Monday, August 29, 2016

August clinic

The August clinic was huge success with MNSNAP performing a total of 109 spay/neuter surgeries, including a rabbit!

There were 70 animals that received wellness/vaccination exams, 7 animals received other medical attention, 18 dogs were groomed or received nail trims, and 17 animals were surrendered. This is all good news that so many people are bringing their animals in for care.

We watched a preview of the future of rescue. We had 6 amazing “kids” with giant hearts, as a part of our volunteer crew.

First, there was Sam. A 20-year-old, she was our clinic groomer, and did a magnificent job! She has such a heart for grooming dogs, that she came to volunteer even before she starts grooming school in September.

Our veteran volunteer was Destiny, at only14 years old! She wants to become a veterinarian and is a Red Lake resident. She has volunteered at several clinics over the past years, stopping in after school or working full days at summer clinics. She really enjoyed and appreciated Dr. Kim allowing her the opportunity to observe pre-op and surgery.

Aurelia, 20 years old, and Colin, 15, were volunteering at their 6th clinic. They have been joining their moms, who have been volunteering at RLRR clinics for several years.

After adopting a RLRR dog a few years ago, brothers John, 16, and Ethan, 13, were working their second clinic 

We also met another local resident who would like to become a veterinarian someday. Delacia, age 10, brought her Pug in for vaccines. We hope to see her volunteering in the future. 

We had a great group of adults, too. A big THANK YOU to all our volunteers Allison, Jessica, Kim and Aurelia, Barb with John and Ethan, Beth and Sam, Amy and Colin, Jenny, Amy, Liz, Steph, Wendy, and Aaron. 

These volunteers helped make this clinic a success by walking and feeding animals, cleaning hundreds of crates, carrying hundreds of pounds of dog and cat food, preparing human meals, washing dishes (human and animal), carrying animals, bottle feeding kittens, tracking paperwork, loading animals into and out of Karen’s van, and many other jobs.

A very special thank you to Aaron Sawdey who not only worked alongside us but took all these beautiful photos as well. More photos can be seen on our Facebook page, in the clinic post and photo album.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wed., Sept. 14: Meeting of Friends of RLRR

Please plan to attend a meeting of the Friends of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue on Wednesday, September 14, 7:30-9 pm, at the Ramsey County Library - Roseville branch, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN  55113.

Everyone is welcome!! We want to see our volunteers and supporters from the last ten years as well as adopters of our dogs, volunteers from our partner rescue organizations, and anyone who would just like to learn more. Bring a friend and please spread the word!

Kim Williams and I have now attended our first meeting as the new members of the board of directors of RLRR. We are anxious to share what we have learned and get ideas from you all to take back to the board. This is a fresh start for the RLRR Metro Support Committee.

If you have ideas for the agenda or you want to be added to our e-newsletter mailing list, please send your e-mail address to me at

Also, let Kim or me know if you think you'll be able to attend, so we can get a room of the appropriate size. Thanks!

See you then!!
Denise & Kim

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Paws on Grand, August 7: Bring your dog!

Come to Paws on Grand this Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 11am to 3pm. Dogs are welcome! For more information on the event, check out this link:

We are partnering with D’amico and Sons, an Italian gourmet cafe and take-out restaurant located at 975 Grand Avenue in St. Paul (

We’ll have several tables in the parking lot packed with Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue T-shirts and handmade items graciously donated by our volunteers. We have quilted dog and cat pads, fleece pads, dog coats, totes, dog hoodies, dog toys, catnip toys, pillowcases, wool mittens, insulated pot holders/trivets, scarves, and many other things for sale. ALL proceeds go to RLRR!

 D’Amico’s will be providing samples of their famous basil lemonade at our booth and will furnish a doggie dipping pool nearby. You can dine on their dog friendly patio and order their delicious food before or after shopping at our booth.

Over 30 Grand Avenue businesses are participating, many partnering with various rescue groups. There will be pet adoptions, a pet photo contest, pet photo booth, pet fashion show, pet portraits, blessing of the animals, dog washes, and giveaways.

Stop by our booth, learn more about Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, and help support us so that we can help more animals. Be sure to let us know if your dog is originally from Red Lake!

Lynn Mecum

Friday, July 29, 2016

Polly is fighting cancer; Send her some love!

Polly McMaster has been a friend of Karen Good for nearly 30 years as they worked together to rescue companion animals in need on the Red Lake Reservation.

For the last few years she has been fighting valiantly against cancer. Even the doctors at the Mayo Clinic don't have further treatment to offer her now and her spirits are low.

Karen and I hope that some of the supporters of RLRR would be so kind as to send a card or note of encouragement to Polly. Here is her address: 

Polly McMaster
Box 670
Red Lake, Minnesota 56671

Polly was honored along with Karen at a fundraiser for MN SNAP, please watch the video:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Buffy's new home: Love, NO chains and a BFF dog!

Buffy is a six-month-old shepherd mix pup that came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue in June with a chain embedded and cutting deeply into the flesh all around her neck. She was lucky to be alive, but in terrible pain and suffering from infection. 

Link to see the first two blog posts about Buffy:

She received immediate care through RLRR and as soon as possible was transported to ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation for further treatment with 29 staples around her neck, antibiotics, pain meds, wound cleaning, dressing changes, laser healing, lots of treats and tons of love from her foster family.

I am amazed at how quickly she healed and became available for adoption. She visited with her potential new family and met their great dog and I am delighted to report that she has found her forever home! 

Best Wishes, Buffy! I hope we get updates from her family :-)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kindness of Strangers: New Beginnings for a Lost Soul

On July 10, I received a message from Karen Good, founder of Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, that a former White Earth resident, now living in south Minneapolis, needed our help. A young stray German Shepherd dog had found his way to this kind gentleman. Unfortunately, he already had three large dogs of his own and lived in a very small place. He needed to find another place for the dog.

Off to Minneapolis I went in search of this kind man and the gentle giant of a dog in his care. I named the gangly dog Tucker; he was all legs and energy. Tucker was very underweight and had some scars on his nose and one of his back feet that appeared to be from old burns. Despite his probable neglect, Tucker wanted just two things…love and a home of his own.

I brought Tucker to my home, which created some chaos with my own three dogs. Tucker quickly found joy in playing with them (all rescues from Red Lake) and started to learn some manners from my Red Lake pack. At 70 pounds (even though he was 15-20 pounds underweight), he was challenging to handle as he has never been taught manners. He constantly jumped on us to get closer.

In typical German Shepherd fashion, Tucker cannot get close enough to the humans he trusts and sees no reason why he should not be a lap dog. He is a very smart boy and has quickly learned ‘sit’ and ‘lay down.’ He’s still working on ‘wait’ and ‘off.’ Tucker also is developing excellent leash manners.

He is an amazing dog, with lots of love to give. He is silly and goofy. He finds immeasurable joy playing in the sprinkler and then rolling in the dirt under the deck, much to my dismay. Luckily, he also has a blast playing in the doggie pool and giving himself a bath! In short, Tucker is bursting with puppy joy!

Through networking with several rescue groups on Facebook, Saving Shepherds of MN ( came forward to take Tucker into their care. Soon Tucker will be introduced to his new foster family with the hope they may become his forever family. I am hoping that he and his foster family’s daughter form the bond that only a child and her dog can have. I pray they have many years of happiness and adventure.

Tucker, once a lost soul, is now found. Through the kindness of strangers coming together in a unified mission to rescue, he is on the path to finding his forever family. Happy life Tucker, wishing you all the love in the world. Rescue always matters!

Kim W.
RLRR Board of Directors


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