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Review for Carolina Poodle Rescue, Pacolet, SC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is Long! Through tears I will write my story. We adopted our first poodle from CPR in July 2011. Someone coming into my office saw the picture of my standard male and told me if I ever wanted another, I should look into CPR. His family had adopted numerous times form them & they were great rescue. My male was seven years old, so we wanted an older dog to be his companion. I went on the website and fell in love with a labradoodle and put in an application. When we went to the Farm, he had just been adopted. I was disappointed but not defeated. We visited with several dogs and then this cute skinny black female standard poodle came out. She had me at Go and immediately went to our standard male to win his attention. She was 7 months old and full of energy.
(I didn't want a pup. Ha.) Needless to say, she won all four of us over. (husband, son, Murphy & me) . Fast forward...2013 ...received an email that there were several poodle puppies needing homes. We adopted an apricot male that was being Fostered. He was the love of quite a few people...especially my son, who was officially the pups leader.
We lost our male, Murphy in March 2014 & suddenly lost little Cooper, one month before his third birthday, August 2016. Our hearts were broken! Then one day, I saw a picture of a four year old standard (not on CPR website). Something about his eyes pulled at my heart. But, I keep saying "no....not ready...Maddie is doing fine alone". Then one day I clicked on the website and it showed that this little boy was being cared for at CPR. I had to call.
Donna said, "are you sure...have your read his bio?" After much interviewing, new application, interview & references, I spoke with Donna again. She keep telling me of all the special needs of my little boy. She couldn't make me falter, I was hooked....I kept seeing those pleading eyes. (and now comes the big tears) After much talking, we agreed on a two day visitation at the Farm to see if he like us. We met on Saturday with plans to come back on Sunday. We spent hours...visiting. He seemed to take to us...I was in love even after he bit me three times. (totally my fault). I wanted to save him from the four years of abuse he had suffered. He was a resource guarder...I knew it and didn't care. My Maddie is a strong girl and I knew she would be patient with him. Two months later...we were working through his temperament...good days, not so good days. Then the final blow...he attacked my daughters miniature poodle who was visiting. (ripping his neck open)
I knew I couldn't keep him. Donna & I had discussed this previously. She was very supported with me as well as numerous other volunteers with know who your are (PR). With tears streaming down my face...I drove two hours to take him back to the Farm. Donna promised me that if she could not rehome him (which was a question to begin with), he would have a Forever home there. I knew there would be challenges & I was willing to give it a chance. Donna & her husband are miracle workers and handled him better than me. Donna told me not to be discourage & defeated. She also said, "Don't worry, I'll find you the perfect poodle...the perfect match for you." I didn't want "perfect", I wanted my boy and couldn't have him. Well...she called me one day and said, "just want too let you know there are two sister coming up for adoption, but I'm still looking for you a match...just be patient." She told me about the girls health issues. Two weeks later, I called and said, "I want to meet the girls. I don't care if the have known health issues."
We went to meet the Golden Girls that weekend, thinking we were coming home with the healthiest of the two, the one with the outgoing personality. Didn't workout that way.
Little Nosey Rosie, as we call her....stuck her nose under my my lap...and I was done...she had to come home with me. I know she will have health issue and not live a long life, but I plane to give her as much love as possible for the few short years she has. She and Maddie have become true sister, who love to play and love each other! She is a blessing to our family. I can't thank Donna, CPR & all the workers and volunteers who make this possible to save every dog that they can...until there are none!
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Also, Thank to Mark for telling me about CPR.
Jo Ellen, grateful adopter.

Role:  Volunteer