November 20, 2012
I've had an 8 year love affair with OBG -- seriously! We lost our first cocker, Ginger, in 2004 and even though we'd always said we wouldn't have another pet because we wanted the freedom to travel after retirement, the hurt wouldn't go away. Several months later when we saw an ad for an OBG adoption show in Springfield VA, off we went from Columbia, MD. It was there we found 4 yr old Missy. She had the most horrible cherry eyes, but my husband saw her and said "look at that gorgeous red-head!" Honestly, I hate to admit that I didn't think she was that gorgeous at that point, but she was a sweet girl and we made her a part of our family. OBG paid to have her cherry eyes fixed . . . for what turned out unbeknownst to us to be the 2nd time it had to be done. From that day on, I "lurked" on the OBG website every single day reading about all the dogs needing homes and crying at their stories. About 8 months later we started volunteering and haven't stopped since then. We had 2 foster failures -- our current cockers, 10 year old Pepper and 14 year old Danny. Sadly we lost Missy 3 years ago but every day we work with OBG we remember Missy and want to see all the homeless pups in OBG's care find their own forever homes. This is an incredible organization -- 100% volunteer that rescues and adopts out around 300 dogs EVERY year. I'm so blessed to be involved with OBG and to have made so many friends with a love of cockers and a common desire to give them a second chance at a good life! At any given time we have 80-100 dogs in our care, which is an extremely expensive undertaking so we are always running fundraisers for their vet bills. That is a big effort and we have the very best volunteers, supporters and adopters around who are always willing to help in any way they can. Once you're a part of the OBG family in any capacity, the joy in your life is multiplied tenfold!
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