Melinda's Story of adopting Taz
When I first adopted my Taz, I committed myself to sharing our adoption story as often as I could in hopes to help others to believe that it's truly possible to open your heart up to love another pet as deeply as the beloved pet that passed. I also wanted to promote adoptions from a shelter; which I personally never experienced before.
Then there was another part of our story...the horrifying dog attack that Taz and I were both injured and Taz barely survived. By sharing our journey I am so very pleased that I have received messages from 372 individuals sharing that they just adopted their new little one from their local shelter. Tazzy's and my story has also managed to raise close to $5000 to assist in saving a beloved pup after she was mauled by a neighbor's dog. THIS is one of my greatest joys from sharing our story!
Ok. So here is Tazzy's Adoption Story...
On the morning of August 5, 2020, I received a call from Humane Society for Hamilton County telling me they have a little guy (whom they named Bruno Mars) that was brought in as a stray and has just completed the mandatory hold that allows the time and opportunity for his previous family to claim him. He was not claimed and he was then open for adoption and I was asked if I wanted to come right away and meet him.
Due to my grief in the recent passing of my 14 year old Peekapoo, Bailey, I firmly believed I was not yet ready...or possibly even capable, of loving another dog so deeply. I made the decision to meet him, then respectfully say "No thank you". In order to get to the open yard to meet him, I had to walk down the corridor of the cages where the dogs are kept. I didn't have the courage to dare look up and give any of the pleading pups my eye contact. Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw a white tiny thing peep out from under his little bed that he was hiding under. I then whispered to the volunteer who was leading me to the yard, "Is that him?"...and it was. As I was waiting for him to be brought out to the yard, I kept repeating to myself that I'm not ready...I'm not ready...I'M NOT READY! The VERY instant the volunteer came around the corner with him, I INSTANTLY started crying.
When he was first placed in my arms, he curled up and buried himself under my chin. Then...he gave me the Chihuahua signature move of giving me lots and lots and LOTS of insanely fast and furious licks and kisses! Which immediately made the volunteer cry, and me cry even harder. Taz immediately showed his gratitude when I placed him in his new little bed (that the Humane Society generously gave him) by rolling around in it and making those happy snorts. The instant I put him down so he could explore his new home, he darted towards the coffee table and plopped under it with the cutest, happy smile.
All during his first day, he dragged everything he could find and physically drag under his new home....including my king size comforter. Tazzy and I had to relearn our ways of doing things in order for a trusting connection to happen. I had to drop any and ALL expectations for Taz to be ANYTHING like my Bailey...and Taz had to do the very same for me. It took us a good week to do this; which is an EXCEPTIONALLY short amount of time!!!...and we are still learning about each other every single day.
I want to end this story by honoring my sweet, sweet Bailey Boo. He TAUGHT me about the beauty of a true and real connection...built and maintained by NOTHING but LOVE. For this, I'm eternally grateful to him; thus able to keep my heart open for my Tazzy.
My Bailey who passed in 2020. ❤️
You can find Melinda K Luttrell here - https://www.facebook.com/melinda.rogersluttrell
Everyone on My Pets View from Home recognize Veronique Desante from Belgium by four lovely dogs named Elise, Cannelle, Coco and Brody that all have one thing in common - they were rescued from Djerba, Tunisia. But not many know the story behind these four legged friends.
I adopted my first dog, Elise, in August 2021, she was 6 months old at the time. She was found when she was about 2-3 months in a rubbish pile looking for food. She was full of fleas and ticks, and she has a scar on her paw (probably from being tied up). After two months of grooming, including daily massage with 5 oils, she had already become a beautiful little dog.
I decided to adopt her when I saw the pictures from the beginning on Facebook. My previous dog (from a Belgian shelter) had just died. I travelled to Djerba myself to collect her.
I decided to adopt my second dog, Cannelle, in October, also based on the photos of the early days. She was found in August, she was about 4 weeks old, with wounds, hiding under palm trees. She was very lucky because the outside temperature at the time was 40 degrees Celsius, they think she wasn't going to make it to the next day if they hadn't found her.
It was planned to collect her in November, but then there was Corona and everything was postponed a bit. The time had come at the end of March, and in the meantime we had agreed that I would stay with Fabienne Pauls for 3 months and help with the dogs.
Mrs Fabienne Pauls runs the Association un Toit pour Toi on Djerba, Tunis. I got all of my dogs there. She rescues as many dogs (and cats) as possible from the streets. Her association is a private organisation, the animals live in her house and garden and are therefore already well prepared for their adoption. They get all their vaccinations, are spayed-neutered and microchipped. The intention is to have them adopted in Europe, so the protocol to transfer them takes about 3 months. Adopting a dog is free, including transferring it to the country of adoption.
And so the third dog arrived, while I was there, Coco became very attached to me and I decided to take one more. Coco had been found (she was about 3 months) by a tourist, (she had been hit by a car), who brought her in to the vet, at the time Fabienne was there with cats to be spayed.
Since the tourist could not keep the little dog, she decided to take it with her. It was a very shy, distant dog, but I bonded with her very quickly.
So at the end of June I left for Belgium with my three dogs. After the summer I went back to visit 'the dogs' home (as we call it) and had trouble leaving Brody behind, so number four was a fact.
We collected Brody, the first period I was there, from a lady, where he had crawled under the fence as a puppy. Brody was the funniest and most active dog present as a puppy. He is a funny, independent but at the same time very affectionate and sweet. In Djerba, he was the only one of about 35 dogs, who knew, when it was very hot, you better seek some cooling in the water, so he was regularly seen in the big tubs of drinking water.
So now I have four dogs saved from calamity, which I wouldn't miss for the world.
I regularly get the comment that there are enough dogs for adoption here in Belgium, that I don't have to go abroad for that. I agree, there are poor animals everywhere, but I didn't go looking for a dog in Djerba on purpose, there was the connection, even if it was through a photo. I'm glad I did it and can recommend it to everyone!
Next month I'm going back, visiting all my four-legged friends.
Find Veronique Desante here - https://www.facebook.com/veronique.desante.3
Everyone on My Pets View from Home recognize Dawn Duncan’s furry Fergus, a 9-year-old Schnauzer/Beagle cross and sleek Barney, a 4-year-old hound mix (mostly Redbone and Basenji).
Fergus was rescued from a small yard that had 21 dogs in it. An elderly woman had two female beagles, and her adult son moved back in with his male schnauzer. None of the dogs were fixed, so each female had 9 puppies within a week. The original owner was disabled and could not care for all the dogs. Dawn and Dennis adopted Fergus and helped with finding homes for all the others. Fergus is very funny; they think he is the smartest dog they have ever had. He is often too clever for them. Fergus is a sneak thief; he looks for anything paper or laundry items, grabs them and goes trotting through the house, grinning. He wants a trade for a treat.
Barney was rescued from the hills of Kentucky and ill with several parasites when they adopted him in Minnesota. They worked to restore his health and to help him get over his fear of stairs and of men with beards or in baseball caps. He is a gentle soul, very attentive to Dawn, especially after she fought to save him from a double loose dog attack that sent them both to the hospital not long after they moved to New Mexico. Fortunately, at the time, she was able to get him into a clinic for emergency surgery (ears and head) right away.
But a year later such services were no longer available in her city or the whole of Southern New Mexico, which led her to take immediate action to make a change in her community and state. The Duncan family moved to Las Cruces in 2019. In June 2021 Fergus had cancer surgery. They brought him home on a Friday, but they discovered early Saturday morning that Fergus was bleeding out. Dawn called Animal Hospital, where Barney had been treated, and found out from the answering machine message that emergency care was no longer available in Las Cruces so they were directed to drive to El Paso, Texas; they quickly loaded him into the car and headed to the emergency hospital in El Paso. They spent the entire day at the hospital. A few hours after their arrival, the staff took Fergus to the back and started an IV. He was saved, but it was quite scary and very touch-and-go.
This event was what caused Dawn to found Animal Companions of Las Cruces. She, and all in the organization, are determined to establish and sustain 24/7 emergency care in Las Cruces for the sake of all pets and their people. Since their formation, they have been able to work with all 8 clinics in the city, focused on recruiting more veterinarians for them so they can expand their care. They also brought in a tele vet service for the region at very low cost so accessible to all, which lessens those who must drive over the border to Texas. Working non-stop with local government, businesses, and concerned citizens, Animal Companions has garnered the support of over 90 volunteers/donors and raised almost $80,000 in its first year to help the veterinary services. They continue to raise funds, speak publicly, connect with veterinary schools, and educate citizens in order to provide better health care for the beloved animals of Southern New Mexico.
The ultimate goal remains the creation of a new 24/7 emergency hospital for pets in Las Cruces. They have every belief they will reach their goal.
Just think, love of Fergus and Barney started grand effort! ❤️
More info about Dawn and her wonderful project - https://lascruces.com/working-together-for-emergency-veterinary-care/?fbclid=IwAR1tH0C4iyG mzagAPXc_4PdhQSHj1VPRrpXAz-wy_A-AA1ooAL17h87IrUc
Find Dawn Duncan here - https://www.facebook.com/dawn.duncan.5872
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