Rescue Dog’s Name
Where Did You Find Your Dog?
From a Petsmart rescue event
Tell Us About the Moment When You Knew that You Two Were Meant for Each Other.
My husband and I had decided we wanted a dog because we had lost our terrier mix of 14 years, 4 years previously and needed a dog to love. We had decided it would have to be a rescue. We went to a Petsmart rescue event but didn’t find a dog that we felt would fit our lifestyle. We talked to the women who were caring for the rescue dogs and told them that we really needed a small dog. One of the women there told us that the next Saturday they would probably have some smaller dogs from a puppy mill that was being closed down. We went back the next Saturday and found Smidgee in a cage with another female dog. She had been shaved because she had been infested with fleas, matted and very dirty. She smelled so bad. My husband took her from the cage and handed her to me and I fell in love. She wanted nothing to do with me, she wanted my husband. We took her home and she took up residence under my bed and refused to come out. We had her two weeks and the only time she would venture out was to eat and drink and use the puppy pads because we quickly found out that she was terrified of dirt and grass. We didn’t even know she could bark, she never made a sound. But beyond it all I loved her and began the slow process of earning her trust. We have had her six years and she now rules the house. She barks at the mailman and birds that land on the porch, and anyone who comes in our home is greeted by her loud bark. When we come home from being out she barks and runs through the house in total abandon to welcome us home. She is a Schnauzer and very opinionated. She lets us know when it’s time for her food, and bedtime. We are elderly so she is a lot of company and we love to watch her play and run through the house when she zooms. She is a joy!
How Has Your Hero Changed Your Life?
My husband and I both have sleep apnea and sometimes when we fall asleep she senses that one of us is not breathing. She will bark until either we wake up or the one who is not asleep will realize the other needs to be awakened. She has come a long way and I can’t imagine our life without her.