Friday, November 09, 2007


Today both the cat with the mass and dear Foxy came in for euthanasia. Both passed calmly, quickly in their owner's arms.

It was very sad to say goodbye to Fox, but my MIL has been saying goodbye for sometime. She found the strength to say she is almost ready for a new dog. Preferably a walking companion, another sheltie or a golden retriever.

I showed her all the many online sites to help people find good dogs who desperately need homes. One of the best is petfinder -- type in your preferences and zip code, and dogs in shelters and rescue groups pop up. We also checked golden ribbon rescue -- the golden retriever rescue organization we directed donations to after losing our Montana. It was staggering all of the beautiful dogs needing homes, since they were so neglected by their first owners.

Nearly all these dogs' profiles say "eager to please," "housebroken," "crate trained," and "loving." So many worthy dogs. I know she'll find the right one. Giving a good dog the home they deserve helps heal your heart. (see: Francesca, my dog rescue from the pound I got after losing Montana. She had been there for weeks.)


peevish said...

Hi Jenn! Yesterday I told the story about you sewing up the bunny's leg with Anna in your backpack, watching. You amaze me.

Do you know of an online resource for adopting a standard poodle? border collie? spaniel?

Emily said...

My heart goes out to MIL.

Laura said...

Every one of the dogs that has been in the shelter where I volunteer has been a fantastic dog. Even the two dogs that they thought were coyote hybrids were cool once they warmed up and settled in to the routine at the shelter. I think some people just either don't have the resources (time & energy) or the know-how to provide dogs with an environment in which they can flourish.

Anonymous said...

Readers should be aware that Golden Ribbon Rescue, as well as most rescue groups, have very strict rules concerning such things as having a fenced yard. Even if you live in a community that prohibits fenced yards, you will not be allowed to adopt. This does not necessarily mean you would be a poor choice as a loving dog owner, but
in such cases you may be forced to buy from a breeder. It is kind of a shame that they have such hard and fast rules that eliminate potentially fantastic homes for dogs that desperately need a loving home. We have lived in a community with fencing restrictions for 15 years and have two wonderful, loving, big dogs that we trained to stay in our large yard when we are out with them. They are also walked on a leash and are taken to dog parks where they can run and play. So, if you can't have a fenced yard do not think you are doomed to never having a dog. If you are a dedicated and diligent owner you can still be the perfect companion for a wonderful dog friend.