Chewie and Mommas are Besties!



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!

Mischevious Thelma Wants a Home!

thelma1Meet Thelma, a VERY SPECIAL dog who came to us from SOI dogs all the way from Thailand!

Thelma is a ridiculous, goofy, ball of sillyness. She is an explorer and loves to sniff around in the woods. She has a fair amount of energy and she is always smiling. She is an accomplished climber and she is smart enough to open doors of varying styles. She has prey drive towards cats, but also does well with small dogs. She is incredibly playful with other dogs, but sometimes her excitement gets the best of her- she comes on very strong. She has alright leash walking skills and she is a fast learner. The leadership program is really starting to show results with her, she is learning to sit for pets instead of head butting you. She would be a good dog for kids with her happy, playful attitude.

thelma2Thelma is truly wonderful she but does require a very experienced new family due to her high intelligence and her past as a savvy street dog.

If you are in the Seattle area and you think you may have the confidence and willingness to make this wonderful girl a part of your family, give us a call at 206 557 4661

DailyECPR : We Love Lincoln!

Lincoln2.jpgWe are pleased to introduce you to….. Lincoln!

Five-Year-Old Lincoln came all the way from Soi Dogs in Thailand to join the ECPR Family! Cuddly, friendly Lincoln has quickly become a staff favorite. Lincoln is a sweet, well-socialized fella, who makes the funniest noises when he’s trying to communicate with you.

Lincoln is very treat-motivated and learns quickly. He is very good at communicating with other dogs, though he can be impatient with them from time to time so Lincoln would prefer a home with either senior or mellow dogs (or, ideally, the only dog in the home so as to have the spotlight all to himself!) Lincoln is looking for an active family that will take him on daily hikes and adventures where he can show off his amazing walking skills! Lincoln needs a cat-free home, and because he can be vocal, apartments and condos are not for him, either. Because of his past, Lincoln would do best in a home with a fenced yard to prevent him from escaping, he needs to be 100% leashed.

LincolnLincoln would prefer a home with people 12 years old and older. A lot of training will be required for Lincoln, so experienced adopters who can provide him with these opportunities are ideal for him. Are you the right match for this international super-dog? Give us a call at 206 557 4661

Lincoln is fully vetted, neutered, and microchipped.

DailyECPR : Iggie is ig-tastic!


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

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.

Have a wonderful week everyone. Onward we go! 20160326_100721

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?

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.


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.


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.


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!

DailyECPR: Peanut- A Pup with Personality and Pizzazz!

Golden Peanut is a dog with a radiant personality! Peanut has big doe eyes that give her an appearance of innocence and sweetness. But when her mouth opens in a jolly doggy grin, it is easy to see that there is quite a bit of mischief mixed in with that sweetness. She is a dog with an independent spirit and a mind of her own. She has strong opinions. Peanut knows what she dislikes and Peanut knows that she likes.


Peanut’s Dislikes: Cats (no matter how cute) and car rides

Peanut’s Likes: Ambling strolls on a sunny spring day. Chasing buzzing insects as they dart through the air. Investigating all that is strange and unusual. Cuddles and basking in the glory of love and attention Finding an open sunspot in the playroom and working on her relaxation technique. Using her good looks and charming personality to make new friends, especially if these friends are eager to snuggle. Pretending she is not interested in her dreary breakfast of dry kibble so she can get an extra scoop of delicious wet food mixed in. Charming every human she meets with her adorable doggy smile and twinkling eyes.

The first time Peanut met a cat as an Emerald City Pet Rescue dog, she met the very delightful and irresistibly charismatic Beebe. Beebe isn’t the type of cat who cowers at the sight of dogs. Beebe will march right up to any dog with graceful feline confidence. She then mews a hardy “hello!” It is not enough to just say hello though. Beebe is all about the physical contact. If she were a person, she’d be the type to declare “I’m a hugger” as she warmly wraps you in a bear hug. Beebe’s form of hugging is head nudging. She fondly presses her head against any dog she meets. The dog’s reactions are often hilarious, ranging from complete bafflement to a look of barely masked horror…an expression reminiscent to humans if a gigantic spider were to land on their face. Beebe is unfazed by all dog’s reactions, even Peanuts. Peanut’s reaction wasaplomd “Get this weird, fuzzy creature away from me, now! I don’t like cats!” And that is a-okay. We can respect our gal Peanuts preference for a cat free life. If even Beebe can’t charm Peanut, we know our Peanut must go to a cat free home.

Peanut recently accompanied ECPR staff to an adoption event where she got to strut her stuff. Peanut received much admiration for her adorable face and goofy yet proud personality. But all of this attention did not result in a forever home. But in the process, ECPR staff learned something important about Peanut: She absolutely hates car rides. If she is ignored or left to stew in the misery of the car ride alone, she howls, wines and paws at the kennel crate door. But once some encouraging words, love and cuddles are given, she is able to calm down and handle the distress of travel with aplomb.


Peanuts absolute favorite activity is delving into all that sparks her curiosity. If something interests Peanut, she wants to learn everything about it. The world is and interesting, wondrous place and Peanut wants to investigate! Peanut and I went on a walk and she found so much to explore. There were so many amazing, fascinating and terrific things to smell. That spot there! This plant here! And over there, that crack in the sidewalk!


On our walk together, Peanut and I also saw a fascinating little bug whirling around. “Woah!” Peanut said with her body language. “What is that strange flying thing?” She watched with perked ears and alert tail as the little bug zig-zagged through the sky. Peanuts head whipped around, following the movement of the bug.


Peanut also likes to investigate strange bumps she sees in the playroom. Little Tweet loves to burrow underneath blankets in the senior corner. Peanut is drawn to this curious lump that occasionally stirs. She will stand on the other side of the gate with wide eyes, wondering and waiting for what will happen next.


Although Peanut’s intelligent mind motivates her to learn and explore, she is also good at sometimes just letting her mind drift into daydream mode while she relaxes. Peanut loves a good sunspot. She likes to curl up and feel the warm heat collect in her golden fur. Sun relaxation time is even more wonderful when she is also getting cuddles.


Peanut’s ideal day would be spent exploring the world whether it be city walks or strolls in the forest. Then, her day would end with relaxing in the sun while her best forever friend gave her cuddles. Peanut is ready for her forever home. If you would like this amazing dog to be a part of your life, call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206 557 4661.