Into the Loving Arms of Her New Dad

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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”

    • 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!

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      • 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.

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

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        • 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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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!

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      • 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!

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    • @ 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!

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  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

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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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

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  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!

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