Kendrick is a happily-ever-after in the making, and who doesn’t need some good news on Christmas?
This is Kendrick before:
This is Kendrick today:
Kendrick came out of a horrific hoarding case in Appalachian Kentucky and he still has a way to go, but he is nearly there. He has a spring in his step and he loves his foster family. He is ready for a forever home, but he needs one that will be patient with him and help him feel safe and sound. He will never be a life of the party dog, but he will be a loyal and wonderful pet. A special shout out is due to his amazing foster family and especially his Mom, Karen Disney. Karen quietly paid for his eye surgeries without even letting on. We are grateful for her and happy that Kendrick has had such an awesome home. Karen, you rock! Anyone interested in adopting this boy can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
William came to us on Saturday, December 15. He wandered up to a trailer in very rural Tennessee. He was emaciated, bleeding and as you can see, a complete wreck. The homeowner called a bunny rescue who called us (*thanks Laurie). We took him in immediately. William weighs 40 pounds and at 8 months old, should weigh 20-30 pounds more, but his growth has been stunted by malnutrition. William needs a foster and sponsors for his care as he is what we call a project dog. This dog is currently in Nashville and he needs a foster home to help him get healthy. He is very friendly and even in this condition wants to give you kisses. If you can foster William, please email email@example.com. If you would like to help sponsor his care, you can donate here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. William says Merry Christmas and peace out.
This is Landon.
Landon is a 6 month old Great Pyrenees puppy. All was well with him save for a case of demodectic mange which he has kicked until he started limping. Trips to the vet and then the orthopedic vet followed. It was finally determined that Landon’s limp was nothing to worry about. Fortunately (or depending on how you look at it, unfortunately), all those orthopedic visits and x-rays revealed a hidden case of OCD (osteochondrosis dissecans not obsessive compulsive disorder) in both shoulders which we never would have known about but for the extensive x-rays taken of all his joints. Although this is causing him no problems now, it will and it must be repaired as a puppy or he will suffer as an adult. This means two surgeries several weeks apart to repair his shoulders one at a time. Each shoulder will cost $1200 which is a deal (trust us on this – this is an expensive surgery and the ortho guy is being merciful).
To be able to afford this, we are starting the “A Pound of Flesh for Landon” fund. You too can give a pound of flesh to save a puppy. Landon weighs 55 pounds. His surgery is $1200. Dividing the cost of surgery by his weight gives you the price per pound. This means we need 55 donors to donate $22 each to fix this puppy for part 1 of the process. Basically, when all is said and done, Landon will have cost rescue about $50 a pound once we get the second shoulder done. He says he is worth it
If you would like to donate $22 to buy a pound of Landon, you can do so here: http://bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. Just remember that if donating by credit card, put the word “Landon” in the line for company name, or if by paypal, leave us a message to seller that says “Landon”.
Landon thanks you and will keep you updated with a nifty chart showing how much of his flesh has been paid for.
It is a dark day for us at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. Hercules is one of three puppies we rescued six weeks ago from a farm in Alabama. One of his brothers died shortly after we got them from a horrific case of pneumonia. Hercules and his brother Apollo were hospitalized for a week and Hercules has been in and out of the hospital for several weeks since then. While Apollo appears to be recovering, Hercules continued to decline and wasted away in front of our eyes. Despite giving this puppy every thing we could and a vet who did every thing and then some, Hercules lost his battle this afternoon. We thank Dr. Herd for her efforts and Ginger for caring for him over the last several weeks. There are no words for the loss of one this young and especially after so much effort for him and by him. This puppy tried his hardest to get well and just could not. It is particularly bitter that this puppy’s life would have been entirely different if his original owners had bothered to provide basic care for him. And so it is that rescue is left to pick up the messes left by the thoughtless people who fail to care for their own creations. So much needless suffering reflected back at us from the deep, solemn eyes of a bewildered puppy hooked up to machines to try to save him. We’ll see you on the other side, Hercules. God speed.
UPDATE 2: The court date for the two arrested for this crime is set for June 13, 2012, in Weakley County General Sessions Court at 8:30 a.m. This is in Dresden TN.
UPDATE: We have learned that the pair was released WITHOUT BOND. This is unbelievable in light of the egregious nature of the offense. One of the two boys has a Facebook page that is still up: http://www.facebook.com/preston.odle. It’s disturbing.
We are not huge fans of petitions as they don’t serve to do much, but there is one here with more than 9000 signatures on it if you all care to sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/169/818/978/innocent-puppy-murdered-please-help/
We are always especially sensitive to cases of animal abuse that involve wanton torture of dogs, but this case may be the worst we’ve come across in recent memory. This case is from a small county in West Tennessee, Weakley County, which has a very poor track record where animal issues are concerned. The torture this 4-month old Saint Bernard puppy suffered is so extreme that I cannot bring myself to discuss the particulars and for those that do, you can see the news story here. The short version is that this defenseless puppy was beaten, kicked, crushed and stabbed for the sheer fun of it. The two teenagers that did this should be treated as felons and as dangerous predators with the potential to be serial killers. To that end, we would ask that our fans write to the District Attorney, very respectfully, and ask that he prosecute these two to the fullest extent of the law. This county is small and without a public outcry, we fear that very little may be done to these two.
If you do choose to write an email, please ask that the District Attorney Thomas prosecute Preston Odle and Levi Evans to the fullest extent possible. It is unacceptable that anything other than the maximum punishment permitted be sought by his office as they both constitute a threat to animals and people.
The contact information for the District Attorney is below:
Tommy A. Thomas, District Attorney General
Weakley County, Tennessee
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These are the faces of evil:
Seriously. Ridiculously. Adorable.
Aiden is a six month old male Great Pyrenees who was found lying behind a liquor store in a small town in Tennessee, injured and dazed. Aiden was matted to the skin, emaciated, crawling with ticks and unable to stand. This is a town without an animal control facility (the sheriff just shoots them if he has to), and fortunately, a Good Samaritan was able to reach us and we found a vet to get him into immediately.
Aiden’s x-rays don’t look so good:
Aiden has a fractured pelvis and has to have surgery to make him well. Currently, he is underweight at 50 pounds and cannot stand on his own. He is in a tremendous amount of pain and the surgery will help heal the break. The estimate for his care is around $1200 which is a deal. We are fundraising to cover this so we don’t have to pass up other dogs because we blew our budget with this sweet boy. If you would like to donate, you can do so here:
For credit card, just type the name “Aiden” in the company name line so we know it’s for him and if by paypal, just write us a note in the comments box that says “Aiden”. We as always appreciate everyone’s generosity.
Aiden is also going to need a foster in the Nashville TN area for follow-up care. He will have to have cage rest and medicine for a few weeks and we need a foster home without more than a stair or two where he can stay. He is otherwise quite healthy and very sweet. If you can help foster him, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puppy eats Dandelion.
New England fans, this 12 week old male Great Pyrenees mix puppy is up for adoption. He is a fluff ball of love and he does well with everyone and everything. I can’t say anything as to who is Daddy was (Mom isn’t talking), but his Mom is a beautiful Great Pyrenees who is also in rescue. If you are interested, email email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for adoption info. He could go from Georgia to Maine.
Alice is a survivor of the April tornadoes that devastated the South. As you can see, she has some health problems that need care. At six months old, this little lab/aussie mix is an honorary big fluffy and we would like to see her get healthy and into a forever home of her own. Alice has a severe case of demodectic mange and she needs a lot of care. Standard treatment failed to cure this so we are on to the more expensive and aggressive treatments. If you would like to sponsor Alice, you can donate here: http://www.bigfluffydogs.com/pay-online.php. We will post updates as she gets better. Thank you!
This little guy is the namesake of one of our long time Robin, this one’s for you and thanks for all you do. Everyone else, he’s available in 3 weeks.
Lincoln came to us a smiling, bouncy puppy with one significant health issue: Lincoln had a cleft palate. Lincoln went in for surgery this morning to repair the cleft palate and we anticipated a full recovery. Sadly, Lincoln did not survive the surgery and we lost this happy little guy this afternoon quite unexpectedly. We are devastated by his loss. There is nothing we can do to replace this special little guy and there are no words that will lessen the sting. Every dog is special to us and we mourn the passing of each and every one. We ask everyone today to go home and give their dog a hug in honor of Lincoln. He would have appreciated the gesture, especially if you give your dog a biscuit, too.
UPDATE: Fiona has found her forever home!
We can’t believe that Fiona has not yet found her home. Fiona is a 16 week old aussie puppy who is sweet, friendly and adores children. She is great with other animals and is an outstanding pet. She is in New England.
Austin’s ears are still kind of floppy
Meet Austin, a not quite six month old male German Shepherd mix puppy. We are assuming mix, but we don’t know if he is or not. Austin came to us with a dog who was alleged to be a Landseer Newfoundland and turned out to be a border collie. The shelter told us Austin and his kennel mate were “huge”. On arrival, Austin weighed 32 pounds and turned out to be a baby. This boy is very friendly, very sweet dog and he is active, inquisitive, friendly and all puppy. He is good with other dogs, cats and kids. If you are interested, email email@example.com. He is in New England.
This is Possum, a 12 week old male Great Pyrenees mix puppy. He is adoptable, he is adorable, and he is available. Start your engines. firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact.
Meet Bart. This barely a year old Saint Bernard boy needs a foster (or forever) home as his Mom is leaving for a vacation. Bart needs playful dog friends and someone to give him puppy tummy rubs. This is a big puppy and he plays like a puppy. Homes with squashable dogs (yorkies, etc) will not work as he will play with (and squash) them. He is an absolute love for big dog people. If you are interested, please email email@example.com. Bart is currently in CT.
Meet Oscar. Oscar is a 12 week old border collie mix puppy that some jerk literally threw in a dumpster. One good Samaritan brought him to us and he is a happy, healthy puppy now looking for his forever home. This puppy is perfectly wonderful and is social, active and outgoing. This is a perfect family dog for someone who wants a smart, active medium-sized dog. If you are interested, leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fonzie is a 12 week old collie/Great Pyrenees mix puppy. He is one of 6 from the same litter we have in rescue thatis ready for a home. Fonzie (fyi – we are not responsible for naming him) is a cute, fluffy, solid black ball of fur that looks like a black bear cub with pointier ears. Fonzie is friendly, outgoing and sweet. He will likely weigh in the 70 pound range as an adult. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Fonzie, email email@example.com.
If you would like to help sponsor Fonzie, you can do so here: http://bigfluffydogs.chipin.com/sponsor-fonzie
Meet Jared, a 10-12 week old border collie/Great Pyrenees mix puppy. What can we say? He’s adorable. He is looking for a forever home in New England, but he needs a foster home for now. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Carmen, a 12 week old aussie mix. She’s chunky at just shy of 20 pounds and we have no idea what she’s mixed with, but Mom was an aussie. Carmen is cute, sweet and fluffy, but with no tail. She is adoptable now. Email email@example.com if interested or post a comment.
Conner is one of seven Aussie mix pups in rescue with Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. He does well with everyone and everything. He weighs in at 20 pounds and is a happy sassy boy. If you are interested in adopting Conner, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here.