Monday July 16, 2012, 9:40 am
This story is the PERFECT example of why ALL dogs need to be spayed and neutered so that EVERY dog needing a home will find one. With SO many people in this world different viewpoints and mindsets, there will ALWAYS be a home for EVERY animal, if the animal is given the chance to survive.
GOD BLESS everyone whi had a part in saving this beautiful boy!! I hope your having a wonderful life Rambo!!!
Thank you Jill for making my day after reading too many sad stories on a miserable monday morning.
And thank you dear Ruth for sending this story to me to make my day brighter.
Monday July 16, 2012, 12:59 pm
Such a sad story of Sid & what a happy turn for Rambo to find his forever home. All animals deserves this same chance. Thanks Jill for sharing this dog's story. It brought tears to my eyes when I look at my 3 dogs & know just how happy & loved they are & wish the same for so many of them to have the same.
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 12:40 am
I have rescued animals since a child, and have 7 rescues at the moment who live like kings and queens. There is nothing in my life that is more rewarding than giving an animal a 2nd chance. Bless all you animal rescuers,
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 12:57 am
I live in the San Gabriel Valley....in fact, not too far from the El Monte clinic. Some of the neighborhoods in the surrounding suburbs where I live have a reputation for....I'll be kind here and not stir up controversy....irresponsible pet ownership. These are multi-ethnic neighborhoods where, culturally speaking, attitudes towards animals are, let's just say, less than progressive and lacking in sincere compassion.
If The Fates were to only allow twice as many animals the profound luck and luxury afforded this beautiful, elderly creature, how different would our world be. We are a primitive species, to be sure. Not even half as intelligent as the creatures we so arrogantly and self-assuredly label "animals."
This is a lovely article, and one I will cherish having read. I needed this tonight after posting and sending one horror story after another out to be noted, read, acknowledged.
From the article:
"Wilson spoke her fears out loud. "No one is going to adopt him."
The visitor with the biscuit was me.
One day earlier, my husband and I had lost Biggie, our 13-year-old shepherd mix, to a tumor. We decided we'd adopt a dog no one else wanted and spoil him rotten, in tribute to Biggie.
Now sitting before me was the canine equivalent of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Shy and smelly, he was perfect. A few days later, he was in our back seat for the drive home.
In the months that followed, Sid was introduced to luxuries like a treat jar, dog beds and long daily walks. He soon tipped the scales at 133 pounds. His fur grew in thick and glossy thanks to a daily cocktail of supplements and medications. His skin condition is vastly improved, but will probably never be cured. He is still a tad stinky.
It wasn't long before I began to wonder about his rescuers. I wanted to thank them, of course. But I also wanted to know: Why were they moved to save a long shot like Sid?
Sid came with a few pages of documentation containing the little that was known about his medical history. A neutering certificate led to the El Monte clinic. Phone calls helped piece together Sid's journey. In addition to Patlogar, Browde, Pespisa, Evans and Wilson, dozens of others had helped in ways big and small.
Saving a dog can be like rereading the same mystery novel over and over — only the final chapter is always missing. Animal rescuers rarely, if ever, know the fate of the dogs they temporarily save. That "not knowing" can eat at them.
Several of Sid's rescuers began to quietly sob when they learned he had made it and had a new name: Rambo. They delighted in details about his everyday life, asking questions about whether he got table scraps, barked at the mailman or had a favorite place to sleep. Several want to visit him. They asked for photos to hang over their desks and in their offices.
Nearly all animal rescuers treasure such rare mementos, fuel for the blind faith that keeps them going in the face of daunting odds.
"People always say they are going to keep in touch and let us know what happens, or send us a picture," Patlogar said. "But then they get busy."
Mostly, though, they just wanted to hear the news I was happy to give them.
At last, Rambo had found his forever home."
We all love happy endings. Thanks, Jill. Hugs, Michelle
Thursday July 19, 2012, 12:58 am
Wonderful Wonderful story!! Thanks so much Jill - I am still sniffling - and my rescue dog has seen this as a good opportunity for an extra cuddle! Rambo is the kind of 'no one else will look at them' animal that my friends and I always end up with - and they are soooo amazing when we have sorted some of their problems out! What a nice start to the day!