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A forever home is for the birds – and the dogs: Send us your pet rescue stories

September 27, 2018

A forever home is for the birds – and the dogs: Send us your pet rescue stories

FORT WORTH, Texas -- At first, my pets Blondie and Sonny might seem like an odd pair: a white dog with floppy ears and a regal-looking, sharp-beaked parakeet. But they share one thing in common – they are both grateful to have found a home where they are loved and cared for.

Blondie is a two-time pound puppy. She ended up at the pound at about 3 to 4 months old, why I don’t know. Her first adopters brought her back, and she was adopted again at about 6 months old by some people who left in her in one of those green plastic igloos in the back yard in January, when it was about 20 degrees outside. My neighbor knew them and they were wanting to get rid of her. He said he knew a person that would take her: Me. 

So he brought her over and she was just the sweetest thing, very scared and covered in mud, but she took to me right away. I showed her how to use the doggy door and gave her a bath. She was so grateful to have somebody love her, and she slept in our bed the very first night.  

Seven years later and she is just so sweet. Spoiled baby!  

Now for Mr. Sonny: It was a cold Easter morning and I was making coffee in my kitchen and this green-cheeked conure (parakeet) landed on my outside window ledge and started pecking at the glass.

I went out there to give him a cracker and he jumped up on my shoulder and wouldn’t leave, so I brought him into the house. He crawled up into my wife’s hair and slept there for about four hours. 

I went out and got some bird food and a cage, and he took right to it. Again, so grateful to have somebody care. Animals are so smart; they know. They get along on their own when they have to, but they know when they have found a forever home.

Brian Maziasz,

Fort Worth, Texas, by way of Garfield Heights

Do you share your life with an animal that is near and dear to you? Tell us something about your pet - all species are welcome - and send along a photo of the two of you. Be sure to tell us which Greater Cleveland community you live in. Send everything to Ann Norman at anorman@cleveland.com.

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