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Rescue dog finds permanent home in Airdrie


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 06:18 pm

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Dear Editor,

I would like to share my experience with adopting our rescue (reserve) dog, Shilo (Sable). In mid-April, my family and I went to Pet Value on Main Street to visit the animals.

There were several rescue dogs and cats available from Oops-a-Dazy, Rescue and Sanctuary Society.

My family was instantly drawn to Sable, a mutt. Sable was off to the side, not caged, lying on a blanket, and shaking - not from being cold but rather fear and apprehension. Almost instantly we, all the family, wanted to adopt Sable but we have a senior dog at home, Puffy. We needed to see if Puffy and Sable could cohabitate.

We brought Puffy back to Pet Value and she actually accepted Sable. Puffy had a serious problem with most of the other dogs, as Puffy is my blind, dominating, grumpy old woman (and a tiny Yorkie). Once Puffy accepted Sable we knew it was a go for the adoption.

We brought our new dog home Sunday, April 15 and proceeded to set up for our newest member of the family. Monday morning I took her out for her morning potty break in my fenced yard. Turned my back for a second, she found a four-inch opening. Sable is knee high, and she was gone.

My youngest daughter spotted Sable at the Airdrie Recycle Depot and the dogs ears perked up when she spotted her.

Over the next three days, I set out food and water, just in case Sable came back. No luck. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with driving around looking for Sable.

I let Cassandra from Oops-a-Dazy and Global Pets, Main Street, know that Sable had made a run for it. Cassandra was instrumental in the search for our dog.

She printed up 200 flyers for us to hand out to aid in getting Sable back. Cassandra also let the word out and at any given time there was a search party of 25 people or more looking for our Sable. For people to just volunteer their time and energy to bring Sable home is overwhelming.

Wednesday afternoon one of the volunteers, Debra, brought a trap to set in my back yard, an act of kindness that took two hours.

Other volunteers set out two other traps at the Airdrie Recycle Depot. Debra and another volunteer, Tysey, told me to call them, no matter what time of day, when Sable was in the trap because I was still a stranger to my dog.

Sable showed up for more food and got into the trap within 10 hours. Tysey was at my home within 10 minutes of my call.

When we got Sable back my family decided to rename her Shilo for a new start.

The outpouring of concern and help my family received is amazing. People gave freely of themselves: Wow!

I want to put out a special thank you to the following: Erica and guest, Kirsten and guest, Jessica and guy, Joanne, Christine, Debra and Ed, Tina and Josilynn, Eliza, Ashley, Cassandra & Theo, Tysey, Suzanne C, Dominique, Lois, Andrea, Amy, Leah, Heather, Zach, Garnet, Tasha, Mackenzie, Riley, Carson, Derrien, Janet, Oops-a-Dazy and both Global Pet Stores.

Yukiko kusuhara, Airdrie


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