What Goes Around……
Sometimes, there are events, nice stories in and of themselves, that stand on their own – but turn out to be part of something bigger and just as much fun as the central tale. This is the case with our first “Golden Tale” about a “Gold Digger” posted here just a short time ago. Now, as Paul Harvey used to cheerfully announce, we have “The Rest of the Story.”
Humane societies can be chaotic places, and many folks see them in negative terms – unpleasant places where unwanted animals go to die. Sometimes that can be true, but the Washington County Humane Society (WCHS) in southeastern Wisconsin isn’t really like that. Of course, things get busy, and a big room full of caged dogs can sometimes seem chaotic for sure. However, this team takes a longer and gentler view. It’s clean, the surroundings are pleasant, and loving care is evident all around the place. When a promising animal comes in, these nice folks will go the extra mile and take extra time to find it a loving home. That was the case with Kramer – later to gain fame as our “Gold Digger.” When she came in, with a sketchy history, it was apparent she deserved something better than the big room full of barking dogs. Typical Golden, she was too nice to be housed with the riff-raff! So, home she went to foster care by one of the shelter’s management employees.
Grumpy ol’ Bob and his missus, Lynn, were volunteers with this particular shelter, doing odd jobs, clean-up, fix-up and such. Of course, they knew nothing then of Kramer. One day, Lynn got a call from the Volunteer Coordinator asking if we might be interested in caring for a couple of cats – until their kittens were born. Not having had cat experience at that level, Lynn said “That might be a bit out of our comfort range. But – might you possibly have a good ‘used’ Golden Retriever we might meet?” They had lost their previous golden a while before, and the house needed a friendly furry face – and a fresh supply of golden-fur tumbleweeds to decorate the place.
Well, it turned out that the caller was Kramer’s foster mom. A meeting was arranged; Kramer was every bit the friendly kid we know Goldens to be; happiness glowed all around; arrangements were made, and Kramer went on to take over the “Grumpy” household like she’d owned it all along. Her history was a blank page for the most part, but her assessment raised no red flags. She became the ideal companion – and the curly fur didn’t fall out quite as much as most dogs of that breed.
Sometime later, events unfolded, and the “Gold Digger” incident took place – an entertaining round of events to be sure. Shortly after that, the humane society published an account of that story in their newsletter – a publication printed for volunteers – and for new adopters. That newsletter triggered a totally unexpected response right out of the blue. The following letter that arrived at WCHS tells that part of the tale and creates another chapter in a circle of happiness that followed:
“I am still sitting here with my jaw to the floor. Your recent newsletter, our first, brought joy and peace to my heart. We recently adopted two kittens from Washington County Humane Society after the loss of our 16-year-old cat, Bailey. Due to this recent adoption, we had been added to the WCHS mailing list. Lo and behold, our first mailing brought a tearfully happy moment. STAY TUNED! If you remember part 1 of “The Gold-Digging Blonde,” stay tuned for Part 2.