Sunday, 27 November 2011 17:19 | History
I don’t usually put personal things on the site but I want to tell you the story about how Little Victories began and I can’t tell you this without telling you about my dog, Chloe and another little cocker I met along the way. I hope you will indulge me and I want to add that we hope on our newly built website provides all of you with the opportunity to share your rescue stories and your photos of your beautiful friends.
In the spring of 2003, I was struggling with the fact that my beloved dog, Chloe, a cocker spaniel, was dying. At the same time, someone dropped what I thought was an old dog up our road. I drove up with a can of food and a leash and tried to get the dog. She was scared, matted, and smelly. She had cataracts, a cherry eye, and was starving. I thought she was an old dog which had been dumped to die.
I finally got her into the car and fed her. She ate voraciously. When I got her to our garage, I noticed she jumped around like a young dog. She was sweet, happy, and a very funny little girl—even though she was so bedraggled. I mentioned this to my husband. We took her to be bathed and groomed and then to the vet. The vet said she had juvenile cataracts (found in young dogs), a cherry eye, ear mites, fleas, worms, and countless other things. But she was only two years old!! And she was a gorgeous black cocker spaniel.
I felt I could not bring her into the home with my sick dog and I knew this poor little dog would be put down if taken to the shelter. I got on the internet and contacted New York Cocker Rescue. They sent relay drivers and we met them above Charleston, West Virginia. They took Biscuit—her new name!—and took her to New York where they did all her surgeries and medical work. Two months later, I received a picture of Biscuit in her new home in Pennsylvania and she was wearing her Easter bonnet!!
All of this was an awakening to me. I knew this was what we needed in our area.—that the little dog would have died without the New York Rescue. So, when my dog died, I channeled my grief into starting Little Victories. I did this because my own love of animals and especially my love for Chloe had taught me so much about the needs of our wonderful homeless dogs and cats.
So Little Victories was really founded by a cocker named Chloe and another little cocker named Biscuit. Coming from two very different homes and histories, their wonderful shining personalities inspired a new Hope for all animals in our area. That was how it all began…
A few weeks after Chloe died, four people met in my home and the original plan for Little Victories began…