ADOPTING THAT SPECIAL DOG OR CAT Pt. II Making it Happen

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 07, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    At the end of August I developed a thread on the adoption of dogs and cats from shelters. I had a personal experience with seeing a beagle on "Petfinder" and relayed what happened.......

    From August:

    "I had an event this week that still is "yanking" at my soul.... that is the adoption of a new beagle.

    There had been some discussion between my bf and I about adopting another beagle down the line in several years. I love my beagles, but you know when you shouldn't go overboard. 2 beagles have been enough. Both were given to me.. Buddy, as a very young 1 year old... 7 years ago and then Mia about 2.5 years ago....

    I've always known I'd want to adopt another beagle from a shelter or
    "rescue" situation where he or she didn't have a home...

    Then earlier this week I happened upon "Petfinder" and was just crusing a few of the dogs and cats... then I stopped abruptly...

    http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14325759


    I'm not sure what it was that caught my eye about this little guy... maybe he reminds me of Buddy at that age. I made an inquiry and the little guy had just been brought in the day before from another shelter. Later that day, however, I got this e-mail.....


    "Chris - I have a pending local adoption on Skip and should know for sure by the end of the day tomorrow (husband met him and wants him but wants his wife to see him first). If that falls through I would certainly love to consider you for his adoption, since I know whomever you select will have a wonderful life. I will contact you again as soon as I know his status!"


    Disappointed, but I realize that there are so many little animals in need of a home, it shouldn't matter what they look like... the important thing is, are you willing to take the responsibility to give them a good, safe home.
    I'm sure the little guy I noticed will have one. I'll adopt one eventually.
    Would you adopt a needy animal if asked? "


    Current: During the course of the thread, I found out that "Skip" hadn't been adopted... thus on August 30th, I traveled to the greater Kansas City area and to the Parkville animal shelter. There I did adopt "Skip" (now named "Zach"... and he is now a part of my happy home (joining Mia and Buddy). Its been crazy! He has an amazing amount of energy and Buddy seems to have some positive effects (he's lost 3 pounds from playing with Zach)....

    Thanks to all of you who have asked what happened... yes, I'm now the parent of 3 beagles! And thanks to our friend Ken, (kscott6671), he helped give me information on Parkville... they have a really great reputation!

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    Oct 07, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    So when do we get to see pics of Zach ?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 08, 2009 1:15 AM GMT
    ks_dusty saidSo when do we get to see pics of Zach ?




    I actually put on on my thread there at the bottom... it didn't seem to work.
  • PaMedic

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    Oct 08, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    You are such a good daddy. Now that you have three why not go for four? icon_eek.gif There are many out there that need adopted. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 08, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    Yeah, I love beagles too. I can't have dogs though, so I ended up opting for some cats that would have gone to the shelter if I hadn't taken them.
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    Adopted pets are absolutely the best.

    My first was a Wirehair Fox Terrier named Joey that I adopted from Citizens For Humane Action in Columbus Ohio. He was an amazing dog to say the least. When I loaded him into the back seat of my Jeep, he fell asleep and snored so loud I turned the radio off thinking something had gone wrong with the car. Upon arrival at home he ate an entire bowl of food without coming up for air and then found his spot under the cocktail table where he flopped and fell asleep again. He was part of my life for five years before he died of a massive stroke at 13 while romping with my parents two Wirehair Fox Terriers.

    Enter cat number one during that five years... Sophie. I was completely opposed to her coming to live at our house (I was a hardcore dog person). I came home from work and found her cardboard box on the living room floor and sat down in my chair, disgusted at the thought of her and began to read the paper. Before I knew what was happening I felt something in my lap and upon moving the paper, discovered a little white and tan furball with a pink bow collar on making herself quite at home. Funny how a little cat can just change the score of the game, isn't it?

    I then adopted her brother three years later - a little orange tabby who is now my chief buddy in the house. He was abandoned by his mother and found by some construction workers near an old shed they were going to demolish. They took him to the vet clinic across the road that I visited regularly as part of my job. I saw him sitting in a little isolation cage and asked about him. While talking to the vet, one of the nurses made sure she got him out and put him on the counter next to me. Needless to say, for the second time I was putty in the paws of a half pound cat.

    I often refer to my pets as "Angels with Paws". They have brought me comfort when I felt bad, amusement in their personalities and they have never delivered anything but a happy "welcome home" to me.

    One thing I can say for sure - adopted pets are not only the best friends you'll ever make, they are grateful because I believe on some level they know you chose them and saved them especially.

    Petfinder.com is an amazing resource. Kudos to the original poster here too for his rescue work of three very special little ones.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 08, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    I do think pet adoption via "Petfinder" or just going to your local shelter is important.

    At Parkville, the staff knew I was coming from Zach (aka "Skip) in advance, so I never saw the kennel facilities. I had heard and continue to hear they rate pretty high in the KC area. Parkville is not a "kill shelter", meaning they don't put animals to sleep and in fact one of the directors told me they have a dog or two that has lived there for up to 5 years. You can tell from the employees and volunteers, how important the place is.....
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    Oct 08, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    Chris - Congratulations on the arrival of the new little 'beagle bundle' at your house. Zach is one lucky little dog - - - - - - - and wouldn't it be great if every dog or cat could find a warm place he or she could call "home?" I'm sure Buddy and Mia will make sure Zach knows he is welcome - - and he'll have the run of the grounds around your house to romp and play in - especially the back - all green and lush - and fenced - - - - so no escaping is possible!