Cito – November Dog of the Month!

C1.jpgSay hello to Cito, one of our new rescue arrivals! This handsome little Chihuahua boy has 12 years under his belt, and can’t wait to share many more with a forever family of his own.

Cito is incredibly polite and intelligent. He knows the command for “sit” and can’t wait to learn even more through training as he improves his manners.

Cito would prefer a home with children over 7 years old because of his size and gentle nature, especially if the home can match his mellow, easygoing vibe. This boy is all lover and no fighter. He thoroughly enjoys sharing affection, being held, and crawling into your lap for a good, long cuddle! We are unsure of how Cito does with cats at this time, but when it comes to people, Cito is incredibly loving and can’t wait to share his love with you!

c2Cito is missing many of his teeth, so his tongue likes to hang out on the side of his mouth. We think it gives him lots of character! He is quickly becoming a staff favorite, his loving disposition is just too addicting! Although he is twelve, that is only middle-aged for many chihuahuas and he still has so much life and love left in him to give.

Cito is fully vetted, neutered, and microchipped. For more information or to meet Cito, please call Emerald City Pet Rescue 206-557-4661!

Chewie and Mommas are Besties!

 

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The “Cutest BFFs in the Playroom” award goes to….

ECPR’s Chewey and Mommas! They love to hang out with each other, they think all of these other dogs with their four working legs and lack of wheels are just plain odd. They are in their own little wheelie club together where they joyfully roll around, or, more often, joyfully relax together while they wait to find their forever homes!

cm2Chewey is a handsome 4-year old Chihuahua mix. After receiving surgery for a ruptured disc, Chewey has been using a wheelchair, but he doesn’t let that slow him down for a second as he makes the rounds visiting his favorite people! And c’mon, who doesn’t love a guy with his own set of wheels? He is charismatic, friendly, and very sweet but he does not get along so well with cats.

Meet Mommas! 4-year old Mommas is a fantastic dog that loves people and other dogs. Mommas has lived with children – and loved them, too! Mommas is looking for a loving home that can offer her stability and support as she adjusts to her new life on wheels. As with most dogs that lose their ability to use their back end, this is not slowing her down! Mommas still has a happy-go-lucky attitude and she is always eager for new adventures. Mommas will need an adopter who is willing and able to work with her special needs. Mommas likes cats too!

If you might have the perfect home for one of these two special babies, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

DailyECPR : Iggie is ig-tastic!

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Meet Mr. Iggie, the ig-tastic chi-pom!!!

This 11-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix has made the trek from California in search for his forever digs in the Seattle area. Iggie weighs about 4 pounds; yes, 4 pounds! He is an adorable little man with an easy-going demeanor and a sweet personality. He adores people and enjoys happily trotting around for his afternoon walk. When he’s not sleeping (which is most of the time), this cuddle bug is happily lazing on the lap of anyone who wants some Iggie love! Due to his tiny size and medical considerations (including cataracts), Iggie would do best in a home with no boisterous young children or energetic dogs who may not respect his space.

Iggie is currently in a foster home being a lap-tastic little mini. He is fully vetted, neutered and microchipped.

If you live in the Seattle area and would like to meet this cutie-pie, please give us a call at 206 557 4661

A Visit From Meridian School

 

image1 Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we love it when children reach out to us and want to help and/or learn all about animal rescue! We firmly believe that having compassion for animals at a young age and learning about the responsibilities involved with caring for them gives them helps them grow into wonderful pet owners.

Today we had a visit from some students at the Meridian School in Wallingford. These wonderful kids got to learn about what we do as a rescue; save animals, help them medically, socialize and train them with positive reinforcement, and help them find loving, forever homes. They also had the opportunity to demonstrate their awesome animal-handling skills with Lily, Scout, and Athena. We love that Meridian is compassionate to animals and that they gave their students the opportunity to interact and learn about them and what it takes to care properly for a pet as part of their curriculum. We always welcome opportunities to educate, as we firmly believe that the best way to save an animal from losing a home is to make sure that pet parents have the knowledge and resources they need to cope with any challenges having a pet can bring.

Happy Tail! – Skye

Sky.jpg Little Skye got all cozy in her blanket during her home-check and loved up to her new family right away! Such a tiny sweet bundle of joy, you would have no idea at all that she’s older than a decade! She still has the heart and soul, and even the curiosity and energy of a young pup. She quickly became a staff-favorite during her time in the ECPR playroom and she will be missed, but she deserves all the snuggles and loves the world can give her. Congratulations, Skye!

DailyECPR : Dealing With Losses

Eddie_2.jpgBringing a pet into our home, inviting a new member of the family to be as much a part of us as everyone else, is not a light decision to make. For me, the moment I take on the responsibility of a new pet I know I will adore them for the rest of their lives.

When I was eleven years old I brought home a kitten for the first time. I loved that kitten more than I had ever loved anything or anyone else, and miraculously that kitten loved me back. She tolerated others and sometimes avoided them but Tinkerbelle loved me fiercely. Throughout the rest of my childhood and teenage years, no matter what friends I was fighting with or who came and went from my life, Tink was a constant. There was never a night, regardless of whether or I was happy or sad, that she didn’t cuddle up under the covers with me and purr. I knew that no matter what was happening in the world around me she would always be there.

As Tink got older she started developing health problems. It began with hyperthyroid but fortunately some medication got that under control, but her difficulties kept on coming. When she was fourteen years old it fell on my shoulders to make the most difficult decision I have ever had to make as a pet-parent, the choice to let her keep struggling or to give her the peace she deserved. With tears streaming uncontrollably from my eyes and my heart sinking into the dark pit of my stomach, I sat with her for her last moments and allowed her veterinarian to help her go to sleep.

At first I resisted the idea of adopting a new pet, I couldn’t shake the thought that it would be as if I was replacing Tink and I knew that could never happen. Even though I know logically I made the right decision putting her down, my emotions fought with my logic and told me a different story. “There must be something I could have done differently, something I hadn’t tried, some way I could have saved her.”

Eventually I healed enough to consider adopting another pet. Without Tink I was lonely, I hadn’t been without a pet in a very long time and I told myself that holding on to Tink was never going to bring her back. There are so many animals out there that need loving homes and the best thing I could do to honor her was to be that person that Tink thought I was and help someone in need.

I brought home a ten month old yorkie-chihuahua mix, my first dog not including my stepmother’s dog when I was younger, but I wasn’t responsible for that animal’s upbringing and care so it was different.

I’ve told the story previously on this blog of Rue, the baby kitten that was brought to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her six siblings in the fall of 2015. All of the kittens were small, only a few weeks old and without a mother but Rue was by far the runt, not just smaller than her siblings but literally skin and bones. No one was optimistic about her prognosis. I have never said this out loud, not to anyone else and not even to myself, but something about the moment I picked up Rue, a kitten the size of a hamster with the tiniest limbs much thinner than even a pencil, instantly brought me back to the first time I held Tinkerbelle.

Tinkerbelle was also the runt of her litter. I got her from a pet store (don’t judge, I was only eleven) and she was the last kitten left of her litter. She was very small and she was meowing like a newborn, loud and shrill, but the moment I took her into my arms the crying ceased and the purring began. I knew in that moment that Tinkerbelle was meant to be mine. Last fall, the moment I curled sickly little Rue into the palm of my hand I felt an instant connection with her. I stayed up with her night after night to syringe-feed her around the clock, and it was several weeks before she could eat on her own. When it came time for her brothers and sisters to be adopted out, I knew I couldn’t let her go because she was already home. I know Rue is not Tinkerbelle, and yet watching Rue play, or cuddling with her in my arms and listening to her purr is the only time I feel truly at peace about Tinkerbelle’s passing. Although I wish more than anything that our pets could live as long as we do so we don’t have to suffer the heartache of losing them, the best way you can honor a lost pet’s devotion to you is by allowing yourself to love another.

Things brings me to what inspired this personal post. Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we’ve suffered a few very sad losses over the last week. It is NEVER easy to decide, when an animal is suffering, what is best for them. I wish more than anything animals could communicate with us in speech and tell us what they want, but the best and most compassionate thing we can do is look into their eyes and try to listen to what is inside of their hearts.

I left work a few days last week with tears in my eyes over the losses and my heart felt heavy. I hugged both of my dogs and both of my cats and I felt comforted. I am sad for those wonderful animals we lost over these last few days.

If I could try to imagine what the animals we have tragically lost would want, I believe it would be for their fellow friends to find the forever homes they so very much deserve. In rescue, there are moments that lift us up and moments that weigh us down, but I wouldn’t change being a part of this world for anything.

I will always keep those we have recently lost in my thoughts, but I will honor them by pushing forward and being a support system for their brothers and sisters in spirit who are asking us with their eyes and heart to help them find happiness. I urge everyone else to do the same, together we can make a difference in so many lives. Every single happy ending is more than worth bearing the losses.

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DailyECPR: Blueberry the Tan Doggy

It is almost summer time. The birds are chirping and the plants are growing. One favored summer activity is picking fresh berries such as blueberries right off the plant! Picking blueberries is fun, so why hasn’t anyone picked our little Blueberry to be their forever buddy?

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Blueberry is a senior dog with a loving disposition and a gentle nature. When Blueberry is with a human pal, he is an extremely mellow, laid back dog. He likes to be near his favored people. He looks up at them with wide curious eyes, his floppy ears slightly perked as he gives a little tail wag. If he is around a group of his human friends, he likes to check in with them all, looking up and expecting a head pat. But when confined and left alone, Blueberry becomes very agitated. Anxiety seizes him when he is forced to be confined in his kennel, away from any people. Blueberry suffers from separation anxiety.

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Separation anxiety can be debilitating for an animal to experience. Instead of living a carefree life, they are confronted with extreme anxiety, making life less wonderful. At Emerald City Pet Rescue, we want all our animals to be happy and healthy. In cases such as Blueberry’s, we work on training that will help him deal with his separation anxiety while problem solving solutions in which he is not put in situations which exaggerate his feelings of anxiety. For instance, during the afternoon, all the dogs go in their kennels for a break while some cleaning is done in the playroom. Blueberry though, spends his afternoon break napping on someone’s lap in one of the offices.

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Whoever adopts Blueberry will also need to work on creating an environment for him that doesn’t exaggerate his anxiety. Blueberry is open to be best forever buddies with all sorts of different folks. He just needs them to understand his dislike of confinement or being alone. Blueberry dreams of a friend who is retired and spend their days reading on comfy chairs or working in a garden where Blueberry can smell the flowers. Or he imagines spending his day with an office worker who can bring animals to their job. During lunch breaks they can take walks to a nearby park and watch the birds. Or maybe Blueberry can be adopted by a boutique owner who needs a store pooch (to keep an eye on any potential shop lifters! Blueberry is confident he can be ferocious if he needs to be). On days Blueberry is feeling especially fantastical, I’m sure he imagines even wilder potential forever people to spend his days with: Undercover spies who take him along on missions as a sidekick or glamorous celebrities in need of a cute doggy friend. Blueberry likes to spend time daydreaming about his future, but what he really wants now is to live his future!

Blueberry’s separation anxiety may need extra attention, but his charming and lovable personality easily compensates for his special needs. Blueberry is the type of friend everyone dreams of. He is loyal, loving and he only sees the best in anyone he meets.

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Blueberry’s favorite activity to do with a friend is to go on strolls. He has a laid back walking style. He likes to slowly lumber along our walking path, stopping here and there to smell the world. Blueberry has a special fondness for smelling all the amazing smells of the world. Some people live by the expression ‘follow your heart!’ But Blueberry would like to modify that expression to ‘Follow your nose!” Because to Blueberry, following your heart is following your nose. His heart tells him to be curious and to investigate the world! And his nose is his best investigative tool.

One thing that makes Blueberry such a good pal is the way he is so keen to just hangout and be supportive. On the worst day, someone could easily spill their heart to Blueberry. Blueberry would nuzzle up next to them and give them a comforting look. Adorable, wonderful Blueberry is ready to put his skills to use. He is ready for a forever home!