Mutt of the Month
Meet Daytona! This beautiful senior has lived a sheltered life, but with professional training and lots of love, he has blossomed! Now he needs a forever home! Learn more about Daytona! Click here!
This past summer, a beautiful senior border collie mix was rescued by Young at Heart Pet Rescue. Her name was Hope, and she had been scooped off of a rural road after having been hit by a car. She suffered damage to her leg, which needed to be amputated. Hope was about 10-years-old, and the minute we learned about her, we knew that we needed to rescue her. You see, our very good friend Sue runs Trio Animal Foundation, named after her own beloved “tripawd”, Trio. And we knew that Hope would need an angel to find rescue, but at that moment, her angel was Trio herself. We answered the shelter’s plea to save Hope in Trio’s honor, and soon she was in our care, recovering from her amputation.
Hope was timid and a bit unsure after all the change in her life, but sweet and loving. We began water therapy with her, thanks to the generosity of the staff at Splash Dog, in an effort to help her gain strength. She really began to blossom, and we were all in love. Hope would make Trio proud.
A few weeks after we rescued Hope, we received an application from a wonderful lady, Arliss, interested in adopting her. Though we often get inquiries from all over the country in regards to certain seniors for adoption, we hardly ever see people follow through. Well, Hope’s soon-to-be-mom got in her car from North Carolina the very next morning after her application was approved, and drove through the night to meet Hope the very next day!! It was love at first sight, and it was official – Hope was going to spend half her time in North Carolina, and half her time in Florida. Hope was going home!
We receive regular updates about Hope from her mom (and sometimes Hope sneaks onto the computer to send us updates as well – she’s very talented with that one front paw!), and we wanted to share the latest photos of her. She’s absolutely stunning. The photo in the upper left hand corner is a few weeks after her surgery, the rest are from her new life with her mom. Hope looks absolutely fantastic, and we are so proud of the impact she is making in people’s lives where she lives. Her mom writes:
“I live in an Over 55 community and Hope has become the darling of the entire community. The true seniors (okay, I am one, but don’t feel like it) will stop and say “You know, I didn’t feel like going for my walk today and then I looked outside and I saw Hope and I thought: well, if she can do it with only three legs, then I better get out there with my two and get my walk in.” So she has become an inspiration.
She is a joy, Dawn. A total joy. She has so much love to give and gives it so freely and puts up with me even on days when I might not put up with myself. But she is healthy and happy, curious and devoted and I wanted you to know, and wanted to share how she is doing.
Another hit out of the ball park for Young at Heart. Thank you all.
Arliss (and Hope)”
We love happy endings. Thanks to Arliss for giving Hope such a great home and for sharing her with all of us who love her, and thanks to Trio for making sure that Hope found us. ♥