A little over a year ago I was browsing through the listings on the blind deaf shelter dog website (a site I can no longer even think of looking at) and I came across a photo of two 12 week old puppies. One was listed as a blind Australian Cattle Dog mix and the other a Boxer mix, blind in one eye. The day I saw the listing was a Sunday and they were to be euthanized on Tuesday.
All day Monday I called the listed number and reached voice mail. I left a couple of messages explaining that I had two blind dogs and was willing to save these two puppies.
I decided that since I hadn't talked to anyone about them, that I would call first thing Tuesday morning from work, when the shelter opened and again offer to adopt/save their lives. Well, best laid plans and all that. I'll never forget watching the clock and thinking "only ten more minutes until they open and then I'll call." That's when the plan fell apart. An emergency call came in on the 911 line from someone who was using an auger to dig post holes. They had struck a natural gas line and could smell gas and hear it leaking. All thoughts of saving puppies was pushed aside as I dispatched the fire department, contact the gas company, the police and ambulance.
After about an hour and a half, the situation had settled down and I was able to make the phone call. Was I too late? Had they already been euthanized? The lady I spoke to said she thought they were still there, was I interested in just the white one or "do y'all want both?" (with her North Carolina accent) Both! I will save both!
A few minutes later I was providing my credit card number and was told that they would transferred to a veterinary clinic. Hooray! They were safe. Then it was time to plan a trip to North Carolina and pick up these two little pups.
|Breeze and Chance, first day in Canada
The male Boxer mix was quickly adopted by a wonderful couple that were highly recommended by our veterinarian and the little ACD mix stayed and was named Breeze. As you can see in the above photo, Breeze wasn't very spotted. She grew and grew and the spots got darker!
What a difference a year makes!
Happy 1st Gotcha Day to our spotted pup Breeze!