Good Dog Rooney has crossed the Bridge

Dear Good Dog Rescue,

I wanted to let you know that our beloved Rooney (formerly Blitzen) succumbed to auto immune hemolytic anemia last night (Sunday, August 30, 2009).  We tried every treatment we could, but his body could never regain the Rooney cu cropped amount red blood cells needed to have a normal life.  The past few weeks have been very difficult for him.    He was unable to get around and his quality of life was deteriorating rapidly.  He will be missed, but will live forever in our hearts.

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Rooney touched many lives.  Anyone who was ever around him seemed to love him.  Melissa, Juliet, and I will always have our memories.

When I first met him at the feed store, I knew he was part of my family.  When I met you I knew that he had been in good hands.

I have attached a few photos of Rooney before he got sick.  This is how I choose to remember him.  I also wanted to thank you for the  Roo waiting for rob croppedwonderful work you do with animals.  It is because of you that we were able to have the wonderful times with Rooney.


Robert A. Montgomery – beloved Master of Rooney

Emeril, now Barney, passes the Century Mark!

In Spring 2009, Good Dog Rescue had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of some dogs who were about to be euthanized at the Pocahantas Animal Shelter. Emeril and Whitley were two of those sweet ones. They both had their problems. Emeril came to us laden with ticks and Whitley was heartworm positive.

Well, all turned out okay, thanks to Jan and Dave Stevens. They sent us an update recently – note that Emeril’s new name is Barney and Whitley’s new name is Daisy.

I am pleased to inform you that Barney has completed his first one hundred miles of daily walks.  And he’s loved every minute of it.  And how many minutes do you ask?  It totaled 36 hours.  We have a 1.2-mile route that takes us 25 minutes.  It’s just the right distance and just the right amount of time.  FWIW, we took our very first walk on May 21st. The time and the distance have flown by. Daisy walks with us, of course. But I’ll save those details for another day and another e-mail.

Once again, Jan and I really appreciate your efforts in bringing us together with Barney and Daisy.  Know for a fact that your hard work has made a huge difference in four lives.  God bless Ya!

We’re pleased that Barney and Daisy are getting their exercise and, in so doing, helping their human get his. We’re looking forward to hearing about Daisy and getting some pics of her as well. Thanks for giving our great dogs such a fine place to settle in.

Missouri Max Brings Joy to His Family



Late last year we got the most adorable petite Yorkie Shih Tzu mix we had seen in a long while. Max was his name and attaching himself to a person was his game! He was so adorable, Founder Lisa had a hard time letting him go.

But go he did … to Patsy Shelton and her family. She recently sent us this update:

On January 3,2009 we adopted little Max. He is the most incredible little sweetie we’ve known. He plays and has a very special toy which is a duck which he carefully places under the end of our bed every night. Of course he sleeps with us. He licks this duck’s hair as a cat would clean her kitten. He has made our life happier and even has helped to get our cocker spaniel up and around more. He has not had an accident in the house from the day we brought him home. He doesn’t like to get his feet wet. He loves to go for a walk, loves to ride in the car and even the people at our bank and drugstore always give him a treat when we go thru the drive thru. Thanks for allowing him to come to Missouri.

We are so very pleased that Max has settled in with the Shelton’s. He is so very representative of our typical “good dog” … adorable and looking for lifelong love with a forever family. Thanks for letting us know how he’s doing. We’d love to post some recent pictures of this sweetie.

GOOD DOGS of the DAY – Last call

Saturday, August 29th is the last day Wags and Whiskers, the amazing pet store at 5101 Sanderlin, will be open as a retail storefront.  Bettikay’s ONLINE store will remain open…so CLICK those mouses and fill those carts!

Here’s our line up for this week…and all GOOD DOGS want to thank Bettikay for making it possible for GOOD DOG RESCUE to be cutting edge in having the first DAILY adoption event in the city.

WE LOVE YOU BETTIKAY….more than woofs can say!

Monday, August 24, 2009 Jewel
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Dudley
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Bree
Thursday, August 27, 2009 Kita
Friday, August 28, 2009 Inky

Pokey, now Sophie, has her adoring humans wrapped around her tiny foot

A few months back we had a cute little Jack Russell Terrier named Pokie. Well, Romona spied her and it was love at first sight. Romona adopted her, changed her name to Sophie, and sends us this update on Sophie’s new life.

Just a note to say thanks for all you and Good Dog Rescue do to bring dogs like Sophie to good homes.  We are really enjoying having Sophie here with us and our families have spoiled her quite a bit with toys, treats, outfits, beds, and bags.  She is very special to us.

Sophie likes to be outside in the backyard.  When we’re out playing with her she runs and fetches and chases us, which she really enjoys.  She also like to play hide-n-seek in the house and to chase anything that you throw.  Most of all she likes snuggling and giving free belly rubs!

She is a joy to us and makes us laugh.  We have tried to give her a good home with all the creature comforts she may have been missing. She has regular vet appointments, has been groomed and gets a regular shampoo.  She also has a prescription for her skin allergies, which we fill regularly.  Sophie has gained weight and is now at 14 lbs!  She gets a regular walk each day for about 45 minutes through our neighborhood, which she looks forward to.  There have been a few bad days, but overall she has been just a sweetheart.

Thanks so much for making her available to come into our lives!  I’ve attached some pictures, so you can see how she is doing.

Thanks, Romona, to you and your family for giving our deserving Pokie such a fabulous life. It sounds as if she’s living in the lap of luxury!

Wynonna sings her way to her forever home

Wynonna, daughter of Naomi (of course), got adopted at Wags & Whiskers yesterday. Foster mom, Robin, brought “The Judds” to the event knowing that Wynonna was going to finally separate from her mom.

Mary had fallen in love with Wynonna’s picture and felt as if she’d make a great addition to her family. Apparently all worked out, as last night she sent us this update:

Wynonna did very well!!! The boys and I had a great time with her last night.  She is a good walker, she almost has a gate to her  walk like a show horse.  She is homesick and will not eat or drink anything.  I’m hoping that another good walk today will make her eat and drink.  She is so sweet!!!! It felt so good last night to have my Sons around me, all in good humor at the same time.

Good Dog Rescue is so very happy … for Mary, her sons, and (most especially) for Wynonna who so deserved a fabulous home like this. We wish you many years of happiness.

Tilda finds a new home … before she finds her way onto our website!

Tilda is a sweet young dog (about 1.5 years) who was surrendered by her owner at Memphis Animal Shelter. Her foster parents can’t, for the life of them (or Tilda), figure out why ANYONE would surrender such a dear sweet dog as young Tilda. Lucky for her, Founder Lisa spied her and knew she was highly adoptable and decided to rescue her.

Well, Tilda had been out on an adoption event with the Memphis Animal Shelter. She wasn’t adopted. Maybe it was her non-stop head nodding and frequent leg jerking. The shelter vet thought it was related to old distemper. But when she was sprung from the shelter we took her to one of the best vet diagnosticians in town – Dr. Carolyn McCutcheon of Park Avenue Animal Hospital.

She took one look at Tilda and, after 3 seconds, said “distemper myoclonus.” It appears as if Tilda had distemper earlier in her young life and she has a chronic condition that will likely be with her the rest of her life (although some references describe the myoclonus lessening after a few years).

Well, this didn’t stop or slow down Tilda one bit. She ran and played and had great fun with her foster siblings. We just had to make sure she didn’t get overly tired, as that could increase her twitching.

She went to our Dog Days of Summer that we held at Davis Kidd Bookstore on Perkins Extended. She was a great hit with everyone. In particular, 12 year old Charlotte was smitten with her. She promised her mother that if she was allowed to adopt Tilda she would vacuum every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and she would do other routine household chores. So as to not let her “forget” the promise she was making, older sister Alex captured her promises on her cell phone’s video camera.

Tilda was finishing an antibiotic, so she couldn’t go home with anyone (other than her foster mom). But later in the week, Charlotte’s mom emailed asking about adopting Tilda. Charlotte, she said, was working hard to get her father to agree to allowing her to adopt Tilda. They had decided they were going to adopt Tilda and have her delivery to the home be a surprise to Charlotte.

Tilda and her foster mom went to the family’s home and were met at the door by Charlotte – who was speechless with wide eyes! What a fun sight.

Have a look at the picture and judge for yourself … we think Tilda is going to have a WONDERFUL life with Charlotte, her mom Mary, dad Chris, sister Alex, and brother Barrett. Thanks, family, for giving such a cute and deserving young dog the chance at a wonderful life in your home!

Charlotte is so happy to see Tilda

Charlotte is so happy to see Tilda

Charlotte’s mom, Mary, sent this update on Tilda’s first evening in the home:

Just wanted to let you know that all is going well.  Louisa (one of their other dogs) barked for the first 1/2 block of our walk, and then it was business as usual.  Tilda seems to like chasing Orson (another dog) as he chases his tennis ball in the kitchen.  They’re bonding over that.  There’s still investigation to be done, but Tilda is already part of the family.  Thanks for bringing her today.  Charlotte was definitely surprised!

We always love to hear updates about our fabulous dogs and their placements. Send those to us and we’ll get them posted.

Wags and Whisker’s Adoption Day

With a last minute change for the Good Dog Rescue Team it all came together for us at Wags and Whiskers today.  Lots of dogs and lots of visitors.  There were 6 dogs adopted today and new dogs arriving.

Good Dawgy Days!

Baby, it’s hot outside, but come on over to Wags & Whiskers, 5101 Sanderlin, and chill out with one of our GOOD DOGS!

Monday, August 17, 2009    check our website for GOOD DOGS!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009    Sasha
Wednesday, August 19, 2009    Robin Hood 
Thursday, August 20, 2009    Lexie -doxie pug mix (not on website yet)
Friday, August 21, 2009    Elise

Please call 494-3604 if you have questions about Good Dogs of the Day.

Worth the wait….

is what Dash would say about his new family, the McKinnons, pictured here (sans Dad, Leonard):


Dash was found stray in February by a caring dog lover who posted a plea for help on Craigslist.  Adopters took him but didn’t keep him and he ended up in a local animal control facility.  Good Dog founder accepted the stray in need, now named Dash,  into the rescue, but there was no open foster space and he was placed in a boarding kennel.  This setting drove the young, active dog nuts, causing him to act up at the adoption event he attended.  Hearing of his plight, one of the volunteers heard about Dash’s dilemma and moved him into her pack.  There Dash bloomed into the perfect dog he was meant to be.  He took two baby puppies under his care and mentored them into very well behaved and happy youngsters.  True to his border collie/beagle heritage, his nuturing and calm nature was a major asset in his foster home. 

When Dash went to meet his new family, the true test came when Anna, the family cat, came downstairs to meet him.  Dash, like the gentleman he is, laid down in the foyer and waited for Anna to accept him.  This impeccable behavior, par for the course with this fantastic pooch, won the family over. 

Dash joined his new family last week and, as the saying goes, pictures are worth thousands of words.