Friday, November 11, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I gots myself adopted

Here I am with my new family. I also have 2 cats and 4 nigerian dwarf goats. I think I'm going to really like it here. My family has 3 acres that I will get to explore someday. I don't like car rides so I wasn't feeling very good by the time we got to my new home but I will be feeling better soon. I sure hope they like me!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm sneaky and snuggly!

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img0775.jpg, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

When my foster momma left the room I snuck onto the bed with Olive. I really wanted to cuddle and sleep on the big bed but my foster momma said no. I was really sad but I was a good boy and listened to her. Maybe on my last night she'll let me sleep with her!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

new hair

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img0523.jpg, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

My coat is coming in so thick and shiny. I am very handsome now.

Grazing time

Grazing time by mteacup
Grazing time, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

I get to go on walks with the big dogs and eat grass just like them!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My favorite article about Red Lake Rosie's

A great over view of the challenges facing Red Lake Rosies - from Animalsheltering.org
Full article can be found here

Seeing the forest for the trees:
A few years ago, Karen Good was picking up every stray that crossed her path on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota. She wasn’t an ACO—in fact, there were no animal control agencies or animal care organizations on the entire reservation, a chunk of land the size of Rhode Island. But while the elementary school science teacher felt compelled to do her part, it didn’t take long for her and a couple of kindred spirits to realize that it wasn’t enough.

“Pulling puppies out of the Dumpster or off the street wasn’t really going to help,” Good says. “We had to get to the root of the problem, which was neuter/spay, Because clearly we had an overpopulation problem, and there were so many animals that were not being vetted.”

And so Rosie’s Rescue was born,named after the dog Good rescued in 1998, who went on to lead a happy life as a therapy dog in a retirement home.

Getting to the roots:
The realities of life on the Reservation affect every aspect of animal rescue work. While Good acknowledges the community’s top-notch habitat preservation efforts, she notes a host of malaises that plague the 9,000 residents—widespread poverty, 39 percent unemployment, and high levels of domestic abuse and gang activity. "One of the things we remind people[on the reservation]about is that our background and our roots and our culture would say that we need to respect all living things,” she says, “but we’re drifting from that, and so we’re trying to make a connection to that to the people.” Good does her best to impart humane education in her science classes by offering children hands-on experience with the animals, which she says appeals to their learning style.

Unfortunately, not every child is reached by Good’s doings. The rescue recently took in a stray shepherd mix whose ears had been doused in gasoline and set
aflame by local children—sadly, not an unusual occurrence. Good says the reservation has a tribal code against abuse of any kind, but that animal cruelty case have taken a back seat to combating domestic violence. Fortunately, local health fairs provide Good and her colleagues a chance to explain the close connections between animal and human abuse.

Natural resources:
On the reservation, an animal who reaches the age of 3 is considered old. Life expectancy, Good explains,is reduced due to neglect, abuse, and the common attitude that dogs and cats should “forage” for their survival. Most of the animals rescued are diseased, starving, dehydrated, or injured. Surprisingly, Good has managed to keep euthanasia rates low: She says of the estimated 500 animals rescued in 2007, only 10 were euthanized, some of whom were mortally injured. Good provides cats with indoor housing, and dogs with six outdoor two-pod kennels, each with a central indoor area. When the freezing Minnesota winter rolls around, dogs are bedded heavily with oat straw (known for its good insulation), and kennels are wrapped in tarps. Dogs are also taken for a romp in the rescue’s wilderness several hours each day for ample socialization and exercise. The animals are not adopted directly out of the rescue, but are instead turned over to shelters and rescues. Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota. has taken in Rosie’s dogs since December of last year. “They have been very easy to place,” says dog adoption director Celayne Jones. “Every single one we’ve gotten—and there have been more than a dozen in the past few months ... they are all just really good natured dogs.”

Get ’em while they’re young!
Founder Karen Good tries to impart humane education into the endeavors of Rosie’s Rescue, since rescue alone is not enough. Spay/neuter is a crucial component of Rosie’s Rescue, which has partnered with RAVS and the Neuter Commuter to put a dent in Red Lake’s dog and cat overpopulation.

Rosie’s Rescue has also partnered with community clinics and local vets to help care for their animals. “Because of our economics and our isolation and distance to vets, our people had never really
vetted their animals much,” says Good. By enlisting the help of Animal Ark’s Neuter Commuter, the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley, and The Humane Society of the United States’ Rural Area Veterinary Services for spay/neuter, the rescue is also making a dent in the reservation’s overpopulation problem.

Sowing the seeds:
“I would say you see less dead animals on the road, we see less animals at the dump,” says Good. “We see people coming back to clinics with their neutered and spayed animals to get shots, and the animals are in better condition.” And while the good example of a few is spreading throughout Red Lake, another community has gotten wind of it. Looking to emulate the Rosie model, Good says a South Dakota reservation is now focusing on companion animal rescue and working to establish a shelter. Good hopes the concept, like floating dandelion seeds, will continue to spread and germinate … with a little help from the winds of change.

My home town shelter

Here's where I came from. My foster momma still cries every time she watches this video

I'm so lucky there are people like Karen Good. She saved my life and my foster sister Lorna's.

I'm dreaming about my new family

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img077.jpg, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

I get to go to there house next weekend for a home visit and if all goes well I'll be staying! I'm so excited to have my very own people!

Tired!

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img0636.jpg, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

I had a big day at Petco today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DSCF2380 by mteacup
DSCF2380, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

I'm not perfect

I still gots mange, I has a crook in my tail and my back legs are kinda funny but I'm still a happy guy. I'm really comfortable in my foster home but still getting used to big city life. Loud noises and new things are kinda scary for me but I'm starting to get used to it. Since I came from a dump and never had a nice family to take care of me and teach me things I needs a family that will help me with that. I promise to repay you with kisses and snuggles!

I really need my own people

I really like my foster home but it sure would be nice to have my own peeps that can spend more time with me then my busy foster momma can. She tries her best though. My foster sisters let me steal all their toys and things but I'd really like to have my very own. (They are kinda big babies and get jealous too) I'm ready to start my new life. I'm used to living in a house now and am learning rules and stuff so I think I would adjust to a new home pretty quickly. I'm kinda shy at first but I'll do fine if you are patient with me.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stuart's long lost brother

Prayers and healing thoughts for Brill aka Stacy on his road to recovery! (photo by Lauren)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stuart Little's litter mate was found at the dump today.

Please keep Stacy in your prayers. He has survived on his own for almost 2 months. Act V has agreed to take Stacy. He will be arriving on Sunday. Hang in there Stacy!



This is Stuart Little shortly after he was found at the dump:

I was really tired after our big walk

I get to go on walks with the big dogs now

img0920.jpg by mteacup
img0920.jpg, a photo by mteacup on Flickr.

My foster momma says I should be a sled dog. I don't know what the means. I just like to get where I'm going fast.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I'm on Petfinder now!

My foster momma says lots of people will want to meet me now. You can learn about me here