Stories That Make Our Tails Wag
It’s been a joy helping/watching Louie gain his confidence. The world outside the shelter is big, new and sometimes very scary for him, but he’s facing it head on. He couldn’t wait to see Christa (the manager at MCPAWS) and show her that her faith in him wasn’t wasted.
I have to say, after the two little bits in the first few minutes of our meeting, I had wondered if I was ready to take on the task. And I questioned myself as I was signing the papers with white knuckles. But, some believed me to be a bit of a hard case too, and where would I be if no one believed in me and took a chance?
I often wonder what was going through his head when I took the picture of him on our drive home. Louie is growing into his own and in leaps and bounds he’s doing well facing a new world. Louie has learned several basic commands. Sit, stay and lay down are his best and he’s wonderful on a leash. His favorite thing, besides treats, is our hikes together. He loves to run and explore the new world around him. And Louie has a girlfriend. Thank you guys. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and companion.
Next month will be my one year anniversary as an employee at MCPAWS. While being an employee here is wonderful, one of my most favorite parts of the job is getting to foster kittens! That brings me to my failed foster Freckles.
Freckles was the 13th kitten that I had fostered and I can truly say it was love at first sight, or first hiss if you ask her. I had finished my dog kennel shift and I had heard that we had a pretty cute little yellow kitten upstairs. When I approached her kennel she started hissing and spitting and falling all over herself while head nudging and purring! It was quite the combination of emotions, if you can imagine. It was in that moment that I fell in absolute love with this darling, overly dramatic kitten. I took Freckles home to foster and it was quite clear she had cattitude. She did pretty much whatever she wanted, when she wanted, and it didn’t matter what got in her path.
She quickly made friends with my other cat and my dog Sid. The more time I spent with her, the more obvious it became that she was home, and none of us had any intentions of her leaving. She really is the best. She loves to snuggle with us, the dog, and the other cat. She gives the best kisses. She is always making us laugh with her silly antics and uncoordinated demeanor. She’s a lot more doglike than she is catlike, but it makes her unique and it makes for some funny entertainment. She is just the best and fits right in with the rest of us!
A couple weeks ago Lumber was brought into Donnelly Veterinary Hospital, which is where I work as a Veterinary Assistant. He was brought in by MCPAWS for a tail amputation and a neuter.
I fell in love with the little guy’s spunk and personality from the moment he got here. I talked to the staff at MCPAWS about the possibility of fostering him while he healed from surgery. During the week at my house, not only did my dogs (Mo &Rocky) fall in love with him, but so did my roommate! I had to explain to her that we were only fostering and legally, he did not belong to us. That did not stop her from going to McCall Pet Outfitters and buying a collar and enough toys to last him a lifetime.
Lumber’s spunk and sassy personality fit into our crazy lives so fast and easy! It was inevitable that we make his stay permanent! Thank you MCPAWS for allowing me the opportunity to adopt this little guy and give him a forever home!
Stan joined our family in May 2013. We fell in love with him the first second we met him at MCPAWS. Stan was kind enough to consider us as decent people for a few hours, but only definitively decided he was going stick with us when he saw us cooking bacon for dinner.
Stan spent quite a bit of time at the shelter, he was brought back a couple of times and we were eager to make sure we were doing all that we could to become the right family for him. At the end of the day, Stan has been the one who made sure he was the right family for us. Since the first minute we adopted him from MCPAWS, he has given us love and happiness. No matter what we are doing, Stan is there with us and happy to take part in our activities, as long as we never forget that playing ball is the most important thing in life!
Despite having some anxiety issues for situations he is not familiar with, Stan does everything we do and much more. While we were living in the US, Stan joined our canoe trips with all his courage in the summer. He went through the rude Midwestern Winter without a complaint, as long as the Frisbee did not freeze.
Two years ago, we moved to Europe and Stan bravely followed us. While we cannot say he enjoyed his transatlantic flight very much, he has since then been an aficionado of our European Grand Tour. He ran after cows in Switzerland, jumped into muddy ponds in Munich, said “hi” to ducks in England, chased the waves in Spain and the birds in Italy, and the list goes on. Paris seems not to be made for Stan, there is nothing to chase apart from the pavement.
MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter
831 S. 3rd St (PO Box 1375)
McCall, ID 83638
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am to 6pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 6:00pm