• Chloe and Banjo

    chloe-and-banjo.jpgWe just wanted to share our 'Happy Tails' story about our two adopted pups: Chloe (formerly known as Bridget) and Banjo!

    We adopted Chloe as a puppy in March 2011 when she and her siblings were still suffering from mange. It was a long and stressful treatment process, but I am happy to say that she beat the odds and is now a beautiful and completely ridiculous pup we cannot imagine living without.

    She was such a fighter when she was sick, always keeping her sweet personality even when we knew it was tough for her, and now she is all the stronger because of it. She has us laughing daily with her quirky behavior and is such a sweetheart to have around. Chloe came into our home and fit in as if it were meant to be!

    At a hart event that summer we met a gorgeous husky, Banjo, who was a new rescue. Within seconds my husband fell in love with him and subsequently convinced me that our puppy Chloe needed a sibling! Before I knew it, we had added Banjo to our family and once again it is one of the best decisions we have ever made. Banjo is a blast to have around and can cheer up any gloomy day with his crazy antics when chasing a ball through the house. He is always happy to give you kisses (even when you are catching a nap) and loves meeting anyone that comes in our door.

    Chloe and Banjo are now inseparable, whether lounging in the back yard, chasing each other through the park, swimming in the river, or keeping up the neighborhood watch at our front door.

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to adopt these two amazing dogs! They are so wonderful and have brought so much joy to our lives.



  • Regis

    Regis.jpgI just wanted to give you all a quick update on Regis. I adopted Regis in February of 2010 and he was a sweet, but very timid four-month old puppy. Today, he has grown into a fantastic two-year old dog and he is the best dog I could ask for! Everyone who meets him loves his sweet nature and he still acts like a playful puppy.

    Regis went from being terrified of meeting new dogs to the most social dog at the dog park! He also loves spending time out on the farm with the horses and other dogs. Thank you so much for helping me find the best dog I could ask for. And Regis says thank you for finding him his "furever" home!



  • Kessa

    Kessa.jpgIn 2005, I adopted Kessa, a border collie cross. When I took her home she wasn't totally house-trained, but since that time she has learned to do her business outside.

    For a while it was just the two of us, but in 2008 I met my husband (who had a dog from the SPCA). His dog's name is Roscoe; Kessa and Roscoe have become the best of pals. I think it's good for Kessa to be around another dog, especially since they are home alone during the day. They often play together and share beds, water bowls, etc. Although they get along very well, Kessa is jealous, so you can't give Roscoe attention without giving her the same.

    Both dogs are around the same age and have a background of being on their own and scrounging out food wherever they could (mainly from garbages). Now both dogs are spoiled and lay around inside, winter and summer. They do enjoy daily walks and running at the off-leash area, whenever we can get there.

    It has been a really rewarding experience taking Kessa in, and she has turned out to be such a great companion that I wanted to let you know she is in good hands.



  • Maci

    Maci.jpgIt is coming up to two years since my Valentine's Day adoption of Maci (formerly known as Heidi). Maci has become a huge part of both mine and my family's life, and I'm pleased to report that she is happy and healthy! She has gotten over her initial dislike of our other family pet (the 12-year old Yorkshire Terrier Mojo), and the two are now inseparable. Maci's favorite pass-time is long, off-leash walks with my father, her biggest fan besides me, and stealing an occasional casserole off the countertop (she has an affinity for shepherd's pie).

    Maci has been an blessing in our lives. Her charm and intelligence are far beyond what I've seen in other dogs, and she's demonstrated this countless times throughout our training together. She was even featured in the Edmonton Sun and has helped bring attention to the plight of rescue dogs! I would encourage anyone looking to bring a dog into their lives to adopt a rescue dog. I truly believe that rescued dogs are the best dogs.

    Maci has definitely found her "furever" home and I look forward to having her as a constant companion in the years to come. Thank you hart for bringing us together!



  • Seela

    Seela.jpgSeela has become the most incredible dog ever. She gets along with all other dogs, loves my son Aubry, and is best friends with my great dane Abe. She is in perfect health and has the most amazing personality. We laugh at her daily. She's constantly into something and she loves standing on my coffee table. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect addition to our family. Thank you so much for rescuing her. She has brought a ton of love and joy to our lives.



  • Teddy

    Teddy.jpgWe adopted Rascal (now renamed Teddy) in August 2010. It was only six weeks after our much-loved Westie passed away, but we knew we wanted to give a home to another animal in need. Teddy was quite a shock after having a 16-year old dog.

    He came from a reservation and obviously made his own fun by bringing in pine cones and chewing on wood. Once, we caught him with half a frog in his mouth. He caught on quickly and soon had a basketful of toys and moved into the big bed. He is a very, very smart dog and in spite of the fact that he had been badly injured, is always incredibly happy and loving. He shows no ill effects from his broken legs, besides not being able to sit quite normally.

    He is full of energy and is quite the character. We love his happy-go-lucky and cocky attitude. He fits into our family perfectly and we love him dearly. We have recently adopted a sister for him so that he has a friend to play with. We even had Teddy DNA'd which was interesting. Teddy is ours forever and we can't thank you enough for the work you do in rescuing these deserving animals and giving them the chance they deserve.



  • Finnegan

    Finnegan.jpgI adopted Finnegan in November, and he's been a joy ever since. He has helped pull me through some tough times with his gentle nature, and has always been the world's most cuddly dog. I'm very grateful to have such a wonderful dog in my life. Because of Finnegan, I began fostering his brother, Connor. Rest assured that together, they leave no piece of recycling un-chewed! Thanks for the amazing dogs!



  • Delilah

    Delilah.jpgDelilah, a whirling a bundle of energy, came to us in December as a foster, housebroken but untrained: a work in progress. She is reported to be black lab/smooth collie cross but she could put a greyhound to shame in a race.

    Delilah immediately made friends with Buttons, our daughter's cat, and learned to stay out of Fairway's reach. She took Duke the ridgeback under her wing, herding him around by the collar, inside and out. In January, we were approached by someone interested in adopting her but we just couldn't do it. She had wormed her way into our hearts. Knowing the effort and patience that would be required to train her, she just had to stay. So she became our Della, buddy and tormenter of the long suffering Duke (who was also a rescue, saved from a puppy farm).

    We worked our way through puppy-garten, bribed with treats all the way, and now we are working on social skills. We live for the day when she grasps the concept of four on the floor and doesn't greet all visits with front paws outstretched. I am sure the neighbors will also be delighted when she finally learns that all comers do not have to be serenaded and warmly welcomed to the neighborhood.

    She has joined a pack for daily visits to the off-leash area; and what a pack it is! A roddy, a jack russell, a papillon, and a ridgeback: definitely a motley crew. She does well with the herd, running up and down the hills, burning off what appears to be endless energy… at least until some unsuspecting owner tosses a ball. Then the race is on. Della has not yet grasped the concept of "share the ball" or "bring it back".

    Having been a stray for at least part of the first year of her life, Della decided that any and all food is up for grabs. When she first came to us, she would gather up all the toys, bones and food scraps she could get and keep them between her paws. Her motto was I see it is "if I smell it and I can reach it, it's mine." But she has learned to share the bones and toys and we have adjusted with the people food. No food gets left on the counter, which is great for cleanup and there are never crumbs left lying around. The garbage bag never gets left available or a second will be required.

    All that being said, there is nothing like a bouncing bundle of energy who greets you first thing in the morning, the second you open your eyes. Without her unbridled passion for life and endless affection for all who enter our door, it would be strangely quiet in our house. She loves the world and everyone in it and she is a blessing in our lives.



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