This week we have chosen Petunia as our Pet of the Week. Petunia has been looking for her furever for 9 months now and would love a place to call HOME! Please read her post, learn her story and share it. She is such a sweet girl with so much love to give. We just know that the perfect place for her is out there…we just have to find it! You, also, need to visit her Facebook page (just click on any picture to get there) and tell her hello. Petunia will steal your heart!
Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to be chosen as Pet of the week for Finding Furever. As Pet of the Week, I promise to end world hunger and world suffering and global warming!! I also promise to provide each household with unlimited peanut butter Kongs and Polar Peach Smoothies!! Thank you to the Finding Furever folks for what they do and for helping spread the word about me needing a real home. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about. Since I have my own Facebook page a few people know me. Maybe some people on the Finding Furever page don’t know me, so I will tell my story here.
Sometime in 2010 I was born. I don’t really like to talk about the first few years of my life since they were unhappy. The 1st year I don’t talk about at all so no one knows what happened to me. In the 2nd year of my life, January 2011, I ended up at a ladies house in Detroit. Although the lady tried as hard as she could, she wasn’t prepared or equipped to take care of me and it wasn’t very nice at all. People used to visit the lady and try to help her out as much as they could but it still wasn’t nice.
In January 2012, the C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc. Group got a call and they started to come to visit me. They brought me some hay and dog houses. They brought me toys and bones and food. A girl named Margo came and she brought a few other girls with her. One of the girls stopped to look at me for a while. I didn’t know it at the time but she was going to be my first Auntie.
A little while later my first Auntie came back with another girl and they came in my kennel. They tried to get me to interact with them but I didn’t know how. I just kept on jogging in a circle because that’s what I did. I had been jogging in a circle for a year practically non- stop. The girls talked to the lady about me and left. They came back again on another day. This time they both had slip leads and they stood at opposite ends of my jogging path and every time I ran by they tried to lasso me. Then they got me!! I started jumping and then we started walking. Then they realized I had sores from the cold and I was bleeding. They talked to the lady and another girl came with a big crate and they put me in the car and took me for a ride. It took forever. I was scared. I shook and licked my lips and drooled.
We ended up at the place I would call home for 5 ½ months. It was Dr. Jen’s Vet office in Dexter. I was carried inside and they put me in a room on the floor. Mr. Kenny, the technician, came in to see me and I practically jumped in his lap. It was love at first site!! I knew he would be my friend and take care of me. I got examined and I got a shot. Then they gave me some food and clean water and warm blankets and they let me be.
The real work started soon after that. I got spayed and when I was well my first Auntie Jen started coming to walk me. I didn’t know how to walk on a leash so we had to go slow. I was really afraid of everything. Then some other people came to help Auntie Jen…one of those people was my Auntie Susan. We walked miles and miles and in that walking I began feeling less nervous and more confident. I also learned about “clicker training”, about commands and how to walk nice on a leash. I loved my Aunties and all the people who cared for me. I couldn’t wait to see them. I learned so much: patience and kindness and love and forgiveness. I also learned how to trust people again and I felt secure.
Then I went to a fancy party to meet some other people and see if anyone wanted to adopt me. No one did but I had a nice time. I had my Facebook page now and my Auntie’s kept people updated as to how I was doing since there seemed to be a lot of people interested in me. Still no one wanted to adopt or foster me. Time was moving on and I had been at the vet office for almost 6 months. I loved it there but there was a lot of time when I was by myself and was lonely. There were other doggies boarding but we just sort of all felt bad that we weren’t in our own homes.
One day Auntie Jen brought a nice girl to see me and walk with me. I liked her. She had pretty hair and a nice smile. Then Auntie Jen told me I was going on a field trip for the weekend at the girl’s house with the nice hair. She picked me up and this was the first time I was in a home that I remember. I had a nice big room and couches and toys. I stayed for a long weekend and I got a ton of attention! Then the nice girl with the pretty hair told me she was going to be my first Foster Momma. It was only going to be for a short time but she loved me and she wanted to help me learn some things I would need to learn to be in a real home.
I learned a lot of things!! How to snuggle was a good thing to learn, how to watch TV, how to walk on cement (I had only walked in the woods). How to be “potty trained’’. This potty trained thing seemed to be very important and there were a lot of conversations about this. How to just be in a house with stuff was also a very important thing to learn.
After a few months I was told I was going to a new place to a new Foster Momma. I didn’t want to leave J Momma but she had other work to do and she has a lot of animals herself so it was better if I go to a new Foster Momma who didn’t have any other animals. This is where I live now, with T Momma in Ann Arbor. We live in a cool apartment. We go on lots of walks, it was a great summer. I got to go on a boat and I found out that I love to swim!!
Summer is over now. Fall is here and it’s been 9 months since I was saved from my miserable life. I don’t think about my old life anymore. I just think about my new life and how much I love it and how much I love all the people that are in it. I’ve been a pretty lucky kid. I could’ve died if it wasn’t for the lady in Detroit that let me stay in her backyard. Like I said earlier, it wasn’t a very nice place but it kept me alive until another lady came to see me, then she told C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc. . about me. Then they came and helped me and Margo came and she brought Auntie Jen and Auntie Jen brought Auntie Mel and they got me to safety. Then Auntie Jen told Auntie Susan and she came to help me too. The word started spreading about me and it’s still spreading. The Mocha and her dad spread the word about me every day as do a lot of others. I have my own “Butterfly Effect” going…..’The tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part’’. Everyone’s ‘’tiny’’ effect on me has made a huge difference in my life. I am more grateful for this than I can say!!
The only thing I am lacking is my Furever Home. I am waiting for the butterfly to flap its wings and bring me my real family. I love all the people in my life but it’s not the same as having a real family. People look at my stories and see my pictures and think that I’m doing good. I am doing good but I still need a real home. T Momma and everyone else need to get on to the business of helping other animals in need and they cannot do that until I am with my real family. If you all wouldn’t mind sharing me, I would appreciate it. Please remember that even the smallest amount of energy on your part in my direction will help. If you know of a family that doesn’t have any other animals, please suggest me. I didn’t have the greatest start in life but I’m making up for it now. Remember, I’m just a girl standing in front of a bunch of people, asking to be loved. (I kind of stole that from Julia Roberts in Notting Hill, don’t tell).
I’m sure there are many people that have helped me along the way that I haven’t mentioned. Please don’t take this personally. There are more people than I even know who have helped and it’s impossible for me to remember or even know them all. I do love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart. My Aunties thank you also.
If you would like more information on me check out my Facebook page.
Thanks again Finding Furever!!