Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.
Not for the squeamish
Do dogs really care what size their bed is - especially after a long walk? Apparently Stella doesn't care but Becks certainly does. Really is there a more comfortable way to spend an afternoon - sometimes I think a dog's life must be the best life of all but then I remember all the dogs that are abandoned and abused. I wish they all had been raised by devoted owners who cared enough to learn the keys to a great relationship with their dog. Far fewer would wind up in shelters, given up because of behaviour issues.
Turtle Gardens is on one of my favorite rescue places - perhaps because my little dog, Becks, was rescued by Dave and Yvette seven years ago. They have rescued and rehomed more than 250 dogs every single year since - that's more than 1,750 dogs. Can you imagine!
So I am happy to do my small part in helping them. For the last few years we have held a Man and His Dog Fashion Show fundraiser with proceeds to Turtle Gardens, I've done a couple of home visits for potential adopters and recently fostered Rook, one of the most shy creatures ever.
For the first 36 hours after she arrived, Rook was shut down. I had envisoned taking her on a pack walk upon arrival but wound up having to lay in the grass with her at the park while my friend walked her dogs and mine (good thing it was a sunny day).
That was Saturday. The following videos shows Rook's reaction to the leash and her first walk, helped along by my dog Stella.
And then she walks!
After just 2 weeks she has perfected the basics
Rook walked well after that first lesson and was able to go on hikes off-leash within the week. She knew the sit request with 2 days but we waited a bit longer to work on the down. This video was taken just before she went to her new forever home where she is adored.
Fostering was great and I highly recommend it. I did lose one pair of shoes though :}