Friday, July 29, 2011

All Dog Adoption Event - Saturday, 7/30

We will be having an all dog adoption event on Saturday, 7/30 at the Richfield Petco from 11 am - 1 pm:

710 West 66th Street
Richfield, MN
(66th and Lyndale)

Check out our website for a list of all of our adoptable dogs.

If you have specific questions about any of our adoptable dogs email us at

Dogs who would love to give you some slobbery kisses on Saturday if you stop by are:

Deuce (boxer/shepherd mix), Beau (black and tan coonhound), Justice (lab/rottie mix), Phoenix (white german shepherd mix), Kirby (senior pomeranian), Russ (lhaso apso mix), Charlie (cavalier king charles spaniel mix) and Toby (papillon mix).

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bear ... won't you take me home?

Hello Everyone!. My name is Bear and i'm just 3 years old. Let me tell you a little about myself …. I came from a shelter in rural Iowa to find my forever home. I’m a very sweet boy and everybody says so too, I love walks, car rides and even baths. I’m good with kids and all other animals so far (well, maybe a tiger or lion would scare me! But I bet they would scare you too!) I’m working on house-training and I know the words 'go outside’.  I can sit and even hop and twirl on my hind legs for treats!! I’m very lovable and playful and will give lots of kisses too. I like to run around with my favorite squeaky toys and try to play with my chihuahua foster sisters but they're older and don’t want to play with me much.

Won’t you please take me home with you?? I promise to be a faithful, loyal friend to you for all of my doggie years, and I have LOTS of them left since I’m only 3 years old!

You can check out my petfinder bio for more info or email!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tug ... One Happy Beagle!!

This boy Tug has a lot to be happy about! He’s eight years old and living life to the fullest. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him but this lovable pup isn’t your average Beagle. His foster Mom describes Tug as a, “Labrador Retriever in a Beagle suit.” He is crazy about playing fetch!

His other favorite activities include snuggling up with his people, mealtime, and taking naps in the sun. He also loves to do tricks but rolling over is his favorite; anything for a treat!

Tug is completely potty trained and can be left to watch the house while you’re gone. Just don’t expect him to stay awake the whole time. He also does his part to help the neighborhood watch by keeping an eye on other dogs from the window. He would be great for a home with someone around often or even retirees. As much as he loves his playtime outdoors, he is tuckered out afterwards! 

Perfect for a family that wants a playful dog without that new puppy energy. He has done great being around many dogs since his foster Mom runs a boarding facility. He is ok with pets of the feline variety as long as they don’t run; otherwise he may bark at them.

Tug is quite the charmer and is well known for walking the runway in Pet Haven’s 2010 Fall Benefit with the Vikings Cheerleaders. They quickly fell in love with him just like everyone else he meets. After all, who wouldn’t love that smiling face? Help us get the word out about this great guy. Tug’s forever home will be a happy one for sure!

For more info on Tug the charmer check out his petfinder bio or email us at

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stuart Little

Stuart Little is a 3-4 mth old puppy who was found by a dump up at Red Lake reservation. He was unresponsive and curled up in a ball. After getting some TLC from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue he was then taken into Pet Haven's foster program in early July where he continued with lots of TLC. He is now living with two playful foster (canine) sisters and one feline sister. He's a bundle of energy (and love), but then again, aren't all puppies??? :) He is learning a lot from his foster family and if you're looking for an addition to your family, Stuart Little says you should look no further!! For more info on Stuart Little check out his petfinder bio or follow along on a blog that his foster mom has created for him at
Stuart loves the dirt!
Stuart doing what he loves to do ... chew!! :)
For more info on Stuart Little email

Friday, July 22, 2011

Meet Russell ... Mr. Personality!!

Russell is 10 years young. He wants you to know that he still has many years left in him and he hopes that some very special person will consider opening up their heart and home to this handsome boy ... he has been in Pet Haven's foster program now for a little over two years. Please help us get the word out about Russell!

Mr. Personality loves his people! Russell is a Lhasa Apso/Dandi Dinmont Terrier Mix. He loves all people he meets and dogs too! He likes to spend his time outside or just hanging out with his people. Russell would be great for an older person or a family that isn’t looking for a pup with boundless energy. He’s content just laying next to his family on the porch and a scratch behind the ear. He is crazy for car rides and will wait quietly in the car for his foster Mom to come out of the store. Russell loves all people he meets and has had a lot of contact with other dogs.
Russell with foster mom Sandy!

He also fancies himself as a protector, according to his foster Mom Sandy: “Russell likes to "scout" the yard, making sure no unwanted dogs or cats are near. He would spend the whole day outside if he could. We have a couple of neighbors who have big dogs (Vizsla & a Golden). He loves to run (I say that with a smirk, he can't run for very long!) nonetheless he thinks he's running the fence with them, tail wagging all the way.”

He also enjoys walks but does like to come across as a tough guy to bigger dogs when they first meet. Russell may be a little guy but he doesn’t want to be treated like one! He isn’t thrilled with being picked up but would prefer to lay next to you instead. He knows a trick or two and is very proud when he completes them. This pup is completely crate trained and can be trusted on his own at home. His new forever family will be lucky to have this easy going guy!

If you would like more info on Russell email us at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Phoenix - Resilient soul rises up from the ashes

Yes, all of the dogs that come through Pet Haven's foster program are special ... all have their own story and all deserve to be loved and cherished by their own special family.

Phoenix is a boy who has touched the hearts of so many, including his foster Meagan. We/Pet Haven are fortunate to have such incredible fosters like Meagan who give up so much of their time and their heart and provide these innocent creatures the second chance they so deserved.

Here's an update from Phoenix's foster:

"Over the last four years I have fostered six dogs, and have had the opportunity to watch each of them grow and develop in their own special ways.  Even with that said, when Phoenix first came into my family I was skeptical about how quickly he would turn around in our quest to help him become a "normal dog."  He was skinny and had no coordination.  He was terrified of everything new.  He had endless energy and loved to use it up by exploring the world with his mouth.  He liked to pick on the puggle of the house and didn't understand that his old, crabby Australian Shepherd brother's warning growls did NOT mean "play harder."  He was absolutely incapable of entertaining himself, so he required constant attention.  And he loved shoes; like to a crazy, abnormal extent.

As I sit here thinking about the transformation Phoenix has made, I am tempted to look up what "Phoenix" even means.  According to the "Internet's Bible," Wikipedia, Phoenix is a greek character that is reborn from its own ashes.  Wow.  What a perfect name for this guy.  Coming from a situation where he was looking death in the face, Phoenix certainly represents a reborn version of his previous self.

In the short two months since Phoenix arrived at my house I have truly seen a Cinderella story unfold before my eyes.  The scrawny, wiry dog who picked on his Puggle foster brother is now a muscular (although still lanky), beautiful boy who knows the boundary between "forcing" someone to play and mutual play.  He only takes a couple minutes to warm up to new women, and once he is comfortable with them he wants nothing more than to snuggle and be pet- and he knows just how to flash those warm chestnut brown eyes that are impossible to say no to!  He can entertain himself for an hour or so before he remembers he needs his human(s), and although he is hesitant about new things and situations, he is also inquisitive: a great sign that he is making huge strides.  Shoes are still a guilty pleasure of his, but at least now he knows that they are forbidden as a chew toy.  Phoenix's "mouthy" tendencies will be the primary issue his forever family will have to correct, but we have already made progress in this area as well.  Although he still likes to touch everything with his mouth, he is learning that this is not a desired behavior, so it has minimized greatly (and is almost non-existant on the days he receives the appropriate exercise for his energy level). 

All in all, I want other people to know what a gem this handsome man is.  Who would have known that an emaciated, scared, banged-up pup could transform into such a wonderful dog?  I am honored to have been one of the many people over several organizations who have experienced this story firsthand, and I'm excited to see what new opportunities unfold for this boy."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Adoption Event Saturday, 7/16: Richfield Petco & Lake Calhoun Chuck & Don's

Pet Haven dog adoptions today from 11 am to 1 pm .. be sure to stop on by:

Medium/Large dogs at Richfield Petco (66th and Lyndale)

Small Dogs at Lake Calhoun Chuck & Don's.

Our adoptable pups would love to say hi and to give you lots of kisses!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Milo is adopted!

Milo with his new
mom and dad!!
Milo was returned to Pet Haven at the end of April due to life changes of his previous owners. He is a 7 year old beagle who quickly charmed his way into the hearts of Pet Haven volunteers including Laura B who began fostering with Pet Haven in May. Milo was Laura's first foster dog with Pet Haven .... great job Laura on fostering Milo and for loving him until he was able to find a forever home of his own.

During the home visit, Pet Haven volunteer Agnes said:

"Everything went great. Couldn't be better!! His new mom and dad are Bob & Diane A. They are friends of Laura B's mom. When we got there, they already bought everything from food & water dish, toys, kennel, dog beds, and treats. In fact right before we left, they were going to take Milo and go back to the pet store to pick up more toys! Milo explored the house and knew right away where his water dish was. He played with the tennis ball and even hung out on the dog bed that Bob & Diane put in their bedroom. I think he's going to be pampered there :) "

Thank you Laura B for fostering Milo! And thank you Bob and Diane for providing Milo with a wonderful home. It looks like there are 2 humans and 1 canine with big grins in the photo above!!!

Pet Haven is always looking for fosters. If you would like to learn more about fostering please email 

Saturday, July 9, 2011


This poor girl spent her first years in a hoarding situation. She was rescued by the Animal Humane Society and lived with 70 other dogs and came into Pet Haven's foster program as a part of the Minnesota Animal Welfare Partnership coalition ( Her foster has been working to socialize Candy for the past 6 months and give Candy a taste of what life really should be. We are extremely grateful to Candy's foster for all of her patience. She has made such great progress and is now ready to move into a real home of her own.

Candy is 1 and a half years old and is good with other dogs. In fact, she would LOVE to have another canine sibling to play with or to simply hang out with! Candy is attending Pet Haven's small dog adoptions. For a list of our adoptions visit our website at For more info on Candy check out her bio.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Charlie is Adopted!

Charlie the yorkie was adopted last week to a couple who previously had a yorkie, Scruffy, who obviously lived quite the luxurious, pampered life. Although Charlie knows he can never replace Scruffy he certainly would like to give it a try!!

We got an update from Charlie's new family a few days after the adoption:

"Well, after only four days, Charlie has taken over the house.  In true Yorkshire fashion, his confident, cocky little personality has captured our hearts.  Yes, he has given us permission to stay in his new home!

Charlie exhibited many of the same traits and habits our former Scruffy Yorkshire had.  He's assumed the very same corner of our bed, follows the lady of the house everywhere, growls and emits low barks at anyone remotely passing the house - very protective already.  He is bringing new toys to our feet already and wants, no demands our attention every chance he gets.

He loves his walks, remembers his tricks and is very obedient.  On the second day, he let us know he likes back rubs, shoulder massages and tummy scratches. 

We've tricked him with his picky food temperment by keeping the same diet as he had but mixing in some Caesar soft food - very tasty Lamb and Turkey are now his favorites with his sweet potato kibbles.
Charlie sleeping on his new deck!

All I hear in the house now is my wife constantly talking to Charlie as if her little baby.  Great stuff.....  Of course as Charlie's new Alpha, I can't show that emotion - Ha!

I can't say enough about Sandy Thomson.  Her love for Charlie as a foster mom keeps the love going.  "Charlie loves to get love and he loves to give love."

Great job all around......

Thank you, thank you, Pet Haven.

Bruce and Sandy R."

Thank you Bruce and Sandy for providing Charlie with such a loving home!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Adopted Dog Update: Ahnung visits Red Lake Rosie's

Ahnung staying cool under
Karen's truck
Ahnung (pronounced ah-NUNG and means star in ojibway) was originally rescued (in October 2008) by Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue up in northern Minnesota in the Red Lake reservation. She had been abandoned with her litter of 8 puppies ... a pellet remains in one of her nipples from a gun shot wound, heart worm disease, lymes, coccidia and no front teeth (from grounding her teeth down to her gum in search of food). In November 2008 she came in Pet Haven's foster program and was treated for her heart worm. I had the honor of fostering Ahnung in December and we went back up that winter to visit Karen and help out around the shelter. In January, 2009 I adopted Ahnung. When I first met Ahnung in mid-October, she looked beaten and battered ... Karen looked at me and told me  'There is something very special about her." She was right. More than anything I believe that any dog or cat blessed enough to be in the loving, healing presence of Karen up at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is forever changed ... Ahnung is just one of hundred of dogs and cats who carry Karen's amazing energy and spirit with them. Ahnung is now a therapy dog and has her own blog. She even has her own facebook fan page.

Over the holiday weekend Ahnung had the opportunity to visit Karen up at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. She immediately jumped right back into being a rez dog and fitting in with the pack. I continue to be amazed at the work that Karen does up at Red Lake Rosie's. We transported Stuart Little and 2 cats (Sharmaine and Sunshine) back with us to come into Pet Haven's foster program.

Many thanks to all of you who continue to support the work of animal rescues and shelters.

Marilou Chanrasmi
Dog Division Co-Director

Ahnung in October 2008

Stuart Little - Pet Haven's
most recent intake from RLRR

And I made a video from the photos I took up at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue so you can catch a glimpse into the incredible work of Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Adoption Events Sat July 2nd!

Start the holiday weekend off right with a visit to one of our adoptions events.

JD and his other medium/large dog pals will be watching for you:
Saturday July 2nd
Richfield Petco
66th & Lyndale Ave So

Kirby and his other small dog friends will be waiting to meet you:
Saturday July 2nd
Chuck & Don's Wayzata
1147 Wayzata Blvd. E