Animal Success Stories
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Flash (renamed Jack)
It was bound to happen to us. We fostered many wonderful hounds during the past 2+ years, becoming attached to each and then letting each one move on to its forever family. Having convinced ourselves that our 3 dogs were all we could handle long term, we foolishly felt confident that we would never take on a permanent 4th dog. Then along came Flash, surrendered to the Lake Shasta shelter by his owners. A foster that we volunteered to care for just for the weekend, Flash settled in, we fell in love, adopted him, and the rest is history! Flash, renamed Gentleman Jack Flash, easily won us over with his gentle ways, youthful enthusiasm, adoration of us, and ease of blending into the family. In addition to that, he is totally perfect and darn cute! We couldn't love Jack more than we do and every day we marvel at how happy all of us are that Jack is a permanent part of our expanded family. MIke and Sally Mitchell, Lily, Dazy, Becky & now Jack
(In the picture, FRED is on left of Thomas, Angel on the right)We have had Basset Hounds for 40yrs. For the earlier 24 yrs, our dogs had come from breeders and were solitary pets. In 1995 we decide to embark on the experience of having two dogs and we got a male and female litter-mates from a breeder. T-bone, our male, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2005, so Sugar, being 10yrs old, needed a companion. We went to Daphneyland (Southen California Basset Rescue) and rescued a 2+ year old female, Angel. Sugar and Angel became great pals for the remaining years that Sugar was with us. In 2007, Sugar died and Angel was without a pal. Since we had move to Reno from Southern California and had such a good experience with Angel, we contacted Golden Gate Basset Rescue to find a companion for Angel. We wanted a dog about the same age as Angel and were given referral to Fred Speedy, a 4 yr old male. We met up with Fred at a park in Rosedale, CA and brought Angel with us to see how the two dogs got along, as we had done before when we had Sugar and were 'meeting' Angel. We brought Fred home and, after about a week, we decided to keep him. After having Fred for nearly two years, he still whimpers at night in the sleeping area (laundry room), but his whimpers seem to lessen each day, or maybe we just love him more and don't hear him. As a person who has had Bassets for a many years and has gone through the puppy stage with a number of dogs, I strongly recommend rescuing dogs. There are a number of great dogs in a 'need to be rescued' status and, although many have 'baggage' ( health issues, temperament issues, etc.), they will soon adapt to their new family and visa-a-versa. I will make a couple of suggestions for those thinking about rescuing a dog: 1. If you are looking for a particular breed, have a good understanding about that breed of dog 2. If children and other pets are going to be around, make sure that you expose the both sides to one another as soon as possible. A park is a good place to 'interview' the potential rescue, since there are other dogs and people around besides the new family members. 3. Get as much information on the potential rescue as possible- health and vet records, past owners comments, etc. 4. Make sure that you can have the dog for a trial period and give that 'getting to know each other' process a chance to work. Bob
This is the story of my new friend Fred, who has had a rocky road to say the least. I first heard about "Henry" from a friend's mother about 10 months ago. At the time, which was on a Wednesday mind you, I had planned to travel to my best friend's house in Sacramento, California. I met up with his brother at his parents-in-law's house to hitch a ride. I do not know how the conversation started, but his mother in law and I started talking about my roomate's basset hound, Toby. She quickly grew excited and asked if we were looking for another basset. It so happens she knew of one in dire need to be rescued. I called my roomate, not knowing of the severity of the situation, however he said he has his hands full (as all basset hound owners know). When I declined, she revealed a tad bit more information. Apparrantly, a two year old, red basset hound by the name of "Henry" was scheduled to be euthanized that Saturday! Being the animal lover, especially dogs, could not fathom the killing of a 2 year old. Especially a basset hound!? Asking for the number of the rescuer, I tried, with all the resources I could muster to find "Henry" a suitable home. No success. Then the news of a lifetime! My roomate, being a basset owner for 9 years, told me it was time for me to get my first dog, and he would assist me with his experience to at least foster this dog. So, I called up the rescuer and relayed what my roomate discussed and set up a time to pick up "Henry". Then, the atomic bomb. The reasons for euthenasia. She said she hasn't really met the dog, but he was surrendered because he was food aggressive, child aggressive, showed aggression toward other animals, and had severe jealousy issues. That information would have changed everything in the beginning. This was to be my first dog!? A hell hound!? I was even told a professional spent 7 days with him and deemed him "untrainable". I went anyway. We met the rescuer at her house. When she pulled up I was so nervous I was sure this dog was going to sense it and we would have a problem. She opened the side door of her van, and out lumbers a sea lion with ears! He was huge!!!! We locked eyes, his ears went forward, and he waddled over, sat on my feet and it was over from there. I fell in love! Now its ten months later, and Fred is fine. A few issues the first month, but all in all a great loveable hound who loves to lounge, cuddle, and play with his bone! I couldn't have asked for a better friend and soon we will travel home to Florida and live our lives to the fullest.
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