Friday, February 8, 2008

Our Auntie, Ruthie

Hello Everyone,

We have only briefly mentioned Ruthie in the past. She is our grandfather's dog and she doesn't care for sports, blogging, loudness, playing too much, or chaos. We all live in the same house, so she is subjected to our "beingness" on a daily basis. She prefers to be a lady of leisure, to just eat, sleep, arise briefly for pats, and return to sleeping.

She often does "come to work" as Mother says and hangs out with us all during the day while our Mother works on the computer for hours on end. She dutifully falls asleep and this horrid snoring starts about five minutes later! Katherine, Zorra, and I all have to go check her out, even though it happens several times during the day. I often wonder if she will bring the house down from the vibrations of her snores!!

A few years ago, my mother and auntie decided to look for a dog for Grandmother. A nice, small dog who would sit on her lap. Mother scoured Petfinder and somehow ran across Ruthie's photo. That was all mother needed to see. She had found the perfect dog, even before reading the description. Ruthie is a Beagle/Pekingese mix and had a distinctive underbite! That underbite is what drew her to mother and she knew that Ruthie had to come and live here.

Ruthie was down in Jeffersonville, IN, so they all took a roadtrip to meet her at the foster family. It was love at first sight and Ruthie came to live here.

Ruthie is quite the celebrity, in her own right. She is mentioned in a book put out by Petfinder called "Second Chances: Inspiring Stories of Dog Adoption." Mother wanted to win Bissell Spot Machine and entered Ruthie's story in a contest. We didn't win the machine, but Ruthie became a celebrity.

Ruthie was found by an animal control officer while nursing a litter of puppies in an alley. All of Ruthie's pups got adopted, but no one selected her. Luckily, she was spared from death row because she had a special way about her and ended up in foster care.

One night, Ruthie came in and woke up Mother in the middle of the night and was insistent in getting mother's attention. Mother finally got up to see what was wrong. It so happened that Grandfather, who is diabetic, was having an episode and his blood sugar had dropped dangerously low. He had become incoherent and needed medical attention. Grandmother was trying to administer assistance with Grandfather, but he just was not responding. Ruthie had become a rescue dog.

The book authoer, Joan Banks, had read Mother's entry and contacted her indicating that Ruthie's story should be in the upcoming book.

The author hopes that the "amazing" adoption stories will remind people how wonderful displaced dogs can be. The book is dedicated to "the selfless people who work in animal welfare and to the hundreds of thousands of wonderful dogs annually who didn't find "forever" homes." The proceeds from each book will buy 14 bowls of dog food for animal rescues and shelters nationwide.

Also, Petfinder now has a series starting on Animal Planet, here in the US. The description is here.

We don't often get on a soapbox, but we are advocates of rescued dogs and cats. Katherine, Zorra, Ruthie, Harley the Cat, Sabrina the Cat, Dakota the cat, and I are all rescued animals. Even though Ruthie is the only Petfinder Alumni, we are going to try to catch an episode or 2 of the show.


Gus said...

me too, me toooooo! I'm dopted! I'm rescued! I'm saved! well, maybe not the way some folks mean.

We love rescue stories. Tell Ruthie thanks for sharing hers.


Tofu Burger said...

Hi guys! Saw you on Maggie's blog and I came to say Hello!! Nice to meet you all. We loved Aunt Ruthie's story and you guys sound like a wonderful bunch! I will drop by often.


Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
Thanks for sharing Ruthie's story! You all are greeeeeeat!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

thanks for the tip on the show. Tanner is a rescue, but we shouldn't advertise that, we would hate to discourage other folks from adopting ;)

Jackson said...

I'm rescued too! We're the BEST! Ruthie sounds pawsome, thanks for telling us more about her. J x

Amber-Mae said...

She's a beautiful old lady...That's a great adoption story of her! I;m glad to know that your grandmother loves her to bits.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie & Mitch said...

What an awesome story! Thanks so much for sharing it, Sam!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

WOW!! What a story1! She is quite the gal!!!!! Love A+A

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Pals,
I Butchy was rescued through Petfinder!! Ruthie sounds like a wonderful doggie. We're glad she was adopted & has a great home. We think it's cool her story is in the book too. Have a great weekend!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Peanut said...

Mom found Flash on Petfinder. She found shelby on freecycle. Oh and she got the turtle from someone who didn't want her anymore. I'm the only one mom didn't rescue from somewhere.

Patience-please said...

What a beautiful story. Congrats on Ruthie's fame, and thank you for sharing the story with us.

wags from the whippets

Lenny said...

What a great story!! Thanks for sharing it.

Your friend, Lenny

Katherine and Pippa, said...

Ruthie is definitely a star - that is a great story.

I rescued master and mistress when I found them wandering on the streets. Before me they rescued other pups and dogs from kennels. Nobody took me to a kennel so I just lived on the street.

I woke master up the other night when someone was trying to steal the lights off his trailer. That doesn't make me a rescue dog, but I am occasionally useful.


The Thuglets said...

What a star Ruthie is! It is truely and excellent story and deserves to be in a book.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thuglets