Me and my wife took on a little girl by the name of Shelby. We fostered her for five months down in Orange County. She came to work with us almost every day and found friends around the shop and with customers. Employees dogs made new great friends for her and closest of them all was Bandit, a two year old Lab and our boss’s dog. Fighting over toys, going for potty breaks together or visiting dog parks on our days off. Shelby would bark or whine in the store and Bandit would dart to her rescue or for back up. Just like two peas in a pod. She came with some medical issues that was a challenge but with this wonderful rescue behind us it turned into a very educational and loving five months. With Ursula, Gina, Andrea, Jessica, Dr. Audra and many others, they gave so much love, knowledge and emotional support that is was overwhelming. Shelby’s condition improved steadily and we smiled every minute of the day with her as she grew stronger and more confident. With fostering coming closer to an end we knew from day one that we would adopt this lovely creature. But every story does not have a happy ending. We found her snuffing food she used to love, restless nights both for her and us. Less activity, more napping and sleeping. Once again the rescue team jumped in with help, vet visits, phone calls, texts. Every hour of the day, morning , night they where there. Always positive, smiling, giving advise and endless love towards us and Shelby. She had cancer. Our heart dropped. I could see it in her eyes that she was tired. But never complained. Came to work, played as much as she could with Bandit. I think he knew in his heart about Shelby. We had hope, the rescue had hope. Can not tell you enough how the people at Thor rescue fought for her, Shelby, and with us. Endless texts, phone calls, appointments, new foods, nutrition to make her stronger. She left us on a Thursday, with me by her side, she was ready. Never easy to let go but you have to. This was for Shelby. Remember always do what is right for your pet, don’t be selfish. These five months where unbelievable. Every minute with Shelby stays in my heart and thoughts. In closing always look to foster or adopt, or both. The Heart of Rescue is an organisation that has heart and mind in the right place. Every body involved with Shelby are angels in my mind.
Shelby is smiling down on us.