I was lucky enough to attend the Rose’s Rescue 10th Annual Reunion on September 6, 2014. So glad I did. Even though the weather was not the best, those that ventured out seemed to have a great time. I know the canine visitors did. Dogs running and playing. Reports I have gotten from people were that their dogs came home and were sacked out for the evening. That is always a good thing at my house!
The reunion started out small 10 years ago. I was not a part of the group then. I believe they went to someone’s home that had some property. By the time I entered the group, they had moved to Twinsburg, Ohio. Due to the kindness of Dan Richner, Rose’s Rescue now holds their reunions at Redwood Swim Club in Twinsburg, Ohio. The area is fenced, the pools have been closed for the season, and are then opened for the dogs. A lot of wet dogs on that Saturday between the rain, the swimming, and the wading pool, but they certainly had fun.
Dan stood it as long as he could, and finally, in 2013 he adopted Dakota from Rose’s Rescue. So now Dakota comes to the event to welcome everyone. Dakota is a Great Dane mix and came to Rose’s Rescue as a pup with his brother Cody.
When I came to the group, the reunion was their only major fundraiser. Yes, it is for all those that were adopted through Rose’s Rescue, but it also is open to the public. With some major help from some wonderful volunteers, the event has grown with a great number of gifts to be raffled off and items to be sold. Of course, Redwood Swim Club opens their concession stand grilling hamburgers and hot dogs which are really quite good.
I was lucky enough to see one of my past foster dogs, Abby. I found out this little girl now goes boating and loves it. Her new family just loves her to death. That is why we do it. Reports like that over ride any sadness we feel at the time of the adoption.
One of the volunteers was kind enough to bring one of the little beagles from the dog warden’s shelter. Guess what? He found a new home at the reunion! The volunteer was very happy she did not have to take him back to the shelter! It was a wonderful time with foster parents reuniting with their past foster babies. Something that makes everyone happy.
The best moment of the event was when long time Rose’s Rescue dog Skeeter made his appearance. Skeeter spent 3 years with Rose’s Rescue. He came to the rescue in 2010 afraid of everyone and everything. Someone was not kind to this poor boy. He lived with Rose, founder of the rescue. He slowly began to trust people, would go to events, but was still quite shy with strangers. He was Rose’s boy for a very long time. He did get adopted, but escaped the very first night. He would not come to anyone until Rose pulled up in her truck, called him, he jumped right in happy to be going home.
One day, last February, a wonderful application came in for our boy Skeeter. This lady was everything Skeeter needed, yet Rose was hesitant to let him go again. After numerous conversations with the potential adopter, Skeeter did move on, but that is not the happy ending to the story. After several weeks, Rose received a call, Skeeter had dug under the fence and escaped. Well, that set everyone into a frenzy. Many drove to the neighborhood to search. There was constant Facebook posting, and after a week, many were feeling really concerned that he was not going to be found. Now, just to show the power of Facebook, someone did see the posting on Facebook and spotted Skeeter only a couple miles from his new home at a local school. This young man contacted Skeeter’s new owner and she was on it in a flash. It took some coaxing to get Skeeter to finally come to her. I am sure he was quite hungry and could not resist the treats she was offering, but eventually he did come to her.
Now Skeeter is happy and safe with his new mom. He is a changed boy. Not afraid to approach people. He will always be a little stand-offish since the beginning to his life was not so great, but he looks good and I can see he is happy.
Did Mr. Skeeter forget his Rose, his savior? I think not. He ran right up to her at the reunion and gave her kisses. Skeeter will always be special to Rose, but to see him happy, healthy, and well adjusted, well – there are just no words to describe that!
So, I say, even if the weather kept many away, the Rose’s Rescue 2014 Reunion was a huge success!! If you would like to see more photos, please go to the Rose’s Rescue Facebook page.
Visit their website at THIS LINK to see adoptable dogs.