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I become a dog rescuer

I felt myself going into a deep depression with all my issues and family problems. I wasnt leaving the house and never felt like doing anything. I had been looking into a Shih-tzu rescue group for sometime. Well I finally made the decision and became a dog rescuer. Due to all my medical conditions they only place dogs that are older and require little care other then love and to feel safe. I didnt rescue these dogs they rescued me.For those that think they cannot afford to care for a dog there are groups out there that pay for everything and I mean everything. Grooming, vetting, and food. I cry every time one leaves but I know they are going to a great home. For some of the spine health members that feel like life is over as they once knew it, try it. You might be surprised how much joy this can bring


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 07/07/2013 - 7:19 PM
    We lost our Stomper ( brown speckeled german short hair pointer) two summers ago.......I was broken hearted, as he was my companion, protector, and buddy.. We got him when he was a tiny pup, 6 weeks old and he lived until he was almost 17. I swore that I would not get another dog but a year and a half later, I finally conceded to getting a small dog.......we found the tiniest shitzu-maltese puppy. She weighed 2.2 pounds when we got her, most of it hair........she is the runt of her litter and I just fell head over heels in love with her..... She is the reason that I get up each day, she brings me joy unlike I have had since we lost our boy...
    I am going to see about forming a rescue, my girlfriend and I both love animals and they are so in need of homes, love and a person who loves them..........thanks!
  • I think you are onto something with the dog rescue. I absolutely love animals with dogs being my favorite. Can you possible think of any person the is that is sooo excited when you come home and walk through the front door as your beloved dog? We had a blue dapple dachsuand that we got after our beloved other one passed away. I didn't want another one but was so sad with the loss of her, just wasn't ready to be without such a great companion. I have always thought the world is a better place because animals are in it. I surely can see the therapy in a rescue program.
    ACDF C4/5, C5-6
    June 17, 2013
  • Never gets old... Finding homes for unwanted pets :) I have been working in the animal field for almost 20 years. I have 4 rescues myself. Every wagging tail and happy purr will always bring a smile to my face. People that foster animals are very special!
    PLIF L5/S1 fusion 6/12/13
    ACDF 5-7 7/17/13
    44 year old Mom of 10 and 12 year old girls, full time veterinary technician.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    It is so hard when you lose a pet, I also lost my pet of 14 years a few years back to the pet food contamination. There are times I swear I see him coming down the hall, wishing thinking I believe. Pets just need a few basic things, food, water, shelter and love. From what I am being told me next dog will be a puppy mill dog who had not been out of a cage for 11 years. My understanding is all this little guy wants to do is snuggle up to someone in a warm bed and is content staying there all day. He will be a great rescue for me since I will be recovering from surgery.
  • I love rescue dogs. A lot of people are afraid of them, afraid they have bad habits. But all dogs are trainable. I have my favorite breed which is collies, you don't see them much anymore. I lost one of my girls this January. When I got her, it was right after my mom had been diagnosed and everyone said I couldn't handle a dog as I had my mom to worry about. Well I went in the local adopt a stray to get a dog fix and there stood a 2 year old collie. I called mom and asked if she felt like buying me a early christmas present, she said sure, thought I was getting a puppy. Long story short she was fully trained, I brought her home then got her therapy license and off we were. As mom got sicker and had to be in a nursing home, she was by my side everyday. She was with me when my mom passed away. I always said she was a gift from god. of all things she did eventually develop spine issues, and yes they have dog neurologist. But she had to have her gall bladder taken out, sometime back. During that time we found out she had been shot before I got her as the bullet was still in her. I still miss her and mix up calling her name on the others, as, she was truly my buddy, where I went she did. The surgeon warned me to turn her back into a dog, and she had bad separation anxiety from me so I eventually got her a friend, 1 year old male from a puppy mill. They brought 70 collies in, and everyone went for the puppies, but I know what the breed is capable of so I could care or less he was a year old. Now he didn't come fully train, had two accidents and that was it. One was funny in away he got in the bed and began to pee, I suppose he was thinking of the crate he lived in the first year of his life. He still hides wherever in the house, and we fear he has collie abnomially syndrome. So I then had the chance for a puppy, from a mill, so she came home and she is now his companion. Although when I brought her home the other two looked at her and walked away like take her back, lol. But she was here to stay and they warmed up to her. They walk without leashes, stay in the yard, without any prodding, or fence. Everyone laughs so hard when they play as you can hear their teeth hit, we call it chop, chop. Everyone loves them as puppies then they realize they have hair and will turn them back in, so there are a few of us in the area who will take them in. I would take in almost any dog, except a few of them, as they are against the law to have, and the insurance companies drop you if you have them. But only for those reasons, but I prefer collies, they have very distinct attitudes, that I love.

    For anyone that is afraid of a dog that needs grooming, check out mobil grooming services that will come by, which I prefer. The dogs are not caged and the groomer knows them by name and how they respond. They love the groomer and she loves them. Plus I can always walk out and see what is going on. I am very protective of them, as I figured life has been hard enough for them already, now it is time to be a dog and spoiled.
  • Ashley (mut) I rescued from my boss when she was about 10 weeks old. My boss had gotten her thinking she was getting a lap dog, well no puppy is a lap dog. All my boss did was complain about her for 3 weeks straight, I kept asking if why they got a puppy in the first place. They went away for the weekend and I agreed to puppy-sit, when they came back I refused to give Ashley back (I also changed her name, they had called her Bessie).
    To keep Ashley company when I wasn't home I got Sam another mutt who showed me that when you love a pet you would do anything to keep them happy and healthy, in his short 9 years he blew out both of his knees from climbing chain link fences, and had a kidney rupture due to cancer. I had both of his knees rebuilt/replaced and he had the surgery to remove the remainder of that kidney. The vet said he would only live a few more months but he proved them wrong and lived 2 more years.
    Sarah the German Shepherd I got after the breeders farm burned, she was 6 weeks old. On her initial check up she was diagnosed with a heart murmur that was so severe the vet said she would only live 1 to 3 years and that I should take her back where I got her. I asked the vet what they would do with her and he said put her down. I couldn't believe they wouldn't give her a chance at a life, even a short one. I took her to all kinds of vet and cardiac specialist and they all said 1 to 3 years. She just turned 7 and is truly the joy in my life. She has taught me more about living than I have learned from humans.
    Susan, I applaud you for your work with rescueing dogs. I would but wouldn't be able to let them go.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Ill admit my dog is spoiled and Im not so sure how he will react to another male dog being in the house. It may take a few days but we will make it work. I am a small dog person and actually am kind of scared of big dogs. Ive never had a bad experience with one just nervous around them, perhaps because I never been around one for very long. Mr Dudley arrives tomorrow around noon. He is in transport as I write this. I wish he could of been here a few days earlier due to my surgery Monday but he will be in good hands while I am in the hospital. IMO everyone should own a dog

  • I anticipate that my rescue dog is going to get me through some ver tough days ahead of me. He is totally devoted to me and I am to him.

    Helping an animal or person in need keeps our focus off of our situation.

    I am going to change my profile picture so you can see my rescuendog
    Synovial cysts L-5 causing mass effect 5mm and 7 mm in size
    Severe lumbar facet disease
    Bulging discs
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