Monday, February 28, 2011

Valentine's visit from Hearts & Halos

As Valentine's Day drew near, we had a call from Hearts & Halos. Sarah and Kathy wanted to visit the shelter, deliver a load of supplies, and meet a very sweet husky named Jada whom they were thinking of adopting to be a friend to their other Red Lake Rosie husky.

SARAH & KATHYSarah and Kathy arrived on Saturday, February 12 and worked very hard in the cathouse cleaning, socializing cats, and unloaded all the great supplies.

DAISYThey left that afternoon and took Jada, and made a stop in Bemidji to pick up Daisy, a foster puppy in Carol's care, and 3 labbies from Nancy O' Sullivan.

PUPPY TAILSHere is a pic of the 3 labbies that Hearts and Halos took to Tricounty.

NIXONWe decided to go with presidents' names with these pups: Kennedy (black pup), Truman (shorter hair blond), and Nixon (longer hair blond). Cute little babies.

JADAThese animals all spent the night in Monticello with Sarah and Kathy and went to Tricounty the following day. Jada however stayed in Monticello- as he had found his forever home.

Karen RLRR

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Visit RLRR at Twin Cities Pet Expo!

Twin Cities Pet Expo
Mpls Convention Center, Hall A
Red Lake Rosie's Rescue Booth 435 and 534 (double end cap booth)
Saturday, March 12: 9-6
Sunday, March 13: 10-5

Meet some of our ambassador dogs, purchase beautiful hand made items and learn more about Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.

We will have an assortment of hand made items: Pet mats, "couch potato beds", dog biscuits, cat nip toys, cat & dog printed totes and potholders, jewelry, cards, baby quilts, dish towels, dishcloths, soap, plus Red Lake Rosie's Rescue t-shirts.

We will also have a drawing for "A Free In-Studio Pet Photography Session with Sarah Beth Photography for up to 2 pets ($225 value)."

For more information about the Pet Expo, please visit

Lynn Mecum

Friday, February 25, 2011

Girl: A Mother of Legend

Girl is a white husky shepherd mix that came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue when her family called to report that she had a litter of puppies in a brush pile. They brought Girl in to be spayed and surrendered the four pups they could catch.

The puppies were weaned so they went in one kennel and Girl had her own kennel. There were still 2 puppies left in the brush pile that the people were going to continue to try and catch.

Girl was walked on a leash day 1 and day 2. By day 3, it was evident that she was social and was safe to exercise 2 times a day off leash.

But on day 3, a winter storm came. It snowed and blew and was very cold. Girl disappeared from the yard and I looked and looked but there was no sign of her. I telephoned the family and told them she had disappeared and asked if they might take a ride up to the shelter when the weather improved to help me find her, thinking their familiar call would bring her back.

Much to my surprise, the family called me the next day-- Girl was on their porch in Red Lake. They watered and fed her and after eating, Girl immediately ran to the brush pile to look for her 2 puppies.

Girl had traveled 32 miles across a 20-mile wilderness and then possibly across the frozen lake, in deep snow in a blizzard and made it home in less than 24 hours! She used a keen instinct to find her way and did it all out of the love for her 2 puppies in the brush pile.

Those last 2 pups, Gabriel and Galen, were caught and went to MARS.

Lamar, Larena and Lara went to a RLRR foster home.

Dante, the runt, went to Act V.

Girl returned to the RLRR shelter, was spayed and went home on February 19. This time she accepted a ride!

What a heartwarming story.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Congratulations to Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation!

Friends of Flicka, a longtime supporter of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, has announced that the 2010 recipient of the Kodiak Award is Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation of Bloomington, Minnesota. This annual award of $5000 is given to a charitable organization or individual whose efforts on behalf of abused or abandoned animals are deserving of special recognition and aid.

CHAR: WAITING FOR A FOREVER HOMEAct V Rescue & Rehabilitation is a non-profit, foster-based organization dedicated to taking in and thoughtfully re-homing the most unwanted and neglected animals. Since Act V's founders include veterinary professionals, it is uniquely qualified to treat the specific challenges presented by this group of sick, injured and emotionally neglected animals.

TINKERBELL: INJURED FOOT SAVED FROM AMPUTATIONKaren Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue received the Kodiak Award in 2008 and she shared the following thoughts about her experiences with Act V:

"Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, Inc. wishes to commend Dr. Vickie Schulz and Act V Rescue for the selfless service to the injured and suffering Red Lake dogs and cats.

LEROY: SKIN GRAFTS FOLLOWING TUMOR REMOVALIn 2010 Act V took in 36 dogs and 2 cats from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue of which almost all had severe orthopedic and other major medical needs including broken legs, heartworm, parvo, intestinal blockage, neonatal pups, puppy strangles, and others suffering advanced malnutrition and digestive problems.

We relied on Act V and contacted them whenever sick and injured animals arrive at the shelter. They always responded and never turned us down.

RONNIE BEFORERONNIE AFTERWe are so happy to give this reference to one of the best and kindest vets we know. She has compassion and will even overextend herself to help the animals. Thank you from all the Red Lake animals."

CALYPSO BEFORECALYPSO AFTERAs a representative of Friends of Flicka, I want to add that we are honored to contribute to the work of Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation, and recognize the extraordinary care and compassion of the Act V team for needy animals.

LI'L ROUNDHEAD & 5 SIBLINGS SOON LOOKING FOR HOMESLearn more about Act V at and click on the names of the animals pictured here to read their stories.

Friends of Flicka was created in memory of a beloved golden retriever named Flicka. The Kodiak Award is appropriately named for Flicka’s best friend, her brother Kodiak. This award recognizes extraordinary efforts by a volunteer or organization encountered by Friends of Flicka in the preceding year.

Friends of Flicka is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization created for the purpose of providing funds to other qualified exempt organizations and individuals engaged in the rescue, adoption and care of animals that have been abandoned, lost or abused.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Always grateful for new volunteers!

John is a new friend of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, who had been a volunteer at Minnesota Valley Humane Society. He recently rented a U-haul and delivered 3196 pounds of Purina One Kibble as well as lots of canned dog and cat food and met the O'Sullivans who delivered it to the RLRR shelter.

John also made a road trip, accompanied by his two dogs Buddy and Dane, to the RLRR shelter with 8 new beautiful barn style dog houses he purchased at Petco to put in the 2-pod to keep the puppies warm in the winter.

He rode out taking a litter of 6 shep pups which went to St. Francis of Assissi. He kept the puppies at his home in Eagan for 2 days enjoying their playful company and delivered them to SFAAR after their visit.

John and I also discussed a particular need and possible solution for one big issue at RLRR. A significant part of the mission of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is to provide a food for the malnourished dogs and cats on the reservation. Most of that food is received as donations in the metro area and it requires storage and transportation to RLRR.

Our thought is that a cargo trailer (tandem, at least 12 x 7 foot) could be parked in the metro to store donated food and supplies for the shelter. A new trailer would cost about $5,000, but a used one with good tires for the long journey would also work.

Our volunteers in the metro could bring the donations to be stored in the trailer and John has offered to tow a full trailer up to the reservation and return it to the metro empty on an ongoing basis.

Right now the ability of our volunteers to store the donations is burdensome, and also attracts mice/vermin to their residences. A cargo trailer should be vermin-proof and would be very useful. Does anyone have a trailer that might serve this function? Let us know if you have suggestions.

We want to thank John for his kindness and support. It is always great for Red Lake animals to make new friends.

Karen Good RLRR

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Room to transport to RLRR this weekend

Hello Everyone,

We are renting a cargo van to haul lots of stuff up to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue this weekend.

If you have any crates or other supplies, please let me know ASAP.


More Paxton

Hello Karen,

My name is JD. My husband K and I recently adpoted Paxton. I have attached a few pictures.

Paxton is such a joy to have in our family! It's true he is a Mommy's boy and holds a special place in my heart.

He loves his brother Tugger and Tugger is so happy to have a playmate that's his size.

Last week Paxton made his first appearance on Skype to our son and his family in Colorado. Our grandaughter can't wait to meet him the end of March.

Karen, thank you for finding and caring for our Paxi so he could find his way to our family.

I best be going...Paxton just jump up beside me and rolled over. It's time for his belly rubs.

I will update you on Paxton's new adventures.

Take Care,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Midweek transport Feb. 9

A cold midweek transport on February 9th helped save the lives of 9 orphan puppies who were about 3 weeks old.

NINE SHEP PUPSTheir mother had been hit by a car and died on Friday February 4th, and the puppies were outdoors in very cold weather with nothing to eat until they came to the shelter on Sunday, February 6th.

It was a miracle they survived at all. It was a challenge to force feed them milk at first, then, after 2 days, they began to suck the bottle.

Thanks to All Dog volunteers, Erica and Kathryn, a transport was organized and Karen met Kathryn in Bemidji and the little orphans got out safely- 3 went to All Dog Foster and 6 went to Act V fosters. Last I heard, all had survived.

JADA & JAREKAlso riding out were Corey, the pug who went to Tricounty; Colton the min-pin who went to the Min Pin Rescue; and Jarek (January Child) a white Husky which also went to All Dog Rescue foster.

Tom O'Sullivan met the transport with the pound pups and also brought a load of food and supplies.

We want to thank all the rescues and transporters who who gave the pups a chance for survival.

Sincerely, Karen RLRR

ORPHAN PUPSP.S. Here are the 3 orphans now in the care of Brittney of All Dog- They got a nice bath and now are well taken care of!

ZOLAINKYP.P.S. Here's Zola and Inky who went to Tricounty on transport Saturday Feb 5th.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Twin Cities Pet Expo

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue needs help in a few areas for the Pet Expo. The Pet Expo is open Saturday, March 12 from 9:00-6:00 and Sunday, March 13 from 10:00-5:00. Here is where we need help so that we can maximize our exposure and have our booth look neat and professional.

1) One more volunteer to work the booth on Saturday, March 12 from 2:30-5:30 or 6:00 (your choice).

2) A donation of $110 to sponsor the electricity at the booth so that we can show the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue CD. The images of RLRR attract a lot of people to the booth.

3) A donation of $75 to sponsor red table draping so that our 2 tables look appealing.

4) A donation of $113 for a large banner with photos that we can use every year.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made out to and mailed to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. Please let me me know if you can help. Thank you very much!

Lynn Mecum

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue
23880 So. Good Road
Trail, MN 56684

Friday, February 18, 2011

Brownilocks & the 3 Puppies

A bedtime story about Red Lake Rosie's Rescue puppies! These are three of the nine rescued after the mother was killed. They are being fostered through Act V. Click on the photos to make them larger.

FOSTER MOM SAYS: I made that for Vicki (at Act V) because I feel like I've been calling her every 10 minutes to complain about poo.

One of the pups is featured on Cute Overload!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Penny

Gracie, who's name was changed to Penny, is doing just great! We love her to pieces and she returns the love to us. She is totally immersed in our family and loves my children and grandchildren.

She is getting bigger and loves to play in the snow. I've plowed a number of paths in her back yard for her to run in and to make it easier to play ball. She also loves to jump through the deep snow and carry sticks around.

She is totally housebroken, enters her crate when we have to leave and LOVES to play. She sleeps next to our bed most of the night and then climbs on the bed towards morning loving to lay her head or paws on or over my ankles!

She is doing pretty good learning new things like stay and come and is very smart and is excellent in attempting to manipulate us to do what she wants. She has figured out if she drops something I don't want her to have, she will get a treat. So she brings items to me and drops them!

We are still working on stopping play biting and watching her for items she grabs that she shouldn't have like shoes, etc. All in all she is a very good dog being a little angel most of the time. She gets a lot of exercise even with the cold weather and one of my grandsons loves to take her for walks.

As I write this note to you she is laying in one of her favorite spots under the computer desk with her head on my foot.

She demands a lot of attention from all of us being the energetic pup that she is but we knew what we were in for getting a pup.

I can't begin to tell you how happy we are to have her and how much we love her. She loves Lee whom she has managed to wrap around her paws and she still likes to cuddle with both of us and loves to lay on pillows. Our son Charlie loves her too and my son-in-law says she has such a cool personality which is true.

I promise to send more pictures as soon as I can and am sending some of the latest I took of her.

God's blessing to you,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jasper, you Romeo!

Update from ARVSS on Jasper, a handsome boy who was quickly adopted and appropriately re-named...

Thank you so much, Jasper's name has officially been changed to

He is doing great, this week we will be working to get him into our daily routine. He is such a fast learner, he is ringing the bell I hung on our back door to tell us when he has to go outside. He picked that up right away and this morning I signed us all up for obedience classes starting March 2.

He has claimed his spot on the couch already. He is loving playtime in the snow with the kids and he whined when they went to school this morning.

Now today he is enjoying my office and playing ball with me while I work.

I will keep you both updated on how he is doing.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lou: one of the white pups

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue received a litter of five white puppies that moved on to ARVSS and were adopted. We had a puppy update, but now they are getting bigger...

Happy New Year! Haven't talked with you for a long time. If you remember us, we got Lou last June. I am sure you have had several more puppies come thru since his litter!

LOU LOVED CHRISTMASHe is awesome and "BIG".

BIG LOUFrank and Sam love him to death and he is a very good boy. His allergies cleared up and he has a beautiful coat. We also started him at obedience school.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pretty lucky puppies to steal your hearts

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is the difference between life and death...

We had a load of 10 very sweet puppies that left on Saturday, February 5th enroute to Second Hand Hounds, Act V, Metropolitan Mutts, and TLC. On board were also two cats, Inky and Zola, that went to Tricounty. Karen, Carol, Tom & Nancy O'Sullivan, and Barbie Olson were the transporters.

VESTAVANAVana, Vesta and Gus were found at the Redby garbage dump by a nice girl named Alexis who took them home and contacted RLRR. Carol transported them to the shelter.

KENYAKARRIEKenya, Karrie, Vana and Vesta went to Second Hand Hounds.

KRAMER, KARRIE & KENYAGUSKramer and Gus went to TLC.

SANA & SENECASanna and Seneca went to Act V.

TANK & TOMMYTwo little boys, Tommy & Tank, had a miraculous rescue from INSIDE a garbage bin. One of the workers, Willa, at the Sanitation Department called and said that she saw a pickup truck pull up to the garbage dumpster and toss 2 puppies inside.

TANK & TOMMY WRESTLINGWe're so thankful she called! We asked her to go "dumpster diving" and get them out. Then Polly and Carol Priest answered the call, so Tommy & Tank were taken to safety with Carol in Bemidji.

TANKThey went on the transport to Metropolitan Mutts and we are so happy we got them before they ended up crushed or burned in the dumpster.

TOMMYThanks to everyone who helped save Tommy & Tank!!

And, as always, thank you to everyone who makes it possible for these animals to get a chance at life in a loving home!



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