Rescue Me Part 2 of a 5 Part Series Rescue Dogs

Oh boy, I am going to have a sister!!

Oh boy, I am going to have a sister friend to play with soon!

Pet finder http://Petfinder.com   I love this site because you can check all the boxes to filter what kind of pet you want.  Breed, age, gender, good with kids, good with other dogs, cats, etc. This is a good place to start to find your rescue dog or other animals.

We knew we wanted a dog similar to the Maltese Yorkie we already had so we checked all the applicable boxes and came up with at least 30 eligible dogs.  The dog we ended up picking was named Rinney and she was from Mississippi.  She was rescued by a kind lady named Shelly from Double Dog Rescue http://doubledogrescue.org/.  Shelly found Rinney in an animal control facility.  You see Rinney was placed in there because she developed a heart murmur and could no longer produce the profitable puppies she had so willingly gave birth to for many years.  She was pregnant most of her life and lived in a crate.  What a crappy way to repay this beautiful pure breed dog for all her work!!  Only 3 years old too. Anyway, thanks to the efforts of Shelly and her team Rinney was rescued and put in a foster home until we contacted her and asked to adopt her.  I was a bit nervous adopting a dog from just a picture and site unseen.  I spent an hour on the phone talking about the dog with Shelly and she in turn gave me the name of the foster mother and then we talked on the phone for another hour.  My mind was made up.  We wanted her!  Now the question, how does Rinney get from Mississippi to Massachusetts?

Easy!  There is this awesome pet express bus that takes the animals that are adopted and drives them to different locations all over the east coast.  https://www.rescueexpress.org/.  I recall waiting in the commuter lot in Glastonbury, Connecticut with at least 50 other excited “new parents” waiting for the transport bus.  As the bus drove in it sounded it’s horn and everyone clapped!  One by one the animals were brought out of their crates and a name of the new parents were called.  Finally they called our name.  We walked up the ramp and slowly and gently held our new rescue dog.  We took her for a walk around the lot and then made our journey to her new home. As you can see, she needed some gentle grooming but otherwise was in excellent shape.

I didn’t want to stress her out with a grooming until she was comfortable with us and her new home.  We waited a few weeks for that.

She was quite shy for the first week.  She would go into her crate and stay there for the first few days.  She would only come out to eat and go potty.  I was worried something was wrong with her or she didn’t like us.  Then I thought, Ohhhhh, that is what she is use to.  Remember she was in a crate most of her life having puppies.  She didn’t know how to play.

Slowly but surely Rinney came out of her crate to explore and sniff butts with Marcus.  Within a week, they trusted each other enough to hang out on the same pillow

We weren’t too fond of the name Rinney and she never really responded to that name when we called her so we changed it to Riley.

She loves Aimee, our daughter.  When they first met, Riley got up on her back paws and had her front paws in the air like a horse or pony My little pony

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Riley has a new nick name  “My Little Pony”  When we say “Riley do your Pony dance…She will stand up on her hind legs and dance.  It’s so cute!

Starting to look more like a Yorkie.  She feels like a princess with her hair all done.  Surprisingly enough, NO MORE heart murmur.  Clean bill of health from the vet.

Mississippi born and raised Massachusetts strong and loved Yes, I need another hair cut


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