This was the first picture I saw of him, in his cone, after the neuter.
A volunteer created a "Dogster" webpage for him to further advertise his arrival in the NJ area. Thousands of similar profiles, powered by PetFinder, exist for other adoptable dogs, waiting in foster homes and shelters.
This is where I was brought in. Beth invited me, Jasper, Guapo and the kids to her home, to meet him last week. I knew right away, just like I did with Jasper, so many years ago, that he was to be my next forever dog.
As I fall more deeply in love with him, my gratitude for the people that helped him along the way, will also grow. I don't know how "normal" it is for them to be part of this process, but I will never forget the sacrifices you made in time and resources to complete this story.
- Thank you to the staff of the shelter in West Virginia, who are doing the best they can with the limited resources they have, to find homes for the animals in their care.
- Thank you to the woman who found him in the shelter and the people in her life that support her in this mission to bring scared, disoriented dogs into her home.
- Thank you to the volunteers who drive the transport vans, enduring barking, frequent stops for walking dogs and cleaning dirty cages.
- Thank you to the veterinary hospital for setting aside supplies, staff time and expertise to treat these shelter dogs, preparing them for a healthy life with their new family.
- Thank you to Roger's Rescue for your streamlined, efficient application process. Thank you to Jennifer, who spent an hour of her time with me on a phone interview, helping to fine-tune the type of dog I was looking for.
And finally, thank you to Beth, for allowing her 43rd foster dog to become our new Once-In-A-Lifetime Dog.
Has your rescue dog ridden the Underground Railroad? Who would you like to thank and why?