Our First Rescues

Friday, October 22, 2021

After our beloved rescue Pedro (chihuahua) crossed the rainbow bridge, we adopted 3 rescues from Yakima and Wenatchee. We started out getting a “Look-A-Like” that our new adoptee was being called Pedro by friends and family. Our new dog had the same tan and white color causing our friends to do a double take when meeting him. It took a while to learn our newly rehomed 6 year old Chiweenie’s name. We named him Willy.

Willy and his dad would go on long road trips together. I was grieving and missing Pedro. I decided to rescue another dog. This time, a white wire-haired terrier mix needed to be rehomed. She was very skittish. She trembled a lot. However, with lots of one-on-one time, this gorgeous dog came out of her shell. We named her Duchess.

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Within a few months, we decided to move full-time to our mountain retreat. We had a cabin in a remote town in North Central Washington. I believe we were still grieving about Pedro when we decided to adopt a malnourished German Shorthaired Pointer named Hans. His ribs and backbone were sticking out. He weighed about 45 pounds and his tail was chewed out. The vet guessed that he was less than 2 years old. We adopted him from the Wenatchee Humane Society. We were told he has food aggression. That behavioral assessment turned out to be false. Hans was probably suffering from shelter shock. Shelter shock is common in dogs that are abandoned. Some cower and tremble in a corner. Some behave aggressively. Most shelter workers have good hearts. However, due to lack of funding and resources, shelter shock cannot be avoided.

After 2 years living in our remote mountain home, a family member in the Atlanta area was facing life changes. She no longer could take care of her 2 dogs. Ringo, a Spaniel and Beagle mix and George, a Dachshund, were going to be surrendered to a local shelter. They’re a bonded pair and would face tremendous odds being rehomed together. Our family decided it would be best to take them in. So, in just a couple of years, we faced the death of 1 dog and ended up with 5.

Our extended family has never purchased a puppy from a breeder. All our dogs were rehomed from owner surrenders or dog shelters in the Seattle area. The idea of starting a dog rescue was seeded long before we sought funding to start our very own foster-based rescue. Now that Willy is about 16 years old, we find ourselves wanting to rescue another dog. Thus, the idea of a dog rescue came into fruition. Fur Ever Yours Dog Rescue was born.

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