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Animal Success Stories

Happy Tales
Every one of these dachshunds has been rescued by an angel...

Harley's Brave Journey   Harley's Story is a great inspiration to AADR because it shows that no matter how desperate the situation, saving one life makes the ultimate difference. DeeAnn, Harley's foster mom, has included her personal account with Harley's amazing story and where he is now.Harley was found homeless and sick. He only had a 50% chance of survival. Now he is living a life of true happiness and contentment. Read More...

You can also read some of our older Happy Tails stories here

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Tobie did a fabulous job in his debut costume parade. Marie, Vienna and Tobie got runners up for best costumes. He was "Happy" and wagged his tail the whole time and wore his hat without a fuss. Good dog!


Jacob is waiting to go in our house after a fun walk. He got a new squeaky frog this week and decided to take him along. He held on even when 3 rabbits hopped across the sidewalk. Nicer weather today as temperatures finally dropped below the 90's. It is getting very dark now so we should be getting some rain soon. Jacob and I are just enjoying being in the yard. I hope your summer is going well. Dottie


Poncio (changed the spelling of his name to add some Italian to him 😉) is doing very well. 
I registered his chip last week and already received the name tag/ID# tag in the mail. So he's mine, mine, mine. You can't have him back, I say! 😄
We all love him. My husband, Tim, calls him, "My boy!", the kids are pretty sure he likes them best, and even Luigi, our cat, is starting to lounge around near him. (Lui has been a spoiled, only fur family member for 7 yrs and is not quite sure why Poncio gets to go outside but he does not. Some jealousy but no fighting - yaaay!)
He is doing very well with his outside time. Poncio and I are keeping each other on a very good schedule and since he is very treat motivated, he is learning fast! It appears he knew some basic commands, which is nice for communication for all. (I'll never not be impressed that animals actually listen better if a person whispers to them. I wish all people would take that calm approach. But I digress - back to The Little Man!)
He quickly found HIS SPOT. He moved his brand new medium sized dog bed to a specific corner of the dining room and occupies it with ALL 11 lbs. of himself. No room for you so don't even think about it! Haha!
Don't think for a second we aren't suckers though. Yes, it's true, I now sleep with 2 men. The husband and the dog. Poncio is at ease enough now to burrow, which is good since males have that instinct. 
We are working on crate training slowly...and a pinch of time at a time. This little man has huge anxiety separation. With time, patience and more trust building, we hope he will be ok. Fortunately I'm in an amazing situation to be home more than not, which we hope helps his transition. 
Poncio went to the vet for a follow up the week after adoption. All was basically well except a slight infection in one of his pads and lots of ear wax, as well as a nail trim. He received an antibiotic shot for his pad so all red is back to healthy black.)
I would like to add - while I'm sure you all already know - Cherie was wonderful to work with and is a wonderfully loving Doxie foster. Had to be said. 
Thanks again. Check in anytime.  


Scooter number 5.....NJ

Here is an update from and AADR alum!!

I just wanted to give you an update on Max (doxie formally known as Scooter #5_NJ).

My husband and I are simply in love with him. He has the sweetest disposition – he’s friendly with everyone he meets.  He insists on meeting everyone! He’ll walks up to strangers, tail wagging, looking for a chance to say ‘hello’ and maybe get a pet. With family and friends he is so affectionate – giving snuggles and kisses to your hearts content. He’s even managed to win over Hailey, the resident beagle. She was a little put off when he first arrived, but now they’re best friends.

We can’t thank you enough for bringing him to us!

Here are some photos of Max enjoying his back yard and hanging with his girl Hailey.

Maggie Mae....FL

Maggie Mae came to us from a shelter.  She was down with severe back issues when we took her in.  We mobilized an effort to raise funds for her and got her the surgery she needed.  She was on the road to improvement when she suffered a setback.  Then she was moved to a foster home where she once again began her recovery.  It would be a long process and it was decided to send her to another organization that specialized in rehabilitation cases.  Again, Maggie improved and was almost ready to find her forever home when tragedy again struck. This time a tornado hit the facility she was in and did signficant damage.  Maggie Mae was again moved to another foster home while repairs to the facility were underway.  It was there that yet another setback in her recovery occurred.  Back to the rehab facility and then through a chain of events, AADR got her back.  She went to a foster home in Alabama that has done some great things with dogs with IVDD.  Not too long ago, she was adopted and moved to Jacksonville!!  A long time coming for this sweet girl but she has her own forever home.  They were so excited and happy they have since adopted another AADR dog as a brother!!!  This is what a community of folks can do when they don't give up and give love a chance.  

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