Holiday Story 2016 Derby

December 29, 2016

 

 

 

As the New Year approaches, we like to look back at the many challenges and heartfelt adoption placements this year and in previous years.  Take a moment to read a rescue dog's story to a loving forever home. Throughout the week we will be posting the stories on some of our adopted dogs.  

 

Derby's Holiday Story- 

My miniature poodle-mix Derby was adopted July 5, 2013 at age-3 from Caring Hearts Rescue in Springfield, VA. I adopted Derby a month after losing my rescued bichon-mix dog Angel to lymphoma cancer at age-14. Angel was a senior dog with health issues, and she only lived 3.5 years with me.

 

Due to healthcare costs, I did not believe I could afford another dog, and I was
becoming very depressed. While some friends kept saying, "Take your time before getting another dog." Others were encouraging me to get another dog. So I decided to start searching online for adoptable dogs. I found Derby within 2-weeks at Caring Hearts Rescue, and I was allowed to foster 2-weeks to ensure Derby was a good match.

 

Although Derby was dealing with separation anxiety and aggression issues, I knew after 2-weeks I was not going to return him. Derby is very smart. He completed Obedience I and II at Unleashed by PETCO in November 2013. He is still dealing with separation anxiety, but showing improvements.

 

I have enrolled Derby in a Basic Obedience class at Mt Vernon Dog Training Club starting October 11, 2016 to specifically work on heel, and other basic commands. Upon completion, I plan to enroll him in a Canine Good Citizen class to work towards achieving the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate in 2017. Derby is my best friend and faithful companion. Every year, we spend a week in Ocean City, MD strolling the boardwalk, relaxing and mingling with other dogs and pet parents. I have met people in my neighborhood by walking Derby.

 

I am a retired single woman without children. I adopted my first dog Angel 6-
months after completing chemotherapy for colon cancer in 2009. After I lost Angel to lymphoma
cancer in 2013, adopting Derby a month later from Caring Hearts Rescue was a blessing. He is my
fur-kid, best friend and faithful companion.   

 

 

 

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