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Monday, February 04, 2008

The Power of Positive Pet People

EVERYONE has been so great in helping with the golden retriever puppies that Tina has so graciously taken under her wing for Golden Huggs rescue. While we still don't know what the outcome will be, I do know that new friends have been made and a lot has been learned about parvo.

Lately we've been hearing bad news, and may hear more. One of the pups had to be put to sleep, and the others are not yet out of the woods. We've also heard a no-so-happy ending for the little dog B told us about at his Dad's place. Such stories can make us all depressed, but we all must look at the good side of everything.

Just think of all the good that's happened since we found each other here. A turtle was rescued in Georgia and made it to a new home in Tennessee. B and Jeremy adopted a Humane Society dog Hines they saw online. They both also got involved with helping area rescues, especially Cats Are Us who LOVE them to death for all they do.

Alice lost a dog and a cat in a short amount of time, but adopted Thumper (Herbie) from cats are us and Nikki from a shelter in Kentucky. Shannon took in a new boxer after she lost hers, took in a new cat and I think, another new boxer, Samantha from the Montgomery County shelter.

Stray cat Tweety, living the life of an outdoor, unspayed stray made it through my house and to her new home in the lap of luxury with Dragon and Stacey, where she's ruling the roost. Matt's dog Charlie found a new home in Massachusetts.

Adrienne lost a job, but is now going to school to be a vet assistant. She also adopted dog Hunter and got him out of a terrible situation. She even came all the way from Georgia to meet us all, as did my sister Daisy, someone who adopted a dog from Tennessee a few years ago. Skeeter too comes all the way from Georgia for rescue events and work. All of you have given donations to animals in need, like the Precious Friends pug who needed leg surgery.

Many of us met, have become friends and have good times when we get together for food and drinks. We've banded together for Cats Are Us yard sales, day of cleaning and the Humane Society Wags to Witches dance.

We'll always have ups and downs, but we're a wonderful web of support. Some may say, "Why go to the trouble to save one puppy? There are thousands out there."

But just think: That one puppy saved from the jaws of death can be the dog that saves a kid from drowning. It can be the one to light up the hopeless eyes of a resident in a nursing home as a therapy dog. It can bring a frightened child out of its shell. It can warn and owner of a fire. Or, it' can just give a lifetime of love and loyalty.

No, we can't save them all any more than any world problem can be solved. But when you save just one dog or one child or one anything, the effects ripple across the fabric of our world and touch lives, who are then prompted to touch others in similar ways.

No matter what happens with the pups we are trying to save, they've already served a purpose for so many who are involved and all of you deserve a thanks bigger than words.

posted by Sandy at 2/04/2008 03:05:00 PM


Blogger Pam said...

Amen to all you just said Sandy!
Oh yea, you forgot that Alice just adopted little Roxy cat from Cats Are Us too so one more to mention that has a wonderful home now!

Monday, February 04, 2008 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Indeed... I like the ripple image... one life... four-legged or otherwise is a life nonetheless. Each bit of good we do affects us all... makes us human and closer to God.

Monday, February 04, 2008 4:14:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

AMen! Love my fuzzies, but I love my Pet People too!

Monday, February 04, 2008 4:59:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, Adrienne lives in VA... LOL...
The Pet People adventure's can be full of sorrow at times and wonderful at times. I would not trade my new friends or furry critters for all the money in the world! Well, I may take the money to help all the critters but I would some how keep you Pet People too!

Life is not always easy but it is up to us to live it the best we know how!

Monday, February 04, 2008 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oops. Sometimes I don't remember where I live these days!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hey Skeeter, I guess I just had "Georgia on my mind" :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Another sad setbeck:two more puts were lost, Mia and Dade. But there are still three that so far are doing okay, though as we've all learned by now, parvo is a sinister disease.

And here's some more good we can all be proud of. When Brig was talking to one of the vets this morning, he said that someone came to his door with a donation for them. They read the story here and actually went to the vet's house (obviously a neighbor or someone who knows him) and gave them money!

You see, the silver linings always exist. And the tree that are still fighting for life still need our prayers.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

good update sandy and very nice post. helps to remind us there are some sad stories to go along with the happy stories.

the neighbor who came by just happens to be one of your regular's parents. i will not disclose the name as they may be very modest and might not want me to.

i think the vet was taken aback by the generousity of ALL of you. i know i am and when all is said is done, i will do a post about the community and the pups and especially about you all's generousity.

let's still hope the other three make it but don't get too optimistic.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

OK, what does that mean, don't get to optimistic? I heard they were doing "okay" which I understand doesn't mean good. But they aren't getting worse are they? I hope not!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 2:57:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

the latest update is the vet expects cj can come home on friday. she is eating. we are still hopeful on bruiser and baby. baby is still on fluids but bruiser is holding his own. baby is one of the girls i took in thursday along with cj. i took bruiser in yesterday with mia. so sad the whole situation.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Tina--it rips my heart out at the loss of the babies--but we still have to hold onto hope. I look at it like this, those pups were just so freakin cute and special that God had to be a little greedy and have them for himself. He's allowed of course, as he is the one that made them. Little Bit, Skeeter, Tramp, Lucy, Amy (dog princess) and all our other dear departed animals are watching over them right now and they are all busy chasing butterflies and sniffing each other. God gave them to us for a while, but even he's an animal lover too. The great thing about that is, he never has to worry about having too many or having to come up with funds for them--not even a vet!
It's our job to make sure the ones we get to keep make the rest of their lifes journey to happiness.
Keep your chin up! It will be OK.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:51:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

thanks B. good news. i am on my way to go get cj. she is ready to come home! hopefull bruiser and baby will follow right away.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love that Brett! God got a bit greedy and wanted 2 more to keep the first little guy company!

I called the vet this morning to make Scooter's annual appointment and Vicky told me that the three were hanging in and that the one was much better and barking and acting all puppy! Fingers still crossed!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Toes too.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, B, God doesan't get greedy, he doesn't need to. He just looked down and said no one can give those puppies as good a home as I can so he took them up to play with Little Bit and all the other sweet ones who have passed on. All of our losses down here are God's gains up there!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

cj is back home. definitely a normal puppy. yip, yip, YIP! she is hungry too and eating great! the other two are still on fluids but not down and out. it is funny how some are spared and others not.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I was working in the shed until the rain started falling. Came to check in and what do I find? One puppy back at home with Tina! Great news! Things are looking up and lets keep the faith for the other two!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

I'll take those yips and raise you a YIPEE!!! Good news!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, How is Southside doing with money coming in for the pups care?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm not sure, as most checks are probably in mail, but I'll keep you posted once they are all out of there and bills totaled!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

Praise the Lord. cj is home with the best "mommy" a "baby" could have. By the Grace of God the other 2 will soon be going home.
Great news.

Hope all faired well from the storms.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:46:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hi Iola,welcome, it's good to have you joining us.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 1:51:00 PM  

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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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