Will I ever find my very own forever home?

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Our last article was an interview with Willie, the famous rescue Golden Retriever from EverybodylovesWillie.tumblr.com. It turns out he had a little more to say.

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Willie, everybody’s favorite Golden Retriever, enjoying the recent snowfall in the backyard of his forever home in Virginia.

Interviewer: Willie, if you had one thing to say to other dogs waiting for forever homes, what would it be?

Willie: I would tell them to never give up. The people who are taking care of you now are good people. They are caring people.  You probably want to know why they can’t just keep you. They can’t keep you forever for many different reasons. Mostly it’s because they know how hard it is to take care of a dog and have to give that doggie away to a new family.  So they agree to do this hard job. They love us enough to make that kind of sacrifice. They love us enough to place us with the right people so they can take in another sad dog and help that doggie, too. It takes very special people to love a dog so much that they take care of us, and give us to new families when the time comes.


Interviewer: Willie, what was your experience in foster care like?

Willie: I was one of the lucky dogs. I was only in foster care for only a few months. When I was found, I was very sick. I had to live in a vet hospital for 3 whole months until I was well enough to leave. The first lady that had me didn’t understand me very well. She told the people that knew my momma (they were foster parents for Golden Retrievers at the time) that I was a bad dog. She said I was the worst dog she’d ever had, and this made me so sad that I wanted to run away again. But my momma’s friend said she would take me in, anyway. The lady drove me there that very afternoon and dumped me. It was very hard for me. It seemed like nobody wanted me, and I couldn’t do anything right.  People think doggies don’t have feelings, but we do. My Aunt Paula was the kindest lady. She and my Uncle Mike saw that I really wasn’t a bad dog. I was just a dog that didn’t want to be left alone. The first lady left me alone all the time, and I was scared. I wasn’t used to being inside all the time and I wanted out.  It’s very important to me that I can see outside, yet she would close all the blinds and curtains and I couldn’t see anything. It was scary for me. I was a dog that never had people take any time to show me what was right and what was wrong. I did try to pee on my Aunt Paula’s hall table when I first came in, but she told me, “No,” and then took me outside. I never did it again. She showed me what was right and what was wrong. She knew dogs need their people to explain what’s right and what’s wrong. And she knew how to show me in a way I could understand.

 Interviewer: What did you think when you first met your new mom?

 Willie: My momma came to see my Aunt Paula for a visit. They were best friends. My momma was so nice to me. I didn’t know who she was, but I liked her. I liked it when she came back to see me again. But I was afraid to get too close. Other people seemed like they had liked me, and in the end, they left me.  I was heart broken and couldn’t take being left again. And I was confused about going from place to place.

 Interviewer: What happened when you finally went to your forever home?

 Willie: I was lucky enough to get to know my momma a little bit before leaving Aunt Paula and Uncle Mike. Momma stayed over with us for a few days and then when it was time to leave I felt like I knew her. I jumped right into the van, because I love to ride so much. It was a very long drive to my new house. I did get scared on the ride, because I thought I was going to be left somewhere again. But when we got to the house, and I saw my beautiful yard, and met my new grandma, I knew everything was going to be ok. I knew that these were people that were going to take care of me no matter what. That night was the best sleep I ever had in my whole life. I knew I was finally home.

Patty McGuire resides just outside Chalottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie, the handsome Golden Retriever.

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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