A note from Sheena
I Am Home
I am finally home and could not have done it without you.
I won’t dwell to much on the past but I had new hope when Rescue Dogs Match pulled me from the pound where I was in mental distress in 2015.
I was taken to the vet for a check up and went to a foster home. My foster mom worked with me to help me climatize but looking back now I just had my walls up. I loved my human friends but other dogs – not so much. I had an incident with another dog and the neighbours gave my foster Mom a hard time so I was put into boarding and there I stayed for a year. I had a core group of volunteers walk me everyday for a whole year – rain – heat – snow. I was becoming reluctant to go back into the kennel after my walk. I wanted to lay in the sun , feel the wind on my face, stick my head in the snow.
I was thinking this is no life – I need out. I had some potential fosters/adoptors over the year but nothing worked out. I was once again wondering my fate.
One day my friend came to walk me and we went into the car ..........hmmmmm.............where are we going I asked and Gen said Sheena you are going to a foster home – a home with a fenced in backyard and no other dogs – be good and don’t chew on any shoes.
Well this is good – I thought. Not sure what I did wrong but this foster did not work out either . I heard people talking we have no place for Sheena to go . I still had a bit of an attitude , I am a very proud girl but that seems to get me into trouble – and I still don’t like other dogs. I over heard the only place she can go is a hotel room – what ?? a hotel room by myself?
We found a human that was in transition and voila she moved in with me. So we went from city to city trying to find me a foster or adoptive home. Many facebook posts, many faxes, emails , plea after plea. We went all the way to Sault St Marie and back to Waterloo region. This went on for a few months , the rescue could not afford the financial strain any longer and just as I heard the words we may have to put her down an apartment was found.
I had a backyard and we had a home. A month after settling in we got news the house was sold – uug – here we go again. The search was on again but there was no luxury of time we had exactly 3 weeks to find me a home.
By this time Brenda ( founder of Rescue Dogs Match ) needed to start to cover up the start of grey hair. The search was on again even offering to pay someone to board Sheena. Tick Talk the time was flying , Brenda went over all applications and there was an application from a lady out west. She was the perfect match for me! Now how do I get there? So all the options are bounced around – do we drive – do we fly – do we fly all the way – do we fly part and drive the rest as I ( Sheena) can’t stay in a crate that long. A crate – oh boy! Good luck to the one that has to get me in that. So after many deliberations, trying to source out an approved crate and because I am 10lbs over the max I needed to fly cargo which was an extra $450.00 . Couldn’t book one rental car – had to book two ( you will see why in a minute) . So once we over come, Brenda’s broken toe, starting a new job and had to take a week off, and having an appendix attack we were good to go.
OK so I was picked up on Jan 25th by 7am 2 cars one for me the other for my stuff – I got lots of stuff.
We meet at the vet clinic by 10am. I had to get a sedative – I felt pretty darn good. Needed two cars and 4 volunteers to get me ready to fly. One car had me and the suitcases the other had the crate. We get to the cargo hold get all checked in then the fun – I needed to get into the crate ....... hmmmmm.....not so much but they had that covered they through my fav treat in a hot dog but I moved so fast that the leash was still on me and I had time to freak out and chomp 3 times on Brenda’s hand – I am so proud I did not break any skin just caused a few bruises. I was very scared as I had no idea when i would see any familiar faces again.
I heard Brenda say gotta go - going to miss the flight – ya run run I said I need you on the other end to get me. She almost missed the flight as the gate was at the very end of the airport. We made it to Vancouver – I must say I did very well. We needed to get a rental car but we could not use it to drive north as there was no place to leave it at our destination. So we needed to rent another car from the North and my new Mom drove 10 & 1/2 hours by herself to come and get us. Everyone is exhausted by now.
I had a ½ day with my new Mom before we headed out for the 10& ½ hour drive back. That was fun – I am not a big fan of driving either. We stopped every 2 & ½ hours so I could pee. It was dark, cold and very curvy roads. We finally made it to my new home and I love it and my Mom loves me XO