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Orlando (now Toby)

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 Here are some pictures of Toby. They are from his first day. We have some
> more from the yard and him playing at the off leash park that we will send
> you soon. We had Toby at our vet today and she gave him a clean bill of
> health. She couldn't believe how slow his heart rate was and marveled at
> how fit he was. She said she wished all the dogs were as calm as he is. We
> love him to bits.
>

Farley

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We adopted Farley, back in December.
I must say that this is the first time that we have adopted a dog with an abusive history like our Farley. My daughter and I fell in love with him the minute my friend at work sent me his picture. She had the picture sent to her by another friend and both of these ladies have adopted NASAP pets before.
We went to meet him and his wonderful "stepmom" Hela, a couple of times with our whole family there- and we knew we wanted to make a peaceful home for this special boy. 
Farley arrived and was at first very nervous, and waited at the front door for Hela to return! At first we would not make eye contact with him at all- and he slept only in his bed which we kept near the front door, with his back against the wall, it was there that he felt most secure. Farley had the saddest eyes when he arrived- the stories they could tell we did not want to even imagine. He was so submissive it broke your heart to realize that someone had broken his spirit in that way.
We placed no demands on Farley and never tried to rush him. We simply gave him peace, shelter, food and most of all love. 
It has payed off in ways we could not imagine. Today Farely is a very happy dog that greets us and visitors at the door with a wagging tail and eyes that are still wise but no longer sad. He loves his walks with his Dad, enjoys sleeping on the couch, and really loves pets and kisses and his confidence level has soared. Some of his previous traumas have scarred him, such as the sound of a squeak toy simply terrifies him.
In March we brought home a puppy, and the two of them are partners in crime. Farley is so gentle and loving with her, and Zoe just can't get enough of her big brother Farely.
I could write a book about Farley, and if anyone out there has second thoughts on adopting a special needs pet- please let them know that we have been rewarded with so much joy through the privilege of helping Farley trust us humans again. They really do give us so much more than we give them
Thank you to NASAP, and Hela, his great first mom. Please let Hela know that she can email or call anytime to come for coffee and visit.
Sincerely,
The Lubkey Family     
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Orla (now Dolly)

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I just wanted to send some photos along to show you that both of my kids are settling in just fine.  We are having a blast watching them play together.  Sometimes it is a little lopsided as Dolly (weighing less than Eddie) seems to get the better in the fights.  They are happy and healthy and that is all we can ask for.  Dolly (poodle x) was a little thin when she came to us but has since put on muscle.  She spends most mornings and evenings at the off leash park trying to get any dog to chase her.  Eddie was having a bit of a hard time in the house, he wanted to mark everything he could but I have since found a good product and he is now seeming to keep his leg on the ground with the other three…phew, that was getting to be a bit trying but we have made it I’m sure.


Thank you to both rescues for giving me these two wonderful gifts.  They are bringing well needed joy to my life. 


Hammer (formerly Hudson)

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Hi Angela
 
Just wanted to give you a quick update on Hammer.  He is now 50lbs, and has been staying staedy there...and we are doing our best to keep him at the weight:)
 
We have already taken Hammer camping a couple times, and he seems to really enjoy it.  He just LOVES swimming!!! we cant keep him out of the water:)
I am very happy there was a off leash dog park put up here, so Hammer enjoys going there and meeting new doggy friends!  Hammer's birthday will be coming up in August.. I am finding it hard to believe he will be a year old...he was just so little when we got him.
We will be taking him back to puppy school for the level 2 class, so that will be intresting
 
Jon and I are thinking of adopting another dog in the near future, so Hammer will have a new brother or sister!!
 
Hammer has been the best dog a person could ask for. He is just so loveable and friendly.  I am so glad that we found him, he brings lots of joy to our lives.
 
I am attaching some recent pictures for you too see.
 
hope your summer is going great
take
Lyndsay, Jonathan and Hammer

Gideon

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We've been meaning to give you an update for some time now, but I guess we've just been having too much fun with Gideon (adopted Dec 11, 2008).  We kept his name as it suits him just fine, although he becomes 'the Gidster' when he's especially cute or mischievous - which is all the time!  He has adjusted well to his new home out at Cooking Lake, and loves his daily walks (morning and night)!  He is extremely sociable with people, dogs, squirrels and found his bark a couple of weeks ago with a nice big moose in the yard - it was good to really hear his deep voice!  What are some of his favourite things?  Hanging out with his sister Cheli - who was older and deaf and has become more spry, running on the lake and trails, going to town on his Kong with peanut butter and treats inside, and of course, jumping into bed each morning with us for some serious cuddling and tummy scratching.  He loves to lounge on the sofa, or wherever his people are…and his favourite chew toys are elk/deer antlers - they keep him busy (and for the most part, away from shoes and boots - at least the ones we remember to put away!).  He loves his food (or maybe just to eat!), especially with chicken and chicken broth added.

Gideon has enriched our lives immensely, and we feel truly blessed to have him be an integral part of our lives.  It feels like he's been part of the family forever.  He's met the neighbours and friends (the four legged kind too) - many came over with gifts and new toys, and even some of the extended family from out of town.  We look forward to his spending the rest of his life with us!  Thank you for such a beautiful dog - and especially thanks to his foster parents - you know who you are, for giving him such a good start and letting us 'pass the test'.  Thanks again, Sharon, Rick and Cheli. 

Lulu (previously Lucky)

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Hi Ashley,
 
As you can see Lucky (we call her LuLu) is doing well.  She has been spayed and had a few issues with that but is doing fine now.  She's quite an independent cat and does only as she pleases. I'm really glad we got her and I just wanted to send you a few pictures so you can see how she is doing.
 
Brenda

Tucker (was Leon)

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I adopted Tucker (formerly Leon) in February of this year, and wanted to thank you so much for rescuing him and giving me the opportunity to bring him into my life. The first few months were difficult. Tucker had some aggression issues with other dogs, but his sweetness shone through in his interaction with people, especially with my two young nieces, and I knew he had it in him to behave. I was lucky enough to have found just the right trainers to encourage and help and slowly saw improvements. Last month I went away for a few weeks and boarded him in a kennel out by Devon that is owned by an amazing couple who were willing to allow Tucker the chance to meet their dogs and help to socialize. When I went to pick him up, I walked to the outdoor exercise area and found my beautiful dog playing and having fun with a whole group of other dogs. I can't begin to tell you how thrilling it was to see him having so much fun!! Since then we have been able to go to the dog park daily and he's having a blast! We still have some things to work on - he still has some issues on leash and chases my poor cats every chance he gets - but I know, now more than ever, that patience and time can change anything.
So, again, thank you!!! My life is so improved with the addition of this sweet dog and I am forever grateful!
Holly

Brodie

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Hi Laura!
Sorry it has taken so long to give you an update about Brodie.  He is doing so well!  He has fit right in with all of us, and we love him dearly!  He has been sleeping on Evan's bed everynight, which they are both enjoying.  Cleo, our Golden, was very reserved with him initially, but I have witnessed her protecting him.  Cleo's boyfriend Hudson was visiting us this weekend, and he loves to play with Brodie.  When Hudson was chasing the little whippet, Cleo cut him off and growled a couple of times.
Initially when I was working, Doug had Brodie in his crate in the same bedroom.  After awhile he did become anxious with this, so, we baby proofed the room, and left toys around, and he did great.  He plays for awhile, and then jumps on the bed for a snooze with Doug.  My Dad built up our deck railings, so Brodie has been spending quite alot of time outside with Cleo.  He still likes to bark, but it is getting less and less.  I was so proud of him this morning.  Our neighbor comes from across the street to pick up Cleo off the deck, and for the very first time he didn't bark at him!   I gave him lots of praise, and a big treat!
We have been socializing him, by taking him to Evan's ball games.  Well he is such a love bug, and he gets all kind of attention!  Doug has been running the dogs, on the outskirts of town, and he has shown no indication of running off, in fact he stayed closer to the guys the other night, and Hudson, and Cleo took off and chased a deer.
He really has been well behaved.  Occasionally he will grab a sock to get attention, but always drops it when caught.  If he gets too carried away with the barking, I have a little muzzle that I use to get my point across.  We were not having too much luck with his lead and collar, so I have a litte choke chain now, which will help.
Thank you so much for taking the time with us to make sure he was a good match!  Your help was tremendous, and obviously you care about the dogs you foster.  I will try and have the boys take some pictures and forward them to you soon.
Thanks again!
Sandy Schoenknecht