Happy 4th Birthday Scraps

Today is my birthday! Only through the kindness of others am I lucky to have lived to celebrate, back when I was 15 months old, I was in a high-kill shelter. I got rescued and transferred to a a farm with a lot of big dogs and then my people found me on the internet. They adopted me before meeting me and I moved to a big house with a great yard and all the toys and bones I could ever want. All I want for my birthday is for other dogs like me to experience living in a forever home with a great family. If you want a dog, choose a rescue, if you can't get a dog right now, support an organization that fosters and rescues dogs. Follow me on instagram @SenorScraps, especially today, I am going on an adventure. #petsofinstagram #PetLover #DogLovers #Doggie #AnimalLover #Animal #PNW #Dogstagram #InstaPet #SeattlePet #PhotoOfTheDay #DailyPhoto #DogsOfInstagram #RescueDog #dogs #Poodle #Seattle #DailyScraps #SenorScraps @SenorScraps @DogsOfInstagram #Poodle

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Since his last birthday, he now has an instagram account with over 825 followers. Please feel free to follow him at @SenorScraps. He’s great at following back and liking and all that. Anything to promote rescue pet adoption is a great birthday present for him. He also has a tumblr account called Senor Scraps

Today is the third birthday of a little guy that lives in our house and hides bones behind the potted plants.  We call him Scraps and he is beginning to recognize that we are talking to him when we do.  He was adopted on the first of November with paperwork saying he was 18 months old, so I made his birthday be the first of May.  International Worker’s Day also seems like a good day to have a birthday too, there will always be a celebration.

We found Scraps on the PetFinder.com website, he was at the Collar of Hope foster home located on the Kitsap Peninsula.  Coincidentally, a long-time friend volunteers with them and has a few foster dogs.  You can see his old listing HERE.

Scraps has requested that he not receive any gifts on his birthday and would rather have donations be made to Collar of Hope or your favorite animal-related charity/service.  He has more walks and cuddles and bones than he ever could have imagined and hopes that other dogs get to be as lucky as him.  Here are some direct links for donations:

Collar of Hope:  http://www.collarofhope.org/

So what is next for Scraps?  We are in the “thinking about it” phase of creating a children’s book about him and his life to support animal adoption/rescue.  We enjoy very short trips to the dog park down the street, but he is getting more interested in socializing.  Other than that, Scraps is pretty much settled in, he barks at other dogs on the sidewalk from the safety of the closed living window, he sleeps in the sunshine whenever he can find it, and he never met a bone he didn’t like.

Scraps came to us with the name of Skyler, but I had already changed his name to Scraps before I had even met him.  I found him on the a local rescue website portion of petfinder.com.

From the paperwork I was provided, here is The Story of Scraps. (I have decided that before he got into ‘the system’, he lived under a bush and ate garbage.  I obviously have no way of knowing, but it makes for a great back story)

A471308 2 yrs old Female gray and black Terrier mix was adopted out of the San Bernadino, California Animal Control on August 23rd, 2014.  (I am sure they do great work down there and records get mixed up, but Scraps is a boy).  He was microchipped and given a few vaccines.  I have the name and address of the woman that rescued him from there, she will be getting a photo holiday card thank you note from Scraps.

On the 25th of August, Scraps (still named A471308) was neutered.  Luckily, in those two days, they figured out he was a boy dog and did not attempt to spay him.  On that same day, his rabies tag was issued, they listed him weighing 7.4 lbs and his birthday being exactly 2 years prior.  There is another woman’s name and address as the registered owner.  She will be getting a photo holiday card thank you note from Scraps.

Rounding out Scraps’ holiday card thank you list is the Collar of Hope business address.  I wish I knew more of his story and I will decide on his birthday when the his vet estimates his age.  I will count back from November 1st, the day he arrived at our house.

I posted a photo every day of the first week Scraps was with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to chronicle the progression of his acclimation to his new life, to document Scraps becoming Scraps.  (He has gotten more ‘likes’ than any post I have every written or even any painting Rick has painted.)  It happened a lot quicker and was a lot smoother than I had anticipated.  He was shy and skittish about everything, but now runs around the house and plays with toys, sleeps soundly and even spends time entertaining himself chewing on bones or just staring out the window.  He must know he can relax.

If you are thinking about getting a dog, seriously consider rescuing one from a foster home or shelter.  The people involved are not in it for the money, the sincerely believe that every dog deserves a wagging tail.  The dogs are very grateful, gentle animals that will enrich your lives far more than you can imagine.  If you are still not sure, you can meet Scraps.

Here is a photo of his car ride home:

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2 thoughts on “Happy 4th Birthday Scraps

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to an adorable little chap. How hard it must be not to keep cuddling him, I could not let him go. All the Dogs I have had since 1975 have been Rescue Dogs. All lived a happy life and were so well loved, my last Dog was a Cross Border Collie so intelligent and so devoted, still miss her so much. This baby we have,well Daisy, had her Birthday April 29, she was 6. She is cross Alsatian and Lurcher, rescued and obvious she had been cruelly treated, has taken time and patience, but she is so loving and well behaved (has her moments), we love her so. People should never buy Dogs, there are enough beautiful Dogs waiting in the Shelters for HELP. Thanks for sharing your pics, if I may I will reblog.

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