Bomb Diggity: A dog-splosion of fun
Rebecca starts her e-mails with “aloha.” This made me like her right away.
We met through work about a year ago, but it was more recently that we learned we have something in common besides an obsession with Hawaii. (I’ll give you one guess.)
In her circle, Rebecca is the person with the “dog house.” Everyone’s dogs are welcome, even if they have a reputation for being unsociable. But as much as she loves dogs, Rebecca and her fiance resisted fostering. They had their hands full with their own two canines, a cat and a turtle.
But then Rebecca started volunteering as a dog walker for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an organization that’s all about saving wayward animals.
Just check out the mission statement:
Stray Rescue’s sole purpose is to rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes. Virtually all of the pets we save have been abused and neglected. They’ve been dumped on highways, or remote country roads. Abandoned in public parks, empty houses and dark alleys. We’ve even saved dogs left chained behind buildings after their owners had moved away.
At Stray Rescue’s shelter, dogs live in “apartments,” not kennels. And when a pup goes out for walk, he comes back to fresh bedding and a treat on his pillow. So posh!
On her second shift as a walker for Stray Rescue, Rebecca met this firecracker:
Bomb Diggity burst excitedly out of his glass apartment and greeted Rebecca with two paws on her shoulders and licks to the face.
He walked her They walked for 25 minutes, a while longer than the typical exercise session. Rebecca recalls the day:
I walked a few more dogs then went home after a few hours of walking. I decided that night that Bomb Diggity was so sweet, but he was never going to be able to find a home being cooped up in his glass apartment all day. He just had too much energy and was too big to look attractive to a potential adopter. So I told my fiance about him, and that I thought we should foster him because we could help him calm down and make it easier to find a forever home. It didn’t take much convincing.
Before bringing home the Bomb, Rebecca and her fiance first had to bring their dogs and Pinky the cat to the shelter to meet the former street dog whose behavior around felines had not yet been tested.
As it turned out, there was cause for concern that Bomb Diggity’s curiosity might hurt the cat. Rebecca says:
Needless to say, Bomb Diggity was VERY excited to meet Pinky. Too excited really. Pinky doesn’t have her claws, and the trainers felt Bomb Diggity should experience his first cat au-natural – with a full set of claws.
And so, Bomb Diggity didn’t get to go home with Rebecca.
But Stray Rescue’s trainers had a feeling Pinky might like another foster brother better…
Come back tomorrow to meet Rebecca’s new foster dog. His name is every bit as cool as Bomb Diggity.
Think you can keep up with handsome, high-energy Bomb Diggity? Check out his Stray Rescue profile and apply to adopt him!