“We Had to Name Her ‘Hope'” – Heartwarming Story Contest

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 $1,000 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, 2015. 

Her Name Had to be “Hope”

Hope on the day of her rescue

Hope on the day of her rescue

By Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue, Quinlan, Texas

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Who dumps a senior English Bulldog in ninety degree heat? This poor girl had been used and abused. She likely gave birth to multiple litters, as her distended nipples nearly touched the ground. She was so tired, thirsty and hungry when she was found. Every bone in her wrinkled body was showing…

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue rescued Hope on a hot day in September, 2014. The rescue thinks she may have been part of a puppy mill from her appearance and how she was dumped out like trash. She was very gentle as rescue staff looped a belt around her neck. We had run to the road to see what all the dogs were barking about and didn’t even have a leash with us. She needed no encouragement and got up in the vehicle with a little help to lift her back legs that were just too weak.

She snorted and snuffled, trying to get air in her smoosh-nosed face on such a hot day, desperate for water. Staff gave her cool water and plenty of food in her large kennel where she could be alone so she could begin to recover from her harsh previous life. They thought she had a lovely, forgiving demeanor – they just had to name her “Hope!”

Hope's "Happy Grin!"

Hope’s “Happy Grin!”

Hope is a delightful girl, a senior dog that holds no grudges against people for her mistreatment. She is always happy to climb in our laps and give sweet kisses. Her teeth are bad but her toothless grin will melt your heart.

Sherrie, who would become her adopter, had a heart for senior dogs and saw Hope on Petfinder and said she fell in love right then and there. She called the rescue and asked if she could give Hope a “furrever home.” We had promised Hope a home with us as long as she needed it, but a real home and family is what we hoped for! Sherrie was willing to provide this to our very hopeful girl!

Hope with her "furrever" mom, Sherrie

Hope with her “furrever” mom, Sherrie

Hope is now living in the lap of luxury indoors with other pets, and her hope for a better future is now a reality of the good life she deserved! “Home for the Holidays” is our dream come true for sweet Hope!

During the 2014 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #BBH4TH, 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, 2015, 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 $1,000 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2015. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.

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