December 17, 2015
Exactly one year ago today, I walked into the Bridgeport Animal Shelter on a seemingly simple mission. I was to pick up a three-legged chihuahua and foster him until he found his forever. Little did I know, fate had a different plan. Earlier that day, two chihuahua mixes were brought in - a male and female. The male had a disability - his right rear leg was straight and did not bend. The left rear leg dragged underneath him. The shelter volunteers did not want to put them in a kennel and asked if TDR would take them. I knew they were coming with me no matter what, but made the necessary calls so the rest of the group knew what was happening.
We named them Tiny Tim and Lucy. At the time they came into foster care, they were 3.5 months old. It was immediately clear that these two were the best of friends. We decided to try and have them adopted together.
We also started a somewhat long journey of visits to various vets and specialists to find out if Tim's disability had a name. Through each and every visit, one thing was clear. Tim was totally unaware that he is considered disabled. His constant upbeat demeanor was contagious. We ultimately decided to have the left rear leg removed. Timmy had no feeling in the leg and it was quite the hindrance.
The operation was a success and he was moving around better than ever the following day. Lucy was beyond thrilled to have her brother back. Tim was later fitted for a wheelchair from Eddie's Wheels in Massachusetts. Tim doesn't need the wheelchair to get around (in fact he prefers not to have it when he plays fetch). It comes in most handy for adoption events or walks.
Now, a year later, we cannot believe these two are still in foster care. We have had various inquiries, but nothing ever panned out. Yes, Tim has a "disability". Tim can't climb stairs. He wears belly bands. He eats prescription food. That's it. That's the extent of his disability. He is an extraordinary dog in every way.
As foster parents, we need to place dogs in order to make room for others that need help. We could take the easy way out and separate them. It's something that has been considered a couple times, but we just can't do it. The idea of separating them makes my heart hurt. They have been together their entire lives. They sleep in the same crate. They play together constantly. We believe that their forever family is out there. A family that will look past the unpleasantness or inconvenience and see the happiness and love these dogs will undoubtedly bring to their lives. Please share them in hopes that their forever family will find them.
September 3, 2015
see these two little dogs? they're amazing. seriously amazing. i know amazing dogs. before these two came into our home, there were 18 dogs before them. all that lived with us until we found their forever families.
is it always easy? hell no. it's a challenge. each dog comes with their own thing. it may be behavioral. it may be due to physical health. it may be because of the breed of dog. we stick by these dogs regardless.
when tim and lucy came into our home in December of 2014, i never thought in a million years that these two little nuggets would be with us longer than the two black pitties that came before them.
tim and lucy were 3.5 months old when we took them in. they are now a year old. i know what *some* of you are thinking - just keep them. it can't happen. that's what we try to avoid. it's the only way to keep the door of rescue revolving.
yes, timmy is disabled, but guess what? he has no idea. he's pretty much as normal as they come. he's one of the happiest boys around. i don't know how to get people to see past the disability. to get them to understand that, if i did it, ANYONE can do it.
as of right now, i refuse to give up on trying to keep them together. maybe i'm just naive. maybe it's ridiculous to think that they would be heartbroken if separated. to be honest, they'd be fine. i'm sure of it. the problem is, "fine" isn't what i strive for for our foster pups. i want amazing.
every foster pup before them has gotten amazing. tim and lucy deserve no less. they deserve a forever family - together.
Tiny Tim and Lucy are bonded siblings looking for their forever home. Tiny Tim was born with a straight back right leg, meaning that there is no knee joint. Tim has no idea that he was born with a disability. He gets along well and has no issues playing with his twin sister. He utilizes a wheelchair to help him walk long distances, but mostly does not need it at all. He and Lucy are the best of friends and it would be ideal for them to be adopted together. They are as sweet as can be. They get along well with their three foster siblings and enjoys spending their evenings snuggling on the couch with their foster parents.
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