I’ll bet you think I forgot you guys! I will explain but first….drumroll please:
November’s Dirty Dozen Number is 11. What a coincidence, huh? The number for the 11th month is eleven – 11. Because I’ve been absent I have not received many photos. I hope that changes.
Ok – my new IPad which was supposed to sync with no effort at all on my part, didn’t. Nothing. No password worked and I tried them all. It kept telling me I had no WordPress account – what? If any of you sent comments, I didn’t get a single one. You want to say stressful???? I was ready to throw in the towel but I finally called Kayla and VOILA! She fixed it in about 2 minutes. My mind just doesn’t grasp the technology behind a device. By the way, my desktop computer won’t even turn on right now. What’s with that????
Blanche’s story: Blanche has the sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever known! She decided to come into the house and everyday came in a little further. I was simply thrilled! But it ended when she found my chickens. My oldest bad hair day chicken was hiding in the hydrangeas and Blanche found her. I was able to get to her before Blanche killed her but her wing is broken. The next day or so she found my new “chicks” and once again I got to her in time. Blanche wasn’t a killer but chickens are fragile and it doesn’t take much to mortally wound them. She could not stay here – she would simply keep it up until all the chickens were gone. So……
I called my friend Mike in Elizabeth, Colorado, who has raised these dogs for years and has two of them currently. His wife Darlene, raises Jack Russells and I got Hazel from her. Mike would be happy to welcome Blanche into his pack. But how to get Blanche to Mike – there was only one way and that meant driving Blanche to Colorado. So last Thursday we left at 5 am and drove to Colorado. We took Rick’s extended cab pickup so Blanche could ride in the back seat where she did very well.
At our first potty stop Blanche nearly got away from me – racing blindly anywhere she could hide so I got her back to the pickup as fast as I could. I didn’t give her anything more to drink or eat the entire trip! We tried another parking lot later in the day and I left the back door open while I got out with Blanche. No way! She bolted back to the truck and jumped in. Someone in her past must have left her somewhere and she was taking no chances at getting left behind this time. Poor Blanche!
Just a side note here – I called Mike after the first incident and he told me to avoid all pet areas on the road as they are cesspools of disease. I write that here to educate all of you who travel with your dogs. Be careful where you walk your dog!
On to Blanche’s arrival in Colorado – we arrived about dark, maybe 7:30-8:00 at night. Mike and his two hounds, Bonus and Sig, met us in his yard and Blanche jumped out to meet them with a smile. She pottied and drank water and then surveyed her new home.
Mike got down to Blanche’s level and told her how pretty she was, how beautiful and how sweet…..and Blanche just ate it up!
You know how dogs smile? When they bare their teeth in a sweet way? That’s what Blanche kept doing to me as if she was thanking me for bringing her to Mike. I honestly think it was love at first sight for Blanche and Mike!
So it was time to leave Blanche and honestly I did not even cry when we drove away -I knew we had done the very best we could for Blanche! And she was happy with Mike – could there have been a sweeter outcome?
And so this is a glimpse of rescue – it’s a hard job and heartbreaking but also rewarding. The rescuer absolutely must do what’s best for the dog. There is no middle road – the dog’s welfare must be first and foremost.
And if that means driving 1400 miles in 39 hours, that’s what it has to be. Rick gets all the credit here – I did not drive even one mile – he drove it all! His truck driving past was key in Blanche’s rescue story.
So that’s Blanche’s story with a very happy ending! Did it make you smile?