I'm not sure if there is a thread in regards to the stories of Rescue & Adoption dogs, so i thought i would start one anyway. I also ponder, if i was ever to meet with Molly's previous owner what i would say to him or her?
Molly as most of you probably already know, was adopted from the Pound. What i was told was that she had been surrendered three months prior and that it was somebody's son who had brought her in. Apparently, this guy (son) wanted to keep her, and tried to for over month until he realized he couldn't afford to keep her. I wish i had questioned further but because i was in such a rush to get her home, i didn't bother. I often ponder on what the full story could be and who actually owned her? Obviously somebody loved her, she was a very well mannered girl, intelligent and knew basic commands, was good on the lead, and was surprisingly house trained. If i could find out who they were, i would want them know how loved she is, and how bloody cheeky she's gotten and not to worry because she has gone to the best home possible! and that we changed her name from Peggy to Molly. I don't particularly like the part where she rotted away in a cage for three months, with her tail matted to her butt so she couldn't shit properly - but on that behalf i blame the pound.
Rexy, was a free to a good home who lived in a tiny concrete courtyard, was never walked and was left to chase a ball around in circles. Fortunately the owner had good sense that his housing was inadequate for a dog (let alone two, he had a golden lab pup that lived in doors because Rex had never been socialized and tried to maul it) and decided to find them a new home. Rex & Molly took a liking to each other and are now inseparable. Rexy has been hard to rehabilitate (incessant barking, dog aggression, nipping, teaching him to walk on a lead, toilet training, teaching him to leave the cats, food aggression etc) but definitely worth it in the end, can't imagine life without him. Don't know what i would say to the previous owners, i honestly don't think they meant any harm, they just didn't know what owning a dog entailed and it obviously all became to much for them. They were certainly upset when he left. We sent them a photo & an update of him about a month after.
Benji, Ex-stud dog, needing to be retired. We still keep in touch with his previous owner.
I also have three rescued cats. Two i have no idea in regards to their past. One was dumped in a rubbish bag with his brothers and sisters. Only him and his brother survived. We named him Possum. His previous owner i would love to give a beating to, but lets hope Karma catches up with him/her. Ponamu we came across when taking possum in for his injections and we fell in love, however we decided we already had possum and he was enough for the time being. We went back three months later to get him de-sexed and he was still there, so we bought him home with us. Poppy a 6month old SPCA cat, because our town was very rural, the SPCA animals were housed in our local vet - a vet i use to work at. Anyhow my old boss rang me up and asked if i could take her, OH went for a look and bought her home. She's his little girl Lol
Love to hear other stories in regards to adopted animals, and what you would like to share with previous owners??