Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kodiak sent us a cute letter!

Just wanted to let you know how thankful I am that you got me off to such a great start so I fit in well with my new family. I have grown a lot! I'm bigger than my brother, Leo, but I'm 7 pounds lighter. (45 pounds) starting to fill out a little bit though.

I am a very loving, playful little guy! I get Leo to play with me several times a day. He has trimmed down a bit and LOVES having me for his brother. He even looks all over the house when I get to go for a walk and he has to stay home.

I am very good to walk with. I'm polite on the leash. I just LOVE to go for walks and rides in the car. When my mom tells me to go to bed, sometimes I'll go to the garage door to tell her I'd rather ride in the car with her.

I eat pretty much anything, whether it is given to me or not. Food on the counter or table us especially yummy but shoes and stuffed animals are good, too. I like squash, pickles, olives, leather...pretty much anything that can be chewed. Mom says I am a very expensive dog! I hope that since I now have all my adult teeth I won't feel like I need to chew so much. Seems to be getting better.

I am a very good guard dog. At night when it is dark and scary (sometimes daytime, too), I go outside and bark at things...or absolutely nothing.  The family obviously doesn't understand. They come out and tell me to be quiet so I just stand there and bark some more. Lately, Mom has been coming out and telling me what a good job I'm doing. She is finally getting it! Then it is OK for me to come in the house. She understands the danger and I'm off duty!

I love having company. I am learning to sit when people come to visit or approach me when we are out. When people come to visit, I have to greet them with a sniff on the bottom...just like when I greet my dog friends. Mom warns everybody. Most people are ok with it since I greet and leave. Someday I might need to find a new human greeting.

Hoping to start obedience training once the holidays are over. I'm not a bad dog but me and the family can always have room for improvement in our communication.

This picture was taken while I was eating. I'll send a couple more. Mom was having a hard time getting me to hold still.

I hope you are all having a Merry Christmas. Would love to have you for a visit!

Love, Kodiak 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Shadow is a whole new dog!

We are thrilled to post these new pictures of Shadow!  It's hard to believe it's only been 1 week since we rescued her from the cold streets of Dallas.  She has come so far already and looks incredible!  Her foster mom, Jane is taking great care of her and we are so thankful for Jane's kindness.
Happy and Content!

On Saturday, Jane and JP took Shadow to a local nature park.  She met new dogs, adults and kids and did great with everyone!

Shadow and Jane
After the trip to the park, Shadow got a nice, soothing oatmeal bath at Dirty Dawgs.  That was a good day out!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Story of Shadow's Rescue

This was the first picture we got of her-looks like a little bear cub
makeshift pen used to try and catch her
We were recently contacted by a good samaritan that noticed a dog that would come out late at night scavenging for something to eat while he worked as a night security guard at a local strip mall.  This is the same good samaritan that alerted us to the dire situation this past summer of Cricket, the Wondermutt Momma dog and her puppies that were living on the streets of Dallas in the 100 degree heat.

The latest dog was freezing, starving, terrified and sadly missing a lot of fur.  The dog was pretty skittish so he couldn't get very close but she slowly started warming up to Chuck as he would bring her food each night he was working security at the local strip mall.  Chuck named her Shadow as she tended to slip away into the darkenss of the night. 

Stray no more!
We are so thankful that the talented JP Bonnelly led the rescue attempts yet again.  We went out there 2 nights last week and baited a trap with burgers and chicken strips but this poor dog wasn't going anywhere near the trap.  So we went to plan B, and built a makeshift pen out of orange fencing, hoping she would "dine in" and we could shut a door and trap her in the pen, but instead this dog preferred "take out" and kept grabbing the food and dashing back out the door.  It took several hours being out in the cold and wind Saturday night, but through a lot of patience, JP was able to lasso the dog around 115am Sunday!  She's a real sweetheart and has been so calm and sweet once we got her.  She was probably just scared and not sure she could trust us as other people may have treated her badly.

Sweet Shadow, she has such soulful eyes

She's already been to the vet and started treatment for demodex mange and hookworms.  The report from our vet on Monday is that Shadow's always wagging her tail so it seems she knows she's safe and things are looking up!  She seems to do just fine with both men and women as well as dogs, but haven't cat-tested her yet.  We have a temporary foster home for her until 12/23 but are looking for a foster or forever home for her.  Shadow has been through a lot and we are so thankful that she's safe now and will make sure she finds the loving family she deserved all along!  If you'd like to donate towards her vet care, or for information on fostering or adopting please visit  Thank you for your continued support that helps us help Shadow and other dogs like her.

This is a link to a video JP made that shows what it was like out there.