Plan a doggie spa date and change a life


It was a red-letter day for Boomer, my latest foster pup. He trotted boldly down my driveway and boarded the CARE, Inc. truck that would take him from middle Georgia to his new home in Delaware. Seven of his kennel buddies from CARE, Inc. were already in the truck, including his brother Dover. Boomer and Dover were rescued by CARE, Inc. at such a young age that their health and personalities were never compromised. And being pups, they found forever homes soon after their photos were posted on CARE’s Adopt-a-pet site.boomerdover  

Another dog in the truck is Pink, a Pomeranian-spaniel mix whose start in life had not been as rosy as Boomer’s. She had bounced around through rescue kennels for most of her life, arriving at CARE, Inc. middle aged and matted. After being treated for heartworms she was ready for a home, but potential adopters couldn’t see her beauty under the ragged coat, especially in a shelter with so many youngsters. Her break came when my granddaughter Zoie wanted a foster dog project of her own during her vacation to our farm. I helped Zoie pick out Pink because I knew the little ragamuffin would give her the satisfaction of making a huge difference.

Sure enough Pink’s ragged coat turned powder-puff soft after her bath. We also discovered she reveled in being bathed and brushed. We learned that she’s an avid traveler who loves to meet and greet people on sidewalks, at the farmers market or anywhere else.

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At the shelter she was so wildly energetic from lack of exercise that she was difficult to walk on a leash, but once she came to my place and could run off excess energy in the woods and pastures, Pink calmed down into a balanced dog that could play hard with the children but also settle down on the couch for a nap. She had meticulous house manners and loved to cuddle, convincing us that she had a good home at one time.  

After her spa week was over, I was able to post a vivid blurb about her personality and handsome photos that caught the attention of her future owner. Without those few days of foster care, Pink could have eventually died of old age at CARE instead of enjoying her new lease on life. It’s sad that she went unnoticed for so long. 

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