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.


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!


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.


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.




Is It Over Yet?

WOW! What a month! October is “Adopt a Dog from a Shelter Month”, so I have been sharing some of the dogs that have been brought to the rescue in hopes of generating more adoptions.  We have had a few, but we need more people to meet and adopt some of our special dogs.  Betty found her forever home this week, and  we hope it works out for both of them.  Betty is such a sweet gal, and has been overlooked for some time.  I teared up just a little when she placed her head on her new mom’s knee and looked up at her.  It was worth it all to see Betty excited and happy.              20171025_101003

Then there was Sox–who found a wonderful home with a young couple.

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We have had a few young ones come in this month. Caesar is getting adopted today and we still have Sadie, who is 4 months of age, and Pearl who appears to be 5 months.  Both girls will be large dogs, and have very sweet personalities.  This is Sadie–It isn’t the best photo, but it shows her coloring. She was very thin and scared when she came here, but is beginning to gain after some tender loving care.  Watch for photos of Pearl soon!


This month we received a very sweet lab mix gal and her four 10 day old puppies.  She is medium sized and very happy to be here.  I named her “Joy.”  We will be posting photos of Joy and her puppies in the next few weeks.

The last several months 3 severe cases of mange and neglect were brought to the rescue. Elvis and Sammy are coming along, and looking better everyday.  Fritz, a little black puppy was in very bad condition when he arrived. He is a work in progress and is receiving the treatment and love he needs.  Watch for  photos and a story in November.

So, as I wrap up my short stories for October, I just want to say—through all the hard work and sometimes tears, “It is worth it all!”




A Day In the Life of a Shelter

October is adopt a dog from a shelter month, and this month we have gotten a number of dogs that have needed special care.  This little guy arrived yesterday, and is a prime example of one of those needing special care.

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I named him Fritz—and he looks pitiful doesn’t he? Usually it takes close to a month of loving care, and and we should see a huge difference. You can’t tell his breed right now, but we were told he is a shepherd.  If all goes well with his treatment, we will be posting photos of Fritz in a few weeks, and you can see for yourself.  Rescue dogs are great dogs! They just need love, care and a opportunity to share their love with a forever family.

As for other dogs that needed special care this month–we have Elvis and Sammy, that are on the road to recovery.  They both are small breed dogs that have lots of love to give.   Watch for their photos in the next few weeks!

Another Sweet Gal!

Speaking of black dogs–we have a honey here at the rescue that has a black coat, tinged with brown.  She appears to be a lab/Chesapeake mix.  Merci is a gorgeous gal with the softest coat. She is close to a year now and has been spayed and has all her vaccinations.  She seems to be getting overlooked when families come to the rescue. But then I could say that happens to a number of dogs here. She is loving and friendly–and likes to be the center of attention.

Merci is very smart and with a little training would be responding to commands in no time.  The photos were taken last week.  I’m not sure they show her beauty. I think this is a dog, you need to touch and take out for a walk and see what you think.

She is a winner!

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Black Dogs are Awesome!

Have you heard the old saying that black dogs are the last dogs chosen?  I have heard it many times, and I’m not sure why that is.  As a rescue, I find it is harder to take pictures of black dogs. The photos don’t seem to pick up the expressions on black dogs faces like it does on others.  Well, saying all that, I know there are families out there that “JUST LOVE THEIR BLACK DOGS!”  So today I want to share about several black dogs we have. They are getting overlooked for whatever reason and they need a chance to be in the spotlight.

20170522_190424 (1024x768) This is Sharky! He is a black lab mix.  He has some spots on this tongue which could mean he has a little chow in his background.  A happy sweet boy, that needs a home. Sharky is 2 years old and has been neutered and has all his vaccinations.



This is Max! He is 5 years of age and always gets overlooked.  Max flips in his kennel, but when out and about he is a loving boy. He is a little nervous at first around strangers, but with a little patience and loving care, he would be a great dog. No One Ever Looks at him!

These are just 2 of our black dogs that need homes. We have Truman–and Jeremy–also.

So, just as a reminder–October is Adopt a Dog from a Shelter Month. If you are looking for a dog, this is a great time to find one.  Whether they are all black labs, or dogs in all colors, 12 Hills Dog Rescue wants to share our doggies with you.  Give us a call at 402-846-5100 and come and meet Max and Sharky!


Keeping My Word

Here it is—-close to the half way mark of October and I need to write a few more posts about the dogs here at 12 Hills Dog Rescue.  October is Adopt a Dog from a Shelter Month, and I promised myself and all of you, I would work harder to help our dogs find their forever homes.  Puppies are an easy adoption, but the older ones—the pit mixes—the seniors–the BIG ONES–and those that have some issues, are what keeps our rescue full.

Today, I wanted to share with you about Bruno! He is such a calm presence in the kennel, and when he is out and about, he just stands and looks around.  Bruno is a Boxer/Mastiff mix.  He is an extra large guy, and does well with people.

I know his looks can be intimidating to some people, but really he is a softie,and very laid back dog.  Bruno needs a home where he can go for walks, hang out with a family and be loved. He has been neutered and has all his vaccinations.  He is more than ready for his second chance.  Think about it!  If you love big dogs, and boxers are your breed–I think you would “Just Love” this boy!

Oh, I forgot one thing.  His eyes speak to you.  Take a look and see for yourself!

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