Anyways, the rescue organization we want to talk about, of course, is Almost Home Foundation. Thats the one that rescued Trixie from her impending doom at a high kill shelter when she was nine months old, and also the one that our Mama volunteers with.
And the dog Mama thought we should introduce you to is Bermuda! Bermuda is a very special dog who Mama takes care of almost every week at the adoption shows. She's a 3 1/2 year old chihuahua, who was found as a stray dog and rescued by AHF.
Most of the dogs at Almost Home Foundation get adopted after a few months. Bermuda has been at AHF for a year and a half. She is lucky enough to be living in a wonderful foster home with a foster dad who cherishes her for who she is... but she still would love to move to a home that will be hers forever!
Why has it taken Bermuda so long to get adopted, you ask? Well, part of it may be that, when Bermuda first meets people, she growls at them. Sometimes she even tries to bite them! When her foster dad first picked her up from the kennel as his new foster, Bermuda growled and snarled and had a huge temper tantrum because she didn't want him to take her. But by the end of the day, she was cuddling in his lap! Can you guess why Bermuda snarls and growls at new people? Its because she's very scared of them. She doesn't remember the details, but she's pretty sure some people hurt her in her past. So when she she's strangers bending over and reaching for her, her first thought is, "HELP!" As you can imagine, this discourages most people from trying to get to know her. (When she growls at people, and Mama yells at her, she'll climb into Mama's lap and look up at her sorrowfully, as if to say, "I just couldn't help it!")
But when someone does take the time to get to know Bermuda, as her foster dad, Mama, and some of the other volunteers, have, she will be their best friend forever! She will let them hold her, she will gaze at them with her giant brown eyes, she will lick their face, she will play with them, she will cuddle in their beds with them at night, the whole deal! This is why the people who really know her love her so much. All it takes is a little bit of patience, and maybe some treats. (Treats, by the way, will really help Bermuda get to know you better... she absolutely loves treats! Bring her something that smells and tastes delicious, and she will be eating out of your hand... literally!)
Here's the deal about Bermuda. Because she startles so easily and doesn't like to be handled roughly, she cannot live in a home where small children are present. We all know that little kids love dogs, and when they see a small dog like Bermuda (or Lily, for that matter... Lily totally agrees with Bermuda on this...) they are likely to reach down and grab her, or pet her too roughly. We don't want to take the chance that Bermuda might nip a small child. So her furever family has to consist of parents, and maybe older kids who really understand how to be patient with a scared little dog. She also can be a little overwhelmed by other dogs. She lives with three other dogs right now in her foster home. She gets along with two of them. Ideally, Bermuda could have a home where she is the only dog, or with a really mellow dog who won't be too rough with her. She would not make a good match for someone who is specifically looking for a playmate for their other dog.
If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in this sweetie girl, you should contact her foster dad by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling him at 224-715-2526. He'll be glad to tell you anything you need to know!
Just look at this face! We really hope someone out there will be willing to sit down and talk with our friend Bermuda.
Meet us back here tomorrow to learn about another Almost Home Foundation pet who needs a home!
And again, thank you so much Mayzie, for hosting this great week!