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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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

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

LOOKING FOR A MATURE/OLDER DOG??

12 Hills may have the boys you are looking for.  We recently picked up Bear and Dallas and they definitely need a loving family that enjoys older dogs.  We know they are friendly, but not sure about how kid friendly.  Sometimes older doggies, like to have their space from the little ones, and others love the special attention.  Both Bear and Dallas, came to us because they were abandoned.  Their family is in another state in poor health, and a kind neighbor has been caring for them.

Bear and Dallas miss their Mom and Dad and it is our hope that they will find a new family soon.  We will be taking better pictures soon, but will include the ones we have from their first day.  They let us carry them and were happy to be here with people who care.  By the way–Bear is the bigger one and he is 10 years, Dallas (not his real name) is 7 years old. Both great boys!

Here is Doodles

Doodles is a brother of Snicker and Tater. He is also one of the wild puppies that we have been working with.  Still a little wary of people, but I think it is time to move him on to a patient, loving family.  They seem to like kids and other doggies, so that will help them transition.

Beautiful–Inside and Out

The big boy finally has had a chance to prove himself, and did he ever! 

Sarge came to us a few months ago. He is a gorgeous Red Australian Shepherd/Akita mix.  Was surprises us is his sweet personality.  He doesn’t push his weight around with the other dogs, but is good with everyone.  He even likes to play with Peaches our pittie. 

What was really the best test of all is when he climbed up on the bench beside a 10 year old girl this weekend. He snuggled with her and laid his head or her shoulder.  We knew he was a great dog, but didn’t realize that he loved kids. 

Sarge has been neutered and had all his vaccinations, and weighs around 75#. He needs to run off some of the weight he gained over the winter months. ImageHe is ready for a family with kids or without—Just needs space to run and play and someone to love him the way he should be loved.

He is just a great dog and we are hoping he gets the chance to prove it to a loving family soon.

 

Beautiful–Inside and Out

The big boy finally has had a chance to prove himself, and did he ever! 

Sarge came to us a few months ago. He is a gorgeous Red Australian Shepherd/Akita mix.  Was surprises us is his sweet personality.  He doesn’t push his weight around with the other dogs, but is good with everyone.  He even likes to play with Peaches our pittie. 

What was really the best test of all is when he climbed up on the bench beside a 10 year old girl this weekend. He snuggled with her and laid his head or her shoulder.  We knew he was a great dog, but didn’t realize that he loved kids. 

Sarge has been neutered and had all his vaccinations, and weighs around 75#. He needs to run off some of the weight he gained over the winter months. ImageHe is ready for a family with kids or without—Just needs space to run and play and someone to love him the way he should be loved.

He is just a great dog and we are hoping he gets the chance to prove it to a loving family soon.