Today's IStreetdog is more of a #weStreetdog! The Dodds have been SDF volunteers for many years, and in that time, two became 4 when their twins were born. We will be sad to see them move away this summer, but we are so grateful for all of the time they have dedicated to helping us and the dogs.
"In the beginning of 2013, my husband and I were tossing around the idea of getting a second dog. We currently had a Treeing-Walker Tri-pawd named Earl. My search for a second dog began by following all the local rescue groups on Facebook. I quickly noticed how Streetdog made it so easy to foster dogs. I thought that would be a great way to expose our Earl to different dogs. I filled out a foster application and a week later Henry and I were meeting Melanie and Kent at Grace Animal Hospital to meet the various Streetdogs that needed out of boarding.
The first dog we met was Precious. She had been in boarding a long time. She was a brindle, pit, boxer, and who-knows-what-else-mix. (We affectionately refer to her as a Memphis Mutt.) Precious and Earl got along great in the lobby at Grace, but when Kent and Melanie brought her to our house, it was a different story. Precious got possessive of Earl's toys, and Henry and I thought, there is no way we can keep this dog, but Kent and Melanie were nice, so we wanted to give it a try. Our plan was to keep Precious for one night and then we would take her back to Grace the next day and explain to Kent and Melanie that Precious just wasn't the dog for us. Here we are three years later and Precious is curled up next to me as I write this. We couldn’t let her go. That first night she cuddled up to us as we watched TV, and we were never the same. We became foster failures.
One of the many great things about Streetdog is there are so many different ways to get involved. We started out by fostering and then we adopted, we also worked a few adoption days here and there. When Megan went on maternity leave I helped with foster meet and greets and transporting food and dogs to various places. Once our twin girls were born, we found new ways to volunteer that fit our new life. We would take family walks downtown with the dogs in boarding and we were able to help out doing various things for Howl at the Moon. Through Streetdog we have found an amazing vet, Dr. Williams, and his staff at Grace Animal Hospital. Streetdog is a great way for Memphis transplants as well as long-time Memphians to meet people. Henry and I have made life long friendships that we will always cherish. I can’t decide which part about Streetdog is better, the humans or the dogs. We are really going to miss our Streetdog family when we move to Virginia in June."