The Darby saga has been going on for weeks now (if you’re a first-time reader, check out my earlier posts at the bottom of this one to get up to speed, but long story short, she’s an “orphaned” GSD in Portland, Ore., for whom I’m trying to find a home).
When I started blogging, tweeting, etc., about Darby, I asked the question, “Can Social Media Find Darby a Home?” Truth was, I didn’t know. I just knew I had to get the word out about her any way I could.
Well, after several potential homes fell through – and I was starting to feel thoroughly discouraged – something wonderful happened yesterday. Portland’s KOIN-TV picked up Darby’s story via Megan Drake’s story on Examiner.com, and did a lovely segment on Darby at 5:30 p.m. (PT) yesterday. Here it is:
Check that Darby out. Isn’t she gorgeous? Truly an “e-star.”
As of this writing, I’ve heard from at least two people who are interested in adopting Darby, and very much hope one of them will work out.
Nothing’s a done deal just yet, though, so if you’re one of the many people who’ve been trying to spread Darby’s story, please share this video and/or post with those you think might be interested and/or able to continue the information chain.
As to thanks – there are so many of you to thank, I don’t know where to begin. For now, thank you EVERYONE who’s been trying to help, especially my Tweeps (or “support crew,” as one of them put it), and especially KOIN-TV; Megan Drake; Susan Ragan, whose stunning photos of Darby, including the one in this post, have put a face to this story; and the incredibly generous and kindhearted folks at Townhouse Pet Care Center, who are now caring for Darby free of charge until we re-home her.
The world is a better place with you in it.
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This is truly the great thing about social media!
Having adopted Cohiba, a wonderful 7-year-old pure bred German Sheppard, I can attest that they are incredibly loyal and caring friends.
Here’s a picture of Cobie.
Interestingly enough, the name of my blog is 4 Darby Media Interactive. Stumbling upon this post this morning gave me a great deal of gratitude for Cohiba.
Thank you and best wishes to you and Darby,
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Your story is also a wonderful example of people using their professional skills to help animals. We wrote about this yesterday on our blog. Lawyers at Weil Gotchal are helping the Humane Society of the US shut down an (alleged) puppy mill dealer.
Very interesting, thanks for sharing, Jill.
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Thanks for your help, Shonali. Here is Darby’s story on my site: http://bit.ly/Darby
Will she have a home by the weekend? Let’s hope so. :)
Thank you so much, Janet – that’s a great article and something all pet owners need to think about. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to give you good news about a new home for Darby soon!
Thanks for the speedy reply, Shonali! Got a photo – thanks! I will be in touch shortly…
You are doing an amazing job getting the word out, Shonali! Do you have a photo of Darby that I could use to help with this effort? Thanks!
Thanks, Janet! If you click on Darby’s photo, it’ll take you to her album on my Flickr page; please feel free to use any of those photos. If you can’t download them for any reason, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll email you a couple. Thank you again!
My God! I started crying for Darby. And the fact she’s got such an incredible public relations genius for an auntie. Thank you, Shonali. You are a modern day St. Francis!!!
You’re too kind, Susan! Truth is, none of this would have happened without all of you pulling with Darby & me – so thank YOU!
It’s nice to hear of someone using social media for something other than bi-minutely updates of the minutia of life. It’s wonderful when people join together to help someone less forunate–whether 2 or 4 legged!
Thank you, Jill. I hear incredible stories of how social media is literally saving lives every minute of every day. It possesses amazing power, when harnessed right.