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Shelley-Belle and Pony-Baloney (September 2002)
Shelley-Belle and Pony-Baloney (September 2002)

Hi all. For those of you who met Shelley-Belle when I was fostering her, or heard me talk about how closely bonded she and I were, here's the latest. (Shelley was one of two tiny little brindle pups pulled from CCAS last April.) Her new mom invited me to come visit yesterday, and Shelley was so glad to see me she danced and piddled on the floor! It was like she'd never left. Anyway, I took her a toy, a plush pony, which she and her mom and dad named Pony-Baloney. Here's a picture they took of her at bedtime last night....Shelley and her Pony-Baloney. Wonder if she's thinking of me!


Update 3/22/03: The picture on the right shows Shelley with her new brother,Munch, who was also adopted from CARE.
Princess Joelle (August 2002)
Princess Joelle (August 2002)

(Note: Joelle and her two siblings had very low birth weights, andwhile her siblings did not make it, the CARE foster nursed Joelleto health, and now to a good home.)

Well, I could go on and on about Joelle and how much I LOVE her - but you already know! She was perfect last night! She only whimpered about 5 mins when we first turned off the lights, but then she was SILENT the rest of the night - she didn't even wake me up this morning. I needed the alarm clock. But of course the second I gave her attention she got all worked up and then I brought her out. She was great she did #1 and #2 and I played with her for 10-15 mins after to give her exercise. She does fine climbing up and down the stairs of our porch. Alexis is home with her today, thank goodness.

Thank you so much for your care of her. She was lucky to have you to care for her when she was ill. I am so glad to have her in my life, especially since she is MY first pet (besides a goldfish)!

I will keep you updated, and you are welcome to visit her.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... (August 2002)
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... (August 2002)

Frankie, a young male cat, was getting bored, and spending a lot of his time harrassing our 18 year female, Iggy. Iggy got around fine, but between age and her chronic renal failure, she did not appreciate being pounced on by Frankie, who was 3 times her size. Thus, my quest was to add another kitty who would get along with Frankie and provide enough exercise and entertainment that he let Iggy grow old peacefully. And, of course, I wanted to rescue another homeless cat.

In my experience, introducing a new cat to a household where there are 1 or 2 entrenched cats can be a problem. I decided the best chance was to go for a young female, as I have had some success introducing new females to existing males. With this in mind, I sent details of my current situation and needs to CARE, and requested they suggest one of their foster cats or a shelter cat (CARE works closely with the Chatham County Animal Shelter). The unanimous choice was Cleo, a 1 1/2year old female being fostered at Hill Creek Vet.

After a day or so of hiding, Cleo came out and was instant friends with Frankie. And, it kept getting better, as they now play, wrestle, and do some tentative grooming of each other. I am truly surprised at how well Cleo fit in and got along with Frankie - things worked out better than I could have hoped for. And of course, Cleo also gets along great with the humans in the household (at least those over 2 years old). This adoption highlights the value of working with a conscientious and knowledgable rescue group like CARE.

Oh yes - I also happen to be the Webmaster for CARE. And, if you are wondering, Iggy does NOT take kindly to Cleo - Cleo has learned to steer clear of the 5 pound 'old lady'. But, Iggy should appreciate the new serenity brought about by Cleo and Frankie's friendship.

Ok, so it's not a story of a daring rescue, the liberation of an abused animal, a last second rescue from a shelter, or a rehabilitated personality. But it is a happy ending, with another cat finding a caring guardian, and thus making room for the foster to bring in one more homeless cat waiting for its forever home.

Below are pictures of Cleo and her new best friend, Frankie.
Franco at Home (August 2002)
Franco at Home (August 2002)

Franco is right at home.....

I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!

He is such a sweatheart!! He had no accidents last night and when Anthony got up at 6:00am I gave Anthony a water bottle and after he was back to sleep, Franco and I took a long walk through my neighborhood. What a charmer!!! My neighbors just adore him and can't believe how gentle he is.

Franco has now discovered that breakfast can be a great time sitting between two kids eating cheerios!! Nicki never ate them so Franco decided he would do the floor cleaning. Anthony laughs at the noise Franco makes when he crunches on them.

Franco is now fast asleep at my feet under the computer desk. It's almost time for me to bring Alicia to pre-school so I have to go, but I will update you more later.

Jackson: Unchained, Banned from Petsmart (August 2002)
Jackson: Unchained, Banned from Petsmart (August 2002)

Jackson was owner surrendered by a family that left him outside chained to a tree. As a foster dog, he got banned from the Petsmart adoption days on a bum rap...

As you can see below, Jackson has finally found his place in life!
Milo, a Southern Dog in Brooklyn (August 2002)

Hi, Pam. Thought I'd say hello (who says New Yorkers aren't friendly?).

Milo is the best dog in the world. He has turned out to be a good swimmer, as we discovered on vacation in Pennsylvania on a hiking/camping trip. I think he surprised himself. He does a mean doggie paddle. He also swam at the pool at my daughter's camp on visiting day.

Milo is now a graduate of both Puppy Kindergarten and Pet Dog 1. He was often used as the demonstration dog in Pet Dog 1 because he learns so quickly and is so sweet. The trainer loves him. He plays really nicely in the park during off leash hours. It's funny how different dogs play differently. With some, they just wrestle endlessly. Others like to just chase. Milo will do whatever the other dog seems to want to do.

I check the Chatham Animal Rescue site every now and then and think 'I wonder who's at Pam's house.'

Hope you are well.

Gabby and the Cats (July 2002)
Gabby and the Cats (July 2002)

To my Foster Mom-

Thank you so much for taking care of me until I could go home with my new family. I missed you and having all the other dogs around to play with, but Boo and Chloe (the kitties) made me feel right at home. Boo even came to the door to greet me on my first day! I have my own room (in the kitchen) with a bed and lots of toys. I've only had one accident (tonight) and that was because my mom tried to get the dishes washed before we went for our walk. Oops! I have been to check out a dog park in Chapel Hill, but decided to hang out on the outside just to check things out. This week, I might go to a community concert AND a drive-in movie! I'll be sure to tell you all about it.

I've tried to avoid the camera, but there is one picture of me that I wanted you to have.

Take care of all my buddies!

Love, Gabby
Lukas Take A Flying Leap! (July 2002)
Lukas Take A Flying Leap! (July 2002)

(Note: Lukas was an eskie mix that came to the shelter with his brother. On his scheduled last day, he was taken into his foster home, and originallynamed Leo.)

Lukas is the most curious, bravest little guy I've ever known! He is so much fun! He and Rory pretty much ignored each other for the 1st couple of days. Rory had her nose out of joint because Lukas took over Raleigh and Raleigh has always been 'hers'. Now they are all playing together. The food issues have been resolved, there have been (knock wood) no 'accidents' and he loves being out in the 'play-pen'.

Yesterday we took a chance and left them all in the house while we took our grandson to the doctor. We were gone a couple of hours and came home to a house untouched by doggie mouths, paws, etc. GOOD PUPPIES.

Lukas learns new things every day. So do I. I've found that you don't sit down with a cup of hot coffee when he first comes in! Flying dogs and hot coffee don't mix! He's ok, I kept the cup away from him but my chair is a little more brown than it was before!

Panda Purrs (July 2002)
Panda Purrs (July 2002)

Panda is doing pretty good but she constantly gets colds on and off - I have been giving her really good food vitamins and the pills that the vet recommended every day - she looks really good even though she sneezes alot - she is turning into a beautiful baby ... I love her so much that I favor her which is really bad...She loves me too - I mean like a real lot she is very attached to me. Being out of work has been good for all my cats they are with me now sitting right next to me - she actually comes to me when I call her like a dog and gets up on my stomach and rolls around - she never learned how to purr but just the other day her throat was vibrating and no sound was coming out so I know she purrs it just doesn't make any sound - so I know she is happy.

Check out this picture of my beautiful baby..

I hope all is well.

Petey Shakes a Leg (June 2002)

(Note: Petey was originally Cleetus, a dog that CARE nearlyhad to have an amputation done on.)

Petey is doing GREAT! He knows his new name now, knows sit, stay, and come (when he feels like it!), and is the 'hit' of the neighborhood! I heard one of my neighbors tell him that he is 'a most welcome addition!' EVERYBODY loves him, and he is loving that!! I should have a fenced area within the next week so I can leave him outside some during the day. (Decided not to go with the wireless fencing.) He walks with me every morning, and he's got 3 special playmates (one black lab in particular) that he just adores wrestling and running with. His leg has not seemed to bother him in the least! I worry sometimes that the play gets a little rough, but it hasn't seemed to bother Petey at all. He's chasing squirrels, chipmunks, and deer (and a neighbor's cat a time or two!) and seems to be very happy. He's even learned to play with me some....he didn't understand that at first. He and I have a running battle about the couch (which he's winning) and he's 'claimed' a couple of shoes and a TV remote, but other than that, things have been just wonderful. He's even become a very good eater! He is really a sweet, sweet dog.........

Please come visit him sometime if you can. I'd love for you to see how well he's doing, and I know he'd love to see you again. Thanks, from Petey AND me, for saving him. He and I are both very grateful for the second chance. He's a great dog.

Hope all is well with you and all of yours.
William: Swimming, Boating, Golfing (June 2002)
William: Swimming, Boating, Golfing (June 2002)

I had the opportunity to visit William in his new home in South Carolina. William has manifested well to put it mildly! What a wonderful life. He is bonding very well with his new parents. He looks fantastic with a nice shine to his coat and a happy softness to the touch. After one week in his forever home, William is getting accustomed to having his teeth brushed, swimming and going for boat rides on the lake with his Mom and Dad and canine sister Elsa, dining on adult Science Diet and going for early AM runs on the golf course. William was checked out by their vet on Monday and given a good health report, albeit a touch of arthritis. They have him on Fresh factor and will take him in for base line blood work just to make sure his is normal internally as well. All the discoloration (deep purple) on his underbelly has disappeared and his coat and skin look fantastic. His ears were re-cleaned by the vet and Kirsten continues to flush them a few times per week. William writes to his former foster mom every day.

Best of Friends (May 2002)
Best of Friends (May 2002)


Keli has been a part of our family for two weeks tonight and all appears to be going well. As you can see by the picture, her and Jac have become the best of friends. It's a delight to see how they spend their time together, in play and just hanging out. No boy could be closer to his dog then Jac and Keli are and no dog could love its master more then Keli does.

Thank you again for the opportunity to adopt her.
Filling a Void (May 2002)

My husband and I brought home Necole (Nikki) on Friday, February 22. She is now 44lbs, happy and almost done with her first series of puppy classes! She is very distractable, loves dirt, grass clumps, sticks, rocks, bugs, playing in the bathtub, and is way too cute at 4 am when she puts her paws on the side of the bad and licks my face to let me know she needs to go outside.

She has helped fill a void in our house after the loss of another family pet. She is definately keeping our other dog (Maple) busy and Nikki has almost chewed through Maple's collar from tugging on it during play time.

I'm a bad mom with her recent pictures still in my camara, but as soon as I get them developed, I will send some your way. She does have all her big girl teeth now so I'm anxiously awaiting the restof the growing!

Thank you all for taking such good care of the animals and helping to bring all people the special happiness from the love of a pet.
Envy of the Neighborhood (May 2002)

Hi Katie, glad to hear from you. We've renamed Carrie ... hope you don't mind, but we actually named her after you -- Katie! She's doing well and is the envy of all the dog owners in our neighborhood. We've taken some pictures that will send as soon as we get them developed. She does great most of the time, but can be a bit of a handful on walks because she is so friendly ... she wants to meet EVERYONE! She already knows how to sit and lay down, and is getting pretty well housebroken -- only a few accidents here and there. We've been taking her on lots of outings to help with socialization -- her favorite places to go are the Petsmart, Duke Gardens, and Weaver Street Market. One day we took her hiking and she picked up 9 ticks! It turned out to be a good lesson for us in tick removal! We're getting a vet appointment set up asap so that we can get her flea & tick treatment.

We're also planning to enroll in a puppy class, which we're really looking forward to.

Thanks again for bring such a sweetheart into our lives!

Nancy and Will
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.
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