In 2011, I was sent a picture of a terribly sad, defeated looking older blind Beagle. I offered to foster her through Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. She came to me, "very old", according to her vets, with a heart murmur, blind from glaucoma, with 2 cancerous masses on her abdomen, and unable to walk around the block.
Kai came into my life almost 14 years ago. I like to tell her that we were destined to be together. She has saved me from dark days countless times, and loved me unconditionally even when I know I didn’t deserve it. She has taught me to open my heart and how to love more deeply than I ever could have imagined.
I wanted to share the story of my aging pit bull mix Tembo, since he's the love of my life! I adopted Tembo in 2007. He had been at the small upstate NY animal control facility for 7 months, being passed over due to his "breed." He was infrequently walked and sleeping on concrete. When I met him, I knew that with exercise and routine, he would be lovely. Well he is more than lovely, he's perfect. He is kind, sensitive and sweet. Tembo is good with dogs, cats, and everything in between.
Molly, a Border Collie X Labrador, was given up by her previous owner in a pretty bad way on 28th October 2016. She was 13, deaf, suffering from arthritis, spondylosis (a spine condition), a double ear infection, and was so weak that she could barely walk. Because of the state she was in, and her age, she was placed into foster care with myself and my girlfriend, Adele, on the 10th November.
Our story is a little bit different. I have known Elroy for almost his whole life. My best friend and her husband got him as a puppy. They did an excellent job training him and he had a great life. Then, the tiny humans came along, and Elroy became an outdoor dog. His family could no longer provide him with the attention he was used to.
Anniversaries feel so important to me as my dogs are getting older. 5 years ago, I attended a volunteer orientation at a local non-profit rescue and met 8 year old Athena ~ she had been neglected in her prior home. She was an 'outdoor only dog' who had fleas and Lyme disease, a cracked & broken tooth, nails so over grown she could barely walk and she was truly skin and bones.
It’s been a week since Doris left us at age 15. Unexpectedly. Too soon. She joined our household when she was 8 weeks old – her birth name was Dora but she was renamed in honor of a long-time Guiding Eyes for the Blind volunteer and Doris was as spunky and happy as her namesake.
I adopted Petri in March of 2015 at the Southern Oregon Humane Society. When I went to the shelter I was not planning on adopting a dog, but we instantly fell in love with each other.
Petri is a 10-year-old terrier mix who had never had a home until I adopted him. He entered a California shelter when he was less than 6 months old and bounced from shelter-to-shelter until I found him at the age of 8.
18 years ago, we first fell in love with Skip, a little low-riding dog, when we saw him with his Maltese brother, Blizzard, at a shelter in Saratoga Springs, NY. His docile demeanor and wide-eyed glance gave us the warmest feeling in our hearts. That warm feeling has continued through the pleasure of having him close to everyone in this family of four. Skip has seen good times and bad times, and has continued to give us all continuous love, comfort, and fun that a family can ask for.
I got Tuti when I turned 12. Her mother belonged to some friends of ours, so I actually met her from the day she was born. I was born and raised in Colombia and 2 years ago decided to make a life changing career move and came to the US. I decided I wanted to ride horses professionally so I went to South Carolina for 6 months and left Tuti in Colombia. After that, I got a new job in New York and went back to get her.