Dog of the Week: Veronica

February is Adopt a Black Animal month. Did you know that it is more difficult to adopt out a black dog or cat? These beautiful animals deserve forever homes just like their counterparts of different colors. This week we’re spotlighting Veronica that is a lovely Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix.

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I am Veronica and I’m big and beautiful and I love everyone.; dogs, people, makes no difference to me, I will play with everyone. I’m a little mouthy; I like to put things in my mouth and kiss them. I am house trained and crate trained. I have been spayed and am up to date on all my shots. I love car rides and anything that involves people. I could use a little work walking on a leash; I just can’t help it, I get so excited! I am a happy girl and just want a forever home where my family will love me as much as I love them.

If you are interested in Veronica, please fill out an adoption application HERE.

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Dogs of the Week: Roscoe and Roxie

This week we feature a couple of great dogs that really need and deserve forever homes. They are Roscoe and Roxie and they are brother and sister. It would be great if they could be kept together, but it would be OK if they found separate forever homes. In addition to the pictures here, we have a video of the two of them. You can find the video HERE. Let’s meet these two sweethearts …

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Hi! My name is Roscoe and I am a Rat Terrier mix. My foster mom says I am a senior dog because I am 11. I like to think of myself as well-aged! I am in fine shape for a guy my age; just need to keep an eye on my kidneys and eat the special food the vet prescribed. My foster momma’s proud of the way I go outside to go to the bathroom. Without fail! She says I am also kennel-trained, whatever that means.

My foster mom likes to call me her shadow. I just like to stay close and make sure everything’s OK. I’m not too sure about being close to young children; they have too much energy for this dog. I tend to shiver a bit when it’s cold or when I’m excited (just a habit I picked up along the way). I’m pretty laid back and love to lay in the sun and be warm. I don’t care too much for mornings – until breakfast is served! Then I am up and ready to go. Until I take my next nap, of course! I like to be outside on sunny days and enjoy an occasional walk and ride in the car.

I get along with the cats I’ve met and I like other dogs. My foster mom has two dogs of her own and my sister Roxie lives with us, too. I am current on all my shots, neutered, and house trained.

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I’m Roscoe’s sister, Roxie. I’m five years old and I LOVE people! Cuddles and kisses are my specialty. My foster mom likes to call me Princess because I’m such a special dog.

My favorite thing is to chase squirrels and rabbits so I prefer a yard I can run in. I am cautious of the dogs that live on the other side of the backyard fence but otherwise I like dogs. I live with two other dogs and, of course, my brother Roscoe who you’ve already met. I can handle a cat or two as well. I enjoy walks on occasion and love to play tug-of-war and ball. Car rides are also fun, except when it’s a ride to the vet!

Mornings are not my favorite time of day. My foster mom usually has to pull me out of bed and tell me to go outside. But then comes breakfast and mornings aren’t so bad after all! I had a little trouble with my gallbladder so I have medicine to keep me well and special food for my food allergies. My mom says I am house broken and kennel trained. I am also up to date on all my shots and spayed.

If you’re interested in meeting either, or both, of these wonderful dogs please fill out an adoption application HERE.

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Thank You!

Money Well Spent – Retire the Vet Debt 

Over the month of December, Last Hope Animal Rescue ran a very successful campaign to help with our accumulating veterinary bills called the Retire the Vet Debt Campaign. With great success and the many generous donations, we are able to continue helping so many animals. At the end of December we posted a story about Perdi and would like to update you on her status. With her vet bills topping $1,000 we could not have saved her life without generous donations like yours. A great big THANK YOU to all who helped with this cause!

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Here’s a letter from her foster:

Perdi came to us about a month ago as a breeder surrender. She’s six years old and has spent her entire life having babies, stuck in a cage. We got her and we didn’t think she could walk at all. She was urinating blood; we rushed her to the vet where it was found out that she had a very toxic case of urinary tract infection. She ended up having to stay at the vet’s office for seven days. If it weren’t for the doctors and staff at Animal Kingdom in North Liberty, Perdi might not have made it. Thankfully she did. Perdi also had a double ear infection, eye infection, and her hips were in pretty bad shape. In spite of all of her problems, Perdi couldn’t help but wag her tail. You could tell she was thankful.

Perdi was then sent to a foster home. For some reason she wasn’t eating; we tried feeding her high quality canned food and just dry food, she still wouldn’t eat. We then tried feeding her plain kibble like Dog Chow and she still wouldn’t eat. We tried hand feeding her and adding water/canned, etc., still no eating. Then one day she started eating food off the floor. It was then that we realized she wouldn’t eat unless the food was on the floor. After about a week, Perdi’s urinary tract infection cleared up and she was thriving in her foster home, even eating food from a paper plate and then eventually eating from a dog food bowl. A week later, Perdi ended up getting yet another urinary tract infection. Back on meds she went. She’s very stubborn when it’s pill time but she knows it’s only for the better. She doesn’t hold grudges.

Nowadays Perdi likes hanging out with the other pups, playing with kitties, or just laying by the heat vent. Perdi doesn’t really know how to lay on a dog bed quite yet; she’ll lay her head on the bed and the rest of her body will lay on the floor. When it’s time for bed, Perdi thinks it’s time to go to the living room and bark and wait for her foster mom or dad to go out to the living room and pick her up. She loves sunbathing on the couch during the day or likes to try to catch her little curly tail. She loves having her ears scratched and getting lots of hugs and kisses. Perdi is the reason why we work so hard for these dogs; even after all she’s been through she still wags her tail and smiles. She can relax now and live the rest of her life like the princess she is.

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