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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Betty Lou’s Story

Hello,
I adopted “betty lou”, now named “akira-lee” this summer. I just thought i’d write you to give you an update on how she’s doing.

well, she’s changed a lot, her coat is getting much longer and more gray in color! she’s so funny, she’s growing a beard. Her little face is so comical, she’s got one ear that flops over and one that stands up straight and the cutest little underbite. She’s very happy in her new home, she’s got the run of the house and is considered very much part of the family. My parents call themselves her Nanny and Grampy/bid daddy. The family has even bought her a christmas stocking to hang up on the mantel with everyone else’s and everyone’s buying her a gift. she’s the baby of the family. Her first birthday is coming up on Feb. 7 and we are planning a BIG party! All of her (my) close friends and family will be coming. She’s getting ready to start attending doggy day care very soon. I think she will love it because she adores the people there as they are her groomers as well. Shortly after adopting her, we had to make the move from tennessee back up to my home town in Maine due to unexpected issues. She made the transition great! We lived on a lake with my parents for a little while and she loved having free run of the yard! She also enjoys the boat rides my step father takes her on. (he bought her a special little life jacket!) Overall, she’s very happy and very very loved. I want to thank you for letting her become a part of our family! She really is my baby, I love her with all of my heart and I know that she feels the same for me. So thank you again, for both of us, my family, my friends and everyone who her life has touched! (The town loves to see her at parades and events, they love her ears!)
A few new pictures of her are attached and I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you so much again,
-Alaina and Akira-Lee

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Lowell’s Story

Lowell came to AARF as our first cruelty case.  Lowell’s mother, Hope, had long been absued and neglected.  Her owner would allow her to continue to reproduce, and then bury her puppies alive after he found them.  In addition, he would release his very aggressive dog on her who would literally rip her to shreads.  When our source got custody of this animal, she immediately signed her over to us.  She then went back and gathered up all of the puppies – Lowell being one of them – and brought them to us late one night.  Hope needed a lot of work…but the pups…..luckily they never knew the life that she did.  Here is what Lowell’s adopter has to say:

Pierre, previously known as Lowell, has been our baby for since Nov. of 07.  He was a little bundle of fur, but as you can see, he is huge now.  We get compliments on him all the time because of his unusual markings and bright white fur, and his ability to do a howling bark, it is a howl, but in a low barking sound, it is really funny, and his alone, I have never heard a dog do that before.  He is the best dog I have ever had.  He started as an early Christmas gift for my oldest daughter but he is now the family dog, and my son, pictured with him, will argue you down that he is his dog.  His favorite snack is pig ears and home made dog treats, made of cow liver and shaped like cookies.  He is spoiled rotten, but he gives more love and attention then you could imagine.  Including letting the cat kneed dough on his stomach and then sleep on him!!!  I will try to get a picture of that (she was adopted locally and all of our furry family members are fixed).  I just wanted you to know our happy tails, and we will keep you posted as the years pass.  Also, we have a 14 year old dog and when she passes we will definately look first to you guys to adopt a new family member.

Have a great Christmas.
Denise and family

3 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Simba’s Story

Simba showed up at the college here as a stray.  A kind hearted young man asked if we would take her since he could not keep her in his dorm.  Here’s a picture of Simba shortly after she arrived:

Here’s what Simba’s new Dad has to say:

Simba is doing fine. We all have really taken to her. My son especially. She is his most favorite cat that he has ever had. Having a cat in the house has taken some getting used to but we are doing well. My son claims that Simba is CRAZY. Maybe because she is given to fits of unbridaled energy in the early evening!  Anyway I have included some photo’s of her in her domain. Hope you enjoy them.

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Rocco’s Story

Rocco came to us with his mom from a horrible man who used to do terrible things to his dogs and their puppies – rather than just get them fixed..  The puppies were almost feril – scared to death of everything, everyone and would tremble when you held them.  Luckily, with the help of a few kind hearted people, the pups were quickly socialized and all found great homes.  Here is what Rocco’s new mom has to say about him:

Here is a couple of pictures of “Rocco” aka “Lasher” the puppy we
adopted from Cookeville last Christmas.  He is still a housedog
(despite his 80lbs) and his spoiled rotten!  We hope to be able to
bring him by Petco this Christmas.

Hello!  I thought we would send an update on Lasher, the Siberian mix
we adopted from you in November of 2007.  He is now a very permanent
member of our family.  Tipping the scales at 80 lbs he is a very big
boy.  We call him our “perpetual 2-year-old” as it seems he will never
outgrow the toddler stage.  We agree that we have never seen a dog
with so much personality.  I have attached some pictures.  A couple
are of Lash swimming in the lake and in our pool.  The other one is
how I caught him on our couch (which he is not allowed on) asleep one
morning.  The final picture is of him and our newest family member.
She joined us in February and Lasher has been wonderful with her.
Lasher goes everywhere with us he can (he has serious separation
anxiety) and we are hoping to get to take him to the ocean for the
first time this summer.  He is definitely a “Daddy’s Boy”.  We get
comments on him all of the time.  He actually caused a wreck one day
while he was on a run and the driver was watching Lasher and
rear-ended the car in front of him.  Many mistake him for a
full-blooded Siberian.  He loves all people and all creatures and he
has too much energy for most.  He plays with other dogs until they can
barely move and he is still ready to play some more.  He has a best
friend that lives next door and they play outside every weekend
together.  He is very smart and knows many commands but unfortunately
only performs them when it suits him.  We would like to thank you for
allowing us to adopt him.  He is our comedian and life wouldn’t be the
same without our big boy!

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Patsy’s Story

The woman who found Nancy was like a lot of people in rural Tennessee – they lived in a county with no animal control, no animal shelter – 11 counties in our region alone are in the same situation.  So what do you do when a stray shows up on your doorstep?  Before, she would have brought the dog to the vet to have it euthanized.  But a family member suggested she contact us.  Here is Patsy then:

Here is what Patsy’s new mom has to say about this girl:

These are just a few pics of Patsy that I’ve taken over the last few months.  She has turned out to be a very big girl.  She is still very sweet and submissive, but due to her size she has emerged as the leader among my other dogs.  Not because she has the personality for it, but all she has to do is lean on them and she’s so hefty they have no choice but to do her will, lol.  The consensus at this time is that she is not half red heeler half corgie as we originaly thought, but half red heeler half basset hound.  And I have to say that her shape, her bark and her red eyes seem to support that.

She is a real sweety.  She is content in whatever situation she is put in.  She is gentle and playful and very loving.  After all this time she has melded into our family quite well and she seems to be very happy with us.  Most of the dogs I’ve had have always seemed to come to me with some type of nervous condition due to past experiences and I must say that it is nice to have one that is content to say in the middle of my kitchen floor and be content just watching everyone’s comings and goings.  The only stipulation being that we step over her and not expect her to move out of the way, lol.

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Leopold’s Story

Leopold showed up in Crossville as a stray.  The woman who found him was so fearful that her dogs would kill him, she emailed us immediately for assistance.  This was Leopold then:

Here is what Leopold’s new mom has to say about him:
Leo chose me…and I mean that literally.  I showed up at an adoption event one day and another lady was holding him…he literally jumped out of her arms and came right to me.  I picked him up and never let him go.  He is a joyful little guy with so much love for me.  I’m still not sure, to this day, why he chose me – but neither of us had regretted it for a single moment.  He is spoiled rotten, loves his doggie and kitty brothers and sisters, and is a true member of our family.  Thanks, A.A.R.F. for all you do.  You give a voice to those who cannot speak.  And your partnership efforts in our community are truly noble.  Keep up the good work.

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Grace’s Story

Here’s what Grace’s family says:  Thank you for the card you sent us. Grace is doing very well. She is a real sweet cat. She has grown so much since we had met. She has also gained a few pounds. we are still so glad that we found her. She loves to play with our other cat Pretty. They get along so well. Every morning Grace and Pretty are up and running all over the house. Now that christmas is on the way, we had just put up our christmas tree and she is loveing it. she has a thing for pulling the bulbs off the tree and pushing them around. Well, here are some recent picture of grace. One of the pictures is Grace and Pretty together. Pretty is the furry one.

Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas From Grace and Family!

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Jordy’s Story

Jordy was found abandoned on a golf course in Crossville, TN.  She held out for the family that she chose – and luckily they chose her too!  Here’s Jordy when she first came to us:

Here’s what Jordy’s new family has to say:

We just wanted to email you and say hello, and tell you we were thinking of you. We moved out to Knoxville to be closer to some of our family. Jordy LOVES it out here. She has a big yard, a doggie door that she just runs in and out of constantly, and a very good friend named Bailey. Her favorite new thing is the dog park, where she is the hit of the park, you know little miss social!!

We wanted to tell you that we appreciate all that you do with AARF, and let you know once again what an amazing thing it is that you do. Jordy has made such a difference in our life. We love her so much. She is a huge part of our little family, and we can’t remember what our life was without her anymore. Thank you once again for all you do. Jordy wanted to send you a picture (she can’t use the computer well so I’ll do it), and we’ll send some really cute ones around Halloween (she’s going to a doggie costume contest as a flapper!!). We hope all is well with you and all your doggies!!

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Baxter’s Story

Baxter was dumped at our Vet’s office – one look and we all fell in love with him…as did a family in Connecticut who were our first long distance adopters!  Here’s what they have to say:

Well, Baxter has been home for one full week now. He’s doing extremely well, really likes his new home and has fallen into a good daily routine. He is my companion during the day when kids and hubby are away. It’s taken a few days for him to show his personality, but he’s barking now at strangers (instead of cowering) and racing around the house in a puppy frenzy. The kids love it and of course him!  Baxter will soon have a fenced in yard. Until then, we’re taking him out side on a lead every three hours, which seems his limit during the days. He is crated at night and sleeps well throughout the night. He’s also my companion on my morning walk, and knows how to behave on a lead (I was really impressed by this!)

Thank you for everything. We’re a happy family – consider us for a reference if anyone asks for one!

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12 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Belle’s Story

Belle came to us after she, her mom, and her siblings were dumped on the side of the road in a box.  This was Belle then:

Here’s what Belle’s new family has to say:

We just wanted to let you know that Belle is adjusting very well in her new home.    She loves our older cat, Glorfy.  She is much more energetic than he is, but he is very patient and loving with her.  She even jumps on his back and rides him like a pony.  It has been several years since we have had a kitten in the house and Belle is reminding us of all the cute and funny things that a kitten does.

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