“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” John Galsworthy
The price we pay for loving dogs is that we will have to say goodbye someday – and always too soon. We each know this all too well. In fact, it’s been said that this may be the only real flaw of dogs – the painful fact that their lives are so much shorter than ours.
Today we all feel this familiar sadness because we’ve learned that Chopper – Fences for Fido’s very first unchained dog – died this week due to complications of cancer. With the passing of this stately, gentle old friend, we want to pause and remember what a mark Chopper left on our world. He was once a lonely, scruffy backyard dog. But everything changed, practically overnight, when a group of Portland friends met Chopper and realized they could do something to help. What they did changed Chopper’s life and his family’s life, and then that change rippled across the community and just kept going. Chopper galvanized a mission and a passion that continues to grow today.
New Dog Tethering Law in Effect January, 1, 2014
Drafted and supported by a broad coalition, the new law adds an important tool to address the public safety and animal welfare problems presented by chronically-chained dogs in communities across Oregon. Like all laws, this one is intended to be enforced by appropriate law enforcement officers. Fences For Fido does not have enforcement authority.
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By Patti Loverink, Fences For Fido Co-Chair
In the summer of 2012, our Fido community made something truly remarkable happen: Through just one whirlwind day of online voting, you helped us win a Toyota Tundra pickup through Toyota's 100 Cars For Good campaign! We knew that having a truck that belonged exclusively to Fences For Fido would make a huge difference in our work, and over these past several months it surely has.
As a Fences For Fido foster parent, sometimes pictures say more of what it means to me then my heart can express. I can tell you this. It is difficult to think of myself as a “volunteer” when I foster for Fences For Fido. Why? Because it is an honor to watch the Fences For Fido team do whatever it takes to see their furry charges free, healthy, happy, and finally in a forever home. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to be able to open my home, give a little love, and watch their spirits begin to heal and blossom. It brings me joy when a dog learns what it is to be safe, warm, fed, to revel in a squishy bed, and learn to just be a dog that is part of a family of love. The community of Fences For Fido gives me all the love and support I need to do this. They have never failed to “be there” when I needed help…from an emergency of a sick puppy, to people coming to play with puppies so I can get a break, to donating food when needed and so much more. It has just been an absolutely amazing joy and blessing in my life to do this with this great group of loving human beings.