Tuesday, December 11, 2012

After BEBHS: Jelly

Here at BEBHS, nothing warms our hearts more than hearing from adopters about the joy brought into their lives by their pets. We believe in the power of love and companionship that pets provide, and it's why we do what we do. Yes, we help animals, but just as importantly, we help people too. We love what we do. And we love what our adopted animals do for their family members. Jelly's family recently gave us the gift of sharing their story with us, and we can't wait to share it with you:

My dear Jelly was rescued by BEBHS over 8 years ago from the Martinez animal shelter.  I still have a copy of her kennel card and it read:  "Our dearest little Jelly Bean has managed to retain her exquisite sweetness through a really hard luck life. She is all wiggles and wags and exudes love. Poor Jelly Bean has low self-esteem and was probably treated very poorly. Her new home will have to make her feel really secure and confident.  They should give her as much love as she can handle. They should be gentle and respectful. She is a very special girl who deserves the life of a doggy princess."

I was volunteering at BEBHS and I agreed to foster Jelly Bean (now just Jelly) for a couple of weeks so she could have a break from the kennel environment.   Two weeks later I knew Jelly would be with me forever.   She was the smartest, loveliest, most sensitive little being who was so easy to care for and love.

Eight years later, I'm happy to report that Jelly is enjoying the life of a very active "princess."   She goes on early morning runs with her mom, off-trail hikes with her dad in the East Bay hills, swims in any body of water we encounter.  

Jelly has taken obedience classes, agility classes and most recently the "Intro to Nosework" at BEBHS.   She is a star pupil due to her smarts and great desire to please (plus she'll do most anything for a treat!)   Admittedly, Jelly has her quirks (she won't allow other dogs into her house though she's afraid of the big cat next door, she can be a bit "nippy" when she's uncomfortable and she's still terrified of loud noises) but she is otherwise perfect and so ADORED.   Every evening as I give my girl her doggie massage at the end of the bed before lights out I am grateful that Jelly has come into my life.  Her presence lifts my spirits every day.  Thank you so much BEBHS for saving her.

Jelly in Intro to Nosework Class last month

After BEBHS is a weekly post where we will feature notes and photos from animals rescued by BEBHS and adopted into their forever homes.  If you've adopted a pet from us, we would love to hear from you! Please send update and photos to ksmitley@berkeleyhumane.org.

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