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Jack (was Dusty)

Jack (was Dusty) Image

Hi Mary:

Little Jack is wonderful!  He has definitely made himself at home with us.
He's gained some weight - his flanks are much more filled in than when we
adopted him.  He loves his food!  When it's meal time he skips around the
kitchen and gives a couple of barks until he gets his meal.  He has mastered
most of the stairs in the house.  He still won't attempt the 4 steps up to
the deck from the yard - goes down okay but we have to go lift him back up
again.  He has become very aware of our schedule - knows that's it's walk
time after supper.  We bought him a brown corduroy jacket for cool weather,
which he seems to like.  He walks like a charm - always insists on staying
on your right side during walks.  As soon as we sit down on the couch, he's
right there and jumps up to sit right beside us or on our laps.  The name
Jack has also morphed into quite a few nicknames - Jacko, Jackie,
Snickelfritz (that's from me), Tiger (that's from Steve).  Everyone who
meets him loves him.  He walks right up to everyone and wants to cuddle.
What's not to love!  We have noticed that he has a lump in his neck on his
left side.  We have an appointment to take him to our vet on November 4th
for a check-up.  Keep your fingers crossed that the lump is nothing serious.

I'm attaching a couple of pictures.  Steve also took a short video of what
Jack does every time he comes in from the back yard (hopefully it's not too
big to attach to the email.) Trying the video in separate email

Thanks again - we love our little Jack!


Copper Image

I received your letter today and am thrilled to give you an update on
Copper.   He has been nothing but pure joy to have in my life.  He is a
wonderful wonderful boy - a bit awkward given the long legs - but an
incredibly welcome companion.   I've had him for nearly 5 months now and he
has settled right in.  We're at the dog park everyday and he has made some
great doggy friends.  He loves to run and i'm really thankful for the off
leash parks because there is no way i could keep up with him!

He came with quite a bit of separation anxiety and I have worked long and
hard to make him comfortable and reassure him that mom is always coming
back.  He has calmed down and is now quite good at staying by himself during
the day.  We started school at Sadies K9 stay and play a few weeks ago and
he is doing really well.  I picked up a copy of the NASAP daytimer as we
were registering and happened to come across a picture of Copper in the
book!  We bought a few copies... it's not everyday your boy gets published! 

I've attached a couple of pictures for you  - as you can see i think it's
safe to say he has settled right in.

I really can't thank NASAP enough for connecting me with my boy.  I am
completely in love with him and couldn't imagine my life without him.  Thank
you all so much.


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It's almost six weeks since Sandy moved in with our menagerie and we thought you would like to know how she is doing!

At first, Sandy really missed the little boys and her NASAP foster Mom. She has a long memory, and every time we went to the off leash for the next few days, she would check out all the dark vans - in case! After a week or so she seemed to adapt and know that she was staying with us for keeps!

Sandy quickly fit in with 7 year old Border Collie MacTavish and 16 month old husky-ish NASAP puppy Trixie!  In a couple of weeks she got up her confidence and began to play wrestle with Trix. At 13 pounds, Sandy is just 1/4 the size of Mac and 1/3 Trixie, so they really had some adapting to do! She has become a little barker at play, and gets a crazed look in her eyes and a big smile on her face as she rips down the hall or slides under a bed in a wild game of tag!

The cats took a little longer to adjust but now they all get along well. When she can, she sneaks into the living room and curls up in one of their beds!

Sandy is a little snuggle bum who loves laps and curling up with you for a long sleep! We have learned that she is terrified of thunder and shakes like a leaf in our arms until the storm is done. She also is terrified and panics when any big trucks or buses whoosh down the street - probably a carry-over from her experience on her own last winter -so when we go for neighborhood walks, she gets carried until we are well clear of that busy avenue.

Because Sandy has a bit of a history, we picked up a little harness and flexi leash. It gives her more freedom to play and interact with other dogs at the offleash park than a 6 foot leash, while still being safely in our control. We tried it the first time this morning and she loved it! Sandy is a great little walker on leash, but those little legs have to go four times faster than the big dogs! She tends to walk on the inside close to our ankles with either Mac or Trixie taking the lead on the outside and a little ahead. She seems to feel safer in that position. Sandy also has a protector in Trixie who comes running to the rescue if she thinks Sandy's upset or a bigger dog is getting to pushy.

She is just a treasure! It makes us so happy to see her enjoying herself in the back yard or playing with the other dogs. Trixie just graduated from advanced training, so while we continue to work with her, Miss Sandy is getting the benefit of that experience and is picking up on all those commands too. MacTavish of course, has all those commands down pat and is head of the class. Must be a border collie thing!

Thank you everyone at NASAP for working so hard to get Sandy safely back into care and for giving us the opportunity to adopt her. We appreciate it more than words can say.

Oh yes. Sandy has won the hearts of all our extended family especially that of my 3 year old niece Coral! So please tell those little boys that Sandy has a new little playmate just their size and is a very happy and confident little girl! Here is a picture of Sandy getting ready for a walk!


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Dusty had a very good night.  Steve went up to bed and I let the dogs out for a last pee before bed.  When we came back in he skipped around the kitchen and actually barked once!  I showed him his bed in the bedroom, he walked around the room for a bit but then went into his bed and slept right through the night.  He ate a good breakfast this morning – I introduced him to the soft Cesar food that Chelsea and Teddie eat and he loved it.  I might have to pay for that with some diarrhea until he gets used to it, but it’s so much easier for him to eat with his sore mouth.  He went out and wandered around the yard and pooped.  He is such a little sweetie!  I stayed home from work today – I couldn’t imagine going in and leaving them alone on his first day.  We live in a split level so I was a bit concerned about the stairs, but so far he has no problem going down and we’ve been carrying him up.   

We’ll keep in touch.  Thanks again for all your compassion and thanks to NASAP for all the time and money spent to give Dusty a second chance. Elaine Roebuck


Pearl Image

Hi Mary and Les,


My brother had given me their kitten, as his house with 4 young children, was much too busy to spend time with her. I wanted a companion cat for Peaches and found Pearl on-line at the NASAP web-site. I kept Pearl’s name since it went well with Peaches whom my niece named. Pearl and Peaches are both outgoing, curious, affectionate and love to play. Peaches is only one month older than Pearl and they both turned 1 year old this summer. Pearl and Peaches hissed, yowled and fluffed themselves up for about a week. Then things got a bit more quiet. I wasn’t sure if their wrestling was fighting or playing and I tried to watch to see if one was being bullied. They seemed very evenly matched however and took turns chasing and boxing each other. When I saw them grooming each other, I new things were o.k. Pearl loves pushing her water dish around the floor and sitting in the sink. She loves to play with her little mice, ear plugs and water dripping from a tap. Here are some photos of Princess Peaches and Pearly Girly (their official names). Les, you were right, Peaches is my climber and Pearl is my floor model. Everyone laughs when I describe her as my floor model.  Pearl and I thank all of the foster parents, everyone who makes donations and the staff at NASAP. You are all greatly appreciated for your care, time and dedication.


Pamela Lancaster



Boe Image

I wanted to update NASAP on Boe, who we adopted back in October 2003.She is a wonderful, loving and very smart dog. She has managed to figure out how to open not only her own dog food container, but her sister’s as well. She gets along with her sister Kira so well. They used to play like crazy fools all day. I would come home to find the coffee table jammed up against the couch many times. We finally gave up on having a coffee table in the living room. Boe loved to greet male visitors with what we learned to call the Quarter Back Sack. One large dog nose shoved suddenly in a sensitive spot. Just to say ‘Hello!’.Not everything is wonderful though. The reason I say the two dogs ‘used’ to play is because Boe went blind last year. The vet has no idea why, other than the possibility of a tumor in her brain. As brain surgery would be quite risky with no guarantees, we did not go so far as to have an MRI done. We just watch for signs of other symptoms, of which there have been none so far. Other than being blind, she is very healthy.She gets around amazingly well. While she is prone to bumping up against stuff, she rarely does it in the house because she knows where everything is. We avoid moving or relocating the furniture. We’ve taken her to the fenced off leash by Spruce Grove and she loves it. When she hears people’s voices, she heads off to find them and say Hello. We’ve also learned to not hand feed her anything. Because she cannot see, she snaps that mouth out like a shark. We haven’t lost any fingers, but it’s come close. She is still one of the best dogs ever and we love her to pieces. And she looks so sweet when she is trying to see. She dilates her pupils and gets a very wide eyed look on her face. Too cute. Thanks to NASAP again for looking after Boe and all of the other animals waiting for forever homes. Margaret, Ken, Boe and Kira

Angie (now Maggie)

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We adopted Maggie (formerly Angie) about 2 months ago and are really enjoying her. She is quite the character: very curious, learns really quickly and has a happy, bouncy personality. She loves playing frisbee and is amazingly fast, so we are going to try agility with her this fall—we're sure she'll do really well but we're not so sure we can keep up with her! It has taken a while for her to get along with our other dog but they are now coexisting peacefully; we hope they'll get to be better buddies eventually as Maggie feels more at home. I've attached a photo of Maggie relaxing in her new yard with one of her favourite toys. Thanks so much to NASAP for rescuing Maggie and giving us the chance to find her.

Ranger (now Champ)

Ranger (now Champ) Image

Hi Mary

Sorry I didn’t get back to you right away, I’ve been in Ontario for 3 weeks.  Everything is great with Champ.  When we first brought him home he would run in our yard and it seemed like he was trying to jump the fence to escape so we were really worried, I think he misses having other dogs to play with.  But he seems to have settled in now - unfortunately we had to place him in a kennel for 2 weeks when we all went away, but I think he had a lot of fun with the other dogs & he was a good boy.  We were afraid if my daughter had him at her acreage which isn’t fenced in he would run away since he was new with us & he would probably think we abandoned him.  We felt bad leaving him so soon but he seems happy to be back home now.  I took him to obedience school - he did very well & we are going again in Sept to the next one.  He is barking once in a while now only through the fence – he doesn’t like one of my neighbors who yelled at him, so he barks at the neighbor whenever he is outside but we’re working on getting him to stop.  Walking him has been challenging as I’m afraid to let him go off leash still and he likes to pull so I bought a harness & we are working on that.  He loves walking the river valley in the off leash area but I keep him on leash and he doesn’t seem to mind and he loves socializing with the other dogs – so all is good!!

He is such a good dog –never messes in the house etc – loves everyone.

Thanks for letting us have him as a member of our family!!