A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Thursday, June 07, 2007
Noel's Forever Home..

My last couple of weeks have been hectic, but also heartfelt...
Both of my transports were successful & all animals have been placed!!! Yeah!!!:)
Thanks to you & your donations, we had enough money for the vans & gas, again Thank YOU!!!
One of the humane societies had to end their adoption event early due to running out of animals to adopt.
We still have 13 pups here, some weren't well enough to go from the previous trips, but will go sometime in July.
We also have, Harvey, Peepers, Scooter & Tiny up for private adoptions.

Life is a never-ending chain of events..
I wouldn't have thought my trip to Wisconsin for Noel to see Dr. Sheperd would result in a forever home for her.

My sweet Noel has been adopted!!!
I didn't think it would hit me as hard as it did...
That is a big reason it has taken me a few days to compose myself.
Every time I would begin to write this entry, I would start crying..
I consider myself a pretty strong person, but she has touched my heart in a way that will never be forgotten.
I'm still trying to get use to the fact that she is not here. Her sweet happy face and her wiggley butt:)
It is a very strange thing to get so use to a dog, being a part of your life and then one day they are gone to new homes..
I'm not sure I was ready for her to leave me, but when you love, you want what is best for those you love, no matter the personal emotions. It was time for her to have her own person.

The good news is that I will be able to visit her, whenever I'm in Wisconsin and she will always be in the good care of Dr. Sheperd.

How Noel found her new owner:
Whenever I go back to Wisconsin, I always stop in to visit my friends at Suburban Harley Davidson.
They are a very dog friendly place. My friend Rob one of the sales guys adopted "Jake" he is the Rottweiler/Lab pup shown in my Fox 6 video on my homepage. 3 years later Jake is now over 100 pounds, spoiled, happy and loves people.
Jake didn't like Rob's Porsche so he bought him a Hummer, which Jake loves as you can see in the picture. (((giggles)))

Anyways back to the story:
I brought Noel there to socialize a bit. She did great, a little shy at first, but settled into meeting lots of people.
The Harley people I know have huge hearts for the animals.
She received lots of loving from the employees and customers.

Happily lying under Rob's desk after we had been there a bit. Al came by and immediately asked what happened to her.
He visited with her and later that day told me to keep him in mind if I were going to adopt her.
He had lost his previous dog a Basenji, wasn't actively looking but decided that this was a meant to be dog meeting.

We talked over a few days and I brought Noel over to his house for the home visit.
She settled in quickly, met her new cat friends who weren't too thrilled to meet her, but I'm told are doing fine with her now.
And with a heavy heart I left her, to see how she would do in a new home. She did well, Al did mention that she kept looking around unsure of what was happening and it took her a few days to eat.
I stopped by the morning I was headed back to Tennessee. Gave her lots of hugs and kisses, thanked Al for adopting her and headed home.
Later that evening I called from the road to see how she was doing, I knew she was fine, it was more for my own sake.
He put the phone up to her and I could hear her snoring. She was on the couch next to him sleeping.
Al has promised to keep me posted and send lots of pictures, so I will share those with you in the future.

My mind was just full of non-stop thoughts, emotions and reflections. Reflecting on her and the past 6 months. How far she has come, how much she has learned to forget the past and love. Love other dogs, people and just life. We should all be so lucky to forget the past and live in the present..

Her story and the success of this rescue are because people cared enough & come together.
Her medical bills have been covered thanks to your donations.
The wrongs that were done to her have been righted, because of us..
I'm not saying this to be boastful, but the truth is, if every person took in one rescued animal or donated to whatever animal organization they choose, no matter what the amount, think of what could be accomplished.
In such a short time we have raised two thousand dollars with our donation badge. Spreading awareness, donating whatever the amount all adds to the collective good.
Be part of the change you want to see in the world, in whatever way you can...

If you have my badge on your blogs or websites, please let me know!!
We're putting together a Thank you page and I want to try to get everyone I can on it..
The next few days I'll be loading auction items, still have about four thousand in vet bills past due and then I hit the road & leave to teach in Boston. Next transport will be mid to end of July.

I'm feeling so much emotion these days and just need to say Thank you!!!
Thank you for believing in me and for caring about the animals.
It is because of you and your love for the animals that we have these happy endings:)

You all give me wings to fly and care for these babies..
I miss you Noel...

Blessings and Light..


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