We adopted Kate and Allie (litter mates and tightly bonded) from TTCA almost 4- 1/2 years ago when they were 10-1/2 years old. On December 10th, the girls turned 15 and are doing great. Kate (the Bear) and Allie (Little Iodine or Hip Hop, depending on what she’s up to) act like pups most of the time, bounding up a set of 15 steps, 3 at a time, and racing around the deck at breakneck speed, stopping on a dime.
When we adopted the girls, Kate had a thyroid condition (easily managed), and Allie had heart issues and a serious pancreas condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency , or EPI. Allie lacked the digestive enzymes needed to properly digest food, and as a result, her body couldn't absorb the nutrients she needed, with resulting diarrhea, loss of appetite, and weight loss. She was essentially wasting away.
When their foster dad, Roger Hall, picked the girls up following their surrender, Allie, whose normal weight was 23 pounds, weighed around 13 pounds and most thought she wouldn't make it. Roger did God's work with Allie, giving her an enzyme replacement supplement that supplies the digestive system with the missing enzymes, and encouraging Allie to resume eating once again. She gained a few pounds then, and now 4-1/2 years later and with continued care, Allie's weight bounces between 18 and 20 pounds.
Both girls have brought great joy to us and we are so grateful they are in our lives.
Dick and Judy
Ziggy & Yaya, Walnut Creek, CA
Adopted October 2014
Radcliffe, Paynesville, MN
Adopted November 2014
Spice, Loveland, CO
Adopted October 2014
Dahlia, Los Angeles, CA
Adopted April 2014
Bear, Lakeland, Florida Adopted November 2013
Anna in Lewisburg, OH
Adopted April 2014
Simba, Fort Worth, Texas Adopted February 2014
Tibbie, Carmel, Calif. Adopted January 2013
Wags in Valrico, FL
Hi Camille and Loretta!
Just wanted to touch base with you to let you know that everything is going wonderfully at the Allen house!! Although we can't for the life of us settle on a new name for Wags, we are enjoying her so much! She's such an angel and has fit right in with the family. It couldn't be a better match! Skippy and Casey love her and they've spent a lot of time playing together, sniffing each other, and running around in the back yard. She is very skittish when it comes to exploring around the house, but slowly by surely she's making a little progress. It doesn't seem like she's every encountered steps, so that will be on the top of our list to teach her. Right now, I carry her upstairs. She slept part of the night on the bed snuggled right up against me (along with the other two pups) and then I put her on the chaise in the bedroom and she seemed happy there (and I was happy too!) I actually spotted her going to the bathroom outside today, and she actually took a few bites of food. She's been good about taking her medicine, too. Every little baby step is a step in the right direction, and I know it will take time. We will be very patient with her because we know she has a of adjusting to do. She's so loving and cuddly! It really feels like we lucked out with a dog that's so sweet, loving, house-broken, well-trained, and well taken care of - so we get the easy part ... just enjoying her!!
Thanks for everything you both did to lead us to this new member of our family!! We'll keep in touch and I'm sure I'll be calling with questions along the way.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
We wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas
and wish you all the best this Season. Love Sherrie, Larry, Frankie and Dudley
Baxter has officially been adopted! After a long haul in foster care with many ups and downs— Maureen and Jane make it official. May you share many wonderful years with this beautiful boy! October 2012
Bentley and his new family, Sarah, Emma, Laura and Louise (not pictured) 2012
Treasure and Charlie2012
BAILEY Adopted in July 201 She and Rigby are now constant playmates, racing and wrestling all around the yard (and the house— they love house tag!). Love it when they tug on the same stick or toy!
We've been taking her to classes at the local club and she does really well. The teacher is always picking her for the "demo dog," because she learns so fast and she makes the teacher look good!
Maddie isn't in these pictures but she still reigns supreme. Bailey quickly figured out who's really in charge here. And as you can see, Dave is absolutely besotted with her. He's like a teenager in love. She's a hoot!
This is Rick and his new buddy Monk.
Adopted in 2010
REMY with the family at the dog park.
Left to right: Picabo, Remy, Domino and Dad.
Thank you all again for helping us get Remy. He is wonderful.
Carolyn and Ken, Domino and Picabo too! (Adopted Otcober 2010)
We made a quick trip to Kennebunkport, Maine yesterday. The weather looked great so we went for it. Remy loved all the sights and loved walking on the beach and jetty. He is such a good dog. He is Ken’s shadow. This picture is on the jetty in Kennebunkport. We found a really nice resort that has cabins and is dog friendly. They took all three of our pups!
Thank you for Remy. We love him. September 2011
GUNNY (Adopted April, 2011)
Gunny celebrates his birthday on May 21 with his new family.
MAGGIE (Adopted November, 2010)
Persuading her to sit for a photo is not an easy task but John was able to snap this one of her smiling into the camera. The Greenville Humane Society is looking for a new "face" to represent the new facility that will open in a few months and we submitted Maggie's photo. Of course we think she is a winner, whether she is selected or not. She is doing just great. She loves taking walks and runs and riding in the car on short errands. She is a wonderful addition to our family and we think she is as happy with us as we are with her.
Happy Halloween! Jersey Shore visited the ASPCA for a Halloween celebration.
Simon “Pauly D.” Hong and Fred “Snooki” Hong won first prize in our annual costume parade. October 2010
Max (Adopted March 2011)
Oscar (Adopted June 2010)
“I guess he is settling in.” Judi
We Love Rufus! (Adopted April 2010)
Everything is going great! What a smart and easy going dog. We are so impressed with him. The first week he wandered around the house as if he was trying to find his place in this new world. But it now seems he is easing into his new home.
He and our Airedale, Brandy, get along famously and love to chase tennis balls down our hallway. We put Rufus on Brandy’s schedule right away to keep them in sync and Rufus got into the groove right away.
Holiday Greetings from Cooper and Brody
Cooper is amazing. His heart is simply precious and he's such a joy for our family and for Brody.
Thank you so much for finding him for us.
Merry Christmas and hope all is well!
When Sophie was 5 (she's now 8), she jumped off the bed and herniated a disk, which then compressed her spine. She was such a trooper through a surgery, physical therapy, even an underwater treadmill and doggy acupuncture! When it was clear she wouldn't walk again, she took to her wheelchair like a total champ. Most of the day, she's contented to mosey around the house using her front legs alone. But for longer walks, she wears her wheelchair; and then she's been known to hike 6 miles without batting an eye. She's always up for a ride in the car, or a walk to wherever. But she also relaxes at home just fine.
Zen and Kramer(adopted November 2009)
We are doing wonderfully!!
The dogs are just so friendly, and well behaved. Zen has not tried to mark not once. We are still working on understanding their language and getting them to come when we call, even across the room, but I think they are still getting to know our language. Carol.
Cora and TJ (adopted November 2008)
(October, 2009) We just wanted to touch base about the dogs, and let you know just how much we love them – it’s a love fest! They’ve come a long way since we brought them home ten months ago and seem to enjoy their country surroundings. Cora and TJ were absolutely frightened of everyone, including my husband, when they first arrived. They were also quite frightened of other dogs with absolutely no interest in playing with them. TJ jumped at every sound and had the night frights like you wouldn’t believe and neither knew what it meant to play with a dog toy, they were scared straight of them. Everyday they have gained new confidence and now let most strangers pet them. They are great at restaurants when we take them to outdoor patios and yesterday was a huge breakthrough when they both started playing with toys -- I couldn’t believe it!
We call them our muppets. Cora particularly looks like a little muppet.
Thanks for gracing our lives with these sweet dogs! Read nore about Cora and TJ
Margaret, Jim, Cora and TJ
Clancy aka “Dudley“ (Adopted April 2009)
This week since we've had him he's learning the following:
Upon arrival he wouldn't go up or down steps. Now, he races up steps up and down.
He's become very close with our other dog. "McDuff" (see photo)
He knows his name now and comes when called.
He sleeps without interruption throughout the night on the end of our bed.
He has a favorite chair to nap in which we don't mind
He's very energetic and loves to cuddle
In the process of investigating every closet and room in the house, is very curious, which we feel is a sign of intelligence.
Peg & John Augustus
Lake Tahoe, California
Patches (Adopted March 2009)
Maggie (Adopted March 2009)
Maggie, enjoying life with her new family and neighbors
Floyd, nee Boy (Adopted February 2009)
Floyd, following a recent trip to the groomer where he won the Mr Cordiality award...what a great dog he is. Lynda and I thank you and everyone involved in making him part of our family.
Best regards, Neal Wein
Dart (Adopted February 2009)
We have a new nickname for Dart now "devil on wheels". We are proud to announce he is graduating from his training class tonight- a very food motivated learner, if there ever was one. He and his step-sister Besa continue to play endlessly with each other. We take them to the dog park and they never leave each others' side or play with anyone else (we've tried taking them seperately and they just stand next to us). When we are in the wine country we often look our our window and see them in hot pursuit of each other. Besa really has his number down and knows just the right way to get him to chase her. Dart has grown into a really handsome young pooch. He is blacker than night and has big paws. His bark is a grumble followed by some type of woof but it sounds more like and "eruption" than a bark. He is super gentle with our god children and only snapped at our handyman Larry (his nose to be exact) when Larry refused to let him go.
Cooper, nee Max (Adopted December 2008)
Max has finally found his forever home after being bounced around three times at his mere 10 months. His new family now calls him Cooper and he loves his new brother Brody.
Max/Cooper with his new family
Max, freshly groomed by TTCA member Valerie Barber
Dickens, a 3-year old male Tibetan Terrier, now living in Connecticut
(Adopted October 2008)
Shakira (Adopted October, 2008)
We are so in love with our "little girl" Shakira. It has only been a little over a week, and we think she is doing great. She is such a smart dog. We just hope she isn't too bored with us. She is slowly getting used to the folks next door.
Anyway, we are so happy to have her. She sleeps with us and stays the whole night without closing any doors. Keith has started the walks, and she is so excited to get the leash on.
Thanks so much. Lorraine
Frances with her new sibling Spook and
her new daddy
(Adopted October, 2008)
Mikey (Adopted September, 2008)
Mikey is doing wonderfully, I am totally in love, he and Jake have become quickly bonded and he has been able to bring Jake back somewhat from his depression from losing his best buddy, Barkley. Jake has actually begun bouncing and playing again…although Mikey’s rear leg stand/bounce (like Tigger on his tail!) becomes a little much for Jake sometimes. Mikey is a real character and quite a talker, with a whole variety of vocabulary expressions that actually have their own individual meanings. He also loves playing with all of his toys, although the Squirrels in the Stump, his Beaver and his flashing ball are definitely his favorites. He is an accomplished food moocher as well so we are going through some lessons in “that’s Mommy’s food, not yours!” right now and pretending to be a slow learner. I know that because I have been amazed at how quickly he picks up on and copies some of Jakie’s behaviors…when they fit with something he wants. We have also had to learn the lesson of “you don’t lift your leg on your brother to show you’re actually the boss when your brother is going pee!”, an important one when Mom had just groomed Jake! And he is still a major lover/lap sitter, often sleeping next to me or on top of me at night. Our biggest challenge remains “The Kitty”…they are still trying to figure out how that is all going to play out.
Molly (Adopted August, 2008)
Mike and Mark from Washington, D.C., adopted Julie from Texas.
The smiley girl is happy with her new home, new family, big fenced yard--and with her new name: Molly.
Twelve-year old Cory with his new family in Florida.