ARF Success Stories!!
Meet some families who have adopted an ARF puppy/kitty into their lives and were kind enough
to share their stories with us!!
I was looking at your website and realized that I had never sent an update! We adopted Maley 7 years ago in March. She is truly the BEST dog ever.... we love her to pieces:)
She is my running partner and the whole families best friend. She is fantastic with the kids and greets them every morning with wet kisses. She loves everyone but is super protective of her family which we love about her. I work from home, so having a friend to follow me around all day is great and when I do leave the house she is "on protection duty".
I think your program is phenomenal and thanks again for bringing Maley into our lives:)
LJ is doing amazing!! She comes out rock climbing and caving with us all the time. And she actually goes right into the caves. The first time I took her out she was quite scared. But now - she's like a mountain goat! She climbs all over the rocks and goes into the caves all on her own. She is totally at home around the rocks:)
Both Tom and I feel really lucky to have her in our lives. She is a real snuggler as well and crawls right up on the bed with us and just loves to be snuggled.
LJ is also getting more comfy with other dogs. She's got a husky friend named Sawyer who she plays so well with. They are so funny together!!
It’s been almost a month since we adopted our beautiful Miss Maggie. She is a great addition to our family. Everyone she meets can’t help but love her!
She is doing really well on a leash. Her favourite walks are through the hiking trails and conservation area. She loves to carry things in her mouth as she walks, whether it’s a toy, stick or a pine cone, she carries it proudly!
Maggie also loves to play fetch with her boomerang and bouncy toys. Maggie is one smart cookie! She is practicing “sit” and getting better day by day and she has even learned to ring the bells on our door to go outside to do her business! Mags loves to go on car rides and has graduated to using a harness which lets her sprawl out across the back seat:)
Maggie is also learning that she has to be patient with our cat, Peaches. She isn’t too sure what to think about our new canine family member yet but Peaches is warming up and it appears she is contemplating “playing” with Maggie, but on her terms only!
Thanks ARF for saving our Miss Maggie, we love her so much!
We first saw Lego at an adoption drive for ARF at the Children's Museum. He was beautiful! We couldn't believe he was up for adoption and were so happy when he became part of our family.
He's been with us for 4 1/2 years now and we all love him desperately. We all needed a lot of training at first, to learn how to live with such a big, smart dog. And a dog who is very good at hunting for squirrels!
He's a dog that likes to be mentally stimulated as well as physically active - his favourite toy is his puzzle ball filled with freeze-dried liver, which he can empty in minutes, batting it around with his paws.
Lego is such a responsive, compassionate and vocal dog. I really believe he completely understands everything we say and he has a range of barks in which he answers back.
Just after his second birthday unfortunately, Lego started having severe cluster seizures. However, with his proper medication, his epilepsy is manageable and we're hoping for many years with our Legolas (Lego's full name, given to him by his first foster mom and her love of Lord of the Rings and because Lego is so blonde and regal!).
Lego has quite a popular following and is known to so many Vets and Veterinary technicians - he's always greeted with a "Hey gorgeous!". Lego is a fantastic dog and it seems as he has always been part of our lives.
ARF dogs are amazing!
Hi Jo-Anne and Nancy,
Audrey is doing really well and has gotten a lot bigger since you last saw her. As of today she is now 75lbs! In the past few months, she's finally been able to win over my cats. I've attached some pictures of Audrey and Hannah. It didn't take my cat Harlow long to warm up but Hannah resisted up until just after Christmas. Now they give each other daily nose-kisses!
Luckily I can bring her to work at the university quite a bit. Her favourite day is Thursday when she goes to the Dog Cognition Lab at Western. She's done a few of their learning studies on spatial memory and she has just mastered pressing buttons for another study. She actually might be on TV at some point this year. The show 'The Nature of Things' is going to do a profile on the research that lab is doing and Audrey was asked to come by the days they are filming so she can demonstrate some of their studies for the show. I'll let you know if they end up using her in the show so you can check that out to see her in action!
Audrey is such a sweet, easy going girl. She really is a good fit for me and my other animals. She's constantly surprising people when they first meet her for how gentle and friendly she is despite her size. She even loves the vet! She was wagging her tail the whole time they were taking blood to do her tests today.
Audrey and I will probably see you both in the summer at Pawlooza!
Just another Maisy update. Things have been going really, really well. Izzy is now her new best friend. Everywhere Izzy goes, Maisy wants to go.
We have been taking her to dog training classes and working with her each day and she is improving all the time. Walking on the leash is getting better each day. She loves to go running in the forest with Izzy and meeting new friends daily. We went to Cullen Gardens last weekend and it was her first encounter with a great dane!!! She was not too sure of that one!!!
We have the two beds for the dogs and at any given time they are on the brown one, the beige one or one on each! They even ride together in the car sitting on the same seat. Maisy is not too sure of the car but because we bring her in it for quite a few short trips she is getting better.
Take care. Heidi and Ron
*ARF dog and cat living together in forever home.
Thought I would send you a pic of Ollie & Stewie.
I cannot believe how good Stewie is with him. They play, sleep together, Ollie licks Stewie , Ollie will rub up on Stewie and just purr and purr and purr. Ollie will even bite Stewie's tail or feet and Stewie doesn't get mad. I never in a million years thought they would get along this well.
When Ollie runs around during the day, it literally sounds like an elephant is in the house! Dan and I can't figure out how a 5 lb. kitty can make it sound like a gorilla is upstairs. He is quite crazy when he's playing... he zips around and around and flies upstairs and downstairs like a race car driver. He is still biting, but not quite so much. I think he thinks that biting is a sign of affection.
As you can see from the pictures, the boys have fun together. Ollie has taken over Stewie's bed... Ollie will stretch out on it, and poor Stewie is stuck lying on the floor.
Anyway... hope your fostering is going well.
Take care, JM
It seems like Moses has been a part of our family forever.
He is so happy and affectionate.
Our friends mention time and again how fortunate we are because of his personality and temperament....and don't we know it.
Knuckles is a beautiful and loving dog. She is a huge part of our family and we love her a lot.
When we first got her we couldn’t believe her recall, how easy she came when we said “come” in the park and how she is so comfortable with other dogs and people. It’s been really a pleasure, you’ve trained her well.
Knuckles loves to cuddle. She gets up on our bed and she loves to her belly rubs.
Knuckles has a great life here. I spend a lot of time with her as I’m at home a lot. My younger son Liam wrestles and plays with her.
We have a series of large parks and a ravine path nearby. The parks are filled with hundreds of dogs so each day she meets new dogs and of course has her favourites she plays with. She’s walked about 4 times a day and two of those walks are long ones for about an hour each.
She is really a sweetheart and we’re so pleased to have her. Our many thanks to ARF.
Best, Rani, Jan-Willem Nils and Liam
She is a great dog, we love her to pieces and she is such a part of our family. You did right by this dog letting us take her home. She has a good life with us.
We do daily walks, she loves playing in the back yard, we have a motor home and we go camping and hiking with her all the time. She gets weekly play dates with other dogs too.
I have recommended ARF to many people and I hope just one of them adopts a dog.
Keep up the good work! :)
Molly is doing fabulous! We absolutely love her to death! She is so sweet, kind, energetic and LOVES her belly rubs tons! She loves playing ball with the horse balls I have.
She is getting along very well with the horses and our 3 barn and 1 house cat. They actually cuddle together and Molly gives them kisses. She will still try to play and chase them once in awhile, but I am very happy with how she is progressing.
My daughters love her to pieces. She cuddles with them before bed every night.
We are thrilled with her and can't imagine not having her part of our family!
Thanks so much!
Zoey and the rest of us are doing well. She has tons of energy but then can settle quietly for long periods.
She now weighs ~ 60 lbs, has filled in and her coat is smooth as velvet!
The dogs get along quite well :). Brook and Zoey play ring around the den, front hall and kitchen.
Zoey and Jack have a good relationship too. They play more ring around but this time includes Jack jumping up high, until Jack gets tired of it, then they stop :).
Isn't Zoey beautiful… :)
Hi Jo-Anne, thought I would send you a picture of Mollie (Hollie).
She is doing absolutely fantastic, she is such a wonderful dog, very loving and really...we couldnt have asked for a better pet!
She just fits into our family so well, its like she has been with us forever! Can't imagine our lives without her!
My son Ewan and her are like best buds, and she is very protective of him, which he loves.
We are always on the arf website looking at all the other dogs for adoption...wishing we could take them all!
Caroline,Ken,Ewan and Mollie
Just wanted to send a few pics of our beautiful Kingston.
We've been having many wonderful adventures together
with lots of doggie and people play dates, hikes in the woods, walks, runs, and snuggles.
Mike and I continue fall in love with Kingston more and more each day and can't even imagine what our lives were like before he became a part of our family. He is just so wonderful in every way.
Talk to you soon Lisa, and again thank you so much for making the process of adopting Kingston such a wonderful and positive experience. We cannot tell you how fondly we speak of you and ARF to our friends and family. :)
Dayna, Mike, and Kingston
I just wanted to let you know how well Ruby (ARF's Ursa) is settling in to life here on the farm.
It seems as though she has been with us forever.
Christmas was so fun and she really enjoyed all the visiting family including her furry cousin who was a constant playmate for the 2 weeks.
She has grown a great deal though and it is joked that she must have some Great Dane with the way she sprouted, and yet I doubt she will ever grow into her ears! She is now 75 pounds and twice the size of our older dog. Kelly does not bother to go around but just under if Ruby gets in her way.
Ruby loves to run and very much enjoys the fields where she can chase her toys. We also both look forward to our daily romps exploring the local trails and finding our way around the town.
Thanks so much for Ruby.
We cannot believe two years have passed already! It still seems like she is a new family member to us.
She is a very silly dog who does everything with total abandon. She runs into walls trying to get to the door to go outside, she will give hugs and kisses on demand, and often times when she is in the backyard by herself she plays games that remind us of watching a child play spy games.
She is a very sweet dog and we are grateful you let us bring her home with us.
Rachel and Alida Pollitt
It has been awhile and I thought you all might like to see my beautiful Kippy boy and his sister Peaches!
He wouldn’t look at me because like his mother – he hates cameras!!!
Thanks for all your rescue efforts,
Vicky, Rick and Adam Spadoni