Willow is on the January 2015 page of our 2014 calendar.

In October, 2012, we sadly had to say goodbye to “Meghan” – our beloved American Eskimo of 16 years. Needless to say, despite two adults and two kids, our house seemed quiet and lonely without the sound of the doggy door swaying or the gentle tapping of paws on the floor. It was clear that our home needed its fifth, furry member of the family to feel complete.

Shortly after Christmas, we happened upon a darling little picture of Willow and her bio via the RMCR website. Her story of suspected abuse in her original home and ultimate rescue via Pilots for Paws and RMCR, was our sign that this sweet pup needed a second chance on life and love.

We quickly filled out an application and within a couple weeks, got to meet Willow for a home visit and instantly fell in love with her feisty and playful personality. We knew we’d found our forever pup!

Despite the fact that Willow was well-loved by Suzette in her foster home, we did experience some ups and downs with her those first few months after the adoption. Admittedly, it took some time, a few tears, consistent training, and lots of patience to earn Willow’s trust. She needed to be reassured that she was in her forever home, one where she was safe and loved.

It’s with tremendous gratitude to the good work of RMCR, Suzette (Willow’s foster) and Trainer Tanya Cardwell, that we are now at a point with Willow where we affectionately call her our “magnet girl” as she loves nothing more than to snuggle up close to receive belly rubs and kisses. She still is leery of strangers but with time, we will help her overcome that too. Practice makes progress, right?

Willow has brought the joy our family had missed since having to say goodbye to Meghan. Willow’s quirkiness only makes us love her more and we cannot thank you enough for bringing her into our lives.

With love and gratitude,
Chad, Leslie, Lia, Lane (and Willow)