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Thread: The Importance of Rescuing/Adoption

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    What a dog Charlie must have been to have made such an impact in your lives. I only hope that one day I can offer a loving home to a rescue cavalier and take heart in your story that although only having had him for such a short time you would not hesitate to do it again.
    Sandra
    Minnie-May (6yrs) & Rosie the Rescue (approx 6 yrs)
    My Darling Cinders and Lady Jane waiting at the Bridge

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    Oh, your post is so right on!

    We got our first girl from a reputable breeder at 6 months, and we honestly didn't think we could ever love another dog as much as Dottie. When the chance came along to be a foster family for a Lucky Star Cavalier, we "knew" we were happy with the one dog, and just wanted to give back by fostering for a "short time."

    Claire was one of the older dogs needing a foster home, listed as approximately 7 years old. She had urine stained fur, had been clipped short due to severe matting, was being treated for 4 different types of internal parasites, and 9 of her rotted teeth were removed when vetted. However, she just trotted over to us, looked up at us with a big Cavalier smile, and she went home with us. By day two, it was clear that she had picked us for her forever family, and we agreed that she was not going anywhere. Claire and Dottie have a bond like no other, they adore each other. I can't imagine our lives without either one of our precious girls!
    Marianne
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    When I first saw Claire's photo, I was really taken with her sweetness. I am so happy you decided to keep her. I can follow her progress from your posts. I was seriously thinking about applying for her.

    I can't imagine our lives without either one of our precious girls!
    That's how I feel about my four....two are rescues too!

    J.
    J. and pups, Gem, Monty, Harley and Sapphire

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    Hey Marianne - so good to hear from you and to hear that Claire is doing so well!!
    Cathy
    Loving mom to Jake, Shelby and Micah

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    All these posts have touched my heart. What wonderful stories......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinny74 View Post
    As some of you may know I lost my Charlie earlier this week. Charlie was a 10 year old tri with a heart murmur we adopted in May this year. He had been without a true forever home since February as nobody wanted him because of his age and illness although he was very well cared for and loved in his foster homes.
    Charlie made a very big impact on us during his short time with our family and now we are going through a lot of heartache and grief.
    The question is would I do it again? The answer is yes, without a shadow of a doubt.

    We knew when we adopted an older dog that we would only have him in our care for a short period of time. When we got him my wife and I said it might be 3 months or it might be 3 years but we would make whatever time it was happy for him. Unfortunately it was only 3 months but I wouldn't change the time we had together for the world.

    Buying a puppy is a wonderful, exciting time but there is something more special about rescuing/adopting. In my opinion I think it can be summed up that you choose a puppy but an older dog chooses you. A puppy loves you because they know nothing else, an older dog chooses to love. The first time your puppy jumps up and starts kissing you like their life depends on it is a wonderful moment but it is nothing compared to when an older rescue dog does it.
    Charlie and me used to have a little game. When he was on my lap I would say to him 'Do you love me Charlie?', Charlie would then climb up me, put his paws on my shoulders and start to lick my face like I was his best friend in the whole world. Is my current heartache worth it for those moments? Without a doubt.

    We all love puppies. They are cute, cuddly and funny but an older dog can be more rewarding and loving. If any of you or someone you know are considering getting a dog please consider an older one as the love you give them will be received back tenfold.
    Wow-- this is a wonderful post. I am so sorry for your loss. I am the Rescue contact for Cavaliers of Greater Atlanta in the US. We have just taken in two 6-year old brothers-- one who has his vision compromised and is (we think) deaf. This post really touches me because many people have refused this pair becausethey are "too old" or have "too many health problems" or they "want a puppy". These dogs are so sweet and loving-- it breaks my heart when people pass them by.

    Can I have permission to print your post in our newsletter? It is perfect.
    Holly, Oliver, Rosalita, and Scarlett

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    I can honestly say that I would never again have a puppy again after having rescue dogs. They are just so rewarding and such a joy.
    Its incredible seeing a dog that may have been mis-treated or maybe not in good condition totally come out of their shell and learn to be a 'normal' pet! All they want is a little bit of love and affection and how difficult is that?

    Sometimes they break your heart but mostly they steal it and I wouldn't change them for the world.
    Siobhan
    Belle (Tri-F) Rosie (Ruby-F) Bismarck (Blenheim-M)
    Prince (At the Bridge)

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    That last post is just so true, I feel the same way exactly. Charlie a obviously had the same effect on all who knew him and have read about him here.

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