A dear friend of mine recently shared the story of what is not an atypical weekend for her- I thought I'd pass it along as it's a story that will likely resonate with many of you.....
I just recovered from quite an eventful weekend and thought that of all my friends, you'd be sure to appreciate my recent tale.
Last Saturday I flew back home to the Bay Area to visit my sister Vickie. On the drive between the Oakland Airport and San Francisco, we stopped to pick up some bargain socks and dog treats. Sounds simple right? Well Vicki walked out of the store before me and stumbled upon a big blue plastic bin full of puppies for sale.
Without even exchanging a word, my sister and I knew we would not be leaving without these pups. I explained to the family that I would be happy to get the dogs shots, have them fixed and find homes for all of them.
After much deliberation (and some tears) I was able to make my case and barter for custody of the bucket of pups. What began as some "light shopping" now included a big blue bucket, 5 puppies... oh, and a pair of purple socks! Both my sister and I were flying out of town the next evening, so we had one day to make sure our little charges were safely placed. A daunting task to say the least!
It was a huge leap of faith, but one we felt we had to take. Lena, an employee at a local pet supply store kindly donated dewormer, weewee pads and a big bag of food. Lena, volunteers for Rocket Dog Rescue, a local group known for opening its doors to all breeds, all ages and health conditions. They have experience finding good homes for those who other rescuers might fear would be a challenge to place. Lena advised us to bring the pups to their adoption event the following day and they would help us figure it out.
That evening we fed, bathed and named all 4 girls and 1 boy. By midnight, Bruiser, Mirabelle, Taluhlabelle, Sammy and Freckles settled down on their pillow and rested up for the day ahead. On Sunday morning I loaded them back in that old blue bin and headed to the adoption event. I arrived to find Pali Boucher, Rocket Dog's founder cleaning cages and setting up.
I told her the pup story, punctuated by multiple apologies for just showing up at her event. I shared that I simply needed some assistance getting the pups the exposure and oversight required to place them into forever homes. And I assured her I would not simply dump them on her.
Pali listened quietly, smiled, and in the tone of a mother reassuring a child, she calmly said, "It's ok- this is what we do."
What a perfect thing to say. Her solidarity provided me with great relief.
I quickly set up a crate between a recently rescued sweet Rottweiler mix recovering from surgery and a cute young cocker spaniel mix who was blind. My puppies settled in and were now ready to be met by adopters who might prove worthy of their love and loyalty.
By day's end, Sammy (the runt of the litter, named for my best friend's beloved Boxer) was adopted by a wonderful family and the other 4 were split into groups of 2 to go into foster homes that Pali had arranged for them. I breathed a sigh of relief, kissed my babies goodbye and called Vickie to share the good news.
Just another lazy weekend in San Francisco…
So Daily Waggers... Let's help get these pups into loving homes! Whether you know someone looking to adopt or simply want to offer up some solidarity and support for your fellow animal-loving comrades, let's spread the word and get these pups, and all of Rocket Dog Rescue's charges, the exposure they need to land them in happy homes.
The puppies are 8 weeks old, are current on shots and will be fixed and chipped
this week. If you'd like information on these pups contact the adoption coordinator representing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available though Rocket Dog Rescue
You can also make a donation directly towards their care and that of others in need. Be sure to note "Oakland Pups" when inquiring or making a donation.
Dr. Pia Salk