Spotlight on 2 recent rescues
Pennie is a "doll baby" came into Sumpter Shelter as a stray , no one has come to claim her. She walks so nicely on a leash and is a mellow gal. Soft and sweet with other dogs.. we instantly fell in love with this smiley girl! Since we rescued Pennie we have had to treat her for pneumonia! Fast recovery girl!!
Freddie was picked up as a stray in an apartment complex and was brought to the Sumpter Shelter. No one claimed him and we were sent his video and photos to see if we could take him.. Of course, we said YES! How could we resist that sweet brindle charm?!
Giving the misunderstood dogs a voice.. and a chance..
The two on the left huddled together are ours, the others in the photo were rescued by another group!. Read their story below!
These dogs are part of an original group of 12 chis who’s owner passed away. They were taken in by the son and put in an outdoor kennel where most of them escaped from. 6 were brought into the shelter.. They all went through so much trauma, having lived comfortably with one person their whole lives to suddenly being thrown into an outdoor kennel then corralled and taken to a scary shelter environment. Reports say they were all biting and growling when approached, shaking uncontrollably, wouldn’t eat, hiding under each other.. terrified out of their minds! The shelter workers were scared to handle them and didn't really know what to do with them..
Well as soon as we saw their photo, we knew we HAD TO HAVE THEM! We just had to get them feeling safe and comfortable and all of that fear based behavior would fade away.. We often see these little guys labeled as "tiny nasty dogs" or "chihuahuas are so mean!" Which can't be further from the truth!! You see, chihuahuas are such lovable little creatures who only want to feel safe in a world where everything towers over them!
We worked with the incredibly helpful placement partner, Carissa, of Lancaster Shelter and our dedicated southern team to make sure these guys were saved. Subsequently, another little stray came in at the same time who was completely emaciated, so we saved him too! Andrea drove to pick up our little group and they are currently safe at DawgPatch getting so much TLC!
UPDATE: Check em out!! Our little chihuahua rescues, now named Sylvi and Gandolff, not even 24 hours after Andrea picked them up.. it’s amazing how much dogs (and humans at that!!) can change when they feel safe. These once scared, biting, trembling little babies are relaxed and almost immediately trusting of Andrea.. check out the video below!
Environment and experiences can completely alter a dog behavior! Feeling stressed and unsafe will put a dog on the defensive.. and with that comes defensive behavior. When we rescue dogs who have been displaced and are so untrusting of all that is around them, we always put the feeling of being safe as a priority. Sometimes the feeling of safety comes from routine, comfortable and clean living space, playmates, food, speaking their language, allowing them the floor to be who they are without intrusion.. sometimes all of the above!
Over the years, we have rescued hundreds of nervous types.. learning something new from each! All of them now living successful lives in happy homes! It does take more time and a deeper understanding of the process but it is incredibly rewarding to watch these dogs blossom!
Thank you to our Fosters!!
Truman has a superb foster to adopt home!! With none other then the fabulous Lisa, who adopted Lucie a few months ago and also works at our vet Dr. Klainbards office!
Read about sweetie boy Truman's story
Treasure, sweet boy Truman has had a heck of a time in his short life! He was brought into the shelter.. skinny, malnourished and terrified. Through all of what he's been through, his friendly and kind disposition shined through!
Click on his photo above to learn more about his story!
We learned of this poor grey muzzled lady who was taken from a sad hoarding situation and brought to a shelter. She is blind and lumpy and we can't let her live out his days at a shelter stay tuned for updates & send love his way!! We've had so many amazing adopters choose to bring home dogs like this sweet love. Let us know if you are one. We offer many options to adopters to make the magic work!
THANK YOU LYNN ANGEL.. you are a a true angel!
Darling petite girl Foxy, below, was surrendered by her previous owner to a rundown shelter in South Carolina. Foxy has come down with pneumonia and we are waiting to see how she responds too medication. She is in good hands with our Southern Team and are hoping for a smooth recovery. Even through all of this transition, Foxy remains as friendly and sweet as ever. What a resilient, special girl she is!! Stay turned for updates.
UPDATE: Good news! Sweet girl Foxy is out of the vet, back at DawgPatch and doing much better! Still has some recovering to do but is in great hands with the DP ladies!