Did you adopt a Rat Terrier ResQ dog? Have a Happy Ending to share? Contact us!
ADOPTED!! This handsome boy is Sniper, and he was given the name by our Facebook family. This little guy is only about a year old, and already has had a rough life. Someone thought the little black and white pup would make good target practice, so as a result he has several pellets and pieces of metal throughout his body from being shot. The x-ray in his photo album shows the proof of his prior abuse. A bullet was surgically removed from his shoulder, and he has a bit of muscle loss at the surgical spot, but otherwise this long-legged boy is active and happy to chase the squirrels in his foster home’s back yard. He is completely housebroken with a doggie door and walks well with a leash and harness. He is extremely affectionate and sweet, and is submissive to all the other dogs in his foster home, some weigh half his 18 pounds. He loves to be in your lap, and is a big fan of giving doggie kisses. He is just a bit shy when meeting new people, but once he feels safe, he wants all the petting you can spare. Sniper hasn’t been tested with children, but we feel confident he would do well, especially with children over 5 who are gentle and kind to him. But his sad story doesn’t end with being shot. He is also heart worm positive – a very light positive – and has begun treatment. He should be healthy and ready for his new home some time in September, once he has a clean bill of health from our vets. Upon request, we would be happy to test him with cats. A home with a fenced backyard will be given precedence, per his foster parents. If you have any questions about him, and think you would like to give this deserving little guy a new home, please let us know – or better yet, go ahead and fill out an application! For more photos of Sniper in his foster home, click this link:
When she was with ResQ, this darling Rattie girl was called Twitter and was fostered by Cora in Arkansas, and then Annette in Connecticut. She ended up in ResQ because her human was both evicted and arrested. His landlord said the conditions at the house were deplorable and brought Twitter and her two puppies to a Louisiana shelter. The p0und had to keep the dogs for a few days to see if the owner was released from jail, but he wasn’t. It was curtains for these dogs, since they had already been at the pound long enough. Luckily, one of the puppies was adopted by a pound worker and is reportedly doing well. ResQ took in Mama Twitter and her remaining pup. Sadly, as is often the case with young puppies that end up in shelters, the pup succumbed to distemper. Twitter remained healthy and was a great save! She charmed everyone she met.
She was adopted by Kim Smith and family in Massachusetts. Twitter’s new family writes, “Our new baby is absolutely wonderful! She is now called Fancy, and she has definitely not let us down! She’s perfect in every way and it feels like she has always been a part of our family. She is now where she was meant to be. My daughter Gracie calls Fancy her new best friend. If you are reading this and considering adoption, please do; you won’t regret it! Thanks to everyone who helped bring Fancy to her new home!” We wish Fancy and rest of the Smith family a lifetime of happiness together!
Bugsy was fostered by Cora in Arkansas for two months and was adopted by the Miller family in May 2009. Bugsy was originally named Zamboni. He found himself homeless after his human was deployed for military assignment.
Bugsy’s new mom writes: After a couple months of looking for a Rat Terrier, I found Rat Terrier ResQ’s website. It looked like such a great organization. The people we worked with during the adoption process were very helpful and friendly. Everything was really easy. Bugsy warmed right up to us and got along with our other two dogs right from the start. He has adjusted to his new life very quickly and we are very happy to have him here with us.
What a great life for him! See more pictures of Bugsy in his new home.
Freddie was fostered by Wendy in California for almost three months before his new mom, Terri, adopted him in June 2009.
Freddie came to ResQ with multiple wounds that had been stitched up. He can’t tell us exactly what happened to him, but despite his injuries, this boy has healed nicely and does not let his unfortunate past keep him from enjoying life to the fullest.
On the day that Freddie met Terri for the first time, he ran up her “like she was his long lost mom.” Freddie and Terri were truly made for each other, and he is now living “happily ever after.”
Alice was fostered by Nikki in Washington, and was adopted by the Grant family in November of 2008. Jennifer Grant happily writes in:
“Just wanted you to know our Sophie (formerly Alice) is doing very well. She is loving her new home here in Olympia, Washington. She wasn’t too keen on all the snow we had this winter, and she absolutely hates to go for her walk in the rain, but otherwise loves the environment of the Pacific Northwest. She and her cat sister Cleo are getting along, and she is enjoying playing with our two granddaughters. Sophie also loves to run with her ‘Pa.’ They do 3 miles on the high school track 2 to 3 days each week. Keeps her slim!”
We are thrilled for the Grant family and their Sophie!
Ashleigh came to Rat Terrier ResQ in December of 2007, just a pup. She was fostered by both Cora and Greg in Arkansas. Ashleigh weathered an unsuccessful adoption, and thankfully, bounced back superbly! Sadly, no matter how hard we work to screen every adopter, there are some bad apples that slip through the cracks. Ashleigh (who was now answering to the name Bella) went to foster care with Jacki in New Jersey. The good news is that Ashleigh didn’t hold any grudges and was still the same loving dog she had always been.
In December of 2008, Bella went to live with Kathy Presti and family in New Jersey. This time, Bella’s lottery ticket was a winner — she hit the jackpot! Kathy has a ton of great news to share about Bella’s new life:
“Bella loves every member of the family, especially 8-year-old Diana. Occasionally Diana’s toys lose eyes, noses, and feet. Bella goes to Diana’s room like a teenager to a shopping mall!”
Kathy reports that the greatest thing about Bella is that she is such a good listener. Bella minds and obeys her humans very well. She says Bella loves chasing rabbits and squirrels, “but (thank God) did not get lucky yet.”
Bella’s favorite things are crawling under the covers at night with her mom and dad, listening to opera (“You can see her eyes closing and ears spread; she looks like she is dreaming of being on stage”) and riding in the car. When she uses her paws to grab things, her family jokes that she is part monkey. The Presti family is thrilled with Bella, saying that she brightens up life. We are so happy for them all!
Sparky was fostered by Clare in Idaho and adopted by Anne Terribilini and family in January of 2008. Anne writes:
“As you can see, he is a very happy boy. Sparky had surgery last summer in hopes of fixing a damaged front leg, but unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. He now walks with a limp, but it hasn’t slowed him down. We love Sparky very much and even though he occasionally eats our shoes, we wouldn’t change him for the world.”
Eleven days before Christmas 2007, ResQ got an urgent email from Teresa, a cousin of one of the employees of Arrow Coachlines in Little Rock, Arkansas. She told of a sweet girl who was living outside the bus company. While she was being cared for during the day, this darling dog had no protection from the elements at night. The bus company employees had been calling her Maggie and had even taken her to the vet to be spayed; however, she was Heartworm-positive and things were looking grim for Maggie. To make matters worse, a very cold and dangerous storm was churning in to central Arkansas.
Cue Greg the Hero, a ResQ volunteer in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He rushed to save this girl from the storm and got her safe and dry. ResQ volunteer Jacki in New Jersey would foster this girl, temporarily being called Li’l Girl by Greg. Jacki and Greg decided this gal was a Rat Terrier/Schnauzer mix, although one can never know for sure when a dog has been a stray soul.
She made her way to New Jersey and was given an official ResQ name, Amaryllis (Lily for short), started Heartworm treatment, and began her search for a new home. She made fast friends everywhere she went due to her fun, playful, loving nature. Lily was adopted in May of 2008 to a wonderful family in New York, and was renamed Sparky. Sadly, the family fell on hard economic times about 8 months later, and had no choice but to return her to ResQ. Her bio was posted online, and the Applications Team started screening applicants to be Sparky’s new family.
Maggie/Li’l Girl/Amaryllis/Lily/Sparky made her way to Connecticut, where there was room with Annette, a ResQ volunteer. ResQ ensured Sparky was still medically cleared to go to a new home, and just as February 2009 was coming into view, the Blais family of Connecticut, who had fallen in love with her bio and pictures online, became her new family.
This little traveling girl was renamed Daisy and the Blais family reports that she is doing wonderfully! She accompanies Mike and Kate each day to their Adult Day Center and she is beloved by all the participants. She has a large grassy fenced in area which she gets plenty of play time and exercise. Mike writes:
“Of course, she is the best dog in the world…very, very playful, loyal, goofy and extremely smart. Everybody falls in love with her! At night she loves to curl up on the couch and watch TV with us. My wife and I thank you and Rat Terrier ResQ for the good work you all do.”
All of ResQ could not be happier for the little Travelin’ Gal. She has touched many lives, whether she was in Arkansas, New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, whether she was known as Maggie, Li’l Girl, Amaryllis, Lily, Sparky or Daisy. It’s a joy to see her continually touching so many lives each day.