We are a little late in getting this posted, but wanted to recognize the awesome efforts of Maya Brooks from Girl Scout Troop 732. For her Silver Award Project, Maya made 75 pet beds (5 large, 55 medium and 15 small) for the animals at Delaware Humane Association this summer! She made the beds with fabric donated by Delaware School & Office and the help of students at Newark Center for Creative Learning. Maya will receive her Silver Award on December 1st at the On My Honor Ceremony. On behalf of all of us at DHA and the animals in our care who enjoyed the comfort of their wonderful new beds, we would like to thank Maya and her helpers very much for their hard work, generosity and compassion!
Troop 1081 worked hard all summer on their Bronze Award Project, which is earned by Girl Scouts who help their community by volunteering their time. Troop 1081′s project focused on helping the animals at Delaware Humane Association. In mid-September, the girls visited the shelter to bring donated items from their pet supply collection at Concord Pet Foods & Supplies store in Shoppes of Graylyn, as well as homemade kitty blankets, cat nip bags, and a variety of homemade dog toys. Their donations represent about 100 hours of work by the girls, and they were really excited to be helping pets who are waiting for new homes! Girl Scout Troop 1081 will receive their Bronze Award on December 1st at the On My Honor Ceremony. On behalf of all of us at DHA and the animals in our care, we would like to thank Amanda, Isabella, Macy, Sarah, Wellesley and Zorah very much for their hard work, generosity and compassion!
In September I adopted a six month old kitty named Frank. When we first brought him home he explored the whole house and met Penny, our dog (who we also adopted from DHA, where she was known as Sandra D). At first, Frank wasn’t completely sure about whether or not he liked Penny. Now he’s fully adjusted to living here. He’s such a quirky cat. He looooves water. Anytime someone is taking a shower, he peeps his head in between the curtains and watches the water. And he jumps up onto the bathroom counter to play with the water from the faucet. He will find anything that makes noise and carry it around in his mouth. Frank and Penny are now best friends. They play with one another and Frank always rubs up against her. He also loves to sit on the windowsill and look outside, especially when I’m sleeping…. then jumps onto my face and wakes me up. He is such a funny cat. Thanks to DHA for helping us help Frank find a forever home.
Dixie has brought so much joy into my life over the past 7 months and continues to do this on a daily basis. I start each and every day with Dixie by my side during our early morning walk, something she always wakes up bright and early to enjoy. There’s nothing like seeing that smiling canine snout patiently awaiting the arrival of her leash and harness. While Dixie embraces her couch potato persona, she also loves traversing the neighborhood with me during our morning and afternoon walks. It brings a smile to my face helping her explore the outdoors knowing how much she enjoys the smells and sounds that accompany it. She has adapted to our neighborhood quite well leading me to occasionally ponder if she’s leading me or I’m leading her!
One of my proudest moments as Dixie’s caregiver took place fairly recently during an afternoon stroll in the crisp Fall weather. I’ve noticed over the months that she sometimes shows a hint of wanting to speed up…to really let go. This particular afternoon she looked up at me as if to say, “I’m ready! Let’s do this! I trust you one hundred and ten percent!” My walking pace quickened to a jog and her pace sped up into a gallop. Off we went jogging through a few straight grassy stretches in the neighborhood. Seeing her galloping and knowing that she trusted my guidance via leash at an increased speed nearly brought a tear to my eye.
Dixie loves “couch time” with Sandra and I in the evenings and goes into full snuggle mode as soon we hit the couch to watch television. I’m fairly certain she’s a ten pound lap dog trapped in a fifty pound body. It’s not unusual to find her lying on top of me snuggling and using my face as a pillow. Come to think of it, she’s very rarely ever a paw’s length away and always awaiting the next tummy rub. She’s earned the nickname “Bilbo Waggins” (a clever play on the name of an adventurous Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins from “Lord of the Rings”) since she’s always wagging her beautiful tail to convey her happiness.
I always joke that Dixie has a way of worming her way into anyone’s heart that she meets and she has certainly entrenched herself deep in our hearts. Dixie’s love, loyalty, and companionship has helped fill a void in my heart that left by the passing of Aspen, my black lab mix of 15 and a half years, who passed away in 2011. It’s pretty clear to me that I needed Dixie equally as much as she needed me and it’s an absolute honor for Sandra and me to be her “forever family”.
Thunder has been an awesome companion and I could not ask for a better dog. When I first brought him home, he was very shy and unsure about his new environment. He quickly adapted to his forever home and is an absolute sweetheart. He loves to go on long walks, play fetch and of course stay in the water for long periods of time. Many people tell me Thunder is a pretty dog and well behaved. I am very glad I was able to adopt him and give this loveable and affectionate dog a forever home!
On September 30, 2013 it will be one year since we adopted Inez. Time sure flies! Although she lived in the shelter for over three years, her adjustment to a new home was pretty smooth. It did take some time, but Inez became more laid back and calm once she realized she was home to stay.
Inez adapted remarkably well and fell into our routine pretty fast. She knows when I am going to work and waits for her breakfast and her outdoor time before I leave, and goes right to her crate when I am ready to go. When I come home she is eager to come out, go out to do her business, and eat her dinner. Then it’s on to a playful evening with all the other dogs.
When Inez wants to play, eat or go out she “talks” to me to let me know. She did gain some weight since we’ve had her, and we try and walk her at least a few nights a week for exercise and to keep her joints flexible. She really does enjoy that walk time!
Inez has become best buddies with Dixie, the next largest of our four other dogs. Ironically, Dixie is the one we had to work with more than the others when introducing Inez into our pack. They love play together out in the back yard and in the house with toys, under supervision to make sure playtime doesn’t get too rough.
Christmas was a bit rough for Inez. When I got out all our decorations and lights for the tree, she was clearly scared and would go hide in our bedroom! Gradually, I was able to reassure her that the decorations and lights were OK.
Wayne and I are still cautious with Inez around strangers and when there are people coming into our home, but things with her have really worked out. She loves to lounge on the sofa, or stretch out by my feet while I sit in my chair and watch TV and read. She also loves to sleep on our bed with us, along with all of the other dogs, which doesn’t make for much room, but she is comfortable! We could not be any happier with her and her progress.
All in all, it has been a great year with our “Nezzie” and Wayne and I love her so much. Inez is content to be in her forever home. We’re thankful that she was able to become a part of our family.
— Cathy Blankenship
We just wanted to drop a line and let everyone know Mighty Mike (now named Reese) is doing well. He has been a great dog for us and gets along well with everyone.
Mark M. & Tammy D.