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Helping to find rescued Ratties in need their second chance at life in good fit forever homes.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Celebrating Our 2014 Adopted Foster Dogs!

Our household fostered four foster dogs to adoption in 2014!!!

First was Sybil. Miss Sybil hit a speed bump in her first adoption with New Rattitude, but she is not worried now! Sybil (Kiki) has a wonderful family who absolutely adore her. She is never alone as her dad is retired and has a shop at home. She also gets to go on walks with her mom all the time and she goes everywhere with her people and that is what Sybil prefers!

Sybil (Kiki) Happy Tails to you, so happy to have been able to help you to your forever home.

Second adopted was Neon (now Rowan), this little gal was sure a hoot and I think I ended up with more photos of Neon in the short amount of time she was with us than any other foster dog. She was constantly doing something adorable. She also got a lot of attention and we are so happy that she was adopted into a forever home with another New Rattitude alumni, Sydney (now Aela). Rowan and Aela have settled in wonderfully and are sisters in everything they do. Their mom and dad got married over the summer and the girls even got to be part of the wedding! We love when our foster dogs become part of a family, so cherished and loved.

Neon the bouncy puppy!

What a cutie!
CongRats to Rowan and Aela's mom and dad!

Rowan celebrating her 1 year birthday and look at how big she is!

Silly girl. Look how confident and regal she has become.

Our next foster kid adopted in 2014 has a very very special place in our hearts. All our foster dogs are dear to us, but there was one we just knew we could never get enough of and this special boy became our very own furbaby. Timken was with us for 8 months before we adopted him. He is a special boy with some special needs and we made the decision we couldn't part with him. It was a good choice for us and for Tim! Tim continues to make baby steps in his confidence and in a little over a year he has really bonded to us and I believe he has learned to trust us. One thing he loves to do is K9 Nosework and it proficient in all 3 odors now. He also loves to go on his off leash trail walks every day, rain or shine, and when he is on "his" trails he is able to let loose and be a silly, confident rattie.

In the beginning Tim had to work up the courage to be close to me

Tim used to be very afraid of new places or people. He is still uncertain but with us as his home base he is able to work through it.

The first time Tim snuggled with Dave.... it took a few months for him to feel ok to snuggle, he snuggles with one of us every day now :)

Tim loves to fetch egg babies and is really good at it! Look at that much more confident boy!

I just love this photo of Skip and Tim a couple of months ago. Tim has come out of his shell and can be a silly rattie now. We are very happy he is forever a part of our family.
And the last foster furkid to be adopted from our home in 2014 was Annie! Annie had been adopted through New Rattitude before but her dad got very ill and could not keep her. Once a New Rattitude dog always a New Rattitude dog! We had a spot for her and she wasn't with us long. Annie is such a people loving dog and let me tell you, her retired dad spends every waking and non waking moment with Annie. He has fibromyalgia and has to sleep in his easy chair due to pain but Annie gently snuggles with him and comforts him. Annie's mom is a big walker and they live right by a large walking trail system. Annie and mom go walking up and down all the hills and then Annie gets to sleep part of the night in bed with mom, until it is time to comfort dad. Annie is everything to her mom and dad AND all the neighbors come to visit too! Turns out everyone loves Annie! We couldn't be happier for her and her people.

Annie loves to go for walks.
Here is a photo I got of Miss Annie with her dad. She is looking so good! They have continued with her weightloss plan and she is looking fabulous.

Coming up will be some more Nosework posts as Birdie, Liza, and even Jenny are going to be playing catch up to their brother's Skip and Tim in Nosework skills. We start in January and it is going to be a blast.

Our Northwest Region had 55 adoptions in 2014, please see the wonderful video card celebrating each one. http://tinyurl.com/l88qgz5  

Happy New Year everyone. May 2015 be prosperous, healthy, and peaceful. Make a resolution to walk those furkids!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Do Eyes, Ears, Cuddling, High Fives, and Hot Dogs Have In Common? Pupdate...

I will admit when we dropped this little gal off at her new home over a year ago I actually wailed in the car on the way home. Don't get me wrong, I was extremely happy for her to have her forever home and I was 100% sure her mom and dad were "the ones" for her and she for them,  but I had gotten attached to the little bugger.

We are so happy we get updates with photos from her mom a couple of times a year and this last update came with a surprise. Headshots of a little girl who had always been very camera shy!

I bet most of you know who I have been talking about....yup SIERRA! Look at this girl now! Yes I had been sad to say goodbye but I am not sad now. I am full of joy for this sweet rattastic girl and her mom and dad, she is the apple of their eyes, and she deserves no less.

Sierra's mom wrote, "Sierra is so much fun these days...it's funny, I keep thinking "Oh, she's really come out of her shell since we got her," but it turns out there's always more personality to reveal. She's hilarious. Such a goof, especially when she's in play mode. Also, she's the cuddliest dog I've ever known. No dog wants to snuggle as much as she does, and I love it!" (her mom calls this photo, "those eyes and ears") 
Sierra doing her "high five".

Sierra in her adorable hot dog Halloween costume.

Sierra cuddling with mom...and smiling :)

Sierra with one of her signature "toofie grins". When I think of Sierra this is the look that always comes to my mind.
So now you know what eyes, ears, cuddling, high fives, and hotdogs all have in common! Sweet Sierra.