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. 🙂
…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.