Posts Tagged ‘rescue’


Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We wanted to make sure we got in on Dory’s “No Tricks Just Treats for Shelters” blog hop. It was kind of a trick that lead to us having these treats to donate.

Hey Millie look what Chewy.com sent us by accident What do you mean by accident?

Hey Millie look what Chewy.com sent us by accident
What do you mean by accident?

You may remember from our post yesterday that we received our monthly treats from Chewy.com to taste test. Well the very next day we found another box from Chewy on our doorstep and we hadn’t ordered anything. There were these two bags in the box. One is Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Lamb Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper and the other was Wellness CORE Pure Rewards Grain-Free Beef & Venison Jerky Bites Dog Treats.

What do you think we should do with these? Aren't we going to do a taste test?

What do you think we should do with these?
Aren’t we going to do a taste test?

Our mom sent an email to Miss Sydney at Chewy.com and she said we could review them or we could give them away to a friend or shelter.

What did you say mom? We have to give these away?

What did you say mom?
We have to give these away?

Mom said that since Dory is hosting this fun event encouraging all of us to support our local shelters and rescue groups that it would be a good idea if we gave these to our rescue, Big Dogs Big Hearts.

I was really looking forward to tasting these jerky bites. Do you think the foster dogs will like these mom?

I was really looking forward to tasting these jerky bites.
Do you think the foster dogs will like these mom?

Well mom thought the dogs in foster care with our rescue would love to have these. We bet the foster pawrents can use them to do some training with them.

Okay mom.  I guess it's okay to give these away.

Okay mom. If you think that is the best thing to do we will give them away.
We know how much the rescue dogs will enjoy them although I was so looking forward to trying the jerky.

Our mom said they will be delivered to our rescue the next time she can get to one of their meet and greet events at our local pet store. We know it’s the right thing to do and are happy to join Dory in this great Halloween tradition she has.

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A Dog’s Tale

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here to tell you about some excitement we had on Thursday morning. The day started as most do with a check of the thermometer before taking the dogs out for their morning constitutional. It was 4°F. Another frigid morning that called for quick trips from the pups. We all had our breakfast and after that Charlie headed back up to the bedroom.

Front door leading to stairs to bedroom.

Front door leading to stairs to bedroom.

In order to get upstairs you have to pass through our front foyer. As you can see there are long skinny windows on either side of the door. The pups often hang out here and watch the world (or what little of it they can see) go by. In typical Charlie fashion he glanced out the window and noticed something out of place.

The view down the driveway from front door window.

The view down the driveway from front door window.

Upon closer inspection he said, “Hey there is a dog in our driveway!” I jumped up and took a look and sure enough there was a large pitbull type dog sitting in the middle of our driveway quite a ways from the house. I grabbed my coat, boots and some treats and went out through the garage to see if I could lure the dog to me.

The arrow show how far down the driveway the dog was

The arrow shows how far down the driveway the dog was

As you can see we have a very long driveway and the dog was about 200+ feet from the house. Unfortunately as soon as I stepped about 5 feet from the garage the dog ran toward the road so I retreated to the house.

View of house from dogs location

View of house from dogs location

He didn’t go very far and just sat down again. I called our local animal control to report him in hopes that someone was already looking for him. Before I could get his full description out of my mouth the animal control officer finished the description. He also told me that “Bruno” had escaped from his house at about 6pm the previous night. That meant the poor boy had been out in near 0°F temps all night. Charlie looked at the dog with binoculars and noticed that he was wearing a collar and that it looked like his feet were hurting him because he kept lifting his paws. This pup needed to get home soon!

Bruno tracks in our front yard

Bruno tracks in our front yard

It was evident that Bruno had been hanging around our house for a while by the amount of tracks he left. We first thought these were from deer but upon closer inspection realized they were from the dog. I even found his prints right at our garage doors.

Paw print in snow

Paw print in snow

Within a half hour the owner and the animal control officer were at our house. I told them that the last time I had seen the dog was in the wooded area in front of the house and let them know they were welcome to wander around in there if they wanted. The owner went out to the road and started calling the dogs name. I had gone back inside as I didn’t think there was anything more I could do and watched from the front window. In a few short minutes we could see movement in the woods and it was Bruno bounding through the snow towards his owner. After a few moments of joyful reunion the owner grabbed Bruno’s collar and lead him to his car. They sped away probably headed to the vet to have him checked out.

Charlie and I also did a little happy dance knowing that Bruno wouldn’t be suffering in the cold any longer. It was an amazing fluke that Charlie spotted the dog while glancing out that skinny window, but I’m so glad he did. One funny thing is that the dogs never barked at him, just the cars in the driveway.

Front of our house in snow

Front of our house in snow

Bruno isn’t our first stray dog rescue, but I hope he will be our last. Over the years we have had a few strays wander onto our property and every time we have been able to find the owner through our local animal control and reunite them.

Snow pile next to garage

Snow pile next to garage

I’ll leave you with a look at the snow pile we have accumulated in our driveway from the 12″ of snow we had on Wednesday. We are supposed to get some more snow tomorrow too!


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Hi Everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here together to start our celebration! First up mom thinks you all should click on this video and let it play in the background to get you in the mood to party!

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Okay, now that you have the music going let’s start the festivities.

Millie in party hat - Happy Gotcha Day

It’s hard for me and my pawrents to believe that one year ago today I came to live with them. The year has just flown by. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane.

Foster Parents Michael & Darcy watch as Charlie has Millie sit for a treat.

Foster Parents Michael & Darcy watch as Charlie has Millie sit for a treat.

I had no idea that day, one year ago, when my foster pawrents brought me to mommy and daddy’s house that they were going to leave me there. I was a little upset at first when they left, but daddy played with me a little, I took a nap and when I woke up I knew I was home and didn’t worry about where Darcy and Michael went. I still love to see my foster pawrents and get pretty crazy when I visit with them. I will never forget what a great time I had at their home.

So much has happened over the past year. I made some new friends, met a fellow blogger and learned that grandpawrents give good scritches. One of my favorite things was learning about snow and how much fun it is to play in.

I love to dig in the snow!

I love to dig in the snow!

Of course there was a bit of mischief along the way too. Do you remember what happened to the  “The Last of the Mohicans”

I swear I heard squirrels in here

I swear I heard squirrels in here

Of course my life changed a lot about half way through my first year here when Walter joined us. I knew from the minute I first met Walter that we would be the best of friends forever.

 millie and walter - yin yang - bw - vignette

As all of our followers know we play hard and sleep hard. I would have to say that Walter is one of the best things that happened around here this past year. He really is a great brother and always so much fun to play with, wrestle with and chase. On that note I will turn the blog over to him because today Walter becomes a real big boy!

walter - sitting with party hat - happy birthday

Woo Hoo! I can’t believe I’m a big boy now. I have to give a shout out to my brother Brodie (if that is still his name) and wish him a happy birthday too. We had a rough start until we were rescued by Big Dogs Big Hearts, but I’m glad I had him by my side through that ordeal. I sure do miss him and hope we can see each other sometime and I hope he is as happy as I am in my forever home.

puppy birthday cake 2Mom was baking all day yesterday and she said there would be a special cake for Millie and I to share (I don’t think it really looks like the one in the picture though). Grab a plate and enjoy some of our cake and make sure to grab a drink too. We have all kinds of soft drinks and some great New York State apple cider. Mom says we are still too young for any of the harder stuff, but I bet some of our furends might have a flask or two with them {{wink, wink}}.

I might have had a rough start in life, but since I came to my forever home life could not be better.

I love playing with water!

I love playing with water!

I learned how much fun playing in water could be although I still haven’t been swimming yet. I will put that on my list for this next year. Of course I have had a great time getting to know my sister and having the time of my life playing with her.

Sticking together

Sticking together

All in all I could not be a happier boy. Millie and I want to thank Big Dogs Big Hearts for not only bringing us to our pawrents, but for bringing us together too. We are lucky pups to have the pawrents we do (although some might say they are lucky to have us) and we also want to thank all our friends in Blogville for joining in our big Celebration Day! Let the party begin!


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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here to tell you about some new bandannas our mom made for us. Okay we said this week would be all about us and not her crafting, but these were special and just for us so we will let it slide this time.

You see Walter didn’t have a bandanna he could wear when we were out and about so mom decided to make him one like my Rescue Bandanna.

Millie - pink rescue bandana


Recently we both got new collars so mom and dad decided to choose colors to match. Walter has a peacock feather collar from Lupine. He looks great in those colors! Below is Walter’s collar and new bandanna to match.

Rescue Bandannas - Walters - green with collar


Here is a close up of the embroidery on this one.

Rescue embroidery on green - detail


After that was done dad said that I, Millie, needed a new one because my old one didn’t match my collar any more. So here is my new and improved bandanna.

Rescue Bandannas - Millies - pink with collar


The colors really match my collar well. Mom also picked some fun fabric for the back sides and we could even wear that side out if we wanted a change of pace.

Rescue Bandannas - back side


And now for the modeling shot of us in our new bandannas.

Rescue Bandannas - Millie and Walter model


We wore these out to a special occasion that we will tell you about soon. I love the way the pink is set off against my jet black furs don’t you? If you are interested in your very own Rescue Bandanna just leave a comment for my mom. She will be adding them to her Etsy shop soon.

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Hi everyone it’s Walter here! First I want to thank everyone for the wonderful welcome you all gave me when Millie introduced me to you last week. I thought I would tell you a little more about where I came from and how I got to be Millie’s little brother.

Walter - lying under bench

My brother and I were turned over to the same rescue that Millie came from, Big Dogs Big Hearts, because my first parents couldn’t take care of us very well. They had us both living in a crate together and as we kept getting bigger it was not very fun. I was in pretty bad shape when I was rescued, but my foster mom and dad took great care of me. They also had another dog. It was fun to be able to play with him and not be smushed in a small space with him all the time. My brother is staying with another foster family and still looking for his forever home.

walter and charlie - giving kisses

I sure do love my new parents and I’m pretty sure they love me too.

walter - little dog in big yard

I have the  biggest yard to play in. Can you see me lying under the tree?

millie walter - walking around yard

And the greatest big sister to play with inside and out.

millie walter - wrestle mania - outdoors - millie on top

Sometimes I like to let her think she has the upper paw…

millie walter - wrestle mania - outside - walter on top

but then I remind her that even though I don’t weigh as much as she does I’m pretty tough and can take her down whenever I want.

millie walter - playing tug

Millie and I have lots of fun playing tug of war…

millie walter - playing tug - paw on rope

even if I do trip myself up sometimes. Our favorite place to play inside is the living room since that has the most open space and the rug in there makes a great wrestling mat.

My foster mom told my new parents that in their house I didn’t need to sleep in a crate (although I can spend time in there if I need to) so I have been sleeping in the big bed with the whole family right from the first night!  I just love to snuggle up next to either of my parents and Millie is usually snuggled up to the other one. We have a gate up at the top of the stairs so Millie and I can’t just wander downstairs when mom and dad are asleep.

walter - laying on patio - in profile

I may have had a rough start in life, but I know I can look forward to a wonderful rest of my life where I am right now!

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