BLANCA - A SUCCESS STORY!
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I finally have an update for the Blanca success story!! I have also
attached an updated photo.
I will continue to support the rescue groups in my area with donations
every chance I get, especially the one that rescued my sweet "Bink"!
KEYSHA - A SUCCESS STORY
Things around here really couldn't be better!! Keysha and Unali are
loving life to the fullest extent. They share pretty much everything
with out any conflict. We still have not had any sort of hierarchy struggle
at all, just a lot of play and fun without any worries. We took the
two on their first run in the mountains today and they had a blast.
Keysha did pretty good for her first mountain bike/run trip. I think
it wound up being about 11 miles by the time we were done and although
we thought we had drained the energy from those two, as soon as we got
home they were in the back yard playing just a little more. Keysha got
to taste a little of last years snow that was still hanging around,
run through some nice meadows, chase a few squirrels and even went wading
in a small mountain lake. I can't thank you enough for everything, it
is an absolute joy to have Keysha and I am sure Unali would agree. Both
Unali and Keysha couldn't be happier to have someone to pal around with
and the same goes for us. It is really cool to have two dogs again,
especially ones that are close to the same age and energy level. Since
both of the girls love running through the sprinklers, Rob and I are
thinking about getting them a wading pool to help beat the summer heat.
P.S. Keysha sends her love!!
PRECIOUS - A SUCCESS STORY!!
From Shelter Dog To Princess
Tasha and New Parents
Updates On Precious, now named TASHA
We came home and she was a little confused about her wherabouts when
she got out of the truck. Today (Tuesday) she is more alert and more
like a normal dog, but Sunday and Monday she was very thirsty, wouldn't
eat, and didn't
The next morning she ate some yougurt. Her first food. At supper I made her a warm bowl of oatmeal with a little maple syrup, milk and more yougurt. She ate all of that, so I made her some more this moning, and by now it is a familiar dish and she ate it without coaxing. For lunch I gave her canned salmon, the fishoil ought to help. I mixed it with some Science Diet, so she got some bulk,too. She should be eating normally in a day or two.
I am keeping her with me all the time. She is sleeping at my feet as I type this. She has a great deal of understanding of human beings and their habits, and is fitting right into our routines.
She is really wonderful, and I love her.
I simply can not imagine why anybody would let go of such a dog! Are all of these white shepherds this special?
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:14 PM
Best to you,
A SUCCESS STORY
King in the grass
King and his two adoring sisters, Lily and Emma, and King's favorite
ball, which is never far from him :)
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2002 9:39 AM
We first heard about King in October, 2001. A plea went out for a foster home to help this wonderful white German Shepherd who's time was up in a southern IN shelter. I took one look at the attached photo of a big, smiling boy with toenails so long that they were curling under, and I knew that I had to help him. And fast, his deadline was rapidly approaching. With a lot of frantic effort, we did get him out in time .King was neutered the day before he was to be transported to us, a requirement of the shelter, but suffered complications during the trip. He would have died if it weren't for a very kind and caring veterinarian who kept his clinic open past regular hours so that he
could help a poor dog that he had never met. King was
stabilized; then we had to wait through the night to see if he would
make it. He did! I saw King for the first time the next day. Still covered
with some blood, and still very weak from his ordeal.
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:27 PM
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 9:36 PM
King is adjusting nicely,,,,as are we. He's such a joy and tries so
hard to please. Scott works with him nearly every night 1 on 1. He's
really filling out and would eat even more than we feed him. He's a
bottomless pit..... so different than Sheba. She picks at her food...He
dives into his !!!!!! I have to keep them separated while they eat.
I sit near her outside the kennel and coax her to eat !!!!! King is
an escape artist too. He learned how to open the latch on the dog kennel
and escape so Scott made a pin to go thru the latch. Then King dug and
crawled under the wire and got out so I moved logs and rocks to block
his escape routes. He had 2 places he got out. Now, I've been leaving
them for short periods of time in the dog kennel on nice days and watching
them from the kitchen window. When I see him head for his "spots",
I open the kitchen window and yell "NO, King" and he turns
around and comes back from his "spots". I also have been giving
them "good dog treats" WHEN I LEAVE THEM IN THE DOG KENNEL.
That way, I'm hoping they won't feel like they're being punished. I
thought, if this works and they get content in the dog kennel, I'll
start leaving them a little longer each time until they can stay there
and be content when I need to be gone. Is this a workable plan???
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2002 10:41 PM
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 12:38 AM
Here is another letter from a very happy family! They
adopted this young male, "Sundance" that Carrie Rollison was
fostering in Ohio.
Thank you again for our wonderful new "baby boy"!!
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2001 8:07 PM
Back in October I had received a call from a girl in Shelby Indiana.
She had heard about Echo Dogs when calling local Animal Control and
the Sheriff about her neighbor's neglected dog which happened to be
a White Shepherd. They all blew her off, but one of the volunteers at
AC told her to try contacting Echo Dogs, which she did. I was told that
the dog was under a year old, chained to a tree, and had no dog house
or any kind of shelter at all. We had been getting alot of rain that
week and she was very concerned.
"A NEW HOME FOR ROO"
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 2:47 PM
Mark kept trying to work with Roo. Even muzzled and leashed there was no stopping her. That was it . We had to find a new home for Roo or keep her kenneled all the time. Mark put Roo on the rescue list hoping for something. Around the 1st of November Mark got an email from Deea, one of his rescue contacts from Hudson, Wisconsin. She might have someone for Roo. An older couple in the country. Roo would be a very spoiled only dog. Yea, great...Just what Roo wants. Well, after checking the people out, Mark made arrangements for he & Roo to take off on Wednesday (11-7) for WI. to check their place out, and spend some time with Sue & Dennis on Thursday. Everything went well. Mark stayed another day just in case. Once home, we heard things were going good.
Then on Sunday we got a call from Sue, Roo's new mom. Roo got away
from them & they couldn't find her. We received 3 more calls that
day stating she had been seen but wouldn't let anyone get near her.
Each time she was gone by the time Dennis or Sue would get there.They
had everyone out looking for her. Strangers were trying to get her,
but that doesn't work with Roo. Mark wanted to go up there to get her,
but that would only reinforce her behavior. (Oh, I'll run away cuz DADDY
will come get me). Come Monday evening no one had seen her in 24 hours.
Deea had called & emailed us. Well,now its like a nightmare. Was
she lying dead or dying in a ditch, or shot or what? Mark decided to
go up in the morning and take Max to help track her down. Of course
the whole weekend was very upsetting. I kept praying that all our angels
would guide her back to her new home. All of a sudden Mark says "I'm
going now. Get some things together & I'll take off ". He packed
up the van, got Max ready, and left about 8:15 pm. I was crying &
telling Max to find Sissy & get her home. Shadow wanted to go too,
but not a good idea. I told Mark that I felt like in the movie "Rudolf"
when Donner takes off looking for Rudolf leaving the females home alone.
But now what? Will she accept the new people or not. Well Roo's scary
little adventure and spending two nights out in the Northwood's with
the badgers and the wolves seems to have helped her accept her new family.
Sue says Roo seems more comfortable now. They had some real bonding
while Sue brushed all the burrs out and bathed her. As of last weekend
Roo sounds like she's doing well. Acting like a clown, running like
a nut, jumping like a kangaroo, and bonding well with her new family.
She is adapting to her new surroundings quite nicely. Oh, they get lots
of snow where she's at & she loves snow...
OUR ADVENTURES WITH ROO
We all wanted this to work out and were determined to make this placement work. It was very difficult in the beginning because Roo missed her previous family tremendously. She would lie down and turn her head as if to say I don't want to be here. After four days Roo showed us that she didn't want to be here and ran away. For three days we searched and everyone in the area helped. We had people calling and stopping by to let us know where they had seen her, but every time we got a lead we were unsuccessful in finding her. On the fourth morning it was as if an angel was sitting in our driveway. Mark had driven up from Indiana with his other dog Max to track Roo. They were successful and found her in no time. Roo had been living in a church that was just being built across the road. It was one of the happiest days ever when she was brought back. We were so fortunate to have someone like Mark and Maralynn who cared so much. From that day on we bonded with Roo one at a time, at Roo's pace. First Denny, then Sue, and finally after several weeks, Alyssa. Now wherever Sue is, you'll be sure to find Roo.
Roo now is the head of the house. She has her own futon, had a blanket made for her by Grandma, sleeps with Alyssa, and makes her rounds from room to room in the morning waking everyone up by licking them. What a great wake up call ! !
A lot of time and care goes into Roo. But all the demands are so worth the rewards. She brings us so much happiness and laughs. Her personality is truly unique. From talking up a storm, to lying on her back with her legs sticking straight out, or being crazy, but if anyone looks at her she'll sit there and look at you like "What, I wasn't doing a thing." You never know what she'll come up with next. We love her so much and she enjoys us as well. She'll jump up and whine and lick us when we come home. She is always right there waiting. Roo is also our protector. She is protective of her home and of her owners. It makes us feel very safe and secure.
Everyday is a new adventure with Roo. Each day is more exciting than
the day before. I encourage anyone who is considering adopting a dog
to adopt a White Shepherd. You will be amazed with the qualities and
traits they posses. You won't regret adopting. We certainly don't and
couldn't imagine a day without our Roo.