I’m walking to save the lives of homeless pets!
This year, I’m participating in Strut Your Mutt, a fundraising walk hosted by Best Friends that saves the lives of homeless pets right here in my community and all across the country.
We all have that one animal who changed our life. The one who stole your heart. Your soulmate. My heart dog was Wallace.
Wallace came to us September 2015. I went to the shelter to pick him up after receiving the most ridiculous picture. Not cute, but not ugly. Just odd. Randee brought him out and I laughed out loud. The most silly looking dog I had ever seen. He had the biggest snaggle tooth I had ever seen, almost no hair, hilarious ears. He looked like a Muppet, or Fraggle as Randee so lovingly called him.
This poor dog was a mess and the shelter had already done so much. He had a full dental and most of his teeth were pulled out. He had to have most of his hair shaved off. He had cherry eye and horrible eye problems and infections. And he was a jerk. So grumpy, a biter, he just didn't like anyone much. I'm sure it had some to do with the pain he was in but he really was sort of a jerk until the end.
I brought Wallace home with full intention of finding him a new home. He was put up for adoption and got a few inquiries, mostly because of his looks, but nothing panned out. I kept putting off, or even talking about, keeping him but as time went by he and I bonded. He loved me and I loved him like no other. We snuggled in bed, he sat him me always, he allowed me to hold him when no one else could. All the dogs like Paul most but Wallace and I had something special.
He finally got a really good app and went on a trial adoption. I cried the whole way there and back. I told Paul that if it didn't work out with her I was keeping him. I couldn't bear to let him go again. I was not sad at all when she called the next day and said she didn't think she could give him the care he needed. I rushed over to pick him up and she ended up giving another CAWS dog a wonderful home.
Wallace was officially ours on 3/26/16. He cost us a small fortune in taking care of all the stuff wrong with him. He was mean to the other dogs, and anyone who came over but I couldn't have loved him more. When he was happy, when we were together, all was well. He put up with so much. So much medication and vet appointments. He hated being groomed. He hated the vet. He hated his meds. But he loved us with all his might.
Wallace's health problems took him from us to early on 7/1/18. I knew him for less than 3 years. I would give almost anything to have had more time with him. My heart broke that day and a piece of it is still missing to this day. Nothing can replace him. Nothing can fill that hole. Every dog I foster, every animal we adopt has my heart but Wallace was something so special.
I am strutting this year in his honor. CAWS brought us together. CAWS helped him start healing. CAWS does so much for so many.
Please donate. Please help us save more like Wallace.