As a child, I grew up always having dogs in the house. First, there was Tex, our daschund that we got when we lived in Texas. Then there was Peaches, our cock-a-poo that we got in Georgia. There is little time in my memory when there wasn’t a canine companion in the house. And as far as I can remember, the only times I’ve seen my father cry were when we had to put Tex or Peaches down. So, fast forward to me as an adult and my desire to rescue a dog for many years. I’m pretty sure it was on my list of things to do in 2010. But I couldn’t ever pull the trigger and commit to a canine housemate given my work and my travels.
Enter Second Chance Dog Rescue, a fabulous organization in San Diego that rescues all kinds of dogs from horrible situations and seeks to provide them stable homes and forever families. The organization does not have a shelter so relies on generous San Diegans to take these pooches in until they are adopted. I signed up to be a foster parent thinking it would be a great way to test-drive dog ownership. Perfect for me – try it out, no commitments! And 10 days ago, I was given Bambina to care for..
Bambina’s online profile said she was a 2-year old Maltese. I think not! The rescue org told me she was a 1 1/2 year old poodle… getting closer. My assessment is that Bambina was no more than 9 months old and was a poodle/terrier mix. The poor girl was born with a malformed eye so had her eye removed and was learning to cope with just one.
Bambina and I had our issues, mostly around my personal space, to start but she quickly grew on me. I’m thrilled to say that after a short 10 days, Bambina was adopted by her forever family last night and I’ve already received the following message from her new mom within 12 hours:
OMG! What a sweety! I’m in love.
But when she left, she took a little piece of my heart with her. Much as I knew I was not her forever family, that little girl will have a piece of me with her always. I’m super-impressed with the rescue org’s approach and all of the other foster families in San Diego that do this. It’s not easy, but the rewards are worth it.
I’m going to take a few days off but then it will be on to my next rescue. Will I be the forever family for that one? Only time will tell! Wish me luck y’all…..