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Join us for the opening night of Deviant Art 2011. Thursday April 7th from 5-9pm in gallery 332 of the Northrup King Building. We have work from over twenty artists and about 170 pieces of local and national works focusing on 'deviant' dog breeds. If Thursday is booked, join dog and art lovers for our big gallery party this coming Saturday from 3-9pm. Food and beverages provided! A Rotta Love Plus benefits from the art sales and will have four registered therapy dogs on-site so you can meet the animals benefiting from your support! Please note that Northrup King Building is not dog-friendly except for these invited ARLP ambassadors.

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Bits in Oil

Lintu Art: Family and Pet Portraits

Ronin

Stray Dog Arts / Jessie Marianiello

My Confidential Subconscious

DC Ice

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Jazmin givin a "Pleased to meet you" paw-shake

Fifth-grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 52445 from Randolph Heights Elementary in St. Paul hosted an event, “Animal Antics,” on Sunday, February 27 from 2-4 pm.  The Junior Troop partnered with local pit bull and Rottweiler rescue, A Rotta Love Plus, whose facilitators educated event attendees about dog safety.

The event was aimed at area Brownie Girl Scouts (grades K-3).  Event organizers expected approximately 200 Brownies to attend.  The dog safety portion of the event consisted of twelve, 20-minute presentations that included basic tactics for how to stay safe around both familiar and stray dogs.  This innovative, interactive program also touched on empathy, dog body language, animal rescue, and responsible ownership.  The presentations were delivered by volunteers from A Rotta Love Plus who were accompanied by their therapy-registered pit bulls.

A big thank you to all the dogs and volunteers who made this a wonderful and successful event!

Kellie D.

Sara

Chloe

Jennifer & Jazmine

Michelle & Wesley

John & Lulu

Laurie & Brock

Amy & Rex

Full press release can be viewed and downloaded here:

http://www.arottalove.net/docs/ARLP_Girl_Scout_Press_Release_022611.pdf

A savvy Scout shows off her animal badges

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Sometimes there is a post on our forum that just makes me laugh out loud. Today it was this: Post by Sara N. Mamma to the infamous Josie.

Five months.

That is how long we have been working with Josie, daily, to try to get her crate trained. (She is a destroyer of both metal and plastic crates and has had some serious mental-patient moments when left alone in one, but we're determined to get her to accept her crate eventually so that it's easier to find a dog sitter, take her to the vet, and all that good stuff).

We've done all the 'right' things, starting with small amounts of time and working our way up, using high-value treats, a schedule, positive reinforcement when she's relaxed in there, making sure she's tired, and so on, but yet after all this time she still screams her fool head off if she thinks there's any chance we've forgotten that she's in there. What do I mean by "screams," you ask? Well, when a normal dog complains in their crate, it's whining and barking that makes you want to invest in a really good pair of earplugs. When Josie goes in her crate, she makes a noise that makes you wish you were never born: a soul-piercing, half-screech, half-grunt, spawn-of-satan, shriek.

Lately, we've reached a plateau with her crate training -- she's totally relaxed as long as we're in the same room, and we can leave the room for short periods of time without her losing it as long as we're making noise so that she knows we're there. And she'll sleep in it at night if it's right next to our bed. Anything other than that, though, she freaks out. We haven't gotten to the point where we feel confident crating her when we leave the house, because we're worried she's going to injure herself, and so my next task is to find a way to get over that hump.

Fast forward to last night.

One hour. That is how long Gabbi (Gene's rottie that we're dog sitting) was in our house last night before she completely. solved. the problem.

I had them crated in the same room, with a sheet over Gabbi's crate, blocking their view of each other. I left the room, and Josie started making the devil noise. A few short seconds later, I hear a low, loud grumble from Gabbi's crate...grrrrrrrrrrrrrr...and then a single, deep, commanding WOOOOF.

Then, silence. The slightest whimper from Josie and then...more silence. They both slept the entire night in their crates, without either of us humans in the room, without a freaking peep.

I must have missed the section in the dog owner's guidebook about the use of a bad-ass rottie as a crate-training tool.

It wasn't Gabbi's presence alone that did the trick -- I've put Brody in the same room as Josie a number of times and it hasn't helped at all. (In fact it makes it worse because then I feel extra guilty for subjecting him to her noise). And it wasn't that Gabbi scared Josie into silence -- just the opposite, it seemed to calm her. I am constantly impressed by the effect that one dog's energy can have on other dogs' behavior; this is another instance to add to that list.

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Post by Volunteer Paige

It is painful, this love thing. Sharp, caustic, present pain.

My little sea star. You were beautiful, smart, REALLY SMART. And cute. But afraid. Those genes those horrible people put together, did not give you the tools to face the real world. Worse—those genes, combined by those criminals, did not create the pit bull representation so loved by so many, for so long.

I loved you. I still love you, long after you departed this world. You are now safe from those who may have abused you physically, and absolutely safe from those who wish you ill. I hate that you are gone. And yet, as responsible adults, responsible to those you leave behind, we had to part ways.

Why you? Because irresponsible people created you. They put two dogs together to create profit for themselves, knowing you would likely not live to see your second birthday. The outcome they sought was incredible drive, determination to stay with that drive, and nothing else. It did not matter that the smallest breeze, the closing car door, the sky light above or the ground below frightened you into a quivering pile, flat like a pancake. It did not matter that your fear might cause you to defend yourself—in fact that may have been a desired quality to those horrible people. But here is the worst part—these are not the only criminals responsible. There have been generations of criminals destroying your breed in the name of profit, entertainment, and sport.

Our loss, yours and mine, goes on daily. Our loss is so common, it is not even news. Such shame goes to those responsible for this loss, which you and I experienced! Where are they—those responsible, to bear this shame? The silence that answers that question, is deafening. We clean up their mess, keeping the few healthy survivors we can, healing the sick if possible, and loving them all, especially the ones who are not equipped for this world. The volume, of our loss, is staggering. Why, on so many levels, do we let this sorrow, this death, this loss, happen?

The answer, my dear departed, is love. Those of us in rescue, applying the bandages to the survivors--we loved you enough to let you go. We love all that you represent, all that you might have been, and all that you will never be. I rest on the strength and passion and bravery of those who championed your cause, to free you of the chains, the fights, and the death that surrounded you. I champion them, because I am too soft to get out there and do that work myself. I am too scared to see with my own eyes the way you lived, the human companions you had, and the stench that comes with abuse and neglect. I am too scared to live with that vision of your former life, for the rest of my life. Instead, I wait for those like you, on this safe end of the rescue progression, hoping to demonstrate a better side of humanity, to you. It is love for all those who do not make it, as well as love for the very few who do, that keeps us doing what we can, for you.

I cherish the memories I have of our time together. You made me laugh! Out loud, from the gut, giggling that turned into hiccupping laughter. We had such fun together, in between your darker moments. In deference to you, I hold on to the hilarity, the fun we experienced. I would like to think we made a good pair—you timid, me encouraging. You rambunctious, me refereeing. You shivering, me warming. I had hopes of watching you living out your days, living up to our high expectations of your active little mind. I look forward to seeing you again, at the Rainbow Bridge. You wagging, me crying.

I miss you. I will always miss you.

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Our 2011 calendar features ARLP alumni "Livin' Life" in a wide variety of breed friendly business through out the Twin Cities.

Designed by Rich Sherman of J. Ames Greetings, the 2011 calendar has 13 beautifully displayed, full color photos shot by the fantastic Bill Cady and printed by Gleason Printing. It has large date squares for your personal appointment or reminder use. The calendar is hole punched for easy hanging and includes American and Animal Welfare Holidays.

All proceeds from the calendar benefit A Rotta Love Plus.

Click here to purchase the calendar (shipping and sales tax apply). To save on shipping , stop by any of our upcoming events and/or Meet and Greet days and buy one in person!

Two paws way up for our fantastic sponsors, all of whom love our breeds as much as we do.

Cover Soderberg's Floral and Gift
January Bits of Love Pet Massage
February State Farm Insurance - Cary Charlson Agency
March Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
April The Canine Coach
May Saint Paul Saints
June Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet
July Stone Mountain Pet Lodge
August Skol Liquors
September InFlight Pilot Training
October JJ's Coffee and Wine Bar
November Blackberry Veterinary Center
December Bone Adventure Pet Gear & Grooming
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Central Bark & A Rotta Love Plus to Celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

A Rotta Love Plus will team up with Central Bark Doggy Daycare to celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day (RDO Day) on Saturday, October 2, 2010. The goal of the initiative, supported by the American Kennel Club®, is to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets. Central Bark and ARLP will focus their attention on educating kids.

Children who learn to treat dogs with care and respect will be safer and more confident around all canines. ARLP offers an interactive 30-minute lesson for youngsters on positive pet ownership and safety. A Rotta Love Plus trainers teach doggy “Do’s and Don’ts” with coloring books and therapy dogs to help children learn practical ways to prevent dog bites.

Who: All Area Children Ages 5-10
What: Free Dog Safety Program for Kids
When: Saturday, October 2 Sessions at 11:00 AM or 1:30 PM
Where: Central Bark Doggy Day Care, 6340 Industrial Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
RSVP: Please call 952.224.4490 for Reservations

**Important: For Everyone’s Safety, Please Leave Your Own Pets at Home**

AKC RDO Day is a celebration that involves hundreds of organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities everyone can enjoy. To learn more about Responsible Dog Ownership Day, visit these websites:
AKC or Central Bark

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Today my attention was drawn to a letter to the editor in today's Star Tribune.

Dangerous dogs

Latest pit bull attack highlights policy issue

Dogs are supposed to be household pets -- not attack animals. The vicious attack on a Minneapolis postal carrier by two pit bulls once again emphasizes the need for legislation regarding dangerous dog breeds ("I had no fight left in me,'' July 29).

The postal carrier was fortunate to be a strong adult who was able to ward off these vicious animals until help arrived, even though he suffered numerous bite wounds. Fortunately, another defenseless child wasn't brutally and viciously killed by one of these dogs. Enough already. I will be writing my representatives and supporting any legislation that forces training and licensing for owners before ownership of these breeds or, hopefully, a full ban in Minnesota on dog breeds that are potentially dangerous to the community as a whole.

(name intentionally omitted),  BROOKLYN PARK


So I guess this is what I have to say 'bout that:

Response to Dangerous Dogs: Latest pit bull attack highlights policy issue

I can more than understand concerns about dangerous dogs. It is a valid point: Dangerous dogs are a public safety issue. However, I would like to point out that there really is no such thing as dangerous “breeds” of dogs. A dog is either dangerous or not and that is more evident by its behavior and actions than by its breed. A dangerous dog’s breed will vary just as we humans vary in so many ways - nationality, personality, intelligence, and so forth. Additionally, we, as rational beings, must consider the petri dish of this argument. There are many dog attacks in this country but the only attacks we hear about are the “sexy” attacks. And unfortunately for the pit bull they are by far the sexiest. Matter of fact animal control officers across the country have told the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) that when they alert the media to a dog attack, news outlets respond that they have no interest in reporting on the incident unless it involved a pit bull.

Consider what the National Canine Research Council found:

August 18, 2007 — A Labrador mix attacked a 70-year-old man, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. Police officers arrived at the scene and the dog was shot after charging the officers. This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.  August 19, 2007 — A 16-month-old child received fatal head and neck injuries after being attacked by a mixed-breed dog. This attack was reported on twice by the local paper.  August 20, 2007 — A six-year-old boy was hospitalized after having his ear torn off and receiving a severe bite to the head by a medium-sized, mixed-breed dog. This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.  August 21, 2007 — A 59-year-old woman was attacked in her home by two pit bulls and was hospitalized with severe, but not fatal, injuries. This attack was reported in over 230 articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks including CNN, MSNBC and Fox.

If the only dog attacks we hear about are those involving pit bulls then of course it would appear pit bulls are doing the majority (if not most) of the attacking. No wonder people are afraid them. A popular “study” breed ban proponents always drag out is the Merritt Clifton study. Mr. Clifton’s data sources are media reports; press clippings – so to speak. If only certain attacks are brought to the public’s attention via the media than surely we can all see how a report based on this data is unsound, unfounded, unacceptable. It is sadly disappointing that this kind of work is so widely used to target a specific breed.

If we begin to narrow the scope of our concern to select breeds we will miss a lot of dangerous dogs. We will also give our communities a false sense of safety. The CDC’s Dr. Julie Gilchrist, regarding dog attacks, argues “the breeds involved are going to vary. The more encompassing way is to deal with dangerous dogs so that every dog and every owner is covered all the time”.

Now I will confess that I love “pit bulls” (a generalization much like, say – nurse). They are by far the most comedic and forgiving of the abuses of humans than any other breed of dog I have met and/ or worked with. No other breed has caused me to question more the compassion of humans. They are by far the most abused breed of dog on the planet. They are worthy of our stewardship not our hatred. I like to say – when children run amok the first thing we ask ourselves is “where are those parents?”. We call into question the upbringing of the children and save our disdain for the humans responsible for bringing them into this world and not caring to raise decent human beings. Tell me, why we cannot afford that same courtesy to a dog whose only shortcoming is being at the mercy of humans?

Minnesota has more than adequate statutes and laws in place to deal with people who create dogs who have the potential to harm or have harmed another dog or person. What Minnesota does not have is the adequate funding and community support to staff our animal control facilities as they should be. Instead, animal control facilities across the state are cutting their hours and staff. How does that help anyone?

It’s a messy job placing blame. Let’s make sure we do it responsibly.

Humans are responsible for dangerous dogs. Period. And those dangerous dogs come in all shapes and sizes just as the humans who create them do.

Lara Peterson, Minneapolis, MN

Will they publish me too? I don't know. But if this individual in Brooklyn Park is going to be writing their legislators that means all of you who know better need to do the same. Drop your representative a line too, our pit bulls need you!


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Post written by ARLP Alum Albert & Volunteer Laural

Winston

Winston Needs a Home!!

Hi all.............Albert here! You may or not know this, but I am adopted. My sister is adopted too! Now we need to find a home for Winston, he needs to be adopted too. Winston spent the weekend at my house while his foster dad was on vacation and he is my new BFF! This is one cool dude, just like me, if I must say. I think that I am going to make it my personal mission to find him a forever home.

Gesh this dog can run fast. I tried really hard to keep up, but there is no way. But he wrestles really good and sometimes he lets me win! He is really funny because he doesn't understand "Albert talk" as my mom puts it. He kinda backs away and looks at me funny, but then he starts playing again so he must understand some! Oh ya, we were wrestling the other day and he play bowed to me and I jumped at him at the same time he stood up and my butt ended up on his back with my back legs over him. My mom laughed really hard, it must have been funny. He likes the flowers in my backyard too - he smells them just like I do! Must be a cool dude thing, right?

Last night my mom was sitting on the floor and I was tired, so I snuggled in her lap for a nap. That Winston came right up to us, schmooshed me out of her lap and sat down. Being the cool dude that I am, I really didn't care much, I just snuggled in next to her. See, he loves to snuggle too, must be a cool dude thing, right?

Oh ya, he let me share a water bowl with him too! Just imagine two adorable pitties drinking out of the same bowl at the same time. Just because we are cool dudes, doesn't mean that we can't be cute too, right?

Now, my point is someone out there adopt him. I guarantee that he gives excellent snuggles and kisses (just ask my mom!).......hey, just like me! Must be a cool dude thing, right?

I have to go nap now.

Albert

Okay, now that I am able to get Albert away from the computer, it is my turn to give you the low down on this adorable, huggable, handsome, sweet, loving guy. I am in L.O.V.E. He has excellent house manners and he does give excellent kisses and loves hugs! He walks well on a leash, he waits for his food, he waits at the door to go out and has the very good doggy manners that every good doggie should have! He also has decent recall. He does loves people and kids, but can feel overwhelmed at times, he shakes which is a sure sign he needs some "alone time". He just needs to be removed from the situation and he is just fine. He is good with cats, my big fat cat just laid around (he has thrown in the towel and doesn't even run when a new dog comes into the home any more, different story, different day, we need to get Winston adopted here!) where ever big fat cats lay and Winston would just go past him or sniff him and all was good.

And handsome, this is one handsome pup. All you have to do is look into those deep dark brown eyes and you too will be in love with this boy. It is hard to tell where his eyes begin and his color begins, his eyes and coat are the same color, really dark brown.....ahhhhh......it's love for sure.

So - the bottom line is - ADOPT WINSTON!!! You are on our website, so all you have to do is fill out an adoption application and submitt it. It's pretty easy breezy! As Albert said - he is one cool dude - and anyone who adopts this guy is one lucky dude (or dudette)!!

Laural - Albert's mom

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Blog post written by ARLP volunteer Laura M.

When I was in second grade, my parents decided I could get a pet of my very own. I don't know who chose a parakeet, but once we settled on a species, there was still a lot of work to be done. We bought books, researched on the internet, and spoke to breeders and owners. We carefully picked out an enormous cage, proper food and perches and a well-recommended vet, all before picking up my new buddy. Of course, once Fred came home with us, there was still more work to be done. I spent hours taming and training him with my parents' encouragement. His meager vet bills came out of my meager allowance. As a result, there were few surprises for us as new parakeet owners, and Fred turned into a lovely, sweet companion. Unfortunately, not every child has parents who go to such depths to ensure responsible pet ownership in their children. These children eventually grow up, sometimes they become pet owners, sometimes they become law makers, and always they are at least exposed to other people's pets. How they react to the animals around them depends largely on the experiences they've had. To put it in cliché terms, people fear what they do not understand. It's a mantra responsible pit bull and rottweiler owners have a personal stake in.

A large part of what A Rotta Love Plus does is education. Knowing first hand the value of such an education – and what happens when it isn't there – I became a volunteer for ARLP's education program. “What is this?” you ask (right after gosh, woman, don't you ever sleep?). The majority of ARLP's educational programs revolve around dog bite awareness and prevention. The CDC estimates that there are about 4.7 million dog bites per year. About half of the victims of dog bites are children, usually between the ages of five to nine years old. ARLP believes that the best way to prevent dog bites is through education, and in the spirit of learning, we have developed a program to teach children the “dos and don'ts of dog safety.” Included in the program is what to do if approached by a stray dog, how to greet a dog, and a little on proper dog care. As a bonus, the kids get to try out their new skills and knowledge on real live dogs! ARLP volunteers bring along their Canine Good Citizen certified dogs so that children can see these “dangerous breeds” up close and personal – and hopefully, they can come to love them as we do.

ARLP brings the dogs to a variety of locations for the dog bite prevention program. Usually we go into schools, but we'll go anywhere we're welcome. One of my most memorable events was at the Cottage Grove Safety Camp last year. Aimee, Jerry, and I (and Piper Ann and Missy) spent all morning teaching eight to eleven year old's the basics of dog safety. The camp location about two miles from my house and on the route I normally take for our daily walks. While walked the dogs the day after we presented, I was ambushed by a pack of about forty school-aged children! I'll tell you what, though – every single one of the kids remembered to ask if they could pet the dogs, where to pet them, and what Piper Ann's name was. It was incredible to have first-hand evidence of the impact we were making on the future.

One of the aspects I love about the program is it's versatility. When a group requests certain information, we try our hardest to deliver. This spring, ARLP will be finishing up a year-long program with Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary School, where we've cover topics from bite prevention to training to dog fighting to empathy and compassion. Over the winter, Lara, Rachel, and I (and Jana and Maus) spoke to the leadership at Chuck and Don's, a local pet supply store chain, on dog behavior and body language. And lets not forget the informational booth that ARLP sets up at events like the Pet Expo, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and Gay Pride Festival.

Now, I love showing off my dogs, and I'm convinced of the importance of ARLP's education program, but I'm not a big fan of teaching. I just don't like being in front of all those people. But a few months ago, I was asked to teach the program to a group of developmentally disabled adults, and since I have a special place in my heart for people with these issues, I agreed. It was my single, most memorable, and favorite program to date. The group's buoyant enthusiasm and cheer was delightful, and we – teachers, handlers, students and dogs alike – were having a grand ol' time. I was wrapping things up, asking the group questions about what they had learned that night.

“What should you do if a strange dog comes up to you?” I asked.

A young woman in the front row raised her hand and waved violently. “I know, I know!”

I called on her.

“You scream and run away -” She stopped and her eyes got big as she thought about what she was saying. The room fell silent.

“You stand still like a TREEEE!!!!!!” She screamed in triumph, and the whole group, all thirty of us, broking into cheers, clapping wildly. Her grin was so bright it could have blinded jet pilots.

There's a saying that you never really learn something until you've taught it, and I'm afraid I've learned more in the ARLP education program than I have taught. Some of my new knowledge is practical. For example, I now know to always bring a drool rag and carpet cleaner when I take Piper Ann to events. I also know to watch pit bulls very carefully at the Science Museum because fossilized dinosaur bones look an awfully lot like the Best Dog Treat Ever, and they're really hard to sneak out the door with. I know that people can't be blamed for ignorance if there is no one willing to teach them. And I know that the moment of understanding, when the light of understanding comes into a person's eyes and their eyes have been opened to a new idea  - there is nothing quite as wonderful as that. It is the moment when all things are changed, and the future is made better for dogs and the people who love them.

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We love our dogs. I mean we LOVE our dogs.

ARLP makes a commitment to each and every one of them the moment we take them into our program. It is just what we do.

It is never our intention to hurt or anger people when we turn down their application for adoption. But inevitably it happens. You find yourself feeling like a politician, “How can I spin this to be a win win?”. Sometimes everything looks great on paper and in email but when the initial meeting takes place you get this nagging sensation in your belly. You look at the foster parent and ask with your eyes, “Are you feeling what I am feeling?”.

When you have done rescue long enough you just start to “know” things. Because cycles, in their infinite journey to stay on track and continually complete themselves, repeat themselves over and over and over again. So you see the potential for this or for that because you have seen it before.

So you suss out each potential adopter. Do they SEE the dog? I mean really SEE the dog. Sometimes excitement clouds reality. We get it. Totally.

Is this particular pit bull (or Rottie) the best fit for their household? If not but we like the applicant we will suggest another dog in our program.

If the potential adopter currently has a dog we look at that dog. A resident dog is a pretty good indication of what kind of canine human dynamic is at play. We look at their house, their yard, and meet their family. We stalk them on the internet. We are dedicated, and yes probably a little crazy.

Bully or Rottweiler experience is not a must but a willingness to learn and do your part for the breed is. See, ARLP is more than a rescue, we want to change the reality that is currently at large with regard to pit bulls (and the Rotties) not just place dogs. We don’t move ‘em in to move ‘em out, if you know what I mean.

We know that all hearts are in the right place. The trouble is that ever since some light was shed upon the abuses these dogs have faced and the press has gotten their hands on them, pit bulls and their glorious little faces have been thrust “out there”. That is great, DO NOT GET ME WRONG. We need more advocates for this breed! We need the public’s perception of them to change. We need them to be given a chance to prove the BS wrong.

BUT, (yes but), feeling sorry for the breed is not a good enough reason to bring one into your home. Anytime an individual is thinking about bringing a dog into their life they should do their research and find the breed that suits not only their personality but their lifestyle. Pit bulls are not for everyone. Of course neither are Rottweilers, Cocker Spaniels or Border Collies.

To be a great bully owner (or owner of any dog for that matter) you need to train your dog OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME. I can’t stress enough that a dog whose training has occurred only in the home environment will not automatically transfer that behavior outside of the home. Imagine being stuck in your home zone basically 247 and then, suddenly, you are at Pet’ smart or the park. Can you say PARTY people? And some, from what I have seen, party hard.

We get push back from people looking to adopt from us on our training requirement. So we listened. Hmmm, we wondered, how can we make this easier, how can we make it more attractive? So we developed a training program we could offer free to our adopters for the life of their dog. A fantastic deal! We also bend over backwards to support our adopters post adoption. We want to set everyone up for success. If a placement does not work out we want our dog back. As I said we have made a commitment to that dog and that does not end when they have been adopted.

You foster for ARLP you get the same commitment to training and support an adopter does. We want your foster to be the best and most adoptable dog that they can be.

Ok, so our application is a little long. Well – so is the duration of this commitment you are about to make. The time you will need to invest in this new sentient being you are bringing into your home. The process is cumbersome? Well, perhaps it is but imagine the time and energy we as volunteers, each having our own full time jobs and personal dogs, spend adhering to our processes for each dog that moves through our rescue. If we are willing to make the investment we do into your potential dog shouldn’t you?

We have an entire breed’s well being at stake and we take that a little seriously.

So if we seem to put people through their paces we want them to understand. We are every bit as excited about the possibility of placing one of our dogs into their "always to be" home, we just made a very big promise the day we led a certain someone out of animal control. It’s a promise we just can’t bear to break.

No, we never mean to hurt feelings or make people angry but it happens and frankly it sucks. Yet at the end of the day when we look into our dogs' faces the stress of turning people away dissolves. After all they are the reason we are even here in the first place and we do know what is best for them even if it means waiting just a little bit longer for not just a home but the best home.

Copper (pictured above with the lovely Rachel) loves to cuddle in his down time. Copper is available for adoption.

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