Inspiring By Example

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Trapper made his way to HHDR from Alabama in April 2018 via our rescue partner Save a Stray. He was rescued after being found with his front right leg severely damaged, possibly from being caught in a trap. His leg had to be amputated, but he never lets that slow him down. In May 2018, Trapper’s Mom and Dad spotted his picture on our website, immediately knew he was the one for them, and were at HHDR within an hour to meet him. It was love at first sight for everyone, and he was adopted. We are happy to share a pupdate about this determined boy.

Trapper is very easy going and instantly made himself at home. He enjoys basking in the sun and napping in his “pup tent” during the day. He loves to cuddle with Mom and Dad on the couch and play with all the grandchildren. Sometimes while hanging out on the couch, he will get frisky and demand to play –he pokes with his front left leg, sits straight up, and makes noises as though he’s trying to talk.Trapper wants to play his way though, as he doesn’t care for fetch. He enjoys a few toys that he has deemed special enough to keep inside his pup tent.

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Trapper is an active dog who doesn’t realize he is missing a leg. He loves going for long walks around the neighborhood or in the woods. He supervises his parents in the garden and entertains himself in the yard burying and then digging up his bone over and over.

As a Southerner, he prefers hot weather and struggled to adjust to the cold and snow. He hid under a shed the first time he saw snow, but he now loves to romp in it. Trapper also loves to visit his friends at the dog park. He is very fast despite having only three legs and has a blast running and playing with big and small dogs.

Trapper’s parents said having him in their lives has restored that undefinable peace and happiness that only a dog can bring to a home. He has enriched their lives with his devotion and sweet personality. Trapper is ensuring that Dad gets a lot more exercise due to their long hikes in the woods. He has also helped Mom heal after her own health setback last year. Watching Trapper’s effortless ability to cope without a right leg and appreciating how he has figured out how compensate for that loss has inspired her in her own recovery. It’s clear this adoption was meant to be!

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We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Trapper find a “new leash on life!”

Saving Stanley

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Stanley made his way to HHDR from Alabama in April 2017 via our rescue partner Save a Stray. His owner had to give him (age 6 at the time) and his doggie brother Toby (age 9) up due to health problems. An adorable Bassett mix with a mischievous personality, Stanley became an instant favorite at HHDR.

His previous owner warned he was skilled at escaping her house/yard, and we soon witnessed his knack for opening doors firsthand. One evening, when the dogs were roaming free around the rescue, Stanley somehow got the front slider door open and made a break for it . . . . followed by his sidekick Toby. Volunteers chased them until Toby tired out in the parking lot. Stanley was finally corralled in the vestibule of Shoppingtown Mall! Everyone was amazed at how fast and how far this stocky pup ran, and the “Thursday night great escape” earned him the nickname “Chubby Runner.”

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Eventually Stanley was adopted, but was returned after escaping twice in two weeks. While he was away, his brother Toby had been adopted. Stanley waited patiently for a family for over 3 months. Our staff and volunteers loved on him and kept him busy going on car rides and outings to keep his spirits up. Eventually one of our volunteers couldn’t resist any longer. After grieving the loss of her Bassett rescue several months prior, she became ready to open her heart to another dog, and Stanley was adopted in July 2017.

Despite his reputation as a talented escape artist, Mom was confident that her fenced in yard was secure. But sneaky Stanley managed to find a way out the very first day he was home! Mom and her sons took off chasing him through 22 acres of field and woods. They learned their lesson, and Stanley has not been without a leash since!

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Stanley is loved and spoiled. He happily joins Mom anywhere dogs are allowed and keeps his family laughing with his antics and “rat face.” His beagle sister Katie doesn’t play much at age 13, but they love spending time together relaxing. Stanley enjoys doggie daycare once a week to socialize and play with his friends. He loves to ride in the car, go hiking, play in the snow, lie by the pool, and take a long walk every night.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Stanley find a “new leash on life!”

Sheeba's The One

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Sheeba lived here in Central New York until her original family’s circumstances changed. She came to HHDR to find a new life. Her new Mom spotted her photo on our website and knew instantly that Sheeba was the one! The whole family came in to meet her, fell in love, and adopted her that same day in July 2018. As Sheeba lovingly licked their faces on the drive home, they knew they made the right decision.

We are happy to share a pupdate about this sweet girl. Sheeba leads an exciting life of adventure with her forever family. She loves going for car rides, walking the trails near her house, “playing” with squeaky toys, going to PetSmart to pick out new toys, and eating peanut butter (or really any treat). She always makes her family smile, even when she steals all of her Mom’s blankets and snores all night.

Sheeba also makes her family laugh because she is very nosy –she insists on looking inside any and every bag that comes into the house! She’s not a huge fan of the snow or her winter coat, but this summer her family will take her camping and will see how she likes the beach.

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Sheeba is a very smart, curious, loyal, and protective dog. She went to obedience school and learned many commands. She is able to sit, stay, shake, watch her family while things are going on around her, leave things on the ground when all she really wants to do is explore, and come when called while being distracted. Now she is learning how to speak on command.

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Sheeba is very loving and enjoys snuggling on the couch. She makes her family feel loved with her warm greetings. Sheeba recently celebrated her 2nd birthday at her very own party with her grandparents and friends! She had presents, decorations, and doggie cupcakes. She also celebrated Halloween and Christmas with her own stocking and presents! Sheeba is truly a member of the family and is treated as a child to her parents and a sibling to her human brothers. Mom said the whole family loves Sheeba so much and couldn’t imagine life without her.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Sheeba find a “new leash on life!”

Penny For Your Heart

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Penny (formerly Aubrey) was surrendered to a shelter in Alabama in March 2018 and soon made her way to HHDR via our rescue partner Save a Stray. We don’t know her backstory, but it is clear that this well-loved pup will be living the rest of her years with a forever waggy tail. Penny’s soon-to-be Mom fell in love at first sight upon seeing her photo on the HHDR website in April 2018. When Mom and Dad came to meet her and took her for a walk, Penny immediately rolled over for a belly rub, melting their hearts and earning an invitation to her forever home.

While Penny’s new parents loved her happiness and endless tail wag from the start, the first few months of adjustment weren’t easy. Penny had clearly never had rules prior to coming up North, so one-on-one training sessions were a must. Soon her parents learned the trick to a happy home for all –kongs, dog puzzle games, and lots of fetch to funnel that puppy energy away from Mom’s shoes!

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Penny loves snow and is happiest after a big snowstorm. She is quite an athlete, and her Mom plans to take her to agility training to show off her moves. Penny has never met a dog she didn’t want to play with. She is delighted to go to doggie daycare a few days a week, where she has made many friends both human and canine.

Penny is very attached to her parents and follows them around everywhere they go. She loves sitting on their feet or in front of them on the couch, lining up just right to get her favorite chest and belly rubs. She is a quite loving and enjoys giving out kisses, especially when her parents return home. Penny sleeps at the bottom of the stairs every night.When her parents come downstairs in the morning,she is there ready to greet them with a wiggly butt and waggy tail.Everyday, her parents look forward to coming home from a long day at work to their little Penny love bug to get hugs and kisses and laugh at her silly antics. They can’t imagine life without her!

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Penny find a “new leash on life!”

Becoming Brother & Sister

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Becoming Sister and Brother Belle (formerly Goldie Sox) and Strider (formerly Delta) made their way to HHDR from Texas via our rescue partner Underdog Express about 3 months apart toward the end of 2017. They went from being picked up as strays on the street to joining a loving forever family. We are happy to share a pupdate about these sweet pups who would become sister and brother.

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Belle was adopted in September 2017 and is fond of“helping” Mom work on her laptop. She inspired Mom to become a volunteer at Helping Hounds. Mom and Dad loved their new addition and began to wonder if there was anything better than a dog's love. They realized the answer was yes -the love of two dogs! They soon returned to HHDR to find a sibling for Belle, and Strider joined the family in December 2017. Unfortunately, he had a rough start, testing positive for heartworm (despite being on preventatives). Treatment was tough on the whole family, but they got through it together,and Strider is happy and healthy now!He stays busy lying bythe front door, keeping a watchful eye on the family inside as well as on passing kids, squirrels,and delivery trucks.

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Belle and Strider’s favorite activity is playing with each other! When they were adopted Mom and Dad lived in an apartment, but the family has since moved to a house where the pups have their own fenced in yard for running and playing. When they wear themselves out in the yard, they head inside to the two couches Mom and Dad pushed together so that the whole family of four can cuddle and watch movies together.

Mom and Dad said they have been humbled by Belle and Strider's love and devotion. Coming home even after an absence of half an hour is a full-blown celebration of wagging tails, doggie smiles, and many kisses. Life just feels more right as a family.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Belle and Strider find a “new leash on life!

Sweet Sisters

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Gretta (formerly Ginger) and Addie both came to CNY from Texas. Gretta was adopted in June 2014, then Addie joined the family in January 2017. Their Mom is a long-time Helping Hounds volunteer. We are happy to share a pupdate on these sweet sisters.

Gretta and Addie are spoiled rotten by their Mom and Grandma. Gretta’s favorite things include “cookies” (treats), snuggling under the covers, going for walks, and a special toy meant for large dogs that she screams for. Addie’s favorite things include her purple fleece blanket and enrichment toys and puzzles.

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These sisters are very busy pups-they go to work with Mom every day. They spend their Saturdays supervising farm chores while visiting Mom’s goat and horse. When they aren’t “working,” they enjoy being outside and going for long walks. One of their favorite places to hike and explore is the Cazenovia Art Park, which has lots of mud puddles to play in and toads to examine!

They love traveling in the car and head for the door as soon as Mom says “Do you wanna...?” These girls are very smart, mastering many commands including sit, down, high five, and shake (both paws). Gretta also knows crawl and sit pretty,and Addie knows dance. They both do agility work, including jump, balance mat, sit-stay-spot, and tunnel. Gretta loves agility so much that if her Mom works out,she will bug her until Mom gets Gretta’s "workout" toys out!

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Mom loves these girls dearly and says their life together is “beyond amazing.” We are so thankful that Gretta and Addie found such a caring Mom as well as each other. We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Gretta and Addie find a “new leash on life!”

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Trailblazing Bear

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Bear, (formerly Easton), was found as a stray in the parking lot of a Texas McDonald’s. After being rescued, he traveled to HHDR in March 2018 courtesy of our rescue partner Underdog Express. After a couple weeks at HHDR, Bear was adopted by his new Mom and Dad, who introduced him to a new life of fun and adventure!

We are happy to share a pupdate about this handsome boy. Bear’s favorite pastime is hiking. He has already hiked several New York fire towers and even a 4,000-footer in Vermont.Bear’s parents said “he is the most amazing adventure companion and we can't imagine life on the trails without him!” He has endless energy and loves to explore and play. Bear loves going for daily walks, playing with dog friends and any toy that squeaks, going to doggy daycare and dog parks, opening his monthly Bark Box, and rolling around in the snow.

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Bear recently faced a health challenge, but thankfully has emerged strong and resilient. He was diagnosed with heartworm this past summer. He had to take it easy and rest for several months while receiving treatment, which was challenging for such an energetic pup. Bear has recently completed his treatment and is thrilled to be cleared for normal activity. He and his parents will celebrate this milestone by hiking in the Adirondacks. This cuddly Bear is very affectionate! He loves attention from all humans and wants to be included in everything his parents do. He is also intelligent. Bear completed training lessons to learn basic commands. He plans to resume training in the new year with a focus on off-leash work, and he may even try an agility course.

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Bear’s parents admire his enthusiasm and thirst for life. He is always so happy, excited about everything, and fearless when it comes to adventures. Bear’s parents noted that his incredible outlook on life has reminded them how important it is to live each moment to the fullest and to just get out and have fun. We are so thankful that Bear has such loving and dedicated parents who nursed him through his health issues. Now they can continue to blaze trails and enjoy endless adventures as a family!

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Bear find a “new leash on life!”

Lovable Little Loma

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Loma made her way to HHDR from Texas in late July 2015 via our rescue partners. Before making the trek, Loma spent time with a foster family in Wichita Falls–she was his 50th foster dog to go on to be adopted!

Loma was adopted by her forever family in early August 2015. Her Mom and Dad found her to be the perfect addition to their family. She excitedly wakes them up every morning and greets them after work every evening. She loves to cuddle and sleeps with her parents every night, under the covers in the winter or sprawled out in the summer.

Loma is very active and athletic. She loves tennis balls and is incredibly fast,so she has a blast playing fetch. She enjoys chewing on her antlers and squeaky toys, especially when there is stuffing to rip out! Loma enjoys morning and evening walks to visit her neighborhood dog friends. Her life of adventure includes trips to the dog park, hiking in the Adirondacks, playing in NYC’s Central Park, and traveling down to Virginia.

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She is also one smart pup! She knows many tricks: sit, stay, give paw,give other paw, lie down, roll over,and drop it. Her special tricks include“touch,” where she touches her nose against your palm. She also knows how to“sit pretty,”during which you might confuse her for a meerkat.

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Loma had first traveled to HHDR with her sister, who was originally named Linda (now Peanut)–they were likely named after the city of Loma Linda in California. A few months ago, Loma’s Mom and Dad reached out to her sister’s forever family, and they all met up at the Jamesville Beach Dog Park for a reunion. The sisters are very similar in their looks (as the picture shows) and personalities and were so happy to get reacquainted!

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Loma find a “new leash on life!”

The Precious Gem: Ruby

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Ruby (formerly Waverly) made her way to HHDR from Texas in early 2017 via our rescue partner Underdog Express. She was picked up as a stray in Wichita Falls at the age of 7 months. After being rescued and spending a few weeks with a loving foster family, she packed her bags and caught a ride to CNY.

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In January 2017, Ruby was adopted by her forever family, including Mom, Dad, kitten sisters, and dog brother Onyx! Maybe it was because they had matching (Doberman) coats or just good personalities, but the moment they saw each other, Ruby and Onyx both performed play bows and began frolicking. They are now inseparable best friends.

They love having wrestling matches in the living room, especially when Dad joins in! About once a week, they will randomly start howling for no reason–their ballad usually lasts for about 5 minutes and leaves their parents in tears of laughter.

Ruby leads an exciting life of adventure. She is an avid collector of toys, marrow bones, and other treasures such as her Mom’s socks. She enjoys going to the Bark Park, especially when she meets friends wearing the same style of coat (other Dobermans). Ruby loves hiking and exploring the woods and Catskill Mountains with her family.

She has adventures at her grandparents’farm in the North Country, where she enjoys playing with their dogs and other strange barn puppers, including Kate the horse and Bumblebee the alpaca. Ruby is smart, athletic, and affectionate. She knows English, Borks (her native tongue), Doggo Speak (a sophisticated hybrid of English & Borks), and a variety of hand signals for tricks. She is an excellent observational learner and learned many things (both good and mischievous) by watching her older brother.

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Ruby is a natural athlete who can keep up with her brother despite being 20 pounds smaller. She loves showing everyone how fast her zoomies are. When she slows down, she enjoys smothering her Mom and Dad with kisses and cuddles. Ruby is blessed to have gone from the “ruff” life on the run as a stray to the good life with a forever family that cherishes her.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Ruby find a “new leash on life!”

Healing Hearts

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Indigo (formerly Blue Boy) came to HHDR from right here in CNY. His eventual Mom was an HHDR volunteer. She knew right away that this tiny puppy was special. Every time he looked at her, she felt him communicating, “you are my new Mommy.” But she resisted his adorable puppy eyes because the family’s dog, HHDR alum Vern, was very sick at the time and they were focused on his final days. Sadly, Vern passed away, only three weeks after suddenly developing an illness, and the family was devastated.

Mom returned to HHDR for a volunteer shift, and much to her surprise, Indigo had not yet been adopted. And he still seemed to be communicating to her with his sweet eyes. Mom felt it was divine intervention and brought him home that same day! In May 2016, Indigo joined his forever family, including Mom, Dad, and dog sister Shanti. The family believes that Indigo picked them – he was waiting to heal their hearts after the loss of their beloved Vern. He found them at the perfect time, just when they needed him.

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We are happy to share a pupdate about this sweet boy. Indigo loves to play! He would chase balls and toys all day if you let him. He's an exceptional Frisbee dog. Indigo loves playing in the water. He often sits in the family’s pond and enjoys going to beaches. He could run and swim all day – especially if you throw a ball in the water for him.

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Indigo and his dog sister Shanti (formerly Jamey, another HHDR alum) have a blast together. They are pretty competitive about toys. Shanti is the boss and keeps the best toys with her. Indigo will go to the door and bark like something is there. When Shanti runs to the door to see what's going on, Indigo runs back and grabs the toy that Shanti had been guarding. She falls for it every time!

Indigo’s family says he is the most content, happiest dog they have ever had. He just wants to play and snuggle! He brings so much happiness with his amazing smile. Indigo’s story is a prime example of “who rescued who?”

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Indigo find a “new leash on life!”

River's Adventures in Ithaca

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River made his way to HHDR from Alabama in August 2018 via our rescue partner Save A Stray. He arrived at the age of 19 weeks and was adopted after spending just one night with us. He was so happy to go home with his new Mom and Dad!

When he was first adopted, River was quite timid around strangers (especially men), but he has grown more comfortable and secure with time. He now lets people pet him and give him treats upon a first meeting. River has made countless friends around his parents’ apartment complex, where he is lovingly known as Scooby.

River leads an active, adventurous life in Ithaca. His favorite activities are hiking, trail running, and swimming in any water deep enough for him to dive in. He is always very busy on walks, toting along a stick or chasing neighborhood squirrels. River periodically travels with his Mom and Dad to visit his grandparents, where he enjoys walking along the beach and snuggling with their dog.

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River’s parents ensure he gets all the mental and physical exercise that a healthy growing puppy needs. He has learned all of the basic commands. River goes to doggy day care once a week to play and puppy class every weekend for socialization. He relaxes by letting loose at the dog park, running around with his dog friends.

River’s parents describe him as 38 pounds of pure love – bringing nothing but joy, excitement, and adventure to their lives. He is blessed to have such a loving forever family that gives him a truly rich life.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like River find a “new leash on life!”

The Resilient Mr. Otis

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Like so many rescue stories, Otis is one of remarkable recovery and amazing human intervention. And like so many who are adopted out through Helping Hounds, Otis began his life in Texas. We believe he was cared for and that during the very early months of his life, his physical needs were met. Whether he was loved and treated like a family member is unknown.

When he was four months old, Otis was kicked by a horse and left seriously injured. He hobbled and favored his right hind leg for three days before he was seen by a veterinarian. Upon examination, it was concluded that Otis’s leg was shattered. His then humans asked that he be “put down”. The optimistic and caring vet gained their permission and he was surrendered to her care. She amputated his injured leg and neutered him.

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Otis began his road to rescue at the veterinarian’s home where she and her family nursed and cared for him as he continued his puppy-hood and learned to adjust to his new physical conditions. After several weeks, Otis was transferred to a loving foster home and scheduled to make his journey North to Helping Hounds.

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He was adopted into a home with two parents, two human brothers, an older canine sister and a feline brother. He has no idea that something is missing on his body. He runs and plays and loves his life. Without the wonderful intervention of some very kind humans, the world would not know the enduring spirit and love of this beautiful boy.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Otis find a “new leash on life.”

From Lonely Life Outside to Love and Adventures with Family

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Cliff (formerly Monkey) made his way to HHDR from Texas in the Fall of 2016 via our rescue partner Underdog Express. Before he was rescued, Cliff had a difficult life. He had lived outside for years, so he didn’t really know how to behave in a house. He was scared of the dark, storms, and cars, and he didn’t even know what to make of toys.

While staying with his foster family in Texas, he learned to do his business outside and quickly grew to love toys. At HHDR, he had a blast playing with all the other dogs. After a couple months at HHDR, Cliff wrote a letter to Santa expressing his dream of finding a forever home. Just a few weeks later in January 2017, Cliff was adopted by his forever family.

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He was thrilled to join his new parents and dog brother Porter (another HHDR alum) for life on a farm! We are happy to share a pupdate about this handsome boy. His parents brag that he is extremely sweet and smart! Cliff and his brother are best buddies – they get into all sorts of adventure together, including hiking and walks in the snow. Cliff loves to explore the farm, go to the park, climb on things, and snuggle. He is enjoying a fun, active life with his family. Cliff has gone hiking in The Adirondacks and camping in Canada. His parents may also try him in agility lessons.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Cliff find a “new leash on life!”

The Light of Luna

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Luna made her way to HHDR from Alabama in October 2015, via our rescue partner Save a Stray. She had spent the first year of her life with a family who sadly had to give her up, and after a few weeks with a foster family, she made the journey to CNY.

There was a lot of interest in this adorable miniature Schnauzer, so she spent just one night at HHDR before being adopted by her forever family, consisting of Mom, Dad, and a human sister. We are happy to share a pupdate about this sweet girl.

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Luna is dearly loved and is truly a family dog. She makes sure to spend quality one-on-one time with each member of her family every day. She plays with her Dad, goes for walks with her Mom, and cuddles with her girl. But family time all together is her favorite. Luna is a favorite around her neighborhood because she is so friendly to all dogs and people, especially children. Every morning she goes for a walk with another HHDR alum who lives next door. Despite her small stature, Luna plays with all the big dogs. She likes to go hiking or to the beach with her family. At home, she loves to chase her favorite toys: moose, rabbit, and hedgehog. She enjoys wrestling – her signature move is the headfirst somersault.

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Luna has earned the alias “Hairy Houdini” due to her incredible ability to escape from any enclosure. She never runs away from home, she just wants to be able to go wherever she pleases whenever she pleases. Luna stays very busy providing security for her family. She patrols her fenced in yard frequently to ensure that no squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, or birds enter her territory. She has her own doggie door so she can stay on top of this full-time job. Once she is satisfied with yard security, she will relax by sunning in the yard or romping in the snow, depending on the time of year. We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Luna find a “new leash on life!

From One of the Pack to Pampered Princess

Sally made her way to HHDR from Texas in June 2015. For the first 9 months of her life, she lived with her mother and 8 brothers and sisters. But the puppies developed a pack mentality and had to be surrendered to Emily’s Legacy Rescue. After a few weeks with an amazing foster family, Sally made the trip to Central New York to start over. She was adopted in July 2015 and would be her new Mom and Dad’s only “child.”

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It soon became apparent that Sally had behavioral issues. Although she was always as sweet as could be with her parents, she was unfriendly to other humans and had outbursts when she encountered dogs on walks. Sally’s dedicated parents sought consultation from an animal behaviorist, who determined that Sally was not aggressive, but simply had appointed herself as official “guard dog” for her Mom and Dad. They worked with a dog trainer, and over time, her behavior improved.

Basic and intermediate obedience classes, which Sally aced, were extremely helpful for teaching Mom, Dad, and Sally how to work together. Sally also started attending daycare for much-needed socialization with other dogs. Today, Sally is doing amazing! She just celebrated her 4th birthday and is one spoiled princess! She has her own personal couch along with several custom-made winter coats. She has an active life, always getting a morning walk with Dad, an evening walk with Mom, and several rounds of play and fetch every day in her large, fenced yard.

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Sally still attends daycare once a week and has a blast playing with all her friends. Sally’s favorite thing to do is to give her dad kisses! She also loves chasing her tennis ball and playing with her many toys. Sally is a major cuddle bug and is usually found on either Mom or Dad’s lap. She is very sweet and shows affection through puppy kisses, gentle finger nibbles, and invitations to pet her belly. She has a wonderful life. About 6 months after adopting Sally, her parents started volunteering at HHDR and continue to this day. We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Sally find a “new leash on life!

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A Wish Come True

Sage made her way to HHDR from Alabama in October 2016, via our rescue partner Save A Stray. Many were charmed by Sage’s spunky personality and adorable combination of Beagle and Bassett Hound features, and she was quickly adopted. Soon, however, Sage found herself back at HHDR due to being naughty – she was a bit of an escape artist who could not be contained by a crate, and she did not hesitate to help herself to food from the table and the trashcan. Sage needed an active family who would take her on frequent walks and hikes to burn off her energy and keep her out of trouble.

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After a couple months at HHDR, Sage wrote a letter to Santa expressing her deepest wish for a forever family. Sage was adopted in January 2017, joining her new Mom, Dad, and Bassett Hound sister Gracie! We are happy to share a pupdate about this cute low-rider. Sage took to her new family right away. She loves her sister Gracie, who seemed to help her settle down and behave. They especially enjoy playing in the snow in their large backyard. They attend doggie daycare regularly, where they hang out with many other Bassett Hound friends. They also enjoy hikes in the Adirondacks with Mom and Dad. Sage’s family returned to HHDR in December 2017 to adopt their third pup, Janie. While not a Bassett Hound, Janie fit right in with her new sisters as you can see.

We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Sage find a “new leash on life!


From Homeless to Homeland Security

Jeremiah and Norton made their way to HHDR in late January 2018. Back in Alabama, their future in the overcrowded shelter system seemed bleak. Fortunately, they were rescued by our partners Save A Stray and given a one-way ticket to Central New York for second chance!

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In February, Jeremiah and Norton’s potential to make a difference in the world was recognized – they were wanted by the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. HHDR was honored to donate these two dogs to the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Now we are so proud to share a special pupdate about these amazing boys!

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Both dogs were paired up with a handler for 8 weeks of rigorous training (over 300 hours!) at the New York State Academy of Fire Science. The dog-handler teams learned search techniques and how to detect ignitable liquids commonly used in arson. The handlers learned about canine health and behavior, while the dogs were exposed to boats, helicopters, and other unique environmental settings they will face in their new jobs.

Both dogs and their handlers graduated from the academy on May 4, receiving their Canine Accelerant Detection Certification. They are truly VIPs – Very Important Pups – as they were congratulated by the Governor of New York! They have very serious jobs to do, including helping law enforcement and fire investigators solve arson cases. Read more about the dogs’ extensive training and important work here.

The Journey of Rescue Dogs Are Tales We Love to Tell

Welcome!  We are very excited to share this new blog with you.  This blog is dedicated to the story of rescue dogs . . . . specifically, the Journey of Rescue Dogs.  There are so many aspects to a rescue dog’s life and this is our spotlight for all of it.

The journey of a rescue dog can take many turns before they each find their own forever home.  Their journeys can start many places . . . . maybe it starts with a concerned neighbor, an overwhelmed owner, the police department, a veterinarian or a shelter worker or volunteer.  But regardless of how their rescue story begins, once they’re rescued, they embark on a journey toward a better life.

We believe in the potential of rescue dogs and look forward their happy endings and how they’ve enriched the lives of those around them.  Our job is to match each dog who enters our doors with the perfect human situation that is the right fit for each and every one.  When this happens, wonderful things unfold.  This is our space to share those stories with you. Thank you.