We had an extremely special adoption – Big Girl, who was rescued by Dana Huffman from a rural highway in the fall of 2015. Big Girl was fostered at Pooch Hotel, then boarded at Velvet Snout. Although she never had a foster HOME during her time with RHS, Big Girl had a team of volunteers who loved and cared for her. Dana took her on getaways to her office for the day where she spent time lounging on the couch and plotting ways to be adopted :). Others picked her up, took her on adventures, walks, and baths, and transported her to and from MTP events.
From Dana – In October 2015 I exited the hwy 77 overpass off I35 in Waxahachie. I immediately saw a dog running in the middle of the lane of traffic. I pulled over, opened the door and honked so she would look at me. It was an underweight dilute brindle female pitbull that clearly had had many puppies. She was afraid. I said “Please come here, Big Girl” because she was indeed a big girl. She immediately ran to me and hopped In the car. I was headed to court, so I called animal control. They came to the court and picked her up. I told them if no one comes for her in 72 hours, I’m coming back to get her. No one called looking for her so I picked her up.
I took her to the vet and she was a mess. Heartworm positive, parasites, underweight, not spayed, and limping. Generous donors sponsored her care, but she needed a rescue to help find her a home. It turned out that while Big Girl absolutely LOVES people, she was not too keen on other dogs. RHS stepped up to help Big Girl. This was huge because it would be difficult to find a foster home and a permanent home for a large-breed dog that had to be an only dog.
For the next 560 days Big Girl had a network of help. Pooch Hotel and The Velvet Snout where she was boarded. Volunteers that transported her to and from adoption events. Volunteers that picked her up for a ride, walk, bath, or visit to Starbucks. Volunteers that made flyers to get the word out. So many people followed, helped, and prayed for Big Girl. Some people wanted her, but it just didn’t fit their life or hers. She had glamour photos, pictures in Christmas outfits, Easter bunny ears, in St. Patrick’s gear, 4th of July hat, Halloween costumes, “Single Lady” bling, and more.
I frequently took Big Girl to work with me to give her an outing. It was there that she first met a client of mine. They came to visit her the Lazy Dog MTP/Fundraising event and loved her. After almost two years the wait is over! Big Girl has a forever home!
Thank you to RHS for helping a dog they knew could be long term. To everyone that has sent good thoughts, inquired, donated, and prayed for Big Girl. To the RHS volunteers and others that did a little more for her: Pat Rotundo, Jenny Kraus, Holly Twitchell, Amy Drouillard, and to the staff of Pooch Hotel, and to Justine Stewart and the staff at The Velvet Snout. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped her.
I will always love this big girl. – Dana