The Story of Faith and Grace
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened!"
Anatole France
Grace and Faith (Labrador/Rottweiler/Pitbull mixes) came to us on Valentine's day in 2013 from a nearby rescue. They had been found on the side of the road with their 8 litter-mates in a box. They were malnourished, had respiratory and eye infections. Their mother was speculated to have had infection(s) prior to birthing these pups.

These two precious pups "picked me out" and soon became a part of our little family. They graduated from puppy and intermediate training class with flying colors. The disadvantage they had at that point was socialization to both people and other animals. When we moved to the ranch they had an ample fenced back yard with a doggie door for their freedom. In time with the volunteers and new clients they received more of the lacking socialization skills they needed. But something was still wrong. Grace, the larger of the pups needed a job. She needed individual attention, her own human and responsibility. After many months of research Grace has now become part of Healing Heros program - therapy dogs with veterans. They not only pair the proper dog with the human, they train the new "team." Grace is now fulfilling her purpose.

Faith who was more fearful and on the thin side has now put on weight and is easily won over by workers and clients alike. She has "come into her own" if you could say that, and has a voice of her own song of greeting and of requests to jump up on the couch. She became quite the surrogate mother for new pups coming into the fold, and eagerly entertains these new additions of our canine clan running the 1/2 acre back yard with glee, running, chasing, wrestling with them or spending their time digging up gopher tunnels or just basking in the sun. Our purpose remains to continue her "therapy dog" training until she receives certification and her "good citizens award."