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Molly and her new family

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Molly Molly - Jan

Hi Molly is doing very well. Thanks for saving her!!

Jan

Bella Loves Her Forever Home!

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Bella aka Annabell Bella aka Annabell - Ann Kotz

I was surfing the internet looking at dogs after losing my little Yorkie of 9 years. We were heartbroken. I didn't think I was ready to get another dog yet but then I came across Annabell's picture and knew immediately that she was the dog for me! We got to the adoption event and as soon as I picked her up - she licked my hand and it was all over! The hardest part was not taking her sister Amelia home with us too!
Bella has been a joy to have around and is thriving in her new home. We are looking forward to her being a part of our family for many years to come!
Kudos to the efforts of Pals for Paws. They truly are a special group of people.

Hello!

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Zoey (Kaitlin) Zoey (Kaitlin) - Shelby Hines

I adopted Zoey, who was then Kaitlin, about 6 months ago. She was a shy little puppy. My roommates and I were so excited to get her and bring her home. She is now a wild puppy and she is quite spoiled. I am so pleased with Paws for Pals! Zoey is a wonderful addition to our family and I couldn't be happier!

Update!

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Champ Champ - Kelly Blakely

Hi!
We adopted Champ into our family September of 2011 and just wanted to say what a great addition he has been! He is such a smart pup! He loves going for walks, riding in the car, and playing in his yard. He has some anxiety with storms and noises, but he is learning where some "safe spots" are and seems to respond to his Thundershirt.

We just welcomed a baby in September of 2012, and he takes his big brother responsibilities very seriously! He is always watching our daughter play, and loves being close to her. We adopted Champ because of his loving personality...he loves people! We are so grateful for the work Pals for Paws did, and to Mary for fostering him! Thanks for all you do!

Hi Pals for Paws

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Henry Henry - Efrain and Miguel

After a long and arduous process trying to rescue a dog, we came across Pals for Paws, and we couldn't be any happier with the outcome. We adopted Henry the three year old labradoodle He's a great dog and we feel so fortunate to have him. We were a little scared how our resident dog would take the addition of a fellow mate, but Henry has been the perfect little gentleman! It goes without saying that we are constantly hit with comments on how dapper of a dog he is at the dog run! I just want to thank you Mary for making this a possibility and restoring my faith in rescues! Thank Mike and keep up the good work!

Wishing Pals nothing but the best!
Efrain and Miguel

Hi Mary and Crew

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Boo Boo - Lance Overholser

I guess the best way to tell this story is from the very beginning. I work as a firefighter/paramedic in Cicero Indiana. My battalion chief, Darren Collar, and I were talking one day about the life of a single guy and he made the comment "you need a dog to keep you company". We talked about how it would not be fair to the dog to be left alone that much due to my work schedule. I work 24 hours on and 24 hours off. Darren said he understood and the conversation was dropped. About 30 minutes later, he came back to me and made the statement "Go get a dog". I looked at him confused and reminded him of our previous conversation. Darren explained to me that he had spoken to our Fire Chief, Steve Peachey, and that chief said it would be ok to bring the dog to work with me and we could have it as our shift dog. Well, needless to say, I was very excited. Darren and I went to our kitchen table and started the search. After about 20 minutes, I came across a picture of the cutest dog I had ever seen. I told Darren, "Here is the one". I made a phone call to Pals for Paws and set up a time pick her up. Darren and I met in Kokomo and together; we went to pick up "Boo". Boo finally arrived and we hit it off right away. After getting all the paperwork done, Darren, Boo, and myself headed to Pets mart for some shopping.

Over the next few weeks, Boo and I became inseparable. Her past history was one of being kept in a cage a lot. I had a kennel set up at home and one at the station. I tried very hard not to put her in it, but there were times she had to. She figured out pretty quick how to get the cages open. We would come back from a fire call, and there she would be, sitting by the truck bay door, just waiting for us to get back. She was always glad to see us. Over time, she became accustomed to the bell ringing at the station. When it would go off, she would head to her kennel and lay down. It got to the point that the kennel door was never closed. Most of the time I worked on the medic truck alone. I would leave on a call, and she would sit at the door and not move until I got back. The guys would just shake their heads and laugh. After she got comfortable with things here at the station, she even started going on some calls with me. It sure was fun to look over and see my co-pilot, head out the window, and I swear she was smiling.

A concern we had at the station with her was summer time. Given her past history, we were afraid she would be running off with the bay doors up. She did a couple of times, but we worked with her and she did great. She would be out in the truck bay with us and walk to the edge of bay floor and just look outside. Only when we gave her the "lets go potty" command would she head outside. She loved to play in the grass, running and just goofing off. One thing that we found out early on was she liked to play hide and seek. We would be out around the fire trucks and jump up on one and hide. She would run around all the trucks looking for us. We spent hours playing. One day we were playing and the bell rang for a call. I took off in my medic truck and Boo thought we were still playing. The guys said she kept looking until I returned from the call. She looked at me with a look of confusion, and we all laughed till we had tears rolling down our face.

Boo was very good with people. We would have people come to the station just to see her. One of our firefighters had a child who was deathly afraid of dogs. He would never get down and play while he was here. Within a couple of visits, he was down petting her, and she would just lie there and allow him to touch her. She never was aggressive with him and was always loving towards him.

Boo was killed by a car as she was chasing a cat. She had jumped a fence one night and was running after the cat. I'm sure she was having a ball, being free and exploring. She did not see the car coming. I was on vacation when the accident happened. This is where firefighter brotherhood really showed its true colors. Darren, Chief Peachey, and the whole crew took care of Boo, just like one of their own. Chief Peachey made all the funeral arrangements. We had Boo cremated and her ashes rest here at the station. Chief Peachey had her placed in a beautiful urn, with a plaque that reads "Boo - Cicero Fire Department"

Although we only shared her life for 6 months, she left a lasting effect on all of us. In the days after her death, people from all over the community called, sent cards and stopped in to offer their thoughts and prayers. Life is about change. I know she changed me and who I am today. I am thankful for the time I had her, and I know I'll see her again. Just like the poem "The Rainbow Bridge" she is playing, running, and having fun.

A big thanks to Mary and all the people who are involved with Pals for Paws. It is a worthwhile cause and you guys do a great service to the animals you save.

Thank you for your efforts!
Lance Overholser
Cicero Fire Department

"Guy" Now known as "Jagger"

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Jagger Jagger - Chad Sibley

I drove 6 hours to get Jagger today. I was so excited to get him that I did not sleep last night. When I walked in the door, he came right up to me, like he knew I was there for just him. We drove back from Komkom, IN to Jerseyville, IL (about 5hours) and he tried to get in my lap while driving...LOL..he has already taken to me and I love him with all my heart. Mary and Lindsay picked him out for me. He is exactly what I needed. I am a disabled Veteran suffering from PTSD and depression and in the first 8 hours of being with him, he has already comforted me while i was driving. He seemed to since that I was getting agitated and climbed from the back seat to the passenger seat and laid his head on my arm. I can not see my daily life without him in it. I am getting him certified to be a Service Animal. Thank you all that helped take care of him till we found each other. Best Christmas ever.

Update on Bre-el

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Bre-el Bre-el - Gloria Starrett

Bre-el is doing great and we all love her!

Thanks again!



Gloria Starrett

Update on Oliver (aka Huck)

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Oliver Oliver - Colleen Krout

Hello Mary,
I just wanted to update you on Oliver. Yesterday was his neuter/umbilical hernia surgery, instead of the 29th, and everything went great. Creekside will be sending you the discount coupon you gave us. His weight is up to 20lbs and he also received his 3rd round of shots. I've attached a recent picture of him. You won't believe how much he has grown.

Take care,
Colleen Krout

Barnie Update

Puptails by Pals for Paws | Barnie Barnie - Kelly and Dave

Mary,

Dave and I wanted to send you some updated pictures of Barnie. He graduated his puppy obedience class a couple of weeks ago and now he is living it up in his new fenced-in back yard. Now he gets to play real fetch instead of living room fetch. We hope all is well and that you are still rescuing more wonderful dogs like Barnie!
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