Migo & Tuzi and Sarah
These two boys are just so cute. Both Migo (formerly Milo) and Tuzi (formerly Cosmo) were saved from life in thr "little yard". Neither had an easy life but that all changed when Sarah and her family found these two. Read Sarah's story to see how each of these boys came into her family's life.
We are a family that longed for another dog but due to my sons' allergies we knew we had to be specific when it came to the breed of dog. The high costs of purchasing a dog from a breeder locally wasn't possible for our family's budget and local rescues didn't have compatible dogs for us. Years went by but we kept searching. A friend invited to me to a FB group, Chance's Bridge to Home from China rescue, which I accepted. I read about the founder, Beth, her passion for saving the dogs from the horrific torture of the meat trade in China and scrolled through the dogs that were in need of a home.
A video with dogs crammed in cages in the back of a pickup truck...terrified, crying, wet, filthy, starved and obviously traumitized...they were all saved that day and Migo (then Milo) was one of those pulled from that truck. I messaged about Migo and was told he had a horrible "before" life and was in need of patience and a whole heap of love. Being home most of the time and Migo was allergy-friendly, I said YES!! I was given his flight details and sent his "spa day" pics. We met eyes at Toronto airport when Eva (founder of this amazing rescue Saving Harbin Dogs) passed me Migo and told me to hold him tight as he shook like a leaf in my arms. Migo cuddled into my neck and possibly felt HOME for the 1st time in his 3 years. I hugged Eva with all of my soul that night in Toronto and have thanked her every day since. Those next few days were tough, Migo didn't really want to be with any of us. Migo didn't know, treats, toys, play, car rides or walks. Sometimes he was ok with me, but mostly wanted to stay in his cage...and shook continuously. Until, about 1 week after we brought him home he came out of his cage, voluntarily and then never went back in. He had a long way to go, but he was possibly going to accept us.
After adopting Migo the scrolling of available dogs on the Saving Harbin Dogs site didn't stop. I firmly believed that in order to rehab Migo to his best, was another confident pup that could show Migo the way a little.
Migo was with us a little over a month when I messaged Eva about Tuzi (then Cosmo) and I got to learn a little about his personality and see if he would be a good friend to Migo. When I made the decision (took all of 1 day, lol) to adopt Tuzi, I knew my family would be in for an amazing surprise. I was back in Toronto and Tuzi was handed to me. Full of love and life, ready for any adventure with all the confidence in the world. Tuzi came home 3 months after we adopted Migo and within 1 week they were the best of friends, playmates and snuggle buddies.
Migo has learned to be a dog, plays with people and toys, loves treats and will fully with confidence learn to take direction without being scared...one day, on his time and that's okay with us. Tuzi is trainable, adores ALL FOOD, is super smart and loves with all of his 10lb body. Both of my Saving Harbin Dogs rescue pups have been the biggest blessing. I owe so much to both Eva, Beth and ALL the people intertwined with these rescues. You are fighting the good fight and demanding change in a Country that hasn't protected these dogs. I refer someone to Saving Harbin Dogs and Chance's Bridge to Home almost daily stressing how horrific the dog meat trade is in these areas. I pray we will be able to adopt again soon and save another little life from the horrors of the dog meat trade. Until then, I will keep clicking on the DONATE button on Instagram and cross my fingers that it IS enough. Rescue will be my forever breed until the shelters are empty and the puppy mills all shut down and backyard breeders are no longer profiting from folks who simply don't know that KIJIJI and craigslist is FILLED with people profiting from over breeding. I will scream the joys of ADOPT DON'T SHOP and will be loud for those who have no voice.
Everyone working to end the dog meat trade in China currently is a HERO and I am forever grateful to you for pulling my sweet Migo and Loveable Tuzi. They are HOME. They are FAMILY. They are SPOILED. They are LOVED.