Must seem to some that we have faded away lately as we haven't posted many dogs for adoption recently. That is certainly not the case but, the nature of our work has changed greatly. Where once we received 53 puppies over a three month period and 4 or 5 adult dogs a month that is no longer the case. After rescuing northern dogs for fourteen years and hosting several spay/neuter clinics, the dog population has become somewhat controlled in the areas we worked in. A hard earned and wonderful accomplishment for all.
We now seem to be working with dogs who have even greater needs and who require one on one rehabilitation from an injury or misunderstood behavioural issues. They take time to become ready for adoption. In addition to that, our long time reputation is serving us well as we have people waiting to be matched with just the right dog by us.
Romeo, for example, came to us as a family surrender. This boy had suffered from hot spots for so long he was on the brink of losing his mind. The cone he was forced to wear as his hot spots did not heal drove him to distraction, and as a result, he growled inappropriately and bit on occasion. When we vetted him it was determined he also had a pronounced heart murmur. This Golden Doodle was just six years old and he hadn't been given much of a chance. It took time, but Romeo did become the charmer he was meant to be and he was placed with a wonderful woman whose life has been greatly enhanced by Romeo's companionship.
Ace had been passed around four times before ending us living with a drug addict. The man's mother knew she couldn't save her son but she could save his dog. This was a heart wrenching situation that ended well for a magnificent animal because of the heroic heart of a woman.
Jada was a Spitz cross that lived on a farm near Ottawa. She spent most of her time outside and was neglected because her owner didn't have time for her. He decided, after seven years, to give her up and she was surrendered to us. This lovely girl learned to live in the heart of our family and to be part of our large pack. She was sweet, loving, gentle and kind and now lives with a couple who just lost the first dog they adopted from us years ago. Jada will mend hearts and heal all wounds.
Still to come is Queenie who was known as Big Foot in Attawapiskat. She had a rock thrown directly at her head during a dog fight and may now be blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. She did her best to mend herself and gain strength before her owners gave her up to be flown out to us. She is now in foster care in Timmins until she can be driven down to us. She is just a year and a half old and vetting will tell us just what she has suffered in her short life.
A nameless dog in Attawapiskat had a log his owners were towing collide with his back leg over a month ago. It was left unattended even though he was clearly in pain and showing signs of distress. Our rescue worker kept an eye on him and finally had to buy him in order to get him the care he so badly needed. He offered $100 but the owners demanded $200 before they would allow the dog to finally be flown out to us. The airlines are still charging us for flights as well but it is all worth to save just one life.
A fearful female dog in Attawapiskat has been mistreated for years and she simply became overwhelmed with life. She tried giving up but packs of male dogs didn't permit that when she went into heat. She became pregnant with what was possibly her sixth litter and delivered four pups two weeks ago. Fortunately she had slowly come to trust our rescue worker up there after he took in one of her adult pups so this new litter was born into his care. She will be with us within the week.
We are still assisting both a rescue organization and a shelter in Mexico when we can as they are often on overload. All dogs are deserving.
So, for those who thought we had stopped or gone away - we haven't. Between the logistics of organization, vet visits, fund raising, home visits and actually rehabilitating these remarkable animals I just don't have much time to write about it. We are grateful to all those waiting to adopt one of our dogs and feel fortunate to have such understanding, appreciation and support.
We are very much present and continuing to do what we do in addition to creating a memorial line of products to honour the dogs we have lost and designing Christmas cards that will send the warmest and most caring wishes for the season. All will be available soon and we look forward to you sharing all this with us. Our thanks and take care. Sharron