Happy Tails to you…
Join us each month as we feature a happy adoption tale of a BBR dog
This month we are featuring Snickers, who was adopted by Lisa and Perry Ritchie and family in MN.
“In 2008, our family faced the sudden losses of our beloved Bucksnort (10/23/08) and Bullet #700 (12/6/08), not to forget our foster dog Kirby who went to the bridge just before Christmas of the same year. We were heartbroken and feeling rather raw about the addition of another basset to the family. This included a foster dog.
In January 2009 I received a plea for help from a family with a 12 year old female basset. Being the BBR Intake Coordinator for MN, I did the intake and was prepared to get this dog to a foster home. The family was facing the loss of their home resulting from a tragic medical issue. They had actually taken their basset to a vet to be euthanized….who would want a very over weight basset with a huge tumor on her eye? The vet asked them to wait and contact BBR first – which they quickly did. After all was said and done my husband and I decided we would take this girl just until “a new foster home became available.”
On February 7, we met the transporter who had brought “Snickers” up to the Minneapolis area for fostering. What a sight she was! She was 95 pounds, wearing a gentle leader since they could not find a collar big enough to get around her neck comfortably with a HUGE mass on her eye lid. With the help of BBR the tumor was successfully removed from her eyelid and she was given a clean bill of health. Each day she began to take another part of our hearts.
We had never owned a female basset before. We’ve always had “our boys” and were very happy with that. Then one day someone approached us asking to adopt her – that is when the bottom fell out. We cried and we held her. How could we give this beautiful girl up? On March 31, 2009 Snickers became a Ritchie and joined the crew with Bosco #514, Bo #946 and Lhasa Apso Bailey. She immediately became a daddy’s girl and was soon seen sporting a pink collar and carrying her pink purse!
Fast forward to Mother’s Day 2009 – May 10, 2009…just 6 weeks after her adoption. We took Snickers camping with us. We awoke to find she had been sick over night. She was lethargic and not wanting to eat. She was rushed to the vet and when she was weighed we knew there was a huge issue. She had dropped from 95 pounds to 70 pounds within a month. Snickers was diagnosed with diabetes. As of this writing Snickers still struggles with high blood sugar levels. But we love her more than anything and we
Snickers and her Dad.
will work with her everyday to get her diabetes under control. She is such a joy! She makes us smile every morning. She makes us laugh every day.
Snickers has truly made our family more complete! She makes sure the foster dogs know who the boss is….and
then invites them into her pack.
Never will we regret adopting a senior basset. They have so much to offer – not only to their people but to the other dogs in the family! We thank BBR every day for the opportunity to have Snickers in our lives!”
~ Lisa Ritchie
Thank you Lisa and your family for adopting Snickers and giving her a forever home full of love. Also thank you for sharing her story with us.