Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Thanks to the volunteers who helped spread the word about Pet Haven! It was bark-... we mean park-tastic!
Photo: Pet Haven volunteers - Libby, Carrie, Cynthia, Tiffany and Julius (who has since found his forever home!)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
"Dear Pet Haven,
I am so sad to inform you of Jackson's passing. Jackson (formerly Jazz), adopted from Pet Haven in the spring of 1996, died on March 13th.
Jack was such a fantastic dog and he is much missed. I am so grateful to Pet Haven. The photo on the left was taken about 5 years ago at the Minnehaha Dog Park and is of Jackson enjoying the winter. The second photo was taken the day before he died -- he was sleeping in his home in Minneapolis.
Thank you so much, Genevieve."
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We'll be spreading the word about Pet Haven and recruiting volunteers. We hope to have adoptable dogs there as well for the the public to meet--the good news is that we're having such great success adopting out dogs that we aren't sure which dogs will be there!
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
"We adopted Tori, formally Torrence Chow-Tung, about two years ago. She came from Red Lake with a heartbreaking story of being found in a dumpster with her starved puppies... my husband and daughter and I made it our mission to spoil her rotten and give her the happiest life she could ever imagine. Mission accomplished! She quickly erased any doubts my husband may have had about inviting another animal into our house, she has earned a grudging respect from our three very elderly and grumpy cats, and she has even befriended the rabbit! She has discovered that marrow bones are an incredibly tasty treat and that bubbles are fun to chase. There are benefits to having a dog that we could never have foreseen, too, such as introducing us to a whole dog-loving community at the dog park, and being almost a sibling to our only child... the gentleness Tori shows when playing with her is incredible, and there never was a more patient dog for putting up with jewelry, tea parties and doctor check-ups.
Thank you to Pet Haven for giving us the opportunity to adopt this dog!"
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wow this is the best week ever for the Red Lake dogs in our foster program. We had five of them adopted in just over 8 days. Our boy Julius saved from the woods by Karen of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue-as were all of the dogs listed here-found his forever home on Father's Day. Julius is living out in Lake Elmo in a cabin like environment which certainly suits a dog from the country. He got along with the cat right away. And lucky for Julius his auntie is Danielle a trainer from Canine Coach. So if he has any questions about training his new parents he knows who to call.
Hunter now Mick has a cushy life in Apple Valley. He has a work from home mom, lots of woods to explore, and a deck just for lounging on a Sunday morning. This dog came in to Karen's with a tongue that had been badly burned. He is still learning how to use it again. Here is what the new mom had to say, " We left him home alone for a couple of hours last night and he was fine. Before we left we wondered if we should close the door to the laundry room where we keep all our shoes. Paul said "No they are mostly your shoes he can chew those if he wants". Arriving home there was one shoe in the center of the living room (undamaged) and it was a great big ol' mens tennis shoe. HA Good Boy Mick!"
Copper now Duncan lives with a Golden named Cooper-hence the name change. He has kept his new parents busy trying to figure out how to keep him from climbing the fence. Duncan seems to think the grass is greener, the people are more friendly, and the squirrels much more interesting on the other side. Sometimes the rez dogs take a bit to settle into city life. Stay tuned for photos of Duncan's new hairdo. The groomer worked on his coat for over two hours.
Zeke our little terrier mix went to live with a family that had adopted a Pet Haven dog in the past. The parents are retired so Zeke will not be home alone for long. And the 16 year old son has lots of sports events to attend with his new dog. Zeke has come a long way from living alone behind a gas station.
Shiloh found her new home with a friend of her fosters. He owns a natural pet food store and takes the dogs with him to work everyday. He has another rescue dog that is a bit shy too just like Shiloh-or Shy-bun bun as her fosters called her. Congratulations to all these poochies and their new families! Thank you for considering rescue dogs.
And a big shout out thank you to Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue for all she does for the homeless dogs and cats on the Red Lake reservation.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Captain and Bob are just two of Pet Haven's many adoptable dogs ---- they love their foster homes and yes, they are getting pampered like crazy, BUT ... they would love to have their own forever family.
Today, though ... both these handsome boys wanted to let Pet Haven supporters know that they are aware it is Father's Day. They were busy surfing the internet this morning and found this cute video that they wanted to share with you ....
Happy Father's Day to all Dog Loving Daddies!!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Chucky a young Shitzu is looking for his new family. Come meet him and our other small dogs at Chuck & Don's Calhoun-3246 W Lake St-this Saturday, June 19th from 10-12.
Bob and other large and medium dogs will be waiting to meet you at the Richfield Petco-66th and Lyndale Ave S-from 10-12 on Saturday June 19th. Bob is "swimming" in a pool at Pampered Pooch Playground while his foster family is on vacation. Thanks PPP for helping Bob have some fun too.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Cindy and I drove down to Albert Lee to meet up with the People for Pets transport van. Donna and Steph were waiting for us to arrive on a very rainy dreary Monday. But what they had for us brightened our spirits. And we did not even mind standing out in the rain to meet all of the new soon to be Pet Haven dogs. There was Mia the tiny but very vocal beagle.
Then came Frankie a spaniel/lab boy. He has been waiting since December to get out of the shelter. He still has some of that winter weight to lose but now he will be out for daily walks about town. Next was Captain. He is a gorgeous basset who makes you laugh just looking at his face. And he has a big face.
Last but not least came the puppies, Buster, Romeo and Louie. They are springer/beagle 12 week old boys. Thank you to People for Pets for driving most of the way. Pet Haven will take good care of your "cargo'. If anyone is interested in more information on these dogs please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Many thanks to Gus' foster, Ann, who took great care of him while he waited for his forever family to come along...we think it was worth the wait!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
As a result of our online fundraising we were able to raise $975, all of which will go directly towards homeless dogs and cats!
What a great turn out at the inaugural Dog Days 5K9 run with over 300 pooches, of all different sizes, colors and breeds! We had one foster dog, Julius, who joined us for the run. Volunteer Tiffany who begins training for the Twin Cities marathon today kicked off her training with Julius .... at the end of the run, all she had to say was "Julius was a perfect runner." Sounds like he was so focused on running that he didn't even want to stop for water breaks ... even squirrels couldn't distract this boy ... and best of all, no swerving or tugging on the leash!! Here's Julius giving Tiffany a big kiss after the run ....
Julius got to hitch a ride to the event with Ahnung (Pet Haven alum), who like Julius was rescued from up north at Red Lake reservation. We believe Julius could be one of Ahnung's pups from a litter prior to when she was rescued. Ahnung is now a registered therapy dog and is protective of her "son" :) She says that Julius is the perfect dog and would make a great therapy dog. If you'd like to learn about 10 Reasons why you should adopt Julius, check out Ahnung's blog. She has a lot to say about it!!
Many thanks to all who participated in this year's event!! Without your support we would not be able to continue in our mission of rescuing and re-homing dogs and cats and reducing the needless suffering of homeless dogs and cats.
To view more photos from the 5K9 Run click here.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Pet Haven's newest dogs arrived over the weekend from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. Thanks to Carla and Shawn for transporting the four dogs safely. Zeke, white American Eskimo/terrier mix and Hunter, chocolate lab mix were more than happy to stretch their legs after the 5 hour drive.
Leslie and Carla walked the two little ones, Harvey, black and white Shitzu and Chucky, buff Sitzu after their long ride south. They both came into Red Lake Rosie's with very matted coats and were professionally trimmed down before leaving. Once their coats grow back they are going to be gorgeous.
Here is Chucky all reloaded up for the next leg on his journey to his new foster home. He even found a squeaky toy to play with and seemed ready for whatever was next.
Since arriving Zeke has been touring the city with Lindsey going to BBQs and kickball games. He was even the mascot at the last game. Still a bit timid Zeke is learning how much fun his life can be. He has come a long way from living alone behind a gas station.
Hunter, a 10 month old chocolate lab mix, is staying at Rescue Buddy Boarding. He is such a calm boy for his age and breed. He is housetrained and crate trained. A family that would include Hunter in all their activities would be great. Because of his young age he would do best if there was someone home part of the day. Thank you to everyone involved with Red Lake Rosie's for all you do for the homeless dogs and cats.
Keeping your dog hydrated is always important, but it is especially critical during the hot summer months. Dog dehydration can be caused by health conditions, heat exposure, or simply a lack of a readily available water supply. Dehydration in dogs needs to be taken seriously, left untreated, can cause multiple health problems including organ failure and death. It doesn't take long for a dog to become dehydrated, fortunately it's easy to prevent. Dehydration is an excess loss of bodily fluids. It most often involves the loss of water and minerals such as sodium, chloride, and potassium; collectively called electrolytes. Dehydration in dogs can be caused by illness (especially if the dog has a fever), exposure to extreme heat, and a number of other factors. A dog’s natural act of panting causes a loss of fluids and can result in dehydration if they are not replaced. Remember that dogs lack sweat glands to keep them cool. They pant in an effort to regulate their body temperature. A panting dog is a hot dog.
Preventing Dog Dehydration:
- On hot, dry days keep dogs indoors as much as possible
- Provide a constant supply of fresh water for your dog
- Keep multiple bowls of water around the house and/or yard
- Make sure the water bowls can't be tipped over
- Consider using kiddie pools, sprinklers and running hoses to cool your dog when outside on hot days
- Make sure your dog has shaded areas to rest under when outdoors
Signs of a dehydrated dog:
- Lack of elasticity to the skin
- Dry and sunken eyes
- A dry mouth and nose
- A delay in capillary refill time. (To test for this, pull the dog's lip away from its gum (gently) and press a finger against the gum until the area whitens. Release your finger and the color should return to the area almost immediately. A delay could be an indication of dehydration)
As always, please consult your Vet if you have concerns with your dog’s health.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
We hope you'll consider making a donation in honor of your beloved companion animal, or in memory of a companion who has crossed rainbow bridge.
To make a donation, click here. You can make a donation to the main page or scroll down and select individual fundraisers.
On behalf of homeless dogs and cats, we thank you for your support!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Our girl Chica got adopted on Saturday. We are super excited for her. She came in as a stray from rural Iowa. She is now living with a wonderful family on 10 acres of woods, marshes, and flower beds.
The dad was not drawn to Chica at first. But after spending over an hour at our adoption event he could see how smart and alert she was. Mike her foster was doing his best with the Furminator to remove as much shedding hair as possible. That tool is amazing by the way.
Thanks Mike for taking care of Chica. This was one of our faster adoptions.
Kids last seen with Chica's new bed on their heads. Have a good life Chica!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Pet Haven is having two adoption events Saturday June 5th from 10-12.
Small dogs will be at the Chuck & Don's Wayzata: 1147 Wayzata Blvd.
Large and medium dogs will be at the Petco Eden Prairie: 8020 Glen Lane.
For more information click here for a list of available dogs.
In conjunction with the clinic, Pampered Pooch is holding a supply drive for MN SNAP. For a list of what types of supplies are needed check out the MN SNAP website. In addition to what is listed, they are always in need of cash donations and gas cards from Holiday or SuperAmerica. Please consider stopping by Pampered Pooch on Saturday, June 5th to check it out and to drop off a donation for MN SNAP. Together, we can put an end to the needless suffering and death of homeless animals.
Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program's Mission:
It is our mission to end the suffering and death of homeless animals due to pet overpopulation by providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to MN shelters, rescue organizations, and the low-income community.