Adopt A Mutt Rescue

Saving one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog... their world will be forever changed.

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The Rainbow Bridge

There comes a time when all dogs must cross the Rainbow Bridge. Some leave due to old age. Some due to physical ailments. Rarely, some must leave us due to a broken mind. We honour the dogs that have crossed our path and are no longer with us or their loved ones.

 

 

Blue - June 2016

Blue came to rescue in August of 2015. He was a deeply troubled dog and was surrendered due to guarding tendencies with his previous owners. Blue had a loving foster home for the 11 months he was with the rescue. They took him to classes and worked with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer to help make Blue more adoptable.

Blue did make improvements in his time with the rescue. He learned to be crate trained and his separation anxiety was able to be better managed as time passed. Sadly, Blue was never able to completely get over his demons. He maintained an unpredictable side that no matter how hard we worked, he was the kind of dog that one always walked on eggshells around. At 120 pounds, we had to accept the reality that Blue was a dangerous dog.

We were left with two options with Blue. We could keep him in foster waiting for the perfect forever home knowing that he had these insecurities that made him a dog at risk to harm others and ultimately himself. Or, we could peacefully let him go before something happened. We chose the latter of the two options.

Blue's final week with us was spent being spoiled by his dedicated foster family. He ate pork chops, roast chicken and all kinds of treats. He went for long walks and swam in his favourite places. On June 26th, 2016, we said our final goodbye to Blue and he was humanely euthanized surrounded by the people who loved him the most.

 

Aiden - August 2017

Aiden came to rescue in the fall of 2015 after his humans went their separate ways. He was already 11 years old. Being a registered purebred, we did reach out and communicate with Aiden's breeder. Everyone agreed that sending him back to Calgary at that age would be stressful and it was better to rehome him here. Aiden landed a great foster who kept him until January 2016. He went hiking, for plenty of long walks and had a fountain of youth in a coonhound puppy that loved her 'Uncle Aiden'. Aiden lucked out in January, he found a forever home, despite being 12 years old! Aiden moved out to a huge property in the country with another senior dog and an amazing family. He lost his senior friend after a few months but gained a puppy and once again moved into the role of 'Uncle Aiden'. Sadly, in November of 2016, Aiden began to suffer seizures. His family helped him to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Aiden had a great 12 months with the rescue and his family, foster, original family and breeder all grieved when he left us.

 

Ace - December 2016  

Ace was 11 years old when he was left tied outside his home when his owners moved away. He came to rescue on Halloween of 2015. We reached out to a family we had previously adopted to who had recently lost their beloved shepherd, Buster. They immediately agreed to foster Ace. Foster turned into forever and the big guy settled right in with their family. He claimed Buster's favourite sleeping spot and was kind and gentle with everyone he met. Ace had the best year of his life with this special family. We just knew he had only known life on a chain and everything in a home was new to him. He even enjoyed  the occasional play with the younger dogs. In December of 2016, Ace's health began to fail. Shortly before Christmas, his family made the decision to send him over the Rainbow Bridge. We had Ace cremated and returned to his family who gave him the best 14 months of his life.

 

Princess - September 2017

Princess came to rescue in January 2017 at ten years old due to her owner's failing health. She was a timid little thing, she didn't even know how to be a dog! Princess had a mouthful of rotten teeth which we made sure to have cleaned before her adoption. While with us, Princess had a great foster home. She adored the cats and learned how to wrestle with her best friend, another senior named Otter. She kept the two bigger girls in line, imagine an 8 pound dog being the Queen of the house!

Once Princess was healed up from her dental, she found a loving home that promised her forever.. She had a little big brother named Buddy, also adopted from us. She brought out a more outgoing side to Buddy and we often saw her family out walking in our travels. Princess was so loved and brought so much joy to her family. Unfortunately, in September of 2017, her health took a sudden turn for the worse and she was found to be in heart failure. She passed away in the loving arms of her parents. We thank her family for taking in a senior dog and for giving Princess such a great summer. Nobody imagined it would be her last.

 

Ivy - October 2017

Ivy was released to rescue after her stray hold was up at City of Thunder Bay: Animal Services. She was thought to be a senior as she was skinny, frail and had horribly rotten teeth. Once Ivy came to care, we were contacted anonymously that Ivy was a young dog, around 9 months old. She had other clues that confirmed this.

Ivy was rushed to the vet and it was agreed she was a young dog. After only 24 hours in care, her condition had already started to worsen. Blood tests revealed that Ivy was in the final stages of kidney failure. The decision was made to end her suffering and send her to the rainbow bridge.

 

 

Poppy - December 2017

Poppy was released into care from City of Thunder Bay: Animal Services at 12 years old after her owner never came back for her. Poppy was fortunate to have a family immediately answer a plea for a foster. For almost six months, she enjoyed country living and made friends with her new siblings of the dog, cat and even horse variety.

Poppy's time in paradise was unfortunately short as her family had to send her over the Rainbow Bridge. She left a lifetime of memories and love behind. We are so grateful that Poppy was able to experience this amazing life, even short term.

 

Bundles of Joy - December 2017

Born Dec 17, 2017 to a litter of nine, these five angels gained their wings before they even made it to a week old. Their mother was an extremely malnourished stray and her body just couldn't keep up with the demands of nine pups. Despite efforts of supplementing, these five little ones just could not bounce back from what was an uphill battle from the moment their mother became pregnant. They do have four sisters who are thriving in their forever homes. Clockwise from top left, we remember Tinsel, Grinch, Domino, Rudy and Nicky.

 

Alice - January 2018 

Alice was born in rescue on Dec 19th to a litter of five. She seemed to thrive until she was about 4 weeks old. Extensive testing was done to see if we could figure out the problem. Eventually it was determined that Alice was unable to pass food from her stomach into her intestines. We fought to keep her going but her little body just couldn't work itself out. Alice was helped over the Rainbow Bridge on her six week birthday. Her five siblings are all thriving in their forever homes.

 

Trooper - March 2018

Trooper's time in rescue was so short we weren't even able to get a picture of him aside from what the volunteer in his community had sent. Trooper was badly attacked by two other dogs in a remote community. His injuries were serious but he seemed stable. Trooper was given pain management while arrangements were made for him to fly out to rescue. He arrived at midnight and was clearly in very bad shape. He passed away 15 minutes after arrival. Trooper was wrapped in blankets, cuddled and stroked while his injuries were assessed before he passed away.

 

 

Lucky's Leprachauns - March 2018


Lucky Charm gave birth to 8 puppies on March 15, 2018. From birth, the entire litter seemed underdeveloped and it is suspected they were premature. The first puppy was stillborn. Of the remaining seven, one little angel clung to life for 8 hours but eventually passed on, evidently from underdeveloped lungs. Six puppies were left but sadly at 12 days old, a virus swept through and three more passed away. Left to right, Reilly, Tam O'Shanter and Brogue went to the Rainbow Bridge at 12 days of age.

 

Sam - April 2018

Sam (formerly known as Lucky) came to rescue in April of 2017. He was a little quirky but was in good health for an older fella. Sam waited 10 months for someone to accept him for who he was. Shortly after adoption, Sam began to cough. A vet visit revealed congestive heart failure had developed while he was in rescue.

Sam's family immediately agreed to keep him and love him for however long he was in care. Sadly, Sam took himself to the Rainbow Bridge just 9 days after diagnosis. We are thankful to Sam's amazing foster Barb who loved him as her own for 10 months and then Kathy and Don who welcomed him into their home for his final two months.