2008 Success Stories

Espe
Espe

Espe

I wanted to thank you once again for bringing Espe/Emie into our lives. Hanna has never been so active or playful.

Emie is so smart that I am looking forward to obedience classes in January. She has captured my roommate’s heart (the “dog tolerator”) so much that will not watch TV without her snuggled up next to him. And she is so busy! What an important gal, always chewing on one bone, “hiding” another in a room corner or under the couch, then finding another bone, burying it in my closet under the clothes or under my bed. So busy.

Thank you again!


Ella

We lost our 9 year old Jack Russell Terrier to the neighbor’s Chow Chow one week ago. It devastated our family as we witnessed the aftermath of the killing. Our son, Christopher, had been given “Patches” on the morning of his 6th birthday and he’d become a member of our family. We were all in shock.

A friend told us that the best way to move on was to adopt a dog from the pound or a rescue organization. Through an internet search, we discovered Athens Canine Rescue and began to explore the adoptable dogs.

It was through this website that we discovered “Ella”, an adorable hound/pointer mix. We decided to fill out the application to begin the process. We met the foster mom, Staci, and Ella in a parking lot close to a local college campus. We quickly realized that she was ‘the one’ for our active family of six.

Because of the love and attention of the foster mom, Ella quickly adapted to our home; walking on a leash, traveling in our mini-van, playing with our four children and learning basic commands. It was obvious she was a smart puppy and would be a welcome addition to our family.

Thanks for Athens Canine Rescue and Staci H. for the work they’ve done to place these lost/unwanted pets into loving homes. We lost Patches and have fond memories of him, but Ella is doing a great job of moving our family forward and providing lots of laughs along the way!


Maggie
Maggie

Maggie

Maggie is doing really well. I took her with me to visit my parents over the weekend, and she was great on the long car ride.

We take a long walk every morning. Maggie knows it by heart, and she knows every dog and cat along the way. She’s in good health and is at least as happy as she makes me. I can’t imagine not having her. She’s in her usual place as we speak, right next to me.


Penelope
Penny

Penny

I’m just writing to tell you how happy I am to have Penny around. She has remained very sweet and docile. She is very polite with new dogs and is super sweet with humans. PenelopeShe’s been jumping up a little bit on people but stops right away when she’s corrected (although sometimes she forgets again when someone new shows up). She is completely on program with being house-broken and going to sleep at night. She spends a lot of time playing with my girlfriend’s dogs Cracker and Chooey, and is learning all kinds of bad habits from them. At home by herself she is super mellow, but when she’s around the other dogs she gets very happy and excited. Currently she weighs 41 lbs. She seems happy and confident and everyone fawns all over her b/c she’s so cute.

I just love this dog! she’s so sweet, and you did such a good job getting her off to a good start. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks again.


Roxy
Roxy

Roxy

We just received a note card reminding us it was a year ago that we adopted “Regan” (now known as Roxy). Who would have thought that introducing an eight week old puppy into a house with 3 kids and 5 cats could go so smoothly? She is such a perfect part of our family. I never thought a dog could be so smart and well-behaved. We think she is truly the best!

Thank-you Athens-Canine Rescue for saving our wonderful little pup.


Sadie
Sadie

Sadie

We adopted Sadie back in March of 2008. At first she was a little shy and tenacious about her new place, but very quickly adopted us as her family. She has the best life a beagle could want! She particularly enjoys her large yard, her daily walks, and sniffing any place her nose will go. There is small family of rabbits that live in the woods behind our house and more squirrels than a dog could ever chase. Sadie has plenty to keep her occupied while we’re away at work. Also, oddly enough for a beagle, she has somewhat befriended a deer. It’s very interesting to watch the two sniff at each other through the fence.

We adopted Maddie (aka Meghan) in August 2007 and couldn’t have made a better choice! Maddie has the funniest personality and the need to be the center of attention – which is why everybody loves her. Maddie is extremely smart.. sometimes a little too smart. She already had the basics down – sit, stay, and down. In only two days, she picked up high five! And she even knows how to crawl Army style and dance. Her best trick, though, is playing hide and seek.. but mainly seek! We’ve found that Maddie loves the water. Creeks, lakes, ponds, puddles, but not so much baths. Go figure. Her favorite things to do are go walking in the woods and cuddle with her Momma. Maddie has been such a joy in our family. She has the most unique personality of any dog and that’s we love her so much! From her snoring.. to her cinnamon roll stealing.. to her ways of letting us know it’s time to play.. she’s been the greatest addition. I had always been a cat person, but now I really understood the meaning of (wo)man’s best friend. Thank you ACR for the sweetest and prettiest Maddie Girl. Thank you!


Cody
Cody

Cody

Cody (formerly Shardik, left) is GREAT and, according to my vet, the calmest puppy ever. He loves running at the dog park with all his buddies and is beginning to catch on to the thrill of playing soccer. He takes after mom, Roxie, completely and is a total cuddle-bug, especially in the morning. (There’s nothing like waking up to a giant puppy kiss!) He is such a happy boy, and when he wags his tail, his whole booty wags along, too. Then, when he’s really excited, it spins in a pretty hilarious helicopter twirl. Cody will do just about anything for a treat, so we’re really good at sitting, lying down, and waiting for an “okay.”; We’ve been through one puppy class already and will probably start formal obedience training in a month or so. He’s up to 30lbs now and will probably top out somewhere between 50 and 60. Thanks again for all your help with the adoption procedure. It was the best decision I ever made!


Ernest T
Ernest T

Ernest T

We adopted Puglet (now Ernest T) a few months ago. He has gained weight and spends his days with his “brothers and sisters” playing and napping. here’s a picture of our little man – he has been a great addition to our family!


Lula
Lula

Lula

This is Lula! She came to live with our family in May 2008 from Athens Canine Rescue and has added so much to our lives. Our children, Javi, age 7, and Isa, age 4, can’t wait to see Lula in the morning and when we get home from our outings. We had never owned a dog before, so we are taking some lessons to learn how to be the best pet owners we can be. Luckily Lula is a smart dog who is being patient with us while we figure it all out. Lula is so sweet and so loving – just like she was described by her foster mom. She loves nothing more than to curl up next to us on the couch or crawl into bed with the kids. She also loves to be outside and to chase balls and frisbees. Lula has been very patient when Isa has decided to dress her up with bandanas and necklaces too. We love Lula more and more every day and we are so glad that she came to be a part of our family!


Bunker
Bunker

Bunker

Bunker is the truly the happiest dog in the world – he wakes up wagging his tail and goes to bed wagging his tail! He loves to wrestle, play and nap on our other doG Bogey! Bunker loves to have his belly rubbed and be loved on, but his favorite activity by far is anything that involves food! It has been fun to watch his curiosity grow as he came to us a very skittish puppy who becomes more bold each and every day.


Tupelo
Tupelo

Tupelo

I adopted Tupelo (formerly Phoebe) in February of this year and have fallen head over heels for this amazing pup ever since. She has grown now to be about 45 lbs. and has one of the sweetest temperaments I have seen from any dog. She recently graduated from obedience school and we still work on her manners a little bit each day. I wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to adopt such an amazing animal and gain a new best friend!


Sunny
Sunny

Sunny

Sunny (aka Termite, Tiny Terror and BEEP BEEP, remember the comic coyote and the road runner?) is fine. She goes on the treadmill when Steve can’t walk her enough or when I get disgusted with her! She’s addicted to it too. And the reward of her choice is Trader Joe’s peanut butter treats for small dogs. We had it moved to living room so I can see her from kitchen. dining, and living room. She graduates from beginner obedience school this weekend and has been awarded “most improved” title by instructor. She is convinced she can take on all of the big dogs, anytime! Actually she understands everything, its just a matter of if she chooses to do what’s asked. At night she goes back and forth between laps to snooze and watch TV. She has a big cage/kennel next to Steve’s side of bed, 2′ x3′ x 2′. We do NOT leave her loose when no one is here or awake! She goes to our vet’s office for doggie day care if we have to be gone more than a couple of hours and helps the receptionist type, greet and answer phones. She’s always on the entry counter or in someone’s lap when I pick her up.

We love her and she’s Steve’s best friend. She sits on his lap most of the time during day while he does speech homework, reads, etc. Thank you for the huge effort you made for us.


Stella
Stella

Stella

Stella (formerly Belle) is doing so well! She and Rocky are like bookends, and even Chloe has really taken to her. Stella is teaching her how to be a dog, and it’s so much fun to watch. Rocky is exhausted all the time now, ’cause Stella is constantly trying to get him to play. She is such a sweety, and she has made a wonderful addition to our little family! Thanks Wesley and Athens Canine Rescue for bringing her into our lives.


Emma
Emma

Emma

I have been intending to email with an update on Emma. She is doing very well and we are so happy with her! She enjoys running with me and has gotten up to 8 miles, although this is rare. We have about a 3-5 mile average. We have also found a great trail behind the elementary school where she can go off leash through the woods. William is obsessed with her. He and she are constant companions and she sleeps in his bed at night. He has made her a valentine. At Christmas he made a giant ornament with her face in it! Emma loves rough housing with Bob and can’t wait for his arrival from work in the evening she will lay at on on his feet as long as he will allow.


Lily
Lily

Lily

Lily (formerly known as Lizzie and pictured here on the left) has been with my dog Emerson and I for almost a month now, and she has been nothing short of an absolute pleasure! These two are inseparable now, and I couldn’t imagine not having this adorable pup in my life! ACR was absolutely awesome through the whole experience, and although two dogs is enough for me, I can’t say enough great things about them to all of my friends! This little girl has definitely found a permanent home! :)


Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

Greetings from Bonnie and Clyde (formerly Nancy and Drew)..The super Pugs. These guys came to live with us a few weeks ago and I am not sure whose life has changed for the better. I want to think that we have given them a great home with lots of love and joy. However the joy and love they have added to us has been the best. I feel so lucky to have been able to adopt these kids and give them a good home environment and they have thanked us a hundred times over. My experience with Athens Canine Rescue was a great one. If anyone reading this is unsure about adopting from this rescue league, please do not hesitate. I was given so much information and help before I adopted I really felt I knew these guys before I ever brought them home, and I know that their foster mom gave them excellent care. She was so great and also so careful to make sure that these (kids) would have a good home with me. Bonnie and Clyde love to play with each other and Clyde almost always has a ball in his mouth, Bonnie was not much into toys, however I did find one she liked and she drags it every where. We have just have a conversation and they asked me to tell Bly that they miss her a lot, but not to worry as they are happy and sassy (especially the diva Bonnie). Thanks to all of you at Athens Canine Rescue. We will continue to send updates.


Kasey
Kasey

Kasey

I wanted to share my story with you! My name is Cindy Hooten and I adopted Kasey (aka Buddha ) on April 16th. I already had a small dog named Toby and was very nervous about trying Buddha. My dog Toby had been the only dog in our house for 7 years and was very jealous of other dogs and even children. I even backed out once and just couldn’t get Kasey off my mind. With encouragement from his foster parent Stacey I decided to give it a try. Thanks to Stacey Kasey has a new home and my Toby has a new brother! They’re getting along very good and really hit if off very good from the start. We went on a camping trip this past weekend for a “real” test and it was so much fun! My husband came up with the name Kasey. If you’re thinking about adopting but just not sure because of situation or circumstances at your home, talk it over with the adoption agency. Don’t give up!