As I sit here to work on my computer, my faithful companion, Molly, sleeps soundly by my side. She adores me and I adore her and to think, if it weren't for Debbie and The Long Road Home Rescue Organization, we would never have found each other.
In 2011 my kids were trying their hardest to agree to get a dog. I knew I could not care for the 3 of them, my mom who was in hospice and a puppy. One day I looked on line for rescue corgis and all of the sudden the cutest Corgi/Jack Russell's photo popped up. I sent an email inquiring about the dog and within minutes, Debbie replied with all the answers to my questions. Most importantly to me was she assured me the dog was house trained. She explained that their dogs are all fostered before placement so they could ensure they were properly trained. It was their belief that house training was key to successful adoptions. We made arrangements for me to meet the dog the next day.
I met Debbie at Molly's foster home. The foster mom and her two grown sons were also there. They filled me in on Molly's personality and they all felt she would be great for a family of 3 children close in age because she didn't attach to just one of them while living there. She loved whoever she was near. It was moving to see how much they cared for a foster dog. I fell in love and made arrangements to bring my husband to meet her. We went a few days later and he too loved her. We would have taken her right there and then but couldn't because, the group had to call our references and do a home check. We were disappointed but knew that was the right thing to do.
Finally, Debbie called and said everything checked out and asked when we wanted her. My kids were on break from school so I said "Today!" We were all so excited to surprise the kids, Debbie offered to bring us to our home and share in the excitement. It was such a wonderful night for us and for Debbie too because she saw for herself that her dog was going to a loving home.
We were so impressed by the whole process. When friends are looking for a dog, we recommend Long Road Home. In fact, a few days after we adopted Molly, my friend adopted her Mugles through them. Since then, my sister, my brother and my nephew have all adopted dogs through them as well and one is sweeter and better trained than the next. We loved the group so much, we still use Molly's foster mom when we need a dog sitter. Molly starts getting excited the minute we make the turn to Marie's house. I believe it is because she knows that is where she was brought after being abandoned during an awful snowstorm and where she was loved and readied for us.
Thank you to Debbie and everyone at Long Road Home.--Peggy