Morning Meanderings… Rescuing A Dog A Year Later…
Good morning! It’s a hazy lazy Saturday here, overcast skies, a little drizzly rain. I was up at 6 a.m. and ran my 4 mile scheduled run this morning before the rain started although I need to learn to train in all-weather conditions .
Today for Saturday Snapshots I thought we could look at a year with Mater. Mater is a beagle/basset hound who came into our lives last July after he was abused by his original owner. He had been fed beer (yes, beer) to the point that he could no longer go to the bathroom… here is Mater at 4 months old when he was rescued:
Mater had to have a surgery that would cost $3500 to fix the damage inside him or he would need to put down. The original owners could not pay the amount so the wonderful people of Pequot Vet covered the bill from a charity fund they have. While waiting for his forever home, Mater was put into a foster home where he fell out of the back of a truck and broke his shoulder. He needed surgery and pins in his shoulder.
This weekend a year ago, my Navy son Brad was home and while over at house for dinner one night he was sharing the story of Mater. A friend of his worked for Pequot Vet and had Mater with her at a get together. By the time I heard this dogs story, I was hooked. I called the vet the next day and they told me they had already interviewed and turned down 10 families for this dog. They wanted him to have a forever home, they did not want money for him – just the promise of a good home.
I was on the phone for an hour with the vet and left the conversation with giving him references. Later that day they called back and said Mater was ours.
It has been quite the year. I am not used to bigger dogs and Mater has knocked over chairs and plants with his tail (think the movie Beethoven). He has chewed shoes, books , mail. But he is loveable and loved.
Tonight we are having friends over to grill so I hopeful that the rain is not an all day thing. Tomorrow morning my friend Amy and I are off to our annual bike ride in St Joseph Minnesota – The Tour Of Saints.
Check out other Saturday Snapshots here. Hope your Saturday is awesome.