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Sunday, February 03, 2008

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

13 Comments:

Blogger Adrienne said...

So glad things worked out for Chica.

Just thought I'd let you all know that I will not be posting as much for a while. I enrolled in school and will be taking night classes for a Vet Assistant program. But I will pop I when I have a few minutes. Classes start tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 4:20:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Good luck Adrienne! Helping pets is a wonderful career! Bless you for taking that step and I KNOW you will be great at that job!

Woo hoo!

Sunday, February 03, 2008 4:39:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

wonderful post and timely. my six pups are not doing well at all. they are all at the vet's as of this morning. today will be a crucial day for the first four, not sure about my three who have been receiving a preventative. please pray for them.

they deserve and need good homes too.

Monday, February 04, 2008 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Tina I am oh so pulling for the pups to make a full recovery!

Adrienne, You Go Girl! You will be a nautral...

Glad Chica got a final For Ever home!

Monday, February 04, 2008 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Perfect job for you Adrienne! You must keep us posted on everything!

Monday, February 04, 2008 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Sandy just told me we lost one of the babies, Lamar. Everyone please pray for the remaining five pups.

Monday, February 04, 2008 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

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Monday, February 04, 2008 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Tina, been praying for those babies and will continue to do so. I am so sorry to hear little Lamar didn't make it but at least heknew he was cared about and they tried to save him. Bless you for being so good to help all of them!

Adrienne, bless you too for going for that career to help the precious ones! You will be fantastic at that job and the animals will be lucky to have you helping them!

Monday, February 04, 2008 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Tina, Lamar spent his best time on this earth with you! He is now over the Rainbow bridge with my Skeeter chasing butterflies!

Monday, February 04, 2008 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sorry to hear about the puppies. Parvo is so hard on puppies. My mothers shelter puppy Shilo had parvo and spent 2 weeks in the vet. She made it ok, but it was close.

I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to go back to school. I HATE HOMEWORK, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?!?! I Just have to think about the end result, Working with pets not people

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 5:59:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Adrienne, I admire what your doing so much. Maybe thats the path I need to explore. God knows I am at my wits end of dealing with people. What I wouldn't give to have a staff meeting with nothing but dogs and cats-LOL!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:45:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

B, You would be perfect in that job too, something to think about hhmmmm?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

I've done some internet searching on the vet training--nothing around here so far. I am so glad Charlie (Chica) has found happiness at last.

Monday, February 11, 2008 10:23:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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