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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

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 No, this picture isn't sideway-- it's Matt,my husband, laying on the floor with BeeBee and Nala. 
 He's always supported my rescue work-- and that's how Starlight came into our lives.   I think she was his favorite. 
 Matt came into our family over 30 years ago-- I was a widow and he married all of us.   And then, he became an instant dad, and later a grandfather, who loves his grandbits!
 He tries to entertain us. 
 He reads to the Bits. 
 Even after surgery, he was there to help with breakfast and have fun.
 He loves us and passes on God's love and grace to all of us.
He is a man after God's own heart-- and we are so blessed he is ours!!  We love you-- Happy Father's Day!
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tabithaclem
28 days ago
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that last pic
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RUSSELL-- WHAT A LIFE

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 Russell came into rescue over two years ago. 
He was 7-8 years old and his skin was awful.   So many dogs have allergies or are not fed well and it shows in their health, their eyes, their skin.
 Russell was lucky-- he was in rescue and soon found a wonderful home with Alyssa.
 She loves her boy.  He goes on so many adventures with her.  To the beach, on nature walks, out with friends. 
 He is adored by so many, but none more than his mom.
 He loves to snuggle up with her after a long day.
 It's a wonderful place to be-- safe, cared for, cherished.  He is loved!
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tabithaclem
31 days ago
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RICKY AND CATARACT SURGERY

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 Ricky was in a Virginia shelter and he had little chance of getting out through adoption.   So, we took him into rescue.
 You won't find a sweeter Peke.  But, he had limited hearing and sight. 
 He seems to melt into whatever place he's with-- he chooses to love whoever he is with. 
 So, I asked for help so that we could do cataract surgery on him.  The donations at the picnic made a big difference!    He had his cataract surgery two weeks ago.   He can see so much better!!!   YAHOO!
 He went back to his foster home last week-end.  (He was in a temporary one for his eye surgery.)   Barbara kept him overnight for Lisa and Barbara said, "....I thought everyone might have exaggerated a bit... but no... this is one of the sweetest dogs I can ever recall meeting... "
She said he is a precious ball of fluffiness.  Whoever adopts him will be a very lucky person!
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tabithaclem
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CHERRY

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 This is Cherry. 
 She belongs to Andrea, one of my facebook friends.
 I know so many people on facebook-- like the rest of you-- that I have never actually met.   They are all over-- Denmark, and Australia and Seattle!! 
 Cherry is so sweet and loves her new stroller.
 Peke-a-boo!
 I had a black Peke once, and I adore this color.  There is something stunning about them-- but then I have had all colors of Pekes, either as my own, or as a foster and I think they are all beautiful.  Still.....
 I wonder if the Seattle weather-- and rain-- messes her hair.   I know it can be a bit moist out there.
Hello sweet Cherry!!  I wanted to introduce you to my blogger friends!!
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tabithaclem
41 days ago
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'There is something stunning about them'
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A RESCUE DAY

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 We were asked to take in a family of Pekingese.  Jodi was one of them.
 Koko was, too.
 Hello, Andy.
 Marian went with me-- so not only did I get help, but I had a friend to chat with on the way up!  Marian is going to help with fostering.
 We met at the Yankee Candle in Williamsburg.
 Andy is a big boy-- he can lose a little.  :-)  He is 11 years old, but I would have guessed he was much younger.
 There was Jodi, who I called Mama-- she is the mom of Minnie.
 Koko is 13, the daddy of Minnie (who is the mom of Andy).   I had to work on learning quickly who was who.
 This is Jodi-- as soon as I met her, I checked her out and could tell her heart was so bad.  (I have Floyd who has a grade 6 heart murmur, and she was much worse.)
 The Pekes were wandering about, checking things out.
 Meeting new people.   My daughter met us there just to say hi.  ❤️
 Andy and Jodi ....
 Minnie and Koko...
 We loaded them up-- here we go.
 They had fresh water, but it was only an hour drive to my vet.
 Jodi and Koko were together.   They have been together all their lives.
 Jodi is almost 16 and I turned the air conditioning on in the back to keep them cool.  (Our transporters who have helped us all do this-- we have the best helpers!)
 Minnie wanted to ride with Marian.
 You can tell her eyes need some help.
 At the vet, I had two strollers to keep them safe-- they don't know me, so this way, I felt they could snuggle another one.   (Thank you to those who gave me strollers!)
 The vet clinic knew I was coming, but bringing in four at one time still required some work. 
 I was most concerned about Jodi, so she was evaluated right away.
 I knew she was struggling, and the exam showed that her heart was really bad.   So filled with fluid around it, that there was no heart beat that could be heard-- just fluid.   There was no blood pressure to be found in her back leg, because the circulation was so low.
 There was no way to fix her, nothing that could be done.  She was suffering, fighting for every breath.  We brought the others in to say good-bye to her.  I petted her and loved on her as we let her go.    This is the hardest part of rescue.
But, faces like this, faces of hope and trust, are the good part of rescue.   We can help the others.   They will all need dentals, two may lose one eye, some have ear infections and other things can be dealt with.    I'll have more information as their lab work comes in.  For now, they are safe, together, and resting.  Welcome to rescue sweet Minnie, Koko, and Andy.   Run free, sweet Jodi.  You can breathe easy now.
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tabithaclem
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TOYS FOR PEKES

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Toys?   We have plenty!!
 Chumley likes one toy-- and one toy only.
 His double tennis ball, dumbell, toy. 
 I had to buy four of them, so we could always find at least one-- Sugar Bit hides them in places I don't think to look. LOL
 The Pekes here have the Bits to play with. 
 But, Chumley wants HIS toy-- the Sisters like this toy, too, and he is perplexed about sharing.
 We don't need more toys-- but the Sisters, BeeBee and Nala, were fascinated with what Sugar Bit was holding.
 Oranges?  Really??
 Sugar Bit rolled it and the Sisters went after them.    What is this-- it's soft and squishy.
 It must be okay if it was rolled for her to catch.   YUM.
They decided, with Max, that oranges were not what they wanted.   They are trying for something else!  😉
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