Meet the Emerald Rescue Crew!
LILY LOU WHO – I adopted Lily back in 2011 when she was approximately eight months old. I had intended to bring home a kitten that day, but this tiny, scruffy, emaciated puppy with big, sad eyes stared at me longingly through the bars of her cage. She caught my heart and it was instant love. The next four years brought a lot of changes into my life, but no matter where we were or what we were doing, Lily was never upset as long as we were together. She was my only baby from 2011-2015 (except some fostered kittens here and there), but when new furry family members join us, she accepts each one gracefully and always makes an effort to be welcoming. She’s literally the most perfect pup in the world.
SCOUT FINCH – Scout is the second pup to join the crew. In February 2016, a little Chihuahua puppy was given up because her back legs were bowed and the owner of her mom was concerned she was going to have ongoing medical complications. She was 1.8lbs and she literally fit into the palm of my hand. I didn’t even bother to agree to foster her because I immediately knew that if I took her home, she was going to stay with me forever. Lily was such a great big sister and she immediately took Scout under her wing. Scout is sassy and scrappy, a true 5lb Chihuahua who believes that she is a Doberman. WIth people, she’s just as much of a love-bug as her big sister Lily.
DELILAH BLUE – Delilah is the third dog to join the Crew. I first took her in during December, 2016 because her original Mom was going through some personal things. She stayed with me for a few months and then went back to her mom, but as it turned out, Delilah was a bit too much for her to handle. At that point, she was nearly two years old but still not potty trained. As it turns out, she has an undersized bladder (and she’s already a 5lb dog) so expecting her to hold it long enough to get outside from a sixth-floor apartment wasn’t very likely. I worked on training her to use pee-pads in-between trips outdoors, and even though it took her a while to understand, she eventually got it. She is a typical terrier, or “terror” as I like to jokingly call her. She loves tug toys, she “grumps” when she wants your attention and you’re not giving it to her, and her favorite thing in the world is belly rubs.
PEACHES N’ CREAM – Peaches was rescued along with 20-something other Chihuahuas from a breeding situation. She had lived the first eight years of her life in a cage in a basement in Wisconsin being forced to birth and raise litters of tiny puppies. When I brought her home to foster, she sat in her crate quietly with the door open for six months before venturing out and slowly learning from the other three how to be a dog. There are still some things that she doesn’t do (and maybe never will) such as play with toys or walk on a leash, but she gets all the snuggles and attention that she wants, and I believe that she’s happy now. I hadn’t intended on keeping her, but I couldn’t bear the idea of rehoming her after it took her so long to acclimate. Everyone loves her, she’s always the favorite everywhere that we go!
ELLIE WOODS – Ellie is another foster fail… what can I say, tiny Chihuahuas just tend to grab my heart in an iron grip!
Ellie was a local surrender. She has a seizure condition and ended up in the ER after having a grand maul seizure, and that type of emergency care can be very costly. I took her in as a foster so that we could work on getting her stabilized on the right combination of medications which takes at least a few months, and once we had that taken care of, it was determined that she needed luxating patella surgeries on both of her back legs (bi-lateral.) After that surgery and recovery time, she had absolutely become a member of the crew and it didn’t feel right to send her off her off to another new home. She requires medication four times daily. She is the SMOLEST member of the crew at 3.5lbs, but definitely the spiciest! She has no problem telling off the other dogs when she is protecting her food, or letting people know when she doesn’t know them well enough to be pet. But she LOVES her mama and always wants to be held. Just like Peaches, she is very happy to be carried around in her sack, or enjoying a ride in the doggy stroller. Little spicy princess!
ARYA JADE STARK – Sweet Arya was found as a stray in California with a large mammary tumor hanging off of her. Unfortunately, upon removal and biopsy, it turned out to be cancerous. Worse news was that it had metastasized into one of her lymph-nodes. She was given a prognosis of about six months so we took her in as a “fospice.” I wanted to give chemo a try, but I had resolved that if she reacted badly and got very ill, we would quit. I just wanted to make her remaining time as good as it could be. We were so relieved when she didn’t have a bad reaction to the chemo, and we went through five treatments with her still as lively as happy as could be.
At the end of the treatments, I held my breath as they did radiographs and blood tests, and her cancer was in REMISSION! We are doing radiographs every three months, but a year and a half later, she’s still in remission and doing great. She is with us for the rest of her life, and we hope that will still be a very long time!
Daisy Dog came to us a foster (surprise, surprise!). She was brought down from California after having spent her life in an outdoor pen without shelter from the elements. She had a lot of skin issues, chronic ear infections, and allergies. It was a process of trial and error to find out what she is allergic to and what medications are most helpful. It was determined that her allergies are environmental, so we tried the monthly allergy shot but that didn’t help enough. She now thrives on Apoquel and weekly medicated baths, as well as regular ear cleaning. Daisy is super sweet, and has some cute and funny quirks such as demanding FRESH water (if its not cold and crisp, its not good enough) with a loud bark and nudging the bowl with her nose. She loves sitting on laps and getting pet, and she is friendly with everyone that she meets. She was too cute not to keep…
This crazy lady has MORE animals?! Yep…
ELLIOT STABLER – Meet Detective Elliot Stabler, aka Eli. He came into our lives before Scout, when the only other animal was Lily. He was a neonatal kitten who lost his mom. He was a tiny fuzzy gray cutie, and I knew right away that I was going to keep him. We’re pretty sure he’s a Maine Coon or a Maine Coon mix. He’s VERY chill, lazy, and goes with the flow with far less resistance than a typical cat. He rolls his eyes when I bring a new dog home, but he has his favorite lounging places where the dogs can’t reach him, and generally prefers to hang out on his cat trees and watch the chaos down below as if it’s cable TV. He loves scritchies and he purrs a lot.
RUE – Rue also came before Scout, only two months after Elliot. She was the runt of a feral litter abandoned by their mother. All of the kittens were very sick at only a few weeks old, and although they all needed TLC, I was advised that Rue likely wouldn’t make it and that I should focus on the others. Did I listen? Of course not! I obsessed over Rue who was half the size of her littermates (about the size of a hamster, literally) and very emaciated. Against my vet’s advise, I went rouge and put her on a raw diet. I kept her with me literally 24/7, and miraculously she survived. Her siblings went on to adoption, but her road to health was slow (but steady!) and she wasn’t healthy enough for adoption until she was four months old. By that time she was very bonded to me and it was clear that she wasn’t going anywhere. She still curls up in my arms like she did was she was a baby kitten and rubs on me with a purr so loud it makes her whole body vibrate. I’m definitely her mama!
- Both of the kitties were raised amid the “dog chaos” and fortunately do not get upset or stressed out when new foster dogs come home. They have plenty of places that they can lounge where the dogs cannot access them, so they can choose when they want to interact with them and when they want to be left alone. My promise to them is that I won’t bring keep any more cats 😉 [I do still occasionally foster neonatal kittens, but they always move on to adoption when they are ready!]
STILL MORE ANIMALS?!?! From 5lb Chihuahuas to 1200lb equines…
RUBY TUESDAY – Ruby was rescued in the summer of 2019. Her rescue wasn’t planned, but she was two hours away from being loaded onto the slaughter truck after having been starved, and then abandoned at a kill pen. She is the sweetest mare in the world. She loves everyone that she meets.
It took many months just to “refeed” her and restore her health, and it was so lucky that she didn’t have any permanent damage.
We are currently working with a dressage trainer and learning a lot together. She is truly my heart horse and we are a perfect match. I can’t believe someone had starved her and threw her away, but I am SO grateful that I happened to see her posting before she met a horrible fate. I’m even more grateful that I made the crazy impulsive choice to buy her. She’s more than earned her place as a permanent member of the crew.