• 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.

  • Fergus

    Fergus.jpgFergus, Fergus, Fergus. What can I say? He's a survivor! Fergus came to us as a foster a year ago. At that time, he was just recovering from a severe case of mange and he looked like a scraggly pooch as his hair was growing back in. He immediately took to our dog, Bubbles, and learned to be a part of our family.

    It was amazing watching him learn to be a puppy again after missing so much fun time in his puppyhood due to illness. In December, we were notified of an adoption interest. By that point, knowing his medical history and the possible future needs, we just couldn't stand the thought of giving him up. Since then, he has had his ups and downs.

    This spring, Fergus contracted mange again. This time the mange has caused severe inflammation on three of his paws. There were days we had to carry him around becauset he was bleeding when he walked. He ended up in an extended stay with the vet.

    But you know what? Fergus always bounces back. As of now, he has beaten mange twice! How many dogs can say that? He has never ceased to be a happy dog, even though he has spent so much of his life being sick. Fergus greets day with such boundless energy that just shows the mange hasn't taken a toll on his spirits at all. Fergus hasn't been the fairytale dog that you dream of when you first get a dog. He has his good times and bad times, and we have had many sleepless nights with him. But every morning, when he stands by our bedside giving us a lick on the arm to let us know he's hungry, we don't regret adopting him one bit.

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine.jpgSunshine was rescued from Hobbema. Her mother was pregnant and had them at the clinic. I saw her on Global for the pet expo and rushed down to get her. She is very spoiled. She sleeps on our bed, our couch, and our pillows. She goes to Mutts Adored playschool in Stony Plain; they are amazing and have helped adopt out so many dogs through other organizations! She has a big 11-year old chocolate lab sister. She is very hyper, crazy, and loves to howl with the coyotes.

  • Boo

    Boo.jpgWe adopted Boo four years ago. She was one of many dogs rescued from a dog hoarder out at Buck Lake. She is irreplaceable. We love her to bits! She's a super doggy model!

  • Dylan

    Dylan.jpgWe had recently lost one of our beloved dogs and were not sure we were ready for another, but found ourselves looking at rescue dogs on the internet. That is how we ended up at Wayne and Carol's. They had a dog that wasn't available for adoption due to some medical issues, but this small skinny dog literally bowled me over and covered me in kisses as soon as he saw me. Diego (now Dylan) was happy to meet us and we knew he had picked us to look after him. With Wayne and Carol's approval he came to our house for a day visit and instantly made himself at home and never left.

    We had been told that Dylan was quite sickly, with the problem being unknown. He was anemic and not thriving as he should; we were told he might have lifelong problems. Obviously this saddened us, but we wanted to love him for the rest of his life anyway. Over the following months his weight went from 38 lbs to 52 lbs and his stamina increased along with his mischievousness.

    He is now an absolute terror around the house; nothing is safe and he wants to run off with everything we put down. He constantly nags our other dog to play and loves to look at us with his "but I'm so cute" face if we tell him off. He has been through two training courses and has excelled; he is extremely smart and very happy to please; and he loves everyone he meets and everyone loves him. His whole back end wobbles when he wags his tail and it is such a joy to see.

    We love Dylan very much and cannot imagine life without him. We are so glad he chose us and look forward to a long happy life with him.

  • Clyde and Amos

    Clyde-and-Amos.jpgWe adopted them both at the same time, and although they don't look it, they are brothers! As is common, these rescue dogs are exceptional companions, and fit right into our existing family of an older dog and three cats.

  • Willie

    Willie.jpgMy wife and I adopted a dog from hart. I cannot express the joy that Willie brings to our family every day. When we had to put one of our dogs down, it was a very sad time for my wife and I. Kristi was my favorite girl and there was an empty spot left in my heart. The main reason that we decided to get another dog was that loosing Kristi caused our other female, Kira, to become depressed. In the past we have always bought pure bred dogs from breeders. This time we felt that we should provide a "furever" home to a dog in need.

    We found Willie on hart's website and made contact. They were some of the finest people we had ever met and we were very impressed with their procedures for placing animals in need in a good home. We love Willie very much and he is happy living in the country. He gets love and attention, and the respect that we all deserve. I wish you success in bringing this problem of stray and abandoned dogs to the awareness of more people.

  • Lily

    Lily.jpgLily came to me as my foster dog. I fell in love with her the moment I set eyes on her and her ears. Lily was 10 weeks old; now at 16 weeks, she has come so far! She was a scared little one when she arrived and now she has the biggest personality in my house. We love her beyond words and she has brought us so much joy. Thank-you hart for giving us the tiniest bundle of love and years of happiness ahead!

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