Personalities Abound

It never fails to amaze me the different types of dogs we take in at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. I’m not just talking breeds, because most are mixed breeds, and they come in all sorts of sizes, colors and personalities. Yes, I said personalities. Now, I realize that there are people out there who don’t think that dogs have souls, but I am not one of them.  There are so many mysteries in life, and I believe the animal kingdom is one of them.

We had a wonderful visit from an Uncle and cousins yesterday. They are animal lovers also, and enjoyed everyone of the dogs they came into contact with.  Well, maybe not Kellarnie, but almost all.  Anyway, one of our conversations were about how different each dog is. Some are very loving and sweet–some are jealous, fearful, angry and sad. They experience the entire spectrum of feelings. So why not a soul, I ask? I’m not saying their soul is just like yours and mine, but a soul, nevertheless.

I think about the little dogs we have. Oscar is a poodle mix.  He can be fearful, really tough, and very much jealous, when it come to me. He will need a home with a couple that can spend time with him, and maybe one other dog.  Natalie is a jumping bean. Always seems to have boundless energy, and always wants to eat.  She is loving and sweet, but likes to be the center of attention. When she first arrived, she was lethargic and nippy—makes you think of humans that are unhappy and unhealthy. Missy is a sweetheart to any new person at the door, but she has a a temper to be reckoned with.

The outside dogs are unique in the same ways. Lucy plunges into the mix and into anything that gets in her way. Haven’t you seen people that plunge in without thinking?  Gidget and Ginger are introverts–and do better one on one–that sounds like my husband. 

So, by now you probably have the picture. Dogs are unique, with personalities and we have so so many waiting to find a home that excepts them and loves them regardless.  When you adopt a dog from 12 Hills, we hope that for your sake and the dog, that you are serious. A serious owner that realizes that YOU are in charge. You have to be the one to accept, to mold and to love them as a family member. 

Give us a call—look on and Facebook—these “special one of a kind dogs” are waiting. By the way–the picture is Linus–a teen that is a little shy, but very devoted to family.Imageities



Hi Dog Lovers,

I haven’t written a post for awhile. I think the grey weather had something to do with what I accomplished the last few weeks.  This morning as I was waiting for my first cup of coffee, I had the usual good morning greetings from the dogs that stay inside our home.  Sophie followed me from room to room, quietly waiting for some special attention and a kind word.  She has grown into a beautiful young lady (or doggie).  She has this special way of looking at you, that makes you want to run to her and tell her, that she is loved and it everything will be OK.  Sophie has a story—much like some of the other puppies that come here, but hers is unique.

We received a phone call from a woman who had 6 puppies, and they needed to find a home right away. One had been injured, and needed help.  She brought them here, and there was this little red one that was skinny and had a huge amount of swelling on her back legs. She was so pathetic, but she wagged her little broken tail and looked into our eyes, in a special way–that spoke volumes. 

We found out that the little red dog had been run over a week ago, but there was no money for the Vet, so they brought her and her siblings to 12 Hills Dog Rescue for assistance.  We immediately gave our little injured gal antibiotics and in a few days the swelling was down. We took her to the Animal Hospital for xrays, and found that her femur had been broken, and it was already calloused–so no way of fixing it.  She was already compensating for the injury and was walking on it a little.  Her broken tail was docked, she was passed around to every Vet tech, and everyone remarked, that she was “ONE SPECIAL LITTLE PUPPY.”


We brought her home and a few days later, she came down with Parvo.  What a sick little gal she was!  Thanks to Chuck’s excellent care and special attention, Sophie (her new name) pulled through.

If Sophie could talk, she would tell you about those times she almost died.  What we are left with is a special needs dog, that is one in a Million!  Sophie has a wiggle in her walk–because of her broken femur. But she loves life—she loves people, and she is patiently wondering why no one has come to make her part of the family.

Did I tell you that Sophie is supposed to be a rottie mix? But she is a pretty red–with a cream mask and has large ears that stand up.  What breed? We are unsure, but we know that she needs a special family. A family that will always love her “just the way she is.”Image