We think of Brewster every day and lately he's been on other people's minds too. At cocktail parties, dog adoption events, and client meetings, friends have been asking, "How's Brewster?", which kinda surprised us. That, along with something happened this weekend, made it clear that it was time for an update.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Wellington, Florida. It was about 70 degrees with a crisp blue sky and a few puffy clouds. Kinda like Encinitas (where Brewster now lives) 364 days of the year. We went to a polo match that featured a couture fashion show, elaborate brunch and flowing champagne, but what caught my attention? Cute dogs wearing "Adopt Me" vests. I made a beeline. The group, All For One Pet Rescue, had been invited in the hopes that some of their wonderful, adoptable dogs would find new homes with this animal loving crowd. I went over to pet the pups and visit with a couple of friends who volunteer with the group but little did I know I would meet the woman who played a critical part in Brewster's journey. Martine Pate.
To refresh your memory, Tim and Brewster traveled cross country in the hopes of finding Brewster a new home San Diego, away from the rain and thunder that made his life miserable. Tim and Brewster arrived, I followed by plane and 5 days into our 8 day trip we still didn't have a lead on an adoptive home for Brewster - and here comes the good part. Martine is from West Palm Beach, Florida and she saw Brewster's story on Facebook through one of my friends. She shared it with Joe Daly (a friend from many years ago) and he was the first one to step up for Brewster which set the wheels in motion to Brewster's forever home with Joe's neighbor's Rick and Sally. I couldn't believe that we were face to face. A friend of a friend who had changed our lives. She was really lovely and said she was happy to help. For us, the word "help" was the understatement of the year. It was the lifeline we needed. Thank you from the bottom of hearts, Martine.
So the big question - How is Brewster? In a word - "AWESOME". Rick and Sally are great about sending us updates and cute photos. They tapered him off the prescriptions he was taking to help him cope with the Florida storms. As of January, Brewster has been drug free and loving it! He's a pretty normal dog living in a loving family in one of the most beautiful places in our country. He plays with his brothers (both human and canine), gets lots of walks, his general health is good and he is learning that rain doesn't mean the sky is falling. As my great aunt used to say,
Contentment is severely underrated.
Cash - AKA "the highway dog" - This is the pup that Tim found in Oklahoma on the way home from California. The plan was for him to live with Tim's parents but as he regained his health, the provide to be a major rebel rouser. He's a whirling dervish of a border collie mix so we decided to keep him as a reminder of Brewster. He aggravates our 2 senior dogs, Gunther and Roxie, by nipping at their legs and jumping on their backs to play but he's so darn cute.
Bo - John and Priscilla are the couple who were going to step up for Brewster before Rick and Sally decided to adopt him. They were so inspired about by everyone's concern for Brewster that they went to their local shelter and adopted a sweet girl who was found stray and pregnant. Her name is Bo and she's the love of their lives.
Phoenix - Brewster's new dog brother - The two of them are true brothers. Tumbling through the house, sleeping on mom and dad's bed and taking long walks together. A true bromance.
All of this has made me think about the small actions we take each day and how we never know how they will echo into the outcome of others' lives. It's really quite powerful. Because Brewster is happily settled in his new home, Tim and I are able to spend more time with our families and with the dogs at the shelter. We are more relaxed, rested and effective at work and play. So today, I'm going to make a little "pay it forward" request to send the good vibes out to the universe.
- Today, please take a pass on the horrific stories on social media and spread a positive message in the form of a quote, a beautiful photo or sharing the story of a person or animal that needs help. And here's one to get you started. Sweet Noelle is a wonderful dog looking for her forever home through All for One Pet Rescue in Palm Beach County, Florida. She was rescued as a pregnant, backyard dog in freezing conditions and has blossomed in her wonderful foster home. She's gentle, likes other dogs and cats and waiting for her shot at a happy ending. Please share her on Facebook.
- If you love animals and you've never been to your local shelter (the one that takes in all animals for you community and is funded by your taxpayer dollars), please go visit. Drop off some food, treats, old blankets or towels and take a walk around. You'll see that the animals in shelters are the victims of their human's inability to honor their commitment and they deserve our attention and care. You can provide a loving home for that dog or cat and, in turn, open a spot for the next animal that needs a helping hand. Consider volunteering, adopting or fostering.
- Make a comment below or on Facebook and let us know how Brewster's story has affected you. We'd love to hear from you.
Thanks for continuing to follow our story.
Lorrie, Tim, Roxie, Gunther and Cash