Thursday, February 28, 2013

Samson: In Memorium

Hi Karen,
I just wanted to let you know Samson went over the Rainbow Bridge this morning at around 10am. 
I am crying tears of grief as I write this, but we just could not let Sam suffer any longer.  We were able to manage his pain pretty well up until a few days ago.  We called our vet and he said that it was time to let Sam go.  We know that this is what had to happen, but it does not lesson our grief. 
He was such a good dog, and we loved him so much. He will always have a special place in my heart, as he was so loving and kind.  I want to thank you again for saving him.  We gave him all of the love and devotion we could, and we will miss him until the end of our days.

Love, Maggie and Dan

Samson's story was on the blog on May 23, 2008 so you can see the background.  Samson was a wonderful dog who came back to visit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, and on his return did not go to the kennel where he had lived, but went in as a guest in the cathouse- where he demonstrated all the social graces he had learned from Dan and Maggie. 

It is a sad day today.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shyla: Looking good!

Shyla came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue using only three legs. Remember her fabulous eyes? One brown and one blue!! She is in foster care through Act V and getting healthy and learning to trust again. She is completely gentle, just shy.
Shyla is done with her physical therapy now and is using surgically repaired rear leg fairly well.
She's settled in with her fosters but is still very shy. Her coat is super soft and shiny now!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Formerly feral Feather: Foster finds Forever

Feather is doing very well...making little bits of  progress....still won't let me pet her,  but she is coming closer and  taking liberties that show me that she is continuing to progress.  It might be years or never on allowing a person to pet her.....but that is OK. 
Here  is a picture of her laying on my bed while I was showering. She is happy, healthy and content and that is all that really matters. She is a very sweet girl......docile, submissive, peaceful, affectionate, playful.....lots of good qualities.  I would not even consider re-homing her.   She is very much a part of my home. 

As my hounds get some point I am going to consider adopting a good  playmate for her.  My younger hound is 10 and has permanent immune problems that will keep him on steroids the rest of his life.  The other hound is 12.
Chico is doing great and often can be found sleeping next to Feather. I have let Feather get a bit  chubby......(just like her dad) I am trying to very slowly.....taper her  food off keep her at a proper weight.  It took me a long time to accept the fact that she was no longer a starving stray. If she hears me open a can of cat/dog food.....she is right there by my side.....hoping for a  treat. I always give her a little bit on the end of my finger and she takes it  very gently.

The Beagle is one of Feather's best friends.....his owner asks me to babysit from time to time. Feather loves having "Ripley" around. Ripley is almost Feather's they play vigorously.
This next picture is rather sweet.  Feather is literally resting near my feet as I read the newspaper.  She seeks my company and wants to be close.

Sincerely,   John, Chico, Feather and the kids

Saturday, February 23, 2013

RLRR Metro Support mtg, Sunday, Mar. 3 at 4pm

Please join us for a meeting of the metro support committee for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn more about RLRR and how you can help.

Sunday, March 3rd, we will meet at at 4:00pm 
at Turtle Bread in Minneapolis (4762 Chicago Av South)

Please let me know if there are any topics you would like added to the agenda.
I look forward to seeing everyone.

Contact DeeDee at

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 Clinic Help Needed

The centerpiece of Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue's mission to end overpopulation on the reservation  is our aggressive neuter/spay program, which includes holding high volume s/n community clinics and providing residents with  free neuter/spay vouchers for use at a local veterinary clinic.

Red Lake Rosie’s rescues, shelters, and facilitates rehoming of unwanted companion animals, however, we recognize that the best way to end suffering is to prevent the birth of unwanted animals. We can accomplish more in one or two effective clinics than we can all year in dragging animals out of garbage dumps and off the highways.

We need one or two people who are interested in becoming clinic coordinators. This involves coordinating volunteers, food, and supplies; and being present at the clinics to oversee their operation.
It's a challenging, but very rewarding job!

As always, we will need 8-10 volunteers to support each three-day clinic, as well.

This year we have four clinics scheduled - April 15-17; June 10-12; August 19-21; and October 21-23.

We are hoping that we can find one or two people willing to coordinate clinics and enough volunteers to support them, because they are vital to sustain the reduction of unwanted dogs and cats.

Any way you could help?
Contact DeeDee at

Thank you for your consideration.

Karen Good 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Little Lady

Lady is one of three husky pups that went to Pet Haven for foster and adoption. 

Here are some photos from Lady's new home!

They would love to include some Ojibwe in her new name :-)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Catching up with Milo: Dec. 2012


Catching up with friends

Milo's true calling
8 December 2012

Milo attended Dog Day Afternoon at Macalester College where alumni, faculty and staff bring their dogs to share with students who are entering into finals this week.  I knew that Milo would enjoy this event, but I had no idea how much.  Normally, I stagger my dog's participation so that they don't get overly stressed out.  As the organizer of the event, I am there for the duration of it - typically 2 to 3 hours.

Milo was working the crowd for 2 1/2 hours.  I'll let the photos tell the story:

It's snowing!

9 December 2012

Catching up with Milo

26 December 2012

Last week he spent the day at the groomer for his first official bath and groom.  Reports are that he LOVED the brushing out portion.  He was leaning into the brush and putting out his paw to ask for more.  He even tried to turn around the the table for better access.   The groom really fluffed him up and now he looks so big compared to Leo!  Leo is very long and lean and Milo is shorter and more rounded.  When you feel the difference in their chest cavities, Milo's frame is totally different from Leo. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Catching up with Milo: Nov. 2012


Catching up with friends

1 November 2012

Milo stopped in to visit his pals at the local pet supply store.

They were very pleased to see him, but I've found that they are enablers of his shop-lifting habit!  You see, they place their bins of treats right on nose level so what's a guy to do?   He even snagged and discarded a few cat toys just to see if they MIGHT be food.  Silly!

Give me some love

Sunday, November 11

Milo had a big week last week.  He appeared as a special guest for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue at a fundraiser called Pause for Paws.  It was a pretty swanky event with a heavy hors d'oeuvres dinner, drinks, silent auction, music, auction and booths for rescues that were being supported by the monies raised.  The venue was an entertainment center so it was kind of like walking into a nightclub environment.

Needless to say, Milo has never been exposed to an environment like this!  It was kind of crazy.  We arrived to find lines of people out the door, but were ushered in since we are part of a booth.  Milo took the opportunity to nose touch any hand in reach to see if they might pet him so it took a bit of coaxing to get him inside the building!  Once inside it was crowds of people and dogs being walked around.  Milo was a bit nervous so I was relieved when we located the Collie Rescue booth.  Milo was relieved because they had a basket of chicken strip treats on the table for which which he immediately dove and knocked to the floor.  Yeehaw!

Overall he did very well, but he was a bit nervous and overwhelmed with all of the action and distractions so it was difficult for people to get good photos of him.  Here are a few that actually worked:

Milo draws a crowd
Milo visited the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue booth to thank them for helping him.
He checked the table for treats!

Confessions of a post teenage shoplifter

Wednesday, November 21

Every time we visit Chuck and Don's pet food store, Milo visits with all of his friends who have witnessed his transformation over the last few months.  They have commented on how much he has blossomed in both looks and personality.  He is so much more outgoing and happy now that he is more healthy.  It is a delight to hear that testimony from people that have watched his journey.

However, when we are at the pet food store I need to keep a sharp eye on him because he is a terrifically sly thief.

Milo accompanied me around the store greeting people and even sat nicely for a treat from one of the workers.  After we purchased our items and were on our way out the door, I turned away for a second and he snagged a treat out of a bin!  He has very fast reflexes when it comes to treats for sure.

Milo's comment on his pick pocket status? 

photo mash up

November 21, 2012

Here are some photos I took of Milo and friends today.

Give Thanks

22 November 2012

Thanks to all of the people who volunteer, donate and support efforts like Minnesota Collie Rescue, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and rescues in general which help animals like Milo, Leo and Sabrina find new hope and health so that they may experience life and a find their future full of love, treats, snuggles and pets in a forever home.

You're my best friend...

Leo and Milo.  Leo is the one with the enormous prick ears. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Catching up with Milo: Oct. 2012


Stock dog?

Sunday, October 21

Milo had a very big day today.  He met sheep up close and personal which was very exciting for him.  He has seen livestock on many occasions, but has never been given the opportunity to work them due to his compromised health.

I kept his session very brief as Milo is still not 100% healthy.  He needed no encouragement to gather up the sheep.  He changed direction and brought them to me several times, which shows natural gathering instinct.  He wasn't confident about going between the stock and the fence, but I think with time he will become more confident about that.  He did some force barking - barking to try to get the livestock to move - but that is common with green dogs when they are trying to sort out what makes them "go".  Milo was very excited about this new opportunity.  He came to me on several occasions to make sure he was being a good boy, but went back to work when I told him he was being a good boy.

I took him out before he got too tired and also for the first few times it is best to quit the dog while they want more - before they get too tired mentally and physically.

 It was a VERY exciting day for Milo!

His fur is beginning to come in nicely.  In the last week I've found 3 ticks on him.  Two were deer ticks and one wood tick so I used Frontline on him yesterday.  I've not found any ticks on the other dogs.

You've come a long way, baby!

October 26, 2012

Big news!  Milo now weighs in at 65 lbs which is 2 lbs more than Leo. 

Milo's check up from his August surgery is looking good. Still has the dis-solvable stitches - which is not normal - but surgery site looks good. Concerned about his cough and heavy breathing although lungs sound clear.  They took blood to do a titer so they could check for tick borne diseases that may have eluded the SNAP test. 

Leo's SNAP 4dx test came up positive for anaplasmosis so he is on a 28 day regimen of doxycycline.   Worrying because Milo recently had 3 embedded ticks on him.  

This is a GREAT reason to ask your vet about the adding the tick test to your annual heartworm test.  It is a little more expensive, but in the long run very worth it to know so you can treat your dog early before they show symptoms.  The SNAP 4dx test will test for heartworm, Lyme disease, erlichiosis and anaplasmosis.  All best treated early in the disease.  Leo is the 3rd dog I've had to have a tick disease show up with an annual test.   Off my soapbox now... 

Milo's fur is coming in lush and thick and he looks and acts like a completely different dog than when he first arrived.  He now can concentrate on playing and learning new skills - like a recall in a situation with distractions(!)    

He is a good boy, but can suddenly disappear only to be found with new "friends" - both canine and human.  

Here are some photos taken today with our collie pals at the park.  

Then... and now

October 26, 2012

Milo in June

Milo in June at 50 lbs

Milo near the end of October at 65 lbs!

Safe haven

29 October, 2012

At about 8 pm Milo disappeared last night.  It was unusual for him not to be in a spot where he could keep an eye on me.  I knew he was in the house somewhere.  I looked in the basement.  No Milo.  I went into the bedroom and there was Sabrina crashed out on a dog bed.

After turning on the light I checked the crate and this what I found:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Greetings from Gilfie!

Karen sent along another Valentine:

Here's a beautiful Valentine to Carol Priest, a Red Lake Rosie's Board Member.

This is Gilfie who was recently placed into foster care with Pet Haven.  

Gilfie is in the great care of Laura Leonard who loves her dearly!  


Thursday, February 14, 2013


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