2 Years Old
Judith's new mom shares, "I could take Rick and not Judith (Heart Worm positive). However, I sure couldn’t leave both of them there. That was when the man told me about FoHCAS and gave me information to get to the website. Knowing that there was a community of people willing to help us was very reassuring and made my decision easier."
From Judith's new Mom:
On Saturday, my boys and I went to Hillsborough county animal shelter to look for a fur baby. We looked at several dogs and even met a few. We saw Rick and Judith that day and petted them through the fence but didn’t meet them. Getting 2 dogs especially chow chows which require a lot of work was not what I was looking for. We went home that night without a dog. On several occasions that night and the next day my boys came to me asking if we could go back and meet the chow chows. From the first day, leaving them there just felt wrong and our house felt empty. Having worked with rescues for several years in the past, I knew that it was not likely for both dogs to be adopted together. Rick is 5 years old and Judith is really shy. Both dogs had a strong warning that they are not friendly with small animals. It was very obvious that they were bonded. I have seen bonded dogs in the past get separated and it becomes an endless cycle of one or the other returning to the shelter. We went back on Monday just to meet them. It felt like forever waiting in anticipation for someone to take them to the meet and greet pen. As soon as we were all in the pen Rick and Judith smothered my boys with kisses. Rick jumped into my son Kevin’s lap and wouldn’t get out. The look on both Kevin and Rick’s face was like they were long lost friends and were meant to be together. I have known that kind of love from a dog before and my heart melted seeing my son find that for the first time. That was the moment I knew these were the ones that were going to be our forever fur babies.
That day before we left we pre-adopted both of them. We went out that night and bought them new collars, leashes and tags with their names on it. We were all so excited. Tuesday we went back to the shelter to spend time with our fur babies and brush them. When we got there we found that Judith had surgery and would be ready to go home the next day. I asked the man at the front desk how she did and how her tests came out. He then told me that she tested positive for heart worms. My heart sank and I could feel Kevin’s heart breaking because he knew I had a big decision to make. I knew it was going to be an expensive and painful process. I could take Rick and not Judith. However, I sure couldn’t leave both of them there. That was when the man told me about FoHCAS and gave me information to get to the website. Knowing that there was a community of people willing to help us was very reassuring and made my decision easier. The man offered me the option to change my mind and go look for another dog, but I had already decided that for better or worse Rick and Judith were our forever fur babies and there are no take backs on forever.
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