A Happy Ending For Lacey

A few weeks ago, we had a scare. Sweet pup Lacey was lost in West Seattle. Lacey is a shy pup, so we knew that she wouldn’t simply stroll up to someone so she could be brought back to safety. This was going to be a challenge. With the heat being so intense and lots of cars zooming down busy West Seattle streets, we were worried. We teamed up together and put up flyers everywhere we could. We raced out to any section in which a tip was received that she was spotted. We split up into teams and diligently searched from morning until night and even brought in Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue  to help with their search dogs. The full story of Lacey’s miraculous rescue effort is documented here on our blog.

ECPR employees quickly made their way just ahead of where the search dogs had led us. They quietly sat down on the ground, hoped, and waited. Finally, Lacey emerged, but the employees knew not to try and snatch her in case she got startled and ran again. She finally mustered up the bravery to approach her doggy-daughter, Leda, whom the employees had with them, and then she approached her favorite kennel attendant and licked her arm. A slip lead was quickly put in place and Lacey was saved!

Lacey’s story wasn’t over. She was brought back to the rescue, examined by our Veterinary staff and thankfully she was all right, but the last leg of her journey, finding a forever family, was still ahead of her.

The impact of Lacey approaching her favorite kennel attendant despite her timid nature and overwhelmed state of mind stuck with a lot of us, especially the kennel attendant whom Lacey finally trusted enough to approach. She was fostering another dog at the time, but as the days began to pass, the bond she knew she shared with Lacey did not leave her mind or her heart.

Yesterday, we brought Lacey to the kennel attendant’s home where she will be staying for good, officially adopted by the person she allowed to save her! We couldn’t ask for a better forever home for this special girl. It is truly inspirational to see the bond between a dog and a human grow so strong that it leads to an unexpected adoption. Lacey was the one who chose her family, and they welcomed her with open arms. It’s moments like this that make us proud to do what we do. Congratulations to Lacey and her new family, we are so glad that you got your “Happily Ever After!”

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Aviva’s TV Debut!

Three-year-old Terrier mix, Aviva, is the life of the party! This girl loves to be loved, and she can’t wait to find a forever home in the Seattle area. Aviva can thrive in an apartment, condo, or house, as long as she has a lot of human attention. She loves to go-go-go on outdoor adventures and she’s excellent at making new friends. Aviva would do best in a cat-free home with dog-savvy kids 10+. She loves to wiggle!

This sweet lady recently got her fifteen minutes of fame by starring as a #WhyNotMePet on Q13Fox! Special thanks also goes to Pawsitive Alliance and Dirtie Dog Photography for featuring this amazing lady. Check out Aviva on the news HERE! 

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Lacey Has Been Found!

lacey_PF3Thanks to ECPR’s amazing staff and friends and Seattle’s amazing community support, Lacey the lost dog is safe!

Last weekend, ECPR Lacey, a timid dog who is a “flight risk” got loose. She not only bolted out of a door, but she managed to slip under a fence before she could be grabbed. (Houdini dog!)

We were all very worried about Lacey. The weather here in Seattle has been very hot and she was loose without food or water. Since she is very timid, we knew it was unlikely that she would allow someone to approach her in order to bring her to safety.

Our wonderful ECPR employees and volunteers immediately rallied together to come up with a plan on how to help retrieve Lacey safely. We spread the word all around West Seattle by putting up numerous flyers, we stopped into local businesses, and we endlessly canvased neighborhoods. We put together maps that tracked any tips we received on where people were spotting Lacey so we could try and figure out her movements in order to anticipate where she might travel next. We searched from the wee hours of the morning until past nightfall every day since she got loose on Saturday.

This morning, Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helped us with their scent-tracking dogs. Once we had Lacey’s trail, our employees and volunteers fanned out in front of the trail hoping to spot her. They brought Lacey’s daughter, Leda, with them hoping that Leda would help make Lacey comfortable enough to approach. Lacey’s favorite ECPR kennel attendants were also on the forefront.

Soon, Lacey was spotted! She was actually headed back to where she got loose from, having made a very wide circle around a large area! We knew not to try and pursue her or call out to her. If she got startled, she would surely run again! The kennel staff along with Leda sat quietly on the ground. They “ignored” Lacey and softly spoke to Leda while giving her enticing treats. Slowly, Lacey crept toward Leda and bumped noses with her. Then, recognizing one of her favorite kennel attendants, she cautiously approached and gave her kisses on her arm. A treat was offered and the slip lead was quickly put in place. LACEY WAS SAFE!

A frightened dog loose in the city is a very scary thing. Lacey is Microchipped, but being so timid, she wasn’t going to approach a stranger or allow herself to be casually captured. Safely retrieving Lacey required a colossal amount of teamwork, dedication, and patience. We would like to publicly thank everyone who made this daring rescue possible. Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue was an invaluable asset, their amazing service allowed us to know firmly where Lacey had been so we could anticipate where she might be heading or hiding. Our staff and volunteers who spent day and night putting up flyers and canvassing neighborhoods reminded us all of why we do what we do; it’s all for the animals! Our amazing team members who kept on top of all of the sightings and tips we received in order to map them out and get them to our searchers as quickly as possible helped position us in the right places at the right times. The early morning search team of kennel attendants who were able to remain calm and patient despite the worry they felt for Lacey made all the difference in making her feel safe enough to approach them so they could bring her back to safety. Incredible!

ECPR friends and family, we want to take a moment to remind you of how important it is to be cognoscente of your pet’s safety. A collar and tags are a great way to make sure your pet is identified, but collars get caught on things or pets slip out of them. Please also microchip your pet! (Have your vet check for their microchip during their annual visits because chips can sometimes migrate!) Even with all of those precautions, sometimes pets like Lacey get loose and they cannot be identified if they cannot be caught. Even if you have a fully fenced yard, make sure there are no small holes and make sure your pet cannot slip underneath the fence. As Lacey demonstrated, sometimes pets can be little magicians! This was a scary situation for us and especially for poor Lacey, but we are all so relieved and happy that, with great ECPR teamwork and a wonderful Seattle community to help, The Saga of Lacey has a happy ending!

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Snowdrop’s News Debut!

Snowdrop is ready for her close-up, Mister Dog-mille!

Snowdrop is a 10-year-old chihuahua that has been with us here at ECPR for over a year! She is a staff-favorite with her adorable little antics, her big personality, and the way she loves to burrow in blankets.
Snowdrop hopes to find a home in the Seattle area soon! Snowdrop does fine with other mellow dog friends, but she would like to kindly request a home without cats. Other than that, all she asks for is lots of naps, some short walks, and Netflix marathons! (Or Hulu marathons, she’s not picky!) She would do great in an apartment or as an office-dog lounging in a bed by your desk.
Do you have room in your heart and home for this little sweetie-pie? Let us know!
*Special thanks to Pawsitive Alliance, Pet Connection Magazine and Q13Fox for debuting this wonderful #WhyNotMePets gal to the public! View Snowdrop on the news HERE! 

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Cypress Featured on #WhyNotMePets

We love all of our adoptable pets here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, but there are those few who touch our hearts in unique and special ways. If you say the name “Cypress” to any of our staff members, we can’t resist the huge smile that spreads across our faces!
Cypress is a five-month-old German Shepherd puppy here at the rescue looking for his fur-ever home. He is blind, but he doesn’t let that slow him down AT ALL!
Thanks to Pawsitive Alliance and Q13 FOX, Cypress got his debut on the #WhyNotMePets campaign last weekend. See for yourself what an amazing pup he is!

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Photo by Dirtie Dog Photography

Check out Cypress’s adoption profile HERE!

ECPR Attends Special Needs Pets Meet-and-Greet

This past weekend, Emerald City Pet Rescue was asked to present and participate in a very unique and awesome event. Patrons of Washington Talking Book & Braille Library came to learn about ECPR and our work with special needs animals and animal assistive technology.

Adoptable ECPR pup, Chewey, and his foster mom, Linda, came to join us for the presentation. Chewey is in recovery from IVDD (Intravertebral Disc Disease.) After surgery from his back injury, Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair, but now he is able to use his back legs and get around without it!

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We also invited ECPR alum, Millie, who had the same injury. Millie’s injury was a bit more severe than Chewie’s, and although she has made, and continues to make, great improvements in her mobility, she still needs to occasionally use her wheelchair. Her adoptive dad let us know that even though she needs to use it sometimes, it doesn’t slow her down one bit!

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Peaches, a tiny ECPR alum chihuahua who lived the first eight years of her life in a basement was in attendance as well, and although her challenges are not physical, until a year ago, she hadn’t seen much of the world. Now she is healthy and happy and wants cuddles and pets from everyone she meets.

The important thing that we wanted to show WTBBL patrons is that although some of the dogs that we had with us had special needs, they never let their challenges slow them down. They are happy and loved.

It was touching for us to see these wonderful dogs interacting with equally wonderful humans. As we all know, dogs have a special way of communicating that makes us feel calm, loved, and seen for the valued living beings that we all are. To watch a child’s face, apprehensive at first as they cautiously reach out their hand, transform into delight as the dog cuddles up to them, warmed our hearts. We were glad we were able to share the stories of these amazing dogs with equally amazing people who have stories of their own.

Thank you, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, for organizing this event and hosting us and our wonderful dogs!

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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