Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lady Piglet Says Goodbye to Philly (Update...Finally!!!)

"Lady Piglet"
This is looonnnnggggg overdue!! But Piglet did find a home...just in time!! And her new name is Lady... I like to think of her as Lady Piglet.

The home she found could not have been more perfect for this rambunctious, lovable pup.

Her original fosters, Deb and Regina, kept up the work marketing her to potential adopters. All the hard work paid off and a friend of Regina that lives in Maryland talked about Lady Piglet to a coworker. It turns out that coworker's parents had two pit bulls of their own, but both passed from old age. It had been about a year of being dog-less and they decided they were ready to bring home a new baby.

Kristi and Pig
Kristi and I talked over the phone for a while and I told her all about Pig. Deb was in contact with Kristi's mom over email as well. Having lived with Pits before, she was well aware of the high energy levels and the mouthiness. She couldn't wait to meet with her and I had a great feeling about this home.

Kristi drove up from Maryland the day before my scheduled surgery and met me at my house in West Philly. It was a gloomy, overcast day with some rain, but we made the best of it and took Pig to the puppy park around the corner. They got along great and Kristi knew her parents were going to love her. We headed over to the shelter to finalize the adoption.

After Piglet officially had a family to call hers, we drove back to my house to pack up her things and get them on the road. They had a few hour drive ahead of them out to central Pennsylvania. She was moving to a great home with lots of land and two loving parents (and a big sister, Kristi!).

As they drove away with Piglet looking back, I felt so proud of all the hard work that every one put in to help find Lady Piglet a forever home and want to thank anyone that helped by networking and reaching out to people they knew who might be interested in adopting her. A special thanks to Deb and Regina for taking her in originally and ultimately making the connection necessary to get this done. You all made it possible. That was the first time I was involved to such a great extent in finding a home for a shelter dog. It was very frustrating and hard to handle at times, but it was immensely rewarding and something I cannot wait to do again. 
Our last picture together before she left

Since Lady Pig left a lot has happened. I underwent my surgery at the University of Pennsylvania a week later than scheduled. My entire thyroid was removed as well as lymph nodes on the side because it turned out the cancer spread. That operation really knocked me on my butt and I did not get back to work in the week that I planned. It took about two weeks to get back to the PHA. I went through a radiation treatment to get the last remaining thyroid cells around the surgical site, but my doctor told me it did not spread! Hearing the news that your cancer has not spread anywhere else is just an unbelievably exhilarating feeling. I finished up my last co-op there and decided that at the end in mid-September, I would step down from my position and focus on school full-time. So much had happened in only a matter of months and I needed a break.

"Good Luck, Lady!" -XOXO Philly

School has been a tremendous amount of work and I am now thankful for taking the break from working as I am still getting used to life without a thyroid. I have not been back to the shelter to pick a new PenPal yet, but cannot wait to get back to working with the dogs! Over these past months I have done a great deal of thinking and have decided to start moving forward with a Non-Profit Organization in Philly that I have had in mind the past couple years that will involve dogs.

Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming project!

Tomorrow I will be posting again with tons of pictures from Lady Piglet's new family. They absolutely love her! They sent me a roll of pictures of her in her wonderful new home.

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