Into the Loving Arms of Her New Dad

“It was not until he saw Mira’s story and the look of despair in her eyes that he knew they were meant to be together.”

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This photo was being taken as Mira watched her dad walk out the door.

 

From the Trio Animal Foundation (TAF):

October 29th:

This girl’s heart broke the moment her dad walked out the door.

Yesterday, while at an open access shelter, a man walked in with his dog named Mira. He said that he was moving and no longer had time for her.  [Please try not to judge too harshly – we don’t know what his circumstances were, and taking his dog to a shelter is a much better alternative to leaving her on the street.]

Mira was wagging her tail and was so proud and happy to be walking with her dad. It was not until they were removing her collar and replacing it with a slip lead that she started to realize that something was up. It was then that her dad turned around and walked out the door.

As Mira watched her dad walk away, she started to whimper. Once he made it outside, she began to cry for him. Mira did everything that she could to get out the door to be reunited with her dad and her stress level quickly went through the roof… she just cried and cried.

At this point, I knew that she would have a complete meltdown if she were put in the general population with the other homeless dogs.

I asked if she could stay out by the front desk with me so that she could be calmed down. Needless to say, I didn’t have the heart to bring her to the back room and so she ended up in my car.

Mira will be adopted out through TAF’s rescue division, Project Rescue Chicago. This beautiful girl is three years old, potty trained, dog friendly and good with kids (she has never been tested with cats).

 

Who knew either of them could ever be so happy again?
Who knew either of them could ever be so happy again?

 

November 1st:

Just this past week, Mira sat frantically crying at the front door of an open access shelter as her former dad walked out and left her behind… for the days to come, she cried and found it hard to eat. Mira’s heart was shattered into a million pieces.

We at TAF knew that it would take a caring and gentle man to mend Mira’s emotional wounds and make her happy again.

Well, as fate would have it, that man was about to walk into Mira’s life and help to ease her pain and show her that she was loved.

A while back, Mira’s new dad lost his senior pittie girl to cancer and the thought of bringing a new pup into his life was just too painful… after caring for his baby girl until the end, his heart was broken.

It was not until he saw Mira’s story and the look of despair in her eyes that he knew they were meant to be together. That very same day he filled out an adoption application and the rest is history.

As of today, Mira has a new dad and two broken hearts are happy once more.

 

Happily ever after!
Happily ever after!

 

 

244 thoughts on “Into the Loving Arms of Her New Dad

    1. I’m so thankful that this owner did the responsible thing and took his Mira to a shelter. I’m even more thankful that this shelter employee had the heart to treat Mira with the loving care she deserves. And I am MOST THANKFUL that God brought the two grieving hearts together, (dog and daddy) and now they both have love and joy back in their lives!

      1. I agree also. What do you think people should do? Dump their unwanted animals on the expressway? I’ve seen this happen. The author does a great disservice by suggesting the first owner is a bad “dad.” Baloney.

        1. If you leave your pet for any reason other than illness or death you are a BAD Dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. I thought the author asked us NOT to judge because we didn’t know the circumstances. They didn’t say he was bad….. but the only thing that would make me give up my dogs would be if I was dying and even then they wouldn’t go to a shelter.

    2. When I read about how her former ‘dad’ just turned on her and left her there, I am brought to tears thinking of the pain and rejection this beautiful girl must have felt, just as so many countless others do as well. I am ashamed sometimes to be part of the same species that would treat these animals who are nothing less than gifts from God. But I am encouraged by the loving few who step in to save these precious ones. Those who abandon their pets in this way are to me, the lowest of the low and should feel guilt for the rest of their miserable lives. Thank you to those angels who, despite the misery they face each day, try to help as many of these angels as they can.

  1. I know that I am not the one to judge another’s actions or lack thereof. For those of you that “walk on water”, remember that in a split second your world could be turned upside down and you too might have to face losing or leaving your pet behind. You claim you would live on the street or in your car, but those are brave words from someone who has never had to make that choice in reality. I had to make that choice once. I tried desperately hard to find a good home for my dog, and was unsuccessful. I had to choose. I knew where I was going, I couldn’t take my dog. I couldn’t realistically live on the street and keep my dog. Realistically, I couldn’t live on the street alone either. I had nothing. I lost everything. I lost my best friend and since I couldn’t ever have children, I lost the closest thing to a child, my dog. Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t regret my decision. 6 years later, I still cry and cry over my decision. Am I better off, a bit yes, but still I often face those same realities of being homeless, jobless, and ultimately alone. I wasn’t in an area that had no kill shelters, they were all high kill shelters and I knew that more than likely my baby would die at the hands of a stranger. I did what I had to do. I didn’t take my decision lightly, but I did decide that it was my responsibility to make sure that the last person my dog would see, was my face, my tears, and my heart and arms holding him as they put him to sleep. Until you truly walk in another persons shoes, don’t judge. The Daddy in this story might have walked away crying and hating himself, but did what he could to offer his “baby” the best chance possible to find a new forever home. Mine found his at the Rainbow Bridge. Call me selfish, uncaring, a monster, go ahead. Just know that as you cast that first stone of condemnation, that stone can come back and break your house of glass.

    1. I’ve been where you were/are anonymous! I’ve lived in my car with a 7 year old daughter for 3 months. We had a cat which was good because he came with us. However, I had a Great Pyrnees dog (several years later)that I loved and adored. My neighbors, however, didn’t and they forced me to give him away! Thankfully he went to the Great Pyrnees Rescue League and has a great home but I miss him every day of my life. Recently I sold my run down home and moved into a senior citizens/handicapped apartment in which I could only have one small pet. Problem was: I had a Pekingese and 4 cats. One cat found herself a new home. Two of them I managed to find good homes for and the last one my daughter (after weeks of persuasion and crying) agreed to take him. I have since been informed that “Platty McFatty” is now THEIR (daughter and two young grandsons)cat but I can visit. 🙂 I loved those cats (two of them were born in my house and I’ve been with them since day 1)…it broke my heart to think what might happen to them. Yes, I am grateful that the apartment complex lets us have one small animal but…sometimes we love more than one animal and having to make a choice is hard. Circumstances change. I thought owning my own home would be great and my pets and I would live there until I died…but it didn’t work out that way. Thank you for your wonderful post!

      1. Helen, you are to be commended for handling several stressful, life-changing events with grace and dignity. So glad everything worked out for you and your pets and that you still can own one and visit Platty!

    2. @ Anonymous — Excellent comments! Very well said!! I think my favorite part was your reference to those who “walk on water”…… I LOVE THAT!!! Might have to use that line!!

      Bless you!

      1. thank you, anon for speaking the truth. you never know what tomorrow may bring. i have a dog and 3 cats. my dog is over 10 yrs and i cry when i think of losing her. i’ve had her since she was 4 mo’s old. she has an enlarged heart and cancer as well as bad knees/ 2 of my cats were feral and i rescued them. the other is one of the baby’s one of them had when i got her. didn’t know she was pg. i feed 2 ferals out back of my place now and know if it’s found out i will be in trouble. i would like to trap them and take them to a no kill place before the mgr gets them first. says she will have them put down.

    3. Sounds like you made up a nice list of excuses for abandoning your dog. One should never abandon their pet any more than they would their child. No excuses. When you drop a dog off at a kill shelter, you might as well be murdering it.

    4. You can justify it any you want if it helps you sleep at night. You should have never taken on a dog if you did not have adequate savings, job skills, support. Everyone’s life can turn in an instant, that is why you prepare for that. If anything happens to me, I have 2 homes he could go to and a trust set up for my dog. I have savings and excellent credit, so if I happen to lose my job, I am set for a while. I am skilled, so the chances of me being unemployed long term are low. I am not wealthy at all, probably considered lower middle class as my income is about 80% of the US median. If this were your human child would you turn it over to strangers to be killed? I am judgemental, I admit it, but so are you anonymous.

  2. What a beautiful story it made me cry. I too had a dog put to sleep June 2013 that I had for 17 years he was like a child to me but he had issues with his hips and I couldn’t bare to watch him suffer anymore he’s now pain free but there isn’t a day go by that my heart doesn’t ache for him I will forever miss him RIP

    1. Pit bulls have nothing to apologize for, though, so I’m not really sure what you’re driving at, friend. o.O

  3. I’m not gonna judge, Anonymous. I’m sorry you went through that. I’ve stared homelessness in the face. Two years ago I surrendered my three precious Manx girls to the local Humane Society here because the new owners doubled the rent on my apartment and I had to move out in 30 days. I looked everywhere. All of the pet friendly places I applied to were booked solid. I was financially unable to board the cats until things settled down. The rescue groups here were swamped, and the local economy was depressed. Still is. I know people who would say that I didn’t try enough, but I know I did. I finally moved in with a relative, and it seemed I was destined to lose my pets: she was highly allergic to cats.

    1. A thought just occurred to me, why not piggyback the minimum/liveable wage issue on the pet care issue. If people were better able to provide for their families and pets, it is quite possible they could better take care of their furry family members, be able to keep them and not have to surrender them to a shelter.

      1. How about taking care of your family first and don’t get a pet if you can’t afford one? Volunteer at the shelter instead.

  4. So I was sort of on that Daddy’s end of the situation back in 2011. Our situation involved health problems for both us and the animals, home foreclosure, and a heap of financial problems. We had to surrender 6 dogs to our local shelter and had to euthanize another one. The one we had to euthanize was a 16 yr old husky/wolf hybrid that we raised from a cub. I believe she was more wolf than husky. She was like a little sister to me and saved my life a few times. She was in so much pain and had arthritis so bad she could barely walk any more. The others were her daughter and 5 chihuahua mixes that I had personally helped hand raise from birth. Don’t judge people who surrender too harshly, please. To this day I’m still grieving the loss of them all. I wake up crying from nightmares over them several times a week. My parents were able to keep there oldest small dog when they moved to an apartment which was a blessing, but that whole situation nearly broke all. Don’t too harshly when you don’t know the whole situation that might bring a person to surrender a part of their heart. My mother and I were able to keep from crying in the shelter where they could see us, in an attempt to not make it worse on them. However we were broken hearted heaps of tears for a long while after that. The grief was real and every bit as strong as if a family member had died.

    1. I’m so happy for those who feel they are in a good enough place to adequately judge the situation my family was in. At the time that everything went pear shaped for us we never dreamed our world would turn upside down like that. Homelessness would have meant death for everyone involved. Considering my father is 82 and disabled in a wheelchair, my mother had just recovered from a coma and a lengthy hospital stay, and I myself am disabled with several nervous system disorders and a heart condition. Go ahead judge us harshly from your self righteous high horses. We never expected anything to end up like it did considering my mother and I both were seemingly healthy adults until we weren’t. Nobody ever expects tragedy and chaos to come when it does. Be careful when you decide to judge someone harshly you never know their situation.

      Above Anonymous Poster

  5. OMG! What a wonderful end to a very sad story! I am so glad they found each other. Good Luck to the man and his new companion!

  6. It just really irritates me when people don’t take into consideration the feelings of these animals. Think how hurt this poor pup was. She was with someone she thought would take care of her, but instead he just dumped her at another shelter.
    Yes, I’m going to judge harshly because people don’t realize taking care of an animal is a commitment and if you can’t commit to it, DON’T TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY!!!!
    Thank you to that wonderful man who had a heart and cared.

    1. Cathey. I know people get angry when owners take their animals to the shelter, but sometimes circumstances dictate it. I was laid off from my job 2 years ago after working full-time for 35 years. I never expected it. I have 3 cats that I rescued from the shelter and have luckily been able to keep them, but I know that if I didn’t have savings behind me to get through this extended period of unemployment, I would really have to consider the shelter option if I didn’t have friends who could take them. I would rather die than lose my pets. They are my family, but it is possible that I could have to make that hard decision if I don’t start earning money. The economy is really bad for many and many people have had to make the difficult choice of surrendering their animals to the local shelter.

      1. I think the problem is, Wally, that many animal lovers view their pets as their children. Many commenters have shared stories of homelesness, health issues, and other circumstances which forced them to surrender their pets. However, if instead of pets they had been human children, what would have been the solution? Even more interesting, if the children had been adopted, would they have given them back? Technically, it’s the same kind of commitment, having/adopting a child and adopting a pet, except, when things get tough, children are usually seen as too precious and loved to give up, whereas pets are seen as something you can leave behind.

        Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not judging those who do give up their pets. I would rather they give them up to shelters than leaving them on the streets to die. I’m only giving an explanation of why so many animal lovers do not take kindly to it. What I *do* judge is people trying to justify their actions with these sob stories about how they were suffering so much and had to make the decision and they still cry about it. If you’re going to make the decision, then make it, and own it. Don’t try to justify your actions and convince others of how it was the right choice by playing into their emotions with your sad life story. It sounds more like you’re trying to convince yourself that it was the right choice.

        1. Pretty cold and unemotional there fella and not making much sense if you do understand what compassion and selflessness truly is….

  7. Sorry, but I will judge. I am 63 yrs old and have had dogs all my life. I’ve been homeless, I’ve lived in my car for over 2 months (with a 100 lbs GSD & 1 cat), I’ve been broke, I’ve moved literally dozens of times and lived in junky apts. and houses as long as they would let me keep my pets. In all those years I’ve “surrendered” one animal…a cat. I gave him to a neighbor when I had to return home to care for my mother who had cancer and she didn’t want a cat in the house.

    There is simply no excuse for abandoning your friend. Period. They will not abandon you, will they? The least we can do is match their level of devotion. As for pits…love ’em!! My 4th Pit is currently sleeping next to me (under the covers) while I write this. Glad Mira found someone worth her love…

    1. It’s funny you are so willing to “judge” someone else who’s side of the story you know nothing about. Yet you openly admit you’ve done the exact same thing. Granted you didn’t take your cat to a shelter, but you STILL abandoned him. Just because you knew the person you dumped him off to, doesn’t change that fact.

      You claim you would do anything for your pets, live on the streets, in junky apartments, etc. You faced a circumstance in which you had to abandon your cat, could the owner in the story not have faced a similar situation? We are only seeing the story from the side of the shelter worker who may or may not be telling the ENTIRE story, or at the very least is a bit biased.

      Your mother did not want a cat in the house. Did you really do everything you could not to ABANDON it? Could you not have rented an apartment nearby that accepted cats? Could you not have lived in your car in the driveway of your mother’s home? A tent in her backyard perhaps? Sell your car for a pop-up trailer to live in?

      Obviously since Mira was so bonded with the gentleman, she had been well taken care of. Just like you, he faced a tough decision and had to do what he felt was best. I doubt he’s out there judging you as harshly as you seem to be judging him.

    2. I too have a pit and had to move from Georgia to Indiana–my girl do not like riding in my car–not even the short distance to the vet–she simply could not get use to the motion–when I was forced to move to another state, leaving her was not an option–the vet gave me something to help keep her calm during the ride–we made it 600 miles in my car with very little incidents–we are happily adjusting to Indiana’s changing weather together.

    3. It may be too tough for some of us especially women in the 21st century to do or accomplish but I like your words…

    1. I would like to add….I have read all the stories and can sympathize with everyone. However, the love I have for my dogs and cats is unconditional. I would NEVER send one off to a so called shelter to linger and die. They have feelings like all off us. And, until you have been to one of these shelters and seen the poor souls there you would never think of leaving someone you loved there. I am sorry, I would NEVER do that, never ever. I have a responsibility to them. They are helpless like children. So, those of you who have been in a situation you think you had no choice but do dump an animal there…shame on you! All you thought about was yourself…never thinking of the pain and emotional anguish your poor baby was going through as you turned and walked away…leaving them in the hands of strangers would do not care!

      1. I completely agree. Your dogs would much rather be with you while you struggle than be locked in a tiny, lonely cage all day and night with no love, abandoned. I don’t see how people don’t understand this. Nothing could ever happen to make me give up my dogs….they are my children!

  8. I had two Siamese cats both from kittens that I loved like children. Their unconditional
    love was amazing. They went through an adjustment period when I had a child but with extra love and attention they soon adjusted. Both lived full happy long lives and died of natural causes a year apart, both in my arms. Years later I still grieve for their loss. There is nothing I would rather do than get two more siamese cats hopefully from a shelter or rescue organization. However, I am not in a financial situation to know without a doubt that I can provide medical care and provide them with a forever home. Therefore, I have vowed, as much as I want to, to never take in an animal I can’t guarantee a secure life. I’m not a saint, just a regular woman who is thinking of the animal first before my own desires and wants. I hope my post reaches someone who after reading this heartwarming story doesn’t run out and adopt a pet without asking themselves, can I guarantee the pet, to the best of my ability a forever home.

  9. To all you wonderful pet lovers: Lost my (baby) choc.lab after15 great years, she died in my arms just from old age. I thought I would die too. You should all know about a place called: “In the light urns”. They will send you a pamphlet of all the beautiful “urns”, I have her with me every single day around my neck. I have a lot of beautiful, expensive jewelry, & this is the only piece I cherish & wear every day, she is as close as can be to my heart. It took me two years to adopt a wonderful shelter dog, her name is “Taylor-belle” & I didn’t find out til months later when my husband told me “she was going to be put down the very next day”, he knew I’d be soo upset! We will meet our loved “ones” again & be together forever…

  10. I commend all that have a heart regarding these pets.. these dogs-cats become very close to my heart ,I loved each and everyone of them that have been a part of my life.
    My dogs & cats were all I had some times,it really break my heart when I hear or see the cruelty that people bestow on them. I lost my last pet due to age & illness , believe , or it seem as though I cant ever give him up, had him 14 years . He was with me through some rough times in my life stayed by my side and loved me through all. I miss him so much.

  11. Yes, we do not know the circumstances behind why the former owner had to bring his dog to the shelter however, I totally agree that he was responsible in doing so. I feed a large colony of abandoned cats behind the local supermarket. I can tell that they were once someone’s pet, dumped by careless owners who think that they are expendable! I feed them daily and now they have warm houses for the bad weather. I have even brought a few of the sick ones home and made them house kitties. The shelter does its best to find homes but it all comes down to spaying and neutering to bring this heartbreaking issue to an end!

  12. To all that have pets. It is truly your responsibility to care for and know the responsibililties for your fur babies. As for myself I have 4 rescues and was out of work for over a year. I exhausted all my savings searching for work and paying what bills I had cut down to. But yeet at the same time made sure that my boys all had food and love and care that they needed. I eventually lost the home I was living in due to money issue but never did I once even consider that I should give my boys up to a shelter or anyone for that matter. I moved from the house to a tent with my boys. I moved from camp site to campsite with them while still trying to look for work. It was not easy but I managed and never let my babies want for anything. I am 55 and my life was turned upside down but I was determined to not give up. If there is a will there is a way. We lived this way for almost a year while i did odd and end jobs to make ends meet for the 4 of us. I would have never given up my babies to anyone or to a shelter and if it had come down to giving them up I dont know if I honestly could have done that. I would have done what was best for them but I dont believe i could have just given them up and walked away. So I guess my moral to this story is if you love them and they are your responsibility you do what you have to to keep them and yourself together no matter what the situation is and dont ever give up. I did find another job for work and we are all happy again ina nice home with 2 acres for my boys to run and play on but i never gave up hope and glad that all things worked out. So I would recommend that those of you that have tough choices do not make them lightly or throw the ones who love you unconditionally out the door. DO what you have to to keep them and all will work out in the end.

    1. So ther is no misconception that mybe I had it easy or had little dogs which would make absolutely no difference to me. I have a Golden Retriever, a Lab/Shepard mis, a Pit/Boxer mix, and a Bluenose Pit.

  13. I’ve read many posts here and on other stories about how people would rather live on the streets than do what’s best for their furry friend. Have you ever really faced that decision? Have you ever actually lived on the streets? Some of the posters said they have lived on the streets or in their cars with their pets and called those who chose to find a better home for them selfish.

    I feel those people are the selfish ones. How is living with no shelter, no food, and no clean drinking water a better alternative? Not too mention the crime and possibility of your friend being killed or hit by a car while living on the streets. Because YOU don’t want YOUR heart to break, you force your “friend” into a less than ideal situation. I’m not saying dropping them off at a shelter is the answer. However, there are animal rescues and no-kill shelters out there. At least one of you would have better living conditions than on the streets. It would break my heart, but I would rather know my friend was in a place where he/she was safe and had shelter and food. To me THAT’S what love is. Sacrificing your own feelings and desires, to ensure your “friend” has a better life than you do.

    1. I agree. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I can’t imagine having to give them up, but I love them enough that I want them to have the best possible life. If my circumstance became such that I couldn’t provide them with the care/food/shelter they need, I would certainly want them to find it with someone who could.

  14. I’m so glad Mira found a new gentle “Daddy” to love and take care of her. My heart breaks for those pets left as Mira was, and I do pray for God’s comfort and mercy for them. He created them, and I believe he loves them. May God bless all you with loving hearts for these trusting, helpless little creatures.

  15. i think somtimes we get a pet on emotion and don’t think ahead, so the pet is the one who looses, no matter how sat we feel. if we are mature people with adult reasoning, don’t get any animal without a lifetime comitment to that animal,especially a dog, as they are just so loving loyal to their owners. dog lover her, till i unite with my friends at the rainbow bridge.

  16. I will never judge, I feel anyone who can take and love a doggie should be hugged! I have a friend who fosters rescue “pits”…well she just adopted her second that she was caring for. They are fun and big babies, and although I cannot have a pet where I live, I love them like they could be my own…Peace and Love to Mira and her new Daddy.

  17. I know everyone has a story but I’d live on the street and starve to feed him before I gave up my dog

  18. We don’t know the circumstances and it is good he brought her to a shelter. However, I don’t know how he was able to walk out like that, it would break my heart that I would just find a way. Poor sad girl.

  19. People say not to judge because we don’t know the person’s circumstances but one thing i can tell you for sure is that whatever my circumstances, my decisions in life always involve my girls.

  20. I’m sure his heart was broke too. We don’t know his situation. Some things are out of our control. She was safe and not left to fend for herself. He did the last best thing he could for her. Now her new daddy has her. 2 hearts are now whole. God bless all 3 involved.

  21. Trying not to judge; however, most shelters are not “safe” and they do kill the pets after some time – that’s reality. I personally would live out of my car before surrendering my pets, period. When I was forced to re-home the only pet I have ever had to do this with because she nearly killed my other pet…. I did EVERYTHING in my power to find her a new home. The thought of taking her to a shelter never crossed my mind. As for this story, I’m so glad she was adopted by a wonderful man. I just don’t understand how you can surrender a family member.

    1. “(I) had to do this with because she nearly killed my other pet….”
      Now there’s an excuse. Why didn’t you just accept the inconvenience of keeping them separated? Shame on you! You CHOSE to get rid of her despite her “LOVE” for you. You bad parent!

      Deep in your heart you knew she was just a dog and would adjust to another owner just fine.

  22. Awww must have been so hard to leave her there,my heart would break if i ever had to do that…..but yay for the new dad and her now!

  23. I’m sure it broke his heart, we cannot judge maybe he was sick, and god stepped in and let two wonderful things happen, they mended each other’s hearts, it was meant to happen that way, god bless all involved

  24. Mira’s new dad is a real hero with a loving heart. Thank you for pulling her out of her depression and opening your heart again…

  25. My eyes welled up midway through part 1. I just couldn’t give up on my fur kids, ever. How often do humans surrendering their human children for these reasons? There are no drop-off centers for that. Excuses aren’t reasons, plain and simple.

  26. No judgment here. The simple fact is some times people have to make incredibly difficult decisions. At least he took Mira to a shelter. My beautiful and perfect American Bulldog died of cancer in June. After about a month of constant crying, I started looking at young dogs in the local shelters. When I saw Molly’s beautiful face (she is a German Shepherd), and her gentle loving ways, it was like looking at my beautiful girl, just in a different package. We’ve been together for 3 months now, and we couldn’t possibly be happier or more in love with each other. Molly was already six months old when I got her, and she was a little shy too, but once she was home with me, and felt secure, she blossomed! A dog is the only thing on this earth that will love you more than it loves itself.

  27. Tears!! Yes, it’s better he brought her to a shelter instead of the street, but he’s still just as shitty a person… don’t get a dog if you can’t care for them till the end. Would you dump your kid at a homeless shelter??

    1. It’s not a child, idiot. Sometimes people are unable to take care of their children due to severe illness or disability. If there are no available relatives the children go into foster care. Dogs are not as important as children no matter what you think.

  28. I really don’t care what the circumstances were there is no excuse period too walk away from a family member!!! I’m glad it was a happy ending though for Mira!!

    1. It sure didn’t take that dog long to forget it’s first owner. Who cares that he took it to a shelter? Would you prefer he dump her on the street?

  29. I’m sorry and I don’t want to rain on this feel good story because it does have a happy ending but I still can’t fathom a situation where I’d give up my dogs unless I literally died. Certainly not moving. Plenty of places allow dogs. Again I am sorry to be a kill joy but I’d never give up my dogs and can’t respect people that do.

  30. “Couldn’t take her with him”.. That’s a joke. There is nothing or nowhere in this world that would stop me from taking my dog. I just moved from Canada to Ireland 8 months ago and took my dog with me. Obviously it made things more difficult and more expensive, but that was part of a commitment. She’s basically like my child. If I couldn’t take her, I quite simply wouldn’t go. This dog’s previous owner is irresponsible, selfish, and a complete moron. There is no valid excuse, but I’m glad to hear it was a happy ending for her anyway.

  31. Back in 2005 we received a copy of an email sent out by the Pikeville kentucky animal control. A man had brought in a German Shepherd, handed over the leash and said he didn’t want him anymore. The man turned and left, the dog was inconsolable, very stressed out. The shelter was desperate to find a rescue or foster for him so he wouldn’t have to stay there. We decided to drive the 250 miles to get him. About half wAy there we got a call that a rescue had taken him so we knew he was in good hands. HOWEVER, Pikeville still had a sweet coonhound who was on the list. We finished the trip and came home with the sweetest boy ever.

  32. I could not imagine in my lifetime I could ever, ever,ever leave my pet. I would not could not do that. In any situation, even if my life was in danger I would simply die with my dog.

  33. Maybe Mira’s dad was seriously ill and had no one he knew would take care of her. To me that is a valid excuse. Moving isn’t.

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