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He came from half way around the World.

It's a long story, but in our search for a dog a couple of years ago, we came across Animal Rescue Taiwan. We intended to get a dog from a local shelter, but when the volunteer at ART told us there was a Lab already scheduled on a flight from Taiwan and asked if we would be interested, we said "sure". We had only seen a couple pictures of "Tony" and took their word that he was as well behaved as they had told us. I met him at LAX, took him home and we have never had a second thought about getting a dog from half way around the World that we had never met. He is the most loving, patient, gentle, generous, entertaining dog I have ever known. We feel very lucky to have him in our lives. He makes us smile and laugh and warms our hearts every day. We can't imagine our lives without him.

Kim & Dave
Redondo Beach, CA

Our Family is Complete

My daughter Lauren kept asking for a dog, but with two older, adopted cats we didn't feel we could add another animal. After both kitties died within a year of each other, Lauren spent hours on the web looking for a rescued dog to adopt. That's where she saw Riley, who was rescued from a shelter where he was going to be euthanized. WKODIT (What Kind of Dog Is That?) specifically rescues mixed breed dogs. Thanks to them, my husband, kids and I now feel our family is complete. We love Riley dearly, and can't believe he came so close to being put down. Thank goodness for rescue organizations and the animals they save!

Kathi Torres
Lafayette, CA

Maxwell my baby boy

Our lab of 14 years old had passed away in September 2000 and he love to go for rides down in the park about 2 miles from our house. After that I still went down in the park almost everyday. One Sunday in March of 2001 it was really cold but I still went for my ride and my husband went with me there Maxwell was I told my husband that we had to stop and help this little guy out. We stop about half way up the hill and my husband got out to try and get him in the back seat. well he had left the front door open and Maxwell went around the car and jump in the front seat on my lap. He looked up at me with his big brown eyes and gave me a kiss, The vet said that he was around 6 months old. He as been with us ever since. He is a great dog. We love him very much. He is my baby boy. He is the king of the house. I'm so very glad that we went for a ride that day.

Vickie
Hesston, PA

Mr. Bojangles

Sitting at home, minding my own business, I received a frantic call from my best friend. Her daughter had brought home a 3 day old black puppy. He was taken from his mother, because she ate the heads off of 3 of his litter mates. I agreed to take the little puff ball.

Turns out, he is a Scottie. He was hand reared, and ironically, my maltipoo, who has mothered 3 litters, and is also a save, ended up producing milk. He was assist fed by me, just to make sure he was getting enough. He is number 3 on my list of saves. I dearly love all my babies. I even SAVED 1 from Cancer. She is a maltipoo, and has so far survived 1.5 years after some radical surgery. She is a true HERO-and my biggest buddy.

Thank you for giving me an outlet to help the ones that can't come home with me.

Angela M. Holmes

Angela M. Holmes
Brunswick, GA

Furby Ten Years Later

Our beautiful cat was found on the side of the road, as a tiny kitten, after being thrown out of a vehicle. He was bloody and skinny, our Vet examined him, removed a few teeth and he healed very nicely. Furby was named after the famous toy, but that toy never talked as much this very vocal and opinionated 10 year old cat. We love our Furby!

J. Jordan
Houston, TX

Best holiday gift

While shopping for our cat Madison to pick her up some toys at the pet store 3 days before Christmas we decided to go see the cats up for adoption. Jack reached out of the cage and put his paw on my husband with this look of "pick me" I am the best cat ever! He came home with us that day and we have been one big happy family since (and we did go get him some toys so he also would have something from Santa)

cindy
Kent, WA

Lovabull!

It had been nearly two years since we had to put my beloved bulldog Rosie to sleep because of a heart-based tumor. There was a bulldog-shaped hole in my heart as well as our home, but buying a puppy just wasn't an option. So I checked into the regional bulldog rescue, and discovered that the area representative had a pet-supply store in our town! Through her we got to meet Dozer, and were selected to be his forever family. He has perfectly filled the hole in my heart and made our home complete again!

Michelle McMillen
Amity, OR

IN TRIBUTE TO MONTY, OUR INCREDIBLE DIVING DOG

Many friends and family crossed paths with our yellow lab Monty during his last 5 years with us. Sadly Monty lost his battle to Lymphoma Dec. 17 due to complications of pneumonia. While we are devastated to lose him, we are grateful this rompin', stompin' rescue dog "happened" into our lives.

We adopted Monty 5 years ago from Golden Retriever Rescue Association of Atlanta as a companion for Murphy, our Golden Retriever. Monty brought joy beyond measure to all our lives. He was a shelter rescue, only 1 or 2 when he came to us. When he arrived he quivered with nervousness and did not even know how to climb stairs. With love, patience, kindness and bits of cheese on each step, shy Monty bloomed. Soon he RAN the steps! Each day he showed his appreciation with his undevoted loyalty and love. Monty was an athlete who most enjoyed his "lake time" diving off the dock chasing throws into the water. He was a relentless ball retriever, and followed my husband everywhere, no matter what the hour. Every morning began with bear hugs from Monty and several laps around the kitchen to deliver the newspaper.

Our rescue dog gave us back twice more than we ever gave, we will miss him greatly! Say a prayer for Monty who got his "angel wings" Dec. 17, 2009 and left a huge imprint on the hearts of many during the joyful time he was with us.

YOUR DOG

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.

You are his life, his love, his leader.

He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.

You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

Author Unknown

In Loving Memory of Monty, Susan & Ron Hobbs

Susan Hobbs
Canton, GA

Resue becomes Rescuer

We adopted our Kahu Ali'i (Hawaiian for Guardian of the Royal Family), who we call Li'i, along with his brother from a shelter when they were about 7 weeks old. A litter of 6 puppies had been dumped at the shelter and we took 2 of them home. Being of unknown mixed heritage we believe Li'i is a Leonberger/Golden Retriever blend. When Li'i was two he and I found K-9 Search & Rescue and started training. Today he is six, national certified and this summer he made his first find, a missing 84 year old woman. One of Li'i's favorite things is doing our PR's at the local libraries and care facilities. He loves the attention and impresses everyone with his handsome looks and excellent manners. And I love showing off how my rescued boy became a rescuer himself. I am very proud of my boy and what we have accomplished. Rescues are the best! (We currently have three rescued dogs and one rescued kitty.)

R.L.
Sandpoint, ID

Gypsy

Gypsy (on the left) "picked" my daughter this fall. All she wanted was someone to love her, and was so hungry. She took her in just a week before she gave birth to 4 kittens in a huge storm. Thank goodness she was warm and dry. The littlest one had some trouble but between my daughter, my sister and me, some bottle feeding, supplements, and lots of TLC, Stella is now a healthy, happy, and very curious kitten. She is living with my daughter and Ozzie, who is pictured on the right, and they are the best of friends. Gypsy is living with me and is always ready for a hug. We found equally wonderful homes for the other babies. It warms my heart every time I look in their eyes and see the love they want to share. It is my intent to never let her feel hungry again.

Linnie
Batesville, IN
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