When you operate a dog rescue on your farm, you never know what will happen next. This weekend was very busy for us at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. A busy weekend, but a happy one! We were blessed with 9 adoptions in 2 days. And one of the 9 was “Old Yeller!”. He is a nice older yellow Lab, that needs a family to love and care for him in his senior years. We believe he found “just the right family!” A family with 4 beautiful children arrived and were excited to take him home.
Then we had Lacie–a collie mix that found a new home with a retired couple. Her new parents go to a warmer climate each fall, so we think Lacie will have some exciting adventures ahead of her.
Then Freida, a shepherd mix and her 5 puppies all went to new homes. There new families were surprised on how much they had grown since their last visit. Had to show everyone how happy Hamlet’s new sister is, to take him home.
One of Freida’s puppies!
Last, but certainly not least was our little gem, Ruby!
Ruby and new family!
So, what does this week bring? The rest of Shine’s puppies will be heading to their new homes. They have been so much fun to watch as they grew and developed their special personalities.
Besides adopting out the puppies, we will have our hands full with a new yellow male lab that came in. Poor thing has a terrible ear infection, and received treatment immediately.
Samson is back on his feet, and eating again, and we hope to post pictures when he gains some weight. We are watching Fancy closely now, as she is close to delivery. I wonder what her puppies will be like?
Yes, I wonder, I wonder what this week will bring to us at the rescue?
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
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.
I’m Not Coming OUT
Bye Brenda–I’ll Always Love YOU!
I’m Ready Now
Come on, Emily, before I change my mind!
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!
Fall is fast approaching–even though the weather has been hot and humid, the colors here on the Brigg’s farm are changing. The lush green colors are gone, to be replaced with faded green, yellow and brown.
Autumn or Fall–as I call ii is my favorite time of the year. It is also a time that we use to prepare for the upcoming cold and snowy season that follows.
What does that have to do with a dog rescue? Getting our numbers down before winter is something we always dream about and this year, we are hoping that it really happens. Having a rescue, here on the farm, means that we have to live “rescue and dogs”–24/7.
Recently we read an article about a shelter housing over 60 dogs—with 30 volunteers. How blessed they are, to have all that help! We have close to 60 and sometimes more. There are only 3 of us running the rescue.
As the days and evening cool down, we need to get back in the groove, and accomplish some items we placed on hold during this long, hot summer. Painting the kennel office walls, floor, and storage building, are just a few of the items Chuck has for us to accomplish, before winter is upon us. Then there is the daily cleaning of the kennels and one on one care of the doggies here.
Back in the groove, may be a sixties comment to some people, but to us it means—lots of hard work—with the special dogs that we have been given to care for. Want to volunteer to help out this fall? Just give us a call, or email us. We are also on Facebook and have our own website, 12hillsdogrescue.org.
We have some great dogs at the rescue waiting for Spring to arrive. The picture above is Stu—he is 7 months old, full of playfulness and very loving. He has a cute little overbite and we are thinking some Pekinese is in his background. We also have Pete—a wire haired male of about 2 years. He is such a nice boy–and is on the list also to be neutered. Here is his picture,Nova is a handsome dog and has lots of energy to run or jog with. He is a year old now and is ready to go. In this picture he looks like he is smiling. His girlfriend is Sheba and she is quite the character. Loves to play ball and enjoys running and hanging out with you. She is a year also, and on the list to be spayed.Ozzie—is such a nice boy. He is a 2 year old Aussie Bulldog and is so well mannered and kind. He is tired of the kennel and wants to be out and about exploring. Lover Boy is one of my special favorites. He came here so thin and beat up, that we didn’t recognize his breed. Now he is happy and healthy and just wants a family that will make special time for him. When he wags his tail, his entire body moves.Callie is quite the gal—a 3 year old yellow lab/Toller mix. That breed is used for duck hunting, although I am not sure if I spelled it correctly. We haven’t taken her hunting, but know she loves to be with people and is very sweet.Then we have a boy or I should say young man that needs a home desperately. Blue is a pit–and is such a nice boy. Because of his breed, no one is beating down the door to adopt him, and of course, we need to be extra diligent when adopting his breed of dog. Blue is a year old now, and loves people and most dogs. He has been neutered and has had all vaccinations. He would be a great dog to have on an acreage or in the country.Blondie is one of our special needs dogs that will hopefully find a new home soon. His right front shoulder doesn’t work correctly, because of an injury–but he does great on 3 legs–can spin and jump and play– and wants a family that can look beyond his disability. Blondie would make a great dog for someone with a big back yard.Bear–what a name for such a small dog. Bear is almost 2 years old (we think)—and has lots of energy. She would make a great dog for an active family. She is a tough little gal–and if she doesn’t like another dog–watch out!Emerson and Jerry are both nice boys and seem to get overlooked all the time. They both appear to be part Heeler or cattle dog. Emerson has a very deep bark–which almost sound like a hound. Regardless They are great dogs, and both need families. A farm, acreage or even a big back yard, would make them happy. Here is Emerson—and then Jerry!Page is another dog that is overlooked constantly. She is 2 years old now and has decided she wants her new family this Spring. She is part Bassett and very loving when she knows you. She should probably be in a family with older children or adults, as she is a little insecure around children.Omaha—named after the people of the Omaha tribe–is a great looking dog, and has really calmed down after he was neutered. He would probably do better if he was the only dog, or with another female. He is part chow and the rest is up to your imagination.Well, I could go on and on about each and every dog. I have left out Chloe the Lab/boxer mix, and Jimmy, and Maggie Mae and Marmaduke, Buddy–Pearl–and Sophie—Oh no–absolutely need to share Sophie. Had her since she was 5 or 6 weeks and she was run over a week or so before coming here. Has a leg shorter than the other on the back and a cropped tail, but that doesn’t stop her from prancing around and showing everyone how beautiful she is. She is a year now and I call her Sophie–Bug! What great kisses she shares with me. A little shy around people, but given the chance, she will love you forever. Yes, she is considered special needs—but does wonderful.Here is she–now tell me she isn’t a beauty!
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.