This guy is a part of our family!
TOMMY has been our foster dog (see HART) for 3 1/2 months now and he has slowly worked his way into our hearts. He was with us when Sadie died - a VERY hard time for us - and he really helped us through it. He was there for us and so, we have FALLEN for him. Hook, line and sinker.
The other day, someone called to adopt him. They were very serious. They wanted him the next day. I called Dylan to share the news and we just couldn't do it. We both choked up at the thought of never seeing this amazing friend again.
We weighed the options, and on this decision we decided to go with our hearts. Our heads told us, it just isn't practical because we have another puppy on the way (Sadie's breeder offered us a free puppy - but more on that later - this is Timmy's time to shine) and I NEVER EVER wanted a shedding dog. I mean, gross. And we want to start a family. And they are a huge responsibility. But we decided that life would just be too boring and monotonous if we only followed our heads. So we decided to KEEP HIM!
When I hing up the phone, I don't know the last time I was so happy. A rush of joy replaced the sick feeling I had in the pit of my stomach at the news of his prospective parents. Dylan said he also almost barfed.
So there you have it.
For those of you thinking about getting a dog, DO IT! They are truly amazing animals. And please think about adoption. HART has 21 puppies up for adoption right now. And that is just puppies. The sad thing is that so long as their numbers are so high, they cannot rescue anymore dogs and during this COLD WINTER, the puppies just cannot make it out on the streets. Not to mention the abuse that these animals go through is something you can only see to believe....I have never seen anything quite like it.
Tommy was rescued from Hobema. He was shaking like a leaf under a truck because some kids were hitting him with hockey sticks. At the young age of 3 months, he is one of the worst abuse cases HART has seen. He still to this day is VERY fearful of leashes and collars - our theory: that someone was abusing him while he was tied up. When we got him he had lacerations all over his head and ears. Poor baby.
Don't want a permanent dog? Remember how I said that HART has so many dogs that they cannot go out and rescue anymore right now? Well, they also need foster parents just like us to take care of the dogs until someone adopts them. Keep in mind that I have never been a parent, but I have never experienced something so rewarding as fostering dogs. Yeah sure, it isn't 'convenient', but I am so sick of our society and how we dictate our lives around what is 'perfect' and 'convenient. Step out of your comfort zone because some of GOD'S CREATURES need you!
After all, dog is man's BEST FRIEND.