• Fila and Fannie

    Several years ago, our Border Collie/Cocker Spaniel, Pepper, passed away after 14 wonderful years.  We went without a pet for a few years, but I really missed our going out for walks every day.
    I had been volunteering with hart for some time as well, and talked to my wife about the possibility of adopting a new family member.  While there was some trepidation at first, we eventually found Fila and fell in love with her.  She came to live with us in 2017, and we changed her name to Gracie.
    Gracie has been very good at ensuring that I get out for walks almost every day, but I found that even though she was a "low energy" dog, I just couldn't keep up with her when she wanted to play.  Plus I was still working mornings, and I felt bad leaving her at home alone for half of the day.  
    And then I met Fannie.  She was a new dog that was getting close to adoption, and I was tasked with taking photos of her.  She was close to Gracie's size and build, liked to run and play, but was quite timid and somewhat afraid of me.  Again, my wife and I talked it over, and last October Fannie came and joined our family, as "Skook".
    At first Gracie was not very sure about this new intruder, and there was a lot of playing "dog in a manger", where one would push the other out of their bed, or away from treats, but they have gradually become the best of friends.  Skook loves to be with us all, and has become much more confident with Gracie around.
    Their favorite place is the Terwillegar of-leash park, and it is amazing watching them run and play, particularly in the winter, as they race through the trees and the snow.
    We are so glad to have them both now.  Although there was concern about how two dogs might fit into our lives, we can't imagine living without them now!
    Thank you to all at hart for helping to make this happen!
    Fila and Fannie Fila and Fannie 1

  • Rooster

    Rooster is doing really well. He is turning eleven this year, but he's been super healthy and active. The only thing is that he slipped on our tile floor tore his ACL a couple months ago, but he has healed really well and is back running and jumping like nothing has happened! We got a second dog a couple of years back and he's been so much happier ever since, because he has a buddy to spend time with when we're not at home. Thanks so much for checking in on him. I am so grateful to have adopted Rooster and so thankful to you and hart for rescuing him in the first place. He's just the sweetest and most gentle little dog that anyone could have. 
    Rooster Rooster1

  • Subway


    We have had Subway 6ish years. When he first came to us he was timid, needed to be on a leash  and in a fenced yard, he hugged his bowl as he ate and would hide when the house was full of people. It didn't take long for him to be able to walk off leash, wait to eat until we said grace- release word is Amen- and love singing happy birthday when our house would be full of friends and family. 

    I could never imagine our house without our chow faced boy. He is the sweetest fella and one of his best friends is a rescued rabbit named Savage.

    He is enjoying his life out on our acreage that has plenty of trees for him to sit under. He loves the adventures to the mountains and especially heading into Jasper where the ice cream store always gives him a vanilla cone cause he eats it so gently. He usually has 10-15 people to watching him cause he's so sweet.

    We kept his name as Subway cause it's suits him. And everyone that meets him loves his name and fall in love with our gentle boy.

    Thank you HART for rescuing him. We adore him and so do all our friends and family. Here is Subway and his little brother Schmichael Christmas picture.

  • Felinda

    "Bernie (previously Felinda) joined our family 3 years ago. She was a Hart Plus dog, which meant that she had some special considerations. She was fearful and timid of humans, which was not what we had set out looking for when we started looking for a second dog. But our needs were specific - we were looking for a companion for Wally, our first dog.
    We worked closely with Hart to find a good match, and when Bernie was first suggested, I wasn't sure but willing to try. During our first few visits, the two dogs showed no interest in each other. During our fourth visit, I had all but thought this was a lost cause, when all of a sudden, the two locked eyes, came to an unspoken agreement, and started wildly playing together.
    They were inseparable from that day forward. Bernie, being the calm even-keeled dog she was, showed Wally that being home without humans wasn't so scary. And Wally became her confidence buddy and showed her that the world and all the fun things in it were not so scary. She came to us fearful and guarded, and left as one of the most feisty and playful dogs I have had the pleasure of getting to know.
    Her time with us was a gift, and I am forever grateful."
    Sadly, Bernie passed away in December of 2019, but her memory will live on in our 'hart'.
    Felinda1  Felinda

  • Xino

    Xino  Xino2


    Xino came into hart's care when he was just a couple months old.  He had scabs on his ears from being chewed on by the other dogs he was with.  Luckily, no long term damage was done and Xino was adopted into a loving family in 2016.  Xino's family had the following update to share in 2019:

    "Xino has grown into such a confident mountain dog and spent most of the summer hiking and exploring with us.  He has put on about 5 pounds of solid muscle this summer, swimming, running and hiking, he looks like a man hahaha!! His is so sweet and still very cuddly.  We are grateful for hart and feel so lucky to have Xino!"

  • Angel

    Four years ago I hopped into my travel crate on an icy -35 day in Edmonton en route to my new home in Glade, BC. The roads were so bad it took 3 days to get there.

    My new home turned out to be 2½ acres on a big river. There is always someone home with me and I get lots of cuddles and belly rubs. I love the cat, Tiger, although she's not too fond of me. I don't know the horses too well because I think it's probably smarter to stay away from them. Mainly I play with my best friend, Willow, and go for long walks in the woods; we stay off trail and I am told I am a phenomenal bushwhacker. Poking around in the forest is one of my favorite things. And just the other day a passing hiker said "my, what good manners." This summer I started swimming; it's a good way to cool off and my life jacket makes me feel pretty secure. I also spend quite a bit of time on my tripawd agility course - I'm super fast to get to those treats at the end of the run. And I LOVE snow!

    I and my family are so grateful for all of my foster families, especially Cathy and Eric, and all of the love and hard work hart put into finding me my furever home.


  • Brady (Rafter)

    Hey hart, 

    I just wanted to take some time and thank you guys. It's coming up on 4 years since I adopted my little guy from you guys and I could not be more thankful. When I was looking to adopt, not a lot of places were giving me a shot because of my age. Then I found Brady (Rafter) on hart's site and you guys were the first to give me the chance at adopting. 
    He has been my best friend since the day I saw him and you guys are to thank. He's my favourite travel companion and I take him with me everywhere I can. He's everything I could have hoped for.

    Rafter                     Rafter1

  • Q

    I would just like to thank everyone for all the hard work they do, because without them out wonderful boy Q would not be part of our family. Its been almost a year since he joined our family, and he has added his own flare to our lives. He has grown into such a big boy. He loves cuddles on couch. He is so curious about everything around him. And like every growing boy food is his favorite raw potatoes, freshly dug out of the garden.  He really enjoys long walks, expecially at the off lease park were he can run and sniff everything. Big brother Leo taught Q all about the wonderful world of swimming this year, and when he can you will find him in the water. He is such a smart and gentle boy. He is loved so much by us. 


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