Thursday, May 31, 2012

Aunt Helenes Letter 5/31/12

Thank you so much for all your support. We are still in good position in the Shelter Challenge but we need to continue until 17 of June. Please keep voting.
Today I travelled with two dogs to our Vet Dr. Randall Villalobos in San Ramón. We made a blood test from each one and one of them has “Erlichia”. Tomorrow we start with the treatment. We are very sorry but we hope all will be fine. Yesterday I brought our beloved Sissi to the airport. She is already in the United States and she is very happy. She behaved well on her trip and is living in a wonderful, loving home.
Tomorrow I have to travel to La Fortuna where Ivana, who will take two of our dogs – Roy and Millie – to Germany on 11th of June is making vacations. There is a new form to fill for the exportation of the dogs and it is new that this form needs the signature of the person who takes the dogs with them. They make it always more complicated but what can I do. I want my dogs happy and they are already expected in Frankfurt. Millie was saved from a German couple in Puerto Viejo. They found me in the internet, brought me Millie and she is now more than four months with us. She is eight years old and her immune system is low but she is now a lot better and she looks really beautiful. She is a very sweet dog and I am so happy for her. I have the paperwork ready (only the signature tomorrow) and I hope she will have a good flight.  For me it will be like always hours of waiting and hoping the best for the dogs they are on their way.
The couple – now my friends – who saved her are really in love with her and she will have a wonderful life – the best she can get!!!!
Melissa and Sonia are very happy. I got another phone call today from her new mother Melania. What a joy for me!!!
I ask you again to help me to find a good home for our wonderful dog Amor.
You can see photos of Amor in
Please remember, that we need your vote!
Send you all my best wishes and I want to thank you with all my heart for your help. You are making a change in this world.
Many hugs Helene

Monday, May 28, 2012

Llutu and Bandito



Keep your fingers crossed that we got our internet issues fixed. Mom worries that if we don't have internet we might miss being able to help some furkid somewhere.

The two new furkids here at Lighthouse, Llutu and Bandito, are doin' great!! Mom's gonna make an appointment for them to get "fixed" and then they can join us out back here. Right now they are out front in their ex-pens during the day and at night they sleep in the clinic room.
They sure are cuties and they're gonna need their own home soon!!! They're little so they won't take up much room!! Anybody looking for some sweet lap babies?

Don't tell Mom I said so but I think Bandito might be a little cross-eyed.

And we have some visiting dogs right now too. Ashley, Cooper, Misty and Pogo visit quite often so they are like part of the family. We love them just like we do our own crew!!


We're still trying to find a family for Amor. His dad dumped him, then left on a boat. Amor chased every boat up and down the river for three months waiting for that evil man to return. Aunt Helene heard about him and went after him.
He's a totally devoted furkid and needs to get out of the shelter and into a loving home.
If you're thinking about adopting PLEASE consider Amor. You can see his story at
http://mrbudbud.blogspot.com/2012/05/amor-means-love-and-he-really-needs-it.html


Fabio wants a home too!! We're attaching a pic of him!!
He's a cutie with LOADS of personality.
Aunt Helene has LOTS AND LOTS of furkids that need homes!! Check out her adoptables at
www.meetyourdog.com

You might just find a BFF!!!!!


Please don't forget to vote again today and every day!!

Tailwags!!
BudBud

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Two Adoptions, Two New Rescues

 Bandito


 Llutu

WHOOO HOOOO!!!! Two more adoptions for Aunt Helenes dogs!!!! We're SOOOO glad!!!

We got two new furkids in today too here at Lighthouse!! They're cute little tykes. We named them Llutu and Bandito. That's their pics up above!!
Somebody just threw 'em away like yesterdays garbage. What is it with humans anyway? How come they can't all be like Mom, Dad and Aunt Helene??? 

Anyway, here's Aunt Helenes letter about the two furkids new home!!


Dear Friends of Frances!
Thank you so much for all your support. We are still in good position in the Shelter Challenge but we need to continue until 17 of June. Please keep voting.
Today I travelled to Aguas Zarcas near San Carlos to see the home where two of my dogs will live in the future.  A very nice couple visited us on Thursday and felt in love with three dogs. They want to adopt two dogs. So I brought three dogs with me to see how they do in their house. It was not an easy decision. They all were so sweet and well behaved and they liked them all but finally after spending hours with them the decision was to keep Sonia and Melissa.
Linneth went back home with us. When we arrived late she got a special dinner to let her forget the long trip.
I am very happy with my girls but I always are missing them for many days and I will call tomorrow and after this many times also. But I am sure these nice people will call me and let me know how they are and I will visit them in the next weeks.
Melissa came to my home two years ago. She is one of our sweetest dogs and we love her very much.
Sonia found me with her three puppies – Francini, Melanie and Faby. Francini – now named Francia lives with a very nice family in Moravia and Melanie – now Vida is adopted in Canada from a very special mother – Adrienne! Faby is still with us and now her mother is adopted.
I wish Melissa and Sonia so much luck in their future life and I will never forget them. They will always be my babies.
I ask you again to help me to find a good home for our wonderful dog Amor.
You can see photos of Amor in
Please remember, that we need your vote!
Send you all my best wishes and I want to thank you all with all my heart for your help. You are making a change in this world.
Many hugs Helene

Monday, May 21, 2012

"Amor" means "Love" and he really needs it!!

 Aunt Helene is trying REAL hard to find a human for Amor to adopt. He's very sad without a human of his own.
If you ever wanted a BEST "best friend" this guy could be the one!!
  AMOR

He is the dog I rescued in Los Chiles. I wrote already the story a few weeks ago. 
Amor is a dog who needs urgent a family. He is very close to people. He will love his owner with all his heart but it would be better he is the only dog because he wants to be the one who gets the attention. Other dogs have to stay back. 
He is sad alone and he is sad with other dogs because what he really wants is a human being who loves him. He really needs a family.
Here is his story again so you remember.
Early this year a lady from Canada called me and asked me to pick up a dog she has seen on her vacation. She told me, "We made a boat trip in Los Chiles and as we started up the river, a dog started to run along the path at a tremendous rate. The person driving the boat said the dog's owner abandoned him in the town and took a boat to Nicaragua and the dog has raced up and down the waterway every day for three months - sometimes four times a day - looking in every boat that went by, every single one looking for the horrible human being that abandoned him -  running twenty miles a day. He jumped over creeks, swam over canals (and there are crocodiles) and kept looking at us  "Are you there?"  "Where are you?" ... a couple of us started to cry. When we got back I bought food and fed him. He is a sweetheart! Then he disappeared to the river to find the person that broke his little heart."
I wrote her back that I am willing to help and two days later I traveled to Los Chiles and picked the dog up. Los Chiles is on the border to Nicaragua – from where I live a 4 ½ hour trip (one way). I found the dog exactly where she told me he always is before the boat starts, brought him home, named him Amor and here he is waiting for a wonderful home he deserves. He is very attached to humans, is beautiful and loves attention. You can see photos of him in my website http://meetyourdog.com/DOGS_THEY_FOUND_US_2012.html

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Roys Story, from Aunt Helene



One day I got a phone call. I should come to San Miguel. A Huskie was there and his eye was cut. I traveled immediately to this urbanization which was built by the government for the poor people. 
When I arrived I saw a big Huskie. With the help of some people I put him in my car and brought him to my Vet Dr. Randall Villalobos. He made surgery and could save his eye. He can move it and it is not draining. The only he cannot see with this eye.
I had for several weeks to inject him, to keep him quiet and to put drops in his eye. But I did it with pleasure and I was so happy when all went well. He had to wear the plastic protection for a long time. But finally he was healed and very happy. 
He is a quiet, sweet dog. He looks very impressive and is beautiful. He found a good way to accept that he cannot see with one eye and he is behaving very well.
The owner begged me not to give him back because it was one of her family members who did this damage to this peaceful dog. I named him Roy and he is living now in Dogland with two black, beautiful women dogs. They are playing the whole day and Roy loves to sit on the table (where he looks even bigger) and enjoys.

One day a friend of mine and big friend of Dogland together with his wife fell in love with Roy. They visited him several times and wanted to adopt him. Roy was very happy when he went away with them and I was happy for him. 

But his intelligence and his love for freedom finished his the stay with his new parents very quickly.

Frank was telling me:
Part1: With this Husky, it was quite different. We know that the breed is notorious for running (sled dogs), but Roy's temperament was great and his energy was so level and chill that we figured we could CRACK the window for him so he could get some air. 
The space he jumped through was barely big enough for his ears to fit through- I was amazed! This dog weighs at least 100 lbs (almost twice the size of Cane). 
Concerning our ability to travel with dogs, that is very funny but we've travelled with all of them via car & plane on an almost daily basis without incident (knocks on wood LOL). 

Anyway, I'm just thanking God that Anna & the baby are OK because it was her side of the car that smashed into the rocks. Not a scratch. 
In the car then leaping out the window of moving car. Driver reaches out to grab collar to cushion the fall. Suffers injury to arm/shoulder/neck. Still driving crashes into ditch/rock&dirt wall. Verifies safety of wife then dashes after Houdini the Husky. 

Part 2: Husky secured. Trying to shake off the effects of the car accident. Back home and introducing Roy AKA Houdini to the rest of the pack. Walk the property with all 3 dogs to help the process and show Roy the boundaries.

Roy Houdini quickly figures out that by rubbing up against the coffee plants at a certain angle, he can pop the clasp of the leash. 

I corral him and bring him back to the fenced-in area next to the house. Houdini apparently watched me the ONE time I latched the gate closed because the moment I turn my back he runs over and opens (yes OPENS) the gate and heads for the hills literally. 

Picture it- Sicily 1957. OK, more like the mountains of San Ramon 2011 but you get the idea. Full sprinting gringo in flip flops chases a huge and menacing looking Siberian Husky through the hills. Up and down muddy slopes at steep incline, through coffee fields, cow pastures, barb-wire fences, and local tico family farm properties...

Houdini shows no intention of stopping or heeding a word I say. All out sprinting through the scenery for about a mile. He's disappeared behind a farm house. Which way did he go? Chickens and roosters protest and flail out of the coop- I'm back on the trail!!! 

Can barely breathe now, but if I don't catch him on this chase he is likely lost forever. Houdini keeps running and heads back into the hills. The great escape artist seems to be tiring a little so I shift into overdrive to get a little closer. He pauses a moment to choose direction at a fork in the greenery and the overheating gringo seizes his opportunity. 

A lunging tackle and the elusive giant is apprehended. I ran for so long and so far without thinking of anything but the goal, and now was rather clueless regarding our location at least Roy AKA Houdini would be safe. 

Part 3 (Final Act): After 24 hours with our new friend Roy, we realized that we were not at all equipped to handle his escape artist skill-set in our present circumstances. I loaded him in the car and brought him back to the safety and security of "Dogland". He almost got me killed twice in 24 hours and landed our vehicle in the shop, but we still ♥ him. What a great soul :-) We will visit him and all the other dogs in "Dogland" often and will do what we can to help Helene on her mission to keep all the lost dogs of San Ramon safe.

Roy came back only 24 hours later and he sit again on the table looking at his two beautiful women dogs as never had happened something.
Roy has a sponsor in Germany  - they are my great supporters in Germany  - and they decided to adopt him. So the end of the story is that Roy will fly 11th of June with Condor airlines to Frankfurt/Germany. They are already impatient waiting for him.

Please remember, that we need your vote!
Send you all my best wishes and I want to thank you all with all my heart for your help. You are making a change in this world.
Many hugs Helene

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kiara and Daimon


Here's Aunt Helenes story for today!! Please don't forget to vote!!
 Just go to www.theanimalrescuesite.com
and click on the vertical tab "shelter challenge." Then click on Costa Rica for the country and click search and look for "Asociacion Elena - Perros que ME encontraron"  Click on that and click VOTE and then type in the letters/numbers that appear to confirm your vote!!!!

Today I want to tell the story of our beloved Kiara and Daimon.
Before Christmas 2010 I got a pone call from a girl (Sally), born in Germany. She was in 2010 volunteering in Costa Rica on a school near San Carlos. She told me crying that she saw a woman giving away puppies to everybody who went by. The puppies were only four weeks old. She took first a female but went back to get the last puppy also – it was a male. Now she was with the two puppies and her hosting family allowed her to take the puppies only for one night. She tried to get another place but nobody was helpful. She called her mother in Germany in the middle of the night and told her the situation. Her mother – also a big dog lover – started to search in the Internet and she found my website. Sally called me and I said first I cannot but she was so sad and bagging me so I said finally yes (like always). On the next day she brought me in a bag (on the bus from San Carlos) the two small puppies. They were very sweet but they make a lot of work. Sally wanted me to keep them and try to get them as soon as possible to Germany. The problem is that the Rabies shot cannot be given before the age of four months. So first we waited 3 months more to give them the shot. One month after the shot we sent the blood to Kansas for the blood test. After the blood test we had to wait three month more to have the possibility to get all the papers for the flight. We needed on the end nearly nine months to get them both to Germany. It was very touching and we all – Sally, her mother and I – were very happy when they finally arrived Frankfurt.  Sally was working in Germany to get the money together for all the costs to get them to her. We are always in contact and we are now good friends and we love each other. Daimon and Kiara – the name of the two dogs – are now big, healthy, beautiful and happy in the house of Sally where she is living with her mother and another dog and a cat.
Please we all need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. Send you all my best wishes and I want to thank you all with all my heart for your help. You are making a change in this world.
Many hugs Helene

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Aunt Helenes Letter 5-17-12



Today I want to tell the story of our beloved Marcello.

Marcello was a dog on the chain. He lived not far away from me and I tried to change his life speaking with the owner to give him food and water and a house where he can sleep in. 


Every time I visited him there was no water and I never saw some food. Everybody warned me not to get close to him – he could attack me - but I got close and I hugged him and he was so grateful. 

He was without fur. He had fleas, ticks and lice. The skin seemed to be unable to produce hair anymore. His body was in fear and pain. I could not change for him anything, my heart was breaking, I could not sleep and I decided to take him with me. It was such happiness for me to see him going better. 

We put him free of parasites, we made surgery, we put a tumor away and he got a special care, good food and always fresh water. He is together with two beautiful dog ladies – Iris and Elvira and he is today a beautiful, sweet dog with a lot of self-esteem.  His size seems to be twice and nearly all his hair came back. The former owner of Marcello has now two small dogs and they have a life you can at least accept.

We all love Marcello and we are happy we could help him to be a happy and healthy dog. He is now seven or eight years old and nobody would recognize him. I never take a picture when the dog is in bad condition. It seems to me without respect. Now we have many good photos. 


Once he was nearly adopted because he was very similar to a dog a wonderful dog lover couple had lost and was looking in Dogland for another dog. But because of his age they decided to take another dog – our beloved Alvaro which I picked up from the street after a car accident, healed him and he got adopted only three months after he found me.

Please we all need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. Send you all my best wishes and I want to thank you all with all my heart for your help. You are making a change in this world.

Many hugs Helene

Poor Little Sofi!!


Aunt Nancy called last night really worried about little Sofi, her tiny furkid.
Sofi has had an ear infection and was doing better until last night when she started shaking, seemed really frantic, and was shaking her head and itching. Aunt Nancy told Mom that Sofis ear was REALLY red inside. Mom thought maybe an allergic reaction to the medicine and told her to take Sofi back to Dr. Sharon right away.
When the doc saw Sofi she knew immediately that it WAS an allergic reaction. Not to the medicine but to something maybe Sofi had gotten into in the grass. Her belly was all red too and she was going into anaphalactic shock like Mom does if she accidentally eats anything with sesame in it.

Doc gave Sofi some shots and some other meds and she started to improve right away.

That's pretty scary when that happens. Poor little Sofi has had a rough time. She's had a fungus on her feet and now this!! Poor baby!!
Dr. Sharon sold them some little shoes for Sofi for when she goes outside. Y'all say a prayer and send some positive energy for her please!!

I'm feeling a little better. I'm still not GREAT but I'm getting there. I don't like for Mom to get too far away though. I stay real close to her all the time. Mom is kinda my "safe harbor."
Y'all say some prayers and send healing thoughts for me too please.


We're still in 1st place thanks to you folks!! Thank you!!!
Just go to www.theanimalrescuesite.com
and click on the vertical tab "shelter challenge." Then click on Costa Rica for the country and click search and look for "Asociacion Elena - Perros que ME encontraron"  Click on that and click VOTE and then type in the letters/numbers that appear to confirm your vote!!!! The next time you go to the vote site there should be a little thing at the bottom of the vote thing that says, "This is the shelter you voted for during your last visit." All ya gotta do is click VOTE!! Ya don't even have to do a search!





Please don't forget to vote today and every day. We really want to help Aunt Helene win this one. You can see her furkids at www.meetyourdog.com

Tailwags,

BudBud

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We've Got COMPANY!!!!




We've got COMPANY!! And they LOVE us furkids!! Caroline is originally from Scotland and is now living in Australia. Daniel is from Australia. They talk different from Mom and Dad and we like listening to them! And they both give GREAT bellyrubs!!!! They're only staying one more night but we wish they were staying a lot longer!
We're attaching pics!!!


We're all tryin' to get used to our new haircuts. It's a little chilly at night so Mom puts little blankets over us.
I was really sick yesterday too. I was throwing up my food and stuff and just felt really yucky. Mom was real worried about me.
I feel a little better today. Mom's giving me some medicine for my tummy.

Y'all say some prayers and send some healing energy ok?

Aunt Helene sends her love and MANY MANY thanks for all you're trying to do to help her win!!!

Here's a pic of one of her furkids "gettin' her nose." wagwagwag!!

 THANK YOU!!!! We're still in 1st place!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!! Please keep voting!! The 2nd place shelter is gaining on us!!!!
Just go to www.theanimalrescuesite.com
and click on the vertical tab "shelter challenge." Then click on Costa Rica for the country and click search and look for "Asociacion Elena - Perros que ME encontraron"  Click on that and click VOTE and then type in the letters/numbers that appear to confirm your vote!!!! The next time you go to the vote site there should be a little thing at the bottom of the vote thing that says, "This is the shelter you voted for during your last visit." All ya gotta do is click VOTE!! Ya don't even have to do a search!

Monday, May 14, 2012

SUMMER CUTS!!!







We hope all you Mommys had a GREAT Mothers Day!!! Mom spent most of hers helping us get shaved down to summer cuts. We've never been "naked" before!! It feels  kinda funny!! Here's some pics of us in the process!!

Below is Aunt Helenes story for today!! Please don't forget to vote for her in the challenge!! Just go to www.theanimalrescuesite.com
and click on the vertical tab "shelter challenge." Then click on Costa Rica for the country and click search and look for "Asociacion Elena - Perros que ME encontraron"  Click on that and click VOTE and then type in the letters/numbers that appear to confirm your vote!!!! The next time you go to the vote site there should be a little thing at the bottom of the vote thing that says, "This is the shelter you voted for during your last visit." All ya gotta do is click VOTE!! Ya don't even have to do a search!

Dear friends of Frances!
Thank you for voting for us. Please we need every day your vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All my dogs are happy and waiting that I put them in their beds. We had a quiet Sunday with a lot of work but without (bad) surprises! The weather was very warm and beautiful. Two dogs arrived today for boarding. They are with us already the third time. This time for nearly three weeks.
I took today some pictures from our new puppies with their mother. We found them in San Miguel – a village not far away from us. They are two months old and really sweet. The photos are not the best because the mother is protecting them very strong.
Please take a look at
The dog which has his castration on Friday is still with us until he is fully recovered and has his vaccinations. He will go back to his owner in a few days.
I want to tell you the story of our beloved Carolina:
Carolina was born in February 2008. She came with her mother Paula and her three sisters Michelle, Mindy and Paulina in the age of a few weeks.
One day Dee from Canada visited me and looked for a dog for her stay of one year in Costa Rica – meanwhile studying in the University. She felt in love with Paula – renamed her Tank and took Tank with her to her wonderful home in Canada.  Tank is living now like a queen and I am so happy.
Her daughter Carolina was two years ago adopted from a couple from the United States. They lived in San Ramón but after six months they decided to leave the country. I didn´t want them to take Carolina because where they were going was too dangerous for my dog. And I was right. Her mother for six months confirmed me that they now have a very hard and not very comfortable life. I am sorry for them but I am happy for my dog. The problem is that Carolina is very close to people. Even when we try to do our best she still prefers to be part of a family. She is trying to get attention from every visitor who is coming and is crying when they went away. We have so many pretty dogs – en total we have 180 dogs – so the competition is big.
Carolina is a very sweet, peaceful, easygoing, beautiful and lovely dog which goes well with children and other dogs. She is now 4 years old but she is still a young dog and she is a very healthy dog. Her weight is 13,5 kg.
Her mother Paula was adopted in the age of more than 5 years.
The most similar to their mother Paula is Paulina which is the reason for her name.
I think everybody who wants to adopt Carolina will fall in love with her.
Please let me know when you want to see the album of photos from Carolina.
Please we all need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. I thank you with all my heart.
Many hugs Helene

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Aunt Helenes Letter 5/10/12

Dear friends of Frances!
Thank you for voting for us. Please we need every day your vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My friend "Mette My" visited us in December 2011/January 2012. In January I was travelling to my friends in Playa Coyote. They had already two dogs adopted from Dogland and wanted a third dog – our beloved Felix – another beautiful big black dog! Felix arrived happy his new wonderful home and for luck the other dogs accepted him immediately as their friend. 
I spent several hours with them on the beach and it was a wonderful day. 

I traveled back on the same day and on the Ferry from Playa Naranjo to Puntarenas I got a phone call from a lady from San Miguel de Piedades Sur. Somebody left a puppy on the street and it was hit by a car. She asked me if I could pass by and pick the screaming baby up. I said yes and when I came from Puntarenas and arrived on my way home San Miguel I picked the baby up. 
It had his back broken and I took her carefully home. On the next day I brought her to my Vet Dr. Randall Villalobos. The X-ray showed it was broken but there was hope that it heals well because of the age of the dog. 

My spent many hours with the baby, gave her the name ALMA, was day and night with her and let her sleep in her bed. Alma was very well taken care and she was soon in a lot better condition and wanted to play. She was a puppy. We had to keep her quiet and in observation. When My left she was already walking.

 Alma

My felt in love with Alma and when she finally came home to Belgium she wrote me and asked if she can adopt Alma. It was a very happy moment for me. We are now in the process to get the paperwork done which needs for Europe four (!) months. One month is over, we sent the blood to Kansas and are waiting for the result of the test for anti-rabies antibody in vaccinated dogs. When all is going well Alma can fly in August to Europe!!!!!!!!!!

My felt in love with a second dog from Dogland – Jessica - but the costs for every dog bringing them to Europe are $ 700. She will pay this for Alma but for Jessica there is no money left. I will try to get some money together to try and help and we will see what we can do. It would be a dream to give another dog such a wonderful opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica

Please help me to help others. All my dogs need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. I thank you with all my heart.
Many hugs Helene

Monday, May 7, 2012

Little Miracles

Miracles do happen

Here's Aunt Helenes letter for Tuesday!! It's REALLY interesting  and has a happy ending!! Me and Mom love to read stories like this 'cause it proves there's miracles out there for those homeless furkids. Ya just gotta believe!!
 
Dear friends of Frances!

Thank you for voting for us. Please we need every day your vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am still waiting to hear more news about our upcoming adoption in Canada – this will be number 4 to go to Canada.

Our first adopted dog in Canada was sent in 2010 to my beloved friend Fiona. The story started with the visit of Sarah from Canada in Dogland in Costa Rica. She liked our place very much. A few weeks later she wrote me from Canada that she cannot forget a dog she saw in Playa Samara during her vacations. I offered her to travel to Playa Samara to look for the dog, take him with me and send him after recovering to Canada. But I couldn´t find the dog. On the way back to my car a lady was coming to me and asked if am Helene and what I am looking for. I showed her the picture of the dog and she answered that she knows the dog. A friend of her adopted him a few weeks ago. I was so excited but when we called the man he told us that this dog died two days before I arrived.

I was so sad and wrote all to Sara.

Sara´s friend Fiona was touched about the story and she liked also that I was willing to travel to find the dog. She was looking for a dog and she decided to adopt a dog from Dogland.

This is her first letter she sent me:

Hello Helene!

I am Fiona, a friend of Sarah Lowe's.  I believe she may have been in contact with you recently? Through Sarah, I have heard many wonderful things about you and about your dog rescue efforts!

We live in Ontario, Canada though we have been spending the last year in France.  We are now en route back to our home near Toronto.  We had been planning this year in France for over 5 years, and also planned to get a dog once we finished this sabbatical year.

And that time has come!

I am really excited to think that we might bring a dog into our homes and hearts in the near future.  We have been dogless for the last 5 years, since my 2 beloved dogs, Sprite and Basil, both passed away within a month of each other due to age-related health problems.  They were 13 and 14 yrs old.  At the time, our children were babies and we decided to hold off on adopting a furry family member.  The children are now 5 and 7 yrs old, and love dogs and are looking forward to adopting one.  We also have 2 cats, one of whom is quite elderly.

I would be honored if you would consider us as an adoptive family for one of your wonderful dogs there in Costa Rica.  I don't really know how we go about this process, so any information you can give me, or any questions you have for me, would be wonderful!

We want to open our hearts and home to a dog who is gentle with children and ignores cats. My son, who is 7, has boundless energy and would love a dog to play chase with and throw a ball to.  My daughter, aged 5, thinks she would like to dress a dog up in a tutu and have a tea party with him or her!  I have tried to explain that most dogs would not want to wear a tutu or drink tea!   Jane is working on a new plan that involves petting a dog and brushing him or her.  We own our own home, and have a very large fenced back yard.  I expect that I could take a dog to work with me much of the time as I am a veterinarian, so I work in a very dog-friendly environment.

I hope you will consider us if you have a dog that might be happy in our home!

Best wishes,
Fiona

We exchanged many e-mails and I sent many pictures and descriptions and finally Fiona decided for Moritz. I was so nervous when I sent my first dog to Canada and waited late in the night until Fiona sent me the good news – HE ARRIVED WELL and she liked him!!!

Moritz is living a wonderful life with Fiona and her family. It makes me so happy that Fiona always sends me photos and reports because she knows I love all my dogs deeply and they are always in my heart.

Fiona is a vet so it will be no surprise that she is an avid animal lover and had been a dog owner in the past. And after living abroad for a year, Fiona and her husband knew the time had come to add another member to their family. The entire adoption process took only 12 days. From the initial introduction to the time Moritz touched down in Toronto.  Moritz was chosen for Fiona and her family because of his playful and gentle nature and his ability to get along with cats!

By all reports the match is perfect. Now, when Moritz isn’t running around with Fiona’s 5 and 7 year old children he can be found keeping company with her other pets, 2 cats.

Just yesterday arrived again an e-mail from Fiona with two beautiful pictures of Moritz. She wrote:

Hi Helene!

Just wanted to let you know that Moritz is continuing to do well and has so much fun here with us. Here is a photo taken today at a park. We were there for 3 hours and he ran around where-ever he wanted, chasing bugs and having fun with the children!
He is such a sweet dog!

Thanks again for sending him to us!
Love Fiona

Fiona and her family were in the fortunate position of being able to adopt a dog, but many other dog lovers aren't. For this reason I created a sponsorship program that allows people to sponsor one of the dogs so that I can continue to provide them with all the necessities of life. Please take a look at www.meetyourdog.com to see current residents of 'Dogland' – page “Our beloved dogs”.

We got today two more dogs for boarding.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

NICOLE GOT ADOPTED!!!!



Here's Aunt Helenes letter today!! NICOLE GOT ADOPTED!!! YAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She will be SOOO much happier with a family to love!! WE'RE ALL SO HAPPY FOR HER!!!
You GO Nicole and you too Aunt Helene!!! You're doin' a great job finding homes for these furkids!!
Don't forget to vote for her shelter every day please!!! 
www.animalrescuesite.com and vote for "Asociacion Elena - Perros que ME encontraron" in Costa Rica!!
 
Dear friends of Frances!
Thank you for voting for us. Please we need every day your vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today we had a wonderful adoption. Jackie and Bob - big dog lover - brought me their dog, Jazmine, for boarding and at the same time they were looking for a good company for her. After seeing all the dogs they both decided to adopt Nicole and they are really in love with her. She will live in a beautiful property on the beach in Uvita. Nicole is a very sweet and beautiful dog and we wish her the best for her new life. 10 months ago we found Nicole in a box in front of our gate together with her sisters Gaetana and Violetta and her brother Frank (Sinatra). These babies were six weeks old and very thin. We gave them all what they needed and they changed to healthy, sweet, energetic and beautiful dogs in very good shape. Jackie and Bob will come back to us on Friday to pick both – Jazmine and Nicole - up to travel back to their home – the new home for Nicole. They promised me to send photos and to keep me updated about Nicole. It is always hard for me to let a baby go but I know she will live better than with me. She will receive a lot of love and all the attention she needs.
Jackie and Bob were fascinated to see all the dogs in such good condition. This makes me happy and we really do our best to keep them healthy and happy and to offer them the best life we can.
Our concrete path is ready and it looks good. Now everybody who comes to visit us can go up easily even when it is in the rainy season.
Please we all need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. I thank you with all my heart.
Many hugs Helene

 OH!!! And Mom got my comfort shirt made!! WHOOO HOOO!!!! I am SOOOOO handsome in that thing!! Take a look and tell me I'm not a sexy little guy!!


Tailwags!!!
BudBud


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Neat shirts for us furkids

Mom started making shirts for us to maybe help us not be so afraid when it thunders!! The first one she made fits Mieko pretty good except the front flap, that goes around the chest, is a little long. It still fits pretty good though, except the end of the flap sticks out a little. Mom's gonna make some more when she gets some more velcro. They're made from a stretchie material and they're supposed to fit real snug and make us feel secure...like we do when you hug us. We do love bein' hugged y'know.




Aunt Hlelenes letter 5-3-12

Dear friends of Frances!
Thank you for voting for us. Please we need every day your vote. All my dogs are sending greetings.
Yesterday we picked up a dog – big size – with five puppies. They are now together in a yard and sleep in a big house. Every stomach is filled and the world seems to be good.
Today I brought three adult dogs for surgery. One of the dogs has two puppies which I have also now with me. We wait with the surgery. When they will stay with me there is no hurry. So we got yesterday and today in total 11 dogs more. It is scaring but what can I do. They are all full of parasites and the mother of the puppies needs a “Sarna” treatment. Always when they have difficult situations – having puppies, not enough food, sleeping outside, parasites – their immune system goes down and one of the first damaged organs is the skin.
The two puppies are in the moment together with our youngest family member Kevin. He was until now alone because he is still too small to get well with the other puppies – Victor, Vicky (sister and brother), Estefanie and Estefan (sister and brother) and Roxana (daughter of Rebecca). Now Kevin is happy – only the two new puppies are missing their mother and screaming but the mother needs quietness after her surgery from today. The other two females they got surgery today are a small brown dog and middle size white dog. The brown dog will go back on Friday to his owner. The other dogs will stay with us. Especially the mother dog has to be healed from “Sarna”.
They all will get or have already their shots, deworming pills and treatments to be free from parasites.
We are making a new concrete path for walking up to the dogs until the rainy season starts. There is a lot to repair and to clean.
I am coming back from feeding all the new dogs, putting ticks out, put the spray for the fleas on and pet them – it is so touching to see how grateful and happy they are. Some with more, some with less fear. I am sure tomorrow they will be all confident and different. This makes me happy. They are now safe and sleeping well tonight.
Please we all need your help and so we are asking: Please keep voting for us. I thank you from all my heart.
Many hugs Helene

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Aunt Helene sent us this story last night. It's a sad story with a happy ending. Aunt Helene does wonderful things for the animals. Please vote for her in this challenge!!


Early this year a lady from Canada called me and asked me to pick up a dog she has seen on her vacation. She told me, "We made a boat trip in Los Chiles and as we started up the river, a dog started to run along the path at a tremendous rate. The person driving the boat said the dog's owner abandoned him in the town and took a boat to Nicaragua and the dog has raced up and down the waterway every day for three months - sometimes four times a day - looking in every boat that went by, every single one looking for the horrible human being that abandoned him -  running twenty miles a day. He jumped over creeks, swam over canals (and there are crocodiles) and kept looking at us  "Are you there?"  "Where are you?" ... a couple of us started to cry. When we got back I bought food and fed him. He is a sweetheart! Then he disappeared to the river to find the person that broke his little heart."
I wrote her back that I am willing to help and two days later I traveled to Los Chiles and picked the dog up. Los Chiles is on the border to Nicaragua – from where I live a 4 ½ hour trip (one way). I found the dog exactly where she told me he always is before the boat starts, brought him home, named him Amor and here he is waiting for a wonderful home he deserves. He is very attached to humans, is beautiful and loves attention. You can see photos of him in my website http://meetyourdog.com/DOGS_THEY_FOUND_US_2012.html
I was very happy that I found him and the lady from Canada is happy to know him safe.
All my dogs are sending greetings and are very grateful. Please keep voting for us. Many hugs Helene

PLEASE help us to help Aunt Helene win this challenge.
When we found out we weren't allowed to win the challenge this time me and Mom spent hours researching all the international shelters to see which one to help. If you remember, in a previous post, we mentioned that every shelter we researched has outside funding and that some are sending plane loads of dogs to the US shelters. Here's a recent news story about one. http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/iteam/I-Team-Atlanta-Humane-Society-Animal-Origins

Aunt Helene is like us. She works out of her own pocket and on what few donations she can get. And she doesn't send plane loads of dogs to the US where they ALREADY have way too many street dogs.
We REALLY REALLY want to help her since we aren't allowed to win two in a row.
We're attaching a pic of Amor. Maybe one of you will decide he's make a wonderful new family member!! How can a human just abandon a cute furkid like this? Don't they even CARE????
I'm sure glad there are people like Mom, Aunt Helene and YOU FOLKS who DO care and are willing to help us.

All of us furkids and featherkids say THANK YOU!!!!!

Tailwags!!!
BudBud