Dog Happy Tails

Jackson’s Story
We adopted Jackson in July of 2009 and all three of our lives are the better for it.  Jackson wasn’t in the greatest shape when we brought him home.  The story was that his original owners left him tied up outside in southern Illinois all year for most the first two years of his life.  He was missing many of his teeth and his jaw had been broken by his abusive owners and never treated by a Vet. This got them arrested and got Jackson into ARF’s care.  He was just barely 8 lbs and his coat was very thin from the middle of his back to his tail. We described him as the “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” of dogs, and after meeting him there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to adopt him. 
Since Jackson came into our lives, our worlds have changed for the better to say the least.  With a good home, good food and lots of love, Jackson’s coat is now soft, thick and beautiful. He now weighs 10 lbs, and he’s gone from understandably being wary of some people, to this little charmer that wants to meet everybody.  Jackson still has that crooked jaw and is missing all those teeth, but he’s perfectly imperfect which makes him perfect for us.  He loves to snuggle, go for walks and especially loves to play in his private yard and gardens.  He’s always on yard patrol and take his job of protecting us from bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks and other critters very seriously.  Jackson is an amazing little guy that has brought more fun, love and pleasure into lives than we could’ve ever imagined.  God bless all of the “guardian angels” at ARF for all that you do.
– Ralph L. Gross & Andrea Lewis  
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