Almost one year after rescuing six dogs from a hoarding situation after the owner passed away, I am often asked how the pups are doing. From living on chains, sleeping in barrels, they have been on quite the journey! We have learned so much about these precious pups. None of them were young dogs. We think 5 or 6 and older and 3 of the 6 tested positive for heartworms.
When any pet is rescued from a hoarding environment or even a puppy mill, it can take lots of time for them to adjust. It was quite a challenge driving for four days from Arkansas to Reno, Nevada, with 6 dogs, but it was fun watching them see themselves in the mirror for the first time and trying to teach them to walk on a leash. They bonded with us quickly after giving them baths in the hotel and lots of treats and love. While they all got along with each other, they were pretty scared of strangers so we knew they were going to need to work on socialization.
Let’s catch up with these great dogs…
First, is Jackpot (formerly Philpot) who was the original owner’s favorite dog so, when she passed, we knew we had to find him the perfect home. At his vet visit, he tested negative for heart-worm but his front teeth were worn down to nubs, possibly from chewing on his chains. He found that perfect home in Reno with friends, Debbie & Larry, and is an only pup. Jackpot definitely hit the jackpot!
Shyla, the Shepherd mix, had been shot in the face when she was young and was understandably not very trusting of people, especially men. She went to live with another couple we know, Joe and Cherrie, who had recently lost both of their dogs and were looking to adopt. She’s a super lucky girl, living just out of town on a couple of acres with her brother, Bacon, who was adopted shortly after Shyla. She gets to travel with her family and see the country. Recently, during her first dental cleaning, the vet was able to remove a couple of BB’s that were still under her gums from when she was shot!
The two mini-Aussie mixes, Fancy and Flouncy, now known as Emmy and Elsie, were taken by Dillon, from an Aussie Rescue in California. They are so cute! After she completed heart-worm treatment, Elsie found a “furever” home in California and was a foster “fail”. Her mom loves her to pieces. Sorry, no new photo’s yet. Emmy went to Santa Cruz, CA, on April 4th, 2020, to live with her new mom, Meredith, and her feline sister, Addie. Mom Meredith had this to report:
“Emmy spends her days laying on the furniture, chewing on ethically sourced bones, and chasing flies. She loves to roll on her back, play fetch, and go for walks in nature. She’s a sweet girl and stays close to mom when out on adventures. She loves to cuddle and have her face massaged when hanging out at home. Emmy and her new family want to say thank you to those who helped bring them together and to everyone who spreads love and awareness to animal rescue and safety.”
Thank YOU, Meredith, for Emmy’s wonderful new life! She was my favorite (but don’t tell the others…shhhhh!!)
Last, but by no means least, are the two beagle mixes, Rosa, and Palestine. Both tested heart-worm positive and stayed with me for several weeks while they started treatment. They were featured on the local news and found their forever home together here in Reno with 3 other dogs. Renamed Ruth and Lorna Mae, they have completed their heart-worm treatment and awaiting their final test. I got to visit with them at their home a couple of weeks ago and am happy to report they are so loved and safe with their new mom.
It is hard to find the words to describe how wonderful it is to see all of these dogs are flourishing. It was tough letting them go but so rewarding to see how far they have come. Please rescue/foster/adopt if you can.