On Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting Layla, a beautiful little Min Pin available for adoption through AARF. I met her foster mom at a local park in Baltimore and we had a very quick mini-session… poor Layla was freezing! The camera made her nervous too, but despite all that, she was a great model.
Layla was originally found on the side of the road a couple of years ago but never found her forever home, so she was recently rescued by her foster mom. Suddenly last week she had to be rushed to the emergency vet and it was discovered that she has diabetes. The rescue didn’t have the funds to pay her $1300 vet bill, so her foster mom is paying it out of her own pocket. A ChipIn has been set up to help her out with the medical expenses… if you’d like to donate a few dollars, you can do so here! http://fundsforlayla.chipin.com/jana-deoliveira-and-layla-the-pup
Layla is doing much better now with her daily insulin. If anyone is interested in adopting this sweet and energetic little girl, please contact AARF at email@example.com.
(UPDATE: Layla has been adopted!)
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I first met Willow two years ago, when she arrived at the BHS as a wiggly little 15-lb. puppy. She was adopted, but then returned after a few months because the other dog in the home had attacked her. Willow was adopted again and her new owners loved her very much, but unfortunately there were still issues between her and the other pets in the house, so now she is once again looking for her forever home. Willow is super sweet and absolutely adores people, but she would like to be the only pet. She is a “special needs” dog because she has Addison’s disease, meaning there is a deficiency of a corticosteroid hormone that manages how her body handles stress. The disease is manageable, but a stressful shelter environment is not good for Willow and it would be wonderful if she could find a foster home to relax in while she waits for her forever family to come along. Please consider stepping up to foster her to give her the best possible chance of finding a home soon! For more information on Addison’s disease, visit http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=608. If you’re interested in fostering, please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Penelope arrived at the BHS two years ago, in Sept. 2010, from a rescue in Virginia that had run out of space for her. She was transferred with several other Coonhounds, and shared a kennel with her sister Margaret. They all found homes quickly, including Penelope, but she was returned a couple of months later because she was escaping her yard. She was adopted again, but was returned a second time in Sept. 2011. This time it was because her owners had sent her away to a boarding kennel for “training”, where they used inhumane methods including a shock collar on her. Not surprisingly, this so-called training was not effective and just scared her. Instead of trying to work with her using positive reinforcement methods, her owners dumped her back at the shelter. Penelope has been through so much that she’s a little wary of new people, and sudden movements scare her. Despite all this, she’s still a very sweet and shy girl who loves to be with people that will treat her with kindness. She’s looking for a home with adults only, someone who can give her lots of love to make up for all that she’s missed. Please stop by the BHS to take her for a walk and give her a belly rub… you’ll fall in love!
(UPDATE: I’m very sad to report that Penelope has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. RIP, sweet girl.)
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A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to meet up with a few foster families from Recycled Love rescue. What a fun morning! All of the dogs I met with that day happened to be seniors, so naturally all of them were tugging at my heartstrings. Meet Daisy, Frank, and Fred!
Daisy is an adorable 10 year old Silky Terrier mix. She’s blind and hard of hearing, but she doesn’t let that slow her down! She was so curious and sweet. (Update: I’m sad to report that Daisy’s health took a turn for the worse, and she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge recently. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her foster family who loved her so much and gave her a wonderful home.)
Next up was Frank, an 8 year old Dachshund. Isn’t he the cutest? Frank is great with other dogs, cats, and kids. He also loves to join in if you howl at him! (UPDATE: Frank has been adopted!)
Last but never least was Fred, an 8 year old pittie mix. He has the BEST smile and he just loves to give kisses! Fred would like to have a fairly quiet home where he can be the only dog.
If you’re interested in meeting any of these dogs, please contact Recycled Love rescue! www.recycledlove.org
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Almost every week for 11 months, my husband and I would walk through the kennels at BHS and stop at Loki’s run as we greeted all the dogs in turn, only to encounter a snarling and growling little 10-lb. dog who seemed determined to give us a nasty bite if we gave him half a chance. Normally a dog as small and cute as he is would be adopted quickly, but Loki wasn’t exactly showing his best side to potential adopters. Nobody wants a dog that will bite. So when the time came for us to foster another dog, we knew which one it had to be.
I don’t know the full details of Loki’s past, but what I do know is that he was neglected by his former owners. They’d had him for five years, pretty much his whole life, but they kept him chained up outdoors (how long, I don’t know). When they surrendered him to BHS, he arrived at the shelter with his skin in bad condition and his collar painfully embedded in his neck. Loki was anxious, hypersensitive, and completely insecure… he was untrusting of most people and didn’t like to be touched, he was food aggressive, and he was reactive around other dogs. The shelter staff was wonderfully patient with him and took great care of him for an entire year, but still he seemed practically unadoptable. We thought we must be crazy to take on a dog with such issues and wondered if we would ever even be able to touch him! However, within the first 48 hours of having him in our home, all of his stress and anxiety seemed to melt away. I was amazed at what a quick transformation it was. He LOVES attention and is a champion snuggler, always wants to be petted and picked up, there have been no signs of food aggression that we’ve seen so far, and he loves our other dog! He also seems to be surprisingly well housetrained for a dog who spent so much time living outside and then in a kennel. I had been bracing myself for a real challenge after we made the decision to bring him home, but as it turns out, he’s not such a challenge after all. (whew!) He just needed a quiet home environment where he could relax and be a normal dog. These photos don’t fully convey what a happy goofy boy he is, so check out his video here!
For more information on adopting Loki, please contact me or the BHS. And the next time you see a dog with behavior issues in the shelter, give them the benefit of the doubt! They may just surprise you.
UPDATE 9/2012: Loki was adopted a few months ago but unfortunately he was returned recently, because the number of frequent visitors in his new home proved to be too stressful for him. He is now back in foster care with us and continuing the search for his forever home! Loki would like to have a calm and quiet home, where he can bond with his owners and settle into a daily routine. Please contact me or BHS if you’re interested in him!
(UPDATE: Loki has been adopted!!)
Here’s Loki in the shelter, and then again just a few days later.
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