We need animals as much as they need us! I’ve always been an animal lover and grew up saving animals, whether it was a baby squirrel that fell out of a nest, a baby snake, puppies, kittens, turtles, whatever it was, they always had a place in my heart. Since I grew up near a lake in Wixom, Michigan, there were always turtles crossing the main road. Whether is was a snapping turtle or a friendly painted turtle, I would always stop my car and help a turtle to safety. Of course, I am not going to pick up a snapping turtle, but I would find a stick and place it near his nose, he will bite on it and you can pull him across safely. Just a little tip! : ) My family always loved animals and could never say no to us kids. We adopted two adorable Persian cats from a local shelter. We already had two other stray cats, plus two dogs, but we always had room to bring in new family members!
Recently I met a few passionate people from Home Fur-ever Rescue Group here in Oakland County, Michigan. A friend of mine recently rescued a pregnant shepherd mix from an abandoned house in Detroit. I fell in love with her puppies as she posted pictures on Facebook. She was in desperate need to find them foster homes at six weeks old. Vega and Phoenix were the last two puppies in the litter that did not have foster homes. I couldn’t wait to pick up the puppies on that cold, wintery day. The puppies were scared and unsure as they sat in my lap, wrapped in towels, as my husband drove us home. All I knew is that I wanted to find a loving home for these babies. I wanted to make sure they were around children and help be social and active.
I never realized little puppies peed so much. Every 20 minutes they needed to go outside, but being Shepherd lab mixes, they learn very quick. We have a bell on a string at our back door that our Lhasa poodle mix would ring and they learn quickly. Vega loved the bell. He would start to ring the bell and paw at it numerous times that it sounded like it would be smashed through my window. Every morning I looked forward to their happy faces and wagging tails coming to greet me. They decided 5:30 was there wake up time, which didn’t always go with my plan. But remembering how many abandoned animals are left outside, or without homes, without food, I realized I need to help these puppies and help find them a good home.
After posting their pictures on Facebook a friend saw them and they were adopted at 12 weeks old. Phoenix went first at an adoption event. I never thought it would be so hard. My daughter started crying and bawling as we handed the gorgeous pup into the arms of his new, happy family. Now the other mom is crying. I knew this would be hard after falling in love with them, but knew we didn’t have the time to give them that a new family could.
Vega went a couple weeks later and of course we fell in love with him too. He would stare into your eyes and you could just see the love and emotion in his eyes. Our friends Cara and Aaron finally got approved after their home visit and adopted Vega. We are lucky enough to still see him and get pictures of him here and there. I know a lot of people worry about time and money with adopting or fostering animals, but this was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had. Since I work from home it was convenient, but it was a lot of pressure to take care of them 24/7. Would I do it again? Absolutely. I am just waiting for the next opportunity that fits into our family schedule. Thinking of adopting or fostering? You will never regret it. When they come running around the corner to greet you at the back door with those loving eyes and wagging their tail, your heart will melt. Please visit your local shelter or rescue group. Or check out The Michigan Humane Society or Petfinder.