September 2009

Several people have asked me why we don’t have more dogs like some of the other state rescues do. I have thought about this a lot. I think it is because we work really hard to get to know our people. So when a dog comes in, we are able to make a placement quickly. If you look at the dogs under adopted, you will see that we have placed many, many dogs. Actually, we have placed more than 850 dogs.

The people who stay in touch, who watch the web site and who call regularly are the people who get dogs. If a dog comes up that you like, email right away. Remember, we must have your application on file in order to consider you for adoption. We will arrange a meeting if the dog sounds like a good match.

…remember, we place dogs based on temperament match to families. And there may be some variables that are not in the description…or you may call and think it doesn’t matter if it says the dog doesn’t like cats and you have a cat …Doesn’t like cats may mean the dog will eat your cat, so we won’t give you a *does not like cats* dog. Or if the dog is particularly rambunctious and you have young children, that will not be a good match.

But we love working with you.


Max was taken to the shelter because his family decided they didn’t want him any more. He is very eager to please and has a lot of energy. Our sense is that he was pretty much left outside and ignored. He came with mats and smelled awful. He LOVED getting all gussied up. He loves to go onthe leash, loves to run and likes balls. he is a big boy and we are working with him to slim him down. He likes other dogs.

He gets anxious in new situations, but is very willing to learn what to do. He will do really well in a family that has lots of space and are willing to spend some time with him. He is very smart and will work hard.

Email Kathleen at if you would like to meet him.

Please note that this dog was given away because he was destructive, out of control and not a good dog.
His story is the essence of what rescue is about…the best of re-homing.


Hank is a 4 year old male who is as sweet as his picture. He has had a hard life. He was pretty badly abused in the past. When I picked up the broom to sweep the porch, he hit the deck. But he is loving, attentive and really wanting to please. He loves to go walking and running. He is neutered, has has his shots and is very healthy.

He does get anxious if left alone so we are going to recommend that he be crated if you go away. He will do best in a family where someone is home during the day. He loves kids and other dogs.

tank and family

Great news from the family.
It’s been almost 3 weeks since we picked up Hank, and life for all is going wonderfully. After Hank has nearly run us over several times and continues to step all over our feet, we have reconsidered his name and it has morphed from Hank the Tank to just Tank. And you know, it quite fits his lumbering and easy going way very well. Though, over the first week or so, since he constantly followed us about the house, we did consider naming him Hemorrhoid.

As per our contract, we had him to the vet within the 7 days, and all is well. Him and Gabe are getting along well. Though at first, Tank was not really interested in playing, but over the last week that has changed and the two wrestle around and chase each other through the yard quite a bit. Mostly, I noticed a continuous increase in the amount of tail wagging that he does and it pleases both Stacey and I that he seems very happy and is settling well here.

With regards to his obedience his is doing very well. He is pretty good about coming when called. We found that “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “out of the kitchen” were not in his vocabulary, but we are slowly working with him to get these down. There seems to be something with sitting that brings out a bit of fear. Sometimes he ducks or lays down as we work with him. Definitely he has some bad experiences there. However, we are making his “sit” command a very positive experience with lots of praise and love.

His is very good in the house (house trained) and prefers to lay very close by to where either Stacey or I are located. He very much likes his food and will come to the table, but I think he is really looking for affection. Ignoring him work well and we are teaching him “No, mas” when he should lay down and not bother anyone. He is good about not eating Gabe’s food. He certainly understands “no”, and we are including “not yours”.

At night he sleeps in the bedroom with us. He is not confined, he is free to go around the house as he chooses. Though he prefers to hang with us in the bedroom. His separation anxiety is there, but some much less now than when he first arrived. During the first couple weeks Stacey was mostly home though she did practice with him by putting him outside for short periods of time. Then leaving the property, etc. Over the last couple days, both Stacey and I were at work without any problems. No destruction, etc. He gets his treat in the morning when Stacey leaves and does come to the fence, but doesn’t jump up or try to get out. I have not noticed any digging near the fence and we are sure Gabe has a big part to play in this. We have also left the back door open so he can come into the house and we are working on getting the doggy door opened up for him and Gabe.

He is very good going for walks, meeting other people and dogs. I have also taken him for a couple runs which he has done very good. He also seems to like hanging out on rides and will jump right into the vanagon.

I think that is our report for now. All and all, he is doing fantastic and it is wonderful to have him as part of the family, for now and many, many years to come. Thank you.

Brian & Stacey


Brandy is a 4 year old golden retriever mix with a wonderful personality. She affectionate, loving and very sweet. She is spayed, up to date on her shots, and set to go. She loves other dogs. She loves children and is ok with cats (if they don’t run). Her coat is short because her owner had her shaved at the groomers 6 weeks ago.

Brandy was surrendered by her owner because she felt she was *needy* and didn’t like being left alone 10 hours a day.
She also told us that Brandy jumps low fences. We are testing to see if maybe that was more about wanting to leave 🙂
Our experience of her is that she is relaxed, funny, house trained and flexible. She is smart and very creative.

If if you would like to know more about Brandy or see her, call Debbra at 350-7357.