It is common knowledge that staff loves adoption updates. Some animals stay at the League just a short time, typically puppies and kittens get adopted more quickly than adult animals. Senior animals, and those with "special needs" can reside her for months. Lately we have heard from folks who have adopted some of those dogs. The word special comes to mind when I think of the adopters and the updates.
In this week before Thanksgiving, it is a pleasure to share Gypsy's story sent by her adopter. The update highlights how animals not only befriend us, but help one another.
Our 15-year-old, blind Aussie, Molly, died in June. My wife and I WANTED a new dog, but it became apparent Snickers (our puppy mill survivor dog) NEEDED a dog.
When we met Gypsy at the League, her temperament and confidence shined through in spite of the discomfort from being extremely overweight. We recognized that Gypsy was exactly the dog that Snickers needed -- a dog who knew who she was; was used to people, places and dogs... a dog like Gypsy - to serve as a new model for Snickers.
Since coming home, we've continued the weight loss diet started at WARL. We live in an apartment, so our dogs are walked three times a day. While we started slowly to allow Gypsy to acclimate to her new home, new diet, and new activity regimen, we have yet to tire her out with a long walk. Her hunched back and bunny hop has smoothed into a stiff legged trot. Her gait is visibly affected, but not her pace; she keeps up with much younger dogs. She LOVES playing with plush toys - the squeakier the better! And who would have thought that a 7-year-old dog would be so into tennis balls?.
Gypsy's favorite position? Middle of the room, flat on her back, all four feet straight up in the air, watching what's going on from her upside down point of view. She even sleeps that way!
We are grateful for adopters who recongize the best in their new friends! Check back soon, more Thanksgiving updates to come.......