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Heidi was found as a stray in California and we adopted her via petfinders.org. She came to live with us and another rescue German Shorthaired Pointer here in Washington state. Her first snow day was eye opening for her but now she love to play in the snow when she can find some.
Sabine the horse, severely neglected before she came to us, was best friends with Pigmont, an elderly pig. They spent hours cuddling, nuzzling, and grooming each other. Alas, their love could not hold back time. Pigmont's health deteriorated and we lost this lovely old soul.
Sabine sank into depression. Despite the fact that she seemed to be healing physically, she spent most of her time sleeping in her stall. She sighed and moaned a lot, seeming to have lost the will to live.
Then we discovered the plight of Tenke, in dire straits at the home of a collector, not having been fed for at least three months. It was 100 degrees outside, and her water tub had nothing but a lining of green sludge on the bottom of it.
We brought her to the sanctuary with high hopes, yet Sabine made it clear that she wanted nothing to do with this skinny mare. Sabine barely left her stall and when she did, she kept her back turned to Tenke at all times!
In danger of drowning in her own loneliness, Sabine hardly even lifted her head to greet visitors. Months went by and nothing changed. What should we do? How could we spark Sabine's will to live?
One day, I walked into the paddock to discover that Tenke had the same concern and, like any sensible person, she had decided the answer was food! This recently starved horse was actually pushing her own food under the fence towards Sabine. And Sabine was eating it!
Tenke befriended Sabine, our once lonely and lame horse. They took to touching noses and grooming one another. Sabine shows no signs of depression anymore, whinnying happily and keeping busy with many companions.
Whoever said love is not enough has obviously not met this crew!
Callie was one of 3 cats I took in through barncats.org. She was the only one who didn’t get friendly & come running for attention at feeding time. In fact, she didn’t really live in the barn at all; her favorite spot to sleep was in a tree in the front yard. Unfortunately, the coyotes got her friends, and she moved to a tree in the back yard, outside my sunroom. 14 months after she arrived, (having never allowed me to touch her) she followed me into the house one cold evening. Immediately she was all about getting loved on and has never looked back. One of my favorite traits is the way she “snuggles” she doesn’t pad & make a comfy spot to settle into, she “body slams” into me & settles in purring for the night. She is always up for a cuddle & the sweetest girl imaginable!
D. D. came to us through a private rescue. Neglect had left her with multiple medical issues. NOW, she is our little Faery, she is carried everywhere, had a wardrobe that could be the envy of many movie stars but to us ... she our little baby. She happily enjoys coming to work with us every day, loves playing with her sister (our other yorkie rescue) and being adored by all who meet her. What a change, from breeding and being left with the 'overstock' to being a star and adored... she is our true Faery tale come true.
After being adopted by a neighbor who quickly realized she couldnt handle a full sized dog Bella came to us for a test run, before being returned to the shelter. Once she came in the door we knew there was no taking her back. So with blad spots from itching and a unrecognized food allergy our then "cricket" came to us as a "calm, quiet and relaxed" pup. A year and half later Bells is our 3 year old germ. shep/ chowchow with her true personality and quirky charms blazing. Today it's full tilt, hip swinging, stomache pouncing, face licking excitement. With a bit of spunk and plenty of sassy attitude Bells keeps smiles on our faces and laughter in our hearts.
After losing my dog companion of 11 years, I knew there was another puppy dog that need me as much as I need them. Dexter entered my life after he was rescued from the streets running with a homeless pack of dogs. He was so Shy, Submissive, and Scarred but with lots of Love and Gentle reassurance he came around to be a Sweet, Loving and Loyal Companion, always up for a car ride, long walk or having his belly rubbed. The first year and a half of his life were a mystery to me but the last nine have been filled with a safe warm home and all the Love and treats a puppy could want. Shelter animal know that they have been given a second chance, at Life and Their Love and Gratitude will be returned to you a Thousand Times Over. Dexter has pasted now, but the Love and Warmth he brought into my life will never be forgotten. And I know there is another shelter/rescued puppy dog waiting for me and a second chance at life and to fill the hole in my heart again with Warm & Unconditional Puppy Dog Love.
We adopted Heidi via Petfinders. She had been found lost in the woods outside Sacramento, was positive for heart-worm and needed a home where she could get out for a good run. We brought her to Washington state and this is a pic of her out on a logging road near our home. She is definitely the princess in our family.
Rocko was rescued at 4 months in 1999. By 2007 he was a full grown but lonely guy, so he decided to get his own dog. He went to C.A.R.E in Ruskin to meet all of the ladies and decided on one very shy feral little girl named Brie who today goes by Bibi. She has brightened his life and made him younger. At 11 and 5,they still wrestle and chase each other. Getting his own dog has really extended Rocko's life and blessed his entire family.
We adopted Patrick, 10 year old white poodle, when his 90 year old owner died. He was flown up from California, where they have a surplus of little abandoned dogs, to Oregon to find a home. We originally adopted him for my 80 year old mom, but when we had to keep him for a week before driving him to mom, we fell in love, and Nana said, you keep him for the girls - my 10 and 13 year old. He makes us laugh and gives us affection every minute of the day and is, by far, the most well-balanced dog we've ever had. When he sees an empty lap, his job, according to him, is to fill it immediately. At 10 years old, he still chews on his toys, plays tug-o-war, and throws them up in the air to catch and throw them up again. He's brought so much light into our lives... even my dog-apathetic husband is falling in love. He can hold eye contact forever when he sees someone is talking to him. I wonder about all the thoughts going on in his little head, and there are so many questions about his first 10 years when we didn't have him. He just seems part of the family, like he always was.
We adopted Sandy, an 8wk old Collie German Shepard mix, from the Fayette County Humane Society in Lexington KY. At 11 years old, as she began losing her sight and hearing, she adopted this abandoned kitten in our yard. The kitten with bright white and gray contrasting colors, with a very loud voice really captured Sandy's attention. Miss Kitty and Sandy became inseparable best buddies, and kept each other constantly entertained. They had 6 great years together. Sandy is gone now, but 11 years later Miss Kitty is still with us.