All Tracer wants for Christmas is a home. Tracer is a 15 month old corgi collie mix who came to us this past summer. Tracer has had an incredibly long odyssey. He was abandoned by his first rescue who could not handle him. Initially, he was so freaked out that he could not tolerate any dogs as he felt he was under attack as the result of what initially happened to him in his first home before rescue ever entered the picture. And so he languished in boarding for many months as no one had a dog-free home. A wonderful dog trainer took him on and with a little work, he was happily playing with her dogs. Tracer is a very happy dog who just needs a home. He is great with all other people and he can be good with other dogs, although he will never be OK with cats. He is a mid-sized low-rider bundle of puppy happiness who wants to give kisses. If you can give this dog a forever home, please email email@example.com. He deserves his own home and we very much hope he will be home for the holidays.
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.
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.
My name is Charlie. My people tell me I’m an honorary big fluffy because I am allegedly really small at 20 pounds. Whatever. I am a trained killer waiting to defend my home along with my Great Pyrenees friends. So far, only friends and the mailman have been by to visit, but I am waiting for my big shot to come. Mom says fat chance because she thinks I’m a miniature pinscher mix of some sort and not very terrifying, but I know better. She said something about me showing burglars the silver.
I like everyone and even though I am clearly killer material, I enjoy being petted, taken for walks, and being cuddled like a baby. Don’t tell my Great Pyrenees brother because he’ll make fun of me. I am fine with cats and all people. If you need a new member of your home protection team, email my coordinator Elizabeth at email@example.com.
UPDATE 5/16/12 1:28 PM
Roxy is doing as well as we could have dreamed. She now has to go for IV treatments every other day and she takes some very expensive medicine on a daily basis, but it is working. Her cough is much improved and she has a spring in her step and a twinkle in her eye. She is still running a fever which is our biggest battle, but we have that under control for the most part. Her worst problem, though, is an inability to nurse her puppies so her poor boobs are swollen and miserable. Because I am a dedicated foster, I milked this poor baby for a couple of days to get some of the pressure off of her, followed by cool, wet compresses which she loves:
For now, the routine is every other day to the vet for IV Amphotericin B and daily oral Sporanox (not generic). Each day in the hospital costs about $200 and each pill costs about $16. The vet was kind enough to donate some old meds she had to save us some money, but her first week of care ran almost $1800. Had we not taken her home every night it would have been around four times that much. We are still fundraising for her because she may go down as the single most expensive dog EVER to grace our doors and that is saying something. Anyone who wants to donate can do so here: http://www.bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php (just be sure to note it’s for Roxy in either the company name line for credit cards or notes on paypal). She will be on the Sporanox for another month before we are able to switch her to generic itraconazole at a big savings cost wise. Overall, we expect the treatment to take a minimum of four months.
Today is bittersweet for me because we are sending her puppies away to a foster home. This will definitely upset Roxy, but it is for the best as the risk of an inadvertent nursing could be disastrous as the drugs she takes concentrate in breast milk and could cause kidney failure in the puppies. We want the very best for them and for Roxy. Thanks to everyone for the prayers, good wishes and donations. We would not be where we are without all of that.
Finally, after days of treatment and sleepless nights, we know for sure Roxy has blastomycosis. This is a very serious, very dangerous and frequently fatal fungal infection which, in Roxy’s case, has caused extreme pneumonia. This afternoon, we treated her with the Amphotericin B and started the Sporanox. Amphotericin B is a dangerous drug and sadly, Roxy’s nursing days are done as the drug concentrates in breast milk and would likely be toxic to the puppies. This is making the puppies quite angry and Roxy is very confused as to why she isn’t allowed to see her puppies. However, we cannot keep them from trying to nurse and Roxy from trying to nurse her puppies. She is an awesome Mom and she has done well by them, but they must be separated immediately to save them all. Tomorrow, since they will not be getting any breast milk, we will have to give the puppies their first set of shots to protect them from disease. At almost four weeks, we are feeding puppy milk replacement, baby food and baby cereal, and they are doing OK, but I think they would be better in smaller numbers with more attention from the foster. We need local fosters in the Nashville area who can take these youngsters on ASAP, which frankly breaks my heart as I am totally attached to the little creatures. This is not what I had planned for them.
Roxy is holding her own. Her lung x-rays showed some improvement and she is resting a little more comfortably. She has a very long way to go and remains in danger. We are guardedly optimistic. I would like to give a huge shout out to Dr. Herd who has taken phone calls at all hours of the day and night and tolerated extreme instances of foster Mom stalking. Without her help, Roxy would have died this week. We would also like to thank everyone who has kept Roxy in their prayers and/or donated for her care. We have raised about $1200 which has covered most of her costs and we will continue to fundraise for her as the medication costs will exceed $2000 most likely. Sporanox is incredibly expensive and she will be on it for many months. If you would like to donate to Roxy’s care, you can do so here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. Just be sure to note in the company line that it’s for Roxy so we can thank you properly (or if on Paypal – in the notes section). As always, thanks to everyone for their support. Roxy could not do this without all of you.
For those who would like to foster, and who are in the Nashville area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on fostering.
UPDATE 5/8/12 AT 12:04 PM
Roxy came home last night and we mastered the art of running an IV. She fed her puppies just before midnight and then we brought her into our room to rest. Around 3:30 a.m., after a very fitful night, Roxy began hacking and could not seem to catch her breath. Off we went to the ER. Her oxygen rate was around 92% which is not awful considering how badly her lungs are functioning, and it appears she had a mucus plug she could not expel which caused her problems with her breathing and scared her. (For local readers, this is a huge shout out to the nice people at Nashville Veterinary Specialists on Sidco – they are wonderful and very reasonable). Some time with some oxygen, a nebulizing treatment, and another IV with some antibiotics and we went home around 6:45 a.m. and she seemed much better. I am, of course, half-crazed from lack of sleep, but she was resting much more comfortably on our return. She is now back with the vet for the day getting IV antibiotics and oxygen and we will bring her home again tonight. We are waiting on the lab results to determine conclusively whether this is blastomycosis or a bacterial pneumonia gone wild. The puppies are doing fine. More to follow.
UPDATE 5/7/12 AT 7:20 PM
The vet has had a slight change of plans. She will not start Roxy on the Amphotericin B until urine tests come back from the lab tomorrow to confirm the diagnosis of blastomycosis. This is a seriously dangerous drug and one not taken lightly. She was allowed to come home to us with IV in tow with the strict promise that the slightest hint of respiratory distress will result in an immediate trip to the ER for more oxygen. She is currently resting comfortably and frankly, her breathing scares me as she sounds as if she is choking which of course she is. She is far more comfortable here than she would be in a hospital. It appears we have made it through the first twelve hours of crisis. We have a very long way to go. I have not calculated how many donations have been made nor are we up to date on thank yous, but we want everyone to know we appreciate your prayers, donations and offers of help. The puppies are safe and not at risk and they are currently quite angry that their Mom was gone all day. Let’s just say the supplemental bottle feeding was somewhat of a challenge. To provide some cheer, here she is laying at my feet:
UPDATE 5/7/12 AT 2:22 PM
Roxy has started intraveneous injections with Amphotericin B, which is a very strong, potent and at $500 a bottle, expensive, drug. This is the best hope to save her life and if there is any justice in this world at all, she should show improvement within a few days. She will be coming home with me this evening as I think she will be more comfortable with us than in a hospital. Should there be any signs of acute distress, we will take her to the ER. Many of you have asked about the puppies who got bottle fed for the first time today. They are not at risk and they are fat, healthy and frankly angry at their lack of Mom. The vet is checking and hopes to allow her to nurse them tonight a little bit for her benefit. Their first bottle feeding went somewhat badly, but we are working to get the hang of it. Thanks to everyone for their donations and prayers. Both are definitely going to be needed.
This Monday is not a good day and I post with very sad news. Roxy who is our star Mom of eight three-week-old puppies took a serious turn for the worse on Sunday. Roxy came in to rescue as a very pregnant and emaciated Mom with what we thought was a standard case of kennel cough. On arrival, we began treating her with powerful antibiotics and trying to put weight on her to help her safely deliver her puppies
Roxy had eight very adorable puppies – 4 boys and 4 girls on April 15, just in time for the IRS. Her cough continued and we tried different antibiotics, but with an eye to the puppies’ needs as well. Yesterday, Roxy became very ill and the coughing spiked out of control and she developed a very high fever.
Roxy is in the hospital now fighting for her life with an extreme case of pneumonia. It is suspected that she has blastomycosis which is a very serious and extremely dangerous fungal disease caused by inhaling a spore and which in her case has landed in her lungs and spread exponentially. Under the best of circumstances, this disease kills a third of the dogs that develop it and Roxy is very critically ill.
Roxy is being treated with drugs that cost a small fortune so we will be fundraising for her care. Her puppies are now three weeks old and they are healthy and happy and she has been an outstanding mother to them. We will care for them and have already begun bottle feeding today. A local dog day care – Dogtopia – has offered to help bottle feed during the day for us so we can manage in the nighttime hours. Please say a prayer for Roxy. Modern medicine has its limits and it is up to the universe and Roxy herself as to whether she will recover.
Some of you may remember hearing about Norman, the four-year-old Great Pyrenees whose ______________ (select your own adjective here) owner abandoned him on a farm when she moved to the city. Eighteen months later, she decided maybe she might see if someone wanted him and also, as an afterthought, his friend Red, a five-year-old lab mix had to go, too. For the entirety of their lives with this owner, these dogs got no vet care. Their owner is not hurting for cash and her yippy little dog had all the care you can imagine, but as she told us, she “could not care less about these dogs” and she “wanted them gone.” I will confess I was nearly speechless and I asked her to clarify why exactly she left them after she moved away. She informed me she had someone feeding them, but they weren’t her problem. After some choice words with her, Norman and Red came to us.
I met Norman and Red on a Friday afternoon in a parking lot. On arrival, Norman was a little shy and blinking in the bright sunlight, but he was very happy to see people. Sadly, he was limping very badly and his feet were splayed out oddly as the result of seriously ingrown and infected toe nails:
Overall, Norman, was in rough shape, but sweet and ready to be loved. Of course, he was covered with ticks, fleas and a million parasites as he had zero vet care in his entire four years of life.
His friend Red was in better condition on first blush, but he needed significant dental work, too, as his lack of care resulted in major damage to his teeth.
Of course, neither Norman nor Red were neutered and they hadn’t had a shot in their life and certainly nothing like Frontline or Heartgard. As a result, both dogs now have to undergo heartworm treatment.
Despite having been left to fend for themselves for 18 months, and who knows how little attention they got before that, these boys are absolutely wonderful dogs. They are sweet, friendly with everyone and everything, and they are rapidly learning that not everyone sucks. They love toys, treats, petting, napping in air conditioning and being called “good boys”.
What they need now is a foster home where they can recover, be smothered with love and get perfectly healthy. These dogs have had the crappiest four years ever and we want to make it up to them. If you can foster one or both of these boys, please email email@example.com. They are in Connecticut and they are wonderful, sweet dogs. Please spread the word. We want the very best for these boys.
And for the former owner of these dogs, if you are reading this, I seriously hope you pray for forgiveness for what you have done. These dogs needed you and you abandoned them. Eventually, you reap what you sow. I can’t say you don’t have it coming.
Roxy came from humble beginnings, but since her arrival in New England she has decided she should be the queen. She holds court with her people and demands that they pet her, love her and dote on her. In return she promises to snuggle on the couch with you, allow you to share your snacks with her and be your companion on all of your adventures.
Roxy has the manners of a queen and all she asks in return is that she be your one and only dog. She enjoys greeting other dogs on the street, but in the home she would like to be the star of the show. For being a cattle dog, she is on the lower energy scale. She would rather take a walk and then get back to the business of you adoring her that run around chasing things.
Roxy is a divine little lady.
Email Colleen@bigfluffydogs.com if Roxy is the treasure you have been looking for.
Meet the dog currently known as “Truck”. If ever there were a more unfortunate and less-fitting name for a dog, we’re not sure what it would be.
This boy came to rescue as an honorary big fluffy dog and we want him to find that perfect home. Because he is a nondescript, average black dog, he stood no chance of adoption where he was, so we took him in with us. He is 2 years old, very sweet and outgoing, bouncy and active and at about 45 pounds, he’s a nice size. He is generally good with other dogs, but we would suggest that he go to a home with dogs that are not dominant and that are tolerant of bouncy dogs. No one hates a bouncy young dog more than a lazy old dog, so think about your current dog when contemplating this boy. We have never had him with cats, but we suspect cats would be fun to chase as he is simple a ball-chasing fiend. This boy is in Connecticut and he needs a foster or forever home. If you can a) name that dog! and b) provide a safe and happy home for him either permanently or temporarily, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hailey is a 2 year old sheltie/smooth coat collie mix. She is a typical herding dog and at 32 pounds, is a big fluffy in name only. Hailey is a lovely, active girl who needs an active family to take her on hikes and for jogs around the neighborhood. She is friendly and sweet and needs a home to call her own. She is in New England and is still looking for a home. If you are interested in adopting Hailey, please email email@example.com.
Coach is a 5 year old collie/English shepherd mix. This poor sad boy lived his whole life on a chain. When his owner died, the hospice worker who had cared for the owner called us to get help for this boy. We are very glad she called. Coach is an awesome dog. At 55 pounds, he’s a nice size. He is incredibly well-mannered, friendly and sweet. His lack of care before he came to us is evident, though, as he really needs to be in a home without stairs as he has some difficulty walking up and down flights of stairs. He is a very nice dog who does well with other dogs and people of all ages. This is a very sweet, very wonderful dog who deserves the absolute best for the rest of his life. If you would like to adopt this dog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Michaela, an 11-week-old lab/border collie/something smaller mix. We think there may be some parsons russell terrier in there as her brother has a startling resemblance to an oversized parsons terrier, although it is equally possible her Mom was kind of a tramp and they have different Dads. Michaela is solid white except for one small splash of tan on her face. She is very calm, sweet and social and she is good with kids, cats and dogs. We do not think she will be all that large as she weighs around 12 pounds now and we expect her to be around 45-50 as an adult dog. Michaela is in New England and if you are interested in adopting her, please email email@example.com.
Poor Chloe has been bounced around far too much in her short life. Chloe was originally adopted from us as a puppy and then was returned due to family illness. She was again adopted and returned – this time due to allergies.
Since then Chloe has taken up residence in several of our fosters’ homes – you see Chloe is somewhat of an anomaly for a rescue, and for fosters, that primarily handle big, fluffy dogs.
Chloe the American Foxhound is a near perfect embodiment of the breed… and all that entails. Getting to know her has been a new and rewarding experience for our team. Chloe is very sweet, gentle, loving, and cuddly. She is housebroken, has impeccable indoor manners, and is a total daddy’s girl. She is smart, responsive, and friendly to all.
But like all Foxhounds, Chloe is an active girl with a propensity to bay. Foxhounds were bred to be working dogs and as such require physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Chloe would love nothing more than a large rural property and a warm loving family to call her own.
Chloe needs a cat-free home and an owner with previous hound experience who will love and appreciate all that she has to offer.
This special girl has been patiently waiting for her forever for far too long. If you want to give Chloe the home she so deserves, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Meet Tobias, a 1 year old hound/Great Pyrenees mix. Tobias weighs in around 60 pounds and is a friendly, active and happy dog. Like all hounds, he is talkative and playful and needs lots of exercise. He has been in foster for four months without anyone wanting to adopt him. He is getting sad as his friends all go home, but he stays put endlessly passed over. His foster Mom loves him, but she knows he needs his very own forever home. Tobias is in New England currently. If you can make a home for this sweet boy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Every dog deserves a home for the holidays.
Jean Claude van Dog came to us in May of this year as a completely emaciated shell of himself. We honestly had no idea what breed he was because he was all bone and his face had more hollows than Kate Moss on a diet. Despite the fact that he was neither big nor fluffy, we brought him in as every dog has value and this one needed us.
After months of treatment for skin infections, parasites and emaciation, Jean Claude is ready to go. He is happy and exuberant and he loves to play. At 40 pounds, he is a nice medium-sized dog. He is perfectly crate-trained and has good indoor manners. He is fine with kids and he gets along well with dogs that don’t mind being around a bouncy dog. We think he would chase cats so we suggest a no-cat home. Given his size, body and head shape and general disposition, we think what we have here is a terrier/border collie x, so he will need a home that wants a jogging companion as he needs exercise and lots of it. This is a very sweet, very cuddly boy for the right, active home. If you are interested in Jean Claude, please email email@example.com.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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).