My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for North Texas Basset Hound Rescue, Grapevine, TX, USA
Several months ago, I found a picture, on Facebook, of an older female basset that had been dumped at the pound by her family. She had such a sweet face, and I wanted to know more about her. I showed the picture to my mother, and we immediately decided to try to bring her home.
I found out that she had been taken in by the North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. I didn't know how old the picture was, or if she was still there. I immediately looked up their website, and not being familiar with the group, I called and left a message.
To my very pleasant surprise, my phone call was returned the next business day. A very nice lady actually apologized for not returning my call sooner, and that she was just able to retrieve my message.
We spoke at length about this little girl they called Lucille. I was told she was still there and that she was currently being treated for multiple health issues, some they weren't sure she would overcome, but they were going to try to get her well. I wasn't deterred, and said that I was interested in being her Foster Fail. I explained that I had an older male Basset about Lucille's age. I was raised with the ideal that a dog is a member of your family, and you don't give up on them just because they get old and ill. I was immediately impressed, and wanted to be kept up to date with Lucille's progress.
I filled out the NTBHR adoption paperwork. I appreciated the length of the form, and the questions they asked. It told me that they truly care about the dogs, and wanted them to go to the best homes possible.
The day finally came to meet Lucille. She was in a wonderful foster home, being cared for by a wonderful family, that treated her as their own. We sat down and talked in length about her medical issues, and that she went through years of abuse and neglect. She was finally opening up and learning to trust people.
She had been through so much, and failed by so many, and Lucille and I had a couple of issues when I brought her home. I had a wonderful support system through not only Lucille's foster, but with others on the NTBHR and NTBHR Fosters Facebook Pages. Everyone involved,in the Rescue Group, became like family sharing their triumphs, tips, and encouragement in order to make the adjustment period easier.
Sadly Lucille was only with me a couple of months. She caught what the vet thought was some kind of bug. She started running a fever, coughing, and throwing up. My vet and I tried everything we could to get her well, and her poor body just started giving out. I had to make one of the hardest decisions I had to make, called her foster, and spoke with another member of the rescue group as well. I had to let them know that we were about to loose our little girl. You see she wasn't just my dog, she was our dog. They loved her too.
I have no regrets of adopting Lucy. I would do it all over again. I will adopt again in the future.
I encourage anyone wishing to adopt a Basset to go through the NTBHR. They are a group of wonderful people who truly care and are doing everything they can for all these wonderful dogs.