Pet Adoption Story – Skye, Savanna and Taye
29 Nov 2015
Today’s Holly and Hugo pet adoption story is a great glimpse into what it’s like to both foster and adopt pets. Fostering is a great way to help animals who would otherwise be euthanised, especially if you can’t yet commit to adoption. Meet Taye, Skye, and Savanna:
My story starts with the death of our dog Pepper. She was dropped off by her owner and left to her own, along with her mother. My kids and I caught her and took her into out hearts, unfortunately we could not get her mother. She lived with us for 10 years and died of congestive heart failure. Previous to Pepper, we had two other dogs that were left to their own and we took them into our hearts and will always have wonderful memories of them.
A few weeks after Pepper had passed, I needed a dog to love again and decided to check into a rescue. Wanted to pick my own dog this time and not have it just show up at my door… never have done that before.
So many dogs out in the world that need a loving, forever home it was very hard to pick just one. Had my heart set on a Border Collie mix and kept looking for that special one. Came across a cute little pup with one blue eye and one brown eye, but not a Border Collie. For some reason I kept going back to this little pup, but she was not what I was looking for.
Well, as you can probably guess, I decided I wanted to see the little pup with the one blue eye and one brown eye. She was a yellow lab mix, not at all what I was looking for. So I put in my application at the rescue, got approved to adopt and my daughter, Holly and I headed on a three hour road trip to check out this cute pup.
As you can imagine, it was love at first sight for all three of us. This little four month old pup came right up to us like we were family. Lots of kisses, so very sweet and playful. Filled out the paperwork, wrote the check, put the collar and leash on and headed back home with out new little girl.
Because of her beautiful blue eye we named her Skye, from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. She is three and half years old now and my husband and I could not have asked for a better companion.
She did have somewhat of rough start with us as she showed signs of demodex. It was bad for a while with her, but she has recovered 100 percent and is doing great now.
Because of the wonderful people at the rescue, a few years after we had Skye, my husband and I decided to foster rescue dogs. The experience was amazing. Being able to help these poor dogs that came from a high kill shelters, helping them learn how to move into a loving, forever home.
Over the next year and a half, we had five foster dogs. When we picked up our fifth foster, a German Sheppard mix I knew things were about to change. There was something special about this little pup, also about four months old and yellow haired. I knew the second day we had her that she should stay with us forever.
Being a foster does not always mean you get first pick if you decide to keep one of the dogs. If someone else has decided to adopt one, then we were just out of luck unless something fell through. So I contacted the rescue and told them I wanted to keep this sweet, little pup. They call it a foster fail when the foster keeps one. It happens all the time, that is one reason it is really hard to foster.
My husband and I now have two wonderful rescues; Skye and Savanna.
They love each other like sisters, but each have their own personalities. Skye, being a yellow lab mix is laid back and a little lazy; Savanna has a little more energy and keeps us on our toes.
We could not ask for two more perfect additions to our family, their forever homes!
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