was saved after
Capital Area Humane Society
deemed her unadoptable
and marked her for euthanasia.
thought if an animal was saved after a decision to euthanize, then we failed.
That order should never have been made in the first place."
Director, Jodi Lytle Buckman,
in a quote from the Northwest Newspaper, 22
can not do great things - only small things with great love."
~ Mother Theresa
is a perfect example of why
Pawsitive Energy has become a sanctuary
for dogs seen as anything from
not very adoptable to totally unadoptable
by others, and who are passed over and
doomed to euthanasia
at shelters and rescues and vets' offices
across the country each and every day.
believe that the only reason
to ever euthanize a dog or any other animal
incurable sickness of either the mind or body.
Dogs who exhibit
aggression in specific, manageable
circumstances and are not truly vicious
do not fall into that category.
supposed to be the "superior species,"
so it's time we stop punishing
our dogs and other animals
for our own failings, whether we've failed them
with a lack of early education and socialization,
failed them by expecting
far more of them than we do of ourselves,
or failed them by our lack of dedication
to doing the right thing
once they enter our shelter/rescue system.
Are a Few More Reasons
is Totally, Adamantly,
and Sometimes Irritatingly,
of the other sanctuary dogs who have had
behavioral or health issues that threatened their futures...
Scheduled by her
rescue to be euthanized for killing
another dog at her foster home.
INSISTED that we could give her a great home here --
and with the help of
a good friend
(Anne Reisbeck of No Place Like Home)
and our wonderful
employee & friend, Jamie Kreps-Lynch,
Bug made the trek from North Carolina
I fell in love with her as soon as she
got out of the car (I
did wait that long!),
and she's been a wonderful dog from that moment.
a happy life with her buddy Lucky.
Her name was Ladybug when she came, but
shortened it to Bug because "she's no Lady!"
future was grim at a local shelter due to bad manners
with some serious play biting issues,
now he's one of our spoiled pack.
Thanks to the amazing work of Beckie Hinchcliffe
(now with Colony Cats and Dogs), Lucky has a great life and a new BFF.
and Bug are a perfect match, and they
spend hours every day running and playing
and living the good life!
We were Ez's last chance after several episodes of aggression.
After a really scary encounter when Ezra trapped me in his kennel
and threatened to attack, followed by extreme cage guarding
and generalized aggression to everyone here, he became
the only dog I've ever considered euthanizing.
Despite a behaviorist's recommendation to
have him killed, I decided Ezra needed another chance.
did some very basic behavior modification,
and he has become a perfect gentleman ~
with his own fan club!
out of his original home
and two foster homes for biting, he's been one of our
most interesting characters! The most ferocious little
dog I've met, and figuring him out has been a real challenge, but
we've gotten to the place where he's learned to
both love and respect us. He'll always be unpredictable
because he is such a high strung boy, but
he's happy and healthy with lots of friends
and lots of love.
Oh my. Al. A seven pound hellion. A real
danger to the
cuticles, with issues about his ears, nails, the word "bath",
grooming, and anything that he's just really not in the mood
for at any given moment. Of course,
we adore him.
is quite brilliant, and we have so many
great "Al Stories."
jumped from a moving car into the path of an
oncoming vehicle a year or so before he came to us,
so we cut him a lot of slack, since he's probably got aches
and pains we probably can't even imagine.
came to us after his human dad died,
and his human sister didn't like him.
She started calling around
trying to find a place to take him, and found us. Given Al's
"quirks," I knew his chances of making it out of
most shelters alive were slim, sooo...
Karl's story is unique. What we
know about him is that he
was dumped at a shelter, sick and emaciated. The shelter
sent him to a wolf sanctuary, since he's obviously a hybrid.
The sanctuary recognized that he wouldn't be safe there, and
one of their staff took him home. Karl didn't fit in at his house, either,
but luckily for Karl, he went to live with the
man's sister and her husband, two of the
most genuine and caring people I've ever known.
when I got to meet Karl. He started coming to Day Camp.
We all loved him! He's a really great guy --
who just couldn't be housebroken.
Karl's mom and dad asked if Karl could come to live with us,
since he was so happy here. They offered to
pay for his vet care for the rest of his life -- I'm sure
they had no idea of what they'd be in for... but I'm also
sure it wouldn't have mattered.
developed severe epilepsy and other health problems,
and has had a rough road the past year or so.
His other mom and dad have remained true
to their word, and have stayed involved in his life.
has adopted one of our other dogs, a sweet, funky
little Beagle named Lewis, and they are the
best of friends. We're really screwed when our
dogs start adopting other dogs...
Max was at another rescue which was no longer able
deal with his human and dog related aggression. Like
all these guys, he does have issues, but they aren't
anything that can't be managed.
working on his dog aggression. His human
aggression has pretty much worked itself out.
let him spend a lot of time in the front
"introduction" kennels so he's exposed to all the
comings and goings of lots of new people and dogs,
and it's worked very well for him.
boy, isn't he?
Hummmm. A blind hunting dog. Guess what his former
humans did with him. Thank you to the volunteers and
staff at the Logan County Shelter for bringing
Jonah and his brother Ishmael to us!
Jonah is loved by everyone who meets him.
It's amazing how he adapts to his disability --
especially in such a complicated, active
environment. He gets along so well with the other
dogs, and has been a joy to all of us.