ECPR Celebrates “International Fluevog Day”

Designed in Vancouver, Canada, John Fluevog creates boots, sandals, formal, and casual shoes for men and women. Shop online or find a store near you.

20170515_122746Every year on May 15, they celebrate “International Fluevog Day” which is John Fluevog’s Birthday. Every single pair of shoes sold on International Fluevog Day are sold at 15% off.

This year, the Fluevog store in Downtown Seattle wanted to partner with a non-profit for IFD, and they contacted ECPR! This was definitely a different kind of event, but we are always eager for any opportunity to spread the word about rescue dogs and how you can help them.

ECPR spent the afternoon at the Fluevog store with an information table, lots of Freebies for customers with pets, and a few dogs to be the “official greeters” as customers came into the store. What is better when walking into a store than to be unexpectedly greeted by happy puppies?! A wonderful time was had by the customers, the dogs, and our staff! We were very happy to have the opportunity to provide our Seattle community members with information on adopting a rescue animal, or donating and sponsoring animals that are searching for forever homes … all while trying on some awesome looking shoes!

Thank you for having us, Fluevog! We’re always thrilled to partake in our Seattle community!

ECPR Hangs Out at Muddy Mutt!

IMG_8697This past Saturday, Emerald City Pet Rescue brought a few dogs down to a very fun event, Muddy Mutt in Carnation, Washington! We love opportunities to spread the word about our rescue and the wonderful animals we have available for adoption, but even more than that, sometimes we just want to have some down-and-dirty fun! IMG_8699.JPG

Sweet adoptable pup Olivia joined us for lots of outdoor romps, as well as our awesome ambassador dogs. There were props, hills to climb, mud pits to get dirty in, and lots of grass to RUN AND RUN AND RUN in!! Everyone had a blast! Olivia can’t wait to find a forever home all her own so she can have lots of outdoor times just like Saturday! Give us a call at 206 557 4661 if you’re looking for a very loving and high energy shepherd mix to romp in the dirt with!

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Help Rennie Find a Home!

pitty-2Meet one of our most handsome fellas around, Rennie!

This handsome 6 year old Terrier mix boy is eager to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Rennie came to us with a heartbreaking story, having been dumped in a California shelter where he was so scared that he rapidly lost weight due to stress and fear.

Rennie is as sweet as they come. Agile, playful, and affectionate, Rennie is a big fan of walks and edible chew toys. He would make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle! Thought Rennie is not fond of crating or kenneling, he is great with other large dogs his size that can give him clear social cues, as he is still learning the ropes. Because Rennie is extremely curious and active, a fully fenced yard is required for his safety.

Rennie_PF1Although Rennie has come such a long way, in part due to the help from various rescue groups and fosters who would not give up on him, the hustle and bustle of our rescue facility is causing Rennie to feel stressed. We feel it’s important for his health and happiness to find him a foster family, or a forever home, as soon as possible as we suspect he will feel calmer and more confident in a home environment. If you can help this sweet guy out, please let us know! If your home might not be the right match for him, please share this blog post with your family, friends, co-workers, and more – let’s spread the word and bring Rennie and the family he deserves together at last!

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Photos by Erin Lynch Photography

 

Community Outreach : Hilltop House Visit

IMG_7915A few months ago, Emerald City Pet Rescue began bringing dogs to a low-income senior housing center, Providence House at Pike Place Market. This type of outreach is near and dear to our hearts, it means a lot to us that we can help bring joy to people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to visit with some of our dogs, and it’s also wonderful for the dogs to meet new people, as well.

We were so pleased, in fact, with how our visits at Providence House have been going, that when we were approached by Karen Carlos, previous ECPR adopter and Services Coordinator for Hilltop House in First Hill about bringing some dogs for a visit, we were more than happy to set something up.

Today we brought seven dogs to Hilltop House for a visit. Three of the dogs that came with us are available for adoption, as well as a group of “alumni” dogs that have been adopted by a few of our staff members that came along for the visit. On the car-ride back to the rescue, we couldn’t help but discuss among each other how powerful and positive these visits are for everyone; the residents at the housing communities, the dogs, and even us; the staff! The therapeutic aspects of visiting with dogs is evident. Faces light up the moment a dog curls up into their laps, laughter, and smiles ensue when a dog wags their tail and asks to be petted. For the rescue dogs, positive interactions with new people in a new environment helps to build their confidence, and that makes them all the more adoptable. For the staff, it warms our hearts to look around and see human and animal making such an amazing, positive connection, and knowing that we had a part in making that happen. We are all devout animal-lovers and we feel it is our personal responsibility to advocate for our rescue animals. It means the world to us that we are able to share the joy these animals bring to our daily lives with others in the community, and we hope to continue to do more and more of these visits in order to spread joy and educate others on how amazingly appreciative and therapeutic adopting a rescue pet can be.

IMG_7917Thank you to Hilltop House for inviting Emerald City Pet Rescue into your residence and allowing us to share our wonderful pets with you. We hope to come back on a regular basis!

If you help organize a living community and you’d like to give your residents the opportunity to meet some rescue dogs, please contact us at 206 557 4661. We would love to do more and more outreach in our Seattle communities!

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Happy National Pet Day – an Editorial from ECPR

HAPPY NATIONAL PET DAY from your friends at ECPR!

I thought I’d take a few moments to celebrate National Pet Day by writing about my rescue pets and their stories. As the saying goes, “Rescue is the best breed” and I’ve found that to be entirely true! All animals are wonderful and completely deserving of love and the security of a forever home, but if you’ve ever adopted a rescue pet that has known rough times, the way they communicate their understanding and appreciation to you is touching beyond words.

LilyWhen I first began working with Emerald City Pet Rescue two years ago, I had one pet. Lily is my heart and soul. I adopted her at ten months old and she has traveled with me, faithfully stayed by side during hard times, and enjoyed good times with me as well. Lily was my first dog as an adult (I’d had family dogs, and then cats as an adult previously) and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. She’s more than a dog to me, she’s my best friend. When I adopted Lily, she was severely underweight and in need of a lot of nourishment. She’s the pickiest eater I’ve ever met (Justin who works for ECPR’s retail store says she’s the pickiest dog he has ever met as well!) and she has trouble gaining weight. She is small and delicate, long skinny legs, big giant loving eyes weighing in at just barely five pounds. I don’t know what her early puppyhood was like, but I do know that the moment I took her home, we were instantly bonded.

Lily went everywhere with me, and she still does! When I began working with Emerald City Pet Rescue, she came with me to the office daily and she was happy to curl up on a bed next to my computer. As long as she’s by my side, she’s content and happy. Some say she has separation anxiety when we are not together (okay, I admit it, it’s true!) but it’s also true that it goes both ways. We are simply happiest together, we ease each other’s anxiety, we know that we will always be there for each other. What more could anyone ask for in a best friend?

EliFor the first time, I brought some kittens home to foster. They were about four weeks old, eating on their own mostly but still quite young and needing motherly care. A roommate I previously lived with had cats so I hoped Lily would be okay with kittens. As it turned out, she was more than okay. She was wonderful! Her patience with other animals is the most gracious thing I have ever seen. Lily had never been interested in playing before, I’m not even sure she knew how, but interacting with the kittens brought out a new side of her I hadn’t previously seen. I decided to keep one of the kittens, a fluffy grey little boy that I named Detective Elliot Stabler (after my favorite character from Law and Order : SVU) or “Eli” for short. Eli and Lily became great friends.

RueA few months later, another litter was in need of fostering. This litter was larger, a group of seven, younger (maybe 2 weeks), and very sickly. One kitten in particular pulled on my heartstrings from the very moment I met her. She was the size of a hamster, emaciated, and I was advised by a vet that she likely wouldn’t make it. Her face was sunken in, her eyes huge, almost deformed-looking due to how sick she was. Despite knowing I should try to be “realistic”, hearing this kitten’s prognosis only triggered my determination. I knew then and there that I was going to do everything in my power to save her. I had that kitten with me literally 24/7. I bottle-fed her raw goats milk every few hours around the clock, kept her wrapped in a tiny blanket and held against my skin. I constantly pet her tiny, delicate little body and spoke to her nonstop. I guess I hoped that if I kept her constantly stimulated, she wouldn’t have time to give up. Silly, maybe, and yet, it worked. She was staying alive! The concern, however, was that while her siblings were getting better, growing, and hitting their milestones, little Rue was the same size as she was when I first brought her home and about half the size of her siblings. Tests were conducted, blood was drawn, and thankfully it turned out she had a particularly stubborn parasite. New medication was given, and soon she began to grow! Still, she was behind on her development and when the other kittens were ready for adoption, Rue still needed more time. By the time she was ready, there was simply no way I could let her go. We were very bonded, I was her Mom. Now I had one dog, and two cats.

ScoutIn early 2016, along came Scout, a tiny chihuahua puppy with very bowed legs. I fostered her at first, but of course, fell in love and I knew within a week that I was going to keep her. Scout thankfully grew out of her bowed leg problems and did not need medical attention for her legs. She is a year and a half now, and one of the lights of my life. She’s smart, she’s extremely friendly not only with me but with everyone she meets no matter what gender or age. She’s fearless, eager to jump at a Great Dane’s face trying to play even though that dog’s mouth may be bigger than her entire body. Scout has not known anything but love, and she gives nothing but love. She has a lot of personality, dancing on her back legs while flailing her front legs in the air to wave and get attention. I tease her and refer to her as “my little Praying Mantis” when she does this. Everyone she meets thinks she’s adorable and hilarious.

I told myself after I kept Scout that I was maxed out, I would still foster, but I would not adopt any more pets. Four was enough for me!

Yeah, right!

I went on to foster more kittens that were adopted into other families, and a few more dogs, and I thought I was doing well with willpower. Then, I met Delilah.

DelilahDelilah was a year and a half when she came to me, a 5lb Yorkie girl. What struck me about her instantly was her immediate bond with Scout. Scout is a fun-loving, energetic dog who LOVES to play, and although Lily is wonderful and so patient with every animal I bring home, she can’t quite match Scout’s energy. Scout and Delilah instantly began to play, and Lily, looking almost relieved, retreated to her favorite pillow where she could finally get some time to relax. I kept telling myself that I didn’t need another dog, but Scout insisted! I couldn’t deny Scout her best friend now could I?! Delilah became a part of our family.

 

 

PeachesLast, but certainly not least, came Peaches.
Emerald City Pet Rescue received a relinquishment of nearly 20 tiny chihuahuas. Fosters were needed, so I agreed to take two of them home with me. They were given their own room as I wasn’t sure how they would do with my other animals. Neither of the chihuahuas seemed like they’d met cats before, so they were very confused. “What are these things!?” Their faces asked. Fortunately, my cats are used to dogs coming and going, so they were not stressed or bothered by the new arrivals.

Within a few weeks, the dogs began to come out of their shells and show their personalities. Hannah, an adorable 4lb black and white chihuahua, was adopted, and I still had little Peaches. She “grew” on me, I guess you could say. In contrast to Scout and Delilah who are young with endless energy, Peaches is an older girl who loves to quietly snuggle, like Lily does, and who is completely content with a warm blanket and some pets. I noticed with her other friend gone now, she started clinging to Lily, cuddling with her, and being the “quiet” friend I know Lily deserved, even though she was always so wonderful and patient with the other animals. I was on the fence about keeping Peaches, however, because I knew I didn’t “need” more animals, but a co-worker admitted we were a great pair and I let her peer-pressure me into the adoption. I’m just teasing, I wanted Peaches, of course.

I have quite the full house, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My pets are my family, and the unconditional love, laughter, entertainment, and comfort they provide gives me hope and inspiration in an otherwise sometimes-difficult world.

Today is a day to celebrate all of the pets who enrich and improve our lives. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of a rescue that saves so many pets, and I’m thankful to have been able to save some of them myself. But the truth is, and I know a lot of “rescue pet parents” who feel this way – they saved me, as well.

HAPPY NATIONAL PET DAY!

Feel free to share YOUR pet’s stories in the comments below!

Cinnamon Needs Your Help!

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are so thankful to have the opportunity to give our pups an alternative to staying in kennels. We have a wonderful playroom where they get to spend their days socializing with staff, volunteers, and other dogs and many of our adoptable animals thrive in this environment. However, sometimes we have a dog who feels a bit overwhelmed and overstimulated by the busy, social days and really needs a home environment in order to thrive, grow, learn to trust, and prepare to find a forever home of their very own. This is where our foster program comes in!

Cinnamon has had some experiences in her past that have caused her to be reactive and fearful in certain situations, so she would benefit most from an experienced adopter who can give her the guidance and training she needs to build her confidence. After all that she has been through, Cinnamon hopes to find someone to give her a chance and support her through her progress and setbacks, because she truly wants to trust and love humans.

Cinnamon is a great communicator and always lets you know when she’s feeling happy and brave, or when she feels insecure and frightened, and in time you will see her great capacity for love and affection! When Cinnamon trusts you, she lets her guard down and reveals her cuddly, snuggly, sweet side. Cinnamon also gets along with other animals, so a foster home with cats and other dogs are no problem at all, especially if you can keep the treats and cuddles coming her way!

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ECPR Visits Providence Supportive Housing

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are very passionate about helping our animals grow, find trust and love, and find a forever home of their very own. We are equally as passionate about reaching out into the community and helping to connect people with pets so that everyone can experience the calming and therapeutic benefits that animals can bring to our lives.

Today, we had the opportunity to bring some lovely dogs to Providence Vincent House in Seattle. We met many wonderful people, and while they had the opportunity to learn about our rescue, our dogs had the opportunity to bring them joy. Communication can go beyond words, and it was wonderful to see these dogs opening up to new people, offering them warmth and love, and spreading happiness everywhere they walked with wagging tales, soft eyes and kissing tongues.

We were happy to be able to provide this opportunity for both the dogs, and for the residence at Providence Vincent House. We will be returning to their residence monthly and we look forward to being able to provide more opportunities to spread doggy-love into our community.

Special thanks to Emily Alder-Storm, a Social Work Intern from SU for Providence Vincent House, and Jennifer Bachhuber, Providence Vincent House’s program director, for facilitating this wonderful opportunity and allowing us to share our dogs with the residents!

Thank you for having us, Providence Vincent House, and thank you for giving our rescue dogs such a warm, wonderful welcome!

Our Dogs

The wonderful adoptable dogs that joined us today from the rescue were Kona, Pluto, and Hurley.

Kona came to us very fearful, having been picked on by other dogs and cats in his previous residence. He has come a long way toward trusting others, and he did wonderful at today’s visit to Providence Vincent House! He can’t wait to find a lap all his own.

Pluto is as sweet as they come! He is a hairless terrier, and he would be the perfect dog for someone that suffers from allergies but must have a pup to cuddle with. He loves laps, and his skin is so soft touch – like suade!

Hurley is still young and he has such a wonderful, curious nature. He can be a bit shy at first, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up. Once you’re in his cool-book, he never wants to leave your side!

All are currently available for adoption through Emerald City Pet Rescue. Click on their names to view their profiles and learn more information about these sweet, amazing pups!

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