The Pet Scoop
Welcome to 98 Country’s Pet Scoop, a place for and about Minnesota pet owners. We hope you’ll find good information and links to organizations and groups that do good work on behalf of pets.
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Animal Rescue Story of the Week: Kieba and Wolfie
This rescue story comes from Lynn.
My husband and I decided that our young dog (Josie) needed a companion for the long days that we were gone for work. I happened to run across 4LuvofDog.com. I had no idea there were so many dogs that needed homes! There was an event the next weekend at Petco, where we could see some of the dogs in person. I spotted Kieba, a black and white Cockapoo.
Kieba had a really bad haircut so she looked kind of funny. I could see the potential, though and she seemed really sweet. I filled out an application for adoption. Soon, we had a phone call from Kieba’s foster mom and we scheduled a visit.
We agreed to keep Kieba for a test run. I was ready to give her back the first day! First of all, she cried and went from door to window when her foster mom left. She was aggressive with Josie and we were afraid that she would hurt her. How could Kieba possibly be a companion to Josie when they couldn’t get along?! My husband talked me into giving it more time.
Fast forward to today. Thank goodness we gave Kieba another chance! It took about 3 weeks, but Josie and Kieba became good friends and we wonder what we ever did without our little Cockapoo! Sometimes I wonder how anyone could have given her up. Not only is she a really beautiful dog, she is so sweet and fun.
A couple of years after we adopted Kieba, we had to have our little Josie put to sleep. If you love dogs, you know how terribly hard that is. After about 2 weeks, we could see that Kieba was very sad and lonely. She missed her friend. We went back to the 4LuvofDog website and found Buddy. We met Buddy at Petco. He was the strangest looking dog! He had these really long, skinny legs, a long body and small head. Well, I felt obligated to give him a try so we took him home. Again, I was ready to give him back the first few days. I knew, though, that we had to give it more time. Poor Buddy was afraid to eat from the same bowl as Kieba. He would only go to the bowl if absolutely necessary. Yet, he was a fun loving dog and tried to play with Kieba. Kieba became aggressive with Buddy, just like she had when she first met Josie. Honestly, I had a hard time with the whole situation. I wanted to like Buddy but I think it was too soon after losing Josie.
Our daughter, Laura, fell in love with Buddy. She thought we should keep him……easy for her to say since she didn’t have to live with him! Well, I tried to see Buddy through Laura’s eyes. We started trying out new names on him because “Buddy” was not a good fit for this silly little dog. My husband thought “Alien” would be a good name. That’s what he looked like! The decision was made the day Buddy put his nose up in the air and………..howled! Laura named him Wolfie.
Wolfie and Kieba are now fast friends. Kieba is still a touch aggressive and is very protective of her treats and her people, but would not hurt anyone. She has thing about flies, though! Wolfie still won’t eat when Kieba is near the bowl and if Kieba takes his treat, he lets her have it. He isn’t afraid to tease Kieba into playing and wrestling, though. The two dogs have so much fun running around the yard and playing with the neighbor dogs. They greet us with unbelievable enthusiasm when we come home at the end of the day. Both of them love walks, rides, and treats. They get so excited when we have visitors, especially if it includes their furry cousins. When it’s time to go to bed, they are the first to jump on the bed. Oh, and Wolfie no longer looks anything like an alien! Guess you could call him………….fluffy!
See all of our rescue stories here.
Adopt a senior pet from the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud:
Upcoming Furry Fundraisers:
If you love Golden Retrievers—it’s here! The 2014 RAGOM Calendar made its debut at Goldzilla, where it sold like hotcakes. If you didn’t buy one at the event, don’t worry—it’s available online through the RAGOM Shop.
These Folks Need Your Help
The Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud needs blankets for kittens. Can you help?
The Tri-County Humane Society is St. Cloud says: Our kitties need help!!
WE NEED MORE FOSTER HOMES!
We are in great need of volunteers to open up their homes and hearts to help us treat cats and kittens with upper respiratory infections. Our treatment room is overflowing with sick kitties, with extra cages on the floor and more stacked up in a back office.
WE WANT TO SAVE THEM ALL! …But are running out of room, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We will provide all of the supplies and medication needed. You just need to provide a safe and loving environment for them to recuperate so that they may go back on the adoption floor and find permanent homes.
A link to our foster care application can be found here:
Foster Homes Needed At A Rotta Love Plus
The number of dogs they can save depends on the number of foster homes they have available. Tell them about your home and they’ll find a dog that’ll fit right in.
They supply everything you need, you just supply the love.
Learn more here.
Great Dane Rescue
Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin is a foster based rescue and they are in need of foster homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin!
There is no cost to you. Great Dane Rescue provides all medical care and food.
You provide the love and a safe, warm place to live until your furry foster kid finds their forever home.
All the info is here.
Help For Your Pet
Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program‘s fully equipped veterinary clinic on wheels delivers low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs belonging to shelters, rescues and low-income pet owners in Minnesota.
MnSNAP will be holding several clinics in St. Cloud at the Tri-County Humane Society.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for a pet’s surgery, please submit an online registration form** at www.mnsnap.org or call 612-720-8236. The form can be found under the Pet Owners section of the website. Once the form is submitted, you will receive confirmation within 1-2 weeks.
Please note ** All questions and appointments must be handled through MnSNAP. The Tri-County Humane Society does not make appointments, handle in-depth questions, or decide who is accepted in the program.
Upcoming 2013 dates: Nov. 30, Dec. 15
The Pet Project hosts quarterly, low cost vaccination clinics. They ask for a $20 donation, but will not turn any pet away. The clinics are generally held from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. They recommend that you get there by 2:15 pm at the latest to be sure that your pet can be seen. All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in a kennel. The upcoming dates and locations for 2013 are as follows:
November 10th at the Stewart Rec Center in Minneapolis 2700 12th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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