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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-08-2008, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Get your hankies out...there will be a happy ending!

There were six dogs recently rescued by HRI. On the website right now is the story of the first vet visit of one of them. It is a powerful story of the problem of puppy mills and the heart of those who help to heal them. The good news is that five of the six are doing very well and will make wonderful pets in the future.

What if...
What if...late one Saturday night the phone rang in the home of an HRI volunteer?
What if...a small shelter was asking for help with six Havanese Bichon mix dogs, left there earlier in the day?

They arrived in a single cat carrier in the back of a pick-up. The carrier was tilted out onto the pavement and skidded into the shelter. Six small dogs were pulled out, dirty, matted and terrified.
This is a story about Little Man, one of the six, several days into his journey with HRI in a world he never knew existed where hands are gentle, voices are soft, and people are safe.

Please go to www.havaneserescue.com to read the rest.

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Oh, my...

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Oh Linda I am crying all over again... Lu has such a wonderful way with words.

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I'm typing through tears too. I don't understand a world where this sort of thing happens. What a sad story

Linda, is that our very own Anne who now has "Little Man"? If so I just might get to meet him soon!
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Yes Jan Anne has Little man / Fritz now. You lucky girl if you get to meet him, Give him some belly rubs from me.

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Send healing thoughts!

At first I got so sick I couldn't even go to work, then I realized that I need to focus on what I am for, not against. Otherwise, I would burn out and not be able to help.

I am not able to foster right now but I found out there were many ways I could help without fostering. I had my daughter's class make posters for havanese rescue that is building awareness. I teach kids all the time how to handle small dogs (every chance I get). I talk about buying from a responsible breeder or rescuing (avoiding pet shoppes).

I am not a quilter, but I helped organize some things for the quilt this year and also help with the advertising. I write supportive notes thanking those who can foster. So there are lots of things we can do with our outrage!

We cannot help them all but we can help the ones we do have. My company actually matched funds for rescue last year. I use Goodsearch instead of Google which raises a penny each time I use it (it does add up if everyone does the same).

I got so mad when I read about puppy mills. Even more outraged when I read about the livestock laws allowing this travesty in certain states. I had no idea. It is way worse than I ever imagined. Thank goodness for Lu and the people of rescue who find amazing ways and resources to help those they can.

What is even more amazing is how fast HRI was able to get this whole thing moving, finding foster homes in a time when they already have many in current foster care. We havanese people are rather amazing. Lu and Company extraordinary. I cannot name them all but they know who they are.

Artists, make things to sell that raise funds at Nationals for HRI. Write stories, poems, publish letters to the editor...there are so many things we can do with this. Think of how many dogs we can save one at a time.

I'll get off my soap-box now. It is just honestly folks, I had no idea until last week. No idea.

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howling neighbors dog

It is sort of Ironic...as I was posting, the neighbor's dog started howling! My dogs don't really notice...they only care when someone comes to the door. They are sleeping on pillows in exactly the same position.

I am blessed. I have a home. I have two great dogs, a wonderful family...and really enjoy my life.

I think the howling dog is funny. Way in the distance I hear a siren, and they are doing some construction across the street.

Just thought the timing was interesting.

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Word on the street is that 'Fritz' is doing good! Anne will post pictures soon!

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I can't wait to see them!

Hopefully we will get to see updates on the other dogs as well.
Keeping our paws crossed!
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