Post # 17
Well lovely bees mine is just a simple story….when we got our home in January I kept bugging the hubz to get me a puppy, but he said we had to wait until after our honeymoon in May, well May came and went and I finally convinced him in late June….I found a local animal shelter and went to check out the pets…didn’t find one that we fell in love with….so we tried Petsmart….they have a local Non Profit organization that rescues dogs from local kill shelters….we were looking at a Corgi that the hubz wanted, but when it began to bark (yappie dogs are a no no to us) we turned our attention to the other dogs, that is when I spotted my little furbaby….I can honestly say I fell in love with him instantly…he was in a caged pen are with a Schnauzer and the Schnauzer was being mean to him, barking at him, and our little guy was just huddled, not doing anything, I picked him up and held him and then handed him to the hubz…hubz held him for a couple of minutes and I told him this is the dog I want…..our furbaby layed his head on my hubz shoulder all throughout the paper signing and purchase of him and we just knew he was the one for us….I can’t imagine our lives without our little guy (I am seriously tearing up as I write this right now….) He is the best thing that has happened to us thus far….(besides us falling in love, getting married, home purchase and all)….I think you get the point….
Here’s my furbaby Tyrion!
Post # 18
@mija22: Aww he’s so cute! Is he a pekingese mix?
I have two rescues and we are looking for a third currently.
My first rescue was my dog, Ollie. He was 7 or 8 weeks when we adopted him from a small rescue organizations that had saved him, his whole litter, and his mama from the county pound where they were scheduled to be euthanized. We had actually gone to adopt his sister, but she was taken by someone else and my boy picked us immediately. He crawled right into my wife’s lap and we knew we couldn’t leave without him.
Our second rescue was our cat, Dewey. We saw on a local shelter’s page that they were overrun with kittens, and we went to see if one of them could fit in with us. We picked out two kittens that looked outgoing and brought them to the playpen. One kitten was hissy and hid in the corner, but the other one just crawled all over us purring and exploring so we took him home. He now thinks he is a dog and he is best friends with Ollie.
That picture is from when Dewey was a kitten obviously. We need to snap a new one – they love to wrestle and chase each other and do it all the time.
Post # 19
moonadea Love your pics….Yes our puppy is a Pekingnese/Chihuahua mix….so freaking cute….what mix is your little guy?
Post # 20
@mija22: He’s a Chihuahua/Beagle/Rat Terrier as best we can tell. Who knows for sure!
Post # 21
moonadea He is so cute too…I first thought he was a corgi mix (I am of course refurring to your furbaby).
Post # 22
Back in 2009 my Ex and I decided to get a dog. I knew I wanted a shelter dog and thats all I knew. I went on Petfinder and found several that I liked. We went down to a North Jersey Shelter and she was probably one of the last ones we saw. She was also the quietest. I fell in love with her and that day I filled out the adoption application. I had the phone interview with the shelter 2 days later and by the end of that week I went to pick her up. At the shelter she was only a number, but she soon got the name Sugar. She was 10 months at the time and fully grown.
My ex & I divorced and she was the only thing I fought for in the settlement. She has since moved into a new home with a Golden Retriever. Sugar is the sweetest most lovable dog ever. Black Lab/Pit Bull Mix.
Post # 23
Aww I love seeing all of these photos!
Darling Husband and I were dating at the time and in an LDR–definitely did not have plans to get a pet. Our friends were volunteering at a rescue group event and we went to visit them. We had no intention of taking home a dog, but I saw this one that was so sad. All the dogs were freaking out and he was just staring at me with these big sad eyes. Darling Husband and I went to a coffee shop to discuss it and we thought we could take him or leave him…turns out we were wrong! We kept thinking about him and Darling Husband adopted him a few days later. He was “our” dog for a year before we even lived together.
Sammy was a holy terror when we first adopted him. He had been found wandering by a highway with a belt around his neck–I am pretty sure he was abused. He has become the most amazing and loving dog though. I always wanted a little fluffball dog and NEVER thought I would end up with a pit mix!
Post # 24
Here is another picture of Sugar
Post # 25
I absolutely love these stories!
Besides a cat that passed away when I was still a toddler, we never had pets growing up. When I was a freshman in high school, people around the neighborhood noticed a small golden retriever dog loose in the woods across the street from my parent’s house. Animal control was trying to catch the dog for weeks but it was very skittish and they couldn’t get close enough. My dad was working from home at the time. After chatting with the neighbors about the dog, he started going outside to talk to it softly every day, a couple times a day. About a week later, he was standing with a neighbor near a fence across the street, and felt the dog licking his hand. He didn’t react, just kept talking to our neighbor. The next day, he brought some Cheerios in his hand and the dog came close enough to eat them. The dog was clearly young and starving in the woods. After a few more days of Cheerios, my dad led the dog into our yard and put her on a rope. Animal control was ASTOUNDED that he was able to “catch” the dog, but what really happened is the dog decided to come home with my dad.
I came home from school that day to find the sweetest golden retriever in our yard, and since no one claimed her within a couple of weeks, we all fell in love and kept her. We took her to the vet and found out that she was only 6-8 months old. She was free of disease and fleas, but had been beaten by her previous owner. She had a couple of broken ribs and some signs of emotional trauma (especially ducking to protect her head if you lifted your hand in ANY way that indicated you might be about to hit her). We think she ran away.
She turned out to be the best dog ever, always seemingly grateful to us for “saving” her. But really, she brought us so much more. She just passed away at age 14 this past spring.
Post # 26
I have 4 pets all together 3 are rescued some way or another.
Bella was not rescued she is my gray and white pied cockatiel she was given as a gift from my aunts hatchlings for Christmas.
Rogue he is my Fancey Cockatiel. I tend to frequent flea markets often for fresh veggies and I happened upon a bird store that is set-up there he was at the bottom of the cage no feathers, cuts and infections. I over heard the owner talking about putting him out of his misery and to “just get rid of him” I stepped in and said I would buy him. The guy said “it was a waste of my money and time he won’t last the night.” That was 4 years ago.
Luna was my first dog. She was abandon at 4 weeks old tied to a tree with fishing line next to a bowl of dog food that even if she could eat she couldn’t reach. She was found near death by a nice lady who had already finacial spread herself to thin. My friend, I am using friend very loosely here, had want to get a dog. This friend has a bad background 2 weeks before she asked me to babysit her kitten for her while she went out of the country and just before she got on the plane texted me to dropper her off at the humane society she didn’t want her anymore. I told her absolutly not I will try and find her a good loving home but if I don’t she can have that responsibility when she gets home. The kitten was filled with fleas and ticks, had a herniated umbilical cord and needed to be spayed since she was currently in heat. I took her to the vet got her shots, spayed and the herniated umbilical cord taken care of and found a wonderful couple that we looking for a sweet, loving black cat. now back to Luna my “friend” said she knows I wanted a dog and want to get one together I said no but she responed that she was getting a dog whether I helped her or not. Needles to say poor Luna at 2 months old was left her crate for 12 – 14 hours a day and then would get spanked yes spanked for peeing in the crate. I lectured the friend about the treatment of the dog and how she was a puppy and needed extra care. Well a few days later I came home from school and there she was tied to my door. She had many behavorial problems and health problems but she turned out to be my best friend and loves me at my worst and best.
Last but certainly not least My little man. His name is Motley. We decided we were going to adopt a small full grown adult dog for Luna from the humane society NO PUPPIES that is what we decided! Then we walked in and there he was a small little rolly polly of a puppy with sweet puppy eyes. He was born in the shelter and mother died at birth due to lack of care from her previous owners. His litter mates were all adopted and he was left. He was the runt but that hasn’t stopped him. He has the biggest personallity. The best part is Luna and Motley are the BEST of friends and they are inseperable as seen in the pic above. Those are my babies!
Post # 27
Our kitty, Widget, was found on our friends’ farm in NJ. He was tiny, too young to even be away from his mom, and they found him hiding under their horse trailer. Fortunately, our friend is a vet so she brought him in and cared for him. They already had three dogs and three cats so they didn’t think it was a good idea to keep him. They posted photos on facebook, asking if anyone would adopt him. I showed the pics to Darling Husband (BF at the time) and we were smitten. So we drove down to NJ from MA to adopt our little guy!
Here he is as a baby:
We adopted our other cat, Princess Peach, from a local cat shelter when she was about a year old. They received her as overflow from another shelter and it’s believed she came from a hoarding situation.
Post # 28
I actually did a Happy Tail for my dog on Petfinder but the link is all messed up and showing weird symbols so I will just repost the story here with corrections.
I met Chubby, a Chihuahua mix, at a PetSmart. He was one of three dogs featured that weekend from the Aurora Animal Shelter.
Chubby was in the corner whining adorably and I decided to comfort him instead of visiting the guinea pigs who usually amused me while my husband and his dog picked out new toys or treats.
I had been considering getting a pet and my husband wanted a second dog so after some convincing from him the four of us went on a stroll around the store. Chubby was so comfortable with us that people assumed he was my dog and kept asking me if they could pet him. We then decided to take both dogs to the training space in the middle of the store so see how Chubby would react off leash to my husband’s dog. Once I took the leash off Chubby he ran around the enclosure and sniffed everything. At that moment I decided to take him home. He had no name so I dubbed him Chubby because he was severely underweight. He was so weak he couldn’t even hop into the car. That first night he kept us up all night with his coughing and I kept finding pee spots in the house. I was starting to wonder if I had made a good decision. The next day I was sitting in the vet’s office waiting and he curled up in my lap. The vet walked in to do tests and then they took him into the other room. While the time ticked away I started worrying about him and missing him and realized that although it had been a difficult day I do really enjoy his company and that I would do my best to make this whole thing work.
I don’t know very much about his life before he became a “kept dog” the shelter informed me that a good Samaritan found him in a parking lot in Aurora and brought him in. Chubby has put on some weight, and stopped peeing in the house on his second day with me; he loves to ride around with me in my car and has accompanied me on a 5K walk although he prefers to run. He is adorable, quiet and relaxing but has a bit of an oral fixation which I am trying to fix by always making sure there is a toy or bone around that he can chew. He loves to play with dogs of all sizes, especially at the dog park. He and my husband’s dog, a Boxer mix, are inseparable. Even though he can be a handful I am really happy that Chubby is a part of our family. He makes me laugh every day and is a wonderful companion.
Post # 29
@Ms Bookworm: Me too! I volunteer for an Animal Rescue if I could find a job doing this full time I totally would!
Post # 30
bI have rescued a few horses, but i’ll just tell the story of one.
His name is jack. He’s a beautiful 4 year old bay gelding (qh x appy). When he was 2 his breeder was planning to shoot him, had neglected him and we think he had abused him as well (he was always super skittish around certain builds of men, anyone tall and stocky made him very nervous and he had lumps on his rib cage, even though he’d been paddocked alone).
Any time I rescue a horse I will find them a new home once they’re healthy and trained, so that I have time and space to help another. Jack really grew on me though and I couldn’t stand the thought of him not being with me, so he became our family =D
Words can’t even explain how much I love him. He’s wise beyond his years, super calm, looks after me while I ride, he’s absolutely brilliant. Not to mention funny.
So far he has not let anyone else ride him, but I think he MAY let my fiance. Maybe.
He was a 14.3hh downhill, skinny, wormy horse with chipped hooves and no training (virtually), now he is 15.2hh, at a very good weight (maybe a little too fat, BUT he’s stocky lol) and is a great saddle horse for me. He’s seriously amazing.
I’m trying to put up a pic, but i’m on my phone. I’ll work on the picture/s.
Post # 31
we just added an addition to our family 🙂 nothing too drastic but we feel it was ironic/fate so i’ll share the story 🙂
my birthday was just about 2 wks ago, Sept 27th. I was running a little late to work that morning because silly me left my windows down in my car (which i never ever do) and it just happened to pour down rain during the night, so the inside of my car was soaked and i was trying to clean it up a bit….while in the mist of wiping things down in there, i notice a lil black puppy walking across my driveway, cutting thru my yard….i whistled to her and she perked her ears up in my direction but couldn’t see me in my car, and then kept on going….so i got out and walked towards her direction and whistled again, this time she saw me and came straight over to me…her tail was wagging and she was shivering and soaked from the rain that night….so i took her inside and fed her and told Darling Husband what happened. called my job to tell them i was going to be even more late. then i walked up and down my street to see if someone was missing a pup. no one seemed to know who’s she was. we took care of her that day and i made a report to the SPCA and the local Animal Control as well as placing an ad in Craigslist….i also made a vet apt for her that following Saturday just in case for a simple checkup. I got no responses from anyone – no one claimed her. The vet guessed she was only 4.5 to 5 months old, and most likely a terrier mix. She was checked for a microchip, but didn’t have one. I went ahead and got her first round of shots, again just to be safe. Other than that, the vet said he didn’t see anything significantly wrong with her.
13 days later, she’s adapted quite well in our home and is an absolute sweetheart. I still haven’t heard anything from anyone about claiming her. i actually called yesterday to ask SPCA how long i should wait and what measures I could take to officially keep her. They suggested since no one has come forth yet, I just go ahead and get her Rabies shot and register her with the city I live in and that would be it. So we’re planning to take the steps to officially make her a member of the family this month. Her next vet apt is on the 27th and I’ll probly look into getting her microchipped as well. She hasn’t shown any signs of wanting to run away, she’s learned to potty train quite effectively with only minor hiccups here and there…and she follows me everywhere! she’s such a doll…i love her so much… 🙂
the irony is 3-fold. 1) we were initially talking of getting a cat, as they are a bit easier than dogs to take care of, and we are expecting our first child in January….we used to have a Husky (hence my screenname on here) but she was sadly the wrong kind of breed for us and we decided to find her a new home last year. we never got a cat but we were surprised that she showed up in our lives right around the time we were considering getting a cat though.. 2) she showed up the morning of my birthday. it was actually my ‘golden’ birthday this year (i turned 27 on the 27th) and before we found out we were expecting, i was planning to celebrate big somehow, but after we found out, we decided to keep things simple….so i feel like she was a blessing/birthday gift from above to make my ‘golden’ birthday one i will never ever forget 😀 3) somewhere around 4.5-5 months ago, this lil pup was born – the same time we found out we were expecting a child…
here’s our little baby girl, Peanut 🙂