Four times per year bloggers come together to “Be the Change for Animals”. It’s not just for bloggers…everyone is encouraged to read, share, and support causes and people helping animals. Bloggers can write about a cause that is important to them, and readers can share comments and ideas.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this time. In the past I’ve written about puppy mills, laboratory testing on animals, and encouraging everyone to do what they can to help their favorite causes. Usually when this hop comes about I’m fired up about something that I haven’t written about yet. But lately I’ve been pretty busy with our new puppy, and haven’t been spending time perusing animal pages on Facebook or reading much on the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I am always fired up about these topics, but I just didn’t feel like I had anything new to say on the subjects.
I went to the Be the Change 4 Animals website in hopes of finding some ideas or inspiration. They posed some questions and one of them got me thinking.
“What have you done to Be the Change for Animals?”
One thing I felt I’ve done to help animal causes is the very reason I didn’t have a topic…..it is our puppy Luke, who is our first rescue dog. All of our other current pets came from family, friends, or reputable breeders. Our cat Conrad was a shelter cat, and one of our previous dogs Shelby was also a shelter dog, but we had never adopted from a rescue before now.
It has been a wonderful experience for us. We weren’t planning on adding to our family, and we certainly weren’t setting out to be altruistic in adopting another dog. You can read the whole story of how Luke came to join our family here, or about his homecoming here, but the short story is that I saw a litter of puppies on Facebook with a rescue, and we ultimately decided to adopt one.
What surprised me about the process here was when I was thanked for adopting, not just by the woman who runs the rescue, but by Luke’s foster mother also. At first I wasn’t sure why they were thanking me. I never really thought of what we were doing as some good deed. I had decided long ago that our next pet would be a rescue or shelter animal. To me, the person running the rescue, and Luke’s foster mother, not to mention the transport driver, were the ones to be thanked. I gained a wonderful family member, and I thank them for that.
There are many older dogs that may have a lesser chance of finding a home than an adorable puppy like Luke did. We decided on a puppy because our beagle Cricket is possessive, bossy, and sometimes overbearing and we thought a puppy would be easier for her to accept. I suppose not everyone wants a puppy….I had to think about it for a while before deciding I was ready to take one on myself. Luke was one of a litter of 12, and the rescue had pulled another mother from the same shelter as Luke’s mom, right before she gave birth to 10. That’s 22 homeless dogs born in the space of a week.
I guess I can take some credit for doing a good thing, but really, Luke has been a joyous addition to our family. I guess I could say the process hasn’t been as easy perhaps as going somewhere local and buying a pet (never from a pet store but there are a lot of backyard litters in the newspaper). We had to go through the adoption process, and worry about getting turned down. We had a stressful time of scrambling to get ready when we found out Luke was being transported two weeks earlier than expected, right smack at Christmas time. We have dealt with his kennel cough from being transported, and the worry our other dogs might catch it (they didn’t). But really, all that was nothing.
So I’m not trying to take credit for doing something good….the people working in rescue are the ones doing it all, and I am especially thankful to Melissa and Bo of Peace and Paws Rescue and Rescue Riders Transport, and Luke’s foster mother Brenda in Alabama. Yet I do like to think that my husband and I have done our small part by giving a pup, who barely escaped being born in a cold dreary shelter, a happy and loving home. That is one less homeless dog, and every one counts.
I always say that we should all just do what we can, whether it is big or small, and maybe our story will encourage someone else to do what they can. In that spirit, please read and share the other posts below!