Friday, November 18, 2011

Newsflash: SuperLevi is Reunited with His SuperHero Family

 (Photo taken Levi's 1st night in his new home!)
For the longest time we couldn't figure out why it was taking so long for SuperLevi to be adopted. Besides being a fantastically easy city dog, hanging out at outdoor cafes and neighborhood festivals with ease, he is incredibly handsome, goofy, and comes with his own superhero roll.
But when we met his new family, we realized why it had taken so long: he needed to be reunited with a fellow superdog.
See, this is Greta. And she comes with her own superhero story. When Greta was rescued as a pup, she was severely malnourished with festering open wounds. But, this courageous pooch used her superdog powers to overcome it. Though at a mere 2 1/2 years old, it seems those evil villains had come back to rumble with Greta again, this time in the form of blood cancer. And in this tougher battle, Greta sacrificed a limb, but came out with her dignity and spirit. And while the oncologist estimated it was only a matter a months, Greta has used her superdog strength to go beyond this estimate, full of energy and sass and able to outrun all her 4-legged friends.
 As Greta's Mom says: When Greta, my 3 year old rescue pittie, was first diagnosed with blood cancer, it hit me like a ton of bricks. For the first couple weeks, I walked around in a daze and it constantly felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Her oncologist told me it could be a matter of a few months, and this was something I just couldn’t wrap my head around. She has become such a huge and positive part of my life, and after having her for less than two years, I just wasn’t ready to let her go. After she had the amputation surgery to get rid of her tumor and she began to heal, it became apparent that she isn’t ready to go anywhere either. Her energy is still up, she is getting around great and she still has a lot of life left in her. She is one tough cookie, and I am continuously inspired by her resilience.
Before she was diagnosed, I started thinking about fostering a second dog. I have a very flexible work schedule and was finally feeling financially stable enough to help out another furry friend. This idea was put on the back burner while figuring things out with Greta, but soon after she healed from her surgery, I was more interested than ever in a second dog. But, given the circumstances, I decided to adopt instead of just foster. I felt like it would really help Greta enjoy her time left, give me some comfort for the future, and then there was the added bonus of providing another dog with a very loving home.
Now the big question: How do I find the right dog to bring into our family? I’ve been a fan of the blog Two Pitties in the City for a while now, and when I saw Levi, their fun-loving foster dog, I fell in love. Greta can be a little picky when it comes to her companions, but she has a big soft spot for male pit bulls with lots of energy. Plus, his alter-ego is Super Levi, so maybe he would be able to tap into his super healing powers to help Greta? It sounded like a match made in Heaven. 
When we first decided to bring Levi into the household, I remember saying to my boyfriend “I wonder if he will have as many strange quirks as Greta?” I should have known better after reading the Two Pitties blog…what a goofball! So far he has kept things so light and fun around the house, we’ve barely even thought of Greta’s cancer at all. Although it took her a couple days to warm up to his overzealous nature and inherent lack of boundaries (check out the pic below of him sitting on her), he has grown on her significantly. They are best buds now, and I have never seen her so happy and at ease. She grows to love him more and more each day, and it’s actually quite amazing to watch.
We couldn't be happier for Levi and his new family. And Levi has already been living it up with the new fam: going to outdoor cafes for brunch, city walks to the deli, joining up for a SociaBulls walk, and even making his way into bars as the perfect ambassadog:
The best part, we will still be able to see plenty of SuperLevi. Not only did we get the luck that from the entire Chicagoland area he lives mere blocks from us, but just like any great superhero, he has his own 'spinoff' blog. You can see his handsome face and read about his crazy adventures on Greta's blog here.
But wait...there's more!
We had so many people supporting us in finding Levi's (super) x-ray vision that we were all able to save SuperLevi's x-ray vision AND have enough money left over to rescue another dog in need of medical care. Please read this incredible thank you note from his rescue, New Leash on Life, because now "one sick pup in Chicago's pound who has been dreaming of rescue will have its wish granted-all because of you and Super Levi. So we'd like to say one last SUPERSIZE THANK-YOU FOR HELPING SUPER LEVI."
And for the Raffle Results:
We really wish we were like Oprah where we could give prizes to everyone, but since we're just us...our friends at New Leash drew the raffle results using a random number generator.
Ruffwear Overcoat: Kiira Ratia
Dog Sweater: Mary Agnew
Dog Sweater: Jessica Berson
Dog BackPack: Emily Hawkins
Go Pro Camera: Laurie Loweecey
Sirius Republic Collar: Natasha Ambuster
Silly Buddy Collar: Rachel Kirby
Doggie Biscuit Care Package: Cheryl Green
Doggie Biscuit Care Package: Kate Bedford
Winners: Watch for an email letting you know how you will receive your prizes.

We can't thank you all enough for helping SuperLevi save his x-ray vision. Check SuperLevi's blog for updates on his new life and upcoming surgery, and stay tuned to meet that special pooch who has been dreaming of rescue, and will now have his wish granted.

49 comments:

HoundDogMom said...

Super Duper News for Super Levi. Amazing the amount of green papers raised to help not only Levi but another fur-baby. Blogville friends are awesome when it comes to the fur-kids. Congratulations to all the winners in the raffle. We didn't win the camera so mom says she knows what she is getting for Christmas. Have a Great day and thanks for all you do with your fosters. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

bigalrlz said...

I wore my Super Levi shirt to work today in celebration of him because I knew you guys were going to post info about his happily ever after. I'm SO thrilled for him, his furever family, the new doggie(s) NLOL will rescue, and especially M&B&A&E! You guys are AWESOME! (also happy for ME because I get to keep up with Levi via the new blog!) Have a wonderful weekend!

tricksfortreats said...

This is such exciting news! Selfishly excited that I still get to keep up with how Levi is doing, and even more excited that Levi and Greta have found each other. Those are possibly the sweetest pictures EVER.

Also, congrats on helping Super Levi find his x-ray vision AND helping another sick pup!

Kim @ Yellow Brick Home said...

We are so, so happy for Levi, although I know Scott is a little sad that we didn't adopt him ourselves. As much as I loved Levi, Scott LOVED Levi. We campaigned him to all our friends who were considering adopting, but I think they all knew Scott would be too jealous.

HOORAY Levi! So happy for you and your new family!

Maggie Mae said...

YaY fur Super Levi! We is doin' da boxer wiggle butt happy dance fur him and his new family!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

waldobungie said...

Yay Super Levi! Can't wait to read this new blog! And yay for winning a backpack! I've never won anything!

SherBear said...

Nala will be excited about her doggie biscuits!!!

loveandaleash.com said...

I have tears rolling down my face at reading this. It's been a while since a happy ending made me so emotional. I know it was challenging at times having SuperLevi's big personality in your small place with your two other dogs, but doesn't this beautiful ending make it so, so, so worth it?
You guys are heroes. Thanks for inspiring me every day.
With much love and admiration, Aleks

h(eather) said...

Lots of tears here. You guys did a truly amazing thing for some truly amazing dogs. <3

Kate said...

Awesome! Congrats to both of you, Levi, and his new family! He and Greta looks like quite the pair together - how you can not love one pittie sitting on another? ;) Such an amazing story and it's wonderful that Super Levi's superpowers are helping another dog in need!

Skinny Fat Kid said...

You're killin' me! That is the best rescue story of all time. Super Levi swooped in to save the day!

Mr. Pip said...

Hurray for Levi! That's wonderful news.

Your pal, Pip

jen@inubakablog said...

best.adoption.story.ever.

The Heartbeats said...

Aww! I think I want to live with Greta too! Great news!

Mamma Heartbeat

mayziegal said...

Welp...there goes my mom bein' all leaky again. Sheesh!

Levi, you may be a super hero but you gots a big cape to fill to lives up to your super hero sisfur! How beautiful and brave she is. What a Most Perfect and Wonderful ending (beginning??) to your super story! I'm so very much thrilled that we're gonna be able to follow you on Greta's bloggie.

Congrats to all the winners - but I think EVERYBUDDY who has been reading Levi's story and helping him keep his super sight is a WINNER!

A and E - Thank you, thank you for taking this dearest boy into your home and your heart. YOU are Most Definitely super heroes, too!

Up, up and away!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

MCM said...

Awesome!!!
Way to go TeamLevi!!!

XOXO.

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Wooohooooo! So happy for Levi & family! Can't wait to read more about Levi, Greta & the mystery pup!

EmilyS said...

what a thrilling happy "ending". SuperLevi's new family seems just awesome and Greta.. well, what a hero she is!

Froggy said...

Wow Greta is a looker! They make the perfect pair congrats to Levi and his new family! My Super Levi tshirt is still my favorite shirt!

Claudia said...

So wonderful. Looks like a perfect match. I am jealous, because I'm still madly in love with Levi and know I would've figured out a way to sneak him into my home without anyone noticing, but I know he's in the right place and wish him and his new family all the best, and thank you for making this magic happen.

Mary said...

Ahhh, my hormones can't handle this post! Reading about Levi's new family and Greta's struggles was so touching. And the letter from NLoL made me cry all over again. I am so overwhelmed with joy that so many people donated to Levi's cause and that there is such a whopping sum of money left over to help another dog in need. With all the bad abuse and neglect stories I constantly see, this reminds me that there are good people in the world doing selfless things for animals in need.

Good luck to SuperLevi-I will definitely be reading about him at his new home. We are so excited to win the sweater, but will have to flip a coin to decide who gets it! A and E obviously have superpowers of their own to bring together so many people to save SuperLevi's vision. You guys rule!

Trissi_V said...

This is such awesome news on a Friday! I am so happy for Levi and his new family.

Congrats to all the raffle winners and the walkers in helping Super Levi keep his super sight and helping another super dog in need.

I can't wait to get started on the biscuit baking tonight. :-)

Jacquelin Cangro said...

SO happy to hear this great news. Go Super Levi!

And it's wonderful that another medical needs dog will get a chance at a forever home with the extra funds.

Kitty+Coco said...

Wow!! Greta's story is amazing. Such an inspiration to see a pup like her thrive and defy the odds. I will have to share this with my friend Sophie (she has lymphoma). So happy for Levi to find such an awesome home. It is cool to see how they are best buds already.

Kitty+Coco

Tucker The Crestie said...

Levi's new family DOES have a blog! I am SO happy! :) We already stopped over there to say hi. So happy for Greta, Levi, and everyone involved in this rescue! I happen to think that you and E have your own super powers - as you clearly have a knack for this fostering thing!

brooke said...

What a great next chapter for Super Levi! I LOVE that picture of him sitting on his new sister.

Corbin said...

Oh, I'm so happy for Levi! Even happier that we can still see his handsome face on the blog! Congrats to you guys for all you did for him. Such a wonderful happy ending!
-Corbin

Sam said...

Quite the fairy-tail ending. I have to say, this post brought me to tears. As a foster parent, this are the stories that inspire us to continue fostering. There is a special home out there for our fosters...it's just a matter of being patient and remembering that great matches happen for a reason. Congrats to you, SuperLevi.

Chris said...

Fantastic news about Levi. He certainly is super and seems to have found his super home.

Maggie said...

Yay!!!! I'm so happy for Levi and his new family. That is fantastic. And thank you four for everything you do! I'm so proud!

Rachel said...
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Rachel said...

SuperLevi I am so happy for you and your new family. I cannot believe what a perfect match this is! Greta's story is so touching. Thank you so much to her mom for sharing such an amazing story with us. Levi looks so at home already! Congrats to him and thank you A & E for all your hard work. If not for you both and the community you created for Levi, none of this would have be possible.
Note to self though, do not read these kinds of posts right before work. I was tearing up this morning after reading and had to pull myself together before heading in!

HP said...

What a beautiful, happy ending for a super dog. Thank you for all your hard work that you do for the pitties of the world :)

Barbara said...

We are very, very happy for Super Levi, and our sadness at his leaving your house is tempered by knowing we will continue to see him!

I hope your eyes get better after the surgery and you have a long and happy Super life with your new Super Hero sister!!

road-dog-tales said...

What a great story! Just heartwarming! And how lucky for all of you that Levi lives so close so you can visit anytime!

Can't wait to see who got rescued!

You guys are awesome!

The Road Dogs & Mom

Antoinette Errante said...

You all made my day. I see tha family resemblance between Super Greta and SuperLevi!!! You took such wonderful care of Super Levi until his family could come for him and kudos to Mr. B and Ms. M -- it was their inital irresistible cuteness that drew so many of us to you.

kissa-bull said...

just got home from work and could'nt wait to read your bloggy and boy you did'nt dissapoint. we are totally super duper happy here in the woggie pibble house and you have made our week. you guys are angels and we thank you thank you for all you do in helping pibbles in this world. we are so happy we can continue to read about super levi and boy is his pibble sister brave and bewootiful. they were made for each other for sures
*sigh*

Roo said...

Oh HUGS to all of you!!! (that was Mom) and MASSIVE SLOPPY KISSES to all of you!!! (that was from Me) :D

What an incredible story that just keeps getting BETTER! HURRAY!!! You all have done so much good for this special SuperLevi guy :D Paws high in the air to you!

I'm so HAPPY!!! Thank you for making my day! :D

Waggin at ya,
Roo

PeeS: Just went over and met Greta and her Mom. Followin their tails now too :)

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

So happy to read about Super Levi and Greta overcoming such incredible odds!congratulations, too, to the raffle participants who helped out! Seems like everybody won!


OMD!!! Stumpy and I are seriously overwhelmed by all the comments and positive responses to Willie's rescue. We’re working our way through your blogs and emails to thanks you individually.

I just want you to know that Stumpy and I were merely pawns in this rescue. The real thanks goes to Mayzie's Grampa J who directed Willie's rescue, The Briard network who ran to the rescue and to the Angel Lady who stepped up to the plate.

I know each and every one of us do whatever we can to support the animals, the rescues and each other in our quest to make the world a better place. Each little miracle is the direct result of like minded people doing what they can do.

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

Amy said...

What fantastic news!! Congratulations to SuperLevi and to you guys. You've saved another precious being. You are amazing. Good luck to Levi and Gretta - it's a special treat that you'll get to stay in touch.

3legs2ndcity said...

Thanks a million to everyone for your kindness and support! Your wonderful comments have reminded me 10 times over why we do the things we for for our animals. Thank you to all the new readers of Greta's (and now Levi's) blog...we look forward to keeping you updated on their doggy tales together.

Also, thank you so much to A, E, Mr. B and Ms. M for bringing Levi into our lives and to everyone for the overwhelming support in helping Levi keep his super X-ray vision. What wonderful news that we raised enough to help another dog in need as well. What a happy couple weeks this has been!

houndstooth said...

What a fantastic happily ever after for Super Levi! I admit, I'm a bit misty-eyed after reading the story about his new sister and family, and I think he was definitely needed where he's gone. I'm also thrilled that he'll be able to continue to keep us all updated on his own blog!

Sagira said...

Congrats to Levi, looks like he is fitting in very well. :)

ForPetsSake said...

Oh my goodness!! What a happy ending! I love Greta's story, too :) I'm glad that SuperLevi will be nearby for visits :)

Kari in Vegas said...

Hooray!!!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Kimberly said...

Incredibly happy news.

Susan Campisi said...

Wow, that SuperHero story has me all choked up. Kudos to her mom for her heart of gold. Kudos to you guys for finding the perfect home for SuperLevi. Congrats to all! Wonderful to read such a happy ending. I hope Greta the Great lives a long, healthy life. She's an inspiration.

Brenda said...

Holy cow, what an amazing story!!!

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Levi. Healing thoughts and hugs to Greta that the big "C" sickie will go away and not pick on her anymore.

They are a beautiful pair.

Emma

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