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HAPPY EASTER!

April 11th 2009 9:03 am
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We want to wish all our pals & their families a very Happy Easter!
We wish everyone good health, good friends and a joyous day!

Love,
Sully & Socks

 

"Angus the Warrior" is Dog of the Day!!

April 7th 2009 6:55 am
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OMD, we're SO excited that our dear pal, "Angus the Warrior"
(Dogster ID #173508) is Dogster's DOG OF THE DAY!! Angus is such a dear, sweet pal who is living with IMHA and we couldn't be happier for him & his Mom cause they sure deserves this honor!! You go, Angus, sweet boy!!!

Much love~
Sully & Socks

 

Our new page~

March 28th 2009 3:19 am
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We've got a brand new look to our Dogster page and just wanted to tell everyone it was done for us by Flicka's Mom who's recovering from surgery on her hands...she's one strong lady for sure & is always there for all us pups to lend a helping hand (even if she's in pain!).

We love the look of our page and appreciate all the work Flicka's Mom did on it...stop by and take a look if you get a moment! On the right side of the page (down a ways) you'll see an "illuminated" initial "S", also hand painted by Flicka's Mom. These beautiful letters are just another side of her creativity!

Thanks a million, Flicka Mom, for all you've done for us!

Sully & Socks

 

Today is Sully's "Gotcha" Day~

March 26th 2009 5:02 am
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Today is our boy, Sully's, 2nd "gotcha" anniversary..the day the sun came out for us again after a long period of sadness. We had lost our beloved "Buddy" (an Australian Shepherd mix) to cancer on October 1, 2005 and were buried in grief for a seemingly endless time.

About 6 months after we lost Buddy, we could no longer stand the emptiness in our hearts & home. So, we searched Petfinder and saw a darling little red & white husky mix named "Rascal" whose smile invited us to come see him. We fell in love with him on the first day and adopted him on the spot. Rascal was an impish, affection, playful, joyous little dog and we grew to love him very quickly. We had had Rascal for about 6 weeks when out of the blue one day, he charged & bit the UPS man on the arm (he was on his leash, but it was so sudden Mom couldn't stop him). He had never shown signs of aggression toward any person or dog until that day and we were shocked. The UPS man reported Rascal to the Animal Control Department of our County Sheriff's office and they came out and issued us a warning and put poor little Rascal on quarantine in the house for 10 days (drove him wild as he loved romping & playing outside). A follow-up visit from Animal Control informed us that should Rascal ever bite again, we would be subjected to a lawsuit and could lose our home. Mom & Dad struggled for about a week to decide what to do and finally, after sitting up one long night thinking things over, all the while petting & loving Rascal, they decided they just couldn't take the chance of losing everything and had to return Rascal to the shelter, a heartbreaking but necessary decision. Mom wrote a long letter to anyone who decided to re-adopt Rascal and asked them to call when they brought him home. She called the shelter nearly every day to check on Rascal and, finally, after about a month, he was re-adopted by an active family with children and they were thrilled with him (which made Mom & Dad feel much better about having to part with him). The new family was in a position to hire a trainer for Rascal and Mom & Dad followed his progess at the vet's office (the same one we'd taken Rascal to) and all reports were that he was happy in his new home, doing very well and the family loved him.

About six weeks later, Mom was again searching Petfinder and saw a precious little mixed breed pup, light golden with lots of white and the cutest face (always smiling). They drove to West Virginia where they met the pup and were immediately taken with him. They brought him home that day and named him "Spirit" (he was so lively & fun & loved riding in the car everywhere Mom & Dad went). Then, on October 15, 2006 after a road trip, Spirit bolted out of the car (never before had he done this) and took off running around the neighborhood as fast as he could. Mom & Dad & neighbors ran frantically trying to catch him (he looked so full of joy while he was running) but he was too fast to catch and was, tragically hit by a car and killed instantly (the driver never stopped & no one saw the car). Mom & Dad were devastated and decided they were receiving some sort of message that they were not destined to have another dog.

Friends tried to convince Mom & Dad to try again, but they refused (not willing to go through any more heartbreak). The had just resigned themselves that it was not meant to be and tried to learn to live in the house which felt so empty with out a furbaby.

BUT, in March 2007 a friend sent Mom a link to an Australian Shepherd named "Sully". Mom didn't want to look at first, but the friend kept saying "You'll know why I'm insisting when you see this dog!". So Mom cautiously took a look and, sure enough, there was Sully's picture (he looked stunningly like Buddy). Sully had been adopted before by at least one family who returned him, saying he was too destructive when left alone. Well, Mom & Dad were retired by then, so they didn't figure that was a problem as they'd be home with him or take him with them all of the time. When they saw "Sully" both broke into tears...tho smaller than Buddy, the resemblance was unbelievable and there was no turning back then.
He immediately took to Mom & Dad, played with them and was so affectionate that Mom & Dad filled out the papers on the spot (that was March 23, 2007). On March 26, 2007 The shelter sent a volunteer to bring Sully to our home for a check of his prospective new environment and we passes muster with no problems, so Sully stayed with us and has brought us unbounded joy, healing, unconditional love, all of what we'd missed so badly.

Sully is an extremely intelligent dog, friendly with all people & dogs & has never once been destructive (well, there was the time when Dad left his cell phone on the floor and Sully thought it looked like something good to chew...didn't swallow anything, but Dad had to replace the phone, BOL!). We couldn't ask for a better companion and furkid than Sully. We have grown together and the love between the three of us has healed us all. We can't imagine life without him now...he's our dearest little friend and brings light and love into our home every single day.

So, Sullyboy, here's to you and two wonderful years together! Mom & Dad are so grateful you came into our lives and you've given us much more than we could ever give you. We love you dearly, sweet boy! Happy "gotcha" day and we pray for many more!

Love,
Mom & Dad

 

Takoda Could Use Some Special Attention from Us~

March 18th 2009 6:39 pm
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One of our good pals, "Takoda" (ID #762637) the beautiful, blind Doberman, has been through so much lately that we'd like to ask anypup who can to stop by and show Takoda and his Mom & Dad some special comfort & Power of the Paw (you can read Takoda's story in his diary). Takoda is always lending support to other pups, now it's his turn...let's all make 'em smile...pawlease!

Many thanks~

Sully & Socks

 

You Can Help Stop Alaska's Aerial Gunning of Wolves!

March 17th 2009 5:59 pm
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Last fall, Ashley Judd helped Defenders of Wildlife expose Governor Palin's efforts to eliminate vital federal protections for America's struggling polar bears. Now, as Governor Palin expands the barbaric aerial slaughter of wolves, Ms. Judd is speaking out once again. "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America," she said to Rodger Schlickeisen, President of Defenders of Wildlife. "I am proud to be a part of Defenders Action Fund's efforts to stop it."

Watch Ashley Judd's new video and please take action today. Governor Palin needs to know that caring people like you from across the nation find her cruel aerial wolf slaughter appalling. Please join me by sending your own message to Governer Palin, urging her to end this brutal practice once and for all. It's fast and easy. The website will show you how.

http://action.defenders.org/stopaerialhunting

(Please pass this along to anyone you know who would be interested.)

(Being members of Defenders of Wildlife, we've been fighting this for a long time now, but seeing Lydia's (and other pups' diary entries, we have borrowed it (thank you Lydia) so, hopefully, more people can see it! Sully & Socks)

 

Stop the bullying, please!

March 13th 2009 7:03 am
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We are so sad to read that our beloved friends, the Chicago Crew, was flagged for something written about the Shelter that brought sweet DixieBlackPearl to all of our lives. This is sad because it is not the pups and kitties writing these things, it is a bully hiding behind their precious family, writing to the headquarters to complain. Dogster has grown so much since we have joined and we love it so much, and have met wonderful and dear friends that we cherish and see every day. To think that any pup or kitty is being hurt just breaks our hearts. Shelters and Rescue organizations are so so needed, there aren't enough and to take umbrage at trying to help them to survive - to care for these dear pups who have no furrever homes - is beyond comprehension. We should be doing more for them, they are saving lives each day. The bully thing has to stop, it is going to tear our beautiful community apart. We hear of it more and more and it has to stop. Think before you fire off a "report" - don't hide behind your dear little family to do these things, at least stand up and identify yourself and state your feelings. Let us please keep Dogster the way it started out, a group of pups and kitties, added each day, to be seen and make friends, join groups and share ideas. Help each other, don't be tearing this wonderful community apart

 

Eva ~ one dog's story:

March 7th 2009 4:34 pm
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We copied this from Daisy-Mae's diary and thank her for posting it. We wanted to cross post the story so more could see it:
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This was posted on Care2 originally and we were so touched by the efforts of this rescue group which in turn could be every rescue group out there in the trenches working to save animals.

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Ther e has been a lot of publicity about raids on puppy mills with animal welfare groups rushing to the scene, scooping up hundreds of abused dogs and taking them to safety. Those stories are great because it brings the problem to the attention of the public, but there are lots of other dogs like Eva that are saved everyday in quiet transactions between a rescuer and a breeder. Here's one dog's story.

For five years the only home Eva knew was the small concrete cell that sat alongside hundreds of other cells filled with breeding dogs. She never saw daylight, never chased a ball, never saw a vet, and never interacted with people. She dutifully gave her owner one litter after another of Boxer puppies until her body could not reproduce anymore.
Then her owner put a small ad in a local mid-west newspaper listing the dogs he planned to "retire." Luckily a rescue group saw the ad and told the breeder they would take all of his dogs, which included Eva. It isn't clear what would have happened to the dogs if nobody stepped in to help, but more than likely they would have been sent a municipal animal shelter and euthanized because they had never been socialized.

However, these Boxers were quietly picked up and distributed to three different rescue groups. In one small transaction, their life of misery ended. Eva went to Minnesota Boxer Rescue.

Jodi , Vice President of the organization said, "When Eva first came to us she was scared. She didn't know how to walk on a leash and all she did was crouch to the ground. We had to carry her to and from the car. She was very skittish and didn't want to be around humans. It was heartbreaking."
Then Jodi introduced Eva to her three dogs. "She started to warm up and evolve day after day," said Jodi. "First she did the Boxer wiggle, soon she loved treats, playing with toys and running in the backyard. It was amazing to see."

On February 20th Eva was ready to be spayed. This was the next step in helping her find a new home. But the simple surgery didn't go well and Eva began to bleed badly. The lining of her uterus had become too thin because she had been over-bred. The Boxer was rushed to an emergency clinic where they pumped out the blood from her abdomen.
Then Eva's blood pressure dropped and the bleeding started up again so she was wrapped in warm blankets and transported to the veterinary school at the University of Minnesota for intensive care. The dog was so weak when she arrived that it took two blood transfusions before they could do an exploratory surgery to save her life. It took 21 hours before Jodi learned that Eva was stable and that a small tear had caused the problem.

Eva is now on bed rest recovering from the ordeal. She is getting stronger everyday and is expected to make a full recovery. But in saving her life, the volunteers from Minnesota Boxer Rescue incurred more than $6,000 in veterinary bills. They are now working hard to raise money to cover the expenses or they run the risk of turning away other homeless Boxers.
Jodi is proud of her small rescue group and very happy that Eva is safe. She expects the dog to be ready to find a new home in a couple of months. The one unexpected outcome of the situation is Eva's new trust in people. "She used to be timid and now she wants to be right next to us. It's like she somehow knows and appreciates all we have done," said Jodi. "We are all looking forward to the day when Eva will live like the princess she was meant to be."

The breeder who owned Eva will never know the torture he put her through or the strength it is now taking to get her health back, but thank goodness there are small, dedicated rescue groups that quietly create puppy mill survivors.

 

Letter From A Shelter Worker ~ ADOPT!! DON'T SHOP!!

February 21st 2009 11:26 pm
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We're posting this "Letter from a Shelter Worker" which was posted in Redford's Diary and we felt so strongly about it that we wanted to post it to. Thanks, dear Redford, for posting this for all of us to read!

A Letter from a Shelter Manager:

I think our society needs a huge " Wake-up" call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all. ..a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/ sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you
would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even
know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when
it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

So how would you feel if you knew that there 's about a 90% chance that
dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at?
Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders"
or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.


The most common excuses I hear are;

"We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
" Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets and why did you
choose that place instead of a petfriendly home?

Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would".
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

"We don't have time for her".
Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

" She' s tearing up our yard".
How about making her a part of your family?

They always tell me: "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a
place for her we know she'll get adopted, she' s a good dog."

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in
a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new
family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the
shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it
sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25
other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it
eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that
abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky , I will have enough volunteers in that day to take
him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides
having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out
of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the " Bully " breeds (pit bull, rotti
e, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the
front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.

It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is
full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable
enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.

Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed
for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this
environment.

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get
kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed
because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100
treatment.



Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed
a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put- down".


First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash.

They always look like they think they are going for a walk- happy, wagging
their tails.

Until, hey get to "The Room" , every one of them freak out and put the
brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can
feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens
with every one of them.

Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending
on the size and how freaked out they are.

Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process.

They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a
lethal dose of the "pink stuff".

Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk.

I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the
resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp
for air and defecate on themselves .

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked
like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals
that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next?
Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and
it probably won't even cross your mind.

It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right? I hope
that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't
get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home
from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate
that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and
realize that the lives you are affecting go much further than the pets you
dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only
you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are
always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are
homes.

My point to all of this: DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is.

I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog,
taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog.

I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it
made me want to adopt." THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!

Copyright ©2008

 

Boobie & Goober Potty Shorts Want You to Play....

January 31st 2009 8:45 am
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Boobie Potty Shorts (I prefer Sully!) & Goober Potty Shorts (Socks) here! Leave it to our darling pal, Sunny Lee, to come up with this cute game!

Post your name in your diary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Use the third letter of your FIRST NAME to
determine your new first name:
A = snickle
B = doombah
C = goober
D = cheesey
E = crusty
F = greasy
G = dumbo
H = farcus
I = dorky
J = doofus
K = funky
L = boobie
M = sleezy
N = sloopy
O = fluffy
P = stinky
Q = slimy
R = dorfus
S = snooty
T = tootsie
U = dipsy
V = sneezy
W = liver
X = skippy
Y = dinky
Z = zippy

2. Use the second letter of your LAST NAME to determine the first half of your new last name:
A = dippin
B = feather
C = B batty
D = burger
E = chicken
F = barffy
G = lizard
H = waffle
I = farkle
J = monkey
K = flippin
L = fricken
M = bubble
N = rhino
O = potty
P = hamster
Q = buckle
R = gizzard
S = lickin
T = snickle
U = chuckle
V = pickle
W = Hubble
X = dingle
Y = gorilla
Z = girdle

3. Use the third letter of your LAST NAME to determine the second half of your new last name:
A = butt
B = boobhump
C = face
D = nose
E = hump
F = breath
G = pants
H = shorts
I = lips
J = honker
K = head
L = tush
M = chunks
N = dunkin
O = brains
P = biscuits
Q = toes
R = doodle
S = fanny
T = sniffer
U = sprinkles
V = frack
W = squirt
X = humperdinck
Y = hiney
Z = juice

Fun, huh?

Sully & Socks

 
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