It’s our favorite day of the week - Wagging Tail Wednesday! Today, we are excited to share the success story of Tiny.
What started out as her foster home turned into her furever home when Kelly, her foster mom, fell in love and knew in her heart that Tiny was meant to be part of the family for life. We love a happy ending!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog (when did you adopt him/her, is this your first dog, etc.).
My husband and I already had two dogs of our own, Brody and Charlotte, but I was eager for even more pups in my life so I became a volunteer for Wags & Walks. Initially, Tiny was my foster pup!! She was in very poor condition when being found - she was full grown and only 2 pounds, she hadn’t seen food or water in 10 days, and was terribly ill with pneumonia. Over the course of that first month I went back and forth, back and forth, dozens of times to the vet in order to nurse her to health. She was on an IV drip around the clock and the nurse had prepared me for the worst due to the immense clogging of her lungs. During that time (obviously) we bonded… and ultimately I decided I just couldn’t let her go.
How did you find out about Wags & Walks?
Through one of my friends, Sarah! She adopted her Benny in March 2016, shortly before I found Tiny in May!!
How did you know your dog was “the one”?
We had already been through so much together because of how sick she was and how much nurturing she needed, but I knew she was “the one” once she was healthy again. Wags & Walks told me she was healthy enough to begin the meet & greet process (because she was still just my foster!!). Due to already having 2 dogs I wasn’t sure if 3 would be too much to handle… so I went ahead to the first meet & greet with her and when I saw Tiny with the family I was heartbroken… I drove home from the meet & greet completely SOBBING and was praying that the family decided to go with another dog. They did!! After that, I felt it was fate that she was meant to stay with me!!
Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?
No big challenges!! She has blended seamlessly into our family. Our biggest surprise is how loving and sweet she is after what she’s been through, and how much she’s changed physically just from being sick to being healthy. She was full grown and 2 pounds when we got her… and now she’s 4.5 pounds (and not from being 1 year older, simply because of health)!! It’s amazing what proper eating & TLC can do!! She was so emaciated before, skin & bones… and now she’s the happiest most beautiful little angel!!
What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks?
We always laugh at how funny she is!! She has quite the personality. Any time there is a blanket around, or if we are in bed… she groans at the edge of the blanket/bed sheets… telling us to lift up the corner so she can crawl wayyy under!! A blanket is too heavy for her to lift on her own!! Lol. Also, she has bonded deeply with a teddy bear!! My husband came home with flowers and a teddy bear last Valentine’s Day and instantly Tiny wanted the bear. She brings this bear everywhere!! At bed time she’ll run out to the living room, grab “Beary” and drag him to bed… and then whine for us to lift him onto the bed for her! In the morning, she brings Beary with her to the patio and they lay out in the sun together.
What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?
Being a doggy parent is the best love I can ever imagine. I am obsessed with my fur babies and would give anything for them!! Seeing them smile and seeing their tail wag fills me with immeasurable joy.
How has your dog changed you?
I cry all the time now… lol!! There’s just so much love all around and I want to hold on to each moment forever (furever)!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about you and your pup?
I would just like to thank Wags & Walks for being such an incredible organization. Brody, Charlotte, and Tiny (& Beary) are the bestest of friends and I love being their mommy!!
Sometimes, things are meant to be, and Kelly and Tiny are the perfect example of that. Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your heartwarming journey with Tiny!
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