Our first Success Story of 2017! Jeff adopted Cassidy, formerly Heidi, on Good Friday in 2013. Here is their update:

We have five dogs in our home and Cassidy rules the roost. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out at first since we already had two when we adopted her, but it’s been great. Can’t imagine life without her.

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Cassidy

First off, we had looked at Orphans of the Storm® a few years earlier when our first dog went to the rainbow bridge in 2011. Nothing seemed to click then, but having grown up in Northbrook, adopting from Orphans was always in the back of my mind. We ended up with two puppies that year, so for the rest of 2011 and 2012, my wife and I were pretty consumed with those two but by the spring of 2013, our first two had passed their puppy phase and had settled in so we thought it would be good to adopt another dog. We already had two so what’s one more, right?

On Good Friday 2013, my wife and I were both off work, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to go down to Orphans of the Storm® and see if there was a dog there that might fit in with us. So I got our other two dogs and put them in the car and we made the trip south. After seeing all the dogs that were available for adoption, my wife and I liked a Boxer mix you had, and we took it out to one of the pens in the back. He was very high energy and was constantly running all over the pen. When I brought my other two dogs from the car, they both seemed very skittish around the Boxer mix. I am glad we did have our current dogs with us so we could see up close how they seemed to get along and in this case, it didn’t seem like it was working out okay.

But we were determined, and we had noticed another kennel that had Heidi, a Feist mix, and a 9-month-old Beagle puppy. I was leaning toward the Beagle puppy, but for some reason my wife felt a connection with Heidi, and we decided to take her out to the pen. She was definitely lower energy than the Boxer mix from before, and since that seemed to go well, I went to retrieve our other two dogs from the car again to see how they would interact. It was almost the completely opposite reaction from the Boxer where our two were more dominant and Heidi decided it would be better to snuggle up with my wife than deal with two crazy 2-year-old dogs. Based on that interaction, we decided to adopt Heidi on the spot.

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Cassidy on her first day home from the shelter

Since she was not spayed, I had to pick her up the following Monday at your medical facility in Vernon Hills. The first few days, she was definitely under the weather, and kept to herself for the most part, but after the first week, she began to come out of her shell. It was very funny to see how our other dogs reacted to this. They had been with us for almost 2 years already, but Heidi–now named Cassidy–decided that she was in charge. Now that did not come without a struggle, as my other two needed to adjust to the new social order. It definitely wasn’t simple and there were a few fights that needed to be separated along the way, but as time went on and everyone, including us, adjusted to the new social order, things began to settle down.

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Cassidy (right) with her two siblings, Christmas 2013

It really took almost a year for Cassidy to really begin to settle in to the point where she really felt like she was safe and home. We had come to find out that she was on a euthanasia list three different times in Tennessee where she was from and the third time, the woman who busted her out of the shelter wrecked her car on the way to get her and a Tennessee State Trooper who responded to the accident drove the woman the additional 45 minutes to the shelter so Cassidy could be saved. Knowing what kind of a background this little dog has had, it’s no surprise that she might have been a little hesitant to trust people again, but the good news is that she’s fully bought in to the program and we spoil her like the little princess that she is.

I can’t believe it will be 4 years with her already on April 1st.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your and Cassidy’s story!

If you would like to share your own Orphans of the Storm® success story, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

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