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In Memory…..Rest in Peace

In Memory…..Rest in Peace

 

So many people say that it hurt so much when they lost a beloved pet that they can never take another into their home. It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. This well know saying I am sure was meant to refer to two legged animals but it has meant so much more to me since founding I Could Have Been Adopted.

Mitzi

 

Saved and loved by Tonya Overbey.  Vetted and loved by I Could Have Been Adopted. Both with her at the end of her journey on earth.

 

 

 

 

Tammy was his first pet and his first experience with loss. Loved and cherished by the Hansen family who foster kittens for I Could Have Been Adopted.

         Tammy

Tammy was his first pet and his first experience with loss. Loved and cherished by the Hansen family who foster kittens for I   Could Have Been Adopted.

 

 

 

 

My Tess. A lap warmer and a scrabble player. I see your shadow in the hall…it makes my heart hurt.  

Tess

 

Molly  found by a minister, sponsored by and adopted   from I Could Have Been Adopted. A joy to her adopting family. Molly was tenderly cared for as she battled cancer and greatly loved always.

 

Maui was found along a highway, taken in by a loving couple who, with I Could of Been Adopted’s sponsorship, were to provide a forever home. Maui died when hit by a car.

Maui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakari was rescued and loved by Lori who is part of the I Could Have Been Adopted family, She had a chronic digestive problem . Lori loved and cared for her for 7 years. Had she stayed in the animal control facility Shakari would not have had those years of being loved.

Shakari

Boots…A Happy Tail

Boots…A Happy Tail

Before being taken into our rescue, Boots would have been considered a feral dog since he had never been touched by human hands. It took us 6 weeks, lots of chicken wire, sedatives, and the help of kind people who had been leaving food for him to finally catch Boots.

We kept Boots from the end of February 2017 until the first of June before putting him on the adoption sites we use in order to help him to get over his fear of people.   In September, after a few visits and walks with Barbara and Shiloh,  Boots went to his forever home.  Thanks to the knowledge and patience of Barbara and Jack, Hopi ( Boots’ forever name) has settled in beautifully….even making a trip to Nashville for an ice cream treat at a sidewalk cafe.  

 

Belle & Elsa….A Happy Tail

Belle & Elsa….A Happy Tail

     Belle

     Elsa

Probably our most favorite Happy Tail is when one of our fostering families decides to keep the animal they are fostering.  That is what happened with Belle and Elsa..two little girls from the same litter.  They are now romping around with 4 other cats, a dog, a rabbit, chickens, ducks, and three wonderful kids.  They are quite well traveled too since they recently returned from a family vacation to WI.

Do you think they have won over Dad too?

 

Milo…..A Happy Tail

Milo…..A Happy Tail

Milo has found his forever home with a teacher and has moved to Clarksville, TN.   We wonder who will teach who a thing or two?  Milo’s new mom says he is “very active” and she is considering adopting a buddy to keep him company.   I am sure Milo would love to have a partner in crime!   Much love from us, Milo and Taylor.

A Happy Tail…Alice

A Happy Tail…Alice

Alice has found her forever home in Murfreesboro complete with a couple of two legged friends and a calico feline buddy.  She’s expecting a lot of music in her life since one wall in the living room is covered with electric guitars and she may even make her own music on a big bass fiddle that stands in the corner.  Her new family has already taken her on outings to Pet Smart and a doggie bakery.  Alice is having fun pestering her cat sister which usually leads to a nap with her best buddy.

A Happy Tail….Bella

A Happy Tail….Bella

Bella happily tugged her foster mom up the steps to her new home in East Nashville, checked out her water bowl, sniffed around the back yard, kissed her new two legged girl friend and played tug of war with her new two legged male friend…all within 20 minutes of getting out of the van.  She is already entertaining visitors and going for long walks. We are always thankful for such an easy transition.

Many happy years, Bella!!! 

Meet Bella

Meet Bella

Bella is beautiful Lab mix who came into our program after being born to a feral mom.  She is a four month old, 30 lb bundle of puppy love.

Bella has had all of her parvo/distemper boosters, her rabies vaccine, and worming. She has been spayed.  Adopting families receive complete vetting records.

Bella is getting better and better on a leash and even walks sometimes on a double leash with one of her current pack members.  We are working on potty training and making good progress. 

 

Eddie and Me… In Case I Die

Eddie and Me… In Case I Die

Not One Family Member Stepped Forward for Willy

After the police found 10 year old Willy’s owner deceased in his home with Willy waiting beside him hoping he would wake up, Willy was put in a shelter.  The shelter staff spent hours calling family members related to Willy’s owner.  All have rejected him, shooting down plea’s made on Willy’s behalf to adopt him.

Fortunately, thanks to social media, some animal loving stranger has given Willy a home but those of us who advocate for animals know that the abandonment of grieving pets by surviving family members happens more than frequently.  Personally it is the situation that frustrates me more than any other I Could Have Been Adopted encounters because most likely these pets are seniors and  less likely to be re homed and, more importantly, no matter their age they are grieving too and no words can explain it to them.

EDDIE AND ME….IN CASE I DIEIMG_1629

ICHBA received a call from a pet owner asking us to find a home for Eddie.

“I am undergoing treatment for my second battle with cancer and am sick for so many days that I can’t give Eddie the care he needs.  While there is hope, the prognosis is not good and I want the peace of mind that knowing he is in a loving home will give me.”

The next morning I called Eddie’s owner and asked if she would like for us to foster Eddie during her bad periods and then bring him to her for a visit when she was feeling well whether it be for 15 minutes or for a week?  There are no words to describe her reaction to this plan…I can only tell you that her reaction filled my heart and made me giggle.

During the year Eddie has been with one of our loving fostering families, ICHBA has taken care of all of his vetting needs and consulted with his owner every step of the way.  She felt comfortable to call and ask about Eddie at any time and regularly received pictures and phone calls from ICHBA and his foster family.  She knew Eddie was loved, that she could see him any time she was physically able, and that hopefully he could one day return to her home.   If not, she trusted that I Could Have Been Adopted would  find him another loving home.

On Wednesday morning April 5th, 2017 Winfield and I carried Eddie to Gallatin, TN to visit his owner for a few minutes.  That afternoon, Eddie and his foster mom,17 year old Chelsea, visited and gave his owner one last hug and assured her that Eddie has already found a new home……with Chelsea and her family.

Eddie’s loving owner passed away on Tuesday April 11th.  Rest in Peace dear lady….your unselfish concern and prior planning for one of God’s four legged creatures is the way it should be done.

BEFORE YOU DIE…Just as we consider what would happen to our children if we should die suddenly, give your pets the same consideration.  Hopefully, you will have family members who, unlike Willy’s owner’s family, will step forward.  If not call a rescue for advice.

Smoke….A Happy Tail

Smoke….A Happy Tail

Smoke…getting to know you.

A picture is worth a thousand words…..Smoke has found a forever home!!!!   This young lady is the granddaughter of the lady who re homed Olaf.  The toddler was so gentle with Olaf that her parents thought it was time she had a kitten of her own.

         Getting to know all about you.

A Happy Tail……Olie

A Happy Tail……Olie

Olie has found a wonderful home with 4 new friends…..Caitlyn and Melinda and canine friends Lou and Rey.   Olie’s new moms are willing to take a dive behind the fridge for him, Lou just lets him be, and Rey’s tail looks awfully tempting.