Thursday, August 26, 2010

Puppies left abandoned in a shoe box when they were only 2 days old! UPDATE-KODIAK HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!

Newborn Kodiak

Kodiak was rescued in May along with four siblings who were placed in a shoe box and delivered to a fire station in Irving when they were only 2 days old. We received an email from the Irving Shelter that they needed someone to bottle feed the pups. When Elise picked them up, there was a hand written note attached to the shoe box stating the puppies were labradoodles and that the mother had died (no details how). The puppies did fine for about four days but then we were heart-broken when they just started dying-even after trips to the ER vet and Dr. Neeman. We never had a diagnosis as to what caused the deaths.  Kodiak is the only survivor and is looking for a loving forever family!
Kodiak is growing up and still cute as ever!

Now Kodiak is 13 weeks old and weighs 21 pounds, and will likely weigh over 100 pounds when fully grown.  We thought he was a labradoodle but as he continues to grow, we now believe he is either Great Pyrenees or a Pyrenees/Lab mix.  He is very sweet and calm.  He does all the fun puppy things like chew stuff-even stuff he is not supposed to, but with those eyes, he is quickly forgiven!  Though it will be very difficult for his foster mom to part with him (she has had him since he was 2 days old) we are looking for a new home for him so that more dogs like him can be rescued.  Kodiak would enjoy a lively family with kids who are around to play with him and continue to spoil him.  He loves other dogs and cats too and will make a great addition to a very lucky family.  Kodiak is now old enough to be adopted out so we're looking for a wonderful forever family to take in this special little guy.  To request an application send an email to  Thanks!

Hershey needs a forever home!

Debi and Brian of the Velvet Snout with Greg and Hershey
Hershey is a four month old chocolate lab/shepherd mix who was dumped in Bonham, Texas along with her two brothers and mom. Hershey has been boarding at the Velvet Snout and recently got to go home with Greg who reports that she is the perfect pet! She walks on a leash, sleeps in her crate (located in the master bedroom of course) and is almost 100% house trained.

Because Greg is a pilot he travels a lot on the weekends but when he is home he spends time training and socializing Hershey. “She is going to make an awesome family pet”, he says. “She will do great with children and other pets too.” Hershey has already been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Please let us know if you are interested in adopting Hershey so we can send you an application and set up a visit.  Send us an email at for more information about this gorgeous dog. Stay tuned for more information about her brothers coming soon!

You can also visit Hershey via webcam at Velvet Snout during the weekends. Be sure to call or visit the website at to get more information about which doggy day care room she is playing in when you are ready to make a virtual visit!  And a huge thank you to Greg for fostering Hershey and thanks also to Velvet Snout for letting her stay & play there when Greg is traveling!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wondermutt Momma gets a foster family and a new name, Cricket!

Wonderful news, we found a foster home for Momma dog!  And we've decided to name her Cricket.  It seems to fit her and is cute and ironic since that's what she ate to survive when she was out on the streets.  Now we just need to find her a forever family! 

The puppies have now been weaned so we still need foster homes for 6 puppies so please let us know if you're interested in fostering a pup or two.  You can contact us at

The pups are growing so we'll try to get some more pictures posted soon!  We also need name suggestions, thanks!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Update on Wondermutt Momma and her 8 Pups

Momma dog and her pups spent the night of their rescue at JP's and were great little houseguests.  Wanted to share some more pictures since they're just so cute! 

They then headed to the vet on August 12 and they're all in pretty good shape, especially given what they've been through and that they've been living out on the streets.  Momma has whipworms, hookworms and heartworms.  The pups have hooks and roundworms so now everyone's been treated to get rid of the worms! 

The back leg on the one pup was a clean cut at the knee and is granulating without any signs of infection.  They're calling it a "traumatic amputation" meaning it happened after she was born, poor baby!  She's definitely a tough little one!  She's now in a foster home along with her brother, Chuck (the black puppy).

We also still need fosters for the rest of the family.  The remaining pups need at least two more weeks with Momma so for now we're going to board them unless we have a foster step forward that is willing to take the family until weaned.  Please consider giving fostering a try, it's a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and it'd be wonderful to get this family into a foster home so they could get even more love and attention!  So let us know if you'd be willing to take in this family, or else once the pups are weaned we need someone to foster Momma and others to foster a puppy (or two, three, etc). 

To donate, please click on the Ways to Help tab at the TMHPR website:

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wondermutt Momma and her 8 Amazing Pups!

I have evidence that when we put our hearts, minds, and muscle together- good things happen. Fortunately for the homeless dog who delivered eight puppies under the floor of an abandoned house in west Dallas, people came together for her. Mom and pups are now safe- but waiting for foster homes, funding, and soon new families to call their own.

Back in July, Chuck Williams, dog lover and nightshift security guard for a strip mall in west Dallas, noticed a very pregnant and starving dog wandering the streets in search of food. “She comes out at night to eat any garbage she can find and crickets drawn to the lampposts.” He started feeding her and made friends. Because he could not stand the thought of the dog delivering her puppies without a home he sent an email to any rescue group he could find asking for help. Elaine Jones of Feral Friends received Chuck’s email and forwarded it to Take Me Home Pet Rescue. “It seemed like a desperate situation and you seem to be able to corral the right people to help in these really tough situations,” reported Elaine.

After a few emails to fellow rescuers we had a team lined up and ready to go.. Rebecca Poling of the Dallas Pet Examiner, who has a resume a mile long in animal rescue, contacted Elaine Munch, President of Metroplex Animal Coalition and Jean Paul (JP) Bonnelly, long time volunteer for Operation Kindness. Together they hatched a plan to rescue the dog.

JP has a reputation for catching dogs that don’t want to be caught in the Dallas area. You may have seen the black lab running up and down LBJ Freeway a few months ago-yes, caught and rehomed by JP. This man has a reputation of not giving up on these homeless and frightened dogs that no one else will venture out to help.

Sadly the dog at the strip mall had delivered the puppies during the time frame it took to organize her rescue and it was not obvious where they had been born. But after visiting the area several times in the late evening and bringing tasty canned dog food JP quickly befriended her and built the trust needed to find the puppies.  Momma dog took to him and started to lead him into the woods and eventually over to a few abandoned houses that backed up to the retail center where Chuck had seen her, but unfortunately there was no sign of the pups.

The evening of August 11th, five volunteers with various degrees of rescue experience met near the strip mall to search again for the puppies.  It had been 3 weeks and the team was worried about the little ones being out in the 100 degree heat!  Momma dog met them at the edge of the woods and they headed back to the abandoned houses. 

There were several dilapidated buildings and piles of wood, broken glass and tons of junk.  The pups could have been anywhere but through a stroke of good luck, after only a few minutes, Sally Seegers reported they heard a whimper and quickly found the puppies lodged under the floor boards of inside the house. “It took us two more hours in 120 degree heat to remove the flooring and pull the pups out while the momma dog sat beside us and licked each one as they were removed from the hole.”  The team found 8 pups that are in remarkably good condition!  There are 7 brown/white and 1 black/tan/white pup who is now named Chuck.  It was absolutely thrilling to find the puppies and bring them to safety!

Wendy, JP and Momma locating the pups under the floor

First Puppy!

Pat and Wendy check on 2 of the pups

One puppy is missing a back leg from what appears be a traumatic injury, however, according to Dr. Aron Neeman of Kindness Small Animal Hospital who is directing their care, “the momma dog took very good care of the injury and it healing without any signs of infection.”

This is one tough little pup!

Sweet Momma checking on her babies
“The very sad thing is we found bones of other dogs and even a rooster as well as many old boarded up dog kennels in and around the house and yard. It appears that this home could have been used as a breeding facility or worse yet, a dog fighting ring at one time,” reports Rekka Melby, one of the rescuers.

Loaded up in the car and on the way to a better life!

Pat, Wendy, JP, Sally, Rekka and Momma Dog

The family will stay together for three more weeks until weaned and then we will need foster homes and adopters!  It would be great if we could find a foster home for the entire family until the pups are weaned. And, we need donations to help cover our expenses.

Take Me Home Pet Rescue is a Richardson based dog and cat rescue group that relies solely on donations and fundraising. For more information go to  Donations can also be sent to Take Me Home Pet Rescue at 508 W. Lookout Drive, Suite 14-40, Richardson, TX 75080.  Thank you for your support!

Wondermutt Momma and Her 8 Pups! at

A story of hope and survival!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Foxy Paws Meet and Greet was a huge success!

Take Me Home Pet Rescue brought 4 adorable kittens as well as several wonderful dogs and pups to Foxy Paws at the Shops of Willow Bend Mall.  We met a lot of nice folks as well as some potential forever families for several of our animals!  We also raised $140 in much-needed donations.  We'll be sure to let you know next time we're there so you can come by and see us and maybe even meet your new best (four-legged) friend!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Looking for more local animal stories?

If you're looking for more DFW-area animal related stories, be sure to check out

Larry provides daily accounts of heroic rescues, information on animals in need as well as inspiring stories to hopefully motivate more people to do more to help homeless pets!  There's a great local network of animal enthusiasts that would love to recruit more volunteers and advocates, please check it out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Tails

Have you adopted a pet from Take Me Home Pet Rescue?  If so, we'd love to hear from you and post an update on your new family member as a "Happy Tails" entry on our blog.  Please send your short write-up as well as a few pictures to  Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ever wonder what it would be like to take your dog to the swimming pool?

Your chance to find out is coming up, join TMHPR at the Hawaiian Falls in Garland on Sept 18 from 10am-4pm when they turn it over to the dogs...the Metroplex Animal Coalition is hosting the ultimate pool party for you and your pooch.  Admission is $20 per person and you can bring up to 2 dogs per person.  Be sure to check out their website for more information, this is a really fun event that you won't want to miss!  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fix your critter, prevent a litter!

Please make sure your pets are spayed or neutered!  The last thing we need is more puppies and kittens coming into the world!

The DFW area shelters are overloaded with tons of wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that need loving families and sadly many are dying daily.  We need more people to adopt and foster but the real key to saving and preventing more homeless animals is spay/neuter.  

Please be responsible and have your pet fixed.  Also talk to your friends and relatives and make sure their pets are also fixed.  There are several local organizations that have affordable (sometimes even free) spay/neuter services.  There are also numerous health and behavior benefits of getting your pet fixed.  For more information, check out the Metroplex Animal Coalition's website:

If you know anyone that's considering adding a dog or cat to their family, please be sure to encourage them to check the local shelters, rescue groups and in their search for their four-legged addition.  There are typically 300,000 pets listed on petfinder and it's easy to enter in search criteria so they can find what they're looking for and save a life by adopting a pet!  These homeless pets are an amazing testamant of courage with stories to tell and deserve to have a wonderful life with a loving family!