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A New Chapter for Duncan (April 2002)
A New Chapter for Duncan (April 2002)


Duncan did do a bit of backsliding and attacked our library when we were gone. It's fitting, somehow, for a writer's dog to love books. Now, he likes his crate and everyone is happier.

I've attached some pictures of Duncan and Boomer. Duncan has been great for Boomer and he's very attached to the old man. It took a while before we stopped getting the 'Isn't time he went home?' look from Zoe, our cat, but even she's resigned to Duncan's permanent resident status.

Duncan is so loving I don't know how we ever got along without him. He's a special pup.

Thank you again for all you do for these critters. You are blessed.

David and Jenny
Life of Riley (March 2002)
Life of Riley (March 2002)


I am Riley's mom. I just wanted to let all of you know that he is doing great. He's so smart, like an old man in a young body. He's calm...until we get around water, then there is no telling what will happen. He loves cats, so when the time is right we will get a kitten. He is Reno's brother, you know, the one from Ontario? And look at the resemblance between Riley and Annie. I wonder if she is from the same mom, because the way her personality is described fits Riley about 98%. He's such a joy to have, and as my first dog, I was spoiled because he was so easy to raise as a puppy. He was house trained in about 2 months and held his bathroom through the night as a 6 month old. I am worried that the next puppy or do we get will be crazy and wild. Thanks again.

Coping with Kopa (March 2002)
Coping with Kopa (March 2002)

I wanted to write and thank you for allowing us to adopt Kopa. She has been a great addition to our home! I also wanted to let you know she is being treated for demodectic mange, I know it is genetic and I wasn't sure if you needed to let other people know. She has a food allergy, and is suffering from a yeast infection in her ear...we have been to the vet several times and she is making her recovery. She is a wonderful dog! We just wanted to let you know in case there was some other people you needed to contact...

Thanks again
Caithlin and Jason
Claire and Roxy (March 2002)
Claire and Roxy (March 2002)

Hello Frances,

I ran across Roxy's original picture with her brother, Fred. It reminded me that I was going to send you a picture of Roxy. I thought you might like to see a cute picture of my daughter Claire acting like Roxy. Claire put her hair up to look like Roxy's tail. Roxy seemed to think it was fun too.

Thank you again for helping Roxy come our way. My husband claims she is the 'best and most beautiful dog in the world'.

Mary Jo James
Greta Bounces Back (March 2002)

For all of you who enjoy reading happy ending stories, here's an update on Greta, a German Shorthair Pointer mix that Karen Pool pulled from CCAS last November. She was then placed with me to foster. Greta had scar tissue all the way around her neck where she had been tied, and she was very, very shy of people and new situations, and had an almost flat affect. She was adopted in January, and here's the latest update on her:

Sorry about taking so long to get the blanket and collar back to you. We've just been very busy.

Greta is continuing to mature into a wonderful dog. She and Maddy have bonded, and we don't know how we ever lived without her. Her progress has been incredible all across the board. We take her for walks around the block, and she is great. In fact, she keeps Maddy moving along (who tends to want to go slowly and sniff everything). Greta acts pretty tough toward other dogs when on the leash, but is reasonably quickly calmed.

As a few examples of how far she has come, she now greets us at the door when we come home. When we call her name within the house, she runs to us. The greatest breakthrough has been her reaction to hearing her name. Now, she wags her tail. I can't tell you how happy we were the first time we noticed her wagging and smiling when she heard us call her name.

Thanks again for rescuing her. She has come a long way, and her true nature is shining through. She still has a lot of puppy left in her, we wonder if she is just turning one now. The other trait that has really come through is her love of people (which I know is quite surprising, given her past). We have had several friends over, and she warms to them quickly. As for cuddling with Amy and me, she is the queen. The futon barely fits the four of us, occasionally five, when the cat decides to join us.

We caught Greta allowing the cat to sleep on her head the other day. Needless to say, they are getting along fine. Occasionally, Greta wants to play a little roughly with the cat, and the cat hisses and slinks away.

We could go on and on.

Thanks again,
Amy and Jim Landis
Bailey Beats Parvo (March 2002)
Bailey Beats Parvo (March 2002)

We brought Bailey home on February 3, 2002. Within just a few hours we were thoroughly attached to this wonderful ball of fur. He loved to snuggle and give us kisses and he was the perfect new addition to our family. Two days later he got sick. He was unable to keep any food and water down, and even after he had stopped eating and drinking completely, he was still vomiting. We gave him love and attention to try to get him to feeling better, but he just seemed to feel worse. After about an hour we could hear his stomach gurgling over the noise of the TV and decided that enough was enough. I wrapped him up in a blanket and held him close as we took him to the emergency vet. The doctor told us that it was probably just worms, and since he had already had his first dose of deworming medication his body was just trying to get rid of everything. So they did a worm test and also a Parvo test just in case. After a few minutes they doctor came in with bad news. Bailey had Parvo. Parvo is an intestinal disease that can completely destroy the lining of the dog's intestines. Parvo can be fatal to dogs even if they go on treatment early. We were devastated, not only was there no guarantee that the treatment would even work but it was extremely expensive. After a few minutes I called the CARE volunteer that fostered Bailey, to let her know that Bailey was sick, and the other puppies may be infected. Katie was wonderful; I don't know what we would have done without her support through all of this. I told her what was happening and without hesitation she said to go forth with the treatment and that CARE would pick up the bill. Unfortunately one of Bailey's brothers was also experiencing some of the same symptoms that Bailey had, and knowing that Bailey had Parvo it was likely that the other puppy did as well. Bailey started treatment right away. We left him at the vet that night and told them to call us with any change. As we drove home we prayed that Bailey would be all right. After an extremely long night I called the vet to check on Bailey. He was doing extremely well, awake and barking at everyone, wanting to play. He still was not 100%, but things were looking good. The vet wanted to keep him for observation for a little while longer but we were welcome to come visit him. That evening after work we went to see Bailey. He got so excited as soon as we walked into the room. He wanted to come home with us but he needed to stay one more night, just to make sure. The next evening we went to get Bailey and bring him home. We were extremely fortunate that we took him in when we did. He made a speedy recovery and is a very happy puppy. I don't know what we would have done without Katie and the staff at the Quail Corners Animal hospital. Everyone was wonderful with him and because of that, we have our Bailey home with us.
Harlie and Isabelle (February 2002)
Harlie and Isabelle (February 2002)

Dear Mom and Dad (you will always be my mom and dad, too)

I hope you enjoy looking at me in the attached pictures. I am very happy in my new home. My new mom and dad love me very much and are always kissing on me. My brother Harlie must love me a lot too....he is always kissing my head and my nose and lets me take over any thing he has. One of my favorite things to do is, after dinner, Harlie and I go downstairs with dad to help him work on his cars. He made Harlie a shimmy pole with some carpet wrapped around a pole in the basement and a high platform to lay on. It is now mine :>) Queen of the Mountain! It is so much fun to run up that pole when Harlie is chasing me and jump on the platform. He follows me but I will not let him get on the platform...tee...hee..hee...I hang my head off and look at him....nah, nah, nah, nah. We eat together, sleep together, poopy together and play all the time. I just taught him how to ! wrestle, so we have spent many hours entertaining mom and dad rolling around on the floor together. There are lots of pictures of us sleeping.....we do that a's very tiring being the QUEEN and demanding so much attention.......My mom says she will send you some more pictures every now and then, so you can see me grow up. She said to tell her if you can't see these very good and she will send you the files.

Love you, Isabelle
King of the Castle (February 2002)
King of the Castle (February 2002)

As you can see Banx is 'king of the castle'! Thank you SO much for letting us adopt him!
Full Nelson (February 2002)


Bill and I are so very glad we got Nelson last Saturday. He has brought so much joy and love to our family. It took Liza less then 48 hours to start playing with him and letting him get semiclose. We haven't seen Liza play for quite some time. She was very patient and careful with Zack. Nelson fit right into the family. He has adjusted like he's been there for months. Last night was his best night overall, although I can't really complain. He does not mind being crated, he just likes for someone to be close when he is in his room. I go to bed when he does, so he can hear/smell me.

He figured out last night, after only 3 walks that it's the time to poop and pee when we walk in the evenings. He has not had 1 accident in the house. He is very gentle and loving and very smart.

Thank you Francis for what you do. There is a special place in heaven for you and others like you.

Will keep you posted.

Nelson sends his love to you and his brothers and sisters.

Bandit was a Steal (February 2002)
Bandit was a Steal (February 2002)

We are having such a ball with Isaac-Bandit, that's what Makenzie calls him. He's such a good pup, and Bogey just loves having a playmate! Here are some cute pictures of the pup. He fits right in with the family. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Zoe's First Night (February 2002)
Zoe's First Night (February 2002)

Hi Frances,

Here are some pictures from Zoe's first night in our home. We sure have enjoyed her. She's a bundle of affection.
Letter from Vinny (January 2002)
Letter from Vinny (January 2002)

Hi Melisa!

I wanted to let you know how I'm doing. I love my new home! I have my own crate and they even allow me to sleep on the bed. I have some new brothers and sisters, too. I kind of ignore the cats, but me and Logan are great pals! We run laps around the house and in the backyard. Logan's kind of slow, so I out lap her a couple of times. I'm keeping in shape, though. My new mom takes me for walks around the neighborhood on my cool new leash. We power walk! I have lots of new toys that I hide under the bed so Logan can't steal them. I know I should learn to share, but I'm not ready for that! Sometimes I go to work with my new dad, and they say I'm going on payroll! I'm moving up in the world; I even caught a mouse in a storage room (though everyone was kind of grossed out). Anyway, I really like it here and I stick to my new mom like glue! She takes me for lots of rides in the car! I'm sending a picture of me, and one of Logan, too. I'm sorry she's sticking her tongue out at you; she thought she was being funny! Well, keep in touch!

Miss you!
Vincent (aka Vinny)

P.S. I love snow!!!!
Dry Wall Kitty (December 2001)
Dry Wall Kitty (December 2001)

Since I know everyone at Chatham Animal Rescue thrives on a happy ending, I'll share the latest update on Dry Wall Kitty!

To recap, Dry Wall Kitty was found dry-walled into a house under construction and had a PCV of 16 (normal is 35). She was so severely anemic that the vet had never seen anything that low unless it was a terminal condition. Four days after initial reading Dry Wall Kitty was at 20 and had gained a full pound. All blood results came back negative for cancer. Vet was still extremely guarded about prospects.

Two weeks later, Dry Wall Kitty weighs 7 pounds (up from 3 1/2) and has....drum roll please...a PCV of 31. Dry Wall Kitty is now a fully certified, vaccinated, loving, inquisitive, energetic, 'Cat'. As the vet said, 'I wish this cat could talk, I would love to hear her story!' I think I did the dance of joy right there in the examination room. I never dreamed of anything this good.

Dry Wall Kitty now has a name. in Torrey Homes, where she was found. She even has a home, a permanent one. My boyfriend adopted her after taking care of her for two weeks while I was travelling. My evil plan worked - impossible to spend two weeks with a cat on your lap and not want to keep it!

And yes, Prudence (now Heidi), a wonderful adoptee from your organization, is sitting on my lap, purring.

Wishing everyone at Chatham Animal Rescue the merriest of Christmases. You folks do good work! Attached is a photo of the now healthy Tori.


Suzanne Cross
Lonnie's Fated Home (September 2001)
Lonnie's Fated Home (September 2001)

To all,

Lonnie has been adopted by a wonderful couple, in an adoption story with more twists and turns than a Hitchcock movie. I received an application for Lonnie from Gail, who after speaking with her, turned out to be my grammar school friend in NJ. We haven't seen or spoken to each other in 30+ years. We learned we have a tremendous amount in common, probably more than in grammar school (although I doubt we'll be having any more slumber parties!)

Gail took Lonnie for the weekend, worrying slightly about her husband, who claimed he doesn't think it's time yet to get a second dog. He pouted all night Friday, cuz he thought Gail was sneaking Lonnie in (she was!). Saturday Gail went to visit her good friend, Jill, and took Lonnie with her. Jill and her husband David fell in love with Lonnie immediately. Jill had a golden retiever who died in her arms of blissful old age several years ago. David and Jill met right before the dog died. He has never had a dog. When Gail was visiting, David and Lonnie were stretched out on the floor, alternately exchanging kisses.

They wanted to keep Lonnie right then and there, but Gail told them it wasn't her decision. Well, I spoke with them last night and they are a dream couple. Jill is a therapist, and works out of her home. They have a big house and a huge fenced in yard. They love to go on long walks together. As soon as they knew I would let them keep Lonnie, they called Petsmart to see if they were still open - They didn't want Lonnie to go another minute without her own bed, bowl, toys, new collar and lead, etc., etc., etc. (I don't know why they bought the bed, I know where Lonnie's gonna end up sleeping). When they go out of town, Lonnie will stay with Gail.

Two other couples who are also friends of Gail's wanted Lonnie too. I think we may have to appoint Gail the CARE 'recruiter'. These couples both have dogs, and are thinking of another - I told Gail to send them our way!

Whether you're religious or not, you have to admit that some kind of fate played into this adoption!

Molly the Lab Finds a Home (September 2001)
Molly the Lab Finds a Home (September 2001)

Molly is doing great. She is already a full-fledged member of the Bookhout family. She has definitely worked her way into everyone's heart, except maybe our bird's. They are still working things out a little. Not on Molly's part. Molly would like to make friends, but Fluffy is somewhat reluctant, batting her wings and opening her beak as if to attack. Molly shows good judgment and doesn't push her way.

My son and husband came home Monday night and both instantly fell for her. My son has taken her for a long walk every day. My husband hasn't even complained when she has jumped on our bed every morning to wake me up. That means he likes her as well.

She is sleeping with Megan. She stays up with me until about 11:30 and then she lets me know she wants to go up to bed. I take her out and she runs upstairs and sits outside Megan's door until I let her in. Then up she goes on the bed and just settles nicely. Most of the time she doesn't even wake Megan up.

She has also figured out the sound of the school bus and runs to the door when she hears it. Unfortunately, it stops twice by our house (earlier for the elementary school kids) so she's a little confused why Megan doesn't come in at that time. She will learn soon I am sure.

On her housebreaking skills she is still working. With the run of the whole house I have found a few piddles. I have then realized these occur when she hasn't been out for a few hours and someone tries to get her excited to play with them. It is really the kids that I am now trying to train, so they won't get her excited right after a nap, but will take her out first. I have no doubts it will all work out.

Thanks for fostering her so well. She is very lovey and just precious.

Thanks again,

Sonic Boom (August 2001)
Sonic Boom (August 2001)


We are just in love with our little Sonic! What a sweet puppy. He seems to be adjusting quite well. He didn't eat too well for the first couple of days and I was a little worried about that. He ate all of his breakfast this morning though and seems to be doing a little more exploring in the back yard. The poor thing has had so many visitors that we have had to limit them so that he can get some naps in! ha ha ha

The trip home [to Indiana, from North Carolina] was great. He slept in the crate and did not whine at all. They stopped every two - three hours and all were happy to get home. He has been sleeping in his crate at night and whines for about 10 - 15 minutes, but then goes to sleep and does not whine again until someone goes downstairs in the morning (usually around 7:00). He met our neighbor's dog and was very well behaved and a little timid.

By the way, did you know that he is REALLY afraid of balloons? Janie got one from a birthday party and he would not even come inside when that balloon was around. It is amazing that he does not jump or scratch or nip at all. He just comes up and sits at our feet until we start to pet him. Then he immediately wants his tummy scratched.

I know it must be hard for you to let these little guys go after caring for them and getting to know them, but be assured that he is getting lots of love, attention and good care. I am taking him to the vet this week for a check-up, and a skin check. He is awfully itchy, but I have not seen any flees. The vet said that the dose of 'frontline' that you gave him on 8/1 should have taken care of any fleas. He seems to have some scabs on his chest so maybe he has some type of dermatitis or something. I am anxious to get him into training because there is no telling what he is capable of! We will ask our vet who he recommends this week.

Janie and Kevin really enjoyed meeting you and seeing your farm. Janie has not stopped talking about the horses! I think I will have to draw the line at that purchase. ha ha Hope all is well with you and we will send you a picture of Sonic in several weeks so that you can see how he is doing. Thankyou so much for all of your volunteer work for the Shelter and for entrustingus with our little guy - we love him!

Take care, Dana
Bebop Settles In (July 2001)
Bebop Settles In (July 2001)

Hi Ms. Curie,

Do you remember me? You let me adopt Bebop. I'm writing to tell you how Bebop is doing. Bebop is the greatest kitten and we all love him. We took him to the vet at the end of July and he got a rabies shot. He had ear mites, but Dr. Bailey took care of that and let me see them under the microscope. Bebop sees Dr. Bailey on Monday Aug. 27th and gets his distemper shot. Then on September 13th he gets nutered. Bebop will be happy when he doesn't have to go to see Dr. Bailey anymore, because he really doesn't like it. Thunder plays with Bebop and lets him get on his back. Simba is getting old and just lays there. Bebop likes to get on top of the bird cage and watch Bubbles and Buttercup. Bubbles will get in the swing and talk to him. Bebop naps in Mom's lap everyday from 4 to 5 while she watches trading spaces. Bebop likes to watch ESPN sportscenter with Dad. Bebop sleeps with me every night. Jake sleeps with me some nights so we can share Bebop. Jake likes to play ball with Bebop. That's all I can think of right now. I'm real tired of typing but wanted to thank you for picking me and to tell you I love Bebop and we are taking real good care of him.

Sincerely, Derek Watson
Letter from Clarice (June 2001)
Letter from Clarice (June 2001)

This is Clarice-

I am just writing you and telling you how much fun I am having! Yesterday after I got home I met the other two dogs. Lacie was really yappy and I did not like her at first, but we are now friends. Then I met Corey, the older one. He did not like me at first but now he just acts like I am not even here.

I had to get a flea bath because I was real itchy. I did like drinking the hose water - it was real fun. Then, I went inside the house and looked around. Everything looked and smelled sooo different. Next, I got to go next door and meet the three dogs over there - they were really nice to me. Later that night, I went to Lake Johnson for a walk with the whole family. I even got to play in the water at the dam, and got really wet. Afterwards, we came home and had to go to bed.

I had to sleep in Erin's bathroom, but she put a baby gate up so I could see out. I cried a little bit because I missed all my friends, but I was soon dead asleep.

I have only gone to the bathroom in the house once, and that was yesturday. I have been good today. Today I had to go visit the vet. It was alright. At first I had to go to the isolation room, because I was coughing at the house. Then my parents left and I had to stay for like an hour - boy was I scared! Finally, a lady came and got me out, and I was sooo happy. I got put in a little room with my parents, and a guy named Dr. Holman came in and looked at me. I was healthy except one thing - I had a little bit of kennel cough. So we finished talking and I got to go home. I have to take medicine for one week - while I have not had any yet, I am not sure I will like it. I also got my Heartguard today - I would not eat the whole thing, so they had to break it up. It didn't taste that bad. Unfortunately, I have to be by myself for five days because I am contagious. So, I am living on the screened in porch. It is not that bad and Erin said I still get to sleep in her room with her.

I really don't like my food very much - I did not eat yesturday but Erin got me some wet food and mixed it with my dry this morning, and I ate it all up. It was pretty good. I am learning how to sit right now, and I am really good. I am also learning how to lay down, roll over and offer my paw. It is hard work but i get a lot of good treats! I have to go now - Erin is going to take me on a walk. I will talk to you later. Tell all my friends I said 'Hi', and tell Wags (my brother) that I miss him alot!

Love, Clarice
Tobi's New Home (May 2001)
Tobi's New Home (May 2001)

Hi, its me, Tobi (formerly Brenda). I just wanted to write you and tell you about my new home. I am very happy here. I have learned so much in two days. I have learned to go up and down steps, both open deck steps and indoor stairs.

Ilyse and John took me to Falls Lake and I learned how to swim. John said I am a natural. I was such a smooth swimmer that I didn't even splash. I am learning how to retrieve and play ball. I don't quite have the hang of it yet, but it's fun learning. I get to run and jump a lot. We have gone on long walks everyday. I have smelled the entire neighborhood. Did you know there are lots of geese and ducks here in my back yard lake? I am FASCINATED by them, and if they didn't keep me on a stupid leash, I could chase them all.

I have been a good girl in the house. I have not messed anywhere or chewed anything I'm not supposed to. Not that I have much chance since I'm watched so closely, but I have lots of chew toys and pigs ears. I sleep in a crate in Ilyse and John's room and I have only cried once---that was when they made me go to bed before they did. I also have a crate downstairs that I have to stay in when they go places, but I like it because its open on the sides and I can look out the window.

I don't care too much for my puppy chow but will eat it if Ilyse adds cheese or corn bread to it. I have found that I love licking out the bottom of the yogurt container,especially if there is still some cereal mixed with it.

All in all , I am a very happy pup and my humans love me as much as I love them. Thanks for taking care of me until I found my home. John told me I get to visit you when they have to go out of town and I am excited about that. Well, I have to go. We are going somewhere in the car today. I don't know where, but I am sure I will learn something new. Say hello to Wags, Willie and Tess for me. I hope they end up as lucky as I did.

Will keep you up on my progress.
Love, Tobi
International Adoption (April 2001)
International Adoption (April 2001)

Hello From Ontario!

Briefly, I am Reno's adoptive mom and Holly Stafford's sister. Reno lives with Gary and I in Hamilton, Ontario with his 'sister' Star (Newfoundland/Rotweiller cross), an orphaned wild rabbit, Danni, 2 guinea pigs - Chubaka and Scooter, a cockatiel named Lukey and the oldest Gizmo, my horse. He's old enough now and has moved out to his own place. (Oh yeah, we have a large aquarium of tropical fish that has provided my baby with several hours of captive enjoyment.) Reno has graduated from Puppy School. He is developing into the most beautiful, intelligent and wonderful little young man. I still can't believe how much in love I was when I saw his picture on your web site in February. Attached is Reno's 6 months portrait. I keep in touch with Francis Haman and of course, Holly. We will keep you posted on CARE's first international adoption which is a RESOUNDING success. I wanted to thank all of you for my little angel and for your efforts to help these wayward kisses from God. Keep up the great work.

Hugs and Kisses

Kym and Reno
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