Animal Success Stories

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----CONFESSIONS OF A (Failed) NON-DOG LOVER ---- Ok, I admit it. I hate dog hair, barking and doggy dukers in the yard. I never "got" the animal best pal thing. Then my daughter (who was 21) gave me a power point presentation of why we needed a dog. To make a long story short I gave in and Midas, a long haired chihuahua puppy, came into our home. I am happy to report he didn't shed or bark and his dukers were the size of a dried up prune :-) Not long after that I was diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say every time I'd come back from chemo that dog stuck to me like glue. He just knew what I needed. ---- On Labor Day last year Midas was hit by a car. I never knew I could grieve so much over an animal. We cried and cried and cried. By now my daughter was living in her own apartment and Midas and I had moved into a new home. That house never felt so empty and lonely. ---- Not long after that sad day Selby sent me a link to a dog that was listed on the RUFF START RESCUE site. He looked just like Midas and was doing the cutest little begging dance. When I saw him I immediately filled out the application on line. My hands were shaking all the while. I knew that Kingston was supposed to be mine. There were several inquiries for him and I had a long month and a half wait to see if he was really mine. Christi, the foster mom was so great! I think our hearts just knitted and she had the sense that I needed Kingston as much as he would need me. He was very skittish and afraid as he must have been terribly mistreated. ---- Although a completely different personality than Midas, Kingston has filled my home with much joy. He has become much braver and and even goes to work with me most days. My office staff loves him and he just can't wait to get there. I have to report he sheds, barks and likes to lay sizable dukers in my yard but all of those undesirable attributes pale in comparison to the companionship and love I receive. Thank you RUFF START for all that you do! I am so greatful that Kingston is in my life. ---- Sincerely, Laurie Walker, MN -----------copy and paste in your browser for an adorable link of Kingston! : --------