Petrolia, a twenty pound JRT came into our care two years ago as a former breeding dog, discarded in a farmer field and left to fend for herself. Covered in sores and blood and after a traumatic existence prior to her rescue her spirit was broken. Untrained, unloved she would stand a stare at the walls, didn’t know what a toy was for, and I was told she was deaf as she responded to nothing. I had to instill positive reinforcement with Petrolia, and started out by climbing in her doggie bad a few times a day, just to hold her and talk to her. I also researched American Sign Language and started signing to her, and of course a very long training process. One day while watching TV I accidently turned the volume up, and her head whipped up and she looked at the TV. I started to experiment with different sounds and was thrilled to learn she wasn’t totally deaf, but indeed was hard of hearing.
Petrolia also came to me with uncontrollable scratching to the point of bleeding and hair loss. After six months of trying to find a medication that would control her “Environmental Allergies” it was also discovered she is completely blind in her right eye, and limited vision in her left.
Progress has been slow, but now there is a bounce in her step, she answers me when I very loudly call her name, and she loves her toy ball.
She must take her allergy pills every day, and unfortunately one day will go completely blind, but in the meantime she is enjoying her new life, and loves to play with her foster sisters and brothers. I’m so very proud of her, amazing what a little love can do.

Misty is a very loving girl, and makes our life wonderful. Misty loves to go out side…she get so excited when it’s time to go out, she hops and hops around. She don’t bother with other ppl once out side. She just wants to run, hop, play once her business is complete. When we come home after being out for awhile, she so excited to see us that she wants to play…again she hops, twirls, and twirls again. She’s a very happy girl, easy to get along with, but if the other fur kids are playing near her she’s barks at them as if to say, I’m sleeping, would you go play somewhere else. Misty is heartworm positive (being treated), incontinent, losing her sight, and her hearing is questionable, but all this means nothing at our house, because she’s so easy to love. She’s gives love, and receives love so easy..we love that’s she’s our permanent foster, and very happy to have her in our home.

Pumpkin is a Pomeranian who came to us blind and weighing 7 pounds 8 ounzes.He was born in 2002. He is arthritic and very aggressive making him unsuitable for adoption.He had a few teeth pulled this fall.Just a couple of days ago had to have an eye removed due to a tumor that developed.He is doing well now and starting to hog all the toys again.He does not interact well with the other dogs perhaps due to his blindness and that he is sore so much.Right now he is on 2 medications.He is spayed and chipped and we love him very much.

Jake is a 5 pound long haired Chihuahua.He came to us from Windsor Ont. in Aug 2015.His lady owner was dying of cancer and wanted a home for him before she passed which was soon after we took him in with us.Unfortunately he came to us in pretty miserable shape.We took him to the vet where they pulled over half his teeth out.He has arthritis in his hind end for which he has pills. We gratefully welcome donations to help toward Jake’s care.

This is our wonderful dog Orson. He is a southern gentleman brought up to Canada a few years ago where joined our foster program. He was adopted and enjoyed his new life in a loving home but as he aged he developed diabetes and cataracts. The cost of the prescription diet, syringes and insulin proved to be too much for his new family and he was brought back into our foster program as a permanent foster. He spends most of his days sleeping along with a romp around the back yard and an occasional walk. His face may be frosted but his heart is young and vibrant and when he comes and gives you a smelly lickky kiss you know he is grateful. Orson is 9+ plus years old; a loving, sedate, happy older guy who is spending his retirement years with two younger whippersnapper mini doxies and a foster who loves him and is more than happy letting him be just who he wants to be. If you would like to help defray the expense of Orson’s care please donate. Thank you.

Robin arrived to the rescue on Nov 18 2012 from a high kill shelter in Joplin Missouri, where he was surrendered by his owner at the age of 10. When Robin first arrived in foster care he was very fearful. He also has a slight limp from a broken front leg that healed crooked. It was decided due to his fear and age he would become a permanent foster.

Robin has come a long way from those first fearful days. So much so that in February 2015 Robin starred in a local theatre group’s production “Of Mice & Men” He enjoyed greeting the cast at rehearsals and getting lots of belly rubs. Robin has slowed down a bit but he continues to enjoy getting lots of love and going for walks to meeting new people.

Snow is an almost four year old Great Pyranees mix who came from a small shelter in Missouri. She has medical problems which include; a spinal cord injury, arthritis in her rear knees and a problem with her right hip. She is on medication for her pain and does go for acupuncture when she needs it.

Snow is a smart sassy girl who does not let her disability stop her from loving life.

It’s been two months since Mindy passed, and I still find myself looking at her favourite spot on the couch, trying hard to let my grief go, and concentrate on the eight wonderful years we had together.

She was such a happy dog, loved to cuddle, gave so freely of her doggie kisses, loved playing with her favourite toy “Buddy Wuddy” and hide and seek with me.  And of course when company came, she knew that they were coming to visit exclusively with her, and out came Buddy Wuddy.

She was my shadow and Mac’s best buddy.  She wasn’t content unless she knew where we were, what we were doing, and everything was ok in her house, and only then would she settle down for a nap.  She never did master the art of belly rubs while laying on her back, but enjoyed them just as much on her side, and when wanting “extra attention” would place her neck next to my mouth for neck kisses, her eyes would close and could hear her say “Neck kisses are far better than treats, mom”.

Summer of course was her favourite season, the sniffing in the garden, the basking in the sun, the hours spent outside just laying around being a spoiled dog.

We were to grow old together, but God had a different plan for you.  I like to think that there was a little girl or little boy in Heaven that desperately needed a loving dog, so God decided you were perfect for that child and took you to play with them.

On January 6th when I took you to the Vet for a shot to calm your tummy, I didn’t know when I held you on my lap that evening, and when I kissed you and carried you to your bed that night and said “Night Min, see you in the morning,” I would never hold you on my lap again or kiss you goodnight again, as you passed in your sleep next to Mac cuddled in your favourite blanket.

Your resting place is in the garden, wrapped in your favourite blanket, along with “Buddy Wuddy”, and a piece of my heart.

You brought such joy to my life, and I will forever miss you, my sweet Mindy.

Sharon Giles

I remember the first time I saw Toby.  I was looking on Petfinder for info on our rescue dogs that where up for adoption so I could post them on Kijiji to help find them new homes.

As soon as I saw his little face and his funny little expression I knew that I didn’t need to post him because he had his forever home, here with my family.

When Karen first arrived with him he was scared, but shortly after meeting my little boys that spirit I saw came out and he was home sweet home.  He played with my kids all day long and after they went to bed he would come over to cuddle up on my lap. He gave so much love from his heart and filled this home with that.

I remeber all the tiny little kisses, all the nights that we watched t.v together.  Every night I would kiss him and tuck him into bed for the night.

I remember how he played with my sons, playing fetch and ran around with them and hearing their laughter.  I remember when he started to warm up to my husband he would come over and say good morning to him, or jump up on his lap just to give him a kiss.

Even sometimes he would sneak into bed with my daughter and cuddle in so close to her you wouldn’t even know that he was there, how she would pick him up and they would dance together.

As you can see Toby brought so much to this home, he brought so much love, happiness and such wonderful memories. Even though it was for just a short time, he gave us a life time of love and happiness. He was special in so many ways, more then anyone could ever imagine.  Me and my family where blessed with this tiny miracle and he will be missed dearly and will be held close to are hearts now and forever.

We work with other rescues to help with temporary fostering, as needed, and transporting dogs to the foster homes for their rescues.  If not for the love of Loyal Rescue, this little senior boy would not have had the chance to know love in his short few months he was in foster care.  Thank you to Brenda for the compassion to save him to know a kind, gentle heart in his remaining months.  And thank you to Lucy Moye and her team of volunteer drivers for giving your love and time to make sure these precious dogs, saved from death row in shelters, a second chance to be loved.

Dedicated to the Memory of Jazzy

For those of you who helped transport Jazzy to LOYAL Rescue last September, I wanted to pass on this note from Brenda:

“It is with sincere sadness that I tell you all that Jazzy passed away in his sleep last night.  He came to me a while ago as a senior at that time.  Recently he showed signs of renal failure and I knew the time was close.Last evening I expressed his bladder for him then tucked him into a bed he loved, put a nice baby blanket over him (thanks Lynn for sending them to me) and he went to sleep.  I checked him before I went to bed and he was resting comfortably.This morning the blanket was completely pulled over his entire body and he was cold.  I suspect one of the other dogs covered him once they realized he was gone.

Thank you Nancy for bringing Jazzy to our attention when you heard of him.  Thanks Lucy for transporting him to me and thanks Lorraine for posting him in one of your articles to try to find him a home.  My heart breaks that after his owner passed away, he lived out his life in foster care with no “forever” home of his own.

Rest in peace sweet little doggie.  Go be with your owner now.”

Of course, Jazzy didn’t know he was in foster care–he just knew Brenda loved him.  Run free, little man….

Lucy Moye
Hillsdale, Michigan

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