This has been one of those weekends that makes me love being involved in rescue stuff. So many different things happened for the right reasons, with the right people, at the right time–all with the kind of outcome I love.
It started with an adoption on Friday night. A sweet little dog named Ember needed to be taken to the home of a potential adopter for a weekend “trial” before she was officially adopted. The family was incredibly sweet, had a beautiful home, a gigantic yard, and most of all was really excited to be getting her. I picked Ember up after work on Friday and we drove out to Monticello where I spent some time getting to know the family and then left Ember. The next day I received this picture from Ember’s new mom:
Yay for sweet Ember!
Saturday morning Rich and I woke up and got right on the road. We were headed to Chipley (where Dash came from!) to help with a transport to Tallahassee. Rich was so excited and kept saying “It’s like an adventure, an adventure to save some lives! It’s like we are real life super heros!” How sweet is he? After we finally found the place we started helping to load dogs up in the cars and finally got the two that we would be transporting. One was a super duper cute little puppy, Dutchess, and the other was an older Cocker Spaniel named Precious because, well, she was!
Before we left I saw a dog that I was immediately drawn to. I spent some time talking to him and fell in love. His name was Ace and he wasn’t getting taken on this transport trip, no one wanted him, but before I left I promised him I would find him some people that would love him to pieces. Just wait–this story doesn’t end here.
Soon after we left Dutchess fell asleep and Precious spent the ride snuggling as much as she could with Rich. She was quite the little love. We got to Tallahassee and met the next “leg” of the transport where Precious’s new owner also met us. She was SO excited to be getting Precious and just kept thanking us for getting Precious to her. She was already in love with her and it was the best feeling knowing that we helped unite them. The little pup was headed farther down south to a rescue group.
Right after we had the dogs situated we raced back across town so that I could pick up Maggie. We had a Pittie Party to attend! I was so excited because the event was all about positively promoting the pit bull breed which, as you might have already guessed, I’m all for! It was great, there were lots of people, lots of dogs, and lots and lots of positive interactions! Katelyn, the incredibly awesome and passionate pittie lover that organized the event put a lot of work into the event and it showed. Her dog Jango was like the ambassador for the event and he was absolutely wonderful with all the dogs there, including Maggie who was very uncertain about the whole thing at first.
Jango was such a good boy and patiently waited and let Maggie approach him and check him out. At first she didn’t like when the dogs approached her head on but after Jango let her “sniff him out” she seemed to realize that everyone was friends and even relaxed enough to play with some of the other dogs AND let some new people pet her. It may seem insignificant but for Maggie to let a stranger pet her is a big step in the right direction; it’s a very big deal!
There were tons of beautiful dogs and many of them were pros at the agility course Katelyn set up for everyone. Here are just a few:
So, as you can see there were tons of beautiful dogs, all incredibly loved by their proud owners. The next event is already scheduled and Maggie and I can’t wait to go!
Sunday started with me determined to follow through on my promise to find Ace his very own human to love him. I contacted a friend of my mom’s who I knew had a deep love for pits and, after losing her dog to cancer, was ready for a new one. She is getting ready to move in to a new house next weekend so she wanted to wait until that was settled but I contacted her and told her about Ace anyways. Turns out he sounded exactly like what she was looking for and she said “Let’s do it! We want him!” So, after making phone call after phone call, going back and forth on plans, and coordinating like crazy I was finally able to nail it all down.
Ace had been on doggie death row for a while but a compassionate lady at the shelter knew he was special and kept “shuffling around” and “losing” his paperwork to buy him another week here and another week there. Because of this we were under a time crunch so I needed to get Ace out fast. On Wednesday a volunteer is going to drive him to Tallahassee and leave him at our vet’s office where he will get checked out and microchipped. After work I will be picking Ace up (I’m so excited!) and driving him to his new mom’s mom’s house–his grandma’s house if you will. He will be staying there through the weekend so that his new mom can get settled in to her new house and he doesn’t have to be stressed with all of the moving. By this time next week Ace will be in his new home where he will be loved like crazy.
I am completely in awe that I managed to make this happen at all, let alone so quickly. Maybe it’s not in the grand scheme of my entire life, but this sure feels like my biggest accomplishment. This has been one of the best weekends I have had in as long as I can remember.