Over the past month, Garden State Veterinary Services and the AHS have received hundreds, if not thousands, of phone calls about adopting Patrick, the dog who was starved to near-death and thrown down a garbage chute like trash.
As one of 90,000 fans of The Patrick Miracle on Facebook, I’ve seen literally hundreds of posts about wanting to be the one who takes Patrick home. People around the world are vying for this handsome survivor, and to be honest, it makes me a little uneasy.
Here’s the thing: While I’m sure that the majority of those people’s hearts are in the right place, Patrick is not your average dog. He’s been through a lot, and while he looks better and better every day, he has a long way to go. And not just physically, either. Patrick has been through something horrendous, and while he appears to be sweet and loving, I’m sure that there are scars left behind, both on the outside and in. Patrick needs a very special owner, someone who will be patient and understanding. Someone who is ready for any potential issues that may arise, whether they be physical problems due to the degree of his abuse or emotional issues left behind by the trauma he endured. Maybe Patrick will end up being a resource guarder (understandably) or being reactive to strangers. Maybe there will be long-lasting physical problems caused by his severe malnourishment. Or maybe Patrick will be totally fine. As of right now, I don’t think anyone knows for sure what long-term effects his abuse may have caused.
On top of that, Patrick is a celebrity. He’s known around the world, and that gives me cause for concern as well. I don’t think it’s completely unreasonable to imagine that some people want to adopt him so that they can say that they own Patrick. Not the majority, of course, and maybe I don’t have enough faith in humanity as a whole, but I do think that someone, somewhere, wants him just so they can say they own him.
But today, Garden State Veterinary Services posted something fantastic on their Facebook page:
This, to me, is a dream come true.
These are the people who have spent the last month helping Patrick heal, and gain weight, and learn that not every human being wants to hurt him. They have cleaned up after him, taken him for walks, hand-fed him, snuggled him, and given him love. They’ve bathed him, clothed him, played him, and monitored his progress. The staff at GSVS are the only loving family he’s ever known. And they know what he needs, more than anyone else could, because they have been there since the day he was found.
Ultimately, it’s up to the AHS to decide who gets to bring Patrick home, and I’m sure that whoever they pick will be carefully screened and vetted before the adoption contract is signed. But I, for one, hope they pick this anonymous staffer from Garden State, and let Patrick go home with someone who has cared for him from the start instead of sending him off with someone new. My fingers are crossed for you, Patrick.