• Quibble


    Quibble from the Q-litter has grown so much. Look at me now!


  • Emma


    Hi my name is Emma and I would like to tell you my story. Over a year ago I was brought into this world under the care of the HART team after my mom was rescued from a place you wouldn't call home. Once I got big enough and did not need my mom's care I was told I was going to go to a home where I would stay for a bit until I found my new furever home.    I was a little scared of this move as I was leaving behind my 3 brothers but the lady I was given to was super sweet and even had a big brother for me to play with. I wasn't there for very long as so many other people wanted to be my mommy. I was visited by a few people but was chosen to go home with this lovely couple.

    When I got to my furever home I was welcomed with lots of toys, a brand new bed, and lots of things ALL for me. I knew I was going to love this place. My parents were even so kind to give me a real life toy they call a "cat". I was very curious about this as I've never seen one before. I soon learnt that this toy doesn't like to play but does enjoy sleeping. I was ok with that because I had lots of other things to play with during the day and was ok with having something to sleep with. It only took a few nights of sharing my bed with her to gain her trust. We are now best friends.

    My first visit to the vet gave my parents a pretty big scare. The vet told them that I have a heart murmur caused by a hole in my heart. I wanted to tell them that I was going to be ok but didn't know how to tell them that. My mom and HART worked together and after a few tests they were able to see that I really was going to be ok! As I got older my heart was getting stronger and the hole was closing up on its own. I still have a little hole but that doesn't stop me from having fun. I still run with the other dogs at the dog park and enjoy jumping through the snow. I have experienced so much in the last year including long truck rides to BC to visit my grandparents. They live by a big lake that I enjoy swimming in every morning. I must say‚Ķ I adapted really well and my parents tell me all the time that I am the best dog ever. I live the life every dog dreams of and I thank HART and my parents every day for giving me such an incredible life.

  • Cas


    Hello our names are Misty and Aaron. We have been married for just over a year and wanted a furry companion for as long as we have been together. HART came to our attention as a very selfless and amazing organization when it came to animals. Back in December 2013 HART had received a litter of puppies known as the B Team. Bachus now known as Cas or Castielle for Supernatural fans caught our eye right away. He was the furry bundle of endless energy we were looking for. In January we had our meeting with the foster parent and had our home visit. We have never had so much fun having a 4 legged friend in the house and knew right away he was the one for us. HART made sure the transition was thorough and that any questions or concerns were welcomed. Cas has been with us over a year as of January 17 2015. He has made our lives full of joy and laughter and is our sweet baby boy. On June 9th 2014  I lost my dad and when I got the news I rushed home and waiting for me was my wife and baby boy. He wouldn't leave me, wouldn't stop the kisses, and wouldn't stop laying beside me. He is such a gift to my wife and I and we are not sure what our life would be without him. He has so much personality and so much love to give. He is goofy and has the most ridiculous whine in the world. He has never been a big fan of car rides and makes a point to let us know every time. He loves to play, run, be chased, and see all of his friends at the dog park. Everyone is his friend if they let him and we are proud we went through HART and found a furever home for him and a best friend for us.  Thank you HART for everything you have done and everything you continue to do. Sincerely Misty, Aaron and Cas!

  • Elan

    Elan.gifMy fiance, Michael, and I began fostering 5 years ago. We had some friends that were fostering, and thought it looked like something we could do - a way to ease us into having a full-time dog of our own. At the time, HART had just rescued a mother with a litter of puppies needing homes. They were so cuddly and cute, and I assumed we would be getting one. I got a call one day saying that there was another dog, Elan, who was currently being fostered in a condominium, and had become too big for the condo rules, so they were looking for a new family for her. Of course we were willing to take any dog that needed our help, so a few days later, Elan was on her way to us.

    When they arrived, I looked outside and saw her being basically dragged up our front walk way. She was hell bent on not coming inside. Once we were left alone with her, she retreated to her kennel, and didn't come out for hours. We would try to coax her out, but she would just push her body as far to the back of the kennel as she could and shake..I felt so bad for her!  We started making food trails out of her kennel. She would eat her way just far enough out so that her back feet were still touching the kennel, and then retreat back inside. After about 24 hours of this, she came out to eat her food trail again, and Michael scooped her up and brought her over to us on the couch. She curled up at our feet, and was attached to us from then on. 
    Six months passed, and not a single person had been interested in her. We brought her to some HART events, but she was so scared of people that she would hide behind us and bark. When she was alone with us, she was so gentle and sweet, but was just so scared around new people that no one could see what we saw. She loved and got along great with other dogs, but men were a big issue for her. She was also a year old at this point, and a lot of people want a puppy.

    FINALLY, someone contacted us! They wanted to meet her :) They came over one evening and brought their dog, a Rottweiler cross, and Elan and the pup got along great. They wanted to move onto the next step where Elan goes to their house for a visit. That night, Michael and I sat down to discuss. She had been in our lives for so long now, that it was hard to imagine life without her. I may have cried a bit, and that was that. We were adopting her.
    5 years later, I can't imagine life without her. Fostering is such a great opportunity, and if you're strong enough to know you have done a great thing for the dog, and can bear to see the dog move on to their forever home, then kudos to you. Michael knew right from the start that I wasn't going to be able to let her go, but went along for the ride. I would LOVE to foster another dog down the road, and give the hope of a better life to another pup, but right now am worried about Elan getting attached to a buddy, and then having to separate them. 

    If you can foster even one time, you could be saving a life. DO IT. HART is so awesome, and they make it so easy. They provide food, treats, kennels, beds, anything you could possibly need. They were also more than willing to find a "babysitter" for Elan if we happened to have plans that didn't involve her. Such great people and such a great organization!!

  • Kona

    Konad.gifWe adopted our HART puppy in October 2008.  Because she was still so young we had to wait a few weeks before we could take her home.  In the meantime, my husband and I had a trip planned to Hawaii.  It was our first time going there and I was destined to give the pup a Hawaiian name. She became KONA.

    Till this day, she is a wonderful pet and important part of our family.  We now have  2 children (2yr old and 3yr old)  and even though she is no longer the main focus of our attention, she remains loyal, protective and affectionate to all of us.  She is greatly loved and well provided for.
    We thank the HART team and volunteers who take the time to help these unfortunate animals.  It was our pleasure to adopt one of their pups, and to this day we still support HART by attending their auctions, or simply just sending donations.  When my daughter turned 2,  we opted for donations to HART instead of gifts. 
    As Kona was not a pure bred, we were always curious what type of breed she was.  While in Canmore on a mini getaway we stopped into The Mutt Hut and they sold DNA kits.  I purchased one and sent it off right away.  It came back with the 3 main breeds being German Shepherd, Husky and Beagle. 

  • Marlow

    Marlow.gifJust wanted to send an update on Marlow, since she adopted us in October of 2014.  Marlow immediately settled in with us, and took to knowing her new area right away.  The walks in the dark took a bit for her to get used to, but she isn't unsure of the dark anymore, she took it on like a champ. 

    Marlow is such an incredible and amazing little pup.  She shows us something new each and every day.  Marlow has grown quite a bit since we took her home, and she still has a little more to grow, but the vet doesn't think she will get much bigger.  She is perfect.  Marlow loves to get out and about everyday, she still hasn't gotten used to heavy traffic, but she gets more and more comfortable with it.  Marlow is extremely affectionate, and loves her cuddle times.  She has done really well on her basic training, and really loves her play group. 
    We cannot thank the Team at Hart enough for choosing us to be Marlow's family.  She has changed our life so much, and we cannot imagine our family without her.  We would also like to thank Erin, for sending us photos of Marlow from after she was born.  It truly is wonderful to be able to see and to show our precious little Marlow from all her stages in life. 
    We have spent a lot of time trying to select the right photo of Marlow, but there are just too many.  We each decided to pick a photo, to show just how beautiful and lovely Marlow is, no matter what she is doing (who would get upset with that face).  It is really amazing and special how much love an animal has, and how much love they can bring out in a person.  Thank you Marlow, we love you and look forward to our lives together.  Thank you Hart for bringing us together.
    Best Wishes, Barb, Sheldon, and Marlow 

  • Shine

    Shine.gifWe adopted our dog "Shine" from Hart back in 2010 while we were living in Edmonton . I had done quite a bit of research online about the rescue groups in the area . All of our previous dogs were rescued and that is just how we like to do things.  Shine was rescued from the Louis Bull reserve , and fostered out through Hart to some awesome people. We got the chance to go out and meet them and spend the day with Shine, to see if it was going to be a good fit for all of us.  Shine at the time had mange and was getting meds for that.She was also  quite attached to her foster family as they had another dog and they lived at the lake, What's not to like ?   

    When they brought her to our place , she actually cried when they left and sat by the door waiting for them to come back. I have to say that almost broke my heart .  Since then I am happy to report that Shine is a happy , well adjusted dog who has decided that we are her forever people and we can stay.  Shine loves to play with other bigger dogs and tolerates the little ones . She is 6 and a half but acts like a puppy in many ways .She does not play with toys but loves to give chase to any thing that moves. She does not like the Ocean Salt water but will swim in the lake no problem . She is an intelligent dog and does not like getting in trouble ! She is a bit of a bullhead sometimes but she figures it out . Overall the best dog we could have ever hoped for .  We are thankful for HART and all the good work that they do . We are happy that even with the challenges of running a rescue , they still save so many lives and work tirelessly to make it happen . Without them we would not have the joy of *Shine *and would have missed out on a very special addition to our family.

    Fennerty Family
    Victoria , B.C.

  • Badgy


    When we adopted Badgy, we named him Murphy because when he snuggles with us, he makes a "murf murf" noise that is absolutely adorable. As a puppy, he hadn't quite grown into his ears yet. Once, my parents were picking me up from school with Murphy along for the ride. Apparently, a few kids walked by, looked at Murphy and said "Look at the size of the ears on that thing!" Murphy has since grown into his ears and into a lovely dog. He adores playing in our yard with his beagle siblings (Chip and Lizzie). They chase squirrels, pull carrots out of the garden, and sit on our swing chair in the sun. Murphy is a big cuddle bug that would be happy to spend hours on the couch with you, as long as you don't mind scratching his ears or belly. Thanks HART, for looking after our baby for us when he was little!

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