|Clara's Intake Photo|
It's funny how sometimes the lessons we learn from the nightmares we experience can illuminate new paths. Before we adopted Spanky we probably would not have considered fostering a diabetic, blind dog. It's not that we would have been afraid of the task itself of giving shots or of having to guide a blind dog, but rather, I don't think we would have felt capable of managing the disease or being the best people to help a dog like Clara. But since we went through that with Spanky and, although we are often at a loss as to what to do and sometimes Spanky's disease gets ahead of us, he is doing remarkably well and we see every day the difference in his step and the cock of his head and how beautiful he looks now. He now wakes up looking at us with an expression of pure glee, "What new, exciting things are we gonna do today?" And we know we have made a real difference in his life as he has in ours. After the heartbreak over the loss of our three senior Basset kids, Spanky has provided comfort and blessing to our lives we never would have imagined. So because of the horrible experience of his illness we felt prepared to help a dog like Clara and we said 'yes' to fostering her.
|Clara's 1st night after a grueling 10 hour transport|
|Clara is beautiful!|
Clara has only been here a few days now but she is adjusting quite well overall. She has had some bad moments, especially waking up in a strange house in the middle of night, shaking and crying. We sit with her and pet her and she goes right back to sleep. She is such an amazing dog. There really are no words to describe how wonderful she is. She follows me around the house and lays down wherever I'm working. She is interested in everything we do. She responds to every attention she gets and she lays with her head on Spanky's back. Every time you say her name her tail wags and wags. We are all in love, especially Spanky. Don keeps telling him this is his mail order bride and singing 'Spanky and Clara sittin' in a tree'...
|Clara is adjusting to her foster home|
We are doing everything we can to help Clara adjust. We celebrated her Birthday a little early since she has to see the vet on her actual Birthday. She really enjoyed everything including a trip to Petsmart for gifts, her Bowzer cake (Spanky enjoyed that too), her diabetic treats and the Happy Birthday recording sung to her by a Corgi group. The only thing she really didn't like was wearing the Birthday hat - Clara HATES hats! We couldn't even keep it on her head long enough for the picture. But she ran around like a puppy opening up gifts. She truly enjoyed the entire day and it was heartwarming to see her so happy.
|Clara, wait until we finish singing Happy Birthday! You will burn your nose!|
|Only thing Clara hates - hats!|
|Spanky and Clara enjoying Bowzer Birthday Cake|
Last, but certainly not least, thank you so much to everyone on FaceBook who offered support, encouragement, love and sympathy to Clara. To Clara's new Auntie Toni who is sending her Birthday gifts, to Mary for the Bowzer Cake recipe and to all who offered donations for her care. The outpouring of love and support is quite simply unbelievable.
I read many of the comments to Clara - Melinda C Monhart Capers' posted, "Rest assured, you are now surrounded by the baddest of basset Aunties who kick ass and take no names....AMEN." Yep, AMEN to that!
Deb Smith Gittens', "WELCOME CLARA! Your wagons are circling! Countless people love you already."
It's comforting and inspiring to know that in the midst of all the cruelty in the world there really are lots of caring, loving people on the planet. I told Clara all about you rescue angels out there and she seemed to understand. Clara whispered to me to tell everyone she is eternally grateful to you all. And she sends snooter kisses - Clara loves kissing people!
Thanks to ABC for taking Clara in and funding her medical care. Thank Dog for ABC Rescue! Clara is so sweet and loving and wonderful she deserves the best and she got it! Please consider donating some of your spare change to help ABC fund medical care for Clara and other homeless hounds like her. Go to ABC Basset Rescue of NY to make a donation or become a virtual foster parent. It is truly a joy to be able to help Clara.
Oh...and did I mention...Spanky is in love.
|Can I have another piece of cake...please!|