Happy Rescue Stories Friday Friends!! We're back in September with a dynamic duo this month who we can't wait to introduce you to. If you've been following along the past few months you know that during these ruff times, animal shelters and organizations have been struggling to maintain enough funding and supplies to support the hundreds of adoptable dogs/pets in their shelters. We are doing everything we can to help their efforts!
At Fit & Go Pets we play an important role (sometimes big, sometimes small) in helping dog rescue parents and their dogs as they go through their rescue journey and adapt to a new life. We see, firsthand, entire lives changed for the better. We feel this role we serve is a big part of who we are as a company, and our duty, to help our community and help as many dogs and pawrents as possible. Learn how you can help at the bottom of this blog post.
And without further ado, we are so excited to introduce you to this month's Rescue Story... meet Bo & Finn!
- Rescue date: December 26th 2015
- Breed: Staffordshire terrier and labrador mix
- Approximate age: 7 years old
- Personality: Incredibly sweet, energetic, loves humans and is a true mama dog
- Loves to: Swim in the ocean, destroy tennis balls, lay out on the front porch in the sunshine and take care of her 3-year-old human Ro
- Rescue date: December 23rd 2017
- Breed: Chihuahua / pit mix (we think!)
- Approximate age: 5 years old
- Personality: Energetic, sweet, goofy, always moving
- Loves to: Chase anything, snuggle under stacks of blankets, hunt lizards, swim in the pool, and go out on the boat!
Their mom Mallory tells us Bo and Finn’s story:
Bo was rescued from a shelter in Alabama when she was a few weeks old. She was brought down to Miami by a local rescue which is where she came into my life. I was working with several rescues at the time (planning to just help and not adopt) until I looked into her big brown eyes. She came home with me that day! She spent the first two years of her life coming to work with me in my Wynwood office every day. She had friends at every bar, restaurant, and coffee shop from Key Biscayne to Little River!
In 2017 we moved a few hours north to start a new beach life and decided that she needed a sidekick. Right before Christmas eve that year I found Finn at a local rescue in Lake Okeechobee called Trail of Hope. They were wonderful to work with and Finn came home with us just in time for Christmas day. They have been attached at the hip since day one and even inspired me to start Collars4Change, where I sell dog collars and other products and a portion of every sale goes back to a local rescue.
The greatest lesson:
Being introduced to the rescue community has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life. When you rescue a dog it’s so much more than just adopting a new family member, you truly are saving a life. I have learned incredible lessons from both Bo and Finn during my years with them and they both played a huge part in preparing me for my own motherhood journey.
A piece of advice:
No two dogs or rescue situations are ever the same. I truly did not grasp the concept of how much patience and love would be required to rescue a dog with a traumatic past. Finn was brought to a rescue when he was just a few days old, so he was always taken care of. Bo, on the other hand, experienced a very rough start to her life and it took a long time (and a lot of treats, love, and patience) to get her past that. Certain things still trigger her and I try to always be really aware of that for her and mindful of the situations I put her in. But when you can give a dog what they need to heal, they will become your best friend and a part of your heart forever. They are the family you choose and there is nothing better than that!