December 31, 2009
I am afraid I have not been very good at keeping everyone posted on how Cabo (formally Maggie's Dan) is doing and I do apologize. We absolutely love him!! He is everything that we wanted in a dog and more. He is adapting to his new home well. When we first brought him home he was having difficulty keeping up with our 11-year old "Summer Girl" on our daily walks. He now does the 30 minute walk every day with no problem and then I throw the ball for him for another 10 minutes. He is very healthy and very strong. He walks well on a leash and will sit and lie down on command (so his English is getting better). We right away had an issue with the two dogs fighting over soft toys so we have simply removed all soft toys from the house. In an attempt to reintroduce the soft toys at Christmas, they fought again so it looks like the two of them will just have to do without them. Not a problem because they do not fight over balls, food or attention so all is peaceful. We have had him to the groomers a couple of times and they just love him. He is always well-behaved and he enjoys all of the attention he gets. I have added some photos here which include a trip to our beach condo (he did very well in an elevator, my guess is that he had been in one before), a romp in the autumn leaves and hanging out with the family. Enjoy and thank you to you all for allowing us to adopt such a great dog.
Happy New Year!
December 30, 2009
December 25, 2009
I want to send you some pictures of my first Christmas. I got some new toys. My favorite toy, though, is a plush lion that I got when I first came here. I got to pick out my own bed at Kahoots. Its a cool store where they like to give treats to dogs. I have been on my best behavior since I came here. I've never had any accidents, and my family thinks I am very smart because I learn so fast. Kristin talks to me in Chinese but I'm trying to learn English fast. I am learning lie down, stay, and when its time to go in my bed. My family also thinks I am so friendly because I love everybody to pet me. I was such a gentleman last night at Christmas Eve dinner that I was able to stay and visit. I never jumped up or got into anything I shouldn't. I heard them talking about how lucky they are to have me and they still can't believe I'm here. I'm resting right now because later today I was invited to go with my family to my Aunt's house. She visits me, too, and thinks I am a very good dog.
P.S. They call me Ollie now. I think I like my new name. I always come when they call me.
Elvis owes his undying gratitude to Rita and MJ, who saved his life and helped him find his way to the states, to our Welcome Waggin' team for making his entry into the States safe and happy, and to foster mom Kriss, who made him at home until he found a permanent one.
December 24, 2009
December 21, 2009
Big thanks to Rita from Taiwan for rescuing this sweet golden girl and helping her to become the beautiful dog she was destined to be; Barbara D. and our Welcome Waggin crew for helping Olla settle into the US from her first touchdown at LAX; Camp Nakanashi lead by Mariko for fostering Olla and helping her overcome a queazy stomach from traveling so far (thanks Mariko for giving Olla the opportunity to relax and get ready for her forever home); and Diane D. for scouting out this lovely home and assisting in the adoption with Mariko yesterday.
December 18, 2009
Cheryl's made 3 placements this week! This one comes along with an assist from the rest of the Welcome Waggin' team, who made sure Willie's arrival was safe and happy, as well as Karen G., who found Willie this lovely home. Special thanks to foster mom Cheryl for her tender loving care, and to Rita and MJ who made a safe new life possible for this lovely guy!
Willie will heretofore be known as "Tai".
Congratulations to everyone!
December 17, 2009
Boss will always be grateful to Rita and MJ who gave him a second chance at life, to the Welcome Waggin' team who made sure his arrival into the states was safe and uneventful, and to foster mom, Cheryl C., for keeping him safe and making him feel right at home!. Special thanks to Pat J., who found Boss this lovely home for the holidays!
December 14, 2009
December 13, 2009
I can't imagine a more fitting and loving home for this beautiful boy, and a more deserving family to adopt the likes of him.
December 8, 2009
December 2, 2009
December 1, 2009
We saved a pretty girl named Sonia this early morning. She is currently boarding at the vet's. She is around 2 year sold, 51 lbs, female, Ehrlichia platys/canis tested positive; the other tests are negative. She will be spayed and starts to be under medication of Ehrlichia. By the way, she is very sweet, can take commands and has good manners. We had her chip-scanned but found no information.
Gilligan is doing very well. He's being schooled a little by his new lab friends Woogie and Ernie. He plays a little too aggressively but they correct him and it seems to be working. The biting is getting better but not gone yet. He seems REALLY happy and just loves meeting people. I have been leaving him alone in the house for up to an hour uncrated and he just sits on the bed - no destruction. I've enclosed some pictures. He is allowed in the pool now but doesn't swim yet. He loves to sit on the first step and cool off and splash. Ill keep you updated. I really love this guy!
November 29, 2009
November 27, 2009
November 26, 2009
November 25, 2009
Our four latest arrivals from Taiwan, Boss, Mars, Hebe and Olla, have touched down in America and already loving it!
Welcome Waggin'-eers Ira L, Cheryl C, Mariko, Barbara S and Mike V were on hand to accept delivery of the precious cargo. After getting "sprung" from their travel kennels, the kids did a little business, had a little fresh air and water and managed to become celebrities as Channels 4 and 7 were on hand to document their first steps on American soil. From there, Hebe and Boss were whisked off to Culver Palms, while Olla headed home with Mariko and Mars went with Cheryl.
Thanks to everyone who helped pull this off and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
November 22, 2009
Alan and Mike turned out to be the humans destined for Thomas. As a bonus, Alan and Mike's neighbor, Jackie, and her female German Shepherd, Cassie, would be spending a lot of time with Thomas so they came to the adoption meeting to make sure the dogs liked each other. Sure enough, Cassie and Thomas are also destined to become the best of friends. Thomas happily greeted his new families with tail wags and nestling his head in their laps.
It was so evident how much Alan, Mike and Jackie adored their dogs and were deeply saddened by the loss of their Golden Retriever, Buddy (adopted from GRCGLARescue in 2003). With a lovely home in the Hollywood Hills, Thomas will be treated to a life of canine indulgence, enjoying the very best with folks who have the biggest of hearts!
Thank you Maggie of ARTT, the Welcome Waggin Crew who greeted Thomas upon arrival to the U.S., Barbara D. for her leadership in guiding these dogs to a new life, Terry J. for fostering Thomas and helping him find his mojo, and to Laura M. for scouting out these truly wonderful, committed folks during her homevisit.
Congratulations Thomas...you are one special boy!
November 21, 2009
November 15, 2009
November 11, 2009
Olla was found when I went to Yong-an for a walk early in May this year. There were several stray dogs wondering near the pavilion at the bay, and one of them was scary thin. When I gave a second glance I realised that she's a Golden retreiver whoes skin condition was also the worst among them.
I went back to down town to the Vet where I got some medicine that could help her on the skin and get rid of some flea. The next day my sister help me out sending her to Chang-chun Vet hospital in Taoyuan.
She is around 3 years old, had flea, demodicosis and Ehrlichiosis. Luckily the vet gave the right treatment so she recovered quite well. But her front teeth were almost all gone. I guess she was so starving that she would eat anything even it's hard, like a rock. All other teeth are in good shape, therefore she can still eat normally.
Now as you can see in the picture she is very healthy with new skin and soft hair. Quite naughty when she sees snacks, has good interaction with human. She deserves a new home and a family who would really love and take good care of her.
November 10, 2009
Luna will always be most grateful to Rita and MJ who saved her and kept her safe until they could find her passage to the states. Luna sends thanks to the Welcome Waggoneers who met her at LAX and helped make her transition as easy possible. Special thanks go to diligent foster mom, Mariko, whose updates on Luna’s preferences and behaviors made it easy to make her a good match, and also to Cheryl C., who found Luna this great home!
November 8, 2009
Rita and MJ created this video of Mars' journey, so far. They have found a volunteer passenger for him so he should be in the U.S. towards the end of the month.
Thanks to all of the GRCGLARescue family for making saves like this one possible.
November 5, 2009
November 1, 2009
David arrived to the U.S. about 2 months ago and his story is an inspiring one of a dog left lying on the street after a run-in with a motorcycle. Thanks to a couple good citizens in Taiwan and Maggie Chen with ARTT...David quickly found refuge and care which prepared him for a better life here in Southern California...and the eventual meeting of his human companion, Peter.
For those who met David...he could have doubled for Marley in the famous movie/book Marley & Me with an energy level and gusto for anything and everything that he touched. Merely operating within his nature, David demonstrated his exuberance for this new world in a manner which would challenge even the most patient of puppy owners! After several weeks of developing a routine and walking with volunteers, David started to find his mojo and soon was introduced to Peter.
Peter spent time with David (whom he now calls Gilligan)...a very appropriate name for this sweet goof ball...and found this dog quickly tugged at his heart strings. Gilligan happily went home with Peter, a devoted dog lover and one totally committed to giving Gilligan all he needs to reach his full potential. The updates so far have been great and Gilligan is finding his way in this world with the leadership and love of Peter. Peter told me "he's happy and that makes me very happy!"
Much thanks goes to numerous folks who have touched the life of this dog on his rescue journey thus far including: Maggie Chen of ARTT, the GRCGLARescue Welcome Waggin Crew who greeted David at LAX, David & Sonsee, Joyce T, Kriss H and all the volunteers who walked David at Culver Palms...Colleen P, Cheryl C, Jody R and others. Thank you to Jody for facilitating this adoption! Thank you Diane D for scouting out such a terrific human and home for this dog.
Peter often throws dog parties where the humans eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the dogs eat steak! Now that's truly a dog's life. I am very happy for David (Gilligan) and look forward to getting updates and pics from Peter to share.
This is truly a great success story and one of the many reasons why I'm so proud of this organization and the amazing work we do on behalf of homeless goldens wherever they arrive from!
Congratulations Gilligan and Peter!
October 30, 2009
From GRCGLARescue volunteer, Ira:
Maggie's Dan, quite a dapper fellow, arrived at LAX earlier this evening and was greeted by Welcome Waggin'-ers Cheryl and Ira. He came in with a bunch of other dogs from other rescues. After getting sprung from his kennel at LAX, Dan did a little business and immediately started to play ball. Even after 12 hours of flight, he in great spirits and ready to play! The extremely handsome boy went home with Cheryl.
Dan wants to thank Maggie for rescuing him, Barbara D. for making arrangements to bring him to America, Miss Hsi Chih Yun for escorting him here and Cheryl for fostering him...what a great team!
From GRCGLARescue volunteer, Cheryl:
What a handsome boy! We had a good night. He has already learned how to use the doggy door, no accidents, was very hungry (eating everyone's food... dogs, cats LOL)... and loves his tennis balls and toys!
So far, good with the little dogs. OK with the cats but needs supervision. Just a sweetheart who wants to be with his human when he's not playing with a tennis ball or toy. My husband has him out right now for his first walk on US soil. Here's a video clip from this morning and slideshow below. Much thanks to Ira for all his help last night. He's the greatest! View Dan's photo album created by Cheryl, HERE.
October 26, 2009
October 21, 2009
October 12, 2009
Thank you to Maggie and the ARTT team for getting Golden safe and sending him to us, to the Welcome Waggin’ crew for welcoming this lovely youngster to the states, and to Aunt Lily who made him feel right at home until his new mom could come to claim him.
October 10, 2009
October 6, 2009
From GRCGLAR volunteer, Denise:
It was a lovely California day to welcome our three Taiwan golden refugees - Thomas (5 year old male), Luna (young female), and Golden (3 month old male pup). They all arrived safely and happy to feel the grass under their feet. The young pup, Golden, popped out of his crate showering Barbara D. with puppy kisses. Golden headed home with Barbara to be fostered in Riverside while Luna made her way to Hawthorne with Mariko. Thomas traveled with me south to Orange County where he'll be fostered in the next day or two. Much thanks to Marty F. for lending a helping hand today which was graciously appreciated.
All the dogs are lovely and got along well with each other!
Welcome Thomas, Luna and Golden!
From GRCGLAR volunteer, Mariko:
Golden, Thomas, and Luna (and Candice) all safely arrived in the U.S. I took some videos of Golden, Thomas, and Luna at the airport, and one of Luna at my house. Sorry for the lower quality of the videos (I used my digital camera's movie function). I hope you enjoy watching them!
Luna in foster home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELOufeUuX-8
The four dogs departed 6 hours ago and will soon arrive at LAX within 5 hours. We are very thankful to you, Rita, and M.J. for all the great assistance. Would you please let us know upon the dogs' arrival? Is it possible to send us back the photos of meeting the dogs at the airport? We just can't thank you enough.
Video links from Rita:
Pls meet our Melissa, she was found in the park and very weak, after vet exam found that she was suffering from erlichiosis. Now she is under treatment. The vet guess she is used to be breed puppy for making money. Now she is not young so she has been abandoned in the park. Melissa is about 6~7 years lovely girl, could you help her?
October 5, 2009
From Maggie Chen:
One of ART's dedicated volunteers saved a golden retriver in April on the way to the airport where she was helping ART's dogs check-in. The abandonded dog named Dan was in a very bad situtation. The rescuer sent Dan to the vet's for all the check-ups and took care of all the huge bills for Dan's treatment.
After a few months of loving care and efforts, Dan is now a changed dog. Attached is all the information forwarded by the rescuer. I will send you Dan's photos after the rescue right after this.
I would be very much appreciated if you could give Dan a chance. Thank you.
Animal Rescue Team TAIWAN
From Dan's foster home:
Dan was rescued in April 2009. He was found outside an abandoned house, sad and alone. According to the people who lives near by the abandoned house, Dan seems was abandoned by his owner, someone ever mentioned Dan was hitting by a car so he was not able to walk normal neither stand long. We took Dan out of that place and send him to animal hospital directly. Due to lack of nutrition and the bad environment, Dan was beginning to develop a skin problem and the weight was only ~55 lb when rescued.
Dan stayed in Animal hospital for treatments for 4 months long. Now Dan is a healthy and handsome dog. Good in walk and is able to run for his favorite – BALL. Dan gets along with other dogs well but we have not tried to put him along with cats or puppies. “Dan is a people dog actually, he loves to be around people very much”, the foster mom says so.
Dan does not pee or poo in his crate at all, a very steady dog, knowing the command “sit” ( in mandarin ) very well and like to shake hands with people very much. We do not know Dan’s history, but do know that he deserves a family.
September 26, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 13, 2009
September 9, 2009
September 6, 2009
Luna is lovely girl and around 2-3 years old rescued from shelter by Rita and friends. She comleted treatment for heartworms a month ago. She'll be heading to the U.S. when a volunteer passenger is located.
August 31, 2009
He is Mars. He was from animal shelter. When I first time saw the Mars's pictures on the website I was feel so shock and sad. We even can not recognized he is a Golden. He exhibited no hopefulness in the eyes, so we bring he out of shelter and took him to vet. The vet gave him a checkup, unfortunate his canine distemper test is positive. I've tried every treatment the vet suggested and now Mars is completely recover of distemper. He is still under treatment of skin problem and he has recover so well. Mars is around 4-5 years old and he is sweet boy. Could you take him when he has recover his health? I have attached some pictures of Mars when he in the shelter and some is just take 2 days ago.
Here is the video we made one month ago when we first time bring Mars to vet.
Here is the video we made 2 days ago. Mars is doing very well.
Trigon was found by Rita and MJ in a shelter. He was missing a leg and emaciated, but still a sweet, friendly and loving Golden. Before long, it was clear that Trigon had contracted distemper and although they tried valiantly to save him, Trigon passed away. Rita and MJ made this lovely video to commemorate their journey with Trigon.
August 29, 2009
Much thanks goes to Maggie and ARTT and all the great work they do in Taiwan to give these dogs a second chance at life. For those who have read Tony's story - he was found dumped in a dam, skinny and alone. ARTT rescued him and gave him a fresh new start. Thanks goes to Uncle Ira, our Welcome Waggin' Ambassador, and the rescue crew who greeted Tony at LAX including Julie F. who fostered this boy. Tony spent a week with 11-month old GRCGLARescue Golden, Buddy, at Julie's. Julie and her beau, Jack, helped Tony prepare for his new life with his forever family...all the while forming a great relationship with Buddy. Thank you Daryl D. for doing the homevisit for this wonderful family.
Below is a photo of T's new family along with Julie, Jack and their golden, Buddy (at left).
August 27, 2009
August 26, 2009
August 23, 2009
David and Tony, our latest arrivals from Taiwan, made it through customs a while ago and are now on American soil. Our friend Ms. Chen escorted the guys, who are now staying with David and Sonsee and Julie F., respectively. Thanks to everyone involved!