Friday, October 31, 2008
Doesn't Komo (aka Dutch) look adorable in his bee costume and isn't this a beautiful pictures?
This photo was taken by Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography and on November 22nd she is holding a fundraiser for Pet Haven! For a $25 donation to Pet Haven, Sarah is offering a free mini pet session and one free 5X7 print. 20% of any additional prints ordered will be donated to Pet Haven. Sessions are being scheduled for November 22 between 1 and 5 PM and will be at the Northwind Loft Warehouse, 2400 N. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your mini session.
Adoption Event Tomorrow - Saturday, November 1
You can also come out and meet Komo and his fellow foster dogs at our adoption event tomorrow. We will be at the Woodbury Petco on Saturday, November 1, from 10am - noon. All of our dogs would love to meet you!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Bishop is going to start an obedience course with his foster mom next week, but he would love to finish it out with his new adoptive family. It's a 6 week course, so act fast! If you would like to adopt Bishop, please email email@example.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Benne LOVES to snuggle. He would make a great foot warmer this winter. If your lap is cold, he'd be happy to sit there as well. If you need to warm your hands as temps drop this fall, Benne would like to remind you that dogs have warm fur and he would be happy to offer his services as a petting recipient. If you share Benne's belief that there's no such thing as "too big to be a lap dog" and want to meet this sweetheart, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Who can resist Drake's seriously sweet puppy dog eyes?
If you are interested in fostering or adopting Drake, please email email@example.com.
For those of you who will be attending the Pet Haven Fall Benefit on Saturday, November 1, Drake will be one of the models in the dog and cat fashion show. He will be joined by fellow tripod and Pet Haven alumni Bella (fka Spice Girl). There are a few seats still available for the biggest event of the year if you want to see Drake in action. Last year we did sell out, so don't wait until the very last minute to reserve your tickets or it may be too late: Pet Haven Fall Benefit
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A Rotta Love Plus, a twin cities Pit Bull and Rottweiler rescue, is hosting a picnic at Minnehaha Park this afternoon to celebrate.
We at Pet Haven could not resist this opportunity to highlight the wonderful bully breed dogs that we have in foster care right now:
Dutch -- also known as Komo in his foster home -- is a 1 year old lab/bully breed mix. He is loving life in his foster home where he gets to go to work with his foster mom who works with one of Pet Haven's doggy daycare partners. He loves playing with other dogs and he still has a lot of puppy energy in him at just 1 year of age so this arrangement is a dream come true!
Hazel is a 2 year old Pit Bull. At only 37 pounds, Hazel is a petite little thing. Hazel gets long well with other dogs -- too well, she LOVES to play and she will play and play and play until the other dog collapses from exhaustion. She is not a hyper dog though, without a doggy playmate around she is happy to entertain herself a toy or snuggle in with her humans.
Bishop is a 10 month old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. He came into Pet Haven from a hoarding situation when he was just a few months old. He is loving life in his foster home where he has three people all to himself. Bishop likes to play with other dogs, but he doesn't like to share his space and people with them on a long term basis. He would love to take trips to the dog park, but would like to be the only pet in his forever home.
Benne is a 1 year old Pit Bull. Benne has come a long way from his sad start in life. He was dumped at a shelter as a young puppy. If you were to meet him now you'd never never guess there was a time that he didn't know love. He gets long well with other dogs and kids. He's still a puppy so he can get rambunctious and needs a family who will commit to continuing to train him to be a good canine citizen.
The 2009 legislative session starts on January 6, 2008. If another bill is introduced to try to ban specific breeds of dogs, Pet Haven will be involved in the fight to block its passage. To learn more about Pet Haven's advocacy efforts at the state capitol, check out our advocacy blog, the advocacy page on our website or email Advocacy@PetHavenMN.org
Friday, October 24, 2008
Seeka has gotten the hang of housetraining (as long as you stick to getting her out on a regular schedule) and she is crate trained and will sleep through the night. She can be left alone in a crate for 5-6 hours at a time. She's learning "sit" and "come" and other basic commands. In short, all the really hard puppy work has been done, but a lot of fun puppy antics remain!
If you're interested in being the lucky family who gets to foster Seeka, fill out a volunteer application and email it to us at Volunteer@PetHavenMN.org.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Gunnar is another middle-aged lab who came from the same shelter as Nestle and arrived in Pet Haven care on the same day. He was profiled on the blog a couple weeks back. He was deemed unadoptable at the shelter because of a heart murmur. Gunnar also charmed the socks off of his foster family and they are adopting him.
Nestle and Gunnar's stories are a heartwarming example of what dog rescue is all about.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If you would like to meet Katie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Nestle arrived three weeks ago and he was very skinny (you can still see his ribs and hip bones in these photos -- after 3 weeks of good food in foster care) and generally in poor condition. He had an eye injury and was a little lame in one leg. Within a few days he had gone down hill and was very sick. He was hospitalized in ICU at one of our great veterinary partners, Bloomington Veterinary Hospital. They ran a battery of tests to try and understand what was wrong with our sweet boy. They were able to determine that he was shot with a pellet gun in the past. He may also have been hit by a car at some point. He developed a lot of swelling in his chest and front legs, he was bleeding in his groin area and was very lethargic. It was a tense few days -- Nestle was found to have a blood infection and bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of his heart muscle. He also developed a slight heart murmur.
Nestle has the softest eyes and the sweetest disposition -- everyone who meets him falls madly in love with this chocolate brown boy. Everyone in Pet Haven and at the vet clinic was pulling for him to make it through. After a week of treatment at the vet he started to turn the corner and was well enough to move into a foster home. Nestle charmed one vet tech so much that she jumped at the chance to bring him home. He is now on the road to recovery, but he's not entirely out of the woods yet (all signs are positive though!).
Pet Haven is fortunate to know that he is in good hands with a trained veterinary professional who will be able to monitor his progress on a daily basis...
...and who also takes him to her cabin!! Nestle spent this weekend swimming in the lake and hanging out up north with his foster family. Nestle has come so far in three weeks.
Pet Haven is able to provide these life saving treatments for Nestle and other dogs like him because of the generous financial support of our donors. We are incredibly blessed to have been able to say "yes" to all of the diagnostic work and veterinary care that Nestle required. Pet Haven supporters saved Nestle's life. All you need to do is look into Nestle's big brown eyes to see how thankful he is.
To make a donation and help Nestle and other dogs like him, please visit our donation page.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Andy came to us from an animal control facility. He was picked up as a stray. His canine companion, a female pit mix, was hit and killed by a car on the interstate. Andy stayed by her body until the authorities got there to pick them up. Andy's show of loyalty brings tears to my eyes. Any family would be blessed to have such a devoted canine companion.
Andy is currently hanging out at Auntie Ruth's, one of our great boarding partners. He is having fun playing with the other dogs at his doggy daycare. He made his adoption event debut on Saturday and while it was clear that he needs some work on walking nicely on a leash, he loved meeting and greeting all the people and other dogs.
If you are interested in adopting Andy, please email email@example.com.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Back on April 15, 2008 Pet Haven got a plea to help a litter of 5 black pups found in a rural Iowa - left in a box by the dumpster! With the overwhelming response we received in our effort to find fosters for these pups, we decided to start a Pet Haven dog blog so that their progress could be followed!
This beautiful litter of 5 black pups marked the birth of the Pet Haven dog blog!!
And yesterday, we received an update on one of the pups... Geordie (formerly Calcifur):
"I thought you all might enjoy another Geordie (formerly known as Calcifur) update! We are so happy with him. His training is going along well - he learns best playing frisbee, though he's happy to learn with dog food kibble as well. He's very smart, affectionate, and enthusiastic. He still climbs in bed every morning to get his snuggles. He and Angus have been become great buddies - playing together and sleeping together during the day but Geordie is very respectful of his older brother thanks to Angus' teaching. He and Angus did lots of swimming in the river this summer - he loves the water. He's a big boy - 60 lb the last time we had him at the vet, but pretty slender in build. He loves walks and riding in the car - and getting his picture taken! Whenever I get out the camera he comes over and sits in front of me, though we didn't teach him that! He's still into chewing whatever he can get his mouth onto, but he is so graceful with his lips! He can peel flat magnets off the refrigerator and pulls select, single books off the bookshelves to chew on and seems to prefer the oldest and dustiest books, for some reason (we've had to put the bookshelves off limits, of course). He is such a sweet boy, though we've had to do a lot of explaining about how the cats are not toys! But he is working on remembering that and listens when we say, "leave it" when he goes after the cats. Geordie is such a treasured member of our family - we feel so lucky to have found him. We can't believe he's over 7 months already - the time has gone so quickly!
Thank you so very much for helping us to find Geordie!"
To view earlier posts click on the following links:
- Pups arrive
- Update on the pups
- Calcifur and Wyatt
Friday, October 17, 2008
Pictured above is Foster, one of our latest intakes. He will be making his Pet Haven adoption event debut on Saturday. Who can resist a big goofy puppy? Stop by and ask him to show off his newest "trick" -- sit!
You can learn about all of our dogs available for adoption on our webpage.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Little Ann is little over 1 year old and weighs about 45 lbs. She's great with other dogs. She's still getting used to life in the big city. She needs a foster who will take the time to get her out and about and introduce her to new sights and sounds so that she can become comfortable with the hustle and bustle of the city. Little Ann would love a foster home with another dog and a fenced in yard, but she's flexible if you have time to give her the love and attention that she wants and deserves!
If you are interested in fostering Little Ann or another dog in need, please fill out a volunteer application and email it to us at Volunteer@PetHavenMN.org.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Fostering a Pet Haven dog can be done at no cost to the foster home. All Pet Haven dogs arrive at their foster homes fully vetted with a collar, leash, gentle leader or harness for walking (if needed). Dog food, toys, blankets and treats are donated to Pet Haven and distributed to foster homes. Pet Haven covers the cost of any additional veterinary care required by the foster dog while in foster care. All you need to provide as a foster home are love and attention.
Pet Haven works hard to match up foster dogs and foster homes to try and ensure a positive experience for all involved. We work with you to identify a foster dog who will fit in well with all family members -- kids, dogs, cats and other pets. We also try to match the energy level and personality of the dog to the foster family. Do you have a young resident dog who loves to play, play, play? We can easily find you a foster dog who loves to do the same! Do you have a senior dog who does not tolerate young whippersnapper puppies? We can hook your family up with a mellow older dog who is happy to just hang out. Do you have a resident cat that does not want to be pestered by a dog? We will try to match you with a dog who has been there, done that with cats and won't bug your resident feline. Do you have kids? We will make sure you get a foster dog who has been kid tested.
Foster homes will tell you that fostering is one of the most rewarding things that they have ever done. Check out our dog foster information page to read testimonials from current Pet Haven fosters. You can also find answers to all of our most frequently asked questions about fostering on our dog foster information page.
Already convinced? Fill out a volunteer application and email it to us at Volunteer@PetHavenMN.org.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Ode is thriving in her foster home and is currently going through Obedience I training at Canine Coach. Her training can be a little exhausting, so she has to take lots of naps to recuperate and prepare herself for her next session.
Ode is going to be a special guest at Pet Haven's Fall Benefit on Saturday, November 1st. We hope you consider to join us for the event and meet Ode and other Pet Haven dogs and cats!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
What we know at this point is that Gunnar is happy and in good health right now. It will be important to keep Gunnar at a healthy weight so that his heart does not expend extra energy hauling around weight that Gunnar does not need anyway. He will never be a jogging partner, but regular exercise will be important for Gunnar. The heart, like any other muscle, needs to be kept well-conditioned for optimal health and this will be especially important for Gunnar.
Pet Haven is very fortunate that we are able to say "yes" to helping dogs like Gunnar with some extra medical needs on a regular basis. We are able to do this because of the generosity of our donors who provide us with the funds necessary to pay for extraordinary care such as Gunnar's diagnostic work. If you are interested in making a donation to help Gunnar and other dogs like him, please visit our donation page. If you would like to adopt Gunnar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Zack does have one confession though (lest you think he sounds too perfect) -- he likes to play chase with the resident cat. Unfortunately for Zack, only one of them enjoys that game. He doesn't mean to cause any harm, it's just a game -- but any felines in his forever home should be willing to tolerate some antics.
If you would like to learn more about this easy-going guy, email email@example.com.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Not only is he a willing participant when it comes to dressing up as a bee, he also loves to hunt for bugs in the yard. Sounds like some human boys I know! Estimated to be 1-2 years old, Dutch has a lot in common with human kids. He thrives on routine, love (his favorite is a big kiss on the head), positive training/reinforcement...and he will sleep better at night when he is given ample opportunity to burn off steam during the day! Sound like any kids you know?
Dutch has really lucked out with his foster home. His foster mom works at one of our doggy daycare partners -- so Dutch gets to go to work with her and play, play, play! This also means that she has gotten to observe him with all kinds of dogs and Dutch gets along fabulously with all of them. He would be a great 2nd dog if you have a pooch who needs a playmate.
If you've fallen victim to Dutch's big puppy dog eyes, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about him!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Pet Haven received a plea from Sioux City animal control to save these dogs.
Every time I participate in transporting and welcoming dogs into Pet Haven's foster program, I am reminded of how each and every one of us can make a difference. For many of us entrenched in animal rescue, it's heartbreaking for us to know we can't save them all - but for every dog we rescue and are able to provide that well-deserved second chance, it is without the doubt, the fuel that keeps the flame of hope alive.
Andy, Foster and Butterscotch are all beautiful dogs. After many hours of travel, and a close brush with death, they are now safe and will soon be going to foster homes or one of our doggie daycare partners.
It's a never ending cycle and we continue to need your help. If you are able to foster (or know anyone able to) please send an email to email@example.com. You can learn more about fostering on our website. Every new foster allows us to save one more life, and in return you will receive lots and lots of slobbery kisses and more tail wags than you could ever imagine!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We are extremely grateful for our doggie day partners who provide us with a complimentary foster slot all year round: Pampered Pooch, Downtown Dogs and Auntie Ruth. Because of the support and partnership of doggie daycares we are able to rescue and re-home one more dog.
If you would like to learn more about Lacey (she will be up on our web soon) or any of our dogs visit our website. For specific questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The weather is getting chillier -- dogs are great footwarmers!
Come out to the Minnetonka Petco on Saturday morning from 10am - noon to meet some of the cutest, smartest, sweetest footwarmers around. All of our dogs in foster care are waiting patiently for their forever family to walk into their lives. They would love to meet you!
Adoption events are also a great place to learn more about volunteering with Pet Haven. If you've been kicking around the idea of fostering -- or getting involved in another way -- come on out and meet our volunteers and find out what we are all about. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Not able to adopt right now? Schedule too packed for regular volunteering?
Our dogs never turn down ear scratches or a little extra TLC -- so if you can spare a few minutes, stop by and show them some love.
You can learn about all of our dogs in foster care on our website.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Jasper loves eating his high quality food and foster dad loves that it means there isn't a lot in the poop pick up department for him!
I'm Jasper, and I approved this message. -- Jasper
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
If Mandy could kiss her way to better health I am sure she would be svelte in no time. Unfortunately for Mandy, kissing doesn't burn calories fast enough and she is not the one in charge of her exercise routine. You see, Mandy is carrying around a couple of extra pounds -- truly just a few, but on a small dog that's a lot of extra weight. So her foster mom has her on a d-i-e-t (don't tell Mandy) and gets her out walking every day. Foster mom thought that perhaps some cute new workout clothes would inspire Mandy to get out there and get going, but instead Mandy was just sorely disappointed (and a little bit shocked) to learn that you do not lose weight by just wearing exercise clothes while you lounge on the couch.
So Mandy has pulled out her final stop -- the "if I can't see you, you can't see me and this whole exercise thing just isn't going to happen" move. Mandy is sad to report that it's not working. So the walks continue and Mandy is learning how to walk nicely on a leash without weaving all over the place. On the upside, all that extra meandering is burning off extra calories!
If you need some extra loving in your life from a little Jack Russel Terrier and are committed to continuing her exercise program, please email email@example.com to learn more about Mandy.