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Old 22nd June 2010, 10:16 PM
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How 'bout a Happy Story???

A story about networking...a story about the internet...a story about what a forum full of people that love dogs can do????

This is Teddy's story...


I think it was last January or February that another BDP member contacted me
about a Berner that had been turned into a shelter near her.
He had been kept outside in a kennel, not socialized and was scheduled for euthanasia
because the ACO felt he was unstable...

BERNER, Inc. stepped in, evaluated the dog at the shelter, and pulled him.
Juni's owners agreed to foster him and helped turn him into the dog he is today.

This is just one of many success stories that have been the result of people here
pulling together to help a dog.

How 'bout posting your stories???
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Old 23rd June 2010, 02:44 AM
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I love happy endings!!! Bless his heart!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 09:29 AM
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What a wonderful way to start the day. God bless all who are involved in rescue!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 09:36 AM
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Martha, thank you so very much for posting this. I needed a smile today, I really did.

I guess I can add my Sara to the list of happy endings. I really don't believe I would have taken her on had I not joined the Porch. She's a big dog, bigger than I've ever owned and from a breed I wasn't really up on other than knowing a couple when I was a kid. But knowing I had the support of the entire Porch and access to really experienced dog owners, especially Saint owners, really helped us make the decision to open our home to this very special dog.

For those of you that don't know Sara's story, just a quick recap. Sara was about 11 months old and had already been through 2 homes. Her breeder is unknown at this point. The first lady gave her up because she could not handle an active, growing and big Saint pup due to some health issues she apparently had.

Sadly she let Sara go to an owner that lived in a drug abuse situation. Sara at 11 months old and in her first heat was going to be bred to produce pups for money for drugs. A Saint breeder found out and bought Sara from these people to get her out of a potential puppymill situation. She went looking for a good home and we were it.

Sara came to us underweight (the breeder that rescued her however said she was REALLY skinny and she estimated she had gotten 30 to 40 lbs on Sara by the time we adopted her), totally unused to living in a home and very depressed. With the help of the Porch I began to understand Sara's depression and was able to get through the initial issues with her. Again, without the help of you wonderful folks, Mike and I could not have learned how to help our precious girl.

Today she is doing wonderfully well, in great condition, fully housetrained and learning her leash and house manners. She fit right into our pack and even though she and Bella occasionally have their issues, we and they are working through it. She's a big loving dog who is a joy to us every day.
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Old 23rd June 2010, 10:12 AM
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These are the stories I LOVE to read in this section!!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 01:05 PM
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Yay! The best kind of stories!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 05:16 PM
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Oh darn I meant to post a picture of Sara with her story.

From a neglected, left outside and meant to be used as a puppy producer....to this...loved, valued and happy....thank you for allowing us to be your family my Sara girl.

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Old 23rd June 2010, 05:34 PM
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Jo, I remember when you almost wanted to give up on Sara over the housebreaking thing... and how honored I was to say I know you when you finally got her over that hurdle!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 05:39 PM
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Awww thank you Dana. If it wasn't for you though and others here but seriously mostly you, walking me through the housebreaking boot camp of yours, encouraging me when it seemed that we'd never get past this hurdle, helping me understand about Sara and her needs - I really don't know if I could have dealt with how awful it was affecting the entire household. I'm so very glad to have had you and the Porch to support me, help me bounce ideas around, just let me vent about the gawd awful mess every day.

If you ever wonder if this site you built is worth all the work and stress - well come look at this picture of my happy, healthy and fully housebroken Sara and know it is.
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Sara looks great, Jo!
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Old 23rd June 2010, 08:19 PM
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Thanks Claudia!
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Snoopy and Teena came into our lives quite suddenly. Not really planned at all. We had owned Dachshunds many years ago, and always loved their little personalities. When we moved out here to our ranch, over 3 years ago now, we heard of a dog rescue/sanctuary in a small community near us. Our realtor knew we had owned doxies in the past, and she told us that the refuge had just taken in 2 little doxies that had been in a puppy mill that was shut down. She said that one of them was deaf, and she knew the minute I heard that, that I would have to go and meet him. Hubby and I made an appointment and drove out there the next day, hoping that they would let us adopt the little deaf male. We were told to sit out on the back porch, while she let the 'itty bitty' ones out of the side yard. All of a sudden about 7 little cuties came running over to us...various breeds and mixes...among them were the 2 recently rescued doxies. Teena immediately jumped up in my lap, and Snoopy came right after her! As we watched them frolic around the beautiful yard, we noticed how Snoopy did everything Teena did.......he never took his eyes off of her. She told us how they were in horrid conditions at the puppy mill, and how they were 'crate-mates'......she told us they were VERY BONDED, and that she hated to see them split up. We never intended to have two, but watching these little sweeties do everything together, with such love, we knew that we could not take one without the other. Four days later, after their spay/neuter, we brought them home.....forever! They have brought us so much happiness! They are completely bonded, and always will be. They adjusted almost immediately to our home, and to my husband and I. They potty trained within a few days........they are super great with our grandchildren......they are awesome with Cisco, our dane.......and they are just perfect. We never planned to get another Dachshund..........let alone two at the same time.......but when they jumped into my lap and started kissing me all over my face, how could we resist? They were around 15 months old when they came home with us........we don't know their birth dates........but we celebrate them on Cisco's b'day (Christmas day), since we know that is 'around' the time of year they were born. So they are now 4 years old.....and we hope to grow old with them! Here's our little ones......

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Awwww, Carla, how sweet they are and how wonderful it was to read their rescue story.
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Aw! I just love to hear stories like these. nice happy endings.
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