Saturday, June 24, 2006

Things Heating Up; Here's Summer

Since I last wrote, rescue has started to "heat" up. The need to rescue seems to come and go in waves: Sometimes there are no dogs to rescue, and other times the need is overwhelming, beyond our capacity. If there is a dog which is not urgent, I try to work with the owner or shelter and just simply refer people directly to them via our website and also email to our registered homes. This week that worked very well and resulted in getting TWO SENIOR Springers adopted! This was a great week as things doesn't always come together as beautifully as this.

One Springer was with her owner: Harley in Tracy, but we weren't sure how long the owner could keep her. She now lives in Wilton, just East of Elk Grove. Her new owners write:

"We have had her groomed with a field cut which is suitable for our area and of course makes standing the heat a bit more tolerable. I am awaiting all the paperwork on our girl and when it comes, will take her to our vet for a good check up and have a chip installed. She is darling and so active it is hard to believe she is 9!!!! She is a wiggler and tail wagger. Smiles all the time. Certainly she is head honch here as we have no other dog. She appears to love our 3 cats and believe it is reciprocal. They are not afraid of her at all. Goes to work, riding in a truck with Jim every day, and keeps to his side constantly. Would be a lap sitter if we let her. She is adjusting nicely to her new home with new rules and being an intergral part of this

and believe it is reciprocal. They are not afraid of her at all. Goes to work, riding in a truck with Jim every day, and keeps to his side constantly. Would be a lap sitter if we let her. She is adjusting nicely to her new home with new rules and being an intergral part of this family. She will be greatly loved for the rest of her days. Can't wait for the grandkids to meet and play with her. I can see it now."

The other wonderful thing this week was the adoption of a 10-year-old female, "Molly." She was adopted by Jane's home in 650 area code (San Mateo etc) who left me a phone message that:

"Molly is fat, old with tooth tartar, but our other dog likes her. "

The Silicone Valley shelter described her as "sweet, calm, gentle and housebroken."



Last week, I also placed "Shelby," my foster dog to a Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz Mtns) family. She unfortunately was suffering from a bad case of flea allergy in which she had lost most of her fur on her rear half. I was amazed that the family could see beyond that to see the wonderful dog inside. They wrote that her coat is already growing back (after treatment for fleas) and:

"She's doing great and is enjoying running up the hill with our other dog. Thank you."




I also had another really special dog in rescue: "Sophie" She now lives in San Francisco with a wonderful home who plans to teach her obedience and agility along with his other dog. Most fosters are nice dogs but since many are a handful to care for and I am glad to see them go to their new homes. Sophie was different. She adored both my dogs, and they reciprocated. She also was absolutely NO trouble to care for. I will miss her because she truly was a special girl. I haven't lost touch with her as I see her owner, Bob, on a regular basis, and I will look forward to seeing in the future.







The last special placement we made in last couple of weeks was "Rosie," a dog from the Fremont shelter. From this picture, you can clearly see why finding her a home might have been a difficult thing. When the shelter notified us she was due to be put to sleep, I prevailed on my dear rescue partner, Cheryl, who had just lost her beloved Phoebe, another rescue Springer, to cancer, to foster Rosie to save her. After a few days, Cheryl said she was getting attached. A week later, Cheryl said "Take Rosie off the list for adoption. She's home for good!" Cheryl has not gotten thru mourning for her Phoebe and told me she believes Phoebe might have sent Rosie to her to help heal her broken heart. Rosie is getting therapeutic baths, getting proper care and medication, and her skin condition is improving and her coat is returning. All in all, not a bad couple of weeks.

Regarding special placement, I firmly believe in the afterlife, and that those who have passed on to the afterlife, including our beloved animals, direct and interact with their loved ones from beyond the grave, including "sending" or connecting up rescue adoptions at just the right time and to the right person/home. I have seen this over and over in my 15 years in rescuing Springers here. One time, the adopter thanked me later for "saving my life" as that dog provided her with lifesaving love at just the right time in her life. That isn't always the case but I do hope that each family takes something special from their time with these adopted rescue Springers.

Just want to say our rescue depends to a very high degree on the kindness of other Springer lovers to help us foster, evaluate, transport, adopt and get the word out about Springers in jeopardy. Thanks goes out to all of you who have helped and will help in the future. We are here to help our wonderful Springers!

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