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We Are Rescue

Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath … and felt the love,
Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your arms … and felt their pain

Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog … and felt their wisdom,
And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tell you their time on earth with you is over

…and you humanely let them go,
You will never understand the life of a rescuer.

We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces.
It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within.

We Are Rescue

Kathie Sullivan-Parkes
East Corinth, VT

Top 10 Reasons For Adopting A Rescued Dog

1. In a Word – Housebroken!
With most family members working 8 hours or more each day, house training a puppy with its small bladder can take awhile. Puppies need a consistent schedule with frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. An older dog can “hold it” much more reliably for longer time periods, and rescued dogs are usually already housebroken.

2. Intact Underwear
With a chewy puppy, you can count on at least 10 mismatched pairs of socks and a variety of unmentionables rendered to the “rag bag” before he cuts every tooth. And don’t even think about shoes! Also, you can expect holes in your carpet (along with the urine stains), pages missing from books, stuffing exposed from couches, and at least one dead remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it happens – it’s a puppy’s job! An older dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.

3. A Good Night’s Sleep
Forget the alarm clocks and hot water bottles, a puppy can be very demanding at 2 am, 4 am and 6 am. He misses his littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. If you have children, you’ve been there and done that. Whereas, an older rescue dog adjusts more quickly to your schedule.

4. Finish the Newspaper
With a puppy running amok in your house, do you think you can be able to relax when you get home from work? Do you think your kids will really feed him, clean up the messes, take him for a walk in the pouring rain every hour to get him housetrained? With an adult dog, it will only be the kids running amok, because your dog will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.

5. Easier Vet Trips
Puppies need their series of puppy shots and fecals, a rabies shot, spay/neutering, and maybe an emergency trip or two if they’re chewed something dangerous. These visits are in addition to what you paid for the dog! Your donation to the rescue when adopting an older “pup” will get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, heart worm negative and on heart worm preventative at a minimum.

6. What You See Is What You Get

How big will that puppy be? What kind of temperament will he have? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you were hoping for? How active will he be? When adopting an older dog from a rescue, all of those questions are easily answered. You can pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. The rescue can guide you to pick the right match. (Rescues are full of puppies who became the wrong match as they got older!)

7.Unscarred Children (and Adults)

When the puppy isn’t teething on your possessions, he will be teething on your children and yourself. And as that puppy gets older and bigger the teething definitely hurts (and will get worse, if it isn’t being corrected properly.) Most older dogs have been there, done that, and moved on.

8. Matchmaker Made Me a Match
Puppy love is often no more than an attachment to a look or a color. It is not much of a basis on which to make a decision that will hopefully last 15+ years. While that puppy may have been the cutest of the litter, he may grow up to be super active (when what you wanted was a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when what you wanted was a tireless hiking companion); he may want to spend every waking moment in the water (while you’re a landlubber); or she may want to be an only child (while you are intending to have kids or more animals). Pet mismatches are one of the top reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters or rescues every year. Good rescues carefully evaluate both their dogs and their applicants to be sure that both dog and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.

9. Instant Companion
With an older dog, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. There’s no waiting for a puppy to grow up (and then hope he will like to do what you enjoy.) You will have been able to select the most compatible dog, one that travels well; one that loves to play with your friends’ dogs; one with good house manners that you can take to your parents’ new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day’s work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride or swim with your new best friend (rather than cleaning up after a small puppy).

10. Rescue Dog Bond
Dogs who have been uprooted from their happy homes or have not had the best start in life are more likely to bond very completely and deeply with their new people. Those who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But once attached to a loving new family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. These dogs that are just learning about the good life and good people seem to bond even deeper. They know what life on the streets, life on the end of a chain, or worse is all about, and they revel and blossom in a nurturing, loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.

In Memory of Monty


Tuesday was a sad day for SB-GSR. One of our foster pups Monty was gently led to the Rainbow Bridge. For those of you who never had the chance to meet Monty you truly missed out on knowing a wonderful puppy, He was rescued from the Eau Gallie shelter by Kandy. Monty’s condition was horrible his teeth were so discolored from poor food it was thought he was around 2 years old despite the owners claims he was 7 months. He weighed only 37 lbs. and had a horribly matted coat. The owner has been arrested on a federal warrant (I do not know what the charges were) and all of his animals had been confiscated and placed in the shelter.

Everyone who met Monty fell in love with him. Despite his poor physical condition he was a very sweet puppy. His initial exam at the Vet’s was he was severely underweight and the blood work was not promising. It was imperative he gain weight. He had no appetite and lot of difficulty eating.

Elena cared for him and resorted to pureeing his food to encourage him to eat. Good news he gained 4 lbs. on a high fat diet. Monty was then taken to the Vet with concerns that he had a bladder infection. After a round of antibiotics and more blood work there was no improvement he then went to the Emergency Vet Clinic in Melbourne where he had an ultra sound on his kidneys. Not good news one kidney was severely deformed the other had extensive damage. (possibly from his neglected condition) He was given several months to live. Elena took him home and made a good life for him. Monty became very attached to Mitchell the young boy Elena is baby-sitting for the summer. Mitchell helped care for Monty too by encouraging him to eat and playing with him. Elena’s favorite expression to describe the two is “they are like two peas in a pie”.

Over the weekend Monty took a turn for the worse he wouldn’t eat, he had no energy all he did was lie in his kennel with the door open and sleep. Monday I went over to visit and Monty was happy to see me we sat on the couch together for a quiet visit. Elena and I talked and realized that it was his time we didn’t want him to suffer. The arrangements were made. Tuesday evening I met with Elena at the Vet’s and we stroked him and told him he wasn’t going to be in pain any more. Very gently he slipped away.

I want you to know how much Elena cared for this little guy. I think that he was one of the hardest rescue cases she has dealt with in a long time. Her care and concern for Monty was far above and beyond her usual compassion for her rescue German Shepherd Dogs. Kandy came over several times a week to help Elena with him and to check in on her charge. We all fell in love with this beautiful boy. Despite all that he went through to the end he was a happy, friendly puppy.

While the outcome for this little guy wasn’t what we hoped for we must remember that we work hard to care for and find homes for all the dogs that come to our rescue, that all of them are well loved when they go to their new homes.

Yours in Rescue,
Dani Champagne

Puppy Mills in Ohio

Dogs, Cats And Other People: Pet Stores And Puppy Mills 
by Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis

“A concentration camp for dogs.” “A slave-trade for dogs.” “A tragic waste of life that goes beyond my comprehension.” “I’m shocked at people’s ability to be so cruel.”

Comments from first-hand accounts of the Buckeye Dog Auction at the Amish Flea Market in Millersburg, Ohio. Turns out, the Amish have some dirty laundry that needs airing.

Millersburg is in Holmes County, deep in the heart of Amish land. If you visit, you’ll find photographs of pastoral settings and quaint schoolhouses, as well as links to quilt shops, buggy and carriage builders, and a calendar of events for the year — none of which mention the Buckeye Dog Auction. In a way I don’t blame them. Those photographs are far from pastoral.

The auction sells dogs to “breeders.” Holmes County has a human population of 39,000, and it sells an average of 470 kennel licenses each year. Incredible! If I were running a d og auction, it’s where I’d want to be. To top it off, many of these are “high-volume” breeders. In other words, they’re not responsible breeders. They’re puppy mills.

Puppy mills are not nice places. What they are is big business.

The pet industry in the United States is a $37 billion industry. Puppy mills are places that breed puppies solely for profit, often in filthy, overcrowded, anti-social and inhumane conditions. They also register their litters when possible, because people pay big bucks for a “pedigreed” purebred. And no, registration isn’t free.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is “the nation’s largest and only significant not-for-profit dog registry and sanctioning body,” as defined by current AKC Chairman Ronald Menaker. Theirs is a powerful lobby that has fought both for and against proposed legislation attempting to ban or at least tighten the reins on this cruel and unnecessary practice. You can read the AKC’s
position on current and past propo s ed legislation by clicking on the
“legislative alerts” tab on their home page:

In the meantime, though, where, oh, where do these little pups go?

Statistics reveal that as many as 98 percent of pet-store pups come from puppy mills or “brokers” acting as middlemen. Pet stores, in turn, slap an exorbitant price tag on these dogs. After all, they’re pedigreed.

This pedigree looks impressive and offers a semblance of security to the buyer. But what many people don’t know is that registration, even AKC registration, doesn’t mean much. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Registration papers do nothing to ensure that an individual
puppy (or his or her parents) is healthy or free of genetic defects, or that they were raised in a humane and sanitary environment.” Many times, the pet-store pup is far from healthy. Often, the buyer ends up saddled with unforeseen medical expenses and deep-rooted behavioral problems. Rarely does the pet s tore compensate for these.

Think puppy mills just breed puppies? Think again.

Puppy mills breed disease and genetic defects. They breed social dysfunction and physical malformation. They breed unimaginable pain, misery and emotional trauma to the dogs forced to endure these unspeakable circumstances, many of which never know a better life.

We buy that cute puppy in the pet store window, but our pup’s mom likely lives in squalor and has never felt cool, wet grass against the pads of her paws, or the soft warmth of a blanket wrapped around her at night, or the joy of chasing a squirrel up a tree. In fact, your pup’s mom has probably never seen the outside of her wire cage.

She was most likely bred at far too young an age, well before any genetic defects she might pass on would surface. It’s possible she’s never had a bath, or seen a vet, or been lovingly stroked by a human hand. No treats, no toys, no exercise, no love, she is physically and emotionally malnourished. But as long as she keeps breeding and her puppies keep selling, she’ll continue on in this way. This will be the only life she knows, until her body just can’t take any more. Only then will she find peace.

So before you buy, ask yourself: Am I sentencing my puppy’s mom to a life no living, feeling creature should ever know? And how much of mom is going home with me?

With legislation tied up in big business and politics, the only way to
effectively shut down puppy mills is to dry up demand. This means boycotting pet stores that sell puppies. This means buying your next dog from your local shelter or rescue group. This means asking your family and friends to do the same. This means educating ourselves as to the distinction between
responsible and irresponsible dog breeders. This means understanding the effects of our choices as both consumers and animal lovers.

So before you buy, ask yourself: What does my dollar really mean?



Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is co-author of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and television guest, and host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” Read all of Uncle Matty’s columns at the Creators Syndicate website at, and visit him at Send your questions to or by mail to Uncle Matty at P.O. Box 3300,
Diamond Springs, CA 95619.