Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elsa's pup, Serenity, now Namoosh

How quickly they grow!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Maime's Easter Basket

Easter Surprise!
Red Lake Rosie's Rescue took in six cats from a family a few days before Easter Sunday. Five of the cats had been fixed at our ACT V clinic in March. The owners assured us that Maime the sixth cat was also spayed.
Much to our surprise Geri discovered on Easter Sunday Eve that we had 2 little "bunnies" about 1 1/2 inches long in the basket that looked just like their mama. This was our Easter surprise!
We are happy to report that the little family and another cat named Romeo headed to foster care with Pet Haven this weekend.
Karen :-)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Elsa's pup, Chace

All Dog Rescue update received March 2014: Chace (now Loki) is doing really well. 
Lupin (my 6 month old lab) and Loki have gotten along really well. Lupin watches over him and they are always together. 
He has really enjoyed the snow. He constantly wants to go outside and play in it. It must feel good with his thick fur. He's also growing like a weed and is up to 16 lbs. Potty training's going well and he's nearly able to sleep through the whole night already.

Loki's new family was interested in what breeds he might be and here is some of the information they received:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Elsa's pup, Grace

All Dog Rescue update received March 2014:
I wanted to update you about Grace who we adopted on March 1. She has been here 1 week and we have been enjoying her very much! We have renamed her Sophie, but have kept Grace as her middle name. 
Within 2 days she was going outside for potty. She seemed to catch on quickly. Maybe a couple of accidents in the house, but 99% of the time she has been good about going outside.We crate her at night for now, and she settles down quietly and sleeps for 4-5 hours before having to go out. Then we'll go outside and she'll come back in and sleep some more until about 6:30. 

Tom taught her how to fetch the ball and bring it back. That also was the 2nd or 3rd day. Our house is a split level so she did good going up the stairs on the 2nd day but was afraid to go down the stairs . On the 3rd day we taught her how to go down the stairs and she wouldn't stop going up and down the steps. Now she runs down them! 

She is very intelligent. We have brought her to the local pet store and riding in the car with us and visiting. We have the fenced in area in back as one of her exercise areas, and since it was full of snow (3-4 ft) we shoveled out little pathways similar to a maze and she likes to run around that and we will hide behind the higher snow mounds and she likes to come find us and chase us through the maze. She likes to climb the snow mounds so she can get a better view of her yard. 

She has been so much fun. Everybody who has seen her thinks she's the cutest little puppy. We want to tell you thank you for letting us adopt her. She's really a great puppy.

Friday, April 25, 2014

RLRR at MN Horse Expo this weekend at State Fairgrounds

Look for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue at the 2014 Minnesota Horse Expo at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 25th-27th! Last year was a success, as we were able to introduce ourselves to many people that were not familiar with RLRR, and also to connect with many friends and longtime supporters of the rescue.
Windwalker and Celeste were worn out from all the attention last year!
It was heartwarming to have adopters stop by the booth and share how much they love their Red Lake dog or cat. Their gratitude to Karen for doing what she does for animals of Red Lake was a common theme.

We will be offering various items to sell, provided by our talented volunteers and supporters.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the expo!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elsa and her icy pups revisited

Elsa and her icy pups were rescued by Red Lake Rosie's Rescue just after Christmas 2013. Elsa had her nine pups under a porch on the ice and snow. Even once we got there, it took an hour to chip away the ice to get them out of there. Amazingly only one newborn pup had died, the other eight survived. There were four boys (Cash, Carter, Chace, Champ) and four girls (Hope, Serenity, Grace, Faith). 
Once Elsa had protection from the weather in an enclosed kennel with deep straw and fleece blankets and plenty of nutritious food and fresh water, she was a fantastic mother producing lots of milk and caring tenderly for her pups. Once they could be weaned, the family was taken in by All Dog Rescue for foster care. Linda, who has fostered so many pups from RLRR, took in all eight pups.
We were so happy to hear that Elsa and all of her pups have been adopted!


ADR update received March 2014: Here's Carter in his new home hanging out with big sister Athena.

Updates on more of the pups will follow in coming days!

RLRR Animal Clinic in Redby starts TODAY

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tribute to Linda: Foster caregiver for Rez pups

Linda has provided foster care for puppies for several years, starting with Animal Ark, when they still had the Neuter Commuter and went to Red Lake, and more recently for All Dog Rescue (ADR). Since May of 2012, when she started fostering for ADR, she has fostered 154 pups and all but 11 were from Red Lake or Leech Lake reservations.
Linda started fostering when there were 3 black lab/pit bull puppies at St. Paul Animal Control scheduled to be euthanized. It was around Thanksgiving and, between the holiday and people not wanting to take pits, no one could take the pups, so she said she would try. Linda explains, "I never go anywhere as I am the caretaker for my vulnerable adult son who lives with me. It felt good helping to save the lives of those puppies!" And so, Linda continued as a foster caregiver.
Initially, she used a half of a bedroom downstairs that was not carpeted. Now she has two 5' x 10' kennels set up on the cement floors of her basement. The pups are always contained in them for at least 10 days before they can start wandering around downstairs. Linda's job involves lots of poop patrol and lots of washing and the fun part of puppy piles when she sits on the floor and pups pile on for attention or to bite or to pull on her clothing! The pups get lots of TLC and she watches TV downstairs so they get to see lots of her.
The majority of Linda's foster pups are young - the youngest litter was a litter of 9 who were orphaned at 3 weeks. She has learned how to do sub-cu fluids, give shots when needed, learned about different types of deworming, differences between sarcoptic or demodex mange, and given lots of baths for the mange pups. Linda says, "I am fortunate to have the set-up for puppies - many folks don't. This way they are kept away from my three senior dogs that live upstairs (all large breed rescues that are 11, 13, and 14)."
Linda says that ADR is an awesome group to foster for. "If I have a solo pup who is older (maybe 4 months), they will find another foster to take the pup so I am able to take on a litter who Karen wants to move as quickly as possible. ADR also trusts my judgment. If the pups need medical care, I can get them in. If I do not like a particular application for a puppy, they will stand behind me when we deny applicants. We try to make it a win-win situation for everyone and I know I have a tendency to be "particular" where my pups are placed."
Modestly, Linda explains, "I do what I can do to help - there are many good folks helping out with some very senior or special needs dogs. And yes, each pup takes a piece of my heart - sometimes the ones who are here 3-4 months are hard to let go, but knowing what fantastic families they are going to makes it all worthwhile."

Karen and everyone involved in Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is so grateful to Linda! Thank You!! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Fifth Anniversary of your new life, Warrior!

Carol Priestly found this badly injured pup and brought him to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue back in April of 2009. [See first post HERE and search for others.] We feared he might lose a leg. He went to All Dog Rescue for ongoing medical and foster care and they found him a great home with a young man.

Many might recall the rescue of "Warrior" (now known as Walker) after he had been attacked by a pack of dogs and left to die along a road.
Walker is my grand-dog, and this is an update. Walker now weighs around 85lbs. Daily, his owner (Lon) takes him for a walk/run. His owner married, has a great job, and a nice house, so Walker has lots of room in the yard to play. He also gets to occasionally go to doggie day care. 
He also lives with a six pound poodle type dog that he really loves. The poodle isn't as smart as Walker, but Walker is ever so nice to him. We can only hope that the dogs who attacked Walker now have such a nice life.

Monday, April 21, 2014

ACT V report on March Clinic

On March 14th, we set out to sponsor our first cat spay/neuter clinic and dog zeutering. ACT V’s first stop was Saturday morning to help Karen in the cat house with vaccinations and surgery. Dr. Lori Boettcher-Murphy and Dr. Vicki Schulz from Act V Rescue performed spays, neuters, vaccinations and deworming in the cat house. Staffed with assistants and certified vet techs, we were able to do 8 spays and neuters in a short time. 

We then set out to get familiar with the warehouse in Redby to start the surgeries there Sunday morning. More help and technicians came up to get the job done. Mike and Lauren Dosal, 2nd year vet students, did the neutering of the cats and Dr. Boettcher-Murphy did the spays. Tara Post CVT (Act V), Sandi Johnson CVT (Act V), and Sara Stearns CVT (South Hyland Pet Hospital), were there to support the surgeons. Sandi Johnson’s daughter Savannah, Alisa Laramy (Act V Rescue), Kathy Beaman (amazing cat foster for Act V), and Deb Fjetland (long time supporter of Red Lake), were there to assist in any way possible. Of course Karen Good and Dee Dee Welles were there to help with any and everything. A total of 19 cat spays and neuters were done on Sunday.
Dr. Schulz did a special chemical sterilization on 4 dogs with a product called Zeuterin. The drug is injected into the testicles and causes them to shrink up 50% and renders the dog infertile within a month. It requires a very mild sedation and accurate measurement of the testicles to dose them appropriately. The procedure is labeled for dogs 3-10 months old currently. After doing training in California in February, she is now certified to do the procedure. Thanks to Ark Sciences Charities for supplying a grant to help with the neutering procedure! There is more neutering in our future at Red Lake.
There were trips to the area to pick up dogs with Karen. Vaccinations, deworming and triaging sick dogs and cats were done. A special thanks to Chuck and Don’s for providing ACT V and Red Lake Rosie's with Advantage topical flea treatment for every cat that came in the door.
We came back Monday a.m. until noon and did 3 more spays and a few neuters, and saw some more sick animals. By the end, we were exhausted, but our stomachs were full from the wonderful food provided by RLRR metro volunteers.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

RLRR at MN Horse Expo Apr. 25-27

Look for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue at the 2014 Minnesota Horse Expo at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 25th-27th! Last year was a success, as we were able to introduce ourselves to many people that were not familiar with RLRR, and also to connect with many friends and longtime supporters of the rescue.
Windwalker and Celeste were worn out from all the attention last year!
It was heartwarming to have adopters stop by the booth and share how much they love their Red Lake dog or cat. Their gratitude to Karen for doing what she does for animals of Red Lake was a common theme.

We will be offering various items to sell, provided by our talented volunteers and supporters. We still need homemade dog treats to sell. If this is something you would like to help with, please contact Deb at for more information.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the expo!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Need for new roof fulfilled

We are very excited about the roofing project on the cathouse just completed on Sunday, April 13th. Joan Lawson and the Lawson Family Fund provided the funds to replace the shingles on the cathouse.
The shingles were crumbling and we were concerned that without replacing, we soon may have roof leakage and more damage. This building is critical for housing cats, smaller breed dogs and pups, as well as shelter supplies and materials.

We are so thankful for this grant which made it possible.
With the increasing heating bills, Joan also donated funds to provide electricity and heat for the 3 coldest months this winter.
Also the Lawson Family fund provided funds for the purchase of a Honda 4-wheeler which will be used to make the shelter chores more manageable. 
The O’Sullivans donated a cart to be used on the 4-wheeler to haul water, food, and straw in the shelter area.
We appreciate all the support that Joan Lawson and the Lawson Family Fund have provided for Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue and the Red Lake animals over the years. Without this support we would never have developed to the level we have with the new well, new road, at least 8 of the 10 kennels, roofs on the 2 large kennels, and 75% of the storage shed, bobcat and cargo van. Additionally Joan has funded many neuter/spay clinics serving the Red Lake Reservation.

A big thank you to our supporters. A special thank you to Joan and the Lawson Family Fund.

Sincerely, Karen.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One-year anniversary for Isaac in his new home

Isaac came to Red Lake Rosie's rescue in September of 2012 as a badly injured 5-month-old pup with a lot of spunk and good looks to spare. He moved on to medical care and foster care with ACT V Rescue and Rehabilitation for seven months before he found the right home. Search for "isaac" to read several earlier posts about him.
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the adoption of Isaac..!
This family saw his potential, bonded with him, and helped him become a good canine citizen.
Here is what mom and dad emailed us:
Today marks the one-year anniversary of adopting Isaac, the smart and energetic malamute/collie mix. He has been an awesome addition to our family. He has been through a lot in the last year! We completed basic obedience training, private training, and are beginning next-level obedience soon. He experienced a move to a new town, and a couple of road trips. He has kept his curious and fun personality while making great strides behaviorally. He has 2 close dog friends he can run with at the park! Thank you so much for bringing us together and for the hard work you are constantly doing for all the animals at Act V. Take care!"

Happy Anniversary, A & J and Isaac!
It's these kind of updates that keep us going and give purpose to our work.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lydia leaves her troubles behind

Lydia, the chocolate lab mix, came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue August 3, 2013. She was emaciated and had bullet wounds through her shoulder and under her chin, but was struggling to care for her seven puppies. (Search for "lydia" to see her earlier posts.)

We were so happy when ARVSS rescue in Wisconsin was willing to take her in and provide for her continuing medical care, as well as providing care and finding homes for her pups.
Lydia is all smiles with Susie of ARVSS
Lydia is very serious when watching football with Matt of ARVSS
Lydia became friends with Marcus another RLRR dog recovering at ARVSS
In March, Lydia was adopted by a loving family
Hi Susie,

We are very happy with Lydia here in our home, she has adjusted to us and we to her very well. We can't imagine a better fit to our home and property.

Lydia and Rosko, our other dog, go out together several times each day and I must say she behaves better than he does. She responds to her name and understands what "no" means. Her behavior couldn't be better.

The first day that she and Rosko were left alone in the house (for about 4 hours) she met me at the door looking guilty about something (you know, the "crawl of shame" posture). I gave her some love, then looked all around for any evidence of naughty behavior and found not one thing. Perhaps she thought that we had deserted her that day, because she now greets us with much enthusiasm.

The dogs each have their own beds, of course, but Lydia prefers sleeping on the couch at night (I would too!) We notice a gradual "relaxing" of her demeanor as time goes by.

She'll come to us for affection quite frequently. We are just as much in love with her as she seems to be with us.

We hope that you and Matt are well and providing care for more deserving canines.

Regards, D & B


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