Give a forever home to a rescue dog this Christmas!
I love dogs and cats, though with four rescue dogs on the premise, right now cats are taking a back seat. I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Who rescued who?” (promoting dog adoption). As much as we feel we make a dog’s life complete, they also complete our life when they become members of our families. They love you unconditionally, they ask nothing in return but our love, they don’t care what you look like, or what mood you’re in, how old or young you are, they just love you, period. There’s nothing like a dogs love!
All of our dogs came to us in some form of a rescue situation. We have always had dogs (and cats) in our lives. Elaine, pictured above, is the smallest of our group weighing in at 10 pounds. The other three range from just under 100 pounds to 50 pounds. It’s difficult to imagine not having them.
One of our dogs, Parker, a Swiss Mountain dog, pictured here, was found as a puppy wandering around in the street. A couple of our friends were able to get her into their car and home. With small dogs of their own they were not able to keep her, but called us and within minutes of receiving their call we were on our way to meet Parker. She had been beaten and carries the calcium deposits on her spine today from that abuse. She is sweet, beautiful and loves to swim in the pool every day regardless of the weather. A couple of years ago, she was swimming in the pool during a hail storm. Though she is an “inside” dog, she still manages to get in a daily swim or two. (We keep a towel at the ready before she re-enters the house!)
During this time of year we can become focused on material things, but why not consider giving back in the form of love and care to an abandoned and/or abused animal. At www.hopeforpaws.org you can watch some wonderful YouTube videos of animal rescues made by this non-profit animal rescue organization based in Los Angeles, California. This organization fosters these animals in homes caring for them until they can be placed in permanent loving forever homes.
On the same website this quote from Mahatma Gandhi says it all: “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated…I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by [people] from the cruelty of [human kind]”. During this season of giving, consider providing a forever home for one of our furry friends. If a forever home isn’t something you can provide, maybe a foster home situation would work better, or you can donate to this worthy organization. Providing a forever home for one of these animals is a gift that will keep on giving all year long!