Photo Comments Age: 8 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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JINK, Jinkers, Jinkster, good girl
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November 30th 2007
People, dogs, TREATS, Playing with her toys, Tennis balls
She HATES fireworks.
A 'Tire biter' rubber bone, $2 Hot Dog squeaky toy from Target & her tennis ball
Natural Balance L.I.D. Lamb Meal & Brown Rice
The Burbank Bike & Dog Path
Sit, Shake (both paws), High 5, lie down, circle around me, go between my legs & come around, stand up and walk backwards, stay & come....I want to teach her more but I need ideas.
Jinky was a rescue and here is her story.
I walked in to PETCO one day a few weeks before Christmas and saw a "dog adoption" going on. There were dogs & puppies in crates and some of the smaller dogs in a pen on the floor. I saw a lady running the adoption all by herself so I offered some assistance to walk the dogs to see if they needed to pee or poop. She gladly accepted my offer, and I ended up staying the entire day. The whole time I was there I saw this medium sized brindle dog that was so sweet & I fell in love with her. All day long I tried to adopt her out to everyone that came in looking for a dog. Most people either said "No, I want a small dog" or "I want a puppy". No one wanted this sweet & loving girl. I wanted her so badly but I couldn't have her because I live in an apartment that didn't allow pets. I have been looking for a house now that I can afford for over a year without any luck and when I finally get one I was going to go to a rescue and adopt 2 older dogs that were hard to place. But, things didn't happen that way.
I wasn't able to place her with anyone all day. No one was even slightly interested. The day ended and I had to go home, alone, without the dog that stole my heart. The owner of the "rescue" came to the store to collect the dogs. He was kind of a jerky type of guy... definitely not a people person as he was rude and abrasive. I couldn't even tell if he actually liked the dogs either by the way he put them in the crates for the drive home.
I couldn't stop thinking about this beautiful brindle dog that no one wanted. I went to PETCO the next week but she wasn't there with the other dogs. I asked and they said she was at a PETCO in Ventura today. So I stayed and helped again. The whole time thinking about that dog and wishing I had a house but yet hoping she got adopted by a really nice family. The day ended again and I went home, still thinking about this dog that was called Momma for some reason. She didn't appear to have had puppies, maybe just because she was a female and was un-named that they gave her a dumb name like Momma?
Anyway...I flew home to Rhode Island to visit my family for Christmas for 10 days. While I was home I talked about this awesome dog that I wanted so badly but couldn't have and figured she was adopted by now anyway. But, I couldn't stop thinking about her.
When I got back to California, I went to PETCO again on Saturday, something just told me to go and to bring money. I did, and when I walked in, there was my dog!
I HAD to get her no matter what! I asked the owner, who was running it this time, if he could hold her for me if I paid him for her for a couple weeks so I could figure some way for me to have her in my life. He agreed and I left, after buying a collar & tag with her name 'Jinky' on it and placed it around her neck.
I was happy but sad too that I got my dog but still had to leave without her and I technically couldn't keep her. I had to figure out something, and fast.
I asked everyone I knew if they could keep her for me and I'd buy her food and I'd come by twice a day to walk her before and after work. Sadly I was unable to find anyone and time was running out.
Then I remembered a super nice lady I had met a year prior to this who ran a REAL rescue (Tazzy Fund) when I was trying to find a place to donate bags of dog food that I had bought that was clearanced at Albertson's. I bought a bunch of bags so i could help someone out, little did I know I would be the one who needed the help down the road.
Well, I had contacted Boxer Rescue and they totally knew who I was looking for. They gave her my email and phone number and she contacted me. She told me she could help me and I was so relieved, I could KEEP MY DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The very next day I contacted the man who had my dog and asked when he could bring her down to me from his house out in the desert! He told me in a couple days, so I made the proper preparations with the lady from Tazzy Fund (who is now my wonderful friend) and she made the arrangements at an amazing local kennel to house my dog for a month while I tried to find a home for me and my little girl.
Every day I went to the kennel on my lunch break for my 20 minutes I got to spend with her and walk her and teach her tricks. I drove 20 minutes each way to spend my measly 20 minutes with her, only to have to turn around and drive 20 minutes back to work (as I had 1 hour for lunch). It was totally worth it, 100%! Seeing that smile and happy little body wiggle every day was so worth it.
It is 6 months later and I still don't have a house as I can't afford my that 265K and I am trying desperately to stay in Burbank as I feel safe walking my dog in that city. My building in the last month has recently allowed small pets so I can at least keep her with me at night, but I bring her to a kennel free dog friendly kennel in Burbank called Bow Wow Bungalow while I am at work to make sure she is safe and not lonely. Plus I can't take a chance of her barking and crying all day while I am not home or I could be right back where I started, without my dog in my apartment.
My life is now tougher, as I work part time now at the kennel to help pay for Jinky's day care plus I work my regular full time job. In my spare time I am constantly looking for a house that I can afford and I am tired most of the time. But, seeing that little face, so so very happy and excited to see me every day, it makes it all worth it. I wouldn't ever trade that for anything and I'd never give her up. She is amazing!
The man I adopted her from is a supposed hoarder of dogs and goes to shelters and takes dogs to resell at local PETCOs as a business.
Jinky was originally from a pretty bad area in San Bernardino, very dirty & stinky when I got her, but is now HAPPY, HEALTHY & CLEAN!!!!!!!
Now all I need is that house, where she'll have a backyard to play in and I can adopt a second dog for a playmate.
Anyone have a deal for me? Had to ask. :)
Jinky will be training to become a Therapy Dog...so very exciting!
Thanks for reading Jinky's story.
Jinky is a super fast learner. I taught her a bunch of tricks in almost no time. Now I need to think of more, I know she can learn them. I just don't know what to teach her. Any suggestions?
*JINKY IS NOW A CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG! YAY JINKY! I'm so proud of her.
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