Vicktory Dog Georgia Adopted


Sometimes it surprises me that its been over four years since I initially met the Vicktory dogs. Like almost all of us who read about them and certainly all of us who worked with them, I formed close relationships and lasting bonds with each.

But none more so than Georgia.

If you used to watch the television series DogTown on the National Geographic Channel or are a regular follower of the Best Friends website you may remember that Georgia is a dog Ive had many adventures with. From traveling to Los Angeles so that Georgia could represent pitties on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, to being on Larry King Live, to the simplest (and my favorite) adventures of just helping Georgia learn to be close to a person, Georgia and I have shared a lot.

And today we share what I hope will be our best adventure yet. We are packing up and leaving this morning so that I can drive Georgia to her brand-new adoptive home.

Thats right. Our girl is being adopted!

I love this dog so much. Although I am a person who looks forward and not backward, when I think of everything she went through before coming to Best Friends, its tough not to get emotional.

I don’t do the daily training or caregiving work with Georgia anymore. That honor went to Kathy Moore, a really great caregiver in Dogtown who worked with Georgia to help her pass her Canine Good Citizen test (a requirement for all of the Vicktory dogs to be adopted). No small feat for Georgia, who as part of the test had to learn to ignore other dogs. So I do want to take a moment to give Kathy and all of the other caregivers who have played such a big part in Georgias life the heartfelt thank-you and respect they deserve thanks, guys! Its largely due to their efforts that this really important moment is finally here.

I know you are likely eager to know if Georgia is going to a wonderful home. Well, she is! I was happy to be part of the team to meet and work with Georgias new person, Amy, when she visited a few weeks ago, and Ill be staying for a few days to help Georgia settle into her new home and to help Georgia and her new mom get to know one another. Georgia is going to live with someone who we are confident will love and understand her and really help her acclimate to life in a home something we dont believe Georgia has ever experienced.

And Georgia is a dog who likes her comfort!

Every hotel room weve stayed in before has had a Georgia-shaped imprint on the couch or bed when weve left. Very important in Georgias case is that she is going to a home that has committed to her being the only pet there for the remainder of her life. We think thats the way Georgia wants it, and certainly given her history and discomfort with other animals, something she deserves. Shell get all the love and care and attention shes been longing for in a home of her own.

We want to give Georgia and Amy some privacy to settle in and enjoy life together, but well be talking to Amy often and providing updates on how they are doing together.

Thanks to everyone who sent Georgia gifts and wished her well along the way during her time at Best Friends. When I say goodbye and drive away, Im not too embarrassed to say I might even get a little choked up. I know Ill miss seeing her every time I am in Dogtown and that our staff and volunteers will, too but this is the ending weve been working toward all along. The ending that Georgia deserves, after all, is actually a new beginning.


John Garcia
Best Friends staff

Source: http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2012/02/10/vicktory-dog-georgia-adopted/



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