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I am sure you’ll remember me as you read my message. I was interested in “Zeus” the hound mix that I actually adopted the weekend before Thanksgiving 2017. I instantly fell in love with him... he was calm yet playful. He never barked when I first walked to his crate, he just wanted me to chase him outside. You were right, he’s got a lot of puppylike energy but at the same time he’s very calm. He’s such a love bug.
As we took him home, I remembered reading a post on Facebook about him and how his name was Tucker before he came to HES of Chattanooga. So my husband shouted out “Tucker” and he instantly responded!! he didn’t seem to really respond to Zeus so I was so so happy that he reacted to his actual name. From there, he goes by Tucker.
He and August (our mini schnauzer) get along so well. Tuck has adjusted well and seems to absolutely love life and his home. We are so thankful for this sweet, silly boy. Sometimes they get jealous of the other but they each get the same love and attention. Sometimes they steal each other’s toy, even though they are already chewing on the same exact one. Some days they act like a bunch of crazies, some days they are totally chill. Ya just never know 😁.Nicole
Where to even begin with Miss Misha......my favorite “wackadoodle.” When I saw a post on @rescuepetsofinstagram in October 2015 and the words ADOPT ME across the front and read this girls story I knew she was mine! She had been at HES for 1 1/2 years!
We drove from Nashville to Chattanooga that Saturday to get her. She was so shy and timid I understood why she had been overlooked. She and her orange tabby brother Butterbean became best buds pretty quickly and eventually another tabby brother Oscar joined the crew.
Relationships with Miss Misha are totally on her terms. That was a lesson I had to learn but that was what she needed. Little by little she has come out of that shell mostly with me.
She has learned to play and loves balls and ferociously chases the laser light. This girl loves to eat and “treatsie” time is her favorite.
Adopting one of these older kitties has some challenges but the rewards are amazing!
Every night now she and her brothers sit and wait for the laser light! Butterbean and Oscar have a cameo in this video as they sit and watch her zoomies! Misha has come a long way from the timid girl that couldn’t seem to find a home for so long.
A few months ago, Derreck and Jessica adopted a VERY misunderstood cat Wildman. Other potential adopters weren't willing to overlook Wildman's first impression - which was always BAD. They came back a few weeks ago and adopted dog Rackz.
"Hey! Yeah, we got Rackz, a happy little guy. He's great and adjusting well and he is super interested in Wildman but Wildman isn't sure what to think about him yet. I feel like they'll acclimate and be fine, but he takes his time adjusting so we're taking it very slowly.
Wildman is amazing, he's right at home and loves his people. His favorite things are sitting in the window, dragging toys up and down the stairs and pushing his little head between your hand and your phone to insist on noggin rubs. I'll attach pictures of both of the babies.
Rackz is ever super curious about Wildman and wants to run up and sniff at him and Wildman is not so sure about this big ol' dog coming at him at high speed lol. But sometimes they'll be in separate rooms with the door shut and I'll catch them both laying at the door sniffing at each other, Wildman batting under the door to reach Rackz. And just now I caught them lounging around quite close to each other, so baby steps I guess. They're getting there lol."
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