Jack, after he had been attacked by a dog
Jack, staring lovingly at his new mom
As you can see, our little Jack has come a long way! When we first met Jack, he was crying in pain and his jaw was literally dangling below his nose. He was unable to eat anything but a mush and even that was difficult for him to navigate. Jack was kept on constant pain medicine and was confined to his crate.
Dr. Ron Williams, at Palmer Vet Clinic, did an excellent job of wiring Jack’s jaw to correct the damage that had been done after a dog attacked poor Jack. The wire has since been removed and Jack’s jaw has healed completely. The foster family, who was caring for Jack throughout his convalescence, has decided to adopt him. Jack now lives with a wonderful family, has a dog sibling, and is assured a great life.
ADPR thanks all the individuals who donated time and money to help Jack recover and heal from this traumatic injury.
You made a difference in Jack’s life.
Edison's owners sent in this Happy Tail about his new home and life. Read about their story below!
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This was a Miracle on Ginger Lee Street. Four years ago, at the ripe old age of 21, I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. As the years passed I began to collect more diagnoses like I was a living, breathing disease magnet. I am currently on 31 different medications, see twelve different doctors and have had over 150 medical appointments in the past year including invasive procedures, experimental injections, and surgeries that debilitate me for long periods of time. I cannot participate in activities and events that I once loved because of the diseases that have attempted to hijack my body and my life. Having graduated at the age of 21 with a Masters in Educational Psychology, this was very hard to handle, especially as we are a military family and I am so exceedingly far from friends and family. My name is Madison Mann, I am 25 years old and I have Lupus. I have dedicated my life to working with children and families in need. But sometimes need begins right under your own nose.
"This is Murph. I have had him for a little over five years after adopting him from ADPR at three months old. He has seen the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea and many points in between on our recreation and work trips. He even got to ride in a helicopter once.
He has been a constant companion since day one and thoroughly enjoys fishing trips, hiking, skiing, guard dogging and has been trained to locate disc golf discs without disturbing them.
Thank you for all that you do in finding dogs their forever home's and on behalf of Murph and myself, thank you for putting us together."
Eagle River, AK
For those of us who are animal lovers and animal rescuers, we often get asked why we spend so much time helping these animals. Tonight's story is one of many reasons. This is the Happiest of Happy Tails! So sit back, grab your Kleenex as we tell you the story of Maggie (aka, Kimba):
It was near the end of September when Maggie and Ty were visiting family and friends in Big Lake. One night while friends were watching Maggie, she slipped her collar and got loose. When her dad returned and found out, he was devastated. They have been searching for her ever since. He had to return to work in Anchor Point and had to have family continue the search without him. He has been lost without her. He had her since she was 4 weeks old.
In the meantime, ADPR went to do our weekly evaluations at Houston and MSB shelters at the beginning of October. At the Houston shelter, Julia evaluated a beautiful American Bull Dog/Husky who the shelter had started calling Kimba. The shelter workers loved her and said she was a wonderful dog and anyone would be lucky to have her. We knew the shelter was no place for this wonderful dog. We tried getting a foster for her for nearly a month. Seems like we ran into a glitch at every turn. We finally decided to pull her so she wasn't at risk of euthanasia. Rachel made the arrangements and Debbie was able to keep her at The Ruff House until we found a permanent Foster for her. Amanda was soon free and offered to foster her. Jessi Beverlin made a special trip to the valley to bring her back into Anchorage last Friday. As it turned out, we cancelled clinic in Anchorage last week. It's a good thing we did because of what happened next!
On Monday, October 12th (Veteran's Day) we got a call from Tyrone Hanna. Turns out that Maggie and Kimba are one in the same! After verifying that she was the same dog, Ty and his girlfriend dropped everything and made the 5 hour drive from Anchor Point to Anchorage to be reunited with their baby! Once their eyes met, there was no denying that this was Ty's baby girl he'd had since she was a pup! She knew her dad the second she saw her person! The unconditional love and bond between man and dog was never stronger than it was when these two were reunited! In Ty's words "this made his Christmas, his Easter...his year!" Everyone was crying tears of joy as Maggie rolled on her back and received belly rubs from those she loved most and she equally returned the love with wet kisses and happy tail wags!
For those that may not be able to have a dog permanently but would like to help us foster, this is one of the many reasons to do so. Not only was Maggie reunited with her owner, but the foster homes and volunteers involved also received the blessing of having such a wonderful dog in their lives even if for a brief period of time!
Hendrix's human writes:
"I adopted Hendrix a little over five years ago from you guys. He turned out to be a big suprize. They estimated him to get up to 65 pounds full grown, he is now 118 pounds and stands eye level with me on his back legs! He is my go everywhere buddy! His favorite time of year is winter when the back country snowboarding starts. He carries a dog backpack with his survival beacon in it and off we go! I could'nt imagine ever getting another dog as cool as hendrix. He has been the absolute best friend a guy could ever want. "