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Vicktory dog Georgia adopted

Sometimes it surprises me that it’s been over four years since I initially met the Vicktory dogs. Like almost all of us who read about them and certainly all of us who worked with them, I formed close relationships and lasting bonds with each.

But none more so than Georgia.

If you used to watch the television series “DogTown” on the National Geographic Channel — or are a regular follower of the Best Friends website — you may remember that Georgia is a dog I’ve had many adventures with. From traveling to Los Angeles so that Georgia could represent pitties on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, to being on Larry King Live, to the simplest (and my favorite) adventures of just helping Georgia learn to be close to a person, Georgia and I have shared a lot.

And today we share what I hope will be our best adventure yet. We are packing up and leaving this morning so that I can drive Georgia to her brand-new adoptive home.

That’s right. Our girl is being adopted!

I love this dog so much. Although I am a person who looks forward and not backward, when I think of everything she went through before coming to Best Friends, it’s tough not to get emotional.

I don’t do the daily training or caregiving work with Georgia anymore. That honor went to Kathy Moore, a really great caregiver in Dogtown who worked with Georgia to help her pass her Canine Good Citizen test (a requirement for all of the Vicktory dogs to be adopted). No small feat for Georgia, who — as part of the test — had to learn to ignore other dogs. So I do want to take a moment to give Kathy and all of the other caregivers who have played such a big part in Georgia’s life the heartfelt thank-you and respect they deserve — thanks, guys! It’s largely due to their efforts that this really important moment is finally here.

I know you are likely eager to know if Georgia is going to a wonderful home. Well, she is! I was happy to be part of the team to meet and work with Georgia’s new person, Amy, when she visited a few weeks ago, and I’ll be staying for a few days to help Georgia settle into her new home and to help Georgia and her new mom get to know one another. Georgia is going to live with someone who we are confident will love and understand her and really help her acclimate to life in a home — something we don’t believe Georgia has ever experienced.

And Georgia is a dog who likes her comfort!

Every hotel room we’ve stayed in before has had a Georgia-shaped imprint on the couch or bed when we’ve left. Very important in Georgia’s case is that she is going to a home that has committed to her being the only pet there for the remainder of her life. We think that’s the way Georgia wants it, and certainly given her history and discomfort with other animals, something she deserves. She’ll get all the love and care and attention she’s been longing for — in a home of her own.

We want to give Georgia and Amy some privacy to settle in and enjoy life together, but we’ll be talking to Amy often and providing updates on how they are doing together.

Thanks to everyone who sent Georgia gifts and wished her well along the way during her time at Best Friends. When I say goodbye and drive away, I’m not too embarrassed to say I might even get a little choked up. I know I’ll miss seeing her every time I am in Dogtown and that our staff and volunteers will, too — but this is the ending we’ve been working toward all along. The ending that Georgia deserves, after all, is actually a new beginning.

 

John Garcia
Best Friends staff

  • I am incredibly glad to hear this. I’ve followed Georgia’s story and am so happy she has found a furever home with someone willing to give her the love, compassion and respect she so deserves. Good luck in your new life, Georgia!

  • Carolynn Lyman

    John, you and Best Friends are the reason Georgia is thriving and able to be adopted.  I wish Georgia and Amy the best life together and to you John…there is another Georgia waiting for you to save.

  • Beth

    Yes, Georgia, there is a Santa and your gift is a home of your own.

  • mmessneger

    Yay.. I have loved Georgia and her amazing story from afar. She certainly deserves the best in love and life!  Best Friends is amazing!!!

  • Andrea

    Bless you Georgia. May your happily ever after be the stuff of fairy tales, sweet girl. Thank you John, for sharing such wonderful news and for being such an important part of making it happen (and to every single other person who shares in the credit!).

  • Bonnie sealely

    We had a tour of Bes Friends a couple of years ago with you John, while attending the greyhound gathering. I always felt sad for Georgia because it seemed she would never be allowed to be adopted. Hooray for her and you and all of Best Friends. Makes me smile.

  • JWBranning

    Congrats to Georgia!!! She deserves a great forever home and a loving caring person to live her entire life with! I’ll miss seeing her when we come back out this May but I’m so happy to hear the great news!

    Thanks to John, all the BF staff and caregivers for everything you’ve all done for Georgia and all the animals. You guys are awesome!!!!

  • JWBranning

    Congrats to Georgia!!! She deserves a great forever home and a loving caring person to live her entire life with! I’ll miss seeing her when we come back out this May but I’m so happy to hear the great news!

    Thanks to John, all the BF staff and caregivers for everything you’ve all done for Georgia and all the animals. You guys are awesome!!!!

  • Mickey

    This is a beautiful new beginning. I love Georgia. Thank you all for bringing her to her new life. Happy Trails, Georgia.

  • Mickey

    This is a beautiful new beginning. I love Georgia. Thank you all for bringing her to her new life. Happy Trails, Georgia.

  • cory sailer

    AWESOME STORY. MAKES MY HEART WARM AND FUZZY AS TEARS ROLL DOWN MY FACE. I’M SO HAPPY FOR THIS DOGGIE AND ANY OTHER ANIMALS THAT GETS TO FIND THE LOVE AND AN ABUSIVE FREE LIFE<3

  • That is wonderful news! So happy for Georgia….

  • Taznsophie4you2

    This wonderful ending…or should I say beginning….is all due to the wonderful people at Best Friends! May God Bless Georgia on her new journey, and may God bless all the wonderful people who made this possible. To Amy….have a wonderful life with your new best friend!

  • Mariadering

    This is such wonderful news.  I remember Georgia very well from the Dogtown episodes.  John, bless you and Georgia’s new family, and everyone at Best Friends who helped to make this happen.  It’s all good news from now on!

  • Cathy Brown

    Oh wow…happy tears for Georgia finally having a home, but some sad ones too for the folks at Best Friends who love her and will miss her.

  • Abby

    I so appreciate the work you all do at Best Friends.  I still have my girl from your facility, Nyla, who is nearly 16 now.  I’m sto grateful for her and everything you’ve done for the Vicktory dogs.  Good luck to Georgia.  So happy she gets to have her very own person!

  • Mefritschle

    Such wonderful news!

  • Teresa

    Beautiful…. Good job and to a wonderlife life, Georgia

  • Christa Thompson

    Oh goodness, I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement over this!  I am so happy for Ms. Georgia and can’t wait to hear more of her adventures in her new home!

  • Thanks John and Kathy for all your hard work and dedication to Georgia and all the Vick dogs!  What a great ending for you……and truly a new beginning for Georgia!

  • Linda

    Georgia, you have been my favorite and I was so saddened to think of your long wait for the perfect home. I prayed every holiday would be your last without a couch and bed of your own.  I cannot thank Amy enough for her big over-grown heart for bringing you into her home and heart.  The best of both of you.  And Amy? Once you are settled and have a routine, please consider starting a Facebook page? It would be so lovely to follow her journey even if it is only a posting every week or so!  Take care.

  • Pridefield

    AWESOME…………….That is so great to hear. I liked Georgia and I’m glad she now will have her own person. Bless you all for helping the Victory dogs.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Georgia! I’m so happy for you! I’ve followed you on Best Friends, I saw you on DogTown and Ellen DeGeneres, I’ve read about you. You deserve the very best that doggy-life has to offer. Be happy and be healthy, and ask your mom to start a Facebook page for you. Lots of love!

  • Gaylanss

    So happy for Georgia!!! I have been praying for all the Vicktory Dogs and will continue to do so.

  • Shya

    So happy for Georgia. She had such a rough start. Now she’s going to her forever home. Yea!!