The first dog we got was Jack, the lab mix. We had found a dog named Henry we were going to look at in Rolesville, NC at a vet's office rescue. She pulled dogs from high kill shelters and treated them, saving their lives. After we looked at Henry, the vet tech suggested we give Nike a try since it didn't seem like Henry was "the one." Of course we agreed, I mean, he already had been dealt a bad hand with the name Nike, right? We didn't need to look any further. Nike dropped to the ground and asked for belly rubs. This was apparently out of character because this poor boy was 20 pounds underweight and clearly had trust issues because he had been mistreated, if not abused. The rest was history and Jack came home with us and he got to put his life as Nike in the past. It took him a while to fully trust but now he is a happy, healthy, loving and extremely loyal gentle giant that we hope lives to a very ripe old age.
Since dogs are like potato chips, we decided we couldn't have just one. We went to a very high kill shelter to look at a lab mix puppy so Jack could have a friend. We came home with the cutest, fluffiest dog in the pound instead. We named her Sally. Sadly, not all of her litter mates fared that well. I wish they all had someone that could have rescued them. Sally is my sweetie. She is very intelligent and does tricks I never taught her.
In 2012 we packed up our family and moved to McNairy County TN. We learned pretty early on there were A LOT of stray dogs in the county because there was no animal shelter. They would roam around looking for someone to feed them. Eventually, if someone didn't take them in, something bad would happen. That's how we ended up with our little dog Gimpy. My oldest son saw her running around and made it his mission to let her trust him. We felt bad her her. She had a limp. We took her into the local vet and he determined that the break was old, but there was no need to amputate. We kept her an called her Gimpy. I have never seen a dog loves kids the way Gimpy loves the boys, or any kids really. The more kids annoy her, the more she loves it. She's a little odd with that.
I don't regret rescuing any single one of these precious animals. They have been my best friends over the years. Moving around so much, they were my anchor, along with my family. I am back in NC and thankful Bertie County has a shelter. I am doing this project to raise awareness that amazing friends can be rescued. They don't need to be bought. If you just have to have a puppy, they are available for rescue too. Our older dogs have been amazing so please don't overlook them either. Shelters and rescues are always overloaded so please go look if you are in the market for a furry friend.