Rescue Me–Monday Meanderings


My husband and I are dog people. Oh, I love cats, too–but they don’t love me back–I’m terribly allergic even though I grew up with one as a child. Over the years we have been able to rescue some wonderful canine critters. We’ve had two or three sharing our lives at any given since we were married.

True. These animals sometimes come with health issues. Our first rescue had heart worms which we were able to have treated. Blondie was a Golden Retriever mix. She was a nice, calm dog that we thought would be perfect to help temper our very active Jack Russel Terrier puppy. When she recovered, she was almost as crazy as Ascot and the two of them became great buddies. She brought us so much comfort throughout the ten-plus years she shared our home.

Blondie

Blondie

We got Dolli, our second rescue, when Blondie’s health started to fail. She also had health challenges, having been left on the streets of Reno to forage for herself. She had a history of pancreatitis. Dolli was only with us for five years. We learned she was older than we thought. An American Eskimo, apparently pure bred, she would push off signs of affection at first, but that quickly changed. We’d lost Ascot at age 16 two months before Blondie, so for a brief interlude, very brief, we were without a dog.

Dolli

Dolli

David was reluctant to get another dog because of the pain of loss, but within two days he began sending me e-mails from petfinder.com with photos and bios of available dogs. Within one week of each other  we welcomed our current pets: Sparky and Zoe.

Sparky and Zoe

Sparky and Zoe

I’m writing this, not so much to tell you about my “kids,” but to encourage pet adoption. A video from You Tube sent by our local humane society is what drove me to choose this topic. I realize that there are many reasons people have to relinquish their pets. My problem lies with those who just drop them off and leave them on their own. Here in Northern Nevada, heartless people will just drive them out to the surrounding desert and leave them to fend on their own. The odds are marginal since coyotes, snakes, lack of food and so many other hazards await them.

Our Humane Society is a no-kill shelter. If you have time, please check out this video. If you are able, consider adopting a pet, fostering, volunteering or financially supporting a rescue agency. If you need to relinquish a pet, please, please take him to a responsible shelter.

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10 thoughts on “Rescue Me–Monday Meanderings

  1. Mary says:

    What wonderful ‘tails’ you have shared here, Victoria. I must admit two of my dogs came from breeders, but the third came from a ‘humane society,’ and I too encourage people to adopt from shelters. My third dog Basil is definitely the most mellow of all my three!! Happy New Year, Victoria.

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  2. They’re very beautiful ! I’m allergic to animals but thoroughly understand your devotion to such God given blessings ~ Have a wonderful New Years Eve. Faithfully Debbie

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  3. Neeks says:

    I have one little dog I got from a friend and two rescue cats. They are our babies for sure!

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  4. Thanks, Victoria– a great piece on pets. I have 3 cats– all resued from the street and the loves of my life 🙂 Happy new year! ~Jason

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  5. We got our Sasha for a shelter when she was 8 weeks old–she is now 11 and such a great dog. I also believe in getting our pets from shelters–there are so many in need of homes–happy new year to you Victoria!

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  6. brian miller says:

    i would love to have a pups as well…we are working on t…getting her to get a pups…she is def a cat person…my first best friend was a hound….i used to ride on his back as a young child…ha….we have never paid for a cat though…found them all..kept them from being killed….probably do the same with a pups…

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  7. K. A. Brace says:

    Victoria, I went through a similar situation. I’ve since learned to plan ahead and always have at least one younger dog to balance off the inevitable loss of the older one. I’ve found that, though the loss is still there, it is not as hard to go through because you see the cycle before you clearly. I’ve always felt that if there were a god, it was one of his ways of teaching us about love and loss in the most personal of ways. >KB

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  8. I loved hearing about all your dogs. I would love to have a pet again, but fear we are too old to give a secure future to an animal.

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  9. claudia says:

    oh i would love to have a dog… and if i wouldn’t work full time, i would most probably think about adopting one to our home… the dog i had as a kid was adopted from a dog shelter as well.. not sure what kind of history he had, but first he was terribly afraid to walk over a bridge… it took some time until he trusted me and during teenage years, he was such a faithful friend…

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