Say Cheese!

Posted by Pia

You know those moments when you feel like all of your hard work is truly worth it? Well thanks to my brother and his family, I got to have one of those moments this past weekend ! As I pulled up to my brother's house, I spotted an adorable little blond running and jumping in the yard... um, a blond dog that is. I soon learned who this happy little pooch was and how he found his way into our family!

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Once upon a time (actually just last week!), Cheddar was alone and wondering if he'd ever find a family to call his own....

1 Once upon a time (actually just last week!), Cheddar was alone and wondering if he'd ever find a family to call his own....

Thanks to this photo on Adopt-a-Pet.com, a wonderful family learned of Cheddar and contacted a very helpful Kim Jones at Saving Companions Rescue to inquire about him.

2 Thanks to this photo on Adopt-a-Pet.com, a wonderful family learned of Cheddar and contacted a very helpful Kim Jones at Saving Companions Rescue to inquire about him.

Cheddar was just one pooch among thousands of worthy critters awaiting adoption. The family filled out the application to adopt him and waited ... if they were all a good match, they might get to love him forever!

3 Cheddar was just one pooch among thousands of worthy critters awaiting adoption. The family filled out the application to adopt him and waited ... if they were all a good match, they might get to love him forever!

Hooray! Cheddar was soon on his way to a home where he'd be safe and loved.  Here he is meeting my nephew for the first time. Too sweet!

4 Hooray! Cheddar was soon on his way to a home where he'd be safe and loved. Here he is meeting my nephew for the first time. Too sweet!

So that's how this little blond got to join my family! Cheddar is another nephew that Aunt Pia can spoil and adore!

5 So that's how this little blond got to join my family! Cheddar is another nephew that Aunt Pia can spoil and adore!

After making sure the local restroom worked, Cheddar got to meet the whole crew!

6 After making sure the local restroom worked, Cheddar got to meet the whole crew!

Having recently lost her bff, adopted Molly was ready to consider another buddy and playmate...so far so good!

7 Having recently lost her bff, adopted Molly was ready to consider another buddy and playmate...so far so good!

And not 3 hours after arrival, Cheddar was out and about- taking in the local sites and smells.  Was this for real?

8 And not 3 hours after arrival, Cheddar was out and about- taking in the local sites and smells. Was this for real?

My nephew made sure Molly was ok with the newbie and assured her she'd still get lots of love.

9 My nephew made sure Molly was ok with the newbie and assured her she'd still get lots of love.

Molly made sure it was clear who owned the squeeky chicken toy...

10 Molly made sure it was clear who owned the squeeky chicken toy...

...while Cheddar got some long overdue lovin.'

11 ...while Cheddar got some long overdue lovin.'

Molly supervised Cheddar and was on hand to explain the rules ...oh, and to fetch the ball if anyone wanted to throw it...just saying...

12 Molly supervised Cheddar and was on hand to explain the rules ...oh, and to fetch the ball if anyone wanted to throw it...just saying...

Cheddar was in awe... from a mere photo on Adopt-a-Pet.com he found his way to this amazing home! Was he dreaming?

13 Cheddar was in awe... from a mere photo on Adopt-a-Pet.com he found his way to this amazing home! Was he dreaming?

The pre-adoption trip to the vet for shots and neuter was a distant memory now and well worth it! He was even willing to consider a bath if that's what that big tub was for...

14 The pre-adoption trip to the vet for shots and neuter was a distant memory now and well worth it! He was even willing to consider a bath if that's what that big tub was for...

Meeting the seemingly uninterested Minnou went uneventfully well! Minnou felt that Cheddar demonstrated sufficient respect for his superiors.

15 Meeting the seemingly uninterested Minnou went uneventfully well! Minnou felt that Cheddar demonstrated sufficient respect for his superiors.

Yikes! Is Minnou giving me the green light? Did I pass the test?

16 Yikes! Is Minnou giving me the green light? Did I pass the test?

A big thank you hug to dad (and mom) for adopting a dog in need- Cheddar had finally found a family that deserved him...and vice versa.

17 A big thank you hug to dad (and mom) for adopting a dog in need- Cheddar had finally found a family that deserved him...and vice versa.

I was so thrilled to witness a happy ending like this! It's the kind of thing we animal lovers work so hard to witness. I of course, grilled my sister in law, Susanna, for all the details on how she found Cheddar. Susanna is a super busy design author (and Martha fan!) so her time is limited. Adopting from the shelter is important to her and the rest of the family, so being able to search online for a good match was key to this happy tale!

According to Kim Jones who runs the rescue group that saved Cheddar, "Some people may not yet realize how many amazing animals are available at shelters and through rescue groups everywhere. We transport many north from rural shelters in the south where they have little exposure- the chance for them to be discovered and adopted is really low. We see mutts, pure bred dogs...every kind of pooch and all are just waiting to be adopted and loved."

When asked what she feels could help animals most, Kim said, "Having an animal spayed or neutered is truly the most important thing a person can do to save lives. I feel like a broken record when I say it, but I really want people to understand how critical this is to each homeless animal-and to animal welfare overall. " Kim adds, "Whether or not a person can adopt an animal- spaying/neutering the ones they already have or helping a neighbor to do so, goes far. It is a way so many people - whether they have their own pets or not- can make a real difference for animals."

Well said Kim! And as a human who practices what she preaches, Cheddar and all of the animals at Kim's rescue group are spayed/neutered and given all shots, at her expense, before they go anywhere!

Bravo to all involved in securing a new home for Cheddar! To Susanna, my brother Eric, my nephews, Molly, Minnou, Kim Jones and Adopt-a-Pet.com- Thank you!!
I'm so grateful to those who go the distance and open their hearts and homes for animals who need the help. They deserve the love and it's up to us humans to connect the dots.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Be sure to check out Cheddar's friends who are still at the rescue group that saved him. Meet Ms. Belle. What a love! She is currently in a temporary foster home in Danbury Ct. Belle is hoping to be adopted into a permanent home soon...perhaps you can spread the word for her?

Comments (10)

  • Good morning Ms. Pia,
    That was a great story about Cheddar. That dog will have a different life now and that is as Martha would say, "A good thing". Bravo!!!!
    Your nephew seems extremely happy. I hope he will enjoy Cheddar very much.
    Until next week,
    Maddox

  • Dr. Pia what a nice story. That Cheddar is one good looking pup and how lucky to find a loving home.

    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Mom surprised me with duck flavored treats they were YUMMY!!

    All my friends on the east coast make sure you prepare for this IRENE chick I've been hearing about on the news. Looks like strong winds and heavy rain are headed our way.

    Oh Maddox you little flirt I might consider a younger Chow but I must tell you my heart belongs to Basil :)

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I just can’t seem to get my paws working this morning. I’m having to use the “backspace” quite often. Oh, hello to you too Dr. Pia. You seem to have a good story each week. I know that it is just one of thousands, rescue stories, which happen each week. Still there are many animals who are not rescued each day. I don’t know what people are thinking. Well I do know; they don’t care about anything except themselves. How long have people been born without a heart? It seems that’s what many lack. Thank goodness for those who still care.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    What a great story about Cheddar. My friend Katie, when to heaven on Monday and I sure hope her Mom and Daddy will think about adopting when the time is right. Cheddar looks so happy. Congrats to the new family. As for me everyone, I need your help as my buddies. Remember when I was a brat a short time back and wouldn't eat my food just to get some other stuff? Well, I'm not being a brat, I just have no appetite. This is really not me. I finally ate my first pill in food on a plate after being up an hour. Mom says it is off to the docs if I don't eat, but it doesn't even smell good. You see all my meds come in my food also, and Mom says, no meds, no Basil, and we don't want that. She used to be able to hide a pill in a pill pocket or something even better, but now I can't have anything else. I am really trying guys, any suggestions? Mom put my meatball of food with the pill in it on a special plate today, that is why I ate it.
    And Zoe you made my day!!!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Welcome home, Cheddar. You look so happy and what a swell boat ride!
    Enjoy your new bff's and your new family. They look very nice.
    Rebel

    P.S. to Zoe & other East coast friends..We will be thinking of you while this awful storm passes over you. Sharon

  • Hi Dr.Pia,
    what a wonderful story with a very happy ending...

    I totally agree with "Having an animal spayed or neutered is truly the most important thing a person can do to save lives" (I wish it was some kind of law)

    Susanna, Eric, nephews, Molly and Minnou...Thanks for opening your hearts and home to sweet Cheddar, also for all the work of Kim Jones and Adopt-a-Pet...Oh, and of course our ever-loving friend Dr.Pia

    delia and Kitty

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thank you so much for sharing this super blog post about adorable Cheddar and your wonderful brother and his family! How fantastic they were to adopt and love sweet little Cheddar! These photos tell the whole story and they are superb! Oh, how I wish more and more people would realize how important it is for animals to have loving, caring families like Cheddar has and of course our Daily Wag friends have, also! Praying never hurts! Hey Basil, my Mom gives me a glucosamine pill everyday to help my knee joints and she crushes the pill in a pill crusher thing she got at a drugstore one day. She puts the crushed pill in my orgainic canned dog food and stirs it up so I don't taste the pill because the food tastes so good. Maybe that would work for you-sure hope so! Have a great day Dr. Pia and all friends! Jan

  • ..what a heart-warming story..for all the bad humans there are lots of good ones out there..Basil, have your person try putting your meds in canned pumkin and you can lick them off the plate and they taste good..or a wee piece of cheese..I know buddy, pills are no fun! over and out , cora-belle

  • Pia,
    Thank you so much for sharing Chedder's story. I was so happy that Chedder found such a wonderful home with Susanna and her family. As a rescue...this is what we work for. To get them into the homes they deserve!!! The pictures tell the whole story and I am crying happy tears for him as I type this! Thank you Salk Family! Please keep in touch on how Chedder is doing. We love to share our happy wags with others on our website!
    Thanks again Pia! God Bless!
    Kim
    Saving Companions Rescue

  • Wow congratulations on their new fur kid. This is happy news indeed.

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