Big Adoption News: Bernie’s Happily-Ever-After
Written by Foster Dogs Inc blog contributor and volunteer Asa Lee
We’re soon entering Christmastime, so we’re thinkin’ about Rudolph… and Bernie the dog! Sing with us… “Bernie the red-nosed Pit Bull, had a very… Happily Ever After!
Twenty Paws Rescue found Bernie at a shelter as a 10-month old puppy in May of 2013; it’s hard to believe that this goofy, sweet, handsome boy has spent over 3 years under the care of a rescue group (and it too so long to find him a forever home) – he really needed a foster home, to help him get ready for his forever family.
When Operation Foster Bound started at the beginning of 2016, Bernie was one of our top picks; while he was loved and well cared-for by the rescue group, we wanted this pooch to know what it was like being in a home that can help him further blossom!
In January of 2016, at the start of Operation Foster Bound, we helped find Bernie a foster home in Manhattan with Kiersten and Matt, who provided the most AMAZING support system for him.
Kiersten and Matt gave Bernie the chance to experience being in his own home where he can be himself, and to learn to be a “normal” dog again. They worked with him and helped train him so he could grow and be even more ready for his future forever home – and worked with Dr. Jeff Lavine of VetCierge to determine possible food allergies and best ingredient options for this dog. They worked with trainer Kellie Stevens of Gonzo Dog, who taught all of them skills to assist Bernie in proper behavior inside and outside the home.
All this hard work prepared Bernie for his big adoption day — and we couldn’t be happier for Bernie! Plus, his adopters are close friends with Twenty Paws’ co-founder Rachel, so he’ll always be close with the rescue group that saved his life in the first place!
This goofy, red-nosed Pittie has received so much love and support from awesome people & organizations, including: Foster Dogs Inc, Lisa Leda, Adopt-a-Doodle Project, Gonzo Dog, DEN, VetCierge, and many more. See his June 2016 feature on our site, with photos from Lisa Leda.