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Old April 22nd, 2005, 12:03 PM
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Stevie the Wonder Dog

Hey pitty lovers, how about a Pitty mix (may be HUGE), who is blind. He is 3 1/2 months old, and the sweetest thing ever.

Anyone interested can see him on my site http://sophie.rimasec.net and contact me.

He truly deserves a wonderful home, I see him with kids, other pets, he's great and good natured. Keeps bumping into stuff, wags his tail and goes around.

Deserves a real chance.
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 02:02 PM
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He is such a cutie! But those paws have me puzzled!!
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Has poor stevie still not found a home??? I cant believe that someone did not fall in love with him yet? I would have taken in a heartbeat if I didnt have a pyshco cat biting into viens and electricial wires! I hope you find a home for him soon he is adorable
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Old April 22nd, 2005, 04:20 PM
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LRMom,I am sorry to hear Stevie still does not have a forever home,what will happen to him if nobody adopts him :sad:
He's such a sweetie....
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Old April 23rd, 2005, 01:37 PM
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Stevie the Wonder dog

Hi guys,

I have had a lot of calls and e-mails for Stevie, but I want the perfect family. He may be HUGE, he may eventually require surgeries or have complications, who know..... So I want a RICH family who will do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, and who will not give up on him. He cannot start coming back and going from home to home. Being blind is tougher, so having to start changing homes, no way... THe people have to be 300% committed to this dog. They have to take into consideration any future bans/laws on pitbulls, costs that may be involved in having a handicapped dog, the fact that people will be afraid because he is pitbull, so when they go on vacation, not everyone or daycare is willling to take the dog, etc.... There are so many more concerns than with a "normal" rescued dog, so I'm taking my time.

Have had lots of people "fall in love" with him and want him, but I don't let impulse get in the way of being rational. He had actually been adopted by a lady I took over two weeks to screen and fully maker her aware of the enormous responsilibity, and after less than 24 hours, she returned him saying she had not realized the comittment it would be to have this blind dog. I was soooooo upset. She was such a perfect person for him, and that happened so I'm holding off. People tell me I am too strict and tough on my selection criteria (in general) but I don't care.

And if no one ever wants him, I will definitely keep him. I've said that to all my fosters, and it hasn't happened yet. The right family is out there, it's just a matter of time.

If you know GOOD responsible people who would commit for the life of this guy, do send them my way....

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Old April 23rd, 2005, 03:27 PM
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LMP,I am glad to hear you are careful in choosing new owners,especially for very special Stevie..not that I ever thought you were not.
I am sorry for the somewhat ignorant question,but I did not know what happens if nobody can see in Stevie what you see,to me he's a sweet-heart,but it probably takes a very special person to care for a blind dog.
For now he's in loving hands :love:
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Old April 25th, 2005, 09:17 AM
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It is not easy caring for a blind dog. Not everyone is aware just what it takes. It is always nice to hear that people like yourself are not willing to give up on this adorable little fella and find the perfect home for him.

We have a cockapoo that is almost completely blind. The care that he requires is not something that just anybody will want to take on or can take on. The furniture can never be moved. You can't leave your chair pulled out and kids can't leave their toys on the floor because a blind dog will trip or run into things and can get seriously hurt. You have to take your dog everywhere that is he/she is unfamiliar with because they rely on you to be their "eyes". They become very attached to members of the family and will literally become like velcro attached to you.

We love our dog very much and will do whatever it takes to help him adjust to his loss of eyesight.

I really hope that Stevie finds his forever home you realize just how special this little guy is.

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Old April 25th, 2005, 09:32 AM
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Stevie's Birthday!

Hi folks,

Well, I figured that Stevie was probably born X-Mas day or right around there. So I'm making today his 4 month birthday! He is so big, he is already 35 lbs.

He is starting to really get around..... Doesn't seem to be affected one bit by the fact he's blind.

Still working on the housetraining, but doing pretty good.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 10:10 PM
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awww, I hope this little cutie finds a forever home soon....
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Old May 20th, 2005, 12:04 AM
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Has this guy been adopted yet? I thought I'd revive the thread so more people might see it. My fingers and toes are crossed for Stevie.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 04:44 PM
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Stevie is adopted

Actually, I was going to post tomorrow. He is being adopted tomorrow, a really nice couple from Montreal! He will have a "brother", Marshall, a 1 1/2 yr. old Rottie. I can't wait, I am so excited. I am bringing him to his new place tomorrow at 1:00 pm!!!!

I refused so many people for this little guy, I thought the right family would never come along! And they did!!!

Now, I've got to focus my energies on these Dobermans! They are an urgent case.....

Thanks for all your help, everyone.
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Old May 20th, 2005, 04:55 PM
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Lill'Rickymom,that's wonderful news..good luck to little Stevie,but he'll probably miss you :sad: as you will him..
What's with the Dobermans?? You are a truly wonderful person for caring thank you!!
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Are these the dobes that were living with the elderly male, i believe its a mom and 3 of her pups? I belong to the doberman rescue newsletter and there was mention of these poor dogs in MTL. I hope they find homes
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Oh Im so happy for Stevie!!!! I hope his new orever home will supply you and in turn us with updated photos and news!!!!
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Old May 20th, 2005, 07:28 PM
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That's really wonderful!!! I'm so happy. You really do good work, Sophie.

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Old May 20th, 2005, 09:25 PM
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Yey for Stevie!!!
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Old May 20th, 2005, 10:54 PM
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Yup, that's the ones. It's a long story and a sad one, but everyone has turned him down. I had tried to help him a few years ago when he had both parents and all 8 pups, they were 3 at the time. He had 10 dogs and needed to find homes for some of them. But they were used to living in packs and the people I sent were not interested. But I had heard he had placed a few, he was down to 7.

Now his health has deteriorated, he has only one kidney left and it is 15% functionnal. He is on daily dialysis and basically waiting to die. He had boarded the dogs for the last 8 months as his health couldn't permit him to take care of them, but 2 weeks ago the place shipped him back his dogs. He was able to place 2 or 3 more, and now is down to 4. His only reason for hanging on to life is to make sure these dogs have good homes when he's gone. I have met him a few times, these dogs are his family. He truly adores them, even though they are neglected, he doesn't see it. It is very emotional, for both him and I as I have seen him in tears a few times now, and I know it is very hard for him. He truly loves these dogs like they were his kids, and he's also realistic in knowing that if they end up in the wrong hands, they will be miserable. Contrary to a lot of people who "rather put him down than have him end up in the wrong hands", to him putting them down is not even an option. So see the dilemna I'm in? And I met these dogs personally, they are so wonderful, how can I turn my back?

Come on guys, get the word out. A lot of rescues have come to the conclusion this guy is full of crap, wishy-washy about getting rid of his dogs, as they don't know the truth. I even had a Dobie rescue e-mail me back, "wasn't he sick a few years ago already? What's wrong with this guy, this sickness sure is dragging on...." Like they don't believe it.

I saw it, bags and bags and bags of dialysis solution stacked in boxes along the wall of his dumpy place. He has a foam mattress thrown on the floor with a bunch of blankets and that's where they all sleep. A chair in the corner, boxes as tables and tons of dog food.

He is not a "loser" in that sense of the word, he sure was not bright keeping 10 dogs to begin with, but we don't always foresee the future and what could happen.... Sickness and losing his home was probably not part of the plan.

Please get the real story out if you can, I need help with these dogs. I got one out, and I'm working on another (foster only), but I still need permanent homes and foster homes. They all need to be vetted, and vaccinated, and checked. One has a huge abcess that needs to be drained, you get the picture....

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Old May 20th, 2005, 11:05 PM
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Stevie updates

For sure I will get updates, and pictures. This family lives within reasonable bus distance so I will be seeing him grow up for sure. I will take pix and post them.

I don't think he will be sad. Rescuers have often tell me the dogs are sad and it breaks their heart, I've always joked around and said they were ungrateful as they don't look back. But I always said it's because they know this is their new home and they trust me. Never once have I seen a dog cry when I left him or not want to go with a family. That's what makes it so good for me. When people say "doesn't it break your heart everytime?", I can only reply that it makes me happy. Since yesterday, I have been jumping around like a little kid, all excited, smiles from ear to ear, and just so happy for the wonderful life that awaits him. My son wanted us to keep him, I would have loved to keep him, and everyone around me was telling me to keep him, but I want the best for my dogs, and with all my running around, a tiny dumpy apartment, still fighting for my job back, no car, no life basically other than the dogs, that is not what he deserves. He needs to do things, go places, have fun and run and play.... I'm truly happy and I am so picky in finding the right home that most of my stories are happy endings like this one. As we all do, I get the returns once in a while, but they are very rare. And I am more and more picky for my dogs.

I guess I've been writing a lot but as you see I don't have much time to come often on this site.. Too busy. Just called a lady tonight who had a dog to dump, turns out she has 4! Another big load all at once. And the dumping season is not even officially started!! My God, where is this world going??

At least I'm getting another one aopted tomorrow, probably, my Bichon mix. And tonight I had a family "change their mind" after 3 weeks of energy screening this family and them meeting the dog, and my paying for vaccines... The more I rescue dogs, the more I hate people. I say it a hundred times a week now! Unbelievable.

Till next time I have some free time, my long week-end is going to be spent running around. Oh, and I have a foster home who backed out on me the day the dog was to arrive, at 10:30 pm... Nice huh? This is what I deal with on a daily basis. Enough to make anyone go nuts
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That is truly a really sad story,I wish this poor man and his dogs well :sad:
I did not mean to critize you,you are a heroine in my eyes and have the very frustrating and difficult task of rescuing and finding homes for these poor dogs.
Finding the perfect home for Stevie must be incredibly rewarding,for you and of course sweet Stevie,he will adjust and I am sure he'll soon realize he's in a caring loving home.
Thank you for explaining the whole sad situation and you are right,the older I get,the more I prefer the company of my animals to that of stupid people.
Good luck to you and all the needy dogs lucky enough to come into your care :love:
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Hey Chico, I did not feel criticized at all...

I truly am happy for Stevie, I went to bring him to his new home and he was sooooo happy. I've had people tell me in the past "it is so sad when I leave, the dog wants to come with me", and I've always joked and said they were ungrateful because they don't even bother to look at me when I leave, and I truly believe they know why they are with me. They do get attached, but only for so long. I talk to my dogs all the time and explain like I would to a kid that I am temporary, that i will find them a good home, when people meet them I tell them if it might be them or not, and when they are ready to leave, I tell them for two days before they go.... SO I truly believe they have understood and accept my families with love. It is a truly amazing to see. Stevie was going to be put down, and now he has a Rottie brother, wonderful parents and a great life ahead of him. People have asked me why I didn't adopt him, and it would have been selfish.. I run around all the time rescuing more dogs, I couldn't give him a "fun" life.

I'll be taking one of the Dobies in since Stevie is adopted. Two out, two to go... And last night, 3 dogs at the same time I have to go get t omorrow. Same lady : 1 shi-tsu, 1 pomeranian and 1 Rottie/Shepherd. All around 5 yrs old. Has a 4th, but might keep that one Such loser people in this world.

Good night all and wish me luck with all these dogs coming. It's been a good week though, Moka the bichon was adopted tonight, and Charlie is being dopted tomorrow (unfortunately by my foster family, so I'm losing one more foster home.... :sad:
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YAY for Stevie !!!! I hope all works out for him and his new owners. Now he has a permanent seeing-eye human and a seeing-eye dog!! Best of luck to his new owners!!
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I'm sure he will be just find. They are a wonderful couple. I'm going to try and put a picture of him, the day he left (forgot to take family pictures, will have to go back soon).



Let's see if it works! Alright, it did. Isn't he a handsome fellow? He's only 5 months old, too. So it's very promising. Some handsome guy this'll turn out to be!!!!!
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Holy cow! He's so big and muscley!! Cutie.
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LOOKIT HOW BIG HE'S GOTTEN!!!!! what a gorgeous boy....I'm sooo glad he finally found his forever home!
YAY for Stevie!!!!
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congratulations on finding Stevie a forever home, He sure is a big boy! hope you manage to find the other dogs homes.
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Thanks all

THanks for all your kind words. A situation arose this week-end concerning a chihuahua that had me feeling like crap, but Hey... I am good for the dogs, and that's all that matters.

I will find all the others homes, I have never had to send a dog to the SPCA. I always found homes for each one of them, no matter how long.... Right now I'm working on the Dobermans, they're my priority. And I will find them good homes as well....

I should be going to visit Stevie soon, will take pictures with his new brother the 120 lb Rottie and post.
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Holy crap!! That's Stevie at 5 months??? My Zoe is 5 months and no where near that size!! She's going to be a little thing!

Stevie is sooo beautiful! Can't wait to see pics of him with his new buddy!!
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