Wednesday, December 30, 2009

i love lamp.

This is the guilty face.
I think when he saw me come around the corner and catch him on the table he tried to pretend he was a lamp.
it didn't work...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair

Sometimes I decide to braid Astrea's hair...


Astrea and Jameson

I started a second blog. It's all fun and good times.
http://astreaandjameson.blogspot.com/
You can read about my baby Astrea and her brother Jameson.
I swear Sancho made sure Astrea and I found each other.
He wanted me to be happy, and I am.
Astrea's mom was rescued from the shelter and just a couple days later Astrea and her sisters were born. I adopted Astrea when she was about 8 weeks old and my little princess has made my life wonderful since.
Jameson and his little brother were dumped on the side of the road when they were tiny. When his mommy (my roommate) adopted him he was just about 3 pounds - and had put on weight since he was rescued!!
Together, they are a barrel of laughs and I just love sharing them with the world.

http://astreaandjameson.blogspot.com/

http://astreaandjameson.blogspot.com/

http://astreaandjameson.blogspot.com/

http://astreaandjameson.blogspot.com/

Socks are nice...

Poor Jameson has ouchies on his back paws. He got a little infection and the medicine has made his little paws totally raw. So whats the solution so he can still play and have fun like he wants to? SOCKS!!!


In the couch...

The doggies have a habit of going into the couch and falling asleep...




Yup, that's jameson poking out of the couch...

Oops, I woke him up...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sleepy Puppy...

Its very rare for me to find this when I go to bed, but it was so cute I had to take a picture...

oops. i woke her up...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Astrea got to spend time with her favorite cousin, Butters, on Christmas Day and for once - Astrea was the one being dragged around....


And we subjected Butters to some Christmas torture...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Astrea and Indie

Astrea and I took a couple of days away from home to visit friends, Astrea was thrilled to see one of her best friends - Indie...


WE'RE FAMOUS!!


We were in the Sacpaws.com Happy Holidays email that went out Dec 23...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Remember the time...we fell in love...

Let's have a flashback friday...
When I brought Astrea home I was scared I wasn't going to fall in love with her like I fell in love with Sancho...boy was I wrong. My little girl stole my heart. It didnt take me long to realize that Sancho had helped Astrea and I find each other...

She use to sleep like this a lot in her bed...

she thought she was a big dog right from the start


sometimes she gets embarrassed of her mommy taking sooo many pictures

She did this herself...

I swear she made the ugliest face possible

Its not uncommon for her to fall asleep in the middle of playing with her toys

Remember that dress I put on Jameson?? It was Astrea's first dress.

She also has a tendency to fall asleep after eating

She won her first beauty pageant in a t-shirt!

Sometimes she likes to sleep with a pillow on the couch

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

sleepy baby.

We have three dog beds in this house, but Jameson still knows where the best place to sleep is...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't worry, he's just going through a phase...

I was cleaning out the toy box the other day looking for a certain sweater, but instead i found a dress. Look, it fits Jameson perfectly!!

I'm not a policedog i'm a princess...

This is my favorite picture of astrea from when i first brought her home...

When I wake up...

Astrea's new thing is to wake me up at 6am so she can play with Jameson. So I move to the couch and fall back asleep while they play. After a little while they get tired and Astrea jumps on the couch and I help Jameson up. This day was no different than any other day except that when I woke up - this is where the doggies had made their places to fall asleep...

Monday, December 14, 2009

O Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Ok first - don't judge, i didn't let them eat the branch, but i did let them play with it for a minute before I threw it away. so don't email me telling me they're going to get sick, they just got to run around with it for a minute. and the christmas tree is surrounded by a gate and all the ornaments and lights stop like 3 feet from the ground. we are safe for christmas!

but...

look how cute they are...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've learned to get by, on the little victories...

Hello Everyone,
I’m trying to not get too excited because this may be temporary but…

P.E.T.S. is not currently accepting or adopting any animals.
They are on a hiatus until the group can be reorganized under a new director.
You can see the message on their petfinder.org site: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/CA1384.html

I am thrilled.
I would love to say that we can all breathe easy – but I’m not going to just let everything go here.
I am following up with the people that are investigating and making sure that no more pets suffer like ours have.
I do want to thank all of you who have shared your stories, helped me contact authorities and just reminded me I had to keep going.
Last night I learned about Ruby, a beautiful puppy that was adopted from P.E.T.S.
Ruby died less than a week after she was adopted by her new family.
I think this one is for Ruby.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I hope your pets are doing well!!

Amy

Monday, September 21, 2009

Have a little Faith...

If you haven't heard the story of Faith the Dog - I encourage you to visit Faith's website and read this amazing story... http://faiththedog.info/

Friday, September 18, 2009

State of California - Dept. of Justice...

I got a letter today from the Attorney General's Office. The Charitable Trust's Section of the Attorney Generals Office received my package. Like the IRS, they can't give me any information on whatever investigation will come of this. BUT it's a comfort to know they got the package, are reviewing the materials and will HOPEFULLY be opening a formal investigation SOON!!!!
HOORAY!!
Another little step forward...

Friday, August 21, 2009

I love the IRS

I never thought I'd say this but -

I love the I.R.S.

I got a letter today from them saying basically - we can't tell you anything because it's all confidential information, but we take these cases very seriously and have an open investigation. They also requested any more documentation that I have.

So...if you are one of the lovely people who have contributed your story to me for the sake of this situation, you're probably about to get an email from me to follow up on your adoption fee and if it was returned to you or not.

Oh IRS - thanks!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A picture speaks 1000 words...

Would you like to see with your own eyes the "care" that P.E.T.S. provides?
They claim these wounds are the result of a red fox getting the dogs - I don't know about you, but I find it VERY hard to believe that two dogs would have the same exact wounds, in the same exact spot, the same size and shape and it would be due to a wild animal...


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pictures....

I am so sad. I received an email today with photos that one person took of the animals that P.E.T.S. had at an adoption event. I am heartbroken seeing these puppies. Just pushes me harder to get things done...

Monday, August 10, 2009

A story to make you happy...

Because I feel like a lot of these stories I post are so sad, I thought I'd post an uplifting story for you all.

Yesterday I was at Target buying some things for the house, including some doggy stuff. I got to talking with the man at the register and he told me about his dog. He has a female chocolate lab, pit bull mix. His wife has since passed away, but prior to that she was home alone one day and had a stroke. She was unconscious on the floor when the dog came in and found her. The dog was able to paw at her and lick her face until she came to. She told the dog to go next door to get the neighbors, AND SHE DID! If it wasn't for the dog, she would have been alone on the floor for hours.

So on those days when your puppy is driving you nuts and you're sick of cleaning up poo - remember, when you need them, your dog will be there for you.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Another sad song all over again...

I just got a really sad message from someone who adopted a dog from P.E.T.S. and within just a few days, had his puppy in intensive care at the animal hospital. Thank goodness that puppy ended up in the right hands and was taken for the veterinary care he needed. Hopefully I can get the full story for you soon.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

oh noes...

It's quite possible there is a big circle of these people that work together under different rescue names...I hope there aren't more hurting animals than I thought...
I will keep researching...

A brilliant rescue organization...

I figured, I should promote a rescue organization I think is A+

PJ's Small Dog Rescue in Isleton, CA
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/CA1075.html

These folks are wonderful. When you adopt one of their dogs you get an adoption gift with a toy, a sample of their food and a leash. You also get a great pamphlet with all your dogs health records. Also, when you adopt your pet, if they are due for more shots soon, they welcome you to bring your dog back and they'll give the vaccinations for free!!!

Please check out PJ's if you're looking for a small dog. And they have more than just itsy bitsy puppies. They have dogs old and young up to about 20 pounds or so.

Another sick puppy...

Here's another sad story for you all...

I adopted a beautiful little boy, from a "shelter" organization called P.E.T.S. out of Hayward, CA. Before I adopted him, I looked him up on line, filled out an application, got approved, and set up an appointment. Everything seemed to be fine until we went to meet him. We arrived in Ripon, CA at the Tractor Supply Store, where the "event" was being held. Much to our surprise, there were only puppies there. And lots of them!

Our little guy was severely malnourished, filled with worms and had to go on antibiotics for a possible infection. My vet agreed this organization was suspect and even offered to write a letter stating the terrible conditions of our little guy. He's the cutest thing in the world, so no regrets, but the more I think of this, the more I suspect they are a puppy mill acting as a shelter. Upon further investigation on petfinder.com, it confirms my suspicions that 90% of their "adoptable" pets are puppies.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

(Insert Mission Impossible Music Here)

I am so excited!!
I got a very promising phone call today and then an hour later a great e-mail.
The right people are on our side!!
Don't worry dogs and cats "rescued" by P.E.T.S., we're working hard and coming to save you soon!!

Monday, August 03, 2009

My plug for the USPS

Thank you USPS.com.
My email box was full as can be when I got home from work today, but it's ok! All those emails were confirmation emails that all my packages have been delivered.
Yay! Yay! We're on our way!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

For the protection of the other puppies...

Here's another family's experience with P.E.T.S. -

We saw their dogs listed on petfinder.org and went to see them at the same lawn by Old Navy in Manteca. The dog we were looking at (there were 3 I think, brothers and sisters) was scared and didn't like strangers. We also brought our other two dogs with us to make sure they got along before we adopted a new dog, and the puppy was terrified of them. We took the one we were most interested in on a walk and she had numerous episodes of diarrhea while on the 15 minute walk.

When we got back to the adoption people, we started asking them questions. They told us that they had been rescued from an area where giardia was common in the water and that they might have it. Also, the were probably stressed out and would settle down once we were home.

We did not believe her at all. We had a bad feeling about it from the beginning. Once we saw a bunch of puppies in the back of an SUV, with newspapers covered in urine and diarrhea, that was it. We knew they were not good people.

We didn't end up adopting the dog we went to see. We knew it was going to be trouble. We felt terrible about not getting the dogs out of the situation, but it wasn't as if we could adopt all 10 dogs they had there. Plus, we didn't want to risk our other dogs getting sick... It was just a bad situation overall.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

And so we move on...

Another day, another story, another heartbreak, another step in the right direction.
I didn't expect that with each passing day I would receive an email from another person who has been in my shoes.
We will not let P.E.T.S. continue down their path of abuse...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just another sad love song...

I received this story from another person who had a sad and concerning run in with P.E.T.S.

We recently took a trip all the way up to Tracy, CA, about 5 hours from our home, to meet a puppy we saw on Petfinder.com. We planned to bring him home that day based on the information we received from P.E.T.S., but when we arrived at the park where to meet the puppy I was disgusted with what I saw. There were 3 dogs in a pen, the one I was inquiring about, his sibling and another dog. One dog had kennel cough. The two puppy siblings were so emaciated their ribs were hanging out. One dog was limping. Later I saw that the bottom of one of his back pads was very read. They were walking in feces, had feces on them. When I asked why the puppy I was meeting was so thin, the P.E.T.S. volunteer said he was so thin because he had roundworms so bad that they bloated his belly, so when he was dewormed it made him look thin. I asked about shots and if the vet was caring for the worms, etc. and she said he hadn't been seen by a vet other than the shelter vet where they "rescued" him. She also said they didn't want to over feed them (even though they are clearly malnourished) because that would teach them a bad habit. They wanted $250, but did not provide shots, spay/neuter or anything for that matter. They aren't even providing vet care. I so badly wanted to take these animals out of there care but there was nothing I could do and I had two children with me which made the situation very difficult. These dogs were clearly sick and I am so scared that they are being mistreated, neglected and used purely for profit. I was under the impression that rescue organizations rescued dogs from shelters and got them in ready condition for adoptive homes which would mean healthy. That is clearly not was is going on in this case.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Breathe easy, you're not alone...

There are definitely days where I have thought that I was the only person who experienced this kind of situation with P.E.T.S.
I can't divulge any real details yet, but I have been contacted and found information about others with similar experiences to mine.
If I get permission, I will be sharing their stories with you as well so that you can really see the damage that has been done.
I feel stronger and stronger every day.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sancho...

After a few years of consideration, in Fall of 2008 I decided that I was ready to get a dog. I had been looking for months, but up to that point had not gone to meet any dogs. And then as I searched petfinder.org one day, I saw Sancho. On November 12, 2008, I contacted the animal rescue group People Ending the Slaughter of Animal (P.E.T.S.) by email, regarding an adoption application for Sancho. On November 13, 2008, I was notified by email that my application had been accepted. An appointment to meet Sancho was set up for Saturday, November 15, 2008, at 12 noon on the grassy area across from Old Navy at 2320 Daniels Street in Manteca, Ca. I was told to look for a Silver Montero and call the phone number provided if I could not locate it.

On November 15, 2008, I arrived at the agreed upon location and was handed a black mixed breed puppy named Sancho. The dog immediately peed on me. My first instinct was that something traumatic happened to this dog to make him so scared of strangers. I held him for approximately 30 minutes before he calmed down and began to relax. I was told if I would like to play with him I could take him to the large grassy area behind me, on the far side of the rocks. At the time, I was unaware, but quickly became aware that Sancho, and likely the other dogs that were being viewed that day, should not have been allowed to play in that grassy area as they were not vaccinated enough and it was a health risk for them to do so. I tried to play with Sancho in the grass, but he was very anxious, lethargic, and didn’t play much.

I was apprehensive about adopting Sancho, but I knew I couldn’t give him back to the volunteers that were there that day. I decided to adopt Sancho. I signed the contract they provided and paid them $250.00 cash. I asked to write a check, but was told they were not accepted. I received a hand written record of what they claimed to be the vaccinations he had received. He was not neutered. As I left, I was very sad. Not only was I confused by the fact that neither of the volunteers ever introduced themselves to me, neither one said goodbye to me or Sancho after I paid. They also did not ask anything about how I would be getting him home, would he be running free around the car or safe in a carrier? It seemed more like I was buying a rock than adopting a rescue puppy.

It was apparent to me when I got him home that he was not well. I suspected kennel cough within the first 10 minutes of having him in the car, he appeared to have a skin problem as he had quite a bit of dandruff, his stomach was distended and tender, he cried when he needed to pass urine or stool and all of his bowel movements were watery diarrhea with bright red blood in it. The first 2 days I had him he passed urine or stool every 45 minutes to an hour and suffered extreme anxiety when left alone. I spent the first week sleeping on the floor with him because he was so terrified and sick I needed to be ready to wake up at a moment’s notice. I can’t even recall the number of times I cried that weekend because I was so scared that I was going to walk into the vet on Monday morning and they were going to tell me that he couldn’t be saved.

On Monday, November 17, 2008 I took Sancho to the Banfield Pet Hospital located in Petsmart at 2375 Iron Point Road Folsom, CA 95630. As I waited for test results the doctor tried to reassure me that he would be fine, saying that things as serious as giardia and coccidia were unlikely and he was probably just stressed and getting use to the new food. Sancho was diagnosed with giardia and coccidia and treated with an antibiotic for each. Although I am not a vet, I believe he was malnourished as he gained weight very quick rate. The veterinarian gave him a low dose antibiotic for kennel cough to hopefully prevent it from getting worse. At that time, she couldn’t be sure if the coccidia and giardia were causing the dandruff, so we agreed to wait until the coccidia and giardia were gone to proceed with treatment for the dandruff. He was also placed on prescription strength dog food due to the intestinal sensitivity. Sancho was later diagnosed with ear mites and a yeast infection which were treated with prescription ear drops. He also had worms. When Sancho was finally healthy enough, I had him neutered. At his one week check up after the neuter, the vet discovered he had demodectic mange. There was never a point where Sancho had “normal” bowel movements. They were always very soft and most often diarrhea.

Initially following the adoption I contacted P.E.T.S. to inform them of the experience I had as well as Sancho’s poor health. P.E.T.S. responded to me on Mon 11/17/2008 6:38 PM and I was told,

“…the bottom line is that we cannot monitor the foster homes 24/7, we will however have her other 2 puppies tested and most likely not have her foster any longer. We depend on the foster families to let us know when an animal needs to go to the vet or if they have any other needs. Are we perfect, no, but I can say that we get far more e-mails from people that are very positive than negative. As for the neuter, we rebate that once we receive a certificate. “

Against my own good judgment, I did not report the state that Sancho was in when he was adopted to animal services. On February 3, 2009, Sancho was neutered. I contacted P.E.T.S. on February 4, 2009, and was told by email February 5, 2009:

“In order to receive a rebate, you need to provide a certificate of neuter. You can scan and e-mail it. Once received it will be given to the bookkeeper to process your rebate.”

On February 6, 2009, the certificate of neuter was scanned and emailed along with full name and address to send the rebate to. When I received no response I sent an email on Fri 2/13/2009 at 8:45 AM requesting confirmation that the certificate had been received and the rebate was in process. Later that day, I was told by email:

“It has been forwarded to the bookkeeper, she volunteers part time and normally does most of her work on the weekends.”

On February 27, 2009, I again requested confirmation. Later that day I received an email from P.E.T.S. saying:

Sending this e-mail to her along with a note for her to contact you. Please keep me in the loop.

March 10, 2009 I again emailed for some sort of status on my rebate. At this point I was quite frustrated. I had spent quite a bit of money on health care for Sancho and could have really used the rebate to help pay for that. Wednesday April 1, 2009 I emailed, again asking for information about my rebate. Later that day, I received another email from Amanda that she would look into it. April 13, 2009 I still had no response to the whereabouts of the rebate and once again contacted P.E.T.S. June 1, 2009, I again contacted the organization requesting my rebate.

On June 11, 2009 I emailed and informed the organization that at that point I would no longer be contacting them, but would be contacting a lawyer. I also decided, but did not tell them I would be reporting them to any and all organization I could find that took reports on a matter of this kind. I am very concerned about the practices of this organization and their treatment of animals. As far as the money is concerned, I think that their bookkeeping records should be audited to establish where this money is going and if there are other people who were never sent their rebate.

As I realized how difficult it was going to be to have them investigated I started to do more research. I have not been able to find 501(c)(3) status or a business license for P.E.T.S., so it’s likely that they are not being held responsible for taxes and reporting by any agency. Where the bigger problem comes in is that the organization claims to be based in Hayward. However, they foster and adopt out animals in cities in several different counties. Finding someone who will really hear what I’m saying and help steer me in the right direction has proved difficult. As a result, I thought the only way I could feel good about my effort was if I found contacts for everyone I could imagine that is associated with P.E.T.S. or I thought could help me out.

This organization needs to be held responsible for their actions. They also need to be accountable to someone. Without any sort of monitoring or reporting going on, this organization could be engaging in any number of practices that are inappropriate, against public policy or illegal. They should not be able to run an organization like this and put animals and people through such pain. I will not stop until I have exhausted all my resources. I realize that swooping in and removing all these animals may not be possible, but holding these parties responsible and requiring them to bring their organization up to the basic standards required is possible.

Every now and then in life, someone or something comes into our life and turns it upside down. Sancho did that for me. He absolutely changed me. I can no longer sit by and just wonder if there are more dogs out there suffering like Sancho was. I also can’t imagine letting someone else end up in a situation like Sancho and I did. I was really lucky that I had the financial ability and family support to take care of Sancho’s needs. Many people would not be able to afford it and he likely would not have made it. These people are supposed to be rescuing animals, not allowing them to suffer.

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