They say good things come to those that wait. Since May, Daisy and Buttercup (a bonded pair of rat terriers) have been waiting for their forever home. During that time, they enjoyed the warmth, love and security of three foster homes.
Kate, their first foster, literally came to their rescue when Bladen County's A Shelter Friend informed us that as owner surrenders and a bonded pair, these girls would be first to be put down. The plea read "Don't let these girls die alone!" After Kate had to move, another great foster, Leslie took them for a few weeks while CDR tried to find a long-term foster. It was so great that CDR found Karen who took the pair in with her dog Sausage and allowed them to get treatment for heartworm. All their foster parents agreed – these were two great girls that simply couldn’t be separated.
Amy signed up to volunteer with dog intake for new shelter dogs. She got to talking with Darren about her dream to adopt a pair of dogs. After months of waiting, CDR received their first application for Daisy and Buttercup. Amy loves them dearly and has decided that Patty and Selma are very suitable names. CDR agrees.
We would like to thank Karen and Sausage for opening their home to Daisy and Buttercup for July and August. These bonded rat terriers have been with City Dogs Rescue since May. They were saved with the help of A Shelter Friend in Bladen County, NC.
Karen cared for Daisy and Buttercup during the heartworm treatment at CityPaws. They are now both heartworm-free and have never been more ready to find a permanent home.
At the shelter, Daisy and Buttercup were very scared and very out of time.
Daisy and Buttercup with their pal Sausage
Karen recently moved so now Daisy and Buttercup are back with their original foster mom Kate. Since they were a bonded pair, we needed to find a foster home for them. If Kate didn't step up in May, they would have undoubtedly not survived in the shelter.
They are enjoying their reunion with Kate's family, but they deserve a permanent home. They are very low maintenance and now they are healthy, heartworm-free dogs!
Kate says that Daisy and Buttercup are "doing well and have seemed to adjust quickly to life in the 'burbs". On weekdays Kate keeps them at her family's home in Bethesda and her mom lets them out to hang out in the house with her in the afternoon. Kate says, "They get 4 short walks a day, which they LOVE going on! Every time I get up from my chair they start jumping around thinking I'm going to grab the leashes and take them out. They seem to be doing very well since getting their last heartworm shots."
Daisy and Buttercup are very sweet and gentle. They will make the perfect companions for anyone! We're trying to do all we can to keep these sisters together.
Most of us make New Year’s resolutions and by January 3 have forgotten all about them. That is not the case with City Dogs Rescue volunteer, Leslie Forte.
“One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to spend more time volunteering. I used to volunteer with other rescues years and years (and three children) ago. I am so blessed with a wonderful family and life that I wanted to give back. A friend had liked CDR on Facebook and so I clicked on their page and checked it out. They had posted a call for someone to do animal transport so I responded,” Leslie said.
Her first volunteer transport was in April 2012 where she brought dogs from Fredericksburg to City Dogs Daycare. Leslie credits the support of her family and especially her husband for helping with the dogs.
Having rescued a black Lab, whose mother died of cancer this past Christmas, Leslie noticed that he had been pretty lonely so she decided to foster some dogs.
“Having another dog in the house isn’t really that much more work.”
Leslie explained that fostering is pretty easy as it basically means treating the dog like it is one of your own: loving and caring for them and taking them under your wing.
“If you already have a dog, it’s a piece of cake. You’re feeding and walking one dog, why not another? Many of these dogs have never been indoor dogs and don’t even know how to go up and down stairs. It is so fun to see how they adjust to living in a warm cozy house with a huge wrap-around sofa (where all dogs are welcome).”
As luck would have it, her own dog, Fatty, was a foster she took in ten years ago.
“My sister and I answered an urgent request on one of our mailing lists about a new mamma dog who was neglected with her six small pups. We agreed to foster them, having zero clues about puppies or dogs,” she said. “Fatty was the largest of the pups and would push the other dogs out of the way for food. We nicknamed him that assuming we would eventually adopt him out and his new family would give him a real name. But by the time we realized we were in love with him and wanted to keep him, the name stuck.”
Daisy and Buttercup are looking for a home
She said Fatty probably thinks the family is a little crazy for having dogs show up for short periods of time and, initially he was a bit skittish, but since they’ve fostered seven dogs, he’s pretty used to having new dogs around. And her entire family is in on the efforts of providing a supportive environment for the dogs.
“I love meeting new dogs and seeing all their different personalities. And I love how excited my kids get when we have a new foster dog. They always ‘test’ the dogs to see if they will play catch.”
Leslie’s extended family have benefitted from her efforts as well. Her father, sister and brother all had dogs who were once fostered by her. Once of her recent fosters, Chloe, was adopted by a good friend. She’s really happy to see pictures and hear stories of how much joy Chloe has brought to her friend’s family and how content Chloe is being in her forever home.
And her commitment to helping dogs extends beyond the border of Washington. She traveled to New Orleans to help an animal rescue group after Hurricane Katrina. Although it was a sad time, Leslie said it was also very inspirational.
Pepper one of Leslie's fosters
“One elderly man, who had lost absolutely everything, including family members, brought his dog to our makeshift animal shelter since the human shelter where he was in would not take animals. He was so sad to leave that dog but knew he could not keep her in the short term. We promised him we could take good care of the dog until he was on his feet and expected we’d see him again in a few weeks,” she said. “As it turned out, he showed up twice a day, walking miles from the shelter to come see his dog. He’d bring her fried chicken or some biscuits and just sit and sing to her for hours. His dog and her love were the only thing that helped him survive a horrible tragedy. I always cry (and smile) when I think about that old man, singing silly nursery rhymes to a scraggly little white dog. Dogs really are a man’s best friend!”
For those who are thinking they might want to foster a dog, Leslie can’t say enough about CDR.
“City Dogs Rescue is the most organized, well-run rescue I have ever seen. I am impressed every day with the group and how much good they are doing. They do a fantastic job of communicating and they are really supportive of their foster families, helping with medical issues, behavior issues, etc. They make fostering easy.”
And while fostering might appear to be a long-term commitment, Leslie noted that City Dogs Rescue is also in need of short term foster care.
“This is a great way to get your feet wet and see if fostering is for you. CDR also has a ton of other ways that you can contribute as well – fundraising, dog walking, adoption events, and more!”
At the end of the day, it’s fostering a dog that keeps Leslie true to her New Year’s resolution.
“I love watching the dogs blossom and come out of their shells,” she said. “But most of all, I love knowing that one life was spared because I agreed to be a foster.”
Think you’re ready to provide a loving environment for a dog while they wait for their forever family? Visit the fostering page to find out more or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other volunteer opportunities, click here.
“I’m telling ya, I’d be Lucy and you’d be Ethel,” said Daisy.
“So then, you’d be Laverne to my Shirley?” asked Buttercup.
“Exactly. Just like you’d be the Betty to my Wilma,” said Daisy.
Buttercup thought about this. “Yes, I think that sounds about right.”
“Hey, you know what we should do?” asked Daisy.
“Sit on our foster mother’s lap and get a nice scratch?” Buttercup asked stretching out her front paws and yawning. “Maybe cuddle and take a nap?”
Daisy gave Buttercup a look. “No, silly, we should play with our toys. And then maybe, she’ll take us for a walk after we get a bite to eat.”
This gave Buttercup pause. “Hmmm. That does sound like a nice idea.” She looked at Daisy. “Come over here. You have a little schmutz on your face.”
Daisy walked over to Buttercup who proceeded to groom her friend.
“Whew, thanks. You saved me from having to take a bath,” Daisy said.
Buttercup smiled and wagged her tail.
“Perhaps we should move this discussion outside,” Daisy said as her foster mother opened the door to the backyard. The two pals gentle trotted out to the green grass.
Daisy went over to a bush with Buttercup trailing close behind.
“You know Buttercup, this is where we are supposed to do our, ahem, business.”
Buttercup looked down. “I know. I know. I’m working on it.”
“Well, work a little harder my dear,” Daisy nudged Buttercup with her nose.
Buttercup smiled. “Hey, look it’s a bird!”
In a flash, Buttercup was off to chase the birds in the yard. It’s simply her favorite way to spend her time outdoors.
Daisy decided to wander over to one of her soft toys and nibble on it.
The two girls enjoyed all the fresh air that the outdoors had to offer them before lying down to sunbathe on the porch.
“I’m really glad we’re friends. In fact, I think of you more like a sister,” Daisy said.
Buttercup snuggled in close to Daisy. “I feel the same way.”
“Do you think we’ll get adopted?” Daisy asked. “Even though we have heart worm, we’re almost done with our medication and we should be just fine. And while we may be what they call ‘mature ladies’ we still got a whole lot of life in us.”
“Yes, we do,” Buttercup said.
“I heard the nice folks at City Dog Rescue say that we’re a package deal. I think that means we’ll get to stay together. Because I couldn’t imagine living without you.”
“Me, neither,” Buttercup said. “You’re the peanut butter to my jelly.”
Interested in adopting Daisy and Buttercup, the Chihuahua/Rat Terriers? An adoption fee of $175 covers both dogs and includes all vaccinations, spay/neuter procedure, microchip, and initial health check.
Please note that City Dogs Rescue requires that you complete an application prior to visiting these two dogs.
Adoption fee, home visit, and application required.