I began following Ethel’s journey early in the week on FaceBook. A good friend lost her beloved senior dog, Charlie, not so long ago. When she was made aware that a shelter dog was to be put down the following evening, she stepped in and decided to foster Ethel. You see, Ethel failed her food bowl test and needed rescuing. My friend explained the “food bowl” test (in a shelter they deprive animals of food so they are hungry, put a bowl of food in front of them, poke them with a stick and take away the food to see if they display aggression) and asked that everyone following Ethel’s story to simply do a Google search to verify. I did.
I felt bad for my friend — everyone was leaving comments reference how she should keep Ethel. She kept explaining (over and over again to no avail) that she was looking for a forever home for the black lab and wasn’t ready for another dog so soon after losing her friend of many years. One friend in particular evidently took her seriously.
Here’s the latest:
Well a sad day for us but a joyous day overall. Ethel went to her forever home tonight. The look on her face as she raced at top speed in **name omitted**’s backyard was awesome! They love her already and Ethel felt the same as she made herself right at home! Good news is we get to babysit whenever she needs us! Ethel has her miracle!!!! God is good.“
I sure wish there were more people like my friend. It makes me sad to think of the animals that are put down because they are no longer wanted or don’t fit pet adoption protocol (seriously, you guys — could YOU pass the food bowl test??), but I sure am thrilled for Ethel.