Congratulations to our 2014 My Furry Valentine Contest Winners!!!
Brook H. with Rascal and Kathy B. with Magpie thank you for sharing your love stories with us.
Here are their wonderful stories…
RASCAL THE RESCUE
It was January of 2011, and my partner Holly and I very unexpectedly lost our 5-year-old Bichon Frise Max
during a minor medical procedure. There was no preparation for this, and we were bereft, as was our other Bichon named Gabby. We had no plans to get another dog until spring or summer. After all, this was winter in Chicago, and, as it turned out, right before the 2011 blizzard that closed Lake Shore Drive and slowed the city for several days.
But so much for the best-laid plans! Enter a guardian angel and another lover of Bichon Frises that had a family history of that breed as the family pet. Our guardian angel checked in on us about 10 days after we lost Max to see how we were doing. ”Not so well” I responded and that was all the opening she needed. She then told me that she had found our next dog on Pet Finder, and of all places, he was currently at a Doberman rescue, although he was a full Bichon Frise. His name was Rascal, and he appeared to be adorable, needing only a good grooming and a loving home. Still hesitant, I promised we would at least visit him.
The rest is history, as they say! When we entered the Doberman rescue, it was filled with dogs. But somehow Rascal knew that we were there to see him. I sat on the floor, and he immediately walked over and plopped in my lap. And when Holly reached out to touch him, he kissed her hand. You all know the rest. He was obviously going home with us! And in that first moment on the floor, I knew that Rascal was meant to be ours and would always be our furry and funny valentine. It felt like Max had sent him to us.
Rascal’s first day with us was a whirlwind! After a vet appointment (He was in perfect health), we were finally able to feed him. Fueled for the rest of the day, our next stop was Barker & Meowsky where we stocked up on winter coats and raincoats and collars and leashes and toys and treats galore! We were then headed home for a dinner party with some of our closest friends. Rascal, who has never met a toy that he did not like, had not even had a single toy of his own until we got him. All of our friends showered him with more toys and treats that night and fell in love with our new addition.
In addition to clothing and toys, one of our friends gave us a magnetized sign that reads “Who Rescued Who?” I know that many of you have seen that sign before. And I know that all of you know the answer. Rascal did indeed rescue us and brought happiness, love and laughter and so much fun to our home once again. Rascal is filled with love and only wants to share it. Every day is Valentine’s Day, and we are forever thankful and grateful for him and that very special guardian angel!
To say I loved Magpie from the moment we laid eyes on one another is not
only untrue it’s impossible. I was in the Operating Room helping the Vet
with the sprays and neuters for the shelter when someone walked in and said,
“About the blind kitten-”
“What blind Kitten? Where? Can I have her?” I blurted out. The vet
laughed and said, “Sure, I guess we have no choice!” Magpie was in the
adjoining room. She had been brought in a few days earlier after someone
found her in the street and brought her into Preiser Animal hospital. She
was very near death, dehydrated and running a temp. When I saw her in the
cage she had already rebounded.
She was tiny, she was all black and she screeched instead of mewing.
I picked her up and took her home an hour later. She is not part an
integral part of our home. Although she is our 4th and youngest cat, Pie
as we call her, runs the house. Her blindness is the result of congenital
cataracts according to the eye specialists at Blue Pearl in Northfield.
Our shyest cat Tank, immediately took to Pie and became her little guardian
in the house. She learned the house room by room with tank at her side.
This astounded us as Tank is very shy and used to hide from visitors.
Pie loves D’a Bird toy most of all her toys. She mews for us to take it
off the fireplace mantel and play with her.
She loves the tennis ball on the track toy that Santa brought our cats a
year ago for Christmas, from Barker and Meowsky. A few years ago we lost
our Deaf cat Radar to kidney stones. He was all white with two blue eyes.
We learned from Radar how animals compensate naturally for their deficits.
Radar loved the cardboard cabin Santa brought him from Barker and Meowsky a
few years back.
That’s why adopting a blind kitten seemed like an adventure not a handicap,
to us .
Happy Valentine’s Day