a miracle after a storm!
The story of two rottweilers
rescued after Katrina hit
PEACHES AND CHAD
two nine year old brother and sister
Once more abandoned. Read at the end of the story.
Their story told by Jim and Linda Garvie
Many of you are aware that a few weeks ago, we assisted in the transport of New Orleans rescues, Zelda and Abe (named by the rescuers). Zelda and Abe had been found in a home in downtown New Orleans and had found their way to a shelter in Dothan, AL.
They were clearly not
kids and were inseparable. Grace volunteered to foster them and we agreed
to help with the transport.
On Sunday, October 9, we set off for Tallahassee to meet up with Beth Fitzgerald
who was transporting those two
plus a third rescue, Sugar, from Dothan. I went up there with Linda's
sister, Rose Ann and a good friend Rudy. We picked up the rescues and it
was clear that while Zelda was dealing with things fairly well, Abe was very
depressed. He needed
to be coaxed out of the crate. He wouldn't go anywhere without Zelda. We were very concerned about whether he was going to be able to deal with all the travel and change. And more than that, we worried about Zelda if Abe couldn't. We brought Sugar to Celia Cone in Alachua and
Zelda and Abe back to Orlando where Grace brought them home to the Acosta Dog Hotel.
Two weeks later, we heard that Zelda and Abe's owner, Jackie Carroll, had been found. We talked with her by phone and learned that Zelda and Abe were actually Peaches and Chad. They are 9 years old and yes, indeed, they are inseparable. We offered to help get Jackie's dogs back
Meanwhile, Grace had had the rescues checked out medically and was reporting that Chad was adjusting quite well to his new foster home. You can see them smiling in this picture!
On Friday, Leo and Mary Durbin, GRC members drove down from Palm Beach county to Grace's home in Miami Dade county and drove up to Orlando to bring us Peaches and Chad.
And Grace knew a MIRACLE HAD HAPPENED!
Once we saw them, we knew these
guys were going to be fine. Both dogs bounded out of the back of the
Durbin's station wagon, pulled us over to the grass and peed side-by-side, then
wiggled their butts and kissed us as if we were their long-lost relatives.
When we asked them
if they wanted to go home with us, they ran to our van, propped themselves on the rear bumper and waited for us to hoist them in.
They stayed in the house with us Friday night and Saturday. Chad showed that he is the dominant of the two not with aggression but with a protective presence whenever one of our girls challenged Peaches. On Saturday night, I sat in the kitchen while Linda prepared dinner with
Chad on my right side with his head on my right thigh and my arm around him and Peaches in the same position on my left thigh. I got lots of kisses. It was a really nice evening with two very sweet senior citizens.
On Sunday, Linda and I rose early got the van ready and then I asked Peaches and Chad if they'd like to go home. They ran in circles, beelined to the van and let me hoist them in.
We met Beth Fitzgerald in Pensacola and the dogs wiggled and wagged when they saw her.
They remembered her and seemed to understand that she was there to help them get home. Beth then took Peaches and Chad to meet Jackie Carroll in Louisiana.
On our way home, Beth called to tell us that when the dogs saw Jackie, they wiggled, wagged and kissed her incessantly. Jackie cried. She never thought that she'd see them again.
For those of you who may question why so many people from ARC, rescue
groups and GRC would work so hard to find homes for 9-year-old dogs, all
I can say is because they deserve it. It has been one of the most
rewarding thing I've done in my life. I'll always remember Peaches and
Chad. With love.
Jim & Linda Garvie
Chad and Peaches are once more left at shelter.
This time the owner lost her home insurance
GGARR was contacted once more by Anna Mouldon. We offered to take them back if a closer home was not found. Kandis Bonett of Texas, offered her Boarding Kennel.
July 17th, 2006
TO ROTTIE-L posted by Grace
help starts pouring in...ALL MEMBERS OF GRC
Janet Fletcher writes.. Grace you can count on me to help with transport if in the evenings or weekend.
Kathy Terry, Papillon rescue writes... If someone can set up a route and specify legs that need to be filled, I can certainly put this request out on my list.
Luis Garriga Count me in . If someone could bring them to Brevard County or close to , I will deliver them to your door steps..
Mary and Leo Durbin If we can help on any leg of the transportation, just let us know.
Laura Putnam I can help with transport this weekend, if they can wait that long. Or can do an after work leg. I'm in West Palm.
Leslie Kovacs I can help transport if you need me. I am in Cocoa!!
Jane Dyar If we can work out a time on the weekend and Laura or Leslie take a leg I can get them from Ft Lauderdale to Grace's house. Reach me on my cell. 954 xxxx
July 18, 2006
Grace writes to GRC
and the GOOD NEWS!
Now Anna Mouldon replies...
NOTE: GGARR does not know as of this date where the dogs are. We only know that they are in a good home in Georgia. Nor GGARR knows which other organization was involved in the re-rescuing of Chad and Peaches. GGARR wants to thank all who were involved once more in their rescue.
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Many thanks to the rescuers in the aftermath of Katrina for saving so many lives. The miracle of Peaches and Chad began when these worked endless days saving so many Rottweilers.
page created on October 31,
updated July 29, 2006 at 12:15 PM by Grace Acosta