Bham Rescue Success Stories (Feb 2017, Frank and Munchkin)

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Name of Dog: Frank and Munchkin

Type of Breed: Dachshunds

Age When Rescued: Frank- 1 year; Munchkin- 1 ½ years

Current Age: Frank- 3 and Munchkin- Almost 4

Rescue Organization: Munchkin was rescued through a foster program, and Frank was rescued from the Animal Protection and Welfare Society.

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Backstory: Frank was found wandering at a foster home, and Munchkin was surrendered by his owners because their English bulldog did not like him.  Munchkin was rescued first. He had severe separation anxiety when my husband and I would be at work during the day. He had so much anxiety that he would chew up anything that could shred easily. I truly believe that he thought we weren’t coming back, and it absolutely broke my heart to leave him every day.  As soon as we rescued Frank and they met for the first time, it was brotherly love at first sight!  Frank was there to keep Munchkin company during the day, until my husband was able to start working from home. Frank was exactly what Munchkin needed and they were both exactly what my husband and I needed.  Now, they are inseparable!

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Life After Rescue:  Munchkin and Frank are really the center of our lives and they definitely know it!  They sleep in bed with us, because there really is no alternative for a dachshund! Munchkin and Frank enjoy being outside, digging and chasing tennis balls. They love bones, cuddling, walks, and begging for food!  They are also the inspiration behind my Etsy store, Wiener Brothers Co, where I design clothing for wiener dogs and their humans. They really have been an inspiration for us and really complete our little family. I can’t imagine life without them!

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Bham Rescue Success Stories (Nov 2016, Kermit)

Name of Dog: Kermit

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Type of Breed: Lab mix

Age When Rescued: 10 weeks

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Current Age: 1 year 7 months

Rescue Organization: Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Backstory:  I was never really a dog person, but my husband’s uncle has two of the cutest French Bulldogs.  I fell in love with them and wanted to get a Frenchie of our own. I thought the perfect name for a French Bulldog, with their squishy faces, would be Kermit. So I started saving money to buy one from a breeder. We talked about one day getting “a Kermit” for our family.

Three months before I moved to Birmingham to be with my husband (then fiancé), I visited him for a long weekend. He took me to the GBHS to see some dogs in order to try and change my mind on spending thousands on a Frenchie. I saw so many sweet dogs who just needed a chance in their own home, and I knew we had to adopt.

I moved to Birmingham on June 29, 2015. On July 2, we went back to the humane society. We saw a small, brown puppy named Bartholomew staring at us through the glass in his kennel. He was only 10 weeks and had a slight skin condition-he was missing most of his hair on his right side. Not too much was known about his past except that he was probably born in mid-April to a stray. He was brought to the GBHS in late June and had been up for adoption for about two weeks. He was so playful and sweet.  We knew he was meant to be in our family. We took him home that day. His eyes were so expressive and he just looked like a Kermit so we decided to keep that as his name.

Life After Rescue:  Kermit is our first dog and he is such a character! He’s weirdly skittish about many things, especially large bags of leaves/trash. He didn’t bark until he was about 5 months old.  Now, he is constantly barking to alert us to potential intruders or to leaves falling on the ground. He loves food and waits patiently for handouts (mainly tomatoes and peppers) while we cook dinner.  Kermit loves to be social with people and dogs. We love taking him out around Birmingham to parks, restaurants, and breweries. We’re always looking for dog-friendly activities! I thought all dogs loved to cuddle but Kermit has never been one to snuggle close, so those moments when he lays his head on me in bed are precious.

Some people thought we were crazy to adopt a dog so soon after moving to a new city, but having Kermit has helped tremendously. My husband is from the area, but it was all brand new to me. Kermit has helped me get out of the house on walks and helped me meet new people (and their dogs). He has definitely changed my life for the better. Kermit turned me into a “crazy dog lady.” I have since started volunteering at the GBHS and would love to foster dogs in the (hopefully near) future.

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Bham Rescue Success Stories (Oct 2016, Piper)

Name:  Piper

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Type of Breed: Dutch Shepherd mix

Age When Rescued: about 4 months old

Current Age: 2.5 years old

Rescue Organization: Two by Two Rescue

Backstory: Piper, formerly known as Marilyn, was rescued by Two by Two and fostered by a wonderful family. She was found crawling out of a trench covered in fleas and ticks and taken to her foster moms.  Many of the ticks had to be surgically removed as they were deeply embedded in her skin.

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The day we adopted Piper!

Life After Rescue:  It took Piper about a month or so to get use to everything at our house. When we first brought her home, she was definitely afraid/nervous about her surroundings.  She was even afraid of getting in the car (which is now one of her favorite activities).  It was sad to see her so scared and even made us doubt our decision.  However, we decided to stick with our decision and just show her continuos love.  Needless to say, love won!  She is an amazing part of our lives. She is loyal, calm, and happy.  Her favorite activities are going on car rides, vacationing, sunbeams, and showing off her favorite sports teams. She loves other dogs but not so much other humans.  It takes her a long while to warm up to them.  We love our little Piper and couldn’t imagine our lives without her in it.

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Piper loves vacations!

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