- Her name truly fits!
Hope is a 2
year old tripod Great Dane. She was born to a backyard breeder in Florida. She
was born with a deformed left front leg, which was amputated when she was just
a pup. Two wonderful sisters from Florida rescued Hope from the backyard breeder
who threw her into a pile of burning leaves because she of her deformity.
These two wonderful
women cared for Hope's medical needs and I am sure they loved her. Being kind
hearts, they took in too many homeless animals and ended up having to give up
many of the animals that were in their care.
All of the
Great Danes that were taken from the home were placed with the North West Florida
Great Dane Rescue in Pensacola. The president of the organization, who was also
fostering Hope, put Hope on Petfinder, trying to find her the best home possible.
By some crazy
fate, I came across Hope's picture. Without a seconds guess, I new she was meant
to be with me. I contacted NWFLGDR and after some serious soul searching, Jeannine
agreed to let me take Hope back to NJ. I can totally understand Jeannine's hesitance
in letting such a precious girl go, but after many calls and numerous personal
& professional references, she finally felt comfortable with letting me
take her baby.
My heart immediately
felt 100lbs lighter and next thing I knew I was on a plane to Florida. I spent
a wonderful day with Jeannine, Wayne and their friends. I felt like we were
all old friends! Jeannine made this wonderful shrimp feast and we spent hours
chatting, allowing Hope (and Jeannine) to get comfortable with me. It was a
wonderful evening and I am truly grateful for everyone's kindness that day.
When the evening
was over, Hope & I went to our hotel room. I had rented a mini-van and planned
to drive Hope back to NJ. The trip was perfect. She was such a good girl and
I immediately felt we had a connection.
Hope has been
with me for only a few weeks now, but to see her you would think she has been
here forever. I am so grateful to Jeannine for trusting me enough to let me
take her so far away. I do know how hard that was for her. I am also grateful
to the two sisters who treated Hope with kindness and rescued her from such
an unthinkable fate. I may never meet them, but I hope someday they find out
that their beloved Hope is safe, happy and much loved here in NJ.