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What would a rescue dog tell you?

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Patty McGuire with her beloved best buddy.

Recently, I interviewed my Golden Retriever, Willie, and asked him what happened when he was found by animal control. This is what he told me.

“Believe it or not, I was once neglected and alone. The dog catchers found me in Richmond VA when I was at my lowest. But the nice people of SEVA GRReat (they are a rescue organization especially for Golden Retrievers in Southeastern Virginia) came to get me as soon as the dog catchers called them. They took me to the doctor, and I was so sick I lived in the hospital for 3 months until I was well enough to go to my foster home. My foster parents were in Virginia Beach and were best friends to my momma. She came for a visit while I was there, and that’s how we met. She had to fill out a lot of papers and pay money and have some interviews to get me, but she said I was worth it all.

For a long time, I was the saddest Golden Retriever you ever saw. I was afraid to look up at people, even my own people that loved me. I could only look away or look down. I didn’t wag my tail very much. When you are thrown outside and people are mean to you, it takes a very long time to feel good about yourself again.

But after a while, I realized my momma and grandma loved me very much and would never let anything bad happen to me ever again. They always feed me the best food, and I am always kept warm and dry. I never ever have to hear I’m a bad dog again, and now I know that I was never was bad.  I was just with people that didn’t love me enough to take good care of me, and none of it was my fault.”

So many animals, cats and dogs alike, wind up in the shelter system. The lucky ones are picked up by rescue groups who foster these animals until permanent homes can be found. How do so many animals wind up in either the shelter system or as foster animals? Sometimes people must surrender their animals under devastating conditions and other times, the animals are neglected and forgotten. In the worst circumstances, animals suffer out right abuse.

If you are able to house an animal from either the shelters or through a rescue organization, the please consider doing so. If your application for a breed specific rescue animal is declined, then please realize it is because your home is not the right fit for a particular animal. A rejection is never directed personally at anyone. Perhaps you should consider a different dog or cat as a more appropriate fit for your life style. Different breeds have very different needs.

Patty McGuire resides just outside Chalottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie. Willie has his own blog at www.everybodyloveswillie.tumblr.com. An etsy store specializing in custom knits for bigger dogs is coming soon.

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