Lark and Jigglypuff’s TV Debut

ECPR’s sweet bonded pair, adoptable pups Lark and Jigglypuff, had their TV debut last weekend! They were featured on Q13 Fox in conjunction with Pet Connection Magazine and Pawsitive Alliance.

They say, “There have been many love affairs throughout history – Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Peanut Butter and Jelly… and now the greatest of them all, Lark and Jigglypuff! That’s US! We are bonded in every way and love doing everything together, from eating to sleeping to romping to sleeping to cuddling to sleeping some more. We are both terribly shy at first, but with a patient approach and an available lap, you will watch us bloom into world-champion snugglers who love to share the love (with you)! We are quite quiet and sweet, and would love a mellow home to compliment our equally mellow energy, but small dogs our size are more than welcome (as long as they don’t hog all the treats, blankets, or affection). Let’s make this love one for the history books!”

Check out Lark and Jigglypuff ON THE NEWS, and if you think they might be the perfect addition to your family, give us a call at 206 557 4661

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DailyECPR: Poncho and the Puppies on a Sunny Day

The animals at Emerald City Pet Rescue are enjoying their warm and glowing reward! After a seemingly infinite expanse of dark days, rainstorms and hardly a proper visit from the sun, spring is finally here! The animals have endured another gloomy winter, and their reward is sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine! Every dog has a different style of sunshine appreciation. Some of them like to plop down and thoroughly luxuriate. Others curl up with a dreamy expression on their face. Some like to stand and let the sunshine pour over them. Here are Gidget, Blade and Angelina, all enjoying some sunshine while they wait for their forever homes.

Sugar, who recently found her forever home with her sis and best bud Meili, is probably one of our most talented sunshine loungers ever. She turns enjoying sun into a display of true glamour. She tilts her head back dramatically while each and every part of her furry body soaks in the sun.

The best thing about the sunshine is the way it unifies the group. Even with our adorable crew of sweethearts, animosities and rivalries do develop. But who wants to engage in petty disagreements when instead you can share in the glory of sun!

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But sunshine doesn’t just bring together foes, it further unites friends. The unifying force of sunshine is proven by Poncho and the puppies.

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Poncho is an amazing dog. He has an old soul and a young heart. He is a dog in his golden years with several years of life behind him. But he is ready and eager to appreciate all the days ahead of him. There is something truly special about older dogs. It is like dogs get kinder and even more amazing as they age. Stoic and sweet Poncho definitely is a (sun-)shinning example of an amazing older dog.

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But our elderly guy Poncho has that Puppy sparkle still gleaming brightly. He is curious and playful just like a little pup. So it is no surprise that Poncho befriended the puppies in the playroom. As soon as Poncho saw the puppies, he wanted to be their friend and to play with them. But playing is not as easy for Poncho as it is for other dogs. He doesn’t have the use of his back legs, and he must be in either a wheelchair or drag bag to navigate the world. So while other dogs may be able to romp around with their puppy friends, Poncho has a more difficult time. Even with the assistance of a drag bag or wheelchair, mobility is no easy feat.

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But luckily, the puppies don’t need all their friends to be boisterous and quick with their movement. The puppies sensed a kindred spirit in Poncho, and they easily adapted their socializing style to fit Poncho’s more sedentary life. So instead of chasing and jumping, the puppies curled up next to their new pal Poncho on a big comfy dog bed and together they enjoyed a bit of sunshine.

Poncho is quite accustomed to sharing comfy beds with friends. When he arrived at the rescue, Poncho came with his long time best pal and bonded pair Viva.

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Viva, who is also a lovely elderly dog, is a wonderful girl with an endearing feisty side to her personality. She has lived long enough to know when to be patient and when it is time to turn on the sass. Along with her sassy side, she is incredibly sweet. She makes cute grunty sounds when she is happy. Whenever I give her head pets, she wiggles her head and nuzzles it toward my hand. She likes to spend her time daydreaming and cuddling with either a person friend or her best bud Poncho!

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Poncho and Viva and the puppies together show why dogs are so amazing at every stage of their life. Puppies are sweet and cute and playful, but as Poncho and Viva show, the puppy side of a dog never entirely leaves. Even the oldest dog has that burst of curiosity or playfulness or joy for life. With age, they grow into their giant paws and oversized ears, but they never grow out of what really made them amazing in the first place- the charm of the canine is ever enduring. The endearing nature, the sweetness and the lovability starts in puppyhood, but it is always there, especially in their golden years!

DailyECPR: Beautiful Friendships

There are few things more special than friendship with an animal pal. Animal friends are the best snuggle buddies, amazing confidants, and always add cheer to the day. Nothing tickles my heart like a big doggie grin or the way cats slowly close their eyes in pure contentment. Humans are not the only ones who think animals are amazing friends. Many animals agree, as they have great and beautiful friendships with each other. Some animals have such strong friendships that it would be cruel to separate the friends by adopting them out separately. These animals are considered bonded pairs. At Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have had several bonded pairs.

When I first started working at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we had two adorable bonded rascals: Harry and Sally. They were brindle chihuahua pug mixes who just adored each other. Harry was Mr. Personable, always running up to his people friends asking for pets. Sally was a bit shyer, but her bonded pal Harry made her feel braver. With his help, she felt more confident asking for cuddles too.

Another bonded pair we had were Rocky and Coco. These two fluffy black dogs had the sweetest smiles and the gentlest dispositions. They also had a bit of a mischievous streak which just made them all the more endearing. Every morning when I came into work, they would be in the best mood. They would be prancing around their kennel, Rocky always with his favorite orange bone in his mouth. They looked like they were doing a happy dance, celebrating the morning while everyone else in the world seemed to be groggy and grumpy.

It is more difficult to adopt bonded pairs. Usually potential adopters are only looking for one dog or one cat, so when two must be adopted out together, it takes more patience to find them their perfect forever home. But it is always worth the wait! The animals want to spend their life with their best animal friend. It is important to respect the friendships and love animals build for each other.

Right now, we have several bonded pairs looking for their forever home.

Two of the sweetest, most loving cats in all the world are currently part of the ECPR animal crew. They are Tippy and Rodeo. These two sisters have such an inspiring friendship. They love to curl up and snuggle with each other. While curled up next to each other, they are in the perfect state of contentment. Tippy is a little shyer than Rodeo, but she feels braver when her sister is around. Rodeo stands up for her sister and makes sure she is comfortable. When these two are in the cat playroom together, they are always right next to each other.

Tippy has a gravelly old lady meow that is utterly charming! Tippy is tentative and gentle. She really wants to spend all her time with her sister, who makes her feel brave and important. Rodeo is the more adventurous of the two sisters. She likes to explore and is full of that curiosity cats are notorious for.

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We have two adorable elderly pooches who are a bonded pair. They are Piggles and Humphrey. Both of these tiny dogs have hearts of gold and sturdy brave constitutions of little warriors. They are tiny and quite vulnerable, but they are not deterred by living in a world physically much more imposing than they are. Piggles in particular is not afraid of speaking her mind. She is feisty in the best way possible. She dislikes when puppies get too close to her and she makes sure to let them know. She goes “Grrr…grumble, arf a20151115_161721rf!” Since I spend much time with dogs, I can translate this to English for you. Piggles is saying “Get away from me you silly puppy! Can’t you see I am a queen among dogs and deserve my space!” Humphrey has a bit more of a mellow, go with the flow personality. He doesn’t mind puppies. He likes to trot around the playroom, exploring and investigating. Although the two are very bonded, they also are not afraid to be independent. So while Piggles yells at puppies, Humphrey will find a nice spot in the sun to relax. But, after a while, they are drawn to each other, and once again they snuggle up and revel in each other’s company.

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One of our bonded pairs is going home soon. Congratulations to Serena and Venus! These two are strikingly beautiful cats! They are very shy though, so it took them a little longer to find their home. But I think once they have the opportunity to live in their own home, they will overcome their shyness quite rapidly. After all, they have each other to encourage bravery and growth.

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Watching bonded pairs interact can teach a person a lot about the importance of friendship. Great friends are there for us when we are scared or stressed. Serena may feel scared when she meets a new person, but she has Venus there to comfort her. Friends can encourage us to be the best version of our self. Tippy may feel shy at times, but watching her sister navigate the world with enthusiasm helps Tippy overcome her shyness. There is nothing better than spending a relaxing day lounging around with a friend. Humphrey and Piggles can attest to that as they lay upon their fancy blanket in the playroom. Animal friendships are a lot like human friendships, they make the world more wonderful and they make life all the sweeter.

Cocoa insisted that he deserved a shout out in this post. Here he is, trying to convince me his toy bear was his “bonded pair.” Nice try, Cocoa! That little pooch sure has a wild imagination!

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