Slash

How do you write a Waggin’ Tale about such a special dog when words don’t seem to be able to express the feelings and emotions that are inside your head? You just have to hope that your words can convey the amount of love, time and energy our extraordinary boy, Slash, was the recipient of once he became a VSR orphan. The first 4 years of his life couldn’t have been anything that we even want to imagine. Had Slash ever known what it felt like to not be in continuous pain and discomfort? Did he know how it felt to eat quality food every day or feel the softness of a bed to cushion his emaciated body? Probably not. So when Joan contacted us inquiring about our gentle giant, who was just starting to look like he might be feeling better and getting healthy, we collectively held our breath, hoping that our doggy prayers were being answered, and that Slash might finally have found his angel. Joan was no stranger to the skin issues that dogs can develop, and she understood things like this don’t get better over night. Joan also knew that once you commit to bringing a dog into your life, you are in it for the long haul. She visited Slash, asked lots of questions, learned about his breed and temperament, and proceeded to look past his not so perfect outside and opened herself up to see the beauty that this thoughtful boy projects from the inside. She prepared her home, talked to vets, even told her neighbors about the long, lean gentle giant she would be bringing home very soon. In  typical tradition of orphans on adoption day, Slash, now known as Slasher, must have known something was up. When we got him out of the kennel, he was obviously excited, but in a way that we hadn’t seen him show before. He must have known that this time Joan was going to take him home. We all wanted Slasher to learn that home is the place where you will live out the rest of your life being loved, cherished and taken care of and not a place where you are ignored, stuck outside, and left to your own devices. This Waggin’ Tale is one that the VSR volunteers dreamed about for months. When a dog has a past that makes you wonder how or why he would trust a human ever again looks into your eyes and right down into your soul, and without words, tells you, “Thank you for giving me a chance to be loved,” you know your job is done and it’s time to let him go.  You have to grab your Kleenex, dry your eyes and wipe your nose. because you know Slasher will finally have everything he has been missing and everything he deserves with Joan. So as we all wave goodbye, there’s not a dry eye in the bunch. We couldn’t be happier for you, Slasher. You have touched our hearts like no other. Now go on, don’t worry. These are happy tears.  We are happy to see you wag on, sensational Slasher, wag on.  Click here for more photos!

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