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  • Rescue Story: Meet Sally

    It all started on April 25th when I saw a posting of a senior bulldog in the rescue section at English Bulldog News. See here - Senior Bully in Nebraska. Mustang Sally was her name and this poor senior gal had been dumped off at the shelter in Hastings, Nebraska around March 1st after 7 years of over-breeding. I wasn’t going to look at the post because seeing bullies in rescue and in bad shape is so heart wrenching. Plus I already had two bulldogs and one Pit Bull, all 2.5 years and younger (this would be crazy to even consider). "I’ll just take a sneaky peaky" I told myself. Why was I so drawn to this girl before I even saw her – it was like an energy force was pulling me to her, a feeling that I cannot put into words. Was it because she was so close to Colorado and only a 6 hour drive away? Maybe it was because she was a “Senior” and that I so missed having a senior in my home after Ace, Orion & Nitro all had passed. Whatever the reason was, the moment I saw her online she had my heart. I immediately did would any insane person would do, I contacted the shelter where Sally was at (Heartland Pet Connection) and got a response back from the shelter on the 29th (we had email issues of mine getting through to so there was a delay in the director responding back to me). They did adopt out-of-state and this old girl was ours if we wanted her. Of course I wanted her!!! On April 30th, Sally was officially ours! (Now I had to let the husband know we’re getting another bully and he was driving with us to get her, LOL). He fell in love with her instantly too – and he trusted me that she was meant to be with us.

    I was told that Sally was in good health overall but did have many non-life threatening health issues that had been addressed while in the shelter’s care. She weighed 53lbs upon her arrival to the shelter (she only weighed about 43lbs when we arrived). She was so skinny. On April 2nd, she had eye surgery on each eyes (Entropian), had a bunch of teeth pulled and was spayed.

    On May 11th we went to get Sally. I teared up when I first saw her. What a happy girl she was and so beautiful and loving. I couldn’t get over what a sweet gentle soul she was.

    We put her into the car and she got right in the dog bed we brought like she was saying, I’m ready to go home now. For the next 6 hours we bonded!

    Sally's introduction with Wilson, Emma and Jack was nearly flawless. Emma was a little bit bent out-of-shape and she kept trying charging her crate during her initial introduction. Wilson and Jack accepted her instantly into the pack. Emma has come to accept Sally into the pack too and all is so wonderful. My husband and I were taken back how she just seemed like she had always been with us. My official announcement made on May 8th, two weeks a later in this thread: Officially Introducing…

    It wasn’t until last week did I see she was missing nearly all her top teeth and some of her bottom teeth. She has rear limp, is a bit wobbly in the back end, is quite bowlegged and has dry eye that requires daily eye drops for life. Her legs when standing look like they’re on backwards to me.

    She had a few rough days after last week due to having an adverse reaction to her rabies shot. She lost a couple pounds at best guess but she has rebounded really well and is now gaining weight and eating really well overall.

    She's pretty comfortable in her new home I'd say.

    Sally was lying by my side on the couch and I was petting her, I said to Sally, “Sally, all those years you loved and you took care of all those babies, now it’s your turn to be loved and taken care of.”

    Sally needed US and WE needed her!!!

    I encourage everyone to open themselves to considering a rescue Bulldog!

    A poem I wrote about Sally


    Used for breeding, you produced.

    Year after year you produced,
    until you could produce no more.

    Left to wonder I did, all those years you were used,
    used for breeding, how many did you produce?

    Used for breeding, you produced.

    Were you touched? Were you loved?

    Touched you were, and loved you were,
    by all those many babies you produced.

    Used for breeding, you produced.

    Left at the shelter you were…..why oh why,
    because you got old and could not produce.

    Left to a life unknown, a life with no touch, a life of no love,
    from the only life you once knew, a life that produced.

    Used for breeding, you produced.
    Where did you come from I asked myself?

    It didn’t matter really, because now you could no longer produce.

    One sunny day in May, I scooped you up,
    to a life now filled with endless touch and love!

    Why did you come to us I asked myself?
    Why? Because you were used for breeding and could not produce.

    No longer needed to produce,
    you were left to a life of uncertainty.

    You produced and you were used, but now,
    YOU are needed, YOU are touched and YOU are loved - for life!

    And no longer are you used for breeding to produce.

    Comments 18 Comments
    1. dolphin's Avatar
      dolphin -
      This is SO incredible Jeannie. I cant put into words how great you two are.
    1. ddnene's Avatar
      ddnene -
      Jeannie I'm so glad that you found Mustang Sally... you two were meant to be. I just LOVE happy endings, many blessings to you & your family!!!
    1. LynnA's Avatar
      LynnA -
      God bless you is all I can say as tears run down my face.
    1. maggieclouse's Avatar
      maggieclouse -
      You and your husbands are amazing people!!!
      this story made me a better person thank y
    1. Sheena's Avatar
      Sheena -
      aww bless your heart!!! That is the sweetest thing ever! I am too the same way when it comes to looking at the rescue page. I do sneak a peek though. I am so glad Sally found you guys
    1. Sheena's Avatar
      Sheena -
      Oh this is a "must read". Such a sweet lil story! I am so glad there are ppl like Jeanie out there!
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Thank you all. She has totally completed our home. I can't even imagine our home without her now....she's completed me too. I really do wish I would have rescued long ago. We will do another when we have the room.
    1. Pati Robins's Avatar
      Pati Robins -
      I love reading a happy ending stories -and agree this is a must read!she is one lucky girl to have you xxxx
    1. Jackieshoes's Avatar
      Jackieshoes -
      Although I never PAID for my fur kids, I've decided that I never will. I am continually heartbroken atthe sheer number of dogs in shelters and rescues. When I'm able, I want to adopt an EB or maybe even foster a few seniors. This story warms my lil heart and I know why I love this site so much.

      So glad you found your new baby
    1. Texas Carol's Avatar
      Texas Carol -
      I originally thought I'd get an older puppy for my 1st EB
      so I could train it my way and knowing they have short
      lives. Then I got a call from my sister about her friend
      needing to find a home for EB she'd gotten off Craigslist
      and was too busy now, grrrr. I was told he was an older
      puppy then found out the week I was picking him up, he
      was 4 y/o, I decided it didn't matter, he NEEDED a home
      Drove 5 hrs to get him, he got in my truck w/out a look
      back, we had 7 glorious months together that changed
      my life and my outlook...I will always look for that one
      NEEDING a home. Cami is my 2nd EB, a 5 y/o retired
      breeder, here 4 months and still bonding but so happy
      together. Again, I am blessed!

      Jeannie, what great hearts you & Hubby have, even
      knowing this story from the get go, it still brings tears
      as I read it and look at the pics. Seeing you & Sally, I
      can see the connection between you...just meant to be!

      Love your poem, just beautiful, like you & Sally are.

    1. Ashleym's Avatar
      Ashleym -
      Jeannie your husband and your pack are amazing. Sally is so lucky to have such a wonderful for ever home.
    1. christyjulene's Avatar
      christyjulene -
      Great story! I love the video of you meeting her for the first time.
    1. Chumley's Avatar
      Chumley -
      That is an amazing story Jeannie! Sally looks so happy with her new loving family!
    1. Ftse 100's Avatar
      Ftse 100 -
      Jeannie what a lovely story, you were all meant to find each other to love. Sally is a beautiful looking girl and she looks so happy in her new home.
    1. simplehermit's Avatar
      simplehermit -
      Just beautiful... God bless you both, and that lovely brood of yours. What a lovely and well-deserved 'final chapter' to the life of sweet Mustang Sally. Give her a kiss for all of us!
    1. TubbysMom's Avatar
      TubbysMom -
      How did I miss this for so long???? @JeannieCO what a great story. You're right there is just something about Sally that draws you in and makes you fall head over heels in love with her.

      I am so happy you found Sally and now she gets to spend the rest of her life in your loving home
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Thank you all again, she truly is amazing and so gentle and sweet.

      Quote Originally Posted by Ftse 100 View Post
      Jeannie what a lovely story, you were all meant to find each other to love. Sally is a beautiful looking girl and she looks so happy in her new home.
      You outta see her now. I need to do a post on the changes in her in just the last 4.5 months. It was destiny!

      Quote Originally Posted by TubbysMom View Post
      How did I miss this for so long???? @JeannieCO what a great story. You're right there is just something about Sally that draws you in and makes you fall head over heels in love with her.

      I am so happy you found Sally and now she gets to spend the rest of her life in your loving home
      Thank Stephanie, there is something special about Sally and she does draw you in. I just can't get enough of her but that's due to her not being able to get enough of me too.
    1. Wilfred's Avatar
      Wilfred -
      So happy for you!! You were meant to be together- enjoy her!!
  • I Rescued A Human Today

    by Janine Allen

    Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

    I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

    As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

    She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

    A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

    I would promise to keep her safe.
    I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

    I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

    I rescued a human today.