December 28, 2013


 This post is dedicated to Mandi Jo....
and all the dachshund seniors who never found their forever homes before crossing the bridge but brought so much love into our lives.

and a poem Dedicated To Rescuers
By Arlene Pace

Once I was a lonely dog, Just looking for a home.
I had no place to go, No one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
Ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore, My body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat, Or to gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.

And then one day I heard a voice, So gentle, kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me, And took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you, Was whispered in my ear."
"You'll have a home to call your own, where you will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat."
"And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in fear.
I can't remember when I let, A human come so near.

And as she tended to my wounds, And bathed and brushed my fur
She told me about the rescue group, And what it meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle, A line that never ends."

"And in the center there is you protected by new friends."
"And all around you are the ones that check the pounds,
And those that share their home after you've been found."
"And all the other folk are searching near and far.
"To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star."

She said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see."
"And then they'll join our circle, they'll help to make it grow,

 so there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go."
I waited very patiently, The days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think, It wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there just gazing down at me.

I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.
"Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me.
But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street.
And send a rescue person to lift them off their feet."

adopted 11/2/13

adopted 11/2/13
adopted 11/3/13
adopted 11/6/13
adopted 11/08/13
adopted 11/10/13
adopted 11/10/13
adopted 11/23/13
adopted 11/24/13
adopted 11/27/13

adopted 11/2/13
adopted 11/2/13
adopted 11/2/13
adopted 11/2/13

adopted 11/03/13
adopted 11/10/13
adopted 11/11/13

and a special senior girl
who is almost 12 years old

adopted 11/12/13

Here is her bio.......

Sweet Pepper Anne was dumped at a local city shelter with her male dachshund companion, by her own family!  She is blind and somewhat overweight, and was very sad to have lost the only family she has ever known.  What were they thinking?  She is adjusting in her new foster home and is being very brave and stoic for a homeless girl!  Her buddy was adopted so she even lost her best friend too! 

If you have a place in your heart or experience with a blind dog please consider helping a girl out!  She seems to be fine with other dogs, ok with cats(probably because she can't see them) and really really good with humans.  She would love a place with a big open yard to explore without getting hurt!  She would thrive in a home where someone is home often as she likes to hang out with her people and will follow them around until she gets more secure.  She is fully vetted and spayed

Stay tuned as Pepper joins Weight Watchers and begins the long journey back to her new self!

Update 3/27/13:

Pepper Ann has lost about 4 lbs and is now down to 21 lbs.  She still has another 5-6 lbs to lose.  She is housetrained, crate trained and  is moderately active.  She sleeps in a dog bed at night with her foster sister.   Pepper Ann  loves to snuggle with her foster mom on the couch before bed time.  Due to her blindness she doesn't play with toys or other dogs.  She does well riding in a car and walks well on a leash but does best on known paths.  She has the cutest soft howl when she can't get to her foster mom and she loves carrots.

Update:  5/29/13:

After joining the contestants on the biggest loser, Pepper Ann is down to a svelte 18lbs.  12 ounces.  Her regimen of controlled portions and daily walks around the pond have really paid off.  Recently daily jumping jacks, trying to get to the tiny bottle fed kittens that are kept just out of her reach, has also contributed to her success.

adopted 11/17/13
Adopted: November 17, 2013
Dachshund / Miniature Pinscher / Mixed

This dog was listed as a courtesy to another organization.
 Adopted: November 22, 2013
Boxer / Labrador Retriever / Mixed

adopted 11/24/13

adopted 11/24/13

adopted 11/24/13

Adopted: November 29, 2013
Dachshund / Chihuahua

adopted 11/29/13
adopted 11/29/13

There you have it !! A total of
26 made it home in time 
for Christmas.



Amber DaWeenie said...

It's always wonderful news when so many find their homes in a month, especially just before Christmas. What a gift for them!

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a nice tribute. Kudos to rescues

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love reading these stories every month!

Love the fact that we have "failed" as fosters so many times- Angel Thai, Tasha, Anna Rose,Snoopy, Anna and soon Hope!

Cupcake said...

All these dogs are so adorable. So happy for them all and especially Pepper Anne.

Love, Cupcake

Tweedles -- that's me said...

It makes my heart very happy when I hear about furrys finding forever homes,

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

??? 26 ??? WOW that is the most FANTASTIC thingy we could EVER HOPE FOR... 26 HAPPY HOMES..

Lovable Lily said...

And Mommy cries every time! It warms our hearts that so many beautiful babies found their forever homes.

We'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the rescue organizations out there. Their work is so important!

Lily Belle & Muffin