Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day

On this day that we remember those who have died in our nation's service, young Amelia visits the Veteran's Healing Field of Honor.

A sea of red, white and blue US flags stand in perfect rows in Battleship Park across the river from historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Each flag in the Field is placed in memory of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine lost in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Pickle Meter

Pickles got her name from her foster parents. They say she looks like a dill pickle with a stem. Her stem, what we commonly call a tail, sticks straight out and wags like crazy. How do they determine Pickles' moods? Observe the wiggling stem, uh tail, and the Pickle Meter wil give you an accurate measure!

At 5 years old, Pickles has been bounced around way too much. We hope her next home will be her last! Pickles' spent the first two years of her life with one owner. When her owner passed away, Pickles life was turned upside down. She was passed from one breeder to another but never gave them what they wanted...puppies. After spending three years with a backyard breeder in an outside kennel, Pickles was finally surrendered to BTRNC because she was useless to the breeder.

Now spayed, we have guaranteed that Pickles will never end up as a puppy producing machine. She will be an adored pet, a cherished member of some lucky family.

Pickles is thoroughly enjoying her foster home. She bonded quickly to her foster mom and it is clear that Pickles missed that human connection when banished to the backyard for 3 long years. Pickles appreciates the company of her two male foster brothers but her most favorite activity is going for rides in the car. Her foster mom says that when Pickles goes out to potty, she heads straight for the car hoping for a spin around the 'hood.

We continue to accept applications for Pickles. If you want to make up lost time and spoil Pickles to no end, please visit the Available Dogs page and submit your application before it's too late.

Seeing herself in her very own Blog will undoubtedly send readings from the Pickle Meter off the charts, guesses

The Bashful Boston

Monday, May 21, 2007

Brilliant Bonnie

Young Bonnie has created a stir among our volunteers. If this is a fair measure of her ability to capture hearts, we imagine our website guests are as enthralled with her as we are.

If you are a BTRNC website regular, Bonnie's face may look familiar. She was featured weeks ago as a "Found Dog". A Good Samaritan found the young puppy wandering the street on his way to work. Familiar with the breed, he picked the puppy up and toted her directly to the vet to address her immediate needs. Bonnie spent the next couple of weeks with the family who found her while they placed ads all over town and the internet. Where Bonnie came from will remain a mystery as no one seemed to be looking for her.

Bonnie is a typical puppy who likes crazy wild puppy play followed by a warm, snuggly nap. As far as she is concerned, everything is a toy! Her foster mom is teaching her that bathroom rugs, fleece crate pads and slippers are "no-no's". Bonnie is a bundle of puppy energy that will keep herself entertained! She loves to play-chase, tug, bitey face, wrestle-she doesn't discriminate.

Bonnie enjoys teasing her older foster brother and will grab him by the back leg, then run away. We think this is Bonnie's version of tag.

Despite Bonnie's incontinence problems, as a result of spina bifida, finding her a home may not be as challenging as we initially anticipated. Yes, she will require patience and lots of bathroom breaks but with a face so sweet and a personality to match, she is nearly irresistable!

If bouncing little Bonnie is the baby you've been looking for, visit our Available Dogs page and start your application now!

Is youth truly wasted on the young, ponders

The Bashful Boston

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Heart of Us

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
~Author Unknown

We normally utilize our Blog to share with you stories of happy endings and provide you a more intimate look at dogs in foster care. Today, we will use this Blog to promote ourselves! Here are a few pictures of our tireless volunteers at our Annual Meeting in Cary, NC. Because volunteers are scattered across North Carolina with some crossing borders into Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, it is a rare opportunity that we are able to unite to discuss our mission. Email addresses normally mask our identies. Today, we can put names with faces.

On the left is Kathy Q. with our beloved Communications Coordinator, Patsy!

From left to right is Mary Jane, our newly elected Frundraising Coordinator Jen P. and Jill B.

Trish and Tom have adopted 3 lively BTs from BTRNC in the past 3 years! Hmm, maybe we'll see a BLOG on this family in the near future.

On the left, August C. seems to be enjoying the company of Karen R.

From left to right is our esteemed Medical Records Coordinator, Dawn. S, our admired Vice President, Donna J. and Jennifer W.

Here is a rare photo of our revered President, Betsy with Ryan W. listening intently.

We don't have the means to properly recognize our volunteers for the countless miles they drive transporting dogs, for opening their homes to the forlorn, for ensuring each dog is placed into a safe and loving environment. Gratitude on such a grand scale is difficult, near impossible to match.

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
William Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Lighter Side of Petey

Thanks to an outpouring of monetary donations from supporters and the work of a dedicated trainer, we proudly present a new Petey.

Gone is the tense, fearful dog that arrived into foster care following his owner's passing. Here is a relaxed, trusting dog who has finally discovered his own happiness.

Miracles do happen. Okay, it wasn't exactly a miracle. It was weeks of intensive "boot camp" followed by structure and routine administered by an authoritative figure. It took work to get Petey to this happy place and it will require work to keep him in this happy place.

Why bother, you ask? Look at Petey's face and you'll see why we bothered. We can't save every dog, perhaps not every dog can be saved. But, we saw redemption in Petey's eyes. We rallied around him, we raised the funds for boot camp and we sent him off with every ounce of good karma we could muster.

Petey's trainer (and current foster mom) knows Petey inside and out. There is no better person to explain Petey's psyche than she.

"It's a matter of trust with Petey, and he had a hard time trusting people, especially men. Now he's a great greeter when people come to drop their dogs off. It was also a matter of Petey accepting an alpha, and accepting some limits in his life. Once he understood to his core that I was alpha (I would tolerate no unacceptable behavior from him, no threats, and I would also protect him), he started to relax and put on weight.

Petey is not a dog for someone who 'just adores dogs!' He doesn't need some bleeding heart sorry about his past life. He needs a Boss. He needs to know he's safe, but at the same time if he steps out of bounds his life is in jeopardy at the Boss's hands. Knowing boundaries, knowing consequences, knowing exactly what will happen when he's good and when he's not keeps Petey secure. If he goes into a lenient home with anyone not willing to earn their alpha status, he will revert to Bad Petey. If you [BTRNC] can find a home with someone who will appreciate this, they'll have a great companion in this dog. He repays consistency and discipline with embarrassing devotion."

Petey is ready for adoption. His trainer/foster mom has done her job and she has done it well. We owe her so much more than a heartfelt "thank you". For now, that is all we have to extend to her. She is Petey's savior.

Petey needs a very special adoptive home. We aren't looking for a professional trainer or an expert in dog psychology. Let's be realistic. We are looking for someone with some degree of experience working with a challenging dog. Someone who will open her heart to Petey but lay down the law and never give in. Finding that someone may take time. If that someone might be you, step forward and introduce yourself. Petey is waiting.

A rescue story worth sharing, thinks

The Bashful Boston

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mindy's New Eyes

Mindy is a 10-year-old lady adopted last year by her adoring foster mother. Mindy had been surrendered to BTRNC by her owners. When her foster mother realized that this golden girl was a one of a kind gem, she eagerly asked to adopt her.

Mindy and her mom have been enjoying life in western NC ever since. Although each day was full of warmth and love, Mindy's vision was deteriorating. Cataracts had rendered her blind in one eye and nearly blind in the other.

Last month, Mindy underwent cataract surgery to improver her vision. Her recovery was a smooth one, though she detested her Elizabethan collar and exercised every muscle in her body to get away from the daily eye drops.

Just one week after surgery, Mindy ventured out for a walk. What had once been fuzzy world with obscure shapes around her now came into focus as houses, trees and even a squirrel or two!

Now, fully recovered, a frisky new Mindy has emerged. Animated and pleasantly perky, her mom reports she plays tug of war frequently and recently had the time of her life destroying one of her stuffed toys. Rest in Peace, beloved hot dog.

Mindy hopes her new lease on life will inspire others to live each day to the fullest and take in the beauty around us.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The Bashful Boston