Today’s PAWSitive Ending is different than most that we feature and we are excited to share this inspiring and wonderful story.

When you birth or adopt a human child you never know if there are any underlying conditions your much-loved child will have. The same is true of a dog regardless of if it’s from a reputable breeder or a shelter dog.  

Most people looking for a dog to adopt are looking for a healthy companion. One thing I love about NEW PAWSibilities is their commitment to their mission.

NEW PAWSibilities is a no-kill shelter serving families in Northeast Wisconsin. Our mission is to create a world where every dog can be surrounded by love. We get enormous satisfaction by connecting people and dogs because, as simple as it sounds, love is just a wag away.

Notice it doesn’t say that healthy easy-to-adopt dogs deserve love. It says EVERY dog.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Joan Radtke for taking the time to share with us Bear’s journey and how a family recuing a dog continues to touch the lives of many because of taking a risk.

“We adopted Bear from you in January 2017. He came from Kentucky as most of your dogs do. His vet records from Kentucky showed that he was given 2 liters of fluid and antibiotics upon rescue. I had posted an update after we got him and the vet from Kentucky posted a picture of what he looked like on their intake. I’ll send that to you also. He had a history of seizures and had been on a small dose of phenobarbital to control the seizures. He was at your shelter about a month before we adopted him. He was quite thin when we got him. I put him on Fromm food and his appearance changed dramatically. We had never seen him have a seizure so, under the guidance of our vet, we discontinued the phenobarbital. He has done well and has never had a seizure. I surmise that his past seizures were in response to something else he endured, perhaps the illness that required the antibiotic.

First Look!

We chose not to change Bear’s name because when we adopted him, he did know it. He is a very smart dog and picks up things very quickly. In the past, I had trained 2 of our dogs to become therapy dogs and Bear was just so full of love I thought he’d be a perfect therapy dog. He passed the National Therapy Dog test within 6 months of us having him. He took the test twice, once with myself and once with my daughter, and he passed both times!  I remember when we first adopted him, his tail never stopped wagging. Even in the middle of the night when we got up to go to the bathroom we hear the thumping of his tail wagging. He’s such a happy dog! He still wags his tail most of the time. 

He was not a pretty dog when we adopted him. He was scrawny, stinky and very timid. I remember my husband asking me, “are you sure this is the one you want?”. I hope people learn to look beyond the outside of a shelter dog. Bear has been the perfect dog for our family.”

Joanie Radtke