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Stella (formerly Sara of the S puppies)
Hello K9 Lifesavers,
I just wanted to let you know that Stella is doing well in her new home.
At first, we were disappointed to learn that she wasn’t going to grow to be a big dog, but we quickly got over that disappointment when we got to know Stella.
What she lacks in size, she makes up for in personality and intelligence. Stella is, without a doubt, the most intelligent dog I have ever had the pleasure of adopting.
We adopted her at 8 weeks, and by the end of the first week with her she had already mastered a number of commands, including: sit, lie down, sit pretty, come, look, and roll-over. By the second week, she was housebroken (except for one or two accidents). She hits a little bell that we hung on the front door to alert us when she needs to go outside.
We started puppy kindergarten with her yesterday, and she is leaps and bounds ahead of the other puppies in her class. We have discussed training her for agility competitions because of how eager she is to work, and because of how quickly she absorbs commands.
She is sweet and cuddly, and absolutely adores small children and other dogs. She is already best buddies with my other dog (a 5 year old Saluki-mix). I honestly don’t think we could have picked a better dog if we tried.
Thanks K9 Lifesavers!
Thought you might like to see a picture of Tessie! Yes- she has put on 18 lbs since we got her from you! But the vet says all is well and she is healthy!!
We absolutely adore her and she is my constant companion!
Hope all is well with you! I am sure you are surrounded by many four legged friends!!
Carol and Tim
Lucy (formally Mindy)
I met Lucy in Annapolis last August 25th. Her foster mother Patty D. delivered her and it was love at first sight. Patty had trust and faith in me by delivering Lucy to me before I got back into my home. My house was destroyed in a fire on April 17, 2011. In that fire my dog Dusty a very handsome schnauzer was killed along with my friend’s two adorable miniature dachshunds. It was absolutely devastating. I cannot describe in words the pain I felt about losing those most precious puppies. Everything in the house was replaced except the lives of the dogs. I was so distraught, sad, and needed the strength to get my life and house back together. I mourned from April to August when I knew I could accept another puppy in my life. Being in a rental property, I knew it would be difficult to meet the requirements of adopting. Somehow I got onto K9 lifesavers website and saw Lucy’s (Mindy’s) picture. She was perfect…the right size and weight. I called her foster mother Patty and immediately started to cry on the phone when telling my story. We both ended up crying together. I gave her references and I guess something in her knew Lucy and I would be a good match.
Jump ahead a year and we are back home. She is spoiled. She uses every bed, sofa, and comfy chair as hers. I don’t care…I love her so much. She is so wonderful. Every morning she wakes me up with kisses and hugs. She has helped me heal in so many ways. We are both grateful for finding each other.
Joan Glass and Lucy (I named her Lucy because she has red hair like Lucille Ball.)
Pogo (formerly Snoop)
I adopted Pogo (now Snoop) about 1 year ago from K-9 Lifesavers. I also encouraged a co-worker to adopt a dog from K-9 Lifesavers and he did as well. He adopted his dog about 2 months ago and his name is Winston.
I wanted to give you an update on Snoop and let you know how great he’s been doing. He is really good in the house and doesn’t really destroy anything and I leave him loose all day while I am at work. He tries to be friends with my two older Chihuahuas, but the two of them want nothing to do with him. I have had a few dogs over at the house that I have dog sat and he just wants to be everyone’s friend, whether they want to be his friend or not! Most dogs don’t really care for him, but he never acts aggressive towards them so that is refreshing. He runs around the yard, throwing his toys in the air and playing catch by himself and sometimes with me. He has mastered the fetch part, but is still struggling with the return to me part! He also loves to bask in the sun on the deck (see attached picture).
When I have people over at the house, he gets so excited and loves to shower them with kisses and jump all over them (another issue we are working with J). He was even friendly to the A/C repair man who came who was shocked that a pit bull type dog could be so friendly.
I have attached two videos of Snoop and Winston playing together in my backyard from this past Memorial Day weekend when I was dogsitting Winston. The two became best friends and Snoop was gentle enough with Winston when playing that neither got hurt or too rough with one another (Winston is 25 lbs and Snoop is 100 lbs). It was nice to see Snoop actually be friends with another dog that wanted to be his friend too! He has also become friends with a friend’s corgi oddly enough. I guess he just really likes smaller dogs!
Overall he has been a really good dog and everyone who gets to know him loves him!
Thanks for volunteering your time so that I could adopt Snoop into my family!
Maggie (formerly Buttercup)
Hi K9 Lifesavers,
We adopted Maggie (formerly Buttercup) 10 months ago. She is happy and healthy. She looks forward to the dog park, taking long walks and snuggling in bed. Maggie has brought so much joy to our lives as well as others! We are currently living in northern Virginia but preparing to move down south to Atlanta, GA. Maggie will have a lot of new territory to explore and sniff! Thank you for all the work you do to save these awesome animals!
Ashley and Tony
My husband and I moved to the area two years ago to continue our education however when we moved to the area we both decided to leave behind our respective furry children. We were both very saddened by this decision but we couldn’t bear to separate either of our dogs from our families. For me I knew that my mother and Dooney (a cocker spaniel) were completely accustomed to being together every moment of the day and I just couldn’t bear to part them. My husband felt the same way about his dog Penny (a collie) and his father. So we decided the best thing to do was to leave them in Texas.
However as time began to pass we couldn’t stand to come home from school to an empty apartment, we both missed going out on hikes and walks with our dogs. So we decided to begin looking for a puppy that would be our first dog together as a couple.
Finally while looking online I came across K-9 lifesavers and a picture of Mindy she was a cute and spunky daschund cocker spaniel mix and we decided to try to become her forever home. She was older than we had originally planned on but when we met her in person it was love at first sight and we just couldn’t picture our lives without her. We both knew that this wasn’t just going to be a trial period but the start of a new life with a new addition to our family.
It’s now almost been a year since we adopted her and we’ve never been happier. We both constantly say how lucky we are to have found Mindy and how much we love her. She’s the perfect dog for us. She loves to go and play and doesn’t mind when we just feel like watching tv. Both of our families love her too and say that they’ve never seen such a happy dog.
We love our furry little baby and feel so happy that we found her.
Marcie and Vivek
Shoney (formerly TJ)
It’s been a week since we adopted Shoney (now known as TJ) and we couldn’t be happier! He’s the perfect addition to our family and we are so grateful to K9 Lifesavers that he was rescued. We instantly fell in love with him when we met him at adoption day and we’ve continued to be impressed since we me took him home. He gets compliments everywhere he goes. We took him to the vet on Thursday and she was amazed by his story. TJ is in good health and adjusted to living with us.
Thank you for sending the letter. We wonder what he’s been through in the past, and we’re so appreciative that this woman found him and gave him a temporary home. If you have the opportunity to contact her, please tell her thank you on our behalf.
Also, thank you and K9 Lifesavers for giving all of these dogs another chance. I am so happy that we were able to rescue such an amazing dog. I’ve attached a few photos of the day we brought TJ home. Please tell everyone thank you!
Stephanie, Bevan and TJ Mace
Teddy (formerly Tyson)
Chris, Teddy, and I wanted to celebrate our one year anniversary together by sending you an update on how well he’s doing!
We brought Teddy home from Chateaux Animaux a year ago tomorrow and have been head over heels in love with him ever since.
He kept me company all summer while Chris was away for work, and now he keeps Chris company every day while I’m at work. We love hiking with him all over Rock Creek and cuddling with him at home. He is spoiled to bits, but gives us so much joy and love that he deserves it all. And on Thanksgiving morning, he even rescued a dog of his own – finding a lost, scared dog hidden in the bushes of the park, who we were able to get back to his owners!
Thank you so much to K-9 Lifesavers. Teddy has brought us so much happiness and we couldn’t love him more.
Alais, Chris, and Teddy
Logan (formerly Craven)
I thought I would write to give you an update on Craven. Shortly after we adopted him (back in July) we changed his name to Logan. Craven seemed too “tough” for his sweet personality . He is doing great!! He has come a long ways since we adopted him; he even likes going for car rides now! We love his company and couldn’t have asked for a better dog! Attached are a couple photos that you might enjoy. I also wanted to let you know that we will be moving from the DC area in June. My husband is in the Air Force and has just gotten an assignment to New Mexico. Hopefully Logan likes mexican food and adobe houses ;).
I hope all is well!!
Thanks so much for helping us find the perfect pup!
Dear K-9 Lifesavers,
We have been thoroughly enjoying the newest member of our family, Benny! We adopted him several years ago when he was a shy but friendly 2 year old. He was a beautiful dog but his white fur had been stained red from a bandana that had been tied around his neck for too long. Even after 6 baths and a trip to the groomer, he was permanently stained red! But we loved him just the same, and in time, the red grew out. Now his beautiful tan and white fur shows through! But the biggest change is Benny’s personality! He was shy, constantly wanting to please, and nervous much of the time. He didn’t know how to play with us or other dogs. But now, every time we call his name, a huge grin appears on his face and he happily trots over! He has learned how to play catch, and his favorite toys are stuffed animals! He looks forward to his long walks everyday, belly rubs, and being surrounded by our 3 boys who shower him with love, pets, and (too many!) treats. We are so thankful to K9 Lifesavers for matching us up with an amazing dog who we love so much! Our boys will grow up with the best companion we could have asked for. Thank you!!!
Lucy (formerly Gilda)
My fiance and I adopted Lucy four months ago today. I can’t even begin to tell you the joy that she has brought to our lives – she’s the sweetest dog that I’ve ever known. When we first picked her up, she was very lethargic and quiet, but boy has she come into her own! She’s so happy, and we love playing with her and taking her to dog parks. She’s recently experimented with swimming, and now she loves it! It’s only been a short time, but now we can’t imagine our lives without her – we always say that she’s the dog that all of our future dogs will have to look up to Thank you so much for taking care of Lucy until we found her, we love her so much!
Reggie (formerly Snuggles)
I adopted Snuggles almost three years ago, back in November of 2008. I just thought I should send you a little update. He and I have been doing quite well. I renamed him
“Admiral Reginald S. Fourpaws III” for starters, but he usually just goes by “Reggie.” We moved, and he now has a nice backyard to run around, much to the chagrin of our
neighbors’ Jack Russell and Dachshund. He is quite happy and enjoys a lifestyle filled with belly rubs and gazing out the window at “his” yard. I’ve attached 2 of my favorite photos. I hope k9lifesavers is doing well, and I am very appreciative for your part in connecting me with my best friend. Thank you.
George C. Sprowls
I adopted Dudley in January 2011. As I was leaving the adoption event, he came up to me to say hello; the volunteer holding him asked me to take over for a few minutes while she helped out with something else. I never did let go; within minutes, I knew that he was going to be my dog. So glad he picked me – he has been an absolutely wonderful companion!!
Thank you so much for helping me find him!
Belle (formerly Mary)
We adopted “Mary,” now known as Belle about two months ago and she is doing amazing! She is the cutest little thing and she is so full of life. She loves her new home and loves snuggling up in bed, playing, and hiding under the bed and table. It’s impossible to wake up in the morning without knowing it will be a great day because Belle will kiss your face all over and nudge her head into you until you get up. Belle loves running and playing with all of her toys and always finds new ways to entertain herself. She is also great in the car and comes on many road trips with us to visit family.
We could not imagine life with out this little bundle of joy, we are so lucky!
Timo (formerly Tiny)
We adopted Timo (formerly Tiny) in March of 2010. He was a dog in search of a boy. He found his and now resides happily with his boy and a poodle named Bunny. Timo is sweet loving dog, happy to spend his days sleeping on the nearest lap. He has learned to play, loves walks and car rides, and has proved the adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” to be just plain wrong.
The house would be so empty without him. Thank you for allowing him to adopt us.
Diana M. Luan, PhD
Bentley (formerly Society)
We adopted Bentley in January 2010. Arrived home just in time for 2 huge snow storms! Turns out Bentley loves to run and jump through the snow- digging and eating it! He has been a wonderful addition to our family and is a loving companion! He loves to run around his fenced yard, wrestle with his neighborhood dog buddies and always wants you to throw the tennis ball- but only when you can pry it out of his mouth! We recently had a baby- and Bentley loves to kiss her, lick her feet and grab one of her toys when we are not looking. He is also pretty good at bringing the dirty laundry upstairs if the door is left open by mistake! Bentley is full of energy and personality- and thinks he is a 60 lb lap dog who loves to snuggle! His loud yawns, crazy frizzy hair and goofball personality has made our family complete. Thank you for rescuing Bentley and providing us the opportunity to give him a loving home that he so deserves!
Brian and Katy Boone
We adopted Max, who was being fostered by Heather, in 2009. He has been the greatest addition to our family and we couldn’t love him more. He went to doggie school, and although he was the loudest and the troublemaker of the class, he learned the quickest and even learned a couple of fun tricks. We moved into a brand new house last summer and Max now has a big fenced in back yard that he can run around in, but spends most of his time sun bathing (his favorite past time). He has two best friends that he visits regularly, a min pin Luna, who is his “cousin” that he likes to wrestle with and Leo, a jack Russell terrier, who he likes to chase kitties with. At night he loves snuggling in our laps or wrapped up in the blankets on the couch. We just got back from our first big beach trip with him to the Outer Banks, NC. Max had a blast playing in the sand, and laying on the beach or by the pool. And he even got to ride in the bike “chariot” with us when we went on bike rides.
Thank you so much for rescuing him, I can’t imagine our lives without him!
Penny (formerly Shawna)
I recently adopted Penny from you guys, she was rescued from the Virgin Islands. We are happier than ever to have her as family. Penny is very sweet & calm. She was shy at first but is now acting more like a dog. She learned to use the stairs, loves going out for walks and is learning to play ‘fetch’. Her other hobbies include stealing socks from the laundry basket, meeting new people and being a lazy butt. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her. Penny loves her new life in DC with her mommy & daddy, she can sleep all day if she wanted to but would gladly go for a run, We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you Greg & Vanessa
JAX (formerly Ajax)
We adopted this lovable little beagle/jack russell mix in April of 2010, he is now 19 months old. He has been the love our lives ever since, he travels everywhere we go, he especially enjoys car rides! When we arrived at the adoption event and Barb put him in our arms we knew that moment that he was the dog for us!We instantly fell in love with this little guy, he was adorable, his head was big and his body was little!! How could u not be in awe of him? He was sick when we got him and k-9 lifesavers helped us get him better every step of the way!! We appreciate everything you guys did for us to help this guy, he is now healthy, very active and happy. We recommend k-9 lifesavers to everyone looking to adopt a pet! Thanks so much!!
Jax, heather and lee
Miley has been with us two months and it we can’t remember life without her. She has brought pure joy and unconditional love to us. We thank you everyday for blessing us with her.
Pat and Sue
Io (formerly Georgia)
Patty, I wanted to let you know that Io, formerly “Georgia” is doing wonderfully and is the perfect addition to our family. Shortly after we brought her home, a tiny sickly stray cat came to us. After proper Vet care and shots for all, the two of them have become great friends. They play and sleep together. We are so pleased with her, housebroken and in obedience class now she’s grown into a leggy, sweetheart with lots of personality quirks to keep us laughing. It’s just been a joy loving her everyday. I can’t thank you enough for letting us adopt her.
Howie (formerly Chuckles)
Attached please find a picture of Howie (formerly known as Chuckles) and his buddy, Bebel.
We adopted Howie in February after seeing his picture on Petfinder. My husband and I have always had our three pups together and were crushed when our youngest named Max passed away suddenly in December. Our girls, a boxer named Bebel and pit mix named Renarde are 10 and 11, so we wanted to find a young friend to get them running around and off the couch.
Howie loves to race around the yard and dig holes with Renarde, especially if there is mud anywhere! He adores snuggling with Bebel who is blind. He and Renarde help her get around the house, which is heart-warming to watch.
Thank you for helping us find an amazing friend and family member. We love our crazy Howie and he is a perfect addition to our family.
Hi my name is Copper. I was adopted 3/13/11. First of all I would like to thank K-9 Lifesavers for saving my life and Brittany for finding me a great forever home. I really love it here and they really love me. They keep telling me how handsome I am and what a good boy I am! Lots of petting, treats, and belly rubs. I have a new best friend. His name is Zorro. Zorro is a cat! He is a real laid back guy like me. We like to lay in the warm sunshine by the glass front door together. We also like to sit at the back door and watch birds together. There are two other cats here. They stay to themselves and don’t bother us. They are not like my buddy Zorro. The second day here my new Mom took me to meet my new doctor. She was very nice to me, gave me a shot, and something called a microchip. I heard her thank my Mom for getting a “rescue” because she works with a rescue group and said us guys/girls really deserve a good home. I heard her also say what a good boy I was and handsome too! I love the walks around the neighborhood and my new Dad likes to play in the yard with me. There is also a little girl dog, named Natty, who comes over once or twice a week and we run and bark a lot in my big back yard. I just love to play. They got me a big comfy bed, but I prefer the lounge chair in the family room! I am one lucky dog thanks to K-9 Lifesavers. I hope all the other guys and girls get good homes as soon as they can. All my thanks and all my love, Copper.
Autumn (formerly Maddie)
Just wanted to thank you for connecting our family with Autumn (formerly Maddie) at the Dog Days of Silver Spring in October 2010. She has made our senior dog, Voodoo, act like a teenager again-it’s
love! Our cat, Chili, adores her too-and it goes both ways! My husband, son and I adore her as well-she is a snuggly, playful, funloving sweetheart. We feel privileged to have given her a forever
home because she has given us so much more….
My boyfriend and I adopted Dale in November of last year and he has brought nothing but complete joy to our lives! He is a wonderful companion to our other dog, Olga- they are best friends! The two of them do EVERYTHING together. They “people watch” on the patio together, they play together, they even cuddle together! He never fails to make us smile! He loves attention and he loves to rest his head in my lap while I’m petting him! He’s everything I could have asked for! When we first adopted Dale, he was 9 months and 58 pounds- he is now full grown and 76 pounds! His foster mom, Katy did an amazing job helping him adjust to “home life” before he was adopted! We are truly blessed for everything she has done for him, and for the great opportunity that your rescue has given him!
Katie, Mark, Olga, and Dale
Rosie (formerly Hope)
Long time no talk to – it’s been 6 months since we got our little Rosalita and you would be so proud! She walks on her leash like a good girl and plays and romps and runs and chases like the big dogs now! She makes me laugh so hard sometimes my stomach hurts but I thought you might enjoy some pics of her and her sissie. Just so you know that SHE is happy healthy and getting smarter by the day! She actually knows how to sit, stay, down, and come on command and she potty’s OUTSIDE!!! WOO HOO!!! Just another one of your success stories!!!
She should be put in the “BEST DOG EVER” album!
Thanks for everything and thanks for all you do!!!!
PS: She LOVES the BEACH too! We let her off the leash and she runs and plays with Sophia and runs right back to her daddy and I – making sure all is ok! She is an awesome dog and we both love her so, but she’s a daddy’s girl and he’ll be the first to tell ya she loves him the most!!
Sonny (formerly Joe)
Sonny has been the love and light of our lives. Sonny is a gorgeous, American Staffordshire with an awing brindle coat of darker chocolate and caramel colors. We found Sonny, formerly known as “Joe”, on K-9lifesavers.org via Pet Finder. We saw his thumbnail among many on the website and he caught both of our eyes immediately. The initial visit made it so easy for us to fall in love with HIM, not just his photo. His foster dad, Dave, had us come over and walk with Joe, see him go in his crate on command, hang out with Dave’s other pit Peyton, who was visibly a great influence on Sonny. We’ve had Sonny for a year and a half now and we both remind each other everyday how much we lucked out with him. He is SUCH a good and happy dog, something we feel is a reflection of the people that rescued and fostered him and took the time to make a good impact on him as a young pup. Bringing Sonny into our lives has been the most rewarding thing we’ve done, and once we get a house with a big yard–we can’t wait to get more!
Izzy (formerly Wuzzy)
I adopted “Wuzzy” in August. He was 14 weeks old then and had been rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia. He was adorable despite a little mange. I didn’t want to change his name too drastically, so Wuzzy became Izzy (I just changed the tense–was became is!) He is now (at about 9 months) a healthy 50-pound dog with a beautiful copper colored coat. He lives with me in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he romps off leash in Prospect Park every morning for at least an hour. He gets along with all other dogs and is a wonderfully sweet companion. He also gets to spend a lot of time romping on my sister’s 12 acres of land in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. Izzy and his canine “cousins” — both of my sisters have dogs–have a great time together walking in the woods and playing tug-of-war with toys. I thought Izzy might be a Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix when I adopted him, but now I think he’s probably a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever mix. Thank you for introducing me to Izzy. He will be my best friend for years to come.
Sarah (formerly Skittles)
In an instant. That’s how quickly we fell in love with Sarah, one of K-9′s finest (in our opinion). Decided on adopting her, we visited her caring foster family, who were both thrilled to see her go to a “forever home” and yet, sad to see her leave them.
Two weeks later, the bundle of fur, love and mischief know as Sarah was introduced to her forever home, settled in almost right away, and made quick friends with all the neighbors and their canine companions.
To this day, she continues to eat much too fast for her own good and enjoys her favorite past-times, tag with our cat and chasing squirrels up trees.
A big, big thank you to both K-9 Lifesavers for their continuing work and foster families everywhere, who give their time and open their homes to animals in desperate need.
Finn (formerly Honeysmacks)
We adopted Finn in September of 2010 and he is the sweetest addition to our family. Finn has been an absolute joy for all of us but especially for my 11 year old daughter and our 1 year old black lab Bella. Finn is a total cuddlebug and loves to play with his big sisters. He is growing like a weed and more loveable every day. We fenced in our backyard in October so now Finn and Bella have their own puppy playground! They love to race around the yard playing soccer, wrestling and even digging holes under the deck (a puppy favorite at our house). Muddy paws are our specialty
We just wanted to thank K-9 Lifesavers for saving Finn. He is such a loving dog and I am so happy we were able to take him out of the shelter for good. He loves the soft couch, warm blankets, and loving laps to sleep on and we make sure he has all of the love we can give him. Thank you again for all the animals but especially for our Finn!
Lots of K-9 Love,
Erin, Luis, Kayley, Bella and Finn
In Feb. 2010 my sister and I fell upon Nate’s story on-line and fell in love instantly. We knew early on that he was abandoned and malnourished, but wasn’t prepared for the scared, timid, battered puppy we finally met. Nate’s first several months with us was heartbreaking because he didn’t like to be left alone for fear we wouldn’t come back. We kept the name he was given because it fit him so well!
Now…Nate’s the life of the house and the neighborhood! Everyone who meets him love him and he’s been the top dog in both of his obedience classes. His health issues have cleared, his coat is beautiful and he has gained weight! Nate lives for playing tug-a-war, chasing squirrels and long walks. I couldn’t imagine my life without my shadow and protector! Thank you K-9 Lifesavers for all you do and for bringing my baby into my life!
Topaz (formerly Athena)
Hello – just back from the beauty salon, so figured this was the best time to show you how fabulous I grew up to be. I’ve lived with Mommy and Mr. Man and my Uncle Champ, the beagle, for a little over a year now. I love it! I have a big backyard to run around in. It’s full of trees and birds and squirrels. When I’m not busy tormenting old Uncle Champ (my favorite chew toy – beagle ears are yummo!), I’ve become quite adept at tormenting the birds and squirrels. Mr. Man saw me snatch a bird right out of the air, and I’ve brought my humans birds, moles, squirrels and when I was just a baby, I brought Mommy a snake. I don’t think she liked it much. Just showing her how fearless I am!
Thank you K-9 Lifesavers for saving me from the shelter and helping me find my humans! I’ve trained them well and they’ve littered the house with squeaky toys just for me. Their friends can’t stop gushing about how beautiful and sweet I am, and I’ve even got an admirer in the U.K. who keeps my picture next to his crate. Yeah, I’m pretty darned special. Mommy and Mr. Man are SOOOOOO lucky they found me!
Rhonda and Jon Lehtinen
Sophie (formerly Hershey)
Sophie (formerly known as Hershey) has gotten so comfortable in hernew condo and has met lots of other 4-legged friends in the neighborhood! Her mommy takes her out on lots of walks and she knows that when she gets home- a treat will be waiting. She has a big bin full of toys and loves to take them all out, look at them, and then select the one she wants to play with (usually the soft, squeaky ones). Since her mommy likes to babysit a lot, Sophie has become great friends with all the little kids. She is so gentle and sweet with them and lets them pet her, chase her, and give her big hugs. Usually, the kids have something yummy on their hands that Sophie likes to lick!
I just wanted to say a belated thank you to K-9 Lifesavers and Yvonne Manzo for introducing me to the most wonderful, caring, and loving being that I’ve ever known.
Rielle & Sophie
Ben Olsen (formerly Jasper)
When we brought Ben home from DC, my husband and I were so excited! Ben Olsen (named after my husband’s favorite DC United soccer player) loves squirrels, ducks, cats, birds and the dog park. My parents have a dog the same age and they play together for hours and then take naps side by side. He has the qualities of both a Jack Russell Terrier (he loves to jump) and a Basset Hound (he is often content to sit next to you on the couch.) He has so much love to give and is such a joy to be around everyday! His recent accomplishments include learning how to hop through 12+ inches of snow, learning how to put down the window in my car and when we play music, he likes to squek his toys to accompany the song.
Ben Olsen is the PRIDE and JOY of our lives! We will never be able to thank you enough!
Lindsay and Josh
Sumter (formerly Hickory)
We rescued our dog in January of 2009 and his journey has been incredible. He was skin and bones, scared, and one-day out of a South Carolina pound when we met him in an alley in Georgetown. He spoke to our hearts and we took him home, not sure what dog would emerge when he was healed and whole again. He has been all we hoped and more. He is incredible with our 9 month old baby and the best friend to us all.
Harper (formerly Ebony)
Harper recently turned a year old and she’s been my dream dog. Originally thought to be a lab spaniel, she’s looking more like a flat coated retriever with a beautiful soft coat. She loves beef marrow bones, watching television (especially cartoons), naps, and taking daily trips to her favorite dog parks. She’s a total cuddlebug who loves to play with other dogs, is intensely curious about cats, and adores people (especially my landlord’s little girls who slip her treats from their dinner table). I can’t thank K-9 lifesavers enough for sending me such a perfect puppy. I get compliments every day on how beautiful, smart, and friendly Harper is and I totally agree! She’s my perfect match!
Loki (formerly Carol)
Just writing to say a big “thank you!” for Loki, formerly Carol. She was adopted by my roommate and me a couple of years ago, and she’s been nothing but a furry wonderdog since. Her favorite things to do are play with her multiple stuffed squirrels and stare you down while you’re eating.
Every day we’re greeted with the funniest combination of whines and barks and an immediate need for belly rubs. Thank you again for what you do, we’ve definitely ended up with the best dog!
Coby (formerly Twitch)
This is very belated, but I just wanted to write and say thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet our darling little Coby (formerly Twitch). He is the love of my life and his dad, although not a dog lover and skeptical about getting Coby, may love him more than I do! I can’t imagine life without our little cuddle bug. Thank you so much for making it possible.
Penny (formerly Peaches)
I’ve honestly never met a better natured dog who was so snuggly and kind. She’s so well behaved and easy going! Thank you so much!
Sorry for gushing, we are just so excited. We bicker over whose turn it is to hold her lease when we take her for walks!
Thanks again for letting us bring Penny into our lives, we are totally smitten!
Sonny (formerly Timber)
Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful little guy into my life. “Sonny” now “Timber” (my mom named him!) is a bundle of love and is adjusting very well to my home. He has an amazing temperament; he is gentle, loyal, loving, obedient, and one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met. He follows me around everywhere I go and continually demonstrates how much he just wants simple attention and love, and wants to return it unconditionally to everyone he meets. I am SO appreciative to have him around, I can hardly wait to get home to see him every time I leave the house! He appears so happy and thankful to have a good home to live in and, mostly, to be smothered with love! After only a week, he already sits and waits for his food, is learning to walk on his leash and is almost house trained- what a smart little guy!
Everyone who he meets immediately loves him, can’t believe he is so “good” and asks me where I got him! He thoroughly enjoys playing outside in the backyard, fetching his favorite toy- a green fuzzy snake, running through the leaves, smiling and wagging his tail in glee. Once his tummy/ cough are better, we will start to meet/greet other doggies and begin to socialize some more since he appears to love other dogs.
Thanks again for all the wonderful services your rescue provides, and for helping all the incredible animals like “Timber” find happy homes. I will continue to send photos and notes about Timber’s development as he grows more secure, confident, and “bigger”(!) over time.
Lindsay & Timber
Riely (formerly Hank)
When we first got Riley in April, we brought him home as a Foster, to see how it would work! Well the moment we had to take him to an adoption event, turned out we were failed fosters, especially when other people wanted to pet him! The moment he walked in the house and refused to go up stairs or walk on the hardwood! Well that only lasted so long, he quickly learned to run up and down (even hobbling on three legs, when we adopted him he just had his surgery). We hadn’t yet integrated him with the cat Raven, she was good with my roommates dog, but Riley didn’t really like her so much…he always tried to eat her . Well months later, they can sit in the same room together. We have won the battle, but have yet to win the war, because after an hour they get sick of each other!
Riley learned how to swim over the summer and absolutely loved it! At first he was mad at Mom and Dad, but then realized it was fun to be in the water! When we first adopted him, Riley didn’t like toys, sticking his head out the car window or treats, felt like we had to re-teach him to be a dog. To this day his face is planted against the window looking out waiting for the window to come down, and he loves his plush toys and tennis ball. He use to not like playing around other dogs (taking him to the dog park still has some work, he would rather sniff everyone then play ), but when he has his friends come out to play with him, he loves running and jumping around!
He unfortunately had to get another surgery in August for his leg (THANK YOU K-9 Lifesavers), and 12 weeks later and a pulled groin, he is doing great! Walking and sitting like a dog that didn’t have any issues with leg. I still remember the day when we pulled his picture up on Craigslist and knew we would love him. It was a huge adjustment to our lives, but we wouldn’t change it! We thank you K-9 Lifesavers for everything you have done, especially putting Riley in his Furever home!
Erin and Matty
I previously had owned a dog (“LUCKY”) who I took for his evening walks. While walking that evening I ended up stepping in a hole and breaking my ankle. After I had surgery to put my ankle together again, “LUCKY” got really sick and had to be euthanized, so here I sat with a big cast, unable to walk and lying in bed checking out Petfinder.com for my next four legged companion. After searching for months – I had to give myself time to heal so that I could walk again (wouldn’t be fair to not be able to walk the new dog) – I finally saw a picture of “BINKY” from K-9 Lifesavers. There was just something about his face that said, will you please pay me a visit? After passing the home inspection, off I went to visit “BINKY” at his foster mom’s house and it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!
He came home with me that day and he has helped me tremendously with making me get up and walk him. I barely have a limp anymore and the two of us have bonded fora lifetime. We have helped each other out in our time of need.
Derby (formerly Peaches)
It’s been almost two months since we adopted Derby from K-9 Lifesavers and I just wanted to check in and let you know she is most definitely a success story. Nigel and I are completely in love with her and already can’t imagine life without her in our home. We made it through five weeks of cage rest after heart-worm treatment with no real problem since Derby is pretty low energy most of the time. But now that she’s allowed to play she’s been introduced to a few family dogs and has really enjoyed playing with them so we can’t wait to schedule some regular play dates.
During Thanksgiving she was surrounded by about 20 adults and 5 children under age 6 and she could not have been sweeter. She rolled over whenever the kids wanted to pet her and was generally just as gentle as can be. And, best of all, she’s doing great with our three cats. She and Chewy (in the attached picture) are good friends and have even started sharing her bed mostly because Chewy refuses to move when she comes to bed. She is still working it out with one of our cats but 99.9% of the time they are just fine together.
I just want to thank you again for bringing Derby into our lives. We can’t believe how such an amazing dog could end up in need of a home but we are so thankful that she did.
Christine and Nigel
Kiah (formerly Kennedy)
Kiah was adopted from K-9 Lifesavers in February of this year. We just wanted to let you know that Kiah has adjusted nicely to the Aurili household. She gets along well with her three feline siblings. Kiah brings us so much unconditional love and joy! We just wanted to thank K-9 Lifesavers for saving Kiah amongst many other furry friends.
Bailey (formerly Marco)
Hi there. I just want to let you know that Marco, we actually named him Bailey, is doing fantastic. He is growing very fast and I swear he has almost doubled in size and is now at 25 lbs. Everyone we meet absolutely loves him and he loves everyone (humans and dogs) as well. He has a lot of doggie friends that he gets to play with almost daily and has recently discovered digging in the dirt and splashing in the water. He even taught his friend Remy (a baby corgi) how to play in mud and get really really dirty for her owners. He is getting use to having a shower pretty much every other day. We are so glad that he has become a part of our family. Thanks for doing what you do.
HI! My name is Maddie! I was brought to a Rockville PETCO adoption event from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina. I was adopted by a nice couple that lives in Clarksburg, MD that also has a jack russell named Sammy. The first few days, I was pretty scared. I was in this new place…and did not know if I was going to be staying. But as the week went on, we all fell into a routine. Within 3 weeks, I had learned sit, stay, lay down, and shake…and now I know my new name, too!
Sammy and I are the best of friends and are always running around. One of my favorite things to do is laze around in all of Sammy’s beds…which is funny because he is half of my size. Another thing I do, is “talk” to my mommy and daddy when they come home from work! I really do like it in my new home and am so glad to have found my new perfect family! Thank you k9-lifesavers!
Thank you so much for your help in finding us the perfect addition
Charlie (formerly Mini-Mickey)
Hello! I’ve been meaning to write for a while now and let you all know that Charlie (formerly Mini-Mickey) has settled in amazingly well here at home! He was a remarkably well-adjusted, confident pup, which I must attribute to your volunteers, particularly to his foster family, who we met at the adoption event last January. They were incredibly informative and helpful and a HUGE part of why we took home the dog we did.
Charlie leads a spoiled life now, filled with almost daily trips to the dog park, occasional outings to the winery or hiking or even swimming, and, more recently, trips to doggy daycare, since I now work for one! He loves every minute of it. He was a star in obedience classes and he’s so well-behaved, I’ve had people ask where I got him so they can have one like him! I’m sure to tell them he’s just a perfect mutt that I got from a wonderful rescue! He even leaves the cat alone now, though it took months and months of reinforcement.
Thank you, to all the volunteers. I can’t imagine how stressful and difficult it must be to do what you all do, but without you, our family would be incomplete! Our experience with your rescue, from the initial email contact with the application to the home visit to the adoption itself was a complete joy.
Lucy (formerly Jill)
I just wanted to give a little update on our girl, Lucy (formerly known as “Jill”). We adopted her about 8 months ago, and she just turned 1 year old this year. I’m pleased to report that she is a healthy, outgoing, exuberant, and happy adolescent shepherd. She gets along wonderfully with her brother, our other adopted dog, Charlie. They play ALL the time. She is a sweetheart to everyone she meets – people, dogs, and kids. She’s also progressing really well in her obedience classes. She learns so quickly! We can’t imagine our life without her. Thank you again for helping us bring her into our family!
Taylor (formerly Jett)
Simon and I got married August 14 on a beach in North Carolina. Taylor came with us and thoroughly enjoyed all the attention from all of our friends and family and she couldn’t get enough digging in the sand and playing in the water.
Here are some pictures. She is parvo free, and parasite free, almost done with all her shots, and still a little fire cracker! She still gets car sick. We love her and are so thankful that you do what you do. I’m also attaching the e-mail we sent out to our friends and family when we got her. Enjoy, and
Becca and Simon
After many heartbreaking attempts to try and get a puppy, many trips to shelters and walking away empty handed because we weren’t the first to see the babies, after a few applications, we finally found the perfect sweetheart to join our family. She is thought to be a retriever Sheppard mix and is about 10 weeks old. We met her as Jetta, and now she is happily getting situated and quickly learning the rules of her new Forever home at Farragut as Taylor. We quickly found out that our baby does not like car rides – 3 pukes, 1 pee, and an hour an a half later we arrived home from Fredericksburg, VA. Here she is sporting her new Redskins collar. Taylor with her new toys her bone and newspaper are thanks to her grandparents, Gammy Jo and Grandpop Larry. See Taylor with her Gramps! How Cute!
Taylor was a puppy born in a high kill shelter in North Carolina that kills up to 40 puppies a week! Barbara – her rescuer from K9 Lifesavers- saved her and her brothers and sisters from being put down. She and her siblings all had the Parvo Virus – which is deadly to puppies/dogs that have not had their vaccinations. Thousands of dollars later (which is why these puppies are usually put down)((not our thousands of dollars!))- she is gaining weight and on her last week and a half of meds. We have to be careful for the next few weeks while she’s still getting that nasty virus completely out of her system. We have to spray the yard with bleach where she poops so that no other doggie will pick up her virus. I think we’ve found our ring bearer! Keep your fingers crossed as she has not yet had an accident in the house! WooHoo!
Yes, we are crate training, but no-she did not sleep in the crate last night. Where did she sleep you ask? Well, none other than snuggled up right in the middle of Simon and I. We awoke bright and early at 5:30 this morning so we could take care of her – but who was the last one to get up – that’s right, sleepy Taylor whimpered, yawned, stretched out, and laid her head on Simon’s pillow – looking at us with those sad puppy eyes, “Do I really have to get up out of this warm comfy bed?!” Taylor would love to meet you. We love visits!
Much Love, xoxoxox Proud and Ecstatic Parents,
Becca & Simon
Peanut (formerly Rose)
We adopted Peanut from K-9 Lifesavers in August and we could not be happier. She’s the best first dog we could have asked for, and she’s doing a great job training us to be good dog owners. Peanut loves going for jogs, chasing squirrels, and wrestling with friends at the dog park. It took her a few weeks to get settled in with us, but now, she rolls over for belly rubs, comes over to give kisses and nuzzle us when we get home, and runs up to sit down in front of just about everyone she meets for a pat on the head.
Everyone at K-9 Lifesavers was great, we would absolutely recommend working with them to find the right pet for you!
Cali (formerly Annie)
Just wanted to pass along a picture of Cali (and Frederik, our other rescue dog) I took a week ago. We adopted Cali (an Australian shepherd mix, previously known as Annie) about two months ago thanks to your work; and we could not be more in love with her! She really opened up. Just two months later, she is a whole different dog. She is back to a healthy weight, with a beautiful new coat. She loves to nap, cuddle, loves to play with Frederik (they cannot live without each other!), she loves kisses, and she really loves treats.
We just wanted to say thanks you guys for a wonderful addition to our family. We love Cali so much and have you to thank for bringing her to us!
Conchi & Rikard