I haven’t reached out in a while, so I thought I would give you an update on your old foster Great Dane, London (Phoebe J)
Phoebe is still going strong at 12-13 years old! I adopted her back in 2007, so she’s been with me for over 10 years now! She is slowing down a bit in her old age, but she’s such a trooper. She has cancer – she’s always been super lumpy, but she had a big tumor on her chest that started bothering her, so she had that removed in December. She recovered like such a champ! She even gets the zoomies again sometimes!
2 weeks ago, Phoebe and I rescued a sister for her, Jade. My mom happened to see her picture pop up on a search, and she’s been such a joy over the last couple weeks. I have attached some pictures so you can see the ladies. J
Hope you’re doing well!
Dear A Forever Home,
On a chilly November day in 2005 we welcomed a dog, not only into our home but into our hearts. In a way Brutus chose us, we did not choose him.
We saw a puppy on your website that was going to be at an Adoption Event at a PetSmart one Saturday morning. That morning we woke up excited and set out to adopt that puppy…but when we got there we were told he was already adopted. We were crushed! As we walked out we saw a puppy lying on the ground, alone, with floppy ears draped over his paws. He was not the “quintessential” little puppy with fluffy fur and a pink nose. He was about 4-5 months old, he had very little fur on his face and none on his chest (we later found out he had mange from living with other animals outside on a farm) and he was all alone, not a single person was stopping by to pet him. I walked over to him, he lifted his head, stood up and slowly started wagging his tail. It was an instant connection, I turned to my husband and said “This is him! This is the puppy I want to take home”.
Brutus faced many obstacles in his early days. We had to not only heal his body but heal his heart. We had to teach him that people are good and that he played an important role in our family. We affectionately call him a “gentle giant” that makes his way into the hearts of everyone he meets.
Brutus has not only been an integral part of our family over the last twelve years, he is also the inspiration behind my Company. People ask me all the time how we got such an exceptional dog and how he has lived such a long and happy life. My answer, “Love and Bone Broth”. For years when Brutus would visit his Grandmother (my mom) she would pour bone broth over his food, he quickly became accustomed (aka spoiled) to it so I started making it for him at home. Through research I discovered that bone broth is a powerful immune booster that helps to detoxify and heal his body. We are excited to be able to share our recipe and the health benefits that Brutus has experienced with other four-legged friends!
Brutus has given us so much LOVE that we feel compelled to give LOVE back to all the animals that are yet to find their Forever Home. He has played an important role in our Company’s Mission, providing nutrition to your pet while giving back to the Community! Part of all the proceeds from the sale of our Bone Broth will be granted to Organizations with a Mission to help animals find their forever homes.
We are excited to be launching our brand in all Wegmans Stores in early March 2018. Please check out our website at www.brutusbroth.com, Like and Share our Facebook Page – the more Bone Broth we can sell the more animals we can help!
We would love to hear your stories too…so please share with us via Facebook.
Sue (and Brutus) Delegan
My name is Jessica M, and four years ago, my ex husband and I rescued Caesar the Saint Bernard (who was fully grown and 12 months old at the time). Currently, he is sleeping on his favorite pillow, thoroughly exhausted from a day of plowing through 2017’s first snow fall and my heart feels happy and full with him by my bedside.
Funny story, originally when planning to adopt, I had fully intended on adopting one of those beautiful English bulldog puppies that were available at the time. As many of us know, the heart wants what the heart wants!! Caesar is so loving and gentle, he is my ideal companion and awed by everyone he meets! I cannot imagine my life without him.
Caesar has been glued to my side since day one. We jog together, train together, and snuggle together in the traditional large dog/lap dog syndrome style. He is eager to please and always up for learning something new. He is affectionate and gentle with my four year old son, and loves his cat siblings as well.
I wanted to write to you, (something that is long overdue), and express my gratitude for allowing my fur baby into our lives. Thank you for rescuing him, and in turn, allowing our hearts to be filled by his massive paws. Thank you for all that you do, for all the lives you save, and for continuing to place these creatures in loving forever homes. With us, Caesar is truly forever home, with no doubts and no regrets.
Every year for the past four years, Caesar, my son Gavin, and I have taken family photos together, and I’d like to share a few with you. It’s a tradition near and dear to my heart. Please enjoy 🙂
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays,
Jessica, Gavin, and Caesar
Twelve years ago I volunteered with you guys and rescued Missy and her pups from a shelter in Fayetteville, WV. I fostered Missy and her pups. The puppies were adopted and I kept Missy. Over time we’ve kept in touch with some of the adoptive families and I’m proud to say that today we had our 12 year reunion. Little did I know the many hearts that would be full and friendships we’d make because of these dogs. Love has multiplied and my heart is full.
We adopted Stella (formerly Norma’s Sansa) on 10-14-17 and I wanted to give all of you an update on how she is doing. Tina and I are pretty sure she likes her new home! She is getting along with our three cats very well—one cat has even adopted Stella as her puppy. Stella loves her backyard and the squirrels are no longer strutting around like they own the place with her around. Crate training is not going great but it could be far worse, and she loves going to puppy daycare and to the dog park. She has a great affinity for rawhide chews and even goes to the store to pick out the one she wants. She is learning to walk on a leash better and better, and I feel confident that she will be a jogger soon. She runs crazy fast in the dog park and in her backyard but has been able to maintain a slower pace on short jogs with us. Stella has accompanied me to work a few times since she has been home and she is great company. She sure is a sweet little thing—very happy and wiggly with a tail that is virtually constantly in motion. Attached is a very cute picture of her right at home, posing for the camera. We are so happy to have Stella—she is a great addition to our family. Thank you for bringing her to us.
Trevor (originally “Baxter” at AFH) wanted to say hi and let you know what he’s been up to since his adoption at 6 months of age in October 2014. He had some significant behavioral issues at first but after patient training and socialization, his reactivity and insecurity has decreased. Now at 3 years of age, he is coming into his own. His mother is an assistant obedience instructor with a local training club, and he now joins her in competitions. As of July 2017, he has an obedience title, ” Companion Dog” in the CDSP (Companion Dog Sport Program), is a Rally Champion Excellent (ARCHX) in WCRL Rally, an AKC Trick Dog Novice, and Canine Good Citizen. Most importantly, he has come such a long way from the beginning. He enjoys his walks at the parks, learning new things with his mom, socializes with his friends (human and canine), and romps with his “sister” Cayenne, a Golden retriever.
Keep up the good work at AFH so that every deserving dog can find their future home.
Diana H and Trevor !
I submitted the following story to the Petco holiday story contest and didn’t win (though I’m glad to see that A Forever Home did have a winning story!), and I thought I would still share the story with you about adopting Chloe the Doxie in case you just need a pick me up 🙂
Today, I’d like to tell you a story about my dog, Chloe, who is living proof that good things come to those who wait.
After graduating from college, I knew 2 things: I wanted to adopt a rescue dog, and I wanted to erase my debt. I worked hard for many months to pay off that debt. Finally, when I was nearing the end of paying off my debt, I decided to start looking for my perfect pup. I had been checking AFH’s website for about 3 years regularly, looking at all of the amazing dogs and wishing. That day, I checked A Forever Home’s website, and Chloe was there. She was listed as about 2 years old and as some sort of dachshund mix. Her description was simple and something like this: “Chloe is new. She is pregnant.”
At the same time, next to this simple description were two of the cutest pictures of a smiling, beautiful girl. Her big brown eyes seemed to go right through me. I knew I needed to meet her!
I contacted AFH and they gave the contact information of Chloe’s amazing foster mom – Gisella. The second we opened the door, this little girl was all tail wags and kisses. It was truly love at first sight!
The next few months were a whirlwind of emotion as the adoption process unfolded. While waiting for Chloe’s delivery, Gisella was kind enough to let me come see Chloe about once a week. Chloe slowly got bigger and bigger until March 5th, 2017, when she gave birth to the puppies. Chloe had given birth to NINE puppies, and on a 25 lbs dog, that is a lot of puppies! Unfortunately, though, they were all born very weak and refused to nurse. By 3/7/17, all nine of Chloe’s puppies had passed away.
We took her to the vet to make sure she was okay, and the veterinarian assured us that she would just need time to recover. So, for the next month or so, I would visit about once a week to watch this beautiful girl heal her body and mind back into the happy, healthy dog I know she is. Eventually, after a successful spay surgery, I was allowed to come and pick her up officially – one of the best days of my life!
In the past 7 months, we have learned that Chloe loves to chase squirrels, kisses so forcefully that she manages to get her tongue in your mouth no matter how tightly you close your lips, is the best co-pilot on road trips, and will always be available when you need a hug or snuggles. I don’t know which breeds make up my beloved pure bred mutt, but she is the best of all of them.
There were times, and still are, where I feel like there had to have been divine intervention to bring us together. If I had stopped checking the website, she is so cute and sweet that she would have been snatched up. If she wasn’t listed as pregnant, I wouldn’t have made moves to meet her because I was still in debt and wasn’t yet ready to adopt. If I hadn’t worked so hard to pay off my debts, I could have missed her entirely. It even hits me, in the simplest moments of watching Netflix on the couch with her at my side, that my life would be so different if I had never met her.
Thank you, A Forever Home, for helping me find my best friend! Words cannot describe the feeling now that my family is complete!