Finney finds a home.
On March 20, 2016, I picked up small, scared, neglected dog from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, CA to foster. He’d been picked up by animal control and no one came to claim him. Thank goodness. He was a mess. I thought I’d have him for a few weeks before he was ready for adoption. During the first week, he barely moved. I carried him to the yard, to the couch, to eat and to bed. Slowly, he timidly began walking around the house. In a month, he was trotting. It was Patty the poodle who sent him running, toward her. She lives next door, and he fell in love. Patty gave him a purpose, and he learned to walk on a leash so he could to follow her. He became more outgoing with her and her two siblings. He learned to ride in a car, went on his first hike, had a party for his dog friends and began playing with a ball.
In the next few months, he learned to ride in a car, went on his first hike, got a professional grooming, had a dog party and began playing with a ball. Silent for more than a month, he eventually found his bark. At first, it was a small puppy bark, and then it became a full-fledged tough dog bark.As his confidence grew, so did his cuteness. Sometimes he looked like a lamb, a polar bear cub or a wind-up stuffed animal. On Friday, August 28, Finney went to his forever home with Lori and Mike Cox where he will have a playmate,
On Friday, Aug. 28, Finney went to his forever home with Lori and Mike Cox where he will have a playmate, Maggie and lots of love. It is rewarding to help a traumatized dog heal and find happiness. As hard as it is to let them go, I know he is in good hands.
Foster dog Finney’s intake photo.
Finney was a sad pup his first days, but slowly he emerged from whatever had shaken him.
He learned to ride in the car.
He went hiking and dipped his paws in a mountain stream.
He was professionally groomed and was mistaken for a lamb.
He met a girl. Patty the poodle lived next door and sent his head spinning. He followed her around like a lovestruck teenager.
He was a good sport about getting a bath. He liked to keep his coat pearly white to impress Patty.
He made more friends and had a dog party! He invited only small white or tan dogs.
He became a master ball chaser and so delightful to watch.
Finney’s new family, Lori and Mike Cox, took him home on Friday, July 28, 2016. He’ll have a dog sister, Maggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, and they will be playing ball day in and day out. I’m sure he will make their hearts grow.
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