Don't have an account? To participate in discussions consider signing up or signing in
facebook connect
Sign-up, its free! Close [x]

Benefits

  • okay Create lasting relationships with other like minded women.
  • okay Blogging, let your voice be heard!
  • okay Interact with other women through blogs,questions and groups.
  • okay Photo Album, upload your most recent vacation pictures.
  • okay Contests, Free weekly prize drawing.
  • okay Weekly Newsletter.

  • My first adopted dog

    6 posts, 5 voices, 812 views, started Sep 29, 2008

    Posted on Monday, September 29, 2008 by Chrisdih

    •  



    • Amethyst
      Offline

      Sammy was adopted from a kill shelter on my 30th birthday. She She was in the next to the last cage of dogs at Kay’s Animal Shelter in Arlington Heights, and she lay there very quietly. She was the only dog not barking. When let out of her cage, she sank nearly to the ground, and slunk past all of the other dogs. But once she got outside, she came to life and ran around kissing every person and dog she encountered. She sat on my lap on the drive home, panting heavily. She didn’t know how to use doorways or stairs, and her
      tail had a small bald patch, as if she’d been injured in some way. She was 19 pounds, and her ribs showed.

      That was April 22, 1995. Sammy’s kennel card listed her as a Lab/terrier mix, six to eight months old. Sammy was at first a very scared and shy young dog, and often peed submissively. But through constant walks, love and affection, and the support of a wonderful pet sitter who saw her daily, she grew to be an incredible dog. She placed first in her intermediate obedience class through the Elk Grove Park District, despite being the only mutt in her class. She visited a nursing home on Make a Difference Day one year, and also was the star of a preschool animal Show and Tell. She always loved to kiss
      people, especially when they least expected it, and receive belly rubs. She had a white S on her right ear.

      But most amazingly of all was how Sammy shared her home with so many fosters -
      nearly 40 canines from PAWS Chicago, several great Pit Bull Terriers from Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue, including a mama and seven newborn puppies, and several felines from both PAWS and Chicago Animal Care and Control. She was always told that the newcomer was temporary, and she was permanent. She understand and appreciated that.

      Sammy was so energetic and full of life that I was sure she’d live to 16 or
      older. But she grew sick on a Thursday, cancer in her pancreas, liver, lungs and abdomen was discovered the next day, and she died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. It was heart-breaking to lose her so quickly, and I still miss her dearly. The only consolation is
      that she did not suffer long, and that I could be with her at the end.

      A lot of amazing things happened Sammy’s final year. She hated fireworks, so on July 4, I stayed home with her instead of going to see the show across the street. I cut our annual PAWS Chicago Run for their Lives walk short because the day was so hot. I was able to have her portraits taken by the amazing Sheri Berliner just two weeks before her unexpected death. And we were in Door County her last week, so I got to spend lots of extra time with her.

      Sammy, you were truly adored and are so very missed! Love you.



      •  


        • 0 votes vote up vote up

          Sheila Mitchell wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • We have two; a cat and a dog; who we adopted from shelters...Simon the cat and Oakley the dog.



                Report  Reply


        • 0 votes vote up vote up

          Rystmom wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • We rescued our little Bruno when he was 1. He has brought us much laughter and joy. He is so full of love. He travels with us everywhere.



                Report  Reply


        • 0 votes vote up vote up

          Cherie Vergini wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • I rescued Goldie when she was 6mos old. A backyard breeder was starving her because she was too small to breed and couldn’t have puppies and make them any money. She only weighed 1.5lbs. I’ve now had her 3 years and she is 5lbs and such a beautiful soul. I’m so blessed to be a part of her life.



                Report  Reply


        • 0 votes vote up vote up

          Rystmom wrote Sep 30, 2008
        • Everyone tells us how lucky Bruno is to have found a good home. I am sure you hear that about your precious pooch. We do know that we truly are the lucky one’s. Our life is full because of him!



                Report  Reply


        • 0 votes vote up vote up

          Sunnyd wrote Jan 22, 2009
        • My dog is an incredible dog. Her name is Ella but we call her Ellabella. She is a mix between a Siberian husky and a Golden Retriever. We adopted her from a shelter in NJ about 3 years ago. Her mother was pregnant when she was rescued. Ella is one of six adorable puppies. We are a very lucky family because she is the sweetest dog you could ever meet.

          Ella now (almost 3 years old)

          “With every bark and loving sign,
          Let me be yours and you be mine.
          Love me, train me, let me be,
          Your closest friend eternally.”



                Report  Reply



  • Shelter pets rock View Group »

    A forum to share success stories and information on adopted pets, mainly dogs and cats.