C.A.R.E. has safely transported many dogs for Colorado Sheltie Rescue of the past several years. Most of these dogs were in shelters in Kansas and many of them needed to get to someone who could provide much needed medical care. Kelsey and Dare both came to us from such situations. With help from C.A.R.E. they are now enjoying the good life with their families here in Colorado.
I greatly appreciate every thing CARE does for Colorado Sheltie Rescue and I've attached pictures of dogs you have gotten safely to CSR in the last few months of 2010. The cute retired breeding sisters Millie and Patty Mae had very rough recoveries from their spay surgeries due to severe allergic reactions to suture material, but have now recovered and found forever homes. The very terrified Dodge found a home with a previous adopter who adopted another dog just like him several years ago. The most recent bunch you brought to me, Sammy Jo, Dakota and Sunny didn't really have any issues and all have found wonderful new homes. I can't thank you enough and don't know what we would do about the over abundance of Shelties in need of rescue in KS without your help.
Summit is an owner surrender to Lee's Summit shelter in Missosuri. He is about 10 - 11 years old and Colorado Sheltie Rescue pulled him and named him Summit. There was no paperwork with his former name. Summit arrived in Colorado on a C.A.R.E. transport on August 12, 2009. He had a tumor in his mouth which Jake's Fund contributed to having removed. Sadly, the biopsy results came back malignant and the tumor was expected to return quickly.
This is a note from his foster mom on October 12th:
I won a two-night stay at a cabin in Marble, CO (30 minutes south of Glenwood Springs). So, I went up with the boys this weekend. We had a blast! We went on hikes and were lazy. Summit enjoyed himself alot! He loved to bark/chase the ducks around the pond!
So, here are some photos of Summit....ain't he cute??? He carries his "baby" everywhere!
His mouth is bleeding on the inside. I know the tumor is bothering him because he rubs it with his paw/leg, then it breaks open on the inside and his leg gets all bloody. Other than that, he's a happy little dude.
Tami and the boys
C.A.R.E. appreciates Colorado Sheltie Rescue for pulling this wonderful senior from the shelter and letting Summit be surrounded by love and positive experiences in his remaining days.
On 11/9 we received a note that Tami had to make the difficult decision to put Summit down after living in her home for just 2 1/2 months. C.A.R.E. is very appreciative that Summit was surrounded by a loving and attentive family in the last months of his life.
KELSEY is a very sweet approximately 5 year old, spayed female, blue merle Sheltie. She came to us from a shelter where her owners had surrendered her. Kelsey had a tumor on her foot the size of a fist when she was dropped off. We have had the tumor removed and luckily it was benign. After recovering in a foster home for a few weeks Kelsey found a new home where she is now enjoying the good life.
DARE, The Daredevil
Dare is a 4 year old Missouri puppy mill survivor. He lives life to the fullest on two legs. He runs, retrieves balls, wrestles with his brothers, and has no idea he is different than any other dog. Linda Fox transported him to Colorado a few years ago before C.A.R.E. was formed. Tami Skinner from Colorado Sheltie Rescue fostered and adopted this wonderful dog. We met Tami, Dare, and Summit (Jake's Fund recipient) for ice cream on August 23. We find Dare's story so inspiring that we want to share it with you. Transport and rescue saved Dare and now he is motivating others with his zest for life. Please do take a few minutes to view news coverage on this courageous dog. If you want to learn more about Dare, please read Tami's write up on the second link.
Thank you Colorado Sheltie Rescue and Tami for opening your hearts to Dare. We applaud Dare's outstanding work in our community - he is a busy Sheltie!!!!
Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue works very closely with CARE. In past years, before CARE was around, we literally spent more hours simply arranging the transport of one dog via phone calls and emails then the actual journey took! So, thank you CARE, for streamlining such a complex process in such a professional and loving manner. Here are a couple stories we would like to share -- representing quite a difference between two dogs that needed our help.
On a cold night in October, a wish was made by two collies at a kill shelter in Wichita, Kan. It was what all dogs in danger wish for -- to have a home again, to be loved again, to be among the lucky ones who get to leave the shelter. That wish was so strong that all of us with Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue heard it. So we made it come true. Star Light, a female white collie, and Star Bright, a female sable collie who had to be shaved, have made the journey to us thanks to several very caring people along the way. While they were still in Kansas, we learned that they may have some hearing and vision issues, and that Star Bright was heartworm positive. But that didn't matter. We had made them a promise and brought them safely to us. Welcome to your future, girls. And to all the collies and shelties at shelters out there - keep wishing too. We will hear you.
Tully - Arrived on a C.A.R.E. transport on 3/4/09
Is there anything that melts your heart quicker than a photo of a darling puppy? A couple weeks ago the shelter in Hutchison, Kan., emailed us to see if we could help with a 3-month-old collie-mix pup that needed to be transferred to the safety of a private rescue. One look at that little face (see the shelter photo), and it was a very quick "YES!" from us.
While still in Kansas, a wonderful woman named Katy fostered little Tully. She worked on leash training, socialization and introducing him to other dogs and cats. Katy told us early on that Tully was "a calm, very huggable puppy, who loves to be held and carried." So thank you, Katy, for caring about Tully on his way to PCSR. Tully made his way from Kansas to Colorado thanks to the great folks with C.A.R.E. (Colorado Animal Rescue Express), which saves thousands of dogs and cats every year by transporting them from shelters to Colorado rescues.
Now safely in Colorado with his foster mom Lynne and her household of collie baby-sitters, here is what we know about the little guy. Lynne writes that Tully has been trying out his "big boy bark" against her dogs, and that he loves her collies. She tells us that he "gets the crazies" and runs around the house with a pack of collies following. He is very affectionate, very energetic but also has a calm personality. Lynne tells us that Tully needs to sleep in the same room (even if crated) for comfort. He does not mind being bathed or brushed. His newest game is tug.
Most puppies really crave the companionship of another friendly dog, so a home with another dog is a plus. He is fine with cats. Lynne is helping Tully learn about housetraining, but any adopter needs to realize that this will still be a learning process in a new home.
As of March 6, Tully weighed about 9 pounds. (He will grow quickly though, folks. Puppies tend to do that!) Lastly, we actually know his birthday. He was born Dec. 17, 2008. We do not know what he is mixed with; he will surprise us.
Tully at the shelter
Tully at Lynne's house
First, there is Missy -- a senior collie from a Missouri private rescue. She was not in danger of being put down, but we have been doing rescue work long enough to know that no one was going to beat down the door to adopt a senior collie. The Missouri rescue was at first surprised that we called and offered to take a senior dog, and then elated that Missy would go to Colorado and find a forever home. Missy hitched a ride with CARE and came to Pueblo West. Her gentle demeanor, willingness to please and "collie-ness" (yes, that is a word) won over her foster mom. Her foster mom, by the way, had always had small dogs like poodles before. She lives in a small home and was afraid a big collie would be too much for her. But we assured her that this was a COLLIE and the size of the home did not matter, since Missy would be right next to her new mom 24-7 anyway!
Second, there is Ashley, who is adoption pending as this is being written and will be adopted in late January. Ashley is a sheltie-basset hound mix from Oklahoma. We saw a photo of her on Petfinder -- a little waif in the kennel of a shelter, sitting dejectedly on top of an empty dogfood bag for a bed. On the day that Ashley left the shelter to start her her journey with CARE and on her way to Colorado, there would have been an "EU" card on her kennel door. This little pup would have died, simply due to there not being enough space at the shelter. We got her on the day that her number was up. Ashley charmed everyone along her journey to Colorado, and CARE's driver reported what a little darling she was. When she got to Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue, we already had an adoptive home in mind - a young married couple who wanted a companion for their 10-month-old female sheltie. We took Ashley to meet this family, and the two dogs immediately hit it off and played like a house-afire. Ashley will have a great life with her new mom, dad and "doggie sister."