Thursday, February 28, 2019


 Cami Bear was adopted in 2013 and last September, his owner asked if we would care for him if something happened to her.   She even sent me an email with her information/contacts.  I didn't think I'd ever need it.  But, I was contacted on Monday that she had passed away and Cami Bear needed us.
 Three people were involved in transporting him.  I was number 3 and we met at Bass Pro Shops.
 I was a little early, so I thought, "What's here?"  For all of you who love Bass Pro Shops, it's very impressive!   Wild animals all over!
 An airplane was hanging from the ceiling.   I saw bears, wolves, rabbits...
 And there was a waterfall. 
 I also found rocking chairs!
 So, I sat in front of the fireplace while I waited.
 I got Cami and put a sweater on him to keep him warm.   He was nervous, and it was a damp day, so I wanted to make sure he was okay.  He was wrapped in a blanket before that.
 He wanted to be on my lap, but I kept him in the crate beside me where he could see me. 
 He was coughing a lot, so I took him to the vet on the way home.  I wanted to make sure he wasn't contagious. 
 He rolled around and was held while we waited.
 I wish it had been "just a cold" but we found out he has an enlarged heart and it is pressing on his trachea.   He is a tiny thing, only 9 1/2 pounds.    His bloodwork is good, though, so with medicine (enalapril), he will be with us awhile. 
 He's so small that I followed him closely in the yard.
 He met the others here and they all liked each other.  He is a laid back little boy.
 He decided to check out Max's bed-- a big bed and a little dog. 
Cami Bear is about 12, and we will take care of him.   Most people wouldn't want to take on a dog with heart issues.  So, while he's here, I'm going to love on him and enjoy him.   He's a precious little one.  Welcome back to rescue, Cami Bear.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


 I have "only" Pekes in my house-- okay, Piper isn't a Peke, but he's cute and he was Paddington's best friend.  So, we made an exception. 
 Yesterday, my friend called me from a shelter I love working with. 
 A 9 month old AKC Standard Poodle had been turned in and they wanted to know if I knew a Poodle rescue.   My mind went into high gear.   (Okay, so my mind is in high gear a lot-- after all, Sugar Bit is here a lot haha.)
 I had a friend who had two beautiful Standard Poodles, so I called her to see if she knew anyone looking for one. 
 She was actually looking for a new one.  Her Bailey needed a friend.
 So, off we both went to the shelter.  We met Faith there.   
 Faith could only go to rescue, so guess what.  Faith became a Pekingese for ten minutes and then was adopted by my friend. 
 She met her new brother and sister.  And then off she went, to her new home. 
 I came back home, smiling because another dog had a new home.   My Max gave me a talking to.  He thought I was bringing a big dog home!  😀
 Piper was asking, "What were you thinking?"   LOL 
Paddington didn't care.  He just wanted to play with his toy.  It was a good rescue day! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Waldo has a bumpy start to his life, and wasn't treated well.  He was not treated well by the children, and I've always said we have to train our children how to be around dogs-- it's so important.
But, he came to us and needed time to just "be."   He finally realized he was safe.
Kathy and Jeff saw his picture and it was love at first sight.  They were experienced Peke owners and that's just what he needed.  He was adopted and went to his home.
His new parents love him!   He went to the groomer and did great.
He's posing I think.
He has become very relaxed and knows he is safe now.
He enjoys naps with his sister-- who looks so much like him!  Who is who!?
Best buddies.
Want to play!?
He went to the beach and sat under the umbrella-- it was fun and relaxing.
Life is great with a friend-- Happy Boy!

Monday, February 25, 2019


 Cami-Bear was a beautiful boy that I rescued from a shelter near me in 2013.  He was about 6-7 at the time.
 His mom stayed in touch with me, and asked, "If anything happens to me, will you take Cami-Bear back?"  We will do that for our PVPC alumni/adopted dogs.   I never thought I would be needed.
 She let her best friend know to contact me in an emergency, but I never expected to be notified. (She also left information at her vet with my number on it.)  I found out that my friend had died and the police found her in her home.  Cami-Bear was near by.  Animal control was called, because legally they cannot leave a pet in a home if no one is there.   He was taken to the shelter.    I imagine he was stunned and saddened and confused.  We hope to get him today.   But, I thought, "could this be avoided?"
 I called animal control, but on Sunday, no one was able to answer my question.   So, here's my advice for now. 
l.  Put a card on the inside of your door with emergency contact information.  State clearly who to call to come take your pets.
2.  Put each pet's name, their vet and phone number and any medications they need.  This is critical for a dog who needs heart or seizure medication.   (You can also state where these medicines can be found.)
3.   My friend had sent me an email in September of last year, giving me her vet's name, her brother's name, and Cami's medications.   So, I found it and know what he needs and I can call his vet to have records transferred to us.
Her friend was amazing and contacted us immediately, so that we could help.  I'm so glad she did.
This is an extremely sad situation, and probably not that common-- or maybe it is.   I wonder if a note had been on the door, if a friend could have been called to get Cami-Bear instead of him being taken to a shelter.   He is not up for adoption-- he is there for safety until he can be picked up.  And to be on the safe side, I have already called and left my information with the shelter so they know he will be picked up.   If I find out more ways to keep your pet safe in this situation, I'll be adding more information.  But, for now, put an note on your door with the information above.  Let's keep our pets safe. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019


 This is a bear paw-- I mean a Peke.  Do you have a Peke with big paws?
 Granger generally likes paper bags and boxes, but I gave him a tent, and he loves it.
 But, he turns it upside down, sideways, and any way except the correct way.  The opening is now on the floor.
 Are you stuck, Granger? 
It's exhausting trying to figure the tent out.   He gave up and curled up on the couch.  Better!

Saturday, February 23, 2019


 Remember Ellie?   She came into rescue last fall.  Everyone called her the perfect girl.   She now lives on the eastern shore of Virginia and has quite a life.
 Her mom and dad buy her anything she needs-- and they sent this picture to show she is ready for St. Patrick's Day-- early! 
 Clancee Marie and her mom went shopping.  Yes, they did.  She has quite a wardrobe.
 She is modeling one of her new sweaters.
 You are a beauty!!  I know you run the house-- but what Peke doesn't!  ⭐