Through a Dog's Eyes
It takes a village.
We hear those words so often. It is such a true statement when it comes to a rescue. There are so many people that make it work – those that pull from the shelters, those that arrange for transport and greeters, those that foster, those that review applications and answer questions, those that keep all the wheels (and people) turning.
And then there are our adoptive families. Families who are willing to open their hearts to a dog that they may not know much about, except that that dog is supposed to be a part of their family. In many cases, the transition is not easy. It can take patience, perseverance, and a heck of a lot of love.
Recently we received a letter from one of our adoptive families. It is an example of how all those pieces work together, and why it is all worth it.
Hello Sunshine Goldens,
I took Ruffy to get his summer cut today. The groomer remarked, "He is one of the happiest dogs I have ever worked with.” Which is probably true. He is a happy dog.
Our big lunk greets the world with a great toothy grin, a vigorous wag of his tail, and an occasional deep "Whoo-whoo-woof."
We adopted Ruffy (who was "Ozzie" when we got him) 7+ years ago. His first 2-3 years were a trial. He would nervously urinate with eye contact, he paced and paced and paced, he tore apart anything fluffy or stuffed, he pulled with all his might on the leash - often pulling the kids long after they had tripped and fallen but who held the leash like grim death because if he got off the leash or pulled it from their grip he ran fast. And far. And he is very, very fast. We spent some hard nights chasing him, calling him, hoping he would slow, stop, and come to the offered biscuit. But he was given love every day, from me, from the whole family. It was not returned for the most part. He really did not seem to see us as important, or interesting. I have never met a Goldie who did not want to spend time with his family - but Ruffy really did not. If we were on the deck, he was pacing the lawn. If we were all inside, he was outside. Or just went to his blanket when he was inside. The kids poured love on him - of course - but it was not the Norman Rockwell dog experience I expected when we adopted him. And so it went, for month after month.
And then he began to trust his family. He would not necessarily get up to greet you in the AM, but he would wag his tail when one of the kiddos was getting his breakfast or dinner. And he would, at times, sit still long enough to give his ears or flank a good scratch.
He began to realize when he came into a room we were happy to see him and it came as a surprise to him, I think, that he was glad to see us, too. Over the past 3-4 years, he has become the Goldie everyone thinks of when they envision the breed - sweet and loving and happy. His journey was not easy. It breaks my heart to think of what his first months/year must have been like. But those chapters are long, long gone and he is, today, a happy, happy dog.
Which is a long way of going about telling you that the sad, broken, slightly odd boy you let us bring into our house and family is a shining light of love and happiness today. "As happy a dog as we get to work with." And to say “Thank You.” And to tell you the work you do is important. For the dogs, of course. But also for the families they go to. My kids have learned a tremendous lesson about unconditional love, and the full reward that the steady giving of care and affection can bring.
And to Ruffy's family, SGRR says, "THANK YOU!!!"
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Take Your Dog for a Walk
Support SGRR simply by walking your dog. Use the Wooftrax App each time you grab the leash. It’s healthy for you and your dog. Click photo below to go to the Wooftrax website. Then click on the “Download on the App Store” button at the top of the page, install the free App. Do the same on your smart phone. Then, Take Your Walk for a Dog every day. You can find SGRR listed under AL (our mailing address), in Point Clear. Get the word out to your friends and family! The more people walking for SGRR, the more that is donated to us.
If you would like to have your name and your canine companion's name listed on our Take Your Dog For a Walk webpage, email the details to Donna at SunshineGoldens@gmail.com. You can even include a photo of you and your dog(s) walking!
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