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– Thomas Jefferson

success stories 2016

Now into our sixth year with second chance pals, we would like to thank each of our small group of dedicated fosterers and supporters, who have given their heartfelt love, time and financial support so this program can go forward. To see heartwarming success stories for our previous years ... go to:

Adult spayed/neutered pets are continuing to be highly desirable, many times valued for their stable, mature-loving and quiet ways, filled with comfort, patience, grace and loyalty.

At this time, our goal of calling attention to the plight of adult animals in our shelter is being realized. As Pets for Patriots comes on board, our own Rolling Rescue and additional rescue sources, we are heartened that older companion animals are becoming more valued and are being adopted. Since there are now
a variety of ways that second chance pals will be finding their forever homes, we reserve success stories from here on out for those animals who are either scp specific or have unusual or difficult adoption stories we can highlight. The photos do not include all adult animals rescued . . .

Please keep our adult shelter animals in mind when adding to your household members!

Updated 12/11/2016

2016 Adopted List ... Click on the pet's name to see their story.  

01/05, Happy, Miniature Pincher
01/17, Trinity, Puggle
01/15, Bean, Terrier Mix
02/18, Lanie, Dachshund
03/21, Keri, Labrador Mix
04/30, Lady, Spitz
06/09, Ursa, Shepherd/Corgi
06/26, Buddy, Cocker Spaniel
08/22, Mulder, Chi/Pom Mix
08/26, Regina, Chihuahua
09/13, Boyd, Aussie/Spaniel Mix
10/27, Higgins, Poodle Mix
10/02, Nana, Chihuahua
11/05, Buddy, Beagle
11/07, Fritz, Dachshund
11/09, Tony, Chihuahua
12/06, Bo, Dachshund
12/10, Leela, Cat
 

LEELA - FEMALE - DOMESTIC SHORT-HAIRED CAT - 11 MONTHS

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8/9/17: From Leela’s Mom: Little Leela has been such a joy since we adopted her last year! She fit right in with the rest of our fur babies, and when we decided to take in two little kittens, she fell in love with them! When the little ones get too rowdy, Little Leela just lays on them until they quiet down somewhat. She has, in my book, definitely earned the title of "super mom" and is loved by everyone who meets her!

12/10/16: Leela has been adopted! Her new “servants” saw her advertised in Thursday’s Knoxville News (THANK YOU Maggie!) and came to the shelter about 11:30 today…..they drove in from Sevierville just to visit and adopt her! They don’t live too far from their local shelter but they saw her and decided they needed her…..They are true cat people! They have 3 other cats (one is 22) and they know the correct process for introductions…..

12/6/16: Leela has completed her eye surgery and came through with flying colors. She happily living in a foster home until she finds her very own forever home.

11/17/16: Leela came in as a stray, brought in by Animal Control. She has been spayed & chipped.

Leela is such a good girl ... she came in with her own nursing litter and while here, she "adopted" 5 other orphan kittens that needs a Mom. Most of her kittens were adopted at PetSmart, with the exception of one that wasn't feeling well that weekend.

Leela has some medical issues with one of her eyes which we're taking care of. She is a very sweet cat who, while being held by a vet tech (stranger) and being examined by the vet on Tuesday, purred the whole time. She loves getting into her foster Mom's lap for a good cuddle.



BO - MALE - DACHSHUND - 11 YEARS
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12/06/16: Bo has already been accepted into rescue.

12/05/16: Bo has been accepted as a SCP foster ... he has a few minor health issues. We'll add more info on Bo as we get to know him.



TONY - MALE - CHIHUAHUA - 12 YEARS
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11/09/16: Tony went to a rescue, Humane Society of TN Valley, along with two other seniors to be rehomed.

10/03/16: Tony is a 12 year old chihuahua who has found himself at the shelter through no fault of his own. His loving owner passed away.

Tony has hearing loss, some visual imparement in his left eye due to cataracts and a 4 out of 6 heart murmur ... but he enjoys life and is doing fine for all his years.

Tony has a SCP foster home and will be seeing a vet for his check up,



FRITZ - MALE - DACHSHUND - 7 YEARS

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11/07/16: Fritz has been accepted to a rescue that is committed to doing the surgery he needs to repair his back. The same foster will keep him for the rescue that has been fostering him for SCP, so he will not be moved. SCP was able to take care of his medical needs and help him feel better until the perfect rescue was found.

10/02/16: Fritz has been released to rescue and is in a foster home. He is currently experiencing some health issues and is under a veterinarian's care.



BUDDY - MALE - BEAGLE - 6 YEARS

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11/05/16 - Buddy's new family!

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11/05/16: Buddy has a new family throught the Pets for Patriots program!

10/28/16: Buddy is a 6 year old Beagle and is in SCP foster care.

Buddy has been an inside dog; he is house and leash trained, likes car rides and gets along with other dogs and children. He has been well taken care of, but his owner's job is requiring extensive travel, so Buddy is looking for a new person to love. He also likes a little warm water on his food. This handsome guy will make someone a great

He is a great fellow and has been a very easy keeper! He is overweight and is now on a special diet to help him loose some of that.

Buddy may have a ruptured cruciate, but we won't know until we get him down a few pounds. Buddy will be seeing a vet asap



NANA - FEMALE - CHIHUAHUA - 12 YEARS

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10/02/16: Nana is being moved to a rescue that has a home lined up for her. Yay for Nana!!

8/22/16: Nana is a 12 year old Chihuahua & she is an owner surrender; her owner could no longer take care of her. Nana is scheduled for her vet visit ... more on Nana as we get to know her.



HIGGINS - MALE - POODLE MIX - 10+ YEARS

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10/27/16: Higgins has been adopted by his foster Mom!

9/7/16: Higgins is a new SCP dog, a bit over 10 years old.



BOYD - MALE - AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD/SPANIEL MIX - 7+ YEARS

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9/13/16: Boyd is going to St. Hubert's Rescue along with about 50+ other dogs. Lucky Boy!!

9/7/16: Boyd is a new SCP dog, a bit over 7 years old.



REGINA - FEMALE - CHIHUAHUA - 7 YEARS

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8/26/16: Regina has been adopted!

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7/25/16: Regina is a 7 year old chihuahua, weighing 9 lbs. Regina came to the shelter as an owner surrender. She enjoys nap time, has a low energy level but does enjoy playing with a stuffed animal. She is cat and dog friendly.

Regina is housebroken and sleeps in a crate without any protest, she has no health issues. She knows her name and comes when called. Regina is a little skittish at first but once she gets familiar with you she is loving and sweet.\

Regina should go to a home without children, she would thrive in a home with adults. She has no separation issues so a young couple that work outside of the home could leave her knowing she will be OK alone, then come home to snuggle and kisses.

6/10/16: We have a new foster, Regina, will add more after her foster Mom reports in.



BUDDY (FKA MULDER) - MALE - CHIHUAHUA/POMERANIAN MIX - 7 YEARS

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6/22/16: My name is Buddy, but my foster mom calls me her little fox. She loves me just as much as her own little guy, Boo, but hopes for me to have my very own forever home too.

I try to play with Boo, but he is a little older and thinks I'm a nuisance. But we still get along very well. I'm always trying to snuggle up with him to sleep, but he gets up and moves away. Guess he is too set in his ways.

Mom says I am a bit "toy possessive" and not too keen on sharing them with others. I'm not mean about it, I just grumble at others and try to play "keep away". I also like to lay by my bowl in the kitchen and try to keep the cat and dog out of my food dish, so I need to be watched about that. Mom is allowed to play with my dish as much as she wants.

My foster mom is proud that I'm such a fast learner, but I should continue my crate training while I get accustomed to my new home and my new family's schedule, after all, it's hard for me to get used to a new place, trying to find the doors. I've had a couple accidents when mom wasn't paying attention or when she left me alone, but she has been so patient and understanding. I hope you will be patient with me too. When I whine and let her know to take me to the door, I get a treat for encouragement. And when I come inside again, I just go CRAZY with excitement. It's the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment.

Mom says not to trust me off the leash without some training. I do love the feeling of the breeze in my hair. I've had a fenced-in yard, so I've been spoiled. I love going for walks, so don't hesitate to invite me to go on your morning walks with you as long as my leash is on. We'll both get our exercise.

I'm a big snuggler and my foster mom says she just loves that about me, but all she wants to do is hold me. Of course, I encourage her to do just that...! Don't be scared if I make a "yip" sound occasionally like when jumping or startled, it's just something I do.

I'm really a good boy in search of my "furr-ever" home and I will make you a wonderful companion.

Don't tell her I said so, but my foster mom is really going to miss me, so be prepared cause I know she's gonna cry. She and my 90 y.o. grandmom have loved having me and watching me grow healthy and happy.

5/15/16: Mulder is a Chihuahua Pom mix, long hair, 7 years old male. Mulder is heartworm positive and is being treated while in foster care. He'll be available when he completes his heartworm treatment.



BUDDY - MALE - COCKER SPANIEL - 2 YEARS

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7/3/16: Congratulations to Buddy and his family! Buddy's foster parents gave him every opportunity to have a home where he would have all the attention. Buddy had other ideas and made it very clear that his home was with them. Thank you Esther and Ron for never giving up on him and for adding Buddy to your family. And thank you Cocoa, Leather, and Amber, for welcoming him into your home!

6/26/16: Buddy has a home ... his foster Mom decided to adopt him! Lucky Boy...

3/3/16: On January 27, 2016 Buddy underwent a behavioral evaluation with Dr. Albright of the University Of Tennessee School Of Medicine. He is diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which causes him to do normal dog behavior in constant repetition that could result in damage to property or harm to him. In Buddy's case he chases dust balls and shadows repetitively. There can be many causes of this behavior but the most common is neglect and mishandling, such as leaving a dog confined for hours and negative discipline. When Buddy came to the shelter in July of 2015 he lacked the nourishment of a loving home. He only knew what he had learned to survive. Unfortunately he was not able to live inside of a house and had to be kept outside.

He has been in the same foster home since August and is now housebroken and lives in the house 24/7. He has started treatment with 15mg Fluoxetine per day and is currently being monitored for progress until the end of March, per recommendation of Dr. Albright. He has progressed wonderfully, keeping in mind that he will always have OCD but that it can be managed.

The ideal home for Buddy will not have young children and will understand Buddy's condition. Buddy requires the time and attention of an adult. He needs reinforcement in leadership cues such as,"sit, ""lay,"" leave it." His reward has been milk bone minis but he is starting to accept praise and massages. He doesn't share food with other dogs, he must be fed separately and food cannot be left out with other dogs. He is eating grain free 4Health Beef and Potato. He gets along with other dogs, especially ones his size, but usually any dog that will play with him.

Buddy is a sweet loving boy. He loves to play fetch and he loves to play tug of war. He loves squeak toys as well. He likes to go places. This is new to him but he looks forward to going somewhere. He usually always rides in a crate unless there is an adult available to monitor him in the car. Just recently he began to lie in his foster mom's lap while she watches TV. He opens up and seems to relax more and more with positive reinforcement.

Buddy enjoys being active and having a "job" to keep him busy. He is enrolled in an agility course in the month of March to see how he progresses with that activity. He is a great companion dog. The shelter is maintaining a list of people who are interested in meeting Buddy. If you are interested you can contact the shelter 423-442-1015.

1/27/16: Buddy has been seen at UT and has been diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). He will need lots of love and therapy plus medication to manage his issues. His foster mom does not feel he is adoptable at this time to the public.

10/17/15: Buddy is a two year old American Cocker Spaniel that is looking for a home that is committed to helping him learn house behavior and obedience. Buddy is sweet and loving but has been mistreated and neglected. He is not recommended for cats or children under the age of twelve.

A home visit from two shelter representatives is required to adopt Buddy. We want to ensure a good fit for both Buddy and his new family. Buddy is also available for rescue. TN Monroe County Animal Shelter 423-442-1015

Because of his mistreatment Buddy has submissive urination at times when he feels he is under discipline. Buddy had his tail docked recently by a previous owner and he is sensitive in this area. He will always have a sensitive spot on his tail because tail docking at this late age is a very painful procedure. When Buddy was surrendered the stitches were still in his tail entwined with new hair growth, a real discomfort for Buddy.

Buddy is shy and nervous when he first meets someone. For the first week in foster he was extremely hyper due to his mistrust of strangers. However, he has opened up showing that he is a very lovable guy. He approaches his foster m

Buddy will not share his food and is fed separately because of this. He gets along with the other dogs at his foster home. He tends to be dominant of new dogs coming in until he gets to know them. Then he wags his tail at them and goes on to his own agenda.

If you are interested in Buddy you will need to be certain that you are willing to have the patience to teach him to behave inside of the house, not to jump on counters or furniture. It is not recommended to leave him to run free in the house without supervision. At his foster home he has his own rug that he navigates to when he is playing. He still runs around due to his hyper activity. He digs at smooth surfaces as if to try to determine what they are. Over time this behavior goes away. Patience and love will slowly bring his hyper active behavior in check. He does will within boundaries that are set for him. He has been at this foster home for two weeks and has settled in very well. He is a different dog but he is still hyper active and probably will be until he becomes much older.

Buddy will live best in a home where someone is home with him. He currently has an outside kennel and play yard that he enjoys during the day; he then comes inside in the evenings to learn house behavior. A previous adopter said he digs in the yard to get out but he has not done that at this foster home. He does see look at things on the other side of the fence and tries to figure out how to get to them, this may be what caused his digging. At his current foster home his area is bordered by a field and a wooded area which he has accepted. He is crate trained and will sleep through the night. He has not had any accidents in his crate. He prefers to be in a quiet area after crating. If the television is left on and people are walking about it over stimulates him and he will beg to be a part of the activity.

Buddy has been in foster for about six weeks now and has made tremendous progress. He has settled down nicely but still has a high energy level. He continues to play with his favorite toys but also takes time to relax.



URSA - FEMALE - SHEPHERD/CORGI MIX - 8 YEARS

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Ursa has found a home!

6/9/16: Congratulations to Ursa and her new family, adopted through the Pets for Patriots program! Ursa was in our Second Chance Pals program and was fostered by Kathy and Tom Smith. Thank you to everyone who worked together to give this sweetheart a second chance.

5/15/16: Ursa is an 8 year old female, shepherd/corgie mix. Ursa is overweight but her foster parents are working on getting her into shape. Ursa was treated for an injured paw when she came in the shelter, she has been put on heartworm prevention and will be getting her teeth cleaned asap. Ursa shows no aggression towards cats or dogs, she is being kenneled at the moment but will be coming into the foster home as soon as all the fosters pets are healthy.



LADY - FEMALE - SPITZ

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04/30/16: Lady's owner surrendered her to SCP and agreed to foster her until she can go to Louise Legacy Rescue tomorrow.



KERI - FEMALE - LABRADOR RETRIEVER / CUR MIX - 4 YEARS

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03/21/16: Keri's foster Mom adopted her ... what a lucky little girl!

12/30/15: This is another photo of Keri, our newest scp. I had no idea she was in such a state; needless to say she is not available for adoption at this time. Her foster mom has a plan all set up to get Kerri back in good health. This poor poor girl.

Keri is a wonderful dog ... she was in such bad shape when we brought her home from the shelter; she only weighed 42 pounds and should be at least 55. Dr. Gobble chose not to spay her because there are no time constraints and I will keep her for as long as it takes to make her well. He put her on 10 days of antibiotics and in one week she put on 10 pounds and her coat became shiny. I've been feeding her three times a day and give her fish oil tablets. Her wounds and sores are healing, but she still favors her right back leg (she was not walking on it when we brought her home). Dr. Gobble said that he will x-ray her when he spays her to see what is going on. There is a swelling around her knee.

After Keri is spayed she can go up for adoption. She is 100% house-trained and dog and cat friendly. She sleeps in a large wire crate in our dog room next to two of our other dogs at night. During the day she has the run of the house and mainly sleeps but goes outdoors with the other 5 dogs that we own (all rescues) and I have never seen even a growl between them. On a few occasions, she has tried to play and she gets excited when she sees Bob playing “chuck it” with the retrievers, but with her leg the way it is, we have not let her participate. There was no doubt when we brought her home that she would be accepted and she seems so grateful to have regular feedings and a warm bed and shelter.

I am sure she will be good with kids but have not seen her with them. She needs a special, loving home. I would not be able to stand it if I thought she would ever be abused again. She has scars from her past and you can see in her eyes she still has fear but she is loving and gentle.

I will make an appointment next week to have Keri spayed and take care of her until she heals and then we can put her up for adoption.

12/12/15: Keri is a Lab/Cur mix that is 4 years old. She has been at the shelter since 10/21 when she came in with her babies. She wouldn't nurse so the babies were sent to a foster home and they went to rescue this week.

Keri was found as a stray and the lady who brought her in kept the babies for about 10 days and then brought them here. The foster home that fostered the babies offered to foster Keri ... the exposure will be really good for her.

She has already had her rabies shot and will be spayed this upcoming week, so she'll be ready for a home anytime after that.



LANIE - FEMALE - LONG-HAIRED DACHSHUND - 8 YEARS

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Lanie and her new mom.

2/18/16: Lanie's foster Mom has adopted her!

1/5/16: Lanie is home and resting, as we all know this first day is the worst, her foster mon (soon to be forever mom) is giving Lanie all the love and attention she needs.

12/30/15: Lanie will have surgery Jan 5th to have her rear leg amputated.

Please Click Here to help us with Lanie's surgery. Thank you.

11/03/15: Lanie is a long-haired Dachshund with a fractured pelvis. She was found on the side of the road, most likely hit by a car (guessing), Tellico Bay did x-rays and we'll be taking her to Monroe County Animal Hospital for a second opinion and treatment. Dr Gobble recommends crate rest, which is great. Her foster home will pick up Lanie on Friday and will make her vet appointment at the first possible convenience. If Lanie needs a dental it will be scheduled when she's well enough to endure the procedure, She may also need spay surgery. We will put her on heartworm prevention and she may need stool softener because of her injury.

11/10/15: Lanie will have her dental on Nov 23rd. Lanie was most likely kicked; her injuries are pretty bad and she will be crippled for the rest of her life. She will walk about 5 feet and stop and rest, she will not use her rear leg and in fact seems to put all her weight on her front legs, only putting all four legs on the ground when she needs to poo. She is house broken and is not an outside dog.

Lanie was put in that ditch where she was found ... she could not have walked there.

When she has her dental we will find out how long she needs to heal before she can be available for adoption.



SHAGS - MALE - POODLE - 10 YEARS

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2/18/16: Shags has a new home!

2/8/16: Shags is a 10 year old Poodle that lost his home because his owner had to go into a nursing home. He is house-trained, leash-trained and gets along with other dogs, cats & people. Shags is heartworm negative and will be neutered and micro-chipped tomorrow. He will also be groomed and age-checked ... he's in great shape if he's really years old! Shags has a foster home taking him in after he finishes his vet visit.



BEAN - MALE - TERRIER MIX - 1 YEAR

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12/06/15: Poor Bean ... wearing the cone of shame...

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12/28/15: Bean enjoying his new Christmas bed...

1/15/16: Bean is adopted!

12/14/15: Click to see Bean Playing

12/11/15: Bean is housetrained, child friendly and dog friendly. Bean is affectionate ... I cannot wash dishes nor take a bath alone, he is at my feet or by my side at all times. Bean had his eye removed one week ago; it became infected & after seeing the vet he was put on antibiotics; now the infection is nearly gone. Bean is showing more of his true personality ... he loves to play and is starting to pester/play with my other dogs. I am looking forward to the collar being removed so I can get to know Bean even better.

12/05/15: Bean is a small brown dog, 13 lbs, estimated at 1 year old and labeled a Terrier mix. He almost looks like a Pomeranian type.

He was neutered and had a ruptured eye removed yesterday. I picked him up from the vet and even though he had never met me before he was totally accepting of my care. Bean has not tried to nip or snap at my other dogs even though he is hurting from multiple surgeries. So far each time we have walked around my fenced yard he has used the bathroom like he should.

Bean feels pretty bad for now and is enjoying the use of a large wire crate as his safe place. The crate has a fluffy quilt for bedding and the door stays open so Bean goes in to nap at will.

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TRINITY - FEMALE - PUGGLE (PUG / BEAGLE MIX) - 4 YEARS

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11/12/15: Trinity after her leg surgery.

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11/20/15: Trinity is doing so well. She does not even know she is missing a leg. Love this little gal.

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11/27/15: Trinity helping me change the sheets.

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12/21/15: First stop at hotel on our way out-of-town for the holidays. Trinity is a very good traveler in the car. Not a peep. First day went 550 miles and stayed at a dog friendly hotel. Was quiet all night and no accidents in the room. Such s happy gal. Still reluctant to approach strangers, but has totally bonded with us and our two dogs.

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12/21/15: I think this is the first horse Trinity has met! It was adorable.
Sweet gentle horse, but Trinity did not want to ride.

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12/26/15: Snow not too deep, yet, but lots of fun for Trinity.
Don't think she has seen the white stuff before.

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1/7/16: Last treat at foster home

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1/7/16: Trinity is Adopted!

1/7/16: Trinity was adopted today! ?? I'm delivering her tomorrow with her blanket, toys, medical records, etc. This is a photo of her tonight getting her last evening carrot treat. I'm taking her to Maryville and will bring a box of tissues with me for the ride home.

I talked with the couple for almost an hour and had them fill out a 3-page questionnaire. Darn, I think they are good people so I had to let it happen.

12/26/15: Took Trinity to vet this morning to have her rash checked out. He thought she might have a staff infection, so she is on antibiotics now plus Benedryl. The severe itching she has could be due to both the infection and an allergy to something unknown. The vet also thought Trinity might be younger than 4. Anyway, Trinity has been an ideal guest, behaving soooo well, even with 5 dogs in the house and 2 of them over 65 pounds! She Seems to like little people better than adults as long as they are not too hyper.

12/8/15: Trinity is still a very shy gal who takes her time to figure out whom she can trust. She hides behind me when someone comes through the door. If they offer their hand for her to smell, I usually pet the person's hand first and she follows up with a quick sniff & perhaps a quick lick. I have shortened her name to Trini (2 syllables are easier than 3), but sending kissing noises to her brings her on the run. So, if I want her to come, I just blow kisses at her. It's so sweet.

Trini has been here for about a month and a half and has had only 1 accident - way in the corner of the laundry room. That was early on, and we did not have a regular routine for her to follow. Now, we know that she will do all of her business on her morning walk, whether it is 7a.m. or 8 a.m. During her walk, you would never know she has only 3 legs the way she loves to run through piles of leaves. The walk is about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, but she would keep going if I wanted to keep going, but that first cup of coffee beckons! Sometimes, I take her for a second walk when my two dogs get up (they are late sleepers), She is always excited to go and feels like a part of the pack.

Trinity is still a very shy gal who takes her time to figure out whom she can trust. She hides behind me when someone comes through the door. If they offer their hand for her to smell, I usually pet the person's hand first and she follows up with a quick sniff & perhaps a quick lick. I have shortened her name to Trini (2 syllables are easier than 3), but sending kissing noises to her brings her on the run. So, if I want her to come, I just blow kisses at her. It's so sweet.

Trini has been here for about a month and a half and has had only 1 accident - way in the corner of the laundry room. That was early on, and we did not have a regular routine for her to follow. Now, we know that she will do all of her business on her morning walk, whether it is 7a.m. or 8 a.m. During her walk, you would never know she has only 3 legs the way she loves to run through piles of leaves. The walk is about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, but she would keep going if I wanted to keep going, but that first cup of coffee beckons! Sometimes, I take her for a second walk when my two dogs get up (they are late sleepers), She is always excited to go and feels like a part of the pack.

During the day, she has full run of the house but chooses to stay with me in whatever room I choose to work in. However, she is getting a little more independent, checking out what the other dogs are doing and perhaps decides to hang with them. Since she is still young at 4 years of age, we have to have several chew toys for her to play with. We need to stock up on a lot of the soft cheap ones since she likes to chew them to death. The other evening, I noticed she was chewing on the plastic squeaker from inside the toy, and I said "No" and took it out of her mouth. No problem, she is so gentle and wants to please.

My two dogs love a baby carrot as an evening treat, so I gave one to Trini who probably wondered "what do you want me to do with this?" She dropped it on the floor, and one of my dogs swooped in and stole it. It was an "aha" moment for Trini. The next time the carrot treat bag came out, she was right there and knew exactly what to do with it. It is now on her list of yummy treats.

Dinner time is about 5 p.m., and she loves her meals. We usually take all the dogs for a walk first, come in and feed them, and then let them out again about an hour later. Trini will go out whenever you want - she loves to smell the yard thoroughly to check out who or what has been there. Very curious about smells and sounds. She is very alert - no problem at all with her hearing.

Mid-evening is quiet time with me on the couch. But, if one of my dogs is playing with a toy and wants me to throw it for her, Trini is right there, too, wanting to play. Late evening is full snuggle time with head and belly rubs. After a quick trip outside for the last pee for the night, (sometimes she does nothing, but no accidents) I put her to bed, and not a peep throughout the night. In the morning when I open her door, she comes through jumping out of her skin with excitement like she hasn't seen you for days! It's a wonderful way to start the day, for Trini too :) .

She will be spayed on December 14, after which she will be available for adoption. Since that will be so close to when my husband and I are leaving town (on the 18th) for the holidays, we will probably be taking her with us up to Minnesota. I already have a coat for her to wear up North - she will need it.

During the day, she has full run of the house but chooses to stay with me in whatever room I choose to work in. However, she is getting a little more independent, checking out what the other dogs are doing and perhaps decides to hang with them. Since she is still young at 4 years of age, we have to have several chew toys for her to play with. We need to stock up on a lot of the soft cheap ones since she likes to chew them to death. The other evening, I noticed she was chewing on the plastic squeaker from inside the toy, and I said "No" and took it out of her mouth. No problem, she is so gentle and wants to please.

My two dogs love a baby carrot as an evening treat, so I gave one to Trini who probably wondered "what do you want me to do with this?" She dropped it on the floor, and one of my dogs swooped in and stole it. It was an "aha" moment for Trini. The next time the carrot treat bag came out, she was right there and knew exactly what to do with it. It is now on her list of yummy treats.

Dinner time is about 5 p.m., and she loves her meals. We usually take all the dogs for a walk first, come in and feed them, and then let them out again about an hour later. Trini will go out whenever you want - she loves to smell the yard thoroughly to check out who or what has been there. Very curious about smells and sounds. She is very alert - no problem at all with her hearing.

Mid-evening is quiet time with me on the couch. But, if one of my dogs is playing with a toy and wants me to throw it for her, Trini is right there, too, wanting to play. Late evening is full snuggle time with head and belly rubs. After a quick trip outside for the last pee for the night, (sometimes she does nothing, but no accidents) I put her to bed, and not a peep throughout the night. In the morning when I open her door, she comes through jumping out of her skin with excitement like she hasn't seen you for days! It's a wonderful way to start the day, for Trini too :) .

She will be spayed on December 14, after which she will be available for adoption. Since that will be so close to when my husband and I are leaving town (on the 18th) for the holidays, we will probably be taking her with us up to Minnesota. I already have a coat for her to wear up North - she will need it.

11/27/15: Trinity had her stitches removed on 11/23! What a wonderful day for her - she no longer has to sleep with that uncomfortable cone. The lucky family that adopts this girl will be blessed with an exceptional little pal. She is housebroken, mindful, playful and loves to snuggle on the couch. Still shy when it comes to strangers, probably from abuse in a previous life. She almost jumps out of her skin in the morning saying hello, and really loves her walks, especially the first one in the a.m. Always eager to be in your company, she follows you from room to room and lays down quietly when I work in my office. She is a love!

10/26/15: We got a second opinion on Trinity's foot yesterday to ask if the removal of Trinity's leg is really necessary. She seems to get along very well with that mangled foot and even uses it to scratch herself. Dr. M said long-term it's not good for her to keep that leg. Lots can wrong so it is best to remove it now. Short-term difficulty for long-term gain. She assured me Trinity would do very well as a 3-legged dog.

10/16/15: Trinity is a 4 year old Pug mix. She was found on the side of the highway with an injured rear foot ... the vet feels it's a birth defect; due to future health issues the vet feels amputation is in order. SCP got a second opinion and both doctors have the same recommendation.

Trinity is now in foster care and surgery is scheduled for Nov 11.

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HAPPY - MALE - MINIATURE PINSCHER - 10 YEARS

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1/5/16: Happy has been accepted to Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, he will leave Thursday the 7th. Happy has came out of his shell and grows more loving and frisky everyday, I have no doubt he will adjust to this change without issue.

12/30/15: Happy is wearing his new coat from the mcfa thrift store. This coat will go with him when he is adopted or goes to rescue. Happy is adjusting very well to home life, he is more affectionate and out going. Happy loves puperoni treats :)

12/21/15: Happy is learning his name and is becoming more affectionate. He seems to be accepting his situation and has stopped looking for his owner ... he no longer tries to get out through my fence. He greets me at the door when I come home. I have never heard Happy bark, he is as quiet as a mouse ... although they said at the vets office he was crying and howling to get out of his cage ... they called me to come get home ASAP after his neuter surgery, but I have not seen that behavior here. Happy is child friendly.

As long as Happy is kept on a regular bathroom schedule he has no accidents in the house ... although marking is still an occasional event. Hopefully with time and training that will be eliminated.

12/17/15: Happy had his dental today and 3 teeth were pulled; actually one fell out while they were doing the exam. He was also neutered and had a small growth removed from his front arm pit, got his rabies shot and was micro-chipped.

Happy is now home and resting; he will need soft food for a few days. Poor little guy insisted I hold him while driving home from the vet ... normally he is not clingy, but he is feeling bad right now.

12/11/15: Happy came to me after spending a couple weeks at the shelter, he did have a couple accidents in the house the first day but I feel he had not been on any kind of bathroom schedule and just didn't know any better. In the few days that Happy has been with me he has not had any more accidents, he walks with me outside in my fenced in yard and does his business like he should.

Happy searches for a way out of my yard, looking for gaps in my fence, it's like he wants to go home, it's kind of sad, but I am trying to make him feel at home here. Happy is not what I would call affectionate, he misses his owner and does not understand his situation. Happy will accept treats and is food motivated. He LOVES to lay under his blankets, he is a skinny little guy and stays cold, only on these warm days will he stay outside and roll in the interesting smells of my yard. When it's chilly he heads quickly back in once he has done his business.

Happy is dog friendly, but I have not tested him with children yet. He is quiet ... I have yet to hear him bark.

Happy needs someone to shower him with love and who will be understanding that he is lost and wants to go home.

12/08/15: Happy is a Min Pin, 10 years old. He's scheduled to go to rescue in a couple weeks and will have a dental and neuter on the 17th if he is able to travel he may leave on the 18th.

Monroe County Shelter got a call on Thanksgiving eve from the Madisonville City Animal Control officer. He said someone had called him saying they ran over a little dog and wanted to bring it to him. He took it in and said he couldn't see any evidence of it being hit and thinks they probably rolled it under the vehicle but didn't actually hit it. He brought Happy to us on Thanksgiving day and we have not seen any indication of any injury at all. He is a pretty cool little dude!

I have Happy at my house now, he is totally non aggressive, in fact since he is not neutered he is 'really friendly' to my other dogs. Happy loves to lay under the covers; he has his own little blankets. Happy is a tiny little thing a little and bewildered about his new situation.

Due to Happy's age he is a Grey Muzzle dog.


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