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A ‘tail’ ends on a happy note

Jan Dodd and Donald St. Clair, Truckee

Several months ago we lost our 6-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever to diabetes. Losing a loved one with four legs is very hard indeed.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the all-American breed, was like most Chesapeakes, loving, protective, a character, a clown and just plain fun! What emptiness when he was gone. We thought we would never have another dog.

Shortly before Christmas, out daughter Debbie, who lives in Incline Village, Nev., saw an old friend who has a “Chessy.” She told Wayne about Yankee, mentioning that if he knew of a Chesapeake needing a home her parents might be interested.

The next few weeks could only have been orchestrated by God, who loves all His creatures! Debbie’s friend Wayne was excited to help. He connected with a lady in Boise, Idaho who rescues Chesapeakes. Diane knew of a Chessy in Roseburg, Ore. She referred to another Chessy rescuer in Grants Pass, Ore., Carol, who had been in contact with the animal shelter and dog pound. The Chessy had been lost, wandering the streets abandoned. She was in the pound for a month and they could not keep her any longer. Carol contacted Jon, a “foster parent,” and he took her to his home to save her from being euthenized. She had been injured and had serious cuts on her face, nose and muzzle. Badly scared, they guessed her to be 7 or 8 years old. Not a likely candidate for adoption! Carol e-mailed information and a few pictures to our daughter Debbie and put her in contact with Camille in Walnut Creek, who is the President of the American Chesapeake Club. Camille was able to bring the Chessy to her home, meeting with Jon halfway between Walnut Creek and Grants Pass to make the pick up.

The heavy snows we got prevented her from coming to Truckee till New Year’s Day, but then she made it. We all got together to meet the newest addition to our family!

She appeared undernourished and didn’t know any “words” or vocabulary. We have been teaching her “words” as you would teach a little baby. The Chesapeake’s nature is to be well mannered, so she is learning and is so happy to be “home”! Her sense of humor is emerging as she is healing from her traumatic life experiences.

I want to share this happy story with you because we hear so many unhappy stories.

Our “Lady,” as we have named her, is getting along just fine and we are so grateful for the love she brings brings to us showing her appreciation. It is so amazing the love and sacrifice these people have made to save this special dog. A symphony only God could orchestrate!

” Jan Dodd and Donald St. Clair, Truckee