Yesterday while we were out for our morning walk we ran into a friend we had not seen in a while. Barbara was out walking her two small dogs and we enjoyed a visit with her in the neighborhood. She introduced us to her dogs, Dixie and Daisy. Daisy is called a “chiweenie” – a mix between a chihuahua and a dachshund. She is a soft ball of fur and practically leapt into my arms. What a little bundle of love! Dixie, her other dog, was rescued from the shelter a few years ago and still is timid around new people.
We know what it is like to have a dog that is timid around people. For eleven years, a brown and white mixed breed dog named Grover lived with us. We’d been told that he had been abused and learned that he’d also been “dumped” out of a car and left on his own. When we took Grover home we soon learned that he would run and hide if he heard a man’s voice. It took quite a while before he was able to really relax with us. Even then, I don’t think he was ever able to forget the trauma that he faced before he knew us.
Today I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Barbara for taking these little dogs into her home and giving them a second chance. I know that they are grateful for her love and kindness.
If you are interested in learning more about pet adoptions in Southern Oregon, please contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter at 541-774-6654.