In January 2001, our family decided to search for a dachshund in need of adoption. Our nearest Humane Society had none up for adoption. However, God directed my dad towards an “employees only” room with a row of cages. One cage held a red dachshund, whom the the Humane Society had nicknamed “Killer.” He had been put in that room for one reason — to be put down.
“Killer” had been a puppy mill rescue and was in really bad shape, both physically and mentally. My dad repeatedly insisted that they be introduced. The staff repeatedly warned against it, but eventually agreed. “Killer” did not bark, growl, bite, or do anything to warrant his nickname. He simply smelled and observed my dad. Despite the warnings from the staff, we adopted “Killer” that day.
We renamed him Basil, and with teaching, patience, and love, Basil was a loving and healthy member of our family for nearly 12 years. One who didn’t know his story would never imagine where he came from. He turned into such a friendly and happy dog once he was given the time and chance.
Not only was Basil given a second chance, but so was his sister, our other dog Raine. In August 2009, my Grandpa was driving out of town and a van ahead of him literally threw a puppy out the door, during a rainstorm, without hardly stopping the vehicle. My Grandpa put her in his car and called my dad.
He brought her into our garage, a tiny Lab/Rottweiler puppy. She had worms, parasites, and was very dirty and malnourished. We cared for her with the same teaching, patience, and love. To this day, she is my best friend and I love her with all of my heart! She was a miracle showing up just 10 days before my birthday.
Knowing Basil and Raine, I truly understand the meaning of the quote, “My dogs rescued me.” A loving owner means everything to a dog, and any pet! And I am so thankful that my family has been blessed with such lovely animals to care for.
Story submitted by Hannah Zacharias, from Morris, Canada.
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