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Our newest kitty to join the TMHPR family is Tabitha.

As much as I know about cats, (which I have learned you can mix all kinds of cats and come up with silly combo names.)  I believe she is called a medium haired Torbi.  Seems that should have been spelled Torbie.

Maybe a better description is an chatter box, orange-tinged, black striped Torbinator, skinny as a rod with boney hips and a loving personality.  Add the word dilute on there and you have a whole other cat.

Seriously though, Tabitha is nothing short of loving.  I mean from the get go she was talking, chatting and wanting to be all up in my personal space.  They seem to be able to sense when you are allergic and they want to be even closer.

Do you know how hard it is to get a selfie of a cat when she decides you will be her walking path to the cat tree across the room?  That long cat hair tail making a swipe at your eyes and nose as she heads down your chest.  BENADRYL STAT!!

Tabitha was quite happy to talk to me and keep me company as I put the cat rooms back in order, after a weekend of painting.  She gave me opinions on preferred cat litter, tried out the couch and determined which room and which cat trees were her favorites.  She seemed to also tell me how she ended up here and would love a home to call her own.

Sweet Tabitha would love a foster home where she could take some time to recover from her journey and fatten up a bit.  She is such a lover, can’t wait to see where her journey leads her.  There is a perfect home who needs this perfectly sweet cat.

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Gosh, we love our Abbie girl!!  February is the month for sweet Abbie girl to find her forever home.

Abbie has come through surviving a rural shelter, puppies, spay, and heartworm treatment like the strong little champ she truly is. Just look at this little love and her giant ears.  #adoptabbie #fosterlove

Look at those ears! And those eyes!
And happy as a clam to take walks while undergoing HW treatment in a Doggie Backpack!!  It was because of her fabulous foster who saw her through many months of recovery AND the love of so many volunteers who made her heartworm treatment visits happen!

Can you picture this little cutie perched on your couch? Maybe lounging on your lap as you work or binge watch your favorite television show. Abbie would LOVE that kind of Forever Home!

She is not a little yappy girl.  She is a lover and earns the name, “kissing bandit”.  She is so happy to be loved, safe and most of all feeling the best she has ever felt that she is full of gratitude!

Abbie came from the Red Oak Shelter with her two puppies. She is a lover and a kisser. Her foster has done an amazing job getting her through heartworm treatment and to a healthy weight. And she now knows what it is like to have a fabulous life. She is 100% ready for adoption!

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Want to meet her? Fill out a no-obligation Adoption Application on our website.

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The pups of Take me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) send you a not-so-frightening update on all things dog today.

You will notice that Suzy is featured as our Halloween model in her adorable scrunchie.  She and her sister, Roxy attended our Meet & Greet event this last weekend at the PotteryBarn at the Galleria in Dallas.

We had at least 12 dogs represent us so well.  We want to thank the PotteryBarn for having us and allowing our dogs to take over the sofas.  It is a great venue to show off our dogs who are looking for their Forever Homes.

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The homeless animals who come into Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) always have a story to tell.  Their journey is a personal one.  One that no one will ever fully know.  They cannot speak their story, but they tell it in the depths of their eyes.  Their scars are the tell-tale signs of the distress experienced along that journey.

Their actions, well that can be the most telling . . . . this is Fudgesicle’s Journey, as we know it.

Fudge

Not sure where the name came from, but it came along at some point during that journey.  And, somehow it fits her.

She is a silly girl who acts more like a 4 month old puppy than the 1 year old, we believe her to be.  It is like she never grew up.  Wherever she was, wherever she came from, there were never any rules.  Never any boundaries.  Reminds me of the boys in Neverland.

But, she is a precious girl who loves her humans, almost as much as she loves her toys.  But, to understand this possessive love, we have to go back to the beginning.

This is the first time I met Fudge.  Her journey began on a rural road where she had been attacked by dogs.  She stood in the road as the ACO picked her up and hauled her back to the shelter.  That is where I found her, bleeding from her wounds, but still wagging her tail and greeting me at the kennel door.

Her Hero

It didn’t take long for her Hero to arrive and escort her to the vet.  There was no set plan for where this beauty would go from there, but her journey had just taken a turn for the better.

 

She smiled at the vet.  Somehow they know when they are being helped.  She then went to boarding where she waited her turn at a foster home.  A home where she could learn how great humans could really be.  Oh, and her chance to know what a soft bed, toys and dinner every night feels like.  It makes her smile!

Her Forever Home

Fudgesicle loves her chance to live in a Foster Home.  She has asked for the following in her Forever Home.  This is the perfect way to end her journey.

  • Lots of toys.  Umm, you will notice that she loves having lots of toys around.  Well, she doesn’t like to share.  So, she would love to be an only dog.
  • Someone who is home more than not.  Work from home?  Stay at home to take care of the house and kiddos?  This Blue Lacy look-alike would love to keep you company.  Did you know that the blue-lacy is the official Dog of Texas?
  • Lunch & breaks will need to include fetch or new games of catch.

Fudge Catching Peanut - YouTube

  • Fudge will love being a part of a family.  She is a silly girl who loves kids who want to run, play and play tug.

Fudge catches a ball - YouTube

If you would love to make this beautiful girl a part of your active family, please visit our website and fill out an no-obligation Adoption Application.  This girl will make such a fun and loyal girl, for a lifetime.

Just know that you will need a collection of tennis balls.

Please help us find this beautiful and sweet girl find her Forever Home.  Her journey will end with a Happy Beginning.

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So, a terrier just happens to be my kind of dog.  I love how smart they are.  And I love how they don’t trust you upon first meeting.

Terriers typically require you to prove yourself.  Prove you are a friend, not foe.  (They will assume foe, friend must be earned.)

No, don’t offer your hand to pet their head or scratch under their chin.  They are smarter than that . . . . your hand had better have a sort of peace offering in it for invading their territory, even if it is your house that they are coming into.  They are like two year olds . . . it’s ALL mine.

Offer a dog treat, but better yet, a bite of cheese or a morsel of chicken.  The good stuff.

Now, that you know the terrier way of thinking, let me introduce, Abu.

Abu

Abu came from the streets of Dowdy Ferry, literally.  He and his buddies were all running around in the street.  Rescuers stopped to speak with the home owner and she was overwhelmed with the need to care for so many pups.  One signed owner surrender document later, Abu and his family of littles were onto a better life.

Abu entered his foster home several months ago very untrusting.  New people, new experiences, new sounds . . . it was as if he had landed in a whole new world.  The rules had all changed.

Dogs walk on leashes.  Dogs sleep in beds, INSIDE the house.  Dogs have toys and treats . . . . and really nice humans that you can boss around.  And even the mini-humans are cool, they often drop food!

Abu has learned so much from the resident dogs.  They have helped him adapt to life in a home, where he is loved and adored.  He would love to have a playmate in his Forever Home.  He is a young dog who loves to play fetch and chase.

Abu & Lily Terrier Playing - YouTube

Based on personality, this boy is all terrier.  We believe he is a Schnauzer mix of some sort, maybe some Shih tzu mixed in for the coloring.  But, like most Schnauzers he likes to talk.  He will let you know what he is thinking.  He is such a funny little guy.

Abu Terrier Talking - YouTube

During his time with TMHPR volunteers, he has truly become an amazing dog as he has blossomed with his fosters.

Gone are the hollow eyes of a scared dog.

To the happy eyes and waggy tail of a confident dog who knows he is safe.  (Even if he chases the bugs in the dirt.)

Just remember, he is a terrier and you will have to prove yourself; and then he is, well a snuggle bug in your lap.

Someone NEEDS this dog!!

Is it you?  Is it someone you know?

Must love terriers!!

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We don’t say it enough.  Fosters make all of the difference in the rescue community.  Without fosters, we can’t save from the streets or shelters.  We can’t provide healing time to the wounded.  We can’t help a fearful dog trust again.

We can’t save . . . .

Behind every Happy Beginning is a foster family who loved a Forgotten Soul.

Meet Kalo

He kind of looks like a stuffed dog.  The ones with the little ragdoll type body and little tiny eyes and perfect nose remind me of a stuffed animal.  Henson was the same way.  Little, tiny and perfect features.

Kalo as he looks when he is snuggled up to his Foster Mom.  You see, she has gained his trust; and he is a snuggle bug.

We have no way of knowing what happened to Kalo before coming to Take Me Home Pet Rescue.  He was found tied up outside the Balch Springs Animal Shelter one morning.  No one to help provide any sense of where he came from.

(Note:  Just a day later, a female who looked just like him was found running down a highway in the same town.  They knew each other.  Had the same cut ears.  But, no one came looking for either of them.  Sister was the brave one.  Kalo the frightened one.)

Kalo entered a foster home where he loved the resident dog, Finley.  Finley taught him that humans and cats were pretty great.  He taught him all things spoiled dogs need to know.

“This is how we guard the house from the window.”

“This is how we keep cool during a nap on the wood floor”

And most importantly, “This is how we nap at Mom’s feet.  She is pregnant and may get up often for snacks.”

Even with Finley’s help, we knew Kalo needed more help to become a brave dog.  His Foster Mom provided him safe environments to meet new people.  They were not allowed to touch Kalo until he initiated contact.  And new people meant treats!

Kalo was enrolled by his foster mom  in Manners 1 Class at What A Great Dog and he just recently graduated.  He did so well with learning that the world is no quite as scary as he once thought.  And he will do fabulously in a home where his new family wants to start him in Manners 2!!

Kalo goes to the dog park where he loves playing with other dogs.  And he is around other humans, but he has the ability to freely move away from them if they are too close too soon. And he loves the time spent playing, running and socializing.

Kalo is a darling boy who is still a bit nervous meeting new people, but will flourish in a home where his family wants to help him trust.  He will need another dog.  This is so very important as he needs a “pack”.  He does well with cats as well.  He loves the resident cat.

And he needs a family who wants to continue his training to build his confidence.  This boy deserves a family who will meet his needs.  His foster family has built an AMAZING foundation. Because of them, Kalo has been saved and has the time to find his perfect Forever Family.

Thank you to all who foster!

To find out more about fostering and what it is all about, please visit our website at www.tmhpr.com/foster

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It feels as if it has been forever since I have written a blog post.  I guess it has been almost two months.  What a busy two months it has been!!  So we wanted to catch you up on a sweet story that includes the save of our newest canine family.

Meet Missy (Now Being Called Maya)

Missy was all over Facebook last week.  She was one of the most shared canines out of the Mesquite Shelter.  She was touted as one of the sweetest girls who needed to be adopted, quickly, as she was running out of time.  Time, before she had her own litter of puppies.

You see, I was there on Tuesday to pick up a young 7 month old blonde shepherd mix, and while I was there, they asked me if I could take a VERY pregnant female.  But, we already had our own unexpected pregnant female, Dorri.

Missy’s Freedom Ride

But when I went home, I just couldn’t get Missy out of my head.  I visited the Mesquite Facebook Page and there she was being shared over 100 times.  But, no rescue could come up with a Foster.  So, I slept on it.

Mesquite Animal Shelter is closed on Wednesday, so I prayed she wouldn’t give birth.  Canines have a way of holding out until they are safe.  But, would she?  By Thursday morning, we had a plan.  We tagged her via email and were there just as the doors were opening.  (We being me and her foster mom.)

And there she was, hanging out in an office to keep her safe and comfortable until we arrived. She was led out with a waddle and a very sweet face.  Collar went on, then the slip lead. Others who were waiting in line to rescue dogs were so excited to see Missy finding her way out the front door, just in time.

I have never prayed so hard during a Freedom Ride in all my life.  I just needed those babies to stay in until we got her settled.  I did not need another Jennifer Taylor, Husky out of Palm Valley Animal Shelter birthing moment of my own.  No babies in MY backseat, please!

Less Than 24 Hours Later

Missy kept herding her Foster Mom back into the room with her.  No time for coffee, give me pets.  No time to grab your phone, sit with me.  Don’t leave me.

Then the contractions started.

And over the next four hours the seven most beautiful babies came into the world.  Into a safe and loving home.

Mama Missy felt safe enough to finally bring four girls and three boys into the world.

All with varied coloring, little Jules looking the most like Mom.

When it was all over, the reality had set in.  Because so many cared to share the need of an emaciated pregnant dog out of the Mesquite, eight lives were saved with one Freedom Ride. Now we focus on providing Missy (nka Maya to fit the literary theme of names) with all of the nutrition she needs for herself and those babies.

Thank you to all who share the needs of those in our local shelters.  The need for fosters is so very real.  The need for adopters, donors and volunteers, just as great.  If you want to know how you can help Take Me Home Pet Rescue with this family or other needs, please visit our website for more information.

And we promise “to write more often” and send updates on this little family.

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Happy Beginnings are what Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) is all about.  From the Freedom Rides to Adoption Day, there are so many Happy Beginnings that a new pet experiences during their time with us.

Here are just a few recent examples.

Hermione (Available)

What a difference a foster home makes!!

Check out Hermione, only in a foster home for a week and the fearful, anxious puppy is gone. Replaced with a happy girl who loves to play with her human foster family and canine pack.

Hermione was the puppy rescued from the side of the road in South Dallas. Her buddy and protector, a Great Pyrenees had been hit by a car and was left to suffer in a ditch. Hermione would not leave him.

I know we say it over and over again, but Elise Bissell knew what she was doing when she started a foster-based rescue, Take Me Home Pet Rescue. Dogs and cat adoptions are more successful when the pet is given the opportunity to learn how to live in a home, before being adopted.

Our fosters are amazing!!  Thank you to our fosters, for all you do for these dogs & cats.

Tink (Applicant Approved)

We are so happy to share this Before/After of our beautiful Tink.

Tink was abandoned by her family in the backyard when they moved. She gave birth to her tiny babies and did her best to care for them.  She did spend about 3 weeks at the Adoption Center with her 3 tiny babies.  It was the best place to have her and her babies watched for illness or changes in their health.

They all went to a wonderful foster home where they all learned what it meant to be loved and spoiled.  All have been thriving!

Mama Tink has now put the “Mama” part of life behind her. She has moved to her new foster home where she will be a puppy again, not a Mama.  Tink will take her “no more puppies pledge” in a couple of weeks and then will be adopted by a wonderful Forever Family where she will be treated like a princess!

Her babies will be ready for adoption soon!

Mabel (Adopted)

Found in a small Southern Texas town, two UTD students brought Mabel home from a quick road trip. The citizens just wanted this mangy dog to go away, so they were starving her to death.

These wonderful humans couldn’t sit quiet and leave her there to die a slow death. This sweet girl found a ride out of the town, a Freedom Ride that changed her life FOREVER!

They brought her back to Dallas and started looking for help. And they found Take Me Home Pet Rescue. Fast forward, 6 months later and Mabel is healthy, healed and GORGEOUS in her Forever Home!

Happy Life Mabel!!

Thank You!

None of these Happy Beginnings could happen without the fabulous network that Take Me Home Pet Rescue has.  It takes rescuers, volunteers, fosters, adopters, followers who share our message and donors.  How do you fit in to the equation?

How ever you fit in . . . . THANK YOU!
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Did I hear you say Chewy.com???

Oh my, let me tell you how they are helping animals in need . . . .

(Written by Elise Bissell)

Where Does It All Come From?

You may have noticed that we are posting A LOT OF GREAT STUFF about Chewy If you are not familiar with Chewy let me explain.

Chewy is an online pet supply distributor that has opened a new “fulfillment” center in Dallas off of Hwy 20 and Spur 408. When products are delivered to their warehouse (via ginormous 18 wheeler trucks) sometimes the products are damaged. When they are damaged they cannot be sold to their customers, so Chewy donates them to a nonprofit organization. Take Me Home Pet Rescue is very grateful to be the selected organization who receives these donations.

What Do We Do With It?

Well, fast forward, and this awesome weekly donation has turned into a spectacular OutReach Program involving almost 70 other nonprofit organizations and independent rescuers & feral cat caretakers!

Every Friday TMHPR volunteers rent a 16 foot moving truck then meets a handful of volunteers at the Chewy loading dock. We load up the truck and invite several other rescue organizations to meet us at the dock (on a rotating basis) who help us load the TMHPR truck and their own trucks, cars, SUV’s, and even other rental trucks.

We then take the donations to the TMHPR Adoption Center in Richardson and sort the products for additional rescues to come and pick up. This requires another set of volunteers! Once everything is sorted then the nonprofit organizations, who are notified in advance that it is their turn on the rotation, come by and pick up their food.

It is an incredible experience. Check out some of the photos that try and show the massiveness of this venture. But, you can’t understand the magnitude of the project, until you experience it for yourself!

We start at 9AM and are finished (if all goes as planned by 5PM) because we have to be ready for Meet N Greet the following day at 10AM!

How Can You Help?

If you work for a company or organization that is looking to find ways to volunteer together, this could be for you. Be prepared to lift up to 40-50 pounds of food or cat litter.

If you know of a company or individual who would like to sponsor the truck, which runs about $150 a week or provide lunch for the hungry volunteers, and believe me, we are starving by the time lunch time rolls around, please send them our way! We are advertising the sponsors in our weekly newsletter, on Facebook, and soon to be on our website as well.

Join us in celebrating the generosity of a wonderful organization! By the way, they have fabulous deals for regular customers! Check them out!!

We are currently in need of weekly truck and lunch sponsorships.  We are also looking for volunteer groups to come out and help us load and unload.

Also, if you know of a local Dallas/Fort Worth nonprofit organization who would like to receive donations from Project Chewy please have them complete a form on our Project Chewy web page here.

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So, we have received so many questions and had inquiries about our adorable little family!!

This update has been formulating in my head, just haven’t found the time to put the words together or gather all of the cute photos that have been taken by volunteers.  But, you don’t want to hear all of the whys and why nots . . . . you want the update already!!

Tink & Babies

You remember Tink, right?  Tiny little Mama girl who was dropped off at a rural South Dallas shelter covered in fleas, feces and completely emaciated?  Well if not, you can see the story here on a prior blog post.

Well, there is good news . . . . our little family has been at the Adoption Center for about three weeks and they are thriving!!!  They are fat, roly poly, feisty little bits of LOVE!

Oh, don’t worry, being at the Adoption Center means lots of visitors and lots of activity.  And we can keep a close eye on their weight, social progress and medications.

Photo above is one of the 1st photos we have of all three babies (l to r) Mo, Bitty & Teenie all sleeping together on their backs.  Due to their tiny size and lack of “fat” on their little bodies, we had to keep the temperature in the ISO room a bit warmer and used a warming bed under their linens.

Bitty was the smallest of the surviving pups and she gave us a good scare the first night.  We don’t believe she would have survived even one night in a shelter.  Our volunteers made sure she stayed warm and fed.  Poor Tink didn’t have the milk supply.

Mama Tink

Oh LAWD, this girl has come into her own; and has learned that attention and being held is her favorite thing in the whole world.  Well, maybe chicken first and then being held.  Or better yet, hold her while you let her eat chicken!!

Tink is a wonderful mother, but every mother gets cabin fever.  And Tink loves time out exploring and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air in her stroller.

Why a stroller?  Well, for the 1st two weeks, Tink was not well enough to have her vaccinations.

She was barely 5 lbs and needed time to gain some weight, rehydrate and recover from a sinus infection.  So, we were very careful with her and would only take her out in the stroller.

During this particular trip she enjoyed an outing to Fuzzy’s.  Chicken tacos are her favorite.
But she always returned to her puppies to keep them warm, and provide them a good meal.

Tink also enjoyed time with me in the photo studio.  Some days we would work on the computer, some days just cleaning up . . . Tink didn’t care, as long as we were together, and she could check on her babies, ever so often.  No one could tell her that bully stick may be a bit much for her!

In the photo below, you can see how her milk has come in!  She has had some of the best nutrition due to our chewy.com donations.  Nature’s Recipe that has some amazing chicken and gravy formula has been her favorite.

We are so excited to share that Tink has had her first round of shots and is heartworm negative!!

She also has an approved adopter!  A family member, of one of our fosters fell in love with Tink while reading her first blog post.  This little girl has hit the jackpot as far as Forever Families go!!

But, first she & her babies will move to a Foster Home tomorrow!  The babies will be weaned and a spay appointment will be set up for sweet Tink!  No more puppies, ever!!

The Babies:  Teenie, Bitty & Mo

Oh, and an update on these sweet little bits of love.  I mean have you ever seen something so tiny, that is so cute?

Well, how do we adequately explain their small size?  Does the little chipmunk toy help?
He is one of those little chipmunks that goes in the log toy.

The babies are tiny and quite hard to tell apart in photos.  Mo, is the largest, and has a more cream color to him.

See what I mean by hard to tell them apart in photos?

Teenie and Bitty are almost identical, except Teenie has a black nose (above & most likely below) and Bitty has a brown nose.

They are tiny and fragile, however, quite feisty.

Teenie in Tree - YouTube

These babies love to play.  We believe that Tink is a Yorkie/Maltese mix.  And most likely they were backyard breeders because babies look to be the same as Mom.  And they must have had a tiny Daddy.

Time to Move to a Foster Home

These babies have had the best time getting strong and learning that people are pretty great. And that spoiling is the new normal for all of them!

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