Dogs HAL 2011
All of the animals below are now in safe and loving homes. It is possible to make a difference...
Freddy's new mom writes, "my husband and I adopted "Freddy" a year and a half ago. We renamed him "Mason" since we both went to George Mason and we wanted to give him a brand new start. We couldn't have found a better dog. Having always had rescue dogs, we were aware of the challenges of dogs that have been neglected, abused, and/or abandoned. Mason has been a breeze. He has since become an older brother to baby Quint and takes this responsibility very seriously. He also came into a house with two cats. He made fast friends with Guinness... and gives the other cat, Meisce, the space she demands. He has travelled all around the country, loves hikes, the dog park, boating, and above all, squirrels. We love Masondog and are very grateful that your organization afforded such an awesome dog a second chance. When we upgrade to a house with more space, we look forward to adopting a buddy for him and hopefully becoming a foster family as well!"
Brady was adopted by a family in Rockville. His mom writes, "Brady has made such a difference in our family. His story touched us so much that we knew he was meant for us. I wanted to share a picture of him and just say that we couldn't imagine our family without him. Keep up the great work you all do."
A set of grandparents were looking for a new family member when they saw Billy and fell in love. They told us, “We call him Eddie now and he has been a real joy. He has become so affectionate, loving and is such a wonderful companion. He is ruler of the back yard. Since we've had him, there hasn't been an elephant or bear dare to set foot in our yard. Seriously, he is just a total love! The grandchildren love him, the neighbors love and spoil him.”
Rodger now has a home in Arlington, VA. His new mom writes, “We adopted Rodger back in September and he is the best dog we could ask for. He is playful, very affectionate, healthy, and is a pretty good listener. He loves other dogs, people, and is really good with children. The picture I have attached is his first trip to Great Falls! He had a blast exploring. We could not be happier with our adoption of Rodger; he’s a great dog!”
Flash, now Sammy, now lives in Frederick, MD and has two human siblings. Sammy's mom writes, "Our family adopted “Flash” (now known as Sammy) last September. Sammy has been the perfect addition to our family. He is the cutest, funniest and sweetest puppy we’ve ever met. He loves his morning walks and chewing on all of his toys; especially the soup bones we buy for him at the grocery store. When Sammy moved in he was about 4 months old. He took to house training immediately. Our kids continued teaching him all sorts of tricks including, sit, down, “high five”, roll over, play dead, jump up and even to jump through hula hoops. He also continues to work very hard every day on stay and come. Sammy loves to play in our back yard, but when he is in the house he makes sure he is always in the same room as one of the family. One night he laid under our dinner table and made sure one part of his body was touching all four of us at all times."
Bear has settled in quite well. When his dad is working at home and Bear decides he has worked enough, Bear gets Dad out of his office at 10 and 3 to go throw tennis balls for a good game of catch in the backyard. Here he is in one of his favorite poses, tennis ball and all. Bear is very aware of time according to his Dad: "At 10 pm he comes to tell us it is time to come to bed. Bear is a wonderfully gentle and happy dog. Thank you for the work of PetConnect"
Rescued from a high killl shelter, Ginger (now Rishi) is doing great She is enjoying her morning runs, and is developing into a good addition to the hiking team of her new mom and mom's boyfriend. "Rishi is the sweetest dog and loves any sort of affection, raw bones, and creating havoc for the neighborhood squirrels. She has really bonded with our family and is a quick learner! . We are so fortunate to have her in our lives; just looking at her makes her tail wag and you can't help but smile. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful addition to our family!"
Sheldon is now called Jake, and his new mom writes, "He is officially “working for treats” at my company, while “working for scratches” with Brad. We are so happy, he has found us, we have found him. He is such a sweet boy, and doing his best to show us how smart he is through training and love. Life is good!"
From Moe's new dad: "The cutest dog ever is Moe Kruft. He is truly a gift. He acts as if he has loved us forever. Moe LOVES his daily morning play group & playing ball with his neighborhood friends. He is the cuddler I was seeking- I can't thank you enough!!! Thanks for all you do for these wonderful pets. Thank you, PetConnect."
Osso, now Rosco, is now happily living in Columbia, PA in a home on seven acres of land. This summer he was joined by Jasmine, another rescue dog. They get along really well, and Jasmine tolerates her brother's attempts to play with her!
Buddy's new family, all six of them, came to meet him at an adoption event in Frederick and it was unanimous...he was to be theirs! According to his new Mom, "Buddy is doing great, we love him and he loves us, has settled right in, even with our 18 year old cat, they are almost friends, hard to believe!"
Casey is one of Tillie's puppies and was adopted in December. The family who adopted her also adopted a puppy named Carley from PetConnect in 2010, and there is a third dog named Cookie. They live next door to the family who adopted Casey's mama, Tillie, so Casey still gets to see her mom!
Hobie came from a high-kill shelter in NC. His new mom writes: "After being resued by PetConnect and suffering from an embedded collar, Hobie is now called LD (for Little Dog, Lucky Dog) and living the dream in Potomac with his brother Gallo, also from PetConnect; his two kids; big yard; soft bed and lots of sunshine for sleeping. He has integrated easily into our household, gives wide berth to the cats and is enjoying long walks and learning to run some too! He is quite honestly, the most delightful, sweet and adorable dog we've ever known. We cannot imagine our lives without him and Gallo is over the moon to have a friend to run and dig holes with. Thanks again PetConnect. Without you, we wouldn't know the joys of these two marvelous creatures!"
Elvis is now Woody. His new dad writes that, "Woody is affectionate with everyone in the family and is always trying to snuggle up to someone on the sofa when it’s family time. He is a quiet household member who is happiest when his warm body is next to ours and his soft head and ears are being caressed. When we take him outside for walks he turns into a fast-moving hound, who loves the companionship of other dogs, playing like a puppy with all the canines he meets. He is curious and intelligent and most of all he wants to be a member of the family. Patty takes him to her office where young kids come in for evaluations; the kids, as well as their parents, are typically anxious when at the office, but Woody greets everyone at the door and the kids relax when they meet him. Some have asked to come back just to visit with him. What sums up Woody best for us is a quote from a young boy at the office. When the boy said he wanted a dog, Patty asked him what type of dog would he would like to get. The boy replied, 'A dog just like Woody.'"
Benny, now renamed “Radar” for his fantastic hearing is happy to finally be home. He has a great back yard to play in, lots of people to love him and give him attention.
From Mikey's new mom: "Mikey has now been with us for the better part of a year. It's quite amazing how much attention he attracts, with people constantly asking about him when we are out and commenting on his great demeanor and cuteness. (We have even had people ask us what breed he is?! - that's when we tell them there are hundreds of mix breeds just like Mikey just waiting to be adopted.) Although he is still quite mellow he does need a really good exercise session everyday and has no problem letting us know if it's past time for his walk. He is so incredibly sweet and tolerant of children and their grabbing and poking hands. He allows all the neighborhood kids to pet and play with him and I have never seen him snap at anyone. Although like most dogs he has his quirks, we couldn't have asked for a better dog for our family. In the words of our kids, "He's the most interesting dog in the world." Thanks again for rescuing him and not allowing such a great family dog to meet a terrible fate."
Taz's new mom (pictured with Taz) writes: "Taz is amazing and we love him so much. He sleeps in out bed every night and gets tons of exercise. Thank you for rescuing him for us!"
Junie's new family writes: "Junie is doing great! She is such a lovebug and full of energy and personality. She loves to play almost as much as she loves to cuddle. Junie recently completed her first set of training classes. Our next step is to work on her comfort level with people she doesn't know quite as well, and maybe do some agility classes. We feel so lucky to have her in our lives; she brings us joy every day, and we are so thankful to you all for connecting her to us."
Hobie was rescued with an embedded collar in his neck and searched for someone to love him. He struck gold with his new family in Potomac. His canine brother Gallo is a PetConnect alumnus, and the two of them are BFFs! The family said it is a match made in heaven.
Dottie, now known as Fiona, has found a wonderful home in Bethesda MD. Her new family had been without a dog for more than five years. Fiona's new family says, "She is truly the sweetest dog we've ever had!"
Bonnie was adopted by her foster family. A terror when she came into rescue, they had a trainer work with her and now she is the sweetest, best behaved dog in the neighborhood! Her new mom says that since no one wants to see the parents' faces on a holiday card, and their sons REFUSE to be on one, Bonnie was nice to sit for a few photos.
Beans is now Blitz (or Blitzen). He and his new mom and dad go for lots of walks. His new dad says the neighbors love him. Almost as if they had a baby.
His new family instantly fell in love and now Bart has the best holiday gift ever, a new family!!
Pumpkin, now called Cinnamon, was found as a stray in rural NC with a bad case of non contagious mange. Her coat was a mess but her heart was of gold. She is now pampered daily by her mom and dad in Montgomery Village, MD and treated like the princess she truly is.
Heather has found her forever home in Potomac. Her new family fell in love with her at first sight and plan to rarely leave her side. From the moment she walked into her new home, she seemed ready to stay. Of course, having children to play with, treats at every turn, hugs and gentle pats and toys galore made it ever so inviting. Heather is one very lucky and happy little pup.
Dewey was left to fend for himself in rural NC and a good Samaritan couldn't imagine how anyone would discard such a sweet and young puppy. His new mom and dad are just tickled to have him as part of the family. Dewey now spends his days enjoying the dog friendly neighborhood in Arlington, VA.
Porter, now renamed Mac, was found in a drain with his siblings. He's living the good life now!
Reco is now living in Hamilton, VA and has been renamed Bubby. His mom says, "He has been a joy and a wonderful additional to our family."
Duke, now Doogie, had a rough start and came to us from rural KY with a deep scar on his side and an amputated tail. His story is a mystery to us, but he is now busy making new stories with his loving new family in Charlottesville, VA. Maybe one day he will write a book of his own!
From his new dad: "Taz, formerly known as Gus, has been with is for just under two months now and we still love home to death."
Lottie found her forever family just in the nick of time and is now living a wonderful life in DC. She loves frolicking in the leaves and being with her people.
Fred Allen and Jimmy Durante
PetConnect did an adoption event at Unleashed in Olney and met a wonderful family...The daughter and son-in-law had adopted a dog from us, so Mom and Dad wanted a dog too. They were won over by the Beagle/Bassett mix Fred Allen, and the 6 month old pup went home with them. Then they met his Brother, Jimmy Durante. When the family saw he was equally as lovely as Fred and saw Fred's wonderful reaction, they adopted Jimmy too! What a great family. Mom says she is getting up early, because training puppies is hard, but they are loved and happy...and so is everyone else!
Figaro's new family writes, "Fig has taken to his new family and home seamlessly. The neighbors have been oohing and awwwwing and his four legged neighbors enjoy rough housing with him as well. He’s already had a couple play dates with them. I’ve taken to calling him a “leaner.” Wherever you chose to sit, stand, lay down- he’s leaning on you. Wasn’t sure we were getting a 55 lb lapdog, though clearly we’re not complaining. All in all he’s not a replacement for our Clyde, but he’s doing a great job filling the enormous hole Clyde left behind. We love Figaro!"
Ben's new mom said "He is a great camping dog and loves being outside."
"Thank you to PetConnect for saving this sweet baby when he was out of time. Dakota’s sweet eyes told me he might be a good fit for our family and he is more than we could have hoped for. He is such a good boy, sweet, playful, smart, and affectionate. We all love him to death and he has gone from a skinny, scrawny little guy with no energy to a beautiful boy in less than two weeks. Thank you!"
Rose is now Rosie. She has a canine sister named Reese (also adopted from PetConnect). Both girls are living the high life and spending the weekend with their "sister" at college.
"Hank is doing really well. He is now following me around, room to room and every time I look at him he is looking up at me with those little brown eyes. He sat on my lap last night while I sent some emails. He slept in his little bed all night last night. The cats are not bothering him at all now. They just look at each other and go on about their business so this is really good. What a wonderful little dog! I walked him yesterday and also let him out in the back yard. He has seen the cats go in and out the doggie door and goes over to it, but he hasn't ventured out it himself. He is perfect for me. I am in love! Thank you so much for taking such good care of him."
"I wanted to e-mail you and let you know how Hendrix (formerly known as 'Bo') is doing. First and foremost, let me say that we could not be any happier! The first couple weeks were a bit rough, but after some unconditional love and adjustment, he is a regular old goofy happy guy.He still loves his cuddles and thinks he's a 10lb lap dog. My roommates and I are always joking about how 'rubber' he is, as he always wants to lay in your lap belly up and have you play with his paws. He is still a bit wary of men, but is curious about everyone and will readily let others pet him. This aversion is improving every day, and he even let a guy at the dog park pet him on the top of his head yesterday! We go to the dog park almost every day, and he is a local celebrity there because of his wonderfully calm and balanced demeanor. He gets along fantastically with all the other dogs, although he is super picky about who he will run around and play with. Hendrix is an extremely smart boy and knows a whole slew of tricks including: sit, stay, down, beg, paw, jump, and play dead. Right now, we're working on him jumping into my arms on command and he's almost got it! He is such a fantastic and loyal dog, and so happy!"
From Bailey's new dad: "Just wanted to give a quick update on Bailey. He is finished with his recovery from his neuter, and is fully active again. He is a big bundle of energy, which has to be drained each day. Attached you can see his new trick of walking! He is good boy, and everyone complements me on him. He is great."
Gunnar's new family writes, "We just wanted to send you a pix of Gunnar (shepherd/beagle mix) and his older-tiny brother Manny. We adopted Gunnar in May 2011 and he has been doing well adjusting to his new home. He still doesn't like car rides very much, but definitely enjoys long walks and runs and lots of belly rubs. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do."
Here is what his new mom says: "I wanted to let you all know that Perry (aka Berry) is adjusting very well to his new home and family. It has been so much fun getting to know him and he fits in perfectly. He's been such a good dog for us - no accidents in the house at all, slept in his crate all night the first night without a peep, and has been great with the kids. He even had a play date today with the German Shorthaired Pointer that lives next door. :-) Thank you all for all that you do!"
Tornado's new family says, "Just wanted to give you a Tornado report. Be assured that he is just fine! The pairing has been other than we expected. Todo (until we come up with another name) loves to play with Wyatt but he and Cody really hit it off. Good for everybody! Good to see an old dog smile, too. We haven't stopped laughing yet. He scaled the 3 ft indoor enclosure that I had put Wyatt and him in at bedtime, in 10 seconds or less, and came trotting in and confidently put himself on the bedroom sofa. Just as I thought he was settled, he sprang from the sofa arm to the bed, placing himself comfortably between us, and slept peacefully there all night. This is a dog who knows what he wants and how to get it! He literally hasn't missed a beat, (except for taking a wide path around the cat), and is loving life especially in the yard. Every dog toy we have has been explored or destroyed and my house truly looks like a Tornado hit it. He is a welcome addition to our family and you can be sure he already feels like an integral part of our own "Comedy Central." He has found his forever home, for sure. We are all very happy, even knowing we will continue to adjust to all his little surprises that he has in store for us and continue to plan for the unexpected!"
Taylor, now Jessie, is enjoying being the center of attention in her new family. What a lucky little girl!!
Artemus' new mom writes: I just LOVE my little guy. No issues in the house whatsoever. I bought him a car seat so he is not loose in the car. He curled up in it and seemed to be content. He is just a bundle of energy. My neighbor has been coming over each day and taking him for a walk. He is sure glad to see me when I get home. I think this is just the perfect match for both of us. By the way I have been calling him Max. He seems to be catching on to his new name."
Here is what his new mom says: "Louis V has been renamed Nugget and has turned out to be a wonderful addition to the family. He is very smart and active and defiantly keeps us on our toes! We are still working on his interaction with our cats because he thinks they are live chew toys, but other than that he is learning very quickly. We are getting ready to start training him for agility competitions because he loves to run and jump."
"Holly, now Hailey, has become best buddies with Shadow and some of the kitties like her too. We couldn't have asked for a more fantastic dog, she has just fit in so well with our family--what a sweetie!!! Thank you all again for saving dogs like her!!!!"
From Piper's new mom: "Piper is doing great; she is full of energy and brings a smile to our faces every day. She loves to play, especially outside, and has a great time taking walks, chasing leaves, and picking up sticks. She has already made several friends in the neighborhood, including one little dog from down the street who comes and sits on our lawn and looks for her whenever he walks by. She is incredibly sweet and smart, and is getting bigger by the day! She has been a wonderful addition to our family and we are very happy to have her!"
Ember's new mom and dad write that "She is doing great! We are having so much fun with her."
Here is what her new mom says: "Sophia is fabulous! She is in doggie college and will graduate in 3 weeks. Her personality has really come out in the last few weeks. We take her with us almost everywhere...she looks forward to her rides and will run out to the truck when we open the front door. She has a few little quirks but we find them endearing. Sophie gets along great with the other animals."
"Reggie is now ZZZiggy. He is so mellow he might seem to be sleeping. He's dong great! We really love having him in our lives."
"We adopted Goldie and couldn't be happier. It didn't take her long to get adjusted and make it her home also. She loves her stuffed toys and takes them everywhere. She got a new home and family, our dog got a new buddy, and we got a loving, well behaved beautiful girl. Oh, we changed her name to Melo (pronounced mellow) to suit her."
Zeke's foster mom could not bear to part with him and they bonded..so Zeke has a forever home. As his new Mom says, "He makes me laugh every single day. I adore him!"
Sam's mom writes: "We want to thank you for the great dog, Sam, that we adopted through your group back in May. He is so funny and such a sweet dog. We, of course, have dozens of pictures of him already. I have attached one that we think is particularly funny. He decided that he was going to tear his bed apart one morning. He proudly sat in the midst of the mess. All I could do was laugh and take some pictures. Sam came with heart worm and his man parts and your rescue group said these costs would be covered. We appreciated that fact considering recent big expenses associated with congestive heart failure in our Husky dog. So thank you again for such a wonderful dog and providing this health care for him."
Ozzie is now Oki. He now has two human sisters, and the family has a beach house. They love Oki, and Oki loves them!
Molly's new mom says she "is doing great!! She is the most precious and lovable dog you would ever meet. She loves everyone, gets along great with the kids and her sister, Mia the Chihuahua. She rides great in the car and the boat and of course, loves the water and loves to swim. Here is a picture of the family out on the Potomac enjoying the water and another one of Molly doing what she does best. Hanging out in the kitchen waiting for a treat. We can’t thank you enough !!
River went on a camping trip with his new family, and he was afraid of the river, so when they swam they took him out on a raft. The dogs enjoyed lots of hiking and running around with seven kids.
Shasta is now Lexie. Here she is enjoying a bone with her BFF Gunther. Her cat sisters are not quite as fond but Gunther and Lexie are inseparable and truly love each other.
Tina is now Leea. Her mom writes, "She is doing wonderful and we all just LOVE her. Leea continues to show us a new part of her personality every day. She loves to ride in the car, go for walks, play with her toys, fetch her ball, run in the backyard, even swim in the water, and go for trips in the canoe! We took Leea on vacation with us and found out she loves the water and sitting in the canoe! She is still shy when meeting new people, but we are working on it every day and she has made great improvement. She fits in with our family perfect and we are so lucky to have her."
Trina had no chance at the shelter as she was a black dog that was heartworm positive. We rescued her and she stayed in a wonderful foster home before and after her treatment, and then found a wonderful forever home with Jordan.
Diva is now called Bailey, and she is settling in nicely with her new family!
Demi is now called GiGi, and her new mom explains why. "On July 14, 2011 we met GiGi (Demi) and we fell in love with her. She has been a perfect addition to our family. She was described as Big and Lazy and for the most part, that is true. She sleeps most of the time but gets spurts of energy that last about 5 minutes, then needs a 4 hour nap to recover. It's perfect! Gigi loves to play tug-a-war with her 2 sisters (1 dog & 1 human) and loves to cuddle on the couch. The smallest part of her body is her little stumpy tail. When she wags it, her whole butt wags. We named her GiGi for Gentle Giant. She currently weighs 93lbs but the vet said she needs to gain about 15lbs...that'll be easy. She's got such a sweet and unusual personality. She always has a goofy look on her face. When she wants your attention she makes gurgly noises or lays her very large head on your lap. Thank you PetConnect for picking us. She is an awesome dog and we love her so much."
Nelly's new mom says, "She is doing oh-so-great and growing fast! She weighs about 28-30 lbs now and is starting her puppy training classes. She has adapted so well to her new home and makes it so obvious that she loves us as much as we love her!"
Rita has been renamed Zoe, and her mom writes that "we are thrilled with Zoe. She just graduated from puppy school top of the class. She loves the children and we feel very lucky to have her as part of the family. Thank you for rescuing her. We love her very much!!"
Hope's new mom writes: "We love Hope so much! She is a very good girl. She is very active and keeps us on our toes. She loves Frisbee and fetches a ball ( most of the time) and she keeps up on 1-2 mile walks every day. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to meet her and fall in love. She has been a great addition to our family."
Carl is now Shadow, and his new mom writes that he "is doing really well. He’s much more relaxed, separation anxiety is reduced some, eating and sleeping well and very jealous of me petting anyone else. When Max, our cat, gets in my lap or follows me around, Shadow runs to make sure he gets petted too or has a spot on my lap. We’re going to Lake Frank this afternoon with some friends to go swimming so this should be interesting to see how he likes it. Thank you so much. He is wonderful and the boys are so in love with him!"
Tookie, renamed Pepper, "is finally getting over the initial fear of invisible fence so is exploring the yard more. He loves to run and is SO FAST! He doesn't give any grief about sleeping in his crate at night and has become more of a watchdog by letting us know when someone is coming near the door (didn't do that for first 3 weeks-guess that means he knows this is home now?). He has already taken a trip with Sanjay and me to western NC to visit my parents. My husband treats him like a 3rd son-has done wonders for his work stress. We could not have gotten a better dog!"
Beaver is now called Hurley, and his new mom says he "is happy and healthy and couldn't be more adored. We all love him and shower him with affection. He hangs out with each of us curling up on the couch or bed. He has his own little place in my son's room that he returns to and lots of toys. Mostly he likes being with one of us. He has learned to sit so we can put his leash on and he loves walks. He romps with Lola inside and out. They are becoming quite the buddies as you can see in this photo from a few moments ago. They are under my desk."
Strudel has found his forever home in Potomac Maryland with a family of five and a "big brother" Eli , a sweet and beautifully behaved German Shepherd. Strudel, now renamed Henry, is delighting in all the love and attention he is getting, and in playing endless games of catch in his lovely big back yard. Strudel/Henry even has his very own overflowing basket of toys to pick from for his next game with the kids in his new family. He is one very happy little guy!
Flip's mom says, "Flip is doing just great. He is such a little love who loves to cuddle with his mommy and play in the yard fetching tennis balls with his brother Milo. Still just a puppy he keeps us on our toes but we are all enjoying the challenge!!"
Millard is now called Jake. His new mom says, "Jake is doing wonderfully. He has taken over the household and neighborhood. His fan-club is growing every day! He is sooooooo sweet and is soooooo well behaved. He will play fetch for hours (ever try to brush your teeth and throw a Kong at the same time!) and is loving life. We are in school now, and he is Mr. Social in his class. Jake loves to go for rides in the car. And he has to sit up front! Jake brings a smiles and laughs to everyone he meets. He is just that special. Thank you for doing such a great job caring for him. Jake just completes the family." Keep doing the great work you do.
Candy, now Sandy, got to go to the beach for a week! Her new mom reports that "Sandy is absolutely the light of our lives, and we don't know how we ever lived without her before! She could not get along better with our cats and is the best snuggler. We couldn't be happier with our newest addition!"
Ashleigh's new dad says, "Ashleigh is such a joy. My son and I are very glad she joined us. Loves her deluxe crate and sleeps in my bed. She gained a bit of weight, which she needed."
BeBe used to be shy but now she is happy and well loved!!
Bingo is now Jersey, and his new mom says, "One month ago, we brought home the new love of our lives. Jersey (previously Bingo), is the best dog ever! Right away he warmed up to our family and our home. He loves to play catch and he can't get enough of his rawhide bones. We go for long walks everyday and he loves seeing his new dog pals in the neighborhood. He's so well behaved, people are amazed. He is the sweetest and we are so very happy to have found him. Thank you!"
Lucy is now living the good life with her PetConnect alumnus brother Rufus. Lucy's mom answered a plea to help us save Lucy and it was love at first sight!!
Scooby's foster mom had a hard time letting him go! But she says that he was instantly comfortable with his new family, and she has no doubt that he'll be loved enormously by them, just as he deserves!
From Weber's new mom: "Weber is a wonderful addition to our family. She loves playing with sticks, chasing tennis balls, and shopping at PetSmart. Thank you for everything. We can't imagine not having her in our life."
Snuggles is now Simba, and his new mom writes: "Simba is the sweetest and most loyal puppy. Adopting him was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. He brings so much happiness and love into my life. I could not have asked for a more perfect puppy. Even though Simba was the one who needed to be rescued--he has truly brought so much joy to me. Thank you PetConnect!"
Colby's new mom writes: "He's a wonderful addition to the family and his puppy antics definitely keep us laughing. He starts puppy school in a week. I am so happy that you guys helped bring us together. Thank you so much!"
Diddle's new mom writes, "Things are working out fine so far--one of our cats still won't go in the same room or floor as Diddle but hopefully it will change. Diddle will not go up and down stairs so we have to work on this since we have a split level house. He gets lots of exercise with our daily walks."
Drake's new mom writes that he is "absolutely wonderful." He loves to take walks downtown where he meets up with Odie, his girlfriend. She calls him "the perfect addition."
Penelope's new mom writes, "Our family is really enjoying Penelope, everyone has just fallen in love with her! We have renamed her "Colbie" and she is responding well to her new name. She loves to play endlessly in the yard and loves walking. Thanks again for all that you do! We are so happy we found our new puppy!"
Spirit is now called Champ. His new human brother had to write an essay for school about an experience that caused him to discover something about himself. The following is an excerpt. "I discovered two things: a whole new meaning of responsibility and a whole new meaning to loyalty and friendship. There are so many more chores and/or tasks that I have to do because of the dog. Feed him, change his water, pick up poop, take him out back, pet him and play with him, which isn't so much of a chore. It's all worth it, however, for that cute gold and white face. Those beautiful eyes that look so innocent. The big, golden body that's faster up the stairs than anything I've ever seen. The dog that loves people and always scratches your chest and arms when trying to hug and kiss you. That's my dog, Champ. He's the best, that's all I can say. The best in the world."
Prada's new dad (pictured with her) writes: "Samantha and I are absolutely smitten with our new dog, who we've renamed Mala. As our first, we were nervous about all of the responsibility that comes with taking care of a puppy, but she has been a true charmer. She is extremely well-behaved, has adapted to city life very quickly, and is a joy to come home to every day. Looking forward to beginning puppy training classes this weekend. We couldn't be happier!"
From Gucci's new mom: "Gucci is now named Zoey. We fell in love with Zoey right when we saw her and knew she was meant for us. She's been a part of our family for 3 1/2 weeks now and she just turned 3 months old. Zoey is absolutely adorable, lovey and smart! She learned the command "sit" after the first day we had her and she now knows what the words 'stay,' 'outside,' 'potty' and 'fetch' mean. We're still working on "personal space" between her and our two cats but she's getting better about it every day. Luckily our cats are patient...and well, have a high place to jump to! Having a young puppy definitely is trying but she learns so quickly and we learn so much from her as well. Basically, Zoey just puts a huge smile on our faces every day. We love our new addition to the family!"
Shelby had been in a transport van with 19 other dogs and 4 cats for 12 hours without a break. Her new family was anxiously awaiting her arrival and this photo was taken as she was pulled her from her crate in the van and into the arms of four loving children. This is the second dog for this family as they rescued their first puppy from us back in January.
Remus is now Louie, and his family says, "Thanks for a great dog and friend!"
Snowflake's new dad writes, "I wanted to let you know that Bear, formerly called Snowflake, is doing wonderful and getting along with all our other dogs. He's a regular with me at the local Starbucks and getting bigger all the time. Thank you very much for letting us adopt him."
Tipper's new dad writes, "She is a great dog and has a ton of energy, but luckily my kids also have a ton of energy so she fits in nicely. She has received so much attention that she slept through the last two nights without a peep. Between her walks and romping in the back yard, I think she gets worn out and is ready to go to bed at 10:30/11. She is still a little nervous and barks at her own shadow and noises, but is a lot better than when she first got home with us. She seems to love playing with the kids, but we continue to keep a watchful eye out to make sure that all are playing fairly."
Nobu was adopted May 15, 2011. The family that had adopted Nobu adopted Tashi one year ago. When PetConnect received another Tibetan Spaniel we contacted this family to see if they were interested in adopting their THIRD Tibetan Spaniel. They said the only thing better than having two Tibetan Spaniels is having three!
Socks' new mom writes: "I wanted to let you know that having Socks has been a joy. Don't know how anyone could let such a sweet dog go. I've had absolutely no problems with her since day one. She and my other dog get along well, although she is a little bossy. She is an attention hound and when my dog Maggie comes to me for attention, she gives this very low but almost inaudible growl to say get away that's my Mama. But Maggie pays no attention to her and comes to get her share of the lovin'. Socks is always at my side, following me from room to room and standing guard in the doorway of whatever room I'm in or lying at my feet in the kitchen. She loves being outside in the yard and trying to catch bees or whatever bug comes closest to her. She doesn't seem to be as old as she's reported to be when she's running around in the yard or trying to get me to play here in the house. She's just a delight."
Rhea's new mom writes: "I just wanted to send you a photo to let you know that your little girl is doing fine and enjoying our walks along the bay. She definitely has some sort of Retriever in her as she wants to chase every bird – including little terns! We also renamed her Shiloh which she seems to be okay with. She’s off to the vet Saturday morning and then off to her first obedience class in the afternoon. She’s a pretty sharp cookie so I know she’ll be a star! Thanks again for all the great work all of you do."
Timber found his forever home with a wonderful couple in Philadelphia and their 3 year old Aussie mix. Timber will be spending his days romping around with his sister and his weekends will be spent at the family beach house. Yay for Timber!!
Andy is now called Gus, and it's obvious that his new mom loves him to pieces!
Mindy's new mom writes: "Gracie, the adorable Shih Tzu you called Mindy, is such a joy. She has really come out of her shell and her fun loving personality has come through. She’s so sweet and mellow and we love her!"
According to Shorty's mom, "He is still the BEST dog in the world!!! We are so lucky!"
Carson's new mom says, "His new name is Kiesel and he is doing great! He has finally grown into his massive head and is up to 60 lbs now. He enjoys his long walks and runs, but he really loves playing in rivers and lakes! He gets along great with our other dog and is always excited to meet new friends, especially kids he can kiss on and lick the crumbs off their face :-) I am so glad I found Kiesel and could not imagine not having him around. Thanks Pet Connect for rescuing him from that kill shelter!!"
Little Angelina's new mom writes: "...she is terrific with kids and great with other dogs so that is the good news! She is really doing great and LOVES her toys. She has gone through a few new tennis balls and even a rubber ball! She also likes the no stuffing toys so she has a lion and a chicken which she carries around. Attached is a picture of her in the backyard with her rubber ball. We did a little renaming --- since she can't hear, we figured it would not be a significant adjustment for her! So we are calling her Marlee (after Marlee Matlin!), but Marlee Metro!"
Toast was our first Special Appeal dog who came to us with a knife wound in his side. His life has changed immensely, and his new mom writes: "Toast is GREAT! He is keeping us on our toes but seem to really be settling in nicely (as he sits at the back door covered in mud waiting to come inside)! He is my shadow and is slowly releasing his need to be beside me every minute. We have been to a private training session to help with separation and behavioral issues as to be expected with a transition like he experienced. We started regular training class this week and so far SIT, DOWN, and back to SIT are going well. He seems to learn very quickly. Our vet LOVES him as do the trainers at “school.” We are getting used to his puppy-like behaviors…the kids are better about putting toys away so they don’t get “Toasted!” And he is getting better every day. He ADORES the kids and they love him right back. Kate likes to snuggle him whenever possible and requests that he be in her room at night, generally he’ll stay until she falls asleep then scratches to get out. He also likes to sleep on Kyle’s bottom bunk. Each week his puppy like behaviors get better. He is a fabulous dog and is well loved, a member of the family already!"
Maggie and Madison
Maggie and Madison are littermates who were adopted together. Their new mom says they are doing great!
Dexter's's new mom says, "Dexter has been a perfect pup! Even though we have only had him a short time, we love him so much. He has a bin full of toys that he loves to play with and spread around the house. We love our little bundle of energy."
Zuki's new mom writes, "Zuki is doing wonderful! Her and Kodi (our big lab mix) are best friends, and they play all day. Zuki is the sweetest girl- she loves to cuddle up with us or Kodi, and is overcome with excitement every time she sees one of us. She's really tiny- we expected her to get about 30-40 lbs but it looks like she's our little runt at about 15 lbs! But she's the cutest, sweetest girl in the world."
Lucy's new mom writes, "Lucy is doing just great. It's hard to imagine that she wasn't always a member of our family. She is always up for a belly rub; if you just look at her she'll roll over on her back and beg for you to give her tummy a rub. She also likes to play a game where she plays "footsie" with you and chews on your feet. Our kids have really stepped up to take responsibility making sure that Lucy always has water and food and they also take her for an afternoon walk every day."
Bella was adopted by a family who had adopted another PetConnect dog, Annie, in 2009. Bella's new mom says, "Bella is quite a handful but we love her. She reminds me of when our Lab was a puppy and how she was so much work for the first couple years but so sweet. Annie and Bella seem to get along very well. "
Sparky, now called Conan, is the son of Elizabeth (below). His new mom writes, "Sparky (now named Conan) is doing amazingly well. He met my mom's dog yesterday and they did great together! He is really a good fit with us, and even the chinchillas came to the cage bars to sniff him. We put their cage higher so they can see him without being bothered-- and they're much happier and watch him with interest. He is such an amazing dog; thank you for helping us add him to our family."
Lizzie, now Kona, is the daughter of Elizabeth (below). Kona's new mom writes, "Kona is doing so well. She really is such a special girl. She is already getting used to her bed, playing with her toys and I am just so impressed with no accidents in the house. Josh is already so attached to his little girl. I have a feeling the doggie bed was a big waste of money because Josh wants her in our bed!! We went on a long walk this morning and we played for a long time. She has these spurts of energy and then crashes hard and snuggles up to us. We truly couldn't have asked for a better dog. Thanks to both of you for bringing her into our lives as she has already brought us so much joy."
Elizabeth is now called Blue. Her new mom writes, "I am happy to say that not only does Blue have a happy ending but we do as well! When we first got Blue she was a nervous nelly. She was abused early on in her life and she had hopped from home to home. Now she is in her final home. She is a happy confident dog who is always wagging her tail. She is one of the calmest Jack Russell mixes I have ever come across, and never barks. She is just a sweetheart. She follows me all over the yard while keeping an eye out for squirrels to chase. At night she is a perfect little lap dog that curls up in my lap while we watch tv. She is very smart and already knows how to sit and lie down. She has such soulful eyes that are so loving. I am so happy that we found each other:) She is a wonderful dog with a gentle spirit. Thank you so much for all your help and making her life and our lives so much better."
Candace found her forever home with a loving couple in the US Army. Candace is settling in nicely and enjoying all of the attention she is getting from her new parents.
Foxy now lives in Fairfax, VA with her mom and dad and four canine siblings. Her new dad is pet photographer Jim Poor, who took this beautiful shot. We see a future for Foxy as a model!
Princes is now called Izzy. Her new mom writes, "She is just a joy to have. Our family is in love with her and she gets along well with our Daisy Mae. Of course 12 year old Daisy is exhausted by the end of the day because she has not played this much in many years! It is amazing how well they play together. She loves everyone she meets and every dog too. I actually took her to the groomer today (Daisy goes there for baths sometimes), I wanted to get her a bath, nails and anal glands done. The groomer was amazed that she was a Chihuahua and wanted to keep her. She just raved about what a good dog she is and how well she gets along with the other dogs, etc. I knew she would be good because at night when I give my kids a bath she wants to jump right in- it is the funniest thing. She is doing well and already seems adapted to our house and household routine. I thought that my daughter would be the one to really play with her but my son also just adores her and just wants to play with her and hold her on his lap all the time. We are truly enjoying her. She is such a special addition to the family and I can’t believe how well it has all worked out. Thank you so much for introducing her to us- she is just a gem! "
Goldie's new mom writes, "Saturday will be 2 weeks that we have had Goldie. It seems like she has been with us for years! She is a wonderful and smart dog. We love her very much. She and Boo are playing well together. They can even roughhouse together. I’m trying to get video, but they always stop to see what Mommy is doing… :-/ It is also hard to get pics of them 'cause I can’t get them to stay still long enough. When you pay attention to Goldie, or look at her, she will drop what she is doing and come over to see what you want. She is a good dog! Something else Goldie does is get all of the toys out of the basket. You can pick them all up and 10 minutes later she has them scattered. She is just so happy about them. I’m glad that we found her, or she found us. She is a welcome addition to our family!"
Chloë's new mom says, "I just want to say thanks. Adopting Chloe was the best thing ever. She is a delightful addition to our family – a perfect fit!"
Molly's new mom writes: "Well, it's official, we are in puppy love with Miss Molly! She's spent her first day exploring the yard, taking a guided tour of the house, getting a pedicure (she let me clip her nails) and a nice brushing. She has decided that her favorite new toys are the ballerina frog that I chose and, Cody's favorite, a mallard duck (I have to admit she favors the duck...just don't tell Cody I said that!). After a nice walk, she decided that sunning on the front porch was her favorite thing to do! Now she's finally sleeping on my lap, and every time she stirs to change positions, her tail starts wagging! So sweet! I think she's just as happy as we are! I attached a picture from my phone. I'll send better photos soon. Thank you and your entire team for bringing such joy into our life! Molly already seems to know that she has us wrapped around her tail! "
Cutie Pie's new mom and dad write: "We actually changed Cutie Pie's name to Sophie the day we picked her up. We thought since she was a stray and we didn't know her "real" name, if we wanted to change it, the sooner the better. We just love Sophie so much. If we could pick out any dog as the "perfect" dog, it would be Sophie. She is great with children - at times, we are pretty sure she thinks she is one of them. She loves to go with us wherever we go and has made the trek to South Carolina twice so far. She even made our Christmas card as you can see. She is the sweetest, most even-tempered dog - she loves to play with the kids, snuggle with us and basically be wherever we are! So, yes - we are happy to say that our Sophie is home at last and we are very lucky. Thank you for all you do."
Sammy's new mom writes: "Sammy has definitely settled in and knows that he has found his home :) He is very happy and so adorable. We started training a couple weeks ago and he is doing very good with the one on one commands with me. He has a ton of energy and likes going for runs with me then relaxing afterward. He loves his bully sticks on the weekends when his mom needs to keep him occupied to get stuff done around the house :). We love throwing the squeaky toys around and he somehow manages to sprint 100 miles an hour around the house and up/down the stairs without ever crashing into anything. haha! He sure is a cutie and i love him very much! Oh-and he definitely loves to be petted. As soon as i pet him he stops whetever he is doing and just melts. He is definitely a part of my family now that I can't imagine life without him."
Kim's new Mom says,"Kim came to us almost six weeks ago a shy, nervous little dog. Now she is confident, playful, noisy and just so lovable. She loves to take her twice a day walks in our Frederick neighborhood. She has made friends with two neighborhood dogs, Henry, a rambunctious lively pup, and Lila, a still shy recent rescue dog. My husband and I are both retired and our beautiful Kim fills our days with a lot of joy, love and funny antics. We are truly blessed to have gotten her."
Banjo's new human sister wrote a poem about him:
For him I care.
Huey and Louie
Huey and Louie are now Hines and Kiesel, and they are two very happy and lucky pups. They are part of a very active family who is enjoying their latest additions to the family.
Delilah was one of our Special Appeal animals. Hit by a car and left for dead, she was rescued from the roadside by an angel named Karla. One of Karla's friends ultimately adopted Delilah. She wrote, "I just wanted to let you know that we decided to rename our girl Rosie. When we got home yesterday, she gobbled up her food and immediately fell asleep on my bed. She was out like a light all night. Today, she hasn't left my side except when I went out to buy her a new collar. When I got home, it was as if she knew I had bought her something. She saw her collar and was so excited to have me put it on her that she pinned me on the couch and licked my entire face. She's getting along great with the other kids, Otis and Feather, as well. I spoke with Karla today and she is so excited that she will be able to see Rosie again. She really seems to have made a lasting impression on everyone she has met. I know she's had a rough road the last few weeks. But rest assured that she is doing well and I will see to it that she has a great home. Thank you again! You have my undying gratitude and you have no idea how happy you have made my family!!"
Becca's new family knew she was the dog for them before they even met her!! They were so excited to make her a part of their family and looked at her picture and status everyday during the adoption process. Becca will be well loved and is sure to return that love with big puppy kisses!!
Butter Bean, now called Rosie, was Miss August on the PetConnect 2011 calendar. After time as a stray and a resulting pregnancy, Rosie is loving the easy life in Bethesda. With family home much of the day, she happily rides in the car, goes for walks and plays with other dogs in the neighborhood. Life is good.
Cody now lives with a loving family of four in Columbia,MD. He is settling in to his new home and adores his new family and they adore him.
Bailee (now Jovie) is pictured here with new mom Meredith, dad Herb and the family's other dog Allie in front of the water at their new house. Jovie's mom says she started puppy obedience school and is doing very well.
Misty and Vicky
Misty and Vicky (now called Fluffy) are doing great with their new mom. She writes, "They have now ventured into all parts of the house and they have mastered all aspects of the two staircases, i.e., they will race (or chase) each other up and down both sets of stairs at a speed that sometimes scares me but they absolutely love it. At least each set of steps has a landing so if they "go for a tumble," it won't be too far. They also enjoy looking out the window or front door while I work in my study. But, OMG, did they ever love the snow! In spite of the fact that I shoveled parts of the deck and their grassy area, they went straight to the untouched snow to run around and play. They had a blast when the snow was still falling and new. The house-training has improved significantly with only a few accidents every so often. I thought I successfully trained them to "ring" a string of bells I hung on the door for them to let me know when they needed to go out to "do business" - I was so thrilled when they first started to "ring" it. However, I say successfully because what they learned was that whenever either one of them "rings the bell" they get to go outside and play!! The joke was certainly on me - they started to ring it every 20 minutes or whenever they got bored!"
Gibson's new dad writes, "Gibson is a wonderful addition to our family. He is getting along well with Jake, his new big buddy and the children. He has bonded well with the family and is an extremely good dog. He is calm and intelligent all bundled in with the puppy energizer package. The cats are also warming up to him as well. While we thought long and hard about changing his name, Gibson seems to be his name and he is stuck with it. He is getting lots of exercise outside and is doing well with his potty training. He feels safe and will go and lay in his crate when he is feeling tired. He has adapted well to the routine we have established for him (even though dad is still adapting). Puppies truly are as much work as kids and then some. To all the folks at Pet Connect Rescue, "Thank You!" for what you do and a special thanks for bringing Gibson to our family."
Bronson is our first arrival/adoption of 2011. He and his sister Bailee were both rescued and adopted over the New Year Holiday. Bronson joins a wonderful family on a horse farm in Hamilton, VA. He now spends his days learning the ropes from his big brother Jeb. Bronson's happy new mom writes, "We are SO happy with Bronson! Never before have we been around such a quiet, calm and focused pup. He is so smart! Housebroken! He seems to be growing by inches every day! He is an absolute perfect fit for our family! We love him!"