After hearing that a local couple had adopted a “shy” female named Nutmeg through the GSP Care of Ohio group and were having issues with her, I went to their home to see if I could help. When I met her, I knew she couldn’t remain there one more day; she was virtually feral, fearful of every movement, every noise, everything. I already had one foster, which meant five dogs in my home; I wasn’t prepared (nor was my husband) for six. But, to make a long story short, we adopted her ourselves and in December, it will be two years since she came into our lives. I can tell you that although the first year was very trying, the hard work paid off. She has blossomed into a happy, sassy, and affectionate girl. I’m sure your Holly will come around. Celebrate her little victories. One of these days, you’ll look at her, note her confidence, and your heart will be full to overflowing, realizing just how far she has come.
National Volunteer Coordinator, GSP Rescue
The story in the June ’09 issue about Holly and Kit (“A Rescue Trip”) reminds us of our Aussie, Brenna, who’s been with us 10 years now and is also a Kentucky lass. We had lost a dog to cancer and our Bearded Collie mix Tramp needed a companion, so when we heard she needed a home, we agreed to take her. Like Holly and Kit, Brenna came to us on Delta Airlines from Cincinnati to Los Angeles; she too was scared. When Tramp lost his battle with hepatocutaneous syndrome in January 2007, Brenna was an “only child” until August of that year, when we rescued Shadow. We will always have two dogs and they will always be rescues. We are convinced they make the best companions.
—Dave and Lynda Snyder
Grand Terrace, Calif.
I smiled my way through the first reading of “The Dogs Go Too” by Murray Dunlap (Oct. ’09) and by the third reading, I realized I have had similar conversations—I only wish that I “might be a writer” so that I could say it as poetically as Dunlap does. It’s difficult to explain to a non-dog person just what it means to share your life with a dog. My coupled friends ask if I’m lonely, but how could I possibly be? I have Tess, the most uncomplicated, rewarding relationship of my life!