“I saw Fancy on Georgia Jacks and pretty much lost my mind for a minute. A couple of the volunteers with our rescue had put the Facebook page together to share the flood of kill shelter and third-party/courtesy posts we were receiving on our rescue page everyday. I had pretty thick skin at that point, seeing all those poor, frightened dogs in the shelter facing death everyday … but something about Fancy broke through.

She was an older gal (7-8) at the time, and her family had surrendered her at the shelter. From what we gathered, she had belonged to someone who had passed and the family could not or did not want to keep her. I knew exactly what that meant for her, so I stepped in to sponsor her if we pulled her for rescue. (We had much more room at that time, fortunately.)

She was only with us for a day when we heard her coughing. We assumed, like most dogs, she had kennel cough at the shelter and began treating her. But, after a few days, it did not clear up. Short story long, she ended up in the hospital for a week and, after a plethora of tests and even some guesses, she was finally diagnosed with the rare but very real canine flu. Her recovery took some time, but a lovely lady named Jane stepped up to foster her and care for her during her recovery. She sent me daily reports on her progress and, when she was well enough, Fancy went to live with a couple of our other volunteers.

This girl was definitely used to living in a home, and we couldn’t stand the thought of putting her back into a kennel. So, even though we already had a House of Jacks at the time, we took her in to foster. That was over a year ago … and she’s still here … and a permanent member of our pack.

She is our oddball out; the older Jack in a house full of young guns. But she is an absolute sweetheart and the perfect foot warmer every day while I work.

I’m so thankful to everyone at rescue who worked together to save and care for Fancy to give her a second chance in our home. I am so blessed to be part of this amazing group and to be able to work with these wonderful dogs – and people – everyday.”

-Jeana Nolen