Hello BEAR Fans!
Did you hear the news? Yep--we finally found that perfect family for BEAR---OURS! Bear is officially a new member of the "S" Family and we couldn't be more thrilled to make it official. We've fostered Bear off and on since we met him in 2010. I remember the day I first met Bear---not unlike the meetings many of you have had with him----and yes, the "paw" made me fall instantly in love. I was standing in line for the 2010 Goldzilla showcase with my foster pup Avery and I turned around to see who had just pawed me and guess who's cute white face was smiling back at me? Bear unfortunately was not doing well as an only pup at his 1st foster home and spent some time there after in boarding before landing at the Ranch when Avery was adopted. There was something special about this boy----and our hearts were touched. Bear was the classic "scaredy" dog---very much like a puppy mill boy and along with those PM behaviors came some extra special "quirks" that made Bear....let's say, "Extra Special." HA!
Adopted out twice and returned twice....it was discovered over the years that what Bear needed most of all was room to run and a very consistent, gentle environment filled with doggie friends. Bear always thrived at our home, but we held out hope that one day he would find a home that would suit his needs as well. Unfortunately, over the past six months, Bear has shown signs reminiscent of dementia. While he's always been "quirky," some of his new behaviors signal changes...such as forgetting how to use the steps on random days---sometimes going up and sometimes going down---so we have to show him how. Sometimes, he seems to forget who we are until we sit on the ground and he makes his way to us for love. Bear has recently had more potty issues than I care to name, but as the mind goes, anxiety increases and potty accidents happen. And of course, his allergies have added to the fun....but thankfully, a new drug has made all the difference in the world for him and he is enjoying life without constant itching.
So many people have asked about Bear over the years and if he was a "normal" doggie, he would have been adopted a million times as he always attracted so much attention and so much love at every meet & greet. But Bear comes with baggage...not unlike many of our rescue pups and in this case, so we needed to find just the right home for Bear and all his quirks. Of course down deep----we knew our home would be the best case scenario for Bear and along with his partner in crime---Babe 12-247---the "Bookends" would do best to stay put at this point in their lives. Even though Bear has a list of not-so-desirable behaviors...he has a LONGER list of soooo desirable behaviors! Bear is the sweetest dog I've ever met and if you've met him, you know what I mean. He makes us laugh. He gives love so sincerely. He is always there with a smile and a paw...even though both are covered in mud. :) (Another quirk) And on and on...
As I packed up the car from the event last week, a fellow volunteer cared for Babe 12-247 and Bear as he has for the past year at events--their special friend Rutager. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words---but in this case---it was the picture that framed how truly happy these boys are and that it was time for them to have their "forever" home.
Bear will turn 10 years old next month and so we began to think about the one birthday gift that would mean the most to him...and the answer was not too hard to figure out. :) We know the perfect forever home for Bear!
Welcome Home, Sweet Boy! We are sooooo happy to make you and Babe members of our family!
We want to thank Bear's sponsors --- Chien & Alan--who have supported, cared for and loved Bear since coming into RAGOM; both his previous adopters that realized they were not the right home for Bear and returned him so he could find his perfect match; and to ALL his MANY supporters and FANS that donated in his name and those that followed his story--YOU all brought this boy so much love and we can't thank you enough. It's been quite a journey for Bear...but he's found his way home thanks to all of YOU!
Bear officially becomes a RAGOM Ambassador and will continue to be out at events sharing his RAGOM "success" story. :) And---we'll be sure to see you all at Goldzilla!
Signing off for now....
Bear & Family :)