Barbara McIntosh & Jane Dinh
On a June Saturday, PAWS rescue coordinator Jennifer Pesnell was at Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter when she came across an old black Lab who’d been surrendered the day before. In her words “This black Lab definitely looked like he had 3 legs in the grave when I met him this morning. When I looked into the gunked up brown eyes of this old dog I knew he didn't have a chance in hell of getting out of the pound alive. He is older than Methuselah with patchy hair loss, protruding hip and back bones and pressure sores. The hair he does have is more gray than black. The eyes and the tail of a dog speak volumes to me and this boy used both to his advantage. As I walked past his kennel, he matched a pitiful stare with slow wag and then did something that brought tears to my eyes. When I greeted him with a 'hello, old man', he turned and picked up a soggy rawhide and looked up at me like only a Lab can. I told myself I was only going to go in with him to clear his eye boogers. A warm rag and approximately 10 treats later we were both in love. I cannot help them all but I can help this one and numerous others thanks to the power and love of rescue. To everyone in my life involved with rescue, you all inspire me and encourage me to keep going. I adopted the old Lab as a personal rescue and we now have have another black dog on the farm. He will live out his days here being loved and spoiled. I am going to try my damnedest to give him the life he should have had all along.” Jennifer named that old black dog Pops. Jennifer’s bold act – in adopting him as her personal rescue - was an inspiration to many and taught us about sharing one’s home and love with an older dog. He and Jennifer taught us about second chances, and that it’s never too late for a second chance. Pops thrived under Jennifer’s care and love. He seemed to grow younger before our eyes. Pops developed a whole fan club of followers on Facebook who delighted in his updates and antics, and rooted for him. Even with all his physical challenges, he had a spirit and a zest for life; all he wanted to do was love and be loved, and be a dog. He loved fetching big sticks, and rolling on the ground, and jumping in the lake for a swim. Unfortunately, despite all his progress, Pops started getting sick. And despite everything, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge three months after Jennifer rescued him. In the end, Jennifer said of her Poppers – “He is so very missed. I am truly blessed that our paths crossed that June Saturday morning at the pound and am thankful to have shared several months with him and to have been able to share him with all of you. I hope his story brings inspiration to all those who loved him from afar.... honor him by doing something good for someone or something less fortunate.” The Pops Fund is just for that. It was generously established by Barbara McIntosh with the help of Jane Dinh (both wonderful friends of PAWS). It's purpose is to help rescue a few of the ‘older dogs,’ the ones who may not have not had the best life, who probably aren’t going to be adopted, who may not have a lot of time left...but who still have a lot of love to share. To help support the fund that Barbara & Jane started click on the donate button.