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I received this email this morning in my inbox and was heartbroken to see these sweet young things, cast away and fending for themselves. I wanted to help them, but this email came
from a LONG way away looking for help. These puppies urgently needed help, but this email came from Alberta.
Thankfully we have rescue friends in Alberta and I immediately sent an urgent plea for help. I was on pins and needles, I couldn't get the thought of these two out of my mind. Then I got the email ... our prayers were answered!! Woohoo!!
We have given contact numbers to everyone involved and I am thrilled to say that with RJ's help (Pound Rescue in Calgary), he put us in touch with Pawsative Match Rescue in Alberta and arrangements are being made for their arrival into foster care. There, they will get much needed medical attention and lots of love!!!
Here is the response I received from a very grateful person, looking for help.
Congratulations little ones (soon to be BIG ones)!! We are thrilled to have been a part of your rescue ... even from as far away as we are!!! Have a great weekend everyone!
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I will start with the bad news first. Our little Gracie is being returned as her adoptors forgot just HOW much energy a young puppy can have and felt a bit overwhelmed. I know how much foster mom was missing her, so I have no doubt she will be happy to see Gracie back. Gracie is a very smart dog, very food motivated and very willing to please. She is a bundle of energy however and as curious as a puppy can be. We think with her endless energy, food motivation and willingness to please, she will make an excellent candidate for agility. Gracie is full of wiggles and lots of kisses and we know she will soon find her forever home. We look forward to more pictures and updates on our little Gracie.
We also received an update and a picture of Tigger in her new home. She is already making friends and loves being a part of her new family. The gal pictured with Tigger is a new friend who stopped in to say HELLO. Tigger has her own fur-brother (who is not pictured).
Our beautiful girl Diamond is having a GREAT time going for car rides, walkies and playing with her ball. She can keep herself amused for ages playing with her ball. She is getting used to walking past other dogs and is becoming more and more comfortable on walks. She is a work in progress, and a diamond in the ruff, waiting to shine in a forever home.
To find out more about Diamond, please check our adoptions page.
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for Media to be Held Accountable
by Selma on Fri 21 Nov 2008 11:14 PM EST
As you know, the recent Court of Appeal decision around the Ontario dog ownership ban reversed the lower court's finding that two key provisions of the law were unconstitutional.
The Court of Appeal upheld the law as 'reasonable' citing testimony by government expert witnesses. The most prominent of these were a dog-catcher from Ohio and a Professor from Purdue (whose area of interest in unrelated to dog behaviour, genetics, training, breeding or much else that would be pertinent to the case). The others were a couple of dog bite victims and rookie policemen. None of the latter accurately identifed the banned purebreds and none identified the dogs they were shown in the same way.
These days it seems people can just make things up and they become true, with no need for any proof.
Prior to and after enactment of the law, the Attorney General frequently mentioned media reports as evidence that so-called 'pit bulls' (which don't exist) are a threat (rather than a statistically minute risk as all dogs are). In court, the Crown mentioned news reports along with a few victim accounts as being the reason the government decided to act.
Nobody was verifying these news stories. Nobody was able to accurately identify the dogs involved. Details of what led to the incidents were scant to none. It was all 'pit bulls' all the time because 'pit bulls' attract an audience and that's what news media are all about.
Media enjoy some unique privileges. They seem to be under no obligation to prove the truth of the statements they make. They can broadcast utter nonsense, much of it inflammatory, and not have to retract their comments or even apologize for them. For example, they can imply that all 'pit bull' owners are criminals or suggest that all 'pit bull' owners should be rounded up and shot without so much as a finger-wag from the Broadcast Standards Council.
Media seem to be able to say anything they want without any repercussions at all.
Since most news reports and columns about dogs in general and 'pit bulls' in particular are inaccurate to differing degrees, knowing that elected representatives would accept them as factual is very disturbing.
If media opinions, guesses and regurgitations of long-debunked myths about dogs are to be used as evidence in court to remove rights from citizens then we need to change the rules. If erroneous reports (some of which are retracted) carry the same weight as scientific evidence or rigorously collected data, then to put it bluntly, we are all screwed.
Media, especially talk radio hosts, like to hide behind freedom of opinion. While I fully support that right for everyone, if they wish to continue to produce obviously biased, unresearched, unverified stories - editorials - then we must stop accepting these stories as factual and see them for what they are - entertainment. Why not use movie plots as factual evidence for a risk or threat? It's not much of a stretch when you think about it.
I watched an interview with CBC journalist Melissa Fung who was kidnapped in Afghanistan. She's quite a cool customer and not only feisty but charming. One thing she said was that most of the news reports about her ordeal were inaccurate. She said the article in the Globe and Mail didn't have anything right. A journalist said that. The Globe story was completely inaccurate. Yet stories like that have been used as evidence that some dogs are more dangerous than others.
This decision by the Court gives an unprecedented amount of credibility to media. As we have seen, that power can ruin peoples' lives, especially if it is used by careless, self-serving or just poorly informed legislators. Media are not elected representatives, they are not scientists, they are not experts in anything but attracting an audience, which is their source of revenue.
Power without accountability is the recipe for tyranny.
It's time to demand that media outlets be held accountable in terms of accuracy and fair reporting if they are to be taken seriously. Have your opinion, say it loud but base it on facts.
Anything else is unaccepable.
Now, about that breed, 'pit bull'...and those locking jaws...and that bite pressure...and the attacking without warning...and the 'friendly' retrievers...and the hypo-allergenic dogs...and the 4.7 million reported dog bites per year...and all the rest of it.
Got a source for that stuff, media outlets? I mean a credible source, not just other media reports, which is what you usually use.
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Update - Santa
This beautiful girl
made the trip to her forever home in a very roundabout way and I am sure
she was wondering, every step of the way, where she would finally end
up. Her arrival in Saskatoon was snowy and blustery, but she has settled
in nicely in her new home and has even met the resident dog. All is
going well for Tigger and we can't wait for pictures and updates. Good
luck and be happy, little girl!!! You have left many behind that fell in
love with you, either through transport or foster and we are all so
thrilled for you. Very special thanks to Sharon for making this possible
for Tigger!! You rock girl!
Tonight she went along with foster mom for her home visit and her adoptors fell in love with her immediately. Gracie has a fur-brother named Bailey who is a Schnoodle. We can't wait to see pictures of Gracie and Bailey!! We are sure they will keep their mom and dad VERY busy!! lol Congratulations Gracie and family (-:
Update - Santa
It started out on Friday morning. I was looking forward to meeting Santa at Pet Valu in Port Elgin where the Owen Sound Animal Shelter was holding a fundraiser 'pictures of your pet with Santa'. We had quite the dumping of snow the previous night and I was hoping the roads would be drivable on Friday morning. I left home, it was bright and sunny, but 20 minutes into my drive the sky got dark and I ended up in the middle of a snowstorm. Do I keep going or turn back? I decided on the later and kept going. There were snow squalls on and off all day Friday, but people and their beloved pets still made the trek in to have pictures taken with Santa. It was great seeing all the happy, wagging tails. A couple of the dogs wouldn't sit still, so we had quite a time getting pictures of the squirmier doggies. A great time was had by all!
We had some great pictures sent of our girl Abby. She is thriving in foster care and looks 100% better than when she first arrived. Her eyes are clear and bright and she is living the life with her foster sisters and mom. It's amazing what a whole lot of love can do for a frightened animal. Way to go Abby!! You are looking GOOD!!!
We also received a few great pictures and an update on Fido and Precious. These senior Shih Tzu's are also enjoying their time in foster care. They even went to visit grandma and grandpa this weekend and LOVED spending time with them. It appears they enjoy the company of seniors as well as their eyes lit up when they saw grandma and grandpa and they showed off in their best "circus acts". Foster mom says 'it's the first time she has seen them so animated and playful'.
We have received and processed a wonderful application for our little Gracie and her in-home is scheduled for tomorrow, so all fingers crossed that little Gracie will find her forever home in time for Christmas!!
This female Great Dane is currently in a shelter we normally rescue from. She is severely emaciated and came in as a stray that way. We feel someone starved her and then dumped her down a side road. She was wandering aimlessly.
In the shelter she has put on a few pounds ... but has a LONG way to go. She is very energetic and loves food ... so it does not appear there are underlying health issues at all. She is hard to pin point an age ... I'm guessing around 4 years old. She is ultra friendly to us humans and kids and listens well. However, she has shown that she has 'guarding' issues ... she attacked a male German Shepherd for a treat (neither was hurt) and attacked a female German Shepherd for attention from a woman she quickly attached herself to (neither dogs were hurt).
She may need to recover for a few weeks in a home with no other dogs. I know that is very hard to find in rescue since most homes wanting to help animals ... already have dogs!! Perhaps someone out there knows someone who loves Great Danes ... or recently lost one and would be in a position to help this girl??
She is just too comical, sweet and silly and such a lovable lanky quirkly thing.
I can try to give more info to anyone interested. Thanks so much on behalf of this Great Dane - Alynn 519-287-3853
I thought I'd catch you up on the weekend. It was fairly quiet, other than a couple of our volunteers offering their time to transport a couple of beautiful Beagle/Bassets to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter this past Saturday as their time was up. I just received the FANTASTIC news that both dogs were adopted by days' end on Monday! Way to go, once again, Owen Sound Animal Shelter!
I've had some great updates on Gracie, Fido and Precious. All are thriving in foster care. I was thrilled to hear our little Gracie has put on some much needed weight and our little man Fido has lost a pound or two LOL!! We have also heard that Abby is doing super well in her foster home, enjoying her playtime with her sisters. Abby has come a long way since arriving into rescue and is hoping to find her forever home soon.
I am very excited to tell you that I will be joining the Owen Sound Animal Shelter's fundraising event at Pet Valu in Port Elgin on Friday November 21st. Check out their Pet Valu Flyer...[.pdf] Santa will be at the Port Elgin Pet Valu Friday November 21 from 11am-7pm. Come over to Pet Valu where Santa will welcome owners and their pets to join him to get their Christmas pictures taken. I will be really excited to see all the happy pets bringing their owners to Pet Valu for photos. Can't wait to see you all there!!
Read the note and open letter on Tejas:
Hello Animal Lovers, Nicole Joncas is a wonderful friend of rescue, and the author of this OPEN LETTER ... a courageous woman fighting for the rights of animals, along with a sympathetic legal team in this precedent setting case against the Quebec government and notorious puppy mill owners in Quebec.
...the negligent Quebec Government and Animal Protection services [has]been for far too long. Their track record is totally disgraceful.
Just imagine your own beloved pets being stuck in such a hellish place, while these despicable people (I would not call them "human") get rich! SO many innocent dogs endure a lifetime of suffering, with NO consequences whatsoever to their tormentors. This torture is repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. But it must NOT continue any longer!
If you look at the pictures and especially the videos of these innocent dogs and puppies, starving, dehydrated, sick, injured, begging for help with their desperate yelping, you cannot be unaffected. Quebec is the most negligent Province in Canada, as their seeming indifference and failure to enforce the Quebec criminal code allows this to go on and on...
So it's up to the rest of us now! Winning this case could change the Animal Protection laws and enforcement for all of Canada, which are so sadly lacking and long overdue.
During this current Quebec election, it is most timely for exposing the truth about this sickening situation. Any monetary support you can find for this fight against those in power would also be very well spent.
To see the dedicated rescue work that Nicole does for ALL sorts of abused, neglected, injured and abandoned creatures, visit her Animal Sanctuary website at www.TejasAnimalRefuge.ca
in the 2009 Calendar Contest
We're looking to help a great friend of ours to find a foster/forever home for a wonderful canine named Travis. He is a Rotti-Lab mix, about 68 lbs. He is a beautiful dog, super friendly and seems very young and well mannered.
Travis obviously loves people and is very anxious to be with people. He doesn't like to be left alone. Travis knows "sit", "shake a paw", and "down". Someone has worked with this dog at one point in time! Travis loves to play obedience games and loves liver treats. We like him a lot!
Travis will be neutered, heartworm tested, vaccinated, dewormed, treated with Revolution, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $295.00. A health record will go home with him.
If you are interested in fostering/adopting Travis, please email email@example.com because this wonderful boy is sitting in a shelter waiting for his time to shine!
The following information may seem harsh and you might not agree with some of the things said, but please understand that these are the realities of rescue. You may have encountered rescuers who didn't reply to your emails or return your phone call, wouldn’t approve you to adopt or foster a dog, or a rescue volunteer who was impolite to the point of being rude.
As you read further, you will be given an insight to a rescuer's life, and perhaps you’ll begin to see why so many rescuers are not always the soft, gentle counselors you may be looking for.
Rescue is not a service for YOU. Not for you to find a dog, or to get rid of your dog. Rescue is a service for the DOGS. The dog is who we are here to help. Helping you is just a byproduct of helping them.
Rescue is NOT a shelter that you can just stop by to visit, pick out a dog, and take it home with you whenever the mood strikes you. There is no place to drop by and window shop, and no business hours.
Rescue is a group of people who love the breed, open our homes and hearts to the dogs, give them a place to live, and love them until we find them a forever home. We take applications, screen them, do home visits and reference checks. There is a volunteer's home on the end of any phone number you are given.
Rescue is not Dial-A-Person who wants to hear about your troubles and unload your dog on after you’ve had it for 10 years and for whatever reason it has now become inconvenient.
Rescue is a phone number that reaches right into the home of a volunteer who has little time to deal with your guilt trip over tossing "Chi-Chi" out like last night's leftovers, and even less time to deal with you see-sawing back and forth between keeping the dog and giving it up.
Don't lie to us or to yourself. Simply tell us the reason you are giving the dog up, and answer the questions we ask. If we're going to help you, the least you can do is help us speed the process along by not crying on our shoulders.
We've heard it all before ... allergies, moving, housebreaking, money, new baby, too hyper, barking, sick, injured, nasty, uncontrollable, landlord doesn't allow, parents said no, owner died and nobody wants, divorce, marriage, too many animals, chases cars, chases cats, sheds, too much trouble, new job, wants attention.
We're not cold hearted. We simply have too many things to do and not enough time to listen to how sorry you think you are about getting rid of your dog. Rescue should be one of your last resorts. Try obedience training, crate training, try everything you can before you make the decision to give up your dog. When you've done all you can, call us and let us know why you're giving up the dog in the least amount of words you can. We'll ask questions, you answer them.
Rescue is not a person sitting at the computer or phone all day, just waiting for your call or email. We're not running home daily, hoping we'll have lots of email and answering machine messages about more dogs needing to be saved.
Rescue is a group of people who already have a life, a family, a full-time job, our own dogs, foster dogs, not to mention a multitude of vet appointments, processing applications and holding fundraisers to help us pay for the veterinary and other care that you neglected.
Rescue is not a way for you to find a purebred dog for little or no money. It is not a place you can pick up a "girlfriend" for Butch or "boyfriend" for Fifi so that you can irresponsibly mass-produce puppies.
Rescue is responsible about the reproduction of their breed. In fact, rescues believe that the only breeding that should be done is by the few responsible breeders out there, and only to improve the breed. Breeders are not people with "Free Puppies" ads either. Responsible breeders care about their product and take pride in placing them in loving homes where they will be cared for.
All rescue dogs are spayed and neutered before adoption so that no "accidents" happen. You won't get an unaltered dog ... don't even bother to ask.
Rescue is not a place that will take vicious, aggressive dogs and keep them for the rest of their lives, living happily ever after in their owner's mind. If you don't want to deal with your own dog who has a history of biting and aggression, what on earth makes you think someone else would want it biting them and their family? Not to mention the liability of rescue groups fostering and re-homing “known” biters. On an individual basis, we work with foster dogs to see if they are just frightened or truly nasty. We allow those who are scared time to adjust and overcome fear.
Rescue is not a mail order service to find the dog of your dreams --loves kids, cats, everyone, doesn't bark too much, is perfectly housebroken, weighs three pounds, does tricks on command, and knows how to act in every situation.
Every dog has his own personality, and that is what matters. If you want a dog that fits a few certain requirements, that's realistic, but trying to find one that matches perfection is not going to happen anytime soon, and if one comes in, we have a line 5 miles long of people waiting for it.*
Things I Do For Dogs
It was around 10:00 pm and Walter and I were beat. We took Brie and Tigg out to go potty before we settled in for the night. With Tigg being so close to leaving us, I just could not stand the idea of the 2 of them sleeping on the floor. Up into bed, 100 lbs worth of dog, laying between Walter and I. Tigg cuddled right up to me, he was a Mamma's boy. Just like Renee said he would be. At around 3:00 am Tigg woke up and jumped out of bed. He was whining and I told him to lay down and go to sleep. He was not able to settle. After about 5-10 minutes I decided maybe he had to go pee, even though we had just had them out a few hours earlier. So I got up, opened the door to our room and let Brie and Tigg make their way downstairs were I would normally put their leash on and take them out the front door. Poor Tigg didn't even make it to the bottom of the stairs and he went poo on the floor. My poor baby had diarrhea. So I put his leash on and took them out. I was out in the front yard, in my royal blue croc's and my white and blue nighty that came to about my knee's. This is about all I ever slept in. We stayed out for 10-15 minutes, despite the light sprinkle of rain, both went pee but no poo. I brought them back into the house and no sooner did we get in Tigg went poo on the floor again.
Since Brie was fine I sent her back up to see daddy, she didn't listen ... lol, and I took Tigg back outside. The door closing behind me. Locked. GREEEAAAATTTT!!! So here I am standing out in the rain, in nothing but my croc's and my nighty; light sprinkle of rain is now a little downpour. Walter, upstairs in bed sleeping like a log. It's 3:00 am, why would I get dressed to take the dogs out for 2 quick minutes? What to do. I walk around to the back of the house in the rain, dragging Tigg along with me, I check the side door, locked, back patio door, locked. Since when does everyone listen to me and ACTUALLY lock the doors behind them! Lucky for me there are blankets in the cedar chest on the back porch.... "C'mon, snuggle up Tigg" it's going to be another couple of hours before we get into the house...
At that moment I realized, the window's in the front porch are unlocked! Brilliant! Back to the front of the house, in the rain, in my nighty, with a lawn chair and 50-60 pounds of dog. I climb up on the chair open the window and WOOHOO! We are in. Oh yeah, still no poo from Tigg. Dilemma ... can't leave the dog outside alone, he'll run at the first sight of a squirrel. He's gotta go into the house first. Now let's take a quick look at the situation ... the window is about 6 feet off the ground, the chair is a small one and only lifts me up about a foot and a half up and I am only 5 feet tall, soooooo my head is at the base of the window. Needless to say, that my upper body strength is not what it used to be! Oh yeah, and I'm still just wearing a nighty :( So here I am, trying to lift Tigg into the window, while standing on a very unstable lawn chair (insert wobble here) and did I mention, it is now pouring rain! Oh, and well, underwear are uncomfortable under a nighty, aren't they? Yes they are. Anyway, into the window goes the dog. Good boy Tigg!! Now Brie is whining, Tigg is pacing (if he goes poo on the floor again I'm gonna choke him) and I have to climb through the window. I'm going to have to jump, but I only have one shot at it cause when I jump, the chair is going to fly out from under me. 1, 2, 3....Ugh, I'm too wimpy to lift myself in. I'm soaking wet, both dogs are freak'n' out cause they know what trouble I'm in and Walter is still completely oblivious to anything that is going on, good thing that someone is not breaking in!
In my moment of desperation I can picture the cops driving down the road on general patrol... "Base, this is car 23 we're going to stop for a possible 938, (police code for crazy person), there's some lady in a white, soaking wet nighty, breaking into a front porch" This is one of those times when you wish you had an animal miracle and one of the dog's would be able to turn a door handle! I yell, at the top of my lungs, while I'm hanging half my body in the window, my bottom up in the air for the entire neighbourhood to see, WALTER!!!! Thank god he heard me, on the second cry anyway, he came down and unlocked the door, did not open the door for me, just unlocked it, never said a single word to me and went back to bed! Finally, everyone is back in the house, I cleaned up Tigg's second mess, and went back to bed.
Next morning, Walter didn't even remember coming down the stairs to unlock the door....
Thanks for the great adventure Tigg, you were one of the best! We miss you! XXXOOO
Nothing In Life Is Free (NILIF)My sweet girl, Brie, has graduated second level obedience. She is fairly well behaved and doesn't have any major issues.
When we first adopted Brie, she was on "Nothing In Life Is Free" (NILIF) but over time, with her progress, we started to let off on the little things, like letting her up on the couch without being invited. Then, one day when one of my children asked her to move off the couch, she responded with a growl of displeasure. This was, in fact, because she was no longer viewing him as her leader. We all love our furkids but they should always know that their place is at the bottom of the chain when it comes to human family members. This includes young babies. No matter how young the child, the dog must learn to respect you as the leader. Needless to say, Brie is back on NILIF, and it works!
Your trainer is going to be really mad at me for sharing this with you, especially if you're currently paying them to teach you how to be the leader of your pack. There is no dog too young or old for NILIF. If you have a new puppy, this is an exceptionally good time to start. I know, I know ... "but, she's so cute" ... "oh, she's just a baby" ... this is the frame of mind that will cause you to have problems later on.
This is not to say that you don't love, cuddle or play with your furkid ... it's just a really great way to teach them that ultimately, at the end of the day, you are the leader. You call the shots, you are top dog and the position is not available to her.
NILIF stresses that you will initiate the time that she receives affection, the time she eats, when she plays, when the time to play is done, etc. Whether your dog is shy and timid or dominant this technique will help them to relax and know that you will take care of everything. If your pet knows some basic obedience, sit, down, stay, etc., before starting, it makes this technique a little easier.
From this day on your dog no longer calls the shots. They can sit back and relax while you ensure that they get what they need. Below you will find a list of directives to follow in order to start your dog on NILIF.
"This technique is intended for dogs in good health and of sound mind and stable temperament."
Within a few days, I am confident that you will see quite a change in your pet, as they will see in you. They will look to you with eagerness and for more to learn!
Give it a try ... Yours in rescue... Alli
I sent out the newsletter a little while ago and let you know how to vote. Just to make sure you don't forget to vote for your fav pic, I'm going to repeat the instructions...
Vote for your top 12 fav pictures [click here to check which you love the best] for the 2009 calendar and vote for your own too. Voting will be allowed from one email address only, pick the best top 12 and them submit your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will tabulate the votes and as soon as we can, we will let you know who the winners are.
There is also a great contest over at The Animal Rescue Site. They are holding The Animal Rescue $100,000 Shelter Challenge - Petfinder. The Animal Rescue Site is awarding $100,000 in grants to eligible Petfinder member rescue organizations. The grand prize is a $25,000 grant. Just imagine how many animals we could help for $25,000!
Now, you can help us try to get funds to help animals! Participating is simple. You can cast one vote every day for us at www.theanimalrescuesite.com. We could receive one of the grants below!
Prize: One $25,000 grant!
Voting is easy, on the linked web page just put in CAN and ON and click Search and we are right on the first page that pops up. EASY! Voting began on September 29th and ends at midnight (PST) on December 14th, 2008. The more friends you can rally to vote for us, the better our chances of winning. Get everyone you know involved!
Don't forget to vote for us every day until December 14th. Visit www.theanimalrescuesite.com to learn more. It's free, and only takes a moment of your time.
and New Pictures
Little Gracie is fitting in nicely at her foster home. I believe she is keeping them all on their toes, including her Puggle brother. I don't think he knows what hit him (-: Gracie is a very energetic girl who I hear would excel in agility!!
Fido and Precious have cleaned up beautifully as you can see by their new pictures. They did great at the groomers and I'm sure they feel much better with their newly groomed bodies. Fido and Precious are loving all the attention in their foster home, so stay tuned for updates and pictures on these two seniors.
I had a chance to talk to Bubba's dad and thankfully his new home really love the big duffus and are working hard to correct his obnoxious behaviour. Bubba's a lucky boy to have such understanding owners. Hopefully, he will show more and more improvement with leash walks. It's his only issue as whenever he is off leash, he's a pussy cat.
I was also able to visit with Jamie this weekend and I was thrilled to see how well he's adjusted and how happy he is in his new home.
He even has a new brother that keeps Jamie on his toes.
We had three dogs coming into foster care. One is a beautiful little girl named Gracie (named by her rescuer). She was found running the roads with nowhere to go. The kind road worker fed her his lunch and took her to a nearby shelter. Unfortunately, he was told once her stray time was up, she would be euthanized. He couldn't bear to have that happen, so rescue was called.
Gracie is approximately 4 months old and still very much a puppy who is full of energy. Thank God she is as smart as she is, or she would never have survived. We have NO idea what she ate while on the lamb, but she is skin and bones. She appears to be a collie mix of some sort. I'm sure we can tell better once she has some meat on her bones.
We also picked up the two senior Shih Tzu's and they are settling nicely into foster care. They are very stinky though and in need of grooming which will be done, hopefully today.
Please, stay tuned for more updates on our new trio Gracie, Fido and Precious.
the Rumours ... Stop the Slaughter
Renee Robins along with Hush (a beautiful deaf pit bull) and his owner Gloria Dangerfield are doing a great job of bringing awareness to the public about the breed ban, what it means to dog owners in Ontario and the ramifications of this controversial ban. We are proud of their efforts and support them 100% with this campaign.
Please check out their website and check out the apparel for sale. All proceeds go to help pit bulls in need. This is a cause very dear to our heart and we thank the Owen Sound Animal Shelter for all they are doing to make the public aware of BSL.
I have met Hush several times and we couldn't ask for a better ambassador. He is an amazing dog, with an amazing owner and we thank them for bringing Hush into the public eye so people all over Ontario can see what a wonderful breed this truly is.
Keep up the good work Hush, Gloria and Renee!!
We got a request yesterday for two senior Shih Tzu's who have found themselves without their beloved owner, due to owner having to move to a convalescent home. A kind relative is keeping them but she has a houseful of pets already and can't keep them long-term. We were asked if we could help these two find a new forever home. We got busy cross-posting and searching for a foster home and one of our foster volunteers offered them refuge immediately.
However, not five minutes after foster home made the offer, I got a frantic call from her telling me that a friend of hers that works road construction found a very young dog, running the roads. She is skin and bones and very, very hungry. This kind man offered her his sandwich and she gobbled it back and looked at him for more. He was at a loss what to do with her. He was working and couldn't do much at the time. He did the best that he could and scooped her into his truck and took her to a local shelter.
They took her in immediately, but advised him that when her stray time was up and no one shows up for her, they will euthanize her.
He was devastated when he heard this as he thought he was doing the right thing. He immediately called our volunteer and she called me with the dilemma.
Well, we did a lot more emailing and networking and found a foster home that would welcome this homeless stray into her home. Whew!!!
Now, we are working on transport to get ALL the doggies to their prospective foster homes.
It looks like it will be a split, with transport of the Shih Tzu's on Saturday for an overnight stay with our volunteer Sharon. She will then meet Allie on Sunday and they will make the trade.
Stay tuned next week for pictures and bios on our newest adoptables. We don't have pictures yet of the Shih Tzu's, but we do have a picture of our little stray girl.
She looks to be under one year old and possibly a lab/collie mix.
We need help with one leg of this transport and that is Guelph to Mississauga on Saturday around 10:00 am. If anyone out there can help get these two senior Shih Tzu's get from Guelph to Mississauga, please email us at email@example.com. Thanks everyone!!!
You can't help but fall in love with your fosters when you are nursing them back to health or helping them through issues that have found them back at shelters over and over again. Some come into your home for a short time, others stay for a long time. Each have a personality all their own and each come with their own issues. Being there to take them into your home, often times saving them from death, nurturing, loving and preparing them for their forever home - that is the job of a foster home.
It can sometimes be very draining, but the rewards will always outweigh the trials when you know you have placed them well. The hardest part is letting them go, because you will always wonder how they are doing and praying they remain forever loved.
Each and every foster I have had come through my doors has a special place in my memory and my heart. I have submitted this heartwarming poem for your enjoyment.
Poem for Rescuers
There I sat, alone and afraid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss. Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
And so, Foster Mommy, you know I've moved on.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
~ Author Unknown ~
If you recall, there was a last minute emergency as her intended foster home had a family emergency and couldn't take Sasha into care. The volunteers worked hard cross-posting and networking to find Sasha an alternate foster. There was no way we were going to let her stay behind on the transport to safety.
Thankfully, a wonderful gentleman came through with an offer to take Sasha into his home. He had recently adopted a male Rottweiler and his boy wasn't adjusting too well. He was reserved and preferred to be by himself. Well, that all changed when Sasha waltzed into their lives. Her Rotti brother has come out of his shell and has become a very social boy. Way to go Sasha!!!
Because Sasha fits in so nicely with Ron and her new brother, Ron has fallen totally in love with her and has informed us that he can't let her go. The only problem is, Ron does not have a digital, so we will have to wait a week or so before we get pictures of Sasha in her new home.
We are so happy for our girl Sasha!! Wow ... she never even made it up onto the website. Congratulations Sasha!!!
Who would have thought that these scary creatures were trick or treating for their friends at ANML-RESQ?
What a kind and generous thing to do!! HUGE thank you to Ethan and Evan for thinking of the animals in need on this night of tricks and treats.
Many thanks to Beth (is that you under all those spots?) for allowing the boyz to be such a big part of rescue. They are truly, young rescuers in the making (and God knows, we need MORE rescuers).
Hugs and slurpy kisses boyz, from all of your friends at ANML-RESQ!!
Wednesday December 31, 2008 01:24:22 PM
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