Unexpected Happy Endings

by Houndstooth on

Earlier this week, I got an email from Bunny’s adoption group.  Most of Bunny’s family was adopted through the same adoption group.  Her mother was there at the same time Bunny was and was chosen for adoption the same day we chose Bunny.  I even met her there before I met Bunny.   Most of Bunny’s littermates were adopted through the group, too.  I know of one who went to the East coast and I believe one of her other sisters was adopted by another group in Chicago.  I feel pretty lucky that it worked out this way, because it allows us to keep track of her siblings and meet them.

Puppy Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Puppy Bunny

It’s odd, but I know that several of her siblings healed people’s hearts when they were adopted just like Bunny healed mine.  One family adopted a Greyhound who passed away just after they adopted her from complications of her spay surgery and they went back and chose Bunny’s sister.

I’ve enjoyed hearing about how things have turned out for her siblings and seeing how they look.  I know it’s illogical, but it makes me happy to know that the rest of her siblings are living happy lives.  I doubt Bunny worries about things like that, but it makes me feel better all the same.  When her sister was rescued from the hoarder, I wanted more than anything to be able to adopt her, but it wasn’t in the cards.

Bunny and Gizmo -- Tales and Tails

Bunny and Gizmo

She was the only dog from the litter to face any kind of adversity, though, until recently.  The email I got earlier this week was letting me know that Bunny’s brother was returned to the group.  After seven years of companionship, his adopter was returning him because he’s getting married in September and his bride to be doesn’t like dogs.  I’ll refrain from saying what I think about that, because this is a family blog.  I feel badly for any dog who gets adopted and then returned, but a senior dog who’s been doing everything right and then suddenly finds itself homeless is especially hard to stomach.

Fortunately, Buddha has found an unexpected happy ending.  The day he was returned, another adopter was waiting for him and took him home to live with three other Greyhounds.  His new human is retired and there’s a lovely fenced in back yard for him.  Buddha won’t want for anything and might be better off than he was before.  I saw a picture of him in his new back yard and I recognized that happy face immediately, because he looks so much like Bunny.  As a matter of fact, Mr. Taleteller thought it was Bunny until I told him the story.

Puppy Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Puppy Bunny

At first, I was just angry when I heard the story, but the more I mulled it over, the more of a silver lining I began to see.  Few senior dogs are lucky enough to have someone learn their story and be waiting to take them home after they are returned.  When something bad happens to us, and we all get rained on sometimes, nobody knows what’s around the corner.  It’s hard to keep your spirits up when the unexpected happens, but things do get better.  Usually, not as quickly as they did for Buddha, but they do improve if you can hold on and wait it out.   Sometimes, things really do work out for the best.  We’re wishing Buddha many more happy years in his new home.

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  • Sue Dyer

    So glad Buddha went straight into his new home and didn’t have to go back into kennels.

    Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Casey the Boxer

    It makes us SO ANGRY when people surrender their dogs to LBR because of a STUPID reason like that. You promised to love us and care for us the rest of our lives! We’ve held up our end of the bargain, and now you’re abandoning us?? I’m SO SO glad that Buddha got a good home after all. Nothing but the best now, pup!

  • Hailey’s Lady

    I won’t say what I think about people who surrender dogs for that type of reason either . . . . I am working on not judging others as much. I am so glad it worked out for Buddha!

  • I hate to say it, but a dog lover and a “freak of nature” that doesn’t love dogs will never last together. I’m so glad that Buddha has a new loving home.

    • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

      But then again, a true dog lover wouldn’t give up their dog for that reason, would they? Karma will more than likely come to call, we hope.
      Anyway, I’m also just glad that Buddha found a true loving home!

  • MelF

    I think your view of the silver lining is right on. So many senior dogs get passed over. I am so glad he had a place to go immediately, and that it was a forever home was even better. I am sad the first owner chose a woman who hates dogs. I suspect he will always regret giving up his dog for her and resent her for it, but maybe not. I know I would.
    I can relate to the reassurance you get from knowing the siblings are also in loving homes. I fostered Jasper and his sister. She was adopted out from the same shelter I volunteered at and had only heard that she had gone to a loving new home with an older couple who renamed her Casey (she was called Jasmine when I had her). I later learned that she ended up with Sheltie rescue and is in a loving home in a town not too far from me. She goes to the east coast in the summer and plays on the beach. Knowing she has a good life is so reassuring to me. If she ever were to be returned, she would come back to a group I know.