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Sometimes, Rescue Looks Like This


by Anna Cooke


It was a dream that came true, once a year. Running on the beach with three dogs and not a care in the world; away from the daily rigors of dog rescue. Times have changed. The world has changed. For


Arlynda Eckstein, life goes on even without two of those three dogs. “I only have Isabella, now. She was adopted three times and returned to rescue each time. A real stinker, and I wasn’t about to send her back out to anyone else,” said Arlynda. “So, she’s my only dog right now.” Good thing, says Arlynda’s twin brother Arlyn Eckstein,


who helps her with rescue work. Without Isabella and her limitations of being an only dog, Arlynda would have 50 Poodles living with her; the epitome of a foster failure. “He’s very thankful for Isabella,” laughed Arlynda.


Another Dream Come True All her life Arlynda had always wanted a Standard


Poodle. “They looked so fancy to me with their hair all done up; some wearing clothes and fancy collars. I thought it would be fun. But, my career kept me on the road almost every day of the week; not conducive to having a dog.” Soon after she retired in 2009, Arlynda purchased a


home on a large fenced-in piece of property in Central Florida. The day after moving in, she began searching rescue websites for Poodles. She found a bonded pair on the VIP Rescue Florida site. They came from the same home, but were not siblings. “One was brown and the other was white,” said


Arlynda. “I only wanted one, but came home with two. That’s also the day I began volunteering in rescue, and have been at it ever since. It’s been an incredible journey.” Since Isabella can’t be around other dogs, Arlynda con-


verted the guest house on her property to a grooming room where she can attend to foster dogs and litters of puppies until puppy fosters or adopters can be found. “It was so fancy at one time that we called it


Groomingdales. Over the years, it has gotten dog-eared, but it has served us well.” In addition to fostering, Arlynda does a lot of behind-


the-scenes work with record keeping. VIP Rescue Florida has saved more than 1,843 dogs over the last 10 years. “Rescue is a team effort,” said Arlynda. “There are so


many people who touch a single dog that we’re trying to save, rehabilitate and hopefully rehome. There is no way any of us could do what we do alone.”


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