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!!
What, 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.
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 working 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.”
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, there 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Here at the Our Companions Sanctuary, we’re always seeking ways to give our dogs the most normal and home-like life that we can. One thing that goes a long way toward that goal is the “field trips” we take them on. Being located in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, we’re very lucky to have a number of trails and parks in the area that our staff and volunteers can bring our dogs to for some exploration and adventure. And as the weather warms, it opens up so many possibilities to give our pups a fun day away from home.
The sun is out and someone has turned up the heat these past few days so we are enjoying it the best way that we know how – pool time! We have one pup in particular that could very well be part fish (try putting that info on Petfinder…) and her name is Lucy! During Lucy’s stay at the sanctuary she has learned that she is a great swimmer and loves to lounge in the water but there are also the days that her inner puppy emerges and the result is lots of pouncing and zoomies! Please check out the clip below to see what we mean:
Lucy has also showed her teachers how smart she is by demonstrating that learning can be fun too! Lucy has opted to learn her lessons in our weekly sanctuary class from the pool this week. She is learning the value of being calm while there are other dogs and activitiy occurring outside of the fence. As you can imagine, this is a skill that is difficult for certain dogs but essential to existing happily at the Our Companions Animal Sanctuary. Lucy looks like she is an excellent student.
This gal is beauty and brains all wrapped into one petite package!