Saturday Blues

Hello Friends.

I went to the shelter today to spend a couple of hours with the pups in need. Unfortunately, due to the holiday weekend I assume, I was the only volunteer there (for the dog side). This means there were tons of dogs, loudly displaying their longing for attention, and just little ol’ me to give them the love that they so badly wanted. That, coupled with the fact that it was extremely hot out, I only ended up walking two dogs. Then I decided to just let them take turns in the big runs, so that I could let a couple dogs out at a time. I also had to help people that were there to browse the pups…and saw two pibble pups get adopted by a very sweet family! Nova

This awesome boy is Nova! As you can see…or NOT see…his ears were cropped in true “pit bull” fashion. On the outside, he is made of all muscle. He has a few scars on his face, too. If you just give him the chance though, you will quickly see that he is a total love bug. I sat down in the shade with him, and he sat down in front of me, staring at me, as if to say “Well?” I patted my lap, and he immediately sat on top of me! He was so happy to be loved on. He is strong, but pretty good on the leash, and he knows “sit.” It broke my heart to put him back in his kennel. Dogs like Nova make me think of my Oscar, and what he must have felt when he sat in the shelter for a month before he was lucky enough to be adopted. I hope Nova gets as lucky as Oscar did…

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This adorable bundle of joy is Pebbles! If you have a tennis ball, you will be her BFF! She LOVES to play! She is interested in the other dogs in a friendly way, so I bet she’d love to have a doggie friend in a forever home. Her playful manner makes her even cuter in person, too! Unfortunately, black dogs are often over looked in shelters, especially if they have the label of a “pit bull.” I hope someone will see the love that Pebbles has to give, and decides to adopt her soon. She deserves a wonderful home!

Smokey

This guy is Smokey, and he is in desperate need of a good grooming! He’s got a luscious black long coat, with a little bit of gray around his face. He is a 6 year old Cocker, and came in as a stray…strange huh? A 6 year old dog obviously had a home at some point…where are his owners? He is really sweet, and he had a blast running up and down the kennel runs next to one of the other dogs!

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Is this not one of the cutest, happiest faces you’ve ever seen? This handsome boy is Romeo! He is a big black Lab, although he’s a bit underweight. He is really good on leash, and he likes to be right next to you when walking. We sat down in the shade, and he plopped down as close to me as he could get. He’s got a very sweet nature, and I bed he’d be a great running buddy!

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The beauty of this dog is unexplainable, and pictures just do not do her justice! She has a really soft golden coloring, and she is SO adorable and playful. She was very happy to get out of her kennel, and had so much fun playing with the squeaky ball! I even filled up a bowl with water and poured it on her, since it was so hot, and she was such a good sport, just standing there while I soaked her down. As you can see, she also has a hilarious long tongue…all the better to cover you in kisses with, of course! Her name is Chanelle, and I am certain the lucky person who adopts her will have a lifetime of love and tail wags from her!

Usually when I leave the shelter, I feel like I’ve done my part for the day. I feel like I’ve done a good job, giving love and attention to these homeless dog, who just want a human of their own. Today though, I didn’t feel like that. Maybe it was because there was hardly anyone there, and I knew their barks and whines were going unnoticed. Maybe because I knew there would be very few adoptions this weekend, with so many people celebrating Memorial Day. If I didn’t have my own dogs to get home to, I think I would have ended up being there all day, trying to get to every dog. It’s not their fault that they’re stuck in that shelter. I hate that I can’t do more for them.

So, I came home and snuggled with my own rescue pups. Of course, Lucy is not a cuddler and doesn’t really like to be hugged on. Oscar though, my lil lovable pibble, was happy to take a nap with me. I’m happy he was saved. That he now will live in a cozy home, where he is cared for and loved until the end of time.

"Why she makez me doz these thingz?"
“Why she makez me doz these thingz?”

Don’t forget, my foster dog Tooley is still available for adoption too! She is very sweet, and LOVES dogs! She’s been going to Mojo’s doggie daycare twice a week, and she makes new friends every time she is there. She is getting better on a leash too!

"Help me out here, guyz. Adopt me already so she doesn't keep putting these scary thingz on my headz!"
“Help me out here, guyz. Adopt me already so she doesn’t keep putting these scary thingz on my headz!”

Please consider sharing this post. Networking saves lives, and there are a lot of dogs that need forever homes! Check out the Tallahassee Animal Service Center  and Last Hope Rescue for more adoptable pets!

PS-Vote for Oscar in his quest to become a magazine cover dog! It’s super easy to do. No “like” or personal info needed! Just click on the link, and then click “vote”! CLICK HERE TO VOTE! 

Good night, Friends! 

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Frustrations and Rewards

I apologize in advance…this post is sort of all over the place…but it’s just all important stuff that I feel like sharing! Read, try to make sense of it, and enjoy!

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Being in the rescue world is very rewarding, but it can also be so frustrating! There seems to be a never ending stream of non-committed dog owners. People who don’t see the point of spaying their dog, but want us to take the entire litter of puppies that they didn’t plan for and don’t care to keep. People who think it’s ok to dump their senior dog in a shelter, because they can’t handle the end of life. People who don’t give their dog monthly heartworm prevention, and then expect help paying for hundreds of dollars worth of heartworm treatment. I know we live in the age of technology, where most things are within our reach at just the touch of a button, or the swipe of a screen…but what happened to good old fashioned work?? And patience? And respect? We constantly get people calling and emailing and Fb’ing us multiple times, commenting “I emailed but haven’t heard anything back”, even though our auto response specifically requests that we be given 48-72 hours to reply. Our president makes it a point to reply to every single email and phone call, even if it is a request about the wrong rescue, or a situation that we can’t help with. Our vice-president is always willing to find a way to help, too. The Last Hope Rescue board members are all people who have volunteered TONS of time, fostered many dogs, and worked their tails off (haha get it?!) to help the rescue.

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There is so much that goes into running a rescue. Unfortunately it is not all freedom rides, adoptions, and happy tails. There are rules and by-laws to follow. There is constant marketing and branding needed. There are hundreds of calls and emails to tend to. There is social media to increase exposure. There are relationships to be kept, like with wonderful businesses and vendors that support the rescue. There are thank you notes needed, LOTS of them. There is community education needed, too. This is all stuff that the board members (and other amazing, dedicated volunteers) are working on, on a daily basis.

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My responsibility for the rescue is running the social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, as well as the two adoption sites, RescueMe and Petfinder. I got into that because the “position” opened up, and the rescue needed the help, so I offered. It’s a small way to help, but I genuinely put a TON of time into it. I get to learn a little about each dog, through the pictures and descriptions that I am given, and I try my best to edit pictures and describe the pups in the best way possible. I also get to help the courtesy posted dogs, who sometimes are at major risk of being taken to a shelter unless we can find them a home. The thing about a rescue that everyone should understand though, is the hard work that goes into it. It’s not all glory, rescuing, feel good moments. That is actually why I started volunteering at the shelter. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a part of the rescue, and feeling like I am doing my small part to help the founders with their mission to save dogs’ lives. However, I was missing being hands on. I wanted to really feel like I was helping a dog in need, even if only for a short four hour shift. That is what I love about volunteering at the shelter. You get to work with the dogs, walk them, bathe them, give them one on one attention that they are craving. Sometimes it is really hard to leave, knowing that the dog may not be there when you get back. But that is where the rescue balances it out, for me anyway. The shelter is where I get to give my love and attention to a handful of dogs in need. The rescue is where I get to help save lives.

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I feel like I have finally found my passion in life, and though there may sometimes be tears, frustrations, and heartbreak, the rewards of helping these amazing pups (and the grateful people and wonderful adopters that we meet) is all worth it to me! I am thankful every day for the Last Hope Rescue crew, both the two and the four-legged alike!

Well, that is all I am going to ramble on about tonight! 😉 All of the dogs in this post are available for adoption through Last Hope Rescue (except my nosey Oscar of course). Please contact the rescue at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com, if you’d like to adopt one of these wonderful dogs!!

How to Catch a Stray

Recently I had to have a stray dog turned in to the shelter. It was a few weeks ago, when Tallahassee had a cold front come through. It was around 9pm, and I heard whining at my door. I went outside, to find a chow chow running down my driveway. I’ve seen this pup several times before, so I knew either he obviously gets out loose all the time; or he’s a stray dog with no home; maybe he’s lost, but if so, he’s been lost for a long time because he randomly roams my neighborhood on a semi-regular basis. He has never come to my door though, and I’ve never seen anyone looking for him. Any time I have ever tried to get him to come to me, he runs the opposite direction, and usually I don’t see him again for a few weeks. This time though, he kept coming back to my door about every 30 mins, and loudly whining. I am sure, even with that thick chow coat, he had to be cold! I tried to coax him to me multiple times, but he wouldn’t get anywhere close to me. So, it was late, I turned off the lights, and went to bed.

The next morning I went to let my dogs out, and they all dashed to one side of the yard, and I caught a glimpse of the chow. Apparently he spent the night on the side of my house, in the bushes. I was so sad for him! He had to have been freezing! I had to get the kid to school, so I decided I’d do something about him when I got home. In the meantime, I put out a bowl of food for him by my front door (which he didn’t touch). As I was on the way home, I saw him cross a very busy street, right in the middle of morning traffic…and he was oblivious to the cars around him. So I called my friend (the president of Last Hope Rescue), and asked her what to do. I explained that just calling animal control was probably not going to help because I doubted they’d be able to catch him, but I also didn’t want to just leave him, and risk him being hit by a car. So, she suggested keeping my dogs inside, opening my side gate that leads to my backyard, and mixing up a bowl of smelly, yummy food that he can’t resist. Then I could trap him in my yard, and that way animal control could definitely get him. I did that, as well as called animal control. They came right out, saw him, but weren’t able to get him, just as I suspected.

So, a couple of hours went by, and then all of a sudden, a big ol red fluffy pup was on my back deck, sniffing out the delicious bowl of scrambled eggs-chicken Parmesan-dog food concoction that I’d made up! I ran around to close the gate behind him, and called animal control to tell them I had him. Surprisingly, he didn’t eat any of the food. He just went and laid down in my yard! I went out to move the food closer to him, and to give him a bowl of water. He just laid there, not moving. Then I was concerned that he was hurt; or deaf; or blind. None of these ended up being the case though. He eventually ate the entire bowl of food. I also ended up getting close to him, and he let me give him scratches. He definitely was dirty, and had some matted fur, tons of ticks on him, and had no collar on. So whoever did own him, obviously wasn’t caring for him very well…meaning, I no longer felt so guilty about possibly turning in someone’s pet to the shelter!

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Animal Control came and picked him up, and he was taken to the shelter. He had a 7 day hold…but due to the holidays, he actually got a few extra days due to the shelter being closed. We (Last Hope Rescue) put our name on him, just so that we could keep tabs on him. Finally it came time for him to be assessed and checked out by the shelter vet…and by some miracle, other than some parasites, he was healthy! Heartworm negative, not fixed (shocker), no aggression noted. This was great news! He was officially moved out to the adoption floor. And, this was just in time for me to go visit him during my volunteer shift! On the Saturday after Christmas, I spent some time with the chow chow, now named Red. He was complete perfection on the leash, and happy to be out walking! He even wagged his fluffy tail at me! While I was there, two people asked to check him out for possible adoptions…I knew this was a good sign. My shift ended, and I said goodbye to Red.

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Since then, guess what?!? He’s been adopted!! Red went to his forever home on NYE!! I have had a lot of guilt about this situation. I obviously considered the pros & cons of turning him in to the shelter. I wondered if he really was someone’s family pet, someone who is missing him and sad over their loss. BUT…then I think about the condition he was in. The freezing cold weather, when he was left outside to fend for himself. He wasn’t micro-chipped, and had no collar. No flyers were ever put up. The shelter never received a call about him. Of course, having the rescue connections to fall back on was a huge relief, but still. The last thing I would ever want to do is take a pet away from a loving, caring family.  On the other hand, at least I knew he was in a safe place, getting food twice a day, with a warm cozy blanket to sleep on. I knew he was getting attention from the shelter staff and volunteers. So if the worst happened, and he ended up being put to sleep because of being aggressive, or sickly, or the shelter is too full, at least it would be in a humane, pain free way…right? It’s easier to say that now that he’s happily in a forever home, and that I did have the rescue to fall back on if all else failed, but still, I think I did the right thing…I think! 😉

Anyway, I met some other really great pups during that shift at the shelter, so I thought I’d share them too, since as of now, they are all still currently in need of homes! Please take a moment to share a homeless dog. Networking saves lives, and you just might end up being a part of their journey to happy ever after!

                     Penny

Penny is an adult, (looks to be a) pure bred boxer. She is sweet, and knows some basic obedience commands. She is good with people, and in true boxer fashion, would be a great family companion!
Penny is an adult, (looks to be a) pure bred boxer. She is sweet, and knows some basic obedience commands. She is good with people, and in true boxer fashion, would be a great family companion!

 

                     Duncan

This beautiful boy is Duncan. He is a big boy, sweet, and well mannered. He knows "sit" & "heel" and probably much more! He has gorgeous golden brown eyes, and I am sure he would make a great family companion!
This beautiful boy is Duncan. He is a big boy, sweet, and well mannered. He knows “sit” & “heel” and probably much more! He has gorgeous golden brown eyes, and I am sure he would make a great family companion!

                Angel

Angel's pictures just don't show her true beauty. She is smart, and sweet. Loves people, and is happy to go anywhere you want to take her!
Angel’s pictures just don’t show her true beauty. She is smart, and sweet. Loves people, and is happy to go anywhere you want to take her!

      Karen

Karen is a sweet boxer mix. She walks well on a leash, and she whines to get your attention. She just wants to be loved and cuddled!
Karen is a sweet boxer mix. She walks well on a leash, and she whines to get your attention. She just wants to be loved and cuddled!

All the dogs in the world…

I often think to myself, if only I could win the lottery, I would start a rescue for the misfits. The seniors that get dumped to die in a shelter; the black dogs that don’t even get looked at; the big wonderful bullies that are there just because of pet policies denying them; the beautiful labs that are ditched because they are high energy and stubborn to train. Yes, I would definitely start my own rescue, and help these dogs.

But, I also would adopt more dogs. I would adopt every dog that looks like Oscar (well maybe not every, but a lot of them!). There are SO many Oscar look a likes out there, and it breaks my heart that people don’t see them for the amazing dog he/she is. Of course I know that they might not all be just like my baby…but the ones that I have met, ARE just like him..sweet, incredibly loving, easy to train. They just need a chance. Someone to look and see the love in their eyes. Someone to see past the black fur and the pit bull type look.

So, this post is in dedication to Oscar’s look-a-likes…

This handsome fella is Bandit!! He is a 2 yr. old, terrier mix. Bandit learns very quickly, and is quite the lover-boy with people! He is energetic and would love to be in a home that with a fenced yard. Bandit is housebroken, crate-trained and knows basic commands. He loves to ride in the car too! Bandit loves to give kisses and will keep you smilin'. He is up to date on all of his shots and micro-chipped. For more details, please email us at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com.
This handsome fella is Bandit!! He is a 2 yr. old, terrier mix. Bandit learns very quickly, and is quite the lover-boy with people! He is energetic and would love to be in a home that with a fenced yard. Bandit is housebroken, crate-trained and knows basic commands. He loves to ride in the car too! Bandit loves to
give kisses and will keep you smilin’. He is up to date on all of his shots and micro-chipped. For more details, please email us at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com.
This handsome boy is Bogey! He is a 1 yr old, Staffy mix, weighing about 60lbs. This pup is full of personality, loves to play, and cuddle too! He loves to go for car rides, and is happiest to be by your side! Bogey is a true ladies man, and gets along with all the girl dogs he meets! He is house and crate trained. Bogey is also neutered, up to date on vaccines, and micro chipped. Adoption fee is $125. Bogey is hoping to find a forever home, with a loving family who will play and give him all of the attention he deserves! If you think Bogey sounds like the perfect match for you, please email Last Hope Rescue at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com.
This handsome boy is Bogey! He is a 1 yr old, Staffy mix, weighing about 60lbs. This pup is full of personality, loves to play, and cuddle too! He loves to go for car rides, and is happiest to be by your side! Bogey is a true ladies man, and gets along with all the girl dogs he meets! He is house and crate trained. Bogey is also neutered, up to date on vaccines, and micro chipped. Adoption fee is $125. Bogey is hoping to find a forever home, with a loving family who will play and give him all of the attention he deserves! If you think Bogey sounds like the perfect match for you, please email Last Hope Rescue at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com.

This next girl is adorable & trained? Jackpot!!

Hi! I am Blizzard and I am currently undergoing 8 weeks of training and obedience through the  UTOPIA program at Taylor Correctional Institute. When I return, I will know basic commands and will have mastered the art of crate training! If you are interested in adopting me when I return in early January, please contact fosterpets@talgov.com to submit an application!
Hi! I am Blizzard and I am currently undergoing 8 weeks of training and obedience through the UTOPIA program at Taylor Correctional Institute. When I return, I will know basic commands and will have mastered the art of crate training! If you are interested in adopting me when I return in early January, please contact fosterpets@talgov.com to submit an application!
Charmer has been in the shelter since early August!  Contact: Lois Marlow, Animal Services Supervisor 365 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 (850) 892-8682 / (850) 892-8758
Charmer has been in the shelter since early August!
Contact: Lois Marlow, Animal Services Supervisor
365 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
(850) 892-8682 / (850) 892-8758

 

Ryder is an unaltered, young female, Bulldog mix in Crawfordville, FL. This young girl was surrendered because “she chews up things” and owner did not crate train her. So unfair! To rescue or adopt, please email us at cauzicanfl@gmail.com.
Ok, so maybe this next pup doesn’t look exactly like my Oscar, but she is GORGEOUS! 
ISIS is a beautiful 18 month old black Lab/Bulldog mix and weighs 41 lbs. ISIS is hoping for a new home and a human that will never let her down again. She is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, house trained and HW negative. ISIS is currently in a Tallahassee foster home and is getting along great with the other dogs. She'll make an awesome companion! To adopt, please email us cauzicanfl@gmail.com. Adoption fee is $150.
ISIS is a beautiful 18 month old black Lab/Bulldog mix and weighs 41 lbs. ISIS is hoping for a new home and a human that will never let her down again. She is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, house trained and HW negative. ISIS is currently in a Tallahassee foster home and is getting along great with the other dogs. She’ll make an awesome companion! To adopt, please email us cauzicanfl@gmail.com. Adoption fee is $150.
ONYX is a male 4 month old black lab/Bulldog mix that is super cute and ready for adoption! He is fully vetted and neutered. ONYX is in a foster home in Tallahassee, FL where he is learning puppy manners and working on training. He loves to play with the other dogs, is fond of watermelon, and playing in water . To adopt ONYX, please email cauzicanfl@gmail.com. Adoption fee is $150.
ONYX is a male 4 month old black lab/Bulldog mix that is super cute and ready for adoption! He is fully vetted and neutered. ONYX is in a foster home in Tallahassee, FL where he is learning puppy manners and working on training. He loves to play with the other dogs, is fond of watermelon, and playing in water . To adopt ONYX, please email cauzicanfl@gmail.com. Adoption fee is $150.

Fara was found tied to a pole with a string. A neighbor believes she belonged to a family in the neighborhood who moved out. Fara is extremely friendly and very submissive. She is about 6 months old and a bundle of joy. She is under weight and small for her age. Fara has a beautiful coat; but due to FL elements and fleas while she was tied up, she has a skin infection and flea dermatitis. Fara will require medication for her skin; she will also need to be vaccinated, spayed, micro-chipped, and provided the basic necessities while in foster care. All of our rescues are Vet checked; up to date on shots, de-wormed, spayed/neutered (unless they are a special needs case with a medical condition preventing the surgery or if they are to young), as well as being up to date on heartworm and flea and tick prevention. Adoption fee is $200 Please contact Laurie at 407-237-0257 or email orlandobullyrescue@yahoo.com

Fara was found tied to a pole with a string. A neighbor believes she belonged to a family in the neighborhood who moved out. Fara is extremely friendly and very submissive. She is about 6 months old and a bundle of joy. She is under weight and small for her age. Fara has a beautiful coat; but due to FL elements and fleas while she was tied up, she has a skin infection and flea dermatitis. Fara will require medication for her skin; she will also need to be vaccinated, spayed, micro-chipped, and provided the basic necessities while in foster care.
All of our rescues are Vet checked; up to date on shots, de-wormed, spayed/neutered (unless they are a special needs case with a medical condition preventing the surgery or if they are to young), as well as being up to date on heartworm and flea and tick prevention. Adoption fee is $200 Please contact Laurie at 407-237-0257 or email orlandobullyrescue@yahoo.com

 

Sadie is a 9-10 month old female Pit bull terrier mix that weighs 35 pounds. She is very friendly, lovable, playful and loves to play with other dogs, she does great with kids. Cats, well, she likes to chase them so best for a home without cats. Sadie is spayed, up to date on vaccines and heartworm negative. Her adoption/donation fee is $175.00. Contact: PARADISE FOR PETS RESCUE Windermere, FL 34786
Sadie is a 9-10 month old female Pit bull terrier mix that weighs 35 pounds. She is very friendly, lovable, playful and loves to play with other dogs, she does great with kids. Cats, well, she likes to chase them so best for a home without cats. Sadie is spayed, up to date on vaccines and heartworm negative. Her adoption/donation fee is $175.00. Contact: PARADISE FOR PETS RESCUE
Windermere, FL 34786
Shelby was born approximately 8/11/2012. She is a fun loving girl who will make you laugh with her antics. Shelby was rescued from a kill shelter and had a bad skin condition. With a lot of love and care Shelby has blossomed into a beautiful girl! She is very healthy and full of life. Shelby is ready for her forever home, if you meet her you will fall in love. Shelby loves other dogs and is good with cats as well! Adoption fee for Shelby is $100. (LY) You can fill out an adoption application online at: http://www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org/adoption_application.htm
Shelby was born approximately 8/11/2012. She is a fun loving girl who will make you laugh with her antics. Shelby was rescued from a kill shelter and had a bad skin condition. With a lot of love and care Shelby has blossomed into a beautiful girl! She is very healthy and full of life. Shelby is ready for her forever home, if you meet her you will fall in love. Shelby loves other dogs and is good with cats as well! Adoption fee for Shelby is $100. (LY) You can fill out an adoption application online at: http://www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org/adoption_application.htm

 

These dogs are all over Florida, and they are just a TINY snippet of the THOUSANDS of dogs out there in need of homes. Because they’ve been dumped in a shelter, or ditched in the woods, or let out of a yard to roam free, and now they are left to fend for themselves, scared, hungry, hoping that they will fall into the loving hands of someone who will treat them the way they deserve. If you want a black pit bull, trust me, I can find you one. If you want a pure bred Lab, yup I can find one of those too. Oh you want a pure bred German Shepherd, mmhmm, I promise, there is one out there, in a shelter or rescue, needing a forever home.

 

If you can’t adopt, then foster. If you can’t foster, then volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, then network by sharing adoptable dogs on social media. There IS ALWAYS something you can do, and there is ALWAYS TIME. Instead of sharing an E-card on Facebook, share a shelter dog’s picture instead just once a day. You never know which one of your 539 friends might be looking for a dog!

Pure Bred or Mixed…all of these dogs are loving and wonderful, and are in need of forever homes. They long to be a part of a family. If you would like to be a hero to one of these pups below, please email us at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com!!

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From my family to your’s, goodnight & have a great weekend!!

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Foster Happiness!

I realized that I never said anything about my foster situation! If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably already know, but…..drum roll please…Apollo has been adopted!!!

He went to a really great family, with 3 young children, a dog, and a big backyard! They had recently had a dog pass away, and their other dog, Lou, seemed to be depressed. She was sad, and they wanted to help her, so in came Apollo. It was a match made in Heaven, and they adopted him immediately! I have heard from them a couple of times, and they seem to be totally in love! They said that Lou is so happy, and they are the best of friends.

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*sigh*

Oh the happy lovey dovey feelings!

Once Apollo was adopted, I figured I would take a little break since the holidays were coming up and I would be doing a little traveling. (And don’t forget, I still have Petey, my ol’ perma-foster!) But, as usual in the rescue business, my plans went awry! LHR was contacted by someone who had purchased a pure bred pit bull (ahem!), just to find that he was not allowed to have pits in his apartment complex. The puppy was very well taken care of, and we were happy to help….enter, my next foster puppy!

This is Bailey!

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She is about 4-5 months old, and very petite. In my (non-expert) opinion, she is not a pit bull at all! She is tiny, and doesn’t have a bully-type head shape. Her feet are very small, and she looks and behaves a lot like a terrier. I think she is a Boston Terrier mix, but as always, we can never know for sure (without a DNA test anyway!). Bailey is gorgeous in person, with light brindle patches on her face. And my favorite thing about her, is her legs. The outside of her back legs are black, but the insides are the light brindle color of her patches! It is awesome! She also has gorgeous green-golden eyes.

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Bailey wasn’t too sure about my dogs at first, and she was pretty timid. She warmed up quickly though, and now bounds happily around corners, and jumps in everyone’s laps, and growls playfully at the dogs! Bailey loves to play outside, and cuddle up in the evenings by my side. She already knows “sit” & “down” and does them both flawlessly. She is eager to please, and loves treats. She is fully crate trained, and I don’t want to jinx it, but I think she is now officially potty trained too! So, all in all, we got a great little pup and now she is up for adoption…she has even had an application turned in for adoption! The meet & greet is this weekend, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

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*Last Hope Rescue is currently in desperate need of new foster homes. We have a handful of dogs that need to be moved from their current fosters. We also can’t save new dogs without available foster homes. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning more about our foster program, please email us at LastHopeRescueFL@gmail.com! 

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Falling in Love, Again.

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great 3-day weekend. We certainly did, although as usual, it wasn’t long enough! One of the things we did this weekend, was visit the local animal shelter. As mentioned previously here, I like to take Jayden up to see the shelter animals from time to time. It is a great reminder of all the dogs (and cats and bunnies) that are in need of homes. It usually sparks a great conversation with my little animal lover about why the animals are in the shelter, who his favorite dog was, what we can do to help, etc. Also, as hard as it is on me sometimes, it makes me feel good to know that these dogs at least got some attention and love. I don’t always fall in love with one, and sometimes it is just a quick visit, walking up and down, saying hello to everyone. Other times, I see one that I particularly like, and I have the staff take them out and we play with the dog in a kennel. This lets the pup stretch their legs, get some fresh(er) air, etc. I also like to take pictures, and share them, since you never know who might come across this post and see a dog that they want to go meet! So, here are some of the dogs that we met:

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This adorable little guy is Beethoven! He is a Jack Russel mix, maybe with Corgi or Bassett. He is TINY, and SO very sweet! He was excited to see me and Jayden, wagging his tail, and giving lots of kisses! If you are looking for a small dog, this is your guy!

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This sweet girl is Betsy! She is a pittie mix, and came to the shelter as a stray. She has those amazing pittie ears, and was very playful! She was much more interested in Jayden than me…which is so typical of pit bulls. They are nicknamed the “nanny dog” after all!

photo 3These were some teeny tiny Chihuahua puppies, all huddled together, snoring away! They were each taken out multiple times, so I am pretty certain they will be adopted soon. I also got to see their two siblings that were runts, over in a special area away from the other animals. Runt Chihuahuas…talk about T-I-N-Y pups!

photo 2Meet Angel! She is an American Bulldog, and as you can see, she has sweet but sad eyes. She was not happy to be in the shelter, but as soon as I made some kissy noises at her, she came right over for some loving! She is another one that was more interested in Jayden than me. It’s actually amazing to me, just how many of the dogs gravitate towards him!

And now for the one that stole my heart….Pace! This is the guy that got lucky on this visit, and we pulled him out for some play time.

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I can not explain just HOW adorable he was! In the play kennel next to us, people had a few of the tiny pups out. There was also an entire wall of barking, lunging dogs, behind us. While Pace was curious, he didn’t once bark back or seem stressed at all. He ran around the kennel, jumped up on the bench next to us, and wagged his tail at us.

photo 2(1)He is definitely a strong pup, and needs some training, but what stray dog doesn’t?! Within just a few minutes, he was coming to me, and was hanging out at my feet. I have a feeling he would be very loyal, and bond strongly to his human. He was also great with Jayden. He did jump on me once…it was actually really adorable, because he just randomly turned and looked at me, came running full speed, and jumped on me…I swear, it was like a “OMG OMG OMG LADY THIS IS AWESOME!!!” Jayden and I were both cracking up laughing! Anyway, after the initial excitement, he calmed down and was just exploring. He even let Jayden love on him, and was just so super sweet.

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I don’t know how to explain it, but if you are in the rescue business, or you frequent shelters, than I am sure you will understand. Sometimes you meet a dog and you just KNOW what an amazing companion they will be. That is how I felt about Pace. He wasn’t phased at all by the craziness going on, and was totally content in his kennel, though just as happy to get some play time with us. I am sure he would be a fantastic family member, and companion for anyone lucky enough to adopt this boy!

photo 4(1)I have emailed the shelter with pictures and my experience with him. They will put the notes on his file, which will hopefully help him find an adopter. I have also emailed his info to local rescues, as well as to my rescue friends, begging people to share him. And now…I am coming to you, to ask the same. If you know of any Australian Cattle dog and/or Pit Bull rescues, PLEASE share Pace! And if you are just a fantastic friend or family member of mine whom I have forced to follow my blog, you can share him too! Whether you share via email, or Facebook, or Twitter, please just share this post. Someone out there MUST want an amazing, sweet, smart dog, and Pace is waiting for them to find him. Remember that this shelter is very full, getting new animals every day, and they are a kill shelter. Pace’s time is limited, so the more shares, the more of a chance he has of getting out of there alive.

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Also, just to give you an update, I AM still planning on becoming an official volunteer at the shelter! I had the interview, and now I just have to attend their orientation. Unfortunately, the two for September happened to be the two times I will be out of town! So, now I have to wait until October. That doesn’t keep me from visiting though, and the staff members are always very nice and happy to pull a dog out for play time!

Well that’s all for today! As always, thanks for reading! Don’t forget to SHARE!!!

*All of these dogs are located at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. If you would like more information, click on the dog’s name in this post, and it will take you to the shelter’s link for that specific dog. As of Saturday, 08.31.13, they were all there and available for adoption. Though keep in mind, the status of these dogs can change at any time.

 

Rescuing and the things you should know

As I have become more & more involved in the rescue business, I have learned so much. I have been heart broken over dogs we couldn’t help. I’ve fallen in love and had to say goodbye to foster dogs. I have gotten a glimpse of just how many dogs are out there that need help. I have been angry at the humans who ditch their dogs for sometimes no reason at all. I also have been inspired and motivated by other humans who help dogs and people that they’ve never even met before. So, I thought maybe if I share some things I’ve learned, it will enlighten someone. Maybe it will answer a question that someone has wondered. And maybe it will inspire someone to help in whatever way they can.
*Disclaimer: The things I have learned are in my own words, based on experiences I have personally had while working with Last Hope Rescue. It does not mean that this applies to every rescue group, or that every volunteer has the same experiences.
Things I’ve learned about the rescue business
  • Last Hope Rescue, and most other rescues that I have learned about, are run by ALL volunteers. Volunteers who have full time jobs, not related to rescuing. Volunteers who have families, including their own furry kids to care for. This means every email, every phone call, every event is coordinated by a volunteer who is taking time away from their personal life to help a dog in need.
My family: Oscar the pocket pit, Jayden the human, and Lucy the Boxer
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  • How we communicate. As I said, the rescue is run by volunteers. That includes all of the social media sites too. One volunteer (me) does the Facebook, PetFinder, RescueMe, & Pinterest pages. Another volunteer does the Last Hope Rescue page. Many volunteers help check applications, write thank you notes, complete bank deposits, return phone calls, apply for grants, put on events, etc. Because there are a handful of us helping, we need one form of communication when it comes to important things like adoption inquiries, and THAT is why we use email. If you follow Last Hope on Facebook, you will see MANY times, we say “Please EMAIL Last Hope Rescue at angela.drzewiecki@gmail.com.” You probably have also seen replies to people requesting info on a dog, with the same sentence. The reason being is that our president, Angela, knows the most about the dogs in the rescue. She is also the foster coordinator, so she is the one to get a potential adopter in touch with the foster parent of the particular pup. It wouldn’t make sense to have a bunch of us answering questions when we may have never even met the dog in question. Angela is also the one that knows if the rescue can take in any more dogs, and has LOTS of resources to share, if we can’t help. Now don’t get me wrong, the other volunteers are VERY knowledgeable, and are a true blessing! But in most cases, when it comes to the initial communications from someone, it only makes sense to have that come from Angela.
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Hope
  • Fosters. As of this moment, LHR has 28 adoptable dogs, and 26 courtesy posts. And that is actually a low number for us! LHR, as with most other rescues, depend solely on foster homes to rescue dogs. This means if we do not have an available foster home, that can fit the needs of the dog, then we can’t rescue it. Many times we get asked why we pulled one dog over another. This usually has to do with the foster homes available. For example, if the dog does not like cats, and the only home available has a cat, we obviously can’t place that dog there. Or if a dog is not kid-friendly, and the only home open has kids, we can’t pull that dog. It is always our goal to save as many dogs as we can. BUT we also have to keep everyone involved safe, healthy, and happy. It is also important to realize, for every dog, there is a foster parent. So not only are we busy answering inquires on adoptable dogs, courtesy posts, and people needing our help. We are also checking in on our fosters, bringing them supplies, helping coordinate trips to the vet or to events.
Spike
Spike
  • Vetting. The rescue does NOT get free vet care!! This is SO important to understand. LHR spends THOUSANDS of dollars a month on vet care. There is a charge for every exam, every vaccine given, every micro-chip, every spay/neuter surgery. FYI: Heartworm treatment alone costs roughly $1000 for one 100lb dog. LHR currently has TWO dogs that need to be treated for heartworms, and we are CONSTANTLY asked to save dogs that are heartworm positive. Expensive vet bills limits the amount of dogs the rescue can take in.
Joffy
Joffy
  • We are not a shelter! I already mentioned that LHR depends on foster homes, but this is important so I am going to reiterate. LHR does NOT have a facility. We get asked all the time “Can I come see your available dogs?” or “what are your hours?”. When someone wants to meet a few dogs (which is totally fine!), that means we have to coordinate meet & greets with multiple different fosters. We don’t have a facility, like a local shelter, where people can just stop by and see multiple dogs at once. BUT we do hope to have something like this one day, and the community’s continued support will get us there!
Petey
Petey
  • Help us help dogs! Because the rescue is an all volunteer program, with no local facility, there is no monthly government assistance. The rescue runs completely off of donations and adoption fees. We do have a volunteer that works on applying for grants, which helps with things like getting micro chips, bedding, and sometimes funding; but there are hundreds of other rescues applying for the same grants too, and not everyone can be awarded the grant! On an average, LHR spends $300 to $500 on each dog that comes into the rescue. The adoption fee is $125. Now, you do the math! SO many times, I have heard people ask why we charge so much, or can’t we offer a cheap price to help a specific dog. THIS is why. The adoption fee maybe covers half of the expenses for an adult dog who is in pretty decent health. But what about the dogs that are heartworm positive, then treated & healthy prior to adoption. Or the puppies that have to be vaccinated, micro chipped, and fixed. Or the dogs that get some kind of illness, whether it be intestinal parasites, parvo, etc. All of this adds up, but our adoption fee stays the same, no matter how much has gone into caring for the pup.
Spot
Spot
  • Courtesy Posts. Just because we can’t take any dogs in, does not mean the pleas for help stop. Every single day, there are MULTIPLE calls and emails from people asking for help. Either they found a stray dog, but can’t keep it. Or they have a dog that they can no longer keep for whatever reason. Instead of turning them away, LHR tries to help by doing courtesy posts. We list the dog on Facebook, PetFinder, & RescueMe. Those who are interested in a courtesy post are still required to fill out the Courtesy LHR application, and go through a screening. All of this is the same that we do for the dogs in our program, except we do NOT charge an adoption fee. Remember I said we currently have 28 adoptable dogs, and 26 courtesy posts? So keep in mind, for HALF of the dogs we are currently helping, we will not get an adoption fee.
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Bogey
  • FUR-EVER. If you adopt from LHR, you will sign a contract. Within that contract, it states that if at any time you can no longer keep the dog, he/she MUST be returned to the rescue. You might wonder how often that really happens. Well, I’ve been fostering for just over a year, and have had seven fosters. Petey (x3!), Toby, Chelsea, and Sassy were all returns. So trust me, dogs DO get returned to the rescue.

While we can’t help every dog, and sometimes it gets so frustrating and over-whelming, we keep on keepin’ on! We might have to beg for donations. We may have to give up a beach trip on a sunny day in order to attend an adoption event. We might use up all of our money on gas for transporting dogs. But it is all worth it. We are dog lovers. Through and through.

Animal lovers are a special breed of humans,
generous of spirit, full
of empathy, perhaps a little
 prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as
big as a cloudless sky. 

-John Grogan

*PS-All of the dogs in this post (except mine, of course) are available for adoption through Last Hope Rescue. Please contact us if you are interested in any of them!

Shelter Dogs

My little animal lovin’ kiddo & I were at the shelter today. (They were having an event, and I donated blood.) After playing with the kitties, we decided to go visit the dogs. I knew this was probably a bad idea, and it would make me sad, but I also thought it was important to show Jayden. These dogs are the reason that we foster. I wanted him to see the setting where they come from, how little attention they get, and how many different types and ages of dogs there were.

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This is Kail. He is a beautiful, 4 yr old, sweet pit mix. He was so laid back, not phased at all by the craziness that is a dog shelter. Dogs were barking & whining, people were walking by, but he was just hanging out. He wagged his tail at anyone that looked his way. As you can see, he stuck his paws out for some scratches when I knelt down to say hello. This picture does not do him any justice either. He is absolutely gorgeous in person!

There were so many different breeds there. Lots of dogs branded as a pit bull mix, a few black mouth currs, a couple boxers, and a handful of labs. There was also an adorable, 7 yr old Golden Retriever there. I wish I could have gotten a picture of him! He was SO handsome, and very playful. He did that typical play stance, where his wiggly butt was in the air, just begging me to play.

Sweet TThis awesome guy is Sweet T, and he has the biggest head I’ve ever seen! He definitely lives up to his name, wiggling and wagging at everyone. He didn’t make a peep either. He was just happy to get our attention for a few minutes!

Ruby DeeThis poor girl is Ruby Dee. If you think she looks scared in this picture…she looks even more terrified in person. Jayden and I both tried so hard to get her to come to us, but she wouldn’t move. She stayed huddled in the corner, sad and alone and scared. Ruby is 2 yr old, very pretty, and she has an adorable underbite! She is one of the dogs that they have as a “pit bull mix”, although if you ask me, she looked more like an American Bulldog & Boxer mix. I wish I could have just gone in the kennel and sat with her. I can only imagine what must have been going through her head.

LucyThis little gem is Lucy! She was super sweet, and barked at us when we dared to walk away from petting her! Hopefully her sweet disposition and funny personality will get her a new family asap!

 

A few more cuties that we met:

Chewy
Chewy
Puppies!!
Puppies!!

Chocolate Lab Mix

DudeThis is Tony (pictured above). A 4 yr old, male, pit bull mix. He is so, so loving! He kept shoving his nose through the only opening he could find, trying to give us kisses. His tail did NOT stop wagging. Ever! And like most of the other pitties there, he wasn’t affected by the craziness that was going on. He didn’t bark; he didn’t seem stressed. He just wanted some love and attention. It made me think of my Oscar, and how much he craves cuddling and being loved on. I am certain that Tony would be a larger version of my little cuddle bug!

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Moo Moo was another adorably sweet girl. As soon as you say hello to her, she presses her side up to the kennel, expecting you to scratch her! And when you stop scratching her, she looks back at you with this sweet but sassy look, as if to say “what’d you stop for fool?!”

Diva

 

Is it any wonder why this girl was on of my favorites? Look at those incredible pittie ears! Diva is one of those dogs that doesn’t know a stranger. She was so happy to see anyone that would give her attention. She kept standing up, putting her paws up on the door. And like Lucy (mentioned up above), she’d bark at us when we dared to walk away from her. I hope someone will take her home soon!

Most of the dogs seemed pretty happy, some were a little stressed, but still doing ok. They just wanted out of there. There were a few though that were sad, like Ruby. Beautiful pups giving poor, soulful looks, so confused as to why they are there. I can’t get sweet Ruby’s face out of my head. She was just so scared. I left there thinking, what can I do, how can I help these dogs. Sure I am fostering for the rescue, but I want to do more. I live in a townhouse, so adopting any more dogs is out of the question…trust me, if I could fit another dog, Ruby would have walked out with me!

To be honest, before I found Last Hope Rescue, I actually started to begin the process to volunteer for the shelter. Then I found out it was a kill shelter, and I found the rescue, and I didn’t think I could handle spending time with a dog and then finding out the next week that it had been put down. So, I just went with the rescue and never thought about it again. But after seeing their faces today, and having my own rescue dog that was saved at the last minute, I can’t bear the thought of them dying without attention, or an extra walk, or some sunshine. So, I have decided to start volunteering with the shelter, to walk the dogs on the weekends. It doesn’t cost money, just a little bit of time. And while it won’t save a life, it will at least let them feel the sun on their skin, get some fresh air, and of course, I will completely spoil them with attention and love! It will be hard at times, I know that. I am certain there will be some that I ache to take home with me. There will be some that I can’t stop thinking about. However, I feel it would be selfish on my part if I didn’t do this. It is the LEAST I can do. These dogs are in the shelter because of careless, irresponsible humans. They’ve been dumped and left in a scary place, by people that were supposed to be their family. While I can’t take them home to be a part of my family, I promise to give them the love and attention they deserve, so they can feel like I am their friend, even if it’s only for a short time…

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**All of these dogs are adoptable, and located at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. If you are looking for a new pet, go check them out!

 

 

 

Shameless!

Today I am going to shamelessly plug my blog…but, I will also promote a few other things that I like, just so that it isn’t ALL about me!

Charlie-Big beautiful boy, looking for a new home
Charlie-Big beautiful boy, looking for a new home

 

So, first things first, my blog…I started this blog to share my foster experiences. I wanted to be able to get my foster dog’s face out there. I mean, how amazing would it be if someone adopted a dog because they saw him/her on MY blog! Of course, I also talk about my own dogs, and things going on with them. The thing is, if I don’t have followers, and people sharing, then what’s the point of writing? I genuinely enjoy this blog, more than I thought I would actually. I try to write about things that other dog lovers would be interested in, while promoting fostering and adopting. But, I need people to respond when I ask for advice; I need people to share, when I’m posting an adoptable dog; I need people to get something out of what I write.  The biggest compliment for a blogger is their posts being shared, especially if it is in another blogger’s post. So, today I am asking you to please share me! You can look through my posts and share a specific one, or you can just share the main link: https://mylovablerescues.wordpress.com/. If you get this through email, then you can just forward it to some fellow dog-lovin friends. You could say something like “Hey! I have this fab friend that writes a blog. Check it out & follow her!” Or if you know of anyone looking for a new furry friend, you can say “Hey! Check out Tails of a Foster Mom. It’s a blog, and features adoptable dogs!” If you are a fellow blogger, you could link to my page. Maybe something like “Hey readers, I am awesome, therefore I have awesome blogger friends, here is one in particular…” And if you are on facebook, you can easily hit the “Share” button & then you are sharing it with the 3,457 friends you have! You get the point, right? I have 68 followers now, so just imagine how many I could have if each one of you shared my blog just one time! So please, please, please share my blog with someone today! I would be forever grateful!

Spot-still in search of a loving, forever home
Spot-still in search of a loving, forever home

Ok, now for some things I like…

Another blogger friend, Dream Big, Bark Loudly, does these posts on Wednesdays called “We Want it Wednesdays.” (Super cute idea!) She recently did a post about this website, Pop Doggie, that has THE cutest magnets (and other products)! For example, the magnet I really want to get has a pit bull and says “Aggressive cuddler”…sounds like my Oscar, that’s for sure! You can also get custom made prints of your own dog. Another great feature is that you can go directly to your breed, and see all of the things they have! They really have some cute stuff, so you should check them out!

Wrangler. How could you give up on that face?!
Wrangler. How could you give up on that face?!

 

Last Hope Rescue: I have been fostering for a year now, and have learned SO much about the rescue business. I have helped with events, done home visits, checked adoption applications, and even helped with tax stuff. I have learned why things are done the way they are, and why certain dogs are pulled for rescue vs the million others that are out there. I truly believe in Last Hope Rescue. It is a great organization, with an amazing group of volunteers, all working together for the best interest of the dogs. I can’t say enough good things about them!

 

Hope-a stray bulldog, rescued and being nursed back to 100% health! (I helped named her!) :)
Hope-a stray bulldog, rescued and being nursed back to 100% health! (I helped name her!) 🙂

 

And my most favorite bulldog picture that I have found online yet! It cracks me up every time…and it kind of goes with the whole “share me!” theme….

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*All dogs shown in this post are available for adoption through Last Hope Rescue. Contact me if you would like to make one of them a part of your family!

And don’t forget to share!!!!!!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Books Galore!

I am a big book lover! I love mystery, romantic, and chick lit. My favorite authors are Harlen Coben, Nicholas Sparks, & Sophie Kinsella. However, I have also come across a few animal-related books lately, so I thought I would share my thoughts….
The Dogs Who Found Me: What I’ve Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind, by Ken Foster–this book is amazing! Anyone who is a dog lover, should read this! It is easy to read, and the story gets going right away. The author tells many true stories about the dogs he keeps, as well as the dogs he helps rescue. He relates the dogs lives to his own, and it is clear how much he loves the dogs he comes across. Also, a portion of the story takes place in Tallahassee, which made it feel even closer to home for me!
Charlie
Charlie

Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, by Jim Gorant–Surely everyone knows about the story of Michael Vick and the dogs that were used for fighting. It is hard to believe that this sort of thing even exists, but it does, and this case opened a lot of people’s eyes. My friend over at Temporary Home, Permanent Love recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! I finished the entire thing in 2 days, because I could not put it down! The book tells the whole story, from busting up the dog fighting, to the rescuing of dogs. It gives a very detailed account of how the dogs were assessed after being saved, which was really interesting to me. These dogs had so many horrible things done to them, and finally, they had the right people on their side. Have your tissues nearby, because there are definitely a few sad endings. It is SO worth the read though!

Joffy
Joffy
Connected Souls: A Dog Story, by Dana Landers–This is a cute short story, based on true events that happened in the author’s life. It is about two very different dogs that found their way into a family, and through both life and death, they each formed a bond that would be cherished forever. It is light, easy reading, and will make you give the doggie in your life a big hug!
Flora
Flora
A Life Worth Living, by Jennifer Probst–This is a super cute short story about a shelter dog, who shares his experiences in his own voice, taking readers from his days of abuse, to the shelter, to a home filled with love. Also, if you purchase this book on Amazon, half of all proceeds will be donated to the local shelter!
Milo
Milo

Chosen by a Horse, by Susan Richards–I am currently reading this book, and I love it! It is a sweet story about an abused and neglected race horse, who is rescued by a broken hearted woman, and how they heal each other. You have probably seen that bumper sticker before that says “Who rescued who?” or the ones that say “My rescue dog rescued me”…this story explains those statements! If you are an animal lover, a horse lover, or in the rescue business, I highly recommend this book. I am sure you will love it just as much as I am!

Nala (picture provided by her foster mom, over @ Unsaidyetunderstood)!
Nala (picture provided by her foster mom, over @ Unsaidyetunderstood)!

So, those are some of my favorite animal books! Do you have ones that you would recommend? If so, please share! I am always looking for a good read!

**All of the dogs pictured in this post are available for adoption through Last Hope Rescue. If you would like details on any of them, please let me know!