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Facebook application helps woman adopt dog

Facebook application helps woman adopt dog

Jane Wagman's dog Cindy was only a click away, virtually.

Each day, Wagman would log onto the Facebook application Save-a-Dog and click a button to feed or walk Cindy. Every click brought points and after so many points the application's founders donate money to an animal rescue group.

It was an opportunity to do something good with only a few clicks of the mouse.

But after less than a week of virtually fostering Cindy, Wagman realized something: Cindy was in Saint Helens, only about 110 miles from Lebanon.

Her family already had one dog, but Cindy's "cute face" pulled at the heartstrings of Wagman and her daughter, Bekah, 5.

"I talked to my husband and Bekah and I twisted his arm a little," Wagman joked, and soon the family was on their way to visit Cindy at Columbia County Animal Control.

Wagman went into the shelter alone first to meet the 4-year-old pitbull mix, who came bounding at her.

"When they brought her around she came right up and it was like she said, 'Where have you been?'" she remembered.

Within hours, Cindy left the shelter for good. In only two weeks, Cindy has fit in as her role of the family dog. She sleeps at the foot of Bekah's bed, who was afraid of the dark until Cindy started sleeping in her room.

"She sleeps where I sleep," Bekah said. "But sometimes she slobbers and drools like last night."

Cindy also breaks up fights.

When Bekah and her brother, Ari, 2, fight, Cindy separates the children.

"She literally goes and stands between them," Wagman said.

Although some view pitbulls as dangerous, Wagman believes it depends on the owner, not the breed.

"An owner that fails to train their dog, regardless of whether it is a dachshund, cocker spaniel or a pitbull is creating a situation that is potentially dangerous," Wagman said.

The family also has another pitbull, Elijah, 10. Elijah worked as a therapy dog when Wagman was employed as a social worker in Grants Pass, she said.

"Cindy gets along great with the other dog," Wagman said.

The Save-a-Dog application allows users to foster two dogs at a time and Wagman has since replaced Cindy's online spot.

She is virtually fostering two more American pitbull terriers; one female in Vancouver, Wash., and a male in Reno, Nev.

She doesn't plan on adopting these two, at least not past the web.


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