It all started 20 years ago…I was with my best friend in Mexico for 10 days and pseudo adopted a stray dog. We named him Killer and he followed us everywhere and became our buddy. When the time came to go back to California, my parents would not let me take Killer back with me. I cannot tell you how heartbroken I was and how often I thought about him. I still have not forgiven my parents for this.
20 years later, I am sitting in Marina Pet Hospital with my dog Butler who is sick with Cushing’s disease. I meet Valerie from Rocket Dog and she tells me about her organization and this dog “Little Girl” is lead out of the back room and comes right to me and lays her head on my knee. It was amazing because she looked just like long lost Killer. My heart sank and I thought this dog was the cutest thing ever. Unfortunately, I had two dogs at home and knew I could not have a third. Little Girl went on to her foster home.
2 months later, my loving dog of 11 years, Butler passes away at Marina Pet Hospital. I am devastated and cannot function. 20 days later, I call Pali and ask her if Little Girl is still available. She informs me that she was adopted but returned and is housed in a kennel because they have no foster homes. I take delivery of her a few days later for a trial weekend run and after that weekend, I have signed the adoption papers.
That was Memorial Day weekend last year and I cannot explain to you how my life has changed. She has been renamed to Sadie and has become my best friend. We went to obedience school and came out with flying colors after working to control her barking from being frightened. Who knows what happened to her before being rescued, but it was not good. She has progressed every day and has turned out to be a wonderful dog. Her favorite activity is going to the dog park to play with her two other Rocket Dog buddies. Sadie is so ever grateful to Pali and Rocket Dog Rescue as well as Butler for making a space for her. I thank Pali and Rocket Dog Rescue for bringing this wonderful dog into my life and doing what they do best.)