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Suzy's Eye Surgery
Tails From The Heart
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I have always wanted to get these gates made specifically for dogs (not baby gates). The difference between these gates and baby gates is the versatility of being able to unlatch and walk through the gate vs. having to jump over a baby gate set once in place. The gates are also much more stable and secure than a baby gate.

I finally got a couple a few months ago and I have to tell you ... they are the best thing, made, since sliced bread.

They are wonderful barriers for anyone that needs to keep their dog out of certain areas. Our dogs are cratetrained, but since we have purchased these gates, they spend less time in their crates. Often times, people need to keep their dogs limited to certain areas while they are at work. More often than not, it is to keep the dog away from items that can hurt him, should he get into it while you are away. Sometimes, as in our case, people need to keep dogs separate from each other while they are away. I can't tell you how much I love these gates!

They come in all shapes and sizes and some can be lengthened to fit very large sized openings. Extensions can also be purchased that will add another 12" or so to the height.

These gates can be purchased at most larger pet supply stores and I highly recommend them.

Sassy gives a "high five" recommendation as well (-:

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May 29/08

Tails From The Heart
More often than not, rescue is filled with stressful days, lots of calls for dogs needing urgent care, days spent making vet appointments, hours on the telephone and trying to find safety for an animal urgently.

This past week has been exceptionally heartwarming for me. I had the pleasure of being "up close and personal" with two incredible homecomings. The first homecoming was our little man Petey. As I mentioned previously, when I arrived at Petey's new home on Saturday evening and placed Petey in his new moms arms, I will never forget the look of sheer joy, love and contentment in the eyes of Petey's new mom. It brought tears of joy to both of our eyes. I was given the biggest hug ... one I will always remember. I truly believe Petey and Joyce were meant for each other. As Joyce said "...I have a reason now to get up in the morning". These two wonderful souls were meant to find each other and I am proud that ANML-RESQ was a part of this wonderful union.

Yesterday, I also had the pleasure of being a part of another homecoming. Our little girl Suzy, as you know, had her eye surgically removed on Tuesday. She had very limited (if ANY) sight in one of her eyes, but unfortunately, that eye was causing her a great deal of pain and discomfort. The decision was made to remove it.

I picked little Suzy up at the vets yesterday afternoon and put her into my vehicle to meet her mom, who was anxiously awaiting for her. It was about a 2 hour drive to meet her mom in Shelburne. Little Suzy sat up for part of the trip, nose in the air, trying to smell where she was going. After about an hour, she laid down and had a nappy. I thought to myself as we were driving that Suzy was very quiet and calm ... almost zombie-like. No hint of the little "puppy" that she is (Suzy is only 13 months old). No doubt, this little girl was very confused. If there was a hint of light or shadow in her life before ... after surgery she was surely left in a world of complete darkness and no wonder she was so quiet and lethargic. It was a big surgery and no doubt took a lot out of her. Now, she was sitting beside a stranger, in her new "dark" world. 

New and unfamiliar smells, a voice she did not recognize ... I can definitely understand her being bewildered and wondering what was happening to her ... where was her mom, the person she depended so much on? I looked down at this little frightened girl and hoped that we made the right decision. It wasn't long before I got my answer. 

No sooner did I pull into the parking lot of our meeting place than Suzy sat "bolt upright" and her nose was high in the air ... sniffing - sniffing. Her ears perked up and I swear I saw a smile on her face. I pulled up beside her mom's vehicle and even before Sheila got out of her car, little Suzy was beginning to show signs of life. 

When I opened the door and delivered this baby girl into her mothers arms, the enthusiasm and excitement was SO hard for Suzy to contain. She became animated, jumping all over her mom for joy. What a BEAUTIFUL sight to behold! Little Suzy WAS a puppy! She jumped with glee and cried with joy. Another miracle! I have been so blessed this week!

Suzy's mom called me that evening to tell me that Suzy is so VERY happy to be home. She has so much energy and mom says you can't tell she just had surgery. She is no worse for wear. Suzy is sticking pretty close to mom as I am sure she never wants to leave her side again! She is happily chewing on a bone and for the FIRST time in her life, she is pain-free! Way to go Suzy! We are all so happy for you.

Many, many thanks to Sauble Beach Pet Hospital for taking such tremendous care of our little girl.

And, I give thanks to the Lord for allowing me to be a part of these two very heartwarming union/reunions. Good luck Petey and Suzy!

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May 28/08

Suzy's Eye Surgery
Yesterday was Suzy's day for her eye surgery.

I had planned to meet her mom at 9 a.m. in Hepworth and have her follow me in to our vet. Unfortunately, her mom (and friend) got lost, so we were a couple hours late getting into the vet. I called them to advise we would be late.

When Suzy and mom finally arrived, I couldn't help but notice what a sweet little girl she has grown up to be. When I first met Suzy, she was a matted, little bundle of fluff. It was hard to make "heads or tails" of this little bundle of hair. She was taken from a backyard breeder, her and her litter mates. Her siblings were in fairly decent health, but you could tell that little Suzy was different. She was blind. One of her eyes has NO pupil, the other eye has been giving her problems since birth. Constant infections, constant pain. For almost a year, mom has been putting drops into her eye to keep the pressure down. Unfortunately, the drops did not help and we didn't want Suzy to live in pain for the rest of her life. So, the decision was made to have her infected eye removed. 

Yesterday was the day of her surgery. Both mom and I were on pins and needles while we waited for her surgery to be over. I called the vet at 3 p.m. (as Suzy's mom was still on her way home). Suzy had just gotten out of surgery and she is doing very well. I am going to call again this morning to see how she did overnight. I am sure that Suzy is missing her mom very much. Suzy is very dependant on mom as she feels safe and comfortable when she hears Sheila's voice. I will be picking her up this afternoon and driving her to meet her mom later this afternoon. I am sure it will be a heartwarming reunion for little Suzy.

Thank you to everyone that donated to her surgery. I am sure in a few days Suzy will be feeling much better and on the "go" again. For a little blind girl, she gets around extremely well. You would never know she was blind, unless you saw her eyes.

Hugs little Suzy! You are a brave little girl, facing this big world in darkness.

UPDATE - May 27, 2008 - Little Suzy had her eye surgery and is doing fine. We are sending out this appeal to raise funds for Suzy's surgery and would be grateful for any donations.

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May 27/08

I have to tell you about last Friday. I had to run to town and do some errands and my husband insisted I bring Sassy with me and take her to the bank. He was in the bank earlier in the week and was talking to the girls about Sassy. They asked him to bring her into the bank the next time he was in town. I looked at him with disbelief. "You've got to be kidding me, right? They don't REALLY want me to bring her into the bank? " He was adamant. So, I dressed her up and off we went.

We got into the bank and I don't mind telling you, I felt very out of place, bringing a dog into the bank. Especially since she had to be muzzled. I was fully expecting to have customers ask me "why would you bring an aggressive dog into a public place?", which, of course, I had an answer for.....she is NOT aggressive, it is LAW that she wears this muzzle. However, no one asked. Instead, the customers looked at her, bent down and gave her pets, stating what a good girl she was. I could not have been prouder of my little Sassy girl. Here is a picture of Sassy with one of the nice ladies at the bank (-:

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After we left the bank, we went to our local petfood store, the Pet Feedmill in Owen Sound. There we met a very nice young lady that attended to our needs. She also had pets and kind words for our little girl. In fact, Sassy made such a good impression that the girl asked for our website as her relatives were looking for a nice bully to adopt. After we left the Pet Feedmill, we were on our way to OUR favorite shelter, Owen Sound Animal Shelter, where Sassy was able to visit with some of her favorite friends. I think we arrived at a good time as we heard everyone was a little grumpy after a bad start to their day. We had a GREAT visit!! Lots of lovin' and lots of kisses.

Last stop was the grocery store. I only needed a few items, so I knew I could run in and get back out in about 10 minutes. I cracked down the windows in the truck, enough for a breeze to come through and dashed into the store. I parked in an area that was fairly empty of vehicles ... only a van parked nearby. I dashed into the store and in less than 10 minutes had my shopping done. As I walked to my vehicle, I noticed the van that was parked beside us had a woman and child sitting in it. The woman was looking directly at me as I ambled over to my truck. "Oh, oh....what's going on. She is obviously waiting for me" My heart skipped a beat. What could Sassy possibly have done?" As I approached my truck, the woman rolled down her window and called out to me. "Here we go"!! To my shock and surprise, this woman told me that she just HAD to wait for my return so she could tell me what a wonderful dog I had. She said she was amazed as she was unloading her groceries into her van. she had no idea there was a dog in the vehicle beside her. Her young son made her aware of the doggy in the truck. She told me she could not believe that my dog was NOT barking her head off and carrying on as most dogs do when a stranger approaches their vehicle. Sassy just sat quietly and watched her unload her groceries into her vehicle. Not a peep out of her. The woman then explained to me that Sassy looked so adorable, that she could not resist putting her hand in the window to pet her. She was greeted with licks and kisses. Thank GOD Sassy does not guard the vehicle. I would never advise ANYONE to stick their hand in a vehicle with a dog present. You never know how a dog will react.

Thankfully, Sassy wouldn't guard or protect a darn thing LOL!! All in all, it was a GREAT day and I was so proud of our little girl. She was a great ambassador with every stop we made on Friday. We love you Sassy!

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May 26/08

Petey Homecoming
Sorry I've been late giving you the update on Petey's homecoming. Yesterday wore me out completely - lol...

First, I have to say that although we were disappointed that more people didn't take the opportunity to attend the Bite Seminar, those that did attend walked away with a great deal of knowledge and will be better equipped to see a threat when meeting new dogs (or our own dogs, for that matter).

Many thanks to Renee from the Owen Sound Animal Shelter for presenting this informative seminar. I particularly enjoyed the discussion period at the end. Time for friends to get together and share experiences.

Our little man Petey arrived at 4 p.m. with "bells on his toes" lol. He was WAY more interested in going for a walk after his transport to Caledon ... but seemed more interested in his nose to the ground ... tracking mode. He took me for a nice little walk (-; He was a good little passenger all the way to Stokes Bay. I arrived there around 8 p.m. and Joyce was so excited to see little Petey. I can tell you, she loved him before he arrived (as she looked at his picture daily, awaiting his arrival).

I ABSOLUTELY felt like Santa Claus, walking through the door with Petey. It was love at first sight ... AGAIN! The look of joy on her face, I will never forget!

First one to greet Petey was her resident male cat, Belle. He is almost twice the size of Petey. Petey went nose- to- nose with him, then decided he wanted to check out the rest of the place. We kept him on leash and I walked Petey out back so he could relieve himself.

Only problem was, he got sucker punched by Joyce's resident feral female, who has a litter of kittens (they are housed right beside the door out, that will have to change!!) Well, forget the pee ... Petey was on a mission. To get that dastardly cat! The cat hightailed it over the fence, but Petey was still on the hunt! We brought him in the house and he had a chance to officially greet Joyce - pictured below.

Petey's new owner is somewhat disabled and lost her last dog in November of last year. While she has 4 cats, she admits they are self-sufficient ... she misses the love of a dog. Because of her disability, the doctors informed her she could not adopt a dog over 15 lbs. It's pretty hard to find a miniature anything these days, but Petey fit the bill and Joyce loves him to pieces. Thanks again Owen Sound, for the referral (-: Sharon, great job getting him back to health and giving him a great new start!

We did have an incident where Petey got pretty focused on Belle and ended up tearing around the house a few times before I grabbed him. He's like a little greased piggy ... and I didn't want to grab him around his tummy as he recently had a hernia as well as neuter surgery. Anyhow, I put him in a cat crate for the time being so he would chill. I told Joyce not to be afraid to crate him when he gets out of hand (I talked to Joyce today ... he is already settling). I also told her to tie him to her or her wheelchair (she isn't in the wheelchair full-time ... only when she gets weak). Again, speaking to Joyce today, she has taken the advise and Petey is beginning to chill).
Joyce said they went to bed that evening, and as Sharon forewarned, he was under the sheets in a flash. ONLY SHARON ... you didn't tell me that Petey likes to lick butts!!!!!!!!!LMAO Joyce had to put a sheet between them LOL!! She did have to get up during the night and Petey apparently cried like a baby until she returned. She said they snuggled in together after that and slept the rest of the night through. Here is a an excerpt from one of her emails today:

"Renee, I love him already, he is what I needed. He is more like my dear sweet Beanie was. I now can look forward to the days' ahead, as I haven't done that for awhile. SusieQ is here at the door looking at him and he isn't barking. That's great I think. I will go Tuesday to Ellen's in Lion's Head and get what I need for him. Ellen has sold her home and her business, she will be greatly missed, she's a lovely person and loves her animals."

She is going to buy him his own crate, but I doubt he'll be spending much time in the crate once he settles in (-:

To sum it all up... this has probably been the most emotionally fulfilling adoption I have ever had the pleasure of doing. I believe these two wonderful souls were meant for each other.

This is what it's all about!!

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May 23/08

Bite Prevention Seminar Tomorrow
This weekend will be very busy for us at ANML-RESQ. All the last minute preparations have been made for our Bite Prevention Seminar and we are looking forward to a fun, informative day. 

If you are still interested in attending, please visit our "Events" page for more details. I can't wait to see everyone there tomorrow!!

We have also found a wonderful home for our little man Petey and we are hoping he can join us at the Bite Prevention Seminar so we can get him transported to his home Saturday evening. His new mom can't wait to meet him and I am sure he will be spoiled rotten by his new mom and her friends and neighbours. I truly believe this will be a match made in heaven. The best part of all ... he will be living very close to me, so I will be able to visit and take LOTS of pictures (-: 

Many thanks to Owen Sound Animal Shelter for referring Petey's new mom to us.

Please don't forget about the Big Fix Comedy night fundraiser for SpayCentral this evening, also posted on our "Events" page for more details. It's a very worthy cause and I hope the event is a huge success for them!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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May 22/08

I wanted to remind everyone of the fundraiser taking place on Friday evening, May 23rd, 2008.

The BIX FIX Comdedy Night is an event to help raise funds for a non-profit, spay/neuter clinic in the GTA area. This is a VERY worthwhile cause and I hope Spaycentral will have enough money to open their doors in the fall. Mark your calendar for May 23rd and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and know that you are donating to a very worthy cause!!

As you may know, Spaycentral is working with the OSPCA to open the GTA's first non-profit, high-volume spay/neuter clinic. We have already raised 75% of the necessary funds. 

On May 23rd, proceeds from our BIG FIX Comedy Night and Auction will go toward the final 25% we need to open the clinic. It's going to be a fun evening full of laughs, all for a good cause, and we invite you to join us. 

You may already know that it was the Humane Alliance from North Carolina who developed the sustainable spay/neuter clinic model that Spaycentral and the OSPCA will be introducing to the GTA when the clinic opens. The Humane Alliance is our mentoring organization and they are also our inspiration.

So we invite you now to take a few minutes to watch a new video released by the Humane Alliance. See what is happening in the United States, and how we can and must bring this successful spay/neuter clinic model to Canada. Watch the Humane Alliance video at Be part of the solution by purchasing tickets to the BIG FIX Comedy Night and Auction on May 23rd, 2008. Full details are at

Let's pull together and make this happen!

Gillian Armstrong
VP Spaycentral Toronto

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May 21/08

I would like to introduce everyone to our newest adoptable.  Her name is Mink and she is a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix.  She is as cute as they come and has LOTS of love to give.

Here is a little about Mink:   I am a very pretty little girl as you can clearly see and I am unusual as I only have one eye ... but don't worry, I can see just fine and there are no problems whatsoever with a one-eyed dog - it just makes me unique and a real conversation piece.  My over-bite also adds to my good looks and stylin' ways!

I currently live with other dogs, a cat and kids ... I get along with everyone, but I think if I had the choice, I would like to be around people who are home more often than not.  Because I'm such a Princess, I like little walkies and lots of cuddle time.  My foster mum lets me sleep on the bed, and she even helps me up because these little legs can't jump that high at all!

If you think you may have the perfect home for me, please drop an email to the kind folks at ANML-RESQ.  I can't wait to meet you!

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May 20/08

First of all, I'd like to say how nice it is to be back home again after a wonderful visit with my family in BC.

I would like to thank Jennifer for keeping up the blog for me while I was away. I didn't have a chance to read it while I was gone, but enjoyed catching up on her stories when I returned home. I was particularly thrilled to see the blogs about her chocolate fur-family. Thanks for providing us with some great reading enjoyment Jen!

I arrived home late on Wednesday evening and contemplated staying the night with my son and family, but I missed my family so badly, I made the 3 hour trek home that evening. What a welcome home I received! 

I thought that it was late enough in the night that they would be too tuckered to make a big fuss, but I was wrong! Five furry babies, fly through the air ... hardly able to contain their excitement. In fact, my husband said they all began fussing and whining about 10 minutes before I arrived home. I wonder if it's true what they say about dogs sensing their owner's arrival home!

I was also thrilled to hear that we would be having company for the long weekend. Jen and Corey arrived on Friday evening and AGAIN the furkids were thrown into an excited frenzy. It was also a chance for my girls to show off some of the new clothes I picked up for them in B.C. Tegra is loving her new Harley vest and bandana.

And Sassy has wowed the boyz, sporting her new Harley Davidson t-shirt. The moment she put it on, the boyz were "all over her". Sassy is one HOT LITTLE NUMBER!

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I also came home to hear the great news that our beautiful Shepherd pup Riley was adopted as well as our little Oreo. Way to go Oreo! Congratulations Riley!

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May 16/08

Bite Prevention Seminar
We will be hosting a Bite Prevention Seminar in conjunction with Renee Robins, ACO., of the Owen Sound Animal Shelter. Renee is a very accomplished and entertaining speaker and her presentations are full of highly useful information. Safety is no small subject and we at ANML RESQ feel that you can never teach your child or family member enough about dog bite prevention. Not every person or child knows what to do when a dog comes running and barking towards them. Do you run? Do you stand still? What are the safest options for you?

Among the topics to be covered are:

ē Keep yourself, your family, children and pets, bite free
ē How to avoid being bitten
ē Know the signs of danger
ē What to do if attacked by a dog

The seminar will be held Saturday, May 24th at the Caledon Community Centre (6215 Old Church Road, Caledon East, (905) 584-9254, just behind the OPP station) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a light lunch provided and raffles, draws with some great prizes to be won. 

Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased on-line through out website. Prices are Adults $20.00, Children $5.00 and a family of 4 for $35.00. This is a people only event, so please leave your pets at home. 

Make it a day with the family, come on out, learn some valuable information to help yourself, your family and also the chance to win terrific prizes. All proceeds will be going directly to help the animals. 

For more information check out our Events web page...> ~Jennifer

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May 15/08

Baseboard Buddies
Well, it's been a long 10 days for me ... lol ... but our mighty leader Renee is back tomorrow - hurray! We have all missed her tremendously, especially me ... 

I knew my experiences to write about would be non-existent as my own dogs decided to behave themselves. My only ordeal lately has been battling a family of mice living somewhere in my house. 

This is all a new adventure for my cats as they have always been indoor cats and no chasing for food has been required on their part. They are nicely plump with an ample food supply everyday. I have come home a couple of times, now, to find a dead or even a half dead mouse in the cat room. I believe it was probably more a play toy for them, something to bat around until it didnít squeak or move any longer. 

Tonight, though, the mouse got away from all of us. The little critter was fast and disappeared once again under a baseboard to live another day. It even managed to crawl into my sweatshirt for a few seconds as I was bent over trying to find it on the floor ... you can picture the dance that took place when I discovered it had crawled up into my shirt! (But, my little furry friend, not to worry, my felines are patient and will await your re-appearance once more). 

By the way, my vicious staffies were too busy hiding in the other room or Hershey who was sleeping on the couch, to take part in the event - not their cup of tea with all that carrying on. 

Alas, this is my final blog, for now, and I welcome Renee back with open arms. Iím sure she had a wonderful trip and will be refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to jump back into the world of rescue - where she was missed. 

Welcome back my friend. Hope Miss Snassy loves her new gear ... ~Jennifer

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May 14/08
You Know You've Been...
You know you've been doing rescue too long when...
  • You have a mental list of people you'd like to spay, neuter or euthanize.
  • You stopped at a house with a "Free Puppies" sign in the yard to have an educational "Chat," and your kids had to post your bail.
  • Running out of paper towels is a household crisis.
  • You not only KNOW all the characteristics of a good "stool," you discuss them at dinner.
  • Your checks have messages on them like "Subtract Two Testicles For Every Four Feet."
  • You have a bumper sticker that reads "My German Shepherd Is Smarter Than Your Graduate Student."
  • You secretly wonder about such things as how animals can manage without wiping.
  • You absent-mindedly pat people on the head or scratch them behind their ears.
  • Given the choice of having your teeth cleaned or their teeth cleaned, they get their teeth cleaned.
  • You not only allow pets on the couch, guests have to sit on the floor because the dog has "territorial issues."
  • Your spouse missed the final game of the World Series because the cat wanted to watch his favorite video, "Birds of North America."
  • Anytime the animal appears lethargic, you go on-line and investigate Vetmed web sites, pose questions to your address book and on e-lists, and by the time you digest all the information and field the correspondence, the animal has torn out the window screens, and left something disgusting in your favorite pair of shoes.
  • Your chatroom handle is "Queen of Spayeds."
  • You and your vet are on a first name basis and he genuflects when you enter the waiting room. His daughter at Harvard refers to you as "Auntie ( or Uncle)."
  • You needed a prescription to recover from "Old Yeller."
  • You've forwarded more warnings about the dangers of chocolate, onions, grapes and Mistletoe than the National Center for Disease Control has issued about Anthrax and smallpox.
  • You wear white year 'round, not because you are flaunting a fashion law or belong to a religious sect but because it is BLEACHABLE.
  • By the time you investigate different flea control products, their advantages and potential risks, natural versus chemical methods, and study the life cycle of the flea, any fleas have died of old age.
  • You tell your children to "heel!" in a grocery store.
  • For relaxation, you went mall hopping with your girlfriends. Your eyes glazed over when you saw a sign in front of a pet shop, "20% Off All Puppies & Kittens," and you slapped three security guards before they got you safely contained in the manager's office.

    ~ Author Unknown ~

Have a great day ~Jennifer

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May 13/08

Last, But Never Least
So, on we go, to the last two of my chocolate crew ... 

One, is my own boy, the ray of sunshine who was my odd thunderstorm - Sir Twix'alot, more commonly known to his friends as Twix. What can we say about the Prince himself? Well letís start by saying he may have failed puppy school but it was only because of his vast interest in science and nature. Never having a dog with such a wide attention span, it was difficult for me to gather his whole focus on me. There were far better things to see, smell and explore. 

My classes with Twix took place outside and that allowed us to commune with nature whether we wanted to or not. His biggest interest lay not with me, or the special beefy treats in my pocket, or the teacher, but in the vast amount of crickets that hopped about the field where we practiced our commands. When you canít beatĎem you join'em and that's what we almost did. 

After many different ploys the teacher finally gave in and suggested I capture a few and have them to use as his point of focus or concentration ... lol ... so much for brains - he voted on the side of brawn and beauty instead. But alas not all is lost as Twix went back to school last summer and passed with flying colours. A little bit late but at least he made the grade without his chirping friends to help him along. Of course, Twix still communes with nature. If you remember one of Reneeís previous blogs, he is the boy who sits so still beneath my trees that he gets birds pooping on his nose. Not the same as chasing crickets, but this shows his patient side. 

Last, but not least, is my special foster boy Snickers, who, funny enough, came to our rescue already named. So, it was quite easy to figure out who would take him in ... he had to join the chocolate crew. 

Snickers came to me a little puppy who was sickly and reminded me of the green slime character from Ghostbusters. When he was young he had some how picked up a horrible viral bug that caused him to leave a huge green slimy puddle everywhere he went. I chased after him like a real mom wiping his nose every 5 minutes, going through boxes upon boxes of Kleenex. I felt so bad for the little guy, he was quite sick for a time but after a couple doses of antibiotics we were able to get rid of the slime for good. 

Today, he is a fun-loving happy boy who loves his agility tunnel and will run back and forth through it every chance he gets. He also adores beating up his sister Reeses and chewing on her back legs on a daily basis.

Add to that two feisty felines, who really are in charge of the entire house, and it leaves no peace and quiet for their master ... me ... lol  ~Jennifer

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May 12/08

Well I did it again ... Renee is going to have my head. I have a real bad habit of forgetting my camera for all those opportune Kodak moments. This weekend we were busy with a few different things and where was my camera - in front of my computer not doing anyone any good. 

Saturday was a busy day for us. We got Riley adopted into his new home and Chester now lovingly known as Bailey moved into a fantastic foster home.

Riley went to his new forever home with a new canine brother to play around with, in his new big fenced backyard. As well, he has two great human siblings, a brother and a sister, who fell in love with him the minute they saw him. He hopped into the back of the family van without hesitation and was off to his new future full of excitement and love. I told his foster mom the sign of a good foster parent is when the dog jumps into the adopter's vehicle with a smile and doesnít look back. It's a bit of a let down for the fosters but to see him so happy is worth it...

Our lovely Bailey is just as lucky. He ended up with two very patient, loving, sensitive foster parents who, I know, will give this boy the chance he deserves. He went visiting for Motherís Day and was the hit of the dinner. Everyone fell in love with this great boy and thought he was fantastic. He has learned to dance and made fast friends with the resident feline (who hasnít been too keen on the canines that are coming and going, but seemed to sense a side to this boy that is sensitive). She even reached out a paw and gently touched him as if to let him know it's OK here, you can relax now ... I see great things in your future Bailey. 

I promise pictures to come... ~Jennifer

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May 9/08

Take Over
I had to laugh when Renee asked me to take over the blog while she was away. I originally replied thinking there would be endless adventures to talk about as my own crew seem to get into things on a non-stop basis. But my fear has happened, which is actually good and bad ... Renee goes out of town and my guys behave themselves. Where does that leave me with stories? Come on guys, mom needs some ideas here to write about.

So let me start by introducing my own chocolate bar family, girls firstÖ..

First off is the queen matriarch my special star, Hershey. My girl was originally a foster who had a rough beginning being a breeding dog at a puppy mill. I brought her home and she had a fear of open spaces. Over time I discovered what a deep soul this precious girl has and I took the plunge and tried her out for therapy work. No surprise she passed with flying colours and became a much loved therapy dog visiting seniors every Thursday night. 

Her partner was a Bull Mastiff and they were both a big hit at the seniors' residence. For two years every week we went to cheer up the seniors, had some laughs and some quiet times just sitting hanging out. I remember, vividly, one lady was feeling ill that week and came down in her wheelchair but that week she also had to have oxygen with her. In front of her chair sat the pump that pumped oxygen every couple of seconds. Hershey noticed the difference right away and sat staring at the pump with her head cocked to one side, thinking, this is new. For the entire visit she felt the need to stay with this particular lady and remained at her side out of concern, sitting quietly keeping her company.

Unfortunately, for Hershey and the seniors, she was dismissed from the program once the ban went into effect. The seniors lost a very good friend and visitor, and Hershey lost a job that she loved. She will always be a very special girl to me; Pit bull or not.

My next girl is Miss Reeses Pieces, the Diva, the Princess, the happiest girl you will ever meet. She also started off as a foster, but this time I had just picked her up to take her home and within a matter of minutes I knew she was meant to stay with me. 

She prances, she dances, her tail goes non-stop and is the first to give kisses to everyone she meets. I put her through her paces for the Canine Good Neighbour certification and passed with no problem. The last test is to leave your dog with someone they donít know and hide so the dog doesnít see their owner. How much do they stress without you around? Well I went and hid behind a corner and stood watching the reactions of the people watching Reesie ... laughter started to erupt from the observers. I quietly asked what was going on. What was my girl doing? Oh no, was she going to fail this last test? I couldnít see her but they told me that this girl didnít have any stress at all. The nice gentleman that was holding on to her leash sat watching her, the next thing she did was jump up on the chair with him, push him over with her butt so she could take over the chair and sat there relaxing and hanging out. That is my girl - no grass for her little tushie, she much prefers a cushion, a chair or a nice plushy sofa.

Next week the terrible twosome - the boys of the groupÖ ~Jennifer  

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May 8/08

If I Didn't Have Dogs...

If I didn't have dogs . . .

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be
free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without
wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted,
without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I wouldn't have strange presents under my Christmas tree - dog bones, stuffed animals, toys, treats; nor would I have to explain to people why I wrap them.

I would have money and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians,
as I put their yet-unborn grandchildren through college. 

The most used words in my vocabulary wouldn't be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her it ALONE. 

My house wouldn't be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers. 

My house wouldn't look like a day care center - toys

My pockets would not contain things like treats or an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,
F-R-I-S-B-E-E, or W-A-L-K. 

I wouldn't have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside. 

I wouldn't look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the melting of snow instead
of dreading mud season. 

I wouldn't have to answer the question, "Why do you have so many dogs/animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get. 

How empty my life would be. ~ Author Unknown ~

[This is so true ... have a great day! ~Jennifer ]

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May 7/08

Shelter Workers
I was chatting with my friend last night who works at a city shelter and thought what an amazing soul this person has, to do what she does everyday. We have many contacts in various shelters that keep their eyes on all the dogs that enter those 4 walls. But when their time is up we usually get a call for help to try and place the dog somewhere safe. 

I donít know how they do what they do everyday, going in and looking after those lost souls, becoming fast friends with them and then going in one day and they are no longer there. It would break my heart to watch them go as Iím sure it does for the workers who see it weekly. You have to have a strong sense of self to work in a place like a shelter. I want to send out my kudos to all the shelter workers around the Province who donít get enough recognition for the work they do, the tears they must shed and the love they hand out selflessly every day.

I think I would end up with a houseful of animals. My friend and I joked around about that last night ... really what is another 5 kittens or so ... if youíre feeding 3 you can feed 5 more ... letís just not turn into the crazy cat ladies. ~Jennifer

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May 6/08

Chester Update
This past weekend I had the privilege of saving a wonderful soul by the name of Chester. Happy, loving brown eyes that come with a little Setter/Spaniel body ready for anything life may bring him. 

We were able to save this fun loving guy from the dreaded shelter life, but unfortunately his original foster home is unable to take him and now he needs to find a great foster home to explore and be able to be himself. 

Chester is quite young, about 1.5 years old and seems to have been someoneís baby at one time. He knows sit, down, shake a paw and wants nothing more than to curl up on someoneís lap at the end of the day for some loving and cuddles. He gets along great with other dogs and would love a play partner. 

If you are interested in helping this youngster he would really appreciate some green grass to roll around on, a tree to lay under or a lap to sleep in ... this boy deserves lots of love and treats. You can find the ANML-RESQ application on the left ~Jennifer  

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May 5/08
I will be leaving today to visit with my family in British Columbia. I am looking forward to seeing my family, again, after a couple of years. However, I will miss my furbabies SO much, I am already fretting about leaving them )-:

It seems they KNOW when I am getting ready to go away for a few days. I don't pack in front of them as it seems to bring up their stress levels. Tegra and Winston will be the worst. They are Mama's cling-ons and no doubt they already know that I have plans to go away. No matter how hard I try, I can't fool my dogs. lol They know me inside and out and they know when I am getting ready to go away. They are also VERY good at making me feel guilty when I walk out the door. I will be missing them the moment I pull out of the driveway )-:

I heard that the weather is beautiful in British Columbia and the spring flowers are in full-bloom, so there will be lots to see when I get out there.

In my absence, Jennifer, has kindly offered to write the blog ... thank you SO much Jen. I hope I can get onto a computer a couple of times to read what is happening with the group. If not, I will have lots of catching up to do when I get home! (-: Have a great week everyone!
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May 2/08

We had an urgent request for a little boy lost, unclaimed and his time was up in the shelter. Urgent pleas were sent out by cross-posting emails in a last-ditch effort to locate help. I am so happy to say that this little boy found help. 

We have a wonderful approved applicant who is looking to adopt, but saw his urgent plea and offered to take this little boy into her loving home to foster. This will be her first foster experience and we are so excited to be part of it.

Last minute arrangements were made to transport him this weekend to his new foster home. Thankfully the transporters were able to make room for this little fellow - a BIG thank you to those of you who made room in your vehicles for another wayward soul. 

These wonderful dogs are fortunate to have SO many people that care about their lives and futures and are willing to take time from their weekends to transport animals to safety.

The little boy has NO NAME, but foster mom has asked her children (she is an early childhood educator) to give him a name. She took his picture to school with her and asked the children for a name. So, with love, they named him 'Chester'.

Stay tuned for pictures and more information about Chester in the next few days. 

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May 1/08

CB Update
We received a wonderful update from CB's mom, thanks Shawna! As you can see, CB has been very busy keeping her family entertained with her silly ways. We understand she has a fetish for blankets (-:

Hello Ladies:

Just a little note to update you on how I am doing. I have settled in quite nicely and think that I truly own this place. Brutus is a push over and lets me do whatever I want. I don't think he can remember what having a toy to chew on means. Every time he gets one I like to steal it right out of his mouth. He has been a good companion except he is not a cuddler and I am. He has this thing where he doesn't like to be touched while he sleeps, so I try ever so quietly to sneak up and snuggle. He just gets up with a huff and moves to another spot. What is with that!!! I had an awesome time playing in all that white stuff. Dad and mom say they like to see it go, but not to see what's left underneath when it all melts away. Whatever that means!

I am currently enjoying digging holes -  whoever knew getting dirty would be so much fun. Dad says so much for the new sod we laid last year. They should really know better they do own two dogs. I had a visit to the vets today and mom was shocked at how much I weigh. I am up to a whopping 55lbs, so much for being a little dog. Dr Emms says that I am not over weight and am good and healthy. She said most of my weight is muscle. Mom agreed because on walks I almost pull her over when I see a squirrel. The leash thing is getting better I still like to pull every chance I get. 

Mom says it's time for more training that I have been hanging out with my 3 year old master Wess and am picking up on his listening skills. She needs to ask me to do things a few times. I can hear I am just testing. Typical toddler she says. Miss you ladies Love CB (Cherry Blossom AKA Tuba Lulu) ~Shawna

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