“D” for Dream | Hound dog’s Dreams Come True

Months ago I spoke of a Montana artist, Glenn Swanson that rescued a hound dog from a deserted logging road in Montana.

These pictures are worth a thousand words.
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Up on that lonely, cold, snowy logging road…Ginger (the hound dog) could only dream of the life in store for her. I would say that Glenn rescued Ginger that day, but if the truth be known, I am sure that it was the other way around. Life seems to bring us what we need when we need it.

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Glenn suffered the loss of his beloved “Buster” last year. And nothing is more healing than to allow another fur baby into your heart. Time really does heal.

There are stray and homeless dogs everywhere. The shelters here in Georgia are full of them.

My dream would be that the shelters were empty because everyone took the responsibility to spay or neuter their dog. Such a small thing to do that would impact our society tremendously.

Please don’t buy while shelter dogs die…

I am grateful for the organizations and veterinarians that offer discount spay/neuter to slow the overpopulation of our furry friends.

“C” for Create | Create Canine Comfort

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Dog rescue groups that rescue, house and often times rehabilitate stray and homeless dogs are nothing but angels on earth.

Dog rescuers often have fairly strict policies when adopting out their dogs. Many of the dogs have come from bad situations and a rescue worker wants to spare the dog going through that again at all costs. An abusive or neglectful home is no better than being homeless.

A lot of times dogs that fall into the care of a rescue group don’t have a very pretty past and may have a lot of issues because of it, ranging from behavioral issues to fears and health problems. It is imperative that the rescue worker finds the right person to deal with these kinds of dogs. This ensures that the dog and owner will be a good match and also the dog will not be returned. Rescue groups will often take the dog back if it doesn’t work out.
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There are a million dogs that you can buy, but you will never feel the gratitude that you will experience from a dog that you have rescued.

It is said that you create your own destiny. Well, homeless and stray dogs from unfortunate situations never deserved the abuse or neglect that they came from, but are paid back tenfold when they find themselves in the heavenly hands of a dog rescue group.

“B” for Believe | People Are Compassionate

b for believeWe generally believe the best in people unless we are proven otherwise. It is kind of like innocent until proven guilty. We have to believe that people will do the right thing.

This reminds me of something that happened last year. I was driving home down an access road and happened to see a little dog running behind me. It then darted across the road and started chasing behind another car. I was completely traumatized.

As I slowed down I noticed the car that it was chasing had pulled over to the side of the road. Well, because of the fact that I have three large dogs at home that I adopted for the exact same reason, I found them as stray dogs, I tried to believe that the other car would pick up the little guy.lucky stray dog

I continued on my drive home thinking of the dog and praying that the car I had seen picked him up. After I was home for about an hour, a neighbor called to tell me that he and his wife had just picked up a dog on the road. Amazing! My prayers were answered. This couple, whom are not really animal people and have no animals themselves, stepped out of their comfort zone and felt compelled to pick up this little guy.

Well, they made the extra effort and put up signs that within days were discovered by Socks’ (the little dog) owner. He was safely returned home.

This story had a happy ending only because someone stepped out of their zone to try to make a difference.

It’s times like these that make you believe the best in people.