Moving our blog … Please move with us!

Happy New Year 2010 to readers of our blog. We have a new blog site for Real Good Dog Rescue that is located at As of today, we will no longer be posting updates on this blog but will move all our activity to the new blog site.

On this current blog site, you will find more than 300 posts spanning April 2008 thru December 2009.

Why do we have a new site, you ask? We’re getting all our sites linked through our current REAL name – REAL Good Dog Rescue! We’ve got a new website @ to accompany our new blog at that you’ll soon be reading.

We hope you like the integration and function of our new Internet-based “locations.” Let us know what you think by checking out our new blog and making a comment there!

Meghan’s having the time of her new life

Meghan is an adorable Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie mix who we rescued from Memphis Animal Services. She was recently adopted to her forever home. From there, she sends her foster mom an email updating us on her new life.

Ms. Vivian,

I’m having the time of my life! This family really needed me. I heard mama tell somebody on the phone she’s prayed for years to God for a magic wand to clean her house, and now He’s sent me!

I’m taking mama to obedience classes. As soon as she gets better at how to do things, I’m going to get her into fly ball or one of those things where you run and jump and do all of those fun things.

Lucy and I went to Camp Bow Wow last Friday for our “interview.” Mom was really nervous that I might not make it, but we passed and we can go back any time we want to, although I’m not sure we’ll be here – Dad keeps mumbling about going to the poor house – wherever that is, but I don’t think mama wants to go.

My sisters are really nice. Lucy and I play all of the time. Winnie doesn’t play much, but she does like to go walking. I think she has inherited the title “Drama Queen” from Winnie’s last sister Buffy. I tried to “play” with her when Lucy had to spend the night at the vet’s after surgery and she just squeeled like I was trying to jump on her. Just because we had a little “accident” when I first came. Really. She didn’t have to have any stitches. Only two little staples that only stayed in for a week.

I hope you like the happy I’ve sent you. I had to chew a lot of catalogue pages before mama got the right one. I’m just so grateful you took me in until mama found me. I think you are an angel.

Love & kisses,

PS I almost forgot. Mama gave me a new name: Princess Running Dog Squirrel Killer Doo Doo Eater!

Thanks, Ethel, for the update! We are so very pleased to hear how things are going! Just the place for our Meghan, er, Ethel!

Millie works wonders in her job as stress reliever

Maxine was owner surrendered at Memphis Animal Shelter with Bree, who we believe to be her mother. At the time, Maxine was approximately 2 years old, weighing 20-25 pounds. She was housetrained and loves people!

Maxine was adopted by Steve and Sue Oehmen at one of our Wags & Whiskers adoption events. They recently sent us this Christmas update, along with some new pics of Maxine, who is now named Millie.

I have attached a few photos of our “Millie” who we adopted last February, if memory serves. She is happy and healthy and owns the place completely. She is a tremendously loving and affectionate companion and always makes us laugh even on those hard days with our students.

Thanks, Steve and Sue, for adopting one of our great dogs and sending us an update. We LOVE to read these … and readers of our blog also love to read these stories that reinforce the love that these rescued dogs bring into our lives.

Here are some updated pics of Millie.

Maggie Silver & new best bud, Rupert, “paws” for a Christmas shot

At this past week’s adoption event, Maggie Silver, one of our newest rescue dogs, was adopted by Haley Vincent. Haley already had Rupert, who looks amazingly similar to Maggie Silver. It was love at first sight for all of them.

Once home, Haley got them both dressed up in their holiday finery and Maggie Silver and Rupert cooperated by posing under the Christmas tree.

What a fabulous Christmas present! Thanks, Haley, for sharing with us – and for adopting adorable Maggie Silver.

Maggie Silver and Rupert make FABULOUS holiday gifts under Haley's tree!

Recent coverage of the Memphis Animal Shelter

Things continue to move in what seems to be a positive manner with resolving issues at Memphis Animal Services. Here’s a link to a recent Commercial Appeal story about a report of the conditions at the shelter and some of the positive changes made.

Whitley, now Daisy, is living THE life

Whitley is a Poodle, Terrier mix who came to Real Good Dog Rescue along with her buddy, Emeril. She was a real sweetheart in her time with us, even though she tested positive for heartworms and had to undergo that treatment.

Jan and Dave Stevens adopted our Whitley. They renamed her Daisy. And they sent us this update:

I’m pleased to report that Daisy has achieved two milestones:  She is heartworm negative on her follow-up test and she has logged her first hundred miles in power walking. Thought that you would like to hear the good news on both accounts.  The good life continues for all of us.

We are so pleased to hear of Daisy reaching these milestones. This is wonderful news! Thanks for taking the time to let us know!


Dave and Daisy - no doubt relaxing after one of their power walks

Updates about Memphis Animal Shelter

Chris Peck wrote an important editorial in The Commercial Appeal today. He describes the need for responsible pet owners – people who don’t merely view animals as objects to be bought and discarded at will. He points to the responsibility of the public for the more than 13,000 annual euthanasia’s at the shelter. He reminds us of the poor city management that couldn’t properly run the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center … and how that same management was responsible for the animal shelter.

Peck reminds us of these important points:

Feed your dog. Care for your dog. Spay or neuter your dog because we don’t need more puppies.
And cheer on the new mayor as he takes on Job 1 in City Hall — cleaning up the mess.

Take time to have a look at the letters to the editor about the animal shelter situation. Today’s Hot Button reader responses were interesting.

Please convey your continuing concern to the Mayor, Sheriff, and District Attorney (contact information for each of these people in an earlier blog post).

Thank you for reading and caring about the situation of defenseless animals at the Memphis Animal Shelter.

Mayor Wharton Makes Major Changes at Memphis Animal Shelter

Ernest Alexander, Animal Services Director, is OUT. YAY!

Darrell Eldridge will be a temporary facilities manager.

Lucy Shaw, prior CEO at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, is a consultant.

Mayor Wharton says that the level of care at the shelter will be comparable to the care given at hospitals.

High level of care AND high level of oversight is promised. The Mayor has communicated with members of the city council, especially around a need to reinstitute funding for an operations manager that had been cut from the budget.

The Mayor says he is very hands on, he loves pets, and he loves details. He says this is the difference in why things will improve with his administration versus in the efforts of other administrations.

The Mayor describes how he had never received a threatening telephone call during any of his court cases – until he defended a person charged with animal abuse (he never had phone calls when defending murderers, assault cases, etc.).

Links to coverage of Mayor Wharton’s press conference:

Want to see the live cameras at the Memphis Animal Shelter? Here’s the link!

Thank you, Mayor Wharton, for your actions on behalf of our vulnerable animals.

Updates on Memphis Animal Shelter

Last evening many of the Good Dog Rescue volunteers participated in the candlelight vigil at the Memphis Animal Shelter. Pictures are never good at dark with a phone, but we’ve got a couple below. Attending (that I saw) for Good Dog Rescue was founder Lisa Trenthem, along with volunteers Julie Clark, Vivian Lowder, Julie Russnogle, Anna Russnogle, Cheryl Kent, Sylvia Cox, & Cindy Russell (no doubt more were there, but it was dark!).

Reports vary from 100 to 200 to 300 participants at the vigil. Many people brought memorials that were left at the door to the shelter. The crowd made a loud statement that conditions at the shelter MUST change.

Here is some of the local coverage about the vigil (stories, videos, pictures):

We have aggregated our stories and you can easily follow updates by using this URL: – please share this with others.

Do you have updates we’ve not yet posted? If so, please comment to this story and let us know.

Keely settles in with Karyn and Bree

Keely1A while back, Real Good Dog Rescue rescued a sweet little Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie mix by the name of Keely. She had been picked up as a stray by a local animal control facility. When we got her, she was none the worse for the occasion, as her sweet and loving personality made her an instant hit with all who met her.

Vivian lovingly fostered her and Keely continued her outgoing ways. She particularly loved to play with toys and also enjoyed her grooming visits.

Karyn adopted Keely and recently sent us this note to update us on how Keely is doing.

Just a quick note to say Hi and let y’all know that Keely (now Cally) is doing great! She and my older girl, Bree, are good together and where Bree is not a real cuddler – Cally is! She loves to be on her back, stretched out on my lap getting her belly scratched. She also likes to pull my arm out of socket tugging on her rope toy!

Anyway, I just thought you’d like to know she is settling in pretty well and we will probably do an obedience class this fall.

Thanks, Karyn, for letting us know how sweet Keely is doing! We’d love to post some pics of Keely and Bree. Sounds like they balance each other out!