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.
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 b
astard’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.
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.