The wisdom we learned from Perfect Pets Rescue: Red Hook, NY
Why am I posting PPR? It is one of my favorite rescue groups. Probably because I found my adopted dog, Sammy, through them.
Since this is my first blog in the Dog Lover's group. I'll give a brief family history. When my husband and I were dating, we found our chocolate lab, Grizzly through a breeder. He was our first child. The three of us had been through many things together. Marriage, car accidents, the loss of our daughter, spinal surgery, knee surgery, the birth of two more kids...you know, life.
When Griz was diagnosed with cancer, I fell apart. You would have thought with all we had been through before, I would have done that already! This was hard, my husband, the kids and I didn't understand that treating the cancer was only wishfull thinking and when it was time, we put him down.
A few weeks later, my dear cat, Maxine, became ill. The vet called it complicated grief and she quickly went downhill. We had to put her down. Her grief caused a large tumor in her belly to grow and we know it is the grief that sped this up because she had full blood work ups just before Griz died.
We started to look for a new dog on Thanksgiving three years ago, a month after we lost Griz. The thought of not having a chocolate lab around was hard for me to take. As soon as we got home, I did an internet search on Grizzly's blood lines. I couldn't believe within minutes I found his full brother in Minnesota. I emailed the breeder with our sad story and he emailed me back and said that there were two pups left and that he had planned to keep both for hunting but he felt so bad for me, he would be willing to send me one of them. Enter Charlie:Charlie flew into Newark a few weeks later. Soon after that, we adopted another cat, Oliver, from Heart of the Catskills.
Fast forward to November 2008. Me and the kids always are looking on the web on the ASPCA site. We were thinking of adopting a dog. We wanted a labradoodle. We found the cutest puppies who were being rescued from Perfect Pets Rescue in Red Hook. I quickly called and filled out a contract to adopt our second dog, Sammy. I waited on pins and needles hoping there wouldn't be a problem getting him. We received a call from Allison at PPR and she told us that Sammy was in Georgia and he was getting prepped for his drive up North. After investigating PPR on the web, I discovered something I never knew. Dogs in Georgia were being rescued out of kill shelters and shipped, like the underground railroad up North. There were plans on the web for who would be driving on different legs of the journey to get the dogs north to foster families and adopted families.
You can see from the look on his face, even Charlie was concerned about the plight of these dogs. :)
A few days later, Allison called to tell us that the puppy's would be arriving that night around 9pm! The directions were to meet her at a motel off of the turnpike. Wierd directions, but we were so excited. With the same anticipation I had when my third daughter was born, we left the house. ( when my third daughter was born, I recall thinking, wow, my middle child will never be the same again. Well, I felt that way for Charlie too)
At the pick up point, we saw this large bus and people unloading dogs. The bus was completely silent. The dogs seemed like they had been through a lot between thier life prior to the kill shelter, being in the shelter, getting vetted and driving up a long way to thier new homes. The minute Sammy came out, I knew he was the one. It's been fun, games, and love ever since! He and Charlie are good friends and the cat likes him too.
The best part of the story is that my girls have learned a tremendous amount from rescuing this dog. They learned compassion, wisdom, and generosity. I have given my kids allowance and watched them put all thier allowance in a ASPCA cannister at the local A and P. This past summer, they raised 52 dollars selling Lemonaid at a stand on our street and they donated all that money to Perfect Pets Rescue!
We plan on doing more fund raising for PPR. They are such a great rescue group! If you're interested, here is thier link: