Monday, December 19, 2011

So this is Christmas . . .

We haven't talked much about Christmas at home, Foster Momma has been a bit too busy to decorate, and a bit to sad to celebrate. She often hugs me tight and tells me how glad she is I am there. (and believe me, i am too!)

She wants to help more dogs. She wants to help other people help more dogs.

I had a different post prepared for you all, but this was too important not to share. I know its on other websites too, but we really need to get the word out please and thank you.

Thank you!

 So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun . . .

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

If that is, these dogs make it to see December 25th.

(deep breath)

Every year ADR has a "holiday tradition" of saving just ONE more. One more rescued heart to spend christmas eve out of a cold, noisey, scary shelter, and in the safety of a foster home, beginning their journey to their second chance. This year, we are trying to save just THREE more.

(we already introduced you to Ursula last week, still searching for a foster spot for her)

We took a trip to another shelter this weekend. It was pretty basic, pretty depressing  . . . and met two very LOVELY but worried and "broken" dogs. Literally, tears, as our hearts broke knowing they had days to live, if that, and we have no space, and no openings (c'mon foster homes, WHERE ARE YOU???).

First was Hudson. About 2 years old, super sweet, and very personable!

Skinny as all heck, nails overgrown (almost painfully so at this point), he's filthy from his time in impound, and a little scratched up because its all he can do to try and push himself into the neighbouring kennel to be with his best friend (yep, there go the tears again).

Passing his temperment test with flying colours, he is "squishy", just dying for attention, human kindness and touch. It was pretty apparent that somebody at some point wasn't very nice to him (based on startle responses and trying to challenge the poor pooch).

We feel Hudson would do well with another dog playmate (in foster). He a bigger fellow, maybe 60-70lbs at full weight. And no, not a "pit bull". Very much a STUNNING mutt! However, the shelter has deemed him and his best friend as "pit bulls", and will only release them to rescue. So . . .we have to try.

Second came Rai (japanese for trust) - yes, we named them, knowing they probably won't make it to friday of this week, we felt at least, they deserved names . . . (and tears again).

There aren't words for the sadness this poor angel radiated. Recently having pups weaned from her (from what we could discern from her appearance), she is also much too skinny to be able to keep warm/healthy at this type of shelter.

and yes, what you see is what it is. Concrete, cold, similiar to an oversized garage. The dogs don't have outdoor runs, or much daylight let alone fresh air . . . they get large crates and thats about it.

Rai needs love! She needs to be reassured that the world is not the horrible place she has experienced so far, she needs to be cuddled and snuggled and rebuilt into the beautiful pooch we could see in her soul.

She is also about 2 years old. Good with Hudson and passed her tempermant test.

Rai is also not a "pit bull" (translate SAFE for fostering almost anywhere, phew)

We don't like (didn't want) to make such an urgent plea so close to the holidays, and with so much emotion. But we don't know what else to do. These are good dogs, who have done nothing wrong (were strays), who deserve a chance. Who spoke to us and we hope will speak to someone else out there.

Ador-A-Bull provides food, crate, leashes/collar etc, all vet care, and tons of moral support for foster homes. Its a commitment of 1-5 months (it just all depends), but it SAVES A LIFE.

Hudson and Rai have about 48-72 hours to live (so we have been told by the shelter, which is running out of space due to puppy mill raids).

I am not sure how else to put into words how much these dogs touched us, haunted us the whole drive home, and all last night . . .

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong


  1. Christmas came early for Hudson and Rai last night, in the form of foster homes willing to take them on! Hooray! Ursula still needs a spot. . .