July 12, 2011

Success Stories

There is a long journey for some of the animals who come to our program. As we see some of the animals grow and blossom, we know their story is not finished when they leave us and go to you. Here is a place where we love to showcase some of those who have gotten their second chance, I know they are special to you, because they are special to us. If you want to list you story here please send a picture, and your story to Ginger@nscrescue.org

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This is Elmo, he was supposed to be just a foster, but he worked it with all he had and found his forever home. Thanks for sharing John & Janel!

 

 

 

Gibson (center) was a chocolate lab puppy that found himself needing a home when his original owners had a baby. The Sandrocks had been considering getting a dog for some time, and it seemed fated to happen when they received the email plea for help. After a year, they could not be any more in love with their special boy. Gibson is now in a home with people that not only have time for him, but enjoy every single minute together.

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Kaiya was adopted by the Schmiedt family in the fall of 2007. She was diagnosed with spondylosis prior to her arrival at NSC; however, after finding her forever home, she has been flare-up free (perhaps the love and exercise she now gets is keeping her immunity up). This happy dog now enjoys life in Eagle County, which includes romps with family in the great outdoors. Both the Schmiedts and Kaiya could not be more pleased with the situation, and they look forward to many years together.

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Tess came to NSC as a death row dog from another shelter. Her new owners, Shannon and Ben had recently moved into a new home and had just started considering getting a canine. Hearing about a stray that had been picked up, they decided they would be willing to foster an NSC dog. However, this particular dog very happily found his family before they had a chance to meet. Having decided they were ready to foster anyway, they took a look at the dogs on this website and thought perhaps they had room for Tess. This foxhound won them over in only a few short days after which they decided to make it permanent. From the moment Tess met her new parents, she acted like she had finally been found by her forever family. It was as if she knew the three of them were meant to be together – and it only took her people slightly longer to realize the same.

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Jesse was adopted by the Bakers in 2006. Originally she was found as a stray wandering in the hills out by Greeley. She had had a litter of puppies; only one of which survived. Both dogs quickly found homes, and the Bakers enjoy celebrating her “birthday” (the day she was adopted) each year. She quickly adapted to being a beloved family dog, and as you can seen – enjoys the new roll immensely.

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Barney is a purebred basset hound that needed to find a new home because of food aggression with other dogs in his household. His owners realized what a daunting process it would be to try and find a home for Barney by themselves. Considering this issue and without the resources to properly screen applicants, NSC was just what they were looking for. With some structured training, Barney became a candidate for any home, and he found his shortly after Christmas with the Kimberlin family. He is now out of trouble and in an environment where he can blossom as the silly boy he was meant to be.

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Hercules is a purebred German Shepherd that was deliberately left at animal control because the owner no longer wanted him. He had terrible separation issues initially, and had to be medicated in order to control his behavior. After a few weeks in the NSC program, it turns out all Hercules needed was some structure in his life. He was weaned off the medication, and went from a frantic and sometimes berserk animal to a calm and loving companion dog. He was adopted by the Andrea Palten, and has completely changed into a wonderful (and adored) family pet.

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Duke had become too much for his original owners when he started to grow into his full great-dane size. The Molloy’s had always wanted a great dane, and when the call came in, Jimmy was the first person Georgia spoke with. After deciding that the dog would be a perfect addition to the family, Duke became an early Christmas gift for the two kids. As this family’s first dog, NSC was a great way to start the ownership process with training, information and structured care from the get-go. Duke adds a very special part to this great family.

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Buddy was a very special dog in the NSC program. After six years of living with an owner with Alzheimer’s, Buddy had developed some difficult anxiety and behavioral problems (similar to those suffered by his owner.) Buddy was released to NSC when it appeared that his care was too much for the owner to handle. Buddy was adopted by a very kind woman named Suzannah who had recently lost her beloved border collie to cancer. While Buddy may never completely get over his traumatic start, living with Suzannah has really opened this dog up and they are working at making their home a great one!

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Bachelor (formerly known as Harlan) has been adopted and has finished his training to become the Ritz Carlton “Bachelor” mascot. He acts as the ambassador for the Ritz Carlton resort – welcoming guests and playing the pampered pooch. Bachelor started as a stray found on the fourth of July – skinny and scared to death of the fireworks. He completed several months of integration training before making the transition from shelter life to high life. If you are ever in Beaver Creek – please stop by to see what an amazing dog this fellow has become.