A Tribute… Happy Bridge Anniversary…

John Travis-TuffIt was just a bit over four years ago that I shared my first “Rescue Tale,” a wonderfully touching story about a guardian angel and a vagabond collie… and of course a rescue angel, Johnny.  You can read how a stray beagle… or was it a beagle… brought Johnny to a collie desperately in need of love and attention… “Rescue Tales – Do Dogs Have Guardian Angels?” As that tale ends, it’s many years later and Tuff’s time is drawing close… so very close that it was just a few days later I shared his journey to the Bridge, “Rainbow Bridge’s Newest Angel,” so today a tribute from Johnny to his beloved Tuffy…

Four years ago today, I gave the vet the order to push the drug into your vein that ended your life and your suffering while I stroked your gentle head and whispered promises of a reunion.

You fought the good fight, little friend, but you just didn’t have enough in reserve to stay for another few months. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but I had to do what was best for you. Read the rest of this entry

Stolen Dog Rescued Thanks to Justice Rescue

KatieIt’s heartbreaking to have a beloved pet go missing but imagine coming home, where you’re supposed to feel safe and secure, and find out that your beloved dog has been stolen, ripped from your home and your life, forcibly. This is what happened to one Vineland, NJ, family and if not for some dedicated animal advocates, “dog soldiers” they’re oft referred to, fielding tips and pounding the pavement, who knows where Katie, the bull terrier mix would be now.

On Aug. 28, when Frank Torres came home and Katie didn’t come to greet him, he thought it unusual but figured maybe she was outside.  It didn’t take long to figure out what really happened, when looking around, Katie’s dog bed, bowls and other things were gone and the family’s TV had been ripped from the wall.  But it was Katie missing that ripped their hearts out.  Katie was more than just a dog, she was also their toddler, little Frankie’s, best buddy. In explained how much of a gentle and loving dog Katie is with his son, Frank Torres said,  “She would allow him to do anything he wanted to her. He would ride her, climb on her, and lay with her, and pull her ears.”  Read the rest of this entry

A Lovely Old Gentleman – A Rescue Tale

Dogs are wonderful creatures; young, old, pure bred, mutt, big, little and and anything and everything in between, but there’s something special about a stately senior pup.  There’s a wisdom and acceptance in their eyes, the lovely silver or white threading through their fur, their slower approach toward life and that heart… oh, that ever loving heart… the precious gold under the silver.

Deborah Reddy's senior boy, LukeA FTLTD’s Friend shared their stately old gentleman and his lovely story that I wanted to share with you… Meet Luke, a “total Dachshund Dog” as his mom, Deborah Reddy says… and an amazing 20 years old at least… Here’s Luke’s story in his mom’s words…

From Deborah – LUKE IS 20 YEARS OLD! We adopted Luke from Douglas County Animal Control in 1996. He was a dog. He was about three or four, maybe older, nothing puppy about him. So full of himself…a total Dachshund Dog. He was old enough to be heartworm positive. When we saw Mae West (Rest in Peace, Dear Lady) at Deer Lick Park, she asked if we wanted to return him unless we had bonded with him. He was having treatment, soon to be neutered and since we had him longer than 24 hours…he was ours.

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NESTLE PURINA PETCARE BEYONDPurina is issuing a limited recall on  Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food due to a salmonella risk.

The recall is limited to begs with the with both the “Best By” date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:

Bag Size “Best By” Date & Production Code* UPC Code
3.5 lb. OCT 2014      31071083 17800 12679

One bag of the product was found to be contaminated with salmonella and no illnesses have been reported, Nestle Purina PetCare said.

No additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat products are involved in this voluntary recall at this time. No salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this product. Read the rest of this entry

Anthony WalkerSeven dogs tortured, one dead and the convicted abuser/killer spent only eight months in county jail and the conditions of his sentencing will allow this monster to own dogs again in the future.  Anthony Walker left three 3-week-old tortured and mutilated pitbull puppies on the railroad tracks last September, two survived, sadly one sucumbed to its injuries. One of the surviving puppies lost its paw.  Then, over the winter, Walker left several pitbulls in the back of a U-Haul truck.  When the dogs were found after some time, they were freezing, emaciated and dehydrated.  One of the dogs was seriously ill.

For his crimes, Anthony Walker was sentenced to only 6 months in jail and 5 years probation.  A primary condition of that probation term was supposed to be that he not possess or reside with animals.  That was the reason, in theory, that the DA did not push for the max two year sentence, there would have been no restrictions upon release. Trampling that restriction into the dust before Walker left the courthouse, the judge signed an order allowing Walker to live with his mother upon his release knowing that she had a dog.

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Donald Jacobs Donates LegOne Search and Rescue group is getting a very special gift to help train their dogs, a donated limb. To honor Samantha Koenig, a teenager who went missing in 2012, 65-year-old Donald Jacobs decided to donate his leg that had to be amputated to Alaska Search and Rescue Dog.  This is the group that search and rescue calls in when someone goes missing and they need specially trained dogs to find them.

“We wanted to do something that would be beneficial and maybe help in a little way,” said Jacobs from his hospital bed in Washington. Read the rest of this entry

Dear Dogs… From Your masters, and Your FRIENDS

DogThis letter is the preface from a book of dog stories.  I found it touching and loving in the way it addresses our canine companions, seen as beloved and trusted friends even when this was written…the publishing date on the book is 1915.  Yes, almost 100 years ago, a special relationship was recognized and lauded between dogs and their “masters,” as was common nomenclature then.

Take a few moments and step back in time… you can feel the love, trust and companionship…

Dear Dogs:— I have brought together in my library a few of the many proofs that show how true is the affection which many of your masters have for you, and some-time when I can read them to you privately, you will understand more fully the place you hold in our lives. I use the word MASTER only because our language is too poor to express in one word the real relationship which exists between us, we the master, and you the devoted slave and trusted servant, the most joyful of playfellows, and the best of companions, the bravest defender, and the truest friend. I wish I knew the word in your language which expresses all that you are to us. I also wish I knew how much you know , and could learn the many things you would gladly teach us.

You can see what we cannot see.
You can hear sounds we cannot hear.
You interpret signs we cannot read.
You scent the trails we cannot find.
You talk to us with your speaking eyes, and we cannot understand.

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From a Bridge Dog – Message to My Master


So many of us have lost our beloved canine companions, have helped them cross the Bridge through tears and anguish and grief. We know in our heart of hearts that we are doing the right thing, the best thing for that furry family member that we love so, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Imagine that they could send us a message… a message of thanks… This could be that message… 

Message To My Master(s)

The day you laid me down to sleep
you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way
but you sent me to a new; better; and much brighter day

You sent me home; to heaven above
where I’m cradled in God’s arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love
and I’ll return that love; from my new home above

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You Know You’ve Been Doing Rescue Too Long When….

This is a list that many of you will be able to empathize with even if you’re not in rescue. Don’t forget to share the humor around so everyone can enjoy… when you stop laughing… 🙂

You Know You’ve Been Doing Rescue Too Long When….

You consider pet hair to be one of the major food groups, or at least a condiment.

You have a mental list of people you’d like to spay, neuter or euthanize.

You stopped at a house with a “Free Puppies” sign in the yard to have an Educational “Chat,” and your kids had to post your bail.

Running out of paper towels is a household crisis.

You not only KNOW all the characteristics of a good “stool,” you discuss them at dinner.

Your checks have messages on them like “Subtract Two Testicles For Every Four Feet.”

You have a bumper sticker that reads “My German Shepherd Is Smarter Than Your Graduate Student.”

You secretly wonder about such things as how animals can manage without wiping.

You pray they will someday manufacture Teflon furniture.

You have phone calls forwarded to PetsMart.

You absentmindedly pat people on the head or scratch them behind their ears.

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Puppy Mills, One Down (for now), 99 More to Go – VIDEO

puppy_mill_victimOne of the puppy millers on the HSUS’s Horrible Hundred list has given up their license after receiving fines for violations ranging from neglect to failure to provide veterinary care. The commercial breeder aka puppy miller, is Debra Pratt and her Iowa facility came under scrutiny in April after she auctioned off over 300 dogs at her farm in New Sharon, many of them showing serious signs of neglect and abuse.

Reports of the neglect and abuse, of dogs having deformities, of eyes missing,  bulging eyes and dog’s head covered in scabs and more, was brought to the attention of the Mahaska County Attorney. Deputies sent to the facility found conditions so filthy and deplorable that the sanitation department was called in, and this is not the first time that Debra Pratt’s facility has come under scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry

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