Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sheree's Dog Rescue has been saving dogs from bad situations, puppy mills, abuse, neglect for 15 years.  Along the years, we have specialized in rescuing non-specific small breeds, dogs in need of surgery, skin treatments, heartworm treatment, seniors; dogs that nobody will want to adopt.  We foster and treat these dogs until they become adoptable.  It not uncommon that a dog will be with us for a year or more before being adopted.

In order to do what we chose to do, we need funds, and a lot of it.  Rescue groups rely on adoption fees and public donations only to continue the mission of saving these abandoned, neglected, old, sick dogs.

Humans failed them and we made a commitment to give them a second chance at a good and healthy life, a good forever home with a family who will commit to take care and love them until their last breath.

We need your help, they need us humans to make their life better.  What do we need to continue?  Here are different ways to help:

- We have an Amazon Wish List

- We need a reliable used vehicle to transport animals (our personal vehicle was used up to 300,000!)
- WE NEED FUNDS!  Our current veterinary bill is $24,000!
- Adoptions!  Foster dogs need a good forever home!  We always have a waiting list of dogs to be rescued

Any amount helps!  Any donation helps! Don't shop! Adopt!

Donations can be send by mail to:

Sheree's Dog Rescue
820 Wooded Creek Ln
McKinney, TX 75071

Or by one of these links:

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Your support is immensely appreciated.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Surrendering A Pet. Why?

Once again, we are full, shelters are busting at the seams and people keep on surrendering animals.  Again, many are outraged about the fact that animals are being euthanized left and right.  Animals keep coming in, the phone keeps on ringing and people continues wanting to surrender animals that they did not have the common sense to spay/neuter.

When asked why they want to surrender, we hear all kinds of stupid reasons:
"I feel like I don't give my dog the time that he deserves" (BTW, that is one I am so tired of hearing!)
"I'm getting married" (AND?)
"I'm getting divorced" (again, AND?)
"I want to travel" (like in Coco Poodle's case, after 13 1/2 years)
"It's my mom's dog..." (sooo, it's a good reason to abandon it?)
"She is too affectionate" (I swear to you people, someone returned a dog for that reason, honest!!)
"Her color doesn't match my couch" (yes, I did hear that!)

Don't get me wrong, there are valid reasons to surrender an animal to the shelter or a rescue; they are VERY few.  How can people expect to not euthanize animals when they are so full, without available foster homes to help, that the next place to "stack" them would be the roof?  When a facility has space for 200 animals and they receive 400, what are they supposed to do when there are no adoptions and no foster homes?

Why do people surrender still so many unaltered animals?  We keep on reading and hearing about Spay/Neuter programs, SNYP, low-cost clinics, etc.  Unfortunately, there are still too many irresponsible pet owners out there, expecting everybody else to take responsibility for their own pets.  I declined two adoptions again this week because pet owners want to breed their current pets.

The one that I hear so often and that really tickles me is:

"I want to surrender my dog, but I don't want him to be put down, so I don't want him to go to the shelter.  He will be put down."
~ "What is the reason for surrendering your dog?"
"I don't have time for him"
~ "How long have you had this dog?"
"Since he is a puppy"
~ "How old is he now?"
"He is 9 years old"
~ "And after 9 years you decided you don't have time for him?"
"Well, he is also destructive and doesn't like other animals.  He is a little bit food aggressive and will bite if we get too close to his bowl of food, but he is a good dog!"
~ "If he is a good dog, why don't you keep him?"
"I can't handle him, but I want him to have a good home and be with someone who will work with him.  I just don't want him to be put down because he is aggressive."
~ "If he is aggressive with other dogs, where am I supposed to have him fostered?"
"Well, I don't know, don't you know someone who would take him?"
~ "Is he neutered?"
"Oh no, my husband wouldn't have it!"

I have this conversation with someone at least twice a week!  Until people take responsibility for their pets, like they should with their kids, we will have to deal with full shelters and rescues.  Until people understand the importance of a well socialized and trained animal, we will have too many of them surrendered because they are hard to control.  Until we have more foster homes and people who will be willing to housetrain and not expect to foster the perfect dog, shelters will be full.  Until people don't want to breed their dog "just this once" to sell puppies and make a few extra bucks, or to supposedly have a puppy from their "beloved" dog, shelters and rescues will be full.

Pointing fingers at everybody else will not solve the problem.  It's start with you, the pet owner.  Spay/neuter your animal!  Stop the overpopulation!  Stop expecting shelters and rescues to solve a problem that is caused by pet owners themselves.

There is just so much shelters and rescue groups can do.

Friday, May 25, 2012

So Hard To Breathe

My boy has been having a hard time lately with his breathing. I took him to the veterinarian to have him evaluated and I was told he had an enlarged heart. He was put in Enalapril. I wanted to know more, why, how, etc. I took him to another one for a second opinion. After running blood work, x-rays, thyroid check, I was told Pooh Bear has a colapsed trachea in his chest and that is why his breathing sounds like a screatching door.
I asked how we could fix this and the answer is to have a stint inserted in his trachea and that would fix the problem. I asked what the expense of this surgery could be and the vet said that, Texas A&M specialists can do that surgery for $4000-$4500!!!!! Are there other options, was my question. Yes, it is medication that will not work for very long and I will have to put him down eventually if he doesn't have that surgery.

Pooh Bear doesn't have a heart murmur or any other health problem than that. If he doesn't have that surgery, I will lose my boy. I cannot afford it because I gave everything I had to save and care for all these dogs that came in along the years and needed special treatment. All these dogs are now healthy, in forever homes and thriving... and I will lose my boy...

Since December, I lost Clyde, Tickle, Soleil, Macaroni, Gallagher and Sparky. Now I have to face losing Pooh Bear. I might as well lose my mind!

Since we have decided to not use PayPal anymore because of the horrendous administration fees we have to pay, that could go toward the care of rescue dogs instead of in a bank's pocket, donations went down by 98%. I have been holding this rescue up since then with my personal funds. We ask people to use or send checks for those who want to donate. But I guess people are too busy to write a check anymore.

I am reaching out to all of you for Pooh Bear. I know that the power of prayer is tremendous. Prayer help before and I am confident it will help again. I am praying for a miracle for Pooh Bear. I am asking you to pray for a miracle for Pooh Bear. If anyone knows a vet who could do this surgery for Pooh Bear without me having to pay $4500 that I don't have, please pass the word around.

Pooh Bear is healthy enough that he could live another 8-10 years if he has that surgery! If not, there is not that much time left and I can't stand the thought of it. I was asked recently if having several dogs, man fosters was probably easier when I lost one because I have the others to compensate. NO, it is not! Each and every one of them have their special place in my heart. Each of them are different and it is never easy to lose one, especially when I know there is something that could be done, but because I don't have the funds to pay for it, I will have to face losing my boy.

Please pray for a miracle for Pooh Bear. Please pray that the Lord will grant me the privilege of keep my boy many more years. I hear often: "I know what you do is tough sometimes, but you have to be strong." Today, I am allowing myself to be scared, to be worried, to be at loss. I am allowing myself to reach out for a miracle to happen and to be able to have my baby with me for many years to come.

I have always been told that when you send words, vibes in the cosmos, it will create movement, a return, and someone out there will catch these vibes and return them for something to happen. Today, I am sending this out in the cosmos... I am boldly asking for a miracle for Pooh Bear and I am asking for strenght to keep on taking care of this rescue.

There as been too many losses in my life since the end of the year and I cannot face another one right now. I gave it all I had.

Pooh Bear's mom, Linda

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Will My New Dog Adapt?

Sure, he will!  Given the chance, with time and patience from his new owner, he will.  On adoption day, many have asked the question: "How long does it take a dog to adapt to his new home?"  I read that the general response to this question is to expect 6 weeks of adaptation period.  I have seen dogs who blended in the same day they arrived at their new home and some who took weeks, months and, in extreme cases, a couple of years.

I adopted a few of these extreme cases.  For instance, my Yorkie Clyde, my Shih Tzu Soleil who took 2 1/2 years to trust me.  I am presently fostering a very cute Poodle/Bichon Frise mix who was with us for several months, was adopted and came back after almost 6 months.  Why?  Difficulty to adapt to new people.  Orbit is afraid of many things and most people.  He came back to me and I have had him for several months after his return.  He is improving slowly, but it will take more time.

I got to think about how quickly some dogs adapt and how slowly some others do.  Then I asked myself, how did I handle change in my life when it occurred?  How well or fast did I adapt?  I am French-Canadian born and raised, from Montreal, QC, Canada.  I lived there for the first 45 years of my life.  In March 2001, I decided to move to Texas and establish myself in a new life, new goals, new everything.  I left what I knew; family, friends, country, job...  I thought it would be a piece of cake.  I was the furthest from the truth.  When I landed at DFW on March 31, 2001, I never imagined it would take me 1 1/2 years to adapt to my new home, laws, culture, city; I felt disoriented for a good period of time.  I didn't have friends, no family, no clue of where was what.  To say it was hard is an understatement.  Many times I contemplated going back home because I thought I couldn't make it.

I grieved for my home, my native language, my family, my friends, the snow, the country.  Tears were shed, many times.   I persisted and finally adapted and I am very happy I did because I met great people in Texas, made friends, adopted wonderful dogs.  During those years, I had a serious accident that resulted in two back surgeries, knee and hip surgery and severe nerve damage.  I am permanently partially disabled.  And I thought..."Here we go again!"  Something else to adapt to.  It took several years of physical therapy, treatments, surgeries, medication to be able to work and walk again.  Because of my left leg and foot being numb, I slip and fall very often.  I cannot look in front of me when I walk or I will trip on something.  I have to look where I put my foot since I don't feel what I walk on, or I will fall.  Did I adapt overnight? Gosh no!  It's been since 2006 and I still trip and fall when I walk because I have not yet adapted to looking down instead of looking ahead or I will fall on my face!

During the course of my life, I was told after several years of not feeling well, that I had Celiac Syndrome and had to change my diet to a gluten-free.  I had to leave behind everything I enjoyed eating for a completely different way of eating and living.  How did that go?  Well, I needed the help of a dietitian to help me adapt to new tastes and foods.  It is true for every change we go through; from a death of a family member or a friend, to getting or losing a job, getting divorced, meeting someone new, menopause, and as common as having new glasses or dentures to wear!

I understand what adapting is about and cannot, and will never give a time frame to anyone asking me how long their new dog will take to adapt.  I know that, without the patience and understanding of the people around me, I would not have made it.  Our new companion deserves and needs the same support that we expect and hope to get with any change in our life.  The changes in HIS life (being relinquished to rescue, new forever home, new pack members, new food, new habits, new training methods, abandonment, neglect,  etc.) will need our patience and understanding... and lots of love.

How long does it take for a dog to adapt to his new home?  Does it really matter?  As long as the reward is a faithful, loyal, loving companion, it really doesn't matter.

Linda Van Asveld
Sheree's Dog Rescue

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Perfect Dog

Unfortunately folks, it does not exist.  I talk with adopters on a daily basis and I hear all kinds of requests regarding what a dog should be to be their perfect new family member.  From being 100% house trained to perfectly obedient, to non-barking, non-shedding, non-this, non-that.

The dog they think is so cute must also be laid back, but playful, well behaved but not boring, obedient but inquisitive, be a guardian but not bark or bite.  The coat must be non-shedding but they don't have time to brush daily and must not be too costly to maintain.  Fido must adapt immediately to a new schedule, food, home, family; he must not react to the traumatic change by having diarrhea or throwing up on the carpet.  He must not cry at night because he is lost and afraid, not understanding what is happening to him... again.

He must get along with the other animals already living in the house as he comes in and must not have any aggressive response to their probing, sniffing, growling or dominant behavior because he will immediately be returned for being anti-social.

Knowing where is place is in his new environment on the very first day is mandatory.  Playing on cue so the new owners can fuss over how good and pleasant he is, is not an option.  Behaving like he has always lived with his new family, not being skittish when meeting the whole neighborhood the very same day he goes to his new home is a given!

I ask myself how many of us, humans, would do everything right, know it all and not be nervous on our very first day on a new job.  How many would not make mistakes, be pleasant, feel comfortable on the first day you work with a new crew and learn a new trade.

Practice makes perfect... PRACTICE, TIME, PATIENCE, TOLERANCE, LOVE; a lot of it is what we all need to become "almost" perfect.  If us, humans, cannot achieve perfection, why do we expect it from our dog(s).  Why are we so intolerant with the animal who worships us the most, regardless of our flaws, lack of   good judgement and patience.  Why are we expecting perfection when we know it is impossible for any animal or human to be flawless.

We have had dogs in our rescue who lived with us from several months to several years before being ready to be adopted to a new family.  The trauma they endured was too overwhelming for them to adapt to anything else.  With time, patience, training, and a lot of love, cuddles and praise, most turned the corner and made it to their new forever home.

When I have people adopting one of my dogs call me after a few hours to return him because he doesn't play with their current pet or doesn't want to go tinkle outside, or is not hungry that day, I simply lose my wig!  Give it time, be patient and let dogs be dogs.  Give your new companion what you would like to be awarded if you would have to go through the same changes... Time, understanding, patience, tolerance, and lots of love.

Let dogs be dogs and communicate together and set boundaries for each other.  They will figure it out.  Short of drawing blood, don't try to mingle in dog talk; let them sort it out, while supervising.  Many dogs came and left my house and my rescue to be adopted since 2004... something like 500.  To say we never had problems would not be true, but we have never had a serious problem with any of them but 2!

Before getting a dog, do your homework on the breed, the gender, the type of personality to be sure it is what will suit you best.  Be ready to house train, leash train, do obedience training and have patience with your new friend.  

People don't want to be disturbed in their ways and don't want to put an effort in working with their new companion.  Dogs are so much smarter than we are.  They feel things about us and they are on target, and we cannot even figure out, most of the time, why they are distressed, what makes them happy.  We are not in touch with how and why they react to what is going on around them and what affects them.  I don't know anyone who was born knowing it all.  We went to school, we had parents to teach us manner and how to deal with everything happening around us.  Dogs are like us.  They need us to teach them what we expect of them.  They were not born knowing that their new owners will have a cream carpet in the dining room and they are expected to never drool, have an upset tummy, muddy paws on that precious carpet.

When I explain this to adopters, the usual answer is: "Oh, of course, I understand that and a few accidents are not big deal."  Two days, a week later, I get a call about returning the dog because they expected him/her to be house trained and they "cannot deal with that".  "I have a beautiful home and I don't want my carpets and furniture to be messed up or disturbed...  I paid a lot of money for my stuff and I don't want dog pee on it...  I thought "the dog" was housebroken...  Why doesn't he play?...  My daughter wants to dress him up and he runs away from her...  My kids try to catch him and he goes and hides under the table...  Why is he panting?.. "  These are only a few of the things I hear regularly from people who expected "the perfect dog".

Come to think of it, the perfect dog does exist... It's a plush toy.

Linda Van Asveld
Sheree's Dog Rescue


Friday, July 2, 2010

Dawson, Oklahoma Puppymill Rescue

Dawson is a 4-pound senior Yorkshire Terrier recently rescued from an Oklahoma puppymill. He is a total darling; he has the cutest personality too!

Dawson was scheduled for neutering, updating on shots and heartworm testing. We also asked our vet to clean his teeth as his breath was just horrible.

The vet told us Dawson lost all his teeth but four. I also learned that his jaw had been broken! His teeth had exposed roots, infected gums AND the jaw was broken.

Dawson had a lot of difficulty to eat due to all these issues. Shortly after the dental cleaning, he woke up normally but soon crashed and became very lethargic. He was put on IV fluids and he was given B12 and dextrose.

We brought him home a few days later and we monitored him constantly as he didn't want to eat and was so weak. We force fed him with Esbilac and special food with a syringe. For several days, we really thought Dawson would not make it. I finally did. He started to eat on his own and regained some strength.

Dawson is on antibiotics for several weeks to get rid of the gum infection. He will also need to have his jaw treated. He will have to have a metal wire inserted in his jaw to help it heal and solidify. Then, Dawson should be able to completely eat on his own.

We were quoted a fee of $600 for the surgery to repair his jaw. You can help by contributing to Dawson's Jaw Surgery.

No amount is too small; every penny counts!