TMHPR, located in Richardson, TX, a non-profit, foster-based rescue with the goal of finding Forever Homes for homeless pets. Our pets live in foster homes, we learn their personalities, train, and fully vet them, before finding the right Forever Family.
Meet one of our new babies who came into Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) over this last weekend!! We have lovingly named him Brennan in honor of our friend, volunteer, foster and also known to the TuggerTroopies as Tugger’s Mommer.
Golden Lab-ish Kinda Guy?
This playful, goofy and happy boy is exactly the kind of pup our friend, Brennan would have loved to help network into rescue. He found himself very stressed at Dallas Animal Services and in need of a ticket out of that loud place. We went to meet him and he was so silly and smiley. He seemed to be house trained because he was definitely holding “it” until our volunteer managed to get him outside. He jumped into the back of the vehicle and “kenneled up” like he had been trained by “Mommer” herself.
We truly believe the boy has a guardian angel. Can you guess her name?
When our volunteer went to meet him, we learned that he had been quite grumbly and snarled at the workers for days. He was clearly stressed out in the environment. One rescue had even passed on him! It was like Mommers had whispered in his ear to act a fool until the TMHPR tag came through. Then he was smiley, happy and was able to be seen by the vet, receive vaccinations, etc.
Happy to Be Rescued
As you can see Brennan is a very energetic and goofy lab/golden type mix with a long body and legs on the shorter side. And he even has feathery bloomers under that long tail. He definitely needed a good run in our green space when he arrived, as he had been in a small kennel at the shelter. He needed to let those legs stretch.
A Boy Named Brennan - YouTube
The goofy lab definitely shows when he is chasing toys, birds or balls. He tends to over run them, they escape his mouth as he throws them around, etc. He seems to love making the volunteers laugh with his antics.
Definite Labradork in Him - YouTube
Brennan has proven to be good with other dogs, men and women. He met our Mama Sami through the fence on Saturday afternoon and by evening, they were rolling in the grass together, as they got rid of some of their young pup energy. He is currently in a home with other dogs and is loving all of the interaction a house full creates.
Brennan will be set up for an intake exam and neuter tomorrow, all other vetting was completed at the shelter before he came to us. He needs one more round of shots, but is heartworm negative and microchipped. We can’t wait to find this boy a fabulous Forever Home!
To my friend Brennan, we at TMHPR will continue to honor you and your work in rescue by looking for the Labradork Mix pups who find themselves in need of loving Forever Homes. May we never forget your dedication and love to the rescue community.
So many times Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) shares our needs as an organization and our followers & donors step up to the needs at hand. In return, for your love and spirit of giving, we want to share with you Newton (nka Ranger).
Who Is Newton?
This recent photo of Newton had us all laughing. His Forever Mom recently posted this adorable boy wearing a pair of Doggles. Yes, Doggles are a “thing”.
Terriers are an interesting breed. They tend to LOVE their humans like no other. Their loyalty is AMAZING. But, this can sometimes lead to a pup who is happier in a home as an only dog. I mean Newton did “fine” in a foster home with other dogs, but he has absolutely flourished in a home of his very own. He now loves playing with toys and runs around the house with pure JOY.
Foster Homes Make A Difference
We are a foster-based rescue. This means our dogs and cats live in a home, while waiting for their Forever Family. Newton’s physical and medical needs were addressed in a loving home, where we also learned a lot about him. While Newton was in his foster home we quickly learned that he was quite the snuggler. He loved so deeply and craved human touch.
Newton learned so much in his foster home! First lesson he learned was that humans could be loving and caring. He learned from the other dogs in the home that humans were great. And he grew accustomed to sounds that we all have in our homes, such as, the dishwasher, fans and the television. We also learned that he really needed a home WITHOUT cats. He was just a little too interested in chasing them. This time in a foster home helps us MATCH the pet to the best home.
Happy Life, Newton!
Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters. Because of you Newton is just one of the homeless pets who has been saved from an overcrowded shelter and provided the medical care and TIME he needed to find the Perfect Home for him this year!
Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) currently, has a few fabulous foster opportunities for new or former fosters. We currently have three wonderful dogs who are in need of new fosters for various reasons. We are looking for families who may be willing to open their home to these dogs.
TMHPR is NOT a shelter, instead our rescued pets live in foster homes. Our homeless dogs and cats come into the rescue, decompress at our Adoption Center while receiving any immediate medical care they need. Once ready, they then enter a Foster Home, where they learn what it means to be a loved pet, even before finding their Forever Home.
This structure allows our volunteers and fosters to get to know the pet so much better than if they were in a kennel environment. It also allows them to become a part of a canine pack, human family and learn the sounds and routines of a home. And they transition SO much easier into their Forever Home.
It also means that we can ONLY save as many as we have fosters for . . . . so we cannot say YES, to a dog in need, until we have an open foster home.
We have some fabulous foster opportunities. These dogs have been in wonderful foster homes and now need a different TYPE of foster home to help them along their journey to a Forever Home.
Opportunity #1: Be a part of Ollie’s Journey
Ollie is an 11 month old Plott Hound mix, who has come SO far in her first foster home. She has also recently gone live on our website, meaning she is available for adoption. She was found very scared and shut down in a rescuer’s backyard during a rainstorm, hiding under a tarp.
Her current foster loves this sweet girl, and her dogs have helped Ollie gain confidence. But, she knows it is time for Ollie to move on to another home where she can continue to blossom and become the BEST dog she can be.
Ollie has done fabulously, but she really needs a foster home with more activity and children who love and respect dogs. Ollie has visited other active foster homes and did very well with the dogs, so we’re looking for a foster home with another dog and children to allow Ollie to flourish.
Ollie loves car rides, so she would be fabulous in the school carpool lane. She would love to go to baseball practice, soccer practice and for walks to the park. To find out more about Ollie, please click here or her photo above.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you could open your home to this gentle girl as a foster or foster to adopt.
Opportunity #2: Buddy Needs A Place to Crash
Buddy is just a big teddy bear! And he is looking for a place to crash for just a bit.
His current foster adores him; however, she is working to help another dog who has fear issues . . . . so we are looking for a place for Buddy to hang out until we can find his Forever Home.
Buddy is super laid back and easy. He loves being outside enjoying the weather and just wants to be a companion to you and have you pet him. He also loves car rides.
He does have a strong herding instinct and will try to herd children, dogs, cats, etc. if they are running, so a house with a lot of activity would not be optimal for Buddy.
Do you have a quiet home, with a great pack that Buddy can join for a bit? We would ALL be so grateful!
Click here for more info on Buddy, or his photo above.
Foster Opportunity #3: Homer’s Next Step
Homer was brought to TMHPR when he was just about 5 weeks old. He was found by a Good Samaritan when she found him abandoned next to a dumpster at a local 7-11. It was clear that he was a little guy who had been taken from his Mama and canine siblings much to soon.
We had a volunteer and trainer, who was kind enough to take this orphan into her home to help him get socialized and learn to be a dog from her wonderful pack. (Sounds like the makings of a Disney Movie.) And that is what the last month has been all about in Homer’s little world. And now he is ready for the next step in his little journey.
As you can see, he has come along way in his first foster home. He is now about to go live on our website and is old enough to attend adoption events, so he needs to move to another foster this weekend.
Homer will need a foster home with another dog who will continue to show him the ropes as he grows in confidence. This is your opportunity to foster the cutest little Lab Mix!! He has had a fabulous start . . . . now he just needs a great place to grow and be loved.
These dogs are all wonderful and would easily fit into a foster home or a foster to adopt home. Please visit the Foster Section of our website for more information about fostering. We provide all of the supplies, medical care and promotion online. You just provide love, time and space to a dog or puppy in need.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.