Adopt a Senior Month!

What age is senior to you?  Being a senior has some perks for humans, such as a discount at the movies or restaurants.  But, being a senior dog is a little different.  Some people shy away from senior dogs.  The excuses are: I can’t take it when I lose them, it’s too heartbreaking for me.  I want a puppy so I can train them from an early age.  I’m afraid that there will be too many vet visits with a senior dog.

Giving a home and love to a senior dog for the last few years of their lives–is very rewarding.

Max is one of the senior dogs that lives at the rescue.  Max is a prime example of a senior dog. I promised his family that I would keep him here at the rescue, until he passed on.  We laugh at him daily. He is at least 11 years, and he still runs, bays and plays with a ball.  Sometimes he talks a little too much, but that is Max.

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This is Max on his adventure. He needed help to get on the seat, but he has fun outside with the dogs and following everyone around.

Some of the senior dogs here that are still waiting for their families are. Lady, Dusty, Dot..Dot, Elvis and Samantha.

Here are photos of each of them, and if you are interested in adopting a senior dog, then give us a call.

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This is Lady–she is 7 or 8 years, and was used for breeding. She would make a great companion dog for someone.

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This is Dusty. He is so sweet. A big boy who loves hanging out with you. 7 or 8 years!

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This is Dot…Dot. He has gotten so chunky. Just doesn’t get enough exercise.  A great dog, that needs a home. 7 years!

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This is Elvis and Samantha. They love to be called Elvi and Sammy.  Both were in rough shape when they came here. They are both over 7 years old.  Great little lap dogs–and they have a story to tell.

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And last is my personal sweetheart “Lover Boy !” He has been waiting so long for the right family to come along. He is over 7 years now and when he wags his tail, he moves his entire body. He loves walks and likes to be talked to.  A great doggie!

My next post may be sharing about the puppies we have at the rescue, -but don’t forget the senior dogs out there.  They have so much love and devotion to give. It would be a blessing for them to spend the rest of their days with a loving family.

 

 

 

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Down on the Farm Rescue. . .

A new year—new goals and a new camera. I was ready to go. First the camera disk wouldn’t install on our computer. Then it wouldn’t finish on the laptop. Well, I improvised and there I was taking pictures of the doggies in MUD. Yes, when your dog rescue is on a farm, you just know that when the snow melts, or it rains, there is mud EVERYWHERE! We hope that doesn’t turn people away from 12 Hills Dog Rescue. Having a rescue on the farm is unique, sometimes challenging, but in the end we think it works fine.
When the days are warmer and the grass is green the farm is beautiful. We have been told by several families that it is like a doggy resort at our rescue. Well, I wouldn’t go that far, but the dogs do have fun as they run and frolic in the pasture while Chuck watches over them in his little cabin. Yes, we do things a little differently than some rescues, but we are all after the same common goal. To save those abandoned, lost and neglected dogs and find them loving forever families. That reminds me–we have met some awesome people who have adopted our dogs, and those who work in the field of rescue. They have been so good to us and we finally took their advice and filed for our 501c3 non-profit status. Not sure if or when it will be approved, but cross your fingers, say a little prayer and we are hoping it won’t take long.
So, here are some of the dogs that need adopted. Some are a little muddy, remember where we live?

Amos--A great Farm Dog!

Amos–A great Farm Dog!


Bugsy---ready to go.

Bugsy—ready to go.


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Barney-- 2 wk old puppy. Haven't named his 4 adorable sisters yet.

Barney– 2 wk old puppy. Haven’t named his 4 adorable sisters yet.


Emerson--What's wrong with me? Waiting a long time for his home.

Emerson–What’s wrong with me? Waiting a long time for his home.


Bay-A special gal that needs a woman and love.

Bay-A special gal that needs a woman and love.


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Taking a Second Look

It’s been 2 months since I have been in the outside dog kennel, because of health issues. Yesterday was my first day back, and I was greeted and loved like I had never left. As I was cleaning kennels and talking to each one of the doggies, I was able to take a second look at each of them. Why have they been waiting so long? Is it because they are bad dogs, or do they have different personalities and quirks, just like you and me?

Max—came out of his kennel and ran around and loved us and we were his very best friends, and yet when he meets some people he is frightened, and comes across as a vicious dog. Well, he’s not. He will need a family, that can gently assure him that he is loved. A family that can see his potential. A handsome black Lab that needs a home.

Hunter, a big boy that has so much love to give, and he is still here? Why, is he overlooked? I don’t know. He loves people, kids, Just a handsome boy!

Iris, the pug mix–she is a smaller sized—medium dog, with a cute little pug face, and is black with a white blaze. She just needs a family!

Moochie–is always overlooked, and why? He is friendly, loves people and kids and has plenty of energy to go on walks with you each day, or can settle down and lay beside your feet and just be. He is neutered, and has a shiny black coat and white socks to boot! He is one of “Chuck’s Picks”

Red–My Baby! What a sweet boy–but looks pretty scary in his pictures. Red, has had a very tough life, before coming here, but he is always ready for a big hug and love, when I open his kennel door. He just needs a single person, or a couple that like big dogs. He is leash trained, neutered, and now needs a home where he doesn’t have to duck when talked to.

I spent some time loving Trina and found she has this sadness about her. Her eyes just talked to me and I wanted to cry. She was adopted once and we found she wants to be the only dog. That’s it–just doesn’t want to share your time with another dog. Yet, she is loving and very loyal. A couple would be perfect for her.

Frank, oh could I tell your stories about Frank! He hasn’t been with us as long as the others, but had some issues with chewing his toes. We think he had been hurt and had some nerves that needed to repair themselves.
Well, he is a handsome black dog with floppy years. Yes, he is going to be a big boy. He is a Great Dane mix. He needs a home that is active, so he can get the exercise he needs. He too, could use some training and at this time should probably be the only dog in the family. At least no other males. He is still under a year.

Magic, is so beautiful, with her jet black coat and white blaze on her chest. Magic also has white socks, is a large gal, and is probably a lab mix. She is a little on the shy side at first, and you have to earn her trust. Otherwise she loves your hugs and kisses. Magic was in a home with a single mother and 2 teen boys, so I think older kids would fit the bill for her.

Hamlet, has so much love to give, and just wants you all to himself! He should be the only dog in the family, and will probably not do well with cats. He has some heeler in his background, we are guessing.

Speaking of cats, we found out the hard way, that Pete does not like cats. Pete was adopted to a farm family, who loved him, but with his prey drive (he is a bird dog), the cats on the farm were in trouble.
But, Pete, needs a second chance with a family that doesn’t have cats. He loves to run and hunt and his nose is always to the ground, when he is out of his kennel. He is loving and loyal and has a special blue wire coat and is neutered.

Well, these are only a few of the dogs, that we have here at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. They need a “Second Chance” to find their home and their family.
There are others, like Bugsy, Danny Boy, Harley, Chico, Omaha, Pearl, Katie and more! Maybe YOU could be the family to give one of these or one of the others, I haven’t mentioned yet, that “Second Chance” for happiness and a loving family to boot.

Just maybe, I will have time in the next few days for some new pictures. Or I can dream a little, and hope that a volunteer, who loves to take photos happens by.