Happy Tale - "Rex Finds His Way Home"
People often say that dogs “live in the moment,” and don’t spend time thinking about the past. Hopefully, this is true. Because the trauma Rex went through as a puppy is something that the APL staff, and his adopter, will not forget.
Rex, then known as Archie, was just two months old when he arrived at the APL. The little border collie puppy was vomiting, panting and yelping as if in pain. The person surrendering him said he had been fine until that morning. That person added that Archie’s brother had exhibited the same symptoms, and died that day. Routine tests did not reveal the cause of Archie’s distress.
The APL veterinarian wondered whether Archie had eaten something that his owner did not disclose. Through careful questioning, an APL staff member determined that Archie may have consumed fentanyl or a similar drug. The veterinary staff treated him with Narcan, and within minutes, his condition began to improve.
Losing his sibling and being so ill would be rough on any dog, let alone a puppy. But poor Archie suffered yet another trauma. He was adopted less than two weeks after he came to the APL but he was not the right fit for his new family and was returned three days later. The APL veterinary staff examined him and found that Archie’s leg was broken. A splint and some time in a foster home were necessary to get him back on his paws and to find someone who would take him into their family and care for him for the rest of his life.
It would seem like Archie had the worst luck in the world. Humans had let him down. But whatever force brings people and animals together was about to make it all up to Archie in the form of a kind lady named Jennifer.
Jennifer is a registered veterinary technician, for whom having multiple dogs is “kinda the norm.” Just a few months earlier, her husky had passed away, leaving a hole in their hearts and their family. Jennifer and her husband decided to look for a puppy from a rescue, having found that younger dogs usually were easier to introduce to the pack, which at the time included two German Shepherds, two lab mixes, and a husky.
They came to the APL on the day Archie was deemed ready to be adopted. Jen was immediately drawn to him; he was loving and playful, fetching toys in the meeting room. Hearing about all he had gone through in his first three months, Jen knew she couldn’t leave him, and could provide him the loving, secure home he deserved. The pack welcomed him immediately. She renamed him Rex.
In the year and a half since Rex joined the family, two of his older canine siblings have passed away. Rex is a big brother now, with a new younger sister who was also adopted. Rex loves running with his sister full force in the backyard, then coming in for a cuddle with her or with Jen.
Rex clearly knows he’s home for good. He looks at Jen, wags his tail, then comes to give her kisses and lays on her for attention and love. His chosen sleeping spot? On the bed, at Jen’s feet.
Thank you, Jen, for taking Rex into your heart and giving him the safe, loving home that he and all dogs deserve.