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Tank's Friends

Some dogs never stop saying thank you.

About four years ago, I received a phone call about a Jack Russell terrier named Jack who needed a home. When I went over and picked him up, I found that he was really wired and not getting enough exercise.  

I took him home for a week and when I took him to adoptions at Petco I had trouble controlling him in the kennel and on the leash. At home, he had too much interest in the cats. He was a good dog but needed more time and training before I could adopt him out.

The Jack Russell terrier is one of my favorite breeds and I knew two other foster parents who feel likewise and, between the two of them, had what this dog needed. JB Davis and Lisa Reynolds love JRTs as much as I do. They took Jack, renamed him Tank and gave him the love, training and exercise he had needed for a long time.

Tank ended up staying with JB and Lisa and became that special dog that you always look for. Many people have seen Tank at the end of First Street fetching balls in the water or at the dog park just playing.

Tank never forgot me. I could be away from him for months and when he'd see me he'd jump into my lap. When I would go to JB and Lisa’s for game night he would try to stay in my lap while we played. I have always felt that he was trying to say thank you for my part in rescuing him.

Unfortunately, we were only able to give Tank quality of life, not quantity. While Tank was out doing what he loved best Monday, he seems to have had a stroke and died. JB and Lisa lost an exceptional friend and everyone who knew him will miss him. I know I will never forget him like he never forgot me.

I am changing Weekend Adoptions to Tank's Friends. There are a lot of dogs and cats out there like Tank that need good homes.

Want to find a diamond in the ruff like Tank? Try fostering one. People are always telling me that they want to see more dogs at . We can’t take them if we don’t have foster homes.

ADOPTION OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEKEND:

Pet Food Express

CATS  

will hold cat adoptions Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

DOGS

Golden State Greyhounds, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

phyllis Hartzell April 08, 2011 at 02:09 PM
You are so right about so many things in this article. Tank was an exceptional doggie. He was exuberant and loving and if you were around him for 30 seconds there was no way you weren't laughing at his antics. JB & Lisa have been neighbors and friends for a long time and any animal lucky enough to end up in their home, either through fostering or, in Tank's case, forever, ended up joining in one big pup party. Fostering is so needed and so rewarding for all concerned. Investing the time in these little guys gives them a loving start they may not otherwise have. Giving them up seems impossible, but I have a friend who believes that fostering allows you to share a part of your heart. If you are considering fostering at all, please do it. There are several facilities you can assist with fostering, but our local Solano County connection is http://solanocountyfoa.org/volunteerFoster.shtml.
Gaia Renee Vacek April 08, 2011 at 02:16 PM
We had the opportunity to adopt a sweet and loving Russian Blue mix cat named Tiny about a month ago. She had been with her foster mom awhile. After a few weeks of letting her get her bearings, she has come out of her shell. She loves on our grandson and watches over him when he sleeps over. She sleeps with us at night and greets us at daylight with softy purring and morning nudges. We have renamed her Tia. Each day I am grateful she chose us to be her family. Even our neurotic tea cup rat terrier, Charlie loves her - and he doesn't like too many. Our Cavalier, Grace, believes Tia was put here to adore her, but Grace adores Tia. I think the feeling is mutual. Tia had made herself at home and we couldn't be happier. Companion adoption is amazing. Thanks!
Carlene Coury April 08, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Dear JB , Although I never had the good fortune to meet Tank, I heard quite a bit about him from you. Losing a beloved friend is never easy especially when it's so unexpected. My pets mean so very much to me, and I am thankful everyday when I come home and they greet me at my door. Somehow they help me leave the world behind and enter into their world of love, unconditional love. Tank will never be far from your (JB's) heart or mind, and the joy he brought you will keep you warm when nothing else quite fits the bill. After losing my beloved Mr. Ming earlier this year, the pain is still fresh and sometimes I still expect to see him or having him head bump me, which was his way of saying "Hi Friend." JB, I am truly sorry for your loss but also happy that you had such a wonderful companion who helped to make your world a better place. Your friend, Carlene
Shirin Samiljan April 08, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Wonderfully affectionate guinea pigs from a private rescue: http://www.cavyhouse.org/Adoptables.html Two of the best rat rescues in the Bay Area : http://northstarrescue.org/ and Rattie Ratz (where our two girls are from) http://www.rattieratz.com/ Excellent horses in need of homes: http://www.tbfriends.com/ CavyHouse, Rattie Ratz and North Star often have adoption events throughout the spring, and North Star in particular partners with various pet supply stores to showcase their adoptables. I've personally worked with all four of these rescues and have always had wonderful experiences.
Mary Roulette April 10, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Thank you Phyllis, fostering can be a rewarding experience. If you are trying to find a special animal it gives you the chance to check them out before you adopt.

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