Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hurricane season keeps us hoppin'

What busy times. We call the autumn months our hurricane season, since, for the past three years, they represent our busiest, craziest season. Larger rescue projects, our conference at home as well as others that we attend, and big events like Tuff Love all seem to come crashing in at the same time. ACK. Somebody throw us a lifeline.

The bigger news of course, is about the Vick dogs. Although we're not at liberty to discuss details, we can report that BR's Tim Racer flew back to VA to assist attorney Rebecca Huss in re-evaluating the dogs in order to create solid placement recommendations, and, we helped organize the transfer of 16 Vick dogs that were deemed foster care candidates to warm and ready foster homes for TLC and observation. News Report: V-Dog Updates

Rebecca is now collecting applications from 501(c)3 organizations who wish to take custody of one or more dogs. Interested orgs must jump some pretty big hoops; a good thing for the dogs.

More News and Updates

On the home front, good news and sad news. First, the good news: Dogs Dango and Harvey both found new homes this week, and Ruckus has an interested suitor already. Next step: shopping local shelters for their replacements, starting with the Oakland Animal Shelter. Shopacholics that we are, we love looking for new dogs. More...

In the Lap of Luxury

Big Headed Boris - once abandoned because he couldn't leave the shelter without his balls - traveled to his forever home this month, with new parents Jim and Patty. We always wait on those photo updates, and this family has not disappointed. Our Bubba friend has landed in the lap of laps, the home of homes, with the heart of hearts. Waddayathink - Is he happy?

Little Man, the Refuge

Little Man, our heart-throb rescue from Hillsborough County Animal Control in Tampa, FL, was evacuated just as he was settling in to his new Southern CA home. His proud person is Mike Kaviani, a Pit Ed Camp graduate and Senior Animal Care Specialist at Irvine Animal Care Center. Mike had to overnight at his shelter, ready for instructions on how to help local pets displaced by the fires - and Little Man's job was to entertain the staff and keep everyone happy during those tense hours....A fitting job for a natural clown. Go Little Man! We're happy to report that all are safe.

Gary - My Angel

I'm very sad to report that we made the painful decision to put Gary to sleep. He was our compassion case who came to our house after suckering us in with warm brown eyes sunken in a starved, skeleton frame. Gary grew to love his new life and greeted us with 'thanks' and happy woo-woo's. Unfortunately, the world outside of our home was too scary for 'Scary Gary.' We let him go to peace under a waterfall of tears.

Our final movie of Gary. We were actually saying good-bye to Little Man the day this was filmed, not realizing it would be Gary's good-bye as well. Rest in peace, my love. You were our good, good boy.


nancy said...

sniff sniff sniff sniff. At least you sent him off to the bridege fat! :(((

Angie said...

*sniff* I'm so sorry to hear about Gary. You guys made such a huge difference for him in the short time he spent in your care...just look how darn happy he was in all of his little home movies!

Anonymous said...

I am not a overly religious person, but God bless sweet Gary and Bad Rap!
Your organization gives me faith in mankind!!

Donna said...

Thanks to all of you for your warm words and for your understanding. We were so proud to know Gary and to be able to give him a little something. It's strangely quiet here without him.

Jackelyn said...

I'm sorry to hear about Gary. You did a wonderful thing for him and I'm just thrilled that he got to experience true love and happiness.

Your compassion for these animals is overwhelming and inspiring.

Rest in Peace Sweet Gary.

Kari in Alaska said...

I teared up when reading about Gary. Thank you for showing him that people are good and letting him know what love is.

Anonymous said...

Oh, darn, donna. I'm so sorry, as I know my grief isn't a patch on yours and that of others who knew him. I read every day, but have never posted before. This is just so hard, but I know you made the right call. In the picture, he doesn't look afraid, nor in the movies. So, much better to have that time being loved and safe in a pack, and getting chubby, than to risk his hard-won "safety" by stressing him out. Thank you for loving him. - Jean in Seaside

Anonymous said...

How big your hearts must be to let so many of these wonderful dogs into your lives; and how strong they must also be to withstand the losses that sometimes ensue. Thank you for all the work that you do--
Pam, Oakland

cornies said...

I can hardly see through my tears to type this. As bad as I feel, I can't imagine how you must feel. You are so brave and courageous. Thank you for showing Gary the loving, kinder side of humans.

Cornelia & PB's Misty & Buddy
Lodi, CA

Anonymous said...

Such a bittersweet blog. Such happiness for Little man, Boris and great news for Dango! Heartbreaking about Gary. I think anyone who has ever done rescue and reads Gary's story will shed a sad tear. I really admire and thank you for taking him in and giving him a taste of a good and loving home. RIP Gary....

doggy day care irvine said...

Looks so happy in the video licking and crawling, so sad to lose a super cute dog like this. I feel so sorry :(