UPDATE: "Pootchie" Begins a Wonderful New Life.
As you know, Pootchie didn’t have the easiest start in life. Rescued by a local police officer after children were about to bury her alive, this little pup showed signs of terrible abuse. Bleeding from her eyes, her tail and nose broken and nearly comatose from hypothermia, it’s a wonder that this sweet puppy survived at all. But not only has Pootchie made an incredible recovery, she’s now been adopted into a wonderful new home. She’s been given the chance to live life as the happy-go-lucky puppy she is, with people who will love her unconditionally.
Her adopter, Elizabeth, said that she’d never responded to an IFAW e-alert before, but something about Pootchie just made her want to give her a home. Since she and her son had been talking about getting a second dog anyway, it seemed like the perfect pup came along at just the right time. “I am so grateful to you for making this happen!” she wrote. “You really have no idea how excited I am! :) Thank-you so much!”
When Elizabeth picked Pootchie up yesterday I knew it was a great match, and when I checked email at 10 pm after the drop off, there was my first update on her new adventurres! “Our ride home was uneventful - which is how I like it!” Elizabeth reported. She said that both Pootchie and her other dog, Gwin, got along great. “We stopped once and she slept most of the time on the front seat. She met my parents when I went to pick up my son, and they cooed and all that - my mum said she looks just like a dog she had when she was a girl. We've named her Mugsy. It was one of 3 we'd chosen and it fits so well. She had dinner and a walk and has played with Gwin. Carly (my boyfriend's 16yr old dog) came for a visit, and Mugsy loved her. She was following her around everywhere, especially on our evening walk. My son loves her!”
Just this morning I received another glowing report, “Mugsy” slept on her own special blanket through the night without a peep!” Not only that, Elizabeth said that Gwin and Mugsy “are all over each other - it's adorable!”
Clearly, this special puppy’s dark days are behind her - only joy and love are ahead.
Thank you to all of those who have shown support and compassion for Pootchie, and to those who came forward to offer this lovely girl a forever home. It’s been a truly heartwarming response, and makes rescues like this possible. And while there is only one Pootchie, there are other dogs and puppies at your local rescues, humane societies and SPCAs that are still waiting for a special home. If you are looking to open your heart to a Northern Dog, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. While they won’t be Pootchie, they will have their own special stories.
For more information on IFAW efforts to help companion animals around the world, visit http://ifaw.org.