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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Frank Found a Home

As we saw the stray dog running wilding all too close to I-277, we knew we had to at least try to catch him. As previously mentioned, we always chase after stray dogs, but are never successful in catching them. When we got ahold of the dog, I had no idea what I was about to be in for.

That evening, I didn't know how much time I would waste calling and emailing Charlotte no-kill shelters over the next few days, as it proved to be basically impossible to get him into one.

I didn't know that the dog was completely infested with fleas, not neutered, and would try to pee on everything in and outside of our house - including Jazzy at one point (that was an accident :) ).

And other than mindlessly giving our other two dogs their monthly dose of heart worm preventative, I didn't really know what heart worms were and how much money they would take out of our pockets to get rid of them.

But mostly, I didn't know how much I would come to love this dog and I didn't know how hard it would be to say goodbye to him.

I prayed close to every day for the past month that God would find a safe and loving home that Frank could permanently go to. Actually, I PLEADED with God that we would find a good home for him. And wouldn't you know it? Yesterday, my prayer was answered. And now, while I do feel relief, peace and comfort knowing he is in a great place with a loving family, I am left grieving his loss from our own home and family. Ridiculous, I know. I know that overtime the emptiness I'm feeling right now without having Frank here with us will fade. But for now, my heart just hurts.

So here I am, fighting back tears (although I can't believe I have any left)....but I am thankful.

I am thankful that Frank was brought into our lives and gave us so much joy in the short time he was here.
I am thankful that God blessed us with the resources we needed so he could healthy through proper vet care.
I am thankful for a husband who loved Frank as much as I did and who now lends me his shoulder to cry on when I miss him.
I am thankful for the peace that I have knowing Frank is going to be loved and cared for permanently.

Yesterday I was on facebook and saw this status update from Samantha - the daughter of the family who took Frank:

"My chihuahua has found a new best friend. Cooper+Frank=Best Friends For Life. :))"

This made me happy. Really happy. :)


The first night we found him.

Frank with Jazzy.

I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures before we took drove him to his new house.

I will miss hugging him like this.


Jaimes said...

can I make this about me for a moment?

I am blessed to be related to two of the most generous and loving people of all time, one genetically, and one by divine intervention.

You did a good thing. Love you both. And so does Frank :).

Anonymous said...

This made me want to cry and I don't even know Frank! But, I do know that you two are such awesome people:) Frank looks so happy in all the pictures. Glad he found a permanent home!!

bobbi said...

you are the best of the best of the best of the BEST! :) Annnnd... off topic... but those shoes?! You're SO stinking CUTE!

holly crawford said...

so teary-eyed reading this - what amazing people you two are, and so excited to hear frank found a permanent home! major praise!

and ps - cheyenne - you look like a TOTAL model. oh yes. xoxo

Maryann Barnwell said...

ok, crying now. so proud of y'all. still missin' y'all like crazy, too.

Alyse Woodward Events said...

Oh Em Gee. I want your boots - I love them. Lookin' way hott!

Megan said...

You and Geoff have the biggest hearts. You are an example for us all as you take your blessings and multiply them in the world by rescuing Frank and taking the time to find him the perfect forever home.

Jessica L Sack said...

Wiping away tears in my cube... So glad everything worked out!

Lauren said...

definitely cried my way through this post. the picture of you kneeling and hugging him really got me. cheyenne and geoff thanks for having a heart for animals.

Tish said...

Cheyenne - You are truely a blessing for being there for Frank when he needed you. I wanted to let you know that your time was not wasted trying to find him a place in a non-kill shelter, but that 90% of the emails and phones they get these days are fulled with Frank's story and sometimes even worse. Frank was so lucky to find you and your resources to lead him to a forever home.

I too, have been a foster parent of three different dogs and I know how you feel at this moment. It will get easier and your heart will be fulled with the joy of doing the right thing and homing Frank with an awesome family. I wish there were more people like you out there and that homeless dogs would never exist.

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart to you and your family for everything you did for Frank. It warms my soul and gives me hope.

amy free said...

Love the pups and what you did for Frank! We have fostered a dane before and it is so heart breaking... but awesome to see them go to happy "forever homes"!!!!

Lauren said...

Oh Cheyenne... I know how heartbreaking and at the same time, rewarding this experience is for you! I am praying for you because the next few days and weeks will be hard on you while missing sweet Frank, but I am so proud and thankful that God found a great home for him as I know you are!

Brantley and Richard said...

I can't even begin to imagine how hard it was to let go! But I must commend you for taking that minute to pick him up off the road, give him a temporary loving home and find a new home! Ugh, I'm almost in tears and I've never even met you guys (or the dog)! I hope everything works out!