As I sit at the computer this morning, my thoughts go to the new year. Chuck and I always review what we accomplished during the past year and set goals for the new one. I find myself dreaming of the ideal situation that I would like at 12 Hills Dog Rescue. That would be: More funds, more workers (volunteers and paid), more exposure to the outside world with better publicity and photographs. Less time for Chuck, and Nola spent in the day to day upkeep and cleaning of the kennels and just a little more time to relax and enjoy life on the farm, our family, and just maybe another short vacation. Then of course, I think of Brenda, (what would we do without her), she needs more help in the kennels and more time to spend training dogs that have been abused and neglected.
So, we plan on filing for a 501c3 status as soon as possible, and plan to make this our number one priority for 2015. Then we will be off and running, and hopefully our new status will allow us to complete the goals we have for this new year.
Wouldn’t it be nice, if that happened? Wouldn’t it be nice if some of our doggies that have been here for so long finally find good families? What if Peaches and Maggie Mae found their families this year?Then there is Sugar, Iris, Amos and more that need to find their forever families. Now that is a dream, I am holding on to for 2015 and forever!
Peaches 7 + years–she is depressed.
Iris is a great dog!
Amos is Ready to Go
Emerson needs a Family
Max loves the water!
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.
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
Today we had a visit from Stevie, Ashleigh, Dawn and Grandma Lynn. Stevie from Stevie’s Furry Friends, and his family have been at our rescue several times. What a blessing they have been for us. We have received collars, dog beds, shampoo, biscuits, dog food, etc. Today they came to make a fun video with the dogs and our granddaughter Kariden was here to meet them. She made friends with Ashleigh and received a bear hug from Stevie when he left. They seemed to have fun as they helped point out the dogs that were available for adoption.They left us more collars, biscuits and other goodies. The dogs loved the toys they received–especially the big ball and rope toy.
We have such great friends and volunteers. What would we do without you all??? Thanks Stevie for bringing your family for the afternoon. Tell Grandma that Roxie is missing her.
Are they taking a break, or just watching all the fun. Some dogs just aren’t sure what to do with the ball. Oh well, it is just fine to sit on the sidelines and cheer the others on. It was fun watching the dogs chase the tennis balls, as they rolled on the hill. Not many of our dogs retrieved, but Lola, the female black Lab, did awesome. She would have fun playing with a family with frisbee or tennis ball.
The day was sunny and so beautiful! The dogs and volunteers had a great time. You can see Benjie, Ginger and Kasey watching the fun.
This warm weather gave us a perfect opportunity to spray the doggies at 12 Hills. It seems that as the weather warms the dogs are beginning to shed and scratch. Just to be on the safe side we thought a day of spraying (to kill any critters) was in order. Of course, everyone was indignant about this wonderful opportunity. But they soon dried off and were rolling in the dirt again. We had some volunteers come on Saturday and many received a good brushing out. Big Andy was brushed, but has lots more to shed—oh, right, that’s another story.Lucky–and Gizmo are not happy.
So, maybe the next step will be baths to get off the dirt that they rolled in.
This is the time of the year that we look back and count our blessings. 12 Hills has had so many blessings this year, it is hard to count them all. We have been blessed with so many wonderful, loving dogs to care for. Dogs that needed love and some special attention., sometimes medical. We have had some great volunteers this year. From a local 4-H club to a young Mom who did our photography and this blog. Family–who pitch in weekly to help in various ways. Note the picture of our granddaughter who worked almost every day this summer. Friends have made posters, given supplies. Then there have been those who have adopted our dogs–shared their talents with homemade blankets, kerchiefs, and even monies to help purchase supplies. Last our new fixture, Brenda . . . she works over her allotted time and goes the extra distance for each one of the dogs. Yes, we have had our hands full. Sometimes, we wanted to even throw our hands up—but in the end, WE ARE BLESSED!
The local 4-H club worked here yesterday. Nola talked to the kids about the purpose of the rescue and why she does it. She shared some of the dogs’ stories with the kids and told them how hard the rescue works to get them healthy and find them new homes.
Nola talking to the 4-Hers
The 4-Hers came to the rescue to groom and play with the dogs. The kids had a blast cuddling, chasing and brushing them! It was so much fun watching the excitement on the kids’ faces. The dogs were all very patient with the kids. Some of the kids were a bit rough, but the dogs stayed calm.
Holding one of the dogs
After the kids had some time to get to know some of the dogs, she got them all set to walking and brushing. I’m not sure who was having more fun; the kids or the dogs! The dogs’ tails were all wagging and the kids were smiling and laughing.
Brushing a dog
Brushing a dog together
Watching the kids walking dogs was a little like watching a rodeo. Some kids were running with a dog in tow. Others were being dragged behind dogs. Nobody seemed to be bothered by being pulled, though. The kids who were being dragged were so proud that they were “walking” the dogs!
Walking a dog
Carrying a puppy because he didn't want to walk
One of the dogs is going to her forever home tomorrow and desperately needed a bath. She’s pretty afraid of people, so Nola hadn’t been able to give her a thorough bath yet. We got her cleaned up and one of the girls snuggled her in a towel until she was dry. She looked so much better when she was clean!
Snuggling a dog after her bath
Before they headed back home, I gathered everybody together for a picture. The kids each grabbed a dog and we let the others run around in the group and posed under the rescue’s sign. I got a great picture of them. I think the kids had a great time helping out.
The whole group with the dogs