Tango was a delightful girl who just needed her second chance at a new beginning. Being a special needs dog can sometimes make the adoption process a bit longer as there aren’t always many people able to spend the time needed to care for them. She had been brought to the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch and was looking for just the right home.
Thankfully Tango was quite a lucky girl, a family was delighted to adopt her into their home and they haven’t looked back ever since. That was 1998 and they have sent us a letter with how Tango, now known as Jessie, has fared over the years.
Adopting a special needs dog:
My daughter came to live with me at the age of nine. A few months later she told me she wanted a dog. So, after some thought, we began to look for a dog. We lived near the Vancouver SPCA on 6th Ave near Clark, so often saw dogs being walked by volunteers and staff.
One day, we met Jessie, a 10-month-old shepherd cross, out on her walk. It was love at first sight. Then we saw her left front paw, which was bent. I decided to explore the adoption despite the potential problem.
Jessie was very calm and quiet at the shelter, looking at me through the cage door, her quiet, thoughtful eyes seemingly saying, yes, I am the one for you, and you for me. After the second walk she sat beside me and put her head in my lap, looked up at me, and that was that.
Jessie had immense patience with both my kids, and my daughter dressed her up often, even in a wedding dress once! Jessie has visited many seniors and others who live in care facilities over the years, bringing joy to many. She adores people and other dogs.
She had no overwhelming challenges because of her bent paw, and nor did we, other than responding to the same question nearly daily for much of her life. In fact she lived a perfectly normal life until the last few months this year, when her hips began to show aging and as with many senior dogs, walking is more limited.
Jessie used to play hide and seek with us, could speak on command, roll over, and even did a little bit of agility (the tunnel is her absolute favorite).
As she approaches 14-years-of-age in February, I cherish every moment with her, and the memories of all the joy and laughter she has brought to our lives. She is my first dog, and I can't imagine a more perfect companion.
Thank you to the BC SPCA for bringing us together.
It’s so wonderful to hear such a heartwarming story of a perfect adoptive match. We’re delighted that Jessie has been able to accomplish so much despite what some may call a disadvantage; she seems to have made it her life-long goal to prove people wrong. Congratulations to Jessie and family for finding each other, it truly was meant to be.
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