Now It’s Not Just a House, But a Home

Rep. Grimm, Patricia Dresch with Little Mikey (formerly Nibbles) and Michael Markarian of the HSUS

Rep. Grimm, Patricia Dresch with Little Mikey (formerly Nibbles) and Michael Markarian of the HSUS

2014 started out for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation with a great happy ending. For several months, LDCRF had been working together with the Humane Society of the United States and Representative Michael Grimm (R NY-11)’s office to help find a great companion for a survivor Hurricane Sandy.

When Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island in 2012, Patricia Dresch lost not only her home of thirty years, but her husband and 13 year old daughter. Representative Grimm met her while she was recovering in the hospital, and stayed by her side over the past year helping her to rebuild her life, one day at a time.  Her home that had been ruined during the storm was scheduled to be bought out by the city of New York, however it was taking a long time, and meanwhile she was staying on a pull out in the local church. It was during this time, that they realized she would love to have a dog as a companion.

Having adopted a dog himself, and seeing the help military veterans have gotten from therapy dogs, Representative Grimm knew that having a dog would help. He reached out the Humane Society of the US, who helped him get his dog, about finding the right dog for Patricia. When the HSUS reached out to LDCRF, we knew we could help. We began to look at see what dogs might fit what she was looking for.

It didn’t take long before we found the right fit in the 11lb form of Nibbles. While Pat was waiting for the buyout to happen and to be able to purchase a home of her own, Nibbles was sitting in a high kill shelter in Georgia, also hoping for a home of his own. His time was running out, and he didn’t have much hope until LDCRF rescued him. He went to foster care, where his foster mom helped him to gain weight and learn house manners. His winning personality immediately made her think he would be just the dog Pat was looking for.

Pat agreed as soon as she saw his picture and heard about his personality, that he was the one. He stayed with his foster mom while being treated for heartworms and erlichia, both unfortunately common in dogs from the South. He went through the treatment successfully, and on January 2nd, which was also Pat’s birthday, he hit the road to the house that would become the new home for both him and Pat in Staten Island.

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Nibbles, renamed Little Mikey, found his spot on the couch. Photo from SILive

As soon as the door opened Pat and Nibbles, renamed Little Mikey after Representative Grimm, immediately bonded. He investigated

the new place he would call home, running up the stairs, and then jumping up on the couch next to Pat. Even with the news cameras only a few feet away, he settled right in. She had already prepared a nice bed for him, which included the baby blanket of her daughter who had passed. The blanket had miraculously been found in the rubble, cleaned and given to Pat, who said it only made sense for Little Mikey to have it in his bed.

Pat had spent the first night in her new house the night before, and now Little Mikey would help her in this next part of both their journey. As was remarked when Little Mikey arrived and met Pat, what was before a house had now become a home, now that Little Mikey was there.

We’re grateful that we were able to be part of the recovery process for both Little Mikey and Pat in their new lives together.

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