I thought I would write a little about ME and how I got started in Dog Rescue. See the face behind All ‘Bout the Mutts
Who Am I?
I’m the face behind the blog. I’m a dog lover! Not “just” a dog lover…dogs are my passion! I see the unfortunate side of animal sheltering and how much better it could be if people knew about the resources available.
I started in dog rescue quite accidentally. I stumbled upon a group on Facebook that listed dogs in need of transport to rescues in the SF Bay Area from the Bakersfield area. I had transported dogs from shelters to rescues before, here and there, but this one instance changed my life forever!
On this specific day, I transported a dog to Coppers Dream Rescue in SF Bay Area and met the coordinator, Jill.
I mentioned to her that I used to foster (occasionally) but wanted to get involved again. She said she’d keep me in mind should a foster need arise.
That afternoon the phone rang, Jill asked, “are you ready for your first foster?”
I was astounded that I was needed so soon! She explained the situation to me; a dog had been lost a couple of weeks before and was “found” near me. I was tasked with going and picking up the dog from the finder.
When I saw the dog, I thought, either she’s had pups recently, or she’s pregnant. I informed Jill who quickly made an appointment at the vet where it was confirmed, she was, indeed, very pregnant and possibly delivering at any time. YIKES!
Her name was Vida, and she was a DOLL, but I had never assisted with whelping puppies!
I didn’t know the first thing about it! I was Nervous. Jill assured me that she would find a foster that was experienced in whelping pups but it would take a couple of days. I was sure she would have the pups in my care, and I had to make sure that didn’t happen!
A foster stepped forward within a week, and the little pregnant nugget was transferred, JUST IN TIME, and I breathed a sigh of relief. No puppies were going to be born HERE!
It took Vida several weeks to whelp (who was I to know?) but she did, and all little ones thrived and were adopted to their forever homes! I was grateful.
This ONE instance with such a great, supportive rescue got me on the road to fostering dogs and, YES, I even specialize in whelping puppies now! Who could have known?
Fostering is a wonderful experience, and I’ll write more on my blog about the in’s and out’s of fostering. It is an experience that will change your life!