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Your personal RESCUES - From this.. to this..

elisabeth_85
August 1st, 2009, 12:43 AM
My sister rescued a pug x spitz x bulldogge mix about 7 months ago.

She was VERY shy, timid and was scared of everything. She has come a long way since then. We have been working with her everyday on these issues.

We have come to find out that she is extremely smart, willing to please and loves agility! We enrolled her in a beginners course and can't wait for that to start up in September.

Here are some from this.. to this.. photo's.

Senna at her old "home".
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/SennaCloset.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/SennaCloset2.jpg

Senna in her forever home.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/Homevisit009.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/DebbysHouse026.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/DogPark014.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/Beachtrip027.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/Starkatthepark026.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o106/elisabeth_20/Beachtrip069.jpg



*Please share your photo's and stories of the rescues in your life.

I volunteer for a cat rescue in my area and hear so many wonderful things all the time, it's a rewarding thing to bring these creatures into your life.

Shaykeija
August 1st, 2009, 01:07 AM
Very nice...it is so nice to see their real personalities come out.:thumbs up

rainbow
August 1st, 2009, 02:50 AM
WOW .....she's come a long way from hiding in a closet. :thumbs up

And, she's cute as a button. :lovestruck:

Tundra_Queen
August 1st, 2009, 02:59 AM
She looks so happy now! U did a wonderful thing!

14+kitties
August 1st, 2009, 08:09 AM
She doesn't even look like the same dog. Good job sis!! :thumbs up

CearaQC
August 1st, 2009, 08:17 AM
Here's Sandy the night I went to pick her up in November 2007 from the go-between so the former owners wouldn't know where Sandy was going after they signed the surrender form. I found out for sure that night she was pregnant since that was the first time I got to see Sandy and as she laid down her belly moved a lot because the puppies were very active.

No one knew that she was pregnant and they thought the owners were feeding her more because she looked like she was gaining weight.

She was absolutely filthy & stinky and her coat felt like straw. She was very malnourished and skinny despite being pregnant. The week before I went to get her she was stuck outside in an almost hurricane-like storm with no dog shelter and was tied to a tree with a short rope, or so we were told by those who facilitated the surrender. But I definitely remember the storm because it shook the house and rattled the windows. It was very scary being indoors during that storm. I can only imagine what Sandy must have suffered being outside.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/Dogs/DSCF0003-3.jpg

Then 8 days later, 10 puppies arrived. :eek: I hand fed the pups mostly with a vet recommended recipe but also let them suckle mom so they could get their immunities. And mom got to eat tons of good raw food to try to fatten her back up and provide enough milk to supplement what I was feeding them. Sandy was a great mom. Never complained during the labor/delivery and never hesitated with the pups and knew exactly what to do. I was the nervous one but she sailed right through it. All puppies survived but the vet originally said I should put half the litter to sleep and I refused. Sheeba is in the video there somewhere. lol She had a black brother but Sheeba was a bit more chunky than her brother.

A couple pups were adopted locally but the good people at Rosies in Montreal helped me with the rest. And of course we kept Sheeba. But I definitely know all the pups were treated well. I don't know who fostered the pups and suspect one or two might be members of this forum but I don't know for sure.:laughing::laughing: I thank everyone involved for all their help and will never forget.:thumbs up

My wish though is to see a photo update of the brindle female and how her coat turned out. Does she still have the stripes? Did she turn furry like Sheeba and Max or is she short coat like Buddy? :laughing::laughing:

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/Dogs/th_puppycircus_0001.jpg (http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/Dogs/?action=view&current=puppycircus_0001.flv)

Now Sandy's happy that she gets to live inside, eat regular meals, sleep on a couch and go for walks in the woods. But she hates storms, rain and wet grass. She loves being combed and brushed.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/Dogs/DSCF0007-3.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/DSCF0010-1-1.jpg

14+kitties
August 1st, 2009, 08:26 AM
Awww Ceara.... :cry:. I had just joined the forum when you were going through the puppy raising part. I loved going and reading about all the adventures in Puppyland. What a time for you! Sandy sure lucked out in finding you!! :thumbs up

chico2
August 1st, 2009, 08:45 AM
Ceara,I don't think I ever saw the puppy-video,they had me laughing out loud,11 chubby little puppies,you and Sandy did a wonderful job:grouphug:
I am so happy for Sandy,who now has a wonderful life thank's to you:thumbs up

edwina
August 1st, 2009, 09:01 AM
Elisabeth 85, your sisters pup is a cutie. :cloud9:

CearaQC, such a lovely sandy :cloud9: and the puppies are so cute :flirt:
What is it about golden retriever/blonde lab puppies that makes you just want to eat them up ? :laughing: We need a puppy and kitten squishing smiley :D

cpietra16
August 1st, 2009, 10:18 AM
I like to show off my guys too....from this to this....moments

cpietra16
August 1st, 2009, 10:26 AM
...and this is Antonio....

Frenchy
August 1st, 2009, 11:21 AM
What a cutie Senna is !!! She looks in heaven at your sister's place :thumbs up

I would be too , just look at that backyard ! :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:

My guys all are rescues :

-Bailey came from pound
-Daisy came from SPCA :rip: :sad:
-Sam came from a pound , as a foster :rip: :sad:
-Nelly came from an SPCA puppy mill seizure , as a foster too ,she's the one that needed the most help , at 72 lbs back then , she's now a healthy 100 lbs
-Chloé was an owner surrender at 11 years old , came here as a foster for ... about 24 hours before I decided to keep her all for myself !! :rip: :sad:

-Monsieur le chat , Paddington , Coco and Puce were all adopted from Badger , a member here that takes in strays , gets them all vetted , neutered and vaccinated. Puce is now in heaven at 14+'s Hilton :D

I won't mention the others , that came and went as fosters because there's too many , but all wonderful dogs :cloud9:

CearaQC
August 1st, 2009, 11:42 AM
I like to show off my guys too....from this to this....moments

Awww dirty terrified kitties!:sad:

Thanks to you they are doing great now!:thumbs up

kiara
August 1st, 2009, 12:51 PM
She sure is gorgeous! Love happy endings stories. You are both lucky!

elisabeth_85
August 1st, 2009, 04:13 PM
Wow.. look at those kitties!

What a transformation! Great work!

**That is actually my parents place in the pictures, my sister and I live together in a 3 bedroom condo as we are students who live away from home.

All the critters really enjoy the yard when we visit, especially the pool!

14+kitties
August 1st, 2009, 08:05 PM
Great job cpietra!! Love seeing the transformations with the kitties. :cloud9: They are happy and content with you for sure.

My guys all are rescues :
-Bailey came from pound
-Daisy came from SPCA :rip: :sad:
-Sam came from a pound , as a foster :rip: :sad:
-Nelly came from an SPCA puppy mill seizure , as a foster too ,she's the one that needed the most help , at 72 lbs back then , she's now a healthy 100 lbs
-Chloé was an owner surrender at 11 years old , came here as a foster for ... about 24 hours before I decided to keep her all for myself !! :rip: :sad:

-Monsieur le chat , Paddington , Coco and Puce were all adopted from Badger , a member here that takes in strays , gets them all vetted , neutered and vaccinated. Puce is now in heaven at 14+'s Hilton :D

I won't mention the others , that came and went as fosters because there's too many , but all wonderful dogs :cloud9:

You do such a wonderful job with your fosters and your pups and kits that are lucky enough to be adopted by you.
Puce is enjoying being at *The Hilton* and has been renamed Duece. :D :thumbs up (and has been busy collecting a bit of a harem.)

Tundra_Queen
August 1st, 2009, 08:32 PM
She doesn't even look like the same dog. Good job sis!! :thumbs up

elisabeth_85 is your sister?

Here's Sandy the night I went to pick her up in November 2007 from the go-between so the former owners wouldn't know where Sandy was going after they signed the surrender form. I found out for sure that night she was pregnant since that was the first time I got to see Sandy and as she laid down her belly moved a lot because the puppies were very active.

No one knew that she was pregnant and they thought the owners were feeding her more because she looked like she was gaining weight.

She was absolutely filthy & stinky and her coat felt like straw. She was very malnourished and skinny despite being pregnant. The week before I went to get her she was stuck outside in an almost hurricane-like storm with no dog shelter and was tied to a tree with a short rope, or so we were told by those who facilitated the surrender. But I definitely remember the storm because it shook the house and rattled the windows. It was very scary being indoors during that storm. I can only imagine what Sandy must have suffered being outside.

Then 8 days later, 10 puppies arrived. :eek: I hand fed the pups mostly with a vet recommended recipe but also let them suckle mom so they could get their immunities. And mom got to eat tons of good raw food to try to fatten her back up and provide enough milk to supplement what I was feeding them. Sandy was a great mom. Never complained during the labor/delivery and never hesitated with the pups and knew exactly what to do. I was the nervous one but she sailed right through it. All puppies survived but the vet originally said I should put half the litter to sleep and I refused. Sheeba is in the video there somewhere. lol She had a black brother but Sheeba was a bit more chunky than her brother.

A couple pups were adopted locally but the good people at Rosies in Montreal helped me with the rest. And of course we kept Sheeba. But I definitely know all the pups were treated well. I don't know who fostered the pups and suspect one or two might be members of this forum but I don't know for sure.:laughing::laughing: I thank everyone involved for all their help and will never forget.:thumbs up

My wish though is to see a photo update of the brindle female and how her coat turned out. Does she still have the stripes? Did she turn furry like Sheeba and Max or is she short coat like Buddy? :laughing::laughing:

Now Sandy's happy that she gets to live inside, eat regular meals, sleep on a couch and go for walks in the woods. But she hates storms, rain and wet grass. She loves being combed and brushed.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/Dogs/DSCF0007-3.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/Ceara_QC/DSCF0010-1-1.jpg

I love the puppy video and the music u used was perfect! :laughing:
All those puppies following sandy around and feeding while she is standing up and yawning was priceless! :laughing::laughing:

Debbie

14+kitties
August 1st, 2009, 08:38 PM
elisabeth_85 is your sister?Debbie

No, I meant good job Elisabeth's sis. Sorry for confusion. :o

Frenchy
August 1st, 2009, 08:44 PM
has been renamed Duece. :D :thumbs up (and has been busy collecting a bit of a harem.)

:offtopic:

Really ? a harem ???? ohhhhhh I'm so proud of him !!! :flirt:

14+kitties
August 1st, 2009, 08:47 PM
:offtopic:

Really ? a harem ???? ohhhhhh I'm so proud of him !!! :flirt:

Yep, I gave them their treats tonight. After they ate them he laid down and within two minutes had three of the girls surrounding him. One of them was Ms Attitude! :thumbs up He is such a Romeo! :flirt: And.. he loves loves loves fresh cat nip!!!

Love4himies
August 1st, 2009, 09:29 PM
OMG, cpietra, I remember seeing that pic of that poor kitty (the one in the litter box, I new about Antonio), I didn't know it was yours :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:

Love4himies
August 1st, 2009, 09:47 PM
:whistle: just keep checking for Nelly pics :flirt:, frenchy. :D

chico2
August 2nd, 2009, 08:25 AM
cpietra,I'll never forget you rushing to get Tess,who had been deemed too old for adoption and was going to be killed:grouphug:

Frenchy, I'll also never forget how Nelly who came from a terrible situation ended up being the nurse-maid for all your pups and kitties:grouphug:

14+,I am sooo happy for Deuce,he probably think's he's in heaven,with all those beautiful girls:grouphug:

Frenchy
August 2nd, 2009, 03:05 PM
:whistle: just keep checking for Nelly pics :flirt:, frenchy. :D

oh yea right , pics :o they were taking with my other crappy cam so they're not too good , this is when Nelly got here.

Frenchy
August 2nd, 2009, 03:13 PM
To this , a healthy , loving dog !

Frenchy
August 2nd, 2009, 03:16 PM
sorry , I didn't know which pics to post so ... :p

rainbow
August 2nd, 2009, 03:40 PM
CearaQ, I remember when you first rescued Sandy all the wonderful care you gave her. :angel: I loved the video too. :lovestruck:

cpietra, what an amazing difference in those kitties ....what great work you have done. :angel:

Frenchy, you are another amazing person with your rescues :angel: ......Nelly went from skin and bone to a beautiful happy girl. :lovestruck: Love the pics. :cloud9:

edwina
August 2nd, 2009, 03:48 PM
Well i would be here all day putting up pics of my rescues over the years , i havent gotten any cats any other way. :D But here is a list :
Frosty - rescued from my sister :frustrated: at the age of 3 - :rip: 16 yrs
Muffin - kitten of a stray- :rip: 18yrs
Mew - kitten of stray - :rip: 17 yrs
Blacky, stripey cheetah pet, sis - kittens of neighbors cat :frustrated: - :rip: 9yrs ,:rip:11 yrs, 13yrs old now
Baby - stray - :rip: 13 yrs
Tigger - kitten of neighbors cat :frustrated: - :rip: 13 yrs
Oggie, Booger - kittens of Baby - 13yrs old now, :rip: 3yrs
Junior - kitten of Blacky - :rip: 7yrs
Mommy Kitty Girl - stray - :rip: approx. 9 yrs
Bear - kitten of MKG - 15 yrs old now
Backy - kitten of stray - 3yrs old now
Viola & Pansy - kittens of stray - approx. 4 yrs old now
Salem - kitten of Pansy - 3 yrs old now
Squirt - kitten of stray - 3 yrs old now
Sparky - kitten of stray - over 1 yr old now
Tater Bug - kitten of Backy - 1 yr old this month
Freckles - stray - ? age
Many kittens given to forever homes
And a few kittens that i couldnt save but tried :cry: - Red :rip: 7 mons, Rusty :rip: 4 mons, Little Freck :rip: 10 mons.
I have helped some others over the years, but there are too many to list.

Love4himies
August 2nd, 2009, 03:48 PM
Awwww, Nelly pics, I can't believe how far she has come in your care, Frenchy :thumbs up :lovestruck:

rainbow
August 2nd, 2009, 03:52 PM
WOW that's quite a list of rescues, edwina ....you are a kitty angel for sure. :angel:

Frenchy
August 2nd, 2009, 04:27 PM
Awwww, Nelly pics, I can't believe how far she has come in your care, Frenchy :thumbs up :lovestruck:

I couldn't have done it without the help of so many pets.ca members :thumbs up

kittiesgirl
August 3rd, 2009, 07:47 AM
Elisabeth 85, ceara Qc, Cpietra16 and Frenchy your furbabies look wonderful. :cloud9: And Edwina, your list of rescues is fabulous. :goodvibes:
You are all :angel:'s.
:thumbs up

mollywog
August 3rd, 2009, 08:07 AM
What a great thread to start. I haven't been on Pets.ca long enough to remember the "before" stories- Frenchy, Ceara, how wonderful to see how far you have come.
We adopted our first rescue over a year ago- Molly, a mixed breed originally from Kentucky, she was about to be PTS because of a broken leg. A rescue in SW Ont. brought her up there and miraculously the leg healed on its own. Here she is in our "before" shot- the day we brought her home, she was approx. 6 months old. Skinny at 24lbs, but healthy.
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And here she is- just yesterday, playing her favourite game- fetch- at the park. Happy and healthy at 38 lbs... and did I mention SPOILED! ? :D
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Keep the stories coming everyone.... :thumbs up

Love4himies
August 3rd, 2009, 09:36 AM
Well i would be here all day putting up pics of my rescues over the years , i havent gotten any cats any other way. :D But here is a list :
Frosty - rescued from my sister :frustrated: at the age of 3 - :rip: 16 yrs
Muffin - kitten of a stray- :rip: 18yrs
Mew - kitten of stray - :rip: 17 yrs
Blacky, stripey cheetah pet, sis - kittens of neighbors cat :frustrated: - :rip: 9yrs ,:rip:11 yrs, 13yrs old now
Baby - stray - :rip: 13 yrs
Tigger - kitten of neighbors cat :frustrated: - :rip: 13 yrs
Oggie, Booger - kittens of Baby - 13yrs old now, :rip: 3yrs
Junior - kitten of Blacky - :rip: 7yrs
Mommy Kitty Girl - stray - :rip: approx. 9 yrs
Bear - kitten of MKG - 15 yrs old now
Backy - kitten of stray - 3yrs old now
Viola & Pansy - kittens of stray - approx. 4 yrs old now
Salem - kitten of Pansy - 3 yrs old now
Squirt - kitten of stray - 3 yrs old now
Sparky - kitten of stray - over 1 yr old now
Tater Bug - kitten of Backy - 1 yr old this month
Freckles - stray - ? age
Many kittens given to forever homes
And a few kittens that i couldnt save but tried :cry: - Red :rip: 7 mons, Rusty :rip: 4 mons, Little Freck :rip: 10 mons.
I have helped some others over the years, but there are too many to list.

Awwww edwina, you have given so many kitties a chance at a good life.

You can post pics of all your current kitties, we are patient and will wait

Love4himies
August 3rd, 2009, 09:38 AM
Awwwww, sweet Molly :cloud9:, love the second pic of her with her big smiley face :lovestruck:

edwina
August 3rd, 2009, 12:29 PM
Awwww edwina, you have given so many kitties a chance at a good life.

You can post pics of all your current kitties, we are patient and will wait

I did post links in a thread with my newest kitties in (most in the first post, then the rest in a later post) , but there has also been updates to oggie, salem , pansy & viola, and sis also in other threads. :)

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=63575

rainbow
August 3rd, 2009, 03:43 PM
mollywog, sure glad you and Molly found each other. :thumbs up

She is such a cutie and always looks sooo happy. :lovestruck: I wonder if that's cuz she's spoiled. :laughing:

Smiley14
August 3rd, 2009, 10:22 PM
Petey was a 1.5 years old when I adopted him. I found him on Petfinder. I wish I had kept his original pic from Petfinder. This is a pic from the day he came home. He hadn't filled out yet! As far as I know, he was never abused and he came to me in perfect health and with very good socialization. He was supposed to be a hunting dog, but was gun shy and so abandoned at the local shelter where the rescue group pulled him. So someone did a good job raising him as a puppy, but then just abandoned him when he wasn't a good hunter. :(

2004:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/IMG_0358.jpg

Now:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/photoshootprints070.jpg


Belle was born into rescue, so has been spoiled all along. :) Her parents were puppy mill escapees found eating road kill to survive and Mom was only a week away from giving birth. I got to see her when she was only 5 days old as the woman was from a Texas rescue group, but was in Minnesota on vacation visiting a co-worker and brought Mom with since it was so close to her due date. Mom gave birth here in MN and the co-worker who knew I was looking to rescue a Boston connected us. I flew to Texas to bring her home when she was 8 weeks old. She had four different kinds of worms when I brought her home. The rescue had given standard de-wormer, but never did a fecal.
June 2007:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/BabyBostons052.jpg
Aug 2007:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/b3.jpg
Now:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Summerplay09023.jpg


Jelly was born in a puppy mill and kept in stacked cages in a barn until the so called breeder surrendered the litter to Friends of Homeless Animals. I flew to Oklahoma to adopt Jelly when she was 4 months old. She was in poor mental condition as the rescue only had her for a few days. She was healthy, but very stinky, had stained yellow legs from urine burns, splayed feet from standing on wire, and was underweight. She was very timid and had no socialization or training. She had only felt grass for the first time two days prior and had not known life outside a stacked wire cage.

Her Petfinder Pic:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/2-2.jpg

The day she came home, Dec 2008:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/JellyHomecoming041.jpg

And now:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Summerplay09024.jpg


All my dogs and cats all my life have always been rescue and they always will be. These are my current babies! :lovestruck: :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

babymomma
August 3rd, 2009, 10:26 PM
Ive only rescued mice.

I got them from a man that was breeding them to feed his snake and he was going to kill them to feed his snake.

They were kept in a 10 gallon tank with about 14 other mice plus litters. They crawled all over each other and had to fight for food. They were kinda skinny and very scared.. I dont have before shots though.. I had a heart mouse. She was so tiny but she has such a HUGE personality.. I really think that these little critter experiance love.. She was attached to me and i could let her out of her cage and let her on my bedroom floor and she would stick close. And if i walked away she'd follow:lovestruck::cloud9:

I miss her:sad: And the others.

:rip: little ones.

mollywog
August 3rd, 2009, 10:32 PM
aww Smiley, those are great stories about your gang, I never knew that Petey was a rescue too. Look at Jelly now! She looks SO happy! I remember those first days you had her and I will never forget the pics of her first time experiencing snow... in her funny little snowsuit!!!
Such great stories everyone. :thumbs up

edwina
August 4th, 2009, 12:01 AM
Lovely bunch of rescued puppies :cloud9:

bendyfoot
August 4th, 2009, 09:10 AM
Baby Jaida (~12 weeks) the day after we rescued her from the grossest BYB on the planet. She was skinny, full of fleas, her feet were burned from walking in her own feces/urine, and she had a galloping case of pneumonia:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/219/446136814_bd71d262df.jpg

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=5617597633875142745

"Baby" Jaida now, at 2.5 years old:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2478/3610941168_a05ee77d86.jpg

chico2
August 4th, 2009, 09:20 AM
OMG Bendy,that video just makes you cry,but knowing what a wonderful life she has now,keeps the tears at bay:thumbs up

I don't really have any rescue-stories,but love to read about all the great things you all have done:grouphug:

Shaykeija
August 4th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Quincy when I got him

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n158/Shaykeija/035_33A.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n158/Shaykeija/020_18A.jpg

And Quincy now

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n158/Shaykeija/2009/DSC00958.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n158/Shaykeija/DSC00493.jpg

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 02:12 PM
I am posting this on behalf of BenMax who is, shall we say, computer challenged? :laughing: I kid, I kid....

She first contacted me to let me know that she has Molly's twin in foster!! This dog is literally the spitting image of Molly- same colouring, same silly ears, same size, same cuteness :lovestruck:

Abby is 6 months old. When BenMax first took her in she had a bad case of Demodex... as you can see. And was very skinny.
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And look at her now- beautiful and healthy... and soon to be foster failure :laughing:
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1 more picture to come..... and please add any details I may have missed, BenMax!

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 02:14 PM
ok 1 more pic of the beautiful Abby.
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from BenMax:
I go to the shelter almost everyday to pull dogs that are on death row. I had seen her there with her mom and 2 siblings for about 1 month. One day, 2 pups had died and Abby was in the clinic. Both pups died of parvo they say. Mother was adopted and Abby was not doing well so they were going to PTS. I took her home and saw my vet. She did not have parvo, she was worm infested to the point of death.

I have had Abby now for 3 months about. So that would mean I had her since she was approximately 3 months of age. She was dangerously thin, sick and weak. Now – she is bubbly, funny, full of spirit. She is just a dream (except still not house trained).

Frenchy
August 6th, 2009, 02:17 PM
And look at her now- beautiful and healthy... and soon to be foster failure :laughing:


omg BM , look at those ears :lovestruck: does she fly away when you take her out on windy days ? :laughing:

she's too cute :cloud9:

all of them , those dogs were all pretty darn lucky to have find you guys as new doggy parents :thumbs up

Love4himies
August 6th, 2009, 02:23 PM
OMG, I didn't think there were two Mollys around :eek: :cloud9: Love the ears :lovestruck:, they bring a smile to my face.

bluestar
August 6th, 2009, 02:27 PM
We had been looking at adopting just after we had purchased our condo in February of the year and had researched and looked at dogs for about 2 months. We had submitted an application to a rescue but had not heard back after 3 weeks and had looked in our local shelter but didn't see any dog that fit our lifestyle. Then one Monday I saw Duke on petfinder and couldn't stop looking at him because his description sounded perfect. He was a stray that they named Duke, he was found wandering with another beagle who they named Daisy. I finally called the shelter on Thrusday and we decided to take off Friday to drive up there to meet him after signing some papers at the bank.

When we got there they took us into this small building that looked like a shed. There were wire cages filled with about 10 dogs, all of whom were going crazy barking and jumping for attention. We walked up to the front of one cage where this little ball of beagle was laying there not making any sound or movement. When I got to the cage, he decided to slowly make his way to the entrance and just sat there. We opened the cage and the lady put a leash and collar on him and brought him outside. When we got him out he came alive smelling every inch of the place. Then when I got down on my heels he immediately turned around and jumped up in my lap to sniff me. That's when we knew he was coming home with us. After we got everything signed and paid, he was happy to hop in the car and sit on my fiances lap as we drove home. Everyone there was so sad to see him go, but they were happy to know we were keeping the name they gave him. He is a perfect boy that settled in the minute he walked in the door.

About a week later the rescue approved us, even though the dog we enquired about was gone. After about a month with Duke and realizing how much he loved other dogs, we decided we had the room and time for one more. We set-up everything with the rescue and were torn between two dogs there, a min pin called Buttons and Toby. After meeting Toby and introducing him and Duke, we picked him right away and have never regretted it. These two fit together so well that I can't imagine one without the other. They are called the twins in our building.

I only have one pic from before we got our boys.

This is Duke's pic from the shelter on petfinder:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/bluestarnf/untitled.jpg

Duke at home:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/bluestarnf/HPIM1438.jpg

Toby at home (wondering what is wrong with his brother):

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/bluestarnf/HPIM1437.jpg

Together:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/bluestarnf/Picture_001.jpg

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Oh my gosh, this thread has nearly brought me to tears a hundred times!!

Bendy, what an amazing dog you have. That poor little creature - it really shocks your system when you can see how terrible people can be to such beautiful creatures.

BenMax, what a GORGEOUS little girl you have! Good for you for rescuing so many animals. :grouphug:

This was my first cat that I brought home from the vet clinic I was working at, at the time.
He came to us after being found on the reserve, after some kids bathed him in bleach - he had sores on his paws, and was a general mess.

We named him 'Avalon' after the island that King Arthur went to heal.

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After a four month stay with us at the clinic, he was released with a clean bill of health and I brought him home.
Here was Avalon on his third birthday. :)

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LooneyBoone
August 6th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Boone came into the shelter around the same time I started working there. He was a stray running around in downtown Toronto with a broken leg at 3 months old in late fall. The shelter staff had named him Perry :frustrated: which I didn't think suited him at all but put with seeing as he wasn't my dog though I often toyed with names for him while I cared for him. As much as I loved the dork I always dreaded mornings as he always had poop smeared everywhere in his kennel and I mean everywhere, while the others would mess their kennels and stay away from it it seemed he played in it. But I loved him anyways. He was terribly nervous and trusted only a handful of people at the shelter, mostly the vet staff as we handled him most everyone else either got snapped at or growled/barked at. The dog walkers usually didn't have much luck in getting him out without a bit of a fight, maybe one or two got along fine with him.

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I never wanted a puppy, loved puppies but didn't want to own one, ever. Didn't want the hassle of house training them and plus adult dogs were always harder to place especially the black ones so I had my eyes open for an adult black dog in the shelter everyday. Of course my plans were foiled and I finally accepted defeat and asked if I could foster to adopt as thus far lots of people had come to look at him because he was a puppy and oh so cute and the posters they had all over the building never listed his behavior problems of fear aggression and nervousness. But when they met him and he stood at the back of his kennel growling and barking at them with his hackles up and tail tucked they all bowed away, each time I have to admit I was happy.

So I fostered, adopted and then after some issues left. His fear aggression has dulled down, we've worked hard at it. He had to wear a muzzle for awhile as he would bite people on walks. But we've gotten over the worst I believe. He'll be a year old in a few days and is still nervous and I suspect he always will be but he'll now let people touch him as long as I'm there and I will generally keep his attention on me, sometimes he'll urinate submissively towards strangers but usually he just wants to run so seeing as I'm as far as I can go with him myself we've enlisted the help of a trainer. I have hopes of doing agility with him but if that doesn't happen he's still my little star at the agility course in the dog park. :lovestruck:

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Mat&Murph
August 6th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Great Stories and Great Thread!!!!!!!!! You guys are alll puppy and Kitty Angles!!!!!

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 02:43 PM
what great stories. Boone is BEAUTIFUL! :lovestruck: Sounds as though you have come a long ways with him. :thumbs up
And Bailey, Avalon really is a king. What a gorgeous cat he has grown into. :cloud9:

Macomom
August 6th, 2009, 02:44 PM
This is the most inspiration thread I have seen.
Thank you to all the posters.

LooneyBoone
August 6th, 2009, 02:44 PM
Reyna was trapped by the boyfriend's mom. She and her two siblings where offspring of ferals. Their mom was never caught but the two siblings were adopted out together and I fostered Reyna with plans to adopt her. The vet and myself are convinced she was born with four legs but mama must have chewed off part of her leg while removing the cord as there was alot of scar tissue on her stump, which earned her the nickname Stumpy.
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Here's a picture of her stump when she was a little older.
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She got along fine with it and was a holy terror. Before her first birthday she started have issues with her stump, it became a burden. Everytime she'd hit it even softly on something she'd be in a large amount of pain so so it was decided to remove the stump and get her spayed at the same time.

She came home with a lovely hair cut and stitches she insisted on removing herself despite being in a cone, and wearing a baby onesie. The stitches had been removed in this picture.
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She turned two last month and is my crazy little monkey. Despite losing her mom at 4 weeks old she has been a wonderful makeshift mom for the foster kittens that come through here.
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Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 02:45 PM
what great stories. Boone is BEAUTIFUL! :lovestruck: Sounds as though you have come a long ways with him. :thumbs up
And Bailey, Avalon really is a king. What a gorgeous cat he has grown into. :cloud9:

Thanks Molly. He's seven years old now, and living still at my parents house. The plan was always for me to take him when I moved out from home, but my Mom and Dad couldn't part with him either. It was two against one. :laughing:

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 02:46 PM
LB, oh my gosh, what a beautiful cat you have. :lovestruck:

BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 02:49 PM
MollyWog - thank you so very much.

BTW - if you ask Mollywog to help me out again, I have a photo of another foster I had before Abby who looks very similiar to yours....:D

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 02:51 PM
go for it BenMax! :thumbs up

LooneyBoone
August 6th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Wonderful stories everyone! All these animals are very lucky to have run into such wonderful people in their lives. :thumbs up

And thank you Molly and Bailey. :) Avalon reminds me of Reyna, grey kitties are awesome.

BTW Boone looks larger then he really is in that picture lol he's only 34-35lbs and is a German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix at best guess.

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 02:56 PM
Wonderful stories everyone! All these animals are very lucky to have run into such wonderful people in their lives. :thumbs up

And thank you Molly and Bailey. :) Avalon reminds me of Reyna, grey kitties are awesome.

BTW Boone looks larger then he really is in that picture lol he's only 34-35lbs and is a German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix at best guess.

They do look alike, I was thinking the same thing! :D Grey cats certainly are special, aren't they?? :lovestruck: Now I want to go home and cuddle with my babies!!!

LooneyBoone
August 6th, 2009, 03:18 PM
Drifter... Drifter wasn't really a rescue per say but my dad adopted him for me in 2000 after always saying he'd get me another dog since they rehomed my first dog one day when I was 5-6 years old while I was at school. We had been visiting the humane society often and on that day there had been a litter of 3 brindle pups Mastiff mixes and a skinny little, aloof black dog who was curled into a ball in his kennel. It seemed like he had shut the world out, given up. These two had caught my eye, my dad then said pick one. I was over the moon. When I found out the black dog with no name was to be put to sleep the next day I quickly chose him.

He was so skinny, and confused. Didn't want to get into the car which would later become a fight of getting him out of the car as he would grow to love it so much. He was afraid of the house, we left the door open as we had supper so he could come in on his own but he'd sit and cry, pace back and forth. He'd never been in a house before it seemed. He was guessed to be around 6 months by the shelter, our vet said he was closer to 11 months. He was clear as well that he'd been abused based on his personality, whenever someone had a a baseball bat, hockey stick, broom etc in their hands he'd either run or get very defensive, shouting scared him enough to take cover under something and his tail was misformed, the bones jutted out like they had been broken and healed on their own given him an somewhat curly tail.

Over the years he grew to be my shadow, my guardian, my best friend and even joked that he was my boyfriend. He adored me beyond words and I was the same. We had an odd bond people often said, we were very connected, intune to each other.

He'd always been a healthy dog, but this past Christmas he started having seizures, the vet found out he had a grade 4/5 heart murmur and when the blood tests came back his liver wasn't functioning well so medication for his seizures was no longer an option. He did fine for awhile, but the seizures then became more common, his arthritis grew worse despite supplements, and he started loosing control of his bowels and bladder both during seizure and normal. My loyal gentlemen had aged before my eyes and though he tried to remain the dog he had been in his younger years his body was dying while his mind remained bright and eager. Walks became a painful thing though he tried his best, he still loved them, loved his car rides, love life still but what life did he have having seizures every week, unable to walk more then 5 -10 minutes before having to lay down, constant diarrhea and being banished to sleep in the garage because my parents were tired of cleaning up his messes in the house? I had promised long ago I wouldn't be selfish when this time came despite not wanting to ever lose him I knew I had to think about him. He was helped across the bridge July 13 2009. He had a beautiful 24 hours before, we went to all his favorite places, he was spoiled with all his favorite and forbidden people food. He was wagging his tail up until the very end so much trust and love in his eyes. He was only 9 years old but his body seemed to have aged far faster then his mind. I did what I thought best for him and though I wish the outcome had been different and often feel guilty about "playing god" I know deep down it was the best thing.

He went from a skinny, nervous, abused stray who was adopted to an often overweight, happy, game for anything best friend who would have laid his life down for me. My partner in crime who was so human like in his emotions it was scary.

I don't have any pictures of him when we first got him, those pictures have been lost in moving and him chewing them up.

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mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 03:22 PM
what a nice story about Drifter, I would say you rescued him for sure!

I love that last picture. what an expressive face!

I am sure he is an :angel2: watching over you now.

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 03:25 PM
Gak, LB, what a beautiful story with a wonderful dog. I'm tearing up again! Thanks so much for sharing Drifters story and pictures. He looks like he was a very happy boy.

:cloud9:

mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 03:25 PM
Another post on behalf of BenMax.

This is a dog that I took in that was tied and beaten for 4 years of his life. Initially he was afraid of everything and everyone. I had to teach him how to stand up, climb stairs, and different textures of flooring. He turned out to be spectacular. He was one of the best foster dogs I ever had.

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BenMax
August 6th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Gak, LB, what a beautiful story with a wonderful dog. I'm tearing up again! Thanks so much for sharing Drifters story and pictures. He looks like he was a very happy boy.

:cloud9:

LOL - cry baby! I think you need to get into fostering Bailey! So what do you say???:D I'll hook you up!

Thanks again MollyWog - big big huggs!!!

14+kitties
August 6th, 2009, 04:37 PM
Wonderful rescue stories everyone. Gotta say - when I grow up I wanna be just like you guys. ;):thumbs up

Bailey_
August 6th, 2009, 04:44 PM
LOL - cry baby! I think you need to get into fostering Bailey! So what do you say???:D I'll hook you up!

Thanks again MollyWog - big big huggs!!!

I honestly don't know how foster people do it!! I assess dogs for a rescue out here, and even THAT is hard, let alone bringing them home. Rewarding I know, but I'd probably cry 99% of the time after seeing some cases.

You've got me intrigued though BM. Could you PM me and just tell me a bit more about it/what to expect, etc? :thumbs up

bendyfoot
August 6th, 2009, 04:52 PM
I am posting this on behalf of BenMax who is, shall we say, computer challenged? :laughing: I kid, I kid....

She first contacted me to let me know that she has Molly's twin in foster!! This dog is literally the spitting image of Molly- same colouring, same silly ears, same size, same cuteness :lovestruck:

Oh my LORD those EARS!!!!!:lovestruck::lovestruck::lovestruck::love struck::lovestruck::lovestruck::lovestruck::lovest ruck:

Dog Dancer
August 6th, 2009, 05:32 PM
LB - Drifter's story is so wonderful. RIP sweet boy. My two were rescues but their stories are not so dramatic, neither were abused or anything, just very lonely puppies who had been abandoned one to the pound and one to a rescue. Bless you all who have helped so much with so many of these sweet animals.

maneater
August 6th, 2009, 06:44 PM
I don't have any before pics but I have pics of them now!!! I am a don't matter where you come from but only were your going person so that is why i don't like to refect on bad past memories. Here is some of my crew.

Here is berlin my first kitty i adopted from the shelter. She hid and only came out to use her box and eat and now she sleeps ontop of me and my hunny. And my "cat hating dog"
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/maneater2008/CIMG2611.jpg

This is my first kitten ever. I got her from a no kill shelter. My son picked her out. A local pet store who works with the no kill shelter in fostering the kitties had the the kittens in the store when we went to get dog food. My son named her little stripe, but we some times call her stripper because she likes to "pole dance" on my table legs.
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/maneater2008/CIMG3803.jpg

This is my proudest accomplishment. I got him and he was a year old. Not even house trained/litter trained/paper trained. was scared of anything, if you were to go and pet him he would pee on himself and yelp like you were squeezing the life out of him. Now he is trained, loves going for walks, is my one year olds best friend, and we are teaching him manners now too! he is catching on really fast and will chase frisbies and is just a happy dog all around.
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg269/maneater2008/CIMG5174.jpg
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mollywog
August 6th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Maneater I bet this isn't the first time you've heard it but your Chi's are just TOO cute :cloud9: :lovestruck: and your kitty is a sweetie too! Thanks for sharing!

Chaser
August 6th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Here's Kailey!!!! :lovestruck:

Links to her story for anyone who wasn't around last summer:

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=54339

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=54505

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=54532

She was terrified of EVERYTHING and tried to attack anything that made her nervous, had virtually no concept about house training, was so used to taking care of herself that she had an F-you attitude for a good two months straight....emaciated, coat felt like straw. I can't believe they nearly killed her....no one took the time to understand where she was coming from and to make the effort to give her what she needed. Once we did that, we realized we had the most intelligent, beautiful and loyal GSD there ever was. And that's when we became foster failures! :cry: :o :D

We found our special girl all because of pets.ca and German Shepherd Rescue Toronto! :thumbs up Can't imagine our lives without her now. :grouphug:

edwina
August 6th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Such wonderful story's. :cloud9:

chico2
August 8th, 2009, 04:54 PM
OMG,sooo many wonderful stories,from wonderful people:grouphug:
Yeah,I got teary-eyed a few times,but then full of wonder at all of you,love happy-ending stories:dog::cat:
Thank's everyone:thumbs up

NoahGrey
August 8th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the stories and I rescue animals, domestics, wildlife, livestock, exotics on a dailly basis, some are strays, some are sick, some are injured, while some were abused and neglected. Too many stories to list, but I am happy that I can tell them to people who will listen. And I am sure we all can agree that it is very rewarding.

ACO22