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"Abandoned, Adopted, & Adored"
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Cooper was rescued on May 2012 from a local shelter. We met him on Mother's day at the shelter. He was dirty, horribly matted and in desperate need of some TLC. He was really excited to get out of his kennel but calmed down after a few minutes in the shelter visiting area. He was matted right to his skin all over his body. He is half the size now! He had fox tails and burrs caught up in all the matts. Poor guy. Cooper was adopted to his forever home and living a super happy life!
Miss Molly Bridgett came to live with our family about 4 months ago. She is a 2 year old Maltese. Molly has been the light of our life since she joined our family. Molly is the perfect blend of playfulness and lap dog. Everyone Molly meets she views as her new best friend. On our walks, Molly has made many a new "dog" friend. Now our walks take a long time, because she wants to stop and play with all her new doggie friends in the neighborhood.
Molly has met the whole extended family, from the 2 year old to the 83 year old, and she loves everyone and everyone loves her. We have a big backyard with a tall hill and Molly can spend hours exploring ever inch of her new backyard. But by the end of the day, her favorite spot is in my lap (my favorite spot for her). Caroline, Molly's foster mom, did a wonderful job introducing us to Molly. Caroline brought Molly to our house 3 times to make sure our home was safe and a healthy environment for Molly and to help Molly get comfortable with us before she came here to live.
Caroline and Furry Friends did a wonderful job matching Molly with our family, we will be forever grateful for their efforts and care of Molly the 2 months she was in foster care.
We adopted Jamie (was Tony) from Furry Friends in 2001, after he was rescued with his young brother and sister. Jamie is now 12 years old and he is a German Shepherd / Rhodesian Ridgeback mix whose looks favor his Rhodesian side. This picture shows Jamie on his favorite chaise lounge in our yard, at our cottage in the Provence area of France. He will be featured in the children's book The Paw Word Diary of Teddy Bear, with his sisters Cassie and Teddy Bear. He loves the sun and the cuisine, and his French I believe is now better than mine.
Keep up the good work in saving little ones.
All the best,
Author of The Paw Word Diary of Teddy Bear
Adopted a year ago. Toto is now happily living in his forever home with Dani and Steve!
Steve is getting along superbly with our cat since day one (they nap together) and is a gentle, mellow spirit that greets everyone from seniors to toddlers with a polite hello. We've completed obedience training together and he's passed his Canine Good Citizen exam and is headed into more training to become a therapy dog. Our ultimate goal is to be able to volunteer at the children's ward at Lucille Packard.
We love this old soul in a little dog body so much, and he loves being with other people and animals, that we're even considering adopting a second dog and playmate into our home. Thanks to Emily, his foster home and Furry Friends Rescue team for bringing him into rescue so we could meet him!
Dani and Steve
My name is Homer and I am a lhasa apso—poodle mix. I am very happy to be living with my new family. I have come to appreciate sharing the house with two children and two cats. The cat, Violet and I are finally used to each other and we keep each other company during the day. I still visit mama Sue who was my foster family when she comes to the Furry Friends Rescue dog showcase at Pet Club, Mountain View. Sue took me in and introduced me to her dogs. She was a great foster family and it was hard for us to say goodbye to each other. But I've now settled in with my forever family and am happy for my warm bed and food (especially the food!). I'm a very lucky dog!
Homer & Baher family
Just had to let you all know how much we are in love with Winnie! She has become a part of our family. Even my parents call her their "grand puppy". We started puppy classes last week and she's doing great. She's been to the beach with us and we just got home from a weekend in the snow. She is a great traveler! Thanks to all of you for helping us find the newest member of our family!
We love her!
Michele, Mark, Molly, Megan & Winnie Wharton
LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
Well, hello, my name is Caesar and I have found my forever home. I could not be happier surrounded by all of these women. It wasn't long ago I was shaking and nervous being at the shelter until Furry Friends rescued me and placed me with my foster mom, Teresa for two months. She actually got teary when she had to say good-bye. She said, "I was a small dog with a big personality". She made me feel comfortable and started working with me, particularly trying to get me to not climb on high places, like tables.
Then she made this cute video of me dancing for my treats. I am actually pretty good at dancing on my hind legs. Well, it caught Linda's attention, a fellow dancer, and she just knew she had to meet me. She was looking for a dog for her mother. Linda, Yo, and Alice came to see me at Pet Club.
I was perched on my helper's chair, (given that I like high places), and the helper was in my dog bed. Well, I guess they fell in love with me. They thought it appropriate to keep my name, as when they met me, I was seated on my throne. Well, the rest is history. I am in love with Vaiola, I sleep with her and follow her everywhere. She plays and takes me for walks. Then there is Alice who feeds me and gives me treats when I obey. And, Yo, well, I wake her up in the mornings by jumping on her bed and licking her, while she rubs my tummy.
Oh, and Linda doesn't live with us, but she is always checking in on me. She takes me to the doctors and groomers and buys my food, treats, and clothes. Then there is our neighbor Vince, he takes me for walks several times a week and is trying to teach me how not to lead. I also have a cousin named Mac. He is a little guy just like me. We love to go out in his yard and mark our territories. His owners are very fun and like to see me dance for my food. Yo and I stay with them overnite sometimes. They are always excited to see me and never like it when I go home. So, as you can see, I have a big family who is there for me and gives me lots of love and attention. I am one lucky guy, and boy, don't I know it! Oh, by the way, I'm one great guy, and they're lucky to have me, too!
Little Bon-Bon is just exactly that—something small and sweet. We adopted her a few months after the passing of our beloved Jack Russell, Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown loved to be held and cuddled. He was unusual for a JRT. While my other two dogs, Missus and Chubby, kept my spirits up and my heart full, my arms were empty without Mr. Brown.
Bon-Bon is such a sweet spirit and she loves to be held and cuddled. My other two fur-babies are 13 and 8 years old, so at 10 years old, Bonnie fits in nicely with the old ladies! Bon-Bon is enjoying two home-cooked meals per day, walks after each meal, going off-leash at the dog parks and snoozing wherever she likes (beds, couches, chairs).
She also accompanies me to work occasionally and is always a hit with
my coworkers. She is a treasure that we will cherish for all of her
remaining days! Below are photos of Bon-Bon with her new friend
Chubby the Basset Hound and hanging out on mom's desk.
Photo by: Jason Largent
Super Star "Harley", Border Collie, Adopted 1999
12 years old & still going strong!
Harley was rescued from a shelter on death-row by Furry Friends Rescue. From fostering him, we learned to get involved in dog sports to train and exercise Harley which triggered a life long passion and career. Harley stole our hearts and we adopted him. Harley competes in Flyball, Agility and Disc dogs. He earned many titles and wins during his career, including Flyball Dog Grand Champion Title! It's a 30,000 point title. Harley is now 12 years old, and still going strong due to great exercise and nutrition. He is also a proud member of DOGS- Incredible Dog Show.
Michelle & Harley
Alvin - Am I cute or what?
Furry Friends Rescue recognized his loving ways so he was rescued and placed in a foster home. His photo & story landed in Yvonne's "Inbox" one day—it was love at first sight! Yvonne, a pet therapy volunteer, was a perfect match for him. His new mom called him Alvin because his playfulness matched that of the famous singing chipmunk.
Alvin's personality makes him a "natural" for his new career of making people smile and feeling loved! Alvin has his certifications for Paws for Healing, Inc. Therapy Dog, Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ), AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Tony La Russa's Pet Hug Team. He visits facilities: Memorial Hospital, Sebastopol Senior Day Center, Sonoma County Regional Libraries, Sonoma County elementary schools.
His favorite activities: Flipping over in your arms for tummy rubs, listening to children read, chasing around with his Chihuahua playmates & loves to rest by meditating.
Recent article about Alvin: Reading Dogs in Libraries
Alvin is living quite the life of a celebrity in Sonoma County!
Paws for Healing & Paws for Reading
Chandler as a model on the beach & competing!
Let me tell you about Chandler nicknamed Hoover since he sucks up everything off the floor. I am a foster mom for Furry Friends Rescue and Chandler was about my 6th or 7th foster dog. Technically I'm a foster failure because I adopted Chandler May 2007. I have two other dogs & one cat in my home and Chandler seemed to fit in from day one. For a Chihuahua mix he is the most laid back dude you will ever find. He rarely barks and loves to go up into everyone's lap at the doggie park to spread his love around. I believe he thinks he is the Park Ambassador. It was this trait in him that made me want him even more.
I have always wanted a therapy dog to visit nursing homes, senior centers and CHANDLER was the one. He has gone on to receive his Canine Good Citizen and we now visit the local senior centers and nursing homes. I still want to take him into children's hospitals so he can show off all of his amazing tricks he has learned. He knows his right from his left, crawls, rolls over and even sneezes on command. These are just a few tricks that he knows. He is definitely one smart boy.
We started competing in agility trials this last summer and he now has his AKC Novice titles and is working on earning more too. My life would not be the same without this little guy.
Denali, enjoys being a Husky!
My husband and I met Denali at the Mountain View showcase and I was immediately taken by Denali's good looks and bi-colored eyes. Randy was very honest with us—Denali had been in at least 3 different households, destroyed homes, was an escape artist, and needed mental and physical stimulation. We fostered him for a few months and decided that our home would finally be his forever home.
Denali lives in the mountains on 30 acres of land and loves to take walks and explore the land and meet other mountain dogs. We have gone through obedience training and just completed rattlesnake avoidance training and that has helped his behavior. He learns very quickly if you have liver treats! Could Denali possible be a Canine Good Citizen one day? We also joined the Bay Area Husky Club and have gone sledding and carting - he loves it and it's great to see a working dog do what he is bred to do. He is a great dog... so sweet and funny... and still a challenging dog. Denali is my first dog and I have found that taking care of him is extremely rewarding and fun. We love Denali and are proud to support Furry Friends Rescue.
Jazzy, special needs with narcolepsy,
charms her family.
Jazzy, joined our family duringThanksgiving week. We welcomed a new family member, a puggle (pug and beagle mix) named Jazzy. Even though Jazzy is technically Nathan's dog, she has stolen all of our hearts.
She's a big time snuggler, very sweet and loves giving you happy kisses! She even gets along with all our cats and is starting to think she is one of them!
- Ritchie Family
Pastina AKA "Ellie" with her family and when she was rescued (right).
I have always had Golden Retrievers in my life and love their wonderful dispositions. For the last several years I have adopted a small dog as a companion Golden. Well...two are better than one! I decided it was Time for my Golden "Tuscan" to have a companion. His other little friend "Eva" had passed away 6 months earlier and there was a big void in our lives. I was so excited to find "Ellie" (now named "Pastina") with this great organization. She had been wonderfully taken care of by Teresa and her family. I have had Pastina for a year now and she has done wonders around the household. My kitties (6) love her and play with her. Tuscan has been energized as have I. My little sweet heart has earned a spot right next to me in bed and the front seat of the car. "No moss grows under her rolling stone". I should have named her "lickety Split" She licks you to death and then runs off...she is so busy ..she needs a personal secretary.
I want to thank Teresa and all the wonderful volunteers for 'putting their arms around" all these great pets...and hope those who adopt are as lucky as I was finding Pastina.
- Margie Chiechi
Marilyn & Monroe before & after
Marilyn & Monroe (sibling or buddy) were running in the streets for weeks. Starving and scared, they dodged many people trying to help them. A kind lady fed them until she was finally able to catch them and took them to the Tri-City Animal Shelter. Their time was up and they had no options left. Both were extremely scared, horribly neglected, dirty/matted, and covered with fleas. They probably lived their entire life in a backyard and then were dumped. Marilyn looks like she had puppies. Both are gentle souls and harmless. They show potential like the rest of the scared neglected dogs we've rescued, so we rescued them.
All they needed was grooming, training and some TLC in their foster home. After many months of care with Carol, they learned to walk on leash, got healthy and blossomed into friendly adorable dogs. Both are very bonded to each other and always clinged close to each other.
In end of Dec. 2010, they were adopted to their loving home for life. Both are now pampered and very happy doggies. They love their walks and even started training classes. Thanks to All About Pets Animal Care, Union City, for their grooming, vet care & boarding. Thanks to Carol for fostering them. Marilyn & Monroe got their miracle!
Chavez before & after
Chavez and his buddy, Willie were rescued on 4/15/10. As you can see from the "before" picture, he was badly neglected. We gave him wash and grooming to free him from all the matting which is very painful. This is an good example of "how dirty dog looks" can be easily transformed by some TLC. Chavez is warming up to us and showing us completely lovable self and ready to find his forever family!
Picture on the right: Isabel as a puppy when rescued. Picture on the left: Reese and I now.
Isabel (AKA Angel) was found crawling on her elbows in the streets. I just happened to be at the shelter when they showed her to me. They had no hope for her and were about to PTS her. But I saw this conditon before, and I knew she could out-grow it with the right foods. So I took her and yup, with vet care and right low protein food, she was fine. :} Then she was fostered and adopted to her forever great home!
- Emily (FFR President)
Shani was rescued from TCAS. He was abandoned, neglected and very dirty/matted to his skin. All About Pets Animal Care groomer had to shave his entire body. With his new make-over, he met his wonderful adoption home. Shani was adopted and lives a pampered life as a furry kid in his forever home. He's a very happy lovable boy who loves to zoom around in full speed and enjoys lounging with his mom.
We adopted Rookie from Furry Friends in 2008 and it's been 2 years of fun and adventure ever since! I've grown up with dogs but for my boyfriend, Rookie was his first dog. Rookie has the strangest personality of any dog I've ever met. He continues to surprise us with funny and odd things he does everyday, even after 2 years. He was a very active little chihuahua mix from the beginning. He got me out and about on daily walks, hikes, rollerblading runs and pretty soon I'd lost 20 lbs. and he filled out to look great too!
He started taking dog agility classes 6 months after we rescued him and a year after beginning training, he is now doing great and competing at trials all around the bay area. It's hilarious to watch his little body race through the coarse for his final goal—a really good treat!
He continues to bring us more entertainment, love (only when he feels like it!) and energy into our lives and we can't picture our lives without him!
We really love Ozlik (Donkey)! He is a very quick learner, and already knows sit, how-do-you-do, and lay down in Russian. He is very friendly, funny, and playful! He has a lot of good doggy friends, such as him! When we come home, we see a sweet little face, big ears, and a wagging tail! He jumps on us, that makes us very happy! He is very curious and wants everyone to be his friend!!!
Masha, 8 years old
Today (9/23/09) is a special day! Today is KC's birthday—she is the big 0-9 years old!
KC is a bichon-poodle mix who came into our lives as a 3 month old puppy. Our dog-ther at that time was Sierra, an American Eskimo who was not overly dog friendly and firmly believed she was the Queen of Everything (an attitude my husband insists she inherited from her mother!). Little KC came in and unleashed her charm - she was bound and determined to win everyone's hearts! She and our Sierra became totally devoted to each other.
She started off as a foster dog but one look into those big dark eyes and we were hooked! She has brought much joy and happiness to our lives. She loves everyone - greets all (be they furry or human) with a wagging tail and a smile. When Sierra passed on, KC also seemed lost but set about comforting us in her own special way.
She has a puppyish attitude, only signs of aging (she has been known to give her vet dirty looks when he refers to her as "senior") are that there are days when her back and rear legs are hurting, putting limits on her—but that still doesn't stop her from trying to keep her rambunctious sisters in line! On the days she can't join in the play, she will sit on the sidelines and bark at them if she thinks they're getting much too loud! She is very bossy (another trait my husband swears is inherited from her mother).
KC has now become the Queen of the household - while not as outspoken as Sierra was about her reign, to her two doggie sisters and dogs we have fostered, there is no doubt who rules the roost!
Snowball (now Chloe)
Snowball (now Chloe) was surrendered to Furry Friends Rescue by a family who had no time to train or exercise her. She is a 14 month old Maltese and was kept in a garage during the day. We started out as her foster home but quickly fell in love with her.
She is sweet, affectionate and very intelligent! She is currently taking classes in basic training and learning her manners. Chloe is a very happy little doggie, never seems to have met a stranger. She bounces around the house and loves to hop out of the doggie door and explore the backyard. She loves it out there - though she's been over every inch of the yard hundreds of times, there always seems to be something new and exciting out there that she's just got to discover! She will hop up on one of the lounge chairs to sun herself. She loves to play with her two new doggie sisters - her best bud is a dog twice her size - they rough and tumble, chase each other, and sleep snuggled against each other.
Chloe lets you know when she wants something by making little grunting noises - sounds very human! When she wants to be picked up, she'll run to her person of choice and wrap her front legs around their leg, grunt and look up at you with those big dark eyes - tail wagging away. Once you pick her up, she covers you with kisses, snuggles into you and sighs!
For such a little dog, she has a very big heart! We feel very fortunate that we passed muster and she decided to adopt us!
Gracie & Laurel
We adopted Gracie when she was four years old from Furry Friends Rescue. She had been surrendered (abandoned) by her family at a humane society due to "hardship". We had a history that she had been raised with children and with cats. While at the humane society she was so depressed she would not eat or leave her cage. The staff really liked her so they called Furry Friends who found her a foster family and got her out of doggie prison and ultimately on her way to her new life with us.
We live in an area where there is a high concentration of kids of all ages and not many of the kids live with any type of animal due to busy schedules, cultural biases etc. Gracie has become the dog ambassador of the neighborhood and over the past five years she has befriended numerous children as well as their parents and has taught everyone what a wonderful gift loving a dog can bring into one's life. Children come to our door and ask if Gracie can come out and play. Gracie has introduced me to not only the kids but also their parents and families. She breaks down all cultural differences / barriers (our neighborhood is multi-ethnic - Asian, northern and eastern European as well as American) and reminds us all that we have more commonalities than differences.
Gracie weighs 105 lbs so you would think she would be somewhat intimidating just by her size (Bernese Mountain dog, Aussie or Border Collie combo), but she is always smiling and such a love that everyone is just drawn to her. She is the love of our lives!)
Thurston was rescued on 8/17/09 from a over-crowded shelter and out of time. He was abandoned in bad condition with matted, fleas and dirty coat. We saw his inner beauty and charm. The groomer at All About Pets Animal Care, gave him a bath and complete make-over, and now he's a cutie!
He can see now and very cuddly. He was home fostered and now adopted to his perfect forever home with a dog buddy to play with.
Thurston, Adopted 2009
Gimli, Adopted 2009
Gimli, our snugly little scrapper
Eight-year-old Gena was bored and whiny until three-year-old Gimli came into her life. He's the annoying little brother she can't help but love. The little dog is all over her; he's fearless, egging her on with playful nips at the neck, and even scampering under her tummy during playtime, then standing up and lifting Gena off of a paw or two (sending the humans nearby into fits of laughter). She seems to love his antics. They run laps together in the yard, and she grooms him regularly.
When Gimli's not playing, he's the epitome of a lap dog.
Where did we come up with the name Gimli, you ask? Maybe you recognize it from Lord of the Rings. My husband thought a dwarven name was perfect for our little rescued dog: a short, bearded little man who'll eat anything.
Oliver was rescued on 8/17/09 from a crowded animal shelter. He was very neglected and left matted/dirty. He was abandoned in a field. Despite how much he has suffered, he is very friendly and happy.
Since he was so matted, we had to shave him down and gave him a schnauzer facial cut. But when his hair was long, he looked more like a furry Cockapoo / Poodle Mix with curly coat. This is another example of what can be done with a little TLC... Oliver is a whole new dog!
Oliver, Rescued 2009
Our Happy Story:
Saltie and Yani: my office support staff!
Thank you to Furry Friends Rescue, Teresa, Diane, and Emily for rescuing Yani and making his adoption such a heartwarming process. Yani is a sweetheart. He settled in right away, and he and Saltie are best buddies. Yani has claimed his own toys from the toy basket already. They love to go for their daily walks and they keep me company in my office every day. Yani loves to cuddle and is always eager for a bellyrub.
Yani, Adopted 2009
We are so fortunate to have him in our family.
Barney, Rescued 2009
Barney was rescued from Hayward Animal Shelter 1/7/05. He was there since 12/6/04. He was adopted but returned back to FFR on June 22, 2009 because his family had twin toddlers and now don't have time to care for him and watch him with their active kids. Barney (Pepito) was fully vet checked and groomed so now he feels much better and relaxing at his loving sanctuary foster home.
Harry Potter was depressed at the shelter and badly neglected. Furry Friends Rescue rescued him and our vet office groomers gave him a amazing make over! Now he's a gorgeous and very happy Bichon/poodle Mix. He's now adopted to a wonderful family!
Harry Potter, Adopted 2009
Olivia & Dashiell, Adopted 2009
We just wanted to give you an update—especially on Artemis/Dashiell's developing personality. He just jumped into Hayley's bath water for a swim in the tub, he gives kitten kisses to all of us whenever possible (a few licks on the cheeks or neck), and he is just as active as Olivia. They are such a joy to watch play together, and we are so glad to have them both. Both love to be picked up and cuddled. Olivia really seems to think she is the alpha of the dog pack, and is absolutely fearless. At the same time, she is small and SO sweet—loves to cuddle and purrs whenever close to any other living being, even in her sleep. She also LOVES socks.
Thank you for making them so social!
Murphy (a.k.a. Smurphy), Adopted 2009
There is nothing so heart warming as to open the front door and be greeted by Murphy who is ALWAYS happy to see you.
Training Murphy has been so easy! He knows sit, down, up, off, roll-over, jump, sit-up, circle, twirl, bang (plays dead), inside, outside, heel, stay, shake hands, come, don't touch, "get your toy" and "time for bed". He continues to amaze us all with how quickly he learns and much he understands!
My favorite time of the day is after work, when my husband and I go out in the backyard to sit and relax, while Murphy brings us his tennis ball to play fetch. No matter how stressful the day at work may have been, all that goes away while watching Murphy chase and leap into the air to catch the ball and bring it back, wagging his tail the whole way.
Murphy brings joy to not only me and my family, but I also take Murphy to my Dad's nursing home and he brings smiles to everyone there.
- Jeanne :-)
Sammy, Adopted 2009
I am so happy with My Furry Friend Rescue dog named Sammy. He has become such a Companion. He was a good boy from the 1st day he came to stay with me.
I work from home, He lets me know when it is time to take a break but it is hard to stop cuddling him and start working again. We go on walks at night, he gets excited before and after. When we get home he plays with his stuffed toys throwing them around. Bed time is the best, he sleeps right by me and a lot of the time I get up before him in the morning. He'll look at me with the expression "Do we really have to get up"? Sammy is like having a live stuffed dog, it is hard to stop petting his soft fur, it very addictive!! He loves everyone and is a curious soul, has to check out the whole neighborhood. Sammy loves to go for rides in the car, he has his own special blanket. Belly rubs are his favorite. When he is really happy he runs around the perimeter of the yard like a mad dog, no matter how many time a week he does this I giggle every time! It had been several years since I had a dog, I've had them most of my life. I am so happy with my Boy and Furry Friends Rescue for bringing Sammy & Me together.
Sally, Adopted 2009
During my visits thru Hayward Shelter, I would visit Sally who was always very happy to see me. Poor Sally was there for over 9 months due to a case. She was so dog friendly that often we took her out to help us dog test other dogs. Finally, she was available for us to rescue and we took her in. I fostered her and fell in love with her, quirks and all. It was mutual. Sally bonded to me from the beginning, and I didn't want to let her down with another change after she has suffered for 5 years of her life already.
Sally and my other dog, Orlando (who is very selective), get along great and play everyday. They have the same activity level and love their daily long walks/runs and playing with water from the hose afterwards.
Sally is my adorable tom-girl panda bear who follows me everywhere and loves to snooze on the sofa when I watch a movie. We are lucky we found each other.
Daisy and Tulip, Adopted 2009
Daisy and Tulip are doing fantastically and are adored by everyone who comes to visit. They are darlings. Sidney would play with them 24 hours each day if she could.
Every morning when I let them into the bedroom from the living room, they run up the stairs and jump into my bed (or up Sidney's loft ladder and into her bed) and play and purr and cuddle for about 10 minutes. Then they are off to the races. I'm so glad we have both of them as they are best pals. We love them so much.
Tulip, who is the more active and thinner of the two, loves to lie in my lap. Daisy is stouter and likes to lie on her back and get her tummy rubbed. I've never had a cat who likes to lie on her back and purr!