25 Tails From The Rescue: 25 Dogs, 25 Stories and a Plea For Rescue Awareness - Sophia Langley - ebook
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How Could Someone Even Think Of Doing That To Teddy?I am the matriarch of a family of six: myself, my husband, a 14 year old son, a 12 year old daughter, a 4 year old Coton de Tuléar and a 6 year old Shih Tzu. On any given day if you ask me who my favorite member of the family is, depending on raging teenage hormones and the occasional marital spat, the answer may very well be Teddy the Shih Tzu. Ironically, he is also the only one of the group that came within hours of being euthanized.25 Tails From The Rescue: 25 Dogs, 25 Stories and a Plea For Rescue AwarenessThis book was written to share the stories of fulfillment that come from rescuing a dog. Dogs are smart – I don’t know how they know, but they do – they know when you take them home from a rescue that you are saving their life. And there is something special about that relationship which will change both of your lives forever!If You're Considering Dog Ownership, Consider Reaching Out To A Shelter Dog And Change Your Life Forever!

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25 Tails from the Rescue

25 Dogs, 25 Stories and a Plea for Rescue Awareness

Sophia Langley

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About This Book

This book is a labor of love that was inspired by the furriest and arguably most loving member of my own family. It is unfathomable to our family to know that without intervention he was 4 hours away from being put to sleep.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to the rescue group which intervened to give Teddy a second chance. We will forever be grateful for the joy he brought into our lives.

- Sophia Langley

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Teddy

Chapter 2 – Smokey

Chapter 3 – Frenchie

Chapter 4 – Charlie

Chapter 5 – Squatter

Chapter 6 – Rocky

Chapter 7 – Goldie

Chapter 8 – Tabby

Chapter 9 – Claude

Chapter 10 – Sandy

Chapter 11 – Louie

Chapter 12 – Ginger

Chapter 13 – Forrest

Chapter 14 - Marge

Chapter 15 – Star

Chapter 16 – Jeffrey

Chapter 17 – Chloe

Chapter 18 – Hannah

Chapter 19 – Bear

Chapter 20 – Lucky

Chapter 21 – Lolly

Chapter 22 – Lucy

Chapter 23 – Sophie

Chapter 24 – Jackson

Chapter 25 – Shiba

Conclusion

Introduction

I am the matriarch of a family of six: myself, my husband, a 14 year old son, a 12 year old daughter, a 4 year old Coton de Tuléar and a 6 year old Shih Tzu. On any given day if you ask me who my favorite member of the family is, depending on raging teenage hormones and the occasional marital spat, the answer may very well be Teddy the Shih Tzu. Ironically, he is also the only one of the group that came within hours of being euthanized.

When we bought our first dog we actually reached out to a couple of rescue dog groups inquiring about dogs we had seen posted on the internet. Those first couple of inquiries were immediately met with “Do you have kids? That dog is not good with kids”. Unfortunately that gave my husband and I the impression that most rescue dogs were there for a reason – they were probably aggressive or otherwise dangerous for children, so we opted for a breeder.

I’m so glad we gave rescue a second chance on our next trip into dog ownership. Ironically, purchasing our first dog from a breeder led to nothing but behavior problems. In retrospect it’s surprising that we ventured back into dog ownership at all. The fact that we ventured back into it through a dog rescue was a blessing.

It is estimated that about 2.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters in the United States each year, or about one every 13 seconds. There are roughly 85 million pet dogs in the U.S., only 20% of which were obtained from rescue groups.

This book was written to share the stories of fulfillment that come from rescuing a dog – 25 stories from the owners or rescue groups that saved them. Dogs are smart – I don’t know how they know, but they do – they know when you take them home from a rescue that you are saving their life. And there is something special about the relationship which is born from that which will change both of your lives forever!

Chapter 1 – Teddy

Our family ventured into dog ownership along the same path that many excited families do. My husband and I had talked for quite a while about when we would be ready to add a dog to our family.  With a 10 year old son and an 8 year old daughter, we thought the time was right for our children to be responsible enough to understand how to handle a dog and still young enough to enjoy it's companionship throughout their growing up years. Our excited research led us to a breeder to purchase a Coton de Tuléar, a small breed known for their devotion and easy disposition with children.