We were talking to Beth from the Lonestar Sanctuary For Animals yesterday when she brought in Frankie for the show. They adopted out 601 pets to forever homes last year! That is more than double the number they adopted out in 2011.
So here is a little report on some of those animals that get a second chance at becoming part of a family. We have four of those amazing, loving, quirky animals. My mom's little dachshound, Maggie, is so gentle and sweet. She never leaves my mothers side. But she is afraid of little boys with sticks. Something in her history I am sure.
Sadie, our little rescue rat-russel terrier is the smartest dog I have ever had. She is a very big dog in a little dogs body. She talks all the time, has a real passion for chasing squirrels, racoons and wild turkeys and has developed a very protective love for Maggie. If you mention the word "bath" she will crawl onto your lap and press herself against your mouth so you can't say it again. She hates baths.
Fern is Rachel's doggie. Fern chose Rachel as her human from the very first time they saw each other. When Rachel is at work, Fern sits on my lap with her head on the arm of the chair so she can watch the front door until Rachel comes home. She has learned to play tug-of-war with Sadie. She used to be really quiet but she is now just as noisy as Sadie when they play together.
Eric and Lilly adopted a sweet little dog named Gracie while they were here for Christmas. Eric put his hand in her pen at Lonestar and Gracie laid her head in his hand and that was it. He texted me this morning to tell me she goes crazy when he comes home from work, will hardly let him take his boots off and then follows him wherever he goes. It is a wonderful thing to be greeted that way when he comes home from doing Army stuff all day!
There is something truly special about these pets. It is as if they know they have gotten a second chance and they love you so much more just for giving them one!