A Foster's Love for Hercules
Hercules (now Remy) has finally gone to his forever home! Remy, a blind yorkie mix, had been with LoveyLoaves for 6 months. The once scared little old man had finally learned to be part of a pack, know the gentle touch of pat on the head, and rest his old bones on a comfy couch.
Remy spent those 6 months with a wonderful foster named Vicki, who spends her spare time caring for dogs like him that have been dealt difficult circumstances in life. Vicki spent hours with Remy gaining his trust, teaching him to walk up stairs, and bathing and brushing the lil’ old grumpy man.
In the end, when it was time for him to move to his forever home, Vicki was emotional and tearful. Each dog touches her heart in a special way but Vicki knows the secret. She made a difference in Remy's life, and that is what saved him. This folks, is what it’s all about! Rescue is about sacrifice. It’s not always about what we want as humans… but to do the right thing for the greater good.
LoveyLoaves Rescue has the best fosters! We commend those who have stepped up to care for our residents on a daily basis. They are the heroes! A special thank you to Vicki for all of the hard work, love, and support that she put into Remy so that he could be successfully placed in a forever home. If you or someone you know is interested in fostering for LoveyLoaves, more information can be found at www.LoveyLoaves.org, or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 new beginnings. . .
One thousand miles to nowhere but a better life… That's where I’ve been. I feel like all I’ve done is drive this week, but sometimes that is necessary. Recently, we were asked by Pawsibilities Rescue to assist in a hoarding rescue. We agreed as long as we could find fosters to help us out!
We took 8 of roughly 25 Lil’ Loveys that came from the Florida panhandle to safety. Three Pekingese, two Chi’s, a Silky, a Maltipoo, and a Peekapoo were loaded into our van and driven to Orlando to begin a new life. They were a filthy, matted, stinky mess but as I started driving I looked into the back of the van to check on them, and all I saw were smiling faces looking back. These 8 lucky lil’ loveys knew that something better was in their future.
Lilly's arrival . . .
What a week! The shelters are full and owner surrenders are at an all time high. There just aren’t enough homes for these lil’ loveys, and rescues are working overtime to save lives.
Last week we pulled a senior chow mix from the local shelter who has loyalty towards humans that I wish I had! Lilly had a home where she was loved, but one day her world turned upside down. Her owner went away to jail. The owner's girlfriend didn’t want to care for Lilly, so she kicked Lilly out of the house. Lilly, who is deaf and mostly blind, didn’t understand what was happening, and she hung around her yard. The yard that she grew up in and was familiar to her. She waited and waited for her owner to come back, but he never came home.
Lilly was outside without shelter, food, or water. She waited in the rain, heat, and dark. Some neighbors saw what was happening and started leaving her food and water. Lilly was so scared she barked anytime anyone got close to her. Finally, after much persuasion from neighbors, Lilly was surrendered to the local shelter.
Lilly was a mess when I met her. She had thick mats of fur all over her body. She was filthy and stinky. Lilly is 7 years old, both sight and hearing impaired, recovering from a double ear infection, and skin infection. She’s a sweet senior that is grateful now to have a safe, comfy place to rest her head. She loves long walks and time with her foster momma. Just watching her makes my heart smile. Lilly will be available for adoption soon! If you are interested in adopting Lilly, please fill out an adoption application.
Last week I had the pleasure of personally taking one of our sweet lil’ loveys to her forever home in TN. Evie, now Petunia, came into LoveyLoaves Rescue as an owner surrender from TX. She is a gorgeous blind and deaf double dapple long hair doxie. Her forever home just happens to be with my mom who had previously adopted a lil’ lovey from LoveyLoaves, Cooper.
Charlotte (my two year old grand-daughter) and I boarded a plane with Petunia stowed safely in her carry on. Petunia drew quite a crowd both in the airport terminal and on the plane, so we spent the entire time in the airport both before and after the flight educating people about blind and deaf dogs in general and also about the irresponsible breeding that occurs in order to produce such a beautiful double dapple doxie. Everyone was amazed with Petunia’s story and how well behaved she was. From the moment I put Petunia into mom’s arms, it was love at first touch!
Don't bother with deception. . .
When we rescue a dog, whether it be from a shelter or from an owner surrender, we never know exactly what we are going to get. When dogs come from shelters, the shelter usually has limited information, especially when the dog comes in as a stray. Stories get jumbled, information is left out or added either inadvertently or on purpose, and sometimes we don’t even know what breed the dog is until we physically see them.
With owner surrenders it is often times worse. Owners are sometimes ashamed of the dog's condition or of the reasons they are giving them up. Picking up a dog expecting one thing only to find out that the dog does not have bladder or bowel control can be an obstacle when placing them in foster care. Sometimes an owner tells me the dog is incontinent but that they have been expressing him regularly only to find the poor dog is uncomfortable with a full bladder, soaked in urine, and suffering urine burns.
Cheri is the founder and Chairman of LoveyLoaves Special Needs Dog Rescue.