3/7/10 - MEMORIAL
It is with deep sadness that I must report the loss of Penny, aka “Pennybear”.
Penny was taken to the
rainbow bridge on Saturday March 6th by some of those
who cared for her and loved her most, myself, Gail and her two buddies,
Michelle and Mandy. Her passing was very peaceful,
with her last moments being held and kissed on her head, lying on her
fleece blanket, snuggling her new monkey.
was obvious Penny loved the simple things in life, a good meal, a warm
bed, lots of toys, and walks, of course. For a short
time I gave Penny all these things, and I loved her dearly.
Though she couldn’t always show it, I know in my heart Penny knew
to her past experiences, Penny found it hard to trust others, both humans
and other dogs. Knowing that she had such a hard life
before she came to AABR, and the affect it had on her, fills my heart with
so much sadness.
only thing that helps me cope with this, and her loss, is knowing Penny at
least had a chance to experience the feeling of a warm and loving home for
her time spent with me, and that she knew the kindness of AABR volunteers
who cared for her and visited her these last few months.
I feel Penny’s little soul is finally resting, and she is in a place now
where she knows and feels trust, has no pain, and she is at peace.
I will remember Penny her for her
want to thank Gail and Jim Monk for their support and for watching over
Penny recently. What you have done for Penny and I,
and what you do for AABR is truly appreciated.
11/8/09 - Update
Life can be harder for some of us than others.
Penny found life without a home on the streets of New York almost impossible
to bear. Every day was a struggle to find something to eat and to keep away
from people who might harm her. We've no idea how she found herself in this
sad situation but by the time a kind passer by discovered her afraid and
underweight, she was clearly marked by her experiences. Trembling and hungry
for a good meal she went home with her good Samaritan whose wife did not
agree with his plan to offer Penny a permanent home. She was entrusted to
rescue care and eventually found a home with a single man who worked hard to
make Penny happy.
Because of Penny's sad life, she finds it very hard to
trust people and can be startled by unusual noises, she can feel threatened
in situations that wouldn't bother a dog who's always known the love of kind
people. She can be grumpy and disagreeable with other dogs and tries to keep
the things that she values for herself - hardly surprising for a girl who
had to survive like a homeless person on the streets.
When Penny's Dad's life changed and a human Mom
and another dog joined the home, Penny found it hard to cope and made her
feelings known to the new dog and her people. She is now in kennels without
a home once more.
Penny is a dog who will spend the rest of her life
working to trust humans. Many humans know exactly how she feels. She will
not always be able to express the affection that she feels by snuggling or
being hugged close but that doesn't mean she isn't feeling it. Sometimes it
will be enough for her to lie close to you, go for a walk or just be in the
same room, dogs like Penny will let you know when they are comfortable and
when they aren't. She is hoping that a quiet, adult only home with no other
pets will want to share some of those home comforts with her, someone who
can be patient, not expect too much and not feel hurt when she doesn't want
to cuddle all the time. Penny needs you to understand that she so wants to
trust and with the right person she can continue to improve. Can you be that
special person for Penny and offer her a warm home for the Winter? If you
can, it could be the start of a heartwarming relationship.
12/22/07 - From her Foster
Just figured I would give you an email update on Penny. She is doing
fine, quite a character. She is good in the house during the day and is
starting to get in her routine...eat, play then nap. She follows me around
and likes to cuddle up on the couch next to me at night. She has made me
feel better having her around. I got her a nice new dog bed but she prefers
the couch or my bed.
Meet Penny, a girl who was found
wandering the busy streets of New York city, hungry, alone and afraid: no
place for a dog who should have been curled up safe at home.
Fortunately for her, a passer by
noticed the fear in her eyes, took her home and contacted rescue. Penny has
taken a long time to warm up to people and gain trust and her foster home is
working very patiently with her, showing her that not all humans will do her
harm and that in fact, people can be rather kind and good fun.
She has started to play with her
foster brothers and is less startled by strange noises but she still has a
way to go on her journey to becoming a more laid back girl.
To help build her self esteem, Penny
would need a less active home with not too many people coming and going and
her people will need to be calm, patient and understanding of her needs. A
home without children or with responsible older kids would be best as little
kids running and squealing may frighten her.
If you feel that you could be a
special person for Penny and continue to help her grow and flourish into the
girl she deserves to be, please fill out an application and mention her by
name, she'll be flattered for sure!
If you cannot adopt but would like to
sponsor Penny while she is in our care, please send a donation to AABR with
her name on, we'll be certain to see that she gets some special treats and
goodies to make her stay with us even better. Thank you for reading her