Pet Owners Appreciation Day : An Editorial

IMG_8092I’m not a huge fan of the word “owner.” I own my clothes, I own my phone, but do I own my pets? If anything, they own me! But in all seriousness, I prefer the term pet-parents, or even just parents. After all, I raised my pets, I care for my pets, I assume responsibility for my pets, and I love them. They are family.

Being a pet parent can be a roller-coaster ride. The “baby” months are often a lot of work. If you have a puppy, you’re constantly preoccupied with crate-training and/or potty training, teaching them what is okay to chew on and what is not, building trust as their pet-parent as well as making sure they have plenty of socialization with other people and other animals so they grow to be healthy, happy, safe, trusting adults, and so much more!  If you have a kitten, your hands will look like you got in a fight with a scalpel for a good few months while teaching Kitty that your body is NOT a scratching post! RIP curtains until kitty learns the appropriate places to scratch, and that toys are not the same as body parts. The truth is, every young animal relies on you to dedicate the time, love, and patience it takes to guide them.

IMG_8125Like a parent of tiny humans, your “job” as a pet-parent is never over. That animal will need you to care for them consistently and dependably every day of their life, but as a pet-parent, I can honestly say that the love and appreciation they give you back is worth every “accident” on the floor, every accidentally ruined curtain, and even the minutes of sleep you lose because you have to get up early and make sure your dog gets a short walk to poo and pee, or morning play sessions with kitty so they are not a bundle of mischievous energy while you are at work.

Being a pet parent can be inevitably heartbreaking. I got my first cat at eleven years old, and she was my best friend. Tinkerbelle and I had a bond that I struggle to find words to describe. One summer, I went to camp for four weeks and Tinkerbelle was left in my father’s care. An indoor kitty, she escaped past my father one day and hid under our gazebo. My dad was quite worried, and daily he would sit out there and try to coax her out, but she would not come to him no matter what he did. He left food and water for her every day, and sat by the gazebo every night faithfully until I arrived home. Immediately I went to the gazebo and called her, and she shot out from her tiny hiding place and right into my arms in five seconds. The look on my father’s face was priceless!

IMG_8139When I was in my twenties, Tinkerbelle started having many health problems and those problems extended to her kidneys. She got very sick, and to my horror, it was suddenly up to me to make a decision for Tinkerbelle; life without quality, or to end her pain and let her move on. That was one of the hardest choices I ever had to make. I saw with her and held her paw as she was put to sleep and I tried to be silent and supportive to her, but tears were streaming down my cheeks. She looked up at me moments before her life ended, and I knew she understood what was happening, and she wasn’t angry with me.

There was a part of me that was so hurt and empty that I didn’t know if I should ever get another pet, but as empty as I felt from Tinkerbelle’s passing, I felt just as empty not having pets because I knew so many animals out there deserve to be loved as much as I had loved her. When I felt the time was right, I went to a rescue with the intention of adopting another cat, but I ended up coming home with my first dog, Lily.

Taking that leap into being a pet-parent again after I lost my first best friend took a lot of courage on my end. I know that it’s quite likely I will outlive all of the pets in my home right now, and even though the thought of having to go through that pain again terrifies me, I have no regrets about having them with me now and loving and caring for them like they deserve. I admire every pet-parent who has faced loss, who has gone above and beyond to meet their pet’s needs, and who, despite all of those things, can’t imagine life being any other way.

Please take a moment, if you are a pet-parent, to remind yourself what an amazing gift you are giving your pets. If you are not a pet-parent, but you have a family member or a friend who is, tell them that it is Pet Owner’s Appreciation Day, and remind them that their pets love them very much.

So many pets are in need of forever homes. If you’re thinking about expanding your family, please consider adopting a rescue. The gift you give them is priceless, immeasurable, and so very worth it. Stop by your local shelter, or contact a rescue near you today :).

Last note : I may be biased, but here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have PLENTY of extremely wonderful pets waiting to find their forever homes! Check out our website at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

February: Adopt A Rabbit Month!

February is Adopt A Rabbit Month– Wahoo!!

Emerald City Pet Rescue currently has three adorable, precious rabbits that are seeking new homes, and what better time to open your arms to a hoppy floppy bundle of joy than Adopt A Rabbit Month?!

UPDATE 2/23/17 – NEW RABBIT UP FOR ADOPTION!

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Meet Luke, one of our new rescue arrivals! This one year old rabbit is jumping with excitement to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Luke found his way to our rescue after a good samaritan took him after being abandoned outside, but she could no longer care for him. During his time there, Luke did beautifully with the older children, cat, and dog in the home, so Luke is a great roommate to have! Already a kennel favorite, Luke is about as handsome as they get, with a sparkling personality to match. Described as a very friendly, social bunny, Luke loves getting affectionate attention from people and hopping around indoors where he can explore his surroundings safely. If you have previous bunny ownership experience and are looking for a lovely new addition to your critter clan, look no further than Luke!

Luke is fully vetted, neutered, and microchipped. Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Luke!

Update : DRAGON HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!! GO DRAGON, GO!

adopt-me Meet Dragon! This handsome three-year-old Holland Lop boy is excited to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Dragon is not only as cute as they come in the looks department – he is also one of the friendliest, most social bunnies we have ever met!

While Dragon’s previous family could no longer keep him due to allergies, they could not say better things about his personality. In addition to being potty trained, Dragon is described as being an outgoing, affectionate, playful fellow who loves attention from humans! The only things Dragon loves more than toys and being cuddled are yummy treats like kale, parsley, and cilantro, which makes him easy to please. Fans of fluffy, friendly bunnies will surely fall in love with Dragon just like we have!

Dragon is fully vetted, neutered and microchipped. Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Dragon!

hefnrMeet Hefner! Hefner is a one-year-old English Spot who would love a quiet home where he can explore the wonders of the inside and take his sweet time getting to know his people and surroundings. was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with his buddy, Holly, though it is not required that they

Hefner was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with his buddy, Holly. It is not required for them to be adopted together, but they are quite a cute duo!

We do require previous rabbit ownership to be eligible to adopt Hefner.

Hefner is fully vetted, neutered, microchipped, and available for adoption in the Seattle area. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to meet him!

 

adopt-meMeet Holly! Holly is a one-year-old Rex who would love a quiet home where she can explore the wonders of the inside and take her sweet time getting to know her people and surroundings. was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her buddy, Hefner, though it is not required that they

Holly was surrendered to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her buddy, Hefner. It’s not required that they be adopted together, but they do make a very cute pair!

We are requiring previous rabbit ownership experience to be eligible to adopt Holly.

Holly is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, and available for adoption in the Seattle area. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to meet her!

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, and who deserves contributions more than wonderful rescue pets?

Emerald City Pet Rescue, although still a new organization officially launched in 2013, is growing fast! Our motto is “Love Can Save Lives” and we strive to give each animal we rescue and rehome all the love and care they deserve, and more.

For this Giving Tuesday, we want to introduce you to one of the many pups near and dear to our heart that has come upon us, a sweet-as-pie Pitbull named Sweetie Pie!

Sweetie Pie was found as a stray, wandering the streets. She was thin, covered in scars, and we suspected she had been the mother to a litter of puppies in her recent past.

Despite the vague story that Sweetie Pie’s health could tell us, never have we met a dog more loving and kind. Her eyes are filled with hope and wisdom beyond her years, and when she raises her head and looks up at you with her tail softly wagging, you can’t help but reach down and give her a little hug.

At Emerald City Pet Rescue, the health of our rescue pets is our top priority. Sweetie Pie came with challenges that weren’t visible to the naked eye upon being taken in by us, but that didn’t scare us any more than it scared her! Sweetie Pie needed two ACL surgeries to repair her knees, and if that wasn’t difficult enough, she then developed tumors which turned out to be cancerous and had to withstand chemotherapy! What amazed us beyond belief was that no amount of pain or struggle dampened her spirits for a single moment. The moment she’d return from a surgery or a vet visit, even when she was supposed to be on bedrest all she wanted to do was play. We can’t fathom where she found her energy and optimism! Sweetie Pie was a rare, precious gem that brightened each day she was here at the rescue with us.

We are so happy to conclude that after all the hardships that Sweetie Pie endured, she finally found the happy ending she deserved a hundred times over. A wonderful couple adopted her and now she spends her days playing with giant sticks (HER FAVORITE!) and running along the beach with the wind in her face. It fills our hearts with joy knowing that we were able help her along on her long, difficult journey to happiness, and we wouldn’t have been able to help her without amazing, generous support from the surrounding community.

This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to Emerald City Pet Rescue. Your generous donation will enable us to help more dogs like Sweetie Pie on their own journeys toward the forever happy homes we know are out there waiting to find them.

DONATE HERE to help more pets like Sweetie Pie find their happy endings!