Pinky (far right) joins some of her new family members, Amy and John MacGregor, Chihuahuas Cody and Billy Boo and Sophie the Siamese.
BELLEAIR – John and Amy MacGregor share their beautiful home in Belleair with their beloved pets – several of them.
Their family includes six of the feline persuasion, including Lily, Molly, Maddie, Sophie, Bobby Blue and Nikki – all Siamese and each with its own distinctive personality.
Then there is the canine contingent – affable Billy Boo and shy Cody – two Chihuahuas.
“No more animals,” Amy, a Clearwater dentist, recalls thinking.
That was until she picked up her Belleair Bee a few weeks ago and read about Pinky, a tiny survivor in need of a very special home.
It was Pinky’s lucky day.
“I showed John the story, and he called Jennifer (at Pet Pal Rescue) right away,” said Amy. “It was so unlike him to just pick up the phone and call.”
John, a senior assistant attorney general in economic crimes in Tampa, believes destiny played a role in bringing them together with the young Chihuahua.
“We were touched by the story – her fighting spirit,” he said. “We knew we could give her a good home.”
That is a huge understatement.
Pinky’s very difficult journey has taken her from an Orlando roadside – abandoned, paralyzed and near death – to a happy home with doting parents and playmates who’ve welcomed her into the fold.
The little dog’s change of fortune is thanks to the devotion of Pet Pal Rescue, a St. Petersburg based organization founded by Jennifer Forlizzo McCraw. Pet Pal Rescue takes in shelter animals who are going to be euthanized and rehabilitates them until adoptive homes can be found. (See www.petpalrescue.com.)
After undergoing several delicate and expensive surgeries, with one more leg surgery still ahead, Pinky is well on the road to complete recovery.
“We have a big backyard and she likes being around all our other animals,” said John. “She is a good, sweet dog.”
Pinky’s fear of human touch is mellowing and her tendency to nip has all but subsided amid an abundance of love and attention.
As tiny a dog as one can imagine, even by Chihuahua standards, Pinky eats very well, and sports a shiny jeweled collar fit for a princess, which Amy made for her.
“It’s her bling,” explains John.
As he carries Pinky from room to room, it is clear she knows the MacGregors’ immaculate, animal-friendly home is right where she belongs.
The couple encourages others to open their hearts to the many animals in need of homes. The rewards are immeasurable.
“All of our animals get along,” said Amy. “Rescued animals are the best.”
“You have to realize it takes time, but it is definitely worth it,” adds John. “They make our home so much more fun. She is already part of the family.”