Saturday, February 28, 2009

Good people at the pound today

Today I went to the pound to get out this sweet little female JRT. OMG she was so scared, she was wet from them washing out her cage and her little feet were freezing. It wasn't exactly warm in the kennel area. I picked her up and she was just shacking!

I walked away to see what other dogs were there at the pound and wouldn't you know another JRT. Just got picked up yesterday... he was a short legged stocky little guy. He has till Wednesday for his family to find him. If they don't come for him then I will go up and get him. (I am saying him but I didn't open the cage to see if it is a him or a her.. LOL).

I walked back to the female JRT and there stood a couple. Very nice people who had driven from Centerville Ohio to get a different dog but it was already adopted. They had one male neutered dog at home that was missing the companionship of their beagle who just passed away. They had a vet appointment at the Vet office just in case they got a dog at the pound today.

The guy told me that they usually get their dogs from breeders but when he learned about all the homeless dogs and how they are killed if not adopted he knew he had to rescue one. He showed me pictures of his dog at home and I gave him and his wife my card. I told them to call me or email me if they need anything. I specialize in JRT's so I would be more then happy to answer any questions for them. He said he would email me pictures... I sure hope he does.

So, how awesome is that?? FINALLY someone is listening. Today I like people :-) LOL!!

****************UPDATE ON THE KIDS***********************

Marshall -

He is with my rescue friend Sharon and hanging tough. He LOVES attention and wants to be with people all the time. He wants to be loved on and petted so badly but it is hard because his skin is so messed up.

It has been so cold her that I haven't been able to give him a bath but he is going to get one at the vet office next Thursday. Thank God. UGH he stinks.

He has a long road to recovery but slowly but surely we are making progress.


Hope -

She cracks me up. You would thinks she doesn't have two giant casts on her legs. She walks around the house until she gets tired and then she plops down (can't call it sitting) and scoots around. It is so FUNNY!

She is a dare devil, don't tell her she can't do something. Seriously if she had a middle finger I think I would have gotten about 10 times in the last few days.

I have two steps out the back door. Do you think that stops her? NOPE. Up and down those stairs she flies. Scares the crap out of me every time. She thought really hard about going up the stairs to the 2nd floor but decided quickly maybe that wasn't a good idea.

She loves to cover her head when she sleeps so she curls up like a cat to sleep. Well obviously she can't bend her back legs so she actually puts them on her head. It is so funny. I will try to get a picture of her the next time she does it. Hard to explain but so cute.


The rest of the kids.....

Coffee my Aussie mix puppy got adopted. That just leaves Cappuccino and Expresso to find homes. I feel like Cappy has a curse on him. I have had 3 adoptions fall through for him... well no maybe 4. UGH!

I still have Regal.. she is never getting adopted.. LOL!!

Jingles the JRT I got on V-day. He is doing really well. Had him in the house the last few days and he is housebroken so that is super awesome. Hopefully that will help him get adopted faster.

I also have Lola the Chihuahua mix, Missy the lab mix, Ava the JRT puppy and I am getting Shelby tomorrow.

There is Trey and Deuce too but I am pretty sure Deuce will get adopted tomorrow (as long as he doesn't eat cats..LOL). Trey is with Christie and I actually think she has someone approved who is coming to look at him.

Oh and Geo.. he went for a sleep over tonight. Hopefully all goes well and he has a home!! PAWS CROSSED!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hope came home yesterday

Yesterday was a big day. After work I went to the hospital where Hope has been since Friday and picked her up so she can finally go home!
She had both back legs in pink casts. She is in a lot of pain and the doctor said it is unclear how her legs will heal at this point but all we can do is HOPE for the best.
She will go back in 2 weeks for x-rays to make sure everything is going ok. Until then STRICT crate rest.
Hope's medical bill thus far are $2,279.00
We are accepting donations. Please go to and make sure you say it is for Hope!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Update on Hope

I want everyone to know that the dog with the broken legs is named Hope. She had surgery today.. 3 hours of surgery. Total cost of surgery $2,000. This does not include the emergency vet visit, her 3 night stay this weekend, her staying over tonight, her additional medical care needed, her vaccinations or her spay.

Hope is my $3,000 baby girl!!

They surgery went as well as can be expected. The vet was able to put her bones back in line but there is no way to tell if she will have issues as she grows. Only time will tell.


Also, wanted you to know Marshall is doing very well.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


At 3:30pm yesterday Sue, the women that told me about the broken leg dog getting turned in, left work and went to Erie County Pound. That is what time the dog warden said the women with the broken leg JRT was coming in. Sue got there shortly after the girl left and picked up the puppy.

The dog warden said that after the girl signed the dog over to the Erie County Pound he told her that the dog was going to a rescue group. She got all mad and said that wasn't fair. It isn't fair because the rescue group is going to be able to get the dog fixed for a lot less then she can. She told the dog warden she wanted the dog back after it was fixed. The dog warden said that isn't really how it works. She was so mad that when the dog warden asked her what the dog's name was she refused to tell him.

Now for a little back history. Apparently the dog has had the broken leg for a week. The dog was supposedly hit by a car. I am not sure I believe that... anyways the girl took the dog to the vet and the vet said it would be $2700 to fix the dog. The women didn't want to pay that. They vet.. which again I don't really understand told the women to take the dog home and it would learn to live with it. At least that is what the girl said. She decided that she didn't want to deal with the dog's broken leg and wanted it put to sleep. That is why she was taking it to the pound.

So, like I said Sue got there at 3:30pm to pick the dog up. She drove from the dog pound to one of my foster family's house to drop the dog off (about 1/2 hour). The foster family called me and said the leg is just hanging there... this was about 4:30 / 5:00pm.

(Oh and let me add in here that I left work at 4pm drove 1/2 hour the opposite direction from my house to pick up the 5 dogs I had at the clinic getting fixed and was on my way back to my house with the 5 dogs... about an hour drive home.)

I had already been on the phone with my vet office about a million times. I told her I was going to call them and let them know it is way worse then we thought. My vet office had the day from hell with emergencies and such and it wasn't really going to be possible to squeeze the dog in. CRAP! Now what am I going to do???
I called the West Park Animal Hospital where I picked up the 10 - 12 week old JRT puppy. Anyways, they are an emergency clinic as well as a regular vet office. They said yep bring the puppy in. So, I called the foster family back and said can you please take the puppy to West Park? They said of course.
The foster family probably lives just about an hour from West Park.
I told them I would go home settle the 5 dogs I have in my car and head straight there to meet them.
I rushed home, got the dog stall all ready for my Aussie puppies... cleaned it, fresh blankets, food, water and set up a crate for Jingles and then put Mo in the house. I changed my clothes and jumped back in the car to head to West Park.

Now West Park is about 1/2 hour from my house... basically almost to my work where I had just come from..LOL!!

I made it there in record time actually beating the foster family. They were like 2 minutes behind me.

They got there and the doctors took the puppy in the back for x-rays. She didn't have one broken leg SHE HAS TWO BROKEN LEGS!!!

The brakes are right above her back elbows in her growth plates. The left one since it has been broken for so long the doctor thought that we should just leave it heal on it's own. The right one is pretty bad and will for sure need surgery.

The surgen is not in until Monday.

I left the sweet little girl there at the vet office to be on pain medication and crate rest. The surgen will call me Monday with an estimate and do the surgery Monday!
I got home about 8:3opm..... But look at this little face! She is worth it!

She needs a name. I am open to suggestions!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dog with broken leg

I receive an email today from a women who found out that a women was bringing a 6 month old JRT to be euthanized AT THE POUND! The JRT had a broken leg and the women didn't want to spend the money to fix the leg OR spend $70 to humanely euthanize the dog. So, the cheapest thing for her to do was take the dog to the pound where for $30 it will be put into a box about the size of an oven and GASSED TO DEATH!


Anyways, the person who emailed me was going to the pound to pick up the dog before the dog warden killed it. I am getting the poor little thing tonight.

I can't believe people. UGH!

I hope it hasn't been broken for too long. I can't get it into my vet until Monday morning. It will get x-rays and then more then likely surgery. My vet said that waiting till Monday should be ok. I am on stand by so if someone cancels or they have room to take me in.

I will keep you updated. UGH! I am so sick to my stomach.


Ok, so yesterday I got in a 10 - 12 week old JRT female puppy. OMG SHE IS SO CUTE! I also got in a Chi/JRT mix.... that is the dog I wasn't sure what it was. And I got in Marshall the dog with mange.

HOLY COW Marshall has manage bad and he smells to high hell. GROSS! I feel so sorry for him.

The pictures make him look big but he is actually about 35#'s and probably a lab / hound mix. He is only a puppy about 10 months old and wants to be petted so badly.

He went to the vet already for a skin scrapping and medicine for the manage $100 just for that. Today a poo sample was taken in to check for worms $20 for that.

This is going to be an expensive pup :-) Oh well, he needed me.

Oh did I tell you I also got a Lab / Shep mix puppy on Wed. from my county pound. 4 months old. The dog warden asked me to take it, it was an owner surrender and the pound was full. The pound is no place for a puppy and a black puppy at that... so I have her now too. She is a sweet heart and very good girl.

Ok, well I am off to drive to the clinic to pick up Mo, Jingles, Cappy, Expresso and Coffee.

Mo is getting adopted tomorrow and if I am lucky so are one of the puppies. Let's hope I am lucky :-)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Getting two puppies at the same time?


Here is why:

#1. It is hard enough to raise one puppy and give it the socialization that it needs, much less two. Pups end up only getting 1/2 of the amount of time they need to be properly socialized.

#2. Dogs are pack animals. This is much stronger drive than the average pet owner understands.

#3. Dogs will bond with each other and not their owners. Making it much harder to train them. they never fully develop the human bond that they would if raised alone.

#4. There will be more behavioral issues and it will be harder to correct.


If you want two dogs then you should get one dog and when that dog is fully trained and you are comfortable with the dog (for example it doesn't potty in the house any more) then get a second dog. If you have a puppy you should wait until the puppy is 2 years old before getting another puppy. You can get an adult dog when the puppy is 1 plus years old and shouldn't have any problems.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I can't believe what I was reading...

Last week a women sent me an application. She was looking for a JRT. She had a pretty good application so I asked her to check out the website and let me know who she thought was interesting. She went on line, looked at a few dogs and got back in touch with me.

I checked back in with her today and this is what she said:

on a lark - really, I thought I'd see if there were any puppies out there.

The JRT we have now, Buddy, was bred in the country, on a horse farm that had many other animals and lots of kids around. He had no fancy papers, no AKC certificate, but he's every bit a JRT and we love him dearly. I've known for years that to find another pup with "those" credentials, was a long shot. I've been asking God for 3 years to find us another dog, just like Buddy, and so far, He had said "no."

So last week, I again prayed "my long shot" prayer.Last Friday - against all odds, I found a farm.....with horses....that had all kinds of animals....and lots of kids around....and lots of dogs.Last December, 2 of those dogs gave birth to a whole passel of puppies: 4 or 5 males, 5 or 6 females, all Jack Russells.I called.Yes, they still had puppies available, 1 male and 5 females and yes, when would like to come see them?And so, last Monday, my husband and I, went to see them. To our surprise we ended up bringing home 2 little female JRT pups.

These too, have no fancy papers, no AKC certificate, but they are all JRT: smart, determined and spunky with an attitude.On top of that, it's the funniest thing, Buddy is displaying such maternal/paternal care towards them that it's almost unbelievable.God never does anything half way, quite to my astonishment and gratitude.

I wrote her back and said this:

Oh Lori! Your sweet but I am sorry to say what you did breaks my heart. The reason there are so so so so many homeless dog is because of places like you just described. We call those back yard breeders. The breed for the sole purpose of money and greed. The dogs are more often then not inbreed and as they get older they come out with genetic and mental issues. Check out to help explain it a little more.

Also, you may be in a world of issue... you should never never ever get two puppies at the same time. They will bond with each other instead of their owner and will be very very very hard to train. And on top of that female JRT's should never live with another female dog especially another female JRT. Female JRT's are very dominate and as they get older they get more aggressive towards other female dogs. I have had emails from people saying one female JRT killed the other. AND YES sometimes they are littler mate.

Oh Lori! I am so sorry you didn't know all of this before and I am so sorry that you bought dogs from a farm... were they amish?? The amish are the most cruel to their animals.

Please I beg you to check out

I wish you the best of luck with the two female JRT's but please make sure you get them into training ASAP. Try to nip any issues in the bud NOW.

If you need anything let me know.

I seriously just want to cry... I mean really cry. Is she researched JRT's and read the rescue site did she really think that going to a "farm with horses, lots of dogs and kids running around" (ASK PUPPY MILL!!!!) was a good idea.

AND OMG the greedy asshole breeders let her take home TWO FEMALE JRT's. I just know I am going to get an email in the next year saying they are still not housebroken and don't listen and then in 3 more years get an email saying they fight non stop and / or one killed the other. I just know it.

The second thing that makes me sick is that there is some asshole puppy miller breeding JRT's like they are going out of style. So, how many do you think will end up abused to death because the asshole sells them to people who don't understand the breed? How many do you think will end up aggressive from abuse and in a shelter where they are gassed? How many do you think will end up in MY RESCUE??

HELP HELP HELP ME! How do I do a better job at educating people? I feel like I totally and completely failed. I can't believe this poor lady has TWO JRT PUPPIES and TWO FEMALE JRT's at that...

You know what I want to do and maybe someone out there can help me.... I want to buy billboards and put up educational bill boards about the importance of adopting NOT SHOPPING. Anyone know anything about the cost of bill boards. I wonder if I can get bill boards donated?


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sad sad dog...

Every Sunday as usual I get a list of dogs from shelters in southern Ohio... Liking County, Pike County, Adams County, Scioto County, maybe one or two more pounds. The list of dogs are the dogs that will be killed if not taken from the shelter.

It is a hard thing to look at every week. It is just picture after picture after picture.. of dogs that more then likely will not be alive by Friday.

This list is sent to numerous rescues in Ohio, Canada, Chicago... I am sure a lot of other places too. The rescues who aren't full or strapped for cash request dogs to be transported to them via the Thursday transport that Stop the Suffering organizes. Stop the Suffering is a not for profit, works on donations group that rescues cats and dogs and organizes this amazing Thursday transport. If it wasn't for them SO SO many dogs would die... cats too. You can find them on line and if you want to help transport dogs or support them through donations please do!

Anyways, for the last 2 weeks this picture has been on the list:

This week it said that if someone doesn't step up and say they will take him by end of day Monday HE WILL DIE TUESDAY!

Look at that dog, doesn't he look horrible?

When I saw his picture last week I was really hoping someone would step up for him but no one did and when I saw him again and with the warning that he was being put to sleep Tuesday (today) I had to do something.

So, Thursday this poor dog is coming to me. My friend Sharon is going to help me with him. He is going to need a lot of TLC, good food and treatment for his skin. He has some type of manage and I am sure a flea allergy. It will be a long road and probably an expensive one but I just can't bare this poor dog dieing not being loved and cared for.

Hopefully I will be able to get him feeling better and find him a home. I am not sure what his breed is but I guess we will figure that out later... looks like a hound mix. He looks like a big dog but pictures can be deceiving.

His name will be Marshall... pray for him.

Well of course I asked the person who sends the kill list to me what else needed out ASAP. She sent me this picture:

She said it is a female, really small. I have NOT A CLUE as to what this little girl's breed is but she needs a safe place... any guess on breeds for either of these, I am open to suggestions :-)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sick and still can't take a break!

Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. OMG so sick!! Dogs don't care about you being sick though. They still need feed, played with, cleaned up after, given medicine, driven to the vet and saved from kill shelters!!!
Wednesday I came to work late and left early. Just wasn't feeling 100%. Thursday morning I woke up and pretty much wanted to die. I had to drive a little over an hour to a college career fair... I am a recruiter so all part of my job. I really didn't want to go, I felt horrible but I had to go and set up the booth AND of course I was supposed to be picking up 3 Aussie Mix puppies.

Aren't they cute??
I called the volunteer at the pound and asked how quickly they could get to Akron. I told her I was really sick and as soon as the puppies got to Akron I would put them in the car and head home. So, the puppies got to Akron around noon. UGH!! I seriously just wanted to cry I felt so bad.. stuffed up nose, sneezing, blowing my nose every second, soar throat, fever... not fun!
I drove home... thanks goodness had the puppies area all set up for them, wormed them, fed them and headed to bed.

Then Bob K. called. He got the dog out of Crawford County.... luckily! So, he was dropping him off around 5ish.

He is a good boy!!! He was at the pound nearly a month and when I called on Monday they said good thing you called, he was on the list to be put down this week! YIKES!!
So, I had to settle him in. He is a pretty good dog so it didn't take long.
I woke up Friday to go to work and UGH! Still felt like I was hit by a truck... I came to work but came in late. I had to stay till 4pm because I pick dogs up at the clinic on Fridays and I can't pick them up till after 4.
So, I drove to the clinic which is 45 minutes the other direction from home and picked up all the dogs.
I then drove to Sandusky nearly 2 hours away to meet Gloria and drop off dogs to her from the clinic. THEN I had to drive back towards home but go 15 minutes pass my house to June's to drop dogs off at her house.

By the time I got home it was 7:30pm. I still had to take care of all the dogs and animals at my house.
I was in bed by 9:30.... and I feel a sleep fast.
When I woke up Saturday I was feeling much better. I did sleep in a little.
I went to the IX Center Home and Garden Show with my fiance and of course meet someone there to pick up yet another dog... Jingles. :-)

Oh I forgot to mention all day Friday I was working on saving 5 dogs from Kill Shelters in the Southern part of the state... I have a great Volunteer down there and she was checking on them.
1 got adopted from the shelter, 2 were not nice dogs and she rescued 2.
Sunday Woody got adopted! YAY!!! Great family that drove 6 hours to my house to adopt Woody and then turned around and drove 6 hours home. Now, that is love!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


(1) They live here. YOU DO NOT!

(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.

(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly.Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they
#1) eat less,
#2) don't ask for money all the time,
#3) are easier to train,
#4) normally come when called,
#5) never ask to drive the car,
#6) don't hang out with drug-using people;
#7) don't smoke or drink,
#8) don't want to wear your clothes,
#9) don't have to buy the latest fashions,
#10) don't need a gazillion dollars for college and
#11) cant' get pregnant because they are fixed!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I cried today....

The HSUS offensive against puppy mills continues. Today, thanks to the work of your HSUS, nearly 300 puppy mill dogs have a fresh start and are free forever from the horrors of the mass breeding operation known as Thornton’s Kennels in Wayne County, N.C.

Just 72 hours ago, misery was the only life these animals had known.

The dogs -- found in cramped, rusted-out wire cages stacked one on top of the other -- were saved last weekend by local law enforcement officers and a rescue team from The Humane Society of the United States. Some of the dogs -- well beyond safe breeding age -- had been forced to breed for years on end until they simply collapsed under the strain.

Watch this video
that takes you inside the rescue of these innocent victims.

Since Saturday, the animals have been at an emergency shelter, where dedicated teams of local volunteers and veterinarians, along with partners from the animal welfare community, have been tending to the dogs' many critical needs. Finally out of the clutches of Thornton’s Kennels, these dogs are at the beginning of their ultimate journey -- to a loving home of their own.

Tragically, hundreds of thousands of dogs still suffer at the hands of this industry that traps them in a dismal cycle of misery. These are the animals our rescue teams are trained to save. In fact, during the past year alone, we’ve rescued thousands of animals from the deplorable conditions of puppy mills around the country.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Last year, with the help of advocates like you, we convinced Congress to ban foreign puppy mill imports into the United States and persuaded several state legislatures to curb the worst puppy mill abuses. In North Carolina, as in most states, no laws addressing puppy mills are on the books. We aim to change that, and this bust will help the animals’ case.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Aussie Puppies and JRT's here we come :-)

This weekend was good! Louise (now named Zoey), Coco and Buddy all found homes. WOOHOO!! So, exciting.

Dottie is supposed to get adopted tomorrow (paws crossed). Oh and Regal went with Karen for the weekend to train on fly ball and she did so well on her weekend stay over Karen called me and asked if she could keep Regal a little longer... foster her in hopes that they may adopt her. I told Karen she was welcome to do whatever she wanted. Karen is so awesome! For those of you who read this and were at the Puppy Party in September she is the person (along with her husband) who brought all the cool agility stuff.

And to make the weekend a little better I received an application for Woody. I spoke with the mom of the family today. She was really nice. I hope that works out... especially for Woody, I think it would be a good fit. Paws crossed Woody will be in a home soon.

So, where does that leave me?? Well I do have a lot of dogs that need homes but the two I really want to focus on right now are Woody and Geo.

OF COURSE I am getting some new dogs this week.

I am getting 3 Aussie Mix puppies on Thursday

I am getting Maggie (JRT currently on my site) on Friday

I am getting a cute JRT named Spot that Bob K. is picking up on Thursday. I called the pound today and good things I did, his last day was tomorrow. UGH!! I am so glad I called.

I am getting 2 more JRT's on Saturday.

I think that is it for now.. I think. I will be taking at least 4 of the above mentioned dogs to the clinic Monday so I at least have a week to figure out where I am going to put them all...hahah It is this weekend I need to make it through.. LOL!!

Friday, February 6, 2009


Two months ago, The Humane Socitey of the United States asked people to ask Petland, the largest retail supporter of puppy mills, to stop selling puppies. Unfortunately, unlike major competitors such as PETCO and PetSmart, Petland continues to sell puppies rather than implement a policy of only having dogs from shelters and rescue groups available at its stores.

The Humane Society of the United States in telling Petland to stop selling puppies, but the company refuses to stop, choosing instead to post defensive and misleading messages about The HSUS and about Petland's "adoption" program"
on its website. That's why, in January, HSUS organized rallies
at Petland stores nationwide asking the company to stop selling puppies and support real shelter adoptions instead. But so far, Petland hasn’t listened.

In fact, since HSUS investigation was released, they have continued to find evidence linking even more Petland stores to mass commercial breeders known as puppy mills, and to puppy mill “middleman” brokers such as the Hunte Corporation.

Petland made headlines again last month when police seized a dog at the private home of a manager of a Petland store in South Charleston, WV. Unfortunately, one of his dogs had already died
-- a Great Dane left outside in the freezing cold and chained beside a dog house. The store has reportedly since fired the manager, but these allegations do not inspire confidence in the animal welfare claims of Petland employees and executives.

Two Things You Can Do

Help HSUS keep the pressure on Petland. Please take one of these two additional actions today:

1. Write a personal letter to ask Petland to stop selling puppies.

Tell them you won’t support their business as long as they’re selling puppies:
Frank Difatta, President
Petland Corporate Offices
250 Riverside St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

2. Tell as many friends and family members as possible
to email Petland to ask them to stop selling puppies. Petland needs to hear from as many concerned consumers as possible that they need to get out of the puppy-selling business.

Thank you for your continued support in our campaign to stop puppy mills.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
Pet stores aren’t the only market for puppy mill puppies. The HSUS receives hundreds of complaints each year from people who have purchased sick pets over the Internet, often persuaded by flashy websites to purchase puppies from puppy mills. That’s why we’re assisting with a possible civil case against an English and French bulldog seller in Pennsylvania known as Bulldog Ravine, and we'd like your help. If you have purchased a sick bulldog from Bulldog Ravine or any other such business, please contact us.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Petland Rally - North Olmsted, Ohio---New Date!! Saturday Feb 7th 1-3pm

Join us for this important rally to raise awareness of the cruelties of puppy mills - and Petland's role in it. The national Humane Society has documented Petland's involvement in buying puppies from these mills. Even though there has not been documentation specific to the Petland store at Great Northern, they choose to participate in the problem by selling puppies.

Let's rally to put the pressure on this Petland store to STOP selling puppies. Let's get the message out encouraging this store to start being part of the solution. This store could sponsor adoptions through shelters and rescue groups at the store (as Petco and Petsmart do).

Through this rally we can also make the public aware of the REAL story of the suffering and deplorable health conditions of these puppies (and the adults left back in the mills). No one will want to buy a puppy from this store once they KNOW.

* Meet on the public sidewalk on Great Northern Boulevard between 1-3pm.
* Park cars far away from the Petland store so we're not accused of blocking business.
* Bring your own hand made signs/displays or we'll provide the posters from HSUS.
* Forward this email to all of your pet lover contacts If you can't make it to the rally, call this
* Petland store. Ask the manager to stop selling puppies!

4670 Great Northern Blvd.
N. Olmsted, OH 44070
(N. of Great Northern MallNext to Mattress Warehouse)

See the Humane Society's news about the Rallies held January 10th across the country:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

more emails today

So, today is Wednesday and I received 5 more emails today with dogs in need. 1 email was from a women who placed 13 JRT's w/out fixing any of them and after 2 years one was returned to her. I am sure the lady had good intentions but the FEMALE JRT who is not fixed and has had at least 1 litter of pups is currently in need of a new home.

Ok, let me start of by saying AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! JRT's should never ever EVER be bred until they are 4 years old. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

The reason is because JRT's are not totally mature until they are 4 years old and should never be bred before they are 4 so that you know exactly what traits you are passing on.

Anyways, I am about sick to my stomach because the thought that there were 13 unwanted JRT puppies in this world and now those 13 unwanted puppies are 2 years old and probably not fixed and are now making MORE unwanted puppies.


I received another email from a women who just had a baby and "doesn't trust their 4 year JRT with the baby." I am not really sure what that means.

Then I received 3 emails about dogs in shelters that need out ASAP!

UGH! Well tomorrow is Thursday so maybe things will slow down some?? Maybe!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More emails and dogs in need

I have an update from yesterday. The 12 week old Pit Bull puppy was saved!!! Went home last night to a friend of the women that was trying to help the puppy! YAY!!!

(email #1)I found out today there are 3 JRT's in a shelter near Toledo area that need out ASAP... so I need to figure out how to get them and where to put them before it is too late. I just need to get through this week and get Louise, Coco and Dottie to their forever homes.

I have Woody a 2 year old male JRT, in a foster home but he has someone interested in him, I hope! I just emailed her to confirm he is housebroken. :-)

I have Scooter a 2 year old male JRT in foster care with a women who adopted from me. She really thinks she might want to keep him but she has two other JRT's. That is a lot of dogs with a lot of energy when you add in kids and a significant other!! I love her help but think she might quickly be overwhelmed if she keeps him. We will see what happens with that.... UPDATE: We talked tonight and the foster home is going to keep Scooter :-) I worry too much and just want everyone to be happy but everyone is so that is all that matters to me.

I have Buddy a 6 year old male JRT in foster care. Poor Buddy he isn't the smartest bulb in the room but he sure is sweet. He needs a home with a lot of patience and understanding... I am afraid I might have him for a long time. He has his age and the fact he isn't housebroken working against him. :-(

I have Ricky a 2 year old male Rat Terrier/Beagle who is in foster care. He just really wants to be a lap dog for ANYONE! He is playful but also a snuggle bug.

I have Lotto a 7 month old male Puggle in foster care. He is doing so much better and I think should be ready to go to a forever home by the end of the mouth! I haven't had any interest in him though :-(

I have Geo a male mix puppy who is in foster care right now. He is so sweet. I think he is about 8 months old and he is going to be BIG! At least I think so.. LOL!!

For the dogs I am responsible for placing I think that is it.... Oh and I still have Regal. Not sure what I am going to do with her. She needs such a special home. She isn't a bad dog just smarter then most people and a little stubborn. LOL!!
So here are the emails from today:

Email #2:

I am contacting you in hopes you can help me place a 7 month old jack russell puppy. I work at a clinic and this pup was found in the Target parking lot across from us. I placed him with an elderly lady and things didn't work out. He was a bit more than she could handle, as you could imagine. I have him for now but I am unable to keep him. I'm just not home enough to give him what he needs.
His name is Jo Jo and he has been neutered, has all of his shots which I have complete records of and he has had some training. He went through the pups program at C.R.C in Orient. He is a typicall jack russell, full of energy!!
If you have any ideas on placing him, please let me know. I appreciate any help you may be able to give. Please let me know one way or the other.
Thank You,

My response:

Hi -

What is C.R.C program??

I might be able to help. I have two foster homes about 2 hours from you (I am closer to 3 hours away) that might be able to foster this little guy.

Can you please provide me with info on him? Personality? housebroken? Likes kids? Likes other dogs? Likes cats? Has he ever shown aggression? Bitten anyone? Crate trained? etc. Also, if you can send a picture or two.

Anything else you can tell me that you feel is important would be great.


The girl emailed me back. Below is her email. So, I sent it to a foster home who are ready for another foster dog... just waiting on the pictures of the dog to make sure it is a JRT!

Hi amy,
C.R.C is the corrections reception center in Orient. The inmates there work with the pups on basic training. Jo Jo is a high spirited pup who like kids, loves other dogs and thinks my cats are his moving play toys. My cats are working with him on that!! He is mostly house broken. He will still have an accident once in a while. As any pup goes, he needs to go out frequently. When he is settled he loves to snuggle. I have never had a problem with aggression and he is crate trained but doesn't really like it :)
Jo Jo would fit in great to any active home. He just wants time and attention from his people. I will get a picture to you as soon as possible.
Thanks so much for getting back with me.


Email #3:

I went to a funeral in NY Jan 3rd. and rescued a 3 yr old spayed female JRT. They were going to take her to the pound where she would be put down. She was being locked in a crate for up to 20 hours a day. She was a bit skittish, but is fine now. I have her complete medical record. She was teased a lot by a 3 yr old and really does not like children. I wish I could keep her, but we already have one here in our small home.

She came from on Long Island. She will be 3 on Feb. 9.


So, I went to the link and there is a phone number. I called the phone number and explained the situation and asked if they take back their dogs. The guy got angry at me said that he already spoke to a women about this, said he isn't the breeder, he is a business man. I told him I didn't understand then who is the breeder and why is his number listed. He started screaming at me saying that it is none of my business what he does. I am so confused right now... seriously not even sure what to say or think.

So, the guy hung up on me. I really have no idea why. I barely said anything, just explained the situation and asked if they help in placing their dogs. I seriously was really calm and nice about it hoping that he would actually help.

I looked around on the site a little more and it says on the site:
"Any Questions about Barberry Jacks and our Pups can be answered either at (631) 521-4402 or Email:"

I am guessing this guy is some sort of puppy mill, dog broker guy. You can have a puppy shipped to you and you can pay through pay pal. That is scary. What am I buying a new pair of shoes?? UGH!

My response to the email:

I called the women and left her a voice mail. I will let you know if I hear back and the status.


I am getting the sweet little female JRT next week. The women is able to foster her for a little longer while I get Louise, Coco and Dottie settled into their new homes. I am posting her on my site today so check her out, she is CUTE!

Email #4:
Last night two stray dogs, wearing no collars were in my back yard. My yard is fenced but the gate was open. I went outside and they both came up to me. I kept the dogs in my garage until I could locate their owners. I walked the neighborhood this morning but no one seems to know who they belong to. I call the police but they have not had a report of any missing dogs. Can you take them?

My response:

Thank you for your email about the dogs you found. However, I cannot take in found dogs. If I take in a dog that was found and the owners are looking for the dog, I can be sued for stealing. If the owners can prove the dog is valued over $500 I can be charged with a felony.

It is a federal law the animal control in your county keeps a stray dog for 3 open business days to see if the owner claims the dog. If the owner is not found after that time, the dog warden has the right to sell or kill the dog.

Please contact your local animal control and have them pick up the dog. Please keep me updated on the status of the dog. I would hate for the dog to be put to sleep because the owners did not care about the dog.

Please also advise of what county you live in so that I too may check with that pound.


Email #5:


There is a senior Jack Russell at the Licking County Animal Shelter in Heath, Ohio. I have a Jack Russell, but couldn't have another as she is very protective of her territory. But I saw this little guy and wondered if you could help him. LCAS is a kill shelter and I've heard they are a gassing one. Please help him!!!!


I checked the web site and did not see a JRT. This is what I wrote to the women:

Thank you so much for your email. I did check Licking County's website and did not see the JRT. Do you have any more information? Also, I do work with Stop The Suffering and they are very good an informing me of any JRT that needs rescued from the shelters they work with, Licking County being one of their main pounds they pull dogs from.

If you can provide any more information and / or can go to the shelter to evaluate the temperament of the dog that would be much appreciated.


The women emailed me back. The dog isn't on the Licking County Website but is on the Petfinder account. She works and of course like most pound their hours are while she is at work so she can't go. So, I emailed my contact at STS to see what the status is and if I can get more information.

another update:

The JRT was pulled by another rescue group today :-) He is safe.


Email #6:

Here are some pics of a dog that needs to be placed in a foster home/rescue group he is at the pound right now until friday .Please let me know asap if your group has room for him.His name is Mickey ,5-6 yrs old,neutered great with kids ,not cats.very loveable.He is housebroken,loves people.

My response:

I fowarded the information to others. It is a black lab mix of some sort.. smaller dog.


Email #7

There is a JRT at Pike County pound that needs out NOW!


**Today is over with... well at least I am not going to be on email or the computer any more today. It is 10:19pm and I am going to get something to eat for dinner and go to bed.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday's emails

I am going to dedicate a few posts this week to emails I receive from people wanting to re home their dogs. I will post the emails I receive and the outcome of the email/my response.

Email #1:

Amy, My name is XXXX and I am looking for a great home for a Jack Russell that I got from down in Kentucky from a family that wasn't taking care of it. If I did'nt take him, they were going to shoot him. I already have 4 dogs that I own. I really want to keep it but I can't. (My husband always tell me that I can't save them all) I would if I could. I was going to put an ad in the paper, But I don't feel right about that. His Name is Copper and He is about 3 years old and Not Fixed. Could you please contact me by e-mail : or my cell phone number (XXX) xxx-xxx. I would really appeciate If you could some how help me.

My Response:

Hi XXX -

I should be able to help you but we will have to work together on this. You are about 4 hours from me and I only take in dogs that are at risk of being killed in shelters. However, like I said working together I should be able to help you. I just need a little more information from you.

Can you provide me with some pictures of the dog? Also, can you tell me a little more about him and why you can't keep him. Can you not keep him because he is aggressive/bad or is it because you simply have too many dogs already?

Waiting for a response from the person. Will update if I hear back.


Email #2:

I am looking for a foster and/or permanent home for a 6 yr old spayed female Jack Russell mix. Kay is a sweet little girl that likes to sit on your lap and lick your face when she wants to, but does not like to be picked up. She is very much an alpha dog and unfortunately did not have consistent training or discipline in her early years.

She belongs to my sister, who has been ill since October of 2008. My sister had a sudden respiratory arrest and was intubated and placed on a ventilator for a week in ICU, and because they were unable to wean her from the vent, had a tracheotomy done. Three months have passed and they still have been unable to wean her from the trach. She has many other medical problems and rehab has been extremely slow. I have real doubts that she will ever be able to care for Kay again.

Kay has spent the last three months with my husband and me. We have a German Shepherd who has been fairly patient with Kay but is "losing her cool." Kay has also bitten both my husband and myself. I work full time as an OB/GYN nurse and spend a great deal of time with my sister overseeing her care and finances. I truly don't have the time to work with Kay to provide the consistency that she needs.

I would love to find a caring household for Kay but she truly needs a home without children or other dogs. And she needs someone who is willing to work with her on a consistent basis. Could you help me place Kay or is she a dog that your organization can accept? I would love to hear from you as soon as possible as we need to resume some sense of normalcy in our own household, both for ourselves and our German Shepherd.

Thanks for your help!


My Email response:


I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I am also sorry to hear about Kay. So, you know female JRT's (and mixes and really terriers in general) are very dominate and when it comes to other female dogs they are even more so. I am guessing your other dog is female and that could be why you are having problems. I don't know if you have had her around male dogs but she might less bossy with them.

Unfortunately, we are only able to take dogs in from shelters because of the large number of dogs in shelters that are risk of being killed. Also, since Kay has bitten we are unable to take her in and place her. A dog that has bitten is a liability risk and we will not adopt out a dog aggressive dog or a dog that has bitten a person.

With that said, I do not recommend you re homing her. If she is to bite someone or attack another dog you could be sued. I have seen it happen before. Also, you have a love / connection with the dog because she is your sister's dog. The next person isn't going to be so tolerant of her behavior and she will more then likely end up abused and possibly at a shelter where she will be killed or die from the abuse.

Your options are fairly limited due to the fact she has bitten.

You also have to understand that rescue groups that have fosters home.. the foster homes have children and other dogs. Any shelter kill or no kill will more then likely put her to sleep pretty quickly if she acts aggressive towards a person or a dog. Not to mention that dogs with behavioral problems act out even more in the stressful kennel environments so are put down much sooner then they would other wise.

You either need to hire a trainer to try to work out things, find a family member that is willing to help or put the dog to sleep. I know these are probably all choices you have already considered but for a dog that has bitten these are your only options.

Sorry I could not help you more,

Never heard anything back


Email #3:

Hello ladies!
Hope all is well for you.

I got a call today from a guy who has a 3-4 year old JRT. He has to get rid of him because he is a truck driver and his girlfriend is going to jail.
He said the dog is NOT neutered but is UTD on all vacc. He said he would pay to have the dog neutered and any other expenses. The dog is OK around other dogs- does not start anything but can 'look' like he might. He said he is great with kids and all loves all people. 100% housebroken and can do tricks and even 'says' I love you????
I did not give him your info yet- I thought I would check and see if you were even able to take another one in and if this sounds like a dog you could take in.

My response:

He called me. Said he took the dog to Media Dog Pound and they gave him my number. I didn't answer but he left a message crying.

We are full right now. Not that we have a ton of dogs but I have 2 that aren't getting picked up until Feb 7th and anything not in a foster home has to be boarded at $15 a day. It is too cold out of dogs to be in my barn and I can't leave my elderly parents with a house full of dogs... Ok, well more of a house full of dogs then I already have. Plus my parent don't always remember to hook a dog up and I don't have a fence yard so it is just an "accident" waiting to happen if I leave them with foster dogs.

I feel bad for the guy. Are you going to talk to him again? Is he by you? If we can get the dog evaluated so I know it is ok with other dogs and if he gets it neutered that might buy us some time until I can make some room.

The person responded saying:
Yea, I feel bad for him too. I will talk to him and let you know.


Phone call:

A kind hearted person who is willing to help when needed found out about a 12 week old Pit Bull puppy that if a place for him isn't found by end of day tomorrow the owner will take him and put him to sleep. The owner was living with his parents, got the puppy and then decided to move out. He found a place to rent but the place won't allow dogs. The parents will not keep the dog so he is going to take it to put it to sleep. A 12 week old puppy!! The person was calling me to ask if I knew any rescues that would take in the puppy if she couldn't find another option for him. I do and she said she was working on a few other leads and would contact me if she needed to find a rescue.

My thoughts:

This person is a kind and loving person and realizes that rescues are last resort. Although this is not her dog she is trying every other option before turning to rescue. She too is annoyed that someone would get a puppy and THEN decide to move to a place that doesn't allow dogs. Hopefully she will be able to help and if she can't maybe some of the people I know can.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weekend update

It has been confirmed Dottie has a home!! WOOOHOOOOO She has been waiting a long time for the right fit and we have found it. YAY!! The person adopting her can't come till after next weekend. He is coming from Toledo and said he will make the drive to pick her up one day after work. So, one more week for sweet little Dottie and then she is in her FOREVER home.

Coco and Louise both get happy endings next weekend too. Coco will probably get picked up on Sunday... maybe Saturday afternoon. I have the rally at Pet Land to help promote adoption over shopping on Saturday from 1 - 3pm so that kinda messes up the day Saturday.

Louise we still need to figure out logistics for her. She is going to a home in Cincinnati. Might be meeting her new mom in Ashland area... still need to figure that out.

AND GOOD NEWS ABOUT TODAY (Dawn and Rob will be happy about this one)! Huey is going to his FOREVER home today :-)

Geo and Woody the two new kids I picked up Thursday both left for foster homes yesterday. I am pretty sure if Geo is a good boy he will end up being adopted by his foster family and Woody has someone interested in him in PA. Just waiting to see how well he really is housebroken, that will be key.

So, good news all around. Now, I just need to get everyone moved so I can start over again.. LOL!! There are some CUTIES on the kill list for this week... hopefully I can get the pounds to hold them for 1 more week.

It is so nice when dogs go home. I always feel so guilty when they are in foster care.. they don't understand what is going on.