Minnow Saves Guppy

Posted by Pia

Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to my new little rescued girl, Minnow. Well this week I get to report on another little dog whose life was drastically changed for the better as a result of that post! As I was writing about Minnow and
searching my emails for the original photos that were attached to
Minnow's adoption plea, I came across another plea that arrived on that same day for a little guy name Gus. And Gus looked just like my Minnow!

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Gus (above) and Minnow were the same age, had come in to the same shelter around the same date and were both being held in the medical ward. Could this be Minnow's brother or mate?

1 Gus (above) and Minnow were the same age, had come in to the same shelter around the same date and were both being held in the medical ward. Could this be Minnow's brother or mate?

I feared the worst as it had been weeks since I'd received the email about Gus's plight... and his information was no longer listed in the system at that shelter! What had happened to Gus?!

2 I feared the worst as it had been weeks since I'd received the email about Gus's plight... and his information was no longer listed in the system at that shelter! What had happened to Gus?!

My friend Jane and I immediately emailed everyone who had also received the original plea regarding Gus to see if anyone had rescued him or knew his whereabouts.

3 My friend Jane and I immediately emailed everyone who had also received the original plea regarding Gus to see if anyone had rescued him or knew his whereabouts.

Within a few hours we received a call from a wonderful rescuer we had recently met named Renee.

4 Within a few hours we received a call from a wonderful rescuer we had recently met named Renee.

Renee was helping a pet store that decided to go humane! They formerly bought and sold pets from breeders but decided to instead save dogs and cats (like Blake above) from the city shelter and help find them homes!
FYI- Blake still needs a forever home!

5 Renee was helping a pet store that decided to go humane! They formerly bought and sold pets from breeders but decided to instead save dogs and cats (like Blake above) from the city shelter and help find them homes! FYI- Blake still needs a forever home!

Renee had met Gus and Minnow in the shelter's medical ward on the same day. She hoped to take Gus then but he was so skinny and weak that the shelter wanted to keep him for observation.

6 Renee had met Gus and Minnow in the shelter's medical ward on the same day. She hoped to take Gus then but he was so skinny and weak that the shelter wanted to keep him for observation.

Fortunately Renee worked closely with shelter staff, and they called her when his

7 Fortunately Renee worked closely with shelter staff, and they called her when his "time there had run out."

Renee immediately went to fetch him. She could not believe how skinny he was. She learned that thanks to his sweet disposition he allowed the other dogs in his kennel to eat his food :(

8 Renee immediately went to fetch him. She could not believe how skinny he was. She learned that thanks to his sweet disposition he allowed the other dogs in his kennel to eat his food :(

Renee gave Gus a second chance to find a loving home with the other dogs and cats she had up for adoption at this humane pet store.

9 Renee gave Gus a second chance to find a loving home with the other dogs and cats she had up for adoption at this humane pet store.

Gus waited patiently as he saw other dogs get adopted. Renee said he loved to play, and he wagged at everyone who came to meet him.

10 Gus waited patiently as he saw other dogs get adopted. Renee said he loved to play, and he wagged at everyone who came to meet him.

Renee thinks potential adopters were deterred by his skinny appearance. She was trying to get Gus to put on weight, but it was a slow process.

11 Renee thinks potential adopters were deterred by his skinny appearance. She was trying to get Gus to put on weight, but it was a slow process.

But then she got the email I initiated, asking if anyone knew where he was!

12 But then she got the email I initiated, asking if anyone knew where he was!

Jane's cousin Leigh had recently fallen in love with my Minnow and was now eager to meet Gus.

13 Jane's cousin Leigh had recently fallen in love with my Minnow and was now eager to meet Gus.

Leigh and her partner Shawne, both animal lovers, were eagerly volunteering to adopt Gus (whom they were already calling Guppy)!

14 Leigh and her partner Shawne, both animal lovers, were eagerly volunteering to adopt Gus (whom they were already calling Guppy)!

So off I went to meet and retrieve Gus!

15 So off I went to meet and retrieve Gus!

He was such a sweet thing and melted into my arms right away.  You could tell he longed to be held and loved.

16 He was such a sweet thing and melted into my arms right away. You could tell he longed to be held and loved.

I told him about Minnow and his ears perked right up!

17 I told him about Minnow and his ears perked right up!

Gus and Minnow jumped, wagged and played right away -- something that Minnow does not do immediately with other dogs.

18 Gus and Minnow jumped, wagged and played right away -- something that Minnow does not do immediately with other dogs.

It did seem that they recognized each other!

19 It did seem that they recognized each other!

Minnow got to pick out a new shirt at the store before we left...

20 Minnow got to pick out a new shirt at the store before we left...

Minnow lent Gus her favorite harness and leash, and we headed out to meet up with Gus's new mommy and to visit with some other rescued pups.

21 Minnow lent Gus her favorite harness and leash, and we headed out to meet up with Gus's new mommy and to visit with some other rescued pups.

It was truly love at first sight! Leigh and Gus (now Guppy) have been inseparable ever since. Leigh's partner Shawne was out of town for Guppy's arrival, but they got to meet through Skype, and the tears were flowing!

22 It was truly love at first sight! Leigh and Gus (now Guppy) have been inseparable ever since. Leigh's partner Shawne was out of town for Guppy's arrival, but they got to meet through Skype, and the tears were flowing!

Daisy was there to welcome Guppy and Minnow when they arrived.

23 Daisy was there to welcome Guppy and Minnow when they arrived.

And so was Darla. You've all met Darla in a previous blog. She is paralyzed in her back legs but gets along great and plays just like everyone else!

24 And so was Darla. You've all met Darla in a previous blog. She is paralyzed in her back legs but gets along great and plays just like everyone else!

Gus is now officially Guppy. He is happy as can be with his new mommies in his new home!

25 Gus is now officially Guppy. He is happy as can be with his new mommies in his new home!

He gets to see Minnow often and plays non-stop with his best friend Daisy!

26 He gets to see Minnow often and plays non-stop with his best friend Daisy!

We may never know if Minnow and Guppy once shared a home or if they are related....

27 We may never know if Minnow and Guppy once shared a home or if they are related....

But remember last week when Minnow said,

28 But remember last week when Minnow said, "I'm so happy now! I wish every animal in a shelter could have my life!"?....

Well it looks like Guppy here got to be a lucky recipient of Minnow's wish!

29 Well it looks like Guppy here got to be a lucky recipient of Minnow's wish!

Ahhh what a happy tale! I truly think when we offer help to those in need, we trigger a chain of related events that connects us to others of like mind. With each humane action, the circle of compassion widens exponentially: I wrote about Minnow, which led me to find Gus; Leigh met Minnow, which led her to Gus (now Guppy). Renee's tireless work to help a pet store "go humane" led her to all of us, which led to Gus finding a happy forever home and possibly even reuniting with Minnow!

And I just realized... it was Renee who got Rosie the shih-tzu out of the shelter for us to bring to her new home in New York many months ago. It's amazing how many lives are impacted each time we help one of these furry creatures!

Shawne and Leigh (and the rest of their critter kids) are thrilled to welcome Guppy into their family. "Guppy is so happy and social and loving," Leigh writes. "He brings light and joy everywhere he goes. What an amazing little guy! My partner Shawne and I are so lucky he came into our lives."

Reflecting on Guppy's tough journey to find his forever home, Shawne adds, "It's amazing that we bred these animals to be dependent on us and then turn our backs on them so easily. When I look into Guppy's eyes I know that if we as humans can ever get the treatment of animals right we can reach a higher level of consciousness as a species. It is so important."

Amen to that!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (9)

  • More happy endings! Thank you Dr. Pia, that Gus (now Guppy) sure is a cutie. He and his new two mommies make a great family. :smile:

  • What a sweet, beautiful story. The last two frames say it all! Everyone involved in this (human and animal) is lucky, and wonderful.

  • Hello Dr. Pia: It looks like Minnow and Guppy have found each and know that they each have the best life possible. They have really good parents and they get to play together often. What more could they ask for? I would like to invite them to my house for some snacks and they could play with my toys too. We could have naps together on my king size bed. Momma would have to lift them up to the bed cause it is very high and then after nap time, she would fix us dinner. Then just before dark, we could all chase each other around in my fenced-in back yard. Momma said that I live in a fantasy world and I should write a puppy dog book for children. Hmmmmmph! Can you imagine the nerve??

    We had a terrible storm last night. All that thunder and I had to stand guard over momma and daddy so they wouldn't be scared. You know how they can be. It was over quickly. I was really glad cause I had to go out and pee.

    Well, must go have a nap. Take care. See ya later. By the way, momma said that Minnow and Guppy are sooooo very sweet looking. Hey, what about me mom???? Love, Gracyn.

  • Thank you for posting such a heartfelt, hopeful story. Such stories are a welcome respite to the daily bombardment of negativity we get from the news media. Minnow and Guppy are lucky dogs!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Hello Dr. Pia and Minnow. What a good story about some of our friends. It’s such a shame that pets are often put in shelters because the owners can no longer keep them. I know of one little dog which lives in a “crate.” She is in that “thing” for about 23 hours each day, 365 days a year. It’s been that way for the past five years that I know of. When she is put outside, she, not being used to the outside, barks and then it’s back into the crate again. I guess I’m lucky to be a “free range” kind of dog. I can go outside any time I want into my back yard. I can run and play as much as I want and then come back inside and take a nap beside the fireplace. Those stones are cool. Speaking of a nap, time to take one.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies & Dr. Pia,
    I love these stories with happy endings. It is not that I am rude Dr. Pia, but often I can't comment because Mom and I have started crying and feel so heart sick over the things bad people do. I love the happy endings, it is just hard to see the in between. Has Guppy started gaining weight now? Such a nice home and much love he has now. Congrats Guppy. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • oh Dr.Pia, what a touching story! and a very happy ending...I'm glad Minnow got to meet Guppy...hope they were in their lives before...love the last photo of Guppy sleeping...it tells it all.
    Thank You Renee, Leigh and Shawne for your generous hearts!

  • Hi Di Pia, My dear friend, you are the best animal protector I have ever heard of! Little Minnow and your other family members are so very lucky to have you as their Mom. This blog about wonderful little Gus (Guppy, now) is so incredible and your friends did a wonderful job of making little Guppy's life so fantastic! Both Guppy and Minnow look so happy. Thanks again for sharing. DDR's Mom, Jan

  • I have rescued cats and dogs and its so rewarding. My babies are all snoring now in a nice warm home :)

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