"I'm Levi and I was saved because of FM and the great people behind Dogster. I was pulled from a kill shelter in KS then fostered and transported on the way to my forever home in Ohio! Read the rest of the story in my diary!"
Favorite Walk: Is this heaven? No silly, it's the dog park!
Best Tricks: Sitting for a treat
Arrival Story: I spotted Levi's picture on the petfinder listings for Hutchinson, KS. I was convinced that he is the brother to the Kansas 6-pack that was rescued Christmas 2006. The same group that rescued the 6-pack couldn't get Levi out of their minds and set a plan in motion to rescue him. I went down to Hutchinson and picked Levi up on 10/14... he has been a doll ever since!
Bio: Read more about the Kansas 6-pack and their brother Levi at Cutest Dog Ever. Levi is a sweetheart of a dog! He loves other dogs, loves all people, he is just a generally happy-go-lucky guy. After the first day he hasn't had any accident in the house. He rides well in the car and is an easy dog to foster.
Forums Motto: Opt to Adopt!
Past Life: There are signs that Levi did not have the easiest life before I picked him up. His ear were raw with fly bites and sun burnt. He also had mats all over his tail and HUGE mats behind his ears. The worst though are his leg scars. Both hind legs have old, deep scars across them... to me it looks like he was chained and got the chained wrapped around his legs so tightly that the chain cut his legs. It's also a possibility that the scars were caused by Levi being caught in a trap of some kind. It does effect him (he limps occasionally) but doesn't slow him down at all! Levi loves to run around the dog park. Levi was found abandoned outside the shelter with no collar or tags. They have no idea what they are missing!
Uncle Buck: The gorgeous German Shepherd you see in all the pictures is Buck. Looking at petfinder at Levi, I of course, had to look at the other dogs too when I saw Buck. I love GSD's as do my fellow rescuers so I decided that I had room in my car for two dogs, so I was taking two dogs! Buck is a wonderful, young GSD!! Words can not express what I feel for this boy. He is calm and stoic but needy and always wants attention. He likes the other dogs but isn't into the rough and tumble play like Raven and Levi. He is probably about 10+ pounds under weight and has a few fly bites along the tips of his ears. He doesn't mark and never had an accident in my house. He would rather sit and cuddle than do anything else in the world.
What does the future hold?: Even though I could pick up two dogs, I couldn't house two more dogs! Levi is being transferred to a foster home in Ohio because I cannot foster him long term. It's a long way to go but on the way he gets to reunite with his sisters! Buck is hopefully going to be fostered up in Lincoln until a GSD rescue in CO can take him.
I kept a Dogster page for Levi because he will always be a part of my heart and a part of my family even though he went to live in Ohio...
Levi is sick, very sick. I can't even describe what he's been through in the last few weeks but nothing is working to make him better. Once we found out what was wrong with him we thought he would get better but he didn't respond to treatment and has been slowly getting worse. His mom loves him so much and has spent so much time and money trying to get him better, it's just not fair that it's not working.
So this is it. If this new drug doesn't work to work in a few days there are no other options. Levi is miracle in the first place- he was scarred up, neglected, shot up with buckshot and dumped near a shelter in Kansas. It was amazing that his rescue even took place at all. But we need one more! One more big burst of positive energy- power of the paw- to help this drug work.
Levi, we all love you and are pulling for you! This is it, this drug has to work!!
Former FM entered pictures of Buck and I for the Caring and Sharing contest but my story and everything FM does for homeless dogs won't fit in a caption so she wanted me to write it here.
Saving Buck and I is what FM is most proud of and why she entered our pictures in the contest. During the rescue of the Kansas 6-pack last year mom was mostly on the sidelines offering advice and encouragement. She was so disappointed that she couldn't have helped more. However, out of their rescue came some wonderful friendships and bonds with fellow Dogsters as well as 6 lives saved and in happy forever homes. =)
In the original story of the 6-pack, 2 male pups had already been placed in homes, it was only the females that needed saving. Well, ever since the rescue FM has occasionally checked petfinder for the town they came from wondering if one of those dogs could be the girls' brother, or mother. One day my picture popped up. Could it be? I looked so much like the girls and per my description I was the right size and age. FM quickly sent the link to her pals who knew the 6-pack better than anybody. It was agreed that indeed, it looked like I was their brother. Not sure how the rest happened but all of a sudden calls were made to the shelter, adoption fees were paid, I was sent in to be neutered, and life was going to change! Of course FM also checked out the rest of the dogs on the website and the group of friends decided to use their contacts to save Buck, a German Shepherd in the same shelter. FM decided that since she had more than enough room for two dogs, she was going to save two dogs.
So FM and another Dogster pal drove to Kansas, picked up Buck and I and took us back to Nebraska. Buck and I looked like we had had a pretty rough time. I was full of mats and kind of stinky but super, super sweet and no one could understand how a sweet guy like me ended up at the shelter. I also had some pretty nasty looking scars on my hind legs. Buck was scared and pretty skinny but once he was out of the shelter he blossomed! He loved people and wanted to do nothing other than please. I stayed with FM for a week then went to another FM in Iowa for another week and then finally to Ohio where my forever home was waiting for me. Buck stayed with FM for a couple days and then was boarded at her shelter while he waited for a foster home to open up. Buck was then sent to a GSD rescue in Colorado and was adopted shortly after he got there.
Although FM played a pretty big part in our rescue she never could have done it without the help of her friends and fellow Dogsters! There were a lot of people behind our rescue and FM just played her part. Oh, and when they saw me in person... it was 100% certain I was the 6-pack's brother.
Besides our rescue, FM also works at her local shelter 2 days a week. Because of her work at the shelter she has been able to help dogs get into breed specific rescues, or into forever homes and out of the shelter. She also fosters on occasion and helps with transports. Oh, and did I mention she adopted Raven, an unsocialized shelter puppy? She took Raven home to help socialize her and then Raven never left because she stole FM's heart. I thought she was pretty cool too. ;) FM has also been able to help organize an obedience class for former shelter dogs and their owners and she helps with off-site adoption events by transporting and showing off shelter dogs.
Whew, I think that about covers it. FM has to get ready to go to the shelter again tonight. They were short handed for the holidays so she agreed to help out!