I rarely write two blog posts in one day. While my angel boy above was with me, I'd begun to post almost daily photos and a little story about him on Facebook in addtion to whatever I'd written about him on the blog. I began to wonder if it was too much. I soon discovered that it was just right. He came to me as Twister. He became my TWIST. And now, in his forever home he is Mister Twister!
I didn't realize it at the time, but this little guy had puppy power! Just having him in my life brought amazing things to me.
First, he connected me to Les Amis des Animaux and Lynn Hull. I was amazed that they were willing to drive more than three hours to bring him to me. As I posted the blog and the other shorts on Facebook, I began to get comments way beyond just my own "friendship" network. I reached out and shared my Facebook shorts on the Les Amis des Animaux page and on the page for Rehoming Animals in the Midi-Pyrenees.
Pretty soon I was enjoying contact with: Pam Garwood and "our" sweet and beautiful Vanille (aka Milli Vanilli); Ernestine Varga and that gorgeous boy Moogli; and, Steve Robbins who is Mr. Twister's and Zac's new family.
I also received positive feedback and support from: Donna Pilcher; Harry Fawcett; Eleanor Chivelli; Susan Jennings; and, Linda Walsh. (I hope I haven't left anyone out.) I confess, I enjoyed the "atta girls".
Secondly, the power of the puppy made my friendship with Annemarie Kremer and Gerard Niet an even closer one. They shared their "Lou" and their time with TWIST and I almost daily. We both learned a lot. They say it takes a village, but for us...it was a pack of wonderful friends.
I'm beginning to feel like I have a whole new pack in my life. (I even discovered "stealth anmimal lovers" in my current friendship network.) I love it. I already know that friendships are taking hold and I look forward to what lies ahead upon my return to Cadrieu in the spring.
Even though there's going to be 5000 miles and an ocean between us, I'm just as far away as the Facebook pages and plan to be keeping up. There are some favorites of mine that I want to be keeping an eye on from the states. There are always those that pull at your heartstrings...Of course, Vanille tops my list and I so want to see Moogli find his forever home. Unlike Mr. Twister, they are both in foster care giving you their paw and saying: Adoptez-Moi! Then there are a couple I keep up with and have been watching for a while:
There's Baxter who can be seen at firstname.lastname@example.org. He's a beautiful boy who is 6 years old and weighs 27 kgs. He's had all his vaccines, ID, neutered, and de-parasited. He's good with everyone...cats, dogs and kids. He's a little shy and needs confidence.
Poor guy was all set to go to his forever home and it all fell through at the last minute.
Check this sweetheart out. Look at the depth of the sweetness and love in those eyes.
You won't be sorry.
And then, there's Lulu who I've been watching even since before I left the states to come to Cadrieu for these two months. Look at him run and those ears flying in the air. He might take off at any minute! You can find Lulu on the Rehoming Animals in the Midi-Pyrenees site. He's a tiny guy who weighs only 4kgs. He was born with a fused spine, so he struggles to walk but it's never stopped him. It doesn't affect any of his bodily functions...
...AND he now has a wheelchair purchased through donations that can help him get around even better. He's calm, barks to let you know he wants to go out, and is just a lovey boy.
How can you not admire his spunk and zest for life? He'd be an amazing addition to anyone's family!
And so, as I head home to the states to get our plans in place so Sammie Cat and I can return in the spring...I wanted to say a HUGE MERCI to Les Amis des Animaux for the TWIST, new friendships, stronger friendships, AND to make a final plea for these and other very special four-legged children who are still out there looking for their forever homes.
Mr. Twister doesn't have to stand at the window hoping that his forever family will drive up to take him home with them.
Let's find forever families for the rest of these sweeties too!
See you in the spring!