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Dog E-News Maine Edition - Winter 2005
 


IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Pup
Meet Char is a gorgeous silver/gray Husky Shepherd mix with hazel eyes recently transferred from a kill shelter in Arkansas.

Success Stories
Ella was transferred to Dogs deserve Better from the Mason County Animal Shelter in West Virginia. She was turned in by her owners who kept her chained out 24/7

Save a Dog - Go Shopping
Do your holiday shopping
on-line and help our canine community at the same time


Foster Homes Needed
As Winter is upon us, the need for warm, safe, loving sanctuaries for our rescued dogs is becoming urgent.

The more foster homes we have, the more dogs can come in from their cold and lonely existence.



SAVE A DOG - GO SHOPPING!

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That’s right, do your holiday shopping on-line and help our canine community at the same time –– purchase a new CD, the latest bestseller, essentials like toothpaste or vitamins, even a computer.

But first join http://www.iGive.com/DDBMaine

Every time you shop at one of the over 600 name-brand stores such as Lands End, PetCo, and Borders through iGive.com, we’ll receive a donation of up to 26% of each purchase you make, at no cost to you.

Remember, donating to Dogs Deserve Better won’t cost you a thing. But we’ll miss out on a lot of extra dough, if you don’t join. So visit http://www.iGive.com/DDBMaine

Membership is free and your privacy is guaranteed.

Happy Holidays and Thank you for caring about our pups!


Reminders for New Parents

If you have adopted a Southern dog - Please remember to keep him/her on heartworm prevention (Heartguard) throughout the Winter months.

Heartworm larvea can exist in a dog's system for up to 6 months before being detected by a heatworm test. Just because the summer and mosquitos have gone - does not make your dog safe from this deadly disease.


Ways You Can Help

 



 
 
 
 

MEET CHAR!

Mr.Bob

CHAR
Portland, Maine

Char is a gorgeous silver/gray Husky Shepherd mix with hazel eyes recently transferred from a kill shelter in Arkansas.

Words cannot describe how handsome this dog is.

Char is one sweet dog.

This boy is such a love. He just thrives on human attention.

He is just thrilled to be in Maine. The first thing he did when he arrived in his foster home was to take all of the toys out of the toy basket and play with each one.

Char seems to prefer tennis balls - but likes rope and squeeky toys as well.

Even though Char is a southern dog - He LOVES the snow. Char has been out romping and rolling with his best friend Lulu for days!

This boy is such a doll. He just wants your love and attention.

He is great in the home and a wonderful companion!

Click here to see more pictures of Char

 
 

SUCCESS STORIES

Ella

Ella Before Ella at Home

Ella was transferred to Dogs deserve Better from the Mason County Animal Shelter in West Virginia. She was turned in by her owners who kept her chained out 24/7. Knowing a dog of her size would not be able to find a home in the South, the shelter asked Dogs Deserve better to help find her a good home up North.

Ella arrived matted, skinny, completely untrained and unsocialized. She had never lived inside a home. We knew as soon as Ella rolled over to show us her belly - that all she needed was a little love, training and a bath.

Kathy and Joe saw Ella on our Petfinder site and were determined to make her a part of their family. Below is the latest report from Ella's new mom. Look what a difference a little love and patience can make in a dog's life:

Ella is awesome.

She is eating a healthy breakfast and dinner. But, still doesn't quite know what to do with treats...so she hides them about the house. However, she loves popcorn and shares w/us when we watch movies.

She is growing and gaining strength in her back end. She is much better with stairs, but still slides around on the wood floors. Like Bambi on ice.

She had a play date with Kelly, a friend of ours 8 mos. old, adopted, mix breed. They did very well.

She is very curious about everything, and takes her time to examine everything when we take our walks. My daughter calls her Ella the explorer.

Ella at Home

We don't think she played very much and is discovering the concept...with us as well as other dogs...She doesn't quite know what to do with toys, balls, etc...

She has taken to sulking when I leave for work, so she now comes with me 2-3 days a week. I need to find a little barrel for her neck, then she would represent the perfect assistant.(I sell wine and spirits) She loves going and in between accounts we take many little walks.

She understands and learning very fast. We still only use the harness, and she understands "heal" and many other things. Since she doesn't quite know what to do with treats we reward her with lots of hugs and belly rubs...it is working since she loves the attention.

We are enjoying her so much and are grateful that she came into our lives.

Kathy

Click here to see dogs in need of good homes

 
   
 
 

LOVING FOSTER HOMES NEEDED

We are a Non-profit rescue organization that specializes in formerly chained and penned dogs. As Winter is upon us, the need for warm, safe, loving sanctuaries for our rescued dogs is becoming urgent. The more foster homes we have, the more dogs can come in from their cold and lonely existence.

Without foster homes, we could not accomplish anything, and we never have enough. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines the word "FOSTER" as this: "affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties." Something to think about.. not only will you be nurturing, but you will "share" that nurture, by getting it back from your charge a thousand fold.

These dogs need doors that will open wide for them and guardians that will "share" the love that they so desperately long for but may have never known.

Click here to learn more