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Rescued Dogs Reunion (June 2003)
Rescued Dogs Reunion (June 2003)

Hi all.

Beate hosted a reunion at her house today for my Sam and his siblings, Casey, Nessie and Cooper. Helen was there as she fostered Sam and Cooper before I got them. Beate fostered Nessie (formerly Nikki) and Casey. Casey, Nessie, and Cooper were there with their families.. What a great reunion. There wasn't one growl all day, and they had the best time playing and eating treats... It's amazing how much they all look alike! Sam is the biggest at 110#, with Cooper close behind. The girls are somewhat smaller... all are beautiful and doing great. Attached is a picture of Sam (on the left) and Cooper waiting patiently for a treat.

I think a CARE alumni reunion would be a great event. These kids really had fun.

Rambogie Rap (June 2003)
Rambogie Rap (June 2003)

Rambogie Rap

I'm a cattle dog pup, oh can't you see?
With a little bit of Boxer and Chow in me.
I'm ruff
I'm tuff
I'm a big cream puff.

When your friends come to visit, they say 'oh my!'
Is it safe to be standing so close to that guy?
I stare
I glare
Throw my paws in the air.

When I'm at home I'm the boss of the pack.
Just do as I say or I'll jump on your back.
I'm the boss
I'm the Boss!
Don't make me cross.

But when Frances' doggies come out to play
They jump on my tail and I run away.
I'm a wimp
I'm a simp
I'm a tiny little shrimp.

When Mom says namaste I come to her and bow
I musta been a monk before I was a Chow.
I'm so fine
I'm divine
Was a heck of a find.

(If you want a swoochie pooch as special as me
You'll have to see Folks at the C.A.R.E. Facility.
They're dolls
That's all
Just give them a call.)

For Bogie, a cattle dog mix adopted from CARE.
A Peachy Adoption (June 2003)
A Peachy Adoption (June 2003)

Dear CARE,

We just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of Addie ('Peaches') while she was in your care. Addie is now completely adjusted to her new home. She is excelling in her Puppy Head Start class and loving being socialized. She is doing great on her house training and only has accidents when we are not paying attention to her 'signs.' She has made friends with lots of the other neighborhood dogs, but really loves to be inside, taking naps on the couch with her butterfly and her mom and daddy. Thanks so much for a wonderful addition to our family!

Lori and Joe
Cooper and Abbie: Unwanted to Priceless (May 2003)
Cooper and Abbie: Unwanted to Priceless (May 2003)

These are the CARE puppies formerly known as Coop and Patty. It never ceases to amaze me how unwanted animals can so quickly turn into the light of someone's life. In their case, it was less than 2 weeks! -Carrie

Things are great with Cooper and Abbie, gosh I love them so much! They have adjusted really well, and the cat is even getting a little used to them. My vet said they look great and they will be getting their rabies shot the first of May (she wanted to wait until they were 4 mos. old). We started our Heartguard so I'm happy about that too.

I bought way too many toys and collars and chews, etc. etc.! LOL Oh well, I have backups. The potty training is going pretty good, they don't poop in the house anymore so now we're working on the peepee thing. I go home everyday at lunch to let them out and play with them a little.

They are adorable, and Cooper is gaining weight and growing like crazy, Abbie has gained weight too and she's gotten so much better about being petted and held. They even had their first bath, which went surprisingly well!

Oh, by the way, and I don't know if she's right...but my vet said she thought they were wire-hair terrier and beagle mix. And the more I looked at them, I think she's right about the beagle thing, Abbie has that beagle look and they both have beagle ears.

Vander: A Great Family Investment (April 2003)
Vander: A Great Family Investment (April 2003)

Vander's update: I just wanted to thank you all for the best kitty we have ever had. Vander follows my son (who is one & a half) everywhere he goes. They are the best of pals. Whenever my son leaves the house, he kisses Vander. Whenever he comes home, he kisses Vander. Whenever he goes to bed, you guessed it, he kisses Vander. Vander is so patient and loving with all of us. He has brought us so much joy. Thank you for rescuing him from the shelter, for your adoptive fairs, and foster families. He is a great family investment.

- Susan
Tyler and Ben (April 2003)
Tyler and Ben (April 2003)

Tyler is doing great! We LOVE him!! He is the sweetest thing! I got him the interceptor and front line, and gave him the interceptor yesterday (4/1) so he is on schedule with that. Tyler really loves our son, Ben. After Ben goes to bed at night we shut his door and Tyler lays on the floor outside his room crying for him. He loves it when they get home from school, because Ben will run with him in the yard and really play with him. I give him attention during the day, but I just don't play the way kids do. Ben cannot wait for the weekend so he can play with him all day.

I will mail back your collar soon; it might take me a few days to get to the post office because this is a very busy week. I will email when I've put it in the mail. You can go ahead and put the check in the bank. Thank you so much for everything!!
Pepper Spices Up Family (April 2003)
Pepper Spices Up Family (April 2003)

Thought everyone could use a 'happy ending' story. Attached are pictures of our handsome Pepper. Pepper was supposed to be foster dog, but was somewhat aggressive when he came from the shelter, so I decided to keep him. As it turns out, he has become a wonderful dog! He absolutely loves my daughter and would protect her to the end of the earth, he stays right on our property with no trouble, he LOVES to ride and is a great rider, and gets along great with my other dogs. He is quite a handsome prince, who is extremely gentle, in spite of his size! Pepper has added so much to our family, we're very lucky to have him! Sometimes, endings truly are happy!


Angel Answers Their Prayers (April 2003)
Angel Answers Their Prayers (April 2003)

Dear Karen,

Happy Easter! And a very special Easter it is! Thank you for your sacrifices. I am sure it was difficult to let go of such a special, loving kitty. She is wonderful! What a purr-box! We are enjoying her immensely and she is sweetly filling the void left by Sugar's passing.

We do have a couple questions. What food did she eat while with you? She has nibbled at the Purina One we have and turned her nose up at the wet Alpo sliced chicken with gravy. That is what we have fed all our cats for 4 years! Did she sleep with you at night? We would love her to, but last night she lay with us for a while at the foot and then went and found a spot in our closet. She may just be adjusting to her new home.

Thank you again for all you have done for homeless animals! You are a special person with a special gift and full of love! God will surely bless you!

Sincerely, Carme

P.S. We have renamed her Angel, since she was an answer to prayer! I've always known there were angels among us like Alabama's song says! They come in all forms!
Nicole - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? (March 2003)
Nicole - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? (March 2003)

'Good things come to those who wait': I have never believed in this old adage. In my experience, good things come to people who work their rears off, and then only if you're lucky.

Here's the story. A week ago Saturday a couple came into the shelter crying. They had to return a dog they had adopted the day before because she tried to kill their 2 cats. They were reluctant to try out another shelter dog because they couldn't bear the heartbreak of possibly having to return another. All the volunteers thought they were great people.

I called the shelter Monday morning, and the director had been very impressed with them. She gave me their name and number. After a busy week, I called them Friday night. I chatted with Michael for over 30 minutes and told him everything I know about CARE and our animals (the Readers Digest version). He was oh so grateful that we existed. He wasn't aware there were such groups that already knew the animals' temperaments.

When I hung up, I knew that any CARE foster would be thrilled to have this guy apply for their dog. He was 1 in a million. I logged on email Sat morning and was pleased to see that he had already filled out an application. I opened it, and almost fell off my chair. It was for my foster dog Nicole! I knew there must be some mistake!

I swear, honest to turkey, I never mentioned her name, or any other dog's name, in our conversation. I wasn't trying to market a dog, just help this guy out.

He and his woman came to Petsmart yesterday to meet Nicole. It was love at first sight. He was even more wonderful in person than on the phone. He lay down on the floor and scratched Nicole's belly, she gave him big facekisses. His live in was equally as terrific. Another dog walked up and licked her face. She kissed the dog on the nose. At 4:30, Michael proudly walked out of Petsmart with Nicole.

I spent 20 minutes telling him that Nicole might be quite shy for several days. I spoke to him last night. After about 10 minutes of adjustment, she was introduced to their 7 month Golden Retriever mix, Charlie. They tore through the back yard for over an hour. Nicole then came in, gave Michael a full face bath, and fell asleep. When he fed the dogs, they ate out of the same bowl. When we chatted the dogs were playing in the house.

This same Nicole was still nervous after spending 2 weeks with a different family. This time, she found her people.

As strange as it is, for the first time in 8 months, Nicole was the belle of the ball at Petsmart. EVERYONE was interested in her. It's some weird pnenomenom I've seen before. Dog has no interest for several months, and then you need to clone her to make people happy!

Buddy Sawyer: Big, Goofy, Expensive...and Happy (March 2003)
Buddy Sawyer: Big, Goofy, Expensive...and Happy (March 2003)

To all,

I am notifying you to let you know that I have adopted out a dog. Most of you probably wonder why the heck I think you would care. Read on.

Buddy Sawyer is kind of a special dude. When he came to us, he was diagnosed with Addison's disease. This disease is rare in dogs, and even more rare in male dogs. I assure you he is a male, no female could be that klutzy.

Buddy can live a normal life and lifespan if he stays on medication. Problem is, it's not so cheap. His monthly medical bills are in excess of $100 a month, and that's just for the disease. So his adoption is a minor miracle, and a big relief on the CARE funds.

Buddy was 55 pounds when he came to us, looked like a purebred Golden Retriever. Then his head started to grow, along with everthing else. He is a GR/Great Pyrenees mix, 85 pounds now and still growing. Every pound he gains increases the cost of his medication, but he's not overweight.

Buddy is about a year old with the mental maturity of a 4 month old puppy. His 'hobbies' include counter surfing, a counter in Buddy terminology is any surface less than eight feet all (e.g. bedroom dressers, dining room table, bathroom vanity, top of dog crate, top of tv), jumping full force into your pelvis, stomach, or on shoulders, 'power' walking (dragging human to pavement), and eating 'different' things (e.g. sneakers, king size pillows, eyeglasses, eyeglass cases, leather purses, etc.).

Good news is the Budster doesn't have a mean bone in his body, he's 100% love machine. That is not really a bonus at 6 am when he pounces on the king size bed (I know that bed is about to collapse). He loves dogs and cats, although the cats have a special swear word for him. (except Tigger, Tigger has him well trained).

Don't ever think you have a cat or a dog that someone won't love and want to adopt. If Buddy can find a home, all of our animals can!

I'll miss your kisses, Buddy, but not your other hobbies!

Indiana Jones - The Adventure Continues (March 2003)
Indiana Jones - The Adventure Continues (March 2003)

Indy is definitely living up to our (and her foster mom's) expectations. We named her for Indiana Jones, never knowing that it would be such a great fit - she's energetic, adventurous, and so very playful! We have also been totally impressed with her brains - she picks up on things so quick. Indy is our 'high-achiever' puppy! We have her a bandana to wear too! She's trying desperately to make friends with her feline brothers - and they are starting to accept her as one of their one because she is just too playful! We love her and can definitely say this is a big happy ending for our family!

Thanks again! Jessie & Kip
Gabriel - Living Large (March 2003)
Gabriel - Living Large (March 2003)

This pup's CARE name was Eric (I thought he'd max out at 50 pounds!), and his siblings were Freddy, Markie, Maxie, Talulah, and Ripley....They were the pups rescued near Jordan Lake. All found wonderful homes!

Here's the note from Eric's parents:


I hope you remember us; we are the couple that adopted one of your fosters in August. I don't remember the name he had when he was with you, but he was one of the litter of 6 abandoned at Jordan Lake. He has two lighter patches behind his shoulder blades that you called wings, so we renamed him Gabriel. He is now a healthy 10 month old spoiled baby, and the older he gets the more like a Mastiff he looks. He is around 85 pounds now and is the most beautiful dog we have ever seen. We always get compliments on him when we are out on our walks. I wanted to send some of the newest pictures. They are not the greatest, but you can still see the wings. Thanks for taking such good care of him until we found our perfect puppy.

Michelle and Matt Miethe
Cameron Graduates (March 2003)
Cameron Graduates (March 2003)

It's official...Cameron's a graduate!

Garner, NC PetSmart's Class of 2003 welcomes Cameron!!

He completed his puppy training class with flying colors. #1 in the class with the 'leave it' trick.

Yeah Cameron!:)
Sly and Tigger, the Kitty Formerly Known as Prince (March 2003)
Sly and Tigger, the Kitty Formerly Known as Prince (March 2003)

Juliana, Sly and Tigger's new mom, writes:

I just wanted to give you an update on Sly and Tigger (the kitty formerly known as Prince... hee-hee... no pun intended). They are doing great! As I mentioned before, Sly is perfectly healthy. As far as Tigger, I changed his name because it just suited him... he's a little trouble maker, but he's still so cute!!! As with Sly, Tigger is just as healthy and extremely feisty. I've attached a couple of pictures of them to show how much they've grown... they're inseparable now! Sly is much calmer, but I'm attributing that to the age difference. As you can see from the pictures, Tigger loves the camera! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your organization... I'd still like to get involved.
April (aka 'Sweety Puff') and Garbage Goose (March 2003)
April (aka 'Sweety Puff') and Garbage Goose (March 2003)

Hello Georgan & Steve,

Hope you are doing well. April is doing great!! She is one this month so we thought we'd give you an update. She is 58 pounds and very fluffy. Her nickname is 'Sweety Puff'. She is meaty and much stronger than she used to be. She still has nearly a dozen doggie friends. We are taking care of Matt's sister's labs for a while. They stay in the basement and yard. April plays with them for hours everyday (they didn't know how to play when they got here) then she comes inside and sleeps on her very own couch (the two seater). She still spends a lot of time being filthy. You can tell she is wet in the pictures.But that is okay. You will also note the goose in the pictures, in the house. She ate too much heavy metal and had to go to the vet school for surgery last week. She is spending time inside recovering. And Matt is building another fence to restrict her.

Thank you,
Debbie and Matt
A Penny for Your Thoughts (March 2003)


Thank you for bringing Penny to our house on Sunday. We gave her a new name 'Hava' (have you seen Fiddler on the Roof? the youngest daughter he loved so much was Hava) and at the moment use both, I am sure adding to her confusion but she seems to be responding to her new name as well. She has done very well and we are all adjusting fine. She is remarkably calm and seems to have no neuroses at the moment. She is definitely a people person and whichever room I go to, she follows me and lies down there. I worked on the porch most of Monday and she stayed with me at all times. If I went to get a glass of water, she followed, waited for me and we went back.

The biggest joke in our house at the moment is that I got myself an energetic breed and instead a couch potato to keep Peter company arrived. She is very content to lie down next to him and go nowhere. She can't decide who is better - the woman with the treats or the guy who rubs her belly, so she just sees Peter in a distance and already positions herself on the floor, ready for a rub - and he never disappoints.

Right on Sunday we discovered that our house has too many stairs and she was terrified of them. Monday morning she woke up at six and I took her out right away, but it meant going down those stairs and it was just too scary... But we worked on it all day Monday and she now even challenges the stairs by herself, not with passion, cautiously but does it very well.

We tried the leash and she definitely did not like it one bit and made it very clear that this is not her idea of fun. I also think she may have been worried about going away from the house, plus it is a street with an occasional car, so it was a non-starter. Zoe was terribly disappointed as she was hoping that we would all walk with her to school for everyone to see the new puppy. We told her it would take time but she imagined a puppy that would be there for everyone to admire.

Penny/Hava lost two teeth yesterday, we put them in a little box and Zoe wondered if there was a dog fairy that was going to come. Zoe lost only one tooth and one is very wiggly, so I told her she had to catch up.

This morning she already had far more energy than yesterday and we ran around the yard together for a while. The neighbors' dog barked at her from behind the fence suddenly, she ran for dear life to the other side, then stopped and very bravely barked back. It was extremely funny. I tried to teach her to sit and it works 'so-so', at times she does it well, other times she lies down, watches me and has no intention to follow any instructions.

Please rest assured that we are taking care of her and will do our best to raise her as a happy dog with lots of things to do.

Best wishes,

Ferby: From Shelter to Foster to the Lap of Luxury (February 2003)
Ferby: From Shelter to Foster to the Lap of Luxury (February 2003)

Please move the dog Ferby to the adoption gallery. He found the perfect home after one day on the website. The adopter's profile is exactly what we hoped for Ferby. She is elderly, retired, has another chihuahua who was rescued from cold weather and has frostbite on her ears, and has cats. One cat recently died at age 26. He will eat filet mignon doggie food, sit in her lap all day watching tv and reading, and sleep in her bed wrapped up in a pink baby blanket. He had a huge smile on his face cuddled up in her arms on my couch. So did Brittany to see the perfect pair together. She even gave us an extra donation for his dental expenses. Brittany painted his toenails blue to remind him of his Chapel Hill foster home.

Another happy ending... Nadean
Sage - Home at Last (February 2003)
Sage - Home at Last (February 2003)

When we first left on the drive to NY, Sage had no idea what lay ahead of her. And once we arrived she was still pretty confused for the first couple of days. As the week went on she began to make herself at home, as if she had lived there all her life. She was so excited about all the attention she was getting. In little over a month, Sage has successfully become integrated into the family. She and the resident cat are the best of friends already. She brightens everyone's day with her sweet face and wagging tail. It's clear that Sage is home at last where she will be loved for the rest of her life.
Callie's First Christmas (February 2003)
Callie's First Christmas (February 2003)

Here's an email I received from the young lady who adopted Pauline, sister to Stacy and Nanette, three little bad looking puppies I got from CCAS last spring. I almost didn't let her adopt Pauline because Pauline was so shy, and Heather works 8-5. After turning her down, Heather called me begging, saying that she would do anything I said to be able to adopt her. I relented, and boy am I glad I did. She is now Callie, and appears very happy. I had no idea she'd grow up to be so beautiful!!!


Hi Katie,

Hope all is well! I wanted to share with you Callie's first Christmas. This might be my favorite picture of her yet. I remember that when I took it, she flashed me a big smile. Such a ham! Anyway, she is wearing the raincoat she received for Christmas...which has come in very handy with all of the cold/snowy weather we have had. isn't she beautiful? :-)

Letters from Thyme's New Home (February 2003)
Letters from Thyme's New Home (February 2003)

Happy new year! Thyme is doing wonderful. she keeps me smiling all of the time. I love her more and more each day. She and I have been running quite a few times together and she loves it, although I've got to keep on working with her because she likes to cut in front of me and stop to sniff. I've almost fallen quite a few times. Oh well, that's my goofy girl. She's very funny. She loves to sleep in my dad's recliner and watch out the window. It was so funny the other day. Poor thing was sleeping very hard on the recliner with all 4 paws in the air and rolled over onto the floor. She looked up and me and started wagging her tail. I was worried but she was laughing. I've been trying to teach her how to sit. I'll pull out a treat, .put it behind my back, push on her back side to sit, and say 'sit' firmly. The first few times I think she thought she was in trouble because she started crying and ran away. I felt horrible. She and Seymour the min-pin love each other. When he comes over they play and play and then they sleep together for hours. It's very sweet. They have become inseperable. My dad loves her very much, too I'v caught him a few times petting and talking to her. It's funny to hear a 6 foot 300 lb body builder baby talk to a dog. Thyme and i love to cuddle and have bonded to be extremely close already. I just got my car back and a special seat belt for dogs and was gonna go play with the tennis ball at the park and walk some trails. She's asleep at my feet right now. So sweet. She says she loves and misses you. I hope everything is well there.
Love always, Jess and Thyme.

Hello, how are you?
Thyme and I have been having so much fun in the snow. She has taken to rolling in it until she gets soaking wet and I have to use the hair dryer to dry her. Goofball! We went to Petsmart together last week. Well,let me tell you it was funny. I was looking at pet beds and I had my back turned, when all of a sudden I feel a pull at the leash. I turned around and she was at the top of a step ladder, like the big ones that roll and are really tall. She just looked at me like 'look at me mom'. So funny! And whenever I go put my running shoes on, even if it's just to go to the mailbox, she gets so excited. I think that she really enjoys our jogs. We'll write back if you wish. I'm currentally waiting for the pictures of Thymes first week to be developed, but i promise I'll send them as soon as Iget a chance. Take care.
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