Adopted by Love
Our story with Murphy begins when we became his foster parents when he was about 4 months old. The first time I saw him I was caught by the sweetness of his facial expression. He had a puppy’s energy with a determination to get as many snuggles as possible. He always liked to be held in our arms, even as he began to get bigger and older. We took him to a few foster events, but as luck would have it, he was not chosen on any of those occasions. At our house Murphy proved himself completely trustworthy. He was house trained in about 2 weeks and got along well with all our resident dogs. It was quickly obvious that he belonged with us. As we went on to foster other dogs. Murphy was always a blessing. He helped scared, shy, lonely, and insecure dogs to find their self confidence. Dogs who had never had the opportunity to run and play with other dogs, finally had a safe playmate with a strong, positive, and happy energy. Murphy is always happy. He adores water and will swim whenever he has the chance. He is a champion cuddler. He likes to rub his face against our faces and necks and across our shoulders. He is not much of a licker; instead he touches his nose gently against our skin. We love him. I cannot imagine my life without his beautiful energy. For anyone who wonders about adopting a dog, I would definitely recommend it!
Submitted by the McDonald family!
My name is Dallas Lylyk and a few years ago my wife and I adopted a puppy named Rambo from you guys at the 2011 Edmonton Pet Expo. I just wanted to give you guys a look at what a beautiful dog he has become. We love him so much, he has become my best friend and his love for us is unconditional. I really appreciate what you guys do and if it wasnt for you guys I wouldnt have my little buddy.
The first picture is of him when we first got him from you guys. Next was him at one of our halloween parties. Also, the last two are of him with our new addition to the family. Rambo is forever a part of our family and we love him dearly.
Thank you very much for what you do!!!
Picked up by Animal Control, Detroit sat patiently knowing nobody was claiming him as their beloved pet. At first glance the rescuers from Sundance Canine Rescue could tell he was underweight had an eye infection, deformed foot, broken teeth and a big scar on his back.
What unfolded after his rescue was beyond comprehension.
Detroit was vaccinated & de-wormed (really needing the latter) next a bath revealed; multiple pustules on his face, some had quills coming out with multiple fragments from his eyebrow. His body, apart from the obvious scar, was dotted with smaller scars.
The Vet exam was devastating! His teeth had received trauma and were not only broken at the gum line but had abscesses in the gums. A piece of his tongue was missing (probably cut with scissors). The eye so infected he was convinced it would need to be removed. The foot broken and left to heal without treatment. The top of one ear had been cut, the scars were consistent with being doused with gas and set on fire, the wounds left untreated hence the extent of the scars.
Detroit needed massive surgery and had two factors against him, time for a vet to spend all day on him and funds for it. Detroit showed CBC his good demeanour despite his torturous past. His video Detroit’s Injuries was viewed on YouTube and Facebook. Funds were raised.
Detroit underwent 5.5 hours of surgery. He was neutered, he had been kicked so hard in the testicles it caused one to be in the abdomen. More quills were extracted from his eyelids, treatment by his foster mom, controlled the infection and saved his eye! Nothing could be done for his deformed foot, it was set and he was using it, trying to straighten it would cause more pain. His dental work was extensive, teeth removed and abscesses drained, what shocked the vet was the sheer power used on his mouth to force teeth up into his sinus cavity, he felt he had been tortured for years.
In foster care, he spent days at doggy daycare and evenings at a staffs home. He learned to sit and wait for his dinner and not steal human food. He learned to walk on a leash, gained weight and mobility. Now he waited for a family.
Reviewing rescue pictures one night, there was Detroit and his story and I knew he was meant to be with us. A meet and greet and interview by the Sundance team and they agreed. We watched his body and spirit heal as he understood he was loved and had found his forever home.
He is always by my side and is very protective of his family, yet willing to snuggle in a heartbeat. He plays on an acreage with a pack of other rescues from a 7 pound epileptic Toy Poodle from a puppy mill to a 100 + blind husky that had been abandoned.
Detroit is a much loved member of the family.