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October 29, 2012
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Once a month, we volunteer our time to take photographs of a homeless animal in the hopes the images will help them find a loving home.  But, October, with the rush of family holiday photos and weddings in the golden aspens, got away from me and I somehow had not lined up an animal to photograph.  It’s funny how the universe takes care of my absentmindedness, because that day, I got a call from my friend, Becky, about a very special dog named Gonzo.  She had just returned from her veterinarian’s office where she had met a sweet, older, three legged dog that had been surrendered by his owner   I’ve known Becky for a long time, and we share a sense of community, a passion for the arts and the idea that every homeless animal should have their own family.   “Gonzo’s too special to live his life in a kennel“, she said.  When she said that, I knew I had to rearrange my schedule to go out and photograph this dog to hopefully, find him his forever, perfect home.

I met Gonzo this past Friday at Aspen Veterinary Clinic where I found out that every employee there was 100% smitten with him.   So, when my husband, Grant, and I finally got to meet him, we had high expectations.  As soon as they opened the kennel door for Gonzo to meet us, he quickly bypassed the treats we offered, but instead, crawled straight into Grant’s lap.   Yes, a special boy indeed.  I also found out Gonzo’s history.  About 9 years ago, Gonzo was found on the San Francisco Peaks with a fractured leg.  A kind stranger brought him to Aspen Veterinary Clinic where the decision was made to amputate his leg due to the severity of his break.  Gonzo was adopted after this, and for 8 years had the blessing of a home and a family.  Then, recently, in a crual twist of fate, his owner had to move, and the current landlord will not allow dogs.  So, Aspen Veterinary Clinic took Gonzo in once again.  They are taking great care of Gonzo, but life in a kennel is stressing this older gentleman.  So, the search for a new, loving home is underway.

Gonzo is about 9 years old and would enjoy a mellow home where he could do lots of cuddling.   Like any dog his age, he’s slowing down and entering doggie retirement, but he does enjoy walks and hikes.  And, boy oh boy, does he just love to gaze into your eyes and let you know just how much he loves you.

If you’d like to meet Gonzo, or have any questions abou him, please contact Aspen Veterinary Clinic at (928) 526-2423.

I made a promise to Gonzo, and I promised him that I’d help him find a home of his own, and a family that adores him.  Could you help me by sharing this post?

Blessings to all of you ~ Melissa
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