June 3, 2012



" Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
-- Anne Tyler ~

(Flower in front of SJMC)

During the month of May ATDR only had 13 adoptions. Summertime is a very difficult time for adoptions but we won't give up. That just means that we were able to take in 13 more.  It's why we and DROH do the things we do.

RUDY – a refugee from the Bastrop forest fires.

Rudy, a tan dachshund mix, was found wandering during the disastrous forest fires in Bastrop. He was kept at the Bastrop County Animal Shelter for weeks. After no one arrived to claim him, he moved to a foster family in Austin.

Lend Me A Pup

I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and when his job is over
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise how long that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught belowI want this pup to learn.

I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labor vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.

I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay.

But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you've loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.

-Author Unknown 


ATDR does everything in its power to help our rescued doxies regardless of their medical needs. The Dachshunds below require extensive medical attention. We rely on donations to help cover these medical costs and the  JOAN OF ARK MEMORIAL FUND  has been established to this end. Please consider a tax deductible donation to help one of our special ones 

  Joanie's story
In April 2009, a sweet, feisty little soul came drifting into the lives and hearts of the ATDR volunteers. Sadly in early November, after 7 months of ups and downs, and despite all the efforts of her foster family and the many vets from Houston and Texas A&M who generously provided for her care, little Joanie slipped quietly away, wrapped in the arms of her foster mom, to drift back out of our lives, peacefully over the rainbow. In honor of Joanie, her spirit that touched so many hearts, and her sheer will to survive, we have created the Joan of Ark Memorial Fund, placing here the remaining donations for her care to be used to help other Dachshunds who have been victims of extreme injuries or disease. It is our hope that Joanie’s legacy will live on, inspiring future donations in her memory to provide a chance at life for other special needs cases who’s outcomes, with Joanie watching over them, will leave them here with us….healed…..and with new, better futures in loving homes. And for those who must move on as Joanie did, we know she will be waiting to welcome them into the soft green grass and the cool peppermint breeze, somewhere, over the rainbow.


"Mona here -- My brother, Jacks, was dumped in a dumpster when he was 4 months old because he had what Leyna has. Had it not been for the garbageman that heard him whining he would have died and would never have been my beloved brother. If you look on our sidebar towards the bottom you will see a picture of how well he turned out. There is hope for this sweet little girl too."

Leyna Text
This sweet girl was dumped off at the Montgomery Shelter. She is very malnourished and has Demodex and Sarcoptic mange. With a LOT of TLC, medicine and some prayers she will be running around in no time.

 Sweet Otis is so happy to be in a foster home, safe and warm! His ribs are showing and he is missing an eye that was removed when he came into rescue! Otis has had a bit of a set-back and was rushed to surgery with a ruptured disc. He will be back with his fosters soon, but is recovering at the hospital as we speak! Positive thoughts for Otis as he begins this difficult journey after back surgery!


Handsome Redford was dumped by his family in the county pound paralyzed and unable to walk! Now rescued, Redford had spine surgery and is recovering in an ATDR Foster home! Please keep him in your prayers as he begins his journey to walk again! Please consider a donation to pay for his surgery and the follow-up physical therapy that already has him standing again! Redford has the will to walk and although it is slow he will be taking more and more steps everyday! Go Big Red!

 God bless.......the Mommy


Agnes B Bullock said...

WHn says she will make a quilt for you to auction, just like the one she is making for the WDA cancer walk in the fall, if you would like! (In honor of Joanie of Ark)

Lovable Lily said...

Our heart's ache for these sweet, little, loving doxie's! It's beyond our comprehension how someone could dump or abandon a helpless pupper. God Bless your rescue!

Lily Belle

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

These pictures just RIP MY HEART OUT!

Finn said...

GO BIG RED INDEED!!! Amazing. I love that quote too, we really must be great hunters!

A MilShelb Mom said...

First, what a great job with with ones who have been adopted! It may only be 13 but that is 13 awesome dogs who now have loving families! :) Second, poor poor pups who are sick! We will be thinking of them and praying for their full and speedy recovery! We had mange when we were little and thankfully it was caught in time and we were treated and are totally fine. It was never as bad as her mange, but we know it is itchy and painful and we are so sorry she has that!! What horrible people who did not get her treatment right away and allowed it to get that bad. Mom wants to adopt them all, but of course we told her no and that she cannot have any more pups. She is very impressed by ATDR and wishes the best for these special needs dogs, too!
~Milly and Shelby

Faith Shen said...

They are so blessed to have you, because they found a forever home :) keep on rescuing dogs :D

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chicamom85 said...

I am so happy to read of the doggies who do find homes and at the same time so sad for the others. I can't comprehend that kind of abuse, it makes me ache. You are so wonderful to do all you can to help these babies.

Anne and Sasha