• Rona

    Rona.gifRona (Rowan) is doing great. She and her sister, a standard poodle cross, get into loads of trouble. You can always tell that something is up because they look at each other and then give you a goofy smile like they're saying, "This is going to be awesome!" I have had Rona for a year come this December, and she has never failed to run to the door when I come home (if she isn't waiting there already) and make me feel like the most loved person in the world. She loves to be anywhere as long as I'm there--even if it means sitting through my violin practices. I can't imagine a more loyal friend.

    When I was going through the adoption process, I noticed that she became quite nervous around people she didn't know very well, and I knew that she was my dog. Together, we have been overcoming our anxiety problems. She puts on a brave face when I get anxious, and I do the same for her. At Halloween this year, she loved standing at the door and getting pats from all the children as they came trick or treating--a real improvement from the first time strangers came to the door and she jumped up on the couch I was sitting on and hid behind me.

    I'm so thankful to have Rona in my life, and so my gratitude has to go out to HART for nursing her back to health when she was just a puppy suffering from mange. I can't imagine what my life would be like without her. Thank you.

     



  • Titan

    titan.jpghart rescued a beautiful dog named Steffi diagnosed with distemper. While battling this disease, she surprised everyone with a growing belly full of puppies. Titan was one of the lucky puppies born in hart's care. He was initially named "Martina" and for the first few weeks of his life everyone thought he was a girl.

    By the time Titan came into my life, he was already a pudgy and adventurous two-month old puppy. I began fostering Titan with the full intention of finding him an adoptive family. Titan was my first foster dog and was both energetic and challenging.

    After about a month of fostering him I received a call that he had potential adopters. This phone call caused tears to form in my eyes and I realized he had already found his adoptive family with me. I became a foster failure and adopted Titan.

    As Titan grew from an awkward puppy into a handsome dog, I realized he was meant to teach me patience and unconditional love. Medically, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and joint pain from arthritis. Behaviorally, from the moment he came into my life, his fear of large dogs was present, even as a young puppy.

    As Titan grew, his problems grew with him. Titan and I have worked with countless trainers, behaviorists, and veterinarians. The consensus is that he has a genetic predisposition and possibly neurological problems that influence his fear aggression. He has good days and he has bad days, and even though he will never be an off-leash type of dog, I could not possibly love him more than I already do.

    His special issues do not overshadow his amazing personality. Titan can balance everything from raw eggs, to full cups of water, to fruit on this head. He knows every possible command, from the basic "high five" to "ballerina spin". Insects keep him occupied for hours and he is the best cuddler in the world. He loves peanut butter, itty-bitty teddy bears, and playing with water bottles. He's also an amazing singer: he can hit low notes and high notes (especially if I am away for an extended period of time!).

    Titan is a beautiful soul and I will forever be indebted to hart for bringing him into my life.



  • Kona

    Kona.gifKona (formerly Coffee) has been a wonderful addition to our home.  We adopted her in November 2010 and are so happy we did.  She loves the snow, running, playing with other dogs and is an all 'round jewel of a companion.  A happier dog is hard to find - she is all heart and endless energy.



  • Samantha

    Samantha.jpgSam is doing great. She is a wonderful dog without a mean bone in her body! Everyone she meets is her best friend and she loves to show affection to everyone. She is an excellent addition to our family and we couldn't imagine our lives without her.



  • Skeeter

    Skeeter.jpgWe changed his name to Skeeter. (Pete is my father-in-law's name and it just didn't work!) He is doing great and has been a very positive addition to our household. He is great with my kids and just generally a very friendly big dog! He is up to 85 lbs and still going.



  • Roger

    Roger.jpgRoger has grown up to be a fun-loving and goofy guy. He has taken a liking to eating apples, pears, bananas, lettuce, carrots and all sorts of other fruits and veggies. He's learned a bagful of tricks and continues to surprise us with how smart he is.

    One of his favorite things to do is run around at the off-leash dog park. He has become an invaluable part of our family and we love having him with us.

    Thank you hart for letting us take in this wonderful little guy.



  • Maggie

    Maggie2.jpgVenus is doing great (but I renamed her Maggie). When I take her on walks, I get compliments on what a beautiful dog she is, often from complete strangers. Fetching the ball and swimming are her favorite things to do and I take her mostly everywhere I go. We are excited to head to Ontario for a few weeks: she loves the beach and swimming in the Great Lakes.
    Maggie has been well trained and can do quite a few tricks, but really just has a great personality and temperament. I feel fortunate to have her. It was hard adopting Maggie from her foster parent, because they had a great bond (I guess that is part of being a foster parent). But now Maggie is happy and well. Not sure if dogs have reunions at hart but if anyone wants to see her we could meet up. Thank you for the follow up.



  • Charlie

    Charlie.jpgAs you know, Charlie was rather meek initially and would cower and cover his head if there were any loud noises or voices or if you approached him too quickly; however, he has come a long way since then and now behaves like a normal little happy-go-lucky doggie and follows the house rules very well. It is hard to believe that someone would have hurt or abandoned Charlie as he is the most loveable little creature and just wants to please you. He has bonded with everyone in our family and our extended family. He used to be fairly timid when we would have people over and would hide under furniture or in his kennel but now he just loves all the attention and love that he gets from everyone. He has also bonded well with his big sister, Macadamia and they love to romp and play together every day - chasing each other around the house and playing tug of war with toys. Charlie often does cutesy little things that remind us of our dog Oreo that passed in February of 2012 - so much in fact that my daughter thinks that Oreo sent Charlie to us. I am thankful we were able to adopt Charlie as he was the perfect addition to our family. Big thank you to you both (and HART) for allowing Charlie to become part of our family!



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