We received a wonderful email from Kurt sharing his Happy Tails adoption story. I love that Last Hope was a part of this story!
We had lived in the country for around 19 years. For about 15 of those years we had a Golden Retriever named Max. He roamed the farm and watched over his realm. He was an amazing dog. Long and short there was a group that came through our area and stole a few dogs from the local farms and unfortunately Max was one of them. We pursued all avenues to find him and track down the people who took him to no avail. We lived on my wife’s family farm and my father-in-Law asked that we not get another outdoor dog nor did he want us to have an indoor dog. We of course had some barn cats which were great but, just not the same as a dog – especially a Golden. We respected my Father-in-laws wishes but, of course were not happy.
Fast forward to January of this year and we closed on our first home and moved in. After settling in for a month we decided it was time to get a dog. We adopted a lab/mix from the Iowa City Animal Shelter. Within 24 hours we all had terrible symptoms and appeared to be allergic to him. We took him back the next day and cleaned the house very well. After having some work done to the house, we decided to try a Terrier as someone told us they may work for us. We found a great Terrier mix and adopted him from Safe Haven in Marengo. Unfortunately after 3 days my son and my wife were having terrible allergic reactions to him. Of course we took him back right away.
We decided to look into other options for us and began talking with our doctors, vets, researched on the internet, etc. We found out that the best dog for us would be a Poodle, Maltese, Bichon, Basenji, or similar dogs because they don’t have the same allergens as other breeds. I heard about Last Hope from a mutual friend and reached out via email on the website. Within a day or so i was contacted about Quincy a Poodle/Maltese mix that was in a foster home here in Iowa City. We got together, went through all the steps and adopted Quincy a few weeks ago.
Quincy fit rights in with us. It’s as if he was here all along. He loves going for walks which gives me the extra exercise I need. He has a love hate relationship with his kennel. Sometimes he walks right in and other times he makes us put him in. Never whines. Loves to play and wrestle. I think he has adopted me as his brother. It’s weird he follows me everywhere but, never like to sit in my lap. Now our son, on the other hand, they love sitting together and watching tv or playing video games. Of course Quincy never wins! (ha ha ha) We are still finding the right potty schedule outdoors but he’s only had a couple of accidents. He is training us as much as we are training him. It’s funny how other dogs we have had only want to please us. With Quincy he does things that please him! He is very independent, bull headed, ad is a little crazy at times, but he has a great personality. Like I said he fits right in with us. At times seems to miss having another dog around to chase but, so far my son and I have filled the role well enough. I think eventually we may have to adopt a second dog as a partner for him.
As I type this, my son and Quincy are chasing each other; and now playing tug of war!
He is pretty much the perfect dog for us. He has filled our home for sure.
Thank you to last Hope, you, and Sandy for saving Quincy. The work you all do is awesome and so worthy. I appreciate your dedication and service to our communities. I only hope others can have the same experience as we have. The process of finding Quincy, visiting Quincy, allowing us to have him overnight, and then the final adoption – all I can say is that was seemless, fun, professional, and you are all very thorough. Yes it took a bit longer for the entire process but, that’s ok. You were doing the rights things for us and Quincy. For all that I thank you all.
Truly Quincy, fills our house with love and affection. He is the family member we missed and needed.
It looks to me like Quincy feels like a King in his new home. What a sweetie and such a great story. Thanks Kurt for sharing with us! We love receiving updates, so if you have a Happy Tail you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again thank you to Last Hope.