May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day! Many of us have a four legged friend we love. How many of you have a Rescue Dog?
I lost the one I referred to as my rescue Dog shortly after we moved into the home we owned in Smyrna, TN during the summer of 2015. She is now in doggie heaven, but Polly was a sweet dog.
In 2009, I went to bring her home. I had been facing some rough times and the company of a fur baby was just what the doctor ordered. She was not a rescue, but “rehomed” and about eighteen months old. It was shortly after arriving at the meeting location that I and the young friend who accompanied me realized this may be more than rehoming. While I didn’t bring her home with us from a shelter or a rescue organization, I feel our family may have rescued her.
She was so pathetic looking. The back half of her was grossly shaved down, the front half long, unkempt and matted; hair hanging in her eyes, wet from being sick in the car, and covered in fleas. I asked if she was potty trained. The reply I received was, “Welllll, when we get home we take her out. If she goes potty she gets a treat and if she doesn’t she gets put back in her kennel.”
On the way home, she laid on me and just looked at me as if to say thank you. I’ll never forget the look in her eyes. Once home, the one I loved bathed her and gave her a haircut, so lovingly. She was looking more loved and cared for right away.
The weeks that followed brought even more trying days in my life and Polly was always right there. One day I will never forget—She came up to me and sat in my lap, licked my cheek as tears were falling and didn’t leave my side for several hours. She was the first pet I allowed to sleep at the foot of my bed. [Okay, so she slept on top of the covers at the bend of my knees!]
I may have kind of rescued this sweet girl based on her condition, skiddish/scared ways and a few things I had been told, but Polly….Polly rescued ME. 💗 And I will never forget her.
Rescue pups need us. They need love and someone to give them another chance.
The National Day Calendar website tells us, “National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless.”
If you rescue a Dog today and are within an hour of Bell Buckle, TN, let me know! I have some photography experience and I’d love to treat you to a family photo with your new fur child before the end of June!
And if you have already added a rescue dog to your family, please share your photos on my Facebook page. I’ll share a link to this blog and would love to see your photos in the comment section.
You never know, your rescue pup story may just inspire someone else to bring a rescue home also!
Just a few places you may be able to adopt in Middle TN:
- Manchester: http://www.coffeehumane.org/
- Metro / Davidson County: https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Animal-Care-and-Control/Adoption.aspx
- Murfreesboro: http://paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov/
- Shelbyville: http://www.shelbyvilletn.org/animalcontrol.htm
- Winchester: http://animalharbor.org/
- Williamson County: http://www.adoptwcac.org/