2007 Success Stories
Hi, I’m Eloise (the cute one on the left), this is my sister Dixie (the cute one on the right). After being found in an Amethyst mine keeping vigil over my ten dead babies I was lucky enough to be sent to UGA for the spaying program. There I met my really nice foster Mommy. She was a veterinary student and she got me started on the road to good fortune. I was adopted by my forever Mom and Dad a year ago. Since then I’ve really settled in. I now know I will be loved no matter what. I’ve traveled many places meeting new friends and family members. I’ve been up and down the East coast and even to the beach. Waves, very BIG waves, not too sure about them, even though Dixie loves them. We also go camping, I like that. All those new people and wonderful smells. So many smells and so little time! I even won a costume contest at a state park during a Halloween camp trip. All in all life is good. Dixie and I are having fun being sisters. She shares Mom and Dad’s bed with me and all her toys. And we love to play in the yard. Thanks to everyone at ACR for helping all us canines that need rescuing!; Keep up the good work.
Our lives have been nothing but exciting since we adopted Daisy (formerly Dahlia pictured here on the left) in September of 2007! We have a Boston Terrier named Baby (pictured on right) and she has been the little queen for over 8 years. She started to just get “bored” and give up and be lazy all the time. We decided that she needed a playmate and sister! We had been looking for months for another puppy but all those doors were closed. I was led to Athens Canine Rescue by someone in a local group I belong to. I checked out the website and knew Daisy was the dog for us. Daisy’s foster mommy brought her to us and we instantly just melted! Baby was immediately revived! They have been the best of playmates since then. Yep…they have their sister spats, but they love each other thru it all. Daisy was convinced that Baby was her mommy and she would curl up into Baby and sleep when she was little. Now, Daisy is bigger than Baby but as she grows…her love grows on! Daisy will get us up every morning with her love and kisses and she is ready to go. This little gal needs no human coffee! She just loves life so much that she never finds a sad moment. Even when she gets in trouble, she has figured out that a hug is just a moment away! Daisy has decided where her, I mean, HER spot is on the sofa! If she finds someone else (i.e. her humans that roam the house) in her spot…she promptly goes and nudges them up and then throws her tennis ball to try to get her human to play! If her human can’t play right then, that is ok…she just entertains herself. She has even learned how to leap from one end of the sofa to the other with just one big ol’ leap! And, don’t get in the way of her and her peanut butter filled kong! Peanut butter is her favorite treat in the world! And, Daisy’s favorite activity of all time is camping!!! She went camping with us while on her home visit. She immediately became a camping fan for life! While we were on the camping trip, we forgot her toys. That was ok with her…she figured out a water bottle made the best toy in town! We have no idea what kind of dog Daisy is other than a terrier mix, but we know one thing for sure…she is our little spoiled princess!! Thank you Athens Canine Rescue for bringing our little spoiled princess to join us and our little spoiled queen!
Maggie (formerly Riley) is very smart – she quickly learned “sit” and potties on command. She’s had one accident in the house (my fault completely) and no accidents in her kennel. She is a bundle of energy and loves to play with other dogs and get chased by us. We are anxious for Forrest to get to 100% to play with her, which will hopefully happen soon. She’s hilarious and sweet, and we are so happy that she is part of our family. I’m attaching some pictures so you can see how she’s grown.
I’m not sure where to start. First of all, we LOVE Gus. He is turning into the most wonderfully sweet dog. He still isn’t overly affectionate but he loves a big belly rub and he can’t wait to sleep at our feet. About two weeks ago we finished his beginner obedience classes of which he was a star. Let me rephrase that. He was a star at class but seems to forget everything we work on at home but we have just chalked that up to him being a puppy. Speaking of him being a puppy…he is HUGE. His last weigh-in put him at about 60 pounds That was last weekend though so I am pretty sure he is closer to 65 by now. He and our first dog Beta are inseparable. If we take one out the other wants to be there. If we give one a treat for going to bed the other knows that they get one too. The first couple of weeks Beta thought that she was just having a “sleep over” which was tons of fun. Then she pouted. Now they are buddies which is good since Gus is about a half an inch taller than Beta. Gus has learned to swim and he loves it. He runs about a mile with me in the morning and doesn’t protest when he is switched out for Beta and the run continues. I think he knows once he stops growing they will both get to go together. He is the star of the dog park and everybody loves to watch his body slowly catch up with his feet. To make a long story short, Gus is an exceptional addition to our house and we are so happy we have him. Thanks so much for everything!
I adopted Gus (formerly “Gecko”) in April of 2006. He is the most awesome dog and has brought so much fun and joy to our lives. I call him my shadow because wherever I am he is sure to be close behind. Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone at ACR and especially his foster mom “Shelly” for seeing what a sweetheart he was. The picture is of Gus and his dad in their favorite “position”.
Our family is so rich with little Ava (pictured on right) in it. After adopting our first dog Phoebe (pictured on left), we knew how much our hearts could grow with the love of a good pup. When we decided that we were ready to find a sister for Phoebe, we looked carefully to find a dog that would be a good fit. We knew we stumbled on a special situation when we saw little Ava on the ACR website. Special thanks to Ava’s foster mom who could not have been more helpful. The love she gave Ava was undeniable. ACR as an organization was responsive and responsible at every turn. One of the best feelings was knowing that because we adopted Ava, we helped make an opportunity for ACR to rescue another dog to spread love and joy into the world. We would recommend adopting from ACR, paws down!
I wanted to share some recent pics. Thanks so much for sending the vet records. I received them in time for Nala’s (formerly Sunflower) vet visit where she received her next round of boosters. She is lots of fun – a little naughty – but lots of fun. She is learning something new everyday. We are working on training her (and our boys!) and she is very responsive. She is also doing very well with her potty training. I just want you to know our boys remember you in their prayers every night. They realize if you had not rescued Lily-we wouldn’t have Nala. She has already brought so much joy to our lives. So thank you, thank you, thank you, for all that you do to help animals in need.
When I first decided that I wanted to adopt a dog I did not know where to look. I looked casually at different websites, but none of the dogs caught my eye. I had a few requirements. I wanted a small, older dog who was house trained. When I came across the ACR website and saw Wiley, I was struck by his bio and pictures. He seemed like everything I wanted and he was located close to where I live! I did not know much about beagles, but I filled out the application for him anyways. The first day we met, I took him home for my trial week. I quickly learned why beagles are known for “talking” and I renamed him Hootie because he is quite the singer. We bonded very quickly and now he is always at my side ready to protect me, or to pick up any food that I drop. In fact, I call him Love Bug more than I call him Hootie. He has been nothing but wonderful and I cannot imagine why his owner chose not to reclaim him from the pound. Hootie is such a sweet and loving dog and I have done my best to return the affection. I could go on and on about how much I love this “vicious beagle”, as he was once called as a stray, but I will sum it up with THANKS SO MUCH ACR FOR RESCUING HOOTIE!!
This is a picture of Rocca (formerly known as Diamond) and my friend’s dog Sammie – they play so good together. She lives not too far from me and we let the dogs play a lot. She gets her last set of shots for the year on Sat. She is learning so much–sit, shake, don’t jump on people is a sometimes tough but she is trying. I will be taking her to obedience soon. She sits on the floor down from the cat and makes noises like she is yalking to her to come down and play. The cat slaps her with her paws all the time but never lets out her claws (which is a good thing). Everyone is always taking pictures of her and now when she sees the camera, she stops real still–so funny. Camera hog is what I call her 🙂
We first saw Phoebe (formerly Serafina) at our vet’s office. I commented on how sweet and pretty she was and was surprised to hear that she was a rescue and up for adoption. We couldn’t get her out of our heads and after a week or so filled out an adoption application. Working with Athens Canine Rescue was wonderful! Her foster mom was very supportive and readily available to answer any of our questions. Because she had lived in foster care we knew a lot about her before she came to live with us. When she did finally come to our house for the one week trial we knew almost right away that she was perfect for us! We were in love! Phoebe has been a joy to us every day, whether at the dog park or in our laps at night! Thank you Athens Canine Rescue for the work you do for dogs; without you we wouldn’t have our Phoebe and many other dogs wouldn’t find their way into loving homes!
We had decided to adopt a dog after my 12 year old German Shepherd had passed away. My daughter wanted a $900 dollar puppy. I wanted a dog that would fit our family. This is really why I chose to go with Athens Canine Rescue. I love the way they work things. The foster parents had the dog for a while and they give you a very accurate description of what kind of dog you’re getting. We chose Darla Ann (pictured on right) because I felt she would fit well with our schedule based on what her foster mom had told me. She was all that and more. It took some time for her to feel comfortable but after a few days she was calming down. She loves to go for walks and helps me (Her new mom) get her exercise in each day. She is so sweet and has gotten along great with all the neighborhood dogs and my mom’s dog, Molly. We changed her name to BO ROSALIND and she learned it really quick. She has done great in the crate and has great indoor manners. I’m so glad I got an older dog, one past the puppy phase. We are so happy with this new addition to our family.
Thanks to Athens Canine Rescue this dog’s life was spared. It tears my heart out to know this precious adorable sweetheart had 24 hours before they would be putting an end to her life . Her previous owner surrendered her to the shelter because they were moving. Its sad. I hope you will consider adopting a dog to love. I know I am very pleased with our precious Bo.
RAPHAEL THE UNBELIEVABLE!
Being a disabled senior, my dogs are very important to me. They are my motivators, my companions, my alert system (as I am hard of hearing), my pain relief and my assist dogs. When I had to have my 16 year old put to sleep, my 1 1/2 yr old rat terrier was lost. Elmer was a throw away dog that appeared at my door about 6 months ago, and was bonding well and learning how to manage in my home and around my power chair, but he missed the companionship of his own kind. I began looking in Petfinders.com for another dog. This is when I found at Athens Canine Rescue, a little guy named Raphael. Something just seemed special about him. Never did I know that some special force from above must have picked him out.
Elmer and I went to Athens and met with Jenny, his foster mother. Raphael seemed to accept us and after I was given a complete assessment of his behavior and personality along with his medical papers, I took him home for a trial. The first week went well, and I decided that Raphael would be an asset to my life style. Little did I know that during the next week, he would bloom and become an unbelievable companion.
I attended a gathering of Post Polio friends about 600 miles from my home. Leaving Elmer with my grandson, I took Raphael with me to continue building the bond. He traveled like a pro, never complaining. We stayed in a motel that permitted dogs. Raphael seemed to bloom, he tolerated others and myself and our power chair, walking beside mine on a leash, riding in my lap or just sitting among the group while we chatted. He handled the breakfast bar mornings, sitting by my chair and quickly learned that others would drop their hand down with a yummy if he nudged their leg. Several times I was asked if he was a Helper Dog as his behavior was so polished. The members of our group knew his story, and could not believe how Raphael and I had become so well bonded, and how he just knew what to do and how to act in different situations.
There are not enough words to express my appreciation for Jenny and the Athens Canine Rescue, for the privilege of adopting Raphael. He is my love, he is unbelievable, he is the perfect dog for my life style.
Thank you all
We adopted Norman (pictured on right), formerly known as Oliver, from ACR in February and have loved every minute of having him as a member of our family! Norman has adjusted well to his home and is a typical happy dog. He did seem a little lonely for canine companionship, so he recently got a “brother,” Leon, a beagle mix who was rescued by-proxy (His mother was found stray and taken in by a local family while expecting puppies. Leon is one of them!) They love one another and certainly keep us on our toes! Norman is enjoying obedience class and they are both enjoying chewing on rawhides, chasing one another in the yard, singing duets for us and, unfortunately, digging up all of the flowerbeds! (We’re working on that last one!).
Yogi and Sasha were actually adopted in 2006, but this is a very recent picture of their blissful life together. Yogi was adopted first, and his mom enjoyed the experience so much that she became an ACR foster home, and her first foster dog was Sasha. That relationship only lasted a couple of days, because foster mom immediately realized she could never let Sasha go. She continues to foster ACR dogs though, and Yogi and Sasha are delighted to have the company.