My sister in law, Linda has been a true dog lover her entire life. Taught by her mother’s love for the furry four legged friends. Linda has always done everything she could for mans (or ladies) best friend. She has volunteered her time in the past at a local no-kill shelter, she would clean, walk and care for the dogs, if they were full, she agreed to help the shelter and keep two to three dogs at a time until they had the room or the animals were adopted by a grateful family. I couldn’t tell you all the names for the dogs she has cared for over the years, but she could.
The passing of her last dog Scottie left her once again with a broken place in her heart, She waited until the loss was not so hard and proceeded to look around in the paper and on the internet for another dog to give a piece of her heart to. She looked for several months, not for a “pure bred” but for a survivor, a reject, a misfit.
She and I went a few times to the local animal shelter with no avail, she hadn’t found the right dog, and she knew that she would know when she found him or her. The cages at the shelter are stacked two high, on our last trip, she leaned down to look at a puppy on the bottom level when a Jack Russell Terrier mix reached out of his cage and touched her on the head. Right away I told her that she had found her baby, that he had actually picked her. The shelter had named him “Jack”, she had the attendant get Jack out of his cage and we went to the visiting area. They fell in love with each other right away. The shelter told us that another family with children had taken him the week before and he had been aggressive to the children so they had to bring him back. The shelter knew he would be hard to place with a family. Linda lives alone so she knew that would not be a problem. She told the shelter attendant that she would take Jack and see how it goes with the two of them. After the paper work was all signed, I took her and Jack to their home.
From her past experience with the shelter, the employees knew Linda and her love for the animals. She took Jack and they bonded immediately. Although he’s a little aggressive around my son, he’s 18 and likes to tease Jack with his toys. He loves my daughter who is 14 and helps walk him and take care of him, he loves me too, he knows when our car comes down the road and has to watch me leave until our car is out of sight. My daughter and I like to go to their house and play ball with Jack and he has various size play balls and loves for us to kick them around the yard, he bats them back to us and can almost balance then on his nose. The neighbors get a big kick out of seeing him play with us.
With his past aggression, Jack could have had a life of being caged and not finding a forever home. But my sister in law took a chance on him and it paid off!