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Adopted Dog Helps Man Overcome Health Issues

By PetcoFoundation on Jan. 12, 2017

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Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award.  This story by Curtis Weiss won Ruff House Rescue in Freeport, New York a 2016 Holiday Wishes award. 

I have diabetes and always found it impossible to exercise regularly with my busy schedule. I was at a point where I just couldn’t make any progress on battling it.

When our son, Doni, moved out and took his dog Matrix with him, my wife said we needed another dog. I agreed on the condition that it was a younger dog that I could walk regularly, like a couple of times a week.

We went to visit Ruff House Rescue to see the available dogs and how the adoption process worked. We told Melissa our story, and she introduced us to several possible dogs.

We were ready to go home and give it some more thought. But there was no way that Melissa was going to let us leave Ruff House Rescue without a dog. We told her that we didn’t have a pet carrier; she lent us one. We told her that we didn’t have the adoption fee; she worked out the finances with us.

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The only thing left was for us to pick a dog. That wasn’t easy because Melissa had introduced us to several really great dogs. In the end, Island chose us. She laid across our laps and made herself ours.

We made a quick trip to a pet store to get a few essentials, like chew bones and tennis balls, and then loaded the cage and Island into our car. Before we left, I asked how often Island needed to be walked. They said three times a day—not three times a week, but three times every day.

Well, that was over three months and two pairs of sneakers ago – not including the ones she has snacked on. Island has walked me at least three times a day, every day. I can’t even calculate how many miles we have walked so far.

When I wake up in the morning, Island is at the door with her tail wagging and ready to go. When I get home from work, Island is at the door to greet me with a royal welcome, including a lick on the face.  And she won’t let me go to bed without another walk. No leisurely strolls for Island either. She keeps me moving at a rapid pace. When she spots a cat or a squirrel—well, I never knew I could move so fast.

Since adopting Island, my blood sugar levels have dropped dramatically, and I have lost close to 20 pounds. But most importantly, Island has added so much love into our lives.

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71 Comments
Comments
by linda beecher
‎11-23-2016 12:51 PM

my vote is for Ruff House Rescue.

my vote is for Ruff House Rescue.

Posted on Nov. 23, 2016
by EK PARK
‎11-23-2016 06:28 PM

RHR is a wonderful animal advocate. They saved several dogs rescued from the Korean dog meat trade and they are planning to save more. RHR deserves the prize. We Free Korean Dogs vote for you, RHR. Thank you.

EK 

RHR is a wonderful animal advocate. They saved several dogs rescued from the Korean dog meat trade and they are planning to save more. RHR deserves the prize. We Free Korean Dogs vote for you, RHR. Thank you.

EK 

Posted on Nov. 23, 2016
by Michele18
‎11-24-2016 04:41 PM

Thank you Ruffhouse Rescue. When no one else would respond to my desperate calls trying to save an 8 month old sweet big pup from his owner who wanted to euthanize him solely because she couldn't keep him, you were there!  This pup who is loving, like a big mushy teddy bear only wanted belly rubs and kisses deserved nothing close to what his human caretaker was considering. Ruffhouse Rescue worked with me from the start to the end of the complicated transfer of this dogs surrender. They even provided me with important information regarding this process and shared some of the unfortunate issues they face on a regular basis with people who neglect and surrender their pets. My heart goes out to them... I honor and appreciate all that they do. They're like guardian angels that rescue little lives all the time. Thank you Ruffhouse Recue!


Thank you Ruffhouse Rescue. When no one else would respond to my desperate calls trying to save an 8 month old sweet big pup from his owner who wanted to euthanize him solely because she couldn't keep him, you were there!  This pup who is loving, like a big mushy teddy bear only wanted belly rubs and kisses deserved nothing close to what his human caretaker was considering. Ruffhouse Rescue worked with me from the start to the end of the complicated transfer of this dogs surrender. They even provided me with important information regarding this process and shared some of the unfortunate issues they face on a regular basis with people who neglect and surrender their pets. My heart goes out to them... I honor and appreciate all that they do. They're like guardian angels that rescue little lives all the time. Thank you Ruffhouse Recue!


Posted on Nov. 24, 2016
by Michele18
‎11-24-2016 05:03 PM

Thank you Ruffhouse Rescue. When no one else would respond to my desperate calls trying to save an 8 month old sweet big pup from his owner who wanted to euthanize him solely because she couldn't keep him, you were there!  This pup who is loving, like a big mushy teddy bear only wanted belly rubs and kisses deserved nothing close to what his human caretaker was considering. Ruffhouse Rescue worked with me from the start to the end of the complicated transfer of this dogs surrender. They even provided me with important information regarding this process and shared some of the unfortunate issues they face on a regular basis with people who neglect and surrender their pets. My heart goes out to them... I honor and appreciate all that they do. They're like guardian angels that rescue little lives all the time. Thank you Ruffhouse Recue!

Thank you Ruffhouse Rescue. When no one else would respond to my desperate calls trying to save an 8 month old sweet big pup from his owner who wanted to euthanize him solely because she couldn't keep him, you were there!  This pup who is loving, like a big mushy teddy bear only wanted belly rubs and kisses deserved nothing close to what his human caretaker was considering. Ruffhouse Rescue worked with me from the start to the end of the complicated transfer of this dogs surrender. They even provided me with important information regarding this process and shared some of the unfortunate issues they face on a regular basis with people who neglect and surrender their pets. My heart goes out to them... I honor and appreciate all that they do. They're like guardian angels that rescue little lives all the time. Thank you Ruffhouse Recue!

Posted on Nov. 24, 2016
by Deborah Meehan
‎11-24-2016 07:56 PM

Rough House deserves to win! They have my vote!!

Rough House deserves to win! They have my vote!!

Posted on Nov. 24, 2016
by Rich Damm
‎11-25-2016 02:15 AM

Great  story with a twist to healthy living.  Happy Thanksgiving and holidays.  What a gift for the dog and family. I vote for Island.

Great  story with a twist to healthy living.  Happy Thanksgiving and holidays.  What a gift for the dog and family. I vote for Island.

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016
by bonnie lane
‎11-25-2016 06:28 AM

Voting for Ruff House Rescue

Voting for Ruff House Rescue

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016
by Kim Hammond
‎11-25-2016 11:51 AM

Love RHR we adopted our dog 2 months ago and couldn't be happier 

i vote for RHR

Love RHR we adopted our dog 2 months ago and couldn't be happier 

i vote for RHR

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016
by Patricia king
‎11-25-2016 05:36 PM

Ruff house has my vote a loving rescue place

Ruff house has my vote a loving rescue place

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016
by Michael Esposito
‎11-26-2016 08:35 AM

Ruff House Rescue gets my vote

Ruff House Rescue gets my vote

Posted on Nov. 26, 2016
by Courtney Thompson
‎11-28-2016 05:47 AM

Ruff house !

Ruff house !

Posted on Nov. 28, 2016
by Brenda Tiongson
‎11-29-2016 04:35 AM

My vote is for Ruff House!

My vote is for Ruff House!

Posted on Nov. 29, 2016
by Felicia beers
‎11-29-2016 07:59 AM

my vote is Ruff house

my vote is Ruff house

Posted on Nov. 29, 2016
by Mary Haines
‎11-29-2016 04:23 PM

I Vote For Ruff House Rescue

I Vote For Ruff House Rescue

Posted on Nov. 29, 2016
by Kristen LaRocca
‎12-01-2016 02:44 AM

My Vote is for Ruff House!

My Vote is for Ruff House!

Posted on Dec. 1, 2016
by Community Contributor
‎12-05-2016 12:33 PM - edited ‎12-05-2016 12:33 PM

Hello everyone! All voting is taking place on the Petco Foundation Facebook page. Use the following link to vote for the People's Choice Award

 

 

Hello everyone! All voting is taking place on the Petco Foundation Facebook page. Use the following link to vote for the People's Choice Award

 

 
Posted on Dec. 5, 2016
by John Alfieri
‎12-15-2016 11:08 AM

My vote is for Ruff House Rescue 

My vote is for Ruff House Rescue 

Posted on Dec. 15, 2016
by lincoln terrace park alliance
‎12-20-2016 05:49 AM

Ruff House deserves this grant.

Ruff House deserves this grant.

Posted on Dec. 20, 2016
by Patti Locurcio
‎12-24-2016 06:39 PM

I vote fopr RuffHouse Resue!!!

I vote fopr RuffHouse Resue!!!

Posted on Dec. 24, 2016
by DPortee
‎12-25-2016 06:05 AM

Diane and her whole crew at Ruffhouse Rescue does an amazing job working tirelessly to help so many animals. The dedication and love is endless !!!

Diane and her whole crew at Ruffhouse Rescue does an amazing job working tirelessly to help so many animals. The dedication and love is endless !!!

Posted on Dec. 25, 2016
by MarieSmith48
‎12-25-2016 09:59 AM

Ruff House rescue is the best!!

Ruff House rescue is the best!!

Posted on Dec. 25, 2016
by bonnie brenner
‎12-25-2016 10:01 AM

I don't see a submit button but my vote is for Ruffhouse Rescue!!!

I don't see a submit button but my vote is for Ruffhouse Rescue!!!

Posted on Dec. 25, 2016
by Community Manager
‎12-25-2016 12:00 PM

Hi bonnie brenner. Click here to vote

AlexCat Very Happy

Hi bonnie brenner. Click here to vote

AlexCat Very Happy

Posted on Dec. 25, 2016
by Stelef
‎12-25-2016 12:29 PM

I vote for ruff house rescue

I vote for ruff house rescue

Posted on Dec. 25, 2016
by Aaron Sidlo
‎12-26-2016 04:39 AM

I vote ruff house!

I vote ruff house!

Posted on Dec. 26, 2016
by Cheryl Kamen
‎12-26-2016 03:33 PM

I vote for Ruff House

I vote for Ruff House

Posted on Dec. 26, 2016
by Heather
‎12-27-2016 05:18 PM

My vote goes to Ruff House Rescue!

My vote goes to Ruff House Rescue!

Posted on Dec. 27, 2016
by Teresa Zabloudil
‎12-27-2016 08:45 PM

COULD not CLIVK ON PICTURE. Am voting for Ruff House Rescue.

COULD not CLIVK ON PICTURE. Am voting for Ruff House Rescue.

Posted on Dec. 27, 2016
by Donna villiano
‎12-28-2016 04:37 AM

Ruff house rescue 

Ruff house rescue 

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Cindy Ricaud
‎12-28-2016 08:03 AM

I vote for Ruff House Rescue

I vote for Ruff House Rescue

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Jacquie Sullivan
‎12-28-2016 01:31 PM

I vote for Ruffle House

I vote for Ruffle House

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Cathy Scherer
‎12-28-2016 03:07 PM

Ruff House Rescue is the best!

Ruff House Rescue is the best!

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Steven Lang
‎12-28-2016 04:37 PM

Same issue here. No Submit button but please consider this a heartfelt vote for Ruff!

All the best!

Same issue here. No Submit button but please consider this a heartfelt vote for Ruff!

All the best!

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Donna Stern
‎12-28-2016 05:32 PM

I vote for Ruff House Rescue Freeport NY

I vote for Ruff House Rescue Freeport NY

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Nancy Mindes
‎12-28-2016 05:48 PM

Voting for RUFF HOUSE! They are the best.

Voting for RUFF HOUSE! They are the best.

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Jane McCabe
‎12-28-2016 08:25 PM

Voting for Ruff House in Freeport, New York

 

Voting for Ruff House in Freeport, New York

 

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Deborah berry
‎12-28-2016 09:25 PM

I vote Ruff house because they are grrrrrrrrreat! Luv u guys.

I vote Ruff house because they are grrrrrrrrreat! Luv u guys.

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by joanne Bennett
‎12-28-2016 09:26 PM

voting for Ruff House Rescue

voting for Ruff House Rescue

Posted on Dec. 28, 2016
by Karen hudson
‎12-29-2016 12:14 AM

I tried to vote for Ruffhouse. I followed instructions 3 times and there's no place to vote. I'm using my iPhone maybe they didn't program the site for iPhones. 

I tried to vote for Ruffhouse. I followed instructions 3 times and there's no place to vote. I'm using my iPhone maybe they didn't program the site for iPhones. 

Posted on Dec. 29, 2016
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