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    I'm not sure if there is a thread in regards to the stories of Rescue & Adoption dogs, so i thought i would start one anyway. I also ponder, if i was ever to meet with Molly's previous owner what i would say to him or her?

    Molly as most of you probably already know, was adopted from the Pound. What i was told was that she had been surrendered three months prior and that it was somebody's son who had brought her in. Apparently, this guy (son) wanted to keep her, and tried to for over month until he realized he couldn't afford to keep her. I wish i had questioned further but because i was in such a rush to get her home, i didn't bother. I often ponder on what the full story could be and who actually owned her? Obviously somebody loved her, she was a very well mannered girl, intelligent and knew basic commands, was good on the lead, and was surprisingly house trained. If i could find out who they were, i would want them know how loved she is, and how bloody cheeky she's gotten and not to worry because she has gone to the best home possible! and that we changed her name from Peggy to Molly. I don't particularly like the part where she rotted away in a cage for three months, with her tail matted to her butt so she couldn't shit properly - but on that behalf i blame the pound.

    Rexy, was a free to a good home who lived in a tiny concrete courtyard, was never walked and was left to chase a ball around in circles. Fortunately the owner had good sense that his housing was inadequate for a dog (let alone two, he had a golden lab pup that lived in doors because Rex had never been socialized and tried to maul it) and decided to find them a new home. Rex & Molly took a liking to each other and are now inseparable. Rexy has been hard to rehabilitate (incessant barking, dog aggression, nipping, teaching him to walk on a lead, toilet training, teaching him to leave the cats, food aggression etc) but definitely worth it in the end, can't imagine life without him. Don't know what i would say to the previous owners, i honestly don't think they meant any harm, they just didn't know what owning a dog entailed and it obviously all became to much for them. They were certainly upset when he left. We sent them a photo & an update of him about a month after.

    Benji, Ex-stud dog, needing to be retired. We still keep in touch with his previous owner.

    I also have three rescued cats. Two i have no idea in regards to their past. One was dumped in a rubbish bag with his brothers and sisters. Only him and his brother survived. We named him Possum. His previous owner i would love to give a beating to, but lets hope Karma catches up with him/her. Ponamu we came across when taking possum in for his injections and we fell in love, however we decided we already had possum and he was enough for the time being. We went back three months later to get him de-sexed and he was still there, so we bought him home with us. Poppy a 6month old SPCA cat, because our town was very rural, the SPCA animals were housed in our local vet - a vet i use to work at. Anyhow my old boss rang me up and asked if i could take her, OH went for a look and bought her home. She's his little girl Lol

    Love to hear other stories in regards to adopted animals, and what you would like to share with previous owners??
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    Rescues are our passion too.....Horses and dogs

    We do horse Rescue and some of the horses we have are Rescue horses that could not be re-homed due to issues.

    Doc our beautiful golden boy, was a very stressed, confused horse when we got him. it took us three hours to catch him the first time we let him out in one of the paddocks. I just walked after him for those three hours quietly and eventually he stood...he is still wary of strangers, especially men. But is happy now living here. Brady came to us looking like a skeleton, he has always been a kind lovely horse. We tried to re-home him twice to good homes, but he wouldn't eat at the new homes and stressed. So he is still with us too That is two forever Rescues

    In the dog world, we also do re-training of dogs for Rescue's........And we take on the really troubled newfie Rescues

    Our last one is Lukey, who was at the Kempsey Pound. The microchip was also still registered to his Breeder and she took him back. He is a rather good looking lad, so a newfie person wanted him to show, but that did not work out at all, so she gave Lukey back to the Breeder, he was too timid. Meanwhile we came into the picture. Could we give Lukey a go. He was timid and anxious, but our girls loved him.

    We did a lot of training with Lukey and taking him out wit the girls to meet and greet lots of people at our Kennel Club, without pressure.
    Lukey, gained confidence and we also started showing him, just to show that he was fine and could do it. He got his Championship in the last year and is also now doing Rally Obedience, which he loves.

    The person who had Lukey for his initial short show career did not recognize him at the last Newfie meet. And when she wanted to say hello to him, he was just ignoring her. And didn't want to be near her.

    Lukey was meant to be just a Foster, to be re-homed when he was better....but we decided he had moved around enough, he is here at his forever home. He is a gorgeous gentle dog, who loves people and especially kids.
    He has a bad habit of just grumbling (growling) whilst sitting doing nothing or even when he is near people. But once you know him, you realise it is nothing, just him doing his thing

    Annabelle is our other Rescue. Annabelle was reported to her breeder for being kept in a crate for 24/7. She was also mistreated and the Breeder took her back. Annabelle was sold to be a show-dog, but the owners decided she was too difficult to handle....When we took her we knew she had some dog aggression and people aggression. But she seemed quite happy in her first weeks and we thought she would fit in well. That was before I knew about the 3 week period.

    Anyway Annabelle savagely attacked Tessa. Tessa was partly to blame, because we got her as a 5 week old puppy and she also has social issues and refused to be submissive, even to a bigger dog.

    But it led us on a path of Dog training and learning more about dog psychology and behaviour. We spend a fortune on Behaviour and dog training with her. We traveled to many Seminars/work shops and courses, from Geelong to Brisbane. On both Dog aggression and Dog behaviou/psychology. I had already done Delta, but i had to look further and deeper, with many different people. Because of Annabelle i learned so much. It is four years ago this May.

    Because of Annabelle I have met some amazing trainers and behaviourists. But have also realised that not everyone is willing to help and take risks. The amount of times I was told to PTS her.
    And also that there are many people who sound great on the phone,web pages, forums, or paper, but when you meet them with your dog they have no idea..........

    Annabelle is now a very well socialised dog, who loves her agility, Dog obedience and now Rally Obedience. But she will always be a managed dog, kept safe by us........

    Tessa was also a Rescue....puppy litter, homed at five weeks. And even though we socialised her from day one. you can still see the missing puppy socialisation. That is why I am so passionate about puppies staying with their litter-mates until 8-weeks and that is why i do puppy socialisation classes. it does make a difference. Tessa has no idea as when to be submissive. She is never the starter of a fight, but she will take on any dog, no matter what the size, when they are aggressive to her. She is better now, but it is learned behaviour what we have taught her, not the natural.

    We have always had Rescues and i think we always will......It is a shame that there always will be rescues to find homes for.
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    My big boy Duke, was a pound puppy, only 8 weeks when we adopted him. If I ever saw his former owner, I would tell them to get Duke' mother desexed, because they had dumped a whole litter of unwanted crossbreed pups. (But, if they hadn't, I wouldn't have Duke!)

    My new little boy Chopz, is a rescue. He was 6 month when we met him, and almost 7 when we adopted him. (We knew we wanted him straight away, but we had to do some serious puppy proofing before we took him home). He had been dumped at a council pound as a pup. He was adopted from there originally by another women, who kept him for one night, before returning him. Apparently he was "aggressive", and "terrified" her 14 year old son. I'd just like to clarify that we are talking about a dog who weighs in a whopping 6.7 kilos. Oh, and who "talk barks" - you know, conversationally. Not an aggressive bone in his tiny body.

    Anyway, they returned him to the pound, and pound was going to PTS. Rescue group intervened, and took him on. He was in foster care with them for about 3 months before I spotted him on Pet Rescue.

    On the day that we adopted him, the foster carer pointed out that they had the former owners details (on an microchip registration form "change of details").
    She told us that we were welcome to take the details, and take Chopz over there to take a crap on her front lawn sometime!! LOL A little tempting!

    If I saw her, I'd just tell her that she was an idiot for missing out on such a great dog. But again, I'm glad that he made his way to me.

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    oops i should i added some photo's! would be nice to put the stories to some faces!

    Molly
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    Rex
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    Benji
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    Ponamu
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    Love this thread! When you adopt a rescue, you never really stop wondering about their past...

    My old dog was just over 1 when I got her from the RSPCA. I believe she was dropped off out the front when they were closed, possibly found wandering? She had been at the RSPCA for 6 weeks when I adopted her, poor thing. She was wearing a heart shaped tag with "Spoiled" on it on her collar, so I thought someone must have loved her. She obviously had been used to affection, which I was very glad about. But the RSPCA staff told me she had probably had been badly treated by a male as she was a bit skittish around them. Which made me feel very sad for her. Though I must say that by the time I took her home, I didn't notice much of that fear and she definitely got over it. But there were some little things that always had me wondering. Like how she slinked away when I got out the fly swat. It is also possible that she was dumped. She refused to get out of the car if I stopped for a pee break along the highway when we were traveling. I thought she had had some training because she walked so nicely on the lead, but I know now that most sighthounds will naturally walk on a loose lead. The first time I let her off the lead, she bolted. Took me years to teach her a reliable recall. She also had not been socialised with other dog and I never quite managed to fix that. While I had her, all I wanted to say to her previous owners was: "You suckers! How could you let a fantastic dog like that go? Totally your loss!" Now, I think I would like to say to them that I hope they will educate themselves on dog training and socialisation if they were ever to get another dog.

    Banjo was found wandering along a Sydney highway with her sister at about 14 weeks. She ended up in foster care soon after. I'm less polite now in what I want to say to her first owners. Desex your dog would be the first thing too. But I have no kind words for someone who would allow their dog to have a litter of pups and then just allow the pups to escape (or dump them?!) and never go looking for them. There are also some signs that she may have some bad memories of being treated badly, like her fear reaction when someone raises a stick. Her extreme fear of the hose and even a bucket of water is also not quite natural. I suspect someone hosed her down in anger and/or threw a bucket of water over her in an aggressive gesture.

    So I am very happy that she did end up in foster care when she did. The foster carers obviously did an absolutely awesome job at socialising her. She loves everybody and is so very good with other dogs. I think she is a fantastic dog and feel so lucky that I found her.
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    This thread actually makes me a bit teary. It's like the saying "Someone's trash is someone else's treasure". I am sure that people getting their pups from a breeder love them just as much as we do our rescues. But there is a very emotional element about giving an animal a second chance. And about coming to terms with them being unloved or not well cared for the first part of their lives. And being abandoned - that is a cruel thing to do to a dog. I think sometimes people who have never had a rescue think that the people who do like to feel like good samaritans and might have decided on a rescue primarily to feel good about themselves for saving an unwanted pet. But it is very interesting that we all seem to share that feeling that we are so very lucky that we found these dogs/cats and have them in our lives now. To me, it really is a bit like finding a diamond on the street.

    Banjo was in foster care for about 4 months and no one seemed to realise her potential. I drove an 800km round trip to get her and in hindsight, I would have driven to Darwin for this dog, because she obviously was meant to be with us. I feel more like she saved me than I saved her, if that makes sense.

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    Oh i totally agree Beloz, i didn't go to the SPCA or Pound to be a good Samaritan, i did it because i feel every animal deserves a second chance, a second chance at life and a second chance at love. I've always been adamant when looking for a new furbaby to check animal rescue sites, classified ads and pounds first - you never know what you might find, as you so awesomely put it "someones trash is someones treasure! I've always gone into these places with an open mind, without a breed or age restriction, i simply look for an animal i feel a "connection" with. When i look at my brood by appearances they don't look like they belong together! They're all different breeds, species, colours and sizes, but when you look more closely you can see that they all gel with one another and for me that is the most important thing.

    I feel blessed to have all of them in my life & as stink as the first half of their lives may have been, i'm grateful for it otherwise they would not be here with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    This thread actually makes me a bit teary. It's like the saying "Someone's trash is someone else's treasure". I am sure that people getting their pups from a breeder love them just as much as we do our rescues. But there is a very emotional element about giving an animal a second chance. And about coming to terms with them being unloved or not well cared for the first part of their lives. And being abandoned - that is a cruel thing to do to a dog. I think sometimes people who have never had a rescue think that the people who do like to feel like good samaritans and might have decided on a rescue primarily to feel good about themselves for saving an unwanted pet. But it is very interesting that we all seem to share that feeling that we are so very lucky that we found these dogs/cats and have them in our lives now. To me, it really is a bit like finding a diamond on the street.

    Banjo was in foster care for about 4 months and no one seemed to realise her potential. I drove an 800km round trip to get her and in hindsight, I would have driven to Darwin for this dog, because she obviously was meant to be with us. I feel more like she saved me than I saved her, if that makes sense.
    I have my katy-bear form puppy and in our past we have always had Rescues and dogs from puppies living together..............Now Katy knows we love her and expects to be loved. She is confident, even when i leave he behind, the same for Tessa our Rescue from 5 weeks. Like Tessa was at the vets a little while ago and she knew we would be back for her, no stress.

    Annabelle and Lukey both worry when we leave them.....Annabelle not so much anymore, but Lukey hates it when we leave home and if we go somewhere new. He loves the Kennel Club, because we always go home. But especially the last time we went to the newfie day and he met the person who had him for a short period he wanted to go into our caravan into the crate............Only when we got home from Sydney, did he go completely ballistic and happy.

    And like Beloz's dog, these two have the fear of sudden movements, be it with the hose or broom. Lukey more so, because he is more recent.

    I always say that dogs from puppies expect to be loved by us and our Rescues hope that we love them.

    I find the same in a lot of the Rescue dogs we work with. And I happily work with any Breed

    But at present I do breed Rescue...I choose to take on the difficult newfies.........there seem to be just enough to keep our household full
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    You know, when I got my old dog home from the RSPCA, I let her check out the yard first and then took her into my granny flat. I sat down on my bed and she jumped up and came to lie on top of me, with her whole body. It was really as if to say: "You are mine and I will never let you go now." I will never forget that moment. She was very much a one-person dog and I don't think I have ever felt as loved by anyone as by this dog. But I think her past and that very strong attachment to me did make her anxious about being abandoned.

    Now Banjo... She is everyone's best friend. In fact, when there are other people around she seems to think that I am quite boring and would rather follow them around. But I'm sure she knows who will be there for her if she needs a thorn pulled out of her foot or cuddles at night. I have never noticed a fear of abandonment and she seems to expect everyone to love her.
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    One thing I use to love about volunteering at the RSPCA was doing enrichment with the small dogs/puppies once cleaning was done. It was a good feeling to know that even for a little bit someone gave them some love and cuddles while they were in there. Although I hated leaving them all behind, especially when you made a connection with one.

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