The longing sweet eyes of the pibble
Things are always moving at ARF and this season has been a busy one! We never stop moving, whether it's adoption events, fundraisers or just the endless care that the shelter needs. While things keep moving, our sweet, sweet pibbles stay, watching quietly, waiting patiently and continue to see other dogs get adopted. We luckily had only a few new pibbles come in these past few months, but they came in very bad shape. As soon as we do the intake and get them cared for they settle in and we see that sigh. It is the sigh of relief that they are safe and cared for. You can then see the "old timers" talk to them and let them know it's going to be ok, they'll be loved here and maybe, just maybe one day they will be adopted. Because of breed restriction laws, misconceptions and the many that abuse and fight pits, most live out their lives at ARF, with only the few and far between getting adopted.
Since most are lifers, we try to focus on their quality of life. The pibble group is a favorite of volunteers so they get extra special walks and time in the play yard. They get lots of attention from lots of different people: young, old, middle school class field trips, college volunteers, parents and their young ones. People love to bring in special chewies for them, bring in a new rope toy for a good ole game of tug and lots and lots of tennis balls to chase after. During the warmer month we fill up the kiddie pools in our big play yard and give them a "day at the beach." Pibble smiles stretch across the entire play yard and by the end of it our volunteers are covered in drool: that's how they say thank you!
Due to breed restrictions, we can not even take them out and show them off at all the adoption events. It is sad because we know just how wonderful they really are. So instead, we focus on social media outlets to spread their story. Most affective though is just word of mouth. Once people see how special they are they just have to tell their friends and sooner or later we get a few adoption applications in. We have a strict adoption process though to be in the highest interest of the dog. So many of them have such horrid histories that we feel it is our duty to protect them and prevent that from ever happening again. It is rough sometimes, but worth it.
Since we have had this project only two have now been adopted, but this second adoption is extra special. Jerry Jeff has been adopted! He is one of the favorite dogs in the entire shelter. He's a beautiful brindle pibble with a giant heart of gold and even bigger smile. He came to ARF in 2011, skin and bones in very bad shape. He of course was instantly loved and nursed back to health. Through projects like this, we were able to get him vetted, cared for and trained so that he could be at his best for that perfect forever home. Finally, after such a long time, he has found his match. It was well worth the wait and the entire ARF family could not be happier. As there is a collective sigh of relief that one more is saved and that all the effort is worth while, we now look forward to that empty pen of his. Now we can fill it and save one more.
It keeps going on, we keep moving on and slowly but surely we are helping. We are helping because supporters like you are helping us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you feel moved, please help spread our story and consider donating so that we can help just one more. Thank you.
Pibbles being taken care of in the vet tech room
Pibble kiss coming straight at you!
Maybelle's got to have fun!
Our sweetest big teddy bear, Babe just wants love
After 2+ yrs, Jerry is finally adopted!!!