Animal Rescue Connection, Inc.

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Cathy Ross     

In Nov of 2002 I had to put down my 13 yr old chow. I thought about getting a puppy, couldn’t find one and thought I don’t want to go through the “puppy thing” again.

On Petfinder I found a 5 yr old black chow “mix” and emailed the person who was fostering her. The foster happened to work at Table Mountain Animal Shelter, where the dog was going to be put down because she was older and black in color. She told me she was too good of a dog to be put down, that’s why she was her foster. I went to Golden two days later and brought Misty home. She ignored me during the visitation, pulled me around when I was walking with her and seemed totally disinterested in anything about me. Yet, I brought her home. I took her to PetSmart to buy her all new things. She loved it, ignored me. I bought her the cutest green stuffed frog. When we got home she proceeded to rip the head off and pull out the stuffing. I took her to the vet the next day. He inquired about her red eyes. Could that be from bringing her home with her head out the window doing 70 plus mph? I was afraid to roll the window up because of the looks she gave, so I just turned the heater up full blast (it was Nov) and let her keep her head out.

She was the best dog. Knew commands (when she wanted to), pulled me down the block during our walks, marked every bush, tree, etc. like a boy and totally ignored me. We bonded on Misty terms. Misty does what Misty wants to and listens when she wants to and is the best dog ever. Why was such a good dog in a shelter? The previous owners “moved” and couldn’t take her. Their loss, my gain. A month later I decided Misty needed a brother and adopted a chow from a Texas rescue. Misty didn’t need a brother and the fighting was a bit much. Her brother, Blake, just had to learn that Misty rules. Misty is the leader of our pack, humans included. Because I had found two special, unique, quirky dogs at a shelter and rescue, I decided to volunteer. I volunteered at the local shelter to walk the dogs and anything that was needed. While volunteering, the shelter had an outbreak of cat distemper. Because I didn’t have a cat at the time (I had put down my 19 yr old in April of 2003) I brought home 9 cats to hopefully save them from distemper. I have not been without a cat to foster, since.

My passion is for the animals. I know you can’t save them all, but one cat, one dog at a time, is all anyone can do. In less than two years, with the idea of one at a time, over 350 cats have been saved.

Every day when I come home and I see the wagging tails and get greeted at the door, I know why I do what I do. When Misty boots me in the butt with her nose or Blake licks me forever, I know why I do what I do. When I am bent over working in the yard and I have a furry black cat jump on my back, I know why I do what I do. When I have to follow a tan cat to the food bowl and tell her it’s okay to eat or let the water drip in the bathroom sink for her, I know why I do what I do. The joy, laughter, and companionship these four adopted critters give me, I want others to be able to enjoy. There are too many good animals out there waiting to be adopted.

P.S. I also do it so I can be at my animals beckoned bark or meow, answering to their every need and then be totally ignored. Isn’t that why humans were put on this earth? That’s what dogs and cats think.

IT IS WITH A SAD HEART THAT I UPDATE MY INFORMATION. MISTY PASSED AWAY ON OCT 3, 2010. SHE PASSED VERY QUICKLY, WHILE IN MY ARMS, RIGHT AFTER WE HAD SHARED AN APPLE, ONE OF HER FAVORITE TREATS. HER MEMORY LIVES ON WITH ALL THE ADOPTIONS ANIMAL RESCUE CONNECTION CONTINUES TO DO. WITHOUT MEETING MISTY, ARC WOULD NOT BE.