November 3rd 2007 9:28 pm
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Once there was a northern Chow rescue that was striving to help as many Chows as they could.
They got a call from a North Carolina shelter asking if they could take in a cream Chow named "Beauty". The rescues in their area were full and she could only go to a breed rescue. She was going to be euthanized, and they told of what a sweet natured girl she was and how it would be a shame for such a young, friendly dog to be put to sleep. The rescue agreed to take her after many emails back and forth.
The shelter employees and staff pooled their money together to have "Beauty" spayed, vetted, groomed and placed on a plane so she could go to the rescue up north where she would be safe and some day find a new home.
Now, the rescue had been extremely busy as most rescues are. They had also agreed to take in a black male Chow named "Blackie". He had not had it as good as "Beauty", but caring people at the shelter placed him on a transport from down state and he was happy to be out of there. They said that he was in good health, neutered, had his vaccinations and was an outgoing guy. "Blackie" was very matted and needed a bath rather badly. He stayed out in the intake area until he adjusted to his new surroundings. He enjoyed being able to run free in the fenced intake area and sleeping next to a fan on the porch.
Back to "Beauty". She arrived at the airport and the rescue folks went to pick her up. When they got to the dock they asked "Where's the Chow Chow?" because the line of crates were all small dogs. "Here" said a nice dock worker who had been scratching her nose thru the kennel. In the crate was not a Chow but an Eskie. The rescue took her back home and placed her in a separate part of the intake and and decided that they should contact an Eskie rescue so that she could go to a rescue that knew the breed.
Now, by this time "Blackie's" foster mom had come to pick him up. She was excited to take him home and start grooming and bathing him. As we watched him we noticed that he squatted when he peed. As the shelter had said he was a relatively young dog, it was not unusual. One of the male resident Chows at the rescue had peed that way until he was well over two years old.
So the foster mother took him home. Later in the evening the rescue got a call from "Blackie's" foster mother. It turned out that while grooming and bathing him she found out...SURPRISE!! "Blackie" was a GIRL!
No big deal. We will just have to get her spayed. She was a highly adoptable, good natured Chow...so good in fact that her foster mom fell in love with her! She adopted "Blackie" and named her "Beauty". Now, the "NEW 'BEAUTY" was the only dog there. She had kids there that she loved and tried to "corral". Her new family loved her so much and the rescue was happy even though they had lost a foster home which is not uncommon.
In the meantime, the rescue had found a really wonderful Eskie rescue to take "Beauty". She fell in love with her new rescue parents and they took her home and gave her all the love and care in the world.
The rescue sat back and thought how strange it was that the photos of the Eskie "Chow" looked different than the photos that had been sent to them. After many emails and phone calls..turns out that there was yet ANOTHER "Beauty" and she was a Chow. Both were shipped to rescues and each went to the wrong place, which was okay because it all worked out in the end.
Can you name ALL 3 "Beauty (s) and tell which breed they are and if they are spayed or neutered?
I know it's a rather long TRUE story, and it was tiring for the rescue as well, but I bet you can do it....if you take the time. Some people did not. They spread tales that the rescue was adopting out "unaltered" dogs, because they could not get the BEAUTY(s) straight. Stated that "Blackie" turned "Beauty" and adopted by his foster mom was "Adopting out unaltered dogs!". This person caused a giant headache for the rescue that was already struggling to help many other Chows...that stigma still lasts till this day.
So please, never judge another until you have all of the facts down pat. We all know rescue is hard enough without others in rescue turning around to bite other ones in the rear. We have all heard it said a million times before "All I care about is the animals". Too true. Being vindictive without cold, hard facts just hurts the "Beauty(s) of the world.
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