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We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Love is Bitter Sweet

I cried when I first met Bonnie. Stuffed teddy bear in tow, she shook her behind wildly and greeted me with with a huge smile. "Please pick me, please pick me, please oh please pick me!" My heart dropped. It was love at first sight! The scars on her face revealed a dreadful past, yet her spirit was unaffected. Nothing could dissuade her joie de vivre. Those scars now only exaggerated her smile, and the joy poured out of her like an open dam. In the long months that she lived at our shelter, her enthusiasm was unwavering.

While Bonnie is the best dog I have ever known, she isn't always so fond of other dogs, and only then does her smile reveal the missing teeth from the damaged snout. She is cautious, and gives fair warning. This unfortunate trait extended her stay at the shelter longer than the average dog, though otherwise she passed all tests with flying colors: good with children, playful, gorgeous, gentle, young at heart, no food aggression, likes to snuggle, good manners, very obedient, curious, and an absolute love bug! When I arrived to work every morning, I always went to get my Bonnie fix. She was better than coffee.

I came to work yesterday to find Bonnie's kennel empty. I quickly checked my e-mail and read the one that would reveal her fate. It came from one of our volunteers who practically lives at the shelter and it read, "Hallelujah. Bonnie sleeps in her own home for the first time in many months. Good things do happen. " My heart sank and tears fell. Love is bittersweet at the East Bay SPCA!

I am so happy that Bonnie got adopted into a loving home. The first time I met her I was surprised to see how calm she was for her size. I was expecting her to jump all over me, but she just calmly came up to me and gave my hand a nudge with her nose. Bonnie is truly an amazing dog and I am so happy for her owners who picked a wonderful dog. :) yay!


Bonnie was the first dog I ever met at the SPCA. Her scars indicated a horrible past and I was wary of her. But the second she touched my hand with her wet nose, I knew she was super sweet. Always wondered why she took so long to be adopted, but finally it has happened and so yey to that!


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