S: Support Supernatural Fan Campaign 2010
BC: My Furry Friends
FC: Pawprints On Our Hearts | Support Supernatural 2010 Fan Campaign | Over $34,000 raised for A Dog's Life Rescue
1: A pet is a bundle of love wrapped in fur." | In 2010 Support Supernatural made a huge leap and decided to set a lofty goal of $30,000 to donate to A Dog's Life Rescue. Thanks to the generous fans of Supernatural, we surpassed that goal and generated $34.000 in donations. This books represents most of the fans who made donations. They wanted to send a note to everyone at A Dog's Life Rescue and share some of their favorite pets and their stories.
2: Alli and Julia, you are my heroes. It is an honor to work with you. All the best to you ALWAYS! Love, Lindsay W. Detroit, Michigan | Pebbles (left) and Lexi (right) are our sweet rescue fur babies. Who could ever give these sweethearts up? Their loss is our gain!
3: Our Furry Friends.. | My beautiful green eyed rescue Peanut (P’Nut). He definitely wasn’t named for his size as he’s a big boy. He was actually named after the bass player from the band 311. He was found in a dumpster as a little kitten and turned over to one of our local Kitty rescue shelters and then adopted by our family. He greets visitors at the door, welcomes you to the morning with a meow and he loves to watch people eat. He is my big schmooze and I don’t know what I would do without him. | Keep on doing what you’re doing. Save the animals.! Melanie T. Windsor, Ontario, Canada!!! | PEANUT
4: A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." - Josh Billings | Kudos to you for all of the wonderful work that you do! Not only do you enrich the lives of these beautiful, gifts from God, but you enrich the lives of so many people and children along the way. These animals cannot speak for themselves, and you give them a voice. Thank you for being such wonderful advocates of precious living beings. | This is my baby Noel who went to Heaven on February 17, 2008. She came into my life when she was nine years old and was given a few months to live. A few months later, the vet and others couldn't recognize her! She was given a second chance and became a new dog. She lived another, happy,7 years! Not only did I give her a second chance, but mostly, she gave me one! At 26 years old when I received her, it was the FIRST time in my life that I experienced unconditional love. Noel was truly a gift to me, and I will forever be grateful. | Felicia R. | Noel
5: Felicia R. | Everyone at A Dog's Life Rescue: You are rock stars.! Everyone loves to play with cute little puppies but very few people know what it is to be down in the trenches fighting for the dogs the way you do. Thank you for speaking for those who can't speak for themselves and for brightening so many people's lives by placing puppies in their homes.! Danielle T. | This is my my little guy, Madison, who is literally like my son. The law says animals are our property; we often refer to ourselves as dog owners; but in reality, they are so much more than that.
6: Thank you SO SO much for what you guys do! It's really easy to see how much love and care you guys have for the animals that you come across and I hope you're around forever. The world needs more rescues like you guys that put that much effort into finding new homes for animals. Thank you! Maria B. | My dog's name is Sparky and we got him when I was 8 years old. He's a purebred beagle and we got him from a beagle farm on the border of Minnesota and Iowa in the summer of 1997 (my best friend at the time got one of his brothers, Hunter). He loves food of any kind (and will stop at nothing to get it!) and even though he goes for a walk everyday, when you pick up his leash he gets so excited that you would think he's going on his first one. He definitely does not show his age! He's been my best friend for the past 12 years and I've learned so much from him. He's taught me that having a pet is truly one of the greatest things you can have in life, and as long as you take care of them and love them, they'll give you everything in return. I love him so, so, so much, and I'll never have another dog like him. There's just something about the pet that you grow up with that no other animal can compare to. | Sparky
7: To A Dog's Life Rescue: Oh, where to begin! The work you do at A Dog's Life Rescue is enormously important. There are too many animals in this world living through abuse, neglect and abandonment every day. What you do brings hope back for some of these animals and shows them that they're worthy of love. And, you give us humans who realize how precious these lives are the opportunity to share our hearts and our homes with them. So, thank you for what you do and please keep doing it! Nadine P. | Lily came to us in August 2009 through a rescue group in the Northeast who works with animal shelters in Tennessee. They rescue dogs from death row and foster them until they can be placed into adoptive homes. The shelter Lily came from had a 90%euthanasia rate at one time. That means 9 out of 10 dogs who found their way into the shelter never made their way out. Heartbreaking statistics. While every single dog is deserving of a loving home, we felt especially lucky that we found Lily. After our 5 year old Dobie, Jet, passed away from congestive heart failure, we were absolutely crushed. We didn't know if we wanted another dog. But, the void Jet left behind was enormous. So, hearts still hurting, we went ahead and decided to adopt Lily. Best decision ever! She is the epitome of unconditional love - sweet, affectionate, easy-going - with an unlimited supply of kisses and cuddles. Needless to say, she has been an amazing healing force for us. And while we still miss Jet terribly, we know he would approve and would love Lily just as much as we do.
8: A little over 10 years ago, my husband, my two sons (who are about Jared's and Jensen's ages now), and I adopted a dog that had been given up by two prior families. He was estimated to be between 1-1/2 and 2 years old, but no one really knew how old he was. He is now over 12 years old and nearing the end of his life. He has a tumor in his leg that grows steadily every day.But as long as he eats, gets around reasonably well, and isn't in any real pain, we continue to care for him and love him. It is only what he deserves after all the love and companionship he has given us over the years. Soon we will have to make a very hard decision, but it will be made easier by the knowledge that we provided him with a home that no one else would. I am attaching a picture of Duke, who has given us so much love over the years. Thank you for all the work you do in helping dogs like Duke. | Marilyn C. | DUKE
9: A Dog's Life | The work you guys do is amazing. Those animals are so lucky to have you looking out for them, and the people who adopt the animals are just as lucky to have met you. I wish you all the best in coming years! Carleigh | This summer, I was a week out of graduation, when we discovered my dog that we had for 9 years, Annie, had a rather large lump in her side, and feared it was a tumor. Unfortunately, we were right. She was put to sleep only a few days later. We went a few months without a dog, which was very unusual for our family. As long as I could remember, we had a dog in the house. Finally in July, we found a shelter not far from our home that had a beautiful black lab mix puppy up for adoption. We took him home, named him McGee, and he's become such a wonderful part of our life. He's got a wonderful personality and is always happy to see us, which is great when I come home from college and my brother's complaining about having to give my room back for a few days. He was just what we were looking for to life our spirits after losing a beloved family pet. He's been there through a lot already, even though he's only been with us a few months. I'm glad we were able to adopt him and give him a good home, because that little troublemaker deserves to have the best life possible.
10: I am honored to be able to make a donation to A Dog's Life. I first learned of your organization as being a charity sponsored by Jared Padalecki. You and organizations like you do such an amazing job in helping save animals and find homes for them. I am so grateful for Support Supernatural's continuous efforts in raising money for such a great cause. Heather and Lindsay have done an amazing job in promoting awareness and raising funds. I am happy that I was able to contribute by making a donation. Tammy T. New Jersey | About 6 years ago, we acquired a mini pinscher named Bam Bam. He was originally a breeder dog. Once he passed his prime, the owner decided he was going to have him put down. The local vet had him in their office asking if anyone would be willing to take him. We adopted him in a heartbeat. We've always had large dogs like huskies and shepherds so we weren't quite sure what to do with this little lapdog that didn't know how to play and was so cold at times that he would shake. But we learned to adapt and loved him from the start. It's amazing how each dog has it's own personality, yet they are all loyal and bring so much happiness to their homes. We just lost Bam Bam last month to cancer. He is greatly missed but we are still happy that we were given the opportunity to have him as part of our family and enjoyed the time that we had together. | Bam Bam
11: To everyone at A Dog's Life Rescue-Having grown up with dogs and cats, and living on a farm with horses, cows, rabbits, etc. I can appreciate all the work that goes into what you do every day. Thank you so much for taking care of the less fortunate "fur babies"! Sonia M. Adams, MA | We found him at a local shelter about two and a half years ago and have been blessed to have him in out lives. He joined our family of 5 cats, 2 horses, and assorted small animals-and about 350 dairy cows on the family farm. He fit right in from the day he arrived! Its hard to believe that he was found as a stray. | ARCHIE
12: Though it's a definite thing that all of my pets have had a positive impact on my life, I concluded that the story of Socks was most appropriate to share in relation to the work done by A Dog's Life Rescue. In December 2007, my beloved cat of 20 years and first ever pet, Alice, finally succumbed to old age and we had to end her suffering. Thank goodness that I had my younger cat, 10 year-old Squeak, to help get me through that incredibly tough time but nonetheless, my heart still broke a little more every time I had to say "my cat" instead of "my cats", because it reminded me all over again that Alice was gone. But eventually, I was able to start using the plural again thanks to the arrival of Socks, a feral-born cat who my parents and I only knew as "the little grey kitty" for the first couple of months. He came to us half-starved and so wary of people that he wouldn't let us get within ten feet of him without bolting for cover, so we started out just leaving food on the porch for him and taking our approaches step by step. And sure enough, the more he came for his food, the more he saw of us and the less afraid of us he got. Soon I was able to stand close to him, then pet him, then have him sit on my lap, then pick him up, until it reached the point where he was comfortable being inside the house...and from there he only got closer and closer to us. Now, right as I type these words, Socks is curled snug up against me in my bed, as physical contact when he's lying with me is a must for him...a total 180 of his first couple of months with us! He's now a healthy, happy, lovable big boy, fixed and vaccinated and definitely no longer homeless. And my 'rescuing' Socks was a symbiotic thing, as having him to take such intensive care of helped me through the loss of Alice. Much as I still miss her naturally, I've been able to move on to my current, content status as a proud 'mother' of three - Squeak, Socks, and the other feral-born cat that we took in a few months after Socks, a female who went from being called "the little white cat" to being named Possum...and her story goes much the same as Socks’ does! I consider them both to be my own personal 'rescue' success stories, and I hope that other stray animals and the people out there who would care for them can have equally happy endings as well. - Amanda B. from WV | I first heard of your organization through being a fan of actor Jared Padalecki, and after reading and witnessing through accounts and pictures all the wonderful work that you're doing to help animals in need, I am so glad that introduction was made. Your mission statement and subsequent endeavors and successes are inspiring, from the delightful story of Mika and other animals that seemingly had no hope, to your recent efforts to provide care for a feral cat colony...this one is especially close to my heart since I took in two feral-born cats myself a couple of years ago and both are now part of the family! All strays such as these and the ones that you've helped over the years deserve a chance at a better life, and thanks to selfless volunteers like you, many animals that otherwise would not will continue to get that chance. I applaud this dedication and wish you and your organization all the best, and I hope my donation - along with all the donations made through the Support Supernatural fundraiser and any other means - will help to make a positive difference in an animal's life. Thank you for the work that you do and may it be blessed with an abundance of success stories and support for the new year and beyond.
13: Thank you A Dog's Life Rescue, for all that you do. It was an honor to be able to help your organization, even if we were a country apart. You do wonderful work and should be very proud. Love, Heather | Pictured are 2 of my guinea pigs, Mulder and Blackjack. Blackjack I adopted from a guinea pig rescue here in Maryland. I had never had a long haired guinea pig and let me tell ya, they are a bare to keep up with. Giving them monthly haircuts was a feat in itself. Mulder was one of 3 babies that were had from a guinea pig that I purchased from a, don't hate me, pet store. She was a spur of the moment purchase which I'm glad I made. I took home Tieka on my birthday in late October. In late November, around Thanksgiving, I realized something was up with Tieka. She was getting fat and I felt movement. I took her to the vet, who actually brought a book out about guinea pigs and told me she was pregnant, which I already figured out on my own. In mid-December Tieka had 3 babies, Mulder, pictured above, Scully and Salem. I feel like it was fate that I took Tieka home. I could only imagine what could have happened if the wrong person took a pregnant guinea pig home. Who knows what would have happened to them. Guinea pigs make great pets. They all have such distinguished personalities. I'm so glad they were a part of my life.
14: I love what you guys do for animals. It makes me happy knowing that there are people out there helping rescue all those poor animals. My dog is the reason I feel even more happy about it. I love him so much. Anyway, I hope you can do what you do for a very long time. I will definitely keep donating for as long as possible. Ineyda V | Jensen
15: Even though I am in the UK the problem of abandoned dogs is worldwide and the great work that A Dog's Life Rescue is doing is making a real difference. To be able to make a donation from abroad really means a lot. - Sarah Y. | Our own dog Ally (Aloysius) became a member of our family as the family who had got him for Christmas at only 6 weeks old decided 3 weeks later that it was not the right time for them to have a dog. We couldn't imagine life without him.
16: I truly admire your work! I myself opened my home and my heart to three animals rescued from shelters – a dog and two cats. I also housed several foster animals and since I can’t, at the moment, take in any more because of the animals that ‘stuck around’, I still support animal rescue organizations whenever I can. I was made aware of you by the fandom of Supernatural. Animal welfare is transnational – three animals from three different countries living in my household are the best proof of that. I’m glad I could support your cause, no matter how far away I live! Thanks for your dedication. I wish there were more people like you out there! | Linda Czerny Vienna Austria | Abbie
17: My dog Abbie is living with me for more than 6 years now. At the time I didn’t think of getting a dog because my old one – the first dog I ever had – had died a few days before and I thought I wasn’t ready yet to open my home and heart to a new one. But as destiny goesI saw that fluffy and trembling bundle of fur and helplessly fell for her. She was rescued from an eastern European shelter where dogs that aren’t adopted within two weeks are shot - or even beaten to death when they run out of bullets. She was the cutest little thing, but unfortunately she’d been abused badly in the first year of her short life and was one of the most traumatized dogs I’ve ever seen. Still I couldn’t help but take her home with me. The first weeks that she stayed with me she wouldn’t let me touch her, was afraid of loud noises, wouldn’t eat when anyone was in the same room with her and was very sick. She wouldn’t step across thresholds – cowered outside the door as if she was being beaten if she went inside. There were some days when I thought that I wasn’t up to it, that I wouldn’t be able to help her to ever get better and live a normal life. As it turned out, thoughno matter how scared – and scarred she was, she instantly attached herself to me in the most determined way possible. She followed me wherever I went, howled like a wolf when I left her alone – or with another family member for merely a minute. We had to do a lot of learning – but I think we did alright in the end. She taught me about patience and endurance and unconditional devotion. While it took time, maybe all the ups and downs and hard work we went through together made our relationship even deeper. For years now we are practically inseparable. When I got her she was scared to death especially of men and little children. It took two years until my dad could touch her without her whimpering with fear, but now they are the best buddies (I think he’s spoiling her senseless ;)). I have two little nieces who are now two and four and Abbie declared herself their best friend, dotes on them with fierce determination - plays with them, protects them and sleeps next to their bed when I babysit them. She’s turned into a happy, crazy and loyal-to-the-core little dog. Abbie loves to play in the snow, can’t pass a pond or river without taking a swim and is very smart, well behaved and well trained. So, needless to say – Abbie is very special to me. If there such a thing, I really think we were meant to be a team. I couldn’t imagine life without her around!
18: Cats understand the importance of a nap. | My own cat makes the most impact on me, she is like my daughter, my friend, my soul mate. I more than adore her and even the mere thought of anything happening to her like some of the things that happen to some other innocent and unfortunate animal tears me apart. I must admit, I try not to hear too many horror stories because if I did, I don’t think I would be able to cope with it so I thank people and places like A Dog’s Life Rescue for all it does and all it goes through. A truly wonderful cause. Kara M.
19: Meow | This is a great project for animals. My precious 1 1/2 yr old sweetest orange cat somehow got a 2 slipped discs in his tailbone area, so every time he has to go potty (either one) when he gets in that arched position to go, he screams and hollers out horribly in pain. So the pain is so bad it is preventing him from going in the litter box. Then when he gets out and lays down -wherever- in the laying down position, it doesn't hurt him so then he goes from both parts! So that's my bed, the kitty bed, the floor, the chairs, wherever! Well I'm living at my mother's house now because I lost my job while I got sick back in Jan 2010. So I've been without an income at all for a horribly LONG time. I lost my home and just too much to mention (been really hard), anyways, my mom said I will have to put him down because I can't afford the surgery of 900.00! Yet the poor thing is the sweetest, loving, friendly, gentle and docile cat I've ever seen. I already owe the Vet 200.00 just to find this out! The Vet said there's no reason to put him down because he's very healthy and loving. It would be a total shame. I wish there were programs to help owners in my type of a situation. It's breaking my heart, and gosh, he has not once been ever outdoors either! I can't loose another something! Since January it just has been so hard. He's been at the Vet now the past couple days. I just can't deal with this. Donna A.
20: Lucky Dog | My dog is Wilson. He is a Bassett Hound. His my little kid ;) We are currently battling Lymphoma. We were diagnosed last November and went into remission last April. It has come back and we are fighting it again. A new treatment we just started is showing some good signs so hopefully it is going to be a Happy Christmas. | I think the work that A Dog's Life is doing is amazing. I wish I could do more. - Cortney, Jason & Wilson
21: Because of Jared Padalecki I have become a huge fan of your organization. But when I read what you truly were about, what you truly do for animals, my admiration soared. When I look at my cats, whom we've rescued off the streets, nourished, loved and watch grow into beautiful fat cats, I think of you guys. | Knowing that there are people who would make this a life's mission, to save animals and provide them with new and loving homes and families, like you all do, just makes me smile and fills my heart with contentment. You are a true blessing, and a true inspiration. Keep up the wonderful work! | Tibby | Zippity | TANG | This little baby, my baby :) was born a house cat. But I wouldn't have him now if we didn't rescue his mother, Zippity. They are the loves of my life and I truly believe that everyone should have a rescue animal as a house pet. Your organization promotes that, I hope more people start realizing it as well :) Nur Zahra Young
22: As both an animal lover, and someone who has chosen to work withthem for their career, thank you for all you've done. - Lauren
23: I love all animals, and I'm definitely a dog person - but this is the story that changed me. B came into my life is a puff of dirty black tail hidden away in a storage closet in my apartment complex. My plans for him were a basic TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release). Feed him once a day to gain his trust, trap him, bring him to the vet to be neutered, and release him. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans... we became pretty much inseparable....my cat, his human...to the point where my parents....the insanely allergic ones who couldn't be near me until I changed after I got out of Last hope (Cat shelter I worked at for 2 years in NY) - fell so totally, utterly in love with him that they wanted to keep him. Wouldn't that have been a dream come true? We even had him in the apartment (well, on the terrace)....litter box trained, and gradually working him with the dog. But we were moving, and I know that’s not exactly the best time to bring in a new cat. Despite the fact that my parents allergies actually seemed to be contained with him, I went a bit adoption crazy-checking local non-kill shelters...making phone calls, posters, flyers. I needed to do what was best for B. Part of me always niggled about a fact from Last Hope...B had just turned 11 months...and it was a bit harder to adopt out a cat over a year, no matter how wonderful. Then, a light in the dark. A classmate of mine, a woman I adored with3 cats and teenage kids, touched my shoulder one day. "Lauren," she said. "You always talk about this cat...I recently lost one of mine, and I like a balance of power in my household." This woman was big on rescues, after all. All of her animals were. It was fate. A few days later, after dropping B off, I left for New York. Couple of phone calls later, I hadn't received word from her. I chalked it up to the fact that it was Christmastime, then New Years. One phone call later, after she'd been absent from school (which she never was) she said the cat had not come out of his hiding place, and nipped at her husband when he tried to get him out. My B? Nipping? Very long story short...a few days later she called, clearly emotional, and confessed that B had gotten out one day, and was seen trolling the neighborhood. Despite the efforts of her kids and husband, B made it clear he wanted in no way to return to her home. Mom was there to hear my side of the story, listening to me comfort and reassure my friend. She admits to leaving the room and crying, unable to understand how I was so calm. Now...the part of the story that would go down in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul history.... Mom comes into the room not a minute later. She tells me to get my shoes on, that we were driving to Glendale to troll the neighborhood where B was last seen. It was worth a shot, she said. We'd go once or twice a day, drive around, see what happens. So I humored her, and we drove almost a half an hour from 7th Avenue in Phoenix, to 89th in Glendale. The fact that we weren't picked up by cops...a car moving at a snail space through a residential area, is amazing. Later, we found out that my friend's husband had seen us, and my friend laughed at him. Suddenly, there was a black and white cat...enough for me to jump out of the car, before realizing the cat was large, and had too much black on his nose and legs. Moving on, keeping an eye on the area that seemed to have a good deal of black and white strays, I finally froze. "B! Mom..it's B its B its B!" Sure enough, about to duck into someone's backyard, was my B. Mom hit the brakes as I leapt out of the car. If he disappeared...that was it. Then I heard my mom yell from the car, "B!" And that son of a gun froze, did a feline double take, and turned toward us. I headed toward the house, hand out, keeping low, and the cat that my friend said ran if approached, came toward me, slowly. The closer he got, the more vocal his meows got, until he stopped in front of me, and rolled to his back. It was that move that broke me. He always did that upon seeing me, or wanting to play. He then got up, pushed his cheek against mine, and crawled into my arms.
24: Cats and dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lifes whole. - Bettina Eddie | I will tell you about Rex, my favorite foster dog who also happened to be my first. Rex was found tied up in a yard that was full of junk after the owners had moved out. He is such a sweet, loving boy, and I fell in love within minutes of meeting him. He was full of energy, which unfortunately resulted in several injuries to me (a black eye, a jammed finger – hence the splint in the second photo, a broken toe, numerous bumps and bruises, etc . . .), but that didn't lessen my love for him at all. He just needed to learn that there are different rules for an inside dog than there are for an outside dog (it become very apparent that he had previously been an outside dog). He is very smart and therefore learned the new rules very quickly (including the fact that he couldn't just pee wherever he wanted to – thankfully, he picked up on that in a matter of days). | But as wild and crazy as he was, he still loved to cuddle. He loved sitting in my lap even though he was 50+ lbs. He was such a snugglebug. Rex made me laugh daily. He was always smiling himself, which typically made me chuckle especially when he was doing something that he shouldn’t be doing. He’d also jump over anything that got in his way including my couch, my coffee table and my 100+ lb rottie mix . . . once he jumped over my couch while my rottie mix and I were lying on it. If I were lying on the floor, he would jump over me rather than going around me. He was very efficient that way.
25: He also taught me a lot. He taught me that I am pretty much capable of handling anything. When I realized that he had tape worms (I won't tell you how I figured it out as it is pretty disgusting), I did not freak out – well, I did for about 2 minutes, but I quickly got over it and handled it. He also taught me that when you love something you have to do what is best for it and not for yourself. I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to give Rex up. I was so in love with him. But a family was interested in adopting him, and they had a huge yard plus someone was almost always home and the energy level of the kids matched Rex's energy level. I couldn't come close to giving him a home like that. And I knew that was the best fit for him, so I gave him up. It was hard. I cried for hours the night his new family came to get him. Heck, I'm tearing up now just thinking about it. But I know that I made the right decision. He is so happy with his forever family, and he is so loved. And that is really all that matters. Thanks! Kati
26: I had never had pets before. I'm 27 and here's my story... A little bit over a year ago one cat came in my yard looking lost and started meowing. It sounded like cries, a baby crying. I had never heard that before and didn't know what to do. I was standing inside the house looking at that poor thing. I went outside and started to pet her, she would let me. She had that sad look in her eyes and I knew I had to do something. I went to get her some food and fresh water and saw how she would jump on it like she hadn't eaten in days. It broke my heart. I let her inside the kitchen and she kept coming around my legs for me to pet her. She left a little bit later only to come back after a few hours. The next day, same thing, she came over again and cried. I petted her and gave food. She's been coming every day since and she spends most of her time inside the house, near me. She has a lot of cat food, toys... I don't have a job so I don't have much money and can't afford much but the little I have I like to give to her. She doesn't miss anything and she's healthy. Most importantly she looks happy. We're family now. Since then another cat, younger, came around and did the same thing and again I felt my heart breaking and had to do something. So now, we're 3. They like playing together, they even play hide and seek with me, you wouldn't believe it. They like being outside at night and they're at the kitchen window when I get up at around 7 a.m. They're there waiting for me and it's adorable to see. Once inside the house it's party time. I can feel their love and I hope they can feel mine. What matters isn't the money I have or don't have but the love I do have for them. They've changed my life and I know I've changed theirs. Now they aren't lost anymore they have me. I love them with all my heart and never regret adopting them. I know I did something good. I couldn't think that someone just left them, they're so cute, so adorable. And I couldn't give them away knowing that in shelters here they have too many and have to kill them. Nobody will ever harm my cats, I'm here for them, forever. I am glad I could donate because it's very important to me. Anything for the animals. They always come first! - Maryline in Belgium
27: Thank you for everything you do for the animals, we need more people like you! You change their life, you bring them happiness! I'm glad I could finally donate and promise to donate more once I find a job and can afford it. Animals mean a lot to me now that I take care of two. I can't believe that people would ever want to harm them and get rid of them. It's important to do what you do, rescue them, find money, be there for them... Thank you for all your work!
28: I was widowed at thirty four (no children) and only child with both parents dead, a couple of animals have meant so much to me. One was a little red canary called Honey. My Dad, who was last to go died almost 6 years ago and he used to breed budgies when I was a child, but always said that we should get a canary. We never got round to it and one day after he died I called into a pet shop to get food for his fish and there was Honey. I loved her from the start and she was so different from the usual shy canary. Once she got used to me I left the door of the cage open each night and she came out and sat on my shoulder all evening. There was a programme on from Australia called Neighbours and she used to watch it and answer the birdcalls, then she fell asleep for a while. When she woke up she used to rub her head against the side of my face to get a treat (she loved broccoli). She saved me from going mad with loneliness during those first years on my own and something to come home to. Unfortunately she died last November, but she was there long enough to get me through the worst times, she was a little angel. | The other animal who was precious to me was my first dog Shandy. I was born in March and we got him in June. He was a border collie and he was trained not to bark so that he didn't disturb me. He was like a substitute sibling and I learned to walk holding on to him. He was so gentle with me and if my parents scolded me he would sneak over to me and lick my face. He was never on a lead unless we were in the country (his parents were sheepdogs and he had the instinct) and he followed me everywhere. When I was old enough we used to go to meet my Dad at the bus stop when he came home from work and Mum could always trust him to look after me. He wasn't supposed to come upstairs at night, but once the house was quiet he sneaked up and slept on the top stair and each hour he went into my parents' room then into mine to check that we were okay. He crept downstairs in the morning before Dad got up, and there was no way that we would have scolded him! I was in hospital for a few weeks when I was 16 and Shandy died while I was in there. He was almost blind but had a heart attack and it broke my heart that he was gone. He was a great dog! | The Supernatural fandom has been such a support recently. I discovered conventions in 2009 and have been to six Supernatural ones with two booked for next year (so far). I had the pleasure of meeting Jared and Jensen in Barcelona last June and have met Misha at three and Jim at two. They are all wonderful friendly people who use their fame to very good effect. Their support for their individual charities is inspiring and their interaction with their fans means so much to all of us. The Supernatural fandom is something quite special and I am so pleased and proud of their achievements. I can't really have a dog now, much as I would love to, but I'm out all day and it wouldn't be fair, so hopefully A Dog's Life can be my surrogate! Still have Dad's fish though. Good luck to all at supportsupernatural and keep up the great work. Best wishes Barbara M. Belfast, Northern Ireland | Honey
29: To everyone involved in a dog's life, supportSPN and all the guy's at supernatural Thank you all for your hard work and thank you for shedding light on a great cause, I am lucky enough to have been touched by rescue pets and without your work there would be a lot more animals in a sad situation. So thank you I have always had rescue pets from a young child, something that my parents thought us was that there are pets that are unfortunate enough to not have a home. The 1st pets that I can remember were 2 Great Danes, as a kid of around 4 years old i thought we had horses! My father took them in as puppies, they were going to be dumped by the owner as he could not look after them, I remember them being bigger than me and in a 3 bedroom flat with my my parents and my brother and sister, it being crowded. When they grew to the great size that they they were given new homes as police dogs. They were trained in drug search. it was pretty cool and we got to visit them often. From there we had several dogs mostly either strays or pets that people could not look after, at one point we had 3 cats, 2 dogs, half a dozen gold fish and a canary. All in our crazy little flat. 3 years ago our beautiful German Sheppard "Sasha" died, she was 15 years old and could no longer walk. She was the runt of the litter and was not expected to live more that a year. but my parents being my parents took her in, the other option was her being put down. she was crazy and amazing. She would le anyone in the house, but nip them in the bottom on the way out the door. My father once set fire to the frying pan and the fire brigade were called. They too received the same treatment! Currently we have 2 rescue cats, one was beaten "Saraman" and one "Graham" was found on a building site with the rest of the litter. (the names they had before we had them :o)) Its taken 4 years but they are amazing and strange and funny and loving. I will never understand who people can be cruel to animals or toss them out on the street like rubbish! I am truly grateful to my parents of always allowing us to take in any strays that we found on the street and showing us how wonderful having pets is. The work that you all do is fantastic and I want to thank you all. I want to say thank you to SPN and support SPN for bringing this charity some light so that people like myself can have the opportunity to donate and help in the small way that we can. Well I have gone on enough, so please let me say again THANK YOU Regards Lee R.
30: Buster’s $3,000 piece of ass!! | Thank you for all the wonderful work you do in caring and re-homing so many animals in need! You all do a wonderful job, and deserve medals for what you do! | Since I was 4, all of my pets have been shelter animals which I have loved & cared for dearly, but my current pet Buster has been the one that’s most affected me... Here is his story... This is Buster... he's a pit bull with a heart of gold, and the most playful nature you've ever seen in a dog! Buster is my best buddy in the whole universe... he follows me everywhere I go, and misses me like crazy when I leave for work every day! He's always there waiting anxiously for me when I come home... tail wagging, and eyes full of love and anticipation! Buster had developed 2 tumors... one on the base of his left ear and one on his scrotum less than two years ago and had undergone surgery to remove them before they became threatening. After two separate surgeries two weeks apart. He had persevered through endless discomfort during recovery and I spent 1 month taking care of him and sleeping on the floor with him until all his stitches were removed. He made a full recovery though and I was back to his old self in no time. It was heartbreaking to see this happy dude without a care in the world totally oblivious to what was happening to him. Having to put up with the almighty bucket collar for a whole month, losing his dog-hood and a 3rd of his left ear! On Christmas Day 2009 I made a discovery that Buster's cancer has returned! We booked to see the Vet on Saturday. On Monday morning we had an appointment with the Specialist for an ultrasound and X-rays... to see if the cancer had spread to any other parts of his body. If it was isolated surgery would proceed!
31: We made it to the surgery where I signed us in, and we sat and waited patiently for the Specialist who very honest about what we were to expect & he pointed out the possible scenarios & our options in each instance. I walked Buster to the pen where he would relax until it was time to begin. I gave him a tight cuddle, and kissed him on the head as I always do, and he licked my nose repeatedly! Then my brother & I headed off so I could get to work on time by 8.30am. Once I got to work I started in on keeping busy to try and distract myself from worrying. My phone rang around lunchtime... I held my breath as I answered the phone scared of what was to come... ...I was relieved at what I heard. No other tumors were found, the tumors Buster had were isolated which was great, and all other test results were excellent. Surgery was OK to go ahead. He did say though... that it would be a deep incision, and that Buster would need a skin graft, to help close the wound. Surgery as it was clearly the best option for completely removing the tumors, and seeing as Buster was already under it would be easier than having to wake him up & knock him out again. He would call me once surgery was complete. I waited anxiously for the rest of the day, and I was on my way home from work when I got another call! Surgery went better than expected with no complications. They would keep him there for about a week to ensure that the graft is successful, but other than the Surgeon was very happy with the result, saying he was confident Buster would make a full recovery. Buster came home on his 9th birthday! I waited anxiously for the call all day and around 4.00pm my phone rang. It was the surgery to tell me that Buster was good to go! I literally jumped out of my seat with joy! I rushed home from work and straight down to the hospital. I think Buster realized we were there 'cause I could hear him yelping, out the back. Eventually, out walked the Surgeon with Buster alongside. He looked so miserable, and then he realized who he was looking at and came running straight up to me, licking me like he hadn't seen me for years. It certainly felt like that for me too! The Surgeon explained all the details and said all indications so far point to the best result possible. The discharge had slowed considerably, but he still has the drainage tube inserted, which would be removed in a week’s time. The graft was looking fantastic, and the Surgeon was extremely pleased with the outcome. I must say he did a wonderful job on the stitches... my brother said they looked better than stitches he's seen on human surgery -LOL! (The Surgeon said “Buster now has a few nipples where they shouldn't be, but that's no worry for Buster” LMAO!) We made it to the Vet's nice and early for Buster's drainage tube removal! Buster was really well behaved during the removal, hardly flinched a bit! The pathology report came in, and there is good & bad news. The good news is that they confirmed the tumour was successfully removed completely meaning it will probably not return in that same spot... the bad news is that the cancer has now been upgraded to stage 3. (That means that there are cancer cells present in his body, and that one day it would return elsewhere.) The day finally arrived; Buster's stitches were finally going to come out today! Buster was very energetic this morning... it was like he knew! We made it into the car for the usual wrestling match during the short drive to the Vet. The Surgeon discussed the best option for getting the stitches out. We tried without sedation but trying to wrestle a 35kg (70lb)dog onto his back was not going to be an easy feat. There were over 180 stitches to be removed and after several failed attempts we decided to give him a mild dose of sedative to settle him down. It was supposed to take about 15 mins to take effect, but Buster was fighting all the way... so it took closer to an hour! The Surgeon finally removed all the stitches & after examining the scars, concluded that the graft was healing perfectly. We thanked everyone for taking such wonderful care of Buster, and for saving his life, and made it back to the car for a not-so-difficult ride home. Buster was still a little woozy so he actually didn't move an inch for the entire ride back. When we made it to the driveway though, he bounced out of the car like there was no tomorrow! LMAO!
32: Thank you so much for all you do for dogs. I'm looking forward to trying to help do what I can through the years to help. Thank you! Marla H. | I had a pit-bull as a pet from before I was born. Unfortunately, she has a since passed. Her name was Little-Bit. She was very motherly (if that makes sense) and slept in my bed until she passed about 12 years ago. I think the work that's being done for A Dog's Life Rescue is amazing. I pray that you guys can reach your goal of $30,000 by Dec. Matt P. | To A Dog's Life Rescue - thank you for all the wonderful work you do to help the ones that cant help themselves. We adopted a 1 year old pitbull that had been abused by its previous owner. From the day we brought him home we could see he wanted us to love him but he was afraid, it took patience but he eventually learned to trust us. He was such a loving addition to our family and we were heartbroken when he passed a few years ago. It taught me that with love and patience anything is possible. Robin Giangarra | I've been looking for a really great organization to donate to and you guys have exceeded my expectations. Supernatural fans will always have your back. Keep up the great work! Michele M. | I would like to thank A Dog's Life Rescue for being devoted to helping dogs who might not get the help they need without them. JaCaria W | I've been looking for a really great organization to donate to and you guys have exceeded my expectations. Supernatural fans will always have your back. Keep up the great work! Michele M. | I, of course, have supported A Dog's Life Rescue for Supernatural, but also because I have had more than one rescue dog. My current dog, Snickers, was adopted over a decade ago from a local shelter. We were her 3rd family, her last family moved and could not take her with them, and they made the shelter promise they would not put her down and find her a home. She is half beagle, half basset hound and completely funny looking. When I first saw her on the Internet, I thought "hmmmm, who would want that weird looking dog?", but our vet was convinced that she would be a perfect fit for our family. She was right. Something people may not realize about shelters, at least my local one, is the effort they put into placing the right pet into the right home. Rescuing a dog is rewarding for both the family and the pet, and donating is a great way to put one more pet with the right family. Heiddi H.
33: As a "foster mom" and past volunteer of The Michigan Humane Society, many animals have come through our home that were adopted to other loving homes, or, in this case, Bart, a border collie mix who came as a foster and stayed the next 13 years as our own beloved pet. My husband and I fell in love with him. He has now joined my husband in heaven where, I hope, they are "playing with the angels". Thank you, again, for all you are doing. Happy holidays to you and yours, and a prosperous 2011 for A Dog's Life Rescue". Carol F. | Thank you for all your work helping dogs. I love supporting you guys! It's true what they say, about how animals make us human. Thanks for your work. There have been two dogs in my life that I will always remember. One is my first pet, my puppy Heidi. I got her from the Humane Society when she was a year old. She sadly passed away last year. The one thing I loved the most about her was how she would sleep in my room at the foot of my bed. Granted, it wasn't so fun when she jumped ON my bed ( :D ) but when she laid in my room with me, I felt so safe. I still miss that sometimes. The other dog is Misha-puppy. (Guess where he got the name? ;P ) I don't think I've ever loved a living creature so much--it's overwhelming sometimes. We've had him for a few months now. It's funny, because I'm in college, and I've been feeling completely clueless as to what I want to do when it's over. In the past two months, as I've been feeling more and more clueless, I've started donating to A Dog's Life Rescue, watching a new show I love about dog rescues, and of course, adopting Misha-puppy, and the joy I've felt from this has led me to believe that this is what I'm meant to do, to work with animals. It's only a small step towards finding my future--but a step closer. So thanks to Supernatural and Jensen and Jared, Support Supernatural, A Dog's Life Rescue, and Misha-puppy--you guys have all changed my life. Martika A. | To A Dog's Life Rescue - thank you for all the wonderful work you do to help the ones that cant help themselves.. We adopted a 1 year old pitbull that had been abused by its previous owner. From the day we brought him home we could see he wanted us to love him but he was afraid, it took patience but he eventually learned to trust us. He was such a loving addition to our family and we were heartbroken when he passed a few years ago. It taught me that with love and patience anything is possible. Gus G.
34: Keep up the good work! I think it's wonderful that a charity like you exists and you strive for so much. I'm not really an animal person, and they can sense that most of the time. Last summer, though, I went to visit a friend for a few days and her cat, who normally doesn't like strangers, loved me. She cuddled right up next to me on the couch. It was really sweet. Audin J. | To the lovely ladies of A Dog’s Life Rescue – I just want to say thank you. We were all brought to you by our favorite TV show, and the desire to do a little good in this world, but you are the ones who, from the front lines, take your time every day to try and rescue those lovely little furry brothers and sisters of ours. You will never know just how much I admire your generosity, dedication, and depth of heart. You are just plain awesome. I will do as much as I can to support you from afar because I believe in our cause with all my heart. And I apologize that I am not on the front lines too. I promise to give as much as I can, whenever I can, to help those who are in our care, who cannot defend for themselves. I can’t stand to see any living soul mistreated – because I suffered that myself in a much younger day when I wasn’t yet strong enough to fend for myself. But please know – my thoughts and prayers are with you every day, and I will continue to help in ANY way I can – even if it is from 3000 miles away. Love to you both, and please keep fighting the good fight. I, and I’m sure many other fans, will continue to try and be your cavalry when you need us. Much Love, Terry W. Unfortunately, I have never owned an animal of my own. I am a hardcore Cat person, but I like Dogs as well. Due to the fact that I live in an apartment, I am not allowed to have pets – but at times I really wish I did have some sort of companionship other than all of my electronic gadgets (or toys as my friends and co-workers call them!) However, I am lucky enough that I live very close to most of my aunts and uncles, and I visit with them every week. I have two aunts who live together – they are both getting on in age, and I visit with them almost every single day. A couple of years ago, on a Sunday evening, they got a new member to their household – a totally unexpected surprise. They live out in the country, and someone had a small puppy (he’s a mixed breed, but there’s definitely some catahoola in him) thay didn’t want – so they threw him out of their vehicle on the side of the road. The poor little thing even got hit by a car – (luckily nothing serious happened to him!) so when we heard the yelping and crying I went to the road to check it out and returned to the house with one of the prettiest red/gold puppies I had ever seen, he was scared to death. I spent the entire night claming hi down and just holding him. In the morning, we went to the vet and learned there was no permanent damage, and with some careful coaxing and tenderness, he became the most wonderful friend you could possibly imagine. He has now been at my Aunts’ house for about 3 years, and he is their sentinel. He guards my Aunts ferociously. I can honestly say that I am the only person who ever drives up and he comes out to greet me without ever uttering a sound. I do not have a picture of “Curly” as my aunt so aptly named him because when he lies down he curls into a ball so tightly he looks half his size, but I will be going back out there tomorrow night and will grab a pic of him then. I’ll send it in a separate email tomorrow and you can add it to this message.