I don’t ask very often, but today I decided I wanted to visit with you about a special doggie gal that is in need of prayers. Cara is a 3 year old Boxer Mix female, and is with us at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. Her story is the same as many others. She had puppies at a young age, and wasn’t given the proper care and nutrition needed. She was brought here to the rescue and we adopted her to a young college couple. She developed a sore on her back side and after taking her to a nearby Vet, they knew that she needed more care than they could provide.
This same very special Vet performed surgery and removed a very large “Mast Tumor.” We found out a week later that the tumor was malignant stage 3. So, we brought her home and gave her the medication that would help her through the days ahead. Our thoughts were to make her as comfortable and happy as we could in the short time she had left. We noticed that the tumor had spread, but Cara seems to be healthy, happy and have a good appetite. Today she was scheduled back to the Vet Clinic to have her stitches removed and visit more about her prognosis. After some discussion we made the decision to give surgery one more try, and continue with some medication and some holistic treatment. Cara will have surgery to remove the 2 remaining tumors on Monday the 31st.
We are asking that you lift Cara up in your prayers in the days ahead. God listens to our prayers. Here is a picture of her.
Or a dog for that matter. Recently a little Dachshund mix was picked up after being dumped beside the road. He was so thin, hungry and very scared. The family that caught him didn’t know what to think of him the way he was pulling and biting, at them. They told us that for a minute they considered that he was too mean to try and save. But they brought him to the rescue, and within an hour he was sitting on Chuck’s lap for comfort. By morning, he was giving kisses and laying his head on Chuck’s shoulder. We named him Mickey, and he is one of the sweetest little guys we have at the rescue. So, you see, you just never know.
Another dog, Betty was a mass of sores over skin and bones when she arrived. She has a beautiful soft grey coat now, and is so happy to be here.
Then poor old Boomer, was starving and so sick he couldn’t stand. Lots of love and tender care, and he is the King of the rescue.
So, just remember, that just like you can’t tell what a book is like by looking at it’s cover, you will sometimes find a hidden jewel when you try and look past some of the dogs out there that are neglected and abandoned.
Mickey, the next day after he was found! He is even more handsome, now.
Betty with her new coat.
Boomer so proud of his new sweater.
We know that there are Adoption Days held at local businesses where people stop by to look and adopt, but we want 12 Hills Dog Rescue “Adoption Day”, be just a little different, and easier to manage for us. So, March 7th will be our next adoption day, and will be held at 12 Hills Dog Rescue.
We will have this special day from 11:00–4:00 on Saturday, March 7th—here at the rescue. BUT—BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!. So, that means if you are interested in a doggie at our rescue and want to come on Saturday—please call and schedule an appointment with Nola, Chuck or Brenda.
Betty’s puppies were all adopted on Sat. the 20th, so we hope that Louise’s 7 will find homes also that day. AND–we have some other great dogs, that are waiting for just the right families to come and share their love with them.
So, we hope our new idea—“Adoption Day with a Twist!” works the 7th of March and in the weeks ahead.
Champ is Ready!
Jack and Jill
Talk about a cutie—and one of a kind. That describes Marabelle perfectly. She arrived at 12 Hills Dog Rescue this week from a local animal control. Marabelle appears to be a Bassett/Bulldog. She is very short in stature with beautiful liver coloring and markings, and then there is that American Bulldog face. I don’t think there is another one like her, and her personality matches her beauty. Marabelle is easy going and her smile seems to always be in place. She is looking for just the right family—we are going to be super picky finding just the right family for this “one in a million girl.”
She is a young dog, we are guessing 12 months or younger. We hope to find out more about her in the days ahead.
Shaggy before his haircut
The Pile of hair–now the bath
Here he is–The Real Deal!
Most of us have seen make-overs before on television. It seems that person experiencing the make over changes right before your eyes, and a different, happier and more confident person emerges. That is exactly what happened to a little guy that came to 12 Hills Dog Rescue.
First, let me give you a little history about this little dog. He has been wandering the community for several years with hair hanging in clumps. So sad and painful to even look at. No one could catch him, and his owner refused offers for a free hair clipping for him.
Now the rest of the story. He came to us a couple days ago, and today we began cutting the clumps of hair off him. The pile was huge in the end, and the little guy was so patient through the entire procedure. After a couple hours of scissoring, using the clippers and a bath, he were amazed. What a transformation! You could call it an Extreme Make-over!” He is adorable and his entire personality seemed to change before our eyes.
Shaggy, (what everyone called him) is a different dog already. He is so handsome and he knows it. He begs to be held, in fact, he wants us to carry him everywhere. I just don’t have the heart to put him back in the big kennel, so he is now wearing a wrap in the house, and we are beginning his next new adventure, house training.
We could rant and rave about the neglect and abuse of leaving a doggie in this state, but I am choosing to look on the positive side. We know that Shaggy has so much potential. And the first thing on my list is to give him a new and better name—because the old Shaggy is gone, and a new doggie is here for sure! What do you think his new name should be?
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!
Bugsy—ready to go.
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.
Bay-A special gal that needs a woman and love.
As I sit at the computer this morning, my thoughts go to the new year. Chuck and I always review what we accomplished during the past year and set goals for the new one. I find myself dreaming of the ideal situation that I would like at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. That would be: More funds, more workers (volunteers and paid), more exposure to the outside world with better publicity and photographs. Less time for Chuck, and Nola spent in the day to day upkeep and cleaning of the kennels and just a little more time to relax and enjoy life on the farm, our family, and just maybe another short vacation. Then of course, I think of Brenda, (what would we do without her), she needs more help in the kennels and more time to spend training dogs that have been abused and neglected.
So, we plan on filing for a 501c3 status as soon as possible, and plan to make this our number one priority for 2015. Then we will be off and running, and hopefully our new status will allow us to complete the goals we have for this new year.
Wouldn’t it be nice, if that happened? Wouldn’t it be nice if some of our doggies that have been here for so long finally find good families? What if Peaches and Maggie Mae found their families this year?Then there is Sugar, Iris, Amos and more that need to find their forever families. Now that is a dream, I am holding on to for 2015 and forever!
Peaches 7 + years–she is depressed.
Iris is a great dog!
Amos is Ready to Go
Emerson needs a Family
Max loves the water!