Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Foster Quincy

Quincey is a Boston Terrier/Shih Tzu mix who was surrendered by his family to an animal shelter. He is about 4 1/2 years old and did not like life in Manhattan.

Adorable little Quincey, was being driven by volunteer Ellen Hansen to his foster mom Ann Marie Gatto in Carmel NY. Wouldn't you know it, three quarters of the way there, smoke started coming out of her right wheel well and the delicious smell of burning rubber emanated through the vents. Her car had to be driven to Connecticut by tow truck. This by far was the most expensive transport known to man. Ellen notes, "I could have bought Quincy round trip on American Airlines plus dinner at his favorite steak house for less."

Now Quincey will be able to start the rest of his life loved and spoiled by Ann Marie!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Permanent New Foster Tommy

Tommy, age 14, was surrendered by his family to a shelter because he was too old. Janice and Ray Boyer rescued him, and took him to their vet.

The news was not good for Tommy. He does have a stage 4 heart murmur, but no congestive heart failure. His teeth are a total disaster and the smell actually radiates into the room. There is some pain there, but the vet said to treat the teeth could cause his heart to fail. Plus, the vet thought he had a brain tumor. Tommy basically walks in circles tilting to the left. His left eye has a very very slight bulge which could be the pressure of a tumor.

He was sweet in the bath tub and was very agreeable at the doctor's.

On the plus side, he has a good appetite and is a very sweet boy. He was and is a handsome little man.

He will now live the rest of his life, loved and spoiled, with foster mom Carolyn McCarthy and foster dad Mark Barish. You can tell that he is already well loved!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Major Is Adopted

Major was adopted Tuesday night by Amanda and Chris Justino. They met him last week and fell in love, and then came back to take him home Tuesday night. I knew they'd be a perfect fit, and Major was on his best behavior. Below is an email Amanda just sent me about Major's first two days in his new home. The only downside? My Boston is missing his playmate!

Heather Coursen, foster Mom

From Amanda:

Hi Heather!

We are SO in love. Major is fantastic! He is awesome in the car. The ride home from your house was perfect and I also brought him out yesterday. He really likes his new home. He has free reign of the house for the most part. We have two beds for him. One in our room (where he sleeps) and one by our fireplace in the living room. He loves his toys and loves playing fetch. He slips and slides a little bit on the floor so we're thinking about playing downstairs on the carpet from now on. He slept great through the first night. 10:30 to 5:45 and not a single accident yet! (knock on wood) Last night, my husband took him out at about 3, but he is an angel! met a lot of neighbors and my family members. He barks for like two seconds and the second they start rubbing him, they are his new best friend and he is just such a love. We call him a pimp. Haha he gets all of the attention. I was home all day with him yesterday and he is wonderful. Major is definitely a good walker and doesn't seem too interested in cars as of yet! My husband is home all day with him today. He makes us laugh and makes us happy! What a good dog. I can not stress it enough how perfect he is. Thank you for everything. We really appreciate it!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Little Dog That Died, A Children's Story

Friends, I came across this children's story and wanted to share it with you. I hope the link works. It is about what happens when your dog dies. The star is not a Boston but the story could be about a Boston, too. For those of you who have lost a beloved pet, this may help you and your children. Click here to read the story.

Joan Stark.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Elsie, Darla and Gilbert

Here's a photo update on these cuties, who lovingly own Judy Wade!

Elsie, Gilbert and Darla


Darla and Gilbert

Monday, December 5, 2011

More on Fena

i just wanted to give a quick update on Miss Fena. She is a little doll! She continues to gain energy and actually plays with toys on occasion with us! She walks well and overall her energy is low to moderate but an increase from when we first got her for sure. We don't even crate her any more. She sleeps in our bed (on my pillow mind you!) or on the couch while we're gone. She's eating well and Dr. Ford is very impressed with her coat and weight. She sleeps on her own bed for most of the night and then sneaks into bed sometime in the middle of the night : ) She loves to sleep under the covers and recently I have had to personally invite her to breakfast after it's made (spoiled!).

Dr. Ford was here this weekend to express her anal glands and check her ears. She has one gland that gets hard and filled quickly and we're not sure if it's because of all the extra "skin" and tail placement back there or due to something else. Either way, it may need to be attended to monthly. Her ears are gross way down deep still with icky bacteria. We're flushing them out daily and Dr. Ford is working on getting Baytril-Synotic to help clear up the grossness. She certainly doesn't like the process but she tolerates it for us.

Basically she has a few medical conditions that will need daily attention for the rest of her life, but other than that, she's doing very well. She is a little treasure and we are blessed to take care of her!


Vicki Rowe

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Success Story Papi

Papi's new family, Bill and Deborah

Papi and his two foster moms, Mary Liberty and Robin Leone

Papi's new family, Bill and Deborah

Papi and his new sister Tara

Papi arrived in rescue in May 2011. He was found in an abandoned building in NYC, and had to survive on the streets, although he is an older gent at approximately 9 years. He also has medical challenges - Papi has luxating lenses in both eyes and will require meds for the rest of his life.

Papi’s 1st foster home was with Mary Liberty in Owego, NY but in September 2011 Mary lost her home to a flood and Papi was moved to Robin Leone in Syracuse, NY.

Deborah Dolan and Bill Delaney were the first applicants to specifically apply for Papi. As soon as Robin talked to Deborah she knew this was the perfect place for her baby. Papi’s happy ending had finally arrived. Robin asked Deborah what made her choose him and she said she felt an instant connection to him.

Papi was adopted on a snowy Saturday in October 2011 to Deborah and Bill (the adoption took place during that crazy snowstorm on the East coast). Papi now lives on Long Island with Deborah, Bill and his new BT sister, Tara. Papi bonded very quickly with his new family and as you can see by the picture he loves his new sister. Deborah tells me they play all the time and are always kissing each other.

What a wonderful ending to a little boy who used to live on the streets in NYC!

Deborah Dolan gives us a further update:

"Ok, so for an update on Papi -

Not only do Bill and I love Papi, but he was a big hit with relatives at Thanksgiving! We are so glad we adopted him. We can't believe how active he is - he and Tara choose one of many toys each day, and play "take-away the toy" with each other all day with that one toy. They are both exhausted by evening.

Papi starts the night-time bed routine by laying on top of our comforter, but then joins Tara under the covers. She lays by our legs, and he lays against our torsos. Papi used to jump out of bed in the morning, but has now joined Tara in being a lazy bum and stays in bed.

In the later evening, Bill and I usually sit and watch some TV and they both cuddle up with one of us. The other night we were home but were doing lots of things in the house. Papi kept following us around and "talking" and I later realized that he was upset that we hadn't sat down on the couches so he could snuggle. As soon as we sat down, he stopped "talking" and cuddled up. We go for a lot of walks - Papi loves that. He and Bill also have a real male bonding thing going on.

Thank you Mary and Robin for taking such good care of him - I think your care is why he was so ready and able to settle in with us.