We have 7 beautiful stories from one happy home. I can imagine all those angels barking and running around, but most of all, they have a family now! Read their amazing stories from Lauren:
"Theo is our long-haired Chihuahua. He was surrendered by his abusive owners to the local humane society. He would not allow anyone to come near him and was labeled as "Unadoptable." One day, a foster mom from a nearby rescue group came to the humane society and asked about Theo's story. She proceeded to stay with Theo for 2 hours until he finally allowed her to pet him. The woman knew that Theo's time at the shelter was almost up. He was scheduled to be euthanized in two days!
This fantastic lady took Theo home with her and her 17 foster Pugs! Theo soon learned to love again and was placed on Petfinder.com for adoption. We had lost our very first dog, Spots, the year before. As luck would have it, my mom found out about Petfinder.com from her beautician. We saw his picture and fell in love! Theo is now loving his new life as the alpha male of our pack.
Adriel is our short-haired Chihuahua. She was rescued from a backyard breeder, where she had been kept in a cage all her life. Adriel does have an interesting feature. Her tongue is longer than her head so it always sticks out! She is the most caring member of our pack and is also a certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International. Adriel also passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
Domino is our Blue Merle Chihuahua. His former owner was an older woman who had two other dogs. She lived inside a tiny apartment and never let them go outside. She dropped him off at a shelter in Missouri and didn't give the staff a reason why. Because Domino was forced to live in a confined spaces, he will "circle" (run around in tight circles) when he is nervous. Thanks to Chihuahua Rescue Midwest, we were able to adopt this sweet angel. He loves to cuddle and circles less and less every day.
Cole is our big baby. He is a 21 pound Min Pin/Chihuahua mix. Cole and his brother were found wandering the streets of St. Louis, MO. He actually had ticks embedded in his fur. They were so bad that he had to have them surgically removed! Thanks to the amazing people at St. Louis Senior Dog Project, we now on the happiest dog on the planet! His tail is always wagging and he loves to meet new people and animals.
Penny is one of our "special" babies. She was found as a stray in California and taken to a high kill shelter. No one wanted to adopt her because she has a severe overbite and a deformed front paw that looks like a stump with two "toes" on it. Essentially this makes her a tripod dog. Luckily, a friend of 2nd Chance Animal Rescue saw this little cutie and asked if they would help save her. Then, Penny was driven by Flying "B" Animal Transportation to Springfield, IL where she was fostered until my husband and I saw her on Petfinder.com and fell in love. Penny is such an inspiration to those that she meets. She doesn't let her disabilities stop her from living her best life. And she can even scale our 4 foot pet gate! Check out the video on www.pricelesspennyp.com.
Hope is our second "special" baby. She is a double dapple Dachshund. Unfortunately, she was the product of a backyard breeder. She was born without eyes and is deaf. The "owner" surrendered her to Dachshund Rescue North America (with a choke collar on). I saw her picture and knew that she was meant to be a part of our furry family. My husband and I are constantly amazed at Hope's resilience. She is able to jump onto chairs and navigates through our house as if she has lived there forever.
We feel so blessed to have these wonderful creatures in our lives! I am so thankful for all of the rescue groups that decided to help give these dogs the second chance at life that they so rightly deserve." -Lauren, Freeburg, Illinois