This morning, while taking Dozer on his morning walk, the wild man himself hauled off and jumped into the car of a young man who had just had his teeth cleaned next door. Surprised and delighted, the young man began to rub all over Dozer’s body as the dog rummaged through his things. The man began to ask questions, and Dr. Jones told the man Dozer’s story.
Dozer went home with that man tonight.
We tried talking him out of it. BELIEVE me. We told him everything Dozer had done that was scary and dangerous and confusing and sad. That young man didn’t care. What he cared about was a dog, seemingly destined to come bursting into his life at a time when he was equipped to finish Dozer’s rehabilitation and training. A young man, with all the time and strength and understanding and patience in the world, and an adoration for a wayward pup, just happened to open the door to his car at the moment Dozer was looking at him and both decided “let’s go!” That young man sat with that dog inside his clinic kennel for over an hour and a half this evening, waiting for us to free up from our day jobs and arrive with the adoption contract.
There’s a lot of things about rescue that make you lose your faith in a number of concepts. But right now, on this night, we believe in fate.
Let’s roll the credits! With endless gratitude and love, we would like to thank team Dozer which consists of: Lynne Cox for sharing the story of the flooded pound. Annie McHenry for keeping the bullet in that gun and out of Dozer’s head. Lori and Keith and the staff of Bailey’s Deluxe Pet Care for going WAY above and beyond their typical duties to help us manage the unmanageable. Allison one in a MILLION for doing everything she could, and then doing more to buy us time to figure out our next move. The Dozer Enclosure Construction Team- Nick Flury and Kevin Randall. The core Pheenies that did all the walking, running, driving, planning, phone calling and vetting: Sara Dacosta, Shadowy Sara and Sarah Cai, Emma Fritschle, Brenda Albin, Katie Flury, Wendy Kay Voth and Rachel Hermsen. Dr. Jones, Ashley and the additional staff at Cotner Pet Care for rolling the dice and taking him on when they absolutely didn’t have to. Thank you to our followers for sharing his post, trusting our unconventional approach and believing in what we were trying to accomplish, and what we were desperately trying to avoid. To Dina for banging on the lines of area trainers, hell bent that we would find help out there somewhere. To Ashton for getting his teeth cleaned and leaving his door open just long enough.
But most of all… Katie B. My God. Where do we even begin to express our heartfelt thanks for what you did for this soul. You saw what we saw, and more. You knew he was in there. You knew he needed healing, and ever so meticulously, you provided him with the opportunities that others would talk about but were unwilling to provide. You gave literal blood, sweat and tears for him. You broke your heart a dozen times over while excavating and sculpting his spirit. No one has ever done more for Dozer to date. It is nearly certain that Dozer would not be here if not for you. You were our last hope for him, and the first person to ever show him unconditional love.