January 25th 2007 1:11 pm
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Hi - I'm Boomer. I'm the first one pictured because it took me the longest! I'm a flatcoat/chow mix that came into the shelter 2.5 yrs ago at the age of about 10 months. I was terrified and scared but the shelter worker saw past that to the great dog inside. After many months of working with me, she took me home and worked with me some more. After a year she declared me fit to go up for adoption. But it wasn't that simple, many people after meeting me decided that they didn't want a shy dog that may take a week to warm up or fully adjust. Enter Jenn, who after listenng to my foster mom relate any and all info she had on me, still wanted to meet me. We did the home visit and it was great. I am going to my new home on Saturday 1/27/07.
Hi - I'm Dylan and I'm pictured 2nd. I am a GSD mix and a beautiful guy. I was in the shelter for about 6 months and did not like it. I handled well outside the kennel but did not show well while inside it. I acted aggressively towards other dogs, people and definitely cats. Laurel the shelter worker loved me dearly but was concerned at taking me home and how I would interact with her guys there because I am kinda big if I decided not to behave myself. Finally she could stand it no longer and my time was up so she went with her gut feeling. I did well, very well. Now there were some dogs at her house that I wasn't too keen on but she kept us separated. I completely ignored the cats and was great with everyone I met. I was already housebroken and had great inside manners so it was only a matter of finding the right home. After 4 months in foster care I found my forever home on 8/26/06.
Hi - I'm Diego, I'm pictured 3rd and am a shepherd mix, possibly chow. I too did not show well in the kennel and behaved badly but again Laurel took a chance and brought me home where I did great and got a long with just about everyone there. It took me 3 homes before I found the right one. The first one the lady's neighbor said I was a pit/shepherd mix and scared her and so she tied me up outside - Laurel realized that she had placed me with a complete moron and quickly came and got me. The second home was very nice and they tried but the lady was nervous around me and for some reason I just didn't mesh well with them so they returned me back to the shelter where I promptly started misbehaving again. Laurel came and got me and brought me back to her house. Finally after a couple of months, Diana called her and loved my picture and wanted a friend for her siberian husky. We went out to meet Diana and Cathy and their husky and we immediately hit it off. I was adopted on 11/1/06 and I love my life with my two moms.
Hi - I'm Curley, I'm pictured 4th and I am a beagle/shar pei mix. I was abandoned with my 2 brothers for 3 WEEKS before anyone called a/c to report that we had no food or water and were chained up. Animal control went out immediately to get us and we looked terrible, in fact no one thought we were going to make past the first few days. But survive we did and thrive, even in a kennel where we got fat and learned how to be a dog. We were there for several months when my brother Moe had a prolapsed rectum and Laurel was out of town that day. Instead of waiting and finding out that Laurel would have taken Moe to the vet and had him neutered and the very fixable rectum problem fixed they put Moe down. Laurel was very upset and immediately pulled me and Larry ouit of there to keep us safe. Larry found a home quickly but because I was so cat aggressive it took me almost a year to find my home. In the meantime I learned to tolerate cats fairly well and even found a home with cats there (they live in the parent's suite). I was adopted on 11/30/06 and now have my own airplane, farm in NC and boat to go sailing.
Hi - I'm Asia and pictured 5th. I am a purebred red pit bull that Laurel saved from breeding. My neglectful owner got me for breeding and I did have 2 litters. The first year he got me he left me tied up with my breeding partner, another pit and went away for a few days. It snowed and we were left for 5 days alone with no one to check on us. I managed to get loose and went up the hill to a neighbor's house. When Mary came down to return me she found Conan still tied up and no one home. She brought me and Conan up to the house and called animal control. A ticket was issued for neglect and they had to go to court. My owners told the magistrate that he had a very pregnant wife and they could not get back to their dogs to check on them - these people were gone for 10 days!! The magistrate dropped their case for them. In the spring I had my 2nd litter of puppies and my owner left again, this time in the heat. Rather than take the chance that my owner had yet another very pregnant wife to get him off the hook she started working on him to release me. Me and the pups came down with mange and the pups contracted parvo and died. I looked like crap. She finally managed to relinquish me to the county. I was in heat again but Laurel kept me kenneled to keep me from getting pregnant while she set about finding a home and getting a spay appt and I finished up being treated for mange. About a month after I went into heat Laurel noticed I looked pregnant and thought she was off on the date I went into heat and managed to do it while I was still at my former owners and got bred. She quickly set up a spay appt and sent me in. She got a call right after I arrived - I had a heart murmer, did she want them to proceed with the spay? Well laurel figured pregnant and a heart murmer wasn't good, it was a grade 2 murmer and I was strong - so she said go ahead with it. They called an hour later and said I wasn't pregnant. I had pyometra, which is a life threatening infection of the uterus which can happen when females go into heat but aren't bred, and also my heart murmer went from a grade 2 to a grade 4. Did she still want them to proceed or put me down while I was still under. Laurel hadn't had her first cup of coffee yet, which is probably what saved me. She didn't think about the fact that a $150 spay just went up to a possibly $700 or $800 emergency surgery, all she thought about was the hard work she had put in to getting me out of a life of breeding. Knowing that I might not make it through the procedure, she told them to try and to go ahead. I survived and did very well. Surgery was actually only about $489, my heart murmer went back down to a 2 and after a round of very strong antibiotics at the follow up checkup my murmur had reduced to around a grade 1, weak grade 2. I found a wonderful home on 12/5/06.
Hi I'm Ian and Laurel is looking for a picture of me. I was at the shelter for 7 months and NO ONE believed that I would find a home, except Laurel. I'm a golden/chow mix and was turned into the shelter because I was fearful and tried to bite the man I lived with. Of course they wouldn't admit to abusing me but the way the man acted when they came to turn me in spoke volumes, if you know what I mean. I was very frightened of everyone but with the patience of Karen, Laurel, Betty and Amber working with me I became better and better with each week. I remained afraid of men - mostly because there are no men that work at the shelter and few regular male visitors. But the couple that came - I became very used to and started doing fine. The local golden retriever rescue inquired about me and Laurel gave her detailed information regarding my behavior and what was working for them. Laurel thought being in rescue that this person would be semi-knowledgeable about slow introductions and providing a safe quiet place while I adjusted. Apparently not. I was returned to the shelter 3 hours after this rescue person took me. That didn't deter Laurel. She found a wonderful couple that had worked previously with scared, abused dogs and they fell in love with me o sight. I went home with them to foster to adopt for a few weeks and I did wonderfully. They officially adopted me on 12/28/06.
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