New Year, New Decade of Good

I write today’s Pet Column on the second to last day of 2019, retrospectively taking stock of all the good that happened this past year while preparing a hopeful outlook for the coming year. I am a homeless dog so I really am needing more good, less bad to happen. So to spread my gratitude for the good of 2019 and hope and inspiration for 2020, I have a story to share…

This story is an updated version of an earlier one that was tough for many of you to read. It is about Angel, an incredible dog Second Chance rescued back in April after she’d been shot multiple times and left, several weeks, for dead. But don’t worry, this story leaves off with Angel exuberantly leaping through deep snow with a huge grin on her face.

As you may recall Angel’s back left knee and front right ankle were shattered from bullets. Her back leg had to be amputated but her front leg was able to be saved, although she will need to wear a custom brace on the injured leg the rest of her life.

Here is where the good news kicks in. With her brace Angel has been able to build her strength and do what she loves most, gleefully propel her body at high speeds. And so she does, up and down steep inclines and trails, through deep snow, nothing seems to slow her down after months of healing and laying low.

Angel is almost unrecognizable from when she arrived. Since returning to health (she also had to push through treatment for a tick-born disease which was seriously compromising her health) she has grown a beautiful and soft long coat of hair, from the short course hair she arrived with.

Besides running at full speed, Angel also loves to make people smile. And she is very good at it. She loves to befriend every single person and dog that she meets. She knows how to connect with people and her gentle, buoyant, loving nature breaks down barriers. She seems to know that she has a greater purpose in life.

Angel also found herself her forever home. She hadn’t gone through all that just to end up homeless again. She brightened her foster family’s lives every day and convinced them that they couldn’t live without her. Which is perfect for Angel as her former foster-Mom turned forever-Mom is also the director of Second Chance Humane Society.

In 2020 Angel will be working toward becoming a therapy dog. She is currently, and eagerly, making weekly visits into the public schools with Second Chance’s Pets Turning Pages program - simultaneously teaching kids that reading is fun and pets are important to our lives. She also teaches how to overcome obstacles. She has also been given the honor of Second Chance’s first “Rescue Ambassador” and embraces this role with flourish.

My name is Fig. As I sit here waiting for my chance at a new family and life I am reminded by Angel’s story that there are bad people and good people, bad things and good things in life. 2020 may just bring another mix of it all but my role is to focus on the good and be healed by the good.

I find a lot of good in playing with people and dogs. And of course I love me a good bowl of figgy pudding. So bring it right here. I’ll eat it while you fill out my adoption paperwork. How’s that for a segue?  

Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops have been servicing San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties for over 25 years. Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other services. View our shelter pets and services online:

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at

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