One evening I was scanning pictures of adorable Pomeranians online when I came across an irresistible, sad looking Pomeranian mix on the Furbaby Rescue website. “Some people have the cutest dogs,” I said to my husband, not realizing I had stumbled on a unique dog rescue organization located in Western Washington.
I scrawled down the page and discovered that the brown-eyed fellow was a rescue dog with a sad story. He was found in a locked apartment along with his brothers and sisters. All of them had starved to death save this one male dog, who was so covered in fleas that his fur was coming off in bundles.
When rescue dogs are found who are too sick to go to the city pound, Furbaby Rescue is called in to save the day. With a devoted family of foster care homes, Furbaby Rescue takes as long as needed to bring a dog back to health before putting the dog up for adoption.
I learned all this later, after my long application was approved. It was a five page PDF form in which I described my family and our routine. Furbaby Rescue will not place their rescue dogs in homes with young children. They prefer single family homes with fenced backyards. But most of all they are looking for people who love dogs and wish to treat their rescue dog as a furry baby. The questioner allowed me to describe my relationship with my other two dogs. Yes, I allow them on furniture. Yes, they sleep in bed with us. Yes, we love them to bits. And Yes, I have the financial stability to offer my rescue dog a home for life.
I then spoke to Elani from Furbaby Rescue. She called me and told me a little more about the little dog I had already fallen in love with and named Dorian. My husband and I were so anxious for his welfare and Elani made time in her busy schedule to bring Dorian to my home the following day. I was jumping up and down with glee.
Dorian was awfully timid as he climbed up the stairs to meet his potential new family. I was so nervous I immediately complemented him “Oh, what a beautiful girl.” Dorian was still so thin, and half his body was shaved to allow the irritated, flea-bitten skin to heal. His brown eyes were sad and a little frightened. But I knew I wanted to adopt this little dog and make him forget all his bad memories.
Elani watched us interacting in the home and the backyard and made sure Dorian was comfortable around my other dogs. She is to me the emblem of the perfect dog rescuer. She knew how to judge our home environment without emotion. She wasn’t worried that Dorian was nervous, and that I wasn’t sure what to do. With her vast experience she knew she had a right fit here.
Elani give me a contract to sign in which I confirmed my promise to care for Dorian for the rest of his life. I was given a file with all of Dorian’s medical records and tags. I was also given a few dog care gifts and a bag with his favorite food. I then paid the adoption fee (which had been indicated on the Furbaby Rescue website beside Dorian’s picture and story). Adoption fees at Furbaby Rescue help to cover a portion of the medical fees involved in returning these rescue dogs back to health, neutering or spaying them prior to adoption, and micro-chipping them so they will never be lost again.
As Elani walked to the door, Dorian ran after her in a panic. She smiled and picked him up, then walked over to me and put him in my arms. I hugged Dorian tightly and he felt a little safer, watching Elani walking away to the door. She turned just before leaving and looked at us, as if snapping a mental memory. Then she nodded in agreement with herself, mumbled “okay,” and left Dorian in his loving home.
2 years later, when my old German Shepard passed away, I adopted a second rescue dog from Furbaby Rescue and got to meet a remarkable lady called Sandra. For adults without children or with older children Furbaby rescue offers a fantastic adoption experience. And the kind of love you end up getting from a dog rescued out of misery can never compare to the love of a spoiled puppy who has had a good life from the start.
My rescue dogs follow me everywhere. They are always keeping me company. They will protect me if someone approaches me in the park. And they are easy to train. Visit Furbaby Rescue to see the pets looking for a loving home. Read their story and fall in love. And here’s the exact page I saw on Furbaby Rescue that fateful day. Dorian is the 6th dog from the top. He was temporarily named Curt Cobain.