Annie is one of T.E.A.M.'s most famous rescues. She arrived in our care as a very young and very pregnant Northern stray through IFAW's Northern Dog program. Annie gave birth to her puppies while in foster care, and keeps in touch with them through T.E.A.M.'s Furever Families group. Annie's furever Mom had her DNA tested and she is mostly Husky, with Great Dane, Chow and Catahoula Leopard Dog thrown in. All 40lbs of her! She is very much loved and enjoys long walks and snuggling with Gingerbread Man.
Frizzzbee (formerly Crosby) is a 3.5 year old husky cross from northern Quebec who's video came across my facebook feed when we were seriously thinking about getting a second dog. We have a 10 year old doberman pinscher named Ruby who's anxiety levels at the time were increasing and we thought another dog might help her. When I saw Frizzbee's video (created by his foster dad Christopher) he looked like a happy, friendly, laid back dog and something in me made me think that we had to meet him. The key was introducing him to Ruby because she didn't tolerate most dogs and she presented a lot of fear in the dog park. We met Frizzzbee in a small enclosure at a Toronto park. We had Ruby with us. We let them both off leash and what amazed us the most about Frizzzbee, despite his young age, was that he seemed to sense Ruby's nervousness and let her come to him when she was ready. She didn't growl, didn't jump or shriek when he sniffed her and we knew then that this could work. Frizzzbee may be a young dog, but he's definitely an old soul with a lot of understanding of dogs. Ruby's anxiety levels have since diminished with the influence of such a calm presence in the house.
For a long time we didn't think Frizzzbee liked us much when he first moved in because he would sleep in the basement while we were all on the 2nd floor. We don't know much about his past life, but on walks he would attempt to catch pigeons in mid flight (and even caught a couple which we had to rescue from his jaws). We assume pigeon was on the menu while he was on the run in the north...We also learned that Frizzzbee would sleep outside in the yard most nights if he could - because that's what he was used to. So we let him do what he wanted within reason and slowly he started moving in and up. Today, 2 years later, Frizzzbee sleeps on his dog bed in our daughter's room. He is our shadow and barely lets us out of his sight. If we are snuggling with Ruby, he comes right over to be part of the cuddle and we can't remember what life was like before he became part of it. We even gained a good friend in his foster dad, who Frizzzbee still gets excited about when he visits.
Ozzy (aka Calypso) came to us in October and settled in almost immediately. He is the life of the party no matter who the audience is. Kids, adults, furry friends on his walks, he is loved by them all. Although he looks rather serious here, his "happy tail" speaks for itself. Just a glance in his direction will get that tail wagging immediately. Ozzy loves attention. Ozzy loves playing. Ozzy loves chewing. Ozzy loves people. He is THE happiest pup with so much love to give. Thank you TEAM for bringing him into our lives.
Since Panda’s adoption in July, she has become a very popular resident of Toronto’s Harbourfront area. Panda spent the first four years of her life bearing puppies in a puppy mill. She miraculously escaped, only to lose her leg in the process. Her journey to freedom wasn’t an easy one, but the moment she moved into her furever home, it was like she had been there her whole life. It took some time, but she eventually learned how to play with toys, how to chase squirrels, and most recently, how to sit on command! Her favourite things to do include playing with her chew toys, going for walks to the pet store where she is spoiled rotten, and watching the Bachelor with the girls on Monday nights. She is an inspiration to both children and adults alike, showing that no matter what has happened to you in life, it is never too late for a fresh start. Panda may have lost a leg, but she gained a loving family and group of friends. Her sweet little smiling face is the best part of my day.
This is a photo of Mr B. He arrived on August 12th, through the IFAW northern project. I had the privilege of fostering Bear, this 10 year old LabX. The first few hours were hectic, as he was quite anxious, pacing and drinking bowlfuls of water. He spent the first evening following and trying to mount my 11 year-old smooth collie. Ruby soon put him in his place and he let her be. However, the next day was a long work day for me, and when I arrived home, he greeted me and seemed much calmer. Despite coming from northern Quebec, he adapted quite quickly to the noise of the big city. However he had no leash manners and was quite the escape artist, jumping out through car windows and jumping past me from the driver's door before I had both feet on the ground. Many a time I was chasing him through parking lots and fields. I learned to keep his leash on when in the car. As he was an outside dog, I was initially concerned about house manners. He soon proved me wrong and has been great from day one, (luckily only one accident) with no counter surfing or food stealing. Mr B, as I started to call him, had some dental surgery with five teeth removed and his initial vaccines. After being with us for six weeks, it became clear to us that he was very much at home and it would be difficult to say goodbye to this big handsome boy. Luckily, there were no active adoption applications for him so it was easy to make this a permanent arrangement. Having a senior dog is wonderful. I have changed his diet and added Synflex to his food. He is certainly far more flexible and can now do a full downward dog! We hope to enjoy several more years of his wonderful company. Unfortunately, Ruby passed away early in January and having Mr B at home certainly helped us cope with her loss. I look forward to having the opportunity to foster another dog through TeamRescue in the near future, and who knows, maybe another addition to the family.