Thanks Giving for a Rescue Dog
How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday? With family, friends? Eating a big turkey dinner in a nice warm comfy cozy house? That's the traditional way, we hope all families can spend their day.
However, it breaks my heart that all across the globe, there will be many people and dogs struggling to find a good meal, let alone a safe, good furever home to call their own. Many dogs and people are homeless, living on the streets, or locked up in cages or cells for the holidays.
We need to count our blessings not only by giving thanks, but by giving our resources to help others in need, both people and pets.
God changed my heart and life through a runaway, abused rescue dog that I thought I was saving. He ended up saving me and my entire family. You can never outgive God.
Sadly, after having this amazing dog, Snickers, for fourteen years, we had to have him put down. Not a decision any of us ever wanted to make. Shortly after his passing, with the aching hole still in my heart, I made another decision--to rescue another pooch! His name is Takota and he's a real sweetheart. His name means "friend to everyone" and he truly lives up to his name. We've had him on numerous pet therapy sessions, trainings and play sessions with other dogs, and even used him in our anti-bullying program. Yes, he is still very much a puppy and has a few quirks to work on, but I've never seen a dog more happy or thankful just to have a warm home with a loving family.
Thank you Denise Rose for rescuing Takota from a kill shetler in Tennessee--we absolutely love him--and he's perfect for our family! My son, Jeremiah now has a best friend again! After Snickers passed away Jeremiah was heartbroken and all alone, but now he has a new dog of his very own that follows him everywhere. We still miss Snickers, but Takota is a wonderful new addition to the family and keeps smiles on all of our faces :)
I'm thankful for you, Denise Rose, founder of New Hope Pet Rescue. You not only love dogs and work to rescue them, (most people may not know this about you), but you also use your own money and gas to drive out of state to rescue these dogs from kill shelters. You work around the clock, many times losing sleep and missing quality time with loved ones for these precious pooches. You're not in it for the money, like other shelters who pay staff out of the donations they recieve, you are in this with your whole heart!
So I would like to put a challenge out to our friends and supporters this Thanksgiving and everyone who reads this, to considering opening your heart, your home, and even your wallet--to save one of these little angels. Maybe you can adopt a pup or dog, like I did, or maybe you can only foster, or just maybe you can plant a financial seed so someone else can adopt or foster.
Whatever you do, let's make this a Thanks Giving that every person and pet can be thankful for! God bless you all!
I'm proud to announce that we are partnering with New Hope Pet Rescue. Each week we will feature a new pup/dog who needs a furever home. Please check out our photo of the week for more details. This week our featured dog is Onxy--a boxer mix. Her adoption fee is reduced through the month of December. What a great gift for any family who can adopt at this time.! Again thank you Denise, and thank you New Hope Pet Rescue.
Lisa Freeman is a motivational speaker, author, and AKC dog trainer/ Certified Pet Therapist from Owosso, Michigan. She specializes in abuse and bullying, rescue and recovery, and breaking the bully cycle and victim mentality. For more information on her seminars and assemblies click here, her books click here, and dog training classes click here.