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Gable and Abby (February 2003)
Gable and Abby (February 2003)

Hi Karen! We wanted to let you know that things with Gable are going really well. He and Abby get along famously, and manage to tire each other out every day. Abby has only been a little bit jeaous -- it's really been minimal. She shared her bed (blanket) with Gable from the first night. They've been out in the yard on nice days and rode around with Todd during a couple of days. Today they stayed home alone for the first time -- and there was no destructive behavior. So......we are really happy. Gable is totally sweet and I think he will help to calm Abby down a little bit. Thanks for taking care of him and helping us adopt him!

Laura and Todd
Gracie's (AKA Teensie) First Christmas (February 2003)

Joan and Rick,

It was great to hear from you. We apologise for not getting back to you sooner. The month of January flew by...... We had hoped to organise a get together long before now.

Gracie is doing GREAT! We had a wonderful first Christmas with her. We had our Christmas tree in the living room and since Gracie does not spend much time in that room, she really didn't bother with it. The packages under the tree intrigued her, but a sharp 'no' and she was on her way. She really made out on Christmas and got many new chew toys, a new collar and a new Lands End bed pillow. Rob questioned how many toys we bought for her, but she has not chewed any shoes, or for that matter anything that doesn't belong to her, so that speaks for itself.

We drove to Michigan on December 26 for a week. Gracie was a great traveller and perfect guest in the homes and hotels we stayed at. At Annette's parents house, there were 4 other dogs (Nanook, Aleeta, Kiera and Lucy---cousins we call them) and she got along with everyone! Annette's parents' 11 year old dog didn't find Gracie's desire to play amusing, but Gracie quickly learned to just lay next to him and rest...not play. The other 3 dogs are younger and they were happy, willing and delighted to play with Gracie! We were quite a sight walking all those dogs! At Rob's mom's house, Gracie met Gizmo, but he didn't want much to do with Gracie and she seemed to understand that. A few growls and she just decided, 'I guess he doesn't want to play'...and found a human to play with instead. We also visited friends for a few days, so Gracie met more dogs along the way there. In total, she had interraction with 9 dogs on that trip! She was so well behaved and we were very proud of her.

Gracie is still sleeping in her crate, but we feel she is nearly ready to try sleeping out of the crate. Gracie favorite place to sleep is on Kate's bed. There have been several times when we're looking for Gracie at night....and we find her asleep on Kate's bed. She sneaks in there after Kate has gone to sleep and snuggles up close. Very cute!

We hesitate to say she is completely house trained, but she is doing pretty good. She usually goes to the door to indicate that she needs to go out. Occassionally, she barks to go outside, but we're still working on that. She sits, shakes and lies down. Janet is trying to teach her to roll over, but has had little success. She gets plenty of exercise and is always ready to go for a walk.

She has grown considerably, but she remains very lean. She weighs about 32 pounds. She is getting some lighter hair....especially in her tail and across her shoulders. Her tail is very curly and curls around over her back. It keeps her busy....chasing it!

We'd love to arrange a get together. It would be fun to see Splash and Indy again. We would also be happy to include Ditto and his family, if you think they would be interested. Let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Gracie, Kate, Janet, Matt, Annette and Rob
Rufus and Arlo and a Warm Sofa (February 2003)
Rufus and Arlo and a Warm Sofa (February 2003)

Hello Katie-

We are well and we hope you are too.

We are celebrating our first birthday by doing our most favorite thing in the whole world... taking a nap on our warm sofa!

We wanted to thank you for the best birthday present ever... helping us find our very own home (have we mentioned we LOVE the SOFA?!!) and our very own family... with a dad, a mom, and even a little brother to play with us. They all love us very much and we love them too... we show them how much we love them by giving them lots of kisses and tailwags.

We are attaching our latest picture so you can see how big and healthy we have grown over this past year. We can hardly believe it's been a year already! ...Maybe it's true that time flies when you're having fun.


Rufus and Arlo
Athena: Buckwheat is 'O-Tay' (February 2003)
Athena: Buckwheat is 'O-Tay' (February 2003)

Hi Frances!

Thought I'd give you an update on our girl. She's coming along wonderfully. She no longer does the submissive wetting when it's just Pete and I, but still occasionally does when a stranger approaches her. Even this is getting better though. One of my cats had to go to the vet yesterday for his annual physical and vaccines, so Athena came along for the ride. She was actually very willing to walk right up to new people at the vet's office and let them pet and fuss over her, and she didn't dribble once! I was so proud!She's made quite a few trips to the barn at this point, too, and she enjoys herself out there. She's usually passed out from exhaustion by the time we get home. Incidentally, she's also passed out right now, on her bed right next to me. Being a puppy must be extremely taxing!

Puppy class is going great and it has really helped her come out of her shell. Next Monday is the last class. She is absolutely in love with Buckwheat, our Lab. He seems to be really happy to have another dog to play with, too. She's been great with the cats. She occasionally thinks it's a good idea to chase after my little Siamese, but she stops as soon as you tell her no.

I've attached 2 of the many, many pictures we've taken of her. She is going to be a camera hound, literally. She looks like she's posing in every one of them!

Best regards,

Kylie, Now Maple: A Real 'Sleeper' Adoption (January 2003)
Kylie, Now Maple: A Real 'Sleeper' Adoption (January 2003)

Hey Karen

We have been having a great time with Maple. As promised here are a couple of pictures of Maple. It is hard to get a picture of her when she is not sleeping. She goes with me over to my friend Kim's and plays with her dog, Calla, and tolerates her roommate's husky puppy, Chopper. I think taking her with me to visit friends has done wonders for her confidence. Tonight I went to a friends house for dinner and there were about 15 people there. By the end of the night she was letting everyone have their turn giving her some attention. We will keep you posted on her progress and keep sending pictures.

Corona: Training On Tap (January 2003)

Dear Beate,

I'm sorry we haven't been in touch, but getting back to school and work has been rather hectic. All the news is good, though. If Corona is half as happy with us as we are with her, she's doing great. We did decide to change her name; the beer associations were too troubling given some of Jennifer's struggles. So we're calling her Bella (from Bell in Beauty and the Beast, because she's a beautiful beast), to which she's already responding.

You were so so right about this match. Bella does know that Jennifer is her job. She follows her around the house, and greets her with special enthuasiasm when she returns. Bella particularly delights Jennifer by running to the window to say goodbye when her father picks her up in the morning to take her to school. Most importantly, Bella seems pretty oblivious to Jennifer's tantrums (which are never directed at Bella). Bella is also helping Jennifer get exercise. We go on a 45 minute to an hour walk every afternoon after school. And she is the easiest--that is best trained and responsive--dog I have ever had. She naps in my office all day untiil 2:30 when we go to pick up Jennifer from school. Bella has much enjoyed meeting the other dogs in the family, with whom she plays tag in the back yard until everybody's breathless. Jennifer's step sister Bliss brought her dog Sweet-tea for a double sleepover Saturday night. Bella was the most gracious host. Things are better with the cats; Bella and Anna get along fine; Pearl's still cranky but Bella's not as scared and even tries to get Pearl to play tag in the house. Some of their 'stuff' might well be playing at this point; I can't tell.

The girls start obedience class on Wednesday; or at least Jennifer does. Bella will start a week later. I promise to take my camera and will email some pictures. (I'm ashamed to say I haven't taken any yet!)

I want to thank you again for bringing Bella in to our lives. You did the hard part and you are obviously a great dog trainer.

Hope you and yours are well and enjoying a wonderful start of the new year.

Josh Takes Over (January 2003)
Josh Takes Over (January 2003)

We are proud to announce a new addition to our home. His name is 'Josh' and he's a four month old English Pointer. We were lucky to find him through the Chatham County Animal Rescue Organization. He has already made himself at home and taken over our hearts.

Welcome Josh!
Alexus - The New Child (January 2003)
Alexus - The New Child (January 2003)

We have happily adopted Alexus on January 20th 2003. She has become a great addition to our family! She is an excellent puppy that loves to play and is incredible smart. She has become the child that we do not have and a wonderful friend to both of us. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful puppy!
Dahlia Finds the Right Home (January 2003)
Dahlia Finds the Right Home (January 2003)

Well, I just wanted to let you know that Miss Dahlia's progress is really rolling now. After I talked to you last night she came up to meand wanted her belly rubbed! She also spent the evening watching TV with Terri and I. She cryed when Terri left. She also went to the back of the yard for awhile and I couldn't see what she was doing, but she came RACING back like she felt relieved!

Then, this morning she went (I saw her this time), and also she let me put her little rope on in record time. I also shortened the rope again. She zoomed around like a little mad-dog this morning. She seemed so happy. She's also doing better going through doorways. She still won't go through without me coaching her, but her transition time is getting less and less.

Also, I must tell you, I've had a really hard time calling her Dolly. It just doesn't seem to fit her. So I've been calling her Daisy. I switch back and forth still, but she is responding to both now.

I'll keep you posted on her progress but it seems like were starting to get some momentum!

CoCo the Survivor (January 2003)

This is from Maureen, who adopted CoCo (aka Lucy), the dachshund mix momma that I fostered along with her litter of 3 brand new puppies, all of whom, one by one, died. Then, the day they took her home, CoCo ran into the woods and was lost for many awful hours. When I went to help look for her, I left my sweaty t-shirt there as 'bait' and it worked. They found her sleeping on it later that night. As you'll read, CoCo is living The Life.

Hi Holly,

I hope you had a great holiday. I thought I'd give you an update on CoCo. Her D. Mange cleared on its own. I wasn't about to let her go through another traumatic dip. Fortunately it resolved on its own. She had a wonderful Christmas with her own stocking and gifts under the tree. She is such a happy little dog and we all adore her. My family wanted to take her back to Florida. Her coat is a beautiful shimmery chocolate brown and her eyes just sparkle. She has been sleeping in our big bed for several months now and cuddles up to me. She sleeps in my lap every evening as we watch television and I love it. Binky and she get along just fine and they each have bones every day. CoCo has a sweater like Binky but she's not in to that just yet so we don't push. She's so funny and entertaining we can't imagine our family life without her. She doesn't mind the leash at all now and goes out with Binky about 4x daily to do their thing. The rest of the time they play, sleep in the sunny window and eat. Between my son my husband and myself she doesn't see the ground too often because she's being cuddled. Well I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Thanks again for this wonderful little dog. If you're ever in this area you're welcome to come see her anytime.

Spot-Angus: Fort Lauderdale and a Pool! (January 2003)
Spot-Angus: Fort Lauderdale and a Pool! (January 2003)

Here's another one to add to the statistics for adopted animals. Spot-Angus our foster dog dalmation/black lab that has been with us since July is heading for Fort Lauderdale, FL in two weeks! The couple adopting him heard about CARE from her sister who lives in Durham. She had met CARE volunteers at an adoptathon in Durham earlier in the year and she urged her sister and husband to visit the website. They did and were taken with 'our boy' Spot-Angus. They immediately put in an application and came to visit him while they were up for the holidays. They all fell in love with one another (and our other 'kids' were impressed with the couple as well- good thing) and hated to part (they couldn't take him that day due to an overpacked car). They have filled out the contract and sent in the adoption fee and will be back to get him in two weeks. They also sent in pictures of their house, their pool where he can swim in the backyard, the kitchen where he will stay in the day time, and the two cats they have (complete with Santa hats on). It was so nice I was thinking of convincing them to adopt me as well!! They have already gotten toys, bowls, a leash, scheduled their first vet visit the day after they get back to have him chipped, and would be going back to get a bed for him but they were pretty sure he would be sleeping in their bed with them! They'll be driving all the was up again just to pick him up.

Another happy ending. Now for the next one...

Cattle Dog Now on the Right Trail (December 2002)
Cattle Dog Now on the Right Trail (December 2002)

I am the foster mother of a cattle dog who was placed in his 'forever home' thanks to I am in NC and the people who adopted him drove all the way from Pennsylvania to pick him up. They used the Petfinder website to do a search and searched further and further from their location until they found the perfect dog for them - in Pittsboro, NC.

My foster went from a cage in a shelter where he was due for being put down, to a home on a farm in PA with folks who trail ride for a hobby and take him all over the NE trailriding.

Every so often they email me with up dates and today sent pictures of Sydney swimming and playing with friends he met on the latest trail ride.

Rudy, the Social Animal (December 2002)

Good morning. Sorry we haven't gotten to you earlier. We just got back into town from MD. We all visited my parents for the holidays. Rudy is doing great. He and Riley have hit it off. I think our trip was a little tiring for the both of them. They had a Jack Russell/girl to contend with this week. Rudy, being the social boy that he is got to be good friends with her. Riley tried to keep to himself and Robin. But before we left, Riley and Rudy were starting to play alot. When we first brought Rudy home, he stayed under the bed and only came out when we got low to the ground. We finally got him to come down the stairs and he stayed there observing us for a while. Then he would come down but only stay under our coffee table. Eventually, we got him to come out and sit and lay under our feet at the couch. He was sleeping on a little blanket bed we made for him. However after our trip, we have spoiled him. He's now sleeping at the foot of our bed on top of it. After three days, Rudy started coming out of his shell and playing with Riley. Riley can be so ornary but he has his moments when he wants to play and when he wants to lay around.

Rudy really impressed all of my family. They all said he was so well mannered and only had a couple of accidents. I've gotten in the habit of giving him a treat while he's outside so he'll associate potty breaks and treats with the outside. He's been nothing but a joy to have around. He's getting tons of loving from us as well as Riley. We love having him around!!! We'll have to take some digital photos and send them to you! Take care and I'll keep you updated.

Little Joelle: Larger Than Life (November 2002)
Little Joelle: Larger Than Life (November 2002)

Back in July, I took in 3 very small pups. Within 2 days, they got very ill, and 2 of the girls died. Standing alone was little Joelle, at 2.3 pounds, she had an uphill battle. After 2 weeks of twice daily vet visits, Joelle turned the corner, and became a healthy, spunky, beautiful puppy. She was adopted when she was about 3 months old. At 8 pounds, it was obvious to Dr. Bonnie and me that this was going to be a small dog. Joelle's mom was a Sheltie mix, but she looked more like a Chihuahua/Rat terrier with blue eyes. While we often hesitate to guarantee adult weights, both Bonnie and I were certain Joelle wouldn't go above 20 pounds, 25 the absolute max.

Joelle is now six months old, and her mom and dad sent me pictures. They love her to death. But, uh, the little chihuahua is now 30 pounds and it turns out she's a 'little' German Shepherd!!! Oh, well, can't win em all!

Zeke Flies to New Hampshire (November 2002)

Here's the latest on Zeke (my little Aussie mix with one blue eye) who flew with his new mom, Deb Lewis, to New Hampshire last week. Deb says that mixed breed puppies are few and far between up there because of strict spay/neuter laws. She'd like to help us arrange to send some shelter pups to a rescue group there:


I'm embarrassed that it has taken me so long to write to you about Zeke who the kids have renamed Skippy or Skip. He came through the flight with 'flying colors!' I worried about him the whole way but when I picked him up (and took him out of the crate in the middle of the airport!) he acted like he had just gone for a stroll around the block. We arrived to cold and snow and he trotted with his tail held high all the way to the car. He has settled in so well and is getting the routines down. He sleeps through the night in our bedroom with Turbo, has only peed in the house one time, loves to chew on my slippers (bad doggie!)and is so cute going down the stairs, his little bottom wiggling. We took him to the river, the local hangout for dogs and he scrambled up and down the sand banks and got all nice and dirty. He buddied up with a little jack russel terrier there. Right now he is lying right beside me (he's still pretty calm in the house) after an evening stroll around the block to take care of 'business'. He gets up every morning with Turbo and me and walks through the park. He stays right near me but loves to scamper after the big dogs. Turbo (who's now prowling through Skippy's crate looking for stray puppy chow) has been ok, growling a bit but Skippy has a bit of Maya in him and has held his ground. They are figuring out the pecking order. Tomorrow he goes to the vet to be checked over. We have not started formal clicker training yet but he already waits in the car until the release word and comes readily for treats (or not!). When we first arrived home, he ran to the couch and made himself right at home.

I know you've probably heard more than you wanted to! But we love this little guy and are grateful that you were such a great foster mom (his social skills are great) and that you allowed me to bring him home to New Hampshire. I am driving down to NC in mid Jan. but that is probably too soon to arrange something as far a the 'puppy express'. I have several contacts to call and explore possibilities.

Both the poochies are now lying beside me. What wonderful creatures dogs are!

More later!
Onslow: The Dog, the Man, the Website (November 2002)
Onslow: The Dog, the Man, the Website (November 2002)


I put the start of a web site together for Onslow earlier this morning with what is most likely your picture of him (see I showed it to Ann Marie and Ariana a few minutes ago, and explained to Ariana who the guy was in the picture below Ariana and that Onslow was named after him. You should have seen the look on her face. I think she has decided to not believe me as I don't think she was impressed by the picture of the original 'Onslow'.

Below is Onslow, along with his name sake, Geoffrey Hughes, from the British comedy 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
Nikki's Sixth Sense (October 2002)
Nikki's Sixth Sense (October 2002)

Dear Frances:

Nikki is doing well. She weighed 63 pounds at her visit to the vet last month. She is still as spunky as ever, although she has calmed down a bit, and I stress a bit. I figure that at almost 10 months, I only have a year and 2 months to go! Chewing is still a favorite past time, although we have managed to limit this to the toys and only a few rugs have had to be sacrificed so we are doing pretty good there.

She is my cuddle bug. She loves to just be near us, usually shoving something to throw in our face, but sometimes we have those rare moments where she just wants to be loved on. Her keen sixth sense is usually on and these rare moments occur when we need them the most.

She completed puppy training in May although we have been working a lot at home as well. Nikki has discovered that she loves to play with the frogs that have migrated to our yard. Usually she just paws at them and tries topick them up with her mouth after the pawing fails to produce the jumping result she was hoping for.

She is still torturing our other dog, Maple, but Maple doesn't seem to mind as much any more and has found the designated 'no Play' zones around the house to be very helpful. We have given up buying nylon/cloth collars for Maple since Nikki was chewing them up about every 2 weeks tugging on them trying to get Maple to play so now Maple has the chain collar. Nikki has found other places to grab...her favorite is still Maple's tail!

Every day our love for her grows-as we knew it would being previous dog owners. She has managed to finagle her way into every aspect of our life and every crevice of our hearts. I can't thank you and CARE enough for taking such good care of her until she found her way into our home.

Thanks again!
Gretchen and Mike (and Nikki and Maple too)
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