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Reader Rescue Stories: Savannah and Wiley

This week’s reader rescue stories are about Savannah and Wiley. Both furbabies were rescued after their pet parents lost their previous dogs. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we did.

If you are the pet parent of a rescued dog, we want to share your story, too! For information about submitting your story, click here.

Pit Bull and Cat

Savannah and Bianca

Savannah Is Changing Minds About Pit Bulls
By Barbara Blackman

I rescued Savannah, a 3-year-old, black-and-white Pit Bull, in June 2010 from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Pennsylvania.

I had a dog, Dozer, for nine years who I lost very suddenly due to lymphosarcoma (cancer) and complications from bloat that same month.

I was devastated.

I got an email with Savannah’s Petfinder.com link and wanted so badly to meet her. I contacted the shelter, which put me in touch with her foster parent. We met, and before I even got into the house, decided she was going to be mine – no matter what.

I brought her home four days later. She had just had a litter of puppies, and was suffering from a staph infection from fleas.

It took Savannah about six weeks to adjust to her new home and my cat, Bianca, who is now her best furfriend.

Savannah has changed the minds of everyone she meets about rescue, adoption and Pit Bulls. She has her Canine Good Citizen certificate and visits nursing homes. She has more friends than I do!

She was the local no-kill shelter’s mascot this year. She had her picture on a billboard along the highway, as well as on all printed materials and T-shirts for the year. She is also featured in their 2012 calendar.

She is the best thing that ever happened to me.

How Wiley Wiggled His Way Into Our Hearts
By Mary Smith

I wanted to find a new furfriend to assuage my grief over the recent loss of my dog.

Chihuahua Terrier mix


I went to the Napa Valley Animal Shelter website and found one I thought would be just right.

Upon seeing the dog, it wasn’t friendly and was barking constantly. My husband spotted a little Terrier-Chihuahua mix sitting very calmly and quietly by his pen gate. He had an underbite that reminded us of a dog we had many years ago.

We visited with Wiley and threw a ball around for him, which he loved chasing. He also had an amenable disposition toward us, so we decided to submit adoption papers.

We only had Wiley for about a week when he started having seizures. After numerous tests and vet visits, as well as many spent dollars, we had to think hard about keeping him.

It was a very difficult decision.

Days went by trying to make a decision, and I cried not knowing what to do. After much deliberation, we decided we could not return him to the shelter. Who would adopt a dog that had medical issues? We agreed that we would keep Wiley, and give him the best of whatever life he might have left that we possibly could.

Now, a year and half later, he is doing very well with medication. Wiley is spoiled rotten, but gives us the most pleasure! Every day we are so happy that we decided to keep our little Terrier-ist!

PHOTOS: Barbara Blackman and Mary Smith

Sonya Simpkins

Sonya Simpkins is a contributing writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. In her spare time, she loves to take her dogs for long hikes and treks to the beach, out to eat and on long road trips across the county. She then turns those adventures into useful advice for other dog parents who also love to take their dogs with them wherever they go.

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