On a recent trip to the East Coast from California, I had the pleasure of escorting Ms. Rosie, an adorable little shih-tzu, to her new home. Rosie had only hours left at the shelter when an adopter across the country offered her a second chance. In turn Rosie, has offered Julia, her new mom, a second chance of sorts as well. Julia recently lost her beloved shih-tzu companion, whom she had purchased years ago. Julie was unaware that she could easily find a purebred dog at a shelter, and she was skeptical about getting a dog through adoption. But in the same way that Rosie the Riveter became the icon of change and shifting paradigms during the war effort, Rosie the pooch did something similar for Julia!
Here's what Julia has to say about the experience:
The most impressive thing in being a part of saving Rosie's life were the efforts of all the wonderful people who helped make it happen. Meeting Rosie at Newark airport at 7AM, it was love at first sight. She responded quickly to us, and sat at my feet on the ride home to Upstate New York. Rosie was going to be put down, and when we got the call, it was a quick yes. Be open to adoption, because you save the animal and they respond with love. It is very gratifying.
I have had purebreds and adoptions. There is no difference in the love you feel. When I purchased a dog from a breeder and saw how she was living, it felt like I was rescuing her from something, as the conditions where she and the other dogs were kept were terrible. I would not buy again, because adopting is so important -- so many need homes.
I do think Rosie knows she has been saved. She has become very attached and now shares my bed with me, and my food. She was very thin when we got her but is gaining nicely. She is Italian now and food is important. I think with a rescue it takes a little time to figure out their habits. She is very playful now and loves children. I have had four shih-tzu's -- I love the breed. The last one we had, Frobie, was incredibly gentle and loving.
Rosie is a love. I am so glad we got her. Again, thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
Dr. Pia Salk