HERE'S WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD!   December 19, 2017
Happy Holidays from OESRNSouthEast!
Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday.  During this time and as we approach the New Year's Eve weekend, there will be lots of Fireworks.  Make sure to keep your dogs inside where the noise won't bother them.  So many dogs go missing during fireworks and we hope that never happens to any of our extended dog family.   On that note, it's also Chocolate season!!!   Remember that Chocolate can be very dangerous to a dog.  So please make sure you put the chocolate and sugar free candies (also dangerous) in safe places!!

ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT:  ELVIS (July Adoption)
ELVIS came to us as an owner surrender.  While his family loved him very much, they also had a Pug in the household that wasn't too fond of this big boy.   And the family was not comfortable with him around their young children anymore.  Our goal was to find a home with no other animals and no young kids.   Luckily, Joy from Grapevine, TX had an application in and had sheepdog experience.   She was able to drive and meet the owners half way between each home (mid Arkansas) and took him home.   ELVIS has thrived with Joy and really loves all his one on one attention.   Joy often works from home so he really gets alot of time with his mom.  They enjoy playing ball in the nice big fenced backyard.    Congrats to JOY and ELVIS.!

ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT:  COOPER DEAN (AUGUST)
 
 COOPER DEAN was also loved very much by his family.  It was hard for them to give up their 3 year old boy.  When I say he was loved, I mean he was really loved by them.  That being said, Cooper had developed at a very early age a seizure disorder.  Since the family members both worked and they had young kids, it was a concern that they would not be there for him if he has a seizure and also, they wanted to protect their younger kids in case any other issues arose while he was having a seizure.  Cooper's mom was so very distraught, but we walked her through the process of rescue and she felt better.  BETSY, our president, met with his mom and then met me (Fiona) so we could transport him into my care for a few weeks, while I was able to foster him and check out his personality.   
 
It took a bit for him to learn how to play with others, but he really didn't have a choice, Skippy and Sunshine felt it was their job to teach him the joys of chase.  
 
Of most importance was finding a home that could afford the future medical care that may come with a dog that had to be on meds for the rest of his life, as well as, someone who was home more often than not.  
 
Luckily, Millie had an application in with us.  She had previous OES experience, had not had a sheepie for a few years because of downsizing and moving, but was ready for the company.  Millie is retired and really wanted a sheepie companion to go to the beach with her and go walking.  
 
This lucky boy gets to go to the ocean now and also at home he gets to chase deer in the woods.  He loves his new mom.  The one thing about Cooper, there isn't anything his mouth won't chew on.  So if its on the floor, its fair game.  Millie and Cooper have been working through that.  He also loves to play ball!  He is learning to like his new kitty (ok so the kitty is learning to like him).  And he has had a few seizures.  They have scared Millie, but she is determined to love on him and get him through the rough patches.  Overall, they are a perfect fit and I love have Millie has embrassed the sheepie community on Facebook and keeps me up to date on all things Cooper!   That makes me super happy!
 
 
 
 

 
ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT:  SPROCKET (Now Rocket) (OCTOBER)
Sprocket is just a lucky dog!  He came from a very sorry situation.  Over the Labor day holiday, I was notified of a dog in Nashville that been dropped off at animal control.   I was lucky that another rescue (Lucky Farms Animal Rescue) contacted me and was willing to help pull him and even foster him over the weekend.  When I say this dog was a mess, I just can't put it into to words.  He smelled beyond bad.  He was missing so much hair on his back, basically bald skin with a few tough hairs on it.  We think he was suffering from a UTI and we had him treated for it.  He certainly was marking everywhere and he was close to 8 years old and had not been neutered.  
 
So after my friends Rick and Rick brought him back to Atlanta from Nashville, I brought him to my house where we started the process of figuring this ole boy out.  His story was basically this, his owner, did love him, however was now permanently in a hospital and dying.  The family had kept him outside we believe for months.  We think this was the beginning of him being bitten by flys and making him itch to the point he lost his hair.  At some point, they just dumped him at the shelter.   (I'll take this opportunity to beg you all to please make sure guidelines in your Will, to let your family know how to take care of your pets.  If you have  a sheepdog, putting our rescue contact info might not be a bad idea:   placement@oesrnse.org or letting them know there are sheepdog rescue contacts all over the country and neoesr.org has a listing of all those rescues)
 
Anyway, as soon as possible, we got Sprocket over to the vet, who took pity on him.  Sprockets teeth were beyond anything I had seen in quite some time.  While he had been left outside to fend for himself, he clearly spent time grinding his teeth on metal fencing, or a tether or something.  His bottom canines were oddly misshapen. 
 
While under anesthesia for his neuter, Sprocket went through the removal of 9 teeth.  While they couldn't remove all of the teeth due to length of anesthesia, we had to make another appointment to finish removing the last 2 teeth.  
 
Right as all of this was happening, Hurricane IRMA happened.  My house became full of cats and dogs from 2 evacuees.  Luckily, a guy who lived very close to me offered to foster Sprocket temporarily while I had guests.  Sprocket actually was not a big fan of my dogs.  He seemed to just want his person and needed immediate and alot of affection.  He went to Barney's house and they started daily walks and even visited with Barney's family and grandkids.  During this time they started bonding.  Due to the second tooth surgery, and because Barney had to go to FL to visit his second home and evaluate any damage, Spocket came back to my house.    
 
Within a few weeks Barney came back to Atlanta and offered to take Sprocket back in again.   It was during his second visit with Barney that the deal was sealed.  Barney (who had an application in with us), decided Sprocket fit very nicely in his life and they were big buds together.  Sprocket is quite the traveler now and often gets to go to his Florida home.  Barney loves having his canine companion on his trips.  Sprocket's life has changed so drastically, he is back to being loved, well taken care of and his hair has all grown back!!!  He might be missing a mouthful of teeth, but he can still eat well.  He has also gained a bit of weight (which he needed to do).   We are so happy for this Frog to Prince boy!  Congrats to Barney and Sprocket (now Rocket)
 

ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: MAX (December)
Sweet Max is just a bundle of joy.  After being notified that an owner in the Villages of Florida, needed to give up their sheepdog, we were lucky to be notified.  Max had spent several weeks at the boarding facility/doggy day care on sight, due to his owners recent hip? operation.  Basically at 20 months, he was too much dog for aging owners.  We weren't really sure how much training Max had had.  We had several reports that he might have some other dog issues (especially when the other dog was a large breed).   
 
Because of the confusion of his actual temperament, I asked Debbie from Tampa to step in, to evaluate Max.   Debbie has been looking for a sheepdog for awhile and she has a mini version at her home (little Charlie, who is more like a Tibetan terrier).  Debbie is great with training, so I knew if someone could evaluate him, she would be a perfect fit and could handle any issues.  
 
Charlie and Max became fast and furious friends playing and chasing and stealing toys from each other.  It's still a work in progress with Max and the cat.  Debbie also has a larger dog, that lives with her from time to time and that dog did well with Max.  So thankfully the growly side of Max that had shown up at the boarding facility was not showing up outside the facility.   
 
Max loves to play ball and has learned to play frisbee and catch them in the air.  Charlie is always right by his side either trying to get the frisbee first or just chilling out, they even sleep next to each other!  We are happy for Debbie and Max.  Max will have a full life full of play, training and down the road agility.
 
Thanks to Marie Harrington in Florida who was our coordinator on this rescue and also Jenny (PON breeder).
 
 

 
 
 
 
 IN Memoriam: Sophie (Nov/Dec)
Sophie was with us short of 2 months.  She had been turned in to a Knoxville, TN  vet to be put down by her owner.  The vet and vet clinic manager turned the owner down and offered to find a rescue for the dog (they knew the owner, but the dog had not had constant care with them).  The owner offered to give up Sophie (about 10 years old).  The vet clinic manager contacted us about her and asked if we could take her in.   We agreed.  She had been turned in very smelly and very matted, so the vet clinic manager agreed she would wash the dog.  It was during the bath that they found multiple lypoma's.  They offered to send off the biopsy's to get tested and sadly the info came back that she indeed had cancer. 
 
Jim and Rebecca Shaw, offered to bring Sophie in with them and their sheepie to keep her as comfortable as possible during her final months.  Unfortunately within a month (and after she has been shaved for comfort), she started showing signs of pain.  Sophie was with us less than 2 month, but she was loved.  Jim and Rebecca have such big hearts.   

 In Memoriam (Kierra)  
Adopted in January of 2017 and pulled from a shelter in the Orlando, FL area, Kierra, a senior had been given a second chance at life.  Her owners have a home in Florida and one in Ohio.  Kierra lived a great life in her final year, loved by Colleen and Fred and her sheepdog sibling.  Thanks to this sweet family for giving her an extended life of love!  Passed in November.
To all of you that have lost your sweet sheepies over the past year, we thank you for letting us know, and thank you for giving them the gift of love!  Our hearts are with you.  Several of our rescue coordinators have lost their own this year and well its just never easy!  Have fun playing in Rainbow Bridge sweet babies.
FOR FUTURE PLAYDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS:  PLEASE JOIN MEETUP.. it's FREE
If you join our MEET UP Page, you will be notified of our play dates the moment they are announced.  Unfortunately, it takes me a little longer to get a newsletter together, so my newsletter friends are the last to know.  So if you are interested in joining us in Atlanta, at future play dates, please make sure you join this meetup group. We also announce playdates on our FACEBOOK page (link on the home page of our website www.oesrescuenetwork.org)    Details will be in the Meet UP for the playdate. Using MEET UP  is FREE for you and they even have a free APP.  It just makes life a little easier to do last minute play dates.  
MEET UP LINK
 
TIS THE SEASON:  DONATIONS and TAXES
We are a 501c3, any donation is tax deductible and well this is how we subsidize all our medical funds for pups in need!  Our reserves are lower than they have been in 8 years. 
 
Donations can be made by visiting our website at www.oesrescuenetwork.org and hitting the "donate" button.  This takes you to paypal and you can sign in as a one time user, so you do not have to set up an account or you can a check to:
OESRNSE
Attn:  Carolyn Vaisin
12878 Saddlebrook Circle
Fairhope, AL  36532
 
If you make purchases from AMAZON you can use the amazonsmiles.com  web portal.  Pick our rescue  OES Rescue Network of the Southeast  (Fairhope, AL) and Amazon will give us money every time you make a purchase using that portal.  It doesn't cost you a thing, you just have to use the special portal.
Merry Christmas from Fiona (Placement Director), Skippy (tripod) and Sunshine (senior rescue welcome committee)

In this issue:
Happy Holidays from OESRNSouthEast!
ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT:  ELVIS (July Adoption)
ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT:  SPROCKET (Now Rocket) (OCTOBER)
ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENT: MAX (December)
 IN Memoriam: Sophie (Nov/Dec)
 In Memoriam (Kierra)  
To all of you that have lost your sweet sheepies over the past year, we thank you for letting us know, and thank you for giving them the gift of love!  Our hearts are with you.  Several of our rescue coordinators have lost their own this year and well its just never easy!  Have fun playing in Rainbow Bridge sweet babies.
FOR FUTURE PLAYDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS:  PLEASE JOIN MEETUP.. it's FREE
TIS THE SEASON:  DONATIONS and TAXES
Merry Christmas from Fiona (Placement Director), Skippy (tripod) and Sunshine (senior rescue welcome committee)
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