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"Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it - second chances when all hope was lost."
In rescue we see a lot of second chances, really miracles, regularly. Rescue is full of heartache, but my goodness, it is full of pure love. It is full of dogs and people who are good to their core - without expectation of anything in return.
This brings us to this beautiful second chance Belle. We first met Belle when she was at Memphis Animal Services (MAS), which is the city run pound. From what we understand, her owner surrendered her when they realized that providing vet care was more than they could do. I have to believe that her previous owners did love her deeply as they said she was a stray, thereby buying this senior dog 72 hours to be rescued. You see owner surrenders can be euthanized immediately upon surrender, but if you say the dog is a stray, you buy that dog 72 hours to be "found". Someone at MAS told Belle's family that she needed to be a stray to have some time....miracle #1.
We were at the shelter on a Sunday, there to meet a few young dogs we had fosters for, then we saw Belle. She was past her 72 hours and not doing well. She was stressed and scared and when I sat down at her kennel, she just begged with those eyes. And do you know what i did? I left her. I didn't have a foster and I tried to make a good decision, but I didn't sleep a wink that night, and I'm sure she didn't either. I could not believe I left her. I decided I would network and beg for a foster. A friend shared her picture and we got a foster...miracle #2.
I went Monday when they opened to meet this foster. What I didn't know was that Belle was put on the euthanasia list on Saturday and was in some sort of a limbo, unable to find her in the computer, I went back to physically find her, so mad at myself I let his happen. I was coming apart when a kennel tech stopped me, she said, "I really want you to take a look at this sweet girl, she's out of time. She's supposed to be in ER (euthanasia room), but I really want one more day to help, so I didn't move her." It was Belle, Sunday was to be her last day, but a kennel tech in one of the highest-kill facilities in our country didn't let that happen...miracle #3
I was elated to see sweet Belle's face again. I introduced her potential foster to her and she fell in love, just as we did. Turns out me and the foster have mutual friends, friends from way back. We talked about dogs, college, her law career, New Orleans and of course, we talked mostly about Belle. I told her that Belle is a senior, she is a heart worm positive dog, she will be with us for a long time, maybe forever. Her foster said, "I foster hospice." Imagine a family with young kids, dogs and a lovely life willingly foster hospice? It was Belle's...miracle #4.
Belle left that nightmare that day. She went home with her foster family and we began the long road to getting her well. Belle immediately did well, loving her new foster sibling and kids and new lovely life. She was everything we had hoped she would be - good and sweet to the core. The family embraced her and then, sadly their hospice dog took a turn for the worse. Belle's new side kick lost his battle with cancer (see pic of yellow lab). And Belle did what dogs do - she became this family's comfort. A dog, past due for death, provided comfort to her family exactly when they needed it...miracle #5.
Belle has completed her heartworm treatment and has come out on the other side of a seemingly hopeless situation. She has come through with her sweet spirit completely in tact. Belle is looking for her forever. She loves her family, and they have been the perfect place for her, but as true rescue-hearted people do, they love, make ready for the new homes, and then welcome new dogs into their homes. Belle's miracle #6 is right around the corner, are you her miracle?
Belle is approximately 7 years old, has completed her heart worm treatment, she is dog friendly, kid friendly, spayed, chipped and is available.