Monday, April 30, 2012

"Sam and Diesel"

~~~Happy Tails~~~


About two and a half years ago someone in Abilene TX dumped their two Anatolian Shepherd Dogs at the shelter because they were moving.   That turned out to be the beginning of Sam and Lilly's great adventure.
As many of you know, since being unceremoniously ditched in the shelter, they traveled more than 3,200  miles on a record breaking, all volunteer transport, and  now reside in beautiful Rosedale British Columbia with their mom and dad, Sheri and Laurie.

Sam and Lily  recently welcomed a new baby to their extended family.  Little Diesel is a Chihuahua puppy who weighs a whopping 1 pound!   When Diesel first came through the door, Miss Lily was beside herself with glee. Lily greeted Diesel with smiles and tail wags and immediately laid down to get acquainted with him.  Lily lets little Diesel climb all over her and do whatever he likes. 

As you can see, the little guy adores Lily and likes to snuggle up with her for nap time.
He isnt much bigger than her paw but Lily is very careful and gentle with him.

Sam is very good with Diesel too and is very careful to not step on the little guy.

Diesel is a lucky little boy to have such loving guardians. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ranger's Mug Shot, NJ shelter, December 2009


This is what Ranger looked like in December 2009 when he found himself incarcerated at a shelter in New Jersey.  He was scared, skittish and was growling at people.  Let's just say he "didn't show well".   Things like that will get a dog killed really fast in a shelter.  Ranger was one of the lucky ones, though, and he walked out of the shelter and into what turned out to be his new home.

Ranger on his transport from the shelter to his new home

Things were kind of rocky at first while he adjusted to his new surroundings but Kate and Jeff were patient and helped him to find his self confidence and start to enjoy his new life.  No one knows where Ranger came from or what kind of life he previously led but we do know that he has blossomed into a true "Gentle Giant". 

 Here he is getting acquainted with a lamb at the feed store.  His mom says he lights up like a Christmas tree every time he sees the lamb.

 He now loves in CT with his mom and dad, Kate and Jeff, his brother Roscoe and his little kitty sister Lily Bug.

Here are some pictures of Ranger enjoying life!

 Ranger saying hello to his new kitty sister Lily

Here is Ranger being a gentleman.  Ladies always eat first!

This is Ranger doing his impression of the Easter Bunny

What does a guy have to do to get some sleep around here?

Here is Ranger resting after a hard day's work.  A huge thank you to Kate and Jeff for opening their home to this boy and giving him a second chance in life.
Special thanks to THORNE for first telling us about Ranger's plight in the New Jersey shelter.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012



It was just a couple of months ago when Miss Sara found herself homeless and sitting in a loud and scary shelter.   From the shelter she went to a boarding kennel since we had no open foster homes.  She was scared, confused, sad and withdrawn.      Poor Sara!!

In March, Sara caught a lucky break.  A great foster home opened up very close to where she was being boarded.  She was still a little wary of her new surroundings but in just a few weeks her foster mom watched her blossom into a beautiful girl who decided maybe life wasn't quite so bad after all.

Just two weeks ago Sara had more good fortune.  She was going to have a home of her very own!
This is a picture of Sara on her transport from Georgia to her new home in Virginia.
Sara was a great traveler and charmed everyone that she met.

Sara's new dad sent us this video of her shortly after she arrived.  As you can see she is having a great time and enjoying her new life.
 She looks SO HAPPY that we wanted to share it with you and hope it brings a smile to your day.




Saturday, April 14, 2012



Asa is appx 18 months old, looks to be pure bred Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  He weighs appx 125 and is heartworm negative.   This is an absolutely stunning dog!  And he is a gentle giant.

Asa is a friendly boy, seems to be good with other dogs.  He is in urgent need of a foster or adoptive home.  He was picked up as a stray and landed in the shelter. 

If you are interested in either fostering or adopting Asa please contact Janna  
We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1000 miles.

Friday, April 13, 2012



Meet Sera!   This lovely lady has been sitting in foster care for 18 months waiting for a home of her own.
Sera is an Anatolian x Great Pyrenees blend, she is about 4 years old and weighs 115 lbs.   She is a loving and affectionate girl.  She knows how to "shake hands" and she loves giving kisses.

Sera enjoys having a male doggy companion to play with but she would also be fine as the only dog.  She would prefer to be the only female dog in the house though.   She is good with kids and will make an excellent family companion.   

She's been waiting a long time and is so very ready to have her own family to love and protect.
For more info on Miss Sera please email JODY
We will always do our best to help with transport within 1000 miles.


Raine made the two hour trip to Jacksonville FL yesterday to visit with Dr. Kevin Drygas, an orthopedic specialist.  Dr. Drygas xrayed Raine again and after further and more thorough examination, Dr. Drygas
has made a determination for a new treatment plan for Miss Raine.
About Dr. Kevin Drygas

Dr. Drygas has determined that Raine is a unique case due to the unusual nature of her injury and the misalignment of her bones.  After meeting Raine in person and performing a detailed and thorough examination, he said if Raine were his dog, he would opt for a less invasive treatment plan.  He has recommended that Raine be fitted with a custom made brace from Ortho Pets
Ortho Pets Website

Raine will need to be seen by her regular vet to have more xrays and a cast or molding made so she will have the personalized and custom fit needed for her new brace.
The estimated cost for the brace will be between $700-$1000 according to Dr. Drygas.
We are waiting for an estimate on xrays and casting/molding from Raine's regular vet.  He is out of the office today but we hope to have the information within a few days.

One other thing has popped up.  Raine has lost 12 pounds and is lighter than we would like her to be right now.   We plan to have a complete blood work up done on her to see exactly what is going on with her.

I have to say this all came as a huge surprise to me when Dr. Drygas changed Raine's treatment plan but I have faith in his evaluation and recommendation since he is a specialist in his field.
He did say there is still a chance Raine may have to have the surgery if she will not tolerate the brace.
The brace will not "fix" Raine's injury, however, it will allow her to be able to walk in a normal way.
He is concerned that, due to the unusual nature of Raine's injury, she may need not just one surgery but possibly 2 or 3.  As he said, once he does the surgery, he can't go back, and thought it would be in Raine's best interest to try the custom brace and see if it can give her a better quality of life.  Dr. Drygas also promised that if Raine does end up needing surgery, he will deduct the cost of her brace off the price of the surgery.
 He also that she is not in a lot of pain, and that it looks more painful that it probably is.

We have done a lot of fundraising over the last few weeks to collect money for Raine's surgery and now that her treatment plan has been changed we feel its only fair to offer a refund to anyone that wants one.
While Raine will still have some expenses ahead, it will not be as much as we previously thought.

Raine's Expenses/Estimates:

Visit with Dr. Drygas:              $400
Custom Brace:            $700-$1000
 Casting                        $150-$300
 Xrays                          $150-$300
 blood work                 $150-$300

The costs on casting, xrays and blood work are ball park estimates right now.  We hope to have a more accurate amount by early next week.
The new treatment plan could still run around $2,000 or possibly more, just depending on what the actual final costs will be.

I will continue to post updates on Raine and how things progress.
Again, if anyone would like us to refund their donations since her treatment plan has changed, we would be happy to do so.
Just email Carleen

Thank you all for the kindness, concern and generosity for Miss Raine.  Words cannot convey our gratitude and none of this would have ever been possible without your help.

"How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!"
George Elliston

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4/12/12:  UPDATE ON M.D.

Its been 3 months since I first posted a picture of MD to our blog.
He had lived his entire life outside, pretty much alone, 
and received just the bare minimum of care.....just enough to keep him alive.

As luck would have it, Pam and David, a couple that adopted an ASD from us,
happened to live nearby.  They wanted to meet MD and see if they could 
bring him home.
Well, it wasnt easy but Pam and David were able to load MD up and
take him home.
MD is not overly fond of their Anatolian, Spenser,  but 
Pam & David have learned the fine art of dog rotation and MD 
is living the good life now.  He gets to be in the house when he wants to, plus he has love 
and attention, not to mention good food and medical care.

The vet did some xrays on MD and said he had been hit by a car at some point.
It does not appear that he received any medical care to help him heal.
He was also shot and his front leg had been broken.
Again, no medical care.  But MD is a survivor and he has pulled through.
I think he must have known that Pam & David would be there someday to pull 
him out of the horrible place he had been stuck in for so long.

A lot of people have asked me whatever happened to MD
so I wanted to post this happy tails update ......

This is a picture of MD and his mom, Pam
I love how he has his paw on her.
You can be sure he's not going to let her go!

Thank you to Pam & David for being MD's Rescue Angels.

This is MD. 
He's been a faithful companion to his owner for 9 years.
He's lived outside all these years and never complained
or asked for more.
His coat is matted so badly that he's going to need to be shaved down.
Under all that hair are his ribs with no fat on them.
His owner has provided only the most minimal care for this boy
and, now that he is 9 years old, has decided its time for him to go.

Pyrenees rescue has been bringing food to him
but they dont have any open foster homes.
We are trying to find a warm place for MD to curl up
on a cushy dog bed and have enough food in his tummy
to quiet the empty rumbling.

Monday, April 9, 2012




Meet Skittles!  She is a 1 yo spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  She and her sister were turned into the shelter for not getting along with one another.  As you can see, she is incredibly skinny, as is her sister.  I'm kinda thinking these girls may have had to fight to get enough food to survive.
Being turned into the shelter was probably the best thing that could have happened to them!  They were obviously not well cared for.

"Whatta sweet smile!"

Skittles is a very sweet and friendly girl.  She is good with male dogs but would do best being the only female dog in the home.  Ok with cats.  Housebroken, walks on leash.

If you might be interested in fostering or adopting this beautiful girl please email Carleen
We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1000 miles.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012





Athena is a beautiful spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog x Great Pyrenees blend.
She is estimated to be appx 7 years young.  She is such a sweet girl and a very gentle soul.  Athena is good with all dogs, both big and small, male and female.

She is friendly with people and so very thankful for any act of kindness.  She will enjoy being
your loyal companion and wont ask for much in return.
Athena walks on leash and is housebroken.  She weighs about 115 pounds.

Dont let her age fool you.  She is still spunky and does not seem to have any physical problems.  The vet checked out her hips and says she is in great shape.  Anatolians have one of the longest life spans among dogs their size.

Please take a look at Miss Athena as she has so much to offer and will be a loving and loyal companion.




Tootsie is a 1 year old spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
She and her sister were turned into the shelter for not getting along with each other.
Her sister was adopted but Tootsie wasnt.

Tootsie is friendly with people and good with male dogs.
She is extremely skinny right now 
and could really use a nice loving home and some good food
in her tummy.

We will always do our best to help with transport
within appx 1000 miles.

Please email Carleen for more info 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012



Thunder is a spectacular one year old Anatolian Shepherd who already weighs 99Lbs. Thunder was rescued from a high kill shelter after he was surrendered by his owner. 
Thunder has a congenital deformity of his rear legs which may have been exacerbated by confinement in a cage that was too small for him. 

His infirmity doesn’t seem to be an issue for him though. Thunder gets around just fine, and loves to play and prance about with anyone he can coax into playing with him.
He has actually shown some improvement in movement and muscle tone since he has been in foster care.  We think he was possibly confined a lot in his previous home and that may have contributed to his deformity.
Thunder, however, doesn't know that his legs look funky.  He is a very very happy boy who absolutely loves life and is the most affectionate Anatolian his foster mom has ever had the pleasure of knowing.

 He loves to cuddle, and easily makes friends. All Thunder has to do is throw his big loving eyes on you, and then next thing you know you’re smiling, cuddling, and ready for fun.
Thunder is a very big boy and is still growing.  He is also very strong and will need an owner that is able to work with him on leash manners and basic obedience. 
He is like a giant sized, super, duper, happy, silly and lovable puppy!
Don't let his funky looking legs fool you, because he gets around just as well as any "normal" looking dog.  

For more info on Thunder please email Carleen