Rusty Is Cured!

Rusty1Rusty is one special dog! He came to us suffering from distemper. Despite the difficult diagnosis, ECPR was committed to doing everything we could to try and get him well. Read about the long journey he has taken with his foster mom here.

Recently, Rusty had his monthly testing done, and the results we have all been hoping and waiting for – a viral load of 0, finally happened! Rusty is officially cured of distemper and he is ready to move on with his life!

Rusty spent a lot of time in isolation while he was on the mend, and yet when it was finally safe for him to come out, he couldn’t have been happier and bouncier! There’s always the worry after a dog spends so much time in isolation that they will be frightened of new people and new environments, but this rock star had a wagging tail and a cheery disposition ready for anyone who was eager to meet him. There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing pure happiness and joy on his sweet face, and knowing that all of the worry, time, and dedication during his road to recovery was worth every single second.

A huge shout-out and thank you goes to his dedicated foster mom, Julie, who has seen him through every scary moment, shown him immeasurable amounts of love and had an endless amount of patience because she truly believed in him with every fiber of her being. Rusty pulled through because he knows we all care about him. Love Can Save Lives.

Today, Rusty made his way to ECPR’s clinic so he can receive his neuter and get prepared for adoption! Whoever ends up taking this guy home will get a dog with an INCREDIBLE heart and a tremendous will to live and to enjoy life. He deserves all of the love we can give him. Keep an eye on our social media and website: www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to stay up to date on when Rusty becomes officially available for adoption!

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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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Jet City Roller Girls Welcome ECPR to Bout

Last Saturday, April 14th, ECPR had the privilege of attending a Jet City Roller Derby bout at Edmonds Community College. They were up against the Terminal City Roller Girls from Vancouver, BC.

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The girls were kind enough to invite us out and introduce us, as well as the star of the show, ECPR adoptable pup Chewey! Prior to the bout, the girls visited our facilities and took photos with some of our adoptable dogs. The amazing Dirtie Dog Photography also came to take the photos! During the bout, they ran a slideshow of some of their photos with our featured adoptable dogs and introduced our organization. At the first half-time, Chewey and his foster momma, Linda, got to take a run around the track!

IMG_1255 (1) Chewey is one of our long-term residents. He came to us after an IVDD injury (Intravertebral Disc Disease) and could not use his back legs. He needed a wheelchair to get around.

With a lot of physical therapy and dedication, first from our ECPR staff and then from his foster mom, Chewey is now not only walking without his wheelchair, but he is zooming! We were so grateful that the derby girls gave Chewey the opportunity to “strut his stuff” and show the world what great progress he has made!

Chewey is still available for adoption. To learn more about his condition, his recovery, and our adoption process, give us a call at 206 557 4661.

Special thanks to Jet City Roller Derby, and Dirtie Dog Photography for teaming up with ECPR and taking the time to showcase our adoptable pets! We had an awesome time at the bout, and we hope that everyone there enjoyed learning about our organization and our wonderful rescue pets!

Check out all of the available dogs featured in the slideshow below. Photos were taken by Dirtie Dog Photography.

Meet Chewey! (1)

Meet Lucy! (4)

Meet Zephyr! (2)

Meet Lark & Jigglypuff! (1)

Meet Rita and Cooper! (1)

Meet Snowdrop! (1)

Meet Stevie! (1)

 

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