Charlie was an owner surrender from a sweet family in Illinois who was having trouble with their young toddler and Charlie getting along. I admit that usually I get very judgemental about owners surrenders but I learned my lesson this time about how heartbreaking it is for everyone involved. The family that gave him up actually interviewed me to decide if they would let me take him into our group as a foster. When they dropped him off, he was so sad to see them leave and he cried all night. It was pitiful. Charlie was adopted by his Dad when he came home from the Iraq war 4 years ago. His Dad was really close to him and it became obvious very quickly that Charlie loves being around men. He quickly bonded with JTK and that first night the only way he would stop crying was if JTK would hold him. One of my friends dubbed him the dachshund whisperer. ;-)
|Charlie and JTK|
I also got to visit with a couple of my favorite people in the world - the ones who adopted Velma (previously Calypso) and they made a huge gift to our group. They had their family donate money to St. Louis Sr. Dog Project instead of exchanging gifts. I'm blown away - that is one of the most giving and selfless things I've ever heard of. No wonder I like these two humans so much!! :) Katie fell in love with my other foster, Trooper, and she absolutely spoiled him while we visited. Trooper will be highlighted in a blog tomorrow or the next day. He has a very cool story and as usual, he's one of my favorite types of dogs - one that fits in well on my island of misfits. :)
I'm glad I met Hollie and her family and got to see Katie and Dan - it was a good day and the most positive way to end 2011.
Here's to a prosperous and joyful 2012 everyone! And here's to saving even more lives and bringing furbabies and families together in the new year.
|Katie and Trooper|