Mama Wiggle Butts – a funny name, I know…but seriously, nothing else fit (She LOVES to wiggle her butt). She was our very first dog and came with a lot of baggage; 11 puppies on the physical end, and about a year on the streets suffering from abuse, neglect and hunger on the emotional end. She did not trust a soul – was very aloof, and would bond quicker with a dog than a human. We worked with Mama for weeks, and FINALLY she came around. This is Mama a few weeks after we took her in:
If you could see her now, you would never believe that she was the same dog. She learned quickly to follow the rules – and became our behavioral dog to test other animals’ temperaments since she was so easy to get along with. We tried a lot of tricks, but she was stubborn…she liked to hear us all laugh, so one day when she was sitting on the couch, she fell onto the cusions – falling straight back! Of course we all laughed, and she got up and did it again. We called it “Dramamine” and until the day she left us, she would still do the same thing – just for a laugh.
It took almost two years to find Mama the right home. A few had wanted her, but interview verifications always raised red flags and the decision was always made to deny the adoption. She was our only concern – and we knew in our hearts that one day someone would come along that would love her as much as we do.
Mandy emailed us, explaining that she wanted to rescue a dog that needed a real good home. She looked at EVERY dog we had in the program – the big ones, smaller ones, prettier ones, and not-so-pretty-ones. We liked her immediately, and thought of Mama. After telling Mandy Mama’s full story, Mandy requested a meeting. Here is what Mandy has to say now:
We have had Mama Wiggle Butts for about 3 weeks now. She is so awesome and we love her so much! AARF is an amazing organization with amazing people. These people care so much for the well being of their animals. I’m so thankful that they trusted me to be a good mommy to their very first rescue dog! Mama has been such a joy in our life. She has made several neighborhood doggie friends along with her new best friend Teddy, a bichon . We have a houseful of girls and each one of us adores Mama. She loves to go on walks around the neighborhood, and is really good with the leash. Nothing beats a car ride though. Every time we open the door she runs straight to the car! I encourage everyone to work with AARF. It’s awesome to own a pet in general, but for me it was so rewarding to help this dog that really needed a loving family to take care of her. Mama is doing so well! Thanks for everything.