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For The Love of Critters

My beloved niece lives in Minnesota and fosters dogs for a rescue organization there. She has a heart as big as all of Texas when it comes to critters, and also shares her home with three dogs and two cats of her own.  She has been fostering the above pup, Savannah, for some time now, waiting hopefully for someone to give her a forever home.  Savannah's sister was adopted awhile back.  Today my niece sent me this email...

Happy Friday! I wanted to share a message that I received from my little foster Savannah's furever mom this morning after dropping her off yesterday morning with her new family before work. Things that make me sniffle at my desk with happy tears - this is why I foster. :)  ~ K.

Hi ~
Savannah did FABULOUS yesterday and last night!  She seems like she has known us for a long time.  She made a friend with the neighbor dog, Oliver.  They played for hours together, we went for a long walk down by Lake Minnetonka and she loved that!

She slept really well from her first day, she even came with us to Pet Smart and everyone thought she was really pretty!

G. and K. have smiles back on their faces again, they had been so sad since our dog passed away, a piece of their lives had been missing, and I am so thrilled to see life back in my daughters again.  They will be friends for life.

Have a great weekend, we sure will!
 
 I love my niece ~ precious in God's eyes are those who care for his beloved critters !

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    1. Thank you Joe! It was a story that cried out to be shared!

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  2. This is why we do rescue,and have for over 35 years, to give critters a chance. Stella would have been put to sleep, because she had heartworm. Sheltie Rescue took her in, and we adopted her. Grizelda & Chloe Jo (& their siblings) were 2 days old. I bottlefed them. We adopted out one pair & kept these two. It never ends...there is always the need. And the reward is love.

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    1. Yes, dearest Annie, this is your story too... over and over through the years. Every critter that is rescued and rehabbed and finds a loving home, be it in yours or elsewhere, are like jewels in the crown of life! It takes a great deal of dedication and work to give new lives to those who have none, and it's hard to let them go after getting attached. This is one of those "happy ever after" stories that we never can hear enough of. I waiting for your book!!!

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  3. What a wonderful story. Isn't is nice when, out of the blue, you get affirmation for something you've done? My dad, who was a narcotics policeman for years, was pumping gas a few weeks ago. A man across from him looked at him and said, "You saved my life 35 years ago. You arrested me on a drug charge and scared me so badly I gave it up." You never know how your actions will affect someone. Good for your niece, doing such a wonderful thing for others. (Kristi from Thankful Me also fosters service dogs. She has one now, as a matter of fact.)

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    1. Not only is this an awesome story about rescue work and my very amazing niece Christine, but just as you say, it is also about how nice it can be to get that affirmation, that bit of feedback that lets you know you did right and things are now better for the person or critter you helped out. It is a good lesson to all of us to take the time, the few minutes required, to share a few words of thank you or send a follow up note. It is such good medicine for the heart!!

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  4. That is wonderful!!!

    I have read black dogs are harder to adopt. I'm glad this one found a good home.

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    1. It's a great "happy ending" story, isn't it, Gail? I know that your acres abound with rescued critters so this is familiar territory for you too. How happy it makes us feel when we have done something kind and are repaid in love! Black dogs are harder to place, just like black cats. Savannah's sister went quickly but she has been overlooked until now. I puzzle at how anyone could resist that beautiful little face with bright pink tongue and matching bandana! It sounds like her wait was well worth it, she's landed one of the best of best forever homes with two little girls who will treasure her as much as she will them!

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  5. Black dogs are harder to adopt because their eyes and expressions are not as easy to detect as lighter dogs. Beau is snow white, and every expression he makes is a direct reflection of whatever emotions are in the house.

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    1. That makes sense, Lotta Joy, along with people's irrational black dog fears. (I've had to work hard to overcome mine, due to a scary childhood experience.) Our cat Gracie is much the same, her little round eyes are almost hidden in her cammo face at times but when she is being an imp they shine so brightly! :-) Beau is such a little doll and he has those eyes like shiny buttons, impossible to miss! Critters are ever so sensitive to what's going on in a house and what we are feeling, that's why they are such good companions!

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  6. What a lovely post. Savannah is a lucky girl and your niece rocks. I loved this post, as it made me smile.

    Today is a work day for IOBG at Village West Yacht Club. It's fun, but I'll be glad when it's over.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

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    1. My niece does indeed rock, Sandee, I love her like one of my own. She is another one of us survivors that has had to walk through the fire, and she has come out refined, pure, and beautiful. So very kind and compassionate. Her own dogs are pitties, I never have to worry about her being safe, and she is a poster story for how unfair it is to label this breed. She's won me over on that! She even knits little blankets for her cats to snuggle in!

      Savannah is indeed a lucky, lucky girl. She's landed a wonderful home, love worth waiting for. (Sounds just like you and me, doesn't it? :-)

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)