs barked when they were outside. It's so unfair that their worlds had to be uprooted because of silly human squabbles. Bear is a permenent member of the pack.
Then there is Pup. Maybe I should say first there was Pup. She is the oldest member of the pack after all. Pup is an 11 year old American Bulldog/Lab mix. She is the official goat dog around here. She lives in and has free run of the goat pen. Did I also mention she has her own fan and heat lamp and gets to live on the screened in back porch? She was originally found wandering scared and lost in the goat pen. Foster mom found her one morning when she was leaving for school and she talked to her until Pup was comfortable enough to let her touch her. Then she handed her off to foster grandma and thought about her all day until she got home to check on her again. Pup may very well be the gentlest dog in all the world. We don't know where she came from or what happened to her to have her so scared, but she is sweetest dog in the pack and we count our lucky stars just to have met her. Thanks to Pup the goats never have to be worried about being attacked by any stray squirrels. She makes sure those nasty little things stay up their trees where they belong. Pup is a permanent member of the pack.
Chloe is the next pack member for me to introduce and may I also say my sweet best furiend in the pack. Chloe is a 2 year old boxer/lab mix. Her two brothers, Leo and Leon got adopted earlier this year and are doing great and loving every minute of time they have with their new families. Foster mom thinks Chloe may be here for the long haul though. She is a very frightened and anxious girl. Her brothers were too when they first got here, but they got over it pretty quick. Chloe has been here since she was about five months old and is better, but is still very scared of people. She is so sweet though and foster mom just loves her, so I don't think she'll ever give up on turning Chloe into the perfect pet. She is also my penmate and I think we all know I'm not going to give up on my favorite girl. Kisses for sweet Chloe girl. Chloe is looking for her forever home.
Next we come to Hershey. Ahh, what a sweet girl. She is a five year old Chocolate Lab/Beagle mix that came here with the cutest bunch of puppies ever to be seen. They all got adopted super quick and now there mom is still here searching for her forever home. She is a street smart girl that spent years wandering the streets in town until she decided to have her sweet little pups at foster mom's grandma's house. That's when they discovered that this cute little dog they had known for years didn't really seem to belong to anyone. Now the old family friend has become family and joined the pack. She is one of Rosebud's lady friends. Hershey is looking for her forever home.
Another of Rosebud's lady friends is the 3 year old purebred Boxer Bernadette. A little on the noisy side, but an excellent girl. She was found at a dumpster barking her head off. A feral kitty that lived there had gotten hit by a car and Bernadette was doing her best to let someone know it needed help. Foster grandma saw her and took her home. The kitty was hurt really bad and didn't make it, but it didn't have to suffer unnecessarily thanks to Bernadette. This girl is looking for her forever home too.
Oh the stories I could tell you about this next big girl. Tipper is a 7 year old American Bulldog mix and a permanent pack member. She was found as a six week old puppy abandoned on the side of a dirt road with her brother and sisters. It was a hopeless situation. Whoever dumped them left them with no food, no water, no shelter, and on a road with very little traffic. They got very lucky and were found by foster grandma who loaded them up and brought them home. Tipper grew up and up and up. She finally settled at around 85lbs. She has some mental issues that foster mom has just never been able to nail down. The short story is Tipper gets incredibly stressed indoors. She also sometimes suddenly lashes out at other animals with her teeth and with her size that can be dangerous. Tipper is a permanent pack member because foster mom wouldn't dare send her to anyone else's house. Whenever she plays with the pack she wears a basket muzzle. Ever since getting her muzzle Tipper has become a great pack member. Her and foster mom have a really close relationship. A lot of people think she should be put down, but I know that will never happen. Foster mom won't give up on this girl.
Misfit & Patchey are up next. They are both about 8 years old. Patchey is a Lab mix and Misfit is a Chow Chow/Lab mix. They love each other. That's about their whole story. If you don't believe in true love then you haven't met Misfit & Patchey. Misfit came from the dumpster in the middle of winter and Patchey was a surrender that was close to dying from flea anemia. She got the name Patchey because she was missing patches of hair where the fleas had bitten her so much. Luckily for these two they landed in the same foster home and found each other. They are permanent pack members here and really they don't need the rest of the pack at all. They only need each other.
The next guy is Dex. He is a 1 year old Plott Hound mix. Dex was found under foster mom's old trailer. A tree fell on it and foster mom had to move out. After a couple of months Dex showed up and then quickly hid under the trailer again. Foster mom called him back out and quickly discovered that he was missing half the hair on his body. Poor guy looked like a plucked chicken. After a vet visit Dex was given a clean bill of health. No one knows why he was missing so much hair, but it has all grown back now and he is one beautiul boy. He would be living in the goat pen with Pup except that he decided to go fishing one day and caught one of the goldfish in the little fishpond. Shouldn't complain too much, now he gets to live with Flat. Lucky guy, she is a great playmate to have. Dex is looking for his forever home.
Next up are Bruno and Tiny Tipp. They are 4 month old Lhasa Apso/Lab mixes. I know it's a bit of an odd breed cross, but we swear it has to be close. Their mom is a Lhasa Apso and heavens only know what their dad really is, but they are growing up to be big boys. They have easily outgrown their mom and are on their way to the large side of medium. Extremely calm and sweet these two boys will be excellent pets when their forever home comes along.
Now we have Lily. She is a 2 year old Lab/Husky mix. She is the newest member of the pack and has been a load of fun for foster mom to work with. Lily was a failed adoption that came to live here after a dog fight. We're not sure exatly what started the fight, but we think Lily got a little over excited and nipped her new buddy and he was the type that doesn't back down from a fight. No probs here, we all back down when foster mom is giving us the eye. She had a long journey to recover from the fight. No problems physically, she didn't have a scratch. It was the mental recovery that took about a month. She was very scared of us and very concerned that her face be left alone. Now she is a happy member of the pack that is looking for her forever home. Foster mom says it will be best if she goes to a home with no other dogs or to a home with an experienced adopter that understands her issues.
Let's see who have I forgotten? Oh yeah, ME! Little Dude, that's me, is a 2 year old Yellow Lab mix. I was found in a busy parking lot dodging cars and hiding for dear life. That was scary stuff for a poor little pup. Anyway, these nice people found me and took me to the vet. I was kinda sick. I didn't have much fur and my skin looked terrible. I was really contagious too, so I couldn't go home with those people. Foster mom got a phone call and she came and got me from the people. I had to live in a little kennel until I got better. I was all alone watching all these other dogs run by and play with each other. That sucked! I still remember getting the clear from the vet and getting to play with all the other dogs for the first time. Talk about fun. Now I've got my own pen and penmates. I love meeting new people and dogs. I love going on walks. I love pretty much everything about being here. I'd really love finding my own forever home though. Can you imagine? A family just for me!
Well, that's the whole pack. Some of us are looking for our forever homes and some of us have found it here. We all come from very different circumstances and we have all grown into very different dogs. That's the truth of rescue and of life. We're all different. That's how I know that anyone can find their perfect pet through adoption. With all that variety one of the millions of adoptable pets out there has to be the perfect match.
What does adoption mean to me? That is a complicated question. It means someday having a chance to have a family all my own. It means my friends finding families too. Heck, I've seen my friends find families and how happy they are when those special people come and have eyes only for them. You can really see it. Even on day 1 you can see just how happy that sort of attention makes a pup. But even though all that is true, adoption just means I get to live. Without the good people around here that were good enough to take me in and get me treated and love me until my forever family can find me I would't even be alive. I could have gotten run over in that parking lot or had some really bad person pick me up. The nasty bugs and fungus on my skin could have gotten worse and I'd have been itchy and in pain all my life. Adoption means that dogs like me, that come from the worst possible beginnings have a chance at a happy healthy life with people that love them. And I'm grateful. Grateful to all those loving humans that take us into their homes and give us that part of their heart that says this pup deserves a chance. And that's all we need, a chance. So, if you're reading this and you've never adopted a rescue dog before, then please clear out a small spot in your heart and give us a little chance. You won't regret it.
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Good luck on getting efurry pup in your pack a furefur home! We are rooting fur you pups!!!
*sob* Dis r a beeyooful story, Little Dude, 'cept it r nod fikshun. It r bery real.
Yur Foster Mom r a 'mazin' lady an' we hope dat eberypup at yur howse whu r wookin' fur hims fureber home r gonna find it bery soon ♥
I wemember when yu wuz founded, Little Dude!! I wuz sad dat yu wuz so little an' so sick an' so scared, bud wookit yu now!! WOO-HOO :D
Fank yu Little Dude's Foster Mom fur duin' all da werk yu du tu help give pupses da lives and love dem deserve ♥ ❀ ☀
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