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Bear's shelter photo, May 21, 2012.
Recently I asked some of our adopters to write in and tell us how their dogs were doing so we could share them on our site. Many of our dogs come from rough or unfortunate situations and find themselves awaiting euthanasia. This is when we step in and if space/funds allow, we come to their rescue.
In May of 2012, I saw a picture of a mange covered dog named Beau on a euthanasia list at a high kill shelter and his sweet face stole my heart. He looked as though he had lived a very hard life and I knew there was a family out there that would give him the life full of love he deserved. Beau was transported to us and promptly was taken in for his vetting. He was diagnosed with severe Demodectic Mange and was heartworm positive. This was a setback in finding his home as we keep all of our dogs until they are healthy and ready for adoption. After a month of antibiotics, Beau went through heartworm treatment and then was put on a month of cage rest. Afterwards he found a foster home and started going to adoption events. It wasn't long before Beau found his forever family after they saw his precious face online. Beau is now Bear, and his mom shared with us how things have been going since he entered their home and their lives.
His mom Carol writes:
"It won't be long until we will have our little boy, Bear, a year. We run a small rural rescue in Trousdale County,TN. Yes, we could have rescued a dog on our own, as we have done so many times. So it may seem odd that a rescue finds a dog with another rescue. But Bear wasn't planned...he was meant to be".
"In November of 2012, my son - the founder of our rescue, Black Bear Animal Rescue- was trying to recover from a very painful personal loss as well as from three major surgeries. The toll it was taking on him was worsening with each day. I made the comment to him that what he really needed was his own personal buddy, and so we continued our rescue work with the intentions of keeping an eye open for the right forever friend for him. One day, I was visiting TDRD's Facebook page, getting ideas on their very successful and high-reputable rescue operations. I found myself going through their adoptables folder, looking at all the beautiful lives waiting in loving foster homes for their own home. Suddenly, there he was. The face that changed everything. At that time he was called Beau, and it was as if he was looking at us to say, here I am, I'm the one that will help you if you will help me. There was no hesitation. We met him at an adoption event in Cool Springs with his amazing foster family, the Astons. He slowly but purposefully walked over to us. I swear it was if he knew we were coming. He was a little guy who had been taken in by TDRD with horrible mange, heartworms, and rickets. But there he was, healthy, bow-legged and perfectly adorable. He immediately became "Bear," given our rescue name. From that day until this, Bear has been the light in my son's life. He is his friend, his companion, and the daily comical relief for our family. There is not a malicious bone in his body, he seems to have totally forgiven and forgotten his rough abusive start".
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Bear at home, June 2013.
"My wish is for everyone to expect their miracle in unexpected places. If I had not gone to TDRD's page that evening, we would have missed the most beautiful soul in the world, and I don't want to imagine what a loss that would have been for us. Thank you, Jamie, for all you and your amazing fosters do"!
Thank you Carol for making this amazing dog part of your family and for all you do for those who cannot speak for themselves. Bear finally found his family :)