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Old 02-28-2015, 12:16 AM
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I hear so often that people don't want to rescue because the dogs are "damaged" or "you don't know what you're getting." I will not deny these things. I have 2 rescues, and 2 that have been with us since they were very young. Both my rescues have reactivity issues that will likely need lifetime management.

Today I collapsed in my living room from abdominal pain and was unable to get up until my partner helped, about 10 minutes later. These were the reactions I got:

Max (13 years old, been with my partner since he was 5 weeks) laid right down where he was.

Stella (3 years old, been with me since she was 7 weeks) checked to make sure I wasn't dead and went to play with her toys.

Maggie (rescued at 2 years, been with us for 6) licked my face to make sure I was okay, then laid down and held my hand until she heard my partner coming downstairs.

Rufus (rescued at 2 years, been with us about 2 months) checked to make sure I was ok, then started alarm barking (not frantically, but in a very controlled manner) to try to get someone's attention. Stopped when my partner came downstairs.

There is no doubt in my mind that rescues create a special bond, due to what they've been through. These two dogs are my heroes, and they got anything they wanted today! <3
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:35 AM
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I'm glad you're okay, and yay for rescues! I love my baby girl and didn't think twice that she had "no history" and was dumped! She needed me, and I am sure some day I will need her and she will be there for me, just like your babies!
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I'm so sorry you fell! Ru ok?? Bad cramps? I agree rescues are so special. I have a special bond with Mojo, I swear he appreciates everything we do for him and he's the only one who every night comes over to my belly and lays his head by the baby (I'm pregnant). The other 3 have no clue but I think Mojo knows there's a little something in there. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story! Yay for rescues!
I often see bumper stickers that say "who rescued who?"
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:55 AM
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I sure hope all is well with you now, Marty! I love the saying on the bumper sticker Zorana mentioned--"Who rescued who?" Not only are the dogs who are rescued special, but so are those who rescue them!
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Rescues are awesome! Glad you're ok!

Every dog I've lived with (in my adult life) has been a rescue. I would never dream of buying a dog. Do they have a couple minor issues? Yes, they do. Just like every human family member does as well. I just do what I need to do for them.

I rescued my Chihuahua from a shelter about 5 weeks ago. He is estimated to be about 8 years old. He had an injured eye removed at the shelter and is mostly blind in his remaining eye due to scarring on that eye. He spent 6 weeks living in a kennel run in the shelter sleeping by himself. It makes me happy to see him happy now.
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:58 AM
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I am alright, thank you for all the concern! I believe I have endometriosis (which is where tissue similar to the uterine lining grows in places outside the uterus, for those who don't know) but it can only be diagnosed with surgery - since I can't work steadily due to pain, I can't afford insurance, so I am trying to save my pennies... I did see a dr about it, but all he could tell me was "it's definitely your uterus"

I love rescue stories too! I do understand why some are apprehensive, though. Rufus has more than a little damage - he has some PTSD. Though it has improved dramatically in the short time he has been here, he still has episodes where you can see the switch flip in his brain. Usually when he gets over stimulated, he will attack but when his brain switches back he gets all cuddly and kissy. Thankfully, as he settles in, these episodes get fewer and further between. Otherwise he is the sweetest thing! He loves to cuddle, and is learning how to play. I wouldn't trade him in for anything!
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I also may have endo. I hope you can get the diagnostic soon- I haven't had it either but the disease is debilatating.
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Endometriosis can usually be somewhat controlled with birth control pills IF you can take them. I used them for 20+ years until I had a hysterectomy.
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