Sebastian the Rescue Pup

Snow much fun!

Snow much fun!

Thank you to my daughter Michelene who wrote this beautiful post about her rescue dog Sebastian. Enjoy this heart warming story! xo Joanne

“Life is a Series of Dogs” ~ George Carlin

We had moved into our lovely house in the country with almost twelve acres and rescued a Great Dane named Molly. She was growing up quickly and required a lot of love and attention. After much thought, planning, and financial checking we decided that we wanted to adopt another dog. Our pet needed a pet- someone to run around and do dog stuff with.

We looked for weeks and met plenty of wonderful dogs of all breeds and ages. Some rescue organizations were easier to contact than others and a few private rescue groups never returned our calls or emails. One hot summer day a darling young pup showed up on petfinder.com. He had the cutest face and a slightly tilted head that spoke to his intelligent and inquisitive nature. The rescue group said he had a great personality but he had been adopted and brought back to the shelter three times because he was simply too rambunctious for his previous owners.

Molly was more than happy to tote along on the two hour car ride to meet Sebastian. She rode most of the way with her beautiful face out the window basking in the waves and stares from the other cars. We took Molly to a park down the street to get away from the barking and frantic atmosphere of the rescue kennel and one of the staff members brought Sebastian down to meet Molly. From the moment Sebastian laid eyes on Molly standing under the pavilion in the lush green park- he was in love. Molly was having none of his affections though and gruffly told Sebastian that she was a lady and his rude behavior was not going to be tolerated. There was no aggression in either dog so we asked the rescue group if we could give it a try. They checked our references and said they would be thrilled for us to adopt Sebastian and any other dog we wanted. We were humbled and made arrangements to bring Sebastian to his new home.

Molly and Sebastian

Sebastian (L) and Molly (R)

I left the windows cracked the whole drive home. I wasn’t sure if Sebastian liked car rides, got car sick, or if he would have any other surprises for me. It’s always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with a new animal and I wasn’t about to let him take a flying leap out of the car on the Turnpike. To my surprise, he simply sat in the back seat and gazed at me. It wasn’t intimidating or worrying. He just seemed to be curious about me and my intentions (or maybe he was judging my driving). 🙂

Back home Sebastian fit right in. His favorite place to sleep was downstairs in the doggy kennel portion of the basement with a couch and chair. We figured he liked the quiet after the craziness of the shelter environment which is brimming with anxiety and energy.  He was not into wagging his tail or getting excited over much of anything. We were careful to put him through his paces (checking for food and toy aggression) and give him plenty of exercise in our back yard with an acre of fenced in land. Sebastian loves to play fetch with balls and Frisbees and anything that bounces and scampers across the yard. I’ve shared most of my life with dogs but never had one that played fetch. I was beyond thrilled!

Gavin and Sebastian

Gavin and Sebastian

Sebastian did have some quirks. I don’t think he had ever seen a sweeper, Swiffer, pots, pans, and many other household items. One night he woke me up in the middle of the night barking at the giant canning pot in the kitchen. He was not sure what it was but he was sure it didn’t belong there! Obviously it was a potential threat worthy of waking me up to check out. He also had some skittish behaviors that led us to believe he’d been abused at some point. Molly loves to grab water droplets from the air when Gavin washes his hands and flicks the remaining water drops at Molly. Sebastian cowered from the water drops and any other gesture that he was not familiar with.

Sebastian's Swiffer Face

Sebastian’s Swiffer Face

After about a month of having Sebastian in the house I felt comfortable enough with our trust level to try something new. We were standing in the sun soaked kitchen one beautiful afternoon and I reached down and hugged him lightly with both arms. That was the first time I saw him wag his tail. We had been giving him plenty of space and just thought he wasn’t a particularly snuggly or affectionate dog (we were fine with that). I think he was waiting for us to take him back to the shelter like his previous families had done. This guy was ours and he wasn’t going anywhere! I wish I had a picture of the first time he laid on the couch with us. At first he wasn’t sure what to think about the potentially precarious situation. After about two minutes he was comfortable and snoring so loudly I had to turn the TV volume up to hear it.

On the Couch with Michelene

Time for Snuggling

Time for Snuggling

Sebastian and Molly sometimes get into trouble but they prefer hiking around the many trails and chasing wildlife through the yard. Furniture destruction is only a backup plan for when there hasn’t been enough excitement and mystery in their lives. You never know what could be inside of a couch cushion until you look, right?

Doggies and their Stuffing

Doggies and their Stuffing

Today we’re grateful that Sebastian has been in our lives for well over a year and is such a wonderful addition to our family. He plays well with people and dogs alike. He and Molly are like siblings with the appropriate amounts of love, playfulness, with a sprinkle of trouble and getting on each other’s nerves from time to time. The shelter dog who had four families took as much of a chance on us as we did on him and we all lived happily ever after.

Gavin, Sebastian and the Tractor

Gavin, Sebastian and the Tractor

Doggies watching Doggies

Doggies watching Doggies

Lots of Hiking Space at Michelene's

Lots of Hiking Space at Michelene’s

We Love Each Other!

We Love Each Other!

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

If you are considering adding to your family, please consider a rescue.

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11 thoughts on “Sebastian the Rescue Pup

  1. Cathy McElhaney

    My rescue is a mean, feisty kitten named “Heartluck” Gracie. Gracie is a Calico that my daughter in law found abandoned. She was just 2 weeks old! She will attack anyone in bare feet, and loves to “jump scare” the kids, lol! She will hide outside(or inside) the bedroom doors and jump at them as they go through! Steeler is our dog and her brother. She eats his food and he eats hers! She has been known to get in the cupboard where I keep their food and treats, and knock the Milkbones out for Steeler to help himself! She is truly my cat and cuvvles with me in the mornings.

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    1. Joanne Cain Post author

      I think those “jump scare” tactics of Gracie would scare me real good! She sounds like a warm and wonderful part of your family. And my dog Jordan would love her stealing Milk Bones! xoxo Joanne

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    2. Michelene

      That is too cute Cathy! Cats are very much like ninjas, attacking when you least expect it! I think it’s adorable that she gets milkbones for Steeler and that you named him after the Pittsburgh football team 🙂 I hope all is well in Texas.

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  2. Cindy

    Hi Joanne, I love the pictures, esp the one of the two of them romping in the leaves! How appropriate for Thanksgiving! They are a perfect example of gratitude as I belive rescues are forever grateful to us for giving them a safe loving home. Sebastian ( he looks like a Sebastian) certainly showed his gratitude when he allowed Michelle to hug him. How heartwarming! Our son brought us home a little 6 weelse old kitten from college on a Thursday evening back in 1997. He was very sick with feline leukaemia & the vet wanted to put him down, however I couldn’t do that! We cared for him and he lived to be 13 yrs old. We were forever grateful for him and he was forever grateful to us! “Happy Thanksgiving” to our furry friends! BTW, your daughter has a beautiful contagious smile just like yours!

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    1. Joanne Cain Post author

      We had a cat that was diagnosed with feline leukemia and I think he lived to be 15 or 16. 🙂 Casper was his name; he was such a sweetheart. How awesome that you gave a loving home to a little kitten. Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes for a wonderful holiday. xoxo

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  3. Marylin Warner

    Just what I needed today, Joanne. We’re still missing Maggie, and with this first Thanksgiving in 12 years without her, it was so good for our hearts to read this post and enjoy the pictures.
    Thanks to you and Sebastian.

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