THE STORY OF BENJI –
This hard-to-place dog finally found the perfect adopter…until the new owner was stricken with a brain tumor. There is no “good” ending to this story yet, but despite the believe Lucas would be back in 6-8 weeks we have now learned he won’t be returning to Dallas at all. He needs brain surgery, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP BENJI IN THE 1:1 Board and Train home until we feel he is ready to look for a “new forever.” You can read his story below but please, donate on www.dashdog.org!
BENJI is a lovable Aussie Mix who we saved from a shelter that can euthanize dogs surrendered by their families. Poor BENJI who had been a very happy, loving family pet, was brought to shelter because his family lost their home.
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The Rescue Circle of Saving Lives
When you think of “Dog Rescue” what comes to mind?
A dog, scared and lonely? A pup left behind?
A litter just dumped by the side of the road?
An old, injured mongrel alone in the cold?
It's true these are ALL the most prevalent thoughts,
Images played on mass-media spots.
And dogs are the beings I first thought I'd save –
They were the ones toward whose "rescue" I gave.
But over the years there is something I've learned –
It’s something I'm not sure that all can discern.
While we save the dogs' lives in the literal sense,
We also save PEOPLE in ways much more immense.
We're contacted daily, the calls never end,
The emails, the Facebooking, texting, pm's.
Each one has a story, a crack in her voice,
Not one thought he’d ever be faced with this choice.
Whatever their reasons they couldn't have known
That THEIR best fur-friend would need a new home.
That’s why I’m sharing the lesson I’ve learned
There’s nothing to gain from judgment or spurn.
DASH offers support in their anguish and dread,
We all know the pain that they’re facing ahead.
I share the one comfort I know to be true,
“No matter the sadness and guilt plaguing you,
I promise, as soon as your dog is with me
Or one of our fosters where you will not be,
As much as you’re crying and worried and sad;
Guess who won’t be taking it nearly as bad?”
It is true, as we’ve witnessed hundreds of times,
Dogs live in The PRESENT and don’t look behind.
They come into DASH homes and just sniff around
Then soft beds and new toys and dog-friends are found.
Their tails begin wagging, their doubts disappear
And soon they behave like they’ve known us for years.
For most this is hardly newsworthy at all,
Except for the people awaiting our call.
“He’s great!” or “She is having a wonderful time!”
For DASH, it is priceless, to give Peace of Mind.
Please, don’t ever say it won’t happen to you;
Never say “never is that something I’d do!”
You have no idea what pet-lovers befall when
The terrible time comes that they make this call.
Whether illness, a death, a job loss, divorce.
They, just like you, said the same words, of course,
Never would life in its worst of upsets
Force them to have to rehome beloved pets.
As this rescue need grows increasingly clear,
More folks contact DASH to help dogs every year.
So now between shelter dogs, owners & strays
There’s no end to Aussies and all of the ways
That DASH will need foster homes, transports & food,
Volunteers, donors, collectors of goods.
So many ways that we hope you’ll be set
To help DASH make 2018 our best year yet!
No matter what way Aussies find their ways here,
They ALL deserve love, help, compassion and care.
January 19, 2018
From the time Benji got to his first foster home he appeared to be an easily adoptable dog, but we rotated him just to be sure he did well with kids and other dogs - HE WAS GREAT! The problem was Benji was not so happy when he began to have adoption meetings. It seemed like no matter who we chose he did not behave well at meetings. Everyone at DASH imagined the perfect owner for Benji: A single guy, an Alpha but also patient and compassionate with Aussie experience to build Benji’s confidence.
The next morning there appeared in the application mailbox the guy we all had wished for; a friendly and excited young man named Lucas – who had read about what Benji really needed. From the minute they met it was best friends for life. Every week, we received updates on how they were doing, with Benji improving each day.
Then last week Lucas called the former foster with terrible news – not about Benji; Benji was great. But Lucas, who had been in remission three years from brain cancer had just found out he had a large tumor and needed to return to his home in Europe for treatment. Lucas seemed sure he would be fine in 6-8 weeks, so of course in both sadness and shock we agreed to hold Benji.
The problem was Benji absolutely needed to continue living in a stable home with 1:1 Attention and competent training. The greatest blessing was finding a tried and true former adopter, trainer and friend who had spent years working with dogs like Benji. He even rearranged his schedule to fit Benji in immediately, and not only agreed to charge us half price for the first 3 weeks, he said if all went well he would foster Benji for free until Lucas returned.
As we write in the “spoiler,” we now know Lucas won’t be back – and we used our rent money to secure Benji’s training POSITIVE people would help us raise this money. PLEASE, please donate on www.dashdog.org. This little guy deserves another shot at a great forever home, and we do not want Lucas or his family worrying while we cannot afford this LIFE INVESTMENT without your help!
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As of summer 2019, DASH Dog Rescue will enter its 10th year of operation. We are ecstatic about our success so far and only plan to save even more lives this year!
Our mission continues: to rescue abandoned Australian Shepherds and other similar herding dogs
and match them with loving families and
permanent homes in Dallas, North Texas and beyond.
What makes DASH Dog Rescue so different
than most other "breed-specific rescues" in Texas?
We want to make rescue possible, not prohibitive.
This means you will hear from one of our fosters within 24 hours,
and we will review your application while looking for reasons
to try and match you with one of our dogs instead
of looking for reasons to turn you away.
We have Aussies for every person,
and we know there are people for every Aussie.
No matter how long it takes, DASH fosters are willing to work
with you and you family until we find the Aussie or Aussie mix
that is the perfect match for you and your family.
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