Coal the Bubbly Bundle of Fun

Our Puppy Coal we adopted from Furry Bottoms Rescue in Two Rivers Wisconsin. We Love him so much he is a wonderful puppy. He gets so excited to see us come home from work or school.  And now, me being in college, and him being at home 4 hours from where I am with my parents, I miss him dearly. He is a bundle of joy, I can’t imagine life without him. It wouldn’t be complete.

Now more about Coal, we left his name as it was given by the Rescue because we loved how unique it was. He is a mutt “Dalmatian, Labrador and Border Collie” mix. He is black with white markings and he has a goatee and a curly tail. He is now 4 years old and is still as hyper and playful as when we got him. I love him so much. He is very cuddly and comforts you when you are sad or down. His mother was left on the side of the highway pregnant. I can’t stand mean people who abuse animals and I wish that cruelty would end. My dream is to take in as many abused animals as possible when I am older to care for them and get them away from the bad treatment of some people into a well taken care of home and provide the best life for them the life they deserve. This dream is from all the rescue animals my family has taken in. Coal being the main reason and if I didn’t have him in my life, I don’t know what I would do. He is an Inspiration to life and is an amazing puppy. The thing is, dogs will love you no matter what ever since Egyptian times they were man’s best pal its time to be the voice for them because they don’t really have their own. Click here to see his trick –  he talks!

Myles and Lulu

Both of my fur babies are rescues. Myles, a chocolate lab/pit bull mix was being beaten as a puppy. I took him away when the owner wasn’t home. One week later he was diagnosed with parvo virus. He is now 4yrs old. Lulu, a Pekinese, was left in an abandoned house at 2 months old. She is now 3yrs old. Why people do horrible things to animals is beyond me. They are my precious children and I can’t imagine my life without them.


Rowdy the Rescue

What a little love and patience can do!


Well…I had one Yorkie. I didn’t want any more dogs. Our life was planned, organized and peaceful. Then I got an email from Okanagan Small Dog Rescue – a Yorkie needed transport and possible foster care. “It will only be a couple weeks” An abandoned Yorkie lived in a drug house with backyard breeders, exposed to drugs, smoke, and then left in a Trailer Park in the middle of winter. I picked up a skinny, very smelly, shrieking little dog – and wondered what in the world am I doing? I made a ccommitment that day and I would never turn back. We have had our Rowdy boy for 2 years now and we love him to bits! Not to say we haven’t had our ‘moments’ and we have been tested, but nothing more than we can handle. We are proud of that, and proud of our little guy! We need to stop ‘Backyard Breeding’!


New Puppy

I just wanted to share this story. My mum is a 66 year old retired lady. She has 2 cats but hasn't had a dog in years and has always missed having one. She's not overly mobile so I never thought a dog was a good idea and I kept telling her that. But she has her own mind and as the rare saying goes – you can't tell a Heinz pickle nothin'. Why? Because it just doesn't listen!

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Anyway – she decided she wanted a Papillon – because they don't require a lot of exercise and she has a big, safe backyard. She told me she could get one for $1500. Now, she's on a pension and doesn't have that much money so I thought this was ridiculous. I encouraged her to ask around and see if there might be one that needed rescuing. She did inquire around and found a breeder who had a one year old Papillon that did not sell – he's kind of unfriendly and skittish. She let my mother have him. Now he's in a good home and seems to be pretty happy. I figure it was a good thing to encourage. She loves the dog and the companionship.


My Beloved Furbabies

I love Boston Terriers!!

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I have always wanted one and when I finally started searching, I found it was quite difficult  to find one. They were not that popular 12 years ago and, unfortunately, dogs' popularity can be fueled by what dogs are popular in the movies (eg. A few years back many celebrities were toting Chihuahuas around and they became the “IN” thing. Unfortunately many ended up in pounds when the phase blew over.)

Well back to my story.It seemed that Bostons could be found at pet stores and I saw a sweet 'lil one in Ontario while vacationing but I opted not to buy because of what I had heard about the puppy mill business. It is hard to resist the temptationto save the little guys!  But if we buy into that these mills will continue to exist! So be strong – in fact, don't even go there looking for one!

I finally found an unexpected add in the newspaper about a litter of Bostons. Now, I know this can also be a front for puppy mills so do the homework!  When I called she said all 5 pups were gone. She had 2 dogs that she would breed from time to time and she said she'd put me on a list for the next time she had a litter.

A year later, she called and told me to come and pick one out from the litter!  Make sure you see where the puppies are from. She showed me the mom, dad and litter. We spent time talking to her, asking questions about health problems, etc. We picked out a male pup from the litter and 8 weeks later we brought Kermit home!  He was such a wonderful addition to our family and, except for the occasional ear allergy (which was soon fixed by switching his food), he was in very good health.

Two years later we called the breeder again and a year after that, we added Daisy Darling to our family!  They have been such a source of joy in our family. Unfortunately this past Dec our beloved Kermit passed away and we miss him so much, but Daisy is still with us and hopefully has a few more years to go! Dogs are such wonderful animals and all I can say is please “do the homework before buying!”  We need to end abuse and stop puppy mills!


Fostering a puppy mill dog

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a href=”” rel=”attachment wp-att-1210″>My husband and I have recently had the honour and privilege of fostering a dog from a puppy mill in Quebec that was recently shut down. We were expecting him to be scared and timid but were shocked by his level of fear and the way his spirit was so obviously broken. For the first 5 days he had no interest in life, shook when we went near him and slept the days away. It was heartbreaking. He didn't even know what to do when we went outside for a walk- it was more of a drag. It enrages me that people do this to animals-that they show no compassion or kindness. These animals are broken and treated like objects. There needs to be tougher laws in place for this kind of abuse and the people who did this need to have the book thrown at them- they are ruining innocent lives. I am happy to say our foster is slowing coming out of his shell and is now showing interest in life. He needs a lot of patience and kindness and we are happy to give that to him. It has been so rewarding for us to see him come around and I hope more people think about fostering and adopting these dogs/animals that need us so badly


Scrappy and Leo

We adopted Leo in 2010 from a local rescue group. Leo is a senior long hair miniature dachshund who came to us after a year of being in the rescue. He spent part-time at the foster home and the rest of the time kenneled at the rescue. People were nervous of him due to aggression issues. There was just something about him that caught our attention.

He is doing well although he had to have back surgery a year ago for IVDD (common in the breed). Last summer as I ended up working full-time he had a difficult time, so we tried doggy daycare until we could find a companion for Leo.

In came Scrappy who is a sweetheart. He is a 5 yr old Wire Haired Dachshund Fox Terrier cross (Foxie Doxie). The two boys are inseparable and play together very well.

My husband and I definitely believe in the saying “Please Adopt….Don't Shop.”




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I adopted my best friend back in 1999. she is a belgian malinois cross and was approximately 1.5- 2 yrs old, weighed about 30lbs, was a runner and had been badly beaten by some thug. Everyone without experience knows that they aren't worth the effort. I took the chance on this beautiful dog and have never regretted it, except for all the stuff she chewed in the first year :)  It's now 12 years later, she has had a very happy life and is still raring and ready to go for a nice long walk every day. May we have many more adventures until the day she finally decides that she is old :)


Melly and the the unexpected joys of adopting a senior dog.

My darling Melly, snuggled up in bed

Melly, an approximately 10 year old Chihuahua mix, came in to the Ottawa Humane Society as a stray in July 2007.  She was then was surrendered to Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (, a dog rescue group I co-founded.  I picked her up and instantly fell in love with her – all 20 pounds of her! She was morbidly obese and needed to go on a diet big-time! She stayed with me for a few days until she could hitch a ride to her foster home in Elliot Lake, ON. Melly went to her foster home and was able to lose 6 pounds in just a couple of months. I stayed in touch with her foster mom who sent me regular updates and photos – I fell more and more in love every day.

Finally, on October 11, 2007 (my birthday) I realized that I wanted Melly in my life. I officially adopted her and made the 7.5 hour one way drive to Elliot Lake to pick her up. I returned to Ottawa the same day (yes, that’s 15 hours of driving in 1 day) and together, Melly and I started an amazing relationship.

Melly and I went on to spend the next almost 4 years together. Like all dogs, her favourite things were walks and food, but she also enjoyed curling up on the ottoman at my feet while I watched TV. She was housebroken pretty much from the moment she came to CCRT and even did tricks – it boggled my mind that such a well behaved, trained dog was not claimed at the Humane Society by her owners. They obviously loved her very much to take the time to train her – but their loss was most certainly my gain!

Sadly, Melly passed away on June 13, 2011. She had not been well, but her health took a serious and unexpected decline a few days prior. We spent her last day together, just the two of us and those memories are priceless.

Melly is a great example of a wonderful, older dog in rescue that is just dying to be a part of a family. Hopefully her story will encourage people to consider adopting an older dog when they are looking to add to their furry family. Melly’s story is also a testament to the wonderful relationship between shelters and rescue groups; we have a common goal and routinely work together to rescue and rehome deserving animals.

RIP my baby Melly.


Adopting Denver

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From bad to good

I adopted my dog Denver from the local SPCA when she was 18 months old. Now she is 9 years old. Denver was at the SPCA because her previous people moved away, abandoning Denver and her 8 puppies. Denver was left chained to the house. As well Denver was terrified of all men when I first adopted her. With me Denver lives an active life doing agility, swimming, hiking, running along side my bike and playing in her large fenced yard. Also she is no longer afraid of anything.

I would highly recommend adopting an adult mix breed dog. For several reasons; they are already house trained or learn very quickly, they usually don’t whine at night like puppies do, they can start obedience training immediately, they won’t grow bigger than you expected, they are already spayed or neutered, mixed breeds are healthier and they appreciate a good home if they came from a bad one.

As well it’s a generous act since a lot of adult dogs are not adopted quickly. For no other reason except they are not quite as cute as puppies and they end up spending months or years in shelters.