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I’m Home! I’m Home!

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in Chutsky · dachshund · dogs · dream · mcgee · rescue

Hi! My name is Federal Agent Chutsky, and I’m a very lucky boy.  Not too long ago, I lived in a place with people who mistreated me.  My whole first year of life was sad and stinky.

That isn’t the lucky part.  Here’s the lucky part: DREAM (Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness and Mentoring) rescued me and brought me to a foster home where I made friends with other Dachshunds and got plenty of food and fresh water.  And love, too!  I wasn’t used to that, but I sure liked it.  Here’s a picture of me with my wonderful foster mom, Karen.  Thank you, Karen!


I was born with three deformed paws, and heartworms made me very sick.  Foster mom Karen took really great care of me, though, and I started feeling better. I got to go to the Howl-O-Weenie Festival! (Please scroll down to find that post.)

The festival was fun, and I met a lot of nice people. And then….I saw her.  Stephanie. She wasn’t alone. She had another Dachshund on a leash and he looked so happy and loved that I felt a little envious.  Then a miracle happened! Stephanie looked at me, too! And she didn’t see my misshapen paws or the scars on my head. She saw me….and I knew, I just knew that she was meant to be my Forever Mom.

Stephanie asked to spend time with me, and I did my best to impress her with my gentleness and charming manner. I made friends with Special Agent McGee, the other Dachshund in her life. I wasn’t surprised at all when two weeks later Stephanie arrived at my foster mom’s to pick me up!

My new Dad named me Federal Agent Chutsky after a character in one of his favorite books, because he said I’m very strong to live through what I did and still be such a great dog.  I like my name—Chutsky—and respond to it right away, because, you know—Federal Agent and all.  Pretty impressive, huh? My brother McGee has a cool title, too, so we’re like a matched set.

In six months the doctor will check to make sure my heartworms are all gone, and I still need my microchip identification, but my Forever Mama and Daddy are handling all that stuff.  They love me so much. Imagine that! And my new brother McGee accepted me into the pack right away.  He seems to know I can’t walk as fast as he does, because he slows and waits for me so we can be together. Here’s a picture of me and my brother playing and wrestling, and another of us snoozing together after a fun trip to the park where we got to bask in the sun:

DREAM made my dreams come true. Not only was I rescued from a bad place, but DREAM cared for me until I could find my Forever Home and Family.  Life is good.

It’s like I told you before.  I’m a very lucky boy!

Happy to love and be loved—-
Federal Agent Chutsky

P.S.  Interested in adopting a Dachshund or fostering a pooch waiting to find his Forever Home? Visit DREAM for more info.

15 Responses to "I’m Home! I’m Home!"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 22, 2010 at 9:05 am  

    Lisa,This is such a heartwarming story. I love it when you do these stories and "speak" for the animals. It is so neat how everybody has rallied around the new kid, even his bro. Stephanie sounds like she has a super big heart.Kathy

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm  

    Hi Kathy – Chutsky is easy to love, but you're right, Stephanie has a big heart!

  3. Comment by Jane
    October 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm  

    Cute dog!Jane

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm  

    Thanks Jane! He's just as sweet as he is cute, too. 🙂

  5. Comment by Karen Lange
    October 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm  

    He is cute! My sister and I had a dachshund when we were kids; his name was Shultzie. I'm pretty sure my Mom named him; we weren't that clever yet.Have a good weekend,Karen

  6. Comment by Lynn
    October 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm  

    What a sweet story. And what cute little stinkers.

  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    October 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm  

    This is a really sweet story, Lisa! The world needs more Stephanies out there.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 23, 2010 at 8:09 am  

    Hi Karen – Ahh, so you understand first hand about the Dachshund Cuteness. They're neat little dogs.Hi Lynn – They're both sweet, and very different in personality. McGee is zany and very sure of himself, and Chutsky is laid back (so far) and seems to look before he leaps. It will be fun watching them grow together. They are both only about a year old.Hey Deb! I almost missed you because your pic isn't there. Yeah…Steph has a big heart. Someone asked her why in the world she'd want to adopt a dog with deformed feet. She was amazed. "There's nothing wrong with him. He accepts and gives love just fine," was her answer. And she's right. Chutsky doesn't know he has a problem! Consequently, he really doesn't. He can do all the things McGee does, just at a slower pace. Except eating. LOL He gives McGee a run for his money in that department. 🙂

  9. Comment by K9friend
    October 23, 2010 at 8:51 am  

    Awww! That post made me both smile and cry. There's nothing better than a happily ever after rescue story!

  10. Comment by Tammy
    October 23, 2010 at 10:29 am  

    I'm with Pat. Love the happy ending for all!

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm  

    Hi Pat and Tammy – I'll make it three. I love the happy endings, too.

  12. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm  

    Aww schucks, you sure know how to make a dog wag its tail and a reader smile.

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 24, 2010 at 10:05 pm  

    Thanks Linda! It helps to work with such a happy subject. Chutsky is a sweetie-pie pooch. I'm so thrilled that he is thriving and happy, after all he's been through.

  14. Comment by SparkleFarkle
    October 25, 2010 at 1:46 am  

    *smiles from ear to ear* Oh, how wonderful: a new little someone to love! Best wishes (and new dog dishes) to all!

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 26, 2010 at 7:09 am  

    Thanks, Sparkle!

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