Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs
Elise Lufkin, Diana Walker
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stray dog is found by a compassionate person--whether picked up on the street or picked out from an animal shelter--and given a second chance. Some of these dogs are lame, blind, ill, or simply unwanted. These dogs are special. And so are the people who have chosen to give them a second chance. Found dogs seem to be especially grateful, loyal, and loving. They, who have sometimes been rescued from death’s door, become beloved members of families, giving affection, companionship, and solace. They become productive members of society as service dogs, therapy dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs themselves. Observers might
say that these dogs are lucky, but more often the people who have adopted them think that they are the lucky ones.
Second Chances is full of wonderful photos and words by people who have given dogs a second chance. Celebrities from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Oscar de la Renta and everyday heroes who have found dogs of all sorts--from sleek greyhounds
to scruffy mutts--share their tales of discovery and canine-human friendship.
Second Chances is a tribute to these extraordinary dogs and their people. It
is a testimony to the gift of love and salvation. And, in each case, it is difficult to say just who has saved whom.
could not put a leash on her. She became completely panic-stricken at even the sight of one. We had to be careful about our body language—no talking with our hands. She was nervous in the car, constantly pacing, exhausted by the time we got home. Even so, I took that poor dog everywhere—to school, to the post office, to the store. I was determined to help her get socialized. – 40 – Second Chances Final PagesNEW_Second Chances Final Pages5.0 4/26/13 2:05 PM Page 41 Now, almost a year later, it
disability, which means I may get an argument when I try to take Dakota into a restaurant, a library, a school, or even on public transportation. Dakota and I have been on TV many times, including on the Discovery Channel and Odyssey. We work hard to teach people about service dogs. Dakota’s life has changed a lot since that day when he was abandoned, and mine certainly has changed, too. I never knew that angels came with big brown eyes and long bushy tails. For more about Dakota, see The Angel
Freelance copywriter —— even years ago I lost two dogs very unexpectedly. One was a whippet, the other a whippet/greyhound mix. I was stunned; it was hard to absorb that kind of loss, never mind trying to get over it. A few months later I realized that I couldn’t stand to be without a dog so I called a whippet rescue group in San Diego. They had two dogs, Duncan and Hanson, dogs who had lived together most of their lives and needed a home where they could stay together. At the time I had a huge
gotten a little bigger than I had anticipated—she’s not exactly a one-hander, she’s a one-and-a-halfhander, if not a two. I think she’s a little Scottie, a little long-haired dachshund, and a little something else. Above all, she is sweet and delicious. – 11 – Second Chances Final PagesNEW_Second Chances Final Pages5.0 4/26/13 2:05 PM Page 12 J. J. —— Pattie Pankone, Barber —— ne day a drunk showed up at my shop with a three-month-old rednose pit bull puppy on a rope. She was wagging so hard
arriving late that night. The next morning bright and early the young dog F jumped into our car. She was very well behaved on the long drive back to Los Angeles. She seemed so happy to have found a home and we were happy, too. We named her Ely. From that very first day Ely has always been an easy dog, although come to think of it she did chew a corner off the hot tub—but that was the only bad thing she ever did. She got along well with my two cats and the bird. Now she goes everywhere with me.