first time we met Camp, we felt good about the possibilities.
There were a lot of questions. Could he adapt to our lives,
could he get along with our other “kids”, could he get
along with me. Dalmatians are not new to me; I have had a
Dal in the family since 1971. What is new is each personality
they bring into the spectrum. Camp has shown he is a survivor,
independent, but needy. The first time I told him “no”
and made a quick movement toward him to prevent him from going somewhere
he was determined to investigate, he snapped at me. Ironically,
that is when I truly saw he needed me. Our stubbornness is
just about equal. The second bit of irony is that Marva was
the one who found Camp and said we need to go meet him. I
agreed and said, “Whatever you want to do”, little did
I feel lucky that Camp has in such a short time gained trust in
us, knowing what he has been through in the past. When he
and Jake, our 3 year old Golden Retriever met, they were friends
immediately; running, playing, and doing what boys do, everywhere,
I mean everywhere. No tree was safe, not even tall grass was
Camp finally met Rocky, our 14 1⁄2 year old Dal, things
were a little different. Rocky’s attitude was, “Oh
great, another one invading my home”. Camp met the
challenge as all dominant males do. This also has passed.
Recently Rocky came down with Vestibular Disease (similar to a
stroke, causing extreme vertigo), and Camp was the one concerned
about him. Constantly checking to see if he was ok, and
giving him space so he didn’t cause any extra stress (to
the point of staying in the next room). That’s when
we knew it was time. He had become part of the family.
last time I took Camp back to K-9, Jake was in pout mode for days,
so depressed. I would walk in the door and he looked behind
me like he was saying, “But where is Camp?”
Last night I pulled out Camp’s collar and leash to make
sure I brought it with me to pick up Camp, Jake went nuts.
He knew it wasn’t his, it was CAMP’S! Even Rocky
seemed to perk up a little.
I have written all of this to tell you how special we think those
at DRNT and K-9 are. Because of your caring, you kept this
amazing animal going so he could become a part of our lives.
The collar and leash I mentioned above we bought new for Camp
a small sign of a new life. One thing that will always hang
from the loop on that collar is the small metal tag with DRNT
on it. He will always carry with him the memory of how he got
& Marva Worsham, May 1, 2009