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2022 Happy Tails
Kilo was one of seven pups born to a young mom in northern Manitoba and they made their way into foster care at four weeks of age. Thanks to Ruff Riders and K9 Adocates, Kilo and his sister Sierra made the journey to Ontario mid November. Foster mom Sarah and family have thoroughly enjoyed the crazy puppy antics these two added to their busy home, and now Kilo has found his family. Eric and Thom recently lost their beloved Delta, another rescue, and were ready to welcome another. Kilo is one lucky pup as he will enjoy two active parents, who are home more than not, puppy socialization classes and weekend hikes with friends. With lots of time at their acreage in Prince Edward County, Kilo has an amazing future ahead of him. Eric and Thom have researched puppy training and have great plans for Kilo's future. We, at HTDR, can't wait to see the updates as this big pup continues his journey with his amazing parents.
This sweet six pound ball of energy flew in from Winnipeg in early November, presumably as an 8 week old pup, found in a northern MB ditch with several other larger pups, without parents or siblings. Minnie soon worked her way into her fosters hearts and was an extremely confident dog, belying her presumed age. Our vets, upon dental examination determined she was actually closer to 5 months. Minnie was a very popular girl and it didn't take long to find her family. Now Millie, this sweet girl is now the official greeter at the Two Sisters Inn in Markdale, On. Her morning ritual now includes a short drive to the family farm for many field romps with her half siblings, two rescue goldens and an older lab cross. Millie thoroughly enjoys these outings, her grandparents and is then the perfectly content lap dog the rest of the day. Her human sibling can't wait to come home for Christmas, looking forward to Millies company. Many thanks to flight buddy Derrick and foster mom Lynn for training this girl and delivering her to her forever home.
HAPPY TAILS! Most remember Kenzo, our Turkey dog who was missing for eight days in early October. Well he has quite the story to share. Arriving just before the ban was implemented, Kenzo was shut down since arrival, taking a long time to show his true dog. A special volunteer decided it was her mission not only to find him, but to adopt him! Madison Kathleen is a very committed person who, having experience with another rescue dog in the home, helped set her up for Kenzo's third chapter, and her weekly updates prove this. His adoption was finalized many weeks ago, and we are thrilled that he is well loved, has a canine sister, a human brother and plenty of yard space and trails to explore. We are so grateful to this amazing community.
June (now Juniper)
When June set out to find her forever family, it didn't take her long to turn heads. This sweet and shy Coconut Retriever had raised her litter of pups and now it was her turn to find a home. It was truly love at first sight for Jessica and Ashley, who had recently lost their beloved Golden Retriever of almost 14 years. Now settled into her new home with her 3 feline siblings, renamed Juniper, she spends her days with her work from home mom. Many new adventures are in store for Juniper with this active couple. Thank you to SXM Paws for your unwavering devotion to the dogs of St. Maarten, and to Bree McLaughlin for always stepping up to help these sweet souls.
Missy arrived from Manitoba in late September, in heat, but first time fosters Marlene and Howard rose to the challenge, and soon Missy had everyone under her little paw. Missy became the social butterfly, accompanying Marlene to work and all thought she was already home. But it was soon clear that Missy would love being the centre of someone else's life and deserved the undivided attention that being an only dog allows. Despite being a popular girl, one application stood out. Jacqueline Musquar had plenty of rescue experience, volunteer driver and was ready for her new canine companion. Missy, now Emma, now enjoys the company of resident cats, some foster cats, plenty of walks on the nearby escarpment trails and car rides, which she adores. Best of all, adopter and foster live near each other and will continue to be involved in her future. Missy has clearly made herself at home and now offers Jacqueline the signature "Missy" welcome dance.
Bree (Now Rogue)
Bree arrived from Northern Manitoba with her Sister Bindi. She began to thrive in foster care, thanks to her amazing foster mom Carla, and all her lovely family members. She became the centre of attention for all of them and everyone she met on her daily walks. Bree has that sparkly personality and wants to say hi to everyone she meets. When we posted Bree, Michael noticed her immediately and knew they were meant to be together. I mean, that face!! How could you not fall in love? During the first meeting Bree (now Rogue) jumped right into his arms and starting kissing him. It was right for both of them. May you have lots of adventures and best kisses for the future.
Bindi and her sister Bree arrived from Northern Manitoba. They were so similar in appearance and size, it was difficult distinguishing them apart. Bindi with her bubbly personality, spunk and irresistible cuteness quickly won the attention of Simone and Alex. First time dog owners as a couple, Bindi, now Lilah is spending her days trying to make friends with the family cat. She still needs to learn that sitting on the cat is not the best way to accomplish this. Welcome to our Hopeful Tails family!
This little firecracker arrived just before the CFIA ban went into effect, one of the two initial intakes from Turkey. She stormed out of her crate, full of wiggles and kisses and never slowed down. It was soon apparent she thrived in the company of another dog, no matter the size, and especially adored children. Diva was quite the popular girl, and so many great applications, but a family with kids was her preference, so we waited. Patience pays off and please join me in welcoming Dominique Wild, her husband Geoffrey and children Tyler and Lia, along with Parson Jack Russel Molly. As expected, Diva embraced everyone at the meet and greet, couldn't decide who got the most kisses and immediately had everyone smitten.
Frankie (Now Maverick)
Frankie was the poster dog as the CFIA ban date drew close. Missing his first scheduled flight out of Istanbul mid September. His foster mom started a fundraiser, which was extremely successful, enabling her and her husband to fly a week later, thus bringing seven more sweet dogs to Canada, shared with three other rescues. Being such a popular boy, he soon found his match with a young couple in Orangeville. Mackenzie and Braedyn had recently started their search and fell in love with Frankie, now Maverick. With plenty of family dogs close by, parks and trails, cottage visits and resident rescue cat Louie, Maverick is settling well in his new home. This active family so adore his goofy antics, zoomies and ball play. Welcome Mackenzie and Braedyn to our Happy Tails family. Many thanks to this large group who made this happen. Especially to his amazing foster mom Robyn Alexander and her husband Saar! You never gave up and your endeavours were applauded by many. And to Maria Robson, Sevil Gulsen and the other rescues who stepped up to take on a few last minute additions and welcome them to Canada.
Seven months. That is how long sweet Zella has waited in boarding in Bahrain to join her new family in Canada. As a result of a flight embargo over the summer months coupled with impossibly expensive air fares, Zella sat and patiently waited. Thanks to the efforts of Emtinan of Rays of Hope in Bahrain, Zella has now finally stepped into the life of her dreams. Zella joins her new siblings Zeke and Sunny. Zeke also came from Bahrain a couple of years ago. Zella has fit in beautifully and has such an amazing life in store for her. Thank you to Kendra and John for your support and patience while you waited for Zella to arrive. She was definitely worth the wait!!
When 8 week old Poppy joined us from Manitoba in June, she quickly found her furever home. We recently found out that Poppy had a sister, Iris, who was still in Winnipeg looking for a home of her own. At about the same time, Rob, Katie and the girls, Keira and Chloe, determined that the time was right to add a dog to their family. Iris seemed like the perfect fit for their family. It took less than 24 hours of Iris/ arrival for her family to know that she was home for good.
Dalton arrived mid June, from the Kingdom of Bahrain, and took some time to settle into foster care. Having experienced so much trauma, several homes, dumped and abused, then rescued, Dalton took time to build trust, settle, relax and allow his inner dog to come out. Please join us in welcoming Kathleen Staves to our HTDR Happy Tails. Having adopted a Mexi-mutt six years ago, with similar issues, Kathleen was ready to have another needy dog join her home. Recognizing Dalton's needs, she was eager to welcome him into her home, and has the perfect set up for him. Needless to say, Dalton settled in very quickly and is being showered with attention and belly rubs. Kathleen, please share updates, as this boy had plenty of support behind him.
Scarlett was the last of the three wet malnourished pups found in Northern Manitoba in early August, flying in with Cleo and Skye. This trio certainly kept fosters Mark and Yukari very busy, and we are so grateful for their care. This beautiful fox like pup joined her family over seven weeks ago and is keeping them on their toes. Nicole, Rick and their two daughter were looking for some time to find a suitable puppy to join them and their resident cats, and are eager and committed. Scarlett is now attending puppy school and getting plenty of midday breaks at a local park.
Jewels (Now Freya)
Several months ago, a previous foster reached out to us requesting our assistance in finding her a dog of her own to adopt. Bronwen was extremely experienced and after helping ten dogs find their own forever homes, it was definitely her time. Fostering definitely educated her, as it does all our volunteers, and she knew what she wanted. Luckily the Empty Hamilton Animal Services and Jewels, now Freya, joined Bronwen mid September. This goofy girl, with a big personality, quickly adapted to the city life and is enjoying walks in High Park, weekly training sessions and keeps everyone laughing and enjoying her pup like antics. Freya adores her mom, and truly everyone she meets is welcomed to kisses and tail wags. HTDR looks forward to many pupdates as Freya continues to blossom and enjoy all the adventures Bronwen offers, especially all the camping trips next summer.
Kiwi (Now Truman)
When Kiwi joined our rescue, we knew that he was going to make one family very happy. He was such an easygoing boy who is very affectionate and loves his cuddles. Dana and her daughter, Caitlin, have always been cat people. They had been considering adding a dog to their family. Their search ended the moment Dana spotted Kiwi's picture. Kiwi, now Truman, is spending his days supervising the home office and keeping his sibling cats on their paws.
Having recently lost their golden, they were ready for another, albeit smaller, and had the meet and greet before heading on vacation. It was a mutual connection. So we welcome another family, Susan and Edward Novotny, who recently retired to a lakeside community in Thornbury. Mini will enjoy lots of adventures with this dog centric community and plenty of adventures ahead with their grand-pup, a big doodle await.
Boots (Now Moon)
Boots was a young stray found wandering a northern fly in community in Manitoba. Her past unknown, but her future is now amazing! Pregassen and Tanya were looking for a dog to add to their family and it was love at first sight. Boots strongly resembled a rescue dog they cared for back in their home country. She was an instant charmer and won over their hearts. Renamed Moon, she now has a soft bed to land on, a belly full of food and all the toys and belly rubs she wants for the rest of her life. Welcome Pregassen, Tanya and Moon to our Hopeful Tails family!
In early August, we couldn't resist three pups offered by Save a Dog Network in Northern Manitoba. Fires displaced many families, leaving dogs alone and vulnerable. In a remote, fly in community, three wet, dirty and malnourished pups were found wandering around the shoreline. No parents or siblings were located. They were then warmly welcomed, days later by our amazing fosters Yukari and Mark. These pups were then cared for, flourished and their personalities soon helped to determine their match. Cleo was the one drawn to children and we wanted to ensure that we found a suitable family. Luckily, another foster, who always had a steady stream of foster pups coming and going, piqued her neighbours interest, so the match was made! Please join us in welcoming Ashlea, Ken and their two boys to HTDR Happy Tails!! They now say they wonder why they waited so long to adopt a pup and Cleo has made their lives complete. Cleo has plenty of adventures ahead with this active family.
Calam (Now Winnie)
Calam joined us after being rescued from a fly in community in Northern Manitoba. She was one of the lucky strays rescued by Save A Dog Network Canada Inc and flown into Winnipeg before finding her way to Toronto to find her furever family. Having recently lost their long time companion Einstein, Laura and Ralph were finding their home too quiet and decided to welcome another rescue dog into their home. It didn't take long for Calam to steal their hearts. Calam is now Winnie, named after the City of Winnipeg where she came from. Winnie also has 2 human siblings to play with and spoil her rotten, which she totally deserves!! Welcome Laura, Ralph and family to our Hopeful Tails family!!
Sky along with Cleo and Scarlett were found wandering along the shore of a lake in a remote community in Northern Manitoba, all alone and scrounging for some food. Their lives saved and changed forever when a member of the community found them and transported them by boat to the mainland for rescue. The girls were small from malnourishment, but quickly recovered and flourished under the care of Yukari Ikebata and Mark Ikebata. Named for her beautiiful sky blue eyes, Sky quickly caught the attention of Craig and Tracy Graham. They were drawn in by those big blue eyes. Recently retired, Craig and Tracy were looking for a pup that could keep up with their active lifestyle. Sky will definitely be up for the challenge. She has kept her name, but has added and "e" for Skye, Scotland, a place that Craig and Tracey have fond memories of visiting. Thanks to Save A Dog Network Canada for the amazing work they do in the northern remote communities of Manitoba. Welcome Tracey Graham and Craig to our Hopeful Tails family!!
In late July we received a wonderful application from a family with young children, but the pups were already spoken for. After several interviews regarding what this active family were looking for, they were willing to be patient and took the time to puppy proof their home, research trainers, and find a vet. Shortly after we had two northern siblings arrive and both pups passed the kid test. Hedwig had found found her family and has been with them for several weeks now, charming all in the neighbourhood. Please join me in welcoming Steve, Vanessa, Ethan and Aaron to our Happy Tails family! Being big Harry Potter fans, they are keeping her name! Hedwig eagerly welcomed Grandpa when he returned from vacation and adores the boys, has plenty of cottage time in her future and we so look forward to many updates as she starts her adventure with this committed family.
Tonks (Now Nacho)
Shortly after we started two puppy adoptions, an amazing application arrived from a very experienced GSD family and we couldn’t wait to find the perfect match! A week later Tonks, now Nacho arrived into Andrea Suggitt and fiancé Ben’s home along with sibling Hedwig and we knew he was home. Quite the active pup, Nacho now gets to live in a home in the Rouge National Park, enjoy plenty of cottage visits and all the travels between. Nacho has learned so much and is wonderful with all the children in the extended family and is a lovely addition to complete this family. We love celebrating Foster Fails and this was really Foster Success! Thank you so much Andrea and Ben for fostering these siblings, and adopting this handsome boy and the training these two pups received while under your care. Thank you Katie Powell at Save a Dog for entrusting us with these pups and Lisa for the reference checks.
Hunter (Now Amaruq)
Wee little Hunter, dirty, hungry, alone and frightened, wandered into a community member's yard in a remote northern community, and loudly cried out for help. The community members gathered him up and sent him to a rescuer at Save A Dog Network Canada in Winnipeg. As fate would have it, Amy Hanson was travelling from Winnipeg back to Toronto and offered to be his travel buddy. She also offered to foster him until he could be adopted. Amy shared his info with a friend of hers, who shared it with her friend Naveesha, a husky enthusiast. Naveesha and her husband, Oscar, had been looking for a reddish brown husky to join their other two husky boys to round out their pack for almost a year now. They wanted to rescue a dog in need. One look at Hunter was all it took and their pack was now complete! Hunter, now Amaruq, shares a home with 2 big Husky brothers, Siku and Kazu. Welcome Naveesha and Oscar to our Hopeful Tails family. Oscar, I think you can expect a new shirt next father's day 🙂 Thank you to @Sue Ward-Belchior for sponsoring his flight from Winnipeg and Amy Hanson for transporting, fostering, and helping find him this amazing family!!
At the end of June we welcomed Aspen to our rescue. This young dog was in terrible condition...emaciated, full of ticks, anemic...check out our Rescue Tails page for her story! But, within a few weeks, Aspen made a remarkable recovery and was ready to find a family of her own. This girl was so special to all who were part of her journey. Despite the horrible condition she was found in, she was always the happiest and most playful girl, so deserving of an amazing family. Amazing is exactly what she got! Jocelyn, Scott and daughter Rachel were so excited to welcome Aspen home. Rachel has wanted a dog of her own for a very long time, and couldn't be happier with her new best friend. Aspen also has two more human brothers to love who are currently away at university. Aspen has a lot of fun coming her way with weekends at the lake! Welcome Jocelyn, Scott, and Rachel to our HTDR family!! We can't wait to follow Aspen's adventures!!! Thank you to Marnie and Kaya for being such amazing fosters and role models for Aspen!
When Shab Riazi decided to start fostering, she welcomed her first foster dog, Holly. Holly was a Northern IFAW dog who ultimately became whats known as a "foster fail" and was adopted by Shab. Shab loved the temperaments of the Northern dogs and more than one year later was ready to try fostering again. One look at 4 month old Piper was all it took and Shab ultimately "failed" again! As you can see from the pic, Holly and Piper hit it off as well! Shab is not allowed to collect any more dogs until she moves into a bigger space, but she still wanted to help the dogs in need and continues to volunteer with Hopeful Tails. In addition to being a double foster fail, Shab has now joined our core group of volunteers as our Fundraising and Events Coordinator so that she can help many, many more dogs in need, even though she can't keep them for now. Welcome Shab, Holly and Piper to our Hopeful Tails family. Your contributions to our rescue will help many more dogs in need!