Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - April
I had been working with my wonderful Adoptions Processor for several weeks when I got an email alerting me to a little poodle-maltese mix who had been found in Cozumel, Mexico. The photo I first saw of Keysi broke my heart - she looked so sad. I was also told that she had terrible injuries from her prior "owners", but that she was recovering well. Although I was nervous about taking on a dog with health issues, as well as emotional issues, the image of Keysi never left my mind. Two weeks later, her caretakers in Cozumel sent me a couple of videos of her - seeing her playing with toys, interacting with people, and healing well from her injuries provided me with a lot of encouragement. Keysi clearly had the ability to overcome her past, and all she needed was some help and security from her person to do so. I knew right away that I could be her person and began the wait for her arrival with a lot of excitement. I couldn't wait to meet her!
Keysi has now been with me for three weeks and things are going incredibly well, particularly given her individual set of challenges stemming from her past. Keysi has bonded really well with me (and I with her!) and takes on whatever comes her way with glee. She didn't even mind the snow we had for the first two weeks she was here! I really appreciated being in constant contact with my Adoptions Processor as well as other members of the PMRF team all along the journey. They provided a lot of support and advice, as well as reassurance. PMRF also covered Keysi's first training session, which was great - I really appreciate having a better understanding of how to work around Keysi's history and how I can help her to become the happy and secure dog she is capable of being.
Keysi is already such an incredible addition to my life and it feels like she has been with me for far longer than three weeks! I am so grateful to PMRF for bringing her into my life and for all of their support and advice along the way.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - March
Charlie (Yoda) has settled in and integrated into his new surrounding and family. His new little friend (Maddie) idolizes him and together they enjoy many hours of playing and games that only they seem to understand. Together, they are a constant matter of joy to Anna-Marie and me. Charlie reluctantly will venture outside when it’s cold and it’s quite humorous watching him doing his business standing on only two legs. Apparently his earlier life in Southern California left him ill prepared for Alberta’s winters.
When he first joined us he was territorial and disinclined to share his toys but this has all changed as he now regards us as his people and family.
He’s definitely not a morning person and will quickly let you know that he’s not ready to embrace the day. Once up, his personality and playfulness with Maddie certainly brightens ours.
He joins us when we are watching TV or reading and cuddles close to Anna-Marie or myself and loves it when we pet or scratch while he sits quietly. Should we stop scratching him, he will quickly let us know that we’re not done!
He’s a wonderful little guy that in his own way wiggled his way into our hearts. It seems he’s been part of our family forever and we cannot imagine not having him here to share his and our lives together. Thank you so much for this amazing gift and for the incredible work that you do for those that can’t speak for themselves.
Anna-Marie & Scott
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - February
Everything is going beautifully with Adora and we absolutely love her. I think each day she is feeling more and more at home and learning the routines of the house. She has such a good temperament and is so gentle and sweet. We are very blessed to have her in our lives. I can't imagine why she wasn't snapped up right away. She is a bit older and that's great for us, often the older dogs are so well-behaved and more our speed, though she still has a ton of energy. We did change her name a bit, to Dorie, but it's close to her original name, so she picked it up right away.
She has also turned out to be a wonderful watchdog, letting us know if someone is approaching or if she hears unusual noises outside. This is great because when we first got her, I did not think she had that "wiring" so it's a plus for me, especially if my hubby goes out-of-town. We also got her a wag tag from the link on your site. Those things are great.
One of the things I like to do is give Dorie a bowl of homemade bone broth every day with her meal. She just loves this. About 3 times I had fed her without adding the broth and each time, after she ate, she would gently whine to let me know something was missing. I'm pretty good at speaking dog so I gave her some broth and all was well after that. The last time this happened, she was standing next to where the broth was on the counter and looked up at it. You can't communicate any better than that. She's been enjoying a raw diet and is thriving. The bone broth also helps to keep her joints mobile and her digestion at its peak, since it's full of natural gelatine. She has perfect manners at mealtime too, and waits until I give the okay.
We bought her a new dog bed called the "double donut". We had lots of big dog beds around from our other dogs (now in heaven) but wanted her to have her own. We noticed that she liked to sleep in a little circle so got her a bed with edges, just like a donut. She really loves it and is so good about going to bed at night. Quite often, she will also go for a nap during the day. In the morning, she gets her belly rubbed and we make sure that she has a blanket over her at night, since we like to sleep with the temperature a bit on the cool side (hot flashes, you know). A big bonus is that she sleeps in longer than we do. Gotta love that.
One of her favorite things to do is stare out the window. I know she is looking for squirrels, rabbits, dogs, and the like, going by. She has a pretty good prey drive and had been reacting quite a bit to dogs and such at the window. We had the pleasure of meeting Tina, a wonderful dog trainer, sent by Pawsitive Match, for a session to help Dorie deal with issues with overreacting to other dogs and such. This was very helpful and now we know what to do in these situations to take her mind off the situation. She is getting better with this every day. We also learned from Tina that it probably wasn't a great idea to leave her alone at the window unless we were in the room. Now, we find that she chooses to be with us rather than always staring out the window and we're very happy about that. We have learned that, as well as daily walks, dogs also need play time with toys and other fun things. This is a great way to bond. We also learned from Tina the importance of a game of tug. I just bought a book called "Brain Games for Dogs" and we'll be cracking that open soon.
I've had the luxury of being home with her for the last month and we've had a lot of fun. We started playing hide and seek and she really has enjoys that. I've never played it before but she picked it up on the first time. We hang out a lot together and I'll sit and read and she's usually right beside me. She is so very smart and knows a bunch of tricks and commands. I taught her to open the dog gate from the kitchen to the dining room. She learned it in about 2 tries. We also have a dog door and she learned that just as quickly, but it's only open when we are home and when the weather is good. I also have a small table light that goes on by touch, and she turns it on and off. She is amazing.
When Barry gets home from work every day, she meets him at the door because she knows that it's time for her walk. The last few days it's been way too cold, even with her coat on, and she looks at you with those big browns and you feel so bad, but you just can't do it. Little paws freeze quickly in this nasty cold. So, we play other games inside instead. She's such a little goof.
What We learned the most from this process is that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a while to figure things out and it's best not to overreact if your new dog does something different than your other dogs did. Give them a chance and be patient. They are doing their best, and it's so worth it in the end.
I can't imagine not having her in our lives. We're so thankful she found and rescued us. Pawsitive Match has been just wonderful to deal with. Attached are some pictures, some are hard to see due to lighting.Thanks for touching base.
Heather & Barry Walsh
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - January
HI! I came from Nunavut - no family, no home and a broken leg. A citizen tried to help me but it wasn’t enough. Thanks to Pawsitive Match, I moved to the City of Calgary after being with several wonderful fosters. After attending the Halloween fundraiser, a couple fell in love with my gentle soul. They took me in and helped me fix my leg through the financial support of Pawsitive Match. After nine months, I am now able to have long walks in the mountains, even though I prefer to chase bunnies or deer. In addition, I love to play with my German Shepherd cousins until I am very tired. I love my new home, my owners, and my name. My name is Rudee (a.k.a. Rudeer).
Rudee came into our lives just over an year ago. Being that Christmas was around the corner, we thought of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer because she has adorable big ears, hops like a deer and has a very shiny nose. Rudee, if you ever saw her, will go down in our history.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - December
It has been amazing to watch this once stray dog, who never knew love, become such a big part of this family and to learn what love truly means. Kringle in the past year has grown in such great strides. Once a scared, shy, introvert of a dog, he is now the class clown, a cuddle bum, and the most loving boy ever. He has learned so much and believe it or not does great off leash with his momma at the dog park. He touched the hearts of many when almost a year ago, took off from a volunteer of Pawitive Match, through out the north part of the city for a week, in the freezing cold. With countless hours, many volunteers, and media coverage on the Search for Kringle, we were finally to breath a sigh of relief, we got him Dec 23, 2013!! I was fortunate to be a part of his search, spending late nights driving around, tromping through the snow. All the while falling more and more in love with this dog I hadn't even met. I wouldn't change it for the world.
Kringle had so many people involved in the search for him and wanted to continue to hear on his progress, that we actually had to create a Facebook page called Kringle the Christmas Dog. There we continue to share photos, videos and updates of his progress.
I can not wait to celebrate his first Birthday with us, all his furry brothers and sisters. We are so blessed to have this lovely boy be a part of this family! We love you Kringle.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - November
He is still called Luis, although we mostly call him Lou or Lou Lou (Lucifer when he misbehaves) He is doing really well. The adoption papers say he is 2 years old, but I am 99% sure he is still far under a year old. He completely does everything puppy-like, like chewing when bored and tired, sucking on toys before bed, and the way he interacts with my two other dogs. We are totally fine with it, it was just a surprise when we took him home and saw how he behaved. My other two dogs love him. They are mostly dominant over him and will rage on him a little when he plays too hard or trys to be the Alpha. He is great with new people coming into our house, he loves licking toes. He's very protective of us if he sees a strange dog out and about, but that may be a Chihuahua thing. He is young and I know he will be a wonderful dog once he matures a little!!
His favorite things are chasing Auggy and Mia (his brother and sister), catching bugs, digging in the garden, sitting for treats, chewing on stuff, giving kisses, and cuddling under blankets. I've got a bunch of photos here as well. He is so ridiculously silly and we love him. He's definitely a great addition to the family!!
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - October
Shortly after this bonded pair of seniors came to us as fosters, we decided we just couldn't let them go. It always amazes me that puppies are so popular and seniors often overlooked. In general, seniors have some form of basic training, are well past the chewing phase, require only moderate exercise and often lead healthy happy lives right up until their passing. These two have settled into our home beautifully. They love their off leash walks and are good natured and affectionate with everyone. We feel privileged to be able to give them the attention, love and dignity they deserve in their senior years. They have enriched our lives with their peaceful presence and we couldn't be happier.
The Devenny Family
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - September
I had been looking at Steve's picture on the Pawsitive Match website for a few months before I decided that we needed to meet him. We have one dog and a very busy life with lots of travel but we love dogs so I believed that little Steve could fit in. We met him, my kids fell in love and we took him home. From the moment he got in our vehicle it was meant to be. We had a special feeling about Steve being part of our family and we were right. He was a bit timid but that was gone by the second day. Now wherever I go I have a little guy laying by my feet. Such a doll! Thank you Pawsitive Match volunteers for the love and care and hope.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - August
BUSTER OUR MAUI BOY
We have had Buster with us now for only a week and a half and each moment has been absolutely wonderful! Buster settled into his new furrever home like he has been here for years. He was a little unsure about his new digs the first two days but he has become completely comfortable here.
Buster loves to go for walks and he is familiar with his neighbourhood already. He does pull at first but with some reinforcement he calms down. He also likes to show the other dogs who’s boss, but with corrective actions he adjusts his behaviour straight away. Buster loves to play with his toys, plays fetch and brings it right back to you. He watches the planes go over the house and barks at them as if they are huge birds! He loves to be groomed and will let you brush him all day if you have the time. He has been absolutely perfect in the house when alone and we have had no issues with him at all.
Buster is the perfect match for us by far – he has brought us so much joy and we look forward to a long and happy life with him.
We send out a great big thank you to Buster’s Foster Mom for her great job in keeping him since his arrival to Canada, and all the people at PawsitiveMatch for their hard work and dedication in helping our furry friends in need.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - July
This has been a very successful month for Pawsitive Match - After being in foster care for anywhere between 6 months to 1.5 years, these five long term fosters have finally found amazing furever homes. Martha,Sasha, Brandy, Sammy, and Khaleesi have all been adopted!!
Martha has lived with us for three weeks now, and it is amazing to watch the changes in her every day. She is still wary of new people and situations, but she is also too curious to let life go by without checking it out! She has progressed from hiding in her kennel to using furniture as cover to sprawling in the middle of the living room with our other dog Kipper and our two cats. Martha and Kipper are inseparable, which is exactly what we were hoping for. Martha goes for a long walk every evening now, because she wants to hang out with Kip, her new BFF. The two of them wrestle for hours on end in the back yard, and for a shy dog, Martha is a master at play - she can toss a ball, throw her weasel toy in the air, and play with Kip all at the same time. Martha is also learning the sit and down commands, and has proven to be a very smart girl. She is really working hard at trusting humans again, and has made a lot of gains. She rewarded me with a wagging tail at suppertime last night – what a breakthrough! We are so grateful to Positive Match for seeing the potential in a shy girl like Martha, and to her foster home for keeping her safe until she came to us!
Sasha is doing great. she is a big cuddler. loves her tennis ball ajd going for walks. lots of energy. she always greets me at the door when I get home. she jumps into my lap as soon as I sit down. sleps with me every night.
Sam, or The General, as he is know around our house has settled in beautifully. He arrived a little nippy, barky and scared and has quickly become accustomed to his new home. In fact , he seems to be very receptive to gently reminders not to bark, nip or be quite so territorial. He is learning to play as an alternative to barking. Each morning, after a restful night or stealing most of the bed he likes to get a belly rub, a lick and then sit and have breakfast with us at our dinette. We love having him at home, and he and our other dog, Holly have joined forces in an campaign best titled: 'Feed us, we all sing for our supper!'
Khaleesi shows respect for Buster and no signs of aggression or possession issues of toys, food or anything else. If her toy is close to him, she will either leave it, or cautiously take it. If he shakes his head, she sometimes jumps back, (probably afraid of the drool). She observes and accepts the fact that we pay attention to Buster first. This is important in order for her to understand her position in our 'pack'. Khaleesi does occasionally share our couch and bed with us, however, she is only allowed up when invited and has no problem getting off and sleeping in her open crate. She accepts order and is rewarded for it. We always watch for the reaction of both dogs when paying attention to either one, however both dogs are adapting well.
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - May
After two visits to the Pawsitive Rescue's adopt-a-thon, one in Calgary at a community centre and the other at Pet Planet in Airdrie, our family was able to meet Fox. Fox, a Chihuahua cross, was very shy of men specifically and hesitant to meet people. After having had two other adopted pets with similar problems, we knew that we were the right family to help him.
Fox was successfully adopted on March 28th of this year, and is doing well. He loves his dog mates Ella (mini Daschund/Chihuahua), and Tank (mini Merle Chihuahua). Fox outweighs them by 3 times so watching them play is quite the sight! Fox looks so fierce when he is wrestling, but is very careful not to hurt anyone! He tears up and down the stairs playfully grabbing every dog toy in the house throwing them for himself until he recognizes that someone wants to play too. He is quick to greets us in the morning and warms up giving kisses and reaches up for hugs. Although his male shyness is still an issue, everyday we see progress!
We know that Fox is very happy in his forever home!
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - April
LIFE IS GOOD – NEVER LOOK BACK
THE EXITING TRIP FROM CALIFORNIA, VIA CALGRAY TO FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS
THANK GOD – DOGS LIFE IN THE MOMENT
I adopted Charlie on Valentine's Day 2013. After a 3 hour drive from Calgary, he settled into his new home within a few hours. Charlie has become very social and is incredibly good with people, small children, and medium-sized dogs. He greets my friends and neighbors and likes to run around the house happy and satisfied – LIFE IS GOOD. He still however, is not so sure about large dogs, and the many deer and elk that can be found around his new home.
Charlie accompanies me to work and participates in several of my activities. He loves the many long walks that we go on daily. He especially loves our walks on the nearby golf course. Charlie knows every hole on the course and is an excellent listener when I talk golf with him. Soon he will begin to explore the Hoodoos and other more adventurous terrain, as the golf course will be FOR GOLFERS ONLY. He loves to hear the sounds of the birds as they slowly return to the Valley. Charlie has a fascination watching the airplanes take off and land from the airstrip here in Fairmont Hot Springs. One wonders what is going through his mind as he watches them through the patio doors. I hope to take Charlie up in the air this summer, as I am a licensed pilot. I am thrilled to have Charlie. One could not have asked for a better pet companion.
I would like to thank all the people at PawsitiveMatch for making it possible.
QUOTE: You never soar so high as when you stoop down to adopt an animal !
Kool FM Pawsitive Tail of the Month - February
Estrella was found by a local on Isla Mujeres, Mexico with severe burns on her back. They brought her to one of the local shelters, Isla Animals which is a shelter Pawsitive Match often recieves dogs from. Estrella was transported to Calgary and within a month she found a loving family and her furever home!
Here is an update on how she is doing in her new home:
Estrella is doing wonderful. We have shortened her name to Ella. She has settled in nicely.
We think that she has had quite a rough life. She has a lot of scars like puncture wounds and some weird scars that almost look like knife wounds but they have all healed with the exception of the burn on her back.
For what she has been through though, she is such a good girl and is friendly to everyone including our cat. They actually eat together and Ella gives the cat lots of space to finish eating. She does not beg at the table, hardly barks and is now fully house trained yay. Her hours were mixed up the last couple of weeks though and has been getting me up at 3 am to go but now does not bother. Oh yes and our vet has advised us that we were feeding her to much as she is a little portly but we are working on it. OOPS.
We took her to our vet for her booster and a check up and advised him that she sleeps a lot and he told us its probably the first time she has been able to sleep without interruptions. HA. As you can see by the pictures she loves to nap.
Ella has changed all the moods in our family. She is so happy to see us when we come home from school and work that we all race home just to see her.
She is also quite the comedian. As you can see, we can put silly hats on her and she does not mind and she has this face that is so full of character that it makes us laugh. She plays well and someone in Mexico must have taught her to fetch as she does this very well.
Her hair is also getting thicker. Its nice to see as she had very little when I got her and we put her in a sweater for walks.
All in all Ella is a great addition to our family. She fits right in and we are so glad to have found our match.
We are a little curious as to where she was found in Mexico. When she was found I think that the puncture scars were already healed and the burn mark might have been quite fresh but am not sure. We look at them and feel horrible that someone left this beautiful animal to suffer but we are so thankful for the original shelter and all the volunteers who helped bring Ella to us so if you could pass this on to them, we would greatly appreciate it.
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