I took this photo of Wilbur on Christmas Eve. We looked at him that night, dozing on his pile of fleece blankets on the living room floor, and marveled at how his life had changed since this time last year. It was a few days after Christmas 2011 -- in the middle of the week between Christmas and New Year's -- when someone reported this little stray dog out on a street.
Of course, we don't know the history, other than no one came forward to claim him at the shelter in east Texas. Who would turn a dog like this out, or not bother to look for him if he were truly lost, is hard to fathom.
Here's what he looked like in the shelter cage that week:
It was that photo that made us say "yes" when we were asked if we could take him. Those bulging, gray eyes were enough.
A year later, Wilbur is cherished and adored and has everything he needs to enjoy life. Like Widget, he is one of those dogs who make us smile and laugh every day. We feel truly blessed to have him in our lives. So over this Christmas it occurred to me that Wilbur was, in a way, a special Christmas present to us, and his new life was the Christmas present we were able to give him.
But it was all of our donors whose gifts really make this sort of happy ending possible, so Wilbur says, "Thank you and Happy New Year!"
New Shelter Challenge Contest -- Please Vote for the Farm!
The latest Shelter Challenge starts Monday, January 7 and ends on April 28. Grand prize in this round is $10,000, $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** You will find us listed as Rolling Dog Farm. The state is NH for New Hampshire. ***
Please remember, you can vote every day ... consider bookmarking the voting page to make it easy.
We just won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the last contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
You can vote in the Shelter Challenge here.
Thank you for your votes!