July 2nd 2007 6:16 am
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Charlotte- She is my pride and joy and is the most amazing dog I have ever had the pleasure of being around. She is almost human. I can rattle of a whole paragraph and I swear she understands every single word. She has been a great dog with all of the rescue work we do. She does a great job teaching the foster dogs their doggy manners. If I had more time, Charlotte would be a fantastic therapy dog. Charlotte came to me when she was about 7 weeks old. She was in a home that was neglecting her and starving her. It was love at first sight.
Penny- Penny is the love of my husband's life. We rescued and rehomed her Mom. A short time later the people that had originally had the mom asked us to take the puppy. The plan was to rehome her also but hubby just couldn't let her go. She is definitely his dog. Penny is a very hyper and energetic Pit Bull Terrier. She will play fetch til she drops and is absolutely obsessed with the hose. She is great with almost all other dogs.
Bear- Bear came to us from Franklin County Animal Shelter. He was about 8 weeks old at the time and was this sick little ball of fluff covered in poo, cowering in his cage. I'm a sucker for the sick babies, so Bear came home with us. Once he was nursed back to health, his personality came shining through. He is a big, loveable goofball. Not particularly smart but a big lovebug
Izzy- Izzy is a rescue that a county pound begged us to take. She came to us with her sister and 2 brothers. The day after they arrived they all became really sick with parvo. Her brother Heckle, died 12 hours after becoming ill. Her sister Kota and brother Jeckle survived after being hospitalized a couple of days. Izzy became VERY sick and was hospitalized over a week. On her 5th day of hospitalization the doctor called and said Izzy is not going to make it. Her temp is very low and she is so weak she can't even raise her head. She is suffering and we should put her down, do you want to be here? Hubby and I rushed right over. The vet asked if we wanted some time with her before they put her down. Of course we did! We were warned about how bad she would look etc. They carried her in, wrapped in a blanket and laid her on the examining table. She wasn't moving. I squatted down and got up to her face and started talking to her. All of the sudden "thump, thump, thump" her little tail started wagging. The next thing we knew she hopped up and started running all over the table and the counter. Full of wiggles and kisses for everyone. The vet called it a true miracle and said if she hadn't have seen it, she never would have believed it. Izzy made a full recovery and was home 2 days later. We decided that if we meant enough to Izzy that it gave her the will to live, how could we ever send her away. So she stayed and is a fantastic dog, one of the smartest dogs I have seen.
Max- is another dog that was brought into the rescue after being found wandering the streets. He was supposed to enter the prison training program but when we took him in for his vaccines the vet heard a very loud heart murmur. After xrays and and EKG it was determined that he had a heart defect. The vet sent us to a cardiac specialist at OSU because she thought it was a minor issue that could be surgically corrected. We found out at OSU that it is a fatal heart defect and due to the location of the stenosis it is not correctable and Mr Max will probably die at a very young age. When he goes, he will not have any symptoms, he will just drop over quick and painlessly. Not many adopters want a dog that is just going to die on them one day while walking across the kitchen. So Max is staying with us to pack as much living into a few years as possible. Max is a big, clumsy goofball and I'm not sure he really does have a brain :) He is GREAT with all of the foster puppies though. He is as patient as a saint and they all adore him. EDIT: Max went to the bridge on 10/18/07. He went quickly and peacefully surrounded by his human and canine family. He was a great boy and will deeply missed
Sandy- is now 18 years old. He came to us when he was 11. He had elderly owners who both died within a short timeframe. The remaining family wanted nothing to do with Sandy and were going to have him put down. Sandy came to us a as a big bundle of nervousness and fear. This poor dog was terrified of everything. He has come a long way in the last 6 years and not too much phases him any more. We thought we were going to lose Sandy in the spring of 2006, he had a stroke and lost use of his back legs. He slowly regained use of his legs and still trots around his 3 acre area. His time is coming, we all know that but let a girl dog run around with him for a bit and he perks right up and acts like a dog half his age....the dirty old man RIP Sandy 11/11/08
Soco- came to us as a rescue along with her brothers and sisters. There were 7 total. Soco is the only one that became one of the family. Soco is a ball of energy that LOVES digging in mud puddles, playing in baby pools and wresting with the other dogs. She loves every person she meets. For the most part, she likes other dogs. Every once in a while we find one that she doesn't care for. She doesn't go after anyone, just lets them know that she doesn't want to be bothered
Rags- and then there is Rags. Rags was found abandoned, chained to a fence with a note that said "My name is Rags, take me home and love me" Rags is one of the smartest dogs I have ever met but he has a really nasty temperament. He does not like anyone but me, he will tolerate the rest of the family. He will go after any stranger if given the opportunity. We have been through multiple trainers and behaviorists. They have all said he will never be reliable with people. So Rags will remain with us. I am able to keep him safe and keep others safe from him. If I was not able to safely contain him, he would have been put down.
So that's the gang. They keep us on our toes. Luckily they all get along and are usually pretty good with the foster dogs that come through our home.