Rescue Dogs Find New Home

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

We all love a good story, and that is why I want to tell this particular heart-warming one.

Rescue Dogs Find New Home. Pearla the Samoyed. Photo by Peter Gehr

Rescue dogs are of particular interest to me, and this is not only because I’m a dog lover, but I’m also very intrigued by the people who adopt dogs and the reasons why they chose their dog from the animal shelter.

In most cases, it’s life or death for the dog, and timing is of the essence when it comes to finding a home or not finding a home.

The fact of the matter is, some of these dogs simply don’t get a chance at life, love and family for reasons far beyond their control.

Rescue Dogs Find New Home

This is a story about Jez and Pearla.

Jez is a Lab-cross, and Pearla a Samoyed.

Jez had been adopted from a rescue shelter several years ago by a young family who simply fell in love with him at first site. Jez is now around 13 years old and has had a loving, active and well-cared-for life. Once he passes, this young family will retain a beautiful memory of a sweet-spirited, fun-loving pet whose life could have ended much more abruptly had this kind-hearted family not stepped forward to offer a home.

Rescue Dogs Find New Home. Jez the Lab-Cross. Photo by Peter Gehr

Knowing that Jez is showing signs of aging and his rich life will soon come to an end, this same family realized that another canine companion would be a comfort for him as well as an addition to their collection of pets (which includes 5 cats) and to help soften the blow of losing Jez when that day comes around. Good plan.

Upon arrival at the animal shelter, and with full intention of adopting another dog, Pearla attracted their attention from the get-go. Pearla had only been left at the shelter for 5 days and seemed to be fully focused on impressing this kind family with her antics, love and adorable disposition.

It was an easy choice and from that day on, Pearla has brought nothing but joy and happiness to both old Jez and the rest of the family.

To add to this great rescue story, the family has since moved abroad and is living on the other side of the world—along with Jez and Pearla.

Just think: These two extremely fortunate dogs went from being someone else’s burden to someone else’s blessing, and have found themselves in a well-deserved and loving environment.

Rescue dogs find new home: Jez and Pearla’s story moved me, and gave me a sense of happiness to have met them and shared a moment with them, and, most of all, to connect with a family who are overjoyed by the fact that they have made a major contribution to the longevity of these precious canines.

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Canine Assistance for Achieving Independence

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Canine Assistance for Achieving Independence

Canine Assistance for Achieving Independence

I’ve just finished watching a video that I’d recommend for every dog lover on the planet. In fact, I’d recommend it for any caring, compassionate individuals who want to either see people being helped by service dogs, or to participate in canine assistance for achieving independence.

If you’ve ever had a dog, you know that they have natural intuitions that are special and even inexplicable. Our furry friends have an amazing ability to sense our feelings of joy and sadness, sickness and health, natural calamities, and an uncanny instinct to perceive instances long before they happen.

I recently met an elderly woman who told me about how her neighbors dog helped save her life by waking up his owner and to alert them of this woman having fallen badly on the bathroom floor at 2am in the morning. She had apparently gotten up for “nature’s call” and decided not to use her walker and consequently fell backwards, striking her head on the bathroom floor. She managed to pull herself to the bedside and reach for her phone, but the batteries had died and the emergency buzzer to call for medical help was out of reach on the kitchen table.

Canine Assistance for Achieving Independence. A Dog Could Be the Answer for You or Your Loved One.

This video below is well worth watching and if you love dogs and love people, it’s a must see. Victoria Stilwell interviews director of Canine Assistants, Jennifer Arnold, director and author of “In a Dog’s Heart” and takes you into the lives of service dogs and their owners.

In a great deal of pain, Sally decided the only thing she could do was to use the phone to tap on the wall of the apartment as she lie there on the floor with broken ribs and bleeding head. She had little strength to make much noise by tapping on the wall, but her hope was that someone would hear it.

However, no one but the neighbors dog could hear the light tapping on the other side of the wall, but he sensed that something was wrong and that Sally needed help.

Incessant barking finally woke the neighbors who noted their dog barking at the wall. They went next door to find Sally in a serious condition and called for medical help.

It’s moments like these that one has to acknowledge the special powers of sensitivity that dogs possess, and to harness this ability is exactly what the people at Canine Assistants do. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, this non-profit organization has developed techniques to provide canine assistance for achieving independence for all sorts of needs. People with physical disabilities, problems with seizures, and many other special needs are provided with dogs, (primarily Golden Retrievers and Labradors), to help them in their everyday lives.

Purchase your copy of “In a Dog’s Heart” or, “Through a Dog’s Eyes” to help support this worthy cause.

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