Kola was a breeder dog left to fend for herself after her owner passed away. She survived several months foraging and hunting until finally trapped by a professional. Animal Welfare Services picked her up and she was kenneled for over a month until the Ministry of the Solicitor General gave the okay for release. When the basic vetting was done, we learned that Kola was both Heartworm and Lyme disease positive. Merlin’s Hope agreed to take her and began the long process of heartworm treatment immediately.
Kola went from freedom-to-kennel-to-foster-home (with me) and adapted nicely to each environment. The lengthy heartworm treatment takes at least 4 months and includes strong precisely-timed injections on three different days. Because she needed to be closely monitored after each injection, I accompanied Kola for her eight hour stays at the vet clinic. During those vet visits, she gracefully allowed the vets to check her heart and gums every 30 minutes. She was incredibly patient throughout this 4-month process which also included limited exercise as running, jumping, and playing could cause serious complications.
Kola was the perfect foster chow, but yet there was zero interest in her. Neither her beautiful blue coat, those big pleading eyes, nor her gentle demeanor was fetching any interest! Eight months later – just when it seemed that Kola’s time would never come – three lovely applications came in at once. It was a tough choice, but a special lady well-known to rescue recently lost her beautiful rescue chow. Her heart and home felt empty without the companionship of her furry friend. She was ready to adopt again and our little girl was a perfect match.
We couldn’t be happier for Kola as she will now have lots of walks and the undivided attention of her savvy chow mom. She will lack for nothing and be close enough that I can visit! After those eight long months, Kola holds a special place in my heart. I am thrilled she is quickly settling into her forever home where there is nothing but love and happiness. She deserves nothing less, as does her devoted chow-mom. Congratulations to them both!
Kola may comeback temporarily should she come into heat or in September when it is safe for her to be spayed. Until then she will enjoy every day in her forever home!
Part one starts off pretty similar to most posts we write about dogs who come into our rescue. Flex was picked up as a stray by the SPCA. He was in sad shape, grossly underweight, itchy, infected ears and a patchy looking coat. The shelter staff took great care of him until we picked him up and begun immediate treatment for all….including a trip to the vet for entropion surgery. In no time, Flex knew he was on the road to wellness.
Eight years ago…yep you read it right.. Dawn entered a local feed store making quite the impression. She was walking a very unhealthy obese Shar pei named Weeny, with a new unruly puppy in desperate need of entropion surgery and general manners! The three of them were spotted by Cathy who was biting her tongue at the “horrible abusive state” these poor dogs were in. A conversation was inevitable… but to both ladies surprise, it went in a direction neither of them could have imagined. After introductions were made, Cathy was relived to learn, no dogs were being mistreated, and in fact, a friendship was formed. Cathy soon became one of our biggest supporters and advocates. Every year she organizes a large artisan fair. She sells tables, gathers prizes to raffle, created an online shop and speaks about our rescue to everyone and anyone who will listen. This year, the ladies were scouting out locations and set up a meeting to see a new possible venue. Cathy arrived first, Dawn in tow….with Flex. Looking as handsome as ever, he strut right in and caught Cathy’s eye. One long look and she was like a school girl weak in the knees over a cute boy. Flex of course was his suave self and had her wrapped around his paw in no time. Earlier Cathy expressed interest in fostering, but the moment she snatched up his leash, we all knew she wasn’t letting go!
Finally….Cathy who was ready to defend the poor dogs in our care but instead foged an amazing relationship with us, has now officially adopted from us AND joined our Merlin’s Hope Family! Congratulations Flex, you have the best home ever, and to Cathy for believing in what we do and now experiencing it first hand. Happy adoption day!
PS :she couldn’t wait for the cone to come off..lol
Indy’s story is full of challenges for this little girl. Her owners passed away leaving her in a very neglected state…. The adult children were fearful of her and called Animal Services to take her away. Once in the shelter, they shaved her matted coat completely off and monitored her behaviour. Staff saw a scared dog looking for attention and reached out to us before her time there ran out. When she arrived in rescue, she was nervous but a nice wee dog. Her foster mom met us at the groomers for a good scrub down. Indy’s skin was black with dirt and her fur was so greasy it left your hands coated with grime after a pet. Super clean and proving to be a sweet girl. We worked on leash manners particularly when encountering canines. Her reactiveness seemed to lessen dramatically and walks were becoming much more enjoyable. She was ready to find her forever home. A few folks came and met her….she impressed everyone with her eagerness to be pet and rubbed. Her lovely manners on a walk with a simple huff when passing another dog….yet nobody wanted to adopt her. There was a perfect application on file for another dog in rescue. She had tons of experience with the breed but was determined her next chow would be blue or cream. Indy was red. Time passed, everyone seemed to want to surrender dogs, not adopt. The perfect applicant met with another rescue and considered another breed….but she stopped…chow chows held a special place in her heart. She found herself looking at our website again, and saw Indy’s big doe eyes looking back at her. Indy needed her. She popped us an email to inquire. We didn’t hesitate to set up a meet and a walk! Everyone was nervous and excited. Indy was her usual cute-as-a-button self….and best of all, finally she has someone who was willing to give her a chance to prove what an awesome girl she is. We are thrilled that her special someone loves her, and is willing to do whatever she can to ensure Indy has a safe, happy, caring forever home. Congratulations Indy, you deserve the very best, and with your new mama…we are confident you will be living your best life! Again, we are so very happy for you and your new mom!
A rescue contacted us with a tip about a Shar pei boxer cross who could really use our help. When we arrived we met a big happy guy living in a rough looking pen in a barn type kennel. He had pressure sores from laying on concrete, smelled absolutely foul and had painful looking eyes. We took him into rescue right away and scrubbed him down in a sudsy bath, washing away his neglected past. Not long after that he saw the vet for a full exam, entropion surgery, hip x-rays and neuter. He dealt with a lot of changes in a very short time and managed exceptionally well. Chester adapted to indoor living and the luxury of toys, attention, good food and fluffy dog beds. Well…the fluffy dog beds and toys got de-stuffed but that was all part of the fun. Chester had no shortage of wonderful applications. We worked with a family who recently said goodbye to their beloved rescue dog and were anxious to give another dog in need, the abundant love and care they could offer. From the first phone call, everything fell into place quickly. It started with an instant connection, an outstanding vet reference and the eagerness to meet “their handsome boy.” We made it happen without delay. All packed up and on the road to meet his new family, Chester chill-axed for the 6 hour long road trip. When we finally arrived, it was pure happiness! Meeting his new family was nice….but seeing them look at their new boy with pure adoration made the trip well worth while! Chester walked into their home and soared right into their hearts! Mr. People Pleaser made a wonderful first impression showing off his newly learned skills. He checked out the huge doggy bed and large basket of toys. Happier than ever, Chester was home….forever.