Monday, March 23, 2015

Rescued Dogs

by Kate Collins

To celebrate National Puppy Day, the Cozy Chicks are honoring rescue dogs. In my Flower Shop Mystery series, Abby's dog Seedy was rescued from a shelter before she could be euthanized. Abby hadn't planned on having a dog in her life. It just happened. And don't so many things in our lives go that way? (See last Monday's post, "In An Instant.") Seedy's image is in the poster, except the artist goofed. Seedy has just 3 legs. Oops!

I have a friend who rescues Yorkies and finds forever homes for them. She has three herself. Another friend has rescued several big dogs. I've rescued half a dozen cats, and my son, bless his heart, rescued a mother cat and her eight kittens. These stories are all so heart-warming, aren't they?

I'm not the only one of the Chicks who has a rescue dog in her mystery series. My friend Duffy Brown had this to say about her doggie character: "I have a rescue pup in my Consignment Shop series...Bruce Willis. Reagan found him hiding under her porch and shared her chicken McNuggets with him. They bonded."  You can see his "photo" here.

And Chick Mary Jane Maffini said, "Peachtree (aka Walter the Pug) was put up for 'adoption' online after the family had a baby.  It wasn't a complete rescue, but a timely adoption. She's Victoria's dog and we all love her.  Maybe not close enough to a 'real' rescue."  Close enough for me, MJ. A dog's life was saved.  You can see Walter in the poster above. He's such a cutie pug-tootie, isn't he?

And then there's my good buddy Maggie Sefton, who has real life rescues in her family. She told me, "Kate, here are two photos---Max at the vet's office sitting on the 
most vulnerable part of this anatomy and my "granddog" Oscar, Serena & 
Jeff's Dachsund. Oscar was found in a Houston shelter, shivering at the back of the big caged area. 
Now, he gets to be Big Brother to Mastiff puppy Boss."

Here are Maggie's photos.

Have you rescued a dog? Or any animal? Everyone who does should stand up and take a bow. You are an angel on earth.

Have a waggingly wonderful week.






 


34 comments:

emilia.m said...

2 shelter bunnies, Binky&Flippy :D
Patches who passed away in January 2015 was taken from the barn where he was staying - after his owners did not want him anymore, that person took him in, but she did not want(couldn't ?) keep him in the house so she kept him in the barn for a year. He spent 4 lovely years with us and his bunny friend Flippy. After he passed away we adopted Binky ;)

Marlene Ezell said...

I have rescued many Schipperkes (dogs) over the years. Right now I have Bayer and Godiva. I have other Schipperkes that I show, but I will probably always have rescues in my Gang.

TM said...

I'm a co-rescuer. My sister and I rescued a four-month old, little white fluffy mix-breed. Sis ended up with the puppy and it's lived a totally spoiled life ever since. I am known as the local cat lady because I feed cats that people have abandoned. I also have some live traps I use to catch them so I can get them neutered. It's so sad that people abandon their animals. I wish I would win the lottery. At least half would go to help animal shelters.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Our last dog Holly, a Lab/Boxer mix was a pound pup. She had almost 14 wonderful years with us. And my current little, bug bug, Emmy, a Chi-Weenie was rescued from a neglect situation. I NEVER support pet stores or breeders when looking for a new pup.

Kuzlin said...

In the past, I have to admit that I was guilty of buying a dog from a pet store. We originally purchased a Japanese Chin puppy for my daughter's birthday. Unfortunately, the dog had some health issues and we almost put in down at age 9, but instead, we brought in a female Japanese Chin puppy (Pumpkin) to keep him company. They adored each other and he lived happily for another year. But when he passed, she became very depressed and isolated herself. This time, we looked around and found a rescue organization that caters to Japanese Chins (JCCARE). We found a young dog, Gizmo, that needed a home and took her to meet him. It was love at first sight! We went back a year later and adopted another male puppy, Riley, from JCCARE. The female ruled over both males and being older, looked on fondly as the two younger dogs played together. Then last year, I added a rescue cat to the mix, who fits in well with the group. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away at age 10 last year but the other two Chins and the cat are happy and keeping each other company.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for this wonderful post, Kate. All future dogs in our family will be rescues! It's very rewarding for humans and pooches.

Hugs. MJ/VA

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you for posting on this, Kate. My vet here in Ft. Collins, CO told me years and years ago that the healthiest puppies he sees came from the Puppy Rescue in Brighton, CO near Denver. Volunteers run the entire organization. They travel thru Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and sometimes western Kansas going to animal shelters and humane societies. Then they give them checkups & shots & make sure they are healthy, Then, they open their facility for only four hours every Saturday and four hours on Sunday. And there's always a long line of cars waiting to enter. You are allowed one puppy at a time even if you brought a huge family. Their goal is to have every puppy adopted by Sunday afternoon. :) And they have every type of mixed breeds you can imagine. With some purebreds in the mix as well. They have a website too.

Andrea Stoeckel said...

Been rescued by a few in my life, the last was my mini dappled do ie: Toby the WonderDog, who wondered what was going on for most of his 15 years before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years back

Annette N said...

I live with 2 Rescued Boxers. Since they have lived with me, they have both become cancer survivors. Molly lost a leg to cancer. And they are now little old ladies, so that works well since so am I.

I know that people talk about how great someone is to rescue an animal. I believe that those animals give us so much more than we give them.

My girls are special - spoiled rotten - but special. And they are My girls and all 3 of us like that arrangement.

Kate Collins said...

That was so kind of you, Emilia. I love these stories. There are a lot of good people out there.

Kate Collins said...

Marlene, I've never seen a Schipperkes -- or maybe I have and didn't know what they were. I'll have to google them. I've always loved knowing the different breeds. God bless you for your kindnesses.

Kate Collins said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone who won the lotteries did that? Maybe we'd have far, far less homeless and abandoned animals. God bless you and your sister.

Kate Collins said...

Me, neither, Lisa. I wish selling through pet stores would be outlawed. I once saw a breeder's cat operation and I was appalled. You'd think people who bred animals would do so because they loved them, not just to turn a buck.

Kate Collins said...

What a wonderful story, Kuzlin. I'll have to look up Japanese Chins. I've never heard of them. How great that the cat got along with the dogs so well. Animals are amazing, aren't they?

Kate Collins said...

Absolutely agree, MJ. The poor animal gets a loving home and the owner gets to be an earth angel.

Kate Collins said...

What a wonderful organization! I wish I could say that about one of my hometowns. However, the other, Key West, has a wonderful animal rescue group. It's sad that some of the sickest animals come from pet shops. At least that's been true in my area.

Kate Collins said...

I had to laugh at his name, Andrea, and your description of him. I'm sure he was loved and missed.

Kate Collins said...

I'm certain of that, Annette. So Molly is a lot like Seedy in my story, minus a leg. Amazing how they cope, isn't it? God bless you for being an earth angel.

Anonymous said...

Although I got my first two cats from my roommate when we moved apart, she had picked them up at the Humane Society. My other two cats were part of a litter a friend's then boyfriend had. However, I think all of my sister's four dogs were rescues: some from the Humane Society and at least one just wandering the streets (may not have been the owner's fault as he could dig his way out of anything and tended to run away).

Lynda Turpin said...

I've had both cats and dogs growing up and love both. Currently I rescue and foster cats and kittens for the County shelter and for Lapcats Rescue. At Lapcats, we pull mostly adult cats from the shelter that are in danger of being euthanized. But we also take in kittens who have issues that put them at risk (I had one litter that was going to be put down because they had a treatable illness), and we also take in kittens during kitten season. Often our medical bills are high because most of the cats we take in need treatments that the shelter does not have the budget to do. Most of our funds are from donations, fundraisers, or from our volunteers kicking in. Sometimes our kitties can stay in our foster system for a long time (I had a foster for 18 months), but once they are in our system, they stay there until adopted. We fosters cover the cost of the food, litter, etc. for our kitties so the other funds can be used for medical bills.

I personally have 2 rescue house cats and 6 stray/feral cats outside, and I currently have 2 adult fosters. A couple of years ago I found 3 female strays with kittens and I got the 3 moms and their combined 12 kittens spayed/neutered and adopted, and shortly after that I found another litter of 5 kittens (no mom) and took them in as well. At one point, I had 19 inside cats and 6 outside - making my "crazy cat lady" title accurate!

Unfortunately, until people realize the importance of spay/neuter, there will ALWAYS be animals in need of rescuing. But I have found from experience that people who rescue animals are the best people you will find on this earth, and I thank God that there are so many of them. So my hats off to all the people here who have rescued animals and given them wonder lives.

Kate Collins said...

Good for you and your sister! ThankGod for kind-hearted people like you both.

Kate Collins said...

I agree, Lynda!! That's why I call anyone who rescues animals an Earth Angel, because you really are an angel to those poor animals. God bless you for all those little souls you saved!

Lynn Delage said...

I came home one day to find a very skinny border collie in my kitchen raiding my garbage can. He ran out but my brother decided to start feeding him. He became a beloved member of the family for several years until he died. Before I could decide to replace him my daughter asked that I take her dog as very new apartment did not allow pets. I still have him. I would like a car as well but have limited funds and can barely afford the very books for the dog so must be content with just one animal for now.

Lynn Delage said...

That should be that I would like a CAT as well. I have had many cats and dogs over the years and generally someone needed a home for their pet or a stray they were feeding. I have very seldom had to go looking for a pet.

Kay Bennett said...

My sweet boy Tyler is a rescue from Russell Rescue of Columbia, TN. I was not ready for another dog after losing my service dog/partner Rufus. Yet my friend was always looking for small dogs, so we would check their facebook page. I saw this amazing face - eyebrows, mustache and goatee staring back on a transport from Dallas. I asked about him on their page but never saw their answer. Then I saw he was adopted. I was happy for him, yet a bit sad. Then 2 days later he was up again. Well I just knew I was meant to have him and we got him!! He is the sweetest thing ever and has become such a wonderful family member. I also rescued my boy Sammie when he jumped in my backseat a long time ago. He ended up living almost 21 years and he was a big dog. His best friend Killian was also a rescue. Those 2 have been gone for a while but they are always in my heart, sharing the space with Rufus. I love that saying (and not sure exactly how it goes, but) when you loss one dog he takes a piece of your heart and when you rescue another they fill another space-we can only hope that one day we will have a dogs heart.

Liz Straw said...
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Liz Straw said...

My Border Collie mix was the runt of the litter and no one wanted to adopt him, but he was brought to my vets' office and it was love at first sight. He weighs almost 40 pounds and does not look like a runt. My cat came from a garage. I wish I could have saved the littler mates that did not have homes, but one half-feral cat was enough for me. I do believe that all the kittens eventually found homes.

Kate Collins said...

I think animals know when someone is kind is loving. They find those homes somehow. How startling to find a dog in your kitchen though!

Kate Collins said...

So true, Kay, and what beautiful stories. Thanks for sharing.

Kate Collins said...

Lovely story, Liz. It does my heart good to read all of these contributions.

Maggie Sefton said...

Years and years ago, before I knew about Brighton, CO Puppy Rescue, I fell in love with a Rottweiler puppy at a pet store in Texas. That was my Sweet Boy Carl that I have "immortalized" in my Kelly Flynn books. :) And I nearly lost him that first week when he came down with that awful Canine Parvo visus that often gets into puppy litters from profession "breeders." Thank God for good Vets, because Carl recovered and grew to be a strong Big Dog to keep my Rottie/Black Lab Sampson company. Sweet Sam lived to 15. That's when I got Rescue dog Katy to keep Carl company. That new strain of foreign canine Parvo swept thru the US in 2006 and Carl picked it up from another dog. I nearly lost him,but the wonderful ColoStateUniv Vet Clinic saved him. I rushed him from my vet's office to the Vet School where they were waiting with a stretcher and four vets. Rushed Carl into isolation with 20% oxygen. Strong Carl was able to beat that killer strain and recuperated quicker than vets thought. He was 10 and lived another 2 years when Death came for him a third time. Lung Cancer. He passed peacefully in my arms in the vet's office. Okay, now I'm gonna cry. I'm sorry.

Kate Collins said...
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Kate Collins said...

Maggie, you made me cry, too!

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, everyone, for your heartwarming stories!