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Friday, August 19, 2016

Calling All Specials!

Have you adopted a special needs dog or cat - senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like pit bulls and black cats? If you would like to share your story and help encourage others to consider adopting special needs animals, please email thedailypip(at)gmail(dot)com.

You can catch up on all The Specials here or check out a few of my favorite stories below. 


Ruby, the rescued senior Yorkie-Poo enjoys the summer adopt don't shop
Ruby, The Original Special!

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For those who have been following The Specials, please let me know your favorite in the comments below. Email me at thedailypip(at)gmail(dot)com if you have a special story to share. Please share widely!
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  1. It's so great that you give all this furfriends a voice via your blog... specially Pearl touched my heart so much..

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  2. Would you be interested in Charlie his story? Charlie was dropped at the pound, only a few weeks old because his mother got pregnant by a stray dog. The owner didn't want to care for the pups. He was in a bad part of the pound and got beaten by one of the workers. He is extremely scared of people (mostly man) and changes. After two years, things are looking up, but it has been (and still is) A LOT of work. But he's the cutest!! We have a very intense bond.

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  3. Our black cat Biene was an abused kitten. She spent her entire life living in fear. She was such a wonderful cat but was scared of everything until the day she passed away. So many pets have special needs, and not always the physical kind. They are all special and deserve a nice home.

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  4. Hari Om
    OMD Ruby - seriously, you want us to pick a fave? YOU of course!!! Honestly though, I have loved every single story - what great work to put those all together and bring all the full-heart stories to attention. Shall I tell you, as an animal lover I am very aware of the sadness that afflicts so many animals, so I don't need the types of posts I see elsewhere which focus on the negative and the horror... your series here has shown that there is horror, but that it can be resolved by the goodness and the Love which exists in the world... Hooorraaaahhhh for you!!!!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  5. I only found your blog when you had already started your Special series. It's wonderful. I just took a look back and Angelina's story brought tears to my eyes. How cruel some people can be. But then, how wonderful some people can be - like her adopters. I hope you're able to find others to profile! I will definitely let you know if I come across any.

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  6. Wonderful segment. I can't wait to read everyone's stories.

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  7. When we adopted our black cats we didn't know there was such a stigma against them. I always wanted a black cat named Bagheera. We love this series and can't wait to see more specials!

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  8. I have rescued special needs dogs and had a black cat and her kitten that I found a long time ago. Whenever I visit here and see Ruby, I always think she must be one of the luckiest dogs. She is so adorable and I'm so glad you found each other.

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  9. That picture of Pearl melts my heart every time I see it. She is the face of special needs rescue, IMHO.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  10. Ruby's of course! Have you done a story about Chihuahuas yet? There's so many of them in shelters in California.

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  11. I would share Ernie's story...he was adopted because he was black. When I was looking to adopt another cat, I made a point of looking for a black cat since I had learned that they were one of the least adopted cats in shelters.

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  12. We love them all, especially YOU Ruby!! LadyBug was a rescue...so we don't really know the full story on her...we have just loved her from the beginning even though it took a really long time for her to trust us...and about a month before she would let my husband in the bed!! :)

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  13. We always look forward to reading The Specials, and it's exciting to hear that you're looking for more stories so that there will be more to read!

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  14. All of those anipals are very special!! Thank you for highlighting their stories! x

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  15. All your specials featured are adorable, Pearl really touched my heart. My Chi was passed from breeder to breeder because she couldn't conceive and then a kind breeder rescued her to find her a good home. I just recently found out that Chihuahuas are right behind Pit Bulls and Staffordshire Terriers when it comes to be overlooked for adoption. I have a soft spot for Bullys and Chis❤, hope to add a bully to my family one day.

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  16. The special ones find their way deepest in our hearts.

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  17. Love your blog as your voice is for those that do not have one, thank you, I would not hesitate to open my house to a special needs pet as everyone needs a home

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  18. I loved all your Specials blog posts, they're all great! I think Pearl is probably one of my favorites. Phoebe came from the shelter and we all assume she was abused by a male in the household. She had a bizarre fear (more like terror) of all males, even boys. It took a lot of work, especially on the part of my husband, to get her to the amazing and social girl she is now!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  19. Oh, it's so hard to pick a favorite. Mom cries every time she reads a story. We will spread the word about submissions!

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  20. Ruby is so pretty! All of the stories are my favorites, I can't pick just one.

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  21. It is impossible to pick a favorite. Being a special myself (I used to be feral), I love them all!

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  22. We love them all! They are all so very very special :)

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  23. Thank you for advocating for the 'special ones.' I now have FOUR in my household and love them to bits. The are absolute perfection.

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  24. Great post! I have a black dog and she is very special... but that's not why we got her. Never even gave her color a second thought!

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  25. They are all incredible but Ruby is the cutest. Kilo the Pug is black and had been through 4 homes by age 2 when I started fostering him. He is very reactive with dogs and strangers and resource guards and bosses people around. He never got socialized or trained and had a few bad experiences and habits. He is so terrified at the park. Making progress very slowly - he even went to a rescue charity last week and got stressed but behaved pretty well. He actually liked the lure course (he just walked it with me as I couldn't let him off leash) and getting some treats from a few booths.

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  26. We've adopted a couple of senior dogs, a broken leg dog, and a Tripaw. Sometimes feels like a nursing home :)

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  27. I have been a teacher to many special needs humans, but I've never had a special needs pet. In fact, I'm having my first experience with a special needs kitty via my dad's cat Stormy. She was recently attacked by 2 dogs and has lost the use of her left rear leg. My dad lives across the country from me, so I'm helping mostly through emotional support and providing educational resources.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  28. I admire those who can and do adopt special needs dogs and cats.

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  29. That a great series! My grandparents adopted a severally abused dog years ago. When she came to live with them she would only stay under the table against the corner of the room. She wouldn't came up to anyone except my grandparents, she was deathly afraid of men, and if a camera flash would go off she would run away. She has been with them for about 10 years now and this past year she recently had several stokes and seizures. After each "episode" we prepare ourselves to loose her. But she bounces back and becomes more and more social! :)

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  30. They are special indeed. I just helped to fundraise for a dog who had both rear legs chopped off as a puppy and tossed aside. He is now getting a forever home!

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