Friday, September 30, 2011

The Great Minnesota Pet Together: SATURDAY!

MnPAW (Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare) will host Minnesota’s second annual super adoption event, The Great Minnesota Pet Together, presented by PetSmart Charities on Saturday, October 1st.

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoptable pets from more than 25 animal welfare and rescue organizations (INCLUDING RED LAKE ROSIE'S RESCUE!) will be onsite on this special date and ready for their forever home.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1st 10:00am – 4:00pm Rain or Shine

Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, International Bazaar

There is no charge for admission to the event or for parking.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saving Orson

A little old shaggy dog named Orson ended up unclaimed and out of time at the Bemidji impound. Nancy O, friend of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and all animals, volunteers there and watches out for the abandoned pets that should have a second chance. She and others tried to find a rescue to save him despite his age and deplorable condition, but it was Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation in Bloomington that came through again.I've had so many emails about this little guy; I'm sure Orson's fan club will be glad to see his post! Marilou of PetHaven and MnPaw was present when Orson arrived at Act V and was moved to write about the organization and Orson on her blog. You can read the full post here.

Today, I had the opportunity to experience first hand again how incredible Act V Rescue is and how dedicated and committed they are to truly helping the most unwanted and neglected animals. An older dog, Orson, was scheduled to arrive on transport today from up north. In our efforts to help the dogs up at Leech Lake Reservation we have also been helping dogs from the Bemidji impound. Volunteer extraordinaire Nancy O has been, and continues to be, an advocate for the dogs that land in the Bemidji impound and pulls them out before they are euthanized....

Nancy sent a note to MNPAW about Orson, "Hope you received the photo of Orson that Tom sent from his phone. Orson is a cutie, an older dog, and he needs a lot of work. He is loaded with mats and needs a good grooming and bath. But it looks like he needs a lot of dental care as well and am hoping that this is something MnPAW/AHS offers. He really does have a nice sweet personality, but is plenty stinky and a lot of that is coming from his mouth. Poor guy ... I am betting he cannot eat hard morsels of food and am betting that is all that was served in the impound. Perhaps he will need some tooth extractions and then soft foods the remainder of his days. For all the goodness his former family did not offer him, I hope he find it at AHS and can get the medical attention he needs. Even the officer at the impound is pulling for Orson. I held him when we picked him up as he was shaking so much, and now he is riding with Nancy B on her front seat...."

After Nancy's note I forwarded it to the founders of Act V Rescue. At the end of the day Dr. Vicki sends me an email and tells me to have Jenny swing by her clinic so she can take a look at Orson so she can check him out. I meet Jenny and Orson at Dr. Vicki's clinic. The horrible condition of this sweet boy is beyond words. He was shaking and shivering. His teeth were all rotted and packed with tartar. Most of them will probably have to be extracted. His body was filled with mats and as Dr. Vicki started to shave him we discovered his poor, weak body was infested with maggots. As he was shaved down we saw a swarm of maggots nesting in Orson's body. Maggots were wiggling out of his fur and dropping onto the table. There was an odor and stench from maggots and other critters that had found a home in his poor body that was beyond anything I had ever experienced. All the while Orson is being so patient and gentle and quietly crying. As Dr. Vicki and her staff work to make Orson better and to remove the mats and the maggots, I am rubbing his head and trying to comfort him. Jenny is holding the trash bag to collect the squirming maggots.

It was Orson's lucky day today! He ended up at Dr. Vicki's clinic and into the arms of Act V Rescue ... over and over I have heard stories and witnessed how they take in the most beaten down animal, both physically and emotionally. They did it when they took in the 3 puppies i'm fostering (Legacy, Lenny and Lazarus) .... they did it again today with Orson. There wasn't even a question in Dr. Vicki's mind of whether or not she was going to help Orson ... this was one of the worse cases she has seen and in the true spirit of Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation, they took this poor boy into their foster program. Dr. Vicki doesn't have a foster lined up for the sweet boy right now so after his bath he got to ride in style next to Dr. Vicki and will spend some time at her home till a foster home opens up.

Thank you Act V Rescue for your selfless acts and for all you truly do for the most unwanted and neglected animals. Because Act V works with animals in the most desperate situations, they are always in need of money to provide medication, surgery, medical care and/or rehabilitation. All of their funding comes from donations and 100% of each dollar goes to caring for animals. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Act V Rescue please click on 'Donate to caring for animals' on their website,


Orson had a very good night. After he and I shared a martini and watched TV (he slept thru most of CSI), he went poop and potty outside. He slept all night, no crying or barking. When I went to wake him up this morning I discovered he doesn't hear well. But, he was up and out again and enjoying his canned food and taking his meds for his mouth. He won't have a tooth left after Monday, but they are loose and rotten anyway. He's heartworm negative but is positive for anaplasma and lymes. Under all those matts is a chubby little boy! He actually needs a diet! I'll keep you informed on his progress.

Vicki and ACT V

Orson disappeared after taking a nap on the floor. Since all he can hear is clapping I had a bit of trouble finding him.

I guess he used to be a house dog!


LOVE this little goober! How does a dog get so neglected and yet be sooooooooo sweet?!

Orson has had his pill with his dinner, got some medicine in his ear and now he is scouting out the joint. He can go up stairs to the bedroom so I will put a bed in the bathroom up there so he can be by us. It appears he wants to get on the bed so I will keep him close by.

Thank you for letting me care for him. He must have been with the circus cuz every time I turn around he is sitting up on his haunches. CUTE!

Diane and Orson...........and Matthew is fond of him too.>>

Looks like the little guy is feeling much better! He looks very handsome in his red sweater....they stopped by last night.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Great Minnesota Pet Together!!

MnPAW (Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare) will host Minnesota’s second annual super adoption event, The Great Minnesota Pet Together, presented by PetSmart Charities on Saturday, October 1st.

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoptable pets from more than 25 animal welfare and rescue organizations (INCLUDING RED LAKE ROSIE'S RESCUE!) will be onsite on this special date and ready for their forever home.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 1st 10:00am – 4:00pm Rain or Shine

Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, International Bazaar

There is no charge for admission to the event or for parking.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cat treets!

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue had an overnight visitor, Nancy B. She arrived Tuesday and took care of all the cats and then left the next morning, September 14th, with a transport of 12 dogs and puppies going to various rescues. She also transported Orson, a little dog from the Bemidji Pound.

NANCY & VASHTINancy brought gifts from herself and other RLRR friends. One of the great treats for the cats was a tall beautiful cat tree donated to Chuck & Don's for us. Jane Norling picked it up with donated food. The cats were very happy to have the gift and many enjoyed climbing and enjoying the sights from the top of the tower!

NEW CAT TREE!Nancy has a special gift with the cats and kittens. The cathouse was bustling with activity and fun. Not only did she catch us up on laundry, she had lots of time to show love to the kitties too.

TRANSPORTEarly the next morning Nancy was busy with cats again and then helped load up the transport with outgoing dogs and puppies.

KIDS IN THE WOODSHeaded for Animal Ark was a group of 5 puppies from the woods that I found the day Nancy arrived. Animal Ark had taken another 5 of the litter last Saturday. The mama dog had 11 puppies, and started moving them out to a den in the woods. I was able to get five on my first visit and when I returned there were only 5 left, so we are not sure what happened to the 11th pup. Anyway, the ten are safely reunited with their littermates in the care of Linda who fosters for the Ark. The mama dog was fixed at the clinic last weekend!

DANCERAlso on transport was Dancer, a small breed dog that was surrendered with another blind Poodle we call Diamond. Dancer was accepted by All Dog Rescue and will be in foster care. He came in very frightened and cowering, but improved so much over the past 2 weeks.

TUTUAll Dog also took Tulip aka TuTu. Tutu is a little shep mix that came in a month ago with her brother Tutter. They were badly starved and had many parasites. It took a long time to get them to put on nice body weight and get over diarrhea.

TUTTER & TUTUTutter is still looking for his special placement. Both are wonderful dogs now that they are no longer starving.

We sent 2 juveniles and a litter of 3 puppies to our friends at Tricounty.

SARGESarge was a surrender at Ponemah during the clinic,

JILLIANJillian was abandoned by her owner who moved out and left her behind, and the little litter of 3 was found by Tony and brought to the shelter.

DEMI, HARLEY, HANNAHWe named them Harley, Demi and Hannah.

Thank you to Nancy, Animal Ark, All Dog, and Tricounty for taking all
these great animals. Thank you, Jane, for your help getting us the great cat tree.

Also, to all the great foster moms and dads who help each and everyone on to a new life!

Sincerely, Karen RLRR

Monday, September 26, 2011

ABE! Fund benefit featuring Crumpet

In June, Susan held the second annual ABE! Fund benefit in Lake Forest, Illinois. Susan created the ABE! Fund to benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue after her beloved dog "ABE!" died in 2009. You can read ABE's story on the RLRR website

ABE!On a beautiful evening in June, 47 people gathered at Susan's house for dinner. This year, the party was hosted by "Crumpet," a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel she adopted from Rosie's in December 2010.

CRUMPETAt the party, Crumpet went from guest to guest soliciting affection by flipping onto his back for a belly rub. Perhaps it was this very clever and sincere charm offensive that produced such amazing generosity, since was $2700 was raised.

Thank you to Susan, who has been a tireless RLRR supporter through her dedicated fund for ABE! -- organizing this annual event at her home, asking all of her many friends and family to donate to the ABE! Fund for this and other events and celebrations, and providing all of the winter straw for the shelter for 2010 and 2011.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Discounted tickets available today only for Pause4Paws fundraiser

Today (Sept. 25) is the last day to get discounted tickets to the Pause 4 Paws fundraiser that will benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and other local animal rescue organizations. Go to to order your tickets and for more information.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, 5-10:30 p.m., at the Medina Entertainment Center at 500 Highway 55, Medina, MN 55340 (763) 478-6661.
Early Bird Discount (until September 25th) 1 person, $25, 2 people $40.
After September 25th, $30 & $50

Entertainment and appetizers/dessert throughout the event with open bar available. Entertainment includes: Tim Mahoney, Chris Hawkey, and Meatsauce and the Whalers. MCs for the event are the members of the KFAN Power Trip Morning Show: “Superstar” Mike Morris, Cory Cove, Chris Hawkey and Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert.

The rescue organizations will also be at the event so you can learn more about their organizations, find out what it takes to become a foster home or even adopt a cuddly new addition to your family.

Pause 4 Paws raises funds to assist animal shelters and rescue organizations that are dedicated and passionate about saving and improving the lives of dogs and cats.

This annual event drives their fundraising and networking efforts in order to help animals in need. Their priorities include providing spay/neuter clinics, healthcare resources, meeting basic requirements of needy animals and helping find them their forever homes.

Donate 2 of the Following & Receive a Drink Ticket
Laundry detergent,
Cat litter,
Stainless buckets (5 quart),
Outdoor tools including: rakes, shovels, pooper scoopers,
Dog and cat treats,
Canned cat food,
Cat toys,
Garbage bags,
Small and medium zip ties,
Light bulbs,
paper towels, and toilet paper,
Dog Kennels- preferably the plastic airline type,
Nyla bones,
Clorox wipes,
Leashes and collars of all sizes,
Dog Shampoo,
Dog food,
cat food,
dog beds,
harnesses and leashes,
dog coats,
gift cards to Chuck and Don’s food outlet,
Pets Smart or PetCo,
Crates, broom,
Food Supplements – Missing Link, Fish Oil,
Crate Cushions,
Antimicrobial dog/cat dishes,
Kennel panels,
Gas cards,
30 ft. long cotton training leads,
4’ x 3’ rubber backed,
Washable rugs (usually found at Menards),
Kuranda cat beds/towers (can be ordered on,
Odo Ban Cleaning Solution,
Ice cream buckets.

"Pause 4 Paws supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that are dedicated to preserving the integrity, reputation, and wellness of our 4-legged friends."

Thanks... for a new leash on life!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Snows flying

Remember the white cat from Ponemah who delivered her all-white litter just in time for her arrival at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue??

They are being fostered through Act V and look like they are doing great!
Nice to see mom cat joining in play time, too.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 7 transport

BLUE BOY'S BLUE EYESOn September 7, volunteers for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue met in Bemidji at Pete's Place South: Barbie, Kristin, Delores, Tom, Nancy, Carol, Arlie, and Karen.

NANCY & ORSONKAREN, KRISTEN, CAROLKristin and Barbie each had a van full of kibble for the shelter.

Eleven animals from RLRR and two animals from the Bemidji Pound were transported to the metro to various rescues including All Dog, AHS, Pet Haven, Animal Ark and MUSHR.

PATRICEPatrice went to All Dog.

BRANDI THENBrandi, a large malemute/husky mix was brought to the Ponemah Shuttle August 22nd. She was very starved and had been left at Battle River garbage dump a long time ago, as we had caught a glimpse of her there during several clinics and she somehow had managed to survive.

BRANDI NOWBrandi was illusive and we were never able to catch her- but a local resident of Ponemah caught her and brought her to us. She was spayed and vaccinated and thankfully was heartworm negative. After only 3 weeks she had gained lots of body weight and proved to be a great dog.

BLUE BOYMIAShe left for MUSHR along with Blue Boy and Mia on September 7.

FIVE PUPSAnimal Ark took in a litter of 5 pups which came from a large litter of 11. We made a home visit and the people wanted to surrender a large litter of very small pups. The mother dog was not producing enough milk and was moving the puppies and hiding them in the woods. We got these five before she took them into the woods. We are going to look for the remaining six and Ark has agreed to take them, too. Thankfully the owners have agreed to let us pick up the mama and have her spayed at the next clinic! Linda is the foster mom who has fostered so many Red Lake puppies and is expert at it. I expect we'll get some photos!!

HERSHEYHershey the little chihuahua went to Animal Ark, too.

KRISTEN & HER MOM DELORESThank you all for your great teamwork and commitment to the Red Lake animals!

Sincerely, Karen and RLRR

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Simone S'kitten at home as Cricket

After nearly a year in foster care, Cricket (formerly Simone) was adopted by her foster mom. Cricket was part of the S'kittens family who was turned in to Karen at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue last summer as an unwanted litter. The five kittens - Sterling, Sassy, Scarlett, Sabrina and Simone -- were about five weeks old, skinny and wormy.

The other four recovered from their malnourished state after a couple of months, but little Cricket had digestive problems for nine months. At one point, she was doing so poorly that her foster mom had sadly concluded that perhaps the best thing would be to put the struggling kitten to sleep. Luckily, the RLRR foster cat coordinator, and her foster mom decided to try one more thing: they gave Cricket some more fluids and within a day or so she was out of the woods.

She still wasn't able to shake her chronic diarrhea, though. A wide variety of medications was administered in an attempt to correct the problem. The poor little thing was given wormers, antibiotics, metronidazole, herbs and probiotics over several months. It would get better, then worse. Two steps forward, one step back. Finally in April, Cricket got better.

Her foster mom thought she should give the kitten some time to make sure she was really fine before putting her up for adoption. (The other four s'kittens had already found wonderful forever homes.) In those few weeks, Cricket made it clear that she was already home.

Hadn't she proved it by never getting mad at her foster mom even after getting a syringe of icky-tasting stuff shoved down her throat, followed by a dry pill? And by snuggling on mom's pillow and following her around the house - even more than the resident German shepherd? Surely it was clear that she didn't need to find another home: she was already there!

Today Cricket has a job: supervising some foster kittens that her mom pulled from an impound in rural Minnesota. She plays with her older cat sisters with good humor, easily moving on to another playmate when an older cat gets tired of rough kitten play.

Cricket is grateful to Karen Good and RLRR for sticking with her through her health problems and letting her stay in her great home!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Beautiful butterfly indeed!

Hi Denise:

You did a post on Stacey-Brillo-Yoda on July 28 and August 25th, well- here's the new updated pic- unbelievable and beautiful.

The Butterfly emerged from the cocoon!

Thank you Act V and all the people who make RLRR able to rescue those poor mangy ones!! I am so happy today as I see the picture of Stacey!!



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