What do you get for the dog mom who has everything?
Not all bones are created equal!
Some of our favorite Thanksgiving foods can be harmful to our dogs!
Get to know our friend and Howl at the Moon sponsor, Mavis Estes!
Sweet Cosette has settled in to her life at an animal sanctuary.
Checking in with alum Sirius Black on the anniversary of his adoption!
**Rescue in progress & Puppies Born**.
September 28th our newest Streetdog pups were brought into the world. Welcome Maui, Lilo, Goby & Wai.......
We were made aware of this sweet boy needing our help. He was living behind a warehouse in South Memphis and in need of medical attention. Unfortunately, based on his condition and injuries, we suspect he was a bait dog. His left eye was swollen shut, his tail was possibly broken, he had bite marks all over his body and a gash on his face. His spirit was broken. Lucky for him, we are all about lovin' on some pups and showing them the good life. We've named him Liam, which means warrior.
Three years ago, a volunteer alerted us to a pair of dogs who had been roaming around together. One of them was a sweet deaf boy we named Gouda. His buddy Merlot was adopted, and Gouda found an amazing foster home. His foster family loved him well, and taught him how to interact with people despite his deafness. During the time Gouda was with us, he developed a debilitating disease that caused him a lot of pain. While he did have times of remission, the flare ups were really hard on him. This week, his disease intensified and we made the difficult decision to let him go last night. When he passed away, he was surrounded by people who loved him. He was an amazing and sweet boy who was loved by many. Rest in peace sweet Gouda, we are comforted to know you will never know pain again.
Over the weekend, our doctors discovered that Dodge (and Hemi) tested positive for a rare disease called Pythiosis. The prognosis is poor but can be improved with surgical intervention. With success, Hemi had surgery Friday. Today, Dodge was in surgery and we made the very difficult decision to not wake him back up as the disease was covering his entire body and there was no way to remove all of the affected parts of the organs and intestines. We are completely heartbroken to lose our beautiful Dodge but find comfort in knowing he was loved beyond measure in his last days. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for Hemi as we work on a treatment plan.
Earlier this week, we reached a new landmark for SDF- we now have over 15,000 followers on Facebook! First of all, we'd like to say "hi" and "welcome" to our new followers, and "Thanks for sticking around" for those that have been with us for a while! We appreciate all of you, and couldn't do what we do without you! To commemorate this occasion, we would like to do a brief walk down memory lane and share photos of the first 15 Streetdogs to be adopted. We weren't as active on social media then, didn't have a media team, photography team, or applications team (actually we didn't have any teams!), so we figured you might want a peek at our humble beginnings!
For those that don't know, Streetdog Foundation started in 2009 when Mel and Kent went to MAS to look for a stray dog that a friend had been feeding- the friend was concerned that the dog had been picked up by animal control before she could get it into a rescue. When Mel went to MAS to look for that dog, she thought she had found him, and placed a “hold” on him until her friend could get there the next day to get him out. Well, it turns out that this was not the same dog, but one who looked just like him! (Fun fact: the case of a doggy doppelgänger has happened at least twice in the history of Streetdog now.)
Anyway, in the process of looking for this dog at MAS, Mel somehow came home with 2 others, plus the “look alike” dog….and then the original dog they went there to look for showed up again, right where he was being fed previously. So the rescue started with 3 dogs from MAS and one stray, two of whom look very much alike (Thurman and Ramsey!). Since then, Streetdog Foundation has rescued over 850 dogs from the streets of Memphis, and still maintains a focus on finding the right fit for both the dog and the household. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue; our volunteers work diligently to make sure every match has the highest chance of success- this has worked well for us, as you'll see many of the original 15 Streetdog adoptions still happy, healthy, and posting updates to our alumni page!!!
Without further ado, the first 15 Streetdogs to be adopted!
(PS: SDF alumni who were adopted before our alumni page was created, if you're not on it, please let us know and we'll add you! We love to see updates and keep in touch!) #sdfhappytail"
1.Thurman (the dog that started it all)
2.Mayday (one of the original 3 from MAS)
6.ICU (one of the original 3 pulls from MAS)
10.Ramsey (one of the original 3 pulls from MAS)