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We have a new addition to the family!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2009, 3:21 AM
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It had been a particularly bad week at the shelter.  One by one, dogs were falling ill or else simply running out of time as the spaces filled up, and so many of our little pals were being put to sleep.  Buster was the last of the "oldies" who'd been there the longest.  We loved him but knew that there were and always would be dogs we loved but we certainly couldn't save them all.  However, he just seemed like the right dog for us.  The right personality.  And, with the week as horrible as it had been, maybe this was our last chance to pull something good out of it all:

Buster's Last Stand

That was yesterday.  After he and Rufus hashed out who was going to be alpha (Rufus, apparently) it's like a final puzzle piece of my life has suddenly clicked into place and I haven't stopped smiling.  I think I even fell asleep smiling, one dog on the floor beside me, the other one curled up by my feet on the futon.  The cats even seem more relaxed now that Rufus has someone his own speed and species to roughhouse with.  Even though this will make things tight, financially, I have to say I have a strange contentment now that I really can't explain.  He was the right dog and though we may not think so, this was the right time for him as well.  

I love my fuzzy family.

Speaking of fuzzy family members, RTyson's new doggie needs surgery soon, to the tune of around $3,000.  She's having an art sale but donations are always appreciated.  Please check out the art for sale here: rtyson.deviantart.com/journal/… and if you want to donate, the paypal address is aggieslegs@live.co.uk
Every little bit helps, so don't hesitate if you have even $5 to spare.  

Have you hugged your pets today?  :hug:


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:icononnagata-stock:
Onnagata-stock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
And so there shall be some... er, soon. ^^;
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
ya know I get that about being the Right fit for the family RumpRoast was like that and it's been a SMALL part of the reason we have not added a 4 legger to family in the last several years so warm blessings to your finally for bringing him home
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realityhelix Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What you need, is a great big old farm, so you can have a big fuzzy family and not worry at all about space.

...I want a farm too...
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cyrano82 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, today i hugged my cat and she returned the snuggles back... plus several scratches :XD:
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ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
How wonderful and congratulations!!!
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WiccanSilver Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
I hug and harass my doggies everyday. Although the puggie was just diagnosed with malignant melanoma we have decided no chemo or radiation because it could cause her to have burns on her face and eyes. but she is doing really well and shows no sign of slowing down yet :)
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christi-chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the new family member. As for the surgery thing, I know how that goes, I'm trying to help a friend of mine raise money to pay for her 19wk old kitten's surgery. She's had the surgery but now there's the 2k bill to pay. [link] I'll if we can afford to give $5 at least to help your friend, every little bit helps.
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mpadgett Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the new addition! :heart: I can't imagine working in a place like that. It would just be too heartbreaking. I'm glad you could save Buster. Our 13 year old Ness is a rescue and she has been the best dog.
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RTyson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Congratulations on adding Buster to your family....He was obviously just waiting for the right family to come along and I think he has chosen well! ;)

Also, thank you so much for adding a link to my journal, Aggie and I really appreciate it :hug: :lick: <--- that's from Aggie, just in case you were wondering!
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ClaireCollyer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
nothing like fur kids :) Wonderful to hear that you feel your fur family is complete! :)
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bishielurfer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
I think this is really awesome of you to do. I have seven cats of my own, all taken from people who didn't want them and a few even from abusive homes. I don't understand how anyone could hurt a child or a pet; they're just so helpless and loving.
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a1984niceguy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont know the name specifically but i think that burt ward( or at least the guy that played Robin in the old batman series from the 60's)
runs a animal/dog sanctuary some where like texas
im sure theres more than a few of those kinds of places
but i do agree there does seem to be a need for some sorta quiz or so lol
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LoriGarnerArt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Hey,

Call the Denton Humane Society. They may have someone who can foster the Mom and her pups. My heart goes out to these precious lives. Here's the link with a number for emergency referals:
[link]
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
They were rescued this morning by a lady named "Theresa." I don't know who she is but she's an angel in my book.
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LoriGarnerArt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
HOOOOOORRRRRRRAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sending this to a friend who lives in Plano, TX, and posting to my Facebook and Twitter. I don't think one of my dogs would be safe with the puppies or I would offer to foster them. Naomi is such a sweetheart. ;__;
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Thank you so much! The momma and her pups were rescued this morning. :) I'm grateful for your spreading the word!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I'm so glad! :heart::heart::heart: Did a rescue take them in, or an individual?
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
I think it was a lady who works in collaboration with a rescue, so I believe that once the puppies are old enough, they'll be adopted out by the group.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, that's great! :D
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kythsharra Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
I wish I could. It kills me that so many people are irresponsible with their pets, that they don't bother to get them fixed. I know some people want to breed them, and that's fine to a certain extent. But often times poor handling result in tons of unwanted pets and not nearly enough room for them all.

Every pet I've ever gotten I had spayed/neutered immediately (or until they're of the proper age). As much as I'd love to have kittens by my cats, I know I'd be better off going to the shelter.

So I hope you find people for those beloved animals.
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ashsivils Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I wish I could help with the puppies.
I am in the same boat but with kittens.

Good luck to you and the pups :hug:
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MelGama Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor babies... :smooch: This is exactly why I take off the balls of my "Little Black" the next day that he was with me... :smooch:
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bluemonika Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
yeah i always watch these animal resque shows on animal planet and i just cannot understand how people can be like that..i just...don't...people are the ones that should be caged most of the time, not "animals"

it is a good thing what you are doing for the dogs and if you manage to help even just one dog you have already been doing a good job :)
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Elandria Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Best of luck finding a foster home! Sucks so much that people will abandon animals like this :heart:
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RTyson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
I think the UK might be too far for you and Tim to bring them, I hope you find someone to foster the babies soon, they're gorgeous.

We finally managed to adopt the mastiff x, Aggie, she's not anywhere near as boisterous when in a home environment as she was is the sanctuary, but she does have a hip problem that might work out expensive in the long run, so we'll open an 'Aggie Account' to prepare for when the big vet bills start coming in. :D
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Do that and I'll post a link so people can help out! Congrats on your new dog! Please give her face scrunchies or a butt scratch for me, whichever she prefers.
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RTyson Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
she's definatly a face scrunchy dog :D ..... she sends lots of licks.

I'm going to be offering some of my drawings up for sale as we need money for her sooner than we thought. Our vet has had Aggie's x-rays checked out by an orthopeadic specialist and she has a luxating patella that is causing arthritic changes to the bones in her leg so she needs surgery now. We are talking in the region of £2000 (approx $3000) I've opened up a special paypal account for her at aggieslegs@live.co.uk so I now need to make a journal now with a list of the pieces I am able to sell. I'll let you know when the journal is up and running and if you could link to it, that'd be fantastic.

Thanks Sophie, you're a star!! :hug:
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RD-7391 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwoh! They're so sweet. It's really sad ppl can not be more responsible. :( I live in GA, so I can't really help. If I had the money, I would make a donation too, because I do it when I can for a few of the local shelters here.
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FatefullyKinetic Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
shit, wish I could help yall. If I was still in Wylie, we woulda had plenty of room to foster that mom and pups. D= I hope someone volunteers. One thing that sucks about being in Tennessee.
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heavencall Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
aahuahu Wish I could help, but I think Brazil is really far away lol
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's so awesome of you two to do all that! I twittwered the link to your blog. And as always, I live Tatterdemalion's music! :D
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Cool! Thank you so much!
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asaph70 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
wish i had the time for a dog had a god in my up until i moved out. realy miss having one around but just do not have the time to share with one right now as I know it would end up in a bad way for the both of us. I think that is most people screw up in having a dog they do not spend enough time with them so the dog never learns what it needs to and becomes a problem then gets dumped in a shelter
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cyrano82 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
How funny that video :D :D
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Shelley's story, like so many others, just breaks my heart. I'm sure that your love, and the time you and Engel spent with her, was an amazing gift, but she deserved so much more, you know? My boyfriend and I volunteer about twice a month to drive legs of dog transports, and I'm always so happy to know that we're helping keep these pups alive. Like =skiesofchaos said, though, it feels like we're fighting an overwhelming tide of indifference. ;___;
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VaKonS Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Yes, they are not toys.:nod:
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Sending you all the spare energy and support I can offer my friend, to you and to the animals.
spirits bless,
Marion
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Its unfortunate that, on the other hand, many people get turned down for adopting animals due to unrealistic expectations from the rescue organizations or shelters! I have found it very ironic as an experienced pet owner with veterinary references to be turned down because: I was not home 24/7, did not own my home, did not have a fenced yard, or other silly requirements. These were not special needs animals either. When that happens and people want a pet, they will fork out big money to a pet store or a breeder like I ended up doing back then. I would rather have given a homeless animal the benefit of my loving heart.
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Yeah, rescue groups are very picky. Animal shelters, not so much. I'm not sure about the Humane Society, but at the city-run animal shelter, as long as you have an ID and $70, you can adopt an animal.
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Its about $200 here in Canada. I havent been to a Humane Society in a while, there havent been any near where I had lived. I am thinking about it for here though, since we are poised to get another dog. What I would really like is an elder golden retriever. I love oldsters, but having to deal with the insanity of a group again turns me off :(
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Check out this page and see if there's a place near you: [link]
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Aeltari Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes there is one near us! There are a few in Nova Scotia actually. But the people here are good to their pets. There are tons of cats but almost no dogs for adoption. That is a good thing about my province!
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
As I read this journal, I'm looking at my own babies =^..^= =^..^= =^..^= that I've been honored to save from certain death and my heart swells with joy and pride reading your blog - how great to know that there are such wonderful people such as yourself fighting the fine (and seemingly endless) fight to save what animals we can. My heart breaks for your heart's pain over seeing some of our fuzzy friends be put to death; I don't know how you do it. But keep up your great work; even one life saved makes it worth it.

I do agree with you, it does not seem fair that just anyone can pick up and own (and then abuse and/or abandon) an animal. There was a line in a movie once that said, "You need a license to drive a car or fly a plane, but any asshole can be a parent". Well swap out "parent" with "pet owner" and there you go. It's just awful that people don't treat animals with the same reverence and care that they treat THEMSELVES. Reminds me of what a very wise man once said, "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you." Well, the same applies to animals, so I know that all the good that you're doing will come back to you, in very positive karmic ways indeed :love:
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I have been having a real hard time of it lately, dealing with what I perceive to be laziness and callousness on part of some of the staff at the shelter. I don't want to go into details, but the result of some of the things that have happened over the last couple of days was me holding my puppy and crying at 4a.m. asking myself what the point of it is. But when I asked "What's the point of loving these dogs so much if..." I realized THAT was the point. It can't be about saving them: that's so far out of my hands its not funny. But its about giving them love and attention and with the website, letting them leave some kind of lasting mark to say "I was here and somebody cared." That has to be enough. I realize I'm going to have many more heartbreaks, but that's what a heart's for.
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Eidolon-Grey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This blog is a really fantastic idea, I hope you guys keep it up, as heartbreaking as it must be for you to do.

:Devthedarkcloak: and I are just about to take in a special needs pittie runt to foster, as no one will have him and he was on death row. We took in a cat last week who managed to give me the best (worst lol) bite I've ever had from a cat, she would have been put down at the humane society for failing their personality test. A week later and I have to pry her out of my lap every time I sit down.

Keep up the good work angel, you're braver than I am.
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Congrats on your new pets! They are so lucky to have a great new "mom" to look after them now. :heart: I hope they live long and healthy lives.
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Eidolon-Grey Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well we're only fostering these guys :) We'll be working on finding their forever homes so we can take in more!
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chemoelectric Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
That's good that Tootie was rescued, and no doubt it is good to get a dog that has already gone through its furniture-gnawing stage. :)

People looking for small dogs often don’t know what they are doing, and take home with them some breed that originally was bred for aggression against varmints.
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
What gets me is that they want a small dog because they live in an apartment, but don't seem to care that these small dogs are noisy as hell and that their neighbors are likely to complain. Ergo, we're just going to get those poor dogs back in a month.
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