June’s Story

The minute my husband and I decided to get another dog, I immediately started scouring the internet to find a four legged friend to join our family. Unfortunately I was immediately met with dogs that had already been adopted, emails that went un-answered and the hope of finding a new family member slowly diminishing.

A few weeks passed and I decided to browse Petfinder, to see what I could find. That’s when I saw June and I knew we needed to have her. June was a furry poodle mix that had been dumped in a park with her puppies in Houston. I emailed Melissa through peacelovedogs and had a response immediately that June was still available for adoption. Melissa explained that we could FaceTime that evening, so that we could “meet” her. The remainder of the day was filled with giddy excitement as Melissa texted me pictures of June and filled me in on everything she had gone through, and despite it all was still the sweetest and most lovable dog.

That evening we spoke with Melissa and were able to talk more about her, and to ask any questions. We watched as she frolicked with her other furry friends in the field behind Melissa’s house. The next day Melissa brought June to work with her for her “cat test.” We have a 7 year old cat, that we wanted to make sure would be compatible with June. Melissa sent me videos of June happily prancing around a cat in the vet office where she works — we were sold.

The next week we continued to correspond, Melissa would send me pictures of June and to check in regarding her trip up North via Rescue Road Trips. The day June left with Greg via Rescue Road Trip, Melissa texted me and told me that a piece of her heart had left on that truck. There are no words that can describe the love and compassion Melissa has for the animals she fosters and for the work that she does. The day Greg pulled into Putnam, CT was a misty, gray Saturday but it couldn’t have been brighter for my husband and I. We anxiously waited, “welcome home” signs in hand for Greg to retrieve June from the truck. Our hearts leapt from our chests when they placed her in my arms.

There is nothing quite like looking back on June’s beginning days of being underweight, malnourished and emaciated, to now see her thick fur, wagging tail and know that there is good in this world. It is because of Melissa, peacelovedogs, and Rescue Road Trips that these dogs regain strength and flourish despite insurmountable odds. We will be forever grateful for all that they do, and will continue to do.

At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.’
— Mother Teresa

— Lara and Ryan Goldstein
Mansfield, Connecticut


June before.