This is a story of the difference that Ann and Pete have made in five lives, 60 km away from them.
This June 12, 2015, we’ll be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the day that our family of four adopted a beautiful dog from Ann and Pete — a lovely girl whom they had named Ebony.
The background here has its own bittersweet symmetry: On April 22, 2005, we lost our beloved 16-year-old Springer Spaniel-cross. Her name was Jessie. On that very same day, Windsor Animal Control picked up a stray lab-cross from the streets of that city. She languished in the Windsor pound until her time was literally running out — and volunteers from an animal rescue network picked her up.
The name of that network? Project Jessie.
From there, that lab-cross went to Ann and Pete’s farm for foster care, and a picture and description of her went onto the Internet for adoption. We still have a printout of that webpage: Pete is kneeling, gently holding this sitting, smiling dog for the camera. The description talks about how Ebony’s sweet disposition shows that she must have once been loved. That photo and that description were enough for our daughters to start clamouring for us to go get her. Mom and Dad eventually saw it their way, and on June 12, we drove from Mississauga to Ann and Pete’s and met Ebony. We knew it was canine kismet when Pete let her out from behind their fence and she immediately hopped into the back seat of our van.
And it’s been kismet ever since. Ebony quickly became a full member of our family (sometimes the Queen of the Castle!) with her wonderful set of qualities: a happy, curious nature; welcoming, intelligent, expressive, empathetic; maybe a bit “entitled” sometimes (read “occasional spoiled brat”). She’s an older girl now, with a few health issues — but with help from some good doctors, those are well-managed. We hope to keep it that way, to keep Ebony happy and to enjoy her company for a long time yet! (The accompanying photo was taken on June 9, 2015.)
Thank you Ann and Pete, for bringing us together in the first place. We know you’ve done the same thing for hundreds of other dogs and their new families. We and they are very lucky to have you. Best wishes to you in your very important work.