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Cheers to 3 Great Years!

January 29, 2014

gh state fair 2013It totally snuck up on me. My rescue group, DFW Rescue Me, just celebrated our 3rd anniversary on January 25th of this year. It’s been 3 years already?! It feels like only yesterday when our founders, Jim and Tammy, told me about the creation of the group. I think my response was something to the effect of, “Hell yeah, I am in!”

Boy, I had no idea what I was getting into. So much has happened over these past 3 years.

I have personally had over 20 fosters and visiting fosters through my home. And 2 foster failures who never left. As a group, we have trekked through water filled ditches and muddy fields searching for lost dogs. We’ve knocked on random doors and crawled through fences in an effort to help abused and neglected pets. We’ve given educational presentations in schools. We’ve walked dogs in the sweltering summer heat and huddled under tents in torrential downpours. We’ve fundraised and rubbed elbows with celebrities. We’ve road-tripped with dogs to their forever homes. We’ve modeled in fashion shows and danced in drag. We’ve survived the State Fair of Texas – THREE TIMES! We’ve rescued over 1300 dogs in these 3 short years.

And of course, there was Justice. This little dog showed us not only the atrocities of man, but also restored our faith in humanity with the outpouring of love from everyone his story touched. He was no one’s dog, but became everyone’s special little guy. Through him we have been able to save so many more dogs from suffering. He will never be forgotten, and we will forever be his voice.

The relationships I have formed through DFW Rescue Me are more than just friendships. We have become a family – a seriously dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless. We have celebrated new births and mourned the loss of loved ones, both human and animal alike. We have seen homes created and houses destroyed. We have laughed with each other, cried on each other, embarrassed each other (some of us have embarrassed ourselves… on numerous occasions), screamed at each other, and through it all have supported each other.

I have always heard that you get back what you put in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. With this group and with these dogs, I have gotten back 10 fold what I have put in. I can’t wait to see what the next 3 years (or 30!) hold in store.

 

Photo via Lacey Phillips – DFWRM

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