I adopted Moose almost exactly 1 year ago, and wanted to let you know he is doing fantastic – he’s just the BEST dog!
Moose had been mis-identified as a boxer mix, and his first adopters returned him after he got really big. Turns out he is half St. Bernard and half Coonhound – good thing I love big dogs! He’s 105 pounds and probably has a few more pounds to go before he’s done growing.
He loves playing with other dogs at the park and going for walks, especially when we stop for treats. He also does a happy wiggle when he sees his favorite people. He’s a total goofball!
Thanks so much for all you do and for bringing Moose in to my life!
I just wanted to give you all an update on Little Ann (AKA Lady T) since I picked her up on Sunday, January 1st. She’s doing very, very well so far. She’s eating, drinking, playing, & cuddling a lot! I attached some photos of her & myself over the last few days. I would also like to thank you all for helping me get her into my life, she has been an absolute sweetheart since coming into my life!
My Husband Geoff and I adopted Clyde back in April of 2012. He has been a part of our family and has been on countless vacations and holiday trips. We can’t imagine life without him. Our daughter Juliette turned 1 last week and I was able to capture this picture of the two of them. He is truly a gift to our family, and an excellent older dog brother!
…the company I work for, will be making a small donation this year.
Linda and Geoff
Just wanted to drop a line and give you guys an update on April, our Rottweiler we adopted from AFH 10 years ago……
April has been the best friend and pet to our family that we could have ever imagined. We adopted her from AFH in February 2007, when she was 14 months old (already housebroken and spayed) — we couldn’t have possibly known back then what a wonderful addition she would become to our home! We were the luckiest adopting family ever! April has grown with our family, especially our 13 year old son, who was 3 when we adopted her. I couldn’t wait to sign the papers and bring her home that day in 2007, and April has been here with us every step of the way since then. She is older now — she turned 11 in November, and she contracted diabetes a couple of years ago, which has diminished her eyesight a little, but with the special diet my wife Sally cooks for her and insulin shots twice a day, she is the same sweet, loving dog we have known since the day we met her at the Petco in Chantilly with AFH. We can’t imagine life without her — thanks so much to everyone at AFH for allowing us to adopt this wonderful companion and family member 10 years ago!
Dave, Sally and Michael
Thank you so much for all that you do! He has truly been a blessing to me!!!!
Stella is full of life, she surprises us every day with new skills. For example she has mastered the art of covering herself with a blanket (a down comforter to be exact) from a completely made bed and she knows how to open doors with lever handles. Thank goodness she hasn’t mastered the pantry! She is the neighborhood beauty, she has several boyfriends who absolutely adore her, but she often plays “hard to get”. She keeps us alert when the mail trucks come, along with Fed Ex, and UPS. She is adored in this household and at her country home with (my) parents up in New Jersey, I am not sure if she loves NJ or the car more, maybe the are equally liked.
I am not sure if you remember me but I adopted Levi almost a year ago. My name is Craig… Since Denali (formerly Levi) is a year old I wanted to send you some pictures and a progress update.
Denali has to be the most loving dog I have ever come across. He never passes up an opportunity for a good pet. He loves to walk up to any willing person and lean right on them for a pet. One of the cutest things he does, but also being 85 pounds he has been known to knock some people over.
Everyday now when I arrive home from work he is waiting right by the door.
Growing up he spend his first six months by my side. He went everywhere with me no matter where I was going, work, to grab food didn’t matter he hopped right in the car and stuck his head out the window and let his ear flap in the breeze. He is full of personality and receives unlimited
compliments on our travels, “what a gorgeous dog!” “What a well behaved boy!” Etc. After 6 months in Virginia we moved home to Georgia.
Denali loves his new home in Georgia. Here my parents help me take care of him and he has become one of the family. When summer came around he began to join us at the lake. He was a little skeptical about the water at first, but now he jumps right in. Usually in pursuit of his tennis ball, sometimes
though he just likes to swim around. As we float in the water he makes his rounds coming to greet everyone and then returning to shore to play in the sand.
He loves his walks, he gets two a day at least. We just started working on allowing him to join me on my runs. He doesn’t like the heat too much so we walk some and run some. As long as he is with me though he is clearly happy.
Denali loves other dogs! He gets to go to the dog park sometimes when it isn’t too busy and he is very good at playing. He has also made very good friends with the neighbors dog.
The vet loves Denali. She never fails to comment on how beautiful he is and well behaved. He recently got his first year check up and the vet said he was as healthy as a dog could be head too tail!
I cannot begin to express the joy Denali has brought to my life. He got me through one of my hardest times in life and continues to put a smile on my face everyday. He not only brings joy to my life but to every person he interacts with. His love in unlimited and so clearly expressed on his face.
I have attached a couple pictures of Denali, from his puppy days all the way up to yesterday in his new Nemo life jacket swimming at the lake. I was hoping if anyone had sent you pictures or any information on his siblings you might share them with me. I would love to see them! Also, if anyone
has found any further information on what kind of dogs they are I would love to know!
Hope all is well 🙂
We decided to do a Wisdom Panel 3.0 test on her to find out her breeds for certain to see if it explained her growth, look, and some of her behavioral traits. The results we received were very different than we expected. It turns out she is an English Setter/Weimeraner mix, with some other breeds mixed in there, too. This actually explains a lot for us. Her mix makes no difference to us and we love her all the same, but it is good information to know and we were thinking some of the other owners of the puppies from the litter (and Maggie Mae herself) might also benefit from this information.
Thanks for sharing what you can and for bringing Andechs into our lives!
–Jason & Josette
Sage has blossomed beyond even my highest hopes. When AFH rescued her from euthanasia in December 2009, she was afraid of everyone and everything. Whenever someone tried to touch her, she would growl and snap to protect herself. After a year of unconditional, patient love with her foster family, Sage adopted me in 2010; it was love at first sight (and lick) for us both.
Nose to toes to tail, Sage now loves to be loved. No longer afraid of touch, she requests head and “booty” scratches, a kiss before eating, and “tummy time” before bed. She sits quietly while I clean her ears or put ointment in her eyes. Calling her “Sweet Puppy” will make her ears prick, eyes light, and tail wag. Wicked smart, Sage has learned a long list of commands and vocabulary, and loves performing for praise and treats. She is also a skilled communicator, using specific combinations of whines, looks, head movements, and paw gestures. We both like to have the last “word”, so some of these conversations are quite lengthy.
In 2014, we added Buddy, a rescued German Shepherd/Lab, to our little pack. They met on neutral ground, got along well, and Buddy moved in the next day. He is now four years old, and nearly twice her size. Sage educated him early and often that she is the “big” sister and assistant alpha female in our home. His goofy, never-met-a-stranger personality has taken Sage’s openness to a new, amazing level. She now initiates contact with other dogs, and is shy but very friendly with new people. In turn, Sage is teaching Buddy how to perform commands, follow house rules, and play with toys. The two have become partners in doggy crime, barking at passersby, dogs, and delivery people, and chasing each other through the house from the back yard to the front door and back again. Neither will leave the house without the other; even to go to vet appointments.
Sage’s trust and love continue to humble me on a daily basis. I will always be grateful to AFH, and her extraordinary foster family, for saving this beautiful creature and blessing me with the opportunity to help her leave a sad past behind and enjoy each new day surrounded by love and joy.