This is the story of Mama.
Like so many dogs, she was dumped at the shelter by her people.
While waiting there, she met a woman who thought this three-year-old Shepherd, would make a good watch dog.
So she adopted her.
Mama was thankful.
The woman lived alone – children grown and gone – so Mama was her protector.
The woman loved Mama in her own way, but was not affectionate with her, and Mama lived her life in the yard.
Until she found a way out of the yard, that is, and then Mama got promoted to inside-living.
After a couple of years, Mama’s new owner began to suffer an illness.
She would forget to feed and walk Mama.
And soon enough, with Alzheimer’s claiming much of her waking state, this woman could not care for Mama alone.
As her family would not often come to visit the ailing woman, Mama would sit in the front window and look out across the street, where lived a Very Special Neighbor.
You see, that Neighbor – a valued member of the Mutt Scouts Team – was an early friend to Mama. This Neighbor, who was active, and had dogs of her own, had walked Mama on weekends since she was first adopted.
Thankfully that very Neighbor noted what was going on, and stepped in, and stepped up Mama’s care.
So began walks – multiple times daily – and someone overseeing Mama’s care & well-being.
When Mama seemed anxious, her human friend would sing to her on their walks.
Mama and Noble Neighbor became closer.
For this Mama was especially grateful.
And loyal. And now consistently positioned herself in that very front window. Waiting. Throughout the day. For her Neighbor-Friend to return home, and love her.
Mama was sensitive to the fact that her owner was sick , and was an absolute different dog when with her.
If the woman endeavored to walk her, she would often get lost in her own neighborhood. Mama would go slowly, and stay by the woman’s side, as to protect her.
The less Mama’s owner could do – the more the Neighbor took on.
Word came that Mama’s owner was being taken from her house – no longer able to care for herself – and put into a home.
Word also traveled that the woman’s family was weighing their “options,” with respects to Mama’s future.
Some family thought a solution was to “let her go,” and that by turning her loose on the streets, she would somehow find accommodations for herself.
Another, more rational thought was taking her back to the shelter. And we all are acutely aware how well a near-seven year old Shep would fare there.
The Neighbor was rightfully heartsick at both of these options, and knew the onus was on her as Mama’s only advocate to craft a respectful, loving option for her sweet friend.
And she only had a couple days to do it, before the woman’s family chose one of the two aforementioned options.
We had met a very kind family that came to one of our Mobile Adoptions to meet one of our beautiful Devore hoarding dogs, Seven.
Sev is an active, young dog, and was not the best fit for this family.
Four weeks later, the Neighbor Scout did some quick thinking and approached the family to see if they had adopted.
When discovered that, no, they in fact, had not found the right match yet, the wise Neighbor said she believed she knew just the fit.
And you know what?
She was right.
Mama has new People that takes her on occasional hikes.
Mama has a New House, New Bedding, New Routines, and New Reasons.
Mama still gets to see her Loving Neighbor friend.
Now when Mama looks out the window, she is not worried, not alone, not at risk of being tossed to the streets, nor dumped back into the shelter.
No, now Mama is Home. With a Family to Care For, and Call Her Own.
Just Where This Mama Always Wanted To Be.