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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

  • aletheia mystea

    well this just brings a tear of joy to the eye and heart

  • Woese57

    This is wonderful news, I am so happy for Georgia and Amy… Best wishes and prayers to their life together… God Bless everyone at Best Friends for helping Georgia and not giving up on her…

  • Marianne

    Just cried my eyes out.  I have not been able to get that wonderful dog out my mind and heart since I saw her on Dog Town.  I am just in love with her and in awe of you John.  I can’t think of a better ending (or beginning) for her.  I too hope her owner can set up a Facebook page for Georgia.  She has so many people who love her and want to watch her navigate the rest of her journey.  Best news I’ve heard in forever!

  • Deb

    Awesome job John.

  • Nancy

    Tears

  • John you are the best! I knew you would find her forever home. I wish the world would see Georgia and dogs like her for what they are. Beautiful creatures waiting to love and be loved.

  • Lindigo13

    Truly the best news I have all week! Amy is one lucky mommy and I am so happy for Georgia!

  • Twointexas

    God Bless you & all that love those lucky animals back to a normal life.
    Georgia was better than all the bad that was done to her. Welcome home sweet
    Georgia!

  • This is wonderful news!! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Georgia!!

  • Allyson

    OMG tears right now!! So so so so elated for Georgia!!!  She has always popped into my mind since the episode aired and as soon as I saw Georgia in the headline instant smile!!  Congratulations, Georgia you deserve the best life possible and I hope you will have that now!!!

  • Granny Ann

    So happy for Georgia.  She’s a beautiful dog.

  • Granny Ann

    So happy for Georgia.  She’s a beautiful dog.

  • Tiffy06

    Bless you Amy,,,whoever you are….you have not only adopted but adopted a severely abused pittie and as a momma of 2 former “dog fighting ring” pit bulls, I can tell you to hold your head DAMN high all the time! It is the greatest thing in the world . CONGRATS!

  • Tiffy06

    Bless you Amy,,,whoever you are….you have not only adopted but adopted a severely abused pittie and as a momma of 2 former “dog fighting ring” pit bulls, I can tell you to hold your head DAMN high all the time! It is the greatest thing in the world . CONGRATS!

  • In a majority of shelters in the United States, Georgia would have been euthanized long ago. THANK YOU for taking the time with her and giving her a chance at a real life with someone who loves her.

  • In a majority of shelters in the United States, Georgia would have been euthanized long ago. THANK YOU for taking the time with her and giving her a chance at a real life with someone who loves her.

  • Ann

    I love the happily ever after ending to this story.  This is what every animal needs!

  • Ann

    I love the happily ever after ending to this story.  This is what every animal needs!

  • Mialeeshaw

    Congratulations to everyone who worked with Georgia – all the way from Melbourne Australia! 

    & to Georgia & Amy all the best for the next chapter in your lives. How incredibly brilliant. Georgia & the Vick Dogs are a constant inspiration.

  • Mialeeshaw

    Congratulations to everyone who worked with Georgia – all the way from Melbourne Australia! 

    & to Georgia & Amy all the best for the next chapter in your lives. How incredibly brilliant. Georgia & the Vick Dogs are a constant inspiration.

  • Tracy_snipes

    That is fantastic news. Best of luck to her in her new forever home. I hope she continues to be a great ambassador for all pitties. Hugs and Kisses.

  • Tracy_snipes

    That is fantastic news. Best of luck to her in her new forever home. I hope she continues to be a great ambassador for all pitties. Hugs and Kisses.

  • Michelerandall

    I am so happy for her! Poor sweetheart deserves it so much! Thank you for the work you all do for those that started their lives never knowing kindness and love. Can’t wait for the updates!

  • Carolane

    Congratulations 2 Georgia & Amy for finding each other. It truly is great news that this wonderful girl will now be getting her own 4ever home. John we all know how u must be feeling, happy & sad at the same time but u can see all ur hard work has paid off. Thanks 2 all at best friends who do so much for all the animals who pass thru ur sanctuary. God bless each & every 1 of u.

  • Janet

    What wonderful new!  She is such a love.