Posts tagged dogs
Water was known as ‘Big Joe’ when he came to Pet Haven. Now he has a family, a couple of humans who love him very much, a buddy, Earl, he can play with and even a foster sister. Pretty good for a fellow who had no home just a few months ago.
Walter and his brother!
Hot dog! Cool floor!
Here’s a report from his family:
I just wanted to send you both a quick update on Big Joe now named Walter. He is doing great here at his new home in Minneapolis. He’s enjoying his daily walks to the park, snuggling on the couch, lounging outside in the yard and wrestling with his new brother and foster sister. He is such a great dog and we love him so much already. He had his first trip to the vet yesterday and we made it a group outing (all dogs came) so he wouldn’t feel lonely. He was a champ at letting the doc check him from head to toe and he was an instant hit with everyone there. People were so excited to meet him and give him a big ol’ hug! He’s also met all the neighbors and they’ve welcomed him to the neighborhood with open arms. We are planning a trip to our cabin in August and we can’t wait to introduce him to Lake Superior.
I will try to keep everyone up to date with everything that’s going on but if you feel I’m slacking or it’s been a bit too long, please feel free to let me know and I’ll send an updated email asap. Again, thank you to everyone who brought Walter to us. He is such a great dog and we can’t imagine our family without him.
Sarah, Kristin, Earl and Walter
Good boy, Walter, you hit the jackpot -
Cats: Saturday June 9, noon – 2 p.m.
Dogs: Sunday, June 10, 11-1 p.m.
Cats: Sunday, June 10, 1-3 p.m.
Lots of fun, wonderful personalities, knowledgeable fosters to help you find what you are looking for! Stop by and say hello!
This is a new troop this year, there are 5 members, all first graders who attend a magnet school.
The girls thought it would be fun and helpful to have a service project helping animals, especially animals needing a home.
They had a tour of a veterinarian clinic and left their donations there to be passed on to Pet Haven.
Toys to play tug with and shake around, a rawhide bone and fancy collar, squeaky balls and soft fleece blankets for the cats and kittens to sit on while at adoption events were collected. The gift boxes were decorated by the young ladies also!
Thank you, girls!
Medium and large dogs will be at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Small dogs will be at the Chuck and Don’s near Lake Calhoun.
Come and enjoy!
Some of those attending are:
Doyle – cute as can be, doxie
Emma - can we say cute again?
Nick – he’s a hoot!
Dixie – perhaps
Hooch - you’ll want to meet this great fellow personally. He’s a wonderful breed ambassador and has a head as large as a ____________! You supply the word, maybe we should have a contest?
Boomer – a-h-h-h, puppy enthusiasm! Who needs lots of exercise and involvement with his owner? That would be this enthusiastic pup who will turn into a canine good citizen with consistent direction and a chance to bond with owners through obedience classes. Who learns more at those classes? The proud owner? The pooch?
It’s a holiday weekend so dog and foster attendance may be light but you can go to our website and see pictures and bios of all the Pet Haven dogs ready for adoption.
Have you ever heard of this? There are more black dogs (and cats) born than other colors, because it is a dominant color.
Various theories abound as to why black dogs seem to be overlooked for adoption:
Is it superstition?
Is it because it is harder to get good photographs of these dogs? When you don’t see the light in their eyes and the expression on their faces, they may be more readily ignored.
Sitting in the kennels of your local animal shelter is likely a black dog. It might be a Lab, Mastiff, or Chihuahua mix- who knows! Almost each breed can come in black. The staff’s efforts to snap photos that illustrate this dog’s beauty are usually in vain, as the dark color of its shiny coat easily blends into the background. The spirited expression in it’s beautiful eyes are also hard to see with that dark black coat. So “just another black dog” gets posted up onto PetFinder, to blend in with all the “other black dogs.” But here’s a secret. Black dogs are the roses among thorns; the diamond in the rough. They get looked over so easily that often their special talents or uniquely wonderful personalities are missed. But not by us.
Come to an adoption event, come see one of our many black dogs with Pet Haven. Click here to find the dates and locations.
Big Mac comes to us from rural Iowa. Some say he is a very large purebred Lab, some say they think he may be mixed with Great Dane. Regardless, he is one large and gentle giant who is worth coming to meet!
Hooch is a new member of Pet Haven and was found as a stray near Fairmont, Minnesota. Everyone who has met him has fallen in love with him, even people who admitted to being afraid of “pit bulls” (note: he is not an American Pit Bull Terrier) before meeting him.
Although not exactly black, Kimono is close, and is so ready for her forever home. She has been in rescue for months, and besides the negative stereotypes that sometimes come with her breed, we don’t know why. She is a sweet, sweet girl who is ready to make a family VERY happy they found her.
Nick is a “bassador” (lab/basset) who is also new to our clan. His previous family spent very little time teaching him how to be a proper house dog, so skilled foster mom Laura Briggs is helping him learn quickly. He attracts attention everywhere he goes and we don’t anticipate he will be in rescue too long!
Although she will not be in attendance at this weekend’s event (recovering from surgery), Dixie is another black dog in rescue. She is a spunky lady who is, “the sweetest dog I have cared for in my 4 years of fostering” (says her foster mom). She didn’t get the best of care the first 10 years of her life, but you can bet she will for the rest of it!
Thank you to all those out there who have stepped up to adopt a black dog and help break Black Dog Syndrome.
And for those who have never owned a black dog: please consider!
PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
It will be a busy and crazy day and if you are torn between seeing one dog who is smaller and one a little larger, they will all be there together!
Who might come?
Some of the dogs listed do not have bios up on the website yet so there are no pictures and bios to link to – meet those kids and maybe others in person.
Here’s a link to the adoption application. You can fill it out and be prepared ahead of time!
There will be ‘wearing of the green’!
Small dogs: Chuck and Don’s near Lake Calhoun
Diamond -enjoying her toys and snuggling
Medium and Large dogs: PetCo Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Kimi -loves to play with her chew toys, snuggle and go for walks
Sister -a girl who would love some ‘jobs’, part border collie and she thrives in play and exercise with you
Big Mac -
Here is another Happy Tail from the family of a Pet Haven alum. We love hearing these stories!
Here’s an update on Banjo and I’ve attached a few of our favorite photos from the previous year:
Super Banjo is still going strong, although he’s had no use for his cape this winter due to the mild weather. He’s lightening fast without it – the squirrels in the backyard quickly scatter whenever he’s around.
Although Banjo has the same energy level as when we first got him, his face is getting even whiter as he gets older (hard to imagine I know!). His favorite spot this winter is laying in front of the fireplace after Chris gets it roaring. If there’s no fire, he curls up on the couch under the blanket. It’s certainly exhausting being on guard duty all the time!
We took Banjo on some fun hikes this past year and found out how much he likes investigating holes. On the trips when we couldn’t take him along, he stayed with the grandparents and their three dogs without issue. He’s gotten continuously better with other dogs, but is still terrified of children.
Banjo continues to be a fun and energetic (and snuggly) member of the family.
Thank heaven for little girls – for little girls get bigger every day!
Thank heaven for little girls – they grow up in the most delightful way!
Those little eyes so helpless and appealing – one day will flash and send you crashin’ thru the ceilin’
Thank heaven for little girls , thank heaven for them all, no matter where, no matter who, for without them, what would little boys do?
Looking for a lap girl? Gigi could be the one!
Looking for a little girl who will tell you when other dogs are going by the house?
Looking for a cute little button curled up on the back of the couch to see the world go by?
She knows stay, wait, bow and down and is very food oriented so training her is a lot of fun and she is a quick learner!
Gigi loves to play and will fetch the thrown toy endlessly, she also plays well with the standard poodle who belongs to the foster.
Gigi was fostered by someone previously who worked 10.5 hour days – she couldn’t wait to go outside that long and would piddle in her crate. That’s a long day for anyone! She goes to the door to indicate she needs to go outside in this foster home and has never had an accident.
Who is cuter than little Gigi? Not too many!