(WHDH) — Three dogs from animal shelters in New England will be competing in the 16th annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl.
Team Fluff will take on Team Ruff on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., just hours before the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
The pups are not only competing against one another; they are also looking to get adopted.
Animal Plant says in years past, 100 percent of the puppies and kittens that have participated in the Puppy Bowl have been adopted to loving families.
Dogs that made the starting lineup from New England include:
MyLinda Anderson recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and spent a day with a local rescue working with street dogs. She also delivered donated supplies collected from fellow MWCR members/supporters. Click on this link to read her account of the day and the valuable work done by Rescatamepuntacana and Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic.
Celebrating the 61 collies that found new loving homes through MWCR this year.
Recently adopted Laddie, an 11-year-old senior whose owner had passed away found his new home to be one that would save his life. While in foster care Laddie sometimes favored his right front leg, but the vet felt it was just due to arthritis. Shortly after being adopted, the limp got much worse. X-rays and testing indicated cancer and it was decided amputation was necessary.
Laddie came through surgery like a champ and is adjusting to his new normal. There are several updates on our Facebook page.
We at MWCR are very grateful that, even so soon after adopting him, his new mom is so dedicated to his care – we all know it doesn’t take long to fall in love! We are also thankful to have such a wonderful group of supporters and collie lovers that allow us to help with his care.
Sarah with an MWCR alumnus (not one of the puppies mentioned here).
In January, Sarah Rebernick and her husband, Randy, took in a mother collie and her litter of six unexpected puppies. Sarah and Randy, along with their collies Rivers and Creena, made the new arrivals welcome in their home and began the journey of fostering and raising the puppies. During this time, Sarah did many daily loads of puppy laundry, made puppy gruel, took the puppies to the vet for physicals and their puppy shots, worked full-time, took care of her daughter who had emergency surgery after a fall on the ice, ran her household, distributed donated dog food to MWCR members in the Milwaukee area, staffed MWCR’s booth at the Great Lakes Pet Expo, and fulfilled all of her responsibilities as MWCR’s Vice President and as MWCR’s Adoption Coordinator. Makes me exhausted to think of the amount of work Sarah did! The puppies are healthy, happy, very well socialized, and are transitioning to their adoptive families. Thank you, Sarah, for doing amazing work for MWCR, for your dedication, and for bringing happiness to the new puppy parents. – Terry Libro, MWCR President
Congratulations to Barb Gibson and Laddie for passing the TDI test on Saturday at the Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Not only did Laddie pass, but the evaluator told Barb that he did the best of the dogs in the group. Laddie spent the first years of his life outdoors on a farm before coming to MWCR. He now enjoys the benefits of city life, a loving home, healthy food, and dog parks nearby. The attached picture shows Laddie (in front) with his sister Emily shortly after passing his therapy dog test. As you can see from his smile, Laddie is quite proud of his accomplishment.
Barb works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Barb plans to take Laddie, who loves people, to visit the veterans and brighten their days. Congratulations to Barb and Laddie!
MWCR member and volunteer, Robin Kashuba has written a book about her journey into the world of therapy dogs.
I have written a book titled “Redemption Has 4 Paws”. This is my memoir about how all of the dogs in my life have helped me realize what my life’s purpose is – making therapy visits with my dogs.
I have been offered a contract through Covenant Books to publish my book. No traditional publisher (with advances and royalties) will take on an unknown author. Covenant Books is a cross between a self-publishing company and a traditional publisher. They are requiring me to pay in advance to get my book published, they will distribute it and help promote and sell it and then will pay me royalties at 100% until my initial investment has been paid back.
At this time in my life, I don’t have the money to get my book published. So I’m asking for your help in getting Redemption Has 4 Paws published. Any little bit will help tremendously.
As a way of giving back, once the book is published and I have recouped the amount paid to Covenant Books, I will donate $1,000 each to the four rescues who have helped me and allowed me to adopt dogs that have become my beloved therapy dogs: Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue, MN Sheltie Rescue, The Long Island Sheltie Rescue, and The Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue. So in the long run, your donation to help get my book published will end up helping four rescues that I care greatly about and will also help to get more dogs adopted.
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Thank you so much for reading this and for any help you can give me. I’m looking so forward to getting “Redemption Has 4 Paws” out into the world so more people can learn about the wonderful things that deaf and rescue animals can achieve. Thank you!
Your pet’s spring check up is the perfect time to have their microchip checked to make sure it’s still active. Eleven-year-old Laddie is an excellent example of the power of this tiny tool – after picking him up from animal control we called the microchip company and they were able to tell us who this sweet boy was registered to! Sadly, after contacting his owner he is not able to go back to his original home but happily, we now know his age, name and history. Laddie is comfortably chillin’ in his foster home getting some veterinary care and lots of tasty food and seems very happy to be called by his real name!