This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become an Iams Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2013.
Dog Waited Years for His Forever Family
By Animal Welfare, Inc., located in Shreveport, Louisiana
Dexter was the only one left in our local “shelter” – we at Animal Welfare, Inc., had managed to find a place for everybody else. He only had a small amount of time left so we decided to squeeze him in someplace!
Dexter turned out to be a great dog – well-mannered and loved every body. He was handsome and happy. Months went by and then several years. We just couldn’t figure out why he hadn’t found a family yet?
2012 turned out to be a very good year for Dexter and for us. A lady who had adopted a little dog from us over 10 years earlier called to tell us “Binky” had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Her family was looking at the picture of Dexter online. They wanted to adopt him!
His new mom summed up their story:
“I just wanted to tell you how much we love Dexter. We couldn’t be happier with him. We took him on a walk at a local park yesterday and he did so well.
He sleeps in his crate and doesn’t make a peep all night. He loves laying on the couch with Toni. I’m not sure if we’re training him or he’s training us, because he’s already learned that when he goes out and does his business he gets a treat when he comes back in; this morning I woke up early and took him out and I was going to go back to bed until time to get up, but he sat in the kitchen looking up at the treats until I gave him one.
He has to keep his eyes on both of us constantly. He can hardly stand it when one of us leaves the room. Yesterday before we went to the park, I stopped at Wal-Mart to run in and pick up a couple of items. Toni stayed in the car with Dexter and she said that as soon as I got out and started walking away he started whining. I thought that was so sweet.
So, I just wanted to let you know how much we love him and THANK YOU.”
Every week during the 2012 Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan. 2, 2013), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center and Iams will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2013, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, your fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February 2013. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.