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Happy Tales

Warning:  inside are heart warming stories that might make you reach for a tissue or want to run out and help the Lander Pet Connection!

 

Ollie and Rosie and Lily

While someone watched, a guy in a white pick up pulled over in the Hudson area and pushed Rosie, the mom and Ollie and his sister, Lily out of his truck, then sped off.  Behind he left three scared dogs with pretty severe mange.  It took a while for anyone to get close to the pups.  One volunteer was able to get the puppies the first.  The mom would not come close to anyone, but the volunteer and one more went out and tried Monday morning, refusing to give up until they had her.  Eventually, they were successful, and brought her in to the vet, where the puppies were getting examined.  This came at a time when LPC could not just take in three additional dogs, but the scene when Rosie saw her puppies was absolutely heartbreaking and we knew the women had been right to go back and get her too.

 

Luckily, one of the women, Maggie, took all three into her home and fostered them.  Ollie got adopted quickly; he obviously has a lot less pit in him than Rosie and Lily.  When his new family came from Casper to meet him, we could tell this little guy had hit the jackpot; the pictures his new mom sent confirm this! 

 

In the meantime, Rosie and Lily were getting used to life at Maggie’s.  She has lots of open space, a couple dogs for playmates, and a lot of patience and love.  Rosie has learned to walk on a leash, gotten healthy and has just become a happy dog after what must have been, at best, a life of neglect.  Lily is just a plain, old happy puppy.  She loves her mom; when Rosie came back from being spayed Lily came running over and bathed Rosie’s face and was so excited to see her that it broke our hearts to think they would be separated one day.

 

It took a call from a potential adopter for Maggie to realize that these two gals already WERE in their forever home.  When people foster animals for us, we do it as a temporary measure, but we know from personal experience how difficult it sometimes it to let these guys go, and in this case, we couldn’t be happier for Rosie and Lily to be in a home where they have already learned about being loved and they have bonded with their mom.

 

Scout

Scout and his littermate, Cooper, were brought to the impounding vet with their tummies completely swollen from worms. Luckily for both of them, they went straight from being impounded to a foster home where they were quickly adopted. Scout went to a home full of kids. His new mom wrote this to us:

Scout has been the perfect addition to our family!  He is so loving and good-natured to every...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Rocky

 

 

Rocky came to us with his mother, Nola, and his sister, Jenna. They weren’t impounded, but dumped outside at Wind River Vet some time in the night or early morning when temperatures were WAY below zero. Their prior owner left a note, begging for them to be given a better life than they had had so far. The city refused to impound them and wanted them to be put down that day. They were...

Monday, May 16, 2011

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Diesel

 

 

Diesel originally came into Wind River Vet via a woman who picked him and another pup, Nyssa, up on the reservation.  They came in December 5th and were kept for a bit over a month, until they decided that, with no one stopping in to meet them, they needed to be put down.  We at LPC could NOT let this happen to two such cute pups.  We had been visiting them this whole time and completely fallen...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Riser

 

 

Riser was, perhaps, our biggest success story of 2010.

Riser was found up in Sinks Canyon Park by the rise, hence his name.

Riser had the cards stacked against him. He came into our care when we had WAY too many animals, so he spent extra time in the impounding kennels, where he was in a smaller kennel and unable to go out and exercise and interact with other dogs.

From that kennel, he was taken...

Monday, January 3, 2011

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Buddy

 

 

Buddy came to us as an impound. The dog catcher knew who his owner was and even tried to work out a deal to reduce the guy’s fines if he would come get him. The guy never called back.

Buddy did NOT like the kennel. He took the doors off his cage. He jumped. He was miserable.

Buddy was the first dog one of our new board members, Devon, moved and he captured Devon’s heart. Unfortunately, Devon...

Monday, January 3, 2011

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Nutmeg

 

 

Nutmeg came to us at the beginning of the school year, a terrified little gal. We don’t think she ever rode in a car before; she would literally have a panic attack, filling up cup holders with slobber and eventually tossing her cookies. At the time Nutmeg came to us, we were in a period of transition and she was the only LPC dog at a new kennel facility we were using.

Luckily, soon after Nutmeg...

Monday, January 3, 2011

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Milo

 

 

We knew Milo before he was impounded and became a Pet Connection dog.  He lived down the street from one of us and kept getting out of his yard.  Despite our offers to help find a more suitable home for him, he showed up with the impounds one day, his collar no longer on him.  We left a note telling his family he had been impounded and how to get ahold of the vet where he was held.  Still, he was...

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Sonnet now Lotus

 

 

Due to financial constraints, the Lander Pet Connection has to stand firm in our inability to take in owner surrenders. However, one day we got a call from a guy who had fallen on hard times. He had to be out of his home much sooner than originally told and the home he’d found for his dog, Sonnet, had fallen through. He was very obviously upset and truly loved her; she was originally a rescue...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Macy

 

 

Macy came to us a young, kind of wild dog. She was in good health but obviously had never had ANY kind of training. She got befriended by two volunteers who started by taking her to obedience class. After a while, Macy was going on walks, then out around town, then home visits, then sleep overs with Corey and Elizabeth. Their dedicated work with her turned her into a truly adoptable dog. We...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Lucie

 

 

We were surprised to see Lucie brought in as an impound. She is a rather rare color of dachshund and she had a collar on, not to mention we almost never get a little dog! Further investigation though and the vet thought she had been bred many times and probably was just given up by her owner when they were done with her. Lucie needed a bunch of medical assistance; she had an untreated wound on...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Gracie

 

 

When Gracie came to us, she was with another dog and that dog’s litter of puppies. Gracie was small, thin and terrified. The first time we put a leash on her to take her picture she cowered. As time went on, Gracie got friendly but wasn’t a flashy dog so she kept getting overlooked. She went to the International Climber’s Festival and everyone loved her and we thought we would definitely get...

Friday, August 13, 2010

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Billy

 

 

Billy was brought in by a Pet Connection member who found him eating out of a dumpster (normally we take only impounded dogs but this was an exception). Since he was an easy going puppy, we didn’t move him over to Feisty Fido; there always seemed to be a dog in need of Ericka time more than Billy (Ericka is the owner of Feisty Fido who works wonders with nervous, scared dogs or dogs who need to...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Blip

 

 

He digs holes, chases cats, and he's pushy.
He can pull me at top speed down the road on my bike, pull a kid on a rope swing, and play soccer.
Lucky for him, he is smart as a whip and has learned to "come" when I call, "heel" on a leash, give me his "paw", and "hug" a boy!  Still working on "sing"...
Named after a "blip" on a radar, adopted for a boy's 11th birthday, he is a constant source of...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Madison

 

 

Madison came to the Pet Connection as a young puppy. She was so cute and fluffy that we thought she’d be adopted out quickly but, for whatever reason, she spent several months with us before finding her forever home. We often see some of our former animals around Lander but she was adopted to a couple in Dubois. So, we were thrilled to get the picture above and an email that read: “Just wanted...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Lexie

 

 

Lander Talk Works! For those of you who do not live in Lander, WY, Lander Talk is a public email list. At times it is fraught with controversy over all sorts of topics. However, last year, one of the LPC cats was adopted out after a plea was posted on Lander Talk, hoping someone would adopt this kitty who had been in our care far too long.

This year, we thought we’d try it again! A plea went...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Brewer

 

 

Brewer was one of those animals that comes into the Pet Connection and leaves the volunteers saying “aaaaah”. He was an awesome dog - he tolerated baths, loved walks, put up with crazy puppies and was always happy to get some loving. We hoped someone would be interested in meeting him because we knew it would be hard to pass him up once a meeting was arranged!

Ted B. had heard about the Lander...

Friday, March 26, 2010

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Patches

 

 

Hi, Lander-

The Lander Pet Connection hasn't come to you for a while with a kitty
in dire need, but we just have to today.

We currently have an adorable young cat who's almost too good to be
true, yet has been languishing in a kennel for months -- no life for a
vital, young animal.

Patches is a fluffy, black and white, neutered male with an
irresistibly cute face. He's about 7 months old, a perfect age...

Friday, March 19, 2010

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Darby

 

 

Darby (formerly "Molly") was first introduced to us by a Lander Pet Connection volunteer, who was helping to address some of her social anxiety issues by exposing her to new people.  Little did the volunteer know that we were thinking about adopting a friend for our Shepherd mix, Suba.  Darby trotted up to Russ, sat down, set her head on his knee, and looked up at him hopefully.  She came home...

Friday, March 19, 2010

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Millie

 

 

I lost my old dog companion of 16 years last spring. I wasn't sure if I was ready to get another canine companion but I had kind of started looking. I saw Millie who was then named Bernice and kind of fell in love. She had some crazy amount of applications in for her but I applied for her and started taking her out for walks, she is a very sweet dog. I didn't think they were going to adopt her to...

Friday, March 19, 2010

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