In April of this year, a long time foster for us found a dog in her neighborhood and asked for our help. It seems his owners kicked him to the curb when they moved and he was living on his own, slowly starving to death. When asked what the dog was, we were told a “retriever mix”. We said of course we will take this poor dog. Imagine our surprise when this walked into our doors:
We immediately recognized that what we have is a “TBUD”, otherwise known as a Tennessee Brown Ugly Dog. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue has a long and rich tradition of TBUD tithing as we understand that we have rock star gorgeous dogs and some dogs are not so genetically blessed as to catch the eyes and hearts of the public at large, but are still really awesome dogs. 10% of our dogs are not rock star fluffies and this is our way of using our supermodel dogs to find homes for the less aesthetically blessed. Yoda is a TBUD.
Bless his baby heart, Yoda needs a home. We know he’s not going to blow anyone away with his sparking white fur or perfectly sculpted form, but he’s a doll and he needs a home. Yoda is around 2, perfectly charming and good with everyone and everything. He has excellent manners and he wants to please. This dog would love to grace your couch, fetch some tennis balls, crash on your bed at night and generally be a total bud and companion. He is a friend to all and just a wonderful dog. If you would like to adopt Yoda, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It isn’t often that we call out governmental officials for their actions or lack thereof. We understand that the laws are weak in many cases and we get that resources are limited. In Tennessee, attempts to prevent cruelty to livestock are routinely shot down by both law enforcement and the legislature with the powerful lobby of the Farmer’s Bureau. Still, Warren County, Tennessee, has a truly reprehensible record when it comes to the government’s failure to act to protect animals.
The local Humane Society in Warren County, Tennessee, is an all-volunteer effort. These people have met with resistance at every point and sometimes outright hostility in their efforts to protect animals from cruelty. It is absolutely unforgiveable that local law enforcement has failed to step up to stop the needless suffering. The following video is lengthy and graphic and it is not for the faint of heart. It is however an absolute indictment of the three groups charged with stopping the suffering of horses in Tennessee: the district attorney general, the local sheriff and the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Office. These are the only three groups that can do anything to help a horse or other livestock suffering. We are so not OK with this and we want our fans to let them know just how low an opinion the world has of them for their failure to act.
The video link is here: http://youtu.be/YQyAY-cWvLU
After you see it, I hope you will all take the time to contact the people in charge and let them know their actions are how the world at large sees their county and State. Please be respectful. This has to stop and it never will unless someone steps up and says enough.
Honorable Lisa Zavagiannis
District Attorney General
P.O. Box 510
455 N. Chancery Street
McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: (931) 473-9572
Fax: (931) 473-7410
|Ext Agent III & Co Dir|
|201 Locust St Suite 10|
|Mcminnville TN 37110|
|Phone:+1 931 473 8484|
Warren County Sheriff
|Address:||108 Security Circle
McMinnville, TN 37110
Say Hello to Sweet Honey, who is beginning to wonder if anyone is ever going to adopt her.
She has been in foster care if New England for almost 8 months without anyone being interested in her. Sweet Honey came from a very disturbing hoarding case, and was frightened and scared when she got here. With the love of her foster family, she has learned to see that people can be kind and gentle with her. Sweet Honey is never going to be a life of the party kinda gal, but she is soulful and sweet and has so much to offer.
Sweet Honey is looking for a quiet home with a family who would love to take her for long walks. We promised Sweet Honey that we would find her a home and a family who will love her forever. Email Elizabeth@bigfluffydogs.com if you are who Sweet Honey has been waiting for.
Annabelle and Corduroy need each other.
Corduroy came into rescue as a young dog. He was around a year old and was found duct taped to a tree; starved and skinny. Annabelle was a shy scared girl who found herself in the care of BFDR after being saved from an abusive neglectful situation. Both of them hit the jackpot when they were adopted together by a family in New England together.
Corduroy learned to trust people with the help of Annabelles loving nature, and Annabelle could finally feel safe with Corduroy around. A bond grew between them that is clear to everyone that meets them. For many years Annabelle and Corduroy were happy in their home. They were well loved, cherished pets.
We wish we could say that was the end of the story, but it’s not. Due to a serious illness in their family, Annabelle and Corduroy had to be given up. This was not a decision taken lightly and the family who loved them for all those years didn’t want Annabelle and Corduroy to sit home alone day after day while their family spent increasing amounts of time in the hospital.
These two wonderful companions are now looking for their forever home together. They are low key, sweet and affectionate dogs and we promised their them we would keep them together. The need eachother, and they now need you. If anyone is looking to add two perfectly mannered dogs to their home, email Elizabeth@bigfluffydogs.com
One of the very hardest things we do in rescue is say goodbye. One of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue’s very own had to do that today for the second time in as many weeks for a beloved pet and our hearts break for her and her family. Matthew came to Donna as a rescue last year that never left. He was already quite elderly on arrival, but there was something about him that was so wonderful it could not be explained. All dogs are special, but some dogs are just magic and Matthew was definitely magic. This sweet, soulful boy loved Donna with everything he had and it is very apparent the feeling was mutual.
Last night, Matthew could not get up and his poor legs just would not work anymore, even though he willed them to move. Donna had known from the outset that the grains of sand left in the hourglass were few for Matthew, even on the very day she brought him home. Matthew’s love for Donna and his family shone that much brighter to make up for the brevity of time he had with her. For all of us, the time we have with any dog we love is a gift. However, we do not get to keep those we love forever no matter how much we wish we could and for all of us, there will be a day when we have to return the gift and let someone we love go.
Matthew left this world this morning as the beloved family member of the Brennan household. His sweet wrinkly face will not grace us again in this world, but we’ll see you on the other side, Matthew. You were loved and you took excellent care of your family. Rest easy.