Special begets special: Is Bodhi a good match for you?


In which Jill considers how special-needs dogs might just change the world. (And who better?)

Most rescues are awesome. Despite demand exceeding supply, they free animals from shelters, irresponsible owners, and backyard breeders and find them loving homes. But pit bull people often go above and beyond for their dogs. A kind man named Tim drove from Las Vegas to Ventura to adopt (former Outta the Cage foster dog) Grady. Who does that?

Then I saw this story from Tamara Nolan. Tamara’s the CEO of California Bully Crew. They’re an intrepid team that rescues pits and gets them ready for their forever families.

Tamara’s been getting Bodhi ready for the past 3 1/2 years. Bodhi was hit by a car as a young puppy. With a broken back, he was left alone in his owner’s yard to suffer—for 2 weeks!  When Bodhi arrived at California Bully Crew, he could not use his hind legs. Despite dragging himself around in pain, Bodhi proved to be a sweet, social dog who loved being part of a pack.

The fact that a rescue would take a paralyzed dog is above and beyond. But Tamara went even further. By combining a series of therapies—including acupuncture, underwater treadmill, and Acuscope/Myopulse treatments, as well as nutritious food and plenty of doggie companionship—Tamara and Acuscope therapist Gina Gould got Bodhi to walk again. Hell, they got him to RUN again! Watch the video!

Bodhi is now ready for his forever home. As the video shows, he is mobile (and fast!). He still has some incontinence issues, so he wears a fashion-forward diaper. His ideal family has a stay-at-home mom or dad. Tamara reports that Bodhi is good with other dogs, mirroring their energy: he’s playful with hyper dogs, chill with mellow dogs. No cats (again, Bodhi’s mobile!). Bodhi is 4 years old.

There is a featherbed in heaven for people who rescue, adopt, and foster special-needs dogs. They are often in transition themselves: recently retired, getting into or out of a relationship, or in career transition. Sometimes they’re just solid individuals looking to make a difference in the world—one dog at a time. As the saying goes, Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.

And who knows? Maybe saving Bodhi will cause a ripple effect, inspiring others to adopt a special-needs pet? If you know someone who can make Bodhi part of a fun, active pack, please contact Tamara Nolan (@TamaraNolan) on Facebook. And if you could add Bodhi to your crew, then that would definitely be above and beyond!

Outta the Cage will sponsor Bodhi’s adoption fee for a Bully Crew-approved home.

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