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 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2014.
Dragged, Dumped and Adopted
By Caring-Learning-Connecting Rescue and Rehabilitation, located in Rawlins, Wyoming
Red was accepted into our organization after nearly 100 witnesses, attending a cattle dog trial in Wyoming, saw him dragged from a pickup truck, thrown to the side of the rural highway near the ranch and then repeatedly kicked until he ran off. The perpetrator then jumped back into the pickup and sped away. The witnesses were nearly 1/4 of a mile away but were able to get a good description of the vehicle. Sadly, Red followed, running in terror down the pavement after the pickup, and some of the folks from the trial raced to pick him up before he got hit on the busy road. We were never able to locate the person who did this despicable thing to Red, but we were able to find him a very special home.
He came to us very dirty, his coat was rough, and he was thin. Red initially had a hard time in his foster homes, he wanted to please, but it was obvious he was very confused about what was expected of him regarding behavior – and it was apparent that he’d been encouraged to do things that were not always good. He attached himself to females, and exhibited “possessive” behaviors towards the other dogs or males in the homes, and the same foster home set boundaries and offered stability, allowing that behavior to eventually diminish.
Finally, an application came in that looked promising, and had potential to give Red the kind of home he deserved. The adoption happened and Red is now the constant companion of an older couple, and has the job of watching over BOTH of them. With training, and lots of love, he is adapting well, patrols the property to ensure the deer don’t get too comfy (impressing his dad with his sense of the boundaries, never chasing them beyond the fence!), protects his doting new family-alerting them when company arrives (this took a little time as he is so quiet!), and welcomes visitors and friends with his charming and cute personality!
He and his dad go for rides and for coffee, he gets biscuits from the coffee buddies, hangs out with mom occasionally at her workplace, and gets to play lots of frisbee! His “birthdate” into a new life was November 15, 2013, when the final adoption contract was signed! Red now knows nothing but love, patient guidance, and security. His confidence is increasing, and he is becoming very happy and healthy, both physically and mentally!
During the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014), 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 will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2014, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare 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, 2014. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.