A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Friday, November 21, 2008
A Special Situation: Rescue Confiscation
"I expect to pass thru this life but once. 
Therefore, if there be any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

I just want to say "THANK YOU!!!"
To the artists that helped create the "Dogs Rule Fatbook"!!!
We raised $355.00 dollars from the auction of it.  That is AMAZING!!!
I have wonderful friends that help me to continue on... 
Because of you, stories like this have a happy ending!!

These photos, this story, is from a cruelty confiscation that never should have been.  
It happened a couple months ago and we are finally moving some of the dogs out for adoption!!!
We took 31 dogs out of this place.
It was a situation that a person who loved animals, went down a very dark path & what started out as good intentions, put the lives of animals in harms way.  
Most of these animals were picked up as strays, but never fixed.  
So they continued to procreate.. 
Too many dogs, not enough food, no money, the care became overwhelming, mental illness crept in, abuse, starvation and neglect.   The photo above was the yard they were kept in.
Below are the photos, some before & afters.  So many of these poor babies were never touched.
Unsocialized they are terrified of people.
For some of these animals we have a long road or rehabilitation.   
Others have done well and I took up several to Chicago last Tuesday for adoption.

"Charlie" below is heart worm positive, approximately 5-7 years old, we have to wait till he gains more weight before treatment.  He was pretty beat up, trying to fight for food.
 Sweet loving guy, he will make someone a great pet!!  Man he will talk your ear off:)
"Buster" is the picture beside him and he is ready to go!!!  FANTASTIC guy, approximately 2-3 years of age, he gets along with everyone!!  Loves people most of all:)  

This old guy is "Woofie" he is 7-9 years of age, blind in one eye.  Probably a Husky/Shepherd mix.  He just wants and needs a home to hang his hat to live out his days.
Not a high maintenance dog, he just hangs out, lays around & thumps his tail as you walk by.

"Coyote boy" is just the cutest guy!!!  In great need of being socialized.  He is approximately 1-2 years of age and terrified of people.  Catching him is like trying to catch a Jackalope:)  It will take time, but he is coming around.

This mom dog, smiley as she is, we cannot touch her..
We keep working with her, she will now take treats from us, but that is the extent of how close she will come.  When we caught her & here babies, that was a bit scary.  
But all are safe and sound!!!
The puppies were so very sick, full of infection and had abscessed feet and tails from wounds.  
Lots of medication and time, but all are healed nicely now!!  Did I mention she had 10 pups?

"BIG EARL" is a fuzzy guy!!!  Amazingly sweet, it's like being at a rodeo leash training him, but he almost has it:)

This other Shepherd, she also had puppies, but thank goodness only 2. She is even more unsocialized than the last:(
There are 3 of these dogs that look identical.. 2 females and a male. All within 1-3 years of age.

This little doll is "Holly" and she has already gone to Chicago, so hopefully I will hear from her adoptive people soon:)

These three amigos also headed north!!!  They are sweet babies, but very, very shy..
That is until they warm up to their new people:)  
So I'm just waiting to hear from their new parents!!

It has been a wild several months, record numbers of dogs coming in and going out..
One more transport left for the year.. Can you believe the year is almost gone!!!
Good grief, I think I feel another wrinkle beginning to form:)
You have your hands full with these guys. Rough looking at the faces. That people could do this breaks my heart.
Work your charm. This is what makes you keep going.These guys need you so much. And there are others.
Glad to see the auction up and going. These guys will cost lots to get them back on there feet.
Always thinking of you and Jeff.
Nancy Gene Armstrong
The mom and 10 pups have a special place in my heart :) I'm glad that some of the others are already headed to new homes. Thanks for the update, we always love to hear from you. And, Mavis Pearl says woof (a little bitty yip actually).
The link for the art auction is on the Twitter sidebar. Everyone please check it out. This is just the first of some really great art. Check back often.
Bernie...Mike told me you called. Please go to my blog. I just did a big post for you and 'a place to bark' and I want to make sure you see it!!!!!

PS-do you have more pics of Rocko, the pug mix?? Joe may be interested in adopting him! :)
Dear Bernie,
I sent you an email a few days ago. I hope to hear from you soon. You are a wonderful person and I would love to talk to you. I need advice on my rescue. Thanks, Debbie Calicutt, Safe Hollow Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
Hi Bernie! It's Syp from San Diego -- the girl you sat next to on the plane to Nashville last month. I finally made it to your blog and must say, it's touching to read your posts and see pictures of the dogs. I'm glad to see you're still very active in updating it!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm sure there are many who are thankful for what you do.

Take Care!
Syp Vandy
Hello Bernie,
Thank you for your good work. My sons and I are thrilled to have added one of the "three amigos" to our family. We brought Alex home just 10 days after he arrived in Chicago. He is sweet and smart and adjusting extremely well. He loves the snow we had today!
Julianne - Austin's Mom
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