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Picking up Saved Dogs Today :)

Today is one of my favorite things to do; I go and pick up saved dogs from high kill shelters and transport them to the organization who has screened homes waiting for them!

As much as it can be frustrating, as it is today, due to mechanical issues with the van and weather (fog) this morning, all of which push back the arrival time, I know I will always feel the same feeling of happiness when I see them.

Rescue organizations are always looking for people who are wanting to foster animals to a suitable home can be found; if that is you, give a call to your one closest to you!

So, yes, as much as I want to watch the Super Bowl with my husband, we are going to record it and watch it together.

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Let It Go

I don’t read much of Cesar Millan’s stuff these days; but every now and again when something comes along that is of use, I like to pass it along.

I do transport for the rescue of dogs (primarily). I have 2 foster failures which is not unheard of in this field lol.

If you are wanting to foster but are unsure how to go about it, Cesar’s article will help you.

Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable.

However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.

  1. Start before you even foster
    When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for your family. Pick the dog that you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep long-term. For example, if you don’t like tiny dogs, consider a Chihuahua or Yorkie. If you don’t think you’d have the resources to care for a handicapped dog for life, then find that dog who’s blind or deaf, or is missing a limb.

    This will make it easier for you to adjust to the temporary status of the foster dog, but it will also be an educational process. As Cesar says, “You don’t always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need.” If nothing else, it will allow you to experience types of dogs you would never normally adopt, and to learn even more about dog behavior.

  2. Assist in the adoption process
    Find out whether your foster program will let you help out in finding that forever home. This can range from documenting your dog’s behavior and personality for future owners to locating and interviewing potential owners themselves.

    This will help you be more confident in letting go because you’ll have a stake in the process, and you can assure yourself that you’ve found the right home for your foster.

  3. Ask for progress reports from the new family
    You can continue to take part in your foster dog’s life with photos and stories from her new family, and the Internet makes distance irrelevant. Many shelters ask this of people who adopt dogs from them, largely as a way to keep their staff positive about seeing dogs they’ve gotten to know be adopted.

    If distance permits, you could even consider having regular playdates with your current foster (and permanent pack) and adopted past fosters, as long as the new owners are agreeable.

  4. Celebrate the adoption
    Don’t think of giving up your foster to adoption as losing a dog. Think of it as a dog gaining a permanent home. It should be a cause for celebration because you have helped to save a life. Treat yourself and the dog to a fancy meal, go out to your favorite dog park, or invite friends and their dogs over for a party…

    However you choose to celebrate, focus on the positive and make the adoption a source of good memories. Document your time with each foster with photos and stories and keep a scrapbook of your successes.

  5. Foster again
    The best part about fostering dogs is that there will always be dogs to foster, and the best way to celebrate one dog leaving your life is to save the life of another. And another. With each foster that you help place in a loving home, it becomes easier to say good-bye. With each new foster, you have another chance to get to know a new dog and help him on the way to his forever home.

During the process, always keep in mind what fostering is. As Amy Romanofsky at FosterDogs.com puts it, “I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet.”

But, when you and your foster dog do meet that person, take comfort in knowing that you had a large part in making it happen, and preventing the unthinkable alternative.

Never fostered a dog before? You’re really missing out! See here the top seven reasons to foster a dog.

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Returning Kindness

I have followed this woman for about 2 years now. No not in a stalking way, she posted a page on her Jack Russell Sparky and as I have 3 Jack Russell Terriers, I was instantly hooked. I however had no idea of the horrific dog biting and trauma that Sparky endured and survived. To read more about Sparky and his page

Gradually her page continued to grow in likes and comments. She has endured many negative comments, trolls and spammers. Yet, for her all she has wanted to do is to help animals. Well its time to give back (in my opinion).

Nessa has created what we call a Ribbon Tree in her home town of Ireland. Those that wanted to have a ribbon hung in the memory of their pet, just wrote your pet’s name down on Sparky’s wall and now I have a few hung in memory of my pets who have passed on to the bridge. She has created tokens, and shirts at times for fundraising events.

A You Caring page created by Friends of Sparky recently to help raise funds to cover vet expenses as well as day to day expenses as Nessa is going to be recovering for quite sometime.

Its important to give back to your community and in a situation like this, is there any better time?

To donate please go to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/nessa-needs-help-/147158

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A Monday Glitch

Seems Monday morning brings us a couple of glitches. BUT We have fixed the link and Tika’s fundraising page is back up and running! We will keep looking into why the photo of her isn’t showing up with her link. Please share and ask if every person donated $1.00 how quickly we could raise funds for Tika. Thank you!

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-tika-eat-without-pain/143569

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Time away

As many of you know, I (mom) had been doing transport on a regular basis. I have so enjoyed helping and bringing dogs to a better life. However, there has been A LOT of drama within a couple of rescues I have done transporting for and with that, always comes unrest.

I wish there was a way for me to help those precious animals, but without a place to go, it isn’t realistic for one person to transport an animal with no where to go. As it is I sacrificed my home and almost lost it in the process!

So I will find topics to write about, sometimes they will be about rescue and transporting, but they may also be about something positive happening in the rescue community.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wags-and-Wiggles/355170354499566

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ZEUS

Its been 3 days since ZEUS, a gorgeous 2 year old yellow Labrador, had his surgery. The product of a puppy mill he needs to have what is called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for Treatment of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament  – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-zeus-run-again/96905#sthash.wDizDtG6.5P2XbO5N.dpuf

I created a Facebook page for ZEUS and worked on fundraising for him. It was an amazing process to see how people can come together to help out. I’d like to share some of the photos of ZEUS this week and thank  you all for your donations towards ZEUS. Dr. Mann said his Left leg was in rough shape and we have about 4 months and he is highly recommending that ZEUS’ Right leg be operated on. We will be fundraising for that procedure as soon as possible.

Here’s ZEUS

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Day 1 after surgery

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Day 2 with my foster family 🙂

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Some post operation x-rays, they show the parts that have been put in to stabilize ZEUS’ knee/joints

 

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Yes, I wear the cone of shame, but I also took my pink bandage off!

This is what A COMMUNITY can do when we all work together as a TEAM.

Thank you!

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Unconditional Love

I have been finding other ways to help the rescue community after my recent set back with an organization who I once trusted, only to learn they abused their privileges in ways that make good rescues struggle to keep their good name. 

I’ve been hosting fundraising events for a couple of animals. One is a Yellow Lab named Zeus; the other is Ella a cat.

ImageThis is ZEUS a 2 year old, Yellow Labrador

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ZEUS is set for surgery tomorrow for what is called a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for Treatment of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament  – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-zeus-run-again/96905#sthash.aRLe2nwV.dpuf

I decided I wanted to help this sweet boy and put together a Facebook page for him called “Zeus the Yellow Lab” https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZEUS-the-Yellow-Lab/563807007002189?ref=hl and he has a YouCaring Page, where people can donate to. At present we are very very close to reaching his goal of $2,500. We need about $400 and his surgery is for Monday, November 18, 2013!

People commend me, say very nice things to me but I just feel that all animals deserve a chance and that is quite simply why I do what I have been doing.

Miss Ella is a very sweet 2 year old Birman/Ragdoll cross cat. She is very petite in size and stature. She is my cat and her veterinary costs in a very quick period of time have come close to $950.00. We have managed to raise $604 and have about $340ish to go. The illness they have thought she had/has is either she passed a kidney stone/crystal (her kidney enzymes were very high), her white blood cell count has been very high, indicating an infection and she ended up staying 3 nights with our veterinarian’s office.  Feline Leukemia and AIDS have been spoken about, but they have not done the testing for that at this point, they have wanted to attack her infection and go from there.

To read more on Ella you can go to her FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-things-Princess-Ella-A-cats-life/180768685448702 and if you wish to donate to her veterinary expenses you can do so at http://www.gofundme.com/558d3o

Ella, like ZEUS are both rescues, both have had hard starts in life, but both are resilient with determination and spunk, these furry babies really do know what it takes to be determined to have a good life. 🙂