Friday, April 20, 2012

A nice way to spend a rainy day...

I rescued another dog yesterday.
She'd been in 'Animal Control' since April 5 and it seems that nobody wanted her.

She was clearly not doing well kept in the shelter.  She was quite fearful and VERY thin.  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to help her at first as she greeted me with some rather aggressive barking and threatening behavior.  Fortunately, I recognize this as defensive behavior on the part of a frightened dog and I sat down on the floor in front of her pen.

The poor thing was still worried and obviously distressed but she stopped barking at me.  I think one of the saddest sites is looking at a dog that is trapped behind bars.

An amazing transformation took place the instant the shelter attendant put a leash on "Cricket" (what I've decided to call her).  All fear was replaced with happiness and expectation!  She was overjoyed to be getting out of that pen.

Cricket was a very good girl on the car ride home in the rain.

I'm thinking that she may just be a black lab/greyhound mix.
She's quite tall and elegant, with a long, narrow head and muzzle, like a greyhound.  She also has a long, slender body (in addition to being very underweight) and long, refined legs.  Her coat color ranges from deep, ebony black to warm, mahogany brown with white on her chin and two of her paws.  She really is quite lovely.  And it turns out...a real SWEETHEART!

She knows her basic commands and seems to enjoy showing off for me.
She was very well behaved during the car ride home and if you'd like to see how she did once we got back 'Home', hop on over to Hero's Blog to see how meeting the other dogs went...

Give Hero a few minutes to do that post though as I have to go get everyone FED right now!

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to hug your Dog.
Or Cat.
Or Sheep.
Or Kids.
Or significant other.
Or a stranger!


  1. Dear Cricket, what a lucky day for her :o) She's such a beautiful girl and she'll thrive with your love and care.

    1. She makes it abundantly clear that she is DELIRIOUSLY happy! I'm hoping that her seemingly endless exuberance will diminish somewhat as the 'newness' wears off and she realizes that she really isn't going back into that cage.

  2. Beautiful dog! I'm so glad that she is with you and not behind bars.
    I send a hug to you for all the love and wonderful care that you give these lost creatures. You are the best.

    1. Thank you! I can't even begin to explain how much the dogs give to ME in return...

  3. Anonymous12:11 PM

    She is beautiful, God bless you Nancy, you are such a savior to these guys.

  4. Ah, but that brings up the old question:

    Who is really saving whom?

  5. She looks part Great Dane to me. I'll bet she has a MUCH better chance at being adopted now that she's in a loving home and is comfortable enough to show her true personality instead of her "caged animal" personality. So glad you rescued her!

  6. Oh Nancy, on a 'down' day for me, this is just what I needed to lift my spirits!! I love her pictures!! You have made a difference for this beautiful girl, and she knew that!! I'll be anxious to read more about her!!

  7. The difference between the first few pictures and the last... you are an angel Mom. You're saving them, one sweet soul at a time. I couldn't be prouder of my Mama. :)

  8. What a vision you have, and a heart of gold. She is absolutely beautiful and the look of pure joy on her face is priceless! As are you! :)

  9. She is a beautiful girl, and lucky to have you! I love her white toes.



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