Back in January, we applied to Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue because we were interested in adopting a shepherd dog after our girl, Heidi, died on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). She was 11 and battled lung cancer for 4 months. I thought the process would take some time but we were approved within days. We were thinking maybe spring would be a good time to get a dog but then the Strong in Spirit motorcycle ride occupied our time and thoughts until its conclusion in August. When September rolled around we began searching again. We knew our new member of the family would have to be a puppy because Sieben, our 18 month old shepherd, is afraid of many dogs.
To our delight (when we bopped on their site) six puppies had arrived. One black one caught our eye but when we called they told us they had all found homes. We were happy for the little pups but also disappointed.
About a month later they called us to say they found a shepherd puppy at a local shelter and were picking her up for us. She and three other litter mates were left on the side of a freeway at 5 weeks old. Two curled up on the blacktop for warmth and didn’t make it. The tractor trailer driver stopped, after he realized what happened, and gather the two he could find and brought them to the nearest shelter. The poor man was traumatized and could barely speak when he dropped them off.
She is the softest and cutest puppy ever and when they gave us her paper work her estimated birthday was August 22, the day we arrived in Lake Tahoe on our epic ride. Our little sunshine’s name is Tahoe.
If you’re considering getting a pet please be sure to check with your local shelter or go on line to rescue your next best friend.