BIG BOY!

This is Boy!

This is Boy!


Boy, arrived on Tuesday, as a surrender. He is definitely all Great Pyrenees and so handsome. Boy is just a year old and is in need of a good grooming and some vaccinations. We will provide some of the vaccinations here and ask that his new family complete them with the rabies when he is taken to be neutered.
We were told that Boy is great with kids and other dogs. He will need to be in a large fenced in yard, so that he doesn’t roam, like some others in his breed. We don’t think that “Boy” will be at the rescue long, so if interested call and set up and appointment to meet him.

You Need to See This One!

Marabelle

Marabelle


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.
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THE REAL DEAL!

Shaggy before his haircut

Shaggy before his haircut


The Pile of hair--now the bath

The Pile of hair–now the bath


Here he is--The Real Deal!

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?

This One Was A Hard One

Rescuing dogs is hard, but letting them go, is sometimes harder for us at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. Case in point: Jason the beautiful black Lab. Jason came to us over 3 years ago, as an underweight sad looking 4 or 5 year old. He had some of his teeth broken off trying to chew through a wire fence. He roamed the streets, and he was in need of some good Vet care and a stable home. He quickly bonded to us and put his big paw print on our hearts, right away. He was especially fond of Brenda, and vice versa. She saw right away, just how special Jason was. He was especially grateful to Brenda, for rescuing him, and followed her everywhere in the days and weeks after he first arrived. Of course he was always waiting for her to walk through the door every day when she arrived at the rescue.
Jason stayed in the bottom kennel for awhile, and then was out and about on the farm. He gradually pushed his way onto the porch and then into our big dining room. There he found a special hiding place under Chuck’s big desk. No amount of coaxing would move that dog, when he was ready for his nap, or bedtime. As Jason gained some weight we begin to notice an odd sway to his back, which gradually developed into arthritis, when it was rainy or we had a sudden change in weather. Jason was given medication and joint minerals, and we made the decision to take him off the adoption list. Numerous times we had people that had come to adopt another dog, ask if they could adopt Jason, but each time we said no. We just weren’t sure if the owner would go the course with a dog with Jason’s hip problems.
Then, along came Emily—a nice gal, and not only knowledgeable about dog care and on a long road to becoming a Doctor.
The odd thing was, she didn’t ask for a senior dog at the beginning, but brought her senior golden with her to meet another one of our dogs. Somehow, Brenda just knew she should ask Emily if she wanted to meet a wonderful senior boy named Jason. Well, it was love at first sight. We had someone who loved senior dogs, who knew the right medication that he would need for his health problems, and we were faced with the decision. Everything felt right, and we told Emily, that we would allow her to adopt our Jason–health problems and all.
He would have a nice bed of his own, and guess what? There is even a place under her desk for him to lay and warm keep her feet, just like Chuck. I wish that I could say it was easy to say goodbye, but it was a rough week waiting for her return. Jason became suspicious during the week and didn’t want to leave Chuck’s side, and when Emily filled out the papers, he got cold feet. In the end, I had to go in the house and do some crying myself. It was tough.
Well, we got him in the truck and he is at his new home tonight. Emily said the children next door were excited and can’t wait to meet another loving dog. I imagine that Jason received a wonderful brushing and hugs from young and old alike when he arrived at his new home.
Yes, this was a hard one—to say good-bye to a good friend and one of the family. Emily promised to bring him down one of these days for a visit in between her exams.
So good luck–Jason–you are loved and we wish you much happiness and good health for your remaining years.
AND THANKS TO EMILY for caring about the senior dogs. Not enough people do, and they can give you so much joy and comfort.

Brenda, Chuck and Nola with Jason.

Brenda, Chuck and Nola with Jason.

I'm Not Coming OUT

I’m Not Coming OUT

Bye Brenda--I'll Always Love YOU!

Bye Brenda–I’ll Always Love YOU!

I'm Ready Now

I’m Ready Now

Come on, Emily, before I change my mind!

Come on, Emily, before I change my mind!

IT’S ALL WORTH IT!

Life is funny isn’t it. The times of my life when I am feeling let down, tired, disillusioned–along comes someone or something to change my perspective.

This morning I was sitting at the computer, working on my sermon for this morning. (I’m also a pastor of a small church) I had just read the story of Barnabus, the encourager, and moved on to check my email messages.
There I found a message and numerous pictures from the family that adopted Lu Lu Legs. Her new name is Sophie, and the pictures tell the story. She looks very content and happy, and loves her new sister dog. There are pictures of her playing with sticks, tug of war, relaxing and riding in a car. All the things that most dogs love to do.
Last night we received a picture from a couple that adopted Trudy. They had her in their engagement picture. She looks so special and important, posing with them for their special announcement. She is loved also.

We are so thankful to the families that adopt our dogs from 12 Hills Dog Rescue. When we need a lift, our families seem to be there to share with us. Thanks so much!download_009

NATIONAL DOG DAY!

I’m a little slow on posting–my daughter-in-law informed me it is National Dog Day, and thought I should write something special–or maybe post some pictures. RIGHT!!! At 12 Hills Dog Rescue—it seems everyday is a special dog day—this evening we received an adorable 8 week old poodle/schnauzer. She is so sweet—and a little nervous to be in a new place. Tomorrow we will start her health regimen, but for tonight, she is getting used to us and some of our small ones.
So, back to National Dog Day! Should I mention the dogs that we loved and lost? Or, maybe the ones we have helped that were extra-special, or maybe some dogs we have here at the rescue now, still waiting for their families.
Last week we lost our special girl Daisy Mae. She was 10 years old and Chuck’s special shadow. Knowing her time was getting short, she needed to be with him whenever she could. She even sat in the pickup on Sunday mornings while he was in church, and enjoyed riding with him on his Mule. So, this year—it seems fitting to honor Daisy Mae. We will miss you, girl!SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
Mentioning those dogs that we have had for some time come to mind. Dogs like Page, Harley, Chico, Omaha, Jimmy, Emerson–still waiting, for their forever families. We don’t lose hope that they will be adopted. Lu Lu Legs found her family this week, and we are happy for her. Now we have so many others still waiting. . . .
So thanks to all the dogs that have shared their doggie kisses, comfort and love with us over the years. We celebrate knowing each one of you!

IT IS AMAZING!

Running a dog rescue has its ups and downs. There is always plenty of hard work to do, but the end result is amazing! I am always overjoyed when a plan comes together. I mean the perfect dog for a particular family. Sometimes our dogs wait what seems like a long time for that to happen. I imagine to the dog, it seems even longer.

Case in point is the story of Oswald. He came to us, a little on the thin side, and at once we knew he was a special dog.  Oswald, or Ozzie as I call him is an Aussie Bulldog, white with brindle markings.  He was low key, loving and always minded his own business, when he was out in the exercise pen.  A few times he was allowed to go on the exercise run, but he enjoyed going over to our neighbors and visiting their dogs too much. So

He had great fun there wrestling with our poster gal “Clover”.
Well, to make a long story short and cut to the “happy ending”, Ozwald found his new family and is doing great! His new Mom told me that she dearly loves him, and we are thinking the feeling is mutual for Ozzie.
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Is It Spring Yet?

It’s funny–it always seems in February,I start thinking of Spring. Today, the sun was shining and it felt like Spring outside for maybe 3 hours. I wonder if the dogs dream of spring time, and the new grass and the new smells in the air. I can visualize them laying on their back with their legs in the air, dreaming about romping in the pasture, on a sunny day, as they head to the hill with Chuck for their daily run. They have such a good time on their daily run. Retrieving the ball, wrestling with each other and attempting to be that special one to sit on his lap to soak up as much attention as they can muster in an hours time.

This year, I am dreaming of warmer weather, so we will be able to build a big yard for the main kennel, and a fenced in yard for our house dogs. We won’t have to watch each one so closely and they can still run and play without the worry of wandering off or being run over. Then there is the hospital room that needs to be remodeled yet, and the special building for Mama’s and their new puppies. Where do we start?

Besides dreaming about Spring—I find myself thinking about the dogs that need families yet. What kind of families do they need? Where should they be living? In the country or town? Will a particular dog be fine in a home with another dog, or should they be the only dog? Sometimes our dogs come back and we try again. We want the dog and family to fit—we want them both to be happy—a family pet is a big commitment and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Enough of the dreaming, or deep thinking—and onward to right now. Even though we expect more when Spring does arrive, we have puppies right now that are looking for a home. They are shepherd/beagle and ready for new families.

He needs a name!

He needs a name!

<]She needs a name! She needs a name!

Farm Dogs

Let Me Tell You About,. Living in farm country there is almost always a demand for a good farm dog. Here at 12 Hills Dog Rescue we have a number of nice dogs that would be great farm dogs.

There is Shep—He is a very handsome yellow shepherd type dog with white feet. Good to look at, a thick coat and a very good sweet personality.  He is around 18 months and is a large dog. He likes people, hasn’t chased our cattle and gets along with other dogs.

We have Emerson, who looks to me like a heeler mix. He is very handsome with great markings and begs to get out of his kennel. He has been good around the farm when out. He is just waiting for a opportunity.

Jerry is another Heeler mix that has great markings and when out and about doesn’t bother anyone. He is 2 years old.

Angel and Sam are both Shepherd mixes. Larger dogs than the others. They are good girls with Angel being a little shyer than Sam. They are 2 years old also, and would make great farm dogs.

So, that is  just some of the dogs here at 12 Hills Dog Rescue that would make good farm dogs. I am sure we have others would fit the bill.  They are just waiting for the right families to come along.Image

Let Me Tell You About Ajax!

AJAX

AJAX


Do you think Ajax is a male or female name? Well, Chuck gave me a ton of grief over her name. You see, no one looked close, and she looked like a male boy, and I was searching for an interesting name. Anyway, Ajax is a female dog–and her breed is a mystery to us. I looked in the dog book and she sort of looked like a Brussels Griffon, and since Petfinder.com needs a breed for the posting. . . you understand.
So Ajax, is a very pretty, sweet lady and deserves a much better name. She came to us from a local animal control and is looking for a family to love her.
She is a large dog and should weigh around 40#. She gets along well with the others in the big kennel, and likes to be petted and loved. Ajax may be a non-shedding breed, but haven’t been with her enough to say for sure. Her coloring is black and brown with brown markings on the legs. She is a beautiful gal—inside and out.

Judy Says Hi Everyone

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What a cutie! Judy came full of ticks and so sick.  All better–and is full of energy. We are unsure of her lineage, but she is  going to be a small to medium dog.  Judy is still a puppy–around 4 months old.

In Memory of ” Our Little Man”

In Memory of
Squirt was his name–and he was “One In A Million”. We lost our boy about a month ago, and I guess I need to stop looking in the ditches and fields, as I make my way to the highway. It is time to say good-bye to him and to thank him for the 14 special years we had together.
Squirtie (as we called him) came into our lives when he was just a puppy. He quickly became “our son”, as the rest of the family called him. I think they were just a little jealous–that he was so special to us. When Chuck had surgery, he never left his side–staying almost glued to his body–during those rough days. He would just jump up and curl up next to you–giving you that healing touch that he could do so well. He always seem to know when we were sick, grieving or just tired. I remember him even offering his special healing to Grandma–when she was so ill. Of course she didn’t let him jump up, but I think she appreciated it anyway.

He wasn’t much of a camper, and sometimes created a scene, because he didn’t like being on a leash or tie out in a camping area. He was too important for that–or at least he thought he was. He did love to go for rides and would sit on the console looking for deer or other animals that would catch his eye.

Squirt had his own birthday parties–even sharing one or two with our daughter-in-law. Of course he always got his own cupcake and special treat. He just knew it was his special day and he would hold his head high and soak it up.

Squirt always met everyone at the door with his bottom half wagging. His tail had been docked so short, he just moved his entire hips. Over the years, he went from his slim self to being a “little overweight”, but that didn’t stop his enthusiasm for life.

There are so many memories that I could share—even him sitting on a chair at the table—waiting for his bites—he was “One in a Million.”—and I thank our Creator–for allowing us to be his family for all those years.

Good-bye–my little man—we will miss you—just know you were loved!

CHUCK’S PICKS!

I was cleaning the kennel the other day and had a new thought.  (Hey, I do my best thinking when I am cleaning up the poo).  Chuck, (my husband and co-owner of 12 Hills Dog Rescue) takes the dogs for their nightly run witht he 4WD Mule.  The night before, he had come in and sat in the recliner to cool down. He shared with me about a certain dog that he thought was very special.  (This isn’t the first time that he has shared about dogs that he feels are very special.)  Don’t get me wrong, Chuck loves them all ,and they all seem to love him.  BUT, some endear themselves to him and he “just knows” they are special doggies.

The first dog we had in our rescue that was extra special to him, was Bee Bee. I remember him saying, “She isn’t going anywhere, unless a special person comes along that will really love and understand her.”  Well, Nancy came along and I was surprised, he let her go, even though it was hard for him. 

Then there was Princess—a wonderful couple took her and now she is the Princess or Queen of their home.  These are just two of the special ones Chuck has picked. It occured to me that maybe I should share his thoughts about those special dogs.  So here goes—-Our first one is Alice. Alice is a golden lab mix.  She is a little shy, very sweet and has hair that stands up on her neck. It looks like a giant cowlick or maybe a mohawk hair cut.  She also has one foot that has a smaller toe the others,  If she has been running a lot, she may favor it a little.  Why would he fall in love with this dog? She  is a true beauty inside and out.  You just have to look into her eyes and you can see for yourself. 

So, watch for “Chuck’s Picks” on our petfinder page as well as Facebook in the near future.

Charlie Is Waiting?

Charlie is a Handsome Man!

Charlie seemed like a fitting name for this little guy. At first I thought he was a purebred dashound, but he may be mixed. At 12 Hills, we don’t mind if they are a purebred or not. In fact, most of the doggies that come in are mixes, and they make wonderful pets.  Charlie appears to be around a year old, and will need to be neutered soon. He likes to sit on your lap and gives great kisses.  He would be a great companion for a couple or a family with children 9 years and up.  Give us a call about Charlie.

WHAT? A TALKING DOG?

Buddy came to us from a local animal control and there the story begins.  First of all, when he arrived, we noticed he looked very similar in age and breed to another sweet boy “Benny”.  Buddy began his days at 12 Hills Dog Rescue in a kennel surrendered by kennels and other dogs.  After a few weeks, he was out and about on the farm, and we discovered what a talker he actually was.  He only talked to Brenda, but they seemed to have some interesting conversations. I was just a bit envious until I found that he will talk to me, also.  How often do you find a dog that converses with you?  That just shows what an awesome personality Buddy has.  Maybe he will talk to you if you give him the opportunity.

Buddy is ready for his new family. He has been neutered and received all of his vaccinations. Call us if you want to meet Buddy.

Benji

Approximate Age: 1 1/2 years

Breed (our best guess): Terrier Mix

Basic Stats:

Benji

Fun Fact: Benji looks like the dog on TV, and he is just as cute. He loves to ride in the car, or on the 4 wheel drive Mule. He likes Mike sometimes, and sometimes they just don’t get along.

‘s Story: Benji came to us from a local animal control. No one has claimed this sweet boy. He has had all his vaccinations and has been neutered. He loves everybody and would make a great addition to a family.

Benji

Adoption Status: Available

Nyla

Approximate Age: 1 year

Breed (our best guess): Lab/shepherd Mix

Basic Stats:

Nyla

Fun Fact: She needs a home with a family that likes to play— a big yard is preferred. Nyla is not shy anymore, she loves people and other dogs. Sometimes she gets a little aggressive with other doggies, so it would be better if she was in a home without other dogs, or maybe with just one.

Nyla’s Story: Nyla came to us from our local pound, on her last day. She was adopted immediately, and was adorable with her giant ears. Nyla was loved and cared for by a wonderful lady, but became to big and too much for her to handle. Nyla is very strong and loves to go for walks and enjoys running. She has free access to the farm, so gets plenty of exercise here. She has one eye outlined normal, and one outlined in pink. A beautiful gal—with creamy white coat and a unigue look. You have to ssee her and get to know her.
Nyla

Adoption Status: Available

Cooper

Approximate Age:

Breed (our best guess): Boxer/Chow

Basic Stats:

 

Fun Fact: Cooper has lots of energy and wants to be with people.

Cooper’s Story: Cooper came from a local animal control, and his family did not claim him or his 2 brothers.  He has been neutered and is ready for a new forever home.

Cooper

Adoption Status: Available

Sandy

Approximate Age:

Breed (our best guess): Mutt

Basic Stats:

Sandy

Fun Fact: Sandy is a watchdog and doesn’t always like everyone. She would do best with older kids or someone who does not have kids.

Sandy’s Story: Sandy had a litter of puppies, but now that they are old enough to go to homes, she is also looking for a loving family to adopt her.

Adoption Status: Available

Maximus

Approximate Age: 2 Months

Breed (our best guess): Mutt

Basic Stats:

Maximus

Fun Fact: Maximus is very shy and easily spooked.

Maximus’s Story:

Adoption Status: Available

Fritz

Approximate Age:

Breed (our best guess): Chow/Retriever Mix

Basic Stats:

Fritz

Fun Fact: Fritz loves people!

Fritz’s Story:

Fritz

Adoption Status: Available

Mike

Approximate Age: 3 years

Breed (our best guess): Spitz Mix
Basic Stats:

Mike

Fun Fact: Mike was a little grouchy when he came and was scared of people. What a turn around! He plays with the puppies and others and loves people. Mike was neutered a few weeks ago. He enjoys people and loves attention. He would be a great dog for a family or a couple.
Mike’s Story: Mike came from a local pound. He was not licensed and had no proof of vaccinations when he came to 12 Hills. That has all changed–Mike is healthy and happy and waiting for his forever family.

Mike

Adoption Status: Available