“All you need is love.” – John Lennon
At the first annual Bark in the Park, at Woodlawn Lake in March 2012, a special dog named “Brad Pitt” was up for adoption. A quick glance of Mr. Pitt had many on lookers shaking their heads while saying “Awwww,” as Mr. Pitts sat, looking fearful, and a little sickly, and far from what some consider ‘adoptable’. San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) saves dogs from euthanasia to the degree they can – it requires a place for the dogs to go: fosters and adopters. We named the dog Brad Pitt – they saw the potential of his beauty, but truthfully at that time he was far from a looker. Mr. Pitt was malnourished, traumatized from abuse and had hair falling out from a bad case of very treatable mange.
When Kathleen Finck and her son saw Mr. Pitt, Kathleen told her son “no” to having another pet in the house, they already had three cats she argued. They left without Brad Pitt. Brad continued to get a lot of stares, some fearful. However, Mr. Pitt stayed on Kathleen’s and her son’s mind. Kathleen began to feel pulled by the image of Brad, she had an ongoing feeling that he belonged with her and her family. She couldn’t let go of the image of Brad and began to feel a strong feeling that fate had connected them – she met Brad, on that day, for a reason. She emailed SAPA! and discovered he had not yet been adopted. That day Kathleen came to SAPA! and adopted Brad Pitt.
According to Kathleen, from the moment Brad, now re-named Fenton, entered her house, he became a part of the family. Unfortunately, he was in terrible health, Fenton had kennel cough and caught pneumonia shortly after arriving to her home. There was a very real concern that he might not make it. He was in such bad shape that he had to visit the veterinarian, Dr. Kirby, every day for a week due to his pneumonia. Lucky for Fenton, Dr. Kirby is a dedicated veterinarian and even came into to his office on Easter Sunday to provide Fenton his medication. Fenton also had treatment for his mange and he slowly began his road to recovery. The Finck family took special care of Fenton, making sure he received all the love and attention that every pet deserves and, needless to say Fenton got better! Three months later, he showed major progress and started to look like his breed which turned out to be Cockapoo, a mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. His hair began to return, thick, curly, and brownish – who would have thought judging from his original physical state?
It is now almost one year later and Fenton is a changed dog. Super healthy, happy, and sporting a thick healthy curly coat, he loves to play with the Finck family and their three cats Kit Fisto, Fluffy and Sherlock. No one would have guessed how well Fenton would have done if he had never been given some special attention and a chance at life! Thankfully, SAPA! was able to save Fenton and introduced him to his angels – the Finck family. Thank you Kathleen for reminding us that every pet deserves a chance to be restored to health and experience love.
– Jenny Castillo, Renee Nank