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Success Stories

Adoptions. New loving homes. This is the best part.

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Sweete Peete

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Pixie (formerly Pia)

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Clara (formerly Becky)
Clara was in the shelter waiting for almost 6 weeks, but after she was rescued by her foster mom, it only took her 2 days to find her 'fur'ever family. Thank you Matthew, Ellie, Ann and Michael for opening your hearts and home to "Clara."

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Willoughby (formerly Ricco)

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Penelope "Penny" Pie
After Kristi rescued Penny, we were in turn rescued by this wonderful dog. We had lost our beloved 13-yr. old lab / heeler cross Lacey to kidney disease and were just miserable without our doggie companion. Encouraged to check out rescue groups by neighbors who have adopted many dogs over the years, we started checking out websites. From the moment we saw her, we knew Penny was the one, and here's why: The last dog listed on EnchantMutts' website, she was listed as Penelope "Penny" Pie. It was love at first sight, such a cutie, but her NAME - her name was what told me it was meant to be. You see, believe it or not, my best friend growing up was Penelope "Penny" Pye!! I went running to tell my husband we had to meet this dog!

A meet and greet, then a sleepover to make sure the cat Baxter approved, and we became her forever home. She has made great strides, learned how to relax, and is truly a happy girl, but we can only imagine what Penny had been through when Kristi found her at a shelter. It was obvious that this poor girl was not treated well and had learned to be afraid of many things: men with beards, any kind of chain, going in and out of doorways, sudden movements or noise. Kristi had worked with her, taught her commands, and showered her with love. Being the smart girl that she is, Penny has continued to quickly pick up happy dog traits and is easing into a life of safety and love.

She starts the day as Wiggle Penny, jumping on the bed (formerly only the cat's domain, now Baxter gives her a disgusted look from one corner of the bed - "Dogs are so uncouth!") as she wriggles on her back, begging for play and affection. After breakfast and a long walk, she still has enough energy to become Penny Zoomers, racing around her acre as if we have fed her jet fuel, chasing balls, rings, and attacking human feet. Mid-day she drops into a well-deserved coma either in the grassy yard or keeping me company, along with Baxter of course, in my work area. I'm so jealous I don't get to go back to sleep like they do . . . Celebration when "dad" comes home, a good meal and more Zoomy Play round out her day, along with barkies at the neighbor dogs walking by. Evening finds she and Baxter taking turns on the doggie bed, Penny crashing wherever there is a pillow and a toy if the cat won't give up the spot. Gotta always show those dogs their place!

Penny loves all dogs, and since she has no canine siblings, she goes to doggie day care several times a month where her Auntie Judy let's her play with everyone at her dog boarding business. She gets along with everyone, is the belle of the ball with all her doggie friends, and comes home tired and blissful. Penny is also good with children so when her favorite little one is over, they are off and skipping all over the property and being best buds. She has learned where she can and can't dig, loves lying underneath the sprinkler, and can work at a bone for hours. Leave the gate open and she won't leave because, well, what a great doggie life with lots of doggie fun! Penny Pie is such a joy to have around.

Many thanks to Kristi and crew at EnchantMutts for being the angels that they are to swoop in and give these dogs a chance at better lives with loving families. What lucky dogs, what lucky people that they connect us and all our lives are changed!

~Len and Donan Estill

*black and white photo by Latham Hutch Photography

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Emma (formerly Honey Bun)
A short while after losing our much loved companion of 12 years, we decided our household needed a new furry friend. We wanted a rescue dog again and our search soon brought us to Emma. How anyone could have abandoned this adorable girl is beyond us but it meant we were the lucky ones to have her as part of our home. She moved right in and bonded with us immediately, as if to say, “Okay, let’s hurry up and start having a great life together.”

Emma is a bundle of love and a bundle of energy. One moment she is slobbering us with kisses and then dashing from one end of the house to the other with a favorite toy in her mouth. Other times Emma is a blur chasing balls, other thrown toys - or her own tail. A trainer is now training us how to help her channel some of her energy so we can be even happier together. Emma loves being outdoors, exploring and sniffing or just lying in the sun. And she is excited that soon she’ll have a big yard of her own in which to do all that whenever she wants.

We are so grateful that Emma was found and nursed back to health so that we can be the lucky beneficiaries of all her love and life.

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Scout (formerly Dillon)

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Scout (was Dillon) "Scouters, Scouts-a-lot, Stinky, Sir Pees A Lot" came to live with our crew - mom, dad and two boys, Luke - 15 and Lee - 13, after we'd lost our furry 4th family member of 10 years very suddenly and way too soon for our liking. We are a dog family and there was a missing link for sure! He's just been the perfect fit!! Melded right into our crazy family! He's from Texas as are we, his birthday is the same as the pup we lost and my husband has always wanted a Border Collie!!!. Scout has certainly made himself at home with our two teen boys and the neighborhood posse' (as we call them) of boys and dogs. There have been very few moments where he flashes back to his former life and becomes extremely submissive, thus 'Sir Pees A-Lot', but that is to be expected with age and past. He is visibly embarrassed when he does this so we know this will be short lived. He has come out of his shell, developed the most hilarious character, knows the boys apart - by name, commandeered most of the living room pillows as his personal bedding and is not at all spoiled rotten. Not. At. All. We think he has cat somewhere in his lineage due to his cuddling, curling up on himself as well as us, his pacing of the window sills looking for the boys about 3:00 every day and he 'bats' stuff with his paws. He's the best of two animals!!!! He is so smart and so sweet.

The boys taught him to play tug-o-war, catch & fetch and to 'get it' which is a game where they drum on the floor and he runs back and forth between them at NASCAR speeds. It's just one little dog but it sounds like a herd in the hallway. He loves dive bombing his toys. He shoves with his nose then sneezes in a way that makes his face scrunch up looking like he thinks something stinks (thus 'stinky'). He just loves his boys and plays so hard with them. Then he crashes. He loves going on a mile walk, or two, or three . . . I'm certainly getting in shape and he's learned to not hold the leash in his mouth while walking. He takes to training like a pro. It's very important to him to 'do good'. He easily became part of the pack and assumes his place willingly and gladly. Not even the couch is in his way when 'Daddy' comes in from work. He jumps straight over it to get to him.

Scout does not understand why he can't go with us every time we leave the house. He's been to Lowe's, The County Line, the hobby store, pretty much anywhere we can get away with, he goes. Needless to say he has mastered the super pitiful face when we say, 'no . . . Scout stays.'. Oh, he's so bummed but never, not once, has he been destructive, had accidents or been bad while we've been gone and he's been kennel free since week 2! Scout certainly took to herding two boys in the most gentle of ways. He truly adores them, wants to be with them and when one was being a *teenager* and got in trouble this week, he was visibly not happy with his boy not being happy. It's always good to see a dog show empathy, and boy, Scout showed Luke some empathy!

We learned he loves him some snow! Wow, did he love it, which is great as we take to the hills to ski and ride and snowshoe every chance we can and look forward to him tagging along! He's a great guy and we are blessed to have him in our family. We are looking forward to hiking with him next spring, him going camping and just living life with us. Thanks to Kristi and her crew that save these little guys and gals then pass them off to families when they are ready. We think Scout thanks her too for saving him and then for letting him have two boys to play and grow with!!

~The Standley Family - Cook, MaryAnn, Luke and Lee

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Riley (formerly Duffy)
Duffy, Duffy, Duffy . . . what a sweet, goofy guy that stole his foster mom's heart. It took a little longer than we would have liked, but good things come to those who are patient!! Duffy has found his forever home with new mom Melissa, dad Aaron and sweet big sis Bella. Melissa saw Duffy at the Walking in Circles Horse Rescue Community event and just wondered if Bella would like him, as she can be selective with her friends. We agreed to have them meet and see how they got along. Nary a growl or raised lip was detected . . . Bella seemed to like him. After a few days it was settled. Bella liked her new little brother. Melissa and Aaron are just as thrilled with Duffy as we are with them. We at EnchantMutts are very lucky to have the ability to wait for that perfect match for our furry friends.

Duffy - I wish you the best life possible and remember, you will always be very special. "Love ya Buddy!!!"

Thanks Aaron and Melissa for loving Duffy's goofy, playful, lazy nature as much as I do and giving him his forever home.

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Tatum (Tater Tot - forever Tater)
Little Tatum (Tater Tot) came to us with her sister - malnourished, tiny little pups from an overflowing shelter. Tater was in the worst shape, and after battling lots of puppy things and parvo, this wee girl started moving forward. Her sister Tulip (Abby) was adopted, but Tater had more health issues to resolve. And resolve them she did! Pretty independent from the get-go, Tater quickly learned the art of manipulation and blossumed into a michevious and incredibly smart little tiger. Tater came into her own. She is a princess! A lot of dog in a little body and willing to prove it, this girl has found the perfect home! Within a week of being with her new family, she had loads of tricks down - verbal and through hand signals. She's ready for the circus! With her dad teaching her everything in the book and her mom providing lots of cuddles, Tater is a happy girl.

From the moment she went for her home visit, Tater knew she was home - twirling and running in her huge yard and running back and forth between her new family, not letting them out of her sight! Her big sister Reina didn't know what to do with the whirly bird, and now they are the best of friends. Reina is a patient teacher. With lots of travel, exercise and training in her future, we know Tater will have the opportunity to be all she can be!

Thank you Elizabeth and Tom for finding this wonderful girl and letting her excel. A perfect match! As Elizabeth would say, Tater has very little time alone, and if they leave the house without her they better have a dang good reason why or Tater will let them know she belongs with them!

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Sam (I Am)
We have the best adopters and we know it! But, every once in a while the lights flash, time stands still and we get to see an adoption that was always meant to be. We as rescuers, fosters and guardians have no say - only the family and the dog does. Such is Sam I Am's story. From the moment they saw Sam and Sam saw them . . . it was a done deal. This is why we do rescue. We live for the "Peas in a Pod" moments …

We are so grateful to have Sam as part of our family! He is an amazingly good pup with a happy and sweet nature. He was rescued by Kristi at EnchantMutts from an overcrowded shelter in West Texas and lived happily with her for a few weeks, learning great manners and how to get along wonderfully with people and other dogs. On his first outing at Fetchapalooza, he met several people who were charmed by his sweet face and calm nature. My husband Quentin and kids, Cassie (13) and Luke (11), were the lucky people who got to have him come for a home visit. Our hearts melted immediately upon seeing him at the adoption event, but we were even more impressed with his great personality when he came to visit. Not only did he and our dog Petunia get along perfectly, but he was kind to our cats. That is a big deal for us since four friendly felines are part of our family. They were delighted to see that the newcomer is a gentle cuddlebug.

Sam is a very smart fella and loves playing with Petunia. They are similar in size and temperament and entertain each other very well. The kids call them two peas in a pod. They both love to come sit in our laps and are very affectionate. Sam taught Tunia early on how to play tug-of-war, and they both love splashing in the wading pool to keep cool on the hot summer days. Walks are on his list of favorite activities and he loves getting out to see other people and dogs. He is still getting his fill of ice cubes from the icemaker too, just like at Kristi's!

We could not ask for things to be easier either - Sam was already almost completely house trained! He walks well on a leash and is the star pupil in his training class. We are still puzzled at how we stumbled upon the perfect dog but are thankful that we did!

We had not heard of the wonderful EnchantMutts rescue group before that lucky Saturday that we met Sam, but we will never forget them now! Every time we look in that sweet face and snuggle up to Sam, we will say another "thank you!" to Kristi and EnchantMutts for the hard work they put into making so many success stories like this one. They really make a difference and we cannot thank them enough.

~Quentin, Sandy, Cassie, and Luke Dierks

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Abby (formerly Tulip)
Little Abby and her sister were pulled from an overflowing NM shelter. They had the sweetest expressions, and you could just see the intelligence in their eyes. Abby hit the jackpot with Carl and Lynne who, after the loss of their wonderful Amy, were searching for another furry friend to pamper and spoil. Abby weaseled her way right in, taking great joy in being the center of attention at her new home! This incredibly sweet little girl is enjoying learning new things and all about how to be a good girl. Quick to pick up anything, Abby mastered all the basics commands in a very short time and her opportunities are now endless. We can only imagine all the great stories Abby will have to tell – walking those ditch banks every day and trying who she can to smooze the quickest at her home! Thank you Lynne and Carl for realizing this little girl was not to be overlooked! Great life Abby, and we know you will keep your new family on their toes!!

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Congrats - Tango!

After almost three years of waiting for that special home, you have found it . . . with two young boys and their dad! The minute you saw them - it was LET'S PLAY BALL! and your new life began. You had the roughest of starts my friend, but those days are so over.

Keep those kids active, teach them some new moves and do what you have always done best . . . be their Best Friend.

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Annie (formerly Ani Roo)

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This beautiful aussie girl was kicked to the curb and dropped at a small rural shelter, probably due to what appeared to be declining health and having smaller litters. We saw her eyes and knew she was just asking for a chance, and we gave her one. Imagine our surprise when all she had was a thyroid issue, easily controlled by daily inexpensive pills, and that she was under three years old. Annie’s coat is now a stunning lush merle with just a tad of bronze thrown in to illustrate her uniqueness! Fabulous energy and a heart of gold is hers again. Always sweet as can be with the smarts to match and endless devotion, Annie is now living the high life with her very active family – daily walks, hikes, snow shoeing (everything outdoors!) and a huge property to call her own with two kitties to tell her stories to. Annie is safe at last. Patty takes her everywhere and Annie is a joyful girl, content to do what she does best – devote herself entirely to her person and protect her home. Annie’s wisdom and intelligence has always shown in her eyes. We knew she was a keeper and now she will never leave Patty’s side. Great life gorgeous girl – you so deserve it! Thank you Patty for being there for her and knowing what truly lies behind those gorgeous eyes!

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Laars (formerly Junior Lee)
What a character little Junior Lee is. As with most (daresay all) of EnchantMutts' rescues, Junior Lee was also saved from a certain fate at a high kill shelter. Junior's foster mom took one look at that cute little face and could not let that happen. He was first given the name of Rascal, but after a week of no response to that name, his foster mom looked at this big guy in a little package and said "well come on Junior" and that was all it took. His tail went up and he was all a wiggle. Junior found his new mom almost immediately. But honestly, who could look at that cute face and not smile. Junior, now Laars, is living the high life as an only child with his new mom Liesje who says he is quite the character.

Have a long and happy life little man!! Thanks Liesje for making that happen for Laars!!

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Indie (formerly Addison)
When they say it takes a village to raise a child, it is the same with some pups. Addison was in a high kill shelter and time was running out. EnchantMutts did not have an open foster spot but just knew she was worth saving. So, we reached out to Zia Australian Shephard Rescue who agreed to foster her until we could find a foster. Thanks Kathy G. with Zia for giving this girl a place to bunk. This sweet pup hit the jackpot when Barry, Stacie and Zeva took a shine to her sweet personality. Zeva was a rescue dog also so knew exactly how to take little Addison (now Indie) under her wing and show her the ropes. It is almost hard to tell the 2 sisters apart. Indie found her perfect forever home on an acre of yard in the shadows of the Sandias.

Thank you Barry, Stacie and Zeva for loving Indie as much as we do and giving her a perfect forever home!!!

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Wynn (forever Wynn) and Erin (formerly Cricket)
Two sad stories, one incredibly happy ending! We are always thrilled when we get a “double” adoption and we are thrilled that these two girls have gone to live with Vern and Marianne. They are living the high life on the ranch! After the loss of all four of their dogs (to old age) in a short period of time, Vern and Marianne were on the lookout for a border collie or two to round out their family. When they saw wonderful Wynn, it was love at first sight for them, and for Wynn. After settling sweet Wynn in at home and letting her know she was home at last, they met rascally Erin and their family was complete! Erin weaseled her way right in there and she and Wynn are best buddies.

Both girls came to us in the nick of time (at different times) from a high kill shelter. Wynn is one of the gentlest, sweetest girls I have met in a long time and I knew I could only let her go to a very special home. This girl had been through lots and yet still managed to trust and love humans. From a bag of frightened bones with thin wispy hair to a healthy, active girl with a glorious coat. She has blossomed into a very special girl who will always be where you are and is soaking up all the attention she can (and getting lots!). Erin is an irresistible little ball of fluff and her split face is a true show of her personality – one side craving attention and all the pats she can get and then poof! In an instant, off getting into mischief and looking for a new adventure! Adorable and sweet, this little girl has turned into one happy camper! We love that they are together.

Wynn and Erin are living it up. Doing their six mile runs every day with “dad” plus their daily walks with “mom”, gathering the chickens, running with (or after – ha!) the horses and protecting their yard and house (and cat!). We are very grateful that one just wasn’t enough for this great family and that these great girls are truly loved and cared for on a wonderful piece of paradise!

Great life my girls! Thank you Vern and Marianne for taking these girls in and giving them the best life possible! A perfect fit!

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Sometimes when we pull a dog from a shelter (usually in the nick of time), they come damaged – scared, mishandled and so unsure. Some overcome everything quickly while others take a bit longer to recuperate and trust again. Such is the case of Riggs. After a horrible ordeal at the shelter (and who knows what before the shelter), we brought him to safety. Standing by were Kimberley and Emilio who wanted to make a difference and start fostering dogs to help them on their way to a happy forever after. Riggs went to their home and began recuperating and being mentored by Riley, the little ball of fur who already ruled the roost. With patience, guidance and care, Riggs came out of his shell, and you would never recognize him today. From a dog that would not look you in the eye and cowering in a corner, to a happy boy who loves life! Along the way, Kimberley and Emilio realized that Riggs made their family complete and have adopted him (yeah!) so he will never be thrown away again! Thank you Kimberley and Emilio for making Riggs what he is today and offering him a wonderful forever home! Riggs and Riley are inseparable and Riley knew from the moment she met Riggs that he was there to stay. Happy life Riggs – you deserve it!

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Ciaran (formerly Dillon)

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This wonderful boy came to us at the last moment, literally during his walk to the back room, and what a loss that would have been. This hot and spicy beautiful German Shepherd boy hit the jackpot in more ways than one! Kirk and Alyssa knew he was the one when they saw his picture and made a beeline to come and see him, and what a great match this turned out to be! Ciaran is now happily tucked away in his new home with his big sister Kular (who will be little sister in no time for this beautiful growing boy) and loving life and all it offers. With his big extended family, this boy has it made. Family members everywhere – canine, equine, feline and human, and best of all, lots of action for this smart little boy! He will want for nothing in his new life and for that we are grateful. Thank you Kirk and Alyssa for coming to Ciaran’s rescue. A special boy for a great family!

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Hondo (formerly Daegan)

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This stunning boy was pulled from a high kill shelter after being picked up as a stray. It was determined that Daegan had a severe case of Ehrlichiosis (a tick borne bacterial infection), which luckily is one of EnchantMutts' intake tests. But, after a couple of rounds of antibiotics, he was right as rain and ready for a forever home. After meeting Wayne, Bojangles and Chief, Daegan and his foster mom just knew it was the "perfect" home for him. Daegan now has 2 fenced acres to run with his new brothers and chase lizards to his heart's content. His new dad Wayne is an avid hiker which is just right up Daegan's alley. Daegan's new name is Hondo which came from the first movie he and new dad Wayne watched together.

Happy Happy Life Hondo. You will always have a very special place in your foster mom's heart.

Thank you Wayne, Bojangles and Chief for recognizing what a special guy Hondo is and letting him be a part of the “GUYS”.

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Tally Ho
The Internet can really change your life!!!!

We lost our Pepper last fall. We had her for 9 years. She was a rescue from Albuquerque and a very big part of our family. We thought about getting another dog but just were not ready.

While we were in Washington DC in late February we started to look on the Internet for available pets. Nothing caught our eye night after night. We arrived home and started to look for different websites and discovered ENCHANTMUTTS!!!! There she was, Miss Tally Ho!!!!!

We immediately filled out the application and submitted the form. Much to my surprise, I received a call from Kristi the next day. We must have talked on the phone for 45 minutes and arranged to have a meet and greet at a park off Tramway two days later. We exited our car and I could see her from a distance. Somehow I just knew she was the one!!!!

Kristi had a concern since we have cats, so we arranged for a home visit. WELL, Tally must have had some contact with cats in her previous life as she just “flinched” and walked away. Our cats of 12 years have grown up with dogs their whole lives so no big deal.

We feel like we “won the lottery of dogs”. She is sweet, smart, beautiful, loving and a real lizard lover. She has only caught one once, but I managed to get it out of her mouth right away. Our cat Zoe, who has always been very shy, has come out of her shell and is interacting with Tally, and Jack the cat loves to tease her and run.

I must say that we are thoroughly impressed with EnchantMutts and how they run their organization. They thoroughly check out and make sure that it is the perfect fit for both the dog and family. Not every situation works as some dogs have special needs that need to be met, and they assure that this happens with every adoption. If you are considering adopting a pet with EnchantMutts, you will not be disappointed; there is a pet that will work for you.

~Pam and Frank, Placitas, NM

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Tucker (still Tucker)
What a little dynamo this guy is. Tucker spent one night with his foster before he was scooped up by his new moms, Teresa and Linda. They describe him as absolutely the perfect size, perfect color, perfect fur . . . just perfect, and we think he found his perfect home. He was patient with his older sister who needed slow walks, knowing that his fast run was coming. He fits right in with his pack of cats and chickens. He is always up for whatever activity mom Teresa throws his way and for cuddling on the couch with mom Linda.

Thank you Teresa and Linda for loving this perfect guy and giving him a perfect home!!!

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Sophie (forever Sophie)
Wonderful, incredibly sweet Sophie is where she needs and wants to be. At home with her best doggy friend Finnegan and her doting human parents Anne and Dick. This girl came back from the brink. Emaciated and nothing but skin and bones, Sophie knew there was something better out there, and she found it. She is having the time of her life (she never gave up hope) – playing with Finnegan, scouting out her acreage, protecting the garden from those silly birds, playing with Finnegan, getting lots of love, taking lots of hikes and walks and running like the wind. Did I say playing with Finnegan? This gorgeous girl is home. She went through a lot to find her home, but she is home and she is safe. Anne and Dick knew they would not be complete without a second dog to complete their pack (Finnegan was adopted in July of 2011 from EnchantMutts) and they patiently waited for the right one to come along and one day, she was there. They have tucked her safely into their lives and she has thrived and come into her own. The perfect complement to Finnegan and living life to the fullest. Thank you Anne and Dick for coming to the rescue of both these fabulous dogs! You have done wonders and they have just blossomed under your care and guidance!

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Lucky Geoffrey, he is now living in comfort at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary in Santa Fe where he will be loved and cared for by Ulla and all the wonderful volunteers. Our most sincere thank you goes to Kindred Spirits for taking in this sweet soul.

We recently received a letter from Geoffrey who wanted to write his own success story. Please take a moment to read his heartfelt letter below.

Geoffrey's Success Story

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