March 26, 2014

Rita's Lime adopted!

Congratulations to Izzy and Jamie who welcome Rita's Lime as a permanent member of the family.

Rita's Lime, now Tugbert, crossed the ocean and landed for a short stay at Culver Palms Animal Hospital until he was taken in by Izzy and Jamie who were first time fosters and requested a bit of an easier first time foster for their home. Well, even though we initially thought that Tugbert would be an easy foster, he provided Izzy and Jamie with some challenges. His house training was not perfected, counter surfing was a daily occurrence, and he did not want to go near the beach because of the waves. Izzy and Jamie powered through and researched and asked lots of questions to get him trained and more at ease.

They taught him basic manners....sit, down, shake, roll over. I was most impressed with them training him to go to his bed when they requested. I know how difficult that task is for a dog to learn and for a trainer to teach. It takes lots of dedication and repetition. After a couple of months, Izzy and Jamie asked if they would be able to make him a member of their family and the Rescue approved.

Tugbert's name is from his love of playing "tug" and "Bert" because Jamie just liked the name.

Thanks to Rita and MJ for saving this boy and getting him over to the US and to our rescue. Thank you to Sandy for providing guidance and direction for Izzy and Jamie and support to Lime.

Update on Otto (formerly Rita's A-fu)

We recently celebrated Otto's Gotcha-day - with dog-friendly treats from 3 Dog Bakery! Otto may be 10 years old, but he's still got the appetite of a puppy. The treat was gone in 3 seconds! (And no, he didn't get all those cookies in one sitting. He may beg but there's a limit!)

Lately, Otto's enjoying his golden years in Dana Point, CA. We recently moved to a much bigger place with rooms and rooms of cool tile floor to lay on. Otto's favorite pastimes continue to be eating, sleeping, and looking cute. He's a love bug and still the best hugger.

March 24, 2014

Maggie's Hero adopted

Congratulations to Maggie's Hero, who found his forever home!

Hero was found in a fishing village with many skin problems and he was quite emaciated, and he also had heartworms The ARTT team asked us if we could take him in and, of course, we said yes. We also discovered that he had hip dysplasia and a possible torn ACL. He didn't seem symptomatic with his hip dysplasia and when we went to repair his ACL the vet decided he didn't need surgery after all. But, with his bad joints, chronic skin and ear problems and hypothyroidism (not to mention he was hit or miss on which dogs he liked and when he found one he liked he wanted to jump right on them to start playing, which most dogs don't appreciate), he was a tough guy to place - most families just don't want to deal with these problems.

Hero spent almost a year with his foster family, but finally along came John, who didn't care about any of these issues. John and his daughter previously had a Golden and they currently have a Sheltie. They were missing the Golden personality and contacted us to help them find a pup. They were very excited to meet Hero, and were even more excited to take him home. He's doing great in his new home and is very happy.

Hero thanks the Animal Rescue Team Taiwan for finding him and sending him to us. He thanks the CP Dog Walkers who regularly gave him walks and love during his time there. He's forever grateful to Deanna and family for fostering him for so long. He thanks Laura for scouting out his new home, and he thanks the placement team and PA Lisamarie for making the match.

Welcome home Hero!

Rita's Captain, Moomin and Hunter on their way