Prayers for Sweet Cara

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. 20150827_171758 (1024x576)

ADOPTION DAY WITH A TWIST!

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!

Champ is Ready!


Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill


Mikey--Sweetheart!

Mikey–Sweetheart!

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.

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?

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!

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

Shoes that Feel Good

Shoes??? Why am I talking about shoes?  I had another one of my light bulb moments—and it all started with shoes.

My daughter-in-law, Deanna was walking to our shed, and I remarked about her new shoes.  She said, “These aren’t new, but I love wearing them. So comfortable—and I can wear them all day.” “They just feel good on my feet.”

Now, I am not trying to compare doggies with shoes, so don’t get started. But, think about it.  The dog or pet of any kind should fit you. Your life style, your family, your home, etc.  And. . . . sometimes shoes need to be worn for awhile to make them feel comfortable on your feet.   So, in a way, I am comparing dogs to shoes.

Before you bring a dog into your family, you need to go over some basic facts.

  • Do I have time for a new member of the family?
  • Is my life style busy, quiet?
  • Am I patient enough for a work in progress dog, or do I need one that has no issues. Adult or puppy??

These are just a few of the questions that should come up before you adopt, or bring in a dog, into your family.  Rescue dogs are usually a little different. Just as some shoes need to be broken in when new, dogs  need time to mold to your family and way of life.  They need time to trust you, and sometimes it takes a few weeks, and even a few months.  During that time, patience and love should be administered every day. 

So, what am I saying??? Ask yourself some questions, before you adopt.  Do I have time for a dog in our household? Do I need a dog for comfort, or one that is very active to match my lifestyle?  Do I have the patience needed to work with the issues that I might encounter with a rescue dog? 

Just like buying a new pair of shoes—they should “Feel Good.”

ImageHere is Linus–He is an example of a dog that needs time and patience.  It takes him some time to warm up to you–and he feels safer with teens and adults, especially women. And. . . having another dog in the family makes him feel more comfortable.

 

IT’S THE PITS!

Oh no, not pits again!  We have several pit puppies that have been acquired through the local animal control, and need help transporting them out of our area.  They are nice doggies, but very hard to find homes in our area, as the Omaha reservation does not allow the breed.  Also neighboring communities have banned the breed and hence the bad name has stuck, and the likelihood of adopting is slim.

I know there are rescues and people out there who love the Pit breeds and we ask for your help at this time.  We are running the rescue from our farm as a labor of love.  Our rescue has grown over the past and the love is there, but the labor is overwhelming. 

We are not asking for monies–but transportation help and for good families to adopt these little puppies.  You can find us online at Petfinder.com and on 12 Hills Dog Rescue on Facebook.  Give us a call at 402-846-5100.

We love them all—-but life can sometimes become overwhelming and the PITS!

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

BIG DOGS EVERYWHERE!

Do you like BIG dogs??? We have a few at 12 Hills Dog Rescue that are looking for loving homes with a new family.  Rex is one of the biggest young dog  we have ever had. We are guessing him to be 1 year old and his breed is a mystery to everyone here.  Today, Rex is being neutered and should be home at 12 Hills tomorrow.

We also have Loki—a year old Great Pyranese mix that needs a new home. He should be out in the country, so he can run and play.  Alaska is a young female mix that is a larger breed dog.  She is white with black spots.  Her breed is also a mystery, but could be a Lab mix.

So, if BIG dogs are your forte, call and ask us about the BIG Dogs at 12 Hills Dog Rescue.

I Love Fairy Tales

I guess the Librarian comes out in me–several times a day, and naming the doggies is no different. Missy (aka Spotty) had 7 or the most beautiful puppies, and what do we name them?
When you run a rescue–we sometimes need inspiration for our names. Hence, the Seven Dwarfs came on the scene. These puppies are adorable—friendly, healthy and ready for their new forever homes. They are going on line today–with their new names, so now if I can just match the name to their picture! Here is a picture of Sneezy—one of the little females.

Gettting Ready for our BIG Day!!!

Busy doesn’t even explain how I feel–tomorrow is the vendor show at Dakota City from 10 –2 and we are having a table for 12 Hills Dog Rescue.  We are getting busy with our paperwork, photo album and a basket for the raffle.  Should be a fun day for us, though and a great opportunity for people to meet us and find out more about our rescue.  Guess I had better get busy and take more pictures for the album–Just maybe we will have some doggies adopted.  I do hope to have Clover—our Mascot present, so she can meet everyone.  Hope to see you there!

Just Because They Care

Had 2 wonderful visits this weekend from a Mom and her teenage boy. They came bringing a gift of 200# of Diamond Dog Food for the rescue.  We gave them the LOUD tour and Joe took pictures and made a video for his U-Tube account.  They brushed and petted and talked to the dogs and just spent special time with some of them. 

They didn’t want another dog–they have an older dog and 2 cats, but wanted to show us support.  After they left we talked about how great it is to have people in our lives that are so caring. 

Two hours later, they came back with 2 bags of tennis balls and the fun was on.  I guess you can tell the “Real Retrievers” when you throw out a ball. Had several that played and many just watched.  Anyway, it was a special day for the dogs and for us—-Image Thanks to Michelle and Joey!

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.

 

Getting the Bugs Out????

What about bugs??? Shouldn’t be any in this cold weather. No, I am talking about our new 40′ x 60′ dog kennel. We have most of the kennels in, and yet still more work to do with plumbing, ventilation etc.  It is wonderful though, and the dogs are enjoying the heated floor. Actually had to turn the heat down, so they wouldn’t be too warm. We are learning about the changes that need to be made as we go, and it is going to be a great place for the dogs at 12 Hills Dog Rescue.

Of course most of the dogs that we moved are wondering “what is going on?”  It will take a few days for them to recognize their kennel spot in the new building.  What a blessing it has been to have good friends, good workers and good family.  They come through when you need them.  I will include a picture soon of the inside as well as the finished outside.

Hey, we actually have room for our tractor and cars in the machine shed now.  Things have a way of working out—and I am sure we will get all the little bugs out of the new kennel soon.

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