Success Story Saturday: Kira.

Kira was an RPM adoption dog who lost one eye because of a severe case of glaucoma, but that never stopped her from being very sweet and loving to everyone she met. She went to a couple of adoption events here in Houston, but for whatever reason she was overlooked every time. That was fine by Kira’s foster mom, Bevin, who absolutely adored her and enjoyed the time Kira spent with her family. Finally, a potential adopter in Las Vegas was found and Kira traveled to Denver, Colorado, where RPM friend extraordinaire Kiersten was waiting to personally drive Kira to her new home. We really had to twist Kiersten’s arm to do a road trip to Vegas. (*sarcasm*) Kiersten told us, “We got there at 5:30 in the morning after Easter Sunday and she had coffee and cinnamon rolls ready and it wasn’t even just like a drop off. We sat and talked with her and Art till after the sun came up. I may or may not have cried when leaving her.” We had a feeling Kira was home. The above photos are of Kira in the backseat of Kiersten’s car and of Kira in her new home with Karen, Art, and her brother Charlie. The below note from Karen, Kira’s new mom, is from one of many emails sent to Kiersten and Bevin, because Karen is wonderful about staying in touch. She’s also just wonderful.

We are beginning day three! It seems like we always had her. She follows us everywhere, so now Charlie follows us everywhere! When she sees us with the leashes in our hands, she gets so excited for her walks. (I say “walks,” but it’s just around the block!) She is always meeting new neighbors and new pets. Her behavior is impeccable; we’re hoping some of it will rub off on Charlie and that none of his behavior rubs off on her! They seem like great friends. This morning I decided to walk her by herself so we could have a little girl time. As we were leaving, she looked back a few times and whimpered–I think wondering where he was! She seems to like it better when we’re all together. She is just so sweet! Art and I had to leave for an hour yesterday afternoon to buy a new washing machine. She was either anxious to go with us or anxious that she was being left. We kept reassuring her that we were coming back and this was her forever home. When we returned, we gave her a treat and told her she did a great job of holding down the fort. I can’t thank the both of you for all you did for Kira–and for us! I knew when I saw her little face that I had to have her–especially when I read her story. When we’re explaining Kira’s story, by the way, to others, Art still becomes emotional.

Success Story Friday: Four in one.

Rats! I said I’d post a success story every day this week and I missed yesterday’s post. Yesterday was Transport Day, and time completely slipped away from me. Sorry! To make up for it, I’ll post some photos sent to us from rescue partner Farfels Friends Rescue of former RPM pups. I hope you enjoy the above photos of Paris, Sophie, Zane, and Sage with their new families.

Success Story Wednesday: Wilson (formerly Phantom)

This update comes to us via rescue partner 4 Paws 4 Life. We appreciate everything they do, from working with us to save Houston’s homeless pets to sending us information when possible about the homes they find for them. Phantom is a great example of that!

Phantom’s new name is Wilson, and he is adjusting very well. Wilson knows how to sit and is enjoying walks throughout the neighborhood and on nearby trails. His favorite toys are a stuffed duck, a plastic bowl, tennis balls, and knotted socks. He’s fully crate trained and prefers his crate or the laundry pile during nap time. It’s been fun to see him grow so much over the last several weeks!

Thanks for checking in.

Erik and Lauren

Success Story Tuesday: Max (formerly known as Tonka)

To atone for my lack of Success Story postings in August, I’m posting one every day this week. Today’s success story is about Tonka, who was adopted by a great family last July and is now named Max. From the photos above and note below, it sounds like Max is finally home.

My husband Dan and I, along with our 12 year old son and 13 year old daughter adopted Tonka on Saturday, July 12. We live in [redacted for privacy] a suburb of Denver, and have a large yard as well as a huge park with hiking trails directly behind our home. First off, he is SUCH a joy to be around. We fell in love with him almost immediately and our kids cannot get enough of him. Our daughter asks that I put him on her bed when I leave for work in the morning, and my husband is thrilled to finally have a little boy puppy in the house! He adores the little guy. Tonka, who we now call Max, now has two big sisters, a one year old Rottweiler named Maggie and a four year old Tabby cat named Molly. They all get along SO well. Max walks past the cat like meh, there’s a cat and doesn’t seem to care at all that she is around. Max and Maggie are amazing together! They share toys, can both drink from the same water bowl at the same time–found that out by accident!–and they have no problems kenneling themselves when they’ve played too hard and need a break. We leave their crate doors open during the day and let them go in and out as they need to, to rest. The kids are amazing helpers while they are at home this summer. As they are home most days the doggies have only had to be kenneled overnight while we sleep. Max has had NO potty accidents and is such a quiet little thing. He will sit patiently by the backdoor until someone realizes it’s time for him to step outside. He is having no trouble eating all of his food like a big boy. He has gotten so good at “sit” that we have no trouble getting him to follow with absolutely no gestures, only the command! Maggie just graduated at the top of her class in obedience and we hope to get Max on the same program soon.

Thanks again,
Dan and April

Success Story Monday: Titus.

I’ve been very lax about updating our Success Story features and I apologize for that profusely! To atone, I’m going to do a Success Story post every day of this week. I’ll start with Titus, whose adopters posted the above photo on our Facebook page and sent the following message:

Just wanted to let the person who foster Titus know that he made it safely to Colorado and we adopted him the next day. I think [RPM’s] foster must have worked a lot with him, because he appears to be house trained and has caught on to sit, stay, come, shake, down and rollover. Crate training and staying off the furniture is a work in progress. Thank you so much for saving him for us.

Success Story Sunday: Penny.

Penny was a Length of Stay dog at BARC. The term “length of stay” or LOS means that a dog has reached the end of their time at a shelter. Everything had been done to try to find a family for her and she was about to be put to sleep to make room for a new dog. RPM moved Penny out of BARC when we saw her on the LOS list and got her out in the nick of time. Eventually, we found the perfect adopter for her. Jon lives in Moab, Utah, and drove over five hours to meet Penny when she finally arrived in Denver. Not long after their meeting we received the following note and the above photos.

Hi Cindy,
Words cant express how pleased I am, thoughts of how this all came together for me….. and Penny brings a tear to my eye!
Penny is way more than I expected! Here are a few photo’s of Thursday on the creek with us, she has also been to the dog park and did very well! (super stoked!!) I really want to thank you all for everything you have done for us! Your work has definitely paid off with this sweet little puppy!
I’ll send more pix soon!

The photo below was posted on our Facebook page. We love it.

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