It was December 4th, 2015 when we had to make that fateful decision to put our beloved 16 year companion to rest. As with everyone who visits this site, it is painful and it hurts. It hurts that you swear you do not ever want to go through that again but yet if we had to do it all over again, we would. We would want to have our companion back, to cherish and love even knowing the inevitable outcome in the end. I swore that I did not want another dog. We had his remains cremated, privately with a reputable business and purchase a beautiful wooden urn with a Chihuahua figurine on top. His collar wraps around the figurine and is placed in a special place in our household,
But yet, in late December, after Christmas, was looking at a Rescue site, Texas Chihuahua Rescue. There we found a senior female Chihuahua who was turned over to a shelter by family members after the owner had passed away. As we all know, family surrenders is an immediate death sentence for animals at shelters. There are rescue groups (Texas Chihuahua Rescue) who watch over and get alerts from staff or other rescue groups. This Senior Chihuahua was terrified (saw an 8 second video) cowering in a corner. She was rescued on October 28th and placed into foster care. She was taken weekly to a PetsMart ever weekend looking for a new owner but no one wanted a senior animal who needed a quiet home, poor vision, no children due to her age, no big dogs.
I called Texas Chihuahua Rescue after Christmas after they put her on their website with her sad story of being fostered nearly two months. While no dog can ever replace our beloved Chihuahua Vegas we could give a senior dog a new life and a peaceful home to live out her years. On January 2nd, we drove over 200 miles on a Saturday morning to visit a dog we have never met but only seen pictures and a bio describing her plight. It has been over a month now and it took her a little while to uncurl that tucked in scared tail and become more comfortable that she had finally found a home that will give her love, comfort, place to rest and be cared for. She is a quiet dog who gingerly loves to give kisses. I am glad that we decided to, not replace our dog, but to give a senior dog a new life.
John & Renee
This option may not be for everyone but if you can not adopt a rescue consider supporting a Rescue.
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