World of Rescue
heavens! I write this because you
all need to know what the world of
rescue is like, but I don't know if
I can come close to doing it
So what is
MY world like in rescue? It's very
special, very tiring, yet very
rewarding and yet different than
what most people envision. Why is that
so different, you ask? Hum. Well,
let's see... Because I have
and always will place the dogs in
their new homes, I have a special
collection of responsibilities.
And for all the time I have worked
with both ESSCLI-Rescue and now
ESSBarc (which I founded), I
have always done intakes on
springers in need of a home and had
to find them a place to either be
fostered or adopted. Below you
will find my own ramblings one night
when I was trying to put my "job" on
paper for someone!
what is rescue? Well that's easy,
you take a Springer and you find it
a home. Yup, you are right, that's
easy (sometimes). But then there is
that girl or boy who isn't the
perfect Springer. So who wants
him/her? Aw heck, we all know there
is someone who can do it... but who?
And where will he/she go until we
find them a home? Ok that's my
job. Got to find him a place to live
until he finds that perfect home.
Foster home? A dime a dozen you
think but you are WRONG! If we
are lucky we have 10 good foster
homes and they are usually FULL!
And yes folks, you already know I am
one of them. So where do we find
those great people who wants to
adopt those Springer cast offs? Do
they show up at my door, do they
call me on the phone, do they email
me? Well, except for the first one,
yes that's exactly how they find
us. But how do we know they are a
good home? Can
they handle our extra smart breed?
Who knows? So NOW we have to
interview them. Yup, I do that too,
with the help of another
volunteer. And you thought that
there were MANY volunteers! But
WAIT, we found Spanky a home! How
the heck does he get there? YOU
say, "the people just go get him".
But, what if he is 15 hours away?
What then? My territory used
to be Maine
to Pennsylvania! (Now we are
able to work throughout the entire
country!) So now you have the
people who transport them from place
to place. Yes, I am one of them
too, but there are also very special
volunteers who do just that for us,
and there are breeders who support
our efforts and will take a dog to a
show for someone else to pick up.
But who coordinates that? Me
again. Ok, so finally, Spanky made
it to his new home; now what? He is
peeing on the walls. The new owners
are distraught. Who do they call?
You guessed it, ME!
then there is the dog that can't
live in our world. The one who is
so "screwed up" that you can't make
a permanent difference no matter how
hard you try. Sure he acts ok for
awhile, but then something snaps. I
always come back to one of my foster dogs, SammySam. Sam was SO loving, but
Sam was SO screwed up. We never
knew what happened to him before he
got to his THIRD home, but we know
that in his third home he was
witness to a brutal suicide. After
that, I tried. Lord how I tried, but
his memories were too strong.
Nothing was going to fix him. He
just wasn't safe in any home. He
had to join all those other
wonderful dogs in God's Garden. To
this day, the thought of Sammy makes
me cry. He had so much to give, but
he didn't know how.
my world. The following
slide show is a tribute to the
Springer rescues that have been in
my home over the years. We
all know that there are many more
and hope that each year, there will
be less. So PLEASE take a look at
their sweet faces and remember - THEY
ALL NEEDED A HOME!
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