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Some of my favorite emails begin with the words “We thought you might like to see…or “We thought you might want to hear.”
I eagerly read on…and open the fresh pictures. One contains a picture of Henrietta the way she looked when her new owners first saw her. She was one of 3 scared schnauzers rescued from a substandard puppymill. And look at her now! She’s all fluffy and relaxed…stretched out on a sofa with her gang of schnauzer pals. I’d worried about her at first. But let me say it again: Look at her now! (That’s her..the grey lady in the middle
I also received a picture of Pippin, a young cuddly pup with plenty of opportunities. We picked her new home from several good possibilities. I was pleased to hear she was doing well and had just graduated from dog obedience school. “She’s such a blessing. How lucky we were to get such a good dog.”
Banjo, on the other hand, was going to be a tough placement. He was quite senior and a bit grumpy. At adoption events, he didn’t always much such a great impressions.
But in spite of his flaws, he found a home. Banjo, I’m told, gets all wide-eyed when you offer him a treat. “He’s such a sweetheart. He makes me laugh. I think his slogan in life was ‘It’s all Good,’” wrote the new owner.
A few dogs came back this week. Previously adopted, Toby, a fluffly shepherd/collie mix came back because his elderly owners were moving into a nursing home. Mocha, a chocolate lab, came back because her owners were moving somewhere she wasn’t welcome. These are both great dogs. They’ll find new homes even though they are 6 and 7 years old respectively.
“Returns”, as we call them, are just part of the rescue business. A few come back within days of adoption for a variety of reasons. Some are too active. Some aren’t active enough. Some don’t get along with the other pet. Some aren’t housebroken enough or friendly enough . We try to match up dogs with people so we’ll never see any returns, but it doesn’t always work that way.
Instead we have to try again. And wait for the calls, the emails, the letters that will tell us that finally now all is well and “It’s all Good.”
St. Louis Senior Dog Project