Charlie's New Life in New England!
You all remember Charlie, the pup adopted by my coworker Matt from Precious Friends. You all know the story of her and how Matt wanted to find her a new home after a year, for many reasons. Charlie spent too much time alone and in a crate because of Matt's work schedule. Also, as a single guy, with no experience in raising a puppy, he found it more than he could handle. A familiar story. You know how I tried to talk him out of getting a puppy and suggested an adult dog, already house trained and out of the puppy stage, but he resisted. I know he really learned a valuable lesson. He was even hesitant to adopt a dog from a shelter, thinking something "was wrong" with them, that's why they were there. I gave him MANY speeches about his misconceptions, and at least he adopted Charlie from a rescue and not a backyard breeder. And as Deb said, Matt didn't want to adopt a shelter dog, but he created one. But things happen for a reason..........
Charlie is how I found Golden Huggs and the wonderful women, Deb and Brigette, who run the organzation they started about a year ago in New England. When Matt approached me (in fear may I add!) about his wanting to find a home for Charlie, for some reason, I e-mailed Laurisa at the Dover Humane Society. That is something I never did in the past for any other pet I've been involved with, because I know they are overwhelmed with dogs of their own. But she gave me the info for Golden Huggs....and the rest is history! The hand of fate does indeed reach out to us.
Golden Huggs posted Charlie on their Web site and found her a new home almost immediately,in Massachusetts. They had quite a few applications for her (and their applications are very thorough)and picked the best match--a young couple looking for an active dog to match their active lifestyle of hiking, camping, etc. After a few weeks of organization, vet checks and getting ready for the long ride, Charlie was on her way.
Her new family LOVES her. Charlie's new name is "Chica" and she is having a ball. Here are some pictures of her first days in her new home: With her new Mom the moment she met her. She labeled this photo "Love at first site." They had a big first day of romping in the snow and exploring the new environment. Then Chica got her first bath. Later, she took a nap on Mommy's lap. Chica will be getting further obedience training and has also been accepted into an "exclusive" doggie day care for the times when her parents are both working, which isn't every day, as her new Mom works from home sometimes and has a flex schedule.
There are a lot of unwanted dogs in the South as compared to up North, where there are more strict laws and more people spay and neuter. That's why rescues up there can find homes for them more easily. Now Golden Huggs has many contacts in our area and can help many more Golden/Yellow Lab dogs.
The Golden retriever mix pups now in vet and Tina Ramsey care are six such dogs. And though the rescue operation has been delayed because of their unexpected illness, eventually they too will be in new homes just like Chica. That is the reward, a reward that can't be measured in dollars.
Thank you to all of you out there who help save animals in all our area shelters and rescues: Cats Are Us, the Humane Society, Second Chance & Happy Tails, Precious Friends, The Dover Humane Society and the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. There are so many ways to help too. A donation. As a temporary foster home (desperately needed!) Taking part in a fundraiser or creating your own way to raise money. Writing a letter to the editor.
The more people who join in, the more animals that can be saved. Just look at Chica and how happy she is. To think many dogs like her are euthanized in shelters every day. Here in Montgomery County, nearly 5,000 dogs and cats are put down for lack of a home and because owners don't spay and neuter or commit to the lives they take in. Please do your part to end this sin.
posted by Sandy at 2/03/2008 03:39:00 PM