To Mason’s ex-people

I had the privilege to take care of the nine-month-old Rottweiler/Shepard puppy you gave up to the high-kill shelter in Southern California. He was dubbed “Mason” and transported to Eugene, Oregon, where we fostered him for a week.RhS0BlpOx-AwHOZ1vksEApT34JhxOxv6wIZTK6M682A

Mason had a hacking cough when he came to us. He freely jumped on people, didn’t know any commands. He had no idea of boundaries with other dogs and had a stealthy knack for taking objects and chewing them very quietly. Typical puppy in a big, lanky body. We put him on antibiotics for his hacking, started teaching him where he was not allowed, and we made him sit for everything.

083b6lo2n1TUm3Nc9C5W5xxJf1Tvf4XVh9gPaG8oEOMWhile his puppy antics could be tiresome, Mason showed qualities of a great dog from the beginning. He loved being pet: absolutely loved having his face caressed. He had no problems with us checking his ears and touching his paws, and showed no food aggression during any feed times. On leash, he was calm and alert, and with a pack added, he lowered his head and focused even better. He stayed calm around our kids and slept in his crate without a peep.

There is no way I could or would judge you for bringing a dog to a shelter, because I know there are all sorts of reasons why people do so. We had to rehome one of our dogs years ago when we had no idea what we were doing as dog owners. I still feel guilty for that, but it is done and we will not make the same mistakes again. I wish you knew this:

TBgiF1dqoKoo4EE7hirYuS6IOJn6f0NOkFfRm3vQVBEToday Mason found his forever home, and he couldn’t have gone to a better family. They had lost their lab mix of 11 years to cancer recently, and they were looking for another dog to share their lives with. They’d seen Mason’s picture online and fell in love with him. When I brought Mason to meet them today, I had only good vibes. They were smitten with him from the beginning, and he was so excited to meet them. They have a little boy and girl, and a cat at home. They asked lots of questions to learn as much about him as possible, and they were loving on him the whole time. He was in heaven.

Mason was one of my fosters that I had a harder time saying goodbye to because he was one I’d keep if I had the time to give him. He didn’t look twice when I left because he was gazing lovingly at his new family who was petting him all over. If it has to hurt, then this is the best kind of hurt, because it is tempered by nothing but happiness.

The dog that you brought in was not put down. He’s sporting a colorful new leash and he’s now part of a doting, forever family.

11 responses

  1. I love that someone in rescue can be kind and understanding towards someone who has given up a dog. That’s rare. I find that sometimes in rescue people care so much about the animals that compassion is not offered to the humans as well. Thank you.

    • Thank you for your comment. I have been someone who has given up a dog and I know that a lot of people who surrender an animal simply don’t know how to manage their dog and feel surrender is the only option if they can’t rehome it. A lot of understanding and working with dogs is *not* common sense and has to be practiced and consciously remembered. Rescue definitely is teeming with fierce animal lovers, and it is good to remember the real limitations of other people and organizations around us who also try to help.

  2. Hi this post is fantastic, you had me holding back the tears of joy when he got his forever home and your goodbyes. Because of you he got a second chance, well done and thank you for having a big heart to help these animals into a better life. I have just started fostering my second foster dog, but I failed with the first foster and adopted her so I have not had the goodbye stage yet and that makes me nervous this time round as I really can’t adopt a third dog – I would need to grow another arm I think to pet them all at once, like they want!

    • 🙂 We are strict with our rule about two permanent dogs only, but we’ve been tempted several times by the sweet furries that have passed through. The goodbyes vary depending on your relationship with the dog. I didn’t have a connection to every foster. Just keep the goal in mind–we’re helping one at a time to find a better life–and the goodbye becomes a goal reached. 🙂

  3. I had the privilege of being a part of the transport team that got Leo to Oregon. I was also lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with him not in the car due to the timing. Thank you for being a part of his journey to his forever home. He captured my heart in just the short time I had with him, I can only imagine he love he will have with his new family.

  4. Such a lovely story. Our Ray came from an unknown background (picked up as a stray) and had so much emotional baggage dragging behind him. He is still far from perfect, but is so affectionate and an all round wonderful guy to have around. I feel saddened that his previous owners would not have seen this side of him.

    • When we adopted our Frieda from the shelter, it was obvious that she was used to people and not afraid of them. I’ve wondered about her background and why she was brought in, but I guess I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, because it led her to us. 🙂

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