Little Black Jack is a black and brown Dachshund who has found his forever home! He has a new mom and dad and two doggy sisters that he loves playing with. Read below the message from his family!
To begin our story of adopting our rescue dog from T-Bar I have to start off telling you about Toby, our beloved Golden Retriever. Toby suddenly crossed over to the spirit side of life this past February. We had Toby for 12 years and losing him was devastating for our whole family. Our family (the ones who live with us) consist of myself, my husband Dave and our other 2 dogs, Brandy and Lily. Lily and Brandy were just not the same after Toby died. They both had known Toby their whole lives.
Enter, Jack. Jack is the newest member of our family. Jack is a dachshund mix that we adopted from T-Bar. A kind person found Jack wandering around the parking lot of a restaurant. He was skinny and not very healthy. Jack ended up at T-Bar.
We saw Jack’s picture on the T-Bar web site and fell in love. There was one problem. T-Bar is located in Texas and we live in New York. To the loving people at T-Bar this wasn’t a problem. One of their great volunteers (Shellie) offered to foster Jack, and my nephew Colton (another T-Bar volunteer) offered to deliver Jack to us when he came to New York for a visit.
I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are that we adopted Jack. There’s something so special about him. He is very caring and he seems to know how to make everyone (people and other dogs) feel better. Most rescue dogs have been through a lot in their lives. They’ve endured hardship and because of this they seem to really appreciate their new life, and they seem to sense people who are going through difficult times. This is our experience with Jack. Jack has the ability to sense when someone is upset and does whatever is needed to make them feel better.
For example, a friend of mine came over the other day while she was going through a really hard time. She was upset and crying as she talked about her life. Jack quietly went over to her and sat next to her. He slowly and gently began leaning into her. She started petting him and he leaned in even closer and placed his paw on her leg. Little by little I watched her begin to relax and become calmer. I really didn’t know how I was going to help this friend feel better. As it turned out I didn’t need to. Jack took care of it for me. He sensed how upset she was and he sat with her until she was alright.
Part of what I do for a living is see people and offer them counseling. After watching Jack with my friend I’ve allowed him to come in and sit with a couple of my clients that were going through some emotional difficulties. Jack did the same thing with my clients that he did with my friend. And I have to tell you, Jack doesn’t sit in everyone’s lap. In fact most of the time he’s busy playing and exploring. Jack really is a special boy, and I really believe that because of what he’s been through in his life. He understands when someone else feels scared, upset or alone. He knows just what to do to give them comfort.
I am so happy and feel so lucky that Jack (and T-Bar) are part of our lives.
Oh, and my other 2 dogs are finally back to being themselves. They are lively, happy & playful. It’s not that Jack replaced Toby. Toby is irreplaceable. But this new boy, Jack, who has come into our lives really has brought us so much joy and helped us heal from our loss.
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TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a no-kill facility. If you would like to help animals such as this please consider donating to TBAR, fostering or adopting. Every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation.