We love to hear them!
Gunner had a precarious start in life. He and 3 littermates were found surrounding their dead mother at 5 weeks of age. Moved into foster care, the pups gained weight well but had some confusion about who was ‘boss’. Canine Coach gave foster homes training after evaluating the puppies and said that mom would have taught them lots of lessons had she lived and now the fosters would have to take her place. These obedient and willing fosters then worked to help the young pups learn the dog rules that they would need to get along in the world and all attended socialization classes too. Adoptive parents also received advice on dominance issues so what the pups were learning would travel with them.
Fast forward a few months and Gunner was adopted by a couple in St. Paul. One of them had served overseas and had come back with some issues they hoped would be eased by a great canine pal who might serve as an unofficial therapy dog. Gunner has been in his new home for 6 months now and this is what his owners have to say about him.
He loves apartment living, car rides and is well known around St Paul.
He will be working on his service merits this year and is such a wonderful addition to our lives! Thank you to Pet Haven for choosing us for Gunner’s forever home!
Charli’s owners think she is a wonderful girl too. Lap time in dad’s lap is special although playing with a string toy can get her out that warm and cozy spot. Being declawed in front and having had a number of teeth removed because of gum disease, you wouldn’t think she would be a good mouser but she is a great ‘pointer’ and stands watch at the cupboard where the garbage is kept if she hears any little noise inside! When not on mouse patrol, Charli loves to be brushed also.
Chloe was adopted recently by a wonderful couple with 2 little girls. Recently their 5 year old Bernese Mountain dog passed away and they were looking for a new companion for their daughters, Grace and Olivia.
9 months ago one of their girls, Grace, had a heart transplant. While she was still in the hospital and recovering from the transplant Grace had a stroke. Due to the stroke she has minimal use of her right side and has problems speaking. These problems however does not diminish how much she loves animals. During the home visit Chloe was laying in Grace’s lap and letting Grace hug her over and over while she kept saying “Ohhh Mommy!” Even though Grace’s hugs were a little on the rough side, Chloe never moved off of her lap.
We wish the family well with the new love of their life. Lucky pup!
This cute little girl was named Quinta when she was with Pet Haven and now has a new home, a new name AND enjoys life to the fullest in her new family!
Here’s what her mom has to say about her:
My name is Allison Corn and in January of this year I adopted Annabelle (Quinta). I wanted to email you to let you see my little cutie pie as she is growing up! Annabelle has honestly changed my life. Everyone that sees her pictures or meets her instantly falls in love with her. She is like my little girl and best companion! She has completed puppy and intermediate dog training classes at Petsmart and is scheduled to do advanced in the fall. She also just wrapped up 6 classes of trick training (Annabelle LOVES to do tricks and agility!). Thank you so much for allowing her to be in my life! Hope you guys are having a great summer!
PS my vet thinks she is a chihuahua/ terrier mix, most likely rat terrier!
Marco Polo was a charming fellow, about 4-6 yrs. old when he went to be the best buddy to Ayers Bagley and Marian Ortolf- Bagley.
He was a constant companion and grateful for the warm spots he could snooze on and had one of the most unique and busy back yard bird feeding set-ups that most cats have ever seen.
Recently he began to fail and a cancer was discovered. He was only with them for 3 – 4 years and it was hard to let him go.
Soon, we hope, good memories will help with the grief and tears.
They are looking for another great companion and therapy cat to sit on a lap, to amuse them and their friends with another unique personality and loving ways.
Marco was not the first Pet Haven cat who was fortunate enough to find his way into their home. They have room in their hearts and home for another one too.
Dakota was an owner surrender when she came to Pet Haven at about 3 yrs. of age. The surrendering owner didn’t disclose her reactivity to other dogs, counter surfing, and fabric chewing habits and she was a challenge in her foster home. The fosters worked with Canine Coach and brought Dakota around and made the decision to adopt her!
About 10 years have passed and she has ‘retired’ in AZ with her owners who report that she continues to be a full-of-energy girl who needs lots of stimulation and excitement in her life.
Just thought I’d update you on Dakota. She loves it here in Tucson! Lizards to chase and dogs next door she’s able to play with. She became ill last summer, with much coughing, and I feared it was “valley fever”, a local fungal infection. Turned out, ironically, to be blastomycosis, which she must have brought with her from MN. The best meds were impossibly expensive, but the same stuff they use for valley fever seems to have worked on the blasto.
The house came with a pool, and I took her in a few times last year, shortly after we arrived, so that if she happened to wind up in the pool somehow she would know how to get out. She didn’t like it. This year she has overcome her fear and will swim willingly! We’re waiting to see if she will ever go in by herself to cool off.
She’s 11 now, and showing no signs yet of slowing down. We’re proud of her. She’s become such a good dog. She’s still a bit iffy with other dogs– an altercation with a Shepherd twice her size in the hardware store comes to mind, though in fairness, they surprised one another at a corner– but that’s her only failing and is much less an issue than it was. We’re so glad she came into our lives, in spite of the early trials she put us through.
Ed & Edith
Aren’t we all a lot alike? Dogs, cats and people. We rescued, we adopted, we trained and then we do our best to correct or lessen behaviors, we gain trust, we appreciate what the cat or dog brings to our relationship and we love each other.
All of us, human and companion animals, need to be appreciated for what we have to offer. Ed, Edith and Dakota were there for each other in the past and have enjoyed many years together, appreciating the loving bond between them more and more as time goes on.
Reyn, formerly known as Renault, is loving life in his new home and all of his welcoming family!
Despite appearances, he is really a bird dog at heart.
Recently, this message came from his new owner:
I thought I’d share this story about Reyn and what he did yesterday on our walk in the woods. He and I have been at our lake home for two weeks, enjoying lots of walks. Yesterday when I took Reyn on a walk in the woods behind our house he sniffed out a grouse that was completely buried in the snow to stay warm. Reyn is a true hunter and still makes me wonder if he fended for himself for a period of time. He hones in on smells like nothing I’ve ever seen in a small domestic dog. Yesterday he stopped, put his head back sniffing the air and then dove head first into the snow. Seconds later a grouse popped up and Reyn lunged for him. I immediately pulled back on his leash but he still managed to pluck two tail feathers from the bird. The only other dog I’ve ever had that hunted like Reyn is my dog Bandit that was half toy collie and half red fox. I’ve never had a domestic house dog like Reyn. Right now he’s laying in front of the patio door, in the sun, watching the squirrels eating sunflower seeds under the bird feeder. He’s a great dog and I love him so much.
I hope all’s well with you!
Sometimes you have to leave the area you were raised in and move to a new location to find happieness and your forever home. That’s just what happened to Wheezy. After a long stay in rescue in IA, she came to the Twin Cities to continue her search – and was successful. Not only does she have a home that is understanding of her shy nature and is helping her work through some insecurities, she has a job!
Here’s an update from her adoptive mom, written to her foster mom.
Good evening Lisa,
I just wanted to let you know how Wheezy has been settling in during her first few months here. She’s definitely my shadow and worries when I’m out of sight, but I think she’s making progress. She no longer needs me to sit on the floor with her when she eats; I can actually be in the next room (though she does come to check on me), and instead of doing her business and then immediately coming to whatever window I’m near and staring in, she’s discovered that it’s OK to stay out for a while and investigate all the good smells in the yard.
Wheezy comes to work with me and has been a big hit there. While men and various random things make her nervous, I think it’s good experience for her. I often say we have the best customers in the world: people who feed the birds tend to be a kind-hearted bunch, and the majority, like our staff, are also big pet lovers. Our Fed-Ex guy has learned to approach slowly and crouch down so as not to be threatening. He brings her treats. Wheezy’s getting a lot of exposure to the good folks in life, and she always has the option to hang out in the office if she wants a quiet retreat.
Wheezy enjoys running with me several times a week. Together we have recently graduated to 4.8 miles. I stop at regular intervals so Wheezy can roll in the snow, which she loves. She looks pretty cute in her safety vest and collar light: a serious canine athlete. We have also completed PetCo’s level one training class and have signed up for level two. Wheezy loves doggy school and seems to catch on pretty quickly. She won the sit/stay contest twice, though mostly by default, I think, as she’s so calm and really doesn’t know what else to do…
All in all, she’s adjusting quite well, and we’re having a good time together. Thanks again for fostering her! The photo is of her at work. We made her a name tag that says “in training.”
Truly a Happy Tail!
Traditionally, adoption rates slack off in Dec. and often prior to Thanksgiving. Adopters are busy, they are planning events and arranging meetings with family and friends. Making a lifetime commitment to a new pet is, understandably, not at the top of the ‘to-do’ list!
Recently these 3 canines found their forever homes and we all celebrate. Fosters, other volunteers and most especially, the dog and his or her new owner!
Congratulations one and all!
Ella came to the Animal Humane Society in a cruelty case. She is judged to be 10 yrs. old and is in the very early stages of kidney disease. It isn’t a problem for her now, except that she can’t concentrate her urine, but it will progress.
She’s a cute girl – and will be even prettier once all of her matted-to-the-skin, long hair is removed. The worst mats have been shaved off. Now her new mom, a Pet Haven foster with a fondness for older cats, is working on combing out the rest, removing more dead hair and getting rid of her dandruff. Skin doesn’t like to have hair matted down tight to it. A bath is in her future too. By the holiday season she will have regrown much of her coat and she will look at least like a medium haired lady.
Ella will be having a dental too – she has one broken canine and at least one more that will be removed but since her back teeth are encased in tartar it is hard to tell how many will be pulled until she is sedated. Most cats are not cooperative at ‘opening wide’ so the dentist can do a thorough check!
So far her mom has found her to be a confident, comfortable lady.
She may be deaf. When she is sleeping, if you touch her, she startles. Mom has started tapping her feet when she is a little ways away so she senses she is there and wakes up on her own.
Pet Haven has taken other difficult to place cats and dogs from AHS when they are able to. Some companion animals do not deal well in a shelter or are not very adoptable for one reason or another. Few adopters are looking for the very shy who would benefit from a one on one experience in a home before they find their forever home or for those who come in with a shortened life span.
Working together, we can find homes for more of these cats and dogs and bunnies who really need the unusual adopter – one who is willing to have and love a pet for 6 months or 4 years. We hold special memories in our hearts for the ones we adopt or foster, sometimes for a long period of time and others more briefly.
Ella is going to create all sorts of special memories as her mom gets to know her.
Pumpkin is a wonderful example of collaboration. She was taken from a hoarder by the Animal Humane Society in the last year. Many of the dogs were well enough socialized to be able to go up for adoption through their shelters but a few were not and a plea went out to rescue partners to find foster homes to advance their socialization.
Pumpkin is probably a spaniel-pappillion mix. She spent a number of months in a Pet Haven foster home before finding a home of her own where she has settled in and is truly a shining example of what all of us who do rescue are working towards.
This is what her adopters recently had to say about her and how she has fit into their lives.
We just wanted to thank you for rehabilitating Pumpkin into the happy little dog she is today. She has become a welcome member of our family and is really enjoying her new home.
Steph and Pumpkin have become best friends and Pumpkin rarely leaves her side. She will follow her around the house and wants to “help” Steph with everything she does, from folding laundry to making the bed. (When I say “help” I mean lay on top of things.) Last week she even went with Steph to visit the daycare where Steph works as part of their “Pets” theme for the month. The students loved her and Pumpkin behaved very well. We tell children to pet her on the brown spot on her back , and this prevents them from petting her in a way that makes her too uncomfortable. Pumpkin also enjoyed going up north with us to Steph’s cabin. She loved playing in the big open areas and even started following around other members of the family and looking for handouts during meals.
She is starting to learn a few new tricks. She’s doing really well at “sit”, “down” and “high five” (what most dog know as “shake”) and is even learning to put her head down on command. She still needs to work on “stay”, because, once again, it’s hard for her to be more than 5 feet from Steph. Pumpkin loves to go on walks with Steph and is now flying up and down the stairs of our apartment building. Her walking condition doesn’t seem to bother her and most times is virtually unnoticeable. Pumpkin becomes very excited when Steph comes home from work but is starting to learn that she doesn’t get attention until she sits and calms down. I can understand the excitement of someone coming home can conflict with the need to sit and be calm. Tango, my parent’s dog, has the same problem.
As for her relationship with me, she is slowly becoming more comfortable. She’s still a little shy of me at times, but has come a long way since we first got her. She will take treats from me and listen to some basic commands but is reluctant to go on walks with me and sometimes will shy away when I walk towards her. From what we can gather, this issue is connected to men in general rather than me specifically. At the cabin, Pumpkin became more comfortable with Steph’s mom and sister, but not with her dad or brother. We’re confident that she will become accustomed to me eventually, especially since we’ve already seen some improvement. She’s a smart dog and I think she will learn this “trick” as well.
We’re looking forward to many happy years with our new pet and you can bet that Pumpkin is loving life much more than she did in Bemidji. Thank you for the patience and compassion you gave Pumpkin. You helped us find the dog we were looking for.
David and Stephanie Surine