Stories and Happy Tails...
Guys thank you so
much for Piper, she is perfect and fits like
a glove. The kids love her and vice versa.
She is very polite and gentle even with the
baby. We go on long walks every day and she
loves it and walks on leash and without just
wonderfully. No accidents in the house at
all she's is potty trained. I really don't
know what else to say, she's happy here and
we are happy to have her. Feels like she's
has been our dog for a long time. Thank you
so much again.
PS: your vet is
now our vet also, for both Piper and Tinka
|Hi..we adopted 9 month old Springer Spaniel
Gus two weeks ago and he is a really really
sweet dog. He is very affectionate and a
quick learner. He is having a great time
wth our other Springer Millie who is three
years old. We walk at least 2 miles every
day and he has a big fenced yard to play
in. He and Millie chase each other all day!
Gus and Millie sleep in our bedroom at night
and take turns being on our bed or in a dog
bed on the floor. We are off to the ocean
with the two dogs this week-end.........we
made he right decision adding Gus to our
family. Thanks for choosing us.
Gus on the left...Millie on the right
Well there are no words to describe the
absolute joy and happiness our new addition
makes! Ollie (Sprite) quickly stole our
hearts and many laughs too since he joined
our family. He is named after my children's
favorite book "Lost in the Snow", where the
main character (a puppy) is named Ollie. The
boys were so excited to add a "little
brother" to our male-dominated household (3
boys and a husband)!
affectionate, smart, curious and is quite
the comedian! He has adjusted very well to
potty training, his crate and the car! He
loves to go bye-bye!
Thank you to
Wags to Riches for saving this precious
bundle and his family. Without your
continued work to care for stray and
abandoned animals, we would not have had the
opportunity to enrich our home and lives
with his spirit! He has definitely found
his FOREVER home!
Vicente, Allison, Joaquin, Phoenix, Nico and
Lexi is doing
great! She's perfect! She loves to
fetch, go on runs with me and my friends,
loves the water and her sister Kiya (a 4mo
inseparable! She loves all people and
animals and is very smart, but also sassy.
She does not take anything serious, which
often times gives people around her a good
laugh. We are working on her training,
so far she has learned consistency with
commands such as sit, shake, and lay down,
and no lol, which before "no" meant "are you
willing to chase me and make me" lol, still
working on that part but it's getting
better! Lexi is the biggest cuddle bug
I have ever met, she considers herself a lap
dog, most people think otherwise, and is a
massive bed hog. Now that she has lots
of love and "the spoiled life" she takes
full advantage of it! She has to sleep
right next to me sprawled out and her head
on the pillows just like a person, makes me
laugh. She is also a great babysitter
to the kitten in the back yard, she lets me
know when Kiya is up to no good or trying to
escape. I am very happy with Lexi and
she makes a great addition to me and my
roommates "little family"! I attached
some pictures, one is of Lexi and Kiya
playing, which is a 24/7 thing with them!
One is of Lexi and Kiya cuddling during nap
time, then there's one of just Lexi, and
lastly there is one of Lexi and I at bed
time showing how much of a cuddle bug she is
|Here is a picture of Moses (Spackle)! He is
just a real joy! We have not had a dog in 5
years, our very faithful and loved dog, PJ
passed away 5 years ago at the age of 13!
Moses has filled a void we did not realize
was there! First night home he became our
"bed buddy", he now sleeps with us part of
the night and then gets into his crate! He
has been very easy to "potty" train and has
very few accidents. We had him in for his
2nd shots and he had gained 5 lbs in 2
weeks! Vet said he is a very healthy, happy
puppy! We just love him....don't ever worry
about him having a good forever home he has
Kerry and Manuel
Thought I would drop a line
or two to let you know how Boomer is
doing. He is doing great, has gained a
few pounds but the vet says he is in the best
shape. We celebrated Halloween and Boomer was
a bumble bee. We got some cute pictures that
I will send to you as soon as we download
them. He is definitely the boss of the people
in this home and all he has to do is wave
those long eyelashes at my husband and he
gets out of trouble for anything. We
are definitely a family now and I couldn't
imagine life without him. I hope he feels the
same way. Thanks again to you and wags to
riches for helping us find each other.
been two weeks with Wyatt and we can't ignore
the requests for pictures and updates any
longer. It seems like we haven't had a
free minute since Wyatt came home with puppy
kindergarten, potty training, crate training,
and the constant chewing. But we're glad
to report that things are getting better by the
day. We are still having a few accidents
in the house but they are few and far between.
Puppy kindergarten is going well, he's learning
his commands and loves getting his treats.
So far "sit" is the only winner. We've
only lost one sandal from the chewing and that
was lucky considering he broke out one day and
had the house to himself for an hour or so.
I came home from lunch to find Wyatt on the
couch watching TV with shoes everywhere.
The only thing that
is still a struggle is when he's alone.
Sadie is a big help with this because he does
feel better when she is around. Simon on
the other hand is praying that we take him back
to where we got him. He still has two more
weeks until we can give him his last round of
shots and until then we have to keep him home.
It will be
nice to take him on walks with us and bring him
to the dog park to watch his big sis dive into
the water. Please enjoy these pictures,
they are some of our favorites
that you all are doing well and would love to
hear about what is going on in your neck of the
to you all,
Nate and Jess
thank you so much for forwarding our information
to Bob. He emailed my Fiancé, Chad and I
and we are working to send him some close ups of
Copper now. I woke up in tears today and
received both your emails and am so grateful
that people are willing to help. Chad has
3 broken ribs and I have a 2 broken vertebrae in
my neck. We walked up to the site
yesterday and called his name, spoke with Blair
whom is a forest service sheriff, many hunters
and others on the hill. We placed a sign
at the site and Copper's bed is next to where
the accident happened.
I can't thank you
||Sincerely, Chad and Andrea
Chad S.'s mom. You rescued his Copper dog
last week. I can't thank you enough.
We had been absolutely sick at the thought of
what might have happened to Copper. We
live in Olympia and were ecstatic to hear the
news that you had found him. I will be
sending a small donation soon. Thank you
Love, Copper Dog was found with help from the
Wags to Riches Animal Rescue and Sanctuary! We
cannot thank these wonderful people enough! Bob
and crew found him within 30 minutes at the site
of our wreck. They told us not to give up hope
and that we would find him and they did. Warm
thank you and hugs to all that aided Chad and I
in our search for Copper.
& all his wonderful helpers! The
world is a better place because of you!
Sister and I have both been involved with
animal rescue for years. However I have
never met anyone who has given up so many
hours to trudge around the mountains for a
bringing her home has helped Mom. She
looks and sounds better. Thank
you so much.
& Emily R.
cannot express my thanks for your help in
returning my precious Crumb to me. When
I can tolerate being upright longer, would
like to email you her whole story. You
are a very special group of people. The
Yakima area is blessed to have you. I
may have to give up my house there as I doubt I
will be able to work- Thanks to much.
Susan & Erik Moe."
"Sorry for the scribbles, with a neck
brace, I can't look down. I loved the
and Erik M.
wanted to drop you a short note and let you
know that Jet has completely settled in at our
home. My wife is well on her way to
outrageously spoiling him rotten. We are going
clothes shopping for him this Saturday.
sleeps in bed with us at night and prefers to
be under the covers right in between the two
of us. He has turned into a lap wart who fully
expects that the owner of the lap will use at
least one hand to give him attention at all
was only one little episode during his
introduction to our 5 cats. Armageddon, my
innocent little boy kitty what never done
nothing wrong in his life, decided that he
wasn't going to allow another animal in the
house to pick on him. That required some
hissing, occasional growling, and vigorous
slapping with the front paws (declawed). Now
that the appropriate boundaries have been set,
the two of them actually take naps together on
the bathroom rug.
and I want to thank you with all of our hearts
for Jet. He is already a loved member of the
Morning Donna And Bob,
mommy is tired. I had forgotten the time and
energy required for babies.
is doing just fine adjusting with our family.
She has been briefly introduced to Maverick
Freddy & Colt (cats,) and adores my son,
Nick. I get the feeling she likes me, too.
is precious, smart and full of energy! We've had
about 30 successful outside potty trips, only
one accident inside, and even that one accident
was on newspaper. She's eating well, playing
with every single puppy toy and, wow, can that
little girl chew.
first Vet visit is next week to continue with
her immunizations and check for any residual
you again for all that you do,
hope all is going well this holiday season.
We are having the best time with our new
arrival and she is so well behaved. Aside
from a couple of messes in the house she is
a dream puppy and minds very well. We have
already trained her to sit for treats and
she seems a little obsessed with food. Her
older brother is happy to have a playmate
and we are amazed at how well he treats his
new little sis. We have taken plenty of pics
and I have attached them for you.
Tonight was her first bath and it went well,
there are some pics of that too. I couldn't
fit all of the pics in this email, so I send
another email with the rest.
Just wanted to give you an update on
Lucas. He is doing great and fitting
in with our family wonderfully. The
first couple days he was still a bit
somber, but the last few days he has been
getting more and more energetic and
playful. He seems to be picking up
on things pretty well. He is sitting
on command, using his crate at night to
sleep, and doing fairly well on the house
training. The first couple days he
was a little leary about being outside,
but now he is enjoying it. We
actually just came in from outside a few
minutes ago. Him and our two little
ones were running and chasing each other
around the yard. They were just
having a blast. He has been great
with the kids; playing but not to rough.
We are really enjoying him.
We made an appointment with our vet to get
his 3rd round of shots and his neutering
so that will be taken care of. We
also took him to the pet center that first
day we picked him up for a cleaning and
they said that he did great with the bath.
So we just wanted to thank you for helping
us to add Lucas to our family.
Cathy, Don & family
wanted to send you a quick note to let
you know that Shelby (Sheba at Wags to
Riches) is doing just great at her new
home. She and our other dog Lily
have become like mother and daughter,
and are getting along really well.
She is so smart and sweet and we
are having a great time with her. Shelby
is learning her manners, potty training,
and leash training really well. Please
thank her foster parents for us, because
they obviously did a great job with her
before we adopted her. Shelby also
had her first doctor's appointment last
weekend, and the vet said she is very
healthy and looking great. Thank
you again for all the hard work you do,
placing these pups in good homes. We
are just in love with our new baby!
just wanted to update you on our little
girl, Fiona (a.k.a. “Cutie”). She has
completely adjusted to the household and
has established her dominance in the pack
as the #2 dog out of four (only behind our
10yr old, 125lb. rottie/shepherd).
as we had hoped, she and her 2.5yr old
brother, Conor, are the best of friends.
Fiona and Conor go everywhere together and
play all the time. Although Conor is 4
times her size, he is very gentle with her
and he adores her as much as she adores
also growing like a weed! We’re going to
the vet today to get her last series of
puppy shots! She’s a very smart little
girl and very treat-oriented so her
training is progressing well.
had our first outing at the beach last
weekend and she loved it! She’s a water
babyJ I’ve attached a picture of our
time at the beach.
hope all is well with you. Thank you again
for arranging her adoption to us – I’m
so glad you didn’t give up despite the
obstacles we had!
& Brendan Joyce
We adopted Brownie Girl in
January, 2009 after many attempts to get to
We love her and she has settled
in nicely and has become a member of our family.
She was really shy at first, and needed
exercise as she had no muscle tone. We took her
with us on our yearly trip to Arizona, and she
is a wonderful traveler. She LOVES people and
other dogs. She loves kids and is really good
with them. Mesa, Arizona has a leash free dog
park, where we went every day. She ran, and ran
and ran. But this new found confidence
also may have brought out her wanting to
dominate ever dog she meets. Training has
almost erased that. She has the cutest
personality and everyone who meets her, just
loves her. She loves to play tug, chase a
Frisbee (although I had to get her to bring it
back to me with treats!), and go everywhere I
go. We also found out she LOVES water and is an
excellent swimmer. We were at Detroit Lake State
Park in August with our whole family, and all
their dogs. Everyone was playing in the water,
and Bonnie just jumped in. She is like a fish
and loves to swim. That's a drawback when
you take her fishing on a creek, cause all she
wants to do is jump in.
started dog obedience school in July and
last Saturday she earned the AKC Good
Citizen Award. She just did
wonderfully on her work.
wanted to thank you for all the time and effort
you put into finding homes for unwanted dogs.
I hope the success story with Bonnie will
re-enforce what a good thing it is you do.
have been having SO much fun with our new
babies. They are SO precious and we
consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be
their guardians. Our kids were over
yesterday and I took a really great picture of
Eric with Bella and Beau Bear. I
thought you might enjoy the picture too.
Our kids are both quite taken with these two
furry baby beside Eric is our granddog...their
dog Sweet Pea. She started herding
the puppies outside...it was really
interesting. She wouldn't touch them
but would make sure they were okay.
She is an Australian Shepherd (miniature)
which is a naturally herding type of a
I've attached a picture of the babies in
part of our back yard. They love it
there and really wear themselves out
chasing and wrestling with each other.
So much fun to watch. One of us is always
out there with them. Puppies love to
explore and we don't want them to get into
trouble. They are just fun to watch.
Hope all is going well....thank you again
for your help in bring this extra joy to
Sharon & Family & Furry babies
Donna, Darlene, Jennifer, and
Wags-to-Riches Staff and Volunteers,
extend a heartfelt thank you for your
services and especially for our wonderful
new family member, Bailey. We are truly
grateful to have her with us. She brings
us and those she meets great pleasure. She
is a wonderful, extremely smart,
affectionate little bundle of joy. We feel
so lucky to have her with us.
think I almost turned her down when her
breed was in question is horrifying. We
searched for months for a Border Collie
lab mix (our last dog, Border Collie/lab
was so wonderful that we were hoping for a
similar temperament) so when we found
Bailey through petfinder we were excited.
Her location, age, and being listed as
Border Collie/Lab, made her a great match
for us. So, when Jennifer said she might
be terrier and Sheppard, I certainly had
doubts. But, we have no doubts about how
much we love her. She’s a great dog for
us. And, as it turns out, she
certainly acts, and has the smarts of a
Border Collie cross of some kind. When
people ask, “what kind of dog is she,”
I always say, “precious!”
Jennifer, thank you so much for
being such a wonderful foster mom. Bailey is a
very well-adjusted, affectionate puppy. It’s
obvious that you spent a lot of time loving and
caring for her. And, she was pretty much house
broken when I adopted her due to your kennel
training. For the first four days, she never had
an accident in the house – obviously a puppy
genius! She has had a few slips, but is
generally great about going to the door and
asking to go out.
learns things extremely fast. She learned
“Bailey come,” during one very short
training session, and the same with
“sit,” and “leave it.” She’s
also doing well with ”heel,” and walks
nicely on her leash. Yesterday she learned
“out of the kitchen.” However, she
does test me now and again – today when
I called her, she looked at me and ran
into the woods, this is a first! She’s
confident and starting to be more
independent although is very willing to
please and sensitive to being scolded.
is good about chewing on her toys and not
chewing on things that are off limits. So
far, the only chew casualties are a fax
machine cord and an ornament that had an
irresistible macramé hanger.
is enjoying life in
. We go to Sandy Beach, just a five-minute
walk from our house, almost every day. She
meets lots of dogs and people at Sandy
Beach and also enjoys digging in the sand,
chasing sticks, wading in the water, and
romping. We’ve also taken walks on
several trails around
. I call her “jungle girl” as
she loves to hide and explore in the woods
and go off-trail on our trail walks. The
majority of our trails are “off-leash”
has been to softball games, and attended
one softball tournament where she was the
assistant scorekeeper and star attraction.
She’s attended a potluck party and a
birthday party and enjoys meeting new
people, especially kids.
goes to work with Butch (her dad, my husband)
every weekday and meets and greets everyone that
comes by his office. I’ve also brought her in to
my office at Fish and Game a few times to meet
after arriving in
, we took her to meet Dr Lisa Kramer, her
vet, and received her 10 wk shots. She was
a big hit with everyone in the office and
received treats and lots of attention.
had one scary event while I was out of
town for a bike relay race in the
two weeks ago. Bailey had an allergic
reaction to something. Butch noticed her
scratching and itching and called Dr Kramer for
an appointment that day. By the time they got to
the vet a couple hours later, she had hives and
swollen eyes. Lisa gave her an injection of
Benadryl and then Butch gave her a couple of
follow-up liquid doses orally later. She hasn’t
had another allergic reaction so we are hoping
it was a one-time reaction to something,
possibly a local plant – Indian Rhubarb.
she went for to see Dr Lisa Kramer for her
13 wk boosters and weighed in at 15.4
pounds. After her vet visit we went to
puppy kindergarten. She had a blast
playing with the other puppies who were
all at least a couple of weeks older, and
she was a star student.
great thing for Bailey has been Uncle
Boomer. We are dog sitting Boomer, a
friends wiener dog, for a couple of weeks.
I was a bit concerned that Boomer might be
snarly with her, but he has been a
wonderfully patient and a terrific
playmate. They chase and wrestle
endlessly. Boomer even lets her steal chew
bones and toys from him. He does get tired
of her endless playful attacks, and will
get up on the couch or in a chair where
she is not allowed (and she abides by this
unfortunate double standard rule). They
will certainly miss each other when
Boomer’s person returns next week.
Bailey will travel with us to the
for a short vacation and to attend a
softball tournament. She’s a wonderful
companion and adventure partner.
and Butch Carber