Helping people & animals...
consider making a donation to the Red Cross, as bad as you think your
day is going, please consider the immeasurable suffering of these other
people, the minimum donation is 10.00 the cost of 2 morning cups of
coffee, or a lunch out. Always check the Charity Navigator before
donating to anyone, remember the scammers are in full alert right now.
Rest assured I have checked out & been aided by the Red Cross, so
please if you can help others, please do so. Blessings & Love Rev.
to our site! Please take some time to go through each page of interest
to you so you can learn what we do & why. Our site is growing every
day so check back often to see our new changes. If you have a service or
a link you think may be helpful please let me know so it can be added
or if you see some info that is incorrect please notify me immediately
so we can fix it! We will be on the hunt for a new Board of Directors
very soon as we Incorporate, so if you have any special skills or
talents you can bring to the table by all means let me know. We are also
hoping to someday have an actual brick & mortar building of our
own, that will take time, money & volunteers, any & all help is
ANIMAL WISH LIST
the link below to donate we are in DESPERATE need at this point. Even
the cost of one morning coffee can make the difference between life
& death, literally. We need your help more than ever.
We are always in need of donations, either to our paypal account or to our vet...Bill as of 1/17/10 is 623.00
Dr Mark Call @ Sno-King Vets (425) 743-2311
Donations of Towels, Food, Medicine, Supplements, Toys, Collars, Leashes, Crates, Beds, Treats, & Clothing are also much needed
We can always use foster homes, the more we have the more animals we can save!!!
We need fundraisers & people with grant writing experience to volunteer their time
We always need vet techs to help out if possible
Groomers are always needed
We need people to do home visits to check on the animal's new home
We need help with answering emails, sending apps, follow up calls, letter writing, answering phone calls, & gathering donations.
We need someone to help us with filing to get our 501(c)3
Here is our list of items we always need from valleyvet.com
Appetite Express 5lb-$24.75
Disposable Syringes w/out Needles 3cc's 100ct $14.95
Disposable Syringes w/out Needles 6ccs 50ct $11.95
Fel-O-Vax IV + CaliciVax 10ct $47.69
Fish Flex 100ct $29.95
Fish Mox 100ct $22.95
Galaxy DA2PPvL 25ct $99.50
K.O.E. (Kennel Odor Eliminator) 16oz $9.95
Kao-Pec 1gn $6.95
Nolvasan 1gn $62.95
Organic Iodine 1lb $4.49
Sharps Containers 4qt $14.59
Valbazen Drench 1 liter $69.95
Virkon S 10lb $67.95
Promectin-B Pour on 5 liters $61.95
Privermectin Sheep Drench 1qt $49.95
Apple Elite Electrolytes
We also still need Tamiflu, Neopar, Dominion2L, but are looking for a cheaper source, although the Dominion2L can be bought on Ebay relatvely cheaply
PEOPLE WISH LIST
children in this state are in the greatest need. I recently found
myself homeless, sleeping at the Wal-Mart parking lot with 8 dogs & 2
cats feeling very alone, dejected & sorry for myself I took a look
around & noticed others there,entire families, & other pet
owners, some elderly, some with obvious mental health or physical health
issues. Some who just simply could not get a job. The thing that struck
me the most profoundly is that everyone was willing to share seeing my
predicament, they all "pitched" in to help me learn how to fare in my
new world, it seems they had lost everything but their humanity, you
could see the pain in the parent's eyes as the children excitedly talked
about what they might get from Santa that very night. I learned there
was indeed a Santa!!!! In an RV not far away, they had pooled their
money & hit up the dollar stores, & thrift shop, while people
busily wrapped presents for the children & each other, a single
microwave pumped out enough hot water keep all of us loaded up with hot
cocoa, coffee & tea. My friend paged me to come to her house but I
had to wait... I had to see the joy that I knew the morning would bring
as the lady from RV went knocking madly on the different cars telling
them that some big fat guy in a red suit broke into their RV & left a
bunch of stuff for them!!! That morning not one child was left
disappointed, no complaints about a single gift that wasn't from a local
mall, & there was not a dry eye in the parking lot! I'd have to
mark 2010 as my most meaningful Christmas to date, but the fact still
remains that those people are still homeless, & with the governor's
cuts those numbers can only increase 10-fold. The following is a list of
what we need the most to be able to distribute to homeless families
& those on the brink. I would ask that if you know of a family in
need that you contact us so we can try to help or at least get them some
community resources that they may need.
Gently worn Clothing
AM/FM Battery operated radios or walkmans
Books of any kind or type
Pens & Pencils
Blank & lined paper
Water color paints & Markers
Batteries all sizes
Scarfs, Gloves & Mufflers
Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener & Bleach
Non Perishable food items:
Items like Peanut Butter, Dried Fruit, Crackers, Bread, Canned meats, meals & veggies, instant coffee, etc... just think of things you would eat if you couldn't cook. Also baby foods, jarred & in boxes.
Shaving cream, Razors, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Dental Paste, Floss, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Deodorant, Anti-Perspirant, Hairspray, Gel, Lotions, Brushes, Combs, eye drops, Washclothes, Baby Wipes, Diapers, Body Sprays, Perfumes, Make Up, Cotton Balls, Cotton Swabs, Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Neosporin, Benadryl, Low Dose Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Cold medicines, Cough Syrup, Vicks Vapo-Rub, Ben-Gay, Lotrimin Lotion, Baby Powder
Bringing people & animals together through Faith, Love, Hope & Healing...
Why are we here?
Why start another church when there seems to be one on every block you pass? We believe that most religions have the very best of intentions but faith & spirituality is a very personal matter, we all are unique individuas & although one school of philosophy may be correct for one person, the other may not. Our differences should not separate us, it should be the very reason we come together to learn, to explore, & to express ourselves without guilt.
What do we hope to achieve? What are our goals?
It is not my intention to "Save the World" it is my intention to gather together like minded people who are caring, loving, & accepting of others & who have respect for all forms of life. I would like to create a community that works together for the good of all not just our congregation, by creating community gardens, outreach programs, foster care programs, & educational programs. I would also like to create a sanctuary for all living creatures, where both human & animal can come together, for healing & to grow... Have you ever seen a dog or cat at church? Why is this, we are all endowed with the gift of life, all life is precious so why exclude any of it? In this rat ace of a world we have forgotten so many basic intrisic things. we've all seen the animal laying by the side of the road dead, it haunts our thoughts all day long at first, soon we drive by thinking oops, then soon we don't even notice, some would even run over the creature again just for fun. We need to understand first & foremost that we are not above any life. This day to day world has us strugggling to get the best car, the best house, the best this, the best that...somewhere along the way we have forgotten that there is an outside world that we could make a huge difference in. Do you ever stop to consider that big steak dinner that you are stting down to was once a living breathing feeling creature who gave his or her life in a very painful way so that you could have life yourself, have you ever stopped to thank this creature? Did you ever stop to consider that most of the products you used were first tested on animals also usually in a very painful & cruel manner, did it ever occur to you to thank them? That person on the corner this morning begging for your change... Did he annoy you, did you ever stop to consider their pain or what it was that brought them to that point in life, did you ever stop to consider that you could be one trauma, or one paycheck away from where they are at right now. I dont advocate giving them money but I do think it woudn't kill you to give a kind word, or even a smile. My dream is create a giant sanctuary where people & animals can come together for healing, but in the meantime we can create many mini sanctuaries right in our own homes or hearts, taking in homeless animals, families or teens in transition, taking meals out to people on the street, helping victims of violence or trauma find resources. Each one of us is valuable & has something to offer, we are not above anyone. I believe there is good in all
What do we believe?
We believe in life, love, faith, hope & healing. That all life matters & everyone, & everything has something valuable to add to our lives & to this world. We believe that in helping others we help ourselves. We believe every day should be spent learning & teaching so we can grow as a community & as a person. My most important belief is this, inside of each & everyone of us there exists 1 single atom, the one thing that all life has, that connects us to eachother & this world. It is the one thing that connects to the one who gave us all life, & to the earth
Who can join?
Anyone can join, you can even still remain a member of your home church, we are not looking for quantity, we are reaching for quality, we are also hoping that we can teach one another, help one another, & make a difference in this world
What are the "rules"?
The Rules... well I guess we all have to have them, even the unwritten ones rule the universe. So I would say our rules are like this, accept one another, let people have the freedom to express themselves without fear of persecution or abandonment, strive to be the very best indivdual that you can be every day of your life, care for yourselves & eachother, respect life in all forms, do not try to indoctinate others into your own belief system, spirituality is a very personal journey & every one creates thier own road to it. Now just because we are a new freestyle thinking church doesn't mean that we have no morals or values, in fact the very opposite, if you are engaging in illegal hurtful activities & expect acceptance here, you need to turn around & find another home. If you are drug addicted or abusive we will all try to help you but you also have to try to help yourself. If you abusing a child, animal, or any living creature actively that, we can not, will not, condone, we can try to get you some kind of help or resources, & offer support to you but until you try to change something in yourself it is dangerous for us to try to include you in working with others who are vulnerable themselves.
What "religion" are we?
We are all, we are none... yes I know that sounds like an "un" answer, but it is what is it is. Our congregation may have Catholics, Wiccans, Hoodoo practioners, Jews, Muslims... we are not interested in "labels" or in labeling ourselves. We are here to come together as a group of living individuals with something to offer, something to learn, something to teach. Our "belief system" should remain open, growing & ever changing. Some of the world's worst attrocities have been commited under the guise of "religion" & people have used God, in all forms & names to suit thier own purposes for so long that it is hard to know the truth about anything, but there is something deep inside of you, that one single atom that connects all life that will guide you to where you need to be at the exact moment you need to be there if you will only listen to it. What is "true" for one person may not be so for the next. Some questions you may have...
How much does it cost to join?
Everything & nothing... I know it's an un-answer thing again. So let me expound. It costs nothing to join but you are expected to give freely of yourself, your time & if you are able money as well.
Where & when are services?
Now here is where the fun begins! Our services may be at a local park, dog park, at the mall, at a sports game, or even at the zoo! Of course our home base is still my home where we will have services up to 3 times a week if you're so inclined. Our "services" may even be online in a group chat forum to make it easier to connect as a group & to discuss events, review the week, share resources, & ideas, also to make it easier for people's schedules & for those who can't always travel, we want to accomodate your schedule & save on carbon emmisions as well.
What are we expected to give?
Well as the saying goes... money makes the world go round, so a monthly gift to the church would be very appreciated but service to others & community outreach still goes a long way in the "Karma Bank" If you are able to give, then please do, if you are not find other ways to contribute. I am setting up a PayPal account so that we can have a hard copy type of accounting of what gifts we have recieved & all members are welcome to look at our "books" as they are & also give suggestions about resources & spending. I will also be setting up a bank account that we can link to PayPal so that we have available resources when we need them.
What would my role in the church be?
That will be entirely up to you. We will have a volunteer list, we will have a needs list, we will have an idea board where we exchange resources, share info about families, people or animals in crisis or need, we will have a list of charities that have a good standing & that we know the proceeds are going towards, not just the fund raising companies, we will have a prayer request board. We value your input & opnions so you are encouraged to share any & all of your ideas. Everyone matters, everyone is important here.
What should I tell others about our church?
Church is a legal definition or designation, it was one we took on so that under the Contstitution of the United States of America we could practice our right to worship freely, in the manner we choose & to congregate & express our own unique opinions. I would like to build a refuge where you are free & safe to be yourself. My goal is to build a family of sorts, a group of people who although are very different have learned how to work together & love one another not just in spite of our differences, but because of them.
How do I know if this is "right" for me?
Well you may not know... that is what you're here to learn, if it is not we will do our very best to help you find what is
Why is there an "Entrance Application"
Well because we're nosy! We need to know some things about you so that we can help you find a place here, we need to know some skills you have, some talents, any ideas you have so we can grow as a community. It is also a formality so that we can catalogue our members for good old Uncle Sam. It is also a tool that help you assess 1 yr , 5 yrs, or 10 yrs down the road how've you've grown as an individual, what you've learned & how you've made difference in this world
When will we have a brick & mortar facility?
I just don't have an answer for that, it depends on the gifts from others, the economy, & availablity.
How will we communicate?
That is the simple part, we will operate a home page for news, events, resources, etc... but we are also going to create a Yahoo group so that we can all interact with eachother on a daily basis, to share, photos, tips, news, joys, sorrows, resources, jokes, & inspirations
I know what the ministries means but why does it include "rescue" in the name of the Church?
Well I originally started doing animal rescue, I have incorporated it into our mission & into our church activities as well. We are stewards of this earth we are put here to serve it & all beings on it whether they have skin, fur, feathers, or scales. The whole idea of the chuurch & it's philosophy is to protect & respect all life
What are your credentials?
I am an Ordained Minister, I have a Doctor of Divinity, an Interfaith Minister, a Spiritual Minister & a Ministerial degree or credential. So what does that mean? Well it means that I have 4 pieces of paper with fancy seals on them with fancy writing suitable for framing. What does that mean to me? It means that I have taken on some BIG shoes to fill, that I am more accountable than most because I have chosen this path, it means that I must strive daily to keep up with the real expectations that others have of me, it means I have to be honest & fair in all my dealings, it means that I am responsible for what I put out there into the universe, good or bad, it means that I am 100% accountable to those I choose to lead, it means I still have so much to learn... It means so much but if I don't put it in to action then it means nothing. It means I can also preform at marriages, wakes, funerals, house blessings, christenings, & any other such matters in the legal sense...
To the world you may be only one person,
but to one person... you may be the world
ANIMAL RESCUE SERVICES
If you are looking for a pet, facing have to give up a pet, first time pet owner we have a service for you!
can help people who are considering getting a pet for the first time to
pick a dog & breed that is right for you, we can look for a
specific breed for you, we can help you get your home ready for your new
arrival, we can help you find boarding, grooming training, vets, &
pet products galore.
We provide end of life care for people
& their pets, foster care for our troops, or homeless families, free
or low cost shot, flea & worming clinics, dog & cat to seniors
or low income & homeless families. We also rescue dogs from across
Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, & sometimes even California
& use volunteers to bring them back to Seattle or I just go get them
myself, we specialize in problem or senior dogs but there are always
lots of dogs in need of all sizes, shapes & breeds.
also have a monthly sponsor program so even if you can not foster, adopt
or transport you can help provide medical care, food & shelter for
an animal in desperate need.
Here is a copy of our adoption aaplication you can copy & paste it & send it to me, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy in word format
Dog Adoption Contract/Application FINALLY HOME PET RESCUE
Maiden or alias Name:
How Long Employed:
How long have you lived in this state:
What other states have you lived in:
What if any criminal convictions do you have:
Crimes involving animals:
(Including neglect or endangerment) Please keep in mind that even if charges were not filed there is still reports that can be accessed & are a matter of public record.
List at least 5 personal references of people you have know for over 5 years with current phone numbers & addresses, years known & relationship to you along with a personal handwritten reference from each:
Do you own or rent your home:
Is your yard fenced:
Do you have other pets:
List all other dogs you've owned in the past:
How long did you own them?
Why are they no longer with you?
Do you have any children:
Where will the puppy spend the day:
Where will the puppy spend the night:
Do you have a kennel or dog run:
Who will watch him/her when you go on vacation:
Who will watch him/her when you are away for an extended period of time:
Do you have a family vet:
Can you demonstrate the financial ability to be able to care for the needs of the puppy:
Who will be responsible for the puppy's exersize, care & feeding:
Do you understand that the puppy will be spayed or neutered before being placed with you:
What in your opinion would be a plausible reason to give up or surrender an animal:
Can you provide basic obedience lessons for your pup & with whom:
Do you agree to having a chip placed in the animal with myself as an alternative contact:
***Do you agree to place the pup back with me in the circumstance that you can no longer keep or care for him or her:
What days, hours or times would you be available for a home visit:
Include any information you think would be useful in helping us choose the right baby for you:
Terms for adoption:
Must own your own home or have written permission from your landlord to have the animal
Someone must be at home with them at all times or safe care must be provided
You must not have a violent --criminal background
You must be able to provide medical attention for your puppy
You must keep the dog as an in-door pet
We cannot reimburse you for a returned pet
You must provide all insurance needed for liability purposes
Everything must be correct, true, & accurate on the application
The dog must be returned to FINALLY HOME if you can no longer keep them, not given away, sold or left at any animal control shelter or any other rescue groups. You must also notify us immediately if the pet is lost or stolen or picked up by animal control.
Do you understand & agree with the terms of adoption for this pup & realize that any violations could result in the loss of your animal:
Please note: Your application/contract will not be considered without the following:
Please attach a copy of your mortgage or deed: (Remove or white out all personal info)
For renters: You must have a written copy of permission to have this animal stating that the landlord knows the size & breed of the animal
Please attach your personal references
Pictures of your house & yard
A business card & hopefully a personal reference from your vet
This is a contract signed by _______________________ & Brandia Taamu on __, ___, 20__, in ____________ in the State of Washington Witness_________________ Witness_________________ Signature______________________ Print Name____________________ Signature______________________ Print Name____________________
Finally Home Rescue & Ministry Member Application
Welcome! We are so glad that you are considering joining our church! This is a combo assessment, application & introduction application as well. It lets us know what you hope to gain, what skills, talents, & abilities are so that we in the church can help you as well as knowing in what capacity you would be best suited to serve others. Please take your time & put a great deal of thought into the answers because you may want to review it a year from now or even later to get your own self assessment. There will also be a survey at the end of 90 days during your probationary period, it is during this time that we are on probation, not you, I hope in this amount of time you will know if this is the right place for you or not. Fill this out entirely & honestly, so that we can help each other.
Date of Birth:
Do you have any criminal background that would exclude you from working with the community at large?
Why are you here?
What do you hope to gain by being here in the long run?
What are your primary goals in joining?
What are your political views
What are you religious views?
Are you willing to serve others in different capacities?
What special skills or talents can you bring to the table here?
What are your hobbies?
What is your ethnic background & do you know something about these cultures?
What languages do you speak?
What kind of a schedule do you have?
How are your communication skills?
Do you have any special disabilities?
What are your own personal basic values?
What do you feel is your role here on this earth?
What are your views on world & current events?
What is your views on other "religions"?
What is your view on your own religion?
Where do you see yourself in 1 yr?
Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?
Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?
How do you plan to make this happen?
What is your family history & background? (Family composition, siblings, nurturing or lack there of,extended family & their role in your life)
What is your health like?
What do you hope to learn?
What do you hope to teach?
If you were given 1 year to live tell us in detail what you would do:
We want this to be a positive change in life for you, we want to help you excel in all that you do, we want you to learn & grow as an individual. We strive to create an extended family unit here & as with all families there needs to be rules & guidelines, listed below:
We will not tolerate meanness or disrespect to each other, even though your views may be different than someone else's it doesn't make either one of you right or wrong, it makes you different in your views, our goal is to appreciate the differences, to learn from each other & to teach others in a positive way. Going back to the old guage... If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. We are not here to judge each other it is not even our right to do so, we are here to better ourselves so before we focus on all that we think someone else is lacking we need to take a long hard look inside of our own selves & fix what is inside of us. Any endeavor that another member takes on no matter how insignificant it may seem may be a catalyst of great & untold proportions to this member so we always offer each other encouragement & support. If one member fails, we all fail. We are bound to have people from all walks of life, all cultures, all religions, different family make ups, different financial classes, & different sexual orientation. It is our duty to learn a little about each person, to try to understand & respect each individuals choice, it is also your duty to inform the congregation if you think someone is participating in unsafe practices towards themselves or others or if you think they may harm themselves. we do not condone partner, parent, animal or child abuse in ANY form, we are duty bound to report this to the appropriate authorities, in this matter I choose not to exersize our legal right of confidentiality. If you need help in any of these matters please let us know & we can get it for you, whether you are the victim or the abuser. We don't condone "staying together for the kids" or family or spousal neglect. We do not discuss other members outside of our group in a disparaging way at all what so ever. We do not try to undermine someone else's goals or ideals, if you are Catholic & someone else practices wiccan it is NOT your job to tell them they a wrong, it is not possible to do this truthfully anyway. It may be wrong for you but entirely right for the other person, it is not your job to judge or condemn. Fixing the world begins with fixing you first, we would like your focus to be on yourselves at first so that you can continue to grow as a person. At least once a week we would like you to participate in a "Random Act of Kindness & Senseless Beauty" whether it is paying it forward at the coffee stand or making an anonymous donation to a favorite charity, or buying 2 sandwiches & giving one to a coworker who has not left for lunch or a homeless person. As a representative of our church we would like you to smile at the people you meet each day, a smile is contagious, then they will unknowingly give that gift to someone else. We willingly give & ask for support from each other with the understanding that no one person can do it all & that we do still in fact need a pat on the back & other's support to become all we were meant to be in life. there is no shame in failure, the shame is to quit trying. We strive for honesty in all of our dealings with ourselves & with each other. Our biggest duty is to be true to ourselves first, it is when we have taken care of ourselves that we are the most effective at caring for others. Our services as they are, are more like a forum where everyone is encouraged to participate, there will be no "preachin & a screaming goin on here" we believe you are a grown up, you know the difference between right & wrong & there are consequences for every choice you make, good or bad. I offer spiritual counseling to our members, if you are able to pay for these services it would be greatly appreciated, but if not it will not be withheld from anyone. We will basically have "services" every day of the week, 3 times a week at my home, 3 times a week on line & hopefully finances & work schedules permitting one group activity per week. We also ask that you keep a daily journal to note things you've done, things you've learned, & to keep a record of your own personal growth. Each person starts here with a blank book supplied by the church, it is your job to fill it up or fill it in as the case were. There is also a suggestion box of sorts so that we can get your opinions & ideals. We have a volunteer list & we suggest you pick your least favorite one, as you may find when you think, feel & act differently a lot of your own personal views will change as well. We also ask that you QUIT saying "How are you today" & walking off, STOP, take the time to listen, offer support, or encouragement as needed, then move on, it costs nothing at all & you've done a good deed for the day & given another human being validity, easy simple, cheap & the benefits are great! Now we know that not everyone is going to like each other, that is really alright, but again we must still be respectful keeping in mind that 99% of the things we hate about others is linked to fears we have about what is inside of us...you heard me right, so it might be in your best interest for your own personal growth to make the extra effort to interact with that person. we ask that you download this form online so you can write as much as you need to, print a copy for our records, & print a copy for yourself, we would hope that you will use this as a tool to gauge your own progress for the future.
HAPPY TAILS & THE STORIES OF THE KENNEWICK ESKIMO'S
This is the stories of the Kennewick Eskies, a horrific puppy mill shut down in May 2009 after being allowed to run for over 42 yrs, while Benton County & it's citizens stood by & did NOTHING, the one's who tried were ignored by the entire police force & local agencies... not surprizingly We've all seen them, those adorable little puppies at the pet store, so tiny & sweet & full of puppy kisses... The sad reality is that 95% of the time their mothers & other siblings are sitting in 6 inches of their own feces, waiting for the kindness & relief that death will bring. Every time you buy one of these pups you are creating the motivation for yet another litter to be produced by a female who has been bred every cycle, never had vet care & because of the close proximity of all the dogs there is no way to guarantee there will be no inbreeding.
In May of 2009 the horror of what truly happens unfolds as authorities raid a puppy mill that has been in operation since 1967. We will go into why it was allowed to happen so long & to so many helpless creatures later but I'd like to introduce you to some of them now
Oso: Oso was one of the first one's to arrive, he was called "Oso dead" by some of the volunteers at the humane society because he was the most terrified of the bunch, he was also the first dog to have a breakthrough, within 9 days he was sitting in my lap with his own private wardrobe of collars, leashes, & bandana's, soon it became painfully obvious that he also had something else...seizures, no doubt from his lack of care & possible inbreeding but that didn't bother me, I was going to keep this boy, he had stolen my heart. Unfortunately for me he had other plans, we had a whole family that came up here from Oregon to look at another dog, that day Oso was extra agitated so I had him outside as well when they came & he immediately went running to one of the son's who the other dog was supposed to be for, it was love at first sight, & so my precious Oso is now an Oregonian with a whole family & a pretty little spayed bulldog girlfriend...such a far cry from the life of desperation he once lived in.
Damien: AKA Devil Dog, he is all of 10lbs but totally vicious according to some but he is a total snuggle bunny, he had to have all of his teeth pulled except for his canines & will now have to eat wet food for the rest of his life but he couldn't care less as he warms the lap of his new momma
Ellie Mae; She & Scooter were adopted together, I picked a very special woman named Sue for them because they were so physically & emotionaly damaged because of their past, they have made some gains but most days they backslide but Sue has promised them that they will never have to leave her & she will wait for as long as it takes for them to come around. Ellie does seem to have more breakthroughs than Scooter, but again, like many of the others, she also has seizures so every day is a battle for her & even though they're not here it just kills me to hear the pain in Sue's voice when they've had an especially hard day, & every time she asks me how someone could've done this to these beautiful sweet creatures & I have no answer for her
Scooter:When Scooter came through the door my heart sunk, he looked at me peed & had a seizure, I got him some valium, & held him til he came around a bit, as I held him I counted so many scars & felt his ribcage which felt like a brick road, his little legs were bowed out so far it was hard for him to walk, he's another I thought would be here forever, but then Ellie came, he bonded to her like superglue & as he built confidence his goofy little personality started to emerge. He was the runt & got picked on alot but not with Ellie around, no way, no how, then we found Sue & she took them both once she seen how bonded they were, even though she only came for Ellie, the good news is that over the past month he seems to be having more good days than bad for the first time. He has been put on a supplement & his legs are straightening up & he is more able to get around
Bianca: Sweet little Bianca just couldn't catch a break, she was in foster care, lost that home, went back to the shelter, came here, went to another foster home, & they couldn't deal with her so she was again brought back, but I promised her that if her people weren't able to find her she could stay with me forever... It was starting to look like that was her fate, until I got a call from Misty who wanted her in spite of her "fault" What is it that would send her back & forth so often? Seizures!!! Yep that was it, that was all, but Misty wanted her not in spite of her seizures, but because of them. So it was with sorrow & joy I said Good-Bye to my sweet little Bianca AKA Kea. I have to admit her seizure were terrifying to me & I have eperience with them, but I would sit next to her begging her not to die, yet knowing that it might be the only release she would have, but I just couldn't give up hoping for her to have the life she deserves, & now she has it!
in Spokane with his original rescuer the lady who took care of them
from the day they were rescued from that living hell but he will soon be
on his way to Canada to live his life with an awesome rescuer
Is in Spokane with his original rescuer the lady who took care of them
from the day they were rescued from that living hell
Reynolds:Now when Reynolds got here he wasn't happy about me touching him, he put up with it but would always give me "The Look" he was always very curious about everything I was doing but still kept his distance...One night I was awakened by a dog licking my face & softly whining it was him!!! I threw the blanket over him & he settled in right next to me & we've been fast friends since that night. He is the funniest guy & watching him evolve has been so much fun, now he's the unofficial "Hall Monitor" he watches everyone, & if he can't make them mind he tells on them by running to me, barking, & spinning once. He also believes that he was meant for loving on & is willing to let anyone love on him. I don't know if I will be able to let him go...
Quinn:Quinn was the epitomy of silent beauty he was somewhat reserved but his eyes held you captive, he assimilated very quickly & decided he was my official footwarmer. We had just went through the death of Reese 10 days before & I had sat at my computer to answer emails, Quinn almost hesitated, looking up at me, but I called him over & told him it was okay to warm my feet, so I kicked off my slippers & he settled down, I finished up a few emails about 20 minutes later I went to stand up but he wouldn't move, I tried to wake him up once again, called his name & then I realized he wasn't breathing, I did CPR on him for well over 45 minutes, I guess I knew it was futile, but I just couldn't believe this was happening again, I must've been there with him for hours crying into his soft fur, holding him as if that would help, when I finally got up it was dark outside, knowing full well the vet was closed by then I made him a little bed next to mine & in the morning I took him to be cremated. I almost gave up at this point, but I had so many others depending on me that I had no choice but to go on. His necropsy results were the same as Reese's...cancer
Reese:Reese was such a beautiful sweet creature but the second he arrived I knew something wasn't right with him, he was almost complacent but I chalked it up to all he had been through in his life... Shortly after he arrived, with just enough time for me to fall in love with him, he stumbled out of his kennel walked towards me & started spinning & crying, within minutes he had crossed the rainbow bridge, there was no real warning or even time to get him to the vet. The vet found out later that his precious little body was riddled with cancer, it seems he had been in horrible pain for quite some time. Not once did he snap at me when I picked him up or did is nails or tried to clean the tear stains off of his eyes, he didn't make a sound when I bathed him after he arrived. There was just no warning. He was cremated where he will remain with me, until I cross over to meet him again
Healy: Was adopted by Caroline with Bo, but he decided he wanted to live with her friend instead
Sammy: Is back in Spokane with his original rescuer loving his life
Bo Duke:Bo is my heart-breaker, he came with 3 toes snapped clean away from the bone but still inside of the skin, we thought he was going to need the whole leg amputated but luckily because of the magic fingers of our vet Dr Mark call he only lost those toes & is now runnng all over the place, thanks to the love & caring of his new momma Caroline, but you see there was a problem, she already had, a Bo at home...so Bo's new name is Charlie! He has come so far & is still so loving in spite of all he's been through, no doubt because Patty at the Spokane Eskie rescue worked with him for many months before he came to me.
Bashful: Is playing across the Rainbow Bridge waiting for me join him
George: He is still here with me, he has cancer, so he will spend his last days with me...
Hanska: Is now named Link & having a great life
Joska: Is now living in Seattle running most of the local dog parks with his everlasting charm
Adson: Adson passed away on 7/21/2010 we don't know why, but he always seemed a little sickly, he was a very timid boy but he was so sweet. He put up with me grooming him, picking him up & was just getting to the point where his little tail would wag ever so slightly & he would actually come up to me without a treat in my hand for an ear rub. I can't tell you what happened, he was in his kennel then started to scratch, his "I want out" so I got up to open it, he stumbled out of the kennel & I picked him up & checked him out, he didn't seem to be in pain anywhere, was breathing fine so I put him down again & he stumbled again, I went up stairs to get dressed to take him out to the vet, by the time I came back down he was struggling to breath & then he gasped about 3 times & then just like that he was gone, the very next morning our senior respite care poodle died too so it's pretty safe to say I am not happy about this month at all.
Joy: Is living in SW Washington taking her rightful place as Princess of her castle
Willa: Is living in Auburn with her new mom & dad who cant have kids but she is trying her hardest to fill the void
Ulfred: Is now is Pierce county with his new family
& Huka: Were a bonded pair, & were adopted together by someone
sent from the Seattle area Eskie rescuers, so after they tried to damage
my reputation, call animal control, the final analysis is that they
took my boys to Heart Bandits in California & wont return them, I
will start a lawsuit as soon as I am able to for the return of the boys,
they were the one's hardest for me to adopt out, they survived parvo
& were so close. I still cry for my lost boys. I just hope they are
okay & know that I love them & miss them. I wont rest til I know
& Kititas is a small town, they told the police Chief that Sherry
Meyers from the Eskimo rescue here arranged for them to be taken down
Winu: Is now living in Oregon having fun all on all his new property
Felicia: Lives in West Seattle with her momma Quinn
Odale: Was adopted by a young couple & is teaching them about responsibility
Marley: Marley is lost, the man who adopted him dumped him at the pound & I suspect he was put down...way to go Craig
Ollie: Adopted n living a life of luxury
Nini: By the time Nini got to me she was very sick, seiures had taken such a toll on her little body that she only stayed with us for 3 months.. She was such a sweet beautiful girl, she haunts my dreams, sometimes I still think I can smell her here, I don't know why but she smelled like sugar cookies to the point that I still can't walk into a bakery.
Siku too is epileptic, his new dad takes him all across this country, even to Canada & Mexico with him in his long haul truck. He is getting to be quite the little ladies man from my latest reports... it seems he not only has the people in this country wrapped around his paw he has got Canada & Mexico wrapped up as well. At 2 of his favorite truck stops his treat is a T-Bone steak, not just the bone but the whole steak & when his dad & him get a hotel room he gets his own single bed even though he sleeps with him... my efforts to get him to adopt me too have so far been futile
Kiko: He is a little Dynamo, he had some living to do & he wanted to get to his people. We were at a stop light & he was barking his head off at a couple in a car, we pulled into the store parking lot & they pulled in behind us, I thought they must be shopping too but they approached the car & as I was getting out my worst fear came true, he jumped out of the car & went running... straight to them!!! After some talk we found out that they had just lost their Eskie & had been looking for another but didn't know if theey were ready, it didn't seem to matter to Kiko, he was ready to begin his new life with them. He is now a part time Washingtonian spending his winters in Arizona
Kierra came to my house on December 15th dropped off on my doorstep, I was so angry because I really thought it was Joy, they looked the same down to their bent ear & single coat. After driving all the way down to Vancouver & making a fool of myself it was obvious this wasn't my little Joy because she was right in her own living room with her mom! What else I didn't know is that she was also very pregnant. One of her baabies had a liver shunt and crossed the rainbow bridge after only 3 short months with us but I cherish every day, every second & every memory we ever had with her. Kierra was spayed & is still here with us, losing her baby took such a toll on her little heart & she is still in mourning which just breaks my heart thinking how she must've felt as litter after litter of pups were torn from her.
Faith: Is now living in Bellevue with her new parents
Hope: Is now living in Spokane with her new parents
Love; Love graced us with her presence for 3 beautiful sweet months then she went across the rainbow bridge, we had her cremated & threw some of her ashes up on Tiger mountain
Charity: Is now living in California with her new parents
Java: It is questionable as to where Java came from, he was by far the most beautiful of the bunch, he passed away in my arms on May 27th, 2010 exactly 1 yr to the day of the puppy mill raid. His second to last seizure he had went completely blind, I asked him if he wanted to go, he gave me to little kisses & laid his head on my chest, I started to revive him but his world was terrifying enough for him when he could see, blind it would've been sheer terror every minute of every day, so now he is free, & he took a piece of my heart with them lie they all have
Tolek: We call him Tolek Tookie Tookie Tolek & he does a little dance for you, he went home on New Years day to live out his life with Rosemary & her daughter. Tolek, I will miss so much, he took quite a while to come around but when he did it was like gang-busters! It's these type of dogs that relly drive home the fact that all of these dogs should've been someone's spoiled little Prince. So many nights he slept next to me with his little paw wrapped around my neck & I cherished those precious moments beasue I knew this day would come when I would have to hand him over to someone else UPDATE: Tolek was returned not once but twice by people not willing to give him the chance or the time he needed.
Meeko: I saved Meeko for last because he was my boy, he was the first dog I rescued from this woman long before the raid, he was 8 yrs old when I got him, I believe he was someone's pet & may have been sold at auction to a life in a puppy mill, he was so dainty yet so ferocious especially if he thought anyone was going to hurt his momma, I got him shortly after I had my stroke & he seemed to know that I was weak & vulnerable, there were times when I would fall & he would run to get me a pillow which were twice his size to put under my head, he would try with all his might & his heart to push it under my head & then he would lay there with me until he heard one of the kids or my husbands car & then he would bark like crazy & drag them to me. Once the full horror of where he came from & how he was treated settled into my brain it took me about 4 weeks to stop crying, by the time I figured it out he had already crossed the rainbow bridge... He also died of cancer at only 9 & a half years old
Below is the handout that goes standard with each Eskie so that people will know their story. It is a hard one to read, it must've been even harder to live, now all we can do is try to give them a better life, & try to save the thousands more in this state living in the same conditions.
Kennewick Eskies...Imagine being held prisoner your whole life, never knowing the feeling of a touch, a kind word, being so hungry that you would eat your own or other's feces just to fill your belly, being crammed into a cell with 30 other prisoners just like your self in a space where you could barely sit down let alone turn around, never being able to relieve yourself & having to urinate & deficate on yourself & then having to stand in this for years. This the life the dog that you are considering getting has had.
The dogs you are inquiring about are what is termed "Death Row Dogs" deemed as unadoptable, & so badly damaged by their past that they are beyond repair & in some cases they may be right. I get these kind, there's plenty of other rescues to take the cute well balanced adoptable dogs.
I start by building up their nutrition, getting them fixed, chipped, dewormed, deflead, & groomed. They are given Wellness puppy food, small bites, electrolytes, pet tabs plus, premium gold vitamin & mineral supplements, then thier dental is done which usually is very extensive at which time their anal glands are also cleaned & their nails done. I try to socialize them to the best of my abilities, get them used to human touch, let them explore the feel of different textures on thier feet, snow, grass, wood linoleum, fleece, carpet, I give them knuckle bones so they can get rid of some tarter, but most have no idea what to do with them at first, i get them stuffed animals & various toys which they may or may not ever learn to play with, I free feed all the dogs & any type of food aggression is not tolerated, the offender is put into a kennel to watch the others eat. When they get here they shove 4 or 5 of them into one crate & have a nervous breakdown if the crate door is open, we try to get them to the point where they can kennel up alone or chose for themsleves to sleep with 1 buddy with their kennel door open.Somewhere in there we try to get a collar, & harness on them. We also paper pad train them, because most are still so shell shocked that they will stand at wait for another to defecate & will eat the feces, so I stand guard to pick up so they don't get to it, at which point I try to redirect them to the food bowl.
I cook once a week & hand feed them so they get used to me being a good food source, when they first get here they are fed kibble in the same way which creates the bond we need to start with. Some of these dogs come around fairly quickly, but most take many months for even the smallest of accomplishments. These are not the cute little dogs you see at the park chasing frisbees all around, these are not the beautiful dogs that are on their way to the Eukanuba Dog show, some are physically diminished, some of their coats may never recover, some may never be able to go to a park. What they become or accomplish starts with me, then ends with you & them.
Adopting one of these dogs because you feel sorry for them is wrong in every way. They don't need sympathy, they need love, strength & leadership from someone who has the patience to work with them. These are not dogs you can take around & show the world "Look what I did, I rescued a puppy mill dog" They are not trophies, they are living breathing, thinking feeling creatures, if you have the mindset that they are puppy mill dogs, they will remain so. If you are looking for a companion & are willing to work on creating the masterpiece they can become then please read on...
These dogs get along well with other dogs & cats, they are not leash trained, when they first come to your house they will probably have accidents everywhere because they will be disoriented, they will also probably hide under something or stay in their crate for days, they may bite you or nip at you if you try to push them too hard, some have issues with urine & feces, & will pee on others or roll in thier own or others poop, so they may not smell too wonderful, unless your lucky enough to adopt around the time I give everyone their knock out pills so I can wash them & do their nails. You may be overly concerned with their personal hygiene, I am more worried about their emotional needs & I don't want them to become addicted to narcotics so they are only groomed or bathed once every 6 weeks, the ones I can pick up are bathed every 2 weeks. I also choose not to leash train them because they dont go outside as often as they should. I have between 6 to 25 dogs to care for at any given time, I also believe that it is something you should do, because every "normal" dog LOVES to go outside, if this is an activity he/she learns with you it a sustainable show of positive reinforcement, it is also a great accomplishment for you both designed to give you both confidence as a team. Your dog has a ritual... it is called "Friday night treats" its the day I cook for them, they can all eat off of a fork, they usually have great manners about waiting to be hand fed. The leftovers are cut up & used for treats for when they do a good job at something. They are not destructive, they've learned to chew on rawhides, knucklebones, bones, or pig ears. I don't recommend them for homes with small children or any children under 9 yrs old,as the world is still a pretty scary place to them & it is a recipe for disaster most times.
They have worked very hard & come so far from the terrified little creatures who would rather sit in their own waste than come out of their kennel, but your expectations of them have to be realistic or you will both fail. I will support you & help you through the life of this dog, i will also take them back at any time if you feel this is too much. So if you're not scared out of your wits by now then please fill out the attached adoption application & lets get you a dog!
December 22, 2010