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Rescue Tales (and Tails!) That Warm the Heart

By Julia Williams

I always have a great time helping to choose the winners for each CANIDAE photo contest. I mean, come on – who wouldn’t enjoy looking at a bunch of photos of adorable pets? The hard part for me is when I have to get down to the business of choosing my favorites. It was even more difficult with this contest, because the theme was rescued pets. So there was the usual menagerie of cute photos, but also heart-tugging stories of how the pets found their forever home.

The #CANIDAEfureverhome Contest, as it was called, received hundreds of submissions. How could we possibly declare one of these beloved pets the winner? They are ALL winners, because they were rescued, and they now have a wonderful home with people who adore them!

Nevertheless, the CANIDAE pet loving panel hunkered down and picked their favorites. I wanted to share their photos and stories here, and a few of the finalists too. I truly wish I could share every one of the touching rescue tales we received because, as I said, all of the pets win by getting adopted!

Dog Winner Chosen by CANIDAE: Macy
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Macy is a 2.5 year old shepherd/collie/mystery rescue from Washington state. She was on her way to the shelter when I found her at 12 weeks. She had already had 3 families that couldn’t handle her energy, but that is what makes her the best hiking/running/adventure partner I could ask for.

 

 

Cat Winner Chosen by CANIDAE: Boots
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You can see in this picture by her ear clip that Boots was originally a true born feral. I finally lured her and her sister inside, but Boots has become my savior and hero during some difficult times the last 2 years. I can do more to her than my other cats like toe rubs, belly rubs and much more. She saved my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Praise of Dog and Cat Rescuers (a Poem)

cat and dog andreaBy Laurie Darroch

People who rescue dogs and cats deserve a thank you for what they do. A rescue animal may come with scars and behavior that takes patience, love, kindness and warmth to work through, or it may be fine and simply needs help finding a forever home. The individuals and groups who offer the love and dedication necessary to help these pets get treatment or healing and help them find a new forever home, are a very special breed of human being. To deal with the issues some rescue animals have takes strength and courage as well as understanding, persistence and dedication.

Whatever the reason a dog or cat is in need of rescue, the people and organizations who help rehome them deserve praise that is often left unspoken. We as humans are the guardians of these beautiful, loyal and loving creatures. Animal rescuers take that a step further and practice the best of human kindness to fight for those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.

This poem about rescue pets was written from the animal’s point of view.

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How to Determine if a Rescue Dog or Cat is a Fit for You

rescue bgraney55By Laurie Darroch

(CANIDAE loves rescue pets! They are running a “rescue” themed photo contest this month, and three lucky pet owners will each win a six month supply of premium quality CANIDAE food for their dog or cat. The details are at the end of this article.)

It is a wonderful idea to adopt a dog or cat in need of rescue. Every animal deserves a chance at a good life with a loving family. For a dog or cat lover, it’s a natural thing to want to give a home to an animal in need. Realistically though, it’s a good idea to look for one that is well suited to your life and living situation, and not just adopt because the animal is cute and in need. The relationship is for a lifetime, so it’s important to determine if a particular dog or cat is the right fit for you. Here are some things to consider.

The Pet’s History

No matter the age of the dog or cat, you are adopting an animal with a history of some kind. In the case of homeless, deserted or abused animals, they may arrive with behaviors that take some adjusting and retraining. Because of their past treatment, a rescue animal may have issues that require a special kind of patience to help overcome.

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Rescue Kitty in Kuwait Thrives on CANIDAE

By Julia Williams

Nowadays, online shopping has made it possible for people in nearly any country to feed their pets premium quality food like CANIDAE. We recently received a delightful story from Walter, an American who is currently living in Kuwait.

Walter has a pretty kitty named Pilly, who was just an itty bitty stray when she was rescued from the streets of Kuwait. Now she lives a great life, eating nutritious food and being spoiled by a man who clearly adores her. Wouldn’t it be great if every kitty in every city worldwide had such a wonderful life?

We loved Walter’s story about Pilly, and thought you might enjoy it also.

From Walter: “I have been living and working in Kuwait at an American military base since August of 2005. I got the cat when my coworker had to leave Kuwait. He found her when she was 2 weeks old and crossing a busy street by herself, and it was 110 degrees. She is about 2 1/2 yrs old now, and she is my boss. I am the pet in this household!

My cat’s name is Pilly. Let me explain. I have maids from India; the company pays for them, so I say OK. Anyway, I showed the maids a tiger on the TV when I was watching NatGeo. I told them that in English, it’s called a tiger. They told me that in their language, Telegu, it’s poolly.
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Months later, I had the cat given to me and when the maids came into my place in the morning, I said ‘Look, a poolly!’ My cat was about 6 weeks old at the time. She was still very tiny, and I fed her with a baby bottle. The maids laughed and said ‘No, poolly means big cat and pilly means small cat.’ So I decided to call my cat Pilly, and my maids do, too.

I was feeding her another brand, but she got fat and wasn’t very healthy. I bought a bag of the CANIDAE Grain Free PURE Sea with Fresh Salmon food for Pilly. She loves it! Plus, she has lost some weight and she acts differently – she acts HEALTHY! She also looks very healthy! Now she is beautiful. Thank you, and my cat thanks you.

Pilly loves to sit and watch the happenings down below from the balcony, where she has a prime viewing spot next to her feeder filled with CANIDAE.”

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Thank you, Walter, for sending us such a cute story about your beloved cat. Pilly is adorable, and we’re so glad you rescued her — and that she rescued you right back!

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Snowflake the Siamese Rescue Cat

By Laurie Darroch

Now in her teens, Snowflake is a happy, contented and very loved cat, but that wasn’t always the case. Stephanna B. rescued the flame point Siamese cat when they were both very young.

Stephanna spent much of her time exploring the outdoors and engaging in imaginative play in her big backyard, often getting lost in play for hours at a time. Inevitably the local wildlife made an appearance, including blue bellied lizards and many different types of birds. The family dog was usually included in playtime and exploring. They were often spotted playing in the tall wild grasses and digging in the sandy soil, perfectly happy and content.

Unbeknownst to the young girl, an underweight, very wary half-grown cat was keeping an eye on the activities, deciding if this interesting, free spirited little girl was safe to be around. She had cause to pause, as she was an abused cat and humans had not been her allies in her young life.

Slowly the cat began to come into the yard, and Stephanna would talk to her. She made a little bed for the cat out of a cardboard box and lined it with soft bedding, then placed it up in her wooden fort at the top of her swing set. Safe under the overhead canvas roof of the fort, the cat soon found the little house to be a sanctuary and the young girl to be gentle and affectionate. They bonded, but the cat still wandered. She returned more and more often to the big untamed back yard and the happy little girl.

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