Our Pet Adoption Story
Thank you for everyone who submitted stories to our pet adoption story contest. It was hard to decide and we appreciate everyone who submitted a comment. The stories were wonderful and truly all beautiful! It was hard to decide but…………….
We are proud to announce the WINNER………………Watson! Last night I talked with his mom and they had decided Waggin Tails Rescue will be receiving the $50 dollar donation. CONGRATS!
Pet Adoption Story Winner
I’ve had a soft spot in my heart from black labs all my life. When my mom went into labor with me, she was making cupcakes for our black Lab’s birthday. Needless to say, Jaffey (all 120 pounds of him) and I were inseparable!
Flash forward a few decades: About a year after losing a wonderful German Shepherd that had been with me for 12 years, I was ready for a BFF (best furry friend), again. I started looking at PetFinders.com frequently for a black or chocolate Lab or mix. One day, as I was scrolling through, I saw a picture of an adorable black Lab at the Minidoka Animal Control Facility. All the description said was “Cage 6. 3-5 year old male black Lab.” Something about him tugged at my heartstrings. I wasn’t able to take on a dog with any behavioral issues or significant health issues so I kept scrolling down the page hoping for more information. The profile right below “Cage 6” was a female black Lab with a very informative description – she sounded perfect. I contacted the foster ‘mom’, Liz, about the female.
Liz emailed me back later that day to say the female had been adopted, but she’d keep her ears and eyes open for a Lab with a similar temperament. Two days later, at 9pm on a Friday, Liz called me to say she found the perfect dog, about a year old, a little undernourished, but in good health, and super sweet. He was in the Minidoka Facility, but he was scheduled to be euthanized the next morning. She emailed me his picture – it was “Cage 6”!
I was fostering a Doberman at the time through Guardian Angles for Soldiers’ Pets. Oni was a sweetheart, but not dog friendly. I knew I was supposed to bring “Cage 6” home, but couldn’t just then. Liz and her husband, with the help of Waggin Tails Rescue, said they’d foster “Cage 6” for the 2 more weeks I would have Oni until her people came home from Afghanistan. Liz and Kevin literally saved “Cage 6” mere hours before he was to be killed. (Another example of Black Dog Syndrome – he had only been in the facility a week.)
That was almost 3 years ago. “Cage 6” became my dear Watson. He’s such a love, if not a little rambunctious in that fabulous Labrador way. We hike, backpack, snowshoe, and cuddle together ever chance we get. He is my first rescue (certainly not my last), and the most affectionate dog I’ve ever had. He seems very grateful to be loved. I’m sure he adores me at least as much as I adore him. We were meant to be together.