Meet Chrissy, a Collie / Australian Shepherd mix we pulled from the shelter on her last day. She was a young adult with no training, was unhousebroken, and had some aggressive tendencies. Thankfully, the shelter that had her didn't do the currently popular but severely flawed "temperament testing" that surely would have rendereded her unplaceable and ended her life without any opportunity to be rescued. After some homeopathic veterinary care, a good grooming, fresh food and supplements, and obedience training based on positive reinforcement, she was happy, healthy, and ready to be taken into her forever home. She now plays on the beach every day with her own little girl and is a cherished member of her new family.
This is Fair Ellen, an American Eskimo Dog.
She was pulled from the shelter where we
discovered her with two newborn pups
dying on the cold cement floor of her
kennel. No one at the shelter had noticed
she was pregnant. We couldn't save the
puppies, and Ellen had a horrible bladder
infection from refusing to urinate in the
small kennel where she tried desperately
to keep her newborns clean and warm.
With her puppies gone, she went into a
severe depression and refused to eat.
I held her in my arms and pleaded with
her to take bits of baked chicken, which
she refused. Finally, I brought her a tiny
kitten. She nuzzled the baby for a few minutes, then came to me and licked my face. She knew that I understood. She didn't want to mother the kitten, but she then acceped my empathy, and took the food I had been offering. Eventually she began to play. Finally, after many weeks, she decided she was ready to be re-homed. Ellen is pictured here with her new owner three months after re-homing. She's now a happy girl in her forever home!
Bengie and Timothy are two darling Maltese who
had spent their entire lives being loved and
cherished, until the day their owner died and
they ended up in a tiny cage in the the back
room of an ill maintained shelter. Under the laws
of probate, they had to spend thirty days there,
after which their lives were left in the hands of
the shelter manager. He had the option of
killing them, deeming them unplaceable to the
public, or allowing a rescue to take them.
Thankfully, he chose to send them here. They
arrived in urine soaked fur, and suffering from
bad ear and mouth infections. Both of little
Benjie's eyes were sealed shut with stinky,
matted hair. The vet who had neutered them
that morning had made a note on the paperwork;
"may have an eye problem". Their surgical
sites were surrounded by smelly, filthy fur. It was immediately clear these two tiny ones were used to much better care and treatment, and they responded immediately to a loving home environment, a thorough grooming, much needed vet care, and fresh, wholesome food. Once they had recovered from their ordeal, a number of people inquired about taking one of them, but there was no question these two had to remain together. They finally found their new home in Arizona with a wonderful couple who had another Maltese -- a dog who had been grieving for a lost friend. They were once again little kings in their castle, just as every dog should always be.
PLEASE -- If you haven't already done so, make provisions TODAY for the care of your dogs in the case of your death. Don't just assume your family members will care for them. Put them in your will, and make SURE the person you will them to both WANTS them, and is able to care for them as well as YOU do.
For nearly thirty years, Chekia was an active Dog Rescue.
Terry Thistlethwaite began rescuing dogs unafilliated in Connecticut in the 1970's.
In the late 1980's, she joined with Jean Roberts
and members of the Collie clubs in Northern CA to found what was then known
as Collie Rescue of Nor Cal. In the mid 1990's, she instituted
the first Collie rescue in the state of North Carolina.
Upon returning to California later in that decade, she joined with
Heartbandits American Eskimo Dog rescue to establish
Chekia Dog Rescue as their Southern CA chapter.
These are just a few of the stories which came from that legacy;
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Little Jeremy Maltese was slated to be euthanized by the shelter because no rescue group wanted to take on the expense of a little dog who had been hit by a car and needed extensive surgery. While it took a huge effort to raise, borrow, and glean enough from a small income to get the $2000 bill paid, Jeremy got his surgery. Here you can see his happy little face just two days home from the hospital and recovering nicely with his favorite toy by his side.
Later, as the picture to the left testifies, Jeremy came to befriend a real bunny and they became almost inseparable. In fact, Jeremy was such a gregarious little guy that he made friends with just about every other creature he ever came in contact with. He was undoubtedly one of the most precious, loving, and truly wonderful dogs I have ever had the privilege to know. Though his rescue was costly, his recovery was priceless.
Gretchen came from the euthanasia room of a
high kill shelter with only minutes to spare.
She had been turned in by family members of
her deceased owner because they no longer wanted
the responsibility of an "older" dog. She was ten years old at the time. I soon discovered she was
also pregnant. As her unborn puppies grew, an old injury (she'd likely been hit by a vehicle) caused her uterus to break through into her chest. With her uterus and intestines in her chest cavity, and her liver sitting on top of her collapsed lung, the vet did not believe that he could save her. .... But he did.
Once again the cost of the surgery took many
months to pay off, but Gretchen's full recovery
Thirteen years later, Gretchen remains here; happy, healthy, and unconcerned that no one wanted an "older dog" of
This precious little Maltese came from a shelter
intent on doing their "job" of removing her
reproductive organs despite the fact that doing so
made it impossible to remove multiple tumors on her
belly area for several life threatening months.
There simply was not enough skin to stretch over a
new surgical site until it had time to grow back after
the unnecessary but "required" hysterectomy .
Poor little Hannah had to endure two invasive
surgeries within four months time, and you
can see the painful result in the photo.
She came here when another rescue could not be found which would take on her medical expenses. Of course, she had to remain here for many months awaiting first surgery, and then full recovery, but ultimately she found an adoring home with a retired mom and daughter team. Ten years later, she is still the light of their lives.
While Chekia is no longer an active dog rescue,
expenses are still incurred by
the few unplaceable dogs
who will live out their lives here,
as well as those who are occasionally
returned by the family of a deceased owner,
or someone unable to fullfill their
original commitment for lifetime care.
Contributions to help defray these expenses
are always appreciated.