Red had a big first day in his new home! We started off with a really long walk around the neighborhood. He was very interested in all the smells and other doggies that we saw. We also saw some kids practicing soccer and we had to stop and watch them for a long time. Then they all came over and pet him! He loved it!
After we went home we played with his new toys and worked on getting familiar with his crate. He is very good with relaxing in it when I’m in the room, but gets a little nervous whenever I leave. He has made a big improvement though and even goes in to play with his toys! I know he will think of it as his own room soon.
We took a looooong nap this afternoon, and then he helped me with chores. He is very eager to follow and let you know he’s there to help. We’ve already figured out where its ok to go to the bathroom, and already knows which apartment is ours! His doggie grandparents came to visit and he had a lot of fun showing off.
Red is such a great boy. He has already adjusted so well, just likes to know that you’re nearby. He is still learning though that the dog in the mirror
Tomorrow we’re visiting his grandparents at their house and his doggie sister. Its going to be an exciting day!
Last weekend we were in Colorado visiting some of our rescue partners and attending a fundraiser they held to benefit RPM. There wasn’t a lot of down time and I completely forgot about doing a Success Story Saturday post. My apologies. Here it is now. It’s a good one!
Rescue has been a family affair for us. All of our fur babies have been rescues, and our son, Tristan, has volunteered for years with the founders of Rescued Pets Movement. It has become a way of life.
So when Simon and I went to a fundraiser for RPM, we were amongst friends. I looked across the parking lot saw a dog who was so stunning I was simply drawn to him. The voice of my rational side (that would be Simon) kept reminding me that we had six fur babies at home, and that we couldn’t have another one. I told him I knew that, and then took the handsome boy out for a walk.
Brooks Brothers Dog, formerly known as Harris, was rescued from BARC’s death row. He had had his ears chopped off, most likely by a pair of scissors (according to the vet). He was frantic for attention, and for action. This is one active dog.
Simon watched me for the next few weeks, and kept saying, “You’re thinking about him again, aren’t you?” Of course I was! Simon relented, on the stipulation that our girls got along with him. The initial introduction was a hit with one dog, and pretty shaky with the other. Brooks’ wonderful foster parents were there, and were very patient with us as we all got to know each other.
Brooks Brothers Dog now lives with his sisters, Foley Dog and JC Penney Dog, as well as 4 cat brothers (although he is still learning how to treat feline family members with care and respect). He adores Tristan’s rescue baby, Atticus. A very happy, friendly, loving boy. We are so lucky to have him!
Some of you may recognize Charlie from the large photo (pictured in the above gallery) hanging in our office, which was taken by Holly Davis when she fostered Charlie and her siblings, back when Charlie was known to us as Noel. Recently, Charlie’s family got in touch with me via Facebook to let me know how much they appreciate RPM for bringing Charlie into their life.
One month after getting married and one week after moving to Denver Colorado, my new husband and I passed a 4 Paws 4 Life adoption event at Petco and we instantly knew that we’d be leaving with a dog!
Sure enough, within 5 seconds of being at the event I spotted baby Charlie fast asleep in her crate and I knew we’d love her forever. She was so sweet and cuddly, with the most adorable playful side.
About a week after adopting Charlie I was on the Rescued Pets Movement Facebook page and saw that a foster family in Texas had posted a picture of three puppies of all different colors, but one really caught my eye. She had the same black and white fur with little spotted “boots” on her paws and a small white smudge on her nose – just like miss Charlie!
Long story short, we connected with the sweet Texas family and after exchanging many pictures and stories of our sweet girl, we learned some seriously heartbreaking news – at 1.5 weeks old, Charlie and her two siblings were 45 minutes away from euthanasia before they were rescued!
If the sweet foster families in Houston had not stepped up to save these innocent animals, or if RPM was not dedicated to transporting hundreds – now THOUSANDS! – of animals to safe homes, Charlie absolutely would not be here with us today.
I already cannot imagine our life without Charlie. I guess the saying is true… Who rescued who?!
But seriously, you guys do absolutely incredible work. If I could quit my job tomorrow and rescue full-time with you, I would in a heart beat. 🙂
Kristen, Trevor and Charlie
If you’ve adopted a former RPM dog or cat, we’d like to hear how thing are going! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, and feel free to include photos or videos. Thank you!
An update from Gipsy’s new home in Montana:
Gispy is doing great, she’s growing like a weed, and is a healthy 13.5 lbs. She’s one week away from getting her STAR puppy certification. Her confidence levels are up and rules over the cats; Pippin has gotten used to her, and she’s constantly cuddling up next to him or crawling all over him…We were just playing outside so I took a few photos and I thought you might like to see them. It’s been snowing fairly heavily here and she’s loving the snow, when it’s warm enough to play [outside]. Hope all is well!