Undeniably 2020 has had many challenges for our world. Too many to list and too many to argue over. But one thing that can’t be denied is that dogs won 2020. For many of us working folks, we were asked to stay at home. The bonus for Fido is that we were home 24/7. We were at their beck and call for belly rubs, long walks and endless couch potato parties. 2020 saw many great things for pets and pet owners. Here are some of our favorites:
Who Rescued Who?
Adoptions skyrocketed in 2020. Shelters were cleared as dog and cat loving parents made room in their hearts and homes for fostering and rescuing pets. Families were home together and took advantage of their extra time to get and receive comfort from an animal. It was amazing to see reports of shelters and rescues celebrating their empty cages. The adoption rates cemented the fact that pets play an invaluable part in our lives. The emotional support and unconditional love that dogs give us was exemplified this past year.
Our delivery men and women sure went above and beyond to keep us well supplied and stocked at home. But one Fedex driver did a bit more. Catcher, a 3 year old golden retriever, made a break for it when the wind blew open the front door of his home. A dog loving hero doing his daily deliveries discovered Catcher and brought him home safely and even deposited him inside the front door. Watch this amazing delivery HERE!
Here Kitty Kitty
This is a tale of two Dennises. The actor Dennis Quaid heard about a black rescue cat with the same name, taking up space at a shelter in Virginia. The cat with the same moniker was introduced to the Hollywood A-lister over zoom and the rest was history. The adoption was complete and the kitty now resides in a mansion being spoon fed tuna pate! Read more about this hilarious rescue HERE!
Sully, the four-year-old Labrador service dog who was the constant companion of the late President George H.W. Bush, was honored this year. A bronze statue was unveiled in Long Island where Sully was born and raised. Sully’s devotion to the former president was evident as he stood by the casket at Bush’s wake and funeral. Sully is recognized as one of America’s foremost veteran dogs who enjoys his days comforting service men and women at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Read about Sully HERE!
A Real Hero
Keith Walker, a homeless man, rushed into a burning building in Atlanta to save shelter animals. Keith was on his way to walk his pitbull Bravo, when he saw the flames engulfing the structure. Without hesitation, he rushed inside to save all the animals, 6 dogs and 10 cats. Keith told news reporters: “If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn’t be here without him, so I knew I had to save all those other dogs.” Read more about this here HERE!