A few months ago, we launched a program called Operation H.O.W.L. and thanks to our friend, Emelia Hitchner, it was featured on the front page of the St. Augustine Record in June. Emelia’s article reached an amazing woman who would end up opening her home to save a beautiful, beefy, fawn colored pit bull we named, Mac.
The day the article was released we got a call from Sharon. She let us know she was a retired teacher, her children had moved out years ago and though she’s a huge dog lover, she didn’t have any pets at the moment. She thought fostering for 6 weeks would be the perfect way to get her dog fix without becoming attached.
Like we do with all of our fosters, I asked Sharon if she thought about what kind of dog she’d like to foster. She was a breeze, she said she’d take whoever needed to be saved. So I asked her if she was opposed to a bully breed…”Nope!” she said. A woman after my own heart.
Enter Mr. Mac. Someone did right by this dog. He was at a healthy weight, heartworm negative, he knew “sit” and “down” and was very well mannered given that he’d been living in a loud, scary shelter for the last 30 days. We always wonder why dogs end up at the shelter, but it was especially true for Mac. In the 20 minutes we spent with him we could already see what an amazing dog he was.
It was love at first sight, Sharon and Mac became inseparable. They went for walks, played ball in her enormous family room, and he’d even been on a couple of play dates with Sharon’s grand-dog, Sadie. It was a match made in heaven, Alyss and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Two weeks ago, I got a call from Sharon and I could hear in her voice that something was up. She said “Lindsey, I have to tell you, things are going really well with Mac … they’re actually going a little too well”. Sharon said her son, daughter-in-law, and grand-dog had fallen in love with Mac, and just like Sharon, they couldn’t imagine letting him go. They weren’t looking to add another pup to their family, but Mac fit in seamlessly. It was a no-brainer.
As of Friday, just five short days before his scheduled departure date to Washington State (yesterday, 8/24), Mac was officially off the market. He now has two fabulous parents, a big sister to show him the ropes, and a grandma who plans on spoiling him during “her week” every month.
So in the end, Mac didn’t need to travel those 3000 miles across the country to find his forever family … they were right under his nose all along. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.