Friday, November 9, 2012

Once upon a time Palmetto was a sweet, cute puppy. Someone loved him, because he still responds to cutesy baby talk. And he's still handsome, so we'll assume he was just stinking adorable as a puppy. But then things went terribly wrong. We'll never know exactly what happened to him, but he was stray at less than one year old and was hit by a train in Greenville, SC. A good samaritan brought him to the kill-shelter clinic, where they checked him out and found nothing broken (except one of his canine teeth) and they put him on the stray hold list. Although his time was up, he was a staff favorite, so he kept getting extensions on his kill date, until finally Home Free Animal Rescue made the call to save him. He was still alive, but in bad shape...skinny as a rail, full of worms and parasites. So we set about the task of cleaning him up. But that was not the whole picture. Palmetto was found to be afraid of other dogs (and skateboards, among other things) and reacted to them with a ferocious growling barking lunging. Kind of scary, even for someone who is a relatively experienced dog handler. That said, we worked with a local dog behavioralist/trainer and found that he did not actually go for another dog but just sniffed in a tentative, curious kind of way if he got to approach another dog from the back end instead of the scary face end. So the goal for us is to take some time and figure out what is stressing this poor dog and work with him to make these things in his environment less threatening from his perspective. It's a two-part training plan, beginning with a day-long home visit in his own foster home. After that we'll take him to the training center and begin to counter-condition his fear of other dogs and scary things like skateboards and flashing marquis signs. Please, for the love of this dog, donate whatever amount you can comfortably give.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Darling Daisy

Who Would Ever Hurt Darling Daisy?

Everyone wants to help those dogs that are the real poster children - the starving, abused, neglected puppies - the ones that have been betrayed. Here's your chance!
Daisy is such a sweet puppy, only 6 months old. But the truly amazing thing is that she is sweet in spite of the pain she is enduring. Some moron shot her in the knee with a bb gun! The shot has damaged her ACL, and she needs surgery to repair it. In addition to the bb-gun wound, she had a piece of bamboo lodged in her face!
Our vet in SC is ready to fix her up, but we'll need to get some funds to cover the bill.
You know this is the part where we plead with you for your financial assistance. This is not just a general request for donations. This is a fundraising effort for a very specific cause - a cause named Daisy.
Please donate for Daisy, whatever amount you are able. And if this little smiling girl speaks to you the way she speaks to us, share her with your friends and post your best, sincere request that they help out, too.
Thanks in advance for your help, be it donations, networking, or just praying like crazy!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rachel Puppy Has Parvo!! Need Help!!

Little Rachel, only 12 weeks old, followed all the rules. She was pulled from the kill-shelter in SC and put in private boarding for more than two weeks quarantine. She had her own personal crate for transport. She was not allowed to walk outside during her transport. She had two vaccines against parvo virus, but it got her anyway, in spite of all the precautions.Now she's at the vet, struggling to survive. Treating parvo at the vet can cost thousands of dollars, so PLEASE, say an extra prayer for her, and donate as you are able, knowing that this little munchkin's life is hanging in the balance and her vet is working hard to help her along.Thank you for donating and for sharing this plea with your animal-loving friends.

UPDATE: Rachel pulled through! Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers and for your generous contributions. We were able to raise almost $400, to which I added $100, to help Rachel's family pay for the vet care that helped Rachel survive. A big thank you to Dr. Grassi and Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for taking care of her!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ralphie is a puppy with a big appetite for life. Unfortunately, he also has a big appetite for everything, even things that are not normally edible. The vet said he has eaten something and it is stuck in his tummy and the only way it is coming out is surgically. This is going to be a whopping vet bill for which no rescue adopter is prepared.
If you can chip in even a small amount, it will help! Thanks for your generosity!!

UPDATE: Ralph had his surgery - you should have seen all the stuff he'd eaten - even parts from a tiki torch!! He's been much better about leaving that stuff alone now and is doing really well.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mitch's Golden Years

This is Mitch, an 11 year old golden retriever/collie mix. His owners dumped him at the Greenville County Animal Control because they've had a change in lifestyle. We won't be critical of them, because Mitch is all good to go now. He'll be retiring in Florida with a former classmate of mine. He'll be living with a couple of nice older dogs with a big back yard and the back door open so they can come and go as they please, basking in the Florida sun to warm his old bones. Thanks Kathy for taking him in when his family let him down! Happy Life old boy!

Bishop needs help!

Bishop needs some help! He was hit by a car and left for dead. After he was nursed back to health, he was adopted by a man with a knee replacement who realized Bishop was too strong for him to walk. He was returned and is waiting for his real happy ever after. Could it be you?
This handsome boy is one of those fabled dogs who was saved and he knows it! He is anxious to please. He is a 3 year old, 70lb bundle of lapdog love! He does pull on the leash because he is strong, but his personality is sweet and he is great with people and other dogs. Not sure he'd be good with cats. He does love to go for a walk, and he loves to ride in the car. He is housebroken and is neutered now and up to date on his shots.
Bishop is still living in North Carolina now, but if several people are interested in meeting him, I would love to bring him up to the great state of New Jersey for adoption interviews. At that time I will need a local, very short-term foster home.
For adoptions and fostering this soon-to-be-lucky boy, please visit my website for an application:

Sprung from Puppy Alcatraz

I have been watching the posts from URGENT 2, a volunteer group on Facebook. They highlight the daily kill list for New York Animal Care & Control. ACC will kill beautiful, healthy, adoptable, lovable dogs like this pretty girl every day, starting at 6am, thousands of them every year. They make almost no effort to reunite lost dogs with their owners other than posting the pictures online. They make even less effort to find homes for the ones that are owner surrender and give them even less time to do it, and the woman who runs the show earns a six-figure salary.

As futile as it seems, efforts are being made daily by this volunteer group to save some of these dogs. There are more volunteers who go to the shelter and walk these beauties, then follow up with a short description of their behavior while walking and their personality. It was the write-up for this blue-eyed girl that got me. She walks beautifully on leash, was polite to other dogs they met on the walk, sits on command and takes treats gently. AND she give kisses. THIS is a good dog. THIS is not a dog that should be put to sleep.

I had heard that it was nearly impossible to break a dog out of Manhattan Alcatraz. One rescue friend who lives in NY tried to adopt a cat, and they Google mapped her house and said it was too small for another pet, then they killed the cat. But I figured, what the heck, who needs sleep. So I started reaching out to some of the local rescues in NY who are permitted to pull there. (Not anyone can pull - they have to approve your rescue.) Finally, after providing multiple references and applications, one of the rescues agreed to have her temperament tested, and then they pulled her. After that it was relatively simple, and I drove to Manhattan with my daughter and we picked her up and took her to her new foster home.
She has been officially adopted by my very first adopter from twelve years ago in Massachusetts. She will be going to live with a lovely family and their first rescue dog, another beautiful blue pittie girl (named Blue) who is now 13 years old. She has to wait until she is not in heat so she can be spayed, but all her other vetting is done and she is ready to start her new life.