Coco & Toni
Beautiful Coco (formerly Kiwi) was saved from the countryside when the village people wanted to sell her to a slaughterhouse. Luckily she was saved and put into the little yard. From there we knew we had to find her a home. She was pulled from the little yard and it wasn't long before this little girl found her forever family. Toni spotted this little girl as she was searching for her next best friend. Here is Toni's story...
Always an animal lover, I currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats. Last year I lost 2 of my dogs and I was heart broken. I rescued Doug from a rescue in Kentucky last summer after I lost CJ, our dog for 13 years. Shortly after we lost CJ, we lost Azzy, another rescue from Louisianna that I had only have for about 2 years. Those were hard loses. After Azzy died, I thought I needed to wait a while. But, then I kept seeing posts on line for all kinds of dogs that needed a home. It wasn't long before I causally started to look. I was originally looking for a beagle cause that was what Azzy was. I was specific in what I wanted though, Adult, female, lazy, good with people and cats and preferable house broken. I couldn't find one. My son had told me he wanted a small dog, one he could carry around. I had always had bigger dogs and really didn't want a small dog but wanted to get him something that he wanted. I changed my search criteria to small dog, but still needed to be lazy, adult, good with cats (I have 4) and people. Chances Bridges to Home popped up and there was a dog that I was interested in. By the time I reached out, had already been adopted. I had heard about people adopting from China from the meat trade. I was now following Chances on facebook and was seeing more and more beautiful dogs with terrible stories. I kept coming back to this site. I tried for another dog, but it too was adopted. I then reached out to Beth and told her what I was looking for and she sent me a picture of Coco (then Kiwi). Just something about her, I said I'll take her. I really didn't know much about her but luckily she fit all the criteria. It was a few weeks before I could get her but I kept getting pictures and some videos. I couldn't wait to meet her. The day she arrived, I was actually away so couldn't get her directly from the airport. Beth got her for me and kept her until I could get her the next day. From the moment I saw her, she has been nothing but pure love and joy. She fit all my criteria-lazy-if youre lying down she is with you. Would sleep 24 hours a day if you let her. She loves to eat but picky at the same time. When I come home from work she has a real playful side-she has some stuffed animals that she will get playing with and growling and throwing around, you think she was killing them! She also likes to play catch with them. She loves the dog park-acts at least 50 lbs bigger than she is-all bark though, no bite. She is tolerant of my other dog but they always have theirs eyes on each other and don't separate them. She loves my one cat the most and the 2 of them are usually together, if my son or I aren't right there. Wherever you are, she is. As I was writing this she was lying right on the floor at my feet. She loves unconditionally and makes me smile all the time. She is what I look forward to seeing when I walk in the door. After I got her, I messaged Saving Harbin Dogs founder Eva to find out some history. Sadly not much is known and what she was able to tell me, about where she came from, breaks my heart. I am so thankful to Eva and the people she works with in China for getting her off the meat truck and into safety. I am grateful for Beth for being the Canadian contact to arrange all of this. I would absolutely rescue from this organization again, I have referred to friends and I think one of them is waiting to get their new fur baby.