Madison celebrated her 1st Christmas with us in style! She has done so well with all the children that come around, including our youngest grandchild who is 15 months. We are so fortunate to have found her.
Our Happy Tail story is a match made in heaven! While volunteering with JCAPL as a cat cleaner at the Smithfield PetsMart, I got to meet many, many cats and kittens, all needing a loving home. September 2014, my family decided we would become fosters, which we had never done before. Grace came to JCAPL as a feral cat who lived in a cat colony in Goldsboro behind KMart. She was found in the winter months living in a ditch trying to raise 5 kittens, all who looked just like her. She was trapped and spayed, hence her clipped left ear. All of her kittens were rescued and later adopted out. Caregivers of the colony noticed she had a pretty bad injury to her eye. They suspected she may have been hit or abused by someone. It was feared she was blind in that eye.
My heart melted for her because she had been through so much. My husband and I decided she would be our first foster! Our 13 year old daughter is named Grace, so we made the decision to call our new foster “baby Grace”. We fostered baby Grace for a few weeks and when it was time for her to go back to PetsMart, we just couldn’t let her go. We officially became foster failures October 2014! Baby Grace has become quite the diva and is spoiled at every chance we get. I can’t imagine the life she must have had prior to coming into our home, but now she lives in the lap of luxury with all the love she could ever possibly imagine. As I type this she is in my lap making biscuits getting ready to snuggle down for a nap. Her favorite past times include (obviously) napping in my lap, playing with her ribbon toy and fluffy pink bell toy, sunning on the sun porch while watching birds, and eating anything salmon!
WE LOVE HER SO MUCH AND ARE SO THANKFUL SHE CAME INTO OUR LIVES!
Elizabeth & John Stephenson
Congratulations to Casper, Lilly, Noodles and Roxy!
“We wanted you to know that Katy is doing wonderfully. She is such a great dog, after the first week or so of settling in, she has really blossomed. The people at Lowe’s love to see her and her perfect doggie manners, the girls at Petsmart know her by name, and everyone in our neighborhood just love her. I am sending along a few pictures so you can see her cuteness.
We took her to PA- a 10.5 hour drive and she did well, didn’t sleep, but wasn’t wild, whiny, or hard to get along with. My parents absolutely love her- my Dad said if I want to get rid of her that he wants her. No chance of that!! We have been working hard on off leash training and she is doing well. We can go out in the front yard to do yard work and she just follows along and comes back when called.
In PA she was off leash most of the time- a few minor setbacks with chasing birds, but by the time we left she didn’t chase them at all. She is smarter than we are and exhibits sooooo many Border Collie traits. She is up to44.6 lbs as of today- hopefully she is slowing down- or she won’t fit through the doggie door! After a few days of being scared of the cows in PA, she then decided they were just XL dogs and tried to get them to run and play with her.
Well, I could go on for hours about her- but wanted you to know how wonderfully she has fit into our lives and that she is greatly loved.”
Rugby came into JCAPL Feb 18, 2016. He was living in an abandoned house that was literally falling down around him. The puppy collar that his owner placed on him had become tight and became literally embedded in his skin. He was struggling to find food and fighting to protect himself from other critters that thought a small puppy might make a nice snack. Rugby came to us with slight aggression towards other dogs and critters because of this. Over the last month he has learned trust, learned that food will always be available and that he doesn’t have to fight anymore.
Despite the scars still visible from his once embedded collar, Rugby has blossomed into a normal, happy, healthy, fun-loving friendly pup!! And Wednesday Rugby found his FURever mom and dad. He gets to live a happy life with his new Dad and Mom, a fur-sister and a new baby sister who will be joining them all soon!!
Congratulations to Rugby and his new Family!
Just wanted to pop in and say hello! Roxie is doing well and getting so big! She loves the car and has to ride shotgun if no one else is in the car. She is so friendly to everyone she meets. She loves all people and all other dogs. She is still a little unsure of cats though. My mom has a bunch in New York and all she wanted to do was chase them. She’s so well behaved we really got lucky with her. She goes to doggy day camp a few time a week and she just loves it! She was even dog of the week a few weeks ago.
Hope all is well thank you again for allowing us to adopt such a wonderful dog!
Thanks for checking on Scout. He is wonderful, beloved, healthy, indispensable…family. Of our fabulous pack, he is undoubtedly the most affectionate and companionable. We can’t imagine life without him. 🙂
Here are some recent pics of Scout.
Tucker is the most loved dog in the world! And I truly mean that. He is a wonderful pet and a valued family member! He has such a happy life with our three children and our neighborhood of dogs. About a year after Tucker came in to our family, we welcomed our third child. He may be Tucker’s biggest fan. Tucker is so patient and gentle with the constant ear pulls! Because we were concerned that Tucker wouldn’t get the exercise he needed with a newborn in our lives, we hired a professional dog trainer to “run” Tucker at Umstead Park 2-3 times a week. It is the highlight of his life! I have attached a photo of him with the other dogs he “runs” with each week. I also included a photo of Tucker and his best friend and next door neighbor, Trudy, on our back porch. Look at the smile he has on his face when he is with her! Trudy was rescued from a dumpster in Southeast Raleigh, and she too is a poster dog for why people should adopt.
I hope this captures what a great dog he is! Thank you of re-connecting but mostly thank you for giving my family the most wonderful pet!