How BARC Saved My Life by Kristy Barrett, Puppy
I was born early this year in Houston, but I do not remember my mother or birth home because when I weighed only two pounds, someone threw me away in a Walmart parking lot. A kind person rescued me and took me to the BARC Shelter which is located at 3200 Carr Street.
Because I was so tiny and could not eat very well, they put me in a kennel in a special puppy nursery full of other puppies and doggie Mothers. The BARC people fed me a lot and cleaned my cage and loved me often, but there were too many puppies there, and we all cried a lot for attention because we were so lonely.
One busy day, while my kennel was being washed, they put me in a temporary plastic box, and I was crying a lot to get out. Some ladies walked by, saw me, and picked me up.
I heard the lady that picked me up say, “This puppy will be adorable to the TV cameras on the Latina Voices Show. I want to pick this one.”
After that, I was put back in my kennel, but I knew something important was going to happen to me very soon.
A few days after I saw the lady, she came back with a brand new kennel and put me in her car with another BARC doggie who was very nice and did not bark much in the car.
We both went into a dark room with many big machines and people working and running all around us. We sat in the laps of 2 ladies and kept quite still – since we dogs were afraid of all the commotion. After a while, everything went quiet, and only the ladies talked to the big cameras while they looked at us and smiled.
We had to go back to BARC after the TV Show and felt very sad to lose our human friends from the TV Show. To our happy surprise and joy, the TV lady came back to get me, and another Family took my other doggie friend.
After I had gone to my “human” home, I got very sick with pneumonia and had to go to the doggie hospital to spend the night. Many good doggie doctors and their helpers fed me and gave me water and took my temperature all night until I felt better. I had to take medicine every day out of a tiny syringe – but I did not mind at all since it stopped my bad cough.
Today – look at me now! – I am healthy, weigh eight pounds, and run, play and eat a whole lot every day. I live with 2 Westie brothers who love me very much, and my human family always fusses over me and takes my picture.
It is not easy being so beautiful and popular! But I work hard at making my new Family happy.
So that is how BARC “saved my life”! Please help the many other puppies and kittens that are waiting at BARC for their happy homes and families!