Our Wings of Love Kuwait Experience

Chris and I have been talking about getting a puppy since we moved into together late last year. I have Marley who is the sweetest, but we wanted a dog that could be ours. For the last nine years I’ve taken care of my sweet little rescue Shih Tzu and while Chris loves him and they have their bonding moments, he isn’t ours.  

We weren’t in any rush, but kept our eyes open whenever BARCS posted new dogs available for adoption and started following a few organizations that adopted out dogs as well.   

When I was visiting my parents in early June I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed while laying out at the pool and came across a posting of a three legged, Westie/Maltese mix that needed a home. She was being fostered through Wings of Love Kuwait and needed a permanent home.  

I immediately screenshot the post and sent it to Chris who was away on business. He gave me the green light and I reached out asking about the process. We met Garlic and her foster Mama at the park that week and were amazed at how well she did with just three legs.  

Through asking what happened to her leg we learned more about WLK and why their organization was started.  

Visit their website HERE to learn more about the organization and how they came to be. Essentially Patricia, a flight attendant, learned of the poor treatment of pets in Kuwait and with the help of others formed Wings of Love Kuwait. There is a team of ladies in Kuwait who rescue the animals and set to work getting them healthy again before they are sent to Baltimore where Patricia and her American team secure fosters and homes for the animals.   

But how did Garlic lose her leg? Her Kuwaiti family had children who played too rough with her. As soon as she was injured the family no longer wanted her and threw her away. This is very common in their country. They purchase expensive dogs and want them only as long as they are healthy and/or the family is around. Kuwaiti people have gotten rid of their pets for something as simple as leaving the country to go on vacation and not wanting to find a place for the dog to stay while they were gone. It’s so sad and made us want to work with this organization even more upon learning their history.  

By now you know that we didn’t adopt Garlic. She wasn’t a good fit for our family and poor nine year old Marley would have quickly tired of her endless energy and desire to play. We met with Patricia and told her while we wanted a dog, Garlic wasn’t the one for us. Immediately upon hearing what we were looking for she recommended Dean a young Japanese Spitz.   

I was weary. We weren’t looking for a dog just to have a dog…we wanted one that would choose us and weren’t sure that was even a realistic goal to have. We agreed to meet Dean and see if he would suit our lifestyle and us.  

We met Dean and his foster family at the dog park in their community. As we approached the park he ran up to the fence and stood on his hind legs, whining for us to give him attention. He ran straight to us when we walked into the park and  snuggled into us when we held him. We knew immediately that this was our dog. He had chosen us.  

Next steps were to take Dean for a two-week trial to make sure that he and Marley got along. Four days in we signed the paperwork and made Cannoli ours forever.   

I can’t express enough how thankful I am to all of the individuals who touched his life and brought him safely to America to join our family. It’s so incredibly hard for me to imagine someone abusing or abandoning this sweet angel. Thankfully Wings of Love Kuwait stepped in and saved him.  

In the short two weeks that we’ve had Cannoli we have felt the love from the WLK community ten times over. We’ve had communication via Facebook, text messaging and close to ten adopters, volunteers and fosters came to my last Yappy Hour to meet up and get to know each other.  

It’s crazy that a month ago we didn’t have Cannoli or even know he existed and today, we can’t imagine our lives without him. If you are looking to foster or adopt a dog please consider Wings of Love Kuwait. You can follow their FB page HERE and their Instagram page HERE.  


p.s. Garlic found her forever home! 

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  • gail

    You and Chris are a blessing to Cannoli. I looked at the WLK site perhaps more than I should have. No wonder he’s always smiling now, what horrible things he’s seen before and now he’s got the best loving parents!

  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    What an amazing gift you are to Cannoli!!! I absolutely love this. :)

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I absolutely love this! I have a hard time looking at pages from organizations like this because I just want to adopt all of the babies!

  • http://typicallyjane.com/ Jane Davidson

    Oh wow, that is heartbreaking! I love that you guys got a rescue from such an awesome organization. That is definitely one I’d look into when we are ready for an “ours” dog. Right now, we have 3 dogs though, 2 are mine 1 is his so it will be a while before we get an ours.