We Love Lucy! (She has made SO MUCH progress!)

I _3 Lucy!You may have seen us post about Lucy before. She has been with ECPR for a while, and she has found a very special place in all of our hearts.

Lucy is an incredible, unique dog! She is a 3-year-old cattle dog mix and although she is beyond wonderful with people, she came to us with dog reactivity.

Our staff was not intimidated by her challenges in the least. Over the last weeks, they have been working with her every day to create a positive-reinforcement training plan to help desensitize her to being around other dogs.

When Lucy first came to us, she did not know how to socialize with other dogs. The moment she saw another dog, she would bark and try with all of her might to tug on her leash and get to that dog. Now, after the time we’ve spent with her training, she is able to have other dogs passing by her and in her visual range, and when asked to pay attention to her human handler instead of the dog, she obeys immediately.

All dogs are intelligent in their own ways, but Lucy has one of those minds that never stops working! You can see in her sparkling eyes that she is always thinking and always seeking a new puzzle to solve.

Lucy is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. She adores human attention and wants ALL of it! She is very active and she would do well in a home where she can go on lots of adventures. Her ideal home would include human parents who are willing to learn about the training plan we have been implementing with her and making sure that continues after adoption so that Lucy can continue to be the best possible version of herself. Lucy also thrives on brain games, she may do very well with agility, or even just puzzles and find-the-hidden-treat games.

If you’re an active person looking for a loyal best friend to join you on your daily adventures through life, Lucy may be the girl for you! To learn more about Lucy or if you’re interested in meeting her, give us a call at 206 557 4661

Chewey’s Triumphant Road To Recovery

cheweynew_PF2The employees and volunteers here at ECPR try not to pick favorites. Key word, TRY! But none of us can deny that sometimes, certain pets will touch our hearts in specific ways. When that happens, sometimes we choose to foster, sometimes we choose to adopt, and sometimes we just do everything we can to help that animal find their ideal home.

Chewey, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, has been with us for nearly two years. He is a wonderful dog, sweet, energetic, eager, smart, adamant about getting attention, and more.

When Chewey first came to us, he had suffered an injury called IVDD, or Intervertebral Disc Disease.


IVDD
 is a condition in which a disc develops a problem and the material inside escapes into the spinal column, ultimately causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. The condition is seen more often in dogs than cats.

When Chewey came to our rescue, we made sure he got the corrective surgery that he needed for his IVDD, but then, it was up to us, and Chewey, to see how far he could come in his rehabilitation.

Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair.
Click here to see a video of Chewey nine months ago zipping around in his chair!

cheweynew_PF5.jpgAs soon as Chewey realized he could scoot around at warp speeds and keep up with his doggy-friends, he was as happy as a clam again. We were grateful that we could provide him the tool he needed to get around like any other dog, but we also knew that his recovery was not over.

Our passionate, dedicated staff began daily physical therapy with Chewey, and slowly, he began to move his back legs and regain some mobility.

Then, in comes one of our amazing volunteers, Linda. Linda does one of the hardest things to do in rescue; she fosters dogs in need, helps to heal their wounds whether emotional or physical and then finds the strength to let them go when they find their forever families. She decided one week that she wanted to take Chewey home for a weekend just to give him a break from the rescue environment, but it didn’t take long before she declared that she and Chewey were in it for the long haul until he gets adopted.  She quickly learned all that she needed to know about his disease, and how to help him with his recovery.

To our absolute amazement, Chewey has made LEAPS AND BOUNDS of progress with Linda! Chewey has retained a lot of movement and feeling in his legs, and he can now go on walks unassisted, even getting up and down curbs all by himself! Every day, Chewey grows stronger.

Click here to see a video of Chewey NOW!

IVDD can be unpredictable in just how much recovery is possible, and the severity of the injury is different with each animal. We didn’t know if Chewey would ever regain motion in his legs, so to go on a walk with this little guy and see him happily and confidently keeping up a brisk pace walking all by himself brought tears to many of our eyes. The dedication that Linda has shown Chewey, and the progress Chewey has made, reminds of our ECPR mantra, Love Can Save Lives!

Chewey has come farther than any of us thought possible, but he is still searching for his perfect forever home. We know that his ideal family is out there waiting to find him! He has so much courage and an endless amount of love in his heart. To steal a quote from ‘Marley and Me,’ “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.”

If this courageous, loving fella is tugging at your heartstrings, give us a call at 206 557 4661

CYCLEBAR Raises Money for ECPR!

We want to send out a HUGE Thank You to an amazing foster-mommy of ours, Emily, who arranged an awesome fundraising event for us!
CYCLEBAR did a Charity Ride last Sunday, March 18, with all proceeds going to ECPR!
A few staff members and some of our adoptable dogs were able to attend this event as well.

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Pictured, with the tiny body and HUGE ears, is little Snowdrop, Emily’s current foster pet! She’s a 10-year-old chihuahua with a big personality!
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Donning the cone-of-shame is Mr. Taz, a 7-month-old pup who can’t wait to learn and grow with a forever family of his own. A staff-favorite for sure!
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Last, but certainly not least, we have Stunning London, a 10-year-old pug! Calm, cuddly lovebug! She can’t wait to plant herself on her forever family’s laps for the rest of her life!
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Visit our website at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org or call us at 206 557 4661 to learn more about these awesome pooches!
Again, thank you SO much to Emily and to CYCLEBAR for hosting this amazing event, and thank you to everyone who participated, and helped us save lives!

Zephyr has her TV Debut!!

Zephyr12Zephyr, a 3 and a half year old pibble mix, is a staff-favorite and SUCH A LOVE here at the rescue! She has been with us for nearly eight months now, and as much as we all love her, we know she truly deserves a forever home of her own. We really want to help her find it!
Zephyr is GREAT with people! She LOVES love, she loves to be cuddled, she loves to go on walks, and her tail literally NEVER stops wagging!
Zephyr would do best in a home without other dogs (she wants to be the focus of your attention) and without cats.

Last weekend, Zephyr got to team up with Q13Fox and Pawsitive Alliance and on Saturday morning she had her spot on the news! Of course, she did excellent during the taping, made lots of new friends, and really showed off her wiggly, happy energy.

Please share the video on your social media, and tell all of your friends. Let’s all get together and help this girl find the perfect home. We know they’re out there just waiting for a chance to meet her!

Zephyr’s Q13Fox Video!

ECPR Does Outreach at Market Commons Neighborhood Center

IMG_5465We love doing outreach events here at ECPR, it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to go out into our Seattle community and let them know about the amazing, adoptable pets we have available. It gives our dogs an opportunity to get out of the rescue, meet new people, and have a great socialization experience, and hanging out with dogs puts a smile on EVERYONE’S face!

Today was our first day doing a visit at Market Commons Neighborhood Center in Pike Place Market. We had four ambassador dogs with us, and also two sweet adoptable pups, Yella, and Harry! Both are sweet, cuddly, wonderful lap dogs who can’t wait to find a family to play with and curl up on the couch with. They were so happy to receive extra-special attention and lots of petting today! They were both curious and gracious in the new environment, they were eager and happy to meet new people, and we were very proud of how at east and friendly they were. They are wonderful dogs who will make excellent forever friends!

IMG_5463In addition to “Cuddle Visits” ECPR also offers Humane Education classes that range from after-school programs with very young children to extra-curricular High School programs.

If you would like a visit from ECPR at your school or Community Center, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 

 

 

 

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Sophy and Tippy Made The News!

ECPR-5.jpgECPR adoptable bonded pair Sophy and Tippy have been with us for over a year. At 9 and 10 respectively, they are really hoping that 2018 is the year they’re going to find their forever home. They came to us through no fault of their own, their owner had cancer.

Q13Fox along with Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign teams up to feature adoptable pets in the Seattle area, and last weekend it was Sophy and Tippy’s turn to shine! Check out their news feature HERE! If you’re looking for a bonded pair of adorable dogs who love walks and treats, Sophy and Tippy might be your perfect match!

 

Help George Find His Smile!

_DSC9919.JPGGeorge is a super sweet 8-year-old pug/beagle mix. We adore him, but we’ve noticed that George seems sad. Although we are doing everything we can to give him lots of love, we believe that he would feel much more comfortable in a home environment with less commotion. He’s a good boy who doesn’t ask for much, a warm place to lay and some petting. We understand that not everyone can adopt, but even a foster home would do George lots of good. Check out the link below to learn about our foster program!
If you cannot foster, please help spread the word any way you can so we can help George find his smile again 
http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org/foster-information.html