Rosie’s Recovery

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You would think that anyone who saw this face would fall instantly in love with Rosie, but there was a time when she was treated with very little love.

Rosie came to us from the Manchester Animal Control.  She had been brought to Bolton Vet neglected and malnourished.  She weighed only 17 pounds and was unresponsive.  They worked hard to keep her alive, though it was not always assured that they would succeed.  But she made it through and, once she was stable, needed a place to complete her recovery.  So, she came to the Our Companions Sanctuary, where we could slowly help her build back her weight and her strength, and assess any behavioral problems her ordeal may have caused.

 

 

It’s a testament to a dog’s resilience and capacity for love, however, that Rosie’s emotional scars were few.  She was a resource guarder, and couldn’t live with another dog or cat, but with people, she was nothing but affectionate.  She loved attention, love to hug and kiss, and made quick friends with everyone.  And she surprised us all by being one of the few dogs we’ve had here who was happy and well mannered with all ages of children.

As Rosie’s body recovered and grew up to an appropriate 45 pounds, we nurtured her mind and spirit as well.  She went to training classes and out on field trips to local state parks.  And she worked with at-risk youth as part of our Buddy Project.  She became a volunteer favorite, at least when she wasn’t untying your shoelaces or trying to sneak a treat from you.

And, as often happens here, it was just a matter of time before the perfect family for Rosie walked through our doors.  They had no other pets, which worked great for Rosie.  However, they did have two toddlers, which would have usually meant that we would not have a dog for them.  But Rosie’s love of little kids made her a perfect match for them.

Rosie now lives in a loving home with a family who will make sure she never knows the kind of hardship she previously experienced again.  And in return, she’ll give them no end of fun, laughter, and adorable, soft-eyed head tilts.

Congratulations, Rosie!

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It’s all coming together now!

Here’s our latest update on the construction here at the Sanctuary.  The new buildings are really coming together now!

 

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Check out this gorgeous cat building.  The catios are really taking shape!  The doors have all been installed and include kitty doors for access to the outside playscapes.  Inside, you can really start to see how the place will be set up.  Most of the infrastructure is in place and we’ll have walls up in no time.

And, of course, there’s also the two new dog cottages.  They are also moving right along.  We can already see some pups snuggling on couches and barking for their dinners.

We’re looking forward to sending more updates of this exciting project soon!

Thank you for your support!

The Big Build!

It’s time to check in once again on the progress of our next phase of construction, this time with your adorable canine guide, Lucy!

 

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Lucy is keeping a close eye on the progress.
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The new cat cottage is taking shape!
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Just imagine a room full of happy kitties.
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Look at all those catios!
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Dog Cottage #6 is nearing completion.
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Rear view of Dog Cottage #6.
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Hard at work on Dog Cottage #5!
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Taking a “big picture” view!

The Start of Something Big!

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We’ve started construction on Phase Three of the Our Companions Sanctuary.  Everyone’s favorite foreman, our own Hera, is closely monitoring progress for us.  Here’s some photo highlights of the work so far.

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A new shed for our yard care equipment.
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Let’s move some dirt!
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Building the foundation for a new dog cottage.
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Putting an addition on the garage for food storage.  We’re going to have alot more mouths to feed!
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The foundation for a new cat cottage.  Check out all those catio spaces!

Unemployed No More

jessie-090216bWhat, more than anything in the world, makes for a happy German Shepherd?  A job, of course!  And our Jessie was no exception.  Jessie came to us from a local animal control office, where she had been found stray.  She was not spayed, had a touch of frostbite, and worst of all, had a heart worm infection.  We took her in at the sanctuary, knowing that our staff and our volunteers made us well equipped to guide her through the arduous recovery process.

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Once Jessie arrived, she quickly won everyone’s hearts with her endless affection and lighthearted demeanor.  And boy, did she love to work.  Like any good herder, she always kept a close eye on her flock, namely the staff and volunteers.  She loved meeting and jessie-041916aworking with the other dogs and made some great friends.  Her most valuable job for us was as Henree House hostess, since she could always be counted on to graciously greet any visitor, even small children, and put on a little show.  She also excelled as a Buddy Project dog, helping at risk teens learn dog training skills.  But I think her favorite job could best be described as “tennis ball herder.”

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While Jessie loved all of these jobs, she was definitely missing the one job every dog aspires to:  life long companion to a person of her own.  That person finally came along this summer.  Tim had a traumatic brain injury that had damaged his short term memory.  He was moving into a new home and, while he had great human caretakers, thjessie-071216aere was one vacancy he needed to fill:  a dog to help him through the rough spots and make his life complete.  And we had just the girl for the job.  Jessie and Tim bonded immediately and after a few visits with her, we knew it was the perfect match.  Jessie is now permanently employed, giving her guy unlimited love and support, and of course, chasing down every tennis ball she can.

 

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The Rocket Has Landed

Tkaylee-2his is the story of a wayward rocket who found her way home.  Kaylee arrived at the Our Companions Sanctuary in February of 2014.  She came to us from a local animal control office where she was being treated for a heartworm infection.  She exploded into our lives with lots of energy and lots of love and joy.  But for as much as she was all smiles, all the time, she was also lots work.  She had no obedience training and had not been properly socialized as a puppy.  She loved people, but had no idea about what was appropriate behavior.  We knew we had a project on our hands.  kaylee-6kaylee-072216a

 

 

 

 

 

The first step was to get Kaylee some serious exercise.  Our dedicated volunteers would take her out two to three times a day for walks and playtime, sometimes even taking her for a jog around Ashford Lake or on field trips to a local state park.  Then, there was the obedience training.  Not only did Kaylee get training from the staff and volunteers as part of her daily life, but she was even taken to the Canine College classes that we offer at our kaylee-040116bProgram Center in Manchester.  She excelled at her class work, mastering all of her commands, and even progressing up to a Tricks Class, where she learned to dunk a ball in a toy hoop and even ride a skateboard.  Her high skill level, along with her joyfulness and love, also made her a great candidate for our Buddy Project, where Our Companions dogs are paired with at risk teens to help teach them dog training skills.  Kaylee’s perpetual smile and penchant for flashy tricks made her a favorite of the students.  Then, with her exercise and obedience skills in place, we were able to work on her house manners.  Again, our volunteers worked with dedication and patience to make sure that Kaylee knew how to properly greet people, how to ask to play, and the difference between what was and was not a toy.  This little girl with rocket fuel in her veins was finally getting on course, and we knew our project was reaching it’s end.kaylee-052016d

kaylee-021316aEarly this summer, we participated in a statewide “clear the shelters” event that brought lots of potential adopters to our door.  Many were interested in Kaylee, but then she met “the one.”  A couple who had experience with “project dogs” and who accepted Kaylee for the exuberant girl she was.  Someone to guide Kaylee on the last leg of her journey.  There were many misty eyes at the sanctuary the day Kaylee went to her forever home, but we all knew that this is what Our Companions is all about.  A team of caring people coming together to help a dog like Kaylee find her way.  kaylee-home

Never Too Late

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It’s never too late for a happy ending.  At 11 years young, Bonnie is turning back the clock with every day she spends with us.  She came to the sanctuary a few months ago at a whopping 47 pounds.  She had a tough time getting around and, to make matters worse, had a very large fatty tumor obstructing her movement.  But under the gentle care of our staff and volunteers, she’s dropped several pounds and had a successful surgery to remove her tumor.  She now jogs down our hiking paths and leaps into chairs and couches with ease.  Every day, she gets a little smaller and her joy for life just grows.

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Black Beauty

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Jessie is the picture of canine grace.  And she has an inner beauty to match.  Attentive and affectionate, she never saw a face that she didn’t want to kiss, and her belly is always available for some rubs.

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Jessie came to us from a local animal control office.  She was sighted running loose in the town in winter and, though it took some time and several attempts, they were able to catch her and bring her in.  Once they had her safe and indoors, they saw what a joyful teddy bear she was.

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Unfortunately, she had a few health care concerns that needed addressing.  She needed to be spayed, her skin and coat were in poor condition, and, worst of all, she had a heartworm infection.  We took her in to the Our Companions Sanctuary and, with a little TLC, she quickly blossomed.

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Now, Jessie is a volunteer and visitor favorite.  With her health concerns behind her, she tears around the play yard fetching tennis balls, and has a great time with her doggie friends, Hera and Brody.  She’s well on the way to her fairy tale ending.

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Piper Update

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We’ve gotten our first report back from Piper’s new home!  She’s doing great and settling in to a much deserved life of love and care after her rough beginning.  Read her whole story here:  https://ourcompanionsblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/piper-the-indestructible/

“Our family is so happy to welcome this little girl into our family. We have re-named her Abby and already she responds to her new name! She joins our cat, Sophie, who really wants nothing to do with her, and two goats, Firefly and Paprika, who are both very curious about her.

She has adapted well to our routine. She has learned to “give paw” and we are working on “stay” with some success. She will soon be going to school to learn even more. In keeping with her recovery from surgery, we take short walks, which are always an adventure since she would love to chase every bird, chipmunk and squirrel she sees.”