Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I just had to share a few stories with you today.... just shows people's ignorance.

Story #1.

Lakewood has a Pit Bull ban. A family had a Boxer Lab mix who just so happened to be brindle. They were walking their dog down the street when they were approached by a neighbor who threw a fit about how they had a Pit Bull and aren't they concerned about the children in the neighborhood. The husband explained how the dog was not a Pit Bull but the neighbor said "You can see by looking at it that it is a Pit Bull"

To make a long story short. The husband spent a night in jail because the city insisted the dog was a Pit Bull and the family wouldn't get rid of it. The family ended up fighting the city b/c the dog was not a Pit Bull. The family hired a lawyer and had the dog DNA tested which proved the dog was a Boxer / Lab mix.

Story #2.

Last year I rescued this sweet little 4 week old puppy. The pound told the owner of the puppy if they turn it into the pound it will be immediately destroyed (aka KILLED) because it looks like a Pit Bull. I didn't think he looked like a Pit Bull at all so I took him.

He turned out to be a Great Dane / Lab mix! HE IS HUGE but the nicest dog ever.

Story #3.

Same situation at above, the pound was going to put to sleep a dog because it looked like a Pit Bull. A rescue friend of mine took the dog before it went to the pound because it was just the sweetest dog ever. Long story short, had the dog DNA tested and it turned out to be a Rotti / JRT mix. LOL! What a combo!

Story #4.

Not a Pit Bull story but just to drill my point home.

I had rescued a dog dumped by his owners at the shelter. He came with papers, he was a pure breed registered with AKC JRT. Honestly he looked like a strange JRT to me but whatever, I saved him.

I of course destroyed the papers because in my opinion they are worthless and this story just proves that... The new owner had him DNA tested. He is a Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix.

some pure breed AKC JRT, don't ya think!


So, the point to these stories.......... DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Giving rescue a bad name

I received an email from a no-kill shelter asking if our group could take in a JRT mix that had been returned to the shelter 5 times. FIVE TIMES!!!!!!

Her original message to us was that the dog had been at the shelter a long time and was "getting loopy" What does that mean?

Then her second message was that the dog has been adopted and returned FIVE TIMES because of dominance issues. He needs a home with adults only and no other pets.

Ok, I have been doing this long enough to read between the lines. THE DOG IS AGGRESSIVE! Why in God's name would you allow the dog to be adopted out 5 TIMES????

Oh it just makes me so mad because that is the exact reason rescues are given a bad name. All I can think about is those 5 people / families are all now saying "I will never get another rescue dog after that experience" and / or "JRT's are all crazy / bad"

Just really upsets me on so many levels. I realize the person / shelter thinks they are saving an animal but if a dog is aggressive there is probably a reason for it. Not to mention how many people or dogs were injured in those 5 different homes? Not to mention was the dog ever abused because of his behavior?

I realize it is a hard decision to say "this dog is not adoptable" and have it put to rest BUT living their life in a cage or being bounced from home to home to home to home is not a life for anyone thing. Every time that dog is bounced from shelter to home to shelter to home to shelter to home...... the aggression or "dominance issues" as she called it are only going to get worse.

Breaks my heart to know 5 people / families were disappointed, that poor dog in his obviously mental state was bounced around like that and that he is suffering mentally and it is only getting worse every day :-(

I am half tempted to say "Ok, I will take the dog" and just have him humanely euthanized myself so that at least I know he isn't being abused, neglected or in pain. I couldn't sleep last night worrying about this poor dog and his fate. I simply told the lady that contacted me that I wasn't able to take in a dog like that because we do not have a foster home that can handle a "dominance" issue. Now I feel guilty that I didn't tell her the truth.... we humanely euthanize dog aggressive or people aggressive dogs. And the reasons why.

I didn't because I knew what her response would be and I am just not in the mood to have someone scream at me and try to bully me (like last week).

I feel horrible like I failed... I failed the dog by not saying anything so now he will probably be abused.. I failed the person because I did not educate them... I failed the next 5 families / people who might adopt that dog... I failed the 5 families that already adopted and returned the dog... I failed the dogs that are dieing because an aggressive dog is taking up a spot for them.....


Monday, March 29, 2010

Death Row to adopted

I rescued dog number 500 on Thursday. She was scheduled to die on Friday :-( She is a really nice dog... well I mean puppy. She is only about 6 or 7 months old and doesn't have a care in the world. She is lovable, huggable, kissable and great with everything including my 2 pound 7 week old puppies. She is great with kids, great around the horses, listens well.... can't believe she was going to die.

I received an application for her that looked great, had him come out and meet her and it was love at first site I think :-)

She is getting spayed on Thursday and goes home on Sunday. And to think she was marked for dead at the shelter!

Now that is what rescue is all about. Wish all could go that smoothly!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rescue as the 2nd choice

Dogs #500 and 501 that I got in yesterday are very nice dogs. They were scheduled to die today. It is an creepy, stomach turning feeling to know I am holding something in my arms that shouldn't exist. UGH! I don't know about you but the whole death thing creeps me out.

It really really really upsets me when I get emails from people BEGGING for help, BEGGING me to take their dog for one reason or another. I always ask the same questions:

Why are you no longer able to keep your dog?

Where did you get your dog?

If it is behavioral issues then I will always follow up with do you want help training him/her or are just looking for a new home?

Of course if they email me back saying the dog bit someone or is aggressive I will call or email them back and explain why re homing the dog is not a good idea. Some people choose to work through it, like one lady who has been delightly working with her aggressive dog. I give her a lot of credit. Some understand why the dog shouldn't be re homed and every once in a while I get someone who is not rational (but that hasn't happened in a long time).

Some of the responses I get back are simple behavior issues that you can work through. Some people are open and willing to get help, others have given up and just want to dump the dog as quickly as possible. Those people make me laugh because they act like they want help but when I tell them how to correct the problem they come up with another excuse as to why that won't work or why they can't do that..... that just makes me mad. Just tell me "I DO NOT WANT THIS DOG" don't try to act like you care. UGH!

What really upsets me and I guess it is because everywhere you turn you hear about Puppy Mills or homeless dogs..... TV, Radio, NewsPapers, the internet... maybe because I am involved with rescue I notice those ads more but I feel like people should know there are homeless pets out there looking for homes.... Anyway, what really upsets me is when people tell me that the dog they want to dump is from a Pet Store.

Why is it that you can buy an $800 dog from a Pet Store but as soon as you need help you turn to rescue?? Why is it 7 months ago when you bought your dog, you didn't think of contacting me but now that you are having issues with him/her I am the first place you look...

You had the money to buy an $800 puppy but you don't have the money to get the shots, get the dog fixed or all of a sudden the time for a dog.

I really really don't get that logic.

I have been to Pet Stores that sell puppies, they don't ask questions of you, they barely answer questions and they sure the heck don't help you after you walk out of that store with your "merchandise" in hand.

So, why is it that I am the first place they turn to for help?

It is just disappointing that I am not good enough to adopt a dog from but I am good enough to take your "problem" dog. Oh geez THANKS!

***and when I say "I" I am speaking for rescues in general. Good enough to dump on but not good enough to get a dog from.

I guess it just goes back to when people want something they have to have it NOW and heaven for bid they wait or research it.

The biggest "mistake" I see people do is buy a Female Terrier when they already have a female terrier. Anyone who knows anything about dogs should know to at least warn people that 2 females in the same house when 1 is a terrier is NOT A GOOD IDEA!

If I had a dollar for everyone person who emailed me and said they had 1 female dog for X amount of years and then bought a female terrier puppy from the Pet Store, NewsPaper Ad, Sign on the road, some other illegitimate place and are having troubles I seriously would be a millionaire by now.

It is almost comical.... I get emails from someone saying (for example) I bought a puppy who I have had 7 months now and it is always fighting with my other dog. I email them back and say are both dogs female? Is one or both a terrier? 9 times out of 10 I get back a YES!

The other disappointing thing is that these people spend $800 for a dog that has no vet care but I get yelled at, screamed at and shunned for a $200 adoption fee for a FULLY VETTED DOG!
Can someone please explain the logic to me on that one?

Oh and I had a person tell me "at least when I bought my dog at the Pet Store I knew where she was coming from. " HUH? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard, no you don't! And most of the time neither does the Pet Store. UGH!

Wish more people would choose rescue first.... just makes me sad.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

500 and 501 have arrived :-)

Today I rescued dog number 500. She is named Daytona for Datyona 500. She is a Beagle/Lab mix female about 6 months old. Very sweet, did great with my friends 2 year old, the puppies and all the other dogs.

And dog number 501. He is named Champ b/c he reminded my friend Marie of her grandparents old dog.

They both seem to be really nice dogs. Hopefully they will find their forever homes quickly! There are more dogs in need that I need to figure out how to get to safety... man I can't wait till warmer weather so I can rescue more! There is an American Eskimo at Brown County where these two came from I LOVE ESKIES! So many dogs so little time and ZERO SPACE AND MONEY.. LOL!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.

FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth—which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion—the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.

MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.

MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

500 here we come

The next dog to come into my rescue will be dog #500 saved!

I wonder who it will be??? Working on getting a dog from Gurnsey County Pound.. so cute. Working on getting 2 from Brown County Oh and there is a women in Akron with a 7 month old that she wants to owner surrender.

hmmmmm.. Could be 503 before I know it. LOL!

So, I am looking for a good name for dog #500. Any suggestions?

Monday, March 22, 2010

So I got a phone call........

from someone in my County Commissioners office. I really don't feel it got anywhere. The person was pretty adamant about how making mandatory spay / neuter wasn't going to work. Kept saying it would be too expensive???? Really I have offered on more then one occasion to do all the research and work for free to get everything in place and set in motion so I don't understand. And I am sure that other rescue people in the area would be more then happy to help out as well.

Band-aids is all the county wants to do for the kennel to make themselves look like they are doing something but they aren't. She wasn't too happy when I said that... but it is true and in the end she admitted it was.

She explained to me that the kennel kill rates are way down.. ya because the dog warden, Jack, calls people like me to go in there and take dogs so they don't get killed. It has nothing to do with the joke of a certificate we have to encourage people to get dogs fixed. Does anyone keep track of how many of those certificates are used by NON rescue people. I am curious to see those numbers!

She then told me a she received a letter from someone saying they were really mad because they went in for a dog and it went up in the lottery and some lady won it. Then she went for another dog and the same lady was there and again won that one in the lottery. The women said she later found out that it was a rescue person who was then selling the dog for profit.

I explained that #1 if we had mandatory spay/neuter then rescues wouldn't feel the need to get into the lottery. I get emails all the time from rescue people saying "needing help for Lorain County Lottery. Breeder looking at the dog." Or something similar to that. #2 PROFIT. If anyone in their right mind thinks taking a dog from a shelter is a way to make profit they have a lot coming to them. Let me point this out ONCE AGAIN

I called my vet to get these exact prices:

Pull Fee: $29 includes shots
Booster shots, rabies, heartworm test: $96
Fecal test: $17.08
Spay/Neuter for a dog 1 - 3 years weighing 25 - 50 pounds: $199.60
Flea Med for one month: $14.25
Worming medicine for a 20 - 30 pound dog: $24.50

What does that equal??? $380.43

Adoption fee: $200

money lost by rescue group / person $180.43
that does not include food, toys, beds, crates, collar, leash, grooming...

So please tell me again.... Making a profit??

Oh people make me so MAD!

Anyway, so the end of my conversation with the women from the commissioners office was that she was going to talk to the commissioners and get back to me. I am not holding my breath, I will be real honest.

I had her on speaker phone and she would ask me a question and I would answer her, she would continue to try to interrupt me and when I didn't let her so she got angry with me saying I was speaking over her. I let her talk, waited till she was done, would start to talk and she would interrupt me. My friend who was with me looked at me and who is interrupting who??

I feel like the only reason she called was to shut me up..... I highly doubt anything will happen.

All the phone call did was make me more mad because she refused to hear a thing I was saying. No matter what I said she pointed out how that just isn't possible but when I asked why the answer was "it just isn't" Frustrating.

So I spent a half hour of my life talking to a wall and having someone tell me how great the band-aids at the pound are..... I of course pointed out how shots for the dogs do nothing because it take 7 days for a shots to really help the dog be immune.

We need to get tot he root of the problem... UGH! I really want to give up. But why would I when I am making so much money at selling dogs from the kennel.. more people should do it if it is so profitable. IDIOTS!

I am in a mood today where I just want to say F-U and give up. I am so freaking stressed out b/c I have so much money wrapped up in the puppies I rescued... UGH! I have bills to pay I can't pay because I have $2,000 into puppies that aren't even fixed yet and 7 that still need shots.. ya great Oh and by the way adoption fee $200 X 10 will $2,000 but yet I am still not done spending money. AWESOME!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Dear Companion Pet Lovers ~


Below is the letter received from the Expo organizers. In addition to being pulled as a sponsor, we are also waiting confirmation from Steve Cantin that NO MONIES FROM PETLAND will be made to rescue groups! That letter is expected to be received tomorrow.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who signed our Petition, cross-posted our Petition and wrote personal letters/made calls to the Expo organizers! YOUR voice was heard and secured a MAJOR victory on behalf of the animals!

An additional letter of support will be mailed to everyone tommorrow, but we felt it was important to share this exciting news with you NOW!



After speaking with Petland, The Sponsor of the Bird World demonstrations at The Columbus Pet Expo, they have withdrawn from the show, as they do not want to negatively effect The Columbus Pet Expo. Our Expo has, for over 15 years supported the efforts of over 40 Pet Rescue Groups. Through our efforts these 40 Non-Profit Rescue Groups and Shelters are able to adopt out hundreds of homeless animals. raise money, as well as secure a number of volunteers and foster homes to help their groups. Our goal has always been "THINK ADOPTION FIRST".

The Columbus Pet Expo has refunded the sponsorship fee of $4,000 to Petland, even though this will cause a lot of stress to our limited budget, (which pays for advertising and rental of the facility). Due to this loss of financial support we would greatly appreciate it if you would help us get the word out through emailing your friends, posting it on Facebook or any other means you have.

We have a great show this year and 100% of the proceeds from our NON-PROFIT CHARITY AUCTION being held Sunday, March 28th at 1 PM are being divided equally among the participating Pet Rescues. We have worked to get donations from Pet Manufacturers from around the US to use for this Non-Profit Charity Auction.

Please check out our website at; for all the details on the show and if you sign up to win the Pet Food of your choice for a Year you will automatically be signed up for our Columbus Pet Expo Updates.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and will help us reach our goal of having 200 applications to adopt pets approved from the PET EXPO. It is the policy of the Columbus Pet Expo and all the Pet Rescue Groups involved to make sure that all the people seeking to adopt pets from our show are qualified and that the pet they want to adopt is suited for their homes and lifestyle. This is something we have always stressed so the adopted pets do not end up at a Pet Rescue or Pet Shelter again.

We appreciate your concerns and hope you will join us in supporting the wonderful Rescue Groups associated with The Columbus Pet Expo.

Best regards,
Teresa LaRotonda
and M. Mythanne Reno
Columbus Pet Expo

Mary O'Connor-Shaver
Cell: 614-271-8248
Columbus Top Dogs

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pet are they still in business?

Dear Companion Pet Lovers ~

The Columbus Pet Expo is gearing up for their 16th year of educating and entertaining pet lovers throughout Central Ohio. This year's Expo will be held March 26-28, at the Franklin County Veteran's Memorial in Columbus, Ohio.

As was the case last year, Petland is once again a major sponsor for this event.

The sad truth behind the friendly facade of Petland stores is that there often lies a puppy mill. The documented problems of these mass breeding facilities include overbreeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals. To the unwitting consumer, this situation frequently means buying a puppy facing an array of immediate veterinary problems or harboring genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later.

Consumer demand for purebred puppies, more than any other factor, perpetuates the misery of puppy mills. Unfortunately, a dog's lifespan is often longer than a consumer's desire to maintain their "product." As a result, millions of purebred dogs are sent to animal shelters every year, where roughly half will be euthanized.

Take a look at the financial impact of Columbus Petland stores on Franklin County (statistics provided by the former Director of Franklin County Animal Shelter, Lisa Wahoff, in November, 2006):

7-10 Petland dogs PER DAY are admitted to the shelter. 80% of those dogs are:

*not spayed/neutered
*are in very poor health and/or mental state
*have no microchip registered to anyone other than the broker, and no owner can be tracked. Petland takes no responsibility.
*are not an appropriate match to the owner, resulting in owner release within one year of the purchase.

The Results?

A low-end average of $30 per day for each Petland dog (if the dog is healthy) X 7-10 dogs = $210-$300 per day!

On January 27, a federal court in Arizona issued a ruling allowing a lawsuit to proceed against Petland, Inc. based on allegations that the retail chain is routinely selling unhealthy puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix, alleges that Petland violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders. The suit is the result of many months of investigative and legal research, and comes after two separate investigations into Petland stores by a national animal welfare organization in 2008 and 2009 that demonstrated a direct link between multiple Petland stores and unscrupulous puppy mills.

It is our firm belief that until the public truly understands and appreciates the cruel aspect - not to mention the consumer fraud - connected with "dealing dogs", Petland will continue to generate millions of dollars for their breeders and distributors.

We are asking animal advocates to respectfully request that Mythanne Reno and Teresa LaRotondo step forward as the Show Director and Show Manager of this event and request that Petland withdraw their sponsorship. Until this company is no longer affiliated with an Expo that is focused on educating consumers about the plight of homeless animals, we are asking all humane minded citizens not endorse nor participate in this event.

Click here to sign the Petition - >

1. Mythanne Reno – Show Director - – 888-650-6060

2. Teresa LaRotonda – Show Manager - – 614-834-0583

Mary O'Connor-Shaver
Cell: 614-271-8248
Columbus Top Dogs

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Learn more about the Ohio Dog Auctions Act

Dear Companion Animal Lovers ~

Learn more about the Ohio Dog Auctions Act and how you can get involved in this important ballot initiative campaign!

(Invitations have been extended to state legislators and local media for each county; those legislators confirming their attendance are denoted in parenthesis.)

1. LORAIN COUNTY (Representative Matt Lundy, D-57)
Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 10:00 AM
Avon Lake Public Library - 32649 Electric Boulevard, Avon Lake, OH 44012-1669
R.S.V.P. by Thursday, March 18 to Anne Neumann at

Saturday, March 27, 2010
10:30 AM
Holmes County Library (Millersburg), Room A - 3102 Glen Drive, Millersburg, OH 44654
R.S.V.P. by Thursday, March 25 to Veronica Dickey at

Saturday, April 3, 2010 - Coalition Meeting on Ohio Dog Auctions Act
10:00 AM
SPCA Cincinnati, Sharonville - 11900 Conrey Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
R.S.V.P. by Thursday, April 1 to Kristen Fox Angel at

4. CUYAHOGA COUNTY (Senator Dale Miller, D-23)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
10:00 AM
Cleveland Animal Protection League - 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 2 to Ayse Dunlap at

5. FRANKLIN COUNTY (Senator Karen Gillmor, R-26)
Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2010
3:00 PM
Ohio State University
R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, April 6 to Molly Stancliff at

Monday, April 12, 2010
1:00 PM
Brunswick Community Library, Sycamore Room A - 3649 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212-3619
R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 9 to Vanessa Fields at

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Country Club Retirement Campus - 860 Iron Avenue, Dover, OH 44622
R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 23 to Cinda Godfrey at

8. TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (Senator Joe Schiavoni, D-33)
Friday, April 30, 2010
10:00 AM
Country Club Retirement Campus - 860 Iron Avenue, Dover, OH 44622
R.S.V.P. by Thursday, April 28 to Cinda Godfrey at

9. STARK COUNTY (Representative Scott Oelslager, R-51)
Friday, May 14, 2010 - Meeting with 10:00 AM
Home of Representative Oelslager - 1585 Yorkshire Trcese, North Canton, OH 44709-4855
R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 12 to Veronica Dickey at Seating limited to 12!

10. STARK COUNTY (Meeting with Representative Stephen Slesnick, D-52)
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 12:00 PM
Jackson Township Library - 7487 Fulton Drive NW, Massillon, OH 44646
R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 19 to Veronica Dickey at

Meetings currently under development for Athens, Butler (April 17), Columbiana (June at Angels for Animals), Crawford, Delaware (early June), Gallia (June), Lake (May), Licking, Lucas and Wood (May), Montgomery, Muskingham, Pike (late May-early June), Union (May), Vinton and Washington.

For dates, times and locations of all Town Hall Meetings (as they become confirmed), please click here - >

Thanks everyone for serving as a strong voice for the animals!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Litter 1 all adopted

Well tomorrow is the BIG day. Litter number 1 goes to get fixed and 2 leave for their forever home and then the other 2 leave Thursday night. I am going to miss them but at the same time can't wait to get them all adopted. I need to get stuff down like paint my dinning room, finish putting up my fence, plant grass seed.. .LOL Every minute I have free is me cleaning up puppy poop, playing with puppies, feeding puppies. LOL! I think I have my puppy fix for a good 2 years... remind me of that the next time I say I am getting some puppies in.. LOL

Harper, Miley, Cookie and Percy left for their foster homes today. I miss them already but it sure is nice to have 4 dogs out of my house where they can get more one on one attention.

Oh and then my friend from work came and picked up Melvin Saturday. Hopefully everything is going well. I am guessing they are b/c Kelly isn't the type of person not to let you know if things are good.. LOL! You always know how Kelly feels.. she is more direct then me..scary thought huh?

A really nice couple came over and met Jerry my GSP. Man is that dog beautiful. They fell in love with him... like how could you not??? They are picking him up on Thursday. So, excited for Jerry. He is such a nice dog. And for a big dog really didn't take to long to get him adopted out. Big dogs always take a little bit longer. I can't wait till summer b/c I would really like to get another big dog.. maybe a black one. Those always die at the shelter.

All paws crossed that litter number 2 finds homes. I really haven't gotten a lot of hits on them :-( And they need to find a place to call home before Sunday. I really don't want them to have surgery and come back here.. I really want them to heal at their forever home. Paws crossed tight!!

Friday, March 12, 2010


The greatness
of a nation
& its
moral progress
can be judged
by the way
its animals
are treated.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OMG Tired

The puppies are wearing me out. I LOVE THEM but man I can't wait for them to get adopted.. LOL! The 2 oldest litters are getting brave, breaking out of their pen area, barking, acting like dogs and the youngest 2 litters can finally support their own weight so they are walking around... which is cute b/c they are like drunken sailors but I wish they would stay still just one more week.. lol

It is always a poopy mess... you clean it up and turn around to just find more. They do pretty good going on paper but they are puppies and they forget. LOL!

And of course they get into everything as you can see by the picture below... Apparently I left the paper towel roll in reach of someone!

Tuesday litter number 1 goes home, the following Monday litter #2 gets fixed and if I find homes for them will be going home AND then 4 more weeks until litter #3 and #4 are ready. I love them but I can't wait.. LOL!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dog aggression strikes again...

Why is that people think a new environment will mean that their aggressive dog is no longer aggressive???

I am sorry I am so frustrated right now. I had 4 people contact me about aggressive dogs. I told them all the same thing. That I couldn't help and the reason why. I also offered them advice on how to deal / work with the dog aggressive dog. I also told them why re homing the dog was not a good idea.

1 person emailed me and said they thought that would be my answer and thanked me for my time. The other 2 people I didn't hear from and the 4th person YIKES! Told me I shouldn't be in rescue because anyone can do what I do. REALLY??? She told me that I am un caring and that I am not a rescue she would ever want to deal with.

Now, I have to add that the person emailed me without putting any information about who she was or where the dog was located. She also addressed the email to Susan.

Here is the email she sent me.

Hi Susan,
First I'd like to say THANK YOU for all you do for the breed! I am a big animal advocate and work closely with my local humane society and have for about 9 yrs. We have a Jack named Beckman, who has some issues with biting people, he seems to do well with other dogs but when asked to do something he doesn't want to do, he bites, well he was recently adopted to a couple who were made WELL aware of his biting issues and claimed they were very familiar with the breed and would work with him and his biting would not b a problem. Well in less than 24 hours he bit the wife and now sits at animal control under a 10 day quarantine, The officers there would like to euthanize him but have given us the option to take him back if we want. The problem is hes been getting away with this behavior or so long( which you know only enpowers him) that its going to take someone very special and dedicated to working with him to help break this habit. He can b a very sweet dog, provided that you let him b the boss. Do you think your rescue might b able to help us out with him? we dont want to c him be euthanized but our small shelter cannot give him what he truly needs to overcome this problem. If you cannot help us do you know of any recues who might? Any help you can offer would b GREATLY appreciated. Please help us save Beckman!!!
P.S. We only have about 7 days left before he will be euthanized

The poor dog sounds to me like he is suffering mentally and I feel really bad for him.

OH she also told me that she would tell anyone that would listen about me and that how would my sister rescues feel about me because I told her I wouldn't be able to take the dog into our rescue. I offered to give her the name, phone number and email of our president. She doesn't want to talk to Kim. LOL! I also asked her to please become a dog rescue volunteer since anyone can do what I do. We need the help!

I understand that people want to believe that EVERY dog is savable but that simply isn't the case. My friend went to a dog sanctuary that takes in aggressive dogs. And she said it was the saddest thing she has ever seen. The dogs are in a fenced in area, with another fence around that with a few feet in between fences with pad locks and big notices that say AGGRESSIVE DANGER. The dogs are fed with a system so no one really needs to be near the dog. The dog house / inside part the dog has can be closed so that someone can get in the cage to clean it and at least 1 time a year the dog is tranquilized so the vet can give the dog shots and other care.

Really??? That is a life??? Makes me cringe.

Trust me the last thing I want to do is put a dog to sleep but I would rather have a dog die peacefully at least feeling love and maybe the ONLY nice act that was ever given to the dog then live a life in isolation or abuse.

UGH! It just makes me so mad when people go off on me... fine believe what you want. I have dog rescue friends who will take in dog aggressive dogs and just bored them sometimes for YEARS while they look for a home that will take in a dog aggressive dog and you know what more power to them but I won't do that. Doesn't mean that I send them an email screaming at them b/c I don't agree.

Whatever! If she wants my life she can have it AND ALL THE BILLS AND DOG POOP that goes with it. LOL!

Monday, March 8, 2010

I am overwhelmed and stressed out

And really need to get some dogs adopted or to foster homes................. DEEP BREATH!!!!

I hate when I feel like this... makes me sick to my stomach!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What a weekend

Friday and Saturday were so tiring.....

Friday was a day I was mentally tired. Figuring out how to save dogs... coordinating who needed saved, talking with shelter workers, figuring out who can help and how, connecting people with each other so that dogs can be saved... it was a mentally tiring day.

Saturday my day was LOADED with appointments. Horses are feed by 9, Josie was adopted at 10, the kid doing community service was over doing stuff and Neal was adopted. I had 5 new dogs come in from different transport.... 2 mill dogs, 2 Defience dogs and 1 Pike County dog.

At one point at my house I had at least 7 cars at my house with about 19 people and 23 dogs... this does not include my 4 dogs, my 5 cars and the 4 people that live at my house... LOL!

It was absolutely crazy.

I think everyone finally left around 5ish? Then at 5:30 Marie went and picked up the Pike County dog from transport and April came over with the 2 from Defience. PLUS I had a new horse coming into my barn.

It was one heck of a day. The good thing was that 2 dogs did find forever homes and 5 dogs were saved. Thank GOD for awesome volunteers b/c if it wasn't for them NONE of the dogs were have been saved.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Puppies are getting so big

WOW! The last week has been crazy. The puppies are getting so big.

Portia and Mercedes are very good mom's and since their puppies are so close in age they are playing really well with each other. The puppies are moving around so much now that I can't keep them in the crate because they make such a mess. So, the cage doors are always open and I have gates up so they can't get into anything they should be.

Lexus and Caddie have to be locked up in their crates because well Caddie doesn't like anyone near her puppies even one of the other puppies and because the big puppies go in and sleep with the little puppies which is fine but when the big puppies wake up they beat up the little puppies.. lol They are just trying to play but it scares me because the little puppies are so small.

Anyway here are some pictures:

Bentley (6 weeks old), Shelby (5 weeks old) and Astro (6 weeks old)

Bentley (6 weeks old), Shelby (5 weeks old), Astro (6 weeks old) and Chevy (5 weeks)

Viper, Bentley, Shelby, Chevy, Clutch and Astro

Mitizi - 3 weeks old

Sephia 3 weeks old

Morgan 3 weeks

Styles 3 weeks

Verona 3 weeks old

Nova 3 weeks old

Sienna 3 weeks old

Styles..... this is what he thinks of having his picture taken.. LOL!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Do people realize?

That dog rescue is volunteer work? I don't think they do, I think they think we get paid for this. Honestly I can't blame them for thinking that because really who would want to put up with all the jerks, rude, nasty people and see all the horrible things we see pretty much daily. So, I get why people would think we get paid for this dog rescue stuff but we don't. Not one dime...

Then why do I do this? If it isn't for the money what is it for? The simple answer it because it is the right thing to do!

That brings me to my point... we rescue folks do not get paid so it would be nice if people were a little more respectful of our time. People make appointments never show up, come meet a dog and spend 45 minutes with that dog and say they will let you know but never call or email.

Listen we are ok if you don't want the dog but can't you at least tell us??

It is hard to explain to people without sounding pushy or bitchy but I want to say, if you are coming just to look then I am not going to change my enitre schedule, rearrange my life to accommodate you! And if you are really serious about getting a dog but after meeting one of our rescues you decide it is not a good fit that is 100% OK. It happens but at least tell us.... don't just hanging me out to dry.

I assume that if someone doesn't follow up within 24 hours that they are no longer interested and I have so had people call me a week later or show up say at an adoption event 2 hours late and when the dog they wanted was adopted they throw a fit. Really????!!! B/c I have magical powers where I can see into the future and know that you were coming back for the dog... really??!!!

I don't think people understand that what I do is for the dogs not them. So, honesty if a good home comes along for a dog I am not denying the dog a home just on the off chance they may or may not show up and/or call.

Goes back to people wanting what they want and not considering anyone else's feelings and / or the well being of the dog. Just dissapointing..