A couple of weeks ago, we had a happy update from Hippos. As tiny newborns, Hippos and his eight brothers and sisters traveled with their mom, Fancy, to Colorado. This week, we have an update from Stella (formerly Tiny Dancer), Hippos’ sister! From Stella’s new mom:
Stella is super smart and playful and growing very fast! She loves meeting people and playing with her canine friends, but her favorite thing is to snuggle on the couch after a long day. She is my soulmate and I can’t imagine life without her!
Hippos arrived at BARC as a tiny, week old pup with his mom, Fancy, and his eight brothers and sisters. After a short stay with a foster in Houston, Fancy and pups all went to their Colorado. They spent more than six weeks together with their foster before they were weaned and ready to be spayed/neutered and listed for adoption. Fancy and eight of the pups were adopted immediately.
The last remaining pup had been affectionately named Hippos by his Colorado foster family because he had looked so much like a baby hippo with his white fur and pink skin. A week later, Hippos had an adoption application pending and was due at an adoption event for his Colorado rescue. His foster mom woke up to find a note from her children taped to her door – “We want to keep Hippos!” With his adoption already pending and a house full of animals, his foster mom just couldn’t agree to keep him. They were late, but Hippos went to the adoption event. His foster family went home with lots of tears and a broken heart. A couple of hours later, his foster mom got word that he had not been adopted. The pending adopter had selected another puppy. In her words,
“I was speeding all the way back to get him. It was the best feeling to pick him up and kiss his black nose again. I was so happy. Right there I knew. No matter what, I want to see this pink face, floppy ears, and black nose in my house and not in that crate again. I don’t think I could ever have as many hugs from my kids as that night I told them ‘Hippos got adopted… by us!!’ We were so happy.”
Melvin was special to Amanda, his Houston foster. Not only was he her family’s first foster, they’d actually seen him on the BARC adoptions page and considered adopting him! They decided they weren’t quite ready to adopt, but would try fostering to get their feet wet. (What better way to adjust to the responsibility of having a pet than to save a few lives in the process?!) Amanda joined the RPM mailing list, and was beside herself when none other than Melvin appeared on the foster plea. Of course, she immediately snapped him up. He was only five weeks old when pulled from BARC, but was sweet and smart. He played well with Amanda’s 18 month old, and quickly started to pick up potty training.
It was hard to let him go, but Melvin had a wonderful family waiting for him. He transported to Colorado in February and is doing so well in his new family! He loves playing all day and cuddling all night. He has doubled in size, is almost completely house trained, and can sit on command. He just started puppy classes, and will no doubt continue to pick up tricks. From his new dad, Ross:
“One thing is certain, he is now truly a member of our family.”
We couldn’t continue to do what we do without our Houston fosters. Melvin is lucky to have his forever home in Colorado, but he would have never gotten there without the love and compassion of Amanda and her family.
This week, we have Gideon’s perspective on finding a furever home, and are happy to report that he has been adopted! All the best to Gideon and his new family.
Gideon was the name the nice man at the shelter gave me. I feel lucky as some of the shelter dogs only got a number. I think he was trying to help me, trying to get someone to notice me. On the outside, I am a non-descript, medium sized (44 lbs) dog — perhaps a small boxer mix of sorts. Some have said I have kinda funny looking ears and eyes that don’t shine as brightly as they once did, but I sure perk up when I see potential friends that may want to play with me! There are places where my hair doesn’t grow anymore. You see, I have a few scars, but they are there to prove that I am a lover and not a fighter as they were given to me by others. My fur could definitely benefit from some good nutrition.
My outward appearance shows that my approximate 3-4 years of life have not been the best, but on the inside well…I am a diamond in the rough and now I have hope! The ladies of the rescue saw something in me worth saving and I do not intend to disappoint them!
So here I am, looking for a soft place to land. I would be grateful for a loving foster home, but would REALLY love to find a furever home to call my very own. If you would be willing to open your heart and home, exhibit a little patience in allowing me to learn what is expected of me and teach me what traits and behaviors are expected of a loving pet, I promise to reward you with unconditional love and loyalty.