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!

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Back In the Groove

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.
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Some Very Nice Dogs!

ImageWe 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,ImageNova 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.Image 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.ImageOzzie—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.  ImageLover 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.ImageCallie 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.ImageThen 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.ImageBlondie 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.ImageBear–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!ImageEmerson 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!ImageImagePage 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.ImageOmaha—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.ImageWell, 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.ImageHere is she–now tell me she isn’t a beauty!

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.

Let Me Tell You About. . . Hunter

As I was cleaning the kennels yesterday, Jan 3, 2014 I was thinking. . . Yes, I do my best thinking when I am scooping and sweeping. Well, not really, but I do get some new ideas when I am in the kennels with the head phones on.
Let Me Tell You About.. is going to be the new catch phrase for a new page of our website. I hope to tell the readers something special about some of the dogs we have here at the rescue.
I have been told that they like personal notes and descriptions, and not just breed, size, etc.
So, here we go!
Let me tell you about Hunter!
Hunter came to us from 2 very kind hunters that found him by some hay bales. They fed him sandwiches on day one and came back and the little guy was still there, thinner than ever.
They must have seen our sign, because they brought him to us and asked if we could take him.
He was so skinny and bloated and pathetic. We brought him in the sun room with some of the other puppies and began feeding him and giving him the medical attention he needed. His new name–(you guessed it) Hunter.
Hunter has grown into a very handsome young (large)man. We are estimating him at 5 months now and he may weigh 35#. He is a lab shepherd mix. His fur is silky and is coloring is that of a shepherd.
What I wanted to tell you about him is this: He is definitely a people boy. We attempted to move him to the big kennel and he was very upset. After several days of his whining (even when he was outside), we decided he needed to come back in the sun room and back yard.
You guessed it! He is happy and satisfied. The only thing he wants now is a new forever family. Hunter still needs to be neutered, but we are hoping his new family will take on that responsibility. DSCN6572 (640x480)

Behind the Bars

After I wrote the last blog, it occurred to me, that I could just place some of the pictures on the blog and Facebook as they are; behind bars. That is a fact of life, and of course, they would rather be out and about, and we would hope that they will be adopted soon. We have all sizes, colors, breeds ages—the list goes on. Each dog has a story–and many of the stories will pull your heart-strings. That is why we are here–to love them–to help them heal, physically and socially–and sometimes mentally. It is a hard job. When you have a success; and see a dog that was broken, turn around and find happiness and love with a new family, it is worth it.

So, take a good look at the dogs that I am posting—“Behind the Bars.” If you see one, that might interest you, contact us and we will do our best to take another picture.

By the way, thanks for taking the time to read and look at some of our dogs.

2 Little Gals

2 Little Gals

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Ted

Ted

Another one of Chuck’s Picks!

Lucy is adorable, full of energy, loves everyone and needs a family. She could use a family with active children that like to run and play, throw the ball, swim—whatever!  She is ready for the adventure. 

Let me tell you about Lucy–she is about 6 months old and has shiny jet black hair. She is all Lab, (we are thinking) and she is healthy and just an all around great dog.  Well, we let her out of the kennel–and who did she run to?? Guess?  Chuck again! How does he do it?  She adores him and is by his side when he is outside.  She is very loyal and sweet, and Chuck said, “Now that Lucy, she is a sweetie.” It won’t be long and she will be riding in the seat next to him on the Mule (that’s our 4 wheeler). But first she will have to wait her turn. Usually Page or Kelly have that spot for now. 

Take a close look at Lucy, or better yet, come and meet her. AND THAT IS WHY LUCY IS ONE OF “CHUCK’S PICKS”