Pete and Tucker…our two precious rescues. They’re as different as night and day. Pete…we don’t know his story, but his soulful eyes told of a history of abuse and neglect. We’re pretty sure he’s a shih tzu. He was discovered by Rescue the Animals in the sick bay at Animal Control with a broken shoulder, hair matted to the skin, sores all over his body and very thin. I have seen the pictures. They would break your heart. I was having lunch at a Rotary meeting when Paul Washburn told me about this little guy that RTA and Dr. Allen Bolt had saved. Something compelled me to go see him. Lord knows I didn’t need any more dogs, we already had three. But something just drew me to see him. He wasn’t pretty then. His hair had to be shaved to the skin, but his shoulder had healed and he was walking normally. He came up to me and so gently put his paws up on my legs and looked me right in the eyes. As I looked in his sad, almost pleading eyes, I knew he had to be mine. Well…that was about four years ago, and Pete is the calmest, sweetest, happiest, and most loyal friend I have ever had. He is so eager to please and is very well behaved. He is always by my side. I swear he knows he was rescued.
Tucker…we know a little more of his story. He’s a second generation rescue. Rescue the Animals rushed his mom, a rescue dachshund, to Dr. Bolt who delivered 5 puppies by C-section. Mom died. Only two puppies survived…Tucker and his sister. Courtney Bolt Serna bottle fed them until they were ready to be adopted. I had taken Pete and the others to Dr. Bolt to be boarded while we were in Colorado for our son’s wedding. Courtney was holding Tucker. His sister had already been adopted. Tucker was one of those “so ugly he’s cute” kind of dogs. Well…I thought about that homely little guy all week. When we got back, he was still available. The rest is history. We don’t know who Tucker’s father was, but by the looks of his crazy hair, we think he’s a “dorkie.” Part dachshund and part yorkie. He’s hilarious. Mr. Personality plus. Even though he didn’t do very well in obedience classes, he was the life of the party. You should see him throw a ball.
Pete and Tucker are both extremely loving and happy. But Pete is calm and gentle; Tucker is a wild man. Pete is pretty. Tucker isn’t. Pete would sit in my lap all day. Tucker would rather play. They both stay close to me. Even though their personalities are polar opposites, I don’t know what I’d do without them. If you ever have the opportunity to give a rescue a home, please do. You won’t regret it. You’ll have a friend for life.
Jo Ann Wilson