When Trevor came into our home, he was an anxious, insecure, and reactive 7 month old terrier mix. My then elderly mini-schnauzer was a calming reassuring influence, but the world was still very scary for him. After 15 months of training, desensitization, behavioral modification, and just plain maturing, I think Trevor finally realized everything would be ok. We have since competed in obedience, Fast CAT, rally obedience, as well as been exposed to barn hunting which he enjoys.
On 6/9/19, Trevor completed a milestone achievement, 2 2/3 years in the making. He earned the World Cynosport Rally’s (WCRL) highest combined rally championship the ARCHMX. So now Trevor is an All Rally Master Champion, in addition to being a United Kennel Club (UKC) Companion Dog, titled in AKC Fast CAT (100 yd dash after a lure) with an average top speed of 26.17 mph – pretty respectable for a terrier mix, and a Canine Good Citizen with Trick Dog titles. At 5 yrs of age, Trevor now has 2 sisters to play with so life is good and he’s blossomed into a great friend. Thank you for allowing me to adopt him in 2014. The photo is a recent one of Trevor in Finksburg, MD where he won 1st and 3rd place in Fast CAT in his height class.
Yours, Diana H and Trevor
Just wanted to send an about one of the AFH babies! We adopted Emmett (one of the “Twilight”-named pups) back in the spring of 2011. We kept the name, and Emmett is now a sweet, middle aged little guy who loves to snuggle, do his own thing (he’s not a big fan of hanging with our other dogs – he’s a real people dog, LOL), and has been the best, protective big brother to his human sister that came along in the fall of 2012. We are so grateful for him! Pics below – the one pic of him from the posting when he was up for adoption, and a current picture of him snuggling (he’s got a little bit of old-man face now <3)
Wanted to drop a note that after 10 years, we are still loving on our girl Scrappy from A Forever Home. She was adopted under the name Smoky Girl…We recently said a very sad goodbye to her brother of 14 years, Scruffy, and I came across your website in beginning my search for a new pup to love.
I attached some recent pictures of our girl Scrappy (the smaller of the two pups in the pictures). She still loves to chew socks, clothes, couches (we’ve been through a few thanks to her), blankets (which doesn’t prevent us from letting her sleep in our (her?) bed every night), etc. She jumps on our kitchen table when we’re not looking and her 20lb self can even jump onto our kitchen counters! Little troublemaker that she is (we still tell ourselves that her 11 year old self will grow out of the puppy phase at SOME point :-), she is the best worst dog ever!
Jokes aside, all is well. Since her adoption, she is helping us raise 4 kids (one set of twins in there) and loves to play fetch every day. Even when her arthritis kicks in and we have to give her the occasional Rimadyl, she is in good spirits. We also moved out of the city a few years ago and now she has a huge yard for playing and exploring.
Thanks for giving two graduate students the opportunity to share our young lives with this pup 10 years ago. She’s wonderfully spoiled by us, but we are equally spoiled by her as well 🙂
Zoe was adopted as a pup and returned to AFH recently. As luck would have it, her brother Rory, adopted as a pup as well, was looking for a new friend. Rory’s mom happened to be looking on our website when she saw a familiar face. Both Zoe and Rory are now happily living together in their forever home!
…Hambone is the long haired dachshund and basset hound mix from A Forever Home. He’s 13.5 years old, and has lost 25 pounds from his original obese weight…Hambone is still kickin’ and living the good life. I have also rescued another dog, a golden retriever/chow chow mix that I’ve named Casserole…Here they are hanging out together! I am also in regular contact with Hambone’s foster mom, Suzanne. 🙂
…She is a member of the family now and getting settled in nicely. We have noticed in a short time that she is growing vertically, as evident while trying to get under the front screen door; week one easy, week three not so much…We have a one step stool in the kitchen that she has taught herself to climb up on and sit like a lion in a circus. She also uses it as a perch to pounce on her toys…She is still a snuggler and loves tummy rubs, when she isn’t all excited and ready to play. We finally saw a posting of May on Facebook so got a chance to see March’s Mom. Now when March gets all excited Christine says March is being “all Pitty.” We have a good laugh about it as we reach for the closet toy to help distract those puppy teeth away from our fingers and toes. We have a big week coming up, we start some one-on-one puppy training… I have attached a few more…of a bigger March. We call her a cat-dog now, as she likes to perch on the couch to look out the window. She has also been kayaking and the B+W photo is from a beach house in Wilmington, NC this past Christmas. She is about 45lbs now but still loves to be picked up and held.
Hi, I wanted to share an adoption story. I adopted Chico through A Forever Home Rescue in 2010. He was a senior dog at the time – 8 years old! Friends questioned why I would adopt a senior dog as their life expectancy wouldn’t be long. Well, Chico just celebrated his 17th birthday this month!Ines Castro, Chico’s foster mom, had him for a few months before being placed with me in Maryland. Chico has been a stray who was taken to a shelter in West Virginia.
Well we sure have come a long way – in 2013 we moved from Maryland to Manhattan. And earlier this year, we moved to London, England! He is doing well and loving his new life near Hyde Park and Kensington palace. A real wags to riches tale. 😉
Senior dogs rule.
Debbie and Jeff,
Riley has had a great first week. On her first day Riley met my parents and promptly stole their hearts. My dad ended up on the floor cuddling her and offered that she could come back to their house anytime (few dogs have earned that invitation).
It is now a common site to see one or both girls cuddled on the floor next to Riley, paws and hands held. It is also now common to find one or more of us playing in the backyard with her or sitting next to her giving final evening cuddles before bed. Even Tim can be found petting “his dog”. She is such a cuddle bug and will just accept whatever love you want to offer.
We’ve learned that she loves sticks, whiffle balls, and (our favorite) red solo cups! She gets so excited when we give her a new cup.
Along with a few other adventures , Rileyhas been getting lots of walks to help her get used to the sights and sounds of our neighborhood. It turns out she does like to bark but she quickly backs down when we reassure her that it’s all okay. She is enjoying meeting new dogs and has shown us that cats are not a preference. Amusingly she could care less about squirrels and bunnies.
As you can see from the pictures, this rescued girl will never know neglect again.
Thank you again for the love and care you showered this beautiful girl over the past year. We’re happy to bring her to any time you’d like for a visit.
Our girls have had a bit of a rough year navigating chronic illness within the family and several changes. Riley has already brought immeasurable joy to our family. Attached is a picture from adoption day; we love how our girls are beaming with joy.
God bless you both; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
I am thankful and blessed to introduce to you Pepe! I adopted him last weekend through Foreverhome Rescue. We are having fun getting to know each other. Pepe sure has a pep in his step so we enjoy long walks. He loves a good snuggle and tug of war but I think most of all he loves to tuck himself away in the soft throw on the couch. He also did great at the vet where he was taken around to all the employees to gush over him.
Merry Christmas from Pepe and I!
Lisset & Pepe
Hello! I just made a donation on behalf of my adorable schnoodle, Izzy (nee Elena). She was rescued from a Missouri puppy mill in 2009 and brought into my life that fall. She is the utter joy of my life, and I can’t imagine a day without her. She continually makes me laugh and is the best snuggler on the planet! I’ve attached a photo I took of her recently after grooming….as she patiently awaits one of many treats! Thank you so very very much for all that you do!!! Best, Kerri
The Gerosimo Family