From stuck on a junk pile to chasing butterflies and playing with a new sister, Checkers is living THE life!

A few months ago, Kim Fike graciously saved a dog named Bandit from his life on a chain in a lot  full of junk. He didn’t seem to be guarding it … he was only 8-10 months old and was very mild-mannered. We found this fabulous Border Collie, English Springer Spaniel posted on Craigs List as Checkers.

Shortly after Real Good Dog Rescue got involved and posted this young boy, Jesse Taylor saw him and knew he needed to give this fabulous dog his forever home. These pics show Checkers, now called Takoda, playing with his new sister Tallulah, formerly Barbie, who was also adopted from Real Good Dog Rescue!

So, whether or not you’re able to keep up with the name changes (Bandit to Checkers to Takoda and Barbie to Tallulah), you can certainly agree that these two dogs are having a great time with dad, Jesse.

If it’s another weekend day, Real Good Dog Rescue’s Dogs and Puppies are Mingling with the Public!

Whew … Real Good Dog Rescue had its final adoption event of the weekend on Sunday. We were at the Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling from 8a-4p on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday we were invited to Bartlett Hollywood Feed for an adoption event. People were there to see our great dogs and puppies even before the doors to the store were open!

Harry, our Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie mix puppy, was adopted by a great family. Lots of other folks came by to pet the dogs and puppies, give them some love, and fill out applications for adoptions.

If you’re looking for a great puppy or dog, come visit us at our next adoption event this coming Saturday, April 4, from 11am-3pm, at Hollywood Feed, 2013 Union Avenue, Memphis.

Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling Scores on Adoptions!

Well, yesterday’s event at the Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling at the Agricenter’s Big Red Barn was a fabulous day. We had some fun when some of the scattered storms came thru, but had smartly brought tarps and tarp holders so our dogs (and volunteers) would stay dry.

We’ve got to say, we were ecstatic about the adoptions we got at this event. On Friday, Indy went to her forever home. On Saturday, Chloe, Simone, Ebony, Georgia, Alfie, Macy, Widget, and Duffy/Frankie were adopted.

Unfortunately, technology failed us. We had some great photos of our adopters, the event, and the many folks who stopped by to pet our dogs and puppies. But we got a “memory card failure” as we were taking some final photos. No matter what we’ve tried to do to recover the images, they seem to be gone. Sigh.

Thankfully one of our other volunteers came by part-way thru the event and was able to take some fab photos. We are hoping to be invited back to this event next year, for the 6th annual Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling!

Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling is a Fine Place to Be

Real Good Dog Rescue is at the Master Gardeners’ Spring Fling event with several of our great dogs and puppies. On Friday we had a couple of possible adoptions and we look forward to seeing more people and having more adoptions today! Come join us at the Agricenter’s Big Red Barn from 9am-4pm today.

If you can’t join us today, we’re at Bartlett Hollywood Feed tomorrow, Sunday, March 29 from 1pm-4pm, 6722 Summer Avenue (Highway 70), the corner of Whitten Road & Summer Avenue.

Spring has sprung and our dogs and puppies are excited!

Today was a slow day at Hollywood Feed on Union Avenue in Memphis. We had a lot of folks stop by and play with our cute dogs and puppies, but no firm adoptions. Might have had something to do with the fact that the Memphis Tigers were playing basketball … in an attempt to go to the Sweet Sixteen.

We were pleased that some people talked with us about fostering dogs. Having more foster homes is important, as that means we can rescue more from a most certain death at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

We had some new faces with us today – like Simone, Mr. Scruff, Babs, and Kramer. Keep up with all our adoptable dogs and puppies here.

Here are some candid shots of today’s event. If you were there, you might even spy yourself in some of the shots!

Having fun at Schechter School

Good Dog Rescue volunteers, Cindy & Jerry Russell, spent part of this afternoon with 7th and 8th graders in Michal Almalem’s class. We talked with them about our great dogs and puppies, how they could get involved in helping advance causes of importance to animals, and about the do’s and don’ts of being with dogs.

Of course, it was a really fun topic and we couldn’t really go wrong, as we brought with us Lindsey (adoptable Australian Shepherd/Spitz mix) and Jessie Wiggles (adopted Shetland Sheepdog/Sheltie mix). Dogs and kids do well together. The dogs really tell their own stories!

We created a couple of things for today’s session and you might enjoy having a look at them.

Good Dog Rescue volunteers are happy to come to schools and other gatherings of people to talk about a variety of issues – humane care, rescue/volunteer work, animals in research, and other topics. Send any requests to the blog mistress and she’ll get back with you!

Poplar Plaza Petco Provides Plenty of Potential Adopters

Nice weather brings people and doggies out of their shell! We had a great day at Poplar Plaza Petco today, where 3 of our great dogs were adopted. Amy, Lucy Red, and Bailey went to their forever homes. We had a lot of interest on several of our other dogs and puppies as well.

We would love for you to join us at next week’s adoption event: Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 11am to 3pm at the Union Avenue Hollywood Feed Store, located at 2013 Union Avenue.

Here are some adoption and candid shots from today’s event. Hope to see YOU in our camera lens in the near future!

It’s getting to be spring and good dogs and puppies are in the mood!

On a nice and warm spring-like day in March, March 7th, 2009 to be precise, Real Good Dog Rescue took several of our dogs and puppies to Hollywood Feed at 2015 Union Avenue and set up for an adoption. We had a lot of fun and our dogs and puppies were in great moods as folks stopped by to pet them, cuddle them, and, in some cases, adopt them!

Adopted yesterday or earlier this week were Happy Hal, Hootie, Ozzie, Sarge, Stretch, and Wrigley. What a great time of year to be adopting your forever friend … a time of renewal, when the grass and flowers begin growing in the yard, and when the longer days are here for great walks and playtime.

Thanks to everyone who came by yesterday to meet our dogs and puppies. Thanks to Hollywood Feed, Union Avenue location, for providing such a great venue for our adoption event. Have a look at our happy faces! Clicking on any of them will take you to a larger picture.

Ollie returns for a visit

Ollie and Anne

Ollie and Anne

We rescued Ollie, a Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix, from the Memphis Animal Shelter about 9 months ago. She then weighed about 35 lbs. Founder, Lisa, said it was love at first sight when she spied Ollie at the shelter.

Ollie was adopted by Anne Bass in May 2008 and has found doggie heaven! Anne stopped by Hollywood Feed @ Union Avenue yesterday with Ollie to show us how she was doing.

As you can see, Ollie is slightly more than 35 lbs now! She is a very happy young dog who loves to give hugs and kisses. According to Anne, Ollie’s favorite evening position is when her person is on the couch, Ollie gets up beside her and gets on her back, placing her head in Anne’s lap.

Ollie loves romping in her large backyard and enjoys finding squirrels to meet and greet! She and Anne go on walks and Ollie has play dates with a neighbor’s dog, Diogi.

We were excited when Ollie got adopted (read here) and we were so excited to see Ollie yesterday again. Thanks, Anne, for staying in touch.

We invite all of you who’ve adopted dogs or puppies from us to send us your pictures and updates or to stop by any of our upcoming adoption events. We’d love to hear about how all in the family are doing.

Rocky Sanders Jolie-Pitt fits into his blended family

rocky-griffonOur Brussels Griffon, Rocky, has found himself a fabulous family with the Sanders.

Little did Dee Sanders know when she popped into the Hollywood Feed on Central Ave. that she would end up Mom to a fourth baby!! At that point she was Mom to Misha age 12, Midge (a rescue) age 9 and Clement age 6….so she stopped in to buy dog food. Good Dog Rescue was there…one of the volunteers was holding Rocky, a 4 year old Brussels Griffon…..their eyes met and that was that!!

Dee went home…worked her magic on the Dad of the family, Bob…and the next morning called Lisa and asked if she would bring Rocky for a visit. The whole family fell in love, well….Clement (a male Maltese) is working on “love”…he is at “acceptance” now!

Since they are a family with a white, black, brown and now red dog….they jokingly refer to Rocky as Rocky Sanders Jolie-Pitt!  Bob and Dee were going to New Orleans the next week so they were able to bring two dogs back to Good Dog from Baton Rouge….Scotty and Ellie….two more great dogs to find homes for!

Thanks, Dee and family, for opening your home up to a great young dog *and* for helping out even more dogs by providing transport for Scotty and Ellie.

Dee and Rocky

Dee and Rocky