• Zeva

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    Zeva the Wonder Dog! 3 years ago a 5 lb. puppy descended on our quiet home, as you can see she was the cutest puppy in the whole world!  At the time we lived on an acreage and since it was January, she had to go outside to do her business.  This was not a hardship for this lady.  She dove into the snow, dug a tunnel and tried to figure out what was really under there… she was our snow puppy (she still does that). When she first came to us, she cried in her kennel for 3 nights in a row because she missed all her siblings, so we got my daughter's kennel which still had the doggie smell in it, found a clock, one of my tops with my smell on it, and tucked them all in with her for the night.  Finally… peace & quiet. As a puppy, Zeva had many toys, all of which she immediately chewed the faces off. She loved sticks & balls the most, always wanting to bring the stick in the house to chew.

     She still loves to chase balls and sticks, but will only bring it back if you give her a treat!  If not, you have to chase her for it. She also developed the bad habit of trying to chase the local garbage truck although what she was going to do with it if she caught it was a mystery to us. By summertime Zeva was chasing anything & everything on our acreage - especially the cat next door.  She loved to snoop and once when in the garden, she picked up a dead mouse the cat left & came to show me what she found… after much hysteria on my part I got her to drop it!  I replaced it with a stick and she was satisfied.  Zeva had 3 lab friends next door which came out for exercise every morning.  Her best friend was a chocolate lab, who was very lazy & would not run but that didn't stop Zeva from running around her and trying to get her to play.  As you can see from her pictures, she grew into a beauty and her personality is loving and gentle with other dogs and people.  Many times on our walks people have commented on how they would take her home in a minute, especially when she leans up against them for a pet.

    We had to move into St. Albert for various reasons, but she seems to have adapted.  My husband calls her spoiled, but he insists on giving her belly rubs before bed and if he isn't around to do that, she pouts.  Zeva just loves my 83 year old mother and when we visit her, if I don't catch her, Zeva will jump on Mom with an enthusiastic HELLO!  The fact that my Mom is only about 4' 10" tall is a concern,  because when Zeva  tries to jump on Mom,  they are nose-to-nose and weighs around 65 Lbs. ..  Zeva doesn't mind one bit and will even throw in a big kiss. As you can see she gets into Christmas and is also a great watchdog. This is just a fraction of the love story Zeva started 3 years ago and we know there will be much more to come.



  • Fergie

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    We adopted her on Oct 30/10 about 8 months after we had to put down our dog Bud.  She is an awesome dog.  She was previously adopted out as a pup but returned to Hart for some reason, we sure are glad she was, as we've had her for 2 years now.  We both had to take obedience class so we can learn our manners which we passed at the top of the class.  Fergie loves going for our off leash walks everyday so she can burn off some of her energy.  She enjoys terrorizing chipmunks/squirrels so I carry treats to keep her from staying in the bush for too long.  She is great with kids & loves our cat & grand-dogs(3) so we are happy to have her in our family. Thanks for rescuing her!!!

     



  • Kalie

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    On December 12, 2012 Kaylie passed on. When Kaylie came into hart's care, we did not know how much time she had. She was already considered a geriatric dog and was experiencing health issues. She had been abandoned by her original owner and was in a bad state. Through our tears upon meeting Kaylie, we promised to give her love and respect like she had never known. With the patience, love and treatment of her foster mom, Kaylie lived longer than we expected and a fuller life we imagined for her. Kaylie had many car rides, many off leash adventures, excellent tasty treats and best of all, Kaylie experienced a powerful love. Kaylie's wonderful foster mom put together this beautiful message to share with all of you:

    I am happy for her that she no longer is restricted by her old body; she no longer has any pain and doesn't have to wear a diaper anymore! She can run and play and be young again. It was my honor and pleasure to have been her companion for a year and a half, and to be there to enjoy her golden years. I am very glad she was in my life and will cherish that time I got to spend with her. Kaylieʼs ashes will be spread back into the earth at places I think she enjoyed the most.

     

     



  • Krypton

    krypton.jpgHi Hart! Just wanted to post a quick update on our recent adoption, Krypton (formerly Apu). He is growing like crazy and takes up half the bed as you can tell in this picture! He loves his new brother Wilson (who we adopted from my Aunt) and the two of them together get into so much mischief digging in the mud together and pulling the squeakers and stuffing out of each toy we give them! Krypton is such sweet and gentle boy and always gets compliments on how handsome he is, from strangers. He loves car rides and swimming in the pond at his grandparents' acreage.



  • 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.



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