Hi everyone! As we are approaching Thanksgiving, I thought it was the perfect time to send a letter from home. 7 years ago, we adopted a rescue from your organization, who had started as Fiona, changed to Keisha during her first adoption, back to Fiona upon her return to your group, until one day we walked in and were blessed to find her. Her name for the past 7 years has been Annie aka Little Orphan Annie. We adopted Annie while we had one child and I was 7 months pregnant with our second. Three years after the birth of our second child, we welcomed identical twins to our family. Annie is beyond a blessing to this large family. We could not have asked for a more loving, patient dog sibling to all four of our boys. She is the best friend to every member of this family and true gift. We are thankful every day that she chose us.
Happy Thanksgiving, The Winter family
Good afternoon, We just wanted to share some update pictures of Ham (now Ham Solo) with his new sister and family. He is such a sweet puppy! He is so smart and is learning commands even before classes have started! He also is a big cuddler with us and with his sister Lola! I see that the rest of the Italian Delight lifter is still up for adoption. We met with them all and they were all super sweet pups. If you need any helping spread the word to get them adopted we are willing to help in any way we can!
Thank you for bringing us our little Ham Solo! The Townsend family 💜
Ace is doing great! He has come a long way just in 24 hrs. We are letting him settle in based on his comfort level. His new sister Lucy is showing him the ropes. Thank you for letting us adopt Ace. He’s the sweetest boy. PS- We bought him a brand new big bed but he prefers the old smelly one. Ha
Kelly, Rob, Lucy, and Ace
We adopted Notre Dame – now Abby – at the beginning of October and we wanted to let you know how she is doing! Abby has been a champ at the vet and only has one more round of shots to go before we start taking her to dog parks. She loves to play fetch and will do anything for a SmartStick! We have been working on her obedience skills and she is very consistent with “sit,” “down,” and “high five.” We are still working on “come” when there are exciting things going on. Her favorite toys are one that crinkle so she tries to swipe quite a few water bottles.
We created an Instagram for her if you want to check it out: https://www.instagram.com/spacecommanderabby/?hl=en
Feel free to share our email to anyone else from the Hurricane Pup litter!
Thank You! Amanda, Jeff, and Abby
Hi A Forever Home, We have really loved our dogs who were born in the rescue to their mother Annie. Their given names were Tierney and Brendan. Bo and Zeke are 12
years old now and have walked us approximately twice a day (lots of mileage!). We have highly recommended A Forever Home to many people and have been grateful that we were able to adopt such loving funny hounds. Thank you for your service and happy holidays.
Laura and Hunter
Hello! This Monday, November 11, was the one year anniversary of our adoption of Bruce (formerly Milo) from A Forever Home. I just wanted to write to thank both A Forever Home and his foster mom, Emily, for connecting us with Bruce, who has become my best friend, the “mayor” of the dog park across the street, a brother to our previously lonely tabby cat, and a member of our family.
Bruce was 14 lbs when we got him, and it was assumed that he was around 10 months old. He is now 25 lbs, and our vet thinks he was closer to 5-6 months old when we got him a year ago. He is SUPER affectionate, loves his crate, has never met a dog or person he doesn’t like, and is very brave and clever! Most importantly, we can’t imagine our lives without him, and we have you all to thank for that. Sincerely, thank you again for caring for him and bringing us together. It means more to me than I can express.
I’m attaching some photos so you can see how he’s grown (and because he’s just the cutest). Thank you again for the work that you do, and happy holidays!
Hello, I just wanted to thank all of you for your help in the process of my adoption of Reef (aka Toby). I had such a wonderful experience with AFH the first time I adopted that I really had hoped to find my new furry family member there again, despite the distance. I was heartbroken when I lost my pup Rocky, and my other pup Dobby was terribly lonely. There of course is no replacing such a beloved member of the family, but there is always room to love more. Reef is an absolutely wonderful dog and a great addition to our family. I wanted to especially thank Patricia. She went well above and beyond in helping me to assure that Reef was the perfect fit. I live in VA Beach, so it is not a simple matter coming up to NOVA multiple times. However, it was important for me that the dogs meet, as well as the rest of the family, as it had to be a family decision. Patricia went out of her way on several occasions…. She clearly loves him, and she did everything in her power to assure that her foster baby went to the right home. I am so very grateful to her for being such a caring, dedicated foster mommy. Such devoted volunteers are what make AFH so special. Patricia, I am so thankful for you, and I promise to take wonderful care of our new baby! I will keep you posted on his adventures and misadventures! 🙂 I am attaching some pictures. One is of Rocky and Dobby, and the others are of Reef and Reef and Dobby. He is very happy in his forever home.
Many thanks, Melissa
Thank you for the news letters. We adopted Smokey in January of 2012. Smokey is a 9 pound poodle. A sweetie and protector of our family, including our new grand sons. Smokey is our 4th rescue dog. We wouldn’t consider any other way of obtaining a dog. Please extend our many thanks to all the volunteers at A Forever Home. Their work makes a difference. Rhonda, Andy and Smokey.
Hi Carmen, Maribel, Ken and everyone else who makes AFH so great! We are celebrating Scout’s 10th birthday this week and we wanted to make a donation to honor the occasion. She’s had a rough past year (4 knee surgeries), but she is now all better and pain free! I really miss volunteering with AFH…Anyway. Hope all is well, Holly
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. 🙂