On March 10, 2015 my dear friend Sasha from Love Leo Rescue picked up a very ill Benjamin from the Downey shelter. We had initially thought he was just suffering from mange, but Sasha called me as soon as she got him loaded up, to let me know there was clearly much more going on. She said he was going down hill fast. It was a rollercoaster of emotions over the next several months, from preparing ourselves for his death to then watching him begin to make what would be one of the most incredible comebacks many had ever witnessed. This little man had stolen my heart long before I ever met him and everyday I feel so insanely lucky to have him in my life. He makes me smile a million times a day. His joy for life is a constant reminder to not sweat the small stuff and be grateful for all the wonderful people and love that I have in my life. Ben has paved the way for many of the medical dogs we have taken into the rescue and plays a significant role here at NWDP. Ben and I will forever be grateful to everyone that supported him on his journey and helped bring us together. I fall more and more in love with this special guy everyday.
We were given the best advice when we started looking to adopt a dog — ‘look for the right rescue organization, not just the right dog.’ That advice led us to Northwest Dog Project. We met Emma from NWDP and immediately felt great about adopting from them, though we didn’t have a particular pup in mind. We explained to her our lifestyle and hopes for a dog. A few weeks later Emma emailed saying she thought we’d be a great fit for little Ollie (aka, Ollie Knucks, aka Ear Hat, aka That Dog That Ate All The Whipped Cream) and boy was she right. Ollie makes us calmer and happier people. He also has the best neck rolls ever and can cuddle like a pro. NWDP remains a resource for us to this day and we feel so thankful to them for making our pack complete.
We couldn’t have had a better experience with Northwest Dog Project. Aside from being some of the kindest and most compassionate people you’ll ever meet, the knowledge they gain about their dogs allows them to thoughtfully place the dog in loving forever homes. We fell in love with Lilou the moment we met her and can’t imagine a life without her. We are very thankful that they weren’t scared to pull her out of the shelter when she was at her very worst with severe mange and being scared of the world. They spent 6 months caring for Lilou before they set out to find the perfect home for her. They helped her heal physically and emotionally and we get to benefit from that for her entire life. We can’t thank Northwest Dog Project enough for saving our lil Lilou.