I’ve always been the weird dog girl amongst my friends. The girl that will hang out with dogs instead of people at parties, or who creepily asks every stranger “can I pet your dog?”. In the office, I’m the weird cat lady…but that’s a different story.
From the day that I was born my family always had at least three dogs at all times. We also had multiple cats, birds, rats, rabbits, and the list goes on. We were the resident “animal house” on our block. If a wounded bird was found, or stray dog, the neighbors always brought them to our house and we would get them to the vet or adopted…or lets face it, keep them.
When I was ten, I had my first encounter with an abused and neglected dog that soon became “my dog” within our family. My mom and I had found a little puppy wandering aimlessly around our neighborhood. She was terribly thin, heavily matted and covered in scabies. I remember being extremely upset to see a dog in this condition and I made it my mission to personally nurse her back to health. My mom and I picked up the dog, took her to the vet and got her the shots and medicine she needed to start healing. During this process both my mother and I got scabies, which was unpleasant to say the least, but worth it since it meant that we could save a life. My mom let me name the puppy, so I called her Ginger after the book, Ginger Pye. Ginger was my love and I was blessed to spend 13 wonderful years with her by my side.
Not long after joining the DOG for DOG team, I adopted my English Bulldog, Danny. Danny was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and hernia in her stomach as a result. She was surrendered to a shelter in that condition but was picked up by our friend Zach at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and they got her into surgery to fix her leg. I adopted Danny shortly after she was released from the hospital and have had two of the best years of my life with her. Danny has taught me the importance of rescue and how many wonderful dogs there are out there that need homes. I can’t imagine my life without her, and there are times when I look at her and am overwhelmed with love and joy that this stinky, snorting, stubborn little creature has come into my life. At the end of the day all she wants is love, which is – I think- what everyone wants.
The work I am doing with DOG for DOG helps to support my passion for animals and has opened my eyes to not only how bad the pet overpopulation rate in rescues and shelters is, but how hard the staff and volunteers at rescues and shelters are working to save the lives of animals that are sometimes hours away from being put down. I now understand the critical importance of education programs, the need for spay and neuter, and the impact of legislation in the animal wellness community.
I am proud to be a rescue pet owner and hope to rescue many more pets in my lifetime!