Success Story Saturday: Dexter (formerly Aries)

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Today’s Success Story Saturday is about Dexter. When he was an RPM dog his name was Aries. His foster mom, Lisa, described him as “a special boy. The love he has shown just confirms that a rescued soul is forever grateful. He is SO LOVING….he will climb up in your lap and lay there for hours…he likes to be close and those sweet floppy ears and eyes just melt our hearts.” Aries was moved to one of our rescue partners in Colorado and became Dexter. He was adopted by Megan, who sent Lisa the following message:

Aries (Recently renamed Dexter) is now living in Laramie, Wyoming. I met him on the Gondola in Telluride and fell instantly in love. He spent a week with me traveling around Colorado on my Spring Break. Now he has settled into life in Laramie. He loves taking several walks on the prairie everyday and he loved going to my ranch this weekend. He really loved the horses, and they liked him too!

We are working hard on obedience and will start a class in the summer. I’m hoping, with his mellow attitude and kind heart, he will one day become a therapy dog I can take into my classroom.

He still loves to snuggle, which I love! I’m pleased with how well we get along and by how quickly I’ve become his mom. Thanks for bringing him west!

Success Story Saturday: Claire (formerly Zara).

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Today’s success story was sent to me via Kiersten, our adoption cooordinator in Colorado. We think Kiersten is awesome. And so is the person who adopted Claire and sent Kiersten the following story!

Hi. Just wanted to let you know we talked to a trainer friend and things are going even better than expected, Zara (now Claire) is an awesome dog. She’s gaining confidence and we are resolving the nipping and housebreaking issues. She even offered to defend me the other night when I was approached by a man I think was up to no good. She met my grand daughters and did well other than stealing a piece of home made bread from one of them! Thank you!

A letter from Laura to RPM fosters about parvo.

Hi Awesome Ones,

As several of you have experienced first hand, Houston is unfortunately dealing with an outbreak of the Parvovirus. A puppy contracts Parvo by coming in contact with dog feces contaminated with the virus. This includes any fecal point of contact such as human hands and clothing, animal hair/coat, water and food dishes, bedding, crates and kennels, and toys.

Symptoms of Parvo include lack of appetite, lethargy, no interest in playing or water, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. These symptoms do not have to appear at the same time. If your puppy loses his or her appetite or is acting lethargic, please let us know right away. If we catch it in time, we can get the puppy the necessary vet care, thereby greatly increasing the chance of survival.

For those of you who have recently experienced Parvo in your homes, we recommend the following:
1. Clean areas occupied by your puppies with a solution of 15 parts water to one part household bleach. (It is best to let the solution sit for 10 minutes before wiping/rinsing.)
2. Pick up dog poop in your yard (note, this does not get rid of the virus, but helps reduce the chances it will spread).
3. Wash all bedding with which the pups came into contact with bleach.
4. Clean crates with the above bleach solution (Again, it is best to let the solution sit for 10 minutes before wiping/rinsing.)

Unfortunately, your homes have to be puppy free for at least 3 full months after Parvo has reared its ugly head. If you take your pup back after he or she recovers (which we hope you will), the pup can “shed” the virus for two weeks before testing Parvo negative. Once your pup tests negative, he or she can head to Colorado. Your at-least-3-full-month count can begin once your pup tests negative.

I would like to see if anyone of you who have had Parvo in your homes would be interested in being a “Parvo-Positive Home” (PPH) (thank you Ria Van Dright). My home is such a home. Often, when these pups do recover from Parvo, and if the foster can’t take them back, we have no where for them to go because they are still shedding the virus. If you are PPH, you could continue to help these kids, although the virus will remain in your home. I like being a PPH because I am able to help these poor guys when they need it the most, and I don’t have to fear the dreaded Parvo bug will come again! If you, too, are interested in being a PPH, please let me know! We have several Parvo survivors that need a place to go!

Thank you so much,

Laura
Rescued Pets Movement

To make life beautiful

Want to see some beautiful faces from last week’s transport to Colorado? We have them!

And here are some beautiful people. Their smiles, tender hands, kind voices, and safe arms are the reason why the RPM dogs and cats know life holds a promise of home. Thank you to them and to everyone else who contributes to finding forever families for our best friends.

Success Story Sunday: Aoife (formerly Ema).

Today’s success story comes from Jake, who adopted RPM dog Ema and changed her name to Aoife (pronounced ee-fa). Jake opened his heart and home to Aoife and we couldn’t be more glad that he did. She sounds like a very unique dog!

Above are most of the pictures I have of her. It’s hard to get pictures of Aoife because she’s a bit camera-shy. She has recently graduated out of her obedience training and is doing quite well. She loves the backyard and loves to run laps around it. She gets exercised 3 times a day to keep her energy level down. She definitely knows who “dad” is and won’t leave my side. Her favorite past-time is to throw the big rope toy for herself and go retrieve it. If anyone tries to throw it she just stares at it and won’t do anything. She is spoiled rotten, that’s for sure. She gets to sleep on the bed every night and lays on the recliner we have, whenever she wants. We have come to find out that she is one of the only dogs we know that HATES people food; she will spit it right out, no matter what it is.

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