January 3rd 2006 8:28 pm
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IN MEMORY OF SNAPPY: THANK YOUS & MEMORIAL FUND UPDATES:
Greetings Friends, Family, Rescue Supporters and Dogster Pals:
Thank you (so very-very much) for all the support you have shown us over the past year. It has been overwhelming. Snappy had a hard life and was quite a girl. In an effort to make a difference in the lives of other dogs, like Snappy, we started a memorial fund through LL Dog Rescue, the organization that saved her. (See graphic above.) If you are in the Kansas City area and looking for a small breed dog, check them out. And if you live in another part of the world, please check out the shelters and rescue groups in your area and do something to help the cause of pet overpopulation, abuse and neglect.
With many thanks and warm wishes to you all!
-- Snappy's family
A SPECIAL THANK YOU 12-18-07: We had our largest donation to Snappy's Fund to date. A huge thank you goes out to Diane N. and her rescue dog for the very generous donation. As of today, Snappy's Fund has raised more than $8,000 to help special-needs dogs find health and happiness. Everyone listed in this entry is responsible for this amazing feat. Thank you all so very much!
DONOR THANK YOUS 12-1807: Catherin K. in memory of Taco; Eugene & Jolean B.; Cyndy P in celebration of Duke; Vickie T. in celebration of Ruby; Skip & Kay D. in celebration of Caroline; June B. in celebration of Ginger; Tod M. in honor of Marjorie, Lana, Jana, Glenna; Tod M. in honor of Richard & Dennis; Tod M in memory of Ojo; Cheryl K. in celebration of Allie and her foster parents; Tim & Audrie W. in celebration of Scout; Jeanon L. in memory of Misty Lynn & in celebration of Coaoa; Jenny T in honor of Kathy D.; Robin & Jeff L. in memory of Ojo; Jana M, Patrick K and Hugo in memory of Ojo; Les & Barbara M. in celebration of Jessie Ann; Michel L. in celebration of Daisy; Joe & Rachel H. in celebration of Madie; Patricia St. V. in honor of Vicki K. & Dyle C.; Jana M. in celebration of Hugo; Betty, Hap, Normie & Emma F. in memory of Casey.
DONOR THANK YOUS 09-30-07: Jena F. in memory of Rupert; Buddy Lee in celebration of Kate; Kay & Skip D. in memory of Cheyenne; Tod M. in memory of Cheyenne; Tod M. in memory of Jack Peppers; Tod M. in memory of Thumbelena; Betty F. in celebration of Normie & Emma; Annette & Steven C.; Jana M. in memory of Rupert; Barbara B. in memory of her mother; Kathy D. in celebration of Dr. Tate; DJ Sweetheart in memory of Snappy.
PUPSICLE SALES: Molly C., a very special young girl, and her friends had a popsicle stand to raise money for Snappy's Fund. What a great way of pitching in, helping out and making a difference. THANK YOU!!!
DONOR THANK YOUS 06-24-07: Tena Mae C. in memory of Wanda Gann;, Jana M in memory of Barbara Birsinger; Kathy D. in memory of Kelsey Smith; Kathy D. in memory of Bailey; Laurie H. in memory of Lady; Sandra W in celebration of Atticus & Boo; Mary R.; Ashley V.; Jana M. & Patrick K.; Kimberly B. in memory of Shyla; Kate & Grady B. in celebration of Ima & BJ Kinkaid; Lana B. in celebration of Sadie; Kurt & Denise S. in celebration of Auggie; Cynthia & Dale S. in honor of Lilli; Nancy B. in memory of Patches & Butch; Betty F. in celebration of Emma & Normie; Tod M. in memory of Winky; Tod M. in memory of Phoebe Dumas; Tod M. in memory of Roo Kitty.
A POCKET FULL OF MIRACLES:
Thank you to everyone who donated their spare pocket change to Snappy’s Fund at this year’s 5th annual LL Dog Rescue Alumni Picnic.
DONOR THANK YOUS 02-25-07: Suzy H., in celebration of Frankie & Margie; Betty F. in honor of Emma, Normie and Casey; Tod M. in memory of Zach & Surf.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-10-07: Rosemary S. & Paul C.; Jenny W. & Portia in remembrance of Josie and in honor of all those who continue to suffer in puppy mills; Kristi & Jeff F. in memory of Buck.
FROM SNAPPY'S DAD, JANUARY 3, 2007: It was one year ago today that Snappy passed on and her memorial fund was founded. Thank you to everyone listed below (and above) who have contributed to her cause to help puppy mill survivors and dogs in serious need of human kindness and medical attention.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-03-07: Diane M. in celebration of DJ (my first foster dog); Rachel & Joe H. in celebration of Madie; Michelle & Randall B. in celebration of Ruskin. Thank you also to Carly B. who asked her friends and family to give dog supplies to LLDR instead of getting her presents for her 13th Birthday party. What a touching gift and a wonderful lesson for us all. Thank you!
DONOR THANK YOUS 12-27-06: Virgil C. in memory of Lakota; Kay & Skip D. in memory of Foxy and Cody.
DONOR THANK YOUS 12-21-06: Kate & Grady & Buddy & Poebe in honor of Butler & Bill; Lana B.; Jana M. & Patrick K. in memory of Tanner; Kathy D. (Snappy's foster mom) in memory of little Lakota (another puppy mill survivor).
DONOR THANK YOUS 12-15-06: Irene H.; Jenny & Kenny N. in honor of Pixie & Ellie Mae; Barbara W. in honor of Molly B.; Tod M. in honor of Marjorie M. & Sadie, Jana M. & Hugo, Glenna M., Lana B., Richard C. and Dennis H.
DONOR THANK YOUS 12-08-06: Dennis H. & the dogs & New Theatre Restaurant in honor of Tod M., Barbara W. & Molly B., Patricia T. & Bingo; and Cindi, Ron & Sioux H.
DONOR THANK YOUS 11-16-06: Shannon, Radar & Dasher H. in memory of Donder Jo; and Betty, Hap & Normie F. in memory of Casey.
DONOR THANK YOUS 10-24-06: Michele B. on behalf of the Save-A-Life stroll. Thank you for your participation in this wonderful effort to raise rescue awareness and for your generous donation.
DONOR THANK YOUS 09-25-06: Jana & Hugo in memory of Greg & Steve's beloved Tucker, Cathy L., Buster, Pugsley & Cricket in loving memory of Chloe (TPP) & CoCo.; and Betty, Hap & Normie F. in memory of Casey.
From our Dogster friends Chloe and Roxy...
SNAPPY -- ALWAYS TEACHING: 09-17-06
Today Mom took Snappy's picture and story to her 4th & 5th grade Sunday School class. The story was about how animals were made and their purposes on earth. Mom talked about how Snappy ended up just having puppies so a person could get rich.
The kids immediatley fell in love with Snappy. They laughed at how she got her name, and when her story said she "pooped" on her dad. They talked about her the entire class, even though they covered wildlife, farm animals, sea creatures, etc. They decorated their memory verse sheets with drawings of her. She caught their attention better than anything else taught.
One child asked why it was wrong -- shouldn't Snappy have had puppies? So Mom took time to tell the children that dogs should have puppies, but there are so many puppies that need home. And Snappy had so many that it was unhealthy because the owner just wanted money. They children concluded on their own that it was abuseive. And because they read her story, the kids knew the owner didn't take care of her and the other animals.
Another child said "I only get my dogs from dog stores." Mom then told them that's probably where all Snappy's dogs were sold. And since Snappy was not taken care of well, and became sick, the puppies might also be sick. She told them it's better to adopt. Since there is a girl who was a foster child, then adopted in the class, it all made sense to them. Or if they wanted to buy one, they need to meet the people who raise the mommy dog and daddy dog, and make sure they were not in cages in the back like Snappy.
Unlike adults sometimes, these kids took it to heart. It was only at the end, that Mom told the kids that Snappy was really sick and even after she found her wonderful home -- she was sick and died from her illness. The children were visibliy sad. They thought it was a happy story about a dog saved. And it was, but the consequences were still very real.
The class hung a poster of Snappy in the room. And the summary was, Snappy did not necessarily get to fulfill her role her entire life of companion, but she is filling a purpose even today because she has a fund and she teaches others about puppy mills. And Snappy's dad did not get to have Snappy for a lot of years, but Snappy finally found out what love was.
SAVE-A-LIFE STROLL 09-16-06:
We received Snappy's prize package for winning the Save-A-Life contest stroll. We just wanted to acknowledge the wonderful gifts we received and to send out a big thank you to all the pups and people who helped organize the contest and participated in it as well. What a great way to raise awareness to the plight of homeless pets. A special thanks to Mia, Missy and Lady for sending the prizes. Thank you, thank you, thank you! -- Snappy's family
DONOR THANK YOUS 08-21-06: Jennifer W. & Portia in memory of Josie, Sharon C., and Theresa V.
HOT DOGS FOR RESCUE:
On Saturday, August 19th, 13 volunteers served hot dogs, chips and beverages to help raise money for LL Dog Rescue's Snappy Memorial Fund. The fund is set up to raise awareness about puppy mills and proceeds go to help dogs requiring extensive or long term medical care.
I would like to thank Linda, Bill, Gale, Melissa, Tim, Ben, Randee, Heidi, Jack, Stephanie, Jacquie and Jena for joining me to help serve over 5,000 hot dogs to raise money to help homeless dogs. I would also like to thank the Price Chopper grocery store chain (Part of the Balls Food Group) for the opportunity to work the event and for their donation to the fund for our time and energy. They are great about giving back to the community and have long been a supporter of our organization.
Thank you again, to all involved, for your hard work and support. -- Snappy's Dad
SAVE A LIFE STROLL: Winners Announced
It is with great honor that I report that Snappy was the grand prize winner in the Save A Life stroll. The stroll was organized to pay tribute to the pups and people of Dogster who support rescue and to draw attention to the plight of homeless dogs. Snappy received a prize package, an animated image, a donation in her name to Best Friends Animal Society and a donation to her very own Snappy Memorial Fund through LL Dog Rescue.
Here is what the judges had to say in their announcement:
"Our Grand Prize and First Place Winner: This tiny girl defied all odds. She spent many years locked up in an awful puppymill. Many of us would see a fire as something we would never wish for, but for this little girl the fire brought her a new life. Please send out a HUGE applause for...SNAPPY!!!"
Second place went to Chloe the Princess Pug, third place to Comu and honorable mentions were awarded to Momo, Chloe, Suzy, Jasmine, Punkin, George Underwood and Daisy Mae. We would also like to thank all the pups who put this event on, including: Poncho, Vincent, Yoshi, Kiko, Emiko, Dolly and Mollie. This was a great idea and a wonderful way to raise awareness. Thanks again for all your hard work -- and for honoring my Snappy!
DONOR THANK YOUS 06-01-06: Kathleen B.; Buddy Lee & Pheobe Dumas.
DONOR THANK YOUS 05-02-06: Sam M. in honor of Richard C.'s BIG birthday. Kenton B. donated TWO CASES of Charlee Bear treats (Snappy's absolute favorite snack) to LL Dog Rescue and Pawd'ner's Rescue Ranch & Hospice in Snappy's name.
DONOR THANK YOUS 04-23-06: Marcia Y.; Russ & Dreen P. & Little-Bit.
DONOR THANK YOUS 03-23-06: Shannon H.; Radar & Dasher; Betty F., Hap & Normie (in memory of Casey) and Ojo, Otto, Ticker, Jesse & Rupert in honor of Jolie. A donation was also made in Snappy's name to the Kansas City Humane Society.
DONOR THANK YOUS 02-18-2006: Diane M., John & D.J. (my first foster dog); Betty F., Hap & Normie (in memory of Casey); and Russell & Dreen P. & Little-Bit.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-28-2006: Cheryl B.; Poquito; and Barbara W. & Molly.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-20-2006: Jacquie & Paul L.; Pam M.: Jeff, Kristi, Charleigh, Delaney & Jaxon F.; Kate and Tim S.; and Fiesta, Mingo & Napoleon.
SPECIAL THANK YOUS: To Drs. Kraus, Tate and Gibbs at Tomahawk Animal Hospital for the donation in Snappy's honor to "The Pet Trust at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. (What a generous and thoughtful surprise.) To Poquito and family for starting a beautiful thread of condelences to us in the We Miss You Dogster forums. (A big heartfelt thanks to Pokie and Mom.) Please stop by and read the wonderful messages we received.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-15-2006: Kathy D. (who saved, fostered and allowed me to adopt Snappy) & Cheyenne & Baby in memory of Lakota LeAnne; Gale P. & Chloe; Becky R. in memory of Kelley; Shannon H.; Radar & Dasher; Sarah & Dan H. & Fargo; Sandra W.; Atticus, Boo, Blossom & Zeke; Glenna M.; Kenton B.; Jana M. & Hugo; Elaine W. & Saki; Diane & Linus D.; and Hap & Betty F. & Normie in memory of Casey.
PERSONAL THANK YOU: To my niece, Sarah C., for the beautiful drawing of Snappy and the wonderfully illustrated card signed by her family â€“ Sarah, Hannah, Adam, Abby, Jon, Stacie & Sophie.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-08-2006: Kris & Tinkerbell B.; Marjorie M. in memory of Bob & Cricket; Lana B. in memory of CJ; Glenn & Sheila J.; Debbie P.; Sandy P.; Dreen & Jacqueline P. in honor of Little Bit; Jo Anna & Keith J. & Daisy; Joan R., Ana & Ammie in memory of Kelley; Carol & Mike G., Tucker, Sam, Max & Ricky in memory of Blue & Gus; Robin & Jeff L. Looie & Roxie in memory of Piglet; Jeanon L. in memory of Timmy.
SPECIAL THANK YOU: To Radar, Dasher & family who sponsored a homeless dog (a Chihuahua named Pinky) through Noah's B'ark rescue organization in their community in Snappy's honor. (This still just blows me away.) If you live in the Manhattan Beach, Calif. area, please support their rescue group with an adoption, by fostering, making a donation or lending a hand. They're good people and they need your help.
PERSONAL THANK YOUS: To Kris B. & Tinkerbell (Snappy's daughter) for their support; Jo Anna J. for the beautiful blanket that we love; Randee D.; Brenda C.: Joe H.; Jennifer, Brian & Emilee E.; Tom L. & Mark M.; and Andy T. & Dominique.
DONOR THANK YOUS 01-05-2006: Richard C., Dennis H. & New Theatre Restaurant; Sam M.; Karla J.; Mendy R.; Lee, Cheryl, Bonnie & Fanci M.; Jane M. & Jazz; and Shelley T. & Mr. Deeds.
LL Dog Rescue | The Snappy Memorial Fund | PO Box 8545 | Shawnee Mission, KS | 66208
"CURRENT Dogster dogs helping FUTURE Dogster dogs"
FROM SNAPPY'S DAD:
It is with great sadness that I write this message. Little Snappy passed away this afternoon after her valiant battle with cancer. For a little dog who spent the first seven years of her life in a puppy mill, loved by no one, her life ended filled with an abundance of love from her adopted family, friends and siblings â€“ plus all the wonderful pets and people on Dogster who generously showered her with their care, comfort, concern and support.
I would like to thank everyone for the strength you have given me during her illness. This little dog touched me in a way that I can't explain. She had a quiet spunk, spirit and attitude that was engaging, endearing and amusing. And she was stubborn beyond belief. First in her unwillingness to trust and accept me and then in her desire to be by my constant side. She may have been the submissive little female but Snappy very quietly ruled the roost in this house.
I will miss everything about her for the rest of my life and I will remain eternally grateful that I was one of the chosen few that she loved and trusted.
Snappy passed in the company of the three people that saved her from her hell and the only three people that made her tail wag: Kathy, who rescued, fostered and allowed me to adopt her; Melissa, her vet tech who was the first human to ever show her kindness and her foster home; and myself who fostered, adopted and loved her something awful.
A memorial fund has been established in her name through the rescue group that saved her. If you would like to make a small donation in her honor, please send your tax-deductible donations to:
LL Dog Rescue | The Snappy Memorial Fund | PO Box 8545 | Shawnee Mission, KS | 66208
From the bottom of my heart â€“ thank you again for your kind support.
â€“ Snappy's Dad and company (Ojo, Otto, Ticker and Jesse â€“ in memory of Toto & Snappy)
"CURRENT Dogster dogs helping FUTURE Dogster dogs"
Snappy and Ojo's Grandmother sent the following piece that we wanted to share with you.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. The sick are healthy. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.
There is one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one of them suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches. The ears perk up. The eyes begin staring. And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take them in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
The story is different for those who pass without someone special. They are not restored to youthful days, nor do they romp and play. Instead, they hang their heads. They are not allowed to cross the bridge, as they can only cross accompanied by their special people. Having no families to call their own, they lie quietly, watching the pathway that leads to the bridge, and waiting...
A seemingly ordinary person approaches the bridge with extended arms, and the infirm are restored to their former youthful states. They fall in behind this person. The other animals bow to show their respect. You see, this seemingly ordinary person is a rescuer.
When rescuers arrive at the bridge, they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue... escorting the homeless animals across the Rainbow Bridge.
â€“ Author Unkown
NOT WITHOUT MY DOGS
"Tis said there is a heaven, And come that there should be, If my dogs aren't welcome, It's not the place for me.
They love me just for who I am, Don't ask that I be more, Are always there to greet me, When I come in the door.
They are loving and so friendly, And full of loyalty, Ask so very little, And give so much to me.
They always try to cheer me, When I am feeling low, And I'd rather have them as my friend, Than most people that I know
One dog had to leave us, And if heaven there should be, She'll be waiting there for us, Waiting patiently.
So if there is a heaven, Since my dogs are part of me, If my dogs aren't welcome, It's not the place to be.
This was written and sent to us by Normanâ€™s mom and our new Dogster friend in honor of Snappyâ€™s passing. It is beautiful! Thank you! Â©2005 by Norman's Mom
January 1st 2006 12:29 am
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This is the time of year that people make their new year's resolutions. I have one I would like you to please consider. Why not make supporting a rescue group or shelter in your area something YOU resolve to do in 2006. I'm telling you – they need your help, it is a great cause and they would be so appreciative.
You don't have to break the bank, just send in $5.00. As of this moment, if everyone on Dogster would donate $5.00 to help homeless dogs, that would be over $640,000 going to help the cause.
Or they always need pet supplies, things you may already have around the house and aren't using. Do you have old dog collars, leashes, bowls, bedding, blankets or towels? Those would be great things to donate.
You could also donate office supplies. Things like copy paper, file folders or postage stamps.
This is a great thing to donate. The next time you go to a Costco or Sam's Club, why not pick up an extra case of paper towels to donate. They need things like bleach, clean wipes, carpet cleaner and trash bags.
YOUR TIME, SERVICES OR TALENTS:
Man power is always needed and always appreciated. Make a phone call and find out what you can do to help a group in your area.
There are lots of organizations out there and lots of ways to help. Just please consider doing something, somewhere for someone. (Please.) And if you want to contribute and don't know who to give to, here's the address of the rescue group who saved me. You can tell them Snappy sent you.
LL Dog Rescue, PO Box 8545, Shawnee Mission, KS 66208.
They are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization licensed in Kansas and Missouri and your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you and bless you and have a great year. – Little Snappy and company
December 25th 2005 5:44 pm
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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I made it to my next goal – to see 2006. We were all prepared to ring in the new year together, however we hit a small snag – we fell asleep. (Not a very lively bunch.) But, we woke up in time to ring in the new year in the next time zone. So, we all had a special treat and celebrated by achievement.
I gave Dad a scare earlier this week. He came home from work and I was having trouble getting my breath. (Usually I'm barking, this time I was coughing.) He thought my time was up but decided to feed me and see if I was capable of (or interested in) eating. Which I was, and I have been feeling pretty good ever since.
Here's to a great 2006 to you all. Thanks for your signs of support. – Little Snappy
Well, I made it. I lasted until Christmas and now my goal is New Year's. It has been a struggle, there have been ups and downs, but I'm hanging in there. I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for all your support. Thanks for your messages on my get well forum page, the rosettes, bones and emails – they mean so much to me and my family.
As for everyone else: Ojo has been feeling good. (Yea Ojo!) Jesse has been acting very good . (Especially for Jesse.) Ticker has been pretty good. (He's usually the instigator of trouble.) And Otto has been less than good. (In fact, he's sorta been awful – but he can't help it and we have to keep telling ourselves that.)
That's the update on me and my dysfunctional family.
Happy Holidays to you all. – Little Snappy