Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 11

Deborah Haller with “Judy” worked out,” Midkiff said. “It just turned out that my father-in-law, who’s a retired fighter pilot, has a plane and he was more than happy to fly us out here.” The Midkiffs already had two dogs, both females. One is a Doberman and the other is a pug, a rescue dog. “Our Doberman used to run with my husband every day. But, our Doberman had become epileptic over the last year,” Midkiff said. “Her health has declined. My husband wanted to get another Doberman and I said, ’We don’t need another dog.’” But, then she saw Judy and her attitude changed.  “I immediately loved her spunk and her playfulness when I saw her playing around at the shelter. I said, ‘We have to do something. She can’t be put down.’ I asked my husband and he saw the video and he said, ’Oh yeah, we have to have her.’” Midkiff called the shelter again.  Midkiff said.  Then she noticed the words. “Urgent —To be Euthanized Wednesday, July 19 th .” She called the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter immediately. “I called the shelter and they said she is going to be put down today if nobody adopts her,” she said. “I said there is no way I can get there today. I’m in Virginia. The lady at the shelter said that she had to be gone (Wednesday).” Through Facebook, Midkiff knew three people that lived in the Weatherford area. She contacted one of them. The woman knew Haller and she got in touch with her.  It’s a 21-hour drive each way from Midkiff’s home near Virginia Beach, VA, to Weatherford, TX. “I didn’t know if we should drive it or I should fly out and drive back or what,” she said. Still, the shelter staff said, “No. She has to be out of here by tomorrow.“ “But, eventually, we got it all her return to the Weatherford shelter, a man adopted Judy and everyone was thrilled for her.  That lasted just a few days. The man brought Judy back to the shelter, saying his older female Shih Tzu was not pleased with Judy. He tossed Judy out on her tail, so to speak. Then summer arrived. At the shel- ter, summer spells soaring population numbers, and waning adoption rates. People tend to hesitate to adopt new pets in summer, if they’re planning to take a vacation, because they don’t want to have to pay to board a brand new pet.  Besides the usual challenges of summer, a few tragic events befell the shelter. Two hoarding cases were investigated and a total of 100 dogs were confiscated and brought to the shelter. Then in two days, more than 60 cats were brought to the shelter, mostly by people turning in strays. By mid-July, the shelter was burst- ing at the seams, and time was running out for the little brindle dog with the bright eyes, expressive ears, and perpetually wagging tail.  No matter how many volunteers believed that Judy was an extraordi- nary dog, she had simply been at the shelter for too long. She landed on the euthanasia list. With the shelter at capacity and no one interested in adopting her, Judy was essentially on doggie death ˰XܘZ[\Y[Y\Y]H[\܈ݙ\YX\˂'^H[YHH\8'HHZY ]HHوYH[\XK[\ۙ]]YHݙY]\HHY[]\ۙB[HYH^YY[HYYHۂH[\ܛ[ˈHYBY[\ۈH[\XXœYK]\YܘXK8'HY\Y[ۈ\X[H]\\H[ 8'B[\ZY 8'HYYۈH]YH[H]][^YۂY\^Hҝ[H NWH[\Y[ۙBYY\'B[\[XK[ۈZYY]]\\]\ۈY\^BY\ۋ[[[܂[[\X[\H[XYXܛHY[\وYK\[˜\[[HYYH ]XYB\Z[K'H\[[ݙH]\8'B۝[YYۈYH L