Saving Freya: It Takes A Village

Leah Twitchell

Late night scrolling through Instagram can apparently change your life in an instant! It was about 11:00 at night when I saw this face come up in my feed: 

Something about this dog spoke to me, and I impulsively made a comment that I would adopt her (having just broken up with my boyfriend the day before and ready to embrace FULL DOG LADY STATUS). The following conversation ensued: 

The next day, I texted Sabret, thinking she would be the one to pull Lady. Sabret was already about to pull 15 other dogs just that day! So she was very busy and I didn't hear back from her. However, later that afternoon, I was tagged in a bunch of comments on this post: 

Lady was free! I called my sister and told her the good news. I still wasn't exactly sure how all this was happening, it was just Instagram magic. I found out a few days later from Yolanda that SHE had adopted this last chance dog and Lady was being boarded at her vet in Miami. She filled me in on the health updates: Lady needed heartworm treatment, and she would also be spayed. Supposedly Lady was showing signs of being dog aggressive, which should make things interesting trying to fit her in with my two already sassy ladies (Sophie and Eva, #bitchesforlife) plus Pascalina the cat! However, I assured Yolanda that I was up for the challenge, and not to worry at all. The important thing was that we had SAVED THIS DOG. 

I was excited, nervous and scared. But mostly excited, as I had already picked out a new name for my new dog: Freya (badass Nordic goddess with cloak made from Falcon wings). I thought this was appropriate since Freya will have to fly up from Miami to get to her new home in Maine! I still know almost nothing about this dog. However, Yolanda is in Miami for a few days, and sent me this sweet video:

So the saga continues... I will update this story when Freya arrives in Maine. Until then, please consider adopting a dog from your local shelter. Being a dog lady, I'm excusing myself from the impulsive behavior displayed in this dramatic story. However, I urge everyone to take the concept of dog ownership very seriously. Here are some guidelines (do as I say and not as I do :)

1. Please don't adopt unless you are a true forever home for that dog.

2. Go to your local shelter and MEET the dogs.

3. Make a decision based on the size and temperament of the dog to make sure it's a good fit. 

Millions, and I do mean about 2.7 million pets (by conservative estimates) are euthanized every year in the Unites States. How is it that one of the most developed countries in the world is still not doing justice to the animals we call family? Many people overlook the fact that there are millions of healthy and happy animals who by no fault of their own have ended up in a shelter. So please consider adoption if you are looking for a furry addition to your family! 


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