This Was a Hard One

Over the years 12 Hills Dog Rescue have taken in so many wonderful  doggies, and found them loving forever families.  This year we had “A Hard One.” It all began when we received a phone call asking us to take this little dog to the Vet.  He had been injured several days prior and his family didn’t have the funds to get him Vet care.

I won’t share all the details, but he was very ill and after shaving his matted fur, we knew that this little guy was in deep trouble.  His name is Donnie, and Dr. Phil, named him Lucky Donnie, because he believed this little guy had such a strong will to live. It took months of special care, surgeries and healing, but Donnie did heal. He no longer has an ear or and eye on the right side of his face but Donnie is doing very well.

Dr. Phil was right, Donnie is lucky, or as I believe “he has been blessed.” Blessed that his owner saw the need to bring him here. Blessed to find a Vet that didn’t give up on him, and yes, blessed that our rescue spent our time, and our resources to make sure he received the best care and love during that healing process.

So, it was a hard one–but what was really hard, was letting him go. Letting him find a new family that would love and care for him and give him all the special attention that he needs. We believe we found just the right family, and Donnie went on his way on Monday.  I didn’t cry, but the tears were right there.  I think it would have been harder, but Donnie and I had some great snuggle times together, and he was ready. I knew it for sure, when his new mom, immediately sat on the floor and he jumped into her lap. That did it!

So, Donnie left the rescue and moved across the state–but he will be able to go for rides every day, and visit the nursing home with his new family. We are all a little sad to see him go, and even Dr. Phil commented that he wished he was closer. We have already received an update and photo, and that will have to do.  After all, it’s not about us anyway–it’s always been about that special little dog that we call “Lucky Donnie!”





I’ve Said It Before. . . .

Yes, I have said it before, “We are on a roll!”  12 Hills Dog Rescue is happy to announce that some of our dogs that have been here for awhile are FINALLY getting their forever families.

Peaches arrived here in 2011, or maybe even earlier.  Because of her breed, a Staffordshire Terrier, she had never been adopted.  There is good news! She found a wonderful home–with someone who believes Peaches deserved an opportunity to “be the best she could be!”  I am happy to report she is doing great, loves her car rides, cuddling and all the attention that her new mom is giving her.  This is the smile she gave us–just before she loaded up.IMG_4058 (1024x768)

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Here is Annie with her new mom. Annie has been waiting for 2 years!

Today, another great doggie went on her way to a new life with new loving parents. Cheeka had been here for over a year., and has always been a free spirit.  Her owners had both passed away, and we know she was lonely and missed hanging out with everyone. Cheeka spent many of her days on top of her dog house. We used to joke about her being the biggest Snoopy around. We finally placed Little Red in the yard with her for a playmate. Then the call came that a family was interested in Cheeka, even though she was a senior. She was very excited to meet her new family, (well as excited as an older dog like Cheeka can be). Her new family also adopted, Susie,  a granddaughter of sorts that she can train and play with.  Good Luck to Cheeka and Susie! 20160903_134556-1 (1024x720)

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Yes, I have said it before—we are on a roll, but I have also said before “Some of the dogs at 12 Hills have waited long enough.”  I can name quite a few: Socks, Max, Lover Boy, Husker, Jordan, Ginger etc. But I want to share with you about a dog that is so very special–a dog that gets overlooked time and again. Her name is Jordan. Ben, one of our great volunteers, mentioned this week that he didn’t understand why such a sweet dog like Jordan hadn’t been adopted.  I shared with him, that we felt the same and promised to retake her photos and place them in a story. So when one of our walking volunteers took Jordan out for her special walk, we took some photos and Jordan was thrilled with all the attention. Jordan loves her walks, and just seems to light up when she has someone to spend time with.   Jordan deserves a family to love her, and I know that there is some one out there, who needs her.  She just needs the opportunity–the same opportunity that Peaches, Annie & Cheeka were so blessed to have.  Take a close look at Jordan, and you will see a special girl, waiting for her special forever family.IMG_4225 (1024x682)

Yes, we have had other great doggies get adopted the last few weeks. Patience, publicity and forever families is a good combination for all rescue dogs. Oh, and I forgot to mention the most important thing that rescue dogs need:LOVE!