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Senior Rescue - A Powerful Message

Discussion in 'Rescue Stories' started by ghggp, Jan 31, 2020.

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  1. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

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    So many of us on this site care so deeply for our beloved dogs.
    Rescue is so very difficult and although I know this post is hard to read, I felt compelled to share...
    It is so eloquently written and brings home what dogs go through when abandoned by their owners...
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    To those of you who have ever relinquished a senior to an impound: Because of your betrayal, you never see the stages of grief your dog goes through when you leave. We see it. We see them terrified for days, and then the shock. A few days after that, anxiety sets in and then in another few days, desperation. After that, they just give up...knowing that they were never loved as they had loved you.
    They would never have betrayed you.

    Because of your selfishness, we bring them into our home and help to rebuild their confidence. We love them again and again until one day we see that tail wag again. We care for them and try to keep them as happy and healthy as we can...but it is never the same for them as what was their "real" family for all those years.
    We care for them. We love them and we play with them. We sleep with them and let them know that their life DID matter...much like how they made you feel wanted and loved every single day. Selflessly, they would do just about anything just to be with you.

    We keep them as happy as we can, and when it is time to say goodbye, because of your cowardliness, it is we who comfort them. We STAY by their side...because they would have done as much for you. We hold them tightly; we tell them how much we love them and with our tears falling upon their fur, we tell them that it's okay to let go because one day, we will all be reunited.

    My heart breaks every time we have to let them go and in rescue, it happens all too often. It is almost too much for any one's heart to take...I grieve over each and every one. And my tears will fall upon my pillow tonight, but when sleep finally does overcome me, I will sleep with a clear conscience because I know I did the right thing. And to the owner of Lonnie who relinquished him to a kill shelter when he was 17, I hope his lovely face haunts you. He did not deserve that.

    If you are reading this and EVER contemplate relinquishing your pet, especially after many, many years, understand that this is not just wrong, it is wicked and cruel. Pets are for life. No matter what, make it work, for their sake.

    Rest in Peace, precious Lonnie...our family here at the ranch already misses you.

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    That is just SO sad! I agree with wicked and cruel and oh my, has me crying thinking those poor puppers!
     
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    Believe me, I cried many tears over this as well. I have adopted many seniors and they are the BEST!
     
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    Crying here. I see this at the shelter too and it breaks my heart. Our friends who do Collie rescue basically have turned into a hospice for older, sicker dogs. They have driven out of state to rescue Collies. They have 9 - 10 at any one time, and sometimes they don't have them very long. Emotionally I could not do that, it would do me in. But I respect and support them and know they have a special place in heaven. And yes, seniors are the best.
     
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    I am always amazed at the strength of mind and soul of folks that run rescue organizations... Yes, indeed, they have a special place in heaven.
     
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  6. Hanne

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    The picture says so much, just thinking about it hurts my heart.

    Gloria thanks - although it was really hard to read and it cost many tears
    sometimes we need to see the reality in the eyes.
    and be so grateful to the people who make such a
    great, unselfish and loving effort in these Rescues :yes:

    Dear Trini you came into my thoughts :hugs

    Gloria I know you and probably more here at SN have opened your home and given these older Shelties some loving "last days" :hugs
     
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    So very very sad. I remember when I'd taken Riley into my home (he was 5 1/2 and his owner had passed away suddenly) I'd gone to visit my former client who was the mother of Riley's owner.
    After visiting her I'd gone next door to see Riley. I knew him for at least 4 years just from going to see my client and he was such a sweetheart. He was at the neighbor's because the family couldn't stand to see him (they saw their sister when they looked st him).
    When I went to see him he was soooo happy to see me but I saw that sadness in his eyes and it truly broke my heart. His owner had gone into the hospital a month before and never saw him again...even when I'd offer to bring him she said no, she didn't want to bring his spirits up to dash them.
    I told my client I'd take him if no one else wanted him and she said she'd wait because the neighbor had a friend who might take him...I was heartbroken but it was her choice. I was so happy when she called me later that evening to tell me that yes, she wanted me to take him. I truly understand now what he was going through ....even now it brings tears to my eyes.
     
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    I couldn't read it cuz I knew I'd be a pile of crying goo (I can't read the Sheltie Angels threads here either unless I have time to recover).
    All I hope for the people who do that is I hope their kids stick them in a home and abandon them some day...
    (Yeah I'm probably going to hell for that but I just can't stand it!)
     
  9. ghggp

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    I completely understand the need to recover when reading posts like this. I am blessed to work from home so I can cry in privacy. Yes, there is a special place of torment for those cruel folks in the next world. Of that I am sure.
     
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    Lisa - we all know how much love and care Riley got in your home,
    even his last hard time was full of so much tenderness and love
    right up until Riley wanted to cross the rainbow bridge. :hugs
    yes now the tears are running again !
     
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