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Our "rescue" did not come from a shelter. My husband and I are "full timers" in a fifth wheel. A few years ago we traveled between Pennsylvania and Florida, usually spending a month at a Campground in St Augustine before making our way to central Florida for the winter. On one sunny day the camp maintenance worker came to us with a little package of fur, eyes not quite open, but already hissing her displeasure at being moved from her hiding spot. Apparently someone left a siamese female at the campground and she was populating the area. So I was talked into taking her baby. We took her to the veterinarian to make sure she didn't have leukemia and had a physical. I fed her with a bottle for a few weeks since she was not old enough to eat solid food. She is now 20 pounds, rules the household, along with our other rescue Rowdy. But that's another story.
I wanted to share with everyone this great picture of Rusty also. He's a real character and was adopted from our local animal shelter in Nov 2007. We do a benefit party for them every year (Halloween) and raise money for their cause. When we lost our senior dog Sheeba to cancer in Nov 2007, shortly after the Halloween party, our whole family was down, including Lulu. I finally went to the shelter to drop off the funds from the Halloween party and as fate would have it, there was this little guy looking for a home. He was perfect and a real charmer. Lulu and he bonded immediately. They are best friends now!
Our beloved Petra is now frolicking in heaven. She had a remarkable life and touched many people in her almost 14 years on earth. While we miss her terribly, we know she is finally free from discomfort.
We found Petra at our local shelter, recovering from parvo virus and where she was brought after being found dumped by the side of the road. One look and we knew.
As a pup we discovered she suffered severe hip dysplasia which was corrected through radical surgery. Thanks to Dr. Michael Hoff, who gave her back her mobility. It took her most of the next year to walk normally, but she rebounded better than ever and was very active. This last year she developed near crippling arthritis in her front legs. It slowed her down but did not dampen her love of life and eagerness to do everything. We're grateful to Dr. Lee Herzig for giving her more quality time with her family.
Petra loved going to work with me and made many friends in her 11 years of greeting our customers. Sadly, after relocating three years ago it became obvious that our new store was too small for Her Fluffiness, so we depended on some wonderful ladies to care for her during the day. She probably had more fun in her various doggy-day-cares than with me at work, with road trips, many dog friends, kids, cats, school sports events and fast food burgers (no bun).
Petra was the sweetest dog and she loved all creatures. Pete, the miracle cat, had become her best cat friend and nap pal.
While we are very sad, we are happy she was able to enjoy such a long full life. She showed us endless joy, patience and so much love.
Kim, Dave and Pete
Lulu (right), spent her first 5 years in a puppy mill. When we adopted her she had so much baggage it was unbelievable. It took her time, but she finally adjusted. Then we got Rusty (left) and they two of them fell in love!! She's one lucky little girl now. It may take a shelter dog a little while, but its SO worth it!
Almost three months ago right after losing our much loved Vizsla, Mica, my Hubby was checking Rescue Sites, we're dog people & planned to bring another dog into our family. He had come across Brittanys & after reading about them, he shut our PC down & suggested we take Mica's food to the shelter. Well of course we walked around to see the dogs; in the first kennel was a young Brittany/Beagle mix. This tail wagging dog had been left tied to the shelter fence back in February looking very thin & so now in April he was ready for adoption.His volunteer walker had just brought him back & said he was the sweetest dog. His eyes talk & when he was taken out of the kennel to meet us he bounded to me.Surely it was meant to be that Alfie would come home with us. In order to fill out the forms & answer many questions, we let Alfie go back in the kennel, you never saw such sad eyes we couldn't have left him. My new walking buddy is playful, mischievous & smart, we're all so happy to be together.
We found Boomer at the Herkimer Humane Society. He looked so sad and lonely. I knew he was the one; I immediately fell in love with him. Since he has been in his forever home, he has brought so much joy to our lives. He is so well behaved, it's hard to believe someone had to give him up. What can I say? We are so fortunate that Boomer found us.
My son took his girlfriend's two daughters out to eat while their mother was at work. It was raining hard and, when he returned to the car and opened the door, a malnourished kitten/cat (not full grown - LOL) came rushing out from under the car, made a full u-turn, and jumped right into the front seat.
Because my son already has three cats, he made a decision. He and the girls arrived at my house with Smokey (the girls had already named him), a bag of cat food, and a bag of litter.
I feel it was obvious that someone had "dumped" Smokey (and possibly his siblings). He needed no training for the litter box.
After no response to two "found" ads, I now have the best companion. He made a smart jump from a restaurant parking lot right into my heart!
After having to put down our 14 year old Llasa Opso, Sonny, my husband and I were heart broken. One evening we were taking a ride by the beach--something we do often. My husband noticed a young couple walking several dogs looking very much like our Sonny. We pulled over to admire the beautiful little dogs and chatted with the couple. Alexandra told us that she worked with rescue dogs--mainly Llasa's and Shi-tsu's. She told us that if we ever thought about getting another pet, we should consider a rescue dog. We kept in touch, and one day I received an email. A Shi-tsu was found roaming the streets of Philadelphia----very dirty, very scared. Were we interested? We said no, and yet we could not stop thinking about this little guy. My husband was visiting our oldest son, who lives in Philadelphia-----he decided to pay a visit to the dogs foster home. He called me and just said, "He's a keeper." Charlie has been with us ever since, and we adore him! He is well-behaved, lovable, friendly, and a true member of the family. I often praise the wonderful work that the rescue teams do, and continue to encourage anyone to consider adopting a rescue animal. We are so thankful for Charlie--and he shows his appreciation every day ! Thank you Alex!!
I searched high and low for a rescue dog on every site I could find and while there were some that I came across that drew me to them none had the pull that little Esperanza did! I was at a point in my life that I had to make that dreaded decision that most dog owners have to face when my old dog of 14 years could no longer eat so we had to take her to the vet and set her free. After that day, little Esperanza's image just kept surfacing and I found myself on the site everyday just staring at her picture. I had heard about dog's from Mexico and how they are treated and then I came across a website that had a trailer on it from a documentary called "Companions to none". I was horrified at what I saw but that made my decision, I was going to adopt Esperanza!!
I filled out the application and was soon approved and I was on my way to Calgary on June 6th! We arrived about 2:30pm. We were to pick her up by 9:35pm Saturday night. When the dogs were unloaded and the crates were brought into the airport I was searching the crates trying to find her. I saw big crates and small crates and medium sized crates but none held my little angel then my husband spotted a duffle bag dog carrier that was quite small and then he saw it move! "I think that's her" he said. A lady opened the bag and I knew instantly it was her. She was so beautiful! She was everything and more than I expected I was beside myself with excitement!
So, I just wanted to thank everyone at Pawsitive Match for bringing her into my life.
After loosing the love of my life Patch at the age of 15 to heart disease I was at a loss with my life.
Then one day i was out the front of my house and saw a stray trying to cross the road, as she made her way a speeding van hit her and she rolled under, the van kept going and didnt stop and i was left with nursing this injured dog, after rushing her to the vet and her hospital stay i dedcided to adopt her and try and make her life worth living again.
Shes now a real handfull with lots of energy chasing birds in the garden and getting her daily tummy rubs.
She now has a family and we love her!