Buster and Barney's Great Adventure
Two of DEAR's dogs, Buster and Barney, recently got what all dogs strive for, a forever home. Several weeks ago, people from Nantucket, Massachusetts, had shown an interest in Barney, a Mastiff mix and DEAR's largest dog. Paperwork was sent, returned, and processed. Folks from Nantucket agreed to travel to Scotland Neck to pick up Barney and transport him to his new home.
The big day arrived on Tuesday, January 15. Two DEAR members met the rehomers that morning for breakfast and then headed to DEAR to pick up Barney. A little time was spent getting Barney familiar with his new owners. Another surprise when they had also decided to rehome Barney's little pal, Buster, a small mixed terrier.
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DEAR Rehoming Success Stories: "It's in their eyes"
"It's in their eyes", said my wife as she sat mesmerized by look of the brown eyed cutie on the screen. Cornelia Morris kept the channel fixed during the commercials of the 2010 Westminster Dog Show in New York, with the same sense of excitement that she had 3 years ago. That is when we rescued Mildred, a Dalmatian/Beagle mix, from our local dog shelter and brought her into our home. The Morris family of Southern Pines, North Carolina was now being stirred by the wide eyed, brown mutt who seems to have a knack for looking at the camera on cue. The commercial coming to an end and encouraging adoption, the process had begun once again.
The first step was to look at availability on the internet for rescue dogs. Our first find was a cute Shih Tzu pup named Ragina from Havelock, North Carolina. Her family owner had to leave the country for military duty and she needed a good home. The process involved a 4 page application and a background check. Walter, the father, became uncomfortable with the "home visit" requirement for Ragina and thankfully, she was adopted before it would come to us. But alas, the hook to adopt was in.
Our next find was the Down East Animal Refuge in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. After a few pleasant emails from Claudia, the owner, we agreed on a new adoptee with no name. As we looked at her online, we decided on a name, Effie and made arrangements to pick her up on Saturday after her local vet visit. We met Claudia in Scotland Neck after a 3 hour drive and was taken to the kennel where we met our new puppy. She immediately started licking my daughter, Mary Mitchell, on the face and was comfortable in our arms. Claudia was nearly in tears as she said her goodbyes and said "you are going to a good home..."
On the way home, we renamed her Sadie ("she just didn't look like an Effie", quipped my daughter). With some trepidation, we took her to meet her new big sister, Mildred. It has been a blessing to watch Mildred who has taken her in, slept with her in her bed and seems happy to have a new playmate.
We thank the Down East Animal Refuge and especially Claudia for her help in arranging the adoption of Sadie and bringing joy to the Morris family.
Walter and Cornelia Morris, Southern Pines, North Carolina
Harley's Home in Virginia
Updated on December 4, 2010:
Two years ago on August 28, 2008 our family drove over to your Mother's home to visit as you were in town. You had brought from Scotland Neck, an 18 month old yellow lab girl for us to meet. She had been thrown away on the side of the road, chained to her dog house with a note that said, "My name is Harley". The vet said Harley had had a litter of puppies when she was just a puppy herself. She tested positive for heartworms and only weighed 30 pounds. Today, this wonderful, loving, sweet girl has been a member of our family for over 2 years. We could not begin to imagine our life without our "Harley Girl". Our older lab, Dubyah, and Harley became best friends from their very first meeting. They play, run, swim and sleep together every night. They have a certain time every evening when they "groom" each other. Harley also loves her kitty, Kramer. She makes sure his face is washed every morning!
Harley just had her annual check up with the vet and we are rejoicing as she now tests negative for heartworms! Her health is perfect!
I have attached a few photos so you can see what a happy girl she is.
We will always be grateful to you and DEAR for the tireless, loving work you all do to make the world a better place for animals down on their luck and looking for their forever homes.
We are so thankful Harley is ours.
Ron and Cheryl McLean
Virginia Beach, VA
By George, I'm Home
We are doing fine with George. George never barked in the beginning when we brought him home. We wondered if we had gotten the right dog as we needed one that barked. He has finally started barking and barks ateveryone. He acts like he is protecting his property for sure!
He was scared of everything and everyone but has gotten better about that. He still gets in his house when the airplanes are flying which sometimes is a lot. He loves to go for walks out in the back of ourproperty. C.E. wanted to try to catch him running on camera - he is so
funny. We have gotten him so that he can be let off his line and thatway he just runs and runs and then will come back to you. He hasn't
strayed off the property at this point. He usually comes right back tohis house or comes to the back door for me to let him in.
with George in the field of clover was back in the summer and the otherswere just 3 weeks ago. Just had him to the vet for his rabies and othershots and they say he is fine - weighs about 75 lbs. When C.E. comesinto the living room and sets down in his recliner George thinks he hasto be petted continuously - pushes his head under C.E.'s arm until hewill rub him. Last winter he chewed on a chair leg which we didn'tsee until it was already one. He has wet a couple times but seems to bebetter about that now. He is not like the dog we had which would justlay and sleep first thing in the morning but George has to taken outpretty quick. We are enjoying him - he is so different from our other dog. He sounds like he is crying when I come home from work.