Hello FTFP Fam! First of all, let’s just go ahead and address the fact that it’s been almost a year since I have popped in here. As you may recall from my last entry (though you might not because it was a long time ago), things got a little derailed with my regular blogging priorities when we began to prepare for the arrival of Balton and Ollie’s new human brother. Since we welcomed Baby H into our world, there’s been a lot of adjusting and readjusting to our new normal, while also keeping some of the old normal. For inquiring minds, I am pleased to report that both pups have been doing wonderfully these past several months. We’re at the beginning stages of having a mobile little one on our hands though, so we’re bracing for that and will be sharing some of our ongoing parenting misadventures at our sister space, For Kids and Fur Kids. It’s relatively sparse right now but there are a few entries and some good resources, so if you have parent friends with dogs or just a general interest in following along with us, mosey on over there!
In other recent news, I’ve started training dogs part time and am delighted to be part of the staff at All About Dogs as of this Spring. I’m also volunteering with a new fantastic rescue full of fantastic people, DC PAWS, and serving as their training and education coordinator and helping make sure the dogs in our care and our adopters volunteers are provided resources to make sure dogs and cats are kept feeling safe and learning how to succeed through positive reinforcement and humane, science based training. Check them out on their website and on their social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re still planting our roots in some ways but those roots are going to be strong and growing some beautiful things. I’m actually hosting a New Adopter Workshop on August 15 in Springfield, VA, so if you would like to come please check out more information about it here.
Which brings me to Charlie, one of our newest DC PAWS Adoptables. Charlie was found abandoned on the side of the road in rural South Carolina with a broken leg. Pickens County Animal Control, one of the rescue’s shelter partners, was alerted and picked him up and brought him to the Animal Control Facility. This facility is so severely under-resourced that it is not set up to facilitate adoptions to the public. Charlie was placed on a 10-day stray hold by animal control; had he not been wearing a collar, his time would have been limited to 5 days. Luckily for Charlie, DC PAWS Rescue was on site at the end of his 10-day hold period.
It turned out that Charlie had an old broken bone that hadn’t healed properly, and required surgery. It also turned out he had contracted heartworm, had been shot in the leg and, at the risk of sounding crude, had been left for dead. It’s no wonder he looks so sad at the animal control facility. What is a wonder is when DC PAWS and our on the ground volunteer in Pickens County took him in, his ability to look past how badly humans had wronged him and immediately love and show his gratitude. He’s awesome, and we know he is going to be an awesome companion to his forever family.
Charlie’s medical costs are rather significant, and my dear friends at DC PAWS are working hard to raise the needed funds to cover his surgery, physical therapy, and heartworm treatment costs. These expenses are about $5,000 in total. The costs are significant, and so DC PAWS is looking for support to continue showing Charlie how good people can be.
If you have any amount you can spare to be one of Charlie’s Angels, please make a donation at the page DC PAWS has built for his medical funding. Updates on his progress will also be provided there, so continue checking back on how our boy is doing. And if you can, please share his page and story, and ask others to do the same. It’s worth noting that DC PAWS is still a fairly young group, and while they’ve been touching lives and creating positive experiences with adopters and volunteers, their internal support base is still pretty small, especially when compared to what is needed to meet Charlie’s needs. Longtime readers know that I have a history of sharing much and asking for little here, but this truly is one of those “it takes a village” situations. Thanks for helping us make a difference for a truly awesome dog and the truly awesome people who took him in.
Lynn and the Boys