Brody is home and settling in with his new family, a family that includes most dogs’ coveted dream, a boy to call his own! Before going any further and gushing about how much he is loved and spoiled let’s take a stroll down Memory Brody lane. Brody, a purebred southern mutt, seems to be an adorable mix of Chow, hound, etc. You name it, he’s got it! Brody came to live at the Sanctuary in June of 2016 from a home that found they were unable to keep him. Being a dog that Our Companions originally helped place in 2010 we honored our commitment to take him back but thankfully this time we had a Sanctuary to support him! It’s always a hard transition for any dog that walks through our doors, especially one that knew the comfort of a real home, but we did what we do best and dedicated lots of time, love and delicious food to this sweet boy and allowed him to shine! During his year at the Sanctuary his gentle demeanor and lovable personality won him lots of friends but it was his signature “AH-CHOO” trick that made both visitors and volunteers alike, giggle uncontrollably! Brody was a pro at showing of his trick and happily accepted its reward of a cookie or chin scratch! While being such an easy going boy he did have some quirks that scared him, loud sudden noises such as one would hear from an oversized/rattling truck caused him distress but we were able to comfort him and work with him to gain further confidence in himself and his handlers. While Brody thrived at the Sanctuary it was obvious that he needed more. As with most dogs, the Sanctuary is meant as a respite, a temporary spot to stay until something better comes along and we are so happy to share with you that it was Brody’s time to move on to bigger and better! He currently lives with a boy that is beyond excited to have a new family member, in a house that welcomes him with open arms and a back yard to chase all the squirrels that his heart desires! It seems hard to think of a better place for Brody to live! We wish him heaps and mounds of well wishes, snuggles and all the treats that one could ever eat!
Some admit that they are most definitely NOT a fan of the winter weather. The snow and wind are enough to drive in the most durable of people. Some even look at the social media pictures of others skiing down steep hill’s of fluffy white snow and think, ‘not me, pass the cocoa’. Dogs aren’t too different so while some relish the glorious and sparkly foot of white that sits on their yards others prefer to cozy up and wait for the sun to shine and the flowers to bloom. The sanctuary enjoys a good mix of adventurous snow lovers and other “cocoa” dogs. Some of them even go out with our wonderful volunteers and enjoy the company of a snow angel or two…
When the storm is done howling and with a little encouragement, the dogs don their coats and walk the paths that have been lovingly shoveled and snow-blowed for them and most find that there is a bounce in their step and their inner puppy is quickly unleashed. Enjoy the peek into the winter wonderland that we are currently enjoying!
As you can see, we not only make snow angels here, we rescue them as well!
Some of you are happy to see 2016 come to an end and some of you are choosing to look back on the year with all of it’s wondrous and fond memories. The dogs can say the same thing, some of them had a remarkable year and some of them are looking forward to the opportunities that 2017 have to offer. Regardless of the group that we may focus on I think it’s safe to admit that 2017 is going to be a great year and we are ready to welcome it with open arms (and paws!). Here at the Sanctuary we always love to take a moment to reminisce over the past year by looking back on the dogs that we have been able to help. Some of them have left for their happily ever after and some are still gracing our doorways but one thing holds true, both staff and volunteers are delighted to call them “family”. These dogs have created so many smiles and stories through their interactions with those that spend time with them that they have unwittingly sewn an invisible string of love connecting us all. These dogs are the embodiment of love and we are lucky to have them in our lives.
Welcome, 2017 and all of the memories that you have in store for us.
Interns are an amazing integration to making the Sanctuary work to its full capacity and we enthusiastically welcome their help and expertise! We’ve recently had to say goodbye to our Fall UCONN interns and we want to thank them all for their great work this semester! Not only were they a huge help with the day to day chores but they also played a big role in the progress that many of our dogs have made over the past few months. This progress has ultimately lead to the adoption of a handful of our dogs! They did many field trips with our dogs (who doesn’t like going off and having fun!) and assisted in executing behavioral and training plans. For example, they worked very hard on Gordie’s and Aspen’s training and even took Gordie, Aspen, and Brody to class some weeks. This was a very dedicated group!
We wish them all the luck in the world for their futures in animal care.
Thank you Brittany, Carolyn, Natalia, and Tiffany!!
Lucy is currently our only sanctuary guest interested in taking full advantage of the pool accommodations that we provide all of the pups at the sanctuary. She just can’t get enough of it! We hope that her playful antics help to keep you cool on this sun-soaked day!
Take time to splash around and then be sure to wrap up in a big towel and relax in the air conditioning!
At last, it seems that summer might be here! The pups (especially our pool fanatic, Lucy) have been enjoying some lounge time in the 80 degree weather and the cool sensation of a frozen Kong in order to keep cool. We hope that you have some relaxing plans ahead of you over this long weekend but if you choose to get out and enjoy the fine weather then we encourage you to come take a tour of the Our Companions Animal Rescue Sanctuary! The Sanctuary is open to the public every Saturday from 1pm-3pm and we would love to meet you!
A wonderful group of preschoolers from Room 6 at the Manchester Preschool Center took on a thoughtful project of making some homemade dog cookies for the sweet pooches at the Our Companions Animal Sanctuary – and they were a hit! We are so grateful for the small hands that have made these dogs so very happy! They were even sure to list the ingredients that were in the treats so we would be able to avoid any potential allergy issues. These kids are some super smart cookies!!
It was a fine Fall day for the Our Companions Animal Sanctuary to host a celebration, and what a celebration to behold! The sanctuary has officially been open for three years and has since been helping beautiful felines and canines find their loving forever homes. This sanctuary holds such a close place in the hearts of many, especially the volunteers who give so much of their time and attention to making sure the animals are happy and thriving. It was so nice to celebrate with some of these amazing individuals over some apple cider and cupcakes (featuring the faces of some of the pets to have been at the sanctuary over the past year) and get to know a little more about them. Stories were shared over the antics of the dogs and fond memories were expressed over the playful kitties.
We even had some beautiful pumpkins donated by a very talented volunteer! Thanks Jane!!
A special guest made an appearance as well! Johnny came out to see so many of his admirers before he embarked on his next stage in life, a wonderful new home with an amazing family. A true Cinderella story for the large sick lab that spent the last two years of his life healing and forging friendships with everyone he met. tears of joy were shed as well as lots of lingering snuggles. We’re so happy for you, Johnny!