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My Bella

by Savannah B.
(Kentucky)

Bella

Bella

Well, I got Bella from this family. She is a toy chihuahua and is my best friend. I love her so much but she pesters me sometimes. Here is a photo of her. She is spoiled rotten she even has a boutique and a wardrobe of clothes! She has a boyfriend that is a jackrussel/chihuahua.

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Family Rescue!

by Tiffany Verock
(Washington CH OH USA)

On the way home

On the way home

On the way home
his first nap at home
his first snuggie and snow
his first bed at home

In August of 2009 I was diagnosed with brain cancer that was nested in swollen brain tissue which meant it was inoperable. If the cancer was to be operated on besides a simple biopsy, it would cause instant brain damage. The man I was living with and engaged to could not handle the situation involving Radiation, Chemotherapy and quite a lot of medication along with the side effects of all. Two weeks after my diagnosis, I was put out of the apartment we were sharing and ended up at my parent's house.

My parents now have 4 rescues of their own, all rescued in different ways. Sassy, the Jack Russell, obviously considers herself the Queen because she was the first in their house. Sassy was saved from a breeder. She was the last female left in the most recent litter and they knew she would be kept to be bred over and over until she was no more useful.

Chopper, a German Shepherd/Rottweiler is the Alpha male who definitely knows how to defend his home but also as anyone will say, he is the biggest baby when he gets to know you. He is full grown and still cannot seem to understand that he is no longer a lap dog unless the person is on the floor with him or on a full bed. He was saved from being passed around over and over and kept long enough for people to be told how big he will get. When they got him, he was the size of Queen Sassy and as he grew, she was acting as if she could not quite figure out what he was being fed and why she was not getting any of the "make me bigger" food!

Two summers ago, my dad built an English garden with a waterfall and a double tier koi pond for my mom for her birthday in May. Their house is surrounded by many fields and mom and dad used one of dad's cushmans to haul the large stones from a place where the farmers dump them after they are unearthed from the fields. They were coming back to the house with their last load for the day, talking about what they were going to have for dinner and suddenly dad stopped the cushman and jumped out. He had seen a small fuzz ball in the weeds in the ditch about 100 ft. from their driveway. As he stood and turned, mom saw the cutest fully black fuzzy curly little thing! Her name is Maddie and she is considered a hippie reincarnated! When mom and dad go to bed and all the dogs are on their beds in the bedroom, Maddie has to make her rounds and give everyone nite-nite kisses! She's such a lover! She's the last to bark, if she does. She's such a little relaxing sweetheart! If you are gonna lay down, she is the first to be on the bed waiting for you!

The final rescue in their house is daddy's baby, Rufus. There are very few people who would go through what my parents went through to get him adjusted to be with nice people. They found him when they were going to check out a car from Craigslist and Rufus belonged to the neighbor. When mom and dad walked to the back of the house to see the car, they saw a Border Collie chained to a poor excuse for a dog shack (not dog house) The chain was a 2 ft long logging chain. There was no food bowl, nor a water bowl. There was a pile of potato peels and apple cores topped with bread crust, all surrounded by flies. All of this was all surrounding not any Border Collie, but a PUPPY! The man came out of the house while mom and dad were there and came to the neighbors and long story short, the man offered the dog to them. It took nothing for them to say yes and take the poor puppy home with them. It wasn't long after they found Maddie that they got Rufus. He is still very touchy in some situations and as I've said, not many would go through what my parents have dealt with. Unfortunately, some would pass him on and on and on and leave him to the point of feeling even worse than when he was a puppy but they have done what they could and beyond.

And that leads me to my own fuzzy baby. Along with my cancer, I have also been diagnosed with epilepsy. It's been very difficult to deal with the combination of both problems plus the medications that go together well or will kind of give me trouble. I stayed with my parents for quite awhile counting days between MRIs, EEGs, CAT scans etc. waiting to get a set of good results or at least decent enough to be able to once again get out on my own! Once I was given release through the oncologists, radiologists and my neurologists to be out again, I thought it would be great. Of course the first thing I really missed was my parents. Not to mention being very confused when I would wake up in the middle of the night! Then my depression got worse but I didn't quite understand why. And then through the social worker at the cancer center and talking to my mom, it was figured out. I was alone. Not just being away from my parents after being there so long, but no longer having a little fuzzy face with me all the time. Sassy had basically adopted me and she was my little buddy. Every night she slept in the bed with me while the other 3 were in mom and dads room. (She may have been the first there, but the other 3 are so much bigger than her, she still has to go out of her way to get attention!)

Mom and dad had gone to Columbus on a Saturday to visit some friends of theirs for one of their birthdays. I had slept in and didn't think about it until around 9, but I called mom to see if they would bring Sassy to me to spend the day here while they were out of town. Unfortunately, they were already on their way to Columbus. Apparently their conversation after mom and I hung up was mostly about finding me a companion. After picking up Bob and Bobblin for brunch and talking to them about it, they found out the Alum Creek Drive Pet Rescue Center was having a weekend adoption festival. I got a call back from mom awhile after I had talked to her and it turned into her repeating over and over forms of "you have to come to Columbus with us tomorrow" and "will you please come with us tomorrow if we take you to lunch?" and all of that. Telling me where they were, they had to do nothing other than take me to the Pet Center!

Of course they had went from cage to cage saying "she might like...." and such but when they approached a certain cage, he said to mom "Cage 401. Oscar. Write it down." They put a hold on him and the next morning, we were on our way to Alum Creek. The place was FULL of people. We waited and waited. I filled out the paperwork so I could "meet" him. We waited and waited. We were taken to one of the outside meeting cages. The back door opened. And I saw my dog. He came straight to me and I was covered in kisses. I sat on the concrete and we played and "talked" and loved.

Thanks to my parents, there were 2 rescues that day. My Oscar and me.


Editor's note: Wow, Tiffany - you and your family are amazing! Thanks so much for sending in your story and photos... Jo

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Lulu the Miniature Poodle

by Anonymous
(Unknown)


This is LuLu - isn't she beautiful? She is my 2 year old Miniature Poodle.

I adopted her a year ago. She is quiet but can be demanding at times. She loves to please.

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A Pal for Malibu the Mini-Dachshund

by Dana
(Lake Tapps, WA)

Malibu & Tootsie

Malibu & Tootsie

Malibu & Tootsie
Tootsie and her Crazy Ears-ready for take off!

Our 15 year old Mini-Dachshund, Malibu, lost her life-long buddy, Brutus, in November of 2010. Malibu was so lost without him, sitting outside in the middle of the night howling-obviously calling for him to come home (we have a doggy door out to our backyard). My husband sat up with Malibu several nights for 45 minutes at a time, trying to get her settled down.

I searched several places online for another companion for Malibu, but everyone wanted such a high fee. Finally, I saw one on the Tacoma (WA) Humane Society's web page that we went down to take a look at. He was a standard Dachshund, and his paperwork said that he had been returned to the shelter because of aggression towards their smaller dog. Well, that wouldn't do for a companion to a sweet non-aggressive 15 year old.

Turning around to leave, we heard a little commotion in the pen across the way, and looking over we spotted a Mini-Dachshund trying desperately to get our attention, wagging her whole bottom and jumping up and down on those short little legs of hers. Her name is Tootsie, (I'm guessing from the name Tootsie Roll-she is a little round, but we are working on that). We instantly fell in love, but I wanted to make sure Malibu and Tootsie would do well together, so we had a "meet & greet." At that point they just sort of ignored each other (a good sign) and were both more interested in their surroundings.

There was a bit of a delay in getting Tootsie home, as the Humane Society still needed to do a profile on her, and they had to reach both of the two names on the microchip. I needed to get back to work, so we put a deposit down on her to "hold her," and my husband picked her up later. When I got home from work, I wasn't sure what I would find. But there was Tootsie, wandering around like she had always been there. Tootsie keeps us amused with her "crazy ears" that make her look like she wants to take-off flying. Where Malibu had been sleeping a lot and showing many signs of depression, right away she started perking up and displaying much more energy and sleeping at night, curled up next to Tootsie.

The two of them are always together now, and we will probably be back at the Humane Society at some point in the future when Tootsie needs a pal.


Dana, thank you for sharing this heartwarming story and for making two dogs happy! Please look for their photos on our home page in the next couple of months. Jo

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So now I know why the hotels charge a pet fee!

by Shara Houghtaling
(Rahway, NJ)

Mr. MacDoogle Dog (white standard poodle) was rescued from a pet store at almost 6 months. Prior to that, his life was nothing but a cage. He has become a remarkable dog even though he was a PIA in his puppyhood. He still suffers from separation anxiety, therefore, needs to go everywhere with us. Which benefits both of us, he has become my emotional support dog, helping me through a severe chronic illness. He can read my every mood and is there when I need him the most.

Loki (red toy poodle) joined our family this spring as a playmate for "Doogie" and what a challenge! I had no plans of getting another dog till I drove my friend (who WAS looking for another dog) to Florida. We saw an ad in a North Carolina paper for Toy Poodles. We went to look at them and I fell in love with this little red head.

The first night I got him (in North Carolina) he went to jump from one bed to the other and fell and knocked himself out. Vet trip number one. He then managed to travel from North Carolina to Florida and back to New Jersey without any further trouble. The weekend after we got back to NJ he was in our truck with my husband while I was in the store. When he saw me coming towards the truck, he jumped just as I was opening the door and fell about 3 feet, trip number 2 to the Vet. A couple of weeks later as I was changing my medication patches he jumped up and grabbed one and proceeded to run away with it. Within 3 min, he started to act very strange, we managed to get him to the vet within 5 min, at which time he had a heart rate of 12. Normal for a pup his size is over 100. After spending the day in doggie intensive care, he returned home as active as always if not more so. After all these experiences, he was appropriately named Loki (the mischievous God).

Thank goodness we have had no more unexpected trips to the vet, but he is now watched very closely every minute of the day and therefore, as with Doogie, goes everywhere with us. This picture was taken on our cross country road rip (from NJ to California) last month.

Editor's note: What a story! Thank you, Shara. BTW, no picture was attached... Please submit the photo via another submission and I will add it to this story.

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My dog Lenny

by Melissa
(Hamilton)

lenny

lenny

This is my story about my dog Lenny. I got Lenny 11 years ago. He was 5 when we got him from the SPCA. The day we got him he was going to be put down, so we took him. He is active and hyper but a good dog. He is a Shih Tzu/Cocker Spaniel mix and is sometimes lazy but always cute.

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I wish to play like other puppies

by Marion Sharpe
(Mattawa Ont ario, Canada)


Little Star came to me at two days old .. I had to feed her with an eye dropper ... she was the last one out of her mother who gave birth to 10 puppies that day .. Little Star came out with back and legs really small and cannot move her little back legs at all.

She is 8 months old now and it takes all she can do to stand on her back legs. But she is a happy camper .. I would like to go for a walk with her for she does like to try to play ball, but because her little legs don't work right, we cant .. I'm an older lady with not a lot of money, but I will do anything to help little Star; to see her is to love her .. Please tell me how to get a wheelchair for Little Star so we can go for a walk together and play ball..

Thank you God bless you all ..

Editor's note: Marion, bless you for caring about this little dog. You may want to contact the folks at Handicapped Pets Foundation They say they are a non-profit and donate mobility equipment for dogs in need - but this is based on people donating money to them.

Failing that, you could ask someone to help you make a device using PVC pipe, caster-type wheels, and a sling made out of some type of cloth that hangs from the pipe. Handicapped Pets used to have a design specifically for small dogs and you could ask them for help with this.

Best of luck - please let us know how it works out.

P.S. Note that for your protection we do not publish phone numbers on this site.

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Cooper buddy, my agile Cockapoo

by Emma
(Cincinnati OH)

My Cooper isn't my dog, he's my best friend, and practically my brother (since all of my human siblings are in college or graduated from college ready to start their lives) .............also in the past months has turned into a show partner.

Cooper is a 1 year old (he'll be two August 21st :) Cockapoo, I've had since he was 11 weeks old. By the way, I'm just known as Cooper's sister or the human that, by rule, has to accompany him in the show ring. (He makes me look like the Caesar Malone of 12 year olds!)

Even though he's only been to a couple of 2-day shows, he is already showing great potential as an extremely competitive agility dog.

For all those CPE agility dog nuts out there, he's averaging 3 out of 4 or 4 out of 4 qualifying runs a day with many blue ribbons :)!!!! (though my nickname for him is still "Demon"...... hint, hint;)

I'm almost thinking of putting him in lure coursing since he has such a high prey drive (hopefully that would stop him hunting the possums, squirrels, and birds he tries to attack/hunt in our yard, especially the possum :0)

We got Cooper from a shelter in Dayton OH; they were very nice. Our family knew there were three other families wanting Cooper but we decided to go for it. I'm so glad we did! Cooper came from a breeder who surrendered him, most likely because.........

a) his hair is not the slightest bit curly, all wave here people!!
b) Cooper is very leggy for a Cockapoo which is not desired by most breeders, basically he's pretty much all leg, which makes him very fast :)
c) The breeder probably figured he/she couldn't sell him in the time space desired so, thankfully, they surrendered him.

Cooper is the best dog I've ever had and has always been there for me when I needed him. He's brought so much more joy and everlasting friendship into my life there're not enough treats in the world to thank him.


Emma, sounds like Cooper met the perfect match for him. How wonderful that he has been trained for agility competitions and that he is doing so well! Congratulations to you both and feel free to send us further accounts of his/your prowess...
All the best, Jo

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Pebbles ol Mommy

Pebbles first day

Pebbles first day

Hope everything is going well. Thank you again, we were blessed to have such wonderful people to give our babies new homes. I have facebook and have posted your site on it.
Thanks Again,
Liz and Jim Wernsdorfer


Visitors: Pebbles is a 4 yr old Chiweenie we just acquired - her owners were moving and unable to take her along.

You're welcome, Liz and Jim. Pebbles is settling in just fine, although she understandably misses you. She is learning our rules very quickly and has become less territorial regarding her bed and toys. She really enjoyed her walk with Comet this morning. Although she still snarls at him a bit at times, they ended up nose-to-nose at certain bushes. We are delighted to have her - such a smart and enthusiastic little girl!

(I removed your email in case of spammers - will contact you through Facebook - thanks for adding this site! Jo)

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