|Renee Leger - ANML-RESQ||Feb 27/09|
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Another week is almost behind us, and once again, we have been asked to help a dog, that would be considered "substantially similar" looking to the breeds that have been banned here in Ontario, OUT OF THE PROVINCE.
This handsome young man named Diesel was purchased as a bullmastiff mix. His young family loved him and he was thriving in a home with a 14 month old baby. Diesel is a pretty energetic guy and can be uncontrollably happy when he meets and greets people, but he is ALWAYS very gentle with the baby.
As of late, his young owners were finding more and more people stopping them while walking Diesel, chastising them for owning an illegal pit bull, proclaiming this dog should be dead. They were being threatened and they were getting frightened. Then, when they tried to get an appointment to have his vaccinations, they were told by their vet NOT to bring the dog in as they were certain he was a banned dog and illegal to be owned. They would be forced to report them to the local authorities. Remember now, these people bought this dog in good faith, believing it was a bullmastiff ... they had NO idea about the pit bull ban, or even what a pit bull or Stafford shire terrier was.
They were now so scared they were breaking the law, that they tried to surrender him to a shelter. The shelter staff told them they could NOT take this dog in, it was illegal and they could not have the pup on their premises. Thankfully, that same staff directed these people to ANML-RESQ.
As much as we hate to uproot this handsome boy and take him away from the only family he knows, his life depends on leaving this Province of ours. Thankfully we were able to find him out of province refuge and little Diesel will be on his way to a muzzle free life.
Many thanks go to ALL that have helped this boy to safety ... the kind shelter workers that gave the owners an alternative to a death sentence, the wonderful people in Quebec that have offered him safety, Sharon for her never-ending work to arrange transport (and all the headaches that go with that) ... and ALL our kind transporters for getting Diesel safely out of this Province. Good luck little guy!!! Safe journey!!
Have a great weekend everyone.
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As I bent down to play with her, she jumped onto my knees and gave me lots of snorkles and kisses. Every chance I had, I would bend down and give her some lovin. She was playing with a kitten and their playful antics kept me amused. I noticed she had a large growth on her back leg. I would have to remind myself to ask my friend about Jenny's situation when I talk to her again.
After finishing my business at the shelter, I left ... but for some reason, I could not get this little girl out of my head. So I asked my friend who volunteers at the shelter about Jenny's story. I almost wished I hadn't asked. It seems sweet Jenny spent most of her life as a breeder in a puppy mill. When Jenny was finally done being profitable for them, they sent her away. Jenny was adopted out, but was having trouble getting house-trained and was having accidents often. So, they surrendered her to the shelter.
Apparently Jenny was seen by a vet briefly and they believed her body may be filled with cancer. However, the shelter was definitely going to have her thoroughly checked ... x-rays and all. Bottom line was, the shelter was more than happy to have Jenny live out her life with them ... they loved her dearly. It would be difficult to adopt her out, especially when you have to tell potential owners her life may be short and riddled with health problems. Chances of finding a forever home to live out her days was pretty slim.
Well, now I REALLY couldn't get her out of my head. I guess I couldn't stop talking about her to another friend of mine and we all knew what our next mission was ... FIND Jenny a home that would love her unconditionally and until the end of her days. As difficult as we thought this might be ... MIRACULOUSLY, one of our mutual friends spoke up and offered Jenny her forever home.
So, the vet appointment was made by the shelter and Jenny was x-rayed. Testing was inconclusive and the vet's advised against surgery. As long as Jenny was happy and eating, she could live happily for many months to come.
Thanks to two VERY caring and loving people, Jenny is now living the life surrounded by love and LOTS of other small doggy friends.
Here are some pics of this precious girl, that has captured the hearts of EVERYONE that has met her.
Good luck little girl ... we look forward to updates and pictures. Big hugs to Lee and Ty for sharing their hearts and home with this very special girl.
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Billy Bob needed help, and he needed it fast. So I called upon our friends at Owen Sound Animal Shelter, knowing they could easily place a beautiful boy like this. They offered a place for him immediately. Unfortunately, the weather this weekend was very unstable ... snow squalls, whiteouts, not a good day to travel with a dog. Our volunteer Beth offered to meet him on Sunday and take him into her home until Tuesday, when she could travel to Owen Sound with Billy Bob.
From Beth's update, we heard that her boys fell in love with Billy Bob ... AKA Roy. The boys fell instantly in love and I am sure the feeling was mutual. He is wonderful with people and I am sure he enjoyed his weekend visit with Beth and the kids. This morning he was taken to the Shelter and I heard that Billy Bob, AKA Roy was adopted less than 2˝ hours after the Shelter doors were opened.
So, I WAS going to direct any interested beagle lovers to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter to check Billy Bob out, but we are happy to report he has already found a home.
Many thanks to Owen Sound Animal Shelter and its volunteers for always helping whenever possible. You guys ROCK!!!
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We have been working closely with our friends in Quebec to help as many of these dogs as we possibly can. Unfortunately, in some cases, due to the physical appearance of the dog, our means of helping is limited.
The conditions these animals "exist" in is horrendous. It takes a strong person to be able to enter these premises and witness these conditions. It is even harder when the rescuers don't have spots for these helpless babes. There is NOTHING more heartbreaking than having to leave a dog behind because the rescue hasn't got a place to put them.
Here is a story about Courtney, a beautiful brindle girl that survived this hell and will thankfully soon be able to put the horrors behind her. This little girl captured the heart of her rescuers and second time around, she was NOT going to be passed over. Thanks to Gerdy’s Rescue, Courtney is now safe and on the mend. Here is what Courtney's foster mom and rescuer has to say about Courtney's journey ...>
Here are the pictures of Courtney in her "hellhole", BEGGING for someone to take a second look at her and pleading for help.
And here are pictures of Courtney looking MUCH better and happier in her new foster home.
Courtney must still put on some much needed weight, but we have no doubt she will soon be fit as a fiddle and ready for her forever home.
If you think you could give Courtney the loving forever home she deserves, please contact our friends at Gerdy’s Rescue and ask them about Courtney.
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Of course, Riggs was thrilled to see Jen again. Riggs seems to have a crush on all the woman that walk through our doors. Although he can be obnoxious at times, he always seems to end up "with the girl" lol
Everyone had to show off, so on Saturday, we decided to go outside and have a snowball fight and throw a couple of balls around for the dogs. They had a blast. The boyz also got their "dancing shoes" on to show off a little for their friends Jen and Corey.
Here is the gang, racing each other for the ball. As you can see, Riggs is laps ahead (-;
Here is a picture of our silly boy Winston ... doing a "jig" nice moves there Winston!!!
And, not to be out-done...Riggs must do one better. Here is our twinkle-toed boy doing the "Moonwalk".
All in all, it was a GREAT weekend, good friends, lots of good food and best of all, LOTS of fun was had by all.
I have some really good news as well for our boy Bo. Bo went to his new home this weekend. His new family fell in love with him the moment they saw him on the website and boy oh boy ... Bo is one lucky fellow!!! He has a huge, fenced in back-yard, a very loving and caring mom and dad, and even a fur-sister named Tilly. He will be seeing his new vet this week, so we hope to get updates soon. Congratulations Bo!!!
for Foster or Forever
We have him on our website as a courtesy posting. If you have never owned a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, PLEASE research the breed before adopting one. They are a wonderful dog, great companion, but they MUST have an owner that understands their breed and is willing to give them the time and patience they require.
Here is a little more about Chester, the Chessie:
CHESTER is a single breed Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is 9 months old, born May 22, 2008, up to date vaccinations and neutered. Chester is a healthy young boy, medium size and weighing in at 76 lbs.
Chester is very social and being still in pup mode, he does get excitable on first meetings. He is not aggressive in any way with his food, toys or treats. He has been brought up in a busy home with children ranging from 4-15 years of age. He gets along well with other dogs when he is off leash ... but can be aggressive with them when he's leashed. He is working on that with his walker/trainer. While he did have puppy level obedience he will greatly benefit from formal instruction during his "adolescent" period. He walks well with a gentle leader but is easily distracted, so ongoing work is needed in this regard.
This is a breed that needs to be kept busy with exercise and guidance and Chester's family have realized they cannot give him the commitment he deserves. If you would like more information on Chester, please contact Helen at email@example.com.
Also, our friends at All Breed Canine Rescue are in urgent need of a foster home for Chancey. Chancey is a beautiful black lab, quite large at 95 lbs.
Chancey has been a tie-out for most of his life, but is wonderful in the home. He does not destroy anything when left alone. He loves his people, however, Chancey is dog-aggression/ reactive and does not like cats. Chancey is also not good with small children.
If you think you could give Chancey a foster or forever home, please contact our friends at All Breed Canine Rescue.
Have a great weekend everyone!
As you can see, Marcus has made himself right at home as well and is enjoying the life.
Finally, he doesn't have to worry about where his next meal with come from. Both Maddie and Marcus are incredibly cute and each is looking for their forever home. The vet believes they are around 18 months old and weight about 30 lbs. Their breed is definitely a mystery.
If you know someone that is looking for an adorable companion, please tell them about Marcus.
If you would like more information, please contact Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org of All Breed Canine Rescue.
Good luck Maddie and Marcus!!!
Kids on the Block
First, we have a sweet young Rotti boy named Bo. He is as sweet as they come.
Bo was rescued from a shelter that couldn't afford to get him x-rayed so they could not tell potential adoptors what his leg issues were all about. It's hard to adopt a dog when you cannot tell interested people what his problem is and whether it is treatable and if so, how expensive? We wanted to give Bo a chance at a wonderful life as his personality is vibrant and loving. He deserves this chance.
As you can see, he is a very handsome fellow. We will be able to update everyone further once we find out the results of his x-rays. In the meantime, his limp does not seem to hinder Bo whatsoever and he enjoys life very, very much. If you are interested in giving this special boy his forever home, please contact us.
We also have a pretty girl named Kit. Kit is an Australian Shepherd mix and looking for her forever home.
Sadly, her people's relationship broke up and Kit needed to find a home quickly. Kit was fortunate to find a loving, caring lady who couldn't bear to see Kit go to the shelter, so she took her into her loving home and asked ANML-RESQ to find this beautiful girl a loving and caring home.
If you would like an active, loyal and loving girl, please contact us about this GREAT girl.
We also had a fantastic update about our Abbey Rose. She is healing very quickly now and she no longer has to wear that awful cone on her head. lol She had it removed on February 13th ... just in time to give out plenty of Valentine's kisses to her mom and dad. Way to go Abbey Rose!
Got LOTS Of Friends
I have pulled the blog for Saturday February 14, 2009 from one of my favs "caveat" and hope you enjoy:
Happy Family Day. And on that note, here is an update on Diamond [Diamond Dawg]:
Maddie is estimated to be about 18 months old and while she is quite thin at the moment, due to being on the run for some time, she only weighs about 30 lbs. Her breed is a true mystery. It's hard to guess. Depending on how you look at her ... you see anything from min pin mix to Cattledog/Shepherd mix. But again, she is very small and dainty. Regardless of her lineage, she is very adorable - no doubt!!
Presently, Maddie is displaying food aggression, which is being worked on in foster care, however, we believe it may be due to being starved and having to fight for food to stay alive. We hope this will subside once she realizes she will never miss another meal.
If you think you could give this girl the forever home she deserves, please contact Lois at email@example.com of All Breed Canine Rescue.
Good luck Maddie!
I Am Old
I don't particularly like to think of myself as "old", but I can relate to this right here and right now in my life. My dogs are my life and I cherish each and every one, past and present. Enjoy!
It breaks my heart to hear about so many of these magnificent animals needing desperate help. Rottweilers have been my breed of choice for many years. I love everything about this breed and have a special place in my heart for them.
A few weeks ago, we received a desperate plea for help for a Rottweiler boy who had lived his whole life, tied to a chain, starving for attention and affection. He was finally rescued by a wonderful angel that could not bear to see him live like that any longer. She made sure he was vetted and proceeded to look for a loving home for him. Months passed and sadly, no one inquired about Toledo. We were contacted about this special boy and when I saw his pictures and heard his story, we immediately started searching for help.
Unfortunately, as is always the case, we never have enough foster homes to accommodate larger dogs, so we had to find refuge for Toledo. We contacted our friends at Upper Credit Humane (UCHS), hoping they could help. Thankfully, they had an open spot and immediately offered help. We are forever grateful to UCHS for taking this gentle giant into their loving care.
If you are interested in a gentle soul with a heart of gold, please read Toledo's story on UCHS In the NEWS and give them a call.
Toledo, is a very special boy and we know that the wonderful people at UCHS will find him the perfect forever home where he will be loved and cherished. Very special thanks goes out to Sharon for her long journey with Toledo to get him to UCHS.
Remember, everyone, we are ALWAYS looking for foster homes so we can help wonderful dogs like Toledo. If you are interested in helping a larger breed dog find their forever home, please fill out our on-line application on the left.
Baby Taylor is growing so quickly ... it won't be long and she will be walking. Of course, I couldn't resist getting the girls a few Valentine accessories as they will be attending a Valentine's Day party this week. I think they will look adorable in their new attire. We had to try them on [adorable!].
I, also, have some AWESOME news for our girl Diamond. This beautiful Rottweiler girl has been with us for quite some time now. She came into rescue, very under-socialized and needing some direction. We were fortunate to have TWO wonderful angels, that together provided Diamond with all the love, care and exercise she needed.
Her new mom spent months taking her to see a trainer to help her get along better with dogs. Diamond very quickly warmed up to her new doggy friends, in fact, she lives in a multi-dog household. She even resolved her issues with cats as she is living with two right now. Diamond's new family took their time integrating this girl into their home ... slowly introducing her to all the things in life she was never exposed to. She has thrived with all the love and dedication.
Today, it was made official. Diamond has been adopted. Thank you to ALL that made this rescue possible. Thank you to Diamond's new family for loving her and giving her this chance to shine. We hope to have pictures and a happy tail to add to our website soon.
Found this wonderful video and thought you might like to see it. Check it out...
... just wonderful!
or Rottweiler/Boxer Mix?
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I would be interested to know if the Veterinary Association has an ethics committee. In my opinion, this vet should be hauled up on the carpet for what he has done. It is unfortunate that his name cannot be published so that unsuspecting dog owners don't fall into the same trap. I will be following this story very closely and will update when I can.
and Young Dogs
Most people would never think that a dog collar, securely fastened, could cost a dog it's life. But it CAN happen and it actually happens quite often. Puppies and higher energy, curious doggies have a habit of getting into places they shouldn't be. They want to explore!!
I had a similar incident happen in our yard when one of my puppies tried to get underneath our chain link fence. His collar got caught on the bottom of the fence and he struggled to get out. Thankfully I was in the yard and immediately saw what was happening. My fingers were shaking as I tried to release the pressure from his collar. It wasn't helping that he was pulling with all his might and only tightening the grip on his neck. The collar was stuck and the clasp wouldn't open. It seemed to take forever to finally free him. From that day forward, I have not put collars on any of my young, energetic dogs. The memory of trying to free this puppy and almost losing him will forever be etched in my mind.
I hope that others will learn from this and avoid a heartbreaking situation. Accidents happen in a heartbeat.
Me Pets - Mount Forest
Denise has chosen to raise awareness about Dental Health for your pets AND help animals in need. Here is a bit about Spoil Me Pets fundraising event:
All of us at ANML-RESQ would like to thank Denise for her continued support.
Rose, Petey, Fido and Precious
Our dear Abby Rose has undergone yet another surgery on her mouth. Poor girl has been through so much in her life. First, she had to endure years of being bred for profit - no human contact or affection. She was used strictly for the puppies she could produce. When she could finally produce no more, she became a bill of expense to the miller.
Thankfully we were able to take Abby into our care and poor baby has been through many surgeries to repair the years of neglect. We know how much this girl is loved by her forever family. They have been by her side all the way. Their love and devotion is readily apparent. This love and commitment will clearly help Abby to heal quickly. Here is Abby Rose wearing her collar.
She has to wait until Feb13th before it comes off. Everyone at ANML-RESQ send our love and best wishes to Abby and her family.
We also received a picture of our little man Petey. This little weiner has come a long way since arriving in his forever home.
He was such a terror to the resident cats, but as you can see ... with devotion and dedication, his mom Joyce has turned him into a cat-lover instead of feline foe. Way to go Petey!!
We also received a new picture of Precious and Fido. What an adorable pair these two are. We are happy to report that they are thriving in foster care.
They both went to the vets for their regular vaccinations and had a full check up. Both are doing well and are in good health. Way to go P & F!!
Every Dog Owner Needs to Know
On another note, the Farmer's Almanac predicted that we would have less snow to finish this winter ... we can only hope as we have had almost 150cm of snow so far [ we don't need more!]. Just can't wait for spring. But this weekend we should be seeing some nice temperatures as Saturday should get to 6oC.
I thought I would take the liberty to tell you about the hand-out that was prepared by the Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC).
This hand-out was passed out at their booth at various events and discusses the Dog Owners Liability Act 2005 (DOLA) in terms that every dog owner can understand.
It is factual information that YOU, as a dog owner, need to know.
The following was taken from ONTARIO'S DOG OWNERS' LIABILITY ACT (DOLA) 2005 'WHAT EVERY DOG OWNER NEEDS TO KNOW':
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