Last night was about accomplishment and bittersweet greetings. You see, a few weeks ago, here in Korea, we rescued a tiny, sick puppy off the back of a meat truck. The lady selling her got about $30 out of the deal. Which, if you ask me was more than she would've got because that pup was sick and probably NOT going to live to make it to that al-dente, fully grown state for her hungry customers. So, this little pup was a lucky pup. Sick, but, lucky! We took her to the vet, got her some medicine and brought her home to meet the crew. After 2 days in quarantine she was declared healthy enough to escape to the living room and meet the sheepdogs we had out. It was an instant success. The kids named her "Mocha" We posted a listing on Rescue Korea and waited for any interested party to inquire about her. Two families contacted us. One filled out an amazing application and after a week or so of messages back and forth, last night we finally brought her to our officially approved new family for Mocha. A new to the area American soldier was MORE than excited to finally meet her and had even spent the day shopping for her supplies.
The part we weren't really prepared for was that Alan was so attached to Mocha (even in just a tiny short time) that he insisted on going over their application and wanted to meet the family before the adoption took place. I honestly had to tell him that the man's family was still in the United States awaiting flights to Korea and that this soldier was very lonely without his wife and children. This made it ok enough to bring her to the new owner's home across town but, he still insisted on riding along with dad. So, a few of our boys piled into the car and set out to deliver this tiny treasure to her new home. The boys were overjoyed that they might be able to visit Mocha and meet her new kids when they get here, too!
I can only imagine how excited their children will be when they wake up across the world to find out that not only is their dad still happily waiting for them, so is a brand new furry friend! This has been such a fulfilling rescue. We hope to be able to have the same experience with Maggie when she goes to her new home in the next few months. I think fostering rescue dogs is one of the coolest things you can do in Korea.
**UPDATE** This dog was returned to us because she was all puppy and they didn't plan around the fact that they have a senior dog who couldn't handle being around a puppy who wanted to play. She's was happily rehomed with a wonderful family living here in Korea.