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ROSIE: A TRUE FRIEND!

Rosie was a stray that wandered to a friends house 7 1/2 years ago and he did not want her and so we took her in with our other animals we have. she was about 6 months old. She became so attatched to my wife that Rosie would not let her out of her site. Even when going to bed at night, Rosie would sleep by the bed.

Sadly we have just recently found out that Rosie has cancer and has less than 60 days to be in this world with us. It will hurt deeply to lose her. She will be missed by all of us! we are told by the vet even with the medicines she will detoriate quickly. We will let her be with us as long as she can without her suffering. SHe will be buried with 4 other animals we have had in our back yard in what i call our pet cemetary. Our pets have never been caged on fence in or on a leash , because we live on 43 acres. They have a very good life here. Here is a picture of her, about 2 years ago was . She is a red color and part lab and probably part retreiver. Full of love! Full of life! Even though it grows short now.

Paul
Mauk, GA

RESCUING BO

I RESCUED BO FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER. HE ONLY WIEGHED 65 LBS AND WAS COVERED IN STICKERS. HE WAS SICK , ON THE VERGE OF PNEUMONIA. I TOOK HIM OUT OF THE CAGE AND WALKED HIM TO AN AREA TO SIT DOWN WITH HIM. HE PUT HIS HEAD ON MY LAP AND I FELL IN LOVE. I ONLY HAD HIM FOR TWO YEARS WHEN THIS LAST 09-09, HE FELL ILL WITH CANCER AND PASSED AWAY. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE GIVEN HIM A LOVING AND SAFE HOME.

DEANA
AUSTIN, TX

I Love Lucy

Lucy came to me over 11 years ago in the form of a "problem pup" some clients of my husband's were going to "get rid of." I was still grieving the loss of my other dogs earlier that year and didn't feel at all ready for a new family member. But Lucy completely stole my heart the second I met her. I didn't have cows or sheep for her to herd, but we haven't missed a day of frisbee since I discovered this was her passion. She can be a little prankster, like her namesake, but she has taught me how to keep her from being bored--she has me well-trained! Lucy is the smartest, sweetest, liveliest and most patient companion I could ever want, as good with children as she is with adults. Everybody Loves Lucy!

Pam Selby
Gainesville, FL

Meant to Be!

My daughter and I fell in love with the Akita breed many years ago and have rescued a total of five Akitas. When my daughter moved out, she took our last two Akitas and I knew I had to rescue another. I went on the Internet and found a local rescue group in Phoenix, AARTA. I knew when I saw Hanisu (Japanese meaning 'to talk') on their website that she was the one for me. We met and it was as though we had been together all our lives. She has been my very best friend and companion since, helping me through a few illnesses and bad times. She greets me with her Akita talk every day and is always close by. That was 5 years ago and Hanisu is about 9 years old now. I don't know how I ever lived without her! Our other Akitas, Saki and Keiko are now 9 and 14 years old and still a huge part of our family! In addition, we have added Loki, a beautiful boy with boundless energy and a heart of gold. These beautiful Akitas rescued us much more than we could have ever rescued them.

Patricia Hartley
Las Vegas, NV

Serena

After losing my 16-year old calico to kidney failure, I needed another cat in my life. I searched Petfinder, and a lovely kitty face tugged at my heart. The catch was that she was in a shelter 150 miles away. My husband reluctantly consented to making the 300 mile round trip drive with me, and we brought Serena home. That was in March, 2009. She's a perfect fit for our animal family, and I'm so glad we made the drive to get her.

Sandy
LaFayette, GA

The dog from Main St.

Her name is Ginger now. One month ago she was bouncing between lanes of a busy street in Springfield Or. Trucks honking at her and car's squealing brakes. This is what she did everyday for months. I can't believe she hadn't been hit. The day I saw her I almost hit her. Amidst angry motorist I made it off the street. I tried coaxing her to me but she ran off. I checked the local business and they didn't know where she came from. Animal Control and Police had given up.

She wasn't skinny as so many lonely dogs and cats are, she was a heavy weight. It seems that the local business's were leaving delightful food items out for her. A kind lady tried coaxing her into the building, but she was street wise, so to speak.

I got a live animal trap and set it out with a pile of burger and meatballs. The next day the call came, "She's in the trap!" I got her and the trap into my garage and covered it with a blanket. It took this scared lady 3 days to finally inch her way out to eat and urinate. I have had luck with dog whisper techniques so when she finally came out we kept on going...right on into the house and into our established pack. She became Ginger and from then on she was bonded to my other 2 rescues, Buddy, an unwanted lop eared Border Collie and a sweet Border Collie, Elle. Thanks to them Ginger was able to learn basic commands. Ginger made it off of Main St. and into my heart. It's time for her to move on to her forever home. She is listed on Petfinder and she will be a wonderful addition to a lucky family.

Robyn Broadbent
Springfield, OR

My Knight in Shining Armor

I found Tyner walking along a country road, very bedraggled and severley emaciated. Every bone in his little body stood out. I found his owners who said I could have him if I wanted him. He had no teeth, no hair on his tail, ears or legs and was close to death. He had congestive heart failure and everyone said he'd never make it a week. I had him for two and a half years and he was was my protecter and my little guardian wolf-dog. I thank God I gave my little old man a chance to have warmth and love for the last years of his life.

Sue Vozar
Scottdale, PA

Angel

I rescued Angel after hurricane Frances in 2004. She was very small,maybe just a couple of days old. She was covered in fleas and skinny. I bottle fed her every 2 hours. I brought her in house and she had her forever home. She is now 5 years old had 5 litters of kittens and then was spayed. She is the sweetest cat and I love her so much. I have 2 of her daughters Calico and Smoky. Smoky had babies and I have 4 of them. They are Stripes, Trouble, Shadow, and Sprinkles. I also rescued a cat named Tiger and nursed her back to health. Now she is 2 years old and very territorial. I have 2 more outside cats their names are Mitzy and Rosie they are mother and daughter. They are also spayed. I love all my cats and they make my family complete.

Lisa
Lakeland, FL

Cricket

One day I went to my vet to pick up some medicine for my dog. As I waited in line there was this man holding a black little dog. I over heard him tell the lady at the desk that he wanted to have her put to sleep. The lady ask the reason, and he said. well I just don't have time for her and she coughs alot. This broke my heart. I stepped up and ask, Can I have this dog please. The man said yes, long story short. The vet checked her out, there were just minor things, but "Cricket" is now beautiful and has a wonderful life taken care of by Radio DJ Chef Suzan from Z93.1 in Gadsden, Alabama.

Kristi Teet
Gadsden, AL

Our Man Cats

My college roommates and I were arguing and they knew I really wanted a cat. They found a kitten that was free to a good home and drove two hours to adopt him. I named him Mr. Toaster because he is grey and has two lines on his head similar to a toaster (like the children's movie "The Brave Little Toaster"). A few years later I moved in with my boyfriend and realized that Mr. Toaster needed a companion since we are both away from home during the day. We visited a local animal shelter and fell in love with Mr. Jeezy. Mr. Jeezy was extremely friendly but very underweight. He was found at abandoned at a bus station. Mr. Jeezy and Mr. Toaster became great friends and we love both of them. We could not imagine life without either of them.

Cassandra
Elgin, IL
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