By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Contributing Writer
Tomorrow, I will be saying goodbye to my “Old Man”. Gizmo was my Fur-Brother for over 15 years or more. He has been with my family for his whole life, but due to moving and new landlord issues. I had to make a heart breaking decision to re-home him immediately or surrender him to the animal shelter downtown. I believe that I have found the best home for him and he will be able to live his life with a family, instead of living in a cage the rest of his life.
I am so happy to have I met his new pet parent by phone today and I told her all about him. I really am excited for him to start a new life, but it is a bittersweet emotion I am feeling tonight. He is a loyal, sweet, and fun dog to love or adore as much as I do. My family adored him as well, because of his laid back personality. He loves playing with cats and other dogs around his size.
Gizmo’s Journey So Far
I have always been his “Sissy”, since the day that he was born to my momma’s Poodle and her Chihuahua mix. He was my granddad’s puppy/dog for many years, until he passed away. Then, my mother claimed him and cared for him. I moved in with my mom six years ago to help her out, but unfortunately both mine and her situation has changed. Recently, mom was placed in a nursing home for health reasons.
Additionally, my husband and I moved as well, but now we have Gizmo with us fulltime. He loves it but my landlord doesn’t. Thankfully, I was given time to find him a very good home. I did my screening and I know that he will adjust well to his new companion. Gizmo and I have a very strong family bond, which will make this a very hard step for me to make. Pray for me that Gizmo, my momma, and I will both have the strength to adjust from this change in our lives.
I have so many memories with him, but he has over the last few years he has become partly deaf and partly blind. However, throughout these changes, he has literally stayed right by me and my husband. I will miss him so much every day, but I know deep in my heart that he is getting a new pet parent that will love him as much as my family has. Thank you for the prayers people has sent out on his behalf, in order to guide me to the best home for him.
I will keep in contact with his new pet parent, until he crosses the rainbow bridge.
To Gizmo: Sissy loves you always and you truly hung the moon. Thanks for the sweet and special memories that we have shared along our join together.
Sorry to be so emotional…
Thank you stopping by,
©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman
More Pet Advocacy
Defenders of Animals
American Humane Association
Animal Rights History
Compassion Over Killing
Responsible Pet Ownership