The manager of a Petco store in Allen Park, Michigan had an odd feeling about a couple who was wandering around the store one Saturday night. They had two large dogs with them, neither of which was wearing a collar. In fact, the pair of dogs were just tethered together by a leash tied in a slipknot. That was a big red flag for the manager, who approached the couple about the dogs not having collars. The couple claimed they forgot the collars at home, and were just stopping in the store to get dog food. That was the last they saw of the couple and not long after, the staff began to hear cries coming from the bathroom. They walked back and saw the two older dogs locked in bathroom stall together. The store manager called a local rescue group, but they didn’t have any room for the dogs.
The manager posted about the dogs on Facebook, and a woman named Carol Lair from POET Animal Rescue stepped in to help. Carol made the trip to Petco to get the dogs and they were terrified when she met them. They were obviously confused and traumatized by all they had been through—and more than anything they just wanted to be together. They loved being in the car and have names now: Marigold and Daffodil. They are in a foster home now, and though they are well-fed dogs, they seem to have had a tough life. Both dogs appear to have been bred many times in their life. Though they have had a rough start to their lives and they are older, they still have a lot of love to give.
It has been hard to find them a home because they must stay together, they are older dogs, and they are very frightened around new people. Meeting a new person makes them both very scared and nervous, which can scare off many potential adopters. They will be spayed soon and will be up for adoption after they recover!
Just a few months ago, a dog named Eric was dropped off with a neighbor. His owners never came back to get him and it seemed he was all alone. Eric is fourteen years old and needed a home, but instead was surrendered to the RSPCA and he’s been waiting for a home since then. As an older senior dog, Eric has slowed down quite a bit. He occasionally enjoys the “zoomies” and running around, but mostly he just likes to explore the world and cuddle. But his very favorite thing is sleeping and taking naps. Eric is in his older years and after a long day of cuddling, he just wants to sleep. Actually, Eric has a requirement of at least nine hours of sleep each night. He even puts himself to bed at a certain time each time to make sure he gets that ideal amount of sleep at night.
The staff at the RSPCA says Eric’s very favorite thing is to sleep. He puts himself to sleep at 10 o’clock each night and really is not a fan of waking up before 7 o’clock each morning. Then, Eric makes sure that he gets a solid nap each afternoon. He always seeks out special spots to nap, like in a doorway or on tiled floors. Eric has a very thick, fluffy coat so he loves cool spots. While Eric loves sleep, he also loves being around people. He loves to cuddle, nap with people, and just being calm and hanging out with humans. He really loves a good scratch behind the ear or a nice back scratch, too.
After so many years of living in a home, Eric was having a tough time in the shelter. So, he’s now in a foster home so he can do his favorite thing: sleep in a warm bed. More than anything, though, the RSPCA wants to find him a forever home for his golden years. He really needs to be around humans and have some stability in his life. He needs a home with other dogs, but with no cats or small children. He loves going for walks, followed of course by a nice nap.
It was a very cold and rainy night in February, far too cold for anyone or any dog to be outside in the cold. But sadly, that’s just what happened to a little puppy named Halo. Someone brought the little pup to the Santa Maria Animal Center in California around 10 o’clock at night. The shelter was closed and the individual just abandoned the puppy outside. The little dog was so scared and wasn’t sure what to do, and it was raining. So, she followed her instincts and took shelter from the rain behind a trash can. That’s where she stayed all night, in the pouring rain all alone.
The next morning, a staff member came in early and found her there. The staff member had arrived early because she was meeting someone there who was donating a bag of food. That’s when she noticed little Halo behind the trash can and brought her inside. Halo had picked a good spot to stay dry, but the staff member got her right inside so she could warm up after her ordeal. Halo was lucky the staff member came in early that day, as she would have been outside longer if not. Who knows what might have happened after the stress of being all alone outside.
While everyone at the shelter was upset by how Halo was dumped, they also saw it as an opportunity to educate the public on the proper way to drop an animal off at the shelter. It’s important to note that abandoning an animal is illegal and just wrong. There are animal control officers available at any time to pick up dogs and surrendering a dog to the shelter is not illegal—but dumping them outside is. The good news is that Halo is now doing well and doesn’t have any health issues from her ordeal. She will be ready for adoption soon!
The Arizona Humane Society, also known as AHS, got a strange call one day. A neighbor said there was a pit bull puppy stuck on the roof of a home in Phoenix and rescuers came to help. They expected to see a frightened dog cowering on the roof, but that was not the case. The puppy, who was later named Rufio, was actually having a great time on the roof. He was running around and wagging his tail, but he needed to get down. So, the Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technicians (EAMTS) came to help. Rufio was a stray dog, and no one is quite sure how he found his way onto the roof. However he found his way up there, it was time to help him get down.
When the team arrived to help, Rufio was so excited to see them. He was having the time of his life up there, and he assumed rescuers were there to play with him. After lots of coaxing, treats, and even some belly rubs, the team was able to get him down from the roof. Then, Rufio was transported to the AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. He was given an examination to ensure he wasn’t injured or sick. He seemed to be just fine, and he was clearly a lover of people: he was so excited to see the staff at the hospital. He’s a very energetic dog who loves people and loves to play; his entire body wiggles when he is excited.
After he was given a clean bill of health by the veterinarian who examined him, he got a special photo shoot in the hopes of capturing his incredible personality. They were able to capture some great photos and place him officially up for adoption into a loving home. It was no surprise to anyone at AHS that he was adopted just one week after being placed up for adoption. Rufio the energetic, sweet pup now has the perfect forever home and hopefully his days of partying on the roof are over!
Emily Gray has worked hard to achieve her dreams. She’s a recent college graduate and she recently accepted a job as a middle school teacher in Oklahoma. However, there was just one dream she had left: she wanted to adopt a dog. Emily has always dreamed of adopting a dog of her own, but it just never really worked out. In college, she had roommates and having a dog just wasn’t in the cards. But once she graduated and went out on her own with a job, it was time to bring a dog into her home. Emily and her students have a close relationship, so one day she told them about her dream of adopting a dog. Many of her students are dog lovers and dog owners themselves, so they heard about her plan and decided to run with it.
Her students were so eager to help their teacher find the ideal dog, but she had no idea just how much they were willing to step in and help. The next day Emily came into her classroom and found a multiple choice quiz on her desk. She’s usually the one giving them quizzes, so it was a bit of a surprise to her. The quiz had 19 questions to help her figure out which dog would work best with her lifestyle. The questions included things like, “Do you need a hypoallergenic dog?” and “How long will your dog be alone during the day?” and “Does your dog need to have a friendly wagging tail?”
Emily was so impressed by her students and couldn’t believe they did all that work to help her find a dog. So, she took the quiz and then they handed her the results. The breed they recommended based on her answers was either a Labradoodle or border collie; they also said not to forget about a loveable mutt! Not long after she completed the quiz, one of her fellow teachers approached her with a 2 year-old dog named Buddy whose elderly owners could no longer care for him. She met Buddy and he was the perfect match—thanks to her sweet students.
Zachary and Pee Wee have been together their entire lives. So, when their owner passed away recently and the pair was sent to the large shelter in North Carolina they were terrified. The overcrowded shelter did not have room for the pair of little dogs, so the Adoption First Animal Rescue stepped in to pull them and help them find a home. The Chihuahuas made it clear from the moment they arrived at the rescue that they loved each other very much and they needed to be together. Zachary and Pee Wee are eight years old and have lived together their entire lives. They are bonded together and it’s clear to everyone at the rescue that they are very close.
They are often seen cuddling or curled up together and just feel safe when they are together. In particular, Pee Wee has trouble meeting new people without Zachary. Zachary is definitely the social butterfly of the pair while Pee Wee is much more shy. But together, they are very brave. Zachary loves to be held and cuddled, but it just takes time for Pee Wee to be trusting of new people. After observing the pair for a few weeks, the rescue decided they needed to make the relationship official and they gave them a wedding.
The pair dressed up for the occasion, with Pee Wee wearing a beautiful pink dress with a studded collar and Zachary donning his finest tuxedo. It was the perfect day for it, and they stood on a blanket outside and got married. Now, the next big plan for the pair is to find a forever home together. Pee Wee and Zachary would need a home where there are no young children and it is quiet. They enjoy being around other calm dogs, going for car rides, and just being loved. To adopt Zachary and Pee Wee, contact the Adoption First Animal Rescue: https://adoptionfirstanimalrescue.com/adoption-process#
A man named Jason Gasparik was driving home one Friday night when something caught his eye on the side of a street. A vehicle was stopped and the driver was running in the grass median in the road. Then, he saw what the commotion was about: there was a dog in the road who was very confused. Jason stopped his car to help catch her, but the large chocolate Lab wasn’t giving in so easily. Another concerned driver and even a police officer stopped to help, but to no avail. It took an hour, but he finally wore the dog out and grabbed her by the neck scruff. Jason took the dog to a 24 hour vet clinic where they scanned her and found a microchip, but it had no name registered. Jason needed to get creative to reunite the dog with her owner.
He brought her home and she was very sweet and jumped right up on his couch; he knew she was a loved dog that someone was missing terribly. He posted on social media, but then took things a step further: he made a sign and stood on the street corner where he had found the dog. He stood out there each day, hoping to spread the word about the lost dog. People began taking pictures of him or even stopping to chat—he told them to post to Facebook or the Nextdoor app to spread the word. After days of standing on the corner, he was desperate to find the owner.
So, he headed out on a Sunday and by 12:30 and then someone on Nextdoor sent him a message. They had found the owner of the dog (whose name was Roxy) and connected Jason with Ed, Roxy’s owner. He had been driving around the area trying to find the missing dog—and Roxy was so excited to see him. Both the man and his dog were so happy to finally be back together again.
Everyone learns at a very young age that it is important to be safe when crossing the street. Cars can be dangerous, so it is important to look both ways before crossing or to even hold someone’s hand to be sure you are both safe. It seems that a very good dog in Kathmandu, Nepal knows that lesson all too well. The sweet little pup knew that lesson and clearly took it to heart. A woman named Natalie Compton who is a journalist from the United States was in Nepal because she was planning to hike up to Everest Base Camp. She was out on the street and saw this incredible sight.
Natalie had a few days in Kathmandu before she began her hiking expedition, so she worked out in a local gym to prepare for the trek. She went outside to take a rest break and take in the sights of the streets. When she saw a cute little dog standing next to its owner on a street corner, she decided to take a video of the sight. She had seen many dogs in her time in Kathmandu, many wearing sweaters and being well cared for by their owners. So, when she saw the dog with its owner she decided to document the experience. But she had no idea what was about to happen next.
All of a sudden, the owner reached his hand down to “ask” the dog for its paw. The pup jumped up on its hind legs, placed his paw in the owner’s hand and the pair walked safely across the road together. It was a very sweet exchange that is very common in the country, where dogs are highly revered. Each year, Nepal has a festival called Kukur Tihar, dedicated to thanking dogs for their friendship. Dogs are given floral garlands and crowns and celebrated the entire day.
A man named Mike Flanagan brought a Rottweiler puppy home and it wasn’t the most popular decision with his mother-in-law. Peggy Allen, his mother-in-law, is 80 years old and quite small and while she loves dogs she prefers smaller breeds that are “lapdogs” over big dogs. When Peggy, who her family calls Grammy, heard the news about the puppy she said she has always preferred smaller lapdogs over bigger breeds like a Rottweiler. But Mike knew that even big dogs can have a positive effect on people, so he was optimistic that Grammy and the dog would become fast friends.
Grammy is picky about having her space and some peace and quiet, but their first meeting was surprisingly positive. But the two quickly got along and Grammy said Gus, the puppy, was okay to get on her lap as long as she invited him up first. But time quickly passed and Gus grew like crazy as puppies do, and in 9 months Gus weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds. In that time, Grammy’s life changed significantly: her husband passed away. It was like Gus knew, and he really tried to comfort Grammy in her difficult time. He never left her side during the visit, sleeping by her bed, waiting outside the bathroom for her, and howling with happiness when she returned home from being away.
Grammy the lapdog lover and Gus the large Rottweiler just had that special connection. Gus just loves people and snuggling, but he is up for adventures, too. He just seems to know what people need: cuddles with Grammy, snuggles with his human brother and even relieving his mom’s anxiety. Gus is just a great example of what dogs can do: offering comfort and love to everyone they meet. Though Grammy has always preferred small lapdogs, Gus has successfully changed her mind about big dogs.
A dog named Liza started her life in a shelter, where she was born. Her mother was found wandering the streets pregnant and very sick. She eventually gave birth, but the mother dog and all her puppies were very sick. With medical attention and TLC they all recovered and were adopted into loving homes. Liza was just 13 weeks old when Debi Kolak and her dog Mona welcomed her into their home. Mona and Liza immediately bonded and became best friends. Mona and Liza spent two wonderful years together, but then the unthinkable happened: Mona died suddenly and Liza was devastated.
It was clear to Debi that Liza was very lonely without her friend Mona. Debi and Liza then moved in with Debi’s boyfriend and his two dogs: senior Jack Russell terriers. Debi thought being around those two dogs would help to cheer Liza up, but the older dogs didn’t care for Liza’s energetic playfulness. Liza tried, but the dogs weren’t interested in playing. So, Debi began searching local shelters for a potential sibling for Liza. Debi and Liza visited the shelters together, because it was so important to find a dog that Liza was compatible with if they adopted a dog.
One of the dogs they met was named Murphy. He had been at the shelter the longest of any dog there, nearly five months. He was found as a stray and had been adopted by different families three times but was returned each time. Debi wasn’t sure Murphy was a good fit for energetic Liza: he seemed sad and wasn’t excited to see her. But, they gave him a chance and decided to let him meet Liza. They connected instantly and began playing together and having the best time. So, Liza and Debi adopted Murphy. It has been a great fit and though he just arrived, they cannot imagine life without Murphy.