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Dogs don't have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL
People often come to us to adopt the 'perfect' German Shepherd.
They want them young, trained, and good with kids, cats
and dogs. Most dogs who come to us have been neglected and unwanted and need training, love and patience.
Older and special needs dogs are usually not considered for adoption.
But every once in a while we get a surprise, and we'd like to share
these stories of some wonderful dogs and the
incredible adopters who saved them. Jodi's Story A friend in Cape Cod asked us to keep an eye out for a German Shepherd for her friend who was not experienced in owning a Shepherd but was willing to learn and would provide a fantastic home. We thought a nice, easy Shepherd mix would be a good match. That very night a rescue friend in NC sent a Craig's List posting of the most pathetic Shepherdy-looking girl who was 9 years old. Her owner was moving and couldn't take her along. If a home was not found in 2 days, she would go to the shelter. As most of us know, a 9 year old dog in a southern shelter would never make it to the adoption floor. Our friend Veronica went to meet Jodi and found her to be a bit shy and scared but warmed up after a bit. Veronica said she was too adorable and sweet to deserve the fate coming her way. Veronica brought her home, and within a day, Jodi was running with the pack having a grand old time. No trace of the scared and reserved dog of days ago. I thought she would be a great fit for the adopter in Cape Cod. I contacted her, sent pictures and videos and she fell in love immediately. Before Jodi could be transported she needed a full medical checkup and we prayed that she would be heartworm negative. To our happy surprise she was, but her teeth were a complete disaster. So after extensive dental surgery, shots and spay, Jodi was ready to embark on her transport adventure to Cape Cod. The moment Margaret met Jodi, it was love at first sight. Now these two are inseparable and Jodi even gets to accompany Margaret, who is a real estate agent, on house showings riding happily in the back seat. They enjoy early morning walks with the local pack to watch the sunrise - what more can a girl want! We are thrilled we were able to help a wonderful dog like Jodi. It was a group effort, working with a sister organization to find a home for a senior girl. We can't thank Margaret enough for opening her heart and home and giving Jodi an amazing life. Jodi has added so much joy to Margaret's home and the lovefest goes both ways! Jodi has so much love to give her mom, and her kitty brother and sister now share her brand new pink bed. Jodi is a little bit of a thing at 40 pounds, and Margaret laughs saying she is so glad she got the extra large dog bed. Life is good!
Hope's Story Hope and her daughter Jenna were abandoned at a local animal hospital and we were contacted for help placing them. Upon meeting Hope, it was clear she was used as a breeder dog because of her physical condition. But even sadder was her mental state. As with most breeding dogs, they are locked in crates and have little physical or emotional contact. Hope was painfully shy and preferred to stay in her kennel rather than than venturing out. Seeing and feeling grass for the first time was almost a painful experience. She also had been yelled at and was hand shy. We knew Hope would need a very special family to help her learn what love and kindness was. As luck would have it, there was a wonderful family waiting for Hope who really wanted to RESCUE a dog. They were not looking for a perfect dog - they wanted to save a life. So mom, dad and kids came to meet Hope, who at the time was called 'Mommy dog.' With the help of some hot dog treats, 'mommy dog' warmed up, but was still painfully shy. She had that 'deer in the head lights' look, not understanding what was happening with all this touching and petting. Mommy dog didn't understand what affection was and that it was good. She allowed handling but seemed to be waiting for something bad, like being hit. It brought tears to my eyes to see this beautiful, sweet girl, try to trust and love but almost afraid. After a few minutes, it was quickly decided that Mommy dog would become the new family addition. Since additional medical care was needed, she could be brought home the following week. Family negotiations began to chose a name. Everyone had ideas but could not agree until the name 'Hope' was suggested, and then it was unanimous. We were told later that part of the reason for her name was to honor our rescue. As it turns out Hope was perfectly named. After her first week, she accompanied the family to pick up her human sister at camp, where she is a counselor for autistic children. Hope greeted the children in her calm, gentle manner. There's been talk that maybe she will become a therapy dog. A few weeks after getting Hope, the family was scheduled to take a trip to Florida to visit their grandmother. Initially they were going to fly but didn't want to leave Hope so soon, especially because she was making some progress learning to trust and love. So the family drove down together and had a wonderful visit with grandma. Hope even made some new friends! Thank you to Vic, Lori and family for opening your hearts to a very special girl and for truly wanting to rescue a lost soul and make her love and trust again.
Hope's first bed.
King Cody's Story:
Our rescue friend Veronica in North Carolina contacted us about King, a very sweet Shepherd boy with seizures. His mom was losing her home and could no longer afford to care for King, and he needed to find a home quickly or he would be left at the local shelter. It's a well known fact that southern shelters are high kill and a dog like King with special needs would never stand a chance and would be euthanized right away.
Veronica was desperate to save him. We reached out to a friend with a soft spot for older and special needs dogs. We sent a few pictures of King and asked if she was interested. She was so touched by King's story and his sweet face that she said she would take him.
First task to was get King's seizures stable enough to be able to make the trip from North Carolina to Maryland. A few days before he was ready to go he was limping badly and required x-rays. The x-rays revealed he twisted his ACL and needed rest to heal so his trip was delayed. Finally, after much waiting and hoping, King was transported to his new home and his new mom, Vanessa. After a few days of being introduced to his new pack, King settled in very well. Vanessa decided to change his name to Cody and she lovingly calls him "King Cody" because, as she states, he is 'gynormous!'
Our heartfelt thanks to Vanessa for opening her heart and home to a great boy like King Cody with special needs. He is an incredibly sweet and gentle boy and didn't deserve to die because of his condition. It takes a very loving and caring person to give a home to a boy like Cody. Vanessa, we will be forever grateful for your huge heart. Thank you!
It has been a year now since Rex became my husband's K-9 partner and member of our family. It was a rough start, but he has adjusted well and I am writing to you to thank you for rescuing Rex. As I sit here typing this message to you, he is sitting at my feet and it breaks my heart to think that he was deemed unadoptable by a shelter. We were sent your Christmas newsletter last year a day before my husband was to pick up Rex. Of course, we were very concerned about how he would behave and adjust to living with our family. My husband was about to retire his K-9 partner (Noris) after working with him for several years. Noris became a part of our family in 2005 when our son was 3 years old. He loves Noris and they have been best of friends ever since. He was expecting the same to happen with Rex. Unfortunately, after reading about his behavior and past we weren't so sure. Even as my husband picked him up, he was told he did not get along with any other dogs in the unit and growled at other officers. Once he trusted us, he was fine.
That was last December, so let me tell you about Rex now. He is best briends with our 10-year-old male shepherd, Noris, who suffers from degenerative myelopathy. They play every day and Rex looks out for him. When they go outside, Rex waits at the top of the stairs for him. When neighboring dogs bark at Noris, Rex is there to protect him. The first thing Rex does when he comes home from work is look for Noris. Unfortunately, Noris is sometimes standing at the door and Rex knocks him down. We just went on vacation for the first time since we have had Rex and we boarded both dogs at the animal hospital, a place where Noris has always gone. We we arrived to pick them up, the ladies at the counter asked who we were there to pick up and when we said Noris and Rex, they said no. In fact, one of them said she wanted to keep Rex. He even was given a bath there. The same worker said she would go into the kennel that Rex was in and just sit and play with thim. Anytime Rex goes outside, we dry his feet before he comes inside. He now stands there and lets us touch his back legs with no problem. My son hugs and kisses him and plays with him all the time. Again, it breaks my heart to think that he might not have been here if not for your organization. Also, whoever came to the conclusion that he would make a good police dog was absolutely correct. He is also so excited every day to go to work. As soon as he sees my husband get ready, you can see Rex's excitement.
The change in Rex over the last year has been amazing. Love and trust is all it took for him to let down his guard and be happy. In fact, he wakes me up in the morning by nosing my pillow and when I pet him he moves to make my hand move down his back and scratch him right up above his tail, his favorite spot. Amazing for a dog who didn't like to have his back touched, right? He is definitely high strung and will lay right in the way, but he is part of the family. Rex worked the Presidential Inauguration last year and continuously checks the monuments in DC. A long way from where you found him.
Thank you for saving Rex and donating him to US Park Police. We love him and couldn't imagine life without him. Noris never had a friend before and when you see them, you would think they have been best friends for years. I have even had people ask me if they are brothers. I have attached a few pictures of Rex for you to see. The first one, he is enjoying his Christmas present this year. The next, is of him and my husband at work. They were training that day. Finally, a picture of Rex and Noris playing. Rex is on the left.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Rex with his Christmas Present 2013
Officer Steven Knapp with Rex
Rex (left) with his brother Noris (right)