Anyone who knows me, knows how obsessively in love I am with my sweet puppy Charleston. Well, our little guy just turned one and right when we were getting out of the crazy puppy phase and things were calming down we decided to shake things up again.
Thank God Matt puts up with my on a whim decisions because I fell in love with a sweet little puppy's story and all of a sudden, Charleston has a new puppy brother. I wrote about Caleb (now Rhaegar)'s story for a little special something hopefully coming later but I wanted to share it with you guys.
Oh... and the whole reason I had such a connection with this little guy... he has tummy problems just like his new mama!
"Rhaegar (formerly Caleb) came to PAWS rescue with his litter and was a shy little guy looking for a loving home. He was supposed to be the first puppy who was adopted. The night before his adoption he got very sick and ended up having to get emergency surgery to get three feet of his intestines removed. Like any major surgery the cost was astronomical and the home care would be intense. For a while they weren't sure if our sweet little guy was going to make it. PAWS started a fundraiser to cover the costs associated with his medical care. Matt and I followed Rhaegar's story through the PAWS Facebook page and were so in love with him without even meeting him.
I obsessively checked to see how he was doing and was convinced that this puppy was meant to be ours! We were toying around with the idea of adopting a brother for our dog Charleston so when we saw that Rhaegar was starting to do better and needed a foster/forever home I immediately emailed PAWS. I explained that no matter what he needed as far as his health we could make happen. Matt is a nurse and I have Crohn's disease so neither of us are strangers to tummy problems, special diets, and medical appointments. I, then, obsessively checked my email until I heard back that we were approved for this special little pup. The minute we arrived at PAWS to get him, Rhaegar was so excited to meet us and Charleston was so excited to meet him!
Rhaegar is full of love and kisses and I couldn't wait to give him the most beautiful life full of love. We've only had Rhaegar for a week now but he has changed our lives already. We are so thankful to have him in our lives and he has been a great little brother for Charleston. What really impacted me about the whole situation is the love and community surrounding PAWS. If it weren't for Katie and her team raising money, syringe feeding, going back and forth to vet appointments, and nursing Rhaegar back to health he would not be here today. With so many other puppies to tend to, PAWS could have given up on this little guy.
The thousand and some dollars that was fundraised brought me to tears because I saw how many people in the community really care and support PAWS and their efforts. Rhaegar's story changed our lives and gave us a renewed belief in the good of humanity. We are so blessed to be able to provide this special little guy with a loving home full of snuggles, healthy treats, and playtime. We are able to do this because of PAWS."
Blonde babe. Maryland native. Crohn's crushing puppy mother to two sweet rescues.
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