Molly has had quite an odyssey to get to us. Molly was found tied to a tree treading water trying to stay alive in the May 1-2, 2010, floods in Nashville, Tennessee. Her people left her behind to die, but she was rescued in the nick of time. Molly had been bred repeatedly and the vet estimated she had probably had 8-10 litters or more in her lifetime and she was absolutely exhausted and worn out on arrival. She was underweight and infected severely with heartworms. Even though she has been through the ringer, Molly never lost her spirit.
Molly is far from big and fluffy. We could probably claim ‘big’ as she is now a chunky 60 pounds, but fluffy she is not. We think she’s a shepherd mix of some kind and we estimate her age to be close to ten now. Molly has spent eighteen months with us as a foster and she deserves a forever home of her own. We love her, but we think she would do well in a home all her own. She is good with other dogs and she could care less about the cats. She is not much of a kid dog as she’s just a bit long in the tooth to be rough housing with kids these days, but she is absolutely a wonderful and devoted companion for pretty much anyone. We can’t believe no one wants this dog but she has had no applications in over a year.
Someone out there must want a sweet, funny, chunky girl whose legs are just oh so slightly shorter than they should be to spend some quality time with on the sofa. If that could be you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your dog is patiently waiting for you.
Lucy the nine-month-old Great Pyrenees is currently accepting applications for new owners. The successful Lucy applicant will have specific skills, including knowledge of how to open the refrigerator and provide treats, experience with tummy petting, and a working understanding of why people exist to serve their dogs. Those who dislike squirrels will be given special consideration. Lucy prefers that her new owners have a fenced yard, knowledge of smart working breeds, a keen appreciation for mat rakes and combs, and kids to play with. She will tolerate cats and dogs, but she does not want to go to an owner with a dog that will be mean to her. If you are interested in applying to be Lucy’s new family, email email@example.com.
Thompson is a 1-year-old male husky. Obviously, he’s drop dead gorgeous, but he is also a very sweet boy. He’s not all that large at just over 50 pounds, but he is active and sassy and smart. He is a very typical husky – no cats, not trustworthy off leash and he sings, but for those who love this breed, dogs this beautiful and wonderful are a once in a blue moon find. If you are husky-savvy and want a jogging companion in New England (where he is located), email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Poor little Chloe is being surrendered to Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. This is her second home – the first one returned her to her original rescue because she was “too big”. Her second owners cannot keep her and need us to take her immediately. Chloe is a 1 year old foxhound and she weighs around 50 pounds. Chloe is a very good girl and she is an active and happy dog. She needs a foster home, and of course, she is adoptable. This little girl is in New England. If you can foster or are interested in adopting this dog, please email email@example.com.
Meet Zane, a 12 week old aussie/Great Pyrenees puppy who is still looking for a home. He is friendly, sweet and the runt of the litter. We can’t believe no one has snapped him up yet. If you think you might want to adopt this sweet little guy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Lucy. I am 18 months old and I am absolutely adorable. I love petting, walks, toys and snacks. I hate rain when I want to be outside playing, squirrels and that snippy poodle at the dog park who tries to bite me. I want a home in New England that thinks I am the bomb. If you want to adopt me, email email@example.com and tell her why you think I rock.
I swear when I went to sleep last night I had legs that were 16″ long. I am 1/4 lab and 1/4 boxer and I swear that I was born with longer legs. I seemed to have misplaced them because when I got up this morning, now I look like I might be half basset. My legs are stumpy and I have fat, hobbit feet too. I am looking for a home (along with my missing legs) and I want a place with short sofas that I can crawl onto to nap. I love everything and everyone (except the people that stole my legs because now I look silly). If you have any idea where my legs went or if you think you might want me to grace your sofa, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. I am a very good boy and will make some lucky New England family a great dog, even if I am stubby.
Someone brought us four boxer mix puppies even though we are a giant breed rescue. One puppy hug later, all is forgiven. This little girl will be ready to go in a few weeks. In the meantime, she’s going to take a nap on a shoulder. Happy Tuesday!
Miley came to us when someone abandoned her outside our facility in Tennessee. We have no idea what her actual ancestry is. We see shepherd and lab, but from there the opinions diverge. Current favorites include collie (the nose is pointy and the ears do sort of stand up), hound (everything has hound in it in Tennessee) and my favorite – the TBUD (Tennessee Brown Ugly Dog). Miley is a medium-sized dog with a giant-sized heart. She is friendly, bouncy and active and eager to please. She may not have the model good looks of some of our big white fluffies, but she has a sweet soul and a happy smile for all. She loves her toys and her walks. She is in New England and she has been up for adoption for some time with no bites which makes us sad for her. Someone out there will surely love this girl. If you are interested in meeting our little brown mutt, email email@example.com for details. Applications can be found here: http://www.bigfluffydogs.com/online-app.php
Gordon has been available for adoption for two months without interest. It is absolutely true that black dogs are the most difficult to find homes for which is very unfortunate. Gordon is friendly, outgoing, intelligent and an all-around wonderful one year old dog. He loves to play with other dogs, he loves to get petted, he is eager to please and well-mannered and he is definitely in need of his own forever home. This boy is in New England, and if you are interested in making a home for him, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ella is a 3-year-old Great Dane mix. She was adopted out from us in 2010. Recently, her adopter began hemming and hawing about needing to return her. At the end, she called us and said she thought Ella had injured herself and she needed to return her. We got her back. On return, we called the previous owner’s vet and learned that they had seen Ella and wanted to do more including just a basic x-ray, but the owner would not allow it and did not want to pay. Instead, they sent her back to rescue for us to handle. We are not happy.
And so we have. Ella has a badly torn ACL and needs medical care. The estimate of repair is $2100 and we need help. If you would like to donate to her care, you can do so here: http://www.bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. (If you use a credit card – be sure to type Ella into the company name so we know what it’s for and if Paypal, include her name in the message field). We are sad that she was left in pain without proper care, but there’s next to no point in complaining – we just need to fix her. Spread the word and thanks as always.
Cassidy the 1-year-old basenji (possibly mixed, but she doesn’t bark) is ready for her home. Cassidy came in to rescue with her friend Hailey, the Great Pyrenees mix, so she became an honorary fluffy. Cassidy is a hamster by our standards weighing in at just over 30 pounds. She is active and friendly and is good with kids, dogs and cats although the cats are not jazzed about her. Cassidy does not seem to be able to bark which is a trait of the basenji, but we do not know her background. She is very sweet and will make someone an outstanding pet. If you are interested in her, email email@example.com.
Meet Andrew, a 5 month old shepherd mix puppy. We don’t typically rescue shepherds, but Andrew was a moral imperative. Andrew has lived at the shelter since he was 8 weeks old. He came in to the shelter with terrible burns on his back from behind his neck to the base of his tail that run nearly 18 inches long. The shelter spent three months treating him and got most of the wound healed, but today his time was up. He either had to be rescued or die by the needle at 5 p.m. After 12 weeks of treatment for excruciatingly painful burns, it would have been a travesty. Andrew is now an honorary fluffy.
This little bouncy guy needs a foster home immediately. We do not have a place to put him that is appropriate for such an injury. The wound needs to be kept clean and he has daily medicine and ointments to put on it. He is spending the night in a crate to keep him safe, but he needs a place to run and romp and be a puppy. He’s spent 12 weeks in a scary shelter in pain. He deserves some time in the sun He is in the Nashville TN area at the moment, but could go anywhere from Tennessee to Maine. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate for his care, you can do so here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. (Just be sure to note either in the company line for a credit card or in the memo line for paypal that it’s for Andrew so we can thank you properly).
Adonis is a drop dead gorgeous 18 month old male aussie/lab mix. With his bright blue eyes, he is a showstopping kind of guy. He gets along well with other dogs and is in general an outstanding dog. He needs a home to give him plenty of exercise and playtime. This is an outstanding family pet. He will be in New England on October 15 and if you are interested in adopting this dog, please email email@example.com.
UPDATE: Leon is adopted!
Meet Leon. This 18 month old Saint Bernard is a big, bouncy, happy dog. He loves other dogs, treats, play time, toys, naps and petting. He is headed to New England on October 15. If you think you would like to make a home for this handsome boy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, we finished the first of four planned fenced areas for the dogs (note to fencing folks – it follows the land to keep dogs in and we could care less about how even it is at the top.). As we were working on the fence, someone drove up and dumped off 27 puppies. Yes, you read that correctly – 27 puppies. It was take them or know that they will end up on the side of the road on some back country area. We couldn’t turn them away. We have Anatolian mixes, Great Pyrenees mixes, boxer/labs, a shepherd mix or two, some black lab/Anatolians and my favorite, blue tick Great Pyrenees.
We scrambled to put up some temporary fencing:
As you can see, this is not exactly secure and two of our newest additions quickly figured how to go over the fence.
We need help. We do not have a secure area for this many puppies and puppies need room to romp. We are still working on the building which is evident from the first picture and we had budgeted to finish the roof and siding and the fence, but not a puppy place. We also do not have nearly enough crates to handle this many puppies.
We also need help with food. We are currently spending about $800 a week on food for all of our dogs and this latest hit will not help. If you would like to sponsor a puppy, a crate or a bag of food, you can donate here: http://www.bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. Thanks as always. And also, in about five weeks, if you know anyone who wants to adopt a puppy, we think we might have some available.
Alleged to be a Great Pyrenees, Carlton arrived with pointy ears (my, what big ears you have!) and a sweet disposition. 10 weeks old now and a suspected White German Shepherd, he’s ready for a home. This is a very nice puppy. Email email@example.com for adoption info. He could go from Georgia to Maine.
UPDATE: Snowy has a foster home to go to. We are fundraising for her heartworm treatment. Thank you all for your comments and concern. We will post on her progress.
This post is not one of our happy fun posts. This is a thoughtful post about people who do terrible things to dogs and just how amazing dogs can be.
Snowy is a four-year old female Great Pyrenees. She was badly bred to begin with based on her conformance issues and obviously the person who bred her did not give a damn about where she ended up given what was to come. Snowy came to her original owner as a 6-week-old puppy, happy and excited to explore her new world. Snowy got to stay inside for a few weeks until she chewed up something or peed on the floor or whatever the excuse was and she ended up outside. Snowy was just a baby then and she wanted to be with people, but her owner had lost interest in her. His lack of interest extended to feeding her and she was so hungry she started to try to get out of the fence to find something to eat. After a while, the neighbor down the road shot her because she was in his trash looking for food. She came home injured but her owner did nothing for her until the man down the road complained about her. Rather than bring her inside, he chained her to a log with a huge, heavy chain, and then he forgot about her again. He forgot about feeding her. For a long time. Desperate to find something to eat, Snowy used all her strength to drag the log over to the fence and she crawled up and over the fence. She hung herself with the chain wrapped around her hips and legs. We don’t know how long she was there, but she was there long enough to break both her back legs. When she was finally found and removed by her owner, he left her in the back yard with no vet care. It’s not like she could go anywhere. Snowy sat there alone in the yard. Finally, someone came to the owner’s house and saw Snowy. We will never know the whole story or how long she lived as she did, but that person knew that Snowy was not long for this world without intervention. That person took Snowy and brought her to a good Samaritan who then brought her to us. We are grateful someone cared enough to intervene to save her life.
Snowy is four years old. Despite her injuries and the terrible abuse and neglect she suffered, she is an amazing dog with an endless capacity for happiness. She is happy and silly and every day is a great day for this girl. We could all learn a lesson from this girl about redemption and being content with the small things like chasing butterflies and barking at squirrels. She will never walk normally and her legs are permanently deformed as the result of the lack of care. You’d never know it given her happy rambles through the house and her huge smiles for everyone. She loves the other dogs and the cats and kids and everyone. Sadly, Snowy also has heartworms and she is undergoing treatment now. Snowy needs a foster home that does not have lots of stairs as she has trouble with them and it’s not good for her to go up and down them constantly. She will make someone the most wonderful dog ever once she is totally healthy again. If you would like to foster Snowy, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about her. This dog is in Tennessee at the moment. If you would like to sponsor Snowy, you can donate here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. As always, we thank everyone for their support.