This adorable guy has melted his new owners hearts as well as anyone who see’s him marching around with his tail wagging and his head held high… normally with a tennis ball in his mouth.
Happy story for a rescued set of puppies.
His fate could have been one of those sad photos you see of a dog destined to be behind the bars of a rescue shelter his whole life, or more likely he’d have been put down by one of the “kill” shelters in Mississippi where he’s from.
However, two beautiful angels came into his life just when he needed them. Sheila was his first angel. She is originally from Mississippi and now lives in Aspen Colorado. She was down visiting and was headed home when she saw a frantic yellow lab mom with three puppies on the freeway about to get hit by cars. Sheila had to stop and rescue this poor family of dogs. The mom was in bad shape, she’d been tied up and both she and the puppies were covered in ticks and fleas.
The Mom had to stay back in Mississippi with the second Angel in the story, Stephanie from Drifters Place. Stephanie is an angel with a huge heart that helped get the pups and the mom seen by a vet and to get the puppies up to Aspen where they had a much better chance of being adopted.
What is Drifters’ Place?
Drifters’ Place is the dog rescue and training center that I am building in North Mississippi. The goal is to work closely with area shelters that have high kill rates, and transfer dogs that are labeled “unadoptable” from the shelters to Drifters’ Place. If we can get the shelters to cooperate in transferring dogs to us, we can make a big difference. These will be dogs that are listed on the shelters’ kill lists, so we save lives, as well as open up space for the shelter and assist them in lowering their kill rate. What we do then is take each dog, work on their nutrition, exercise, behavior and socialization. We foster and train them, helping each dog to become a truly remarkable companion and erase the “unadoptable” label forever. The goal is to work with every dog until it is ready to be adopted as a companion or helper dog, depending on its talents and skills. Those that come in as special needs and, after careful evaluation and fair training time, are deemed too unstable for the family environment, will remain as sanctuary dogs as long as they need to.
The mother yellow lab was followed by 3 puppies one that looks just like her, one that has markings like a black and tan coon hound and the little guy we adopted with the coon hound markings but with a chocolate lab coloration. Gorgeous! Everyone at the Farmers Market thinks it should be a new designer breed “Lab Hound” perhaps…??All we know is that he is the best tempered, sweetest and smartest pup we’ve ever had and shows absolutely no signs of being a “rescue” dog.
This is a picture of the female yellow lab mix pup at her Angel Mom’s home in Aspen CO.
She was adopted almost immediately when they brought her to the Animal Rescue and adoption shelter in Aspen Colorado
We are sure the black and tan pup got adopted quickly too.
The Aspen Animal shelter is fabulous.
The animals have large indoor pens with HUGE outdoor areas where the dogs are given time to stretch and socialize with the other dogs. One area is behind the kennel with huge rocks to climb and explore where the animals can look out over the Aspen Valley. The other area is where you can meet the dogs and pick one out to take home and make a part of your family.
They also board dogs, groom dogs and have a fantastic program where people in the area that are dog lovers can stop by and pick up a dog to hang out with for the day. The dogs are equipped with a coat letting everyone who see’s them know that they area that they are adoptable with a big “ADOPT ME TODAY!” sign on them. While we were there several folks stopped by to pick up their dog for a day of hiking in the Colorado rockies.
His third angels are his new “owners” (me) and the human dad (Jim). We named him Dobby (aka the House Elf in Harry Potter) where he shares the house with his new cat brothers Potter and Weasley. Do you sense a theme? We were sort of looking for a female to add to the crew so we could name her Hermoine but God had different ideas.
So far he’s completely enjoying his new life of hanging out with Mom (a blogger who works from home and local area coffee shops). The coffee shops all spoil him silly with Frappachinos at Starbucks and doggie biscuits and fresh water at all the other spots.
Dobby particularly enjoys running and chasing balls and butterflies along Cherry Creek Trail and anything you’ll throw for him in his back yard. He’s still a bit itchy from the flea bites and the dry air in Colorado but he’s itching less every day. He’s an excellent tracker and loves to play soccer with dad. The cats are not completely on board with him yet but as he learns to not bark and they learn to stand their ground we think they’ll be settled in shortly.
If you are worried about adopting a rescue puppy I’m here to say DO IT!