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Adopting an Angel -- Local island family rescues Bambi, a furry little angel

September 29, 2016
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

"Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever." The Find a Home Give a Home Pet Rescue Foundation, founded and run along Fort Myers Beach by local Realtor Isabelle Wells, stands by this quote, and local islander, Denver Lowe, does, too, recently adopting Bambi, a sweet little chihuahua mix who was arguably in the "system" for far too long.

"This little guy has been with us too long and needs a home. There is no reason for him to not find a good home," Isabelle stated in one of her Pet Pals rescue columns in the Beach Bulletin (you can find her column every week on the fourth page of the newspaper). "He has one of the most interesting personalities. He could be a human, in a way."

Denver is an avid reader of the paper and Isabelle's column and said he had seen Bambi mentioned several times.

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Island resident Denver Lowe is so happy he adopted Bambi from the local Find a Home Give a Home pet rescue, and encourages anyone looking to have a pet in their life to adopt, as well. Above, Denver, Bambi (right) and little Abby. Photo courtesy DENVER LOWE.

"I first saw his listing in the Beach Bulletin about five months ago," the disabled U.S. veteran said. "I have an 8-year-old service dog, Abby, and was thinking it was maybe time for her to have another dog around, when all of a sudden I saw Bambi in the paper."

Denver continued seeing Bambi's picture in Isabelle's column week after week (his re-homing situation was dire, as his temporary foster parent was moving back north, and Bambi would have to be kept in a kennel after that), until he finally went down to meet him.

"Of course the first time I?met him, he sniffed me on the thumb, and I started giving him treats. Every time I would visit him, he would become a little more comfortable with me. It was very gradual," he said. "I called to check on him again and heard he was at the kennel, so I stopped by, and when they brought him out, he was so happy to see me. It was then that I knew it was time to adopt him."

Since then, Bambi (and Abby) have been by Denver's side. "I'm a true believer that you don't pick the pets; the pets pick you. With these abandoned animals who need homes, who have been mistreated, it takes patience, it takes time but the benefits are enormous," he explained. "They love you, you love them. It's a trust thing. They're just like children.

Of course, the little 7.5-pound service dog chihuahua, Abby, still lets Bambi (who goes by Bam) know who's boss. "She's half his size but let's him know she's in charge," Denver laughed. "It's really worth saving these dogs, adopting from local pet rescues. The amount of love you get from them is undeniable. Isabelle is the animals' angel of mercy. Her whole heart goes out to these animals; she is whole-heartedly into her rescue, and I encourage anyone looking to adopt to get in touch with her."

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