Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Message from Bear

Hi there!

My name is Bear - that's me on the left, waving at the camera.  I like to do that when someone's holding a treat, and everyone tells me I'm so cute when I do it!

You may have met me at the last Superpetz adopt-a-thon on May 22nd.  I want to say congrats to Cleo, Jaydee, and Ernie - three dogs who found their forever homes that day! 

Unfortunately I didn't find my forever home that day - but that's okay, I know the right owner is out there looking for me.  Maybe it's you! 

Let me tell you a bit about myself.  I'm 7 years old, and I used to belong to a dog hoarder who couldn't take very good care of me.  Lucky for me, a great group called Doggone Adoptions came to my rescue and started giving me all the love & attention I'd been missing out on!  They promised me they'd do everything they could to help me find the special home I deserve!

In the meantime, I've been living with my super-cool foster parents & their other dogs.  They've given me lots of reasons to show off what I've been told is a gorgeous doggy grin!  They've taught me what toys are, showed me how to walk well on a leash, and showered me with lots of love and affection.  As happy as I am with them, they know I'll be even happier when I find my forever home, with lots of cozy beds & people to call my own!

The lady who runs this blog has spent time with me at the last two Superpetz adopt-a-thons and thinks I'm pretty awesome, so she wanted to give me an entry all my own so hopefully someone out there will see me and fall in love with me!

She and my foster mom both like taking pictures of me, so I'm going to share a few more pictures that will show you a bit more of what I'm like!  Here goes...

Here I am meeting a crowd of people at the adopt-a-thon.  I'm friendly to everyone - kids, adults, and other dogs!  I'm looking in the other direction in this picture because my buddy Ginger, a sweet Chow mix, had just shown up and I wanted to say hi.  But I knew I should wait until everyone finished petting me - and I do admit I love all the attention!

Here's another shot of me at the adopt-a-thon - check out the bandana my foster mom made for me!  See how I'm sitting like a good dog?  That's how I spent almost all of my time at Superpetz.  I'm not one of those crazy dogs that has to bark at you or jump on you to get attention! - I know how to act like a gentleman!  Did I mention that I'm great with verbal commands, and that I'm crate trained and housetrained, too?

I know some people might think seven is a little old for a dog, but don't worry, I'm still young at heart!  Here's a picture of me running around in my foster parents' backyard.  Because I've gotten used to living with a fenced in yard, it'd be best if my new home had a fenced in yard, too.  I love to run & play!

My foster mom says when I get excited, I'll run around with a big smile on my face and that I'm REALLY cute when I do it!  If you look at the picture above you can probably tell I'm excited to be out in the yard, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air!

So that's me - Bear!  Hopefully you're reading this & thinking I might be your new best friend!  If you like me, but don't have room in your life for a furry four-legged friend like myself, please share the link to this entry with anyone you know who might want to give me a forever home!  And if you have any questions about me - or, better yet, if you want to adopt me! - please contact petsRRpassion@gmail.com !

Sunday, May 29, 2011

24 Terrific Dogs!

Lots and lots of great new dogs have shown up in local shelters recently - this will be quite a long entry! 

Darke County Doggies
(if you're interested in one of the following pups, call the Darke County Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645!)

Meet Anny & Kimy!  They are 5-month-old Australian Cattle Dogs (Blue Heelers) and they appear to be sisters.  They are current on their shots & are very friendly - they love to play!

Next up is Sally, a 6-month-old Red Heeler mix.  She is very friendly and is looking for a good home!

Meet Barnie!  He's a 2-year-old Beagle mix who is very friendly & loves attention - look at how the tip of his tail is a blur in this pic...that's the sign of a happy dog!

This gorgeous gal is Missy - she's a 2-year-old Beagle mix.  She is a sweet little girl who will make a wonderful companion!

Continuing with the Beagle trend, we have Peanut, a 2-year-old Beagle mix.  She's a small Beagle and only weighs about 20 pounds!  She is very friendly and looking for a good home!

This lovely lady is Holly, and she's a 5-year-old Cocker Spaniel.  Her hair was very matted, so the shelter staff had to give her a makeover - apparently she didn't think too highly of having the hair around her feet trimmed!  Now this friendly gal is looking gorgeous & just needs a new home!

This handsome fellow is Jack - he's a 4-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.  He's already neutered, is current on his shots, is housebroken, and is very friendly - all he needs is a new owner to play with!

Meet Arty!  He's a 1-year-old Lab/Beagle mix.  The shelter staff says he has the personality of a Lab in the body of a Beagle - they're calling him a Labeagle!  :)  He's a friendly little guy who's just looking for a great new home to call his own!

This smiley guy is Jasper, a 1-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix.  He's a friendly guy who loves attention & is just waiting for the right person to come take him home!

Look at the gorgeous eyes on this gal!  She's Midnight, a 2-year-old Black Lab.  She's a wonderful girl who loves people, and is a typical Lab because she's very friendly, very loyal, and loves to play!

Miami County Doggies
(if you'd like to adopt any of the following dogs, please call the Miami County Animal Shelter at 937-332-6919!)

First up is Henry, a 1-1/2 year old Boxer mix who was brought in as a stray & never reclaimed.  The shelter staff says he's a little shy but is still a sweetie - he's initially reserved but does eventually warm up to you after a little bit!

This gorgeous girl is Betsey, a Hound mix who was picked up as a stray and never reclaimed.  The shelter staff says she's on the hyper side & is very vocal - she won't let you forget that she's around!  She's a sweetie though - just young and needs to learn her manners!

Meet Cole!  He's a gorgeous 4-year-old Lab mix who was picked up running loose & will be available for adoption on 6/1/11.  The shelter staff says he's very sweet, mild-mannered, and well behaved!

I know there's only one puppy in this picture, but the Petfinder listing is for Sadie, Sierra, and Sam - so there's three times the cuteness out there!  All three are 9-week-old Shepherd/Lab mixes who were released to the shelter by their Mom's owner.  There are two girls & one boy, and they're all very playful and sweet!

Next up is Chunk, who has to be one of the most unique Pug mixes I've ever seen!  He is only 8 months old & was released to the MCAS by his owners for the usual infuriating reason - they "didn't have time to care for a dog."  Chunk is already neutered, is pretty much housebroken, is good with kids, and is very friendly!

Shelby County Doggies
(if you're interested in adopting any of these pups, call the Shelby County Animal Shelter at 937-498-7201!)

Meet Kenya!  She's a 1-1/2 year old Black Mouth Cur/Boxer mix who looks a lot like Scooby & Rusty (you'll see them shorty!) except she has a nice long tail while the guys' tails have been bobbed.  She came in with the blue bandana tied around her neck but no one's come to claim her.  She's very friendly & deserves a forever home!

Next up is Scooby - he's been featured on my blog before but I wanted to feature him again because they took this great new picture of him...just look at that smile!  He's considered URGENT because he's been at the shelter a long time!  :(  He does well on a leash & was content to just lounge around while they were taking pictures of him.  He's in tune to people & loves to be around you!

Here's Rusty, the third of the lookalikes - what gorgeous dogs!  Rusty's been featured on my blog before & is also considered URGENT since he's been there so long.  His owner dumped him at the shelter - he's just a sweet boy in need of a good home!

Next we have Jacey, a Border Collie mix - he's a sweet puppy who needs a good home!

Meet Haven!  She's a 1-year-old Chow Chow who is in DESPERATE need of rescue!  She has a foot or lower leg injury & does not want to put pressure or full weight on it.  The shelter staff is guessing it's a foot pad or foot injury - she will not let them look closely at it and they don't want to push the issue & lose her trust.  She has been somewhat scared and reportedly growled & snapped at the male dog warden, but she's allowed female staff members to put her on leash & take her out and then she's fine.  The shelter staff feels she should go out to an experienced rescue only - please contact them if you are able to help!

Last, but most certainly not least, is Katie!  She's a Blue Heeler Hound mix who was dumped by her new owner, who acquired her from her family that could no longer have her.  He didn't even keep her a full 24 hours - he stated that she had an accident in his house, and that she was supposed to be housetrained...so he no longer wanted her.  She was around children with her other family, appears to have a spay scar on her stomach, and the shelter staff can tell she's used to being in a house with a family - being in a kennel in a kill shelter is hard on her, and she begs with her sweet brown eyes to be let out whenever someone walks by her kennel.  She just needs a great new home!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Black Lab with Amazing Tale of Survival Needs New Home! **UPDATED**

**UPDATE**  Today I heard from Donna - it turns out she's LadyBug's aunt!  Her sister Trish was actually LadyBug's owner.  And I say "was" because....


Apparently by the time LadyBug's info found its way to me, she had already found a home - here's what her owner had to say:

"Dear Friends,

My sister tells me that LadyBug has gone viral and she has received tons of messages from people who would love to adopt my LadyBug.  Two weeks ago she went to a wonderful home.  Dan has two acres of land for LadyBug to run and he even has another Lab for her to be friends with, Nash.  As you can see in the pictures, LadyBug is truly happy and she will be well taken care of.  Thank you all so much for working hard to find a home for my girl.  Thanks to Dan and to my sis Donna for posting her.


Before I share the pics, let me address those of you who were touched by LadyBug's story and hoped to adopt her.  Shelters are full of gorgeous black labs who need homes - maybe they don't have the amazing story LadyBug does, but they're wonderful dogs who just want an owner to give all their love to.  And unfortunately, big black dogs tend to stay in shelters the longest & have the lowest chance of being adopted - just because of the color of their fur.  So if you loved LadyBug, honor her by visiting your local shelter & adopting a "big black dog!"

And now, here's LadyBug, happy in her new home with her new buddy, Nash!


Want to adopt an amazing dog who's got a great spirit?  Look no further than LadyBug!
A friend of LadyBug's owner contacted Dream 4 Pets with her story, and it was forwarded to me to feature here.  LadyBug definitely has an amazing story, and her owner tells it best, so here's what she had to say:

"Dear friends and family,

Finally, I admit that I need to find a GOOD home for my LadyBug.  My heart is breaking but I need to consider her needs first and I want her to be happy.  Here is her story, can you help me?  No cost, I just need to visit the prospective owners and be assured that Ladybug will be happy forever.  If you can do anything I would be forever grateful.

One day in February 2010 a beautiful Black Labrador Retriever was taking a walk along a highway.  She had escaped from her home and was enjoying a stroll.  Suddenly she was hit by what we believe was a semi truck and dragged some distance.  In her shock and pain she was able to get up and walk and was found by a kind woman who put this bloodied, terrified dog in her shed and called animal control.  The Animal Shelter picked her up and took her to the vet's office.  That is not their normal procedure, they normally instantly kill a dog that has been hit however, as she was so covered in blood they thought she had been used as fight bait and they needed to keep her as evidence for a criminal case.

That day I was very busy at work and received a call from a Humane Society volunteer, as was I, who asked me to go take pictures of this dog.  They needed the pictures for the anticipated criminal case and they needed them asap as they wanted her euthanized immediately. 

Upon arrival at the Vet's office I was told that she was in the back room and I should be prepared for a shock.  I will never forget that I had a cream colored hoody on that day.  As I walked into the room I was greeted by a bloody mass who wanted me to pet her.  She just wanted me to touch her.  I took pictures in between lots of pets and hugs and conversation.  My hoody and jeans were covered with blood as I walked out of the room and stopped to tell the receptionist that this dog needed a name and I was naming her Lady. 

When I stopped at home to change my clothes I decided to call the vet and asked her not to kill Lady.  Twenty four hours later I received a call from the Vet, Jenny, who said that Lady had not been used for fight bait but had been hit by, she suspected, a semi.  Lady's entire right side had been dragged from eye to tail.  She would also need to have a leg amputated.  HOWEVER, as she was no longer evidence, the Animal Shelter and the Humane Society wanted her put to sleep.  I might add this was a financial decision.  I was haunted by this wonderful dog that wanted only to be petted despite her pain.  Jenny too did not want to see this Lady put down.  She was only 2 years old and has a Spirit that would not quit.  We agreed that I would adopt her and raise $500 for her surgeries.  Jenny and her husband would cover all other expenses.

During her stay at the Vet's office the name was slightly altered to LadyBug.  The staff there added the bug because of Lady's red eye that will never heal.  She lived with Jenny at the Vet's office for four months and had multiple surgeries and is scarred on her entire right side.  All of the staff fell in love with her and cried when she left to come home. 

My home.  I have been in dog rescue 3 years and most of the dogs I have helped place are Mini Schnauzers and weigh no more than 30 lbs.  I live in the city on a small lot, small house.  ENTERS A GENTLE GIANT.  I separated Ladybug from my other furkids in the spare bedroom until they were able to bond.  I discovered that she is house trained and can hold her bladder more than 12 hours if needed.   She also obeys basic commands and still only wants petted and loved.

One year later.  I have retired due to health reasons.  LadyBug still spends most of her time in the spare bedroom as she has not bonded with most of my little dogs.  However, it is her choice to be in the bedroom.  This past year I have been taking LadyBug for daily walks however, in her exuberance one day she pulled a little too hard and now I have a torn Rotator Cuff and will need surgery.  I weigh only 125 pounds and Ladybug weighs 70.  You would think that this would not be an issue, as did I, but I am 63 and darn it , can't do physically the things my mind wants to do. 

The first day I met LadyBug I swear her eyes haunted me and said "SAVE ME".  This morning when I petted her, in her room, her eyes said "LET ME GO."

It's been a year, her wounds are healed.  She is ready for a new life where she can run and play with somebody that has the strength and energy to be her human.  I do not have this strength and energy. She loves to run and take a long walk.  LadyBug needs to live in the house and be able to get lots of hugs and pets.  She is afraid of the dark and you will need to go outside with her then.  She loves to play so I would watch her around a small child, not that she would bite but that she might knock them down.  Most other dogs don't like her so I would prefer a home with no other dogs.  She does wrestle with three of my little schnauzers and she has not bitten them.  She just likes to play.  LadyBug is now 3 years old, she is spayed and fully vetted.

Most people in this county do not like black dogs.  Especially one with  3 legs and a red eye as it looks a little scary.  The rescue groups are over crowded and LadyBug is considered a hard dog to place because of her specific needs and physical appearance.  Can you help me find an Excellent home for my Ladybug?"

Shelby County Cutie Patooties!

Lots of great new dogs are available for adoption at the Shelby County Animal Shelter - if you're interested in any of these pups, call (937) 498-7201!

Meet Boone!  He's a very good looking Basset Hound/Beagle mix who is probably about 7 or 8 months old.  He would make a good family dog!

This handsome boy is Rusty!  He's a Boxer/Shepherd mix who's in urgent need of a home.  His owners dumped him at the shelter.  :(  He's a great dog - young and very trainable!

Next up is Gunner, a 6 or 7 month old Border Collie mix.  He's a very active and very trainable boy who just needs someone to give him the love and attention his previous owners neglected to give him.  He would make a beautiful addition to any family!  He has been dewormed and vaccinated by the Humane Society and his adoption fee is only $20.00 (which includes his license fee).  TWENTY DOLLARS!  That could buy you pizza, or a faithful friend who will love you his whole life!  Such a bargain!  :)

This gorgeous gal is Faith!  She's a small dog - a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix, and she's probably one year old or younger.  She's a very loving girl - if you're looking for a great addition to your family, Faith is your girl!

Next up is Gabriel - isn't he just the cutest Chihuahua you've ever seen?  He's just a baby and is very small - a very nice adoptable puppy!

This lovely lady is Honey!  She's a Chihuahua who earned her name by being super sweet!  She is very well mannered and loves everyone!

Last but not least we have a dog so new to the shelter, she doesn't have a name yet - just Yearly 279.  She's a Lab mix who was surrendered by her owner, who is wheelchair bound and can no longer care for her.  The owner hopes the shelter can help this pup find a great new family to live with!

If you're interested in Yearly 279 or any of the other wonderful dogs in this post, call the Shelby County Animal Shelter at (937) 498-7201!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gaylord & Scooby Need Forever or Foster Homes ASAP!

A volunteer at the Shelby County Animal Shelter brought it to my attention that there are two dogs there who have been there a while and are in desperate need of forever or foster homes!

Here's what the volunteer had to say about Gaylord: "Poor Gaylord (young male Lab/Retriever mix) has been at the shelter for wayyyyyy too long and we're not sure why!  He is such a sweet, intelligent and loveable boy.  He's probably around 7 months to 1 year old and is definitely still at a trainable age!  He loves to be brushed, petted, and given attention!  Since he is a young boy he does have a lot of energy, but will entertain himself if given toys."

Next up is Scooby!  Here's what the volunteer had to say about him: "Scooby is a handsome Boxer/Shepherd mix - adult/male.  He is eager to meet you and seems to love people!  Scooby loves treats but is treat oriented so he needs a little of your time to learn and polish his manners.  He is smart, so training shouldn't be too intense!  Who can resist those Scooby Doo-looking ears?"

If you're interested in adopting or fostering Gaylord or Scooby, call the Shelby County Animal Shelter at (937) 498-7201 or e-mail shelbycountyanimalshelter@yahoo.com !

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Georgia Needs a Foster Home! **UPDATED**

UPDATE: Just wanted to let everyone know that Georgia is now in a wonderful foster home - here she is on her "freedom ride" out of the shelter!

Meet Georgia!

Georgia is a 1-year-old female purebred American Pit Bull Terrier who has a spot lined up in a rescue - she just needs a short term foster (approximately one month).  She's spayed, up to date on her shots, and weighs approximately 60-70 lbs.  Her former owners have close-cropped her ears.  She is SUPER sweet, SUPER submissive and does well with dogs of all sexes and sizes.  She's fully housetrained and crate trained as well - this girl won't give you any problems!

She is in a kill shelter in Shelby Co. - if you are in the Dayton, OH area and would be able to foster Georgia, please contact Stacey at (937) 477-9863 or at cranberrystace@gmail.com ! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Adorable Dachshund Alert!

That's right, even tornado warnings won't keep me from blogging about dogs!  I hope everyone is staying safe tonight & that the rest of the evening is quiet for all of us!

There's one lone dog to feature tonight, and she's of a breed I'm particularly fond of - Dachshund!  (As you may be able to tell by my Blogger profile pic, I'm the "mom" of one very spoiled weiner dog!)

Meet Daisy!  She's a Dachshund/Spaniel mix currently at the Miami County Animal Shelter.  The shelter staff says she's only about 6 or 8 months old but appears to have already had a litter of puppies.  She was brought in as a stray and is a little hesitant, but does come around when you give her a little time.  If you'd like to give Daisy the great home she deserves, call (937) 332-6919!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bear says hi!

Bear's waving at you, and hopes you'll come see him & give him a home--we're here at Superpetz in Troy until 4:00 today!

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Adopt-a-thon starting now!

Chloe & Cleo are here waiting for someone to adopt them! :) Come out & meet them!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday's Furry Friends!

In keeping with the trend that one shelter adds dogs each day, tonight's pups are from the Miami County Animal Shelter!  If you're interested in adopting one of these dogs, call (937) 332-6919!

All together now: AWWWWWW!!!  This adorable little fellow is Dodger, a 6-week-old Boxer mix puppy.  He was brought in as a stray and if he's not reclaimed by May 23rd, he'll be available for adoption!  The shelter staff says he's a sweet, loveable, playful little guy!

Meet Hannah!  She's a German Shepherd mix.  Here's what the shelter staff had to say about her: "Hannah was released to us by her owner. She was originally adopted from us and was returned after the family had a baby. Apparently her personality changed after the new baby arrived. She became aggressive towards small animals - small dogs and cats. Hannah is housebroken and seems very friendly and mild mannered. She will need some work on some issues, but would still make a good pet after some firm training."

Next up is Lolly, a one-year-old Terrier mix!  She was brought in as a stray & will be available for adoption May 23rd if she is not reclaimed by her owner.  The shelter staff says she's very easy going and good natured!

Last but not least, meet Tator!  He's a 9-month-old Coonhound who was picked up running loose.  He's very playful and full of energy, and if he's not claimed by his owner he'll be available for adoption on May 23rd!