Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Sometimes, you hear about someone's life and quotes from an old movie come into your head, because the reality of that life is such that your mind can only cope with it if you frame it with the glow of movie lights and sound bites which enable you to distance yourself long enough to comprehend it without drowning in the pain and despair of the moment.

Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire

Enter Pixie. A blind, 14 year old female Bichon Frise. 9 lbs, in very poor health. Used by a "breeder" who made lots of money off of her by selling her puppies. Then given or sold to an elderly couple who owned her for a full 4 months before they dumped her at the Norfolk SPCA to be euthanized. Apparently none of the money Pixie's puppies sold for, went for any care for Pixie. NONE. No room for compassion in greed. Her neglect was as apparent as the abuse. And yet Pixie still loves people.

Blanche DuBois:
"Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable! It is the one unforgivable thing, in my opinion"

Blanche DuBois:
"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

Enter- the heros. And it took many many heros to change Pixie's fate:
Dr. Alexander Jeffers from Norfolk SPCA who refused to euthanize Pixie.
Kari from Norfolk SPCA, for recognizing Pixie was extremely people dependent and carrying her around with her so she wouldn't be alone, loving her and bonding with her.
Kasha, our wonderful trainer for telling Tidewater Bichon F
rise Rescue about Pixie.
Robin Gray of TBFR for making absolutely certain everyone knew about PIxie and saving yet another precious life through this wonderful group. But who could make room for Pixie???

Ultimately not one but two heros stepped forward to rescue Pixie.
Auntie Linda, Lady and Peanut's mom called the SPCA ready, willing and able to adopt Pixie and was told that a staff member might adopt Pixie. Later that day, Auntie Kay, Maggie and Baby's mom called the SPCA and inquired at to Pixie's status. She was told to come and get her if she wanted her. As quickly as she could, Auntie Kay picked up and adopted Pixie to make the "rest of her life, the best of her life."

Pixie was renamed immediately. Her new name, PIXIE reflects her magical spark.

Pixie is now receiving lots of medical care, love, attention and more than that, she has a family who will stand by her and care for her with unconditional love .

Her new momma Kay says:
"Update on Pixie: She is doing extremely well and though it's only been 2 1/2 days she appears to be very well adjusted and very very happy. She's been groomed and looks like a little puppy now. Everyone said she looked better already and then Kari came out to see her...she burst into tears when she saw Pixie all dolled up with her crystallized name tag, pink angel wings diapers, pink princess bed and pink and white polka-dot snuggle blanket. Pixie remembered her right away and gave her lots of kisses and snuggles. Everyone was so happy and relieved that Pixie had found someone to love her. Pixie is the most precious, lovable, sweet and gentle natured little girl and we get choked up every time we think of that man trying to have this incredibly beautiful and vibrant soul extinguished for his convenience."

While I can't hold back the tears, thinking about what might have been, I am proud and honored to be part of TBFR and to know Kay and Tom and Linda and Robin and Kasha and Keri and Dr. Jeffers. May their kindness and compassion be re-payed tenfold for they represent the best of humanity.

Auntie Kay and uncle Tom, I always knew Maggie and Baby have great parents, [Maggie always brags she CHOSE you...] but now I also know how kind and beautiful your souls are.

To Pixie's former "owners". One word. KARMA.

Anyway, Pixie. WELCOME. Your momma and daddy have all of our love and support and admiration. And to all my readers, how deep is your soul?

Adoption is not always about puppies. And rescue is about love and compassion.
Don't shop - PLEASE. Adopt.

proud to be and humbled by TBFR and its incredible adopters


silvieon4 said...

Thank you so much, Silvie!

The honor is truly mine to be able to share my life (even if just a short part of it) with these animals in need. I am so blessed to work for the Norfolk SPCA (the area’s only no-kill animal shelter). Without the support of our community and wonderful people like Kay and her fiancĂ©, we would not be able to give special babies like Pixie a second chance at good life. Pixie and many other special needs animals that have passed through our adoption center have been such an inspiration to me!! They never give up hope and they always forgive despite any of the horrible they have been through. A great model for all of us.

Thank you again!!

Kari Vincent
Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager
Norfolk SPCA

rocky-dog said...

Silvie, it always makes my tail happy when I see a plan like this come together. You apparently know some very special peeps on your side of the country. Please give them a snuggle of thanks from me to them. Rocky

silvieon4 said...

They are special. It is a no kill shelter, but more than that, they try so hard to save every single life. I will pass on your message!

bichonpawz said...

I am rather emotional right now and this post just sent me into yet another breakdown of tears. Oh my....I am so happy for little Pixie. Honestly...rescue people really are angels on earth. May God Bless Pixie and her angels and may she have a long and happy life with the people that now love her.