As many of you know… I have a great passion for rescue dogs of every breed, shape and size, especially Pomeranians!!! Today I wanted to share my story about my very first rescue dogs Maggie and her late sister Shieka; and how they came to live at the Pommy Mommy home.
Growing up my family had a Maltese named Angel. I loved growing up with Angel. I took her to obedience classes and entered her in dog shows all over the state. When I went away to college, Angel stayed at home with the family, and to this day is a daddy’s girl! She now takes regular trips to Home Depot with my dad! I missed Angel very much in college, however I knew college was going to open so many doors in my future. Luckily my college dorm was close to home so I would go home and visit Angel and my family as often as I could!
After college I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband) and begged him to get a dog! I was finally in a place in my life that I would be home to take care and spend time with a dog. Unfortunately we were not in the right place just yet. The loft we lived in was in downtown Cincinnati. Yup that’s right…DOWNTOWN! No yard, no trees, no grass….no place for a dog. However the one thing we did have was 2 cars and one parking spot in the garage of the building. Therefore we had lots of parking tickets! One day I added up how much we had paid in parking fees, parking tickets, and towing fees. The grand total came up to a little over $2000.00!!!! Wow! I showed the numbers to my hubby and we agreed it was time to move! We moved out of the city to a nice place that allowed dogs! This space had a big yard, lots of grass, beautiful trees! Perfect for a dog! I was so excited to move in so I could start the search for my rescue dog!
I’ve always been in love with the Pomeranian breed, I love the little teddy bear/foxy look they have about them. The search for my Pommy’s was very specific. There are hundreds of Pomeranian’s that need to be rescued, and of course I would love to rescue them all… BUT for my search I wanted two girl Pomeranian’s that were sisters, or grew up together. I religiously checked a website called www.petfinder.com and my search quickly turned into an obsession. In the mean time I did as much research on the breed as I could. I bought every book and magazine about Pomeranian’s that was published. Anything and everything to do with Pomeranian’s I had to have, I wanted to be a good mommy!
One day in May my search came to an end! I had finally found what I had been looking for! Two Pomeranian sisters!!! My heart started racing with excitement! The pictures of these Pommy’s were so cute! You could tell they loved each other. I emailed the foster mommy right away. Even though I got a response the next day it felt like a response took FOREVER! The foster mommy contacted me back telling me to fill out an application. She also told me that the sisters had been abused by there previous owners. The girls were left in a garage in the winter, no blankets, no dog food, only scraps from what the previous owners would give them. It broke my heart to hear this sad news. Knowing this just made my passion for rescue dogs all the stronger.
A few phone calls and emails later we got the green light that our application for the two Pomeranian sisters had been approved! Three days later my husband and I started our journey from Cincinnati to a small city outside of Cleveland, Ohio to pick up the girls! When we arrived at the foster mommy’s house we were greeted with not two, but four Pomeranian’s!!! The foster mommy had two of her own pommy’s. Lots of wagging tails, barking, and wet tongues giving kisses were surrounding me! I bonded instantly with the sisters Maggie and Shieka! I was so happy to finally have two of my very own Pomeranian’s! It’s been four years and I still keep in touch with Maggie and Shieka’s foster mommy. Sending her pictures and updates about the adventures of the Pommy Mommy home! I’m forever grateful she was the foster mommy to my very first rescue Pomeranian’s!
***In memory of Shieka. April 24th 2010***
Baby Shieka suffered from seizures and on April 24th, 2010 one of those seizures took little baby Shieka’s life… she is forever in our memories and cherish everyday we had with her.
*** In memory of Maggie. October 12, 2012 ***
Maggie developed cancer that took over her pancreas and stomach… we had made the decision to euthanize her on October 12, 2012. She will always be in my heart as the strong leader of the Pommy pack. Thank you Maggie for helping Yoki.