Thursday, August 12, 2010


Animal foster parents can make a world of difference. Here is a photo illustration of Maple, rescued on 9/25/09, fostered until she was adopted on 7/24/10. Without rescue, she would either have died from neglect (she was left tied outside to a jump rope) or been taken to the pound and euthanized for lack of space and her (treatable!!) health problems. She is now 100% healthy and living with her forever family.

This is how she came to us:

And, this is how she left us:

Maple Blossoms

It's been a long time in coming, but sometimes, good news makes you wait. After several false starts (applicants who backed out for personal reasons, landlord reasons, etc.), Maple was adopted by a couple in Chicago on Saturday, July 24th, 2010. Her initial rescuer, K., my young son, and I drove Maple into the city to meet her new family. They also have a male pit bull, now Maple's brother.

This picture was taken the day after I brought Maple to them. She looks so happy. :)

Her adoptive family changed her name to Mabel, got her a new pink collar, and enrolled her in training classes, all in under 24 hours of me dropping her off. I'm impressed with them and think that they are well-qualified to be Maple's new parents. They are into exercise, which Maple LOVES, are firm/assertive in giving commands, yet also snuggly and loving toward their dogs. I think Maple will thrive under this combination.

It's been almost three weeks now and things continue to go well. I don't know if I'll ever feel for sure/for sure, but I certainly hope this will remain Maple's forever loving home. She has been through a lot in her three short years on earth and deserves an easy road from here on out. I do miss her, but I know she's where she's supposed to be.