As all of our regular blog readers know, we are major pet lovers here at Tag UR It! inc.. I grew up in a family full of four legged brothers and sisters. From the age of 8, I spent my weekends volunteering in a local animal shelter. My mother rescued pets that may not have otherwise had a great chance at adoption. We had a wonderful home full of pets that included elderly cats and dogs, very large breed dogs that needed special care, and even a 3 legged coon-hound who was hit my a car and never taken to a vet by her previous owner. When I moved to California to join the Tag Team last year, Catheryn and I drove across country, 3000 miles, in a minivan with my 14 year old Scout and my 2 precious kitties. We have had scout since I was 10 years old and he is the best boy! Upon arriving here in California, my babies joined a big loving family of furry friends. As you have all seen in our fabulous YouTube Movie Trailer series, the Wag Team already consisted of Elphie, Martin, and Zoey. They are all the sweetest little loves you can imagine!! Catheryn and Heidi are the most amazing animal lovers and their furry babies are truly their children!
This week, a new little love has come into our lives. Here at Tag UR It! inc., we have adopted a beautiful little girl, now named Kaia. While checking out the Tag UR It! inc. Facebook page Wednesday evening, Catheryn came across the story of a brave little girl who had been in an animal shelter far too long. We are huge fans of JustFoodForDogs, based here in Newport Beach, CA. Our dogs all eat a diet of high quality, homemade, human grade food including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and high quality meat with all the added nutrients a dog’s body needs. JustFoodForDogs makes fresh food daily in their Newport Beach location. Our babies love all of their food and treat recipes!! I have even started cooking my own dog food some of the time with their wonderful recipes!! The story Catheryn came across that brought Kaia into our lives was posted on JustFoodForDogs’ Facebook page on Wednesday night. Posted on their Facebook wall was the sweetest photo of a white, 11lb chihuahua mix with these beautiful big brown eyes. The amazing JustFoodForDogs team picked Kaia up from San Pedro animal shelter on December 26th. She had been there far too long, since early October. Andrea and Shawn have saved multiple dogs from bad situations, fixed them up, and found them their perfect forever homes. They are truly angels! They brought Kaia home, took her to the vet, gave her lots of loving, and nursed her back to health. Andrea posted the story of Kaia on the JustFoodForDogs page for the amazing community of dog lovers who like their page to see, hoping that her perfect forever family would be out there somewhere. Her story and photo captured our hearts and we knew she was meant to come home and become a cherished part of our family.
Now, we don’t know Kaia’s back story. We don’t know where she is from, how she ended up alone in the shelter, or what she has had to face in her 2 years of life. What we do know is that her life has not been easy. Kaia is the sweetest girl, still recovering from a life of emotional scars from an owner who did not take the responsibility of being a pet parent to heart. To see the fear in her eyes when an unfamiliar face approaches, afraid she may be hit, breaks my heart into pieces. One thing I know for sure, Kaia will have so much love surrounding her for the rest of her life, she will never have anything to worry about again. She is already starting to adjust to life in our loving family, full of furry brothers and sisters. As she slept soundly in my arms last night, I could not be happier that she is here in my life. I am completely in love with her already and so happy to know she will spend every night sleeping by my side for the rest of her life.
Pet ownership is a lifetime commitment. Pet adoption is a gift and a blessing, but only if you are ready for that commitment to care for and love that pet as you would your own child. There are so many pets out there looking for homes. This is the reason it is so important to have your pets spayed and neutered. So many of these sweet, innocent animals have lived through abuse that no living creature should ever have to endure and are looking for a second chance at a loving life. There is a great need for foster families to care for these animals while they recover and adjust to family life and an even greater need for adoptive families. If you are looking to bring a new fury family member into your home, check out your local animal shelter first! There are kittens and puppies, cats, and dogs all looking for loving families and forever homes in shelters nationwide. You can save a life.
Thank you so much to the amazing team at JustFoodForDogs for their amazing work and for rescuing this sweet girl and bringing her into our lives! Kaia will most definitely be in to JustFoodForDogs for visits and to pick up her favorite food and treats!!
Happy New Year from your Tag Team, including the newest Wag Team member, Kaia!!