Happy Tails

Have you adopted a cat or dog from us and would like to share your pet’s story? We would love to hear how your special pet has touched your life. If you would like to share your story and/or a picture of your pet with us, please email happytails@lostdogrescue.org.

Bella’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday March 25

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Hello!  Bella is doing great and fits in nicely with my family.  She’s a wonderful dog and we are very happy to have her.  See attached pics.

Take care!

Mocha aka Becca’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday March 25

Mocha-DeskMocha is actually doing very well.  We are learning that she is extremely intelligent, learns quickly and is eager to please.  She is well on her way to being house and crate trained.  She still has some accidents inside, but she is getting better every day.  Thankfully I work from home so we do not have to put her in the crate too often during the day.  One of her favorite places to hang out and nap is under my desk at my feet while I am working.

We have been working on training and she is already doing very well on leash.  She will typically walk right next to us on a slack leash unless she sees a squirrel or a blowing leaf :-).  She will also sit and lay down on command sometimes, but still needs to work some on consistency with that and she does not know stay yet.  She loves to play frisbee and eagerly runs after it and brings it back, we still need to work on getting her to drop it, she wants to play tug of war.  All in all for only being 4 months old, she is doing extremely well.  We are starting her first training class with the trainer at Pender this coming Saturday.

All of her vet checks have been good and we are continuing with all necessary immunizations.  We did have a few issues with very loose stool for a while, but we worked with our Vet (Pender) to change her food and that has seemed to resolve the issues.

We are thrilled to have added Mocha to our family, she has quickly wiggled her way into all of our hearts.  Thank you and your organization for all that you do to help place all of these animals with loving families.

Zoey aka Kahlua’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday March 25


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We adopted Kahlua, now Zoey, right before Christmas 2014. Zoey is the sweetest girl who loves to be by our sides at all times, find any lap to lay in, chase a stick or ball, and go for rides in the car. She loves to go on adventures and meet other dogs/humans. The moment we saw her picture on your website we knew she had to come home with us. We couldn’t be any happier and are so grateful that your organization helped us to become a family!
Attached are a few pictures to show you how much she has grown!
Thanks again :)

Brownie’s Update

Posted on: Monday March 23

Hello, a couple of weeks ago my husband and I adopted Brownie from an adoption event in Seven Corners. I just wanted to give you the update and some photos on her, since she’s fit in so well!
She’s a very patient kitty, and didn’t mind Sophie (the cat we already had). Sophie, though, didn’t like her very much. She’d follow Brownie around and hiss and growl at her every time Brownie looked her way. We were actually a little worried it wouldn’t work out!
But now they get along great, and they love chasing each other around the apartment (Sophie can be high-energy too). Sophie doesn’t usually like to nap near Brownie still, but I do catch them together on occasion.
Brownie wasn’t much of a snuggled at first and spent most of her first few days in our cat tree, in the little hideaway. But now she’s an attention-hog, and can’t get enough of us! She’ll follow me around, chatting the whole time, and wants nothing more than to come take a nap in my lap in the afternoon. She’s actually napping on me right now, as I type.
So while it took some time, she’s turned out to be just perfect, and I don’t regret a thing. I absolutely love her and she fits in great with us. Thank you for giving us that missing member we were looking for!

Archer aka Elmo

Posted on: Monday March 16

10845961_10152427636141968_6426312254579332101_n 1017353_10151810797571968_781153009_n 1526773_10152358645316968_8232215454878204504_nWe have had Archer (Formerly Elmo of the Sesame Street Gang) for a little over 2 years we adopted him February 9th 2013 and he is the best dog we could ever ask for. He puts up with all of the antics of our 5 year old boy and he is the most cuddly dog I’ve ever met. He loves to take naps with me in the middle of the day and no matter where I am in the house he is always by my side. He just had his yearly checkup and he is 62 pounds. Much bigger than we thought it would get. He is healthy and happy pup. He loves to go on long walks and he especially loves taking trips in the car. He rides around with us every chance he gets and loves to stick his head way out the window and feel the air rushing by! He also loves going to the dog park and playing with new friends! We love him so much and are so thankful to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue for helping us become his Furever Home!

Charlie aka John Boy’s Update

Posted on: Thursday March 12

IMG_2718Charlie is adapting to family life.  He has three little girls who fight over him.  He’s here with my youngest twin daughter.  He does love to sleep.
He loves to run and jumps like Tigger and flies through the air like Underdog.  We can’t help love him.
He went to the vet today, and he has a chronic ear infections in both ears. He’s on ear drops.  He goes back next Friday for follow up.
He’s great!  We couldn’t ask for a sweeter pup.  Everyone falls in love with
him.  Even my husband adores him.
Thanks for a GREAT addition to our family.  He’s a good fit.

PS. My parents love him.  He brings a smile to them especially being shut in
for this harsh winter.

Brooks aka JT’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday March 11

IMG_5628 16522604052_d448b622c9_k IMG_5621 JT (who we are calling Brooks, he doesn’t seem too confused) is settling in well. It took some time for Brooks and our other cat, Bunny, to decide how they felt about each other but now they are chasing each other around, playing with each other, and even napping near each other on occasion. We took him to the vet last week. His check up went fine and the vet said he is in good shape but could stand lose about 1 to 2 lbs. (Who couldn’t?) We are going to try to monitor what he eats but he does have a very healthy appetite. All said, we are very happy with how Brooks is settling in to our home.

Thanks again!

Boh aka Cajun’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 10

I am happy to say that Boh (what we changed his name to) is very happy and healthy and providing us TONS of joy!  He is very sweet, loves to cuddle and has unending energy.  We are totally in love!  Photos are attached.
Thanks again for all that you do and for helping to add to our family.

Cinder aka Freddy

Posted on: Friday March 6

FB_IMG_1425502373917Cinder (formerly Freddy) is doing fantastic and growing bigger every day… It seems like just yesterday that we brought home a little roly poly puppy that had trouble climbing up stairs with his short legs…to a long-legged slim little tornado that runs circles around everybody in the house, literally! We’ve enjoyed noting the physical changes through seeing which sized coats he has grown into from the collection of hand-me-downs he has from his brother and sister (already out of size Small and into the Mediums!) After his bath the other day, he was wearing his skull & bones sweater to keep warm (see cute pic!) and it will be sad when that one too no longer fits :)

FB_IMG_1425498335300He has taken to his other dog “siblings” famously and is quite smitten with them both (Chewbacca is the 4-yr-old fawn-colored dog in pics, Nuala is the 3-yr-old black Beagador in pics), and while they are loving him and enjoying his energy/enthusiasm/playfulness, I’m sure they can’t wait for his teething stage to be over so he will stop “loving” them so much with his mouth. And of course, no shoes are safe right now with him around and must stay in the foyer beyond the baby/doggie gate. He and Nuala are usually attached at the hip and constantly go outside together to play, while Chewbacca, the couch potato, can stay inside to nap without feeling guilty that he is ignoring his sister and little brother.

FB_IMG_1424140617055We try to make special alone time with each of them so that we can ease any feelings of sadness (especially for Nuala, who was very much aware that she WAS the baby, and now is not) — any jealousy has evaporated with the extra attention and fun. Chewbacca goes on car rides with his dad to the store, etc. for “man time”, Nuala has cuddle time on the couch with just mom, big dogs can go downstairs to the basement “man cave” for peace and quiet while Cinder stays upstairs with mom or dad (it helps that he is afraid of basement steps right now and won’t go down them yet to bug big dogs!), etc. He also has 4 cat siblings that he is doing very well with (when they do cross paths) and while he wishes to be all lovey playful with them, if they are not in the mood, he has a very healthy respect for them. He knows a hiss and bop on the head means “NO!” and he runs away. Every once in a while, he is able to give some face licks to our oldest, boldest and bravest cat, Noodle, before he has had enough. =^..^=

FB_IMG_1424140586313Cinder is learning so fast and while we like to think it is all because of our stellar dog parenting/training (*snicker*), we can’t deny that Chewbacca and Nuala are helping a great deal in ways we can’t even measure. Cinder learned to use the doggie door after watching Nuala use it ONE TIME! He was just standing there for a moment, and then he said, “I can do that…” and just plopped himself over the threshold onto the deck outside, with no more lessons needed. He has also powered through house training and was going outside by his own decision after about 3-3.5 weeks. We no longer worry about accidents in the house and wee-wee pads haven’t been used in weeks (we’ve had him 6 weeks at the time I am writing this!) Again, we think this has been so much faster and easier than our other dogs because he has the good examples of seeing Chewbacca and Nuala do it again and again every day, in addition to the persistence of his parents running him outside at all hours of the day and night in the first couple weeks we had him. Having a doggie door is also a great plus in the learning process. When he is in his crate at night, he knows to bark when he is awake in the morning and we come down to let him out to go pee. AND, over the last two nights, we trusted him to sleep outside of his crate with the other dogs in family room (which gives him free access to doggie door in middle of night if needed to potty) and he did not get into any trouble, nothing destroyed, just slept like a little log. We’ll keep trying this in small doses to see if he can handle being a trustworthy big boy without a crate…I got up early to make sure he didn’t have too much freedom and go crazy! So far so good. I am so proud of our little sponge — soaking up knowledge everywhere he goes…I’m sure he will be the star of his puppy training beginner class!

FB_IMG_1424140140851Cinder has been to the vet twice for his various boosters and shots for flu and Lyme, and while he had a little cold that made him really snotty in his first week (he was on antibiotics to clear it up!), he has been doing very well and growing rapidly since then. When we got him (1/24 at 11 weeks), he was about 11 lbs — now he is about 19-20 lbs and a tank of developing muscles. He stomps around the house like an elephant and wears the same size snow boots as his full grown siblings — his paws are so thick! We also recently received back his DNA test results (which we shared with his other F Pup sibs’ parents through LDCRF contact — thanks, Beth!) — and while we all thought we had Aussie Shepherd/American Bulldog mix puppies, it turns out that they are mostly Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier with a mix of other breeds — and while their mixed ancestry part can not be fully determined from the results, the tests indicate that they COULD have Norwegian Elkhound, Lakeland Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Curly-Coated Retriever & Field Spaniel in them to varying degrees, although probably not all of these breeds, and not limited to these. (They are listed in order of strongest likelihood to less.) But mostly they are Staffordshire mixed mutts — 100% Certified Loveable, no matter how you slice it.

FB_IMG_1422984009146Family walks are challenging with three dogs, but we have gotten into a good rhythm with mom taking Nuala and Cinder (who both travel at about the same speed — go go go!) and dad with Chewbacca (more leisurely, relaxed sniff & walk style). In the first week or so, we were doing the shorter immediate-neighborhood walk (about 1 mile), but Cinder is a little trooper and now keeps up just fine on the longer 3-3.5 mile walk we do beyond our neighborhood into another housing development nearby. He has made friends everywhere he goes, including going to work with mom a couple times when dad had a business trip! People can’t stop wanting to come in and see if he is awake to love him — and I’m trying to get work done, people! But, he’s good for morale :)

We hope to possibly hear from his other sibs’ parents and maybe have an F Pups Reunion some day (I can dream…would love to see how the others have grown, see them play together, etc.), but we’ll leave that up to them and see what happens! Either way, we are so happy to have Cinder in our lives — he has been a joy and the perfect addition to our crazy ZOO! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Koda aka Angelina’s Update

Posted on: Friday March 6


Angelina (we call her Koda) is doing great! She adapted pretty easily to our apartment and definitely lives up to the reputation of being a chatter box!

We don’t have any problems or questions right now.  We’ve taken her to
the vet for a check-up and she is healthy and happy.  Below are some

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