One of my great joys is when people come up to me during a book signing or fundraiser to tell me about their rescue dogs (and other animals). So when Lois Buchanan emailed me about her dog Dante during a Rescue Me fundraiser for Meade Canine Rescue I just had to ask a few more questions and get her beautiful rescue dog story in print. I hope Dante’s tale of redemption, healing and love touches your heart and inspires you as much as it did me.
This is the little guy I adopted from Charlotte of Meade Canine Rescue when she was in Connecticut. He was found in the streets in the cold snowy winter after he had been hit by a car. His eyes were bugged out and had apparently been badly abused. The vet thinks he was either choked or shaken. He was very wary of people and vicious.
Dante was in rescue for a few months before I got him. I wasn’t planning on getting another dog and I’m not sure why I even looked. Before Christmas, I was checking on petfinder.com for a Yorkie my granddaughter wanted. We ended up getting one rescued from a woman in NYC with over 20 in her apartment. She took care of them but the landlord was threatening to evict her because she had so many dogs.
Anyway, in January for some reason I went on the petfinder site again. When I saw the picture of Dante (Charlotte called him Mouse), he reminded me of another dog (Rocky) that I had years ago. I fell in love! Charlotte told me that Dante didn’t get along with big dogs so when I picked him up, I explained that I had an older Lab and, if Dante gave him a hard time, I’d have to bring him back. Well, Dante must have understood because he was very respectful of my David. When it was time to go out, Dante would stand back and let Dave go first. Same when they came in.They got along just fine and there was no sending him back! He just needed to feel safe and be loved.
I also have a female Pomeranian, Davida. She is the alpha dog. She ruled David and now she rules Dante. If he’s in one of the dog beds, she goes in next to him and he gets out. If he’s laying on the back of the couch, she moves right in and he moves down to the seat. She has even taken to lifting her leg when she pees. So I’m not sure that she’s done anything to help Dante other than making him feel like he has a bossy big sister! I think the dogs helped him feel secure.
It took about a year for Dante to turn around. Because I’m self-employed I was able to bring him to work with me, to the bank, post office, stores (other than grocery stores) and just took him in the car whenever I could. He was really scared and used to shake but I kept talking to him, petting him and giving him love. No one just walked in my house with Dante here – he would attack!
Now Dante greets everyone with tail wagging! My family and friends can’t believe the difference in him. He loves everyone and everyone loves him. People who didn’t see Dante when I first got him can’t believe how vicious he was. The ones that knew him then can’t believe what a love he is now!
I can’t put into words what Dante does to my heart when he cuddles with me. He is such a love. I’ll never understand why people feel the need to abuse an innocent animal.
Well, that’s my Dante!