While the story I am about to tell you may sound familiar to all of you, it is nonetheless heartbreaking. I have found that in this vast universe of ours that the word commitment doesn’t mean much to people anymore. Merriam Webster defines commitment as the following:
“a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future
b : something pledged
c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled”
These are all activities we participate in day-to-day life, so why is it when it comes to a dog, a family member, it’s non existent? When we get tired of them, we toss them away like yesterday’s newspaper.
It’s very simple and I want ALL of you to pay attention, even those of you who are committed because you can help those who are not seeing what they are doing and maybe even feel it too.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. A dog is a living breathing animal with feelings just like you and me! It hurts me to see them hurt when they are abandoned.
Meet Mimi, an adorable 9-year-old pocket pittie, who was surrendered to the shelter by those she thought loved her in November 2016. The reason given at the time of her surrender was behavior issues. Instead of her family finding her a trainer or behaviorist, she was tossed away. Due to them, Mimi has now spent a long stretch of time behind bars.
Mimi was extremely terrified when she arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and it took her some time to decompress. Now she is just a total goofball with the people she knows and loves. Once Mimi knows and trusts you, she will allow you to do anything to her — she is beyond tolerant and sweet with “her peeps”.
I spoke with a couple of Mimi’s buddies at the shelter. Emily, who works at the shelter stated that it was originally thought Mimi needed time to warm up to new people, but over time she is seeing that Mimi either likes someone off the bat, or doesn’t. If she does seem to like someone, they still will need to go slow and let her come around to them. With this in mind, Mimi will require a savvy owner, who will understand this, appreciate her, and give her the time she needs to decompress. She will also need to continue training in her new home because she is so wary of strangers.
In a recent post I mentioned listening to the experts and those who know the dog best, Mimi is a direct example. Training needs to continue once a dog is in the home, no if’s, ands’, or but’s about it. If you can not commit to this, Mimi is not the dog for you. For those who can make that commitment she is waiting to love you forever!
Since Mimi will take a while to trust you and is wary of new people, she needs an adopter who is available to make several visits to spend time with her at the shelter. An adopter with the desire to get to know Mimi and come to see her a few times before taking her home. After all this sweet angel has been through it is going to take a few visits to gain her trust. But once you are her ‘person’ she trusts you 150% percent! She is the most incredible, loyal, tolerant, loving girl, I promise you, your effort is worth it!!
Mimi is house and crate trained, loves to kiss, roll around in the grass, play in the yard, cuddle and just hang out. She also enjoys an occasional game of fetch, knows some basic commands, and is currently working with her buddy Emily on her leash manners. A fenced in yard and ADULT ONLY home is recommended. She is selective with dogs and seems to like low key companions. If you have another dog, a meet and greet is required. She must be with at most one other fur sibling as a multiple dog household will be too much for this sweet girl. As for cats, Mimi will be cat tested upon approved application as this is shelter policy.
Kennel life is so stressful for Mimi. Her days are spent with her going into her crate on her own, and trying to fall asleep. Kennel life is not fun, and Mimi is just exhausted. It’s very sad.
I also had a chance to speak with John, a shelter volunteer who is very close to Mimi. John told me:
“She doesn’t sleep in the shelter. When I take her outside, one of the things I like to do with her is lift her up into the back area of my SUV, where I have a couple of blankets laid out. After a couple of minutes of looking around, she settles down. She sits, then she lays down, then she rolls onto her side, then she closes her eyes, then she might start snoring. She is trying to catch up on all the sleep she’s lost at the shelter. Unfortunately I have to eventually wake her up to take her inside, and I look into those bloodshot eyes and my heart breaks”.
If you read this entire article you should be feeling what I feel when I look into this beautiful girl’s eyes! If all of this isn’t bad enough to deal with take note that Mimi is also considered a Senior dog, and people are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because they fear that the time with their new best friend will be short. While there can be lists written about the pros and cons of adopting a senior dog, they still deserve to be rescued too! Adopting a senior dog is wonderful! Owning an senior dog is priceless, so head out and adopt one!
Mimi is waiting and we need to help her find her forever family. I ask that you please share this article about her with everyone you know and ask them to share it too. If you have Facebook, head over to her page, like and share that as well. Help me network this beautiful girl so that she can finally relax and be loved the way she truly deserves to be!
If you are in a position to adopt open your heart, get in your car and head down to the shelter. Don’t delay, start visiting this precious soul. I promise you you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee you’ll fall in love!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
Be sure to head over to Adoption Central right here on Paws Give Me Purpose and share Coco and all the other Featured Dog Friday pups still in search of their forever homes.