I am a firm believer in second chances, as I myself have received quite a few over the years: in work places, with friends, and in the midst of a stormy relationship. I believe it’s important to pay the karma forward, and it’s with this intention that I’ve decided to start off 2013 a bit differently.
Last week I alluded to an exciting development that seemed to come about organically with a visit to the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, NJ. While scanning the cages of the many hungry, eager, excited, and anxious dogs, Sandy–and her story–caught my attention.
She was brought in to the shelter at the tail end of a hurricane that devastated areas of New York and New Jersey. Found wandering the streets, she suffered from multiple lacerations, believed to be the result of flying debris. When Bryan and I took her out for a walk, we were immediately impressed that a girl who had been through so much could have such a kind demeanor. We taught her to sit and go down and within minutes she was rolling on her back for a belly rub.
As I type this, Sandy is fast asleep on the couch next to me, peaceful and calm. It breaks my heart that I cannot take in more animals, but it feels good to know that she’s safe here. After all she’s been through, giving her space in my 400 square foot apartment seems to be the least I can do.
What bothers me the most is that there isn’t much understanding about her breed (she is clearly a pit mix), and she’s often met with harsh judgment because of her scars. Rest assured; Sandy wouldn’t hurt a fly. The scars she bears are a sad reminder of all she has endured in her young life as a result of a hurricane we were all affected by in the northeast; they are not the result of dog fighting.
I would desperately love to find her a forever home, preferably with a yard because she has lots of energy. She’s also a total love bug and would benefit from having multiple people around her. In addition to belly rubs, some of Sandy’s favorites include pineapples, carrots, playing with her chew toys and trying to break into the toy storage container, and watching the Bachelor. I’m not kidding; I think she has a crush on Sean.
I have a huge favor to ask of you. If you know of anyone in the New York/New Jersey area looking to give a very deserving dog a home, please share this post with them. I’d love it, too, if you could share on Facebook/Twitter (mention me @MyPixieBlog). My goal is to take in as many animals as possible this year, but I already have a special affinity for this little pup. It’ll be incredibly sad to let her go, and I’ve only had her a few days!