Clichés are tired and useless language devices. When we hear them or use them, often any meaning behind them gets disregarded.
But for one Sacramento-area pup, it’s hard not to assign two rather famous clichés. One indicates her past and one indicates her rather fortunate landing.
After five pups were found dumped in Carmichael Dog Park, all were adopted, but for some reason, this four-week-old girl seemed to be the “straw” i.e., breaking the camel’s back (“no more dogs” said the adopter’s sweetheart).
Suddenly without her siblings, she needed help. Fast. Without a name, a foster home or a way to find her forever home, rescuers and a rescue organization stepped up: Chako Pit Bull Rescue took her into its system. Thanks to founder Dawn Capp, long-time volunteer Suzi Stevenson Johnston agreed to be foster mom.
And she was named (you guessed it) after another famous orphan: Annie. A cliché that fits this precious pup.
From November 1 until December 18, she grew up, enjoyed the vet’s treat bucket, played with Smiley and Minnie, learned to sit, give paw, and go outside when necessary (and indicate “necessary”) and most of this was documented for her fans, Suzi’s fans and the Chako family on Facebook. Everyone wished her well as she went to her forever family.
Rescue volunteers know how it goes: we get them ready and send them on their way. If they don’t go, the rescue community loses a foster home, right?
Well, in this case, the adoptive family did not deserve a precious puppy like Annie. Perhaps they did not deserve a puppy or perhaps the family members did not know how to manage a companion animal at all.
“They said she became aggressive,” reports Johnston. “But they taunted her. They showed us what they did to her.”
Johnston posted Annie’s return home on Facebook jokingly calling her a “foster failure” with a simple announcement and a photo of Annie:
“Ok, let me try this again….
Annie: “Mommy, I’m home now, aren’t I?”
Me: “Yes sweetie pie, you ARE home!”
The glad tidings of joy and well wishes were immediate. You guessed it: “There’s No Place Like Home.” It fits, for this Little Orphan Annie.
Sunday, February 1 is Annie’s 4-month birthday.
One cliché remains. This one is a shocker.
“You ought to be in pictures.”
She is darned cute.
But apparently a Subaru dealer of Corvallis thinks so, too.
Front Street Animal Shelter sent a note out to all foster parents to send in puppy photos as Corvallis Subaru wanted a puppy for a commercial. Johnston sent in Annie’s pix, despite the directions specifying a “fluffy puppy.”
And, the wise Ad Men chose Annie.
Filming took place in Sacramento. Annie, accompanied by Johnston, won everyone’s hearts. And a Star Was Born.
A broker named Melanie conducted all negotiations. And, to seal the deal, she asked about donating to Annie’s home shelter. Since she is officially adopted, Johnston directed the donation to Chako Pit Bull Rescue in Sacramento.
Next on Annie’s calendar (after a Spay Date on Feb. 3) is a possible commercial shoot for an area Subaru dealer.
Yep, life is good on Suzi Street for this pup and this longtime rescue volunteer.
From a cardboard box to starring in a TV commercial: it’s a transition only a dog could manage.