Second Chances

In the past year or so, both of our children & their spouses have chosen to adopt a dog through a rescue foundation.

A second chance for these beautiful beings they have welcomed into their lives.  A chance to live in a home where love, patience & security is given freely.

Our children grew up with animals in our home.  We are animal people!  The difference is we raised our furbabies from early days, thus any bad habits or eccentricities they many have taken on, were a result of living in our environment.

Admittedly when our children first mentioned they were considering adopting a dog from a rescue foundation, I was nervous.  Not out of concern as to whether they could handle it, but more because I feared they would be heartbroken if things didn’t work out.  Rescuing an animal comes with additional challenges.

Although prospective adoptive parents are given as much information about the animals story as is known, there are often gaps missing.  It takes a great deal of patience & love to integrate a new pet family member into your home in the best of circumstances.  Dealing with the added complication of trauma from a previous life adds a whole other layer of committment to the mix.

To that end, I needn’t have worried.  In both cases, our kids did their homework & discussed which issues they felt they could deal with & which ones they felt they were not in a position to take on.  The most difficult decision seemed to be choosing only one dog, thus leaving others behind that were just as deserving of love & a forever home.

There is something so very special about an animal who receives a second chance. Their capacity to open their hearts & trust again, offering all of the love they can muster, despite their less than perfect start to life, is a lesson to us humans.

There are so many beautiful animals just waiting for someone to give them a chance.  To persevere as they work out their issues & adjust to their new family.  These two boys hit the jackpot with our kids.

Don't you just love his smile?

Don’t you just love his smile?

This is Molson.   For the first 1 1/2 years of his life,  although technically he was owned by someone, he was pretty much left to his own devices.

His biggest challenge day-to-day was finding food, thus living mostly on garbage he could find in the neighbourhood.  With complaints mounting against him, his so-called owner’s solution was to put a bullet in his head.

Thankfully, the rescue organization was called by someone who heard of this bastard’s  person’s plan & they convinced his owner to surrender him.

He is such a loving boy, so eager to please & settled in beautifully to his new home.   Seeing other dogs when he is on leash, stresses him out a little, but he is getting better at learning to just walk on by. Thankfully he will never again have to worry about where his next meal is coming from or whether he has a warm place to sleep.  If the cat in his family would just learn to play a little nicer, life would pretty much be perfect!

And this is our latest addition to our family.

Such a sweet boy!

Such a sweet boy!

This is Fozzie.  Not as much is known about our sweet Fozzie.

Bred to be a hunting a dog, we can only assume, given his timid nature with loud noises, he did not pass muster for his owner. Abandoned in the woods as a young dog, he was rescued at the age of approximately 9 months.

He sweet disposition & energetic spirit won the hearts of our son & daughter-in-law immediately.  Snowplows & buses still freak him out a bit but he is quickly learning that his peeps would never put him in harm’s way, despite the scary noises these strange machines make.

If you have ever had a dog in your life, you are aware of the rare gift of unconditional love they so willingly give.

I am so proud of our children for giving these boys such wonderful homes.  They will never again have to worry about being loved & cared for, for they have been given their second chance.

In return our children have been given an even greater gift, the love of a dog.

The "brindle boys" meeting for the first time. Seriously, they fill my heart!

The “brindle boys” meeting for the first time. Seriously, they fill my heart!

Hugs,

L

 

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17 Responses to Second Chances

  1. sueslaght says:

    Wonderful Lynn. Our adult kids have taken the same route. Our son and daughter in law with two dogs and a cat all rescued! Is it two sleeps to Morocco?

    • Lynn says:

      So great to hear that your kids have also taken this path Sue. I hope that their experience has been just as wonderful as our families. Yes, 2 sleeps!!!

      • sueslaght says:

        Yes my daughter has a rescue cat as well. Quite the lovely fur families! You must be SO excited.

      • Lynn says:

        Our lives are so similar, it is almost freaky! Our daughter & her husband also have a rescued cat. They found him abandoned in a field at about 5 weeks old.. She has a horse as well, although he was not a rescue, he has his issues. She refers to them as her socially awkward animals!

        We are SOOOOO excited. One of the girls is retiring today so we are ready to celebrate!!!!

      • sueslaght says:

        Retirement and a trip to Morocco! Now that sounds like the way to go!

        We do seem very in sync Lynn. I am not expecting any horses though. 🙂

  2. Carolyn MacDonald says:

    So lovely Lynn… and so true! These two beautiful animals have been given such a gift having their present owners. We haven’t had the privilege of meeting Molson but Fozzie has made us dog lovers!

  3. Lynn says:

    I am not surprised that Fozzie converted you, I think he has that effect on people, he is so full of love! Hopefully you & Glen will have the opportunity to meet Molson over the summer if you up for a visit. It is utter chaos but so much fun!!!

  4. Jane says:

    Lovely post Lynn…..I will be passing it along to D&L….foster parents as I know they will enjoy it as well. Have a fabulous trip!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!

    • Lynn says:

      Please do Jane. What D&L are doing for these animals is nothing short of amazing. I am not certain I could foster for fear that I would never be able to give them up! Thanks for the good wishes gf!

  5. Ned's Blog says:

    I love happy endings! What a wonderful experience for all of you, and such a warm testament on National Pet Day. Both of our dogs and our cat came from rescue shelters. Stanley was in a litter that was left in a yard when the owners moved; CJ was found on the side of a road in a box with his puppy siblings; Hazel or cat was found abandoned in a home with her kitty siblings. They all get along in our home and are such an important part of our family. Plus they are cuter than our kids now that they are teenagers… 😉

  6. Paul says:

    Nice post Lynn. I followed you over from Ned’s blog and read about your new grand-dogs – congrats, they look so lovable.

    • Lynn says:

      Hey Paul, great to meet you! Thanks for taking the time to pop over for Ned’s site, he is awesome! We are at a stage in our lives where our children are grown & gone so having grand-dogs is wonderful. It gives us the chance to have our puppy fixes without the responsibility! A win win for everyone!!!

  7. Lynn says:

    I love how you have accumulated your pet family Ned. With the exception of someone having allergies, I could never understand people not having them in their lives. Trust me, your teenagers will get cute again someday. In the meantime, they will provide you with some great writing material!!! Thanks for popping by!

  8. joannesisco says:

    I have a soft spot in my heart for people who bring rescue animals into their homes. Without exception, every person I know who’s done this has a furry friend of extraordinary affection. These animals KNOW they are in a special place and give back sooooo much more.

  9. Lynn says:

    You are so right Joanne! Gratitude & love just shines from them:-)

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  11. cindy knoke says:

    Awwwwww, you raised good humans!!

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