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Holly

FIRST ADOPTION of the year! Happy For Holly!

For some of us, the worse thing imaginable is having to give up our dog. That was the tough reality that Holly’s parents faced when relocating to new housing where breed restrictions were enforced. After interviewing potential adopters, they decided that Merlin’s Hope was Holly’s best option for a safe and happy future.

Holly came into our rescue confused, nervous, and scared. Her foster family had lots of patience with her, but knew she would require a special home that would continue to help build her confidence and trust.

Holly is a pretty girl who sparked a lot of interest, but one application stood out from the rest. A meet and greet was arranged with the family, including their laid-back Cayman Island rescue dog. Both dogs met politely and were not overly interested in each other – which is just the interaction we look for. Holly’s new humans weren’t able to keep their paws off of her… her new mom had to do a quick allergy test and Holly didn’t mind when her future dad offered her some gentle pats.

Holly’s future will include regular walks with her handsome brother Sammy and a loving family who wants and needs her as much as she needs them. It’s a perfect match, congratulations Holly, Sammy, and family!

2019 Round-Up

 The end of the year brings us no greater pleasure and opportunity than to express our sincerest thank you to everyone. Whether a long time follower or a new addition to team “Merlin’s Hope”, everyone makes a difference in what we are able to do and will continue to do.

By volunteering, cross posting , networking, transporting, fostering, doing home visits , reference checks, and of course sponsoring or donating
…….you make a difference. ❤

To our amazing fundraisers (Cathy @ Thinkartisan and all the talented artisans she finds), and the fantastic auction & event organizers at 12 Days of Thanksgiving
…….you make a difference.❤

To our amazing veterinarians and their staff..you make what we do possible, with your care and the compassion you have for all our animals.
……you make a difference. ❤

Last but certainly not least all our incredible adopters …..it is all of you who make the dreams of these dogs come true, by giving them the luv, and fur-ever home they so desperately deserved and needed.
…..you make a difference. ❤

Look at all these beautiful faces of 2019
….all given a second chance at a new life, and a future full of endless love.

How did all this happen you ask.
…because all of us came together
…because WE all made the difference together

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
🎄☃️🎄

Dawn & Debbie

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Raisin

Little Raisin did not have an easy start to life…and it showed.
She sat in a NY shelter almost bald, and in need of alot of medical attention. She looked like a senior who had just given up…yet she was actually a mere 9 months old.
With the help of a volunteer, transport was arranged, and a special driver made sure she arrived safely to Merlin’s Hope.
Life quickly changed for this darling girl. Over the next 4 months with a healthy diet, various medications and alot of TLC, new fur grew in. She had surgery on her nose to improve her breathing, then entropien surgery and a brow lift to help her see.
All fixed up, with a new lease on life, she was adopted to a wonderful home with a previous adopter. We were excited !!
Unfortunately, new sides to Raisin’s personality made it impossible for her to stay.
Raisin suffered severe separation anxiety, and each day it got worse. It’s important to know, every effort was made to help with her transition. Here’s a very brief outline of the situation…
Raisin was terribly destructive in her new home, and began instigating fights with the resident dogs. We advised crating her to keep everyone safe when left alone. Raisin ripped apart a metal crate beyond repair, thereby injuring herself. A plastic airline crate was the next obvious choice. Her mom came home to a bloody mess. Raisin not only chewed threw a portion of it, but again, inflicted physical damage to herself.
Heartbroken, her mom knew that this was not the best home for her.
We immediately took her back, but she was not the same dog. Once again she shut down, barely moving or responding. The next several weeks were spent back and forth to the vets office treating her wounds. Slowly she began to heal physically and emotionally. We realized this will be an ongoing effort, that will require the help of a professional trainer. It has been an exhausting process to pull her out of her slump but eventually she has come around, at least with her foster family.
It was going to be hard to transition her to another home. It seemed that Raisin may have had other plans. This time she made an even bigger effort to play and cuddle with her siblings. She made it perfectly clear she wanted to stay, and now gained the support of her pack. With all that has been invested in this little girl, and so much at stake, her pleading eyes won.

So just in time for Christmas, Raisin is officially adopted. She has a permanent place on the Christmas tree, and is thrilled to have an amazing big sister who luvs her to bits.

Happy Adoption day Raisin

Chance

ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT! BIG WIN for FOSTER FAIL!
I’m pleased to announce Chance is already happy in his forever home!
Chance was surrendered to an Ottawa shelter after his family fell apart. We were contacted and agreed to take him into rescue. The many volunteers from Critters & Cabs transported him safely and while on his way, he was such a good boy, he almost charmed a driver into adopting him! He arrived looking as handsome as ever even with his scruffy coat. Chance was pretty matted and sensitive through his hind area and desperately needed a good groom. Once bathed and brushed, he looked a million dollars. His foster Dad adored him but was still mourning the loss of his last incredibly great boy. When a potential application came in, Foster Dad couldn’t bare losing another magnificent chow. He quickly signed the papers to seal the deal. Bob and Chance are new best friends and nobody can split them apart! Congratulations Bob & Chance, you boys take care of each other!



Coffee

Happy Ending for Coffee!
Coffee is simply delicious. This quiet little girl, was surrendered to a shelter in New York. Her thick red coat was so badly matted, it had to be shave right to her skin. Coffee made herself sick with stress in the shelter so staff worked hard to get her safely into rescue. Here, we quickly noticed her scratching excessively and took her to the vet. Coffee was prescribed antibiotics, anti-itch meds., medicated baths, wipes and a diet change. Weeks later, at the end of her drugs, baths and grooms, she was still itchy. The vet rechecked and decided it was possibly simply a habit. Meanwhile, an approved applicant expressed enthusiastic interest and was set to pick her up. Before she left, we noticed an occasional limp when she got up, so back to the vet she went. X-rays revealed she suffers with hip dyspepsia. More meds. Supplements, and lifestyle change were in order. Her adoption was immediately put on hold. After speaking with other vets, the out pour of our Facebook followers and much research, we better understood what support she needed. The waiting applicant wasn’t deterred by Coffee’s condition, and discussed a plan on how to help her baby enjoy a positive future. Mom was anxious to get her home and settled. For the first time possibly ever, Coffee won’t have to share her toys or bed, everything is new, pretty and hers! She will be regularly groomed, vetted and walked….a new way of life and so deserving. Best of all, Coffee will have all Mom’s love and attention, and Mom will definitely have hers! Congratulations Coffee & Mom!

Lilly

HAPPY NEWS!

Lilly was tied to a post and abandoned outside a deli in New York. Nobody came looking for her. A by-passer contacted Animal Services to help the little dog get home or somewhere safe. Time passed and the only people looking for her were shelter staff searching for a rescue. Every one was full, so we stepped up and took her in. She was older than we thought, and came with a few medical issue such as a masses on her tongue which we had removed along with some much needed dental work. During her recovery, she kept a low profile and blended into the existing pack in the foster home. Foster mom spent many hours caring for her fevering body, cooling her hot swollen hocks, and fighting the urge to fall in love with this sweet fragile girl. What foster mom (Dawn….yes that’s right, Dawn) didn’t know, is that Lilly subtly won foster Dad’s heart and already secured her place in the family forever. Much to Dawn’s relief, Lilly is staying. Congratulations Lilly, you found your way home, and Dawn….no more fighting it, ya loved her from the moment she walked through your door and into your heart! Congratulations!

Merlin’s Hope 5th Annual Artisan Fair / 5ieme Foire Artisanale

Merlin’s Hope will be holding their 5th annual artisan fair fundraiser on Saturday November 23rd/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Church of All Saints by the Lake in Dorval, Quebec
There will be over 20 talented local artisans featuring a variety of unique handmade items – knitted items, soaps, jewelry, pet products, baking and so much more. A lunch room will also be available with soup, sandwiches and home-made chili. Please come and show your support for this great cause

Merlin’s Hope tiendra sa 5ieme foire artisanale annuelle pour récolter des fonds le samedi 23 novembre/2019 de 10h à 16h. chez Church of All Saints by the Lake a Dorval,Quebec
Il y aura plus de 20 artisans locaux talentueux avec une variété d’articles uniques faits à la main : articles tricotés, savons, bijoux, produits pour animaux, pâtisseries et bien plus encore. Une salle à manger sera aussi disponible avec des soupes, des sandwichs et du chili fait maison. Venez manifester votre soutien pour cette grande cause.  

Church of All Saints by the Lake in Dorval
865 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, Quebec H9S 2C7

Chula

This little girl’s happy beginning started when a women provided her with a simple dish of water in 50C before she left for work. Later that day, the woman came home and saw the dehydrated dog still tied to a tree, and nobody around. She rushed to her aid, calling the only two rescues in Kuwait where she lives. They were full. A quick call was made to us, pleading for our assistance. One look at her, and a quick decision was made along with her new name, Chula. The rescue took her in with our commitment and expedited her vetting which included entropian surgery and spay. Next was her big flight to Canada. Chula quickly learned that we were all there to help. This happy little girl over came many fears and adapted quickly to all the changes. Her fun personality and quirky markings won the hearts of many applicants. Chula’s happy ending is her happy beginning to life in Canada as the newest member of a sweet dog loving family. We are thrilled to have been part of this little dogs safe journey to happiness. Congratulations to Chula’s family, you have a special girl, and to Chula who will be forever loved and the newest member of a sweet family.
Happy Adoption Day !!

ARYA

HAPPY ADOPTION DAY ARYA !!♥️
Little Arya was wandering around loose through the big streets of N.Y., clearly lost. A concerned samaritan brought her to animal control in hopes she would reunited with her family..but sadly no one came. Poor behaviour and a bad attitude slated her for “Rescue only”. She did not get along with other dogs…period. Once in rescue, she had to learn cope with her new foster siblings. It was a challenge, but she was a puppy with potential. A past adopter with oodles of experience watched her progress and was excited to work with her to become an agility dog. Arya joined her pack and in no time, this little rambunctious girl with zero manners, training or social skills was in doggy boot camp. Not only did she learn her basic obedience, but so much more. She was having a great time until she decided she didn’t want to share any of this with her new pack. Things got tense, and the decision was made to return Arya. Although it was hard for her new mama, it was the responsible thing to do. She needed to be an only dog. Before she left, another family met her and saw a happy little girl with manners. That family had a planned holiday which gave them time think about adopting a new fur baby. 
Arya was back to her original foster family when we got the call, “We’re cutting our vacation short!” They wanted Arya sooner then later! It was an exciting beginning for this sweet girl. Her new mom and dad arrived to pick her up but nobody prepared them for what happened next. They came to the house, and Arya jumped into their arms! She cried with excitement covering them with wet nose doggy kisses! Arya started this journey as a lost puppy with no one looking for her. Her journey ends with a loving family who will always keep her close safe and she’s grateful they cam

Lou Lou Roo

Painful beginning to a Happy Ending…..Roo’s story

*Sharing may help bring Awareness*

Sweltering hot temperatures do not discourage people in Kuwait to keep their pets cool indoors. Often it’s the complete opposite. In Roo’s case, she was tied to a leash on the hot roof top of a three story building. Thunder boomed and spooked her, she panicked and ran. Trouble was, there was no where to run except off the edge of the building. There she hung by her neck three stories high. Dangling, scared…helpless Eventually her collar broke. Her fall crushed her pelvis and several other bones but determined, she dragged herself to shelter. A by passer found her and called for help. KAREQ8 came and brought her to the emergency vet where she underwent the first of several surgeries. Three surgeries to put her back together….but she continued to cry in pain. A couple months later, the crying didn’t stop so two more surgeries followed. 
Our Rescue vet, Dr. Sagu in Oakville, looked at her X-ray and said the surgeon who repaired her did a remarkable job. She has recovered with no limp, or awkward gate…he was extreamly impressed. 
Eventually Roo’s fur grew back, covering her long scar and reminder of the awful past. Roo stayed in foster care for the next year where she healed and was loved to bits until it was time to find a safe happy forever home. 
A lovely couple were missing their chow after she crossed the Rainbow bridge. Their home felt empty without the pitter patter of paws. They patiently waited for the right rescue to come in, and once again fill their home with doggy love. Roo was just the girl to do that. It was an exciting introduction full of wagging tails and smiles. Not only does Lou Lou Roo have her own forever family, but also a whole kingdom-home to guard and meander in. 
She will be spoiled with love – care and attention. Best of all, her family will keep her safe and always protect her from the Thunder Monsters! Congratulat ions Lou Lou Roo, you came to this beautiful country to find a better life, and you did! Details and photos of Roo’s story are on Instagram at Saving Roo KAREQ8 Special thanks to Maha and her team for saving her and to Roos loving foster family for still caring. Congratulat ions to Lou Lou Roos new family, you have a special little girl well worth the wait!

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