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The Incredible Journey – by Duke

August 13th, 2012 No comments

Life is a journey with lots of ups and downs. As we go on this journey, the path we take isn’t always the easiest one, even for us dogs.  But we trudge on because we know there’s a purpose and the turn up ahead will lead us to where we’re supposed to be.

My journey certainly wasn’t an easy one. The first two years of my life are a blur, but I do remember being homeless and my fur being badly matted. But I didn’t let that get me down. I knew there was someplace better I needed to be. I just wasn’t sure where it would be or when I would get there.

Duke's First Day Home - September 11, 2002

The first stop in my journey was at a rescue group. They cleaned me up and ridded me of those horrible mats. I was starting to feel better about myself and my future. I had a good feeling that things were looking up for me.

On September 11, 2002 I met my Mom. The problem was she didn’t realize that she was my Mom. She was there to meet other dogs. I had to act fast! I stood up in my crate and flashed her the biggest smile I could muster. She smiled back at me and said I looked goofy all shaved down, but I was still cute. Then she left the room to visit with the other dogs.

I was bummed! I thought for sure that I had won her over.  I chilled out in my cage thinking I had lost out on my chance. Several minutes went by and the next thing I knew, one of the workers came in to take me outside. I thought it was just time for my potty break, but to my surprise there stood my soon-to-be Mom waiting to visit with me! Woo Hoo!

We had a blast out in the yard, and I made her laugh a lot. She still thought I looked goofy, but I had officially won her over! She put me in her car and off I went onto my next journey. I never had to worry about being homeless again.

I was totally devoted to her and the family. Grandma and Grandpa spoiled me rotten! Mom took me to see them every weekend.  Two cats already resided in the family when I arrived. Shortly thereafter, Daisy joined the family, then Charm and then Franklin. Not to mention a string of foster dogs coming in and out of the house.

You could feel the love at every turn, and it was the best 10 years of my life. But sadly, if you’re reading this now, I must tell you that my journey must continue on in another realm. I am no longer on this earth.  My body just could not function anymore. Walking was difficult, and I could no longer get myself up from a sleeping position. My kidneys were shutting down as well.

Mom was very heartsick watching my health decline, but she did the best thing in the world for me. She got me to a vet and they helped my pain and suffering go away. I was able to cross the Rainbow Bridge. She was there for me in those final moments, just like she was there for me over the last ten years.

Her heart aches for me. But rest assured, even though I’m no longer on this earth, I will continue to watch over her now just like I did for the last ten years. Thank you to everyone that helped me on my journey to find my way home. I love you all.


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Featured Furball: Spring – by Duke

February 11th, 2011 No comments

Spring is in the air! Well not literally as there’s still snow on the ground here in Ohio. The Spring I am referring to is the beautiful little lass pictured to the right. Spring is a 7-8 year old Collie that has had a difficult time to say the least. She was found close to death, starving, hairless and covered in fleas and ticks at a house in Alabama. Thankfully the person that found her was a fellow rescuer, and they nursed her back to health. She is now available for adoption from Tri-State Collie Rescue.

Her coat is returning to its full glory, and is a sable color with beautiful silver accents. She now weighs around 52 pounds. Despite everything she’s been through, she has a sweet disposition. She’s also crate trained, house trained and loves to go for car rides. She’s good with other dogs, kids and cats that don’t run. She has full run of the house and is trustworthy to be left alone.

She has an eye condition called micro-opthalmic, which means her eyes are very tiny and her vision may be compromised. She uses her nose and your voice to help her “see”. If you have a fenced yard and a canine companion for Spring…she would love to go home with you, especially if you have lots of love and pats to give.

If you would like to learn more about her, please visit Tri-State Collie Rescue’s How To Adopt section of their website.

We’re Charmed to Meet You – by Duke

November 12th, 2009 2 comments

I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to a foster dog that Mom brought home this week. His name is Charm, and he is a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. He’s been in the shelter for at least a month, and Mom decided to foster him for a couple of reasons. One, the shelter desperately needed to make space, and two, he has diarrhea. A white dog in a cage with runny poo, does not make for a good combination. His fecal test came back negative, but he’s getting meds to treat for the parasites anyway. Sometimes you can get a false negative, so better safe than sorry. Mom thinks his problem could be stress induced or related to the food he’s been eating. Either way, now that he’s in our home, we’ll get him into tip-top shape in no time. I will now turn it over to Charm, and he can tell you all about himself.

Hi all! I’m so happy to be out of the shelter. I like everyone there, but it was a bit too noisy for me. I prefer quiet and calming environments. I get along great with other dogs, and Duke and Daisy have been very hospitable to me. I’ve seen Brandy at the top of the stairs but we haven’t had an official meet and greet yet, so I’m not sure if I’ll get along with cats just yet. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

I do very well on a leash and know a lot of commands like sit, paw, down, off and stay. I can be a bit of a rebel, because even though I know these commands I don’t always want to follow them. One bad habit I have is jumping up on people. My Foster Mom is working with me on that one. If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, or are willing to come out this way, and are looking to add a dog to your family, please consider adopting me. I would love to find a permanent home. Oh and by the way, I’m a video star! Check out my Youtube video below. For more information, please contact my Foster Mom at

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month – by Duke

November 7th, 2009 No comments

I agree with Daisy on her assessment about the dog that had 21 puppies. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out Daisy’s write-up on that story.

Puppies are definitely cute, but, well, they’re puppies. A lot of time and energy goes into training them, and they can cause a lot of mischief in their early years. I suppose if you have time on your hands and a lot of patience, then owning a puppy might be right for you. Having said that, I must speak out about the many dogs that fall into my category…the Senior dogs.

I must admit that I have a few aches and pains in my back legs these days, but I still get around really well. I love to play and go on long walks with my Mom. I’m fully house trained and know all of my basic commands. You know what? Most of the Senior dogs that are in shelters are a lot like me. They’re already trained and are ready willing and able to please you.

There is a common myth out there that says shelter dogs are in shelters because there is something wrong with them. That’s just not true. Most of the dogs in the shelters are there because of circumstances beyond the owner’s control, or the owner just grew tired of caring for the dog.

I tell you all of this because if you are looking to add a dog to your family I truly hope that I have convinced you to visit a shelter. Given that this is “Adopt a Senior Dog Month”, I also hope you will consider taking in a Senior dog. Remember we are all young at heart, and a Senior dog has a lot of love to give.

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I Might be a Tax Deduction! – by Duke

August 7th, 2009 1 comment

Woohoo! Finally! Somebody’s thinking about us pets as people too! If you can have deductions for human kids, why not a deduction for those of us that walk on all fours too?

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter introduced act H.R. 3501 on July 31st. It is also being referred to as the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act. If this passes it would allow pet owners to deduct up to $3500 from their taxable income for pet care expenses. Such pet care expenses would include most expenses connected to owning a pet, but would not include costs associated with buying the pet. Pets that would qualify are described as “a legally owned, domesticated, live animal”. To read more about this bill and track it’s status click here.

Hopefully this bill will pass so Mom can save a little money with the deduction. Hey Mom, I just thought of something to save you some money! How about I don’t go to the groomer’s or the vets anymore? You know I don’t like those places anyway. It’s a win-win for both of us!:0