I Can’t Imagine

All week I have been playing “Catch Up” with many of the dogs that we have adopted through the years.  It has been so much fun, seeing how they have grown and changed, and hearing how happy they are with their new families.

Now, I feel it is time to share the “not so good news.”

I want to tell you about 2 female dogs that have been brought back to the rescue. In both cases, the families loved these gals very much, but circumstances were out of their control.

I can’t imagine how a dog feels–to love a family—one day, then end up at a rescue the next.  Both these gals are devastated, confused, lonely and sad.

This is Dinah a 4 year old–brindle boxer mix. She adores children and toys, running and playing and riding in a car. She had a super great loving family and she wants that again. Her new family needs to understand that Dinah loves her family and doesn’t want to share them with other doggies, so she needs to be the only dog.  She also is protective of her family.  Dinah is a great gal—she just needs the right family and the right environment. Most of all—Dinah needs to be loved again!!!

Here are some pictures of her were taken the day she came back.

The next dog that I want to tell you about today is a gal named Ginger.  Ginger was adopted from our rescue in 2012. The family that adopted her, understood the issues that Ginger had, yet they took her, worked with her and more than anything loved her.

Well, as I said before, circumstances sometimes change and that can place the family dog in a rough situation.  Ginger’s family wanted her to come back to 12 Hills, because they felt we knew her history.

Ginger loves all people. She was in a family with children and especially has a love for elderly people.  She likes toys, being outside and exploring.  The husky breed, are very intelligent,. They are great escape artists, and love to explore.  Ginger has gotten much better over the years, but she would do best on an acreage, or an 8′ privacy fence.

Ginger does OK with cats and cattle, but not chickens.  She doesn’t do well when left inside by herself for long periods of time.  I have a huge list of all of Ginger’s likes and dislikes if you are interested. She really is a sweetheart–and she needs a home.

Yes, I can’t imagine, how Dinah and Ginger are feeling right now, but I do know there is someone out there for them both.  We just need to find them, so these wonderful girls can be happy again!

 

 

 

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Let’s Cool It Down a Little

Image result for winter clip art WITH DOGSBoy hasn’t the weather been hot?  It is a little cooler today, but all this hot weather has me thinking about snow and Christmas.  Maybe I am day dreaming just a little, but I thought I would share some snow images with you and tell you about some of our dogs at the same time.IMG_0021

20170125_100705This is Whisper! She has been with us for several years.  Whisper has a trust issue, but with patience and love she is a great gal.

 

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20180628_191737 (1024x888)  Blue hasn’t been with us long, but he happened to mention that he loves snow more than sun.  He is always ready to play regardless of the weather.

 

20180705_104616 (959x1024) Dinah is 4 years old and likes snow also.  She loves kids and likes to play with toys.  She does best being the only dog in the house.

 

20180705_104402 (1024x1003) Merci May has been the rescue for a year.  Her eyes seem to say–won’t you give me a try?  She loves people, kids and needs to be the only dog in the family.  She is a Lab Chesapeake mix and around 2 years. I know she enjoys the snow!

 

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Another blizzard photo to cool you down!

 

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Milo is ready to try again.  We know one thing–he doesn’t like cats!!!!

 

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Danny is waiting!

 

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Lady is a senior and has waited and waited for her new family.  She is a sweet gal.

 

Last, but not least is Glory!!!  Hope the snow scenes helped with the July weather!

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Happy Christmas in July—Everyone!

12 Hills Dog Rescue

 

 

Clover–Our Mascot–No More

Yes, Our special “poster girl & mascot” crossed the Rainbow bridge in February.  I have struggled writing this story, but I need to share it with you. Clover was one of the most special dogs I have come across.

She arrived at the rescue close to 9 years ago. She was a puppy that was so sick with mange and starvation, that it took almost 6 months of special care for her to heal.  But she did heal and we knew that she had to be our poster girl and mascot. She needed to show the public that mange can be cured, without putting a dog down.

Clover lived most of her life with our son and his family across the road from us.  She took on the job of caring for his 3 smaller doggies, and would make sure that no big dogs entered the yard to bother them.  She was loving, sweet and calm, and it was a very sad day for our family when she crossed that rainbow bridge.

Looking back–she had a job to do, and she did it so well.  Clover you were so loved—thank you for being “our special gal!”20171105_185016(1) (768x1024)

 

“Love is in the Air”

Typically, February is considered the month of love! Sweet valentines, chocolate are seen everywhere we go.  It is also a good month to remind everyone that doggies need love too!

I considered posting all the photos of the doggies that found families this month, but decided I should focus on the ones still waiting—waiting for find the love and family they deserve.

Some of the dogs at the rescue are here because their family couldn’t keep them for various reasons. Some are here because they have been neglected. Others have been abused.

Taffy is a prime example of a neglected/abused dog.  She came here so thin she could barely stand, and she had puppies to care for.  Look at her now–she is so healthy and ready for that special “loving family.”  Taffy may look a little intimidating when you first meet her, but she truly loves people, loves her belly rubbed, loves to go on walks and runs.  She loves to snuggle and if she could fit, I bet should would sit on your lap.

2749_1517688926797 This is Taffy, snuggling with one of our volunteers. She just wants someone to love.

What about a young dog named Lacey. She has one gorgeous blue eye and we put her down as Australian Shepherd mix.  What do you think?

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Gracie is another one that is here and begging for love and attention. She is a young dog, and has so much energy–like most hounds do.  She could use a home with special love and attention.

 

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If you prefer senior dogs we have a nice German shepherd gal who has been waiting.  Her name is Lady and she follows Brenda and Chuck around in the kennel. Looking for companionship & love.

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Annie would love to have a family.  She has been waiting and waiting for just the right one.

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We have Lola–a sweet dog that has suffered abuse.  She needs sweet words and kindness and lots of hugs.

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These are just a few of the gals here at the rescue that aren’t looking for roses, chocolates or cards. They are looking for loving families.  Are you one of those?

 

Happy Endings

Wow—what a month, and January isn’t even over yet! We have had a number of dogs brought in that were abandoned or surrendered, sick puppies–and to top it off , we have had a couple dogs returned that were devastated—I hope things look up soon!

Did I mention that Brownie and Frieda are due to have puppies any day? Yes, we also have at least 2 pregnant females at the rescue.  Well, all I can say is, most of this is normal for a rescue or shelter. But, sometimes it wears you down, especially during cold weather. So, if you could, we would appreciate some kind thoughts, a prayer for the rescue and maybe even a volunteer or two.

I know things are looking up–and good things do happen during all this craziness.  During one of the coldest nights of the year, someone dumped 8 small dogs to die on a country road about 20 miles from us. It was close to 10 p.m and our warm bed was waiting. BUT, a kind man loaded them up and took them to our grandson–who brought them here. The story did have a happy ending. Since we were full, our friends at the Siouxland Humane Society came down the next day and took 6 of them. Those 6 have found good homes.

We kept 2 of the 8 here at the rescue. The little gal (Maisie) is being fostered until she is ready.  The small beagle mix, Leary (his new name) found a wonderful home.  Here is a photo of Leary with his new dad. We heard that he is doing great!

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Now, lets talk about Betty–she was brought back–Her new mom loved her, but we heard she didn’t like her grown-up children. Very sad–for them both. Betty sat in front of the glass porch door for hours, waiting, after she was brought back. The good news is that Betty is house-trained, and does great with all the dogs here, and new people that come in are no problem.  Betty just needs a happy ending!

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And–more good news–the puppies that were under the weather are all better and waiting for their forever homes.  Here are photos of some of them.

So we hope that 2018 provides us with more opportunities for “happy endings.” Let’s think positive, shall we?

Who Rescues Who?

This week we received some photos and a short message from a woman who had adopted one of our rescue dogs 5 years ago. She wrote, something like this; “Thank-you for Brandi, she saved me.”  I know this woman’s story, and yes, Brandi did save her.  Many times the dogs who need to be rescued, end up rescuing their new family.  Bah-Hum-Bug you say. Well, it’s true. I have story after story where a dog or a cat helped a family with grief, depression, loneliness, etc.  Brandi is just one of the stories. Here are the new photos of Brandi.  She looks so loved and happy.

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I believe dogs that have been rescued know what it is like to be lonely, scared, hungry, unloved. When they find that special family to love them, they form a bond that cannot be broken.

We have heard all the reasons why someone doesn’t want their dog, or have returned a dog they have adopted. Sometimes, the family and the dog just don’t fit.  So, they come to 12 Hills Dog Rescue and we begin the process of emotional healing for that dog. Here are several of the dogs that are healing and waiting to rescue their family.

Suzy Q is an Australian Cattle dog mix that came here as a rescue.  She was adopted to a nice family, but she didn’t get along with the other dog at their home..  We are not sure why,  but something just didn’t click for her.  After returning we found that she loves to ride on the 4 wd Mule while Chuck is working on the farm and feeding the dogs.  She stays close while outside and doesn’t bother anything.  So, we are thinking that Suzy Q just needs a farm buddy to bond with.  Someone she can hang around with and maybe ride with in a truck. She is a working dog, and needs a job to do, and she needs to feel important and appreciated. 2272_1509840377806 (969x1024).jpg

Now let me tell you about Lizzie!  A super great gal, that is also needs “just the right home!”  She was adopted to an older couple, but she didn’t seem to like it there.  We think she needs an active family with children to play with.  She also needs a fenced yard, so she doesn’t go off searching for new friends. Lizzie is a border collie mix and is spayed and house trained, etc. She is just needs the right family that she can rescue. Here is a photo of her.20171214_102153 (1024x768)

I can’t end this post with saying a little about my friend, Dusty.  The sadness and mourning this dog went through when brought here, almost broke our hearts. After 7 years, just not wanted anymore.  I know that somewhere there is a family waiting to be rescued by Dusty.

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Do you need rescued?  If you do, don’t rush–think it through–and a special dog will be there for YOU!

 

 

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.