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Flynn is doing absolutely fantastic! Settling in very well! Flynn continues to be a cuddly boy who thinks he's a 70 pound lap dog. We are currently working on rolling over, as he continues to master the sit, law down, shake paw, other paw. He protects his yard from any birds that dare land in his yard. He didn't like going out for his bedtime pee so we put in a bright light, however shadows scare him.
He loves walking down to the bus stop to pick our son up, he knows the bus is coming before I do, as he starts to get very excited. He loves car rides, he likes sitting with the kids with the biggest smile on his face! He likes to going to his friends and cousins house to play, as the dog park in last few days has been pretty flooded. He really enjoyed his First Easter, as he enjoyed getting his Easter gifts of some more toys and treats. He loves chasing bubbles with our kids.
Luna (once known as ARF's little Mavis) has changed our lives. We love our crazy girl so much! We loved the experience of adopting Luna through ARF and always brag about how great the rescue foundation is. Luna is a few days shy of 6 months old and she just won't stop growing. She's super smart and super mischievous. She loves to play, especially with other dogs, and is recognized by everyone in the neighbor hood. Since we've adopted Luna we've starting spending a lot more time outside and are always meeting new friends on our walks. She keeps us on our toes and we wouldn't change it for the world. Thank you so much to ARF and their amazing volunteers.
Vanessa, Nathan and Luna
Wanted to say thank you to everyone involved with A.R.F. for rescuing my new little buddy Ekko (used to be Ed). I adopted him on February 15th and it has been fantastic developing and getting to know Ekko. He is obviously the best looking dog in the world! and people stop me all over the place to come up and meet Ekko. He is a lot more independent than my previous dogs (Labs, English Bulldogs) but also loves some morning/night cuddles. He loves playing with his buddy Dexter (tenants three year old Lab) who has been the best older brother for him. Monkey see monkey do with these two. They have a blast at the dog park running like crazy and for Ekko changing from a white dog to a muddy brown one very quickly.
He makes me laugh every day and we have a blast together. A life changer for sure. Couldnt be happier I went through with the adoption. So thanks again to the ARF team for providing the opportunity to change the lives of not only the animals but the people lucky enough to adopt as well.
Just wanted to send you a quick update on Katniss, now known as Riley. She is doing so great! She finished her first course of puppy school with who's walking who; graduated proudly and was the social butterfly of the class.
She is doing great with her to shyness, still likes to smell new people and get a feel for them before diving in with her kisses but has improved remarkably with her confidence.
Riley has a new bestie with our family members bulldog named Havok; anytime he comes through the door, she is dancing with excitement. She is great off lead on the trails we have by us that will allow it and is always making new friends.
Our family just wanted to thank you again for what you do and bringing this playful and silly girl into our lives! We absolutely adore her and is the best new edition to our family that we could have asked for, I have attached some pictures for you as well.
It was 2 weeks ago tonight that my husband, Kurt, and I picked up our little girl Leia (ARF's Alabama) and we are so in love! Leia is such a little sweetheart. Don't get me wrong, she's a handful and is always trying to be the boss. She has mastered a few commands like sit and shake a paw. She does most of her business outside and has even started ringing the bells when she needs out. She's a fair weather puppy so doesn't really like to go out when it's cold or raining but we remain diligent with her and can count on one hand how many accidents she has had.
She sleeps happily and quietly right through the night in her crate. She is getting better at being left in her crate for a couple hours during the day but she still doesn't love that.
She loves to eat and once done eating, she curls up on her bed to rest until we are finished our dinner. She has picked up walking on a leash very quickly and seems to enjoy being out meeting new people and dogs. She is not particularity fond of the walk routes we choose and would much prefer her own route but we are once again persistent that we are the boss and we choose the route. :)
She has settled in better than we could of imagined. She is the perfect compliment to our family and I cannot stress how over the top in love we are with her.
Marcie, Kurt & Brayden
We just wanted to update you on Lewynn, who we call Loki. We adopted him October 2015 and he is a wonderful, smart and happy dog. Although our 3 cats still aren't very fond of him, he tries hard every day to be their friend.
Loki loves to run and play as often as we will let him or keep up with him. He is very active. Loki is a friendly dog who loves attention whenever and however he can get it. He has learned many tricks (shake a paw, touch and more) and we hope to continue his training.
As he is a tripod, we were a bit tentative at first, not sure what he could handle. But, after the initial week, he has proved he is capable of anything. He loves the dog park where he can run like the wind with the other dogs. We expect as the warmer weather approaches he will be outside with us more, enjoying the large yard.
Thank you for introducing us to him, he has made being first time dog owners a pleasure.
Liane and Brian Belfry
Sierra (Ciara) is doing amazing and has been a wonderful addition to our family! Here she is yesterday morning out for a hike, but stopping for kisses.
Thank you so much!!
Marcy is now 3 years and 5 months old. She has come a long way since adoption! At first, she was scared of men but now she loves both me and her daddy very much. She is also a big suck with her grandma - she just wants to cuddle and play!
She missed her foster family the first two weeks, but she settled in. She's really sweet and I'm forever grateful for her.
Jesse and I are ecstatic with our well behaved boy who is settling in extremely well. We were able to pick up our fur baby three weeks ago today and in that short amount of time, he has gained 12lbs, grown 4" in height, and his dexterity is getting a little too good. :)
In the first 24 hours he was able to sit, stay, wait, and come on command. Apart from normally listening well, he also knows when to pretend he can't hear his name while playing with his sticks or in the garden dirt outside - we are working on that. After about 72 hours, Dill was 98% potty trained. He still has a few accidents when he gets REALLY excited, but other than that he communicates well when he needs to go in and out.
Dill has some hesitation while on leash because he would rather run free range, but is catching on quickly. The walks tend to be fairly slow while he explores. He has some issue going potty while on leash as well, so we're working on that.
He has been great when meeting, playing and snuggling with children and other pets. He is best buddies with his Aunt Larka (5 yr old Husky/Lab) and G & A (4yr old boy and 3yr old girl).
We would like to thank A.R.F Ontario and the foster family taking care of Dill prior to his forever home. The challenging application, interview and meeting process was all worth it to be paired with the PERFECT new family member.
Cassie & Jesse
I know you’ve been talking with Amanda, but I just wanted to send you over a little update (and pictures) on Abbie.
Her and Rascal have turned into a couple of long lost best friends :) They spend every waking (and even sleeping) moment together. If one goes somewhere, the other is close behind.
They spend most of their days wrestling or playing tug of war. They stop once mid day to sleep for a couple hours, but as soon as one of them opens their eyelids they are straight back to it. They pretty much ignore Amanda and I until the evening when they want to cuddle on the couch with us.. Otherwise we aren’t exciting enough to stop wrestling for :)
Abbie has claimed our basement couch as her bed and prefers to sleep there. She’s been great and sleeping through the whole night, though that may be mostly to do with the hours upon hours of playing her and Rascal do each day.
She’s also started learning all sorts of fun dog stuff from Rascal. She now knows that whoever holds the ball, has the power :) So if Rascal does divert his attention from her for a moment, she just starts parading in front of him with the ball.
Yesterday was the first time we had a visitor with Abbie and she did very well. After a a few minutes and a barky introduction she was great and very happy to see new faces. We’ve also been walking her along the river trails near our house so she can start seeing more than just her brother and family.
We are sooooo happy that she joined our family!! Thank you for all the work you do and for giving us the opportunity to share our love with this beautiful little girl.
Ellie is doing so great! She has only been with us for a month, but it feels like she has always been a part of our family and we love her to pieces! She is such a smart, happy puppy and brings us so much joy and laughter. We have started our puppy training, and Ellie loves going, especially when she gets to play with the other puppies. She's been a great companion on our hikes, she loves to explore and is always excited to meet any people or doggies we pass on the trail. At home Ellie is happy to cuddle on the couch with us, or play on the floor with her toys (her favorite is still the moose you gave her). We can't thank you enough for taking such great care of her and helping her become the amazing puppy that she is, it means so much to know that Ellie came from a home where she was so loved and cared for.
Thank you so much!
Lindsay and Travis
Hello! I hope you remember me, my family adopted ARF's Tinkerbell. I just wanted to touch base with you and send a pic of her. She is now named Molly.
She is a sweet addition to our family we all lover her to pieces. She is so big now and is the loveable snuggle kitten my family desired. Thanks to you and ARF for letting us adopt Molly.
This is Molly in my daughter backpack. She waits and looks out our front window everyday around 3:30 because she knows the kids will be home soon. My daughter is having a birthday soon and this year she has asked the guests coming to her party to bring a donation for ARF instead as she has all she needs. She is 9 and that impressed me very much!
Thanks again and take care!
Hope you're both doing well. We just took Pinky (previously Wooly) to the vet on the weekend for his booster shots. He's doing so well and healthy! Can you believe he's 12 lbs now and not fat?! Just a lean healthy boy. Gets into a ton of mischief too! We love him dearly though.
I changed out some door handles at home here and he still sits and watches me work away. For hours! What a kook!
Just thought you'd like to hear how well we love him and how he's doing.
Happy New Year!
Here are some more photos of Ruan. She’s doing great but we miss the snow!! Because of the weather we don’t have as much snow as we did last year. We are keeping our hopes up though. Can’t wait to see what the new year brings.
We just wanted to send an update on Chloe, formerly Scout. We adopted her in October, and she has grown so much! By the time this e-mail is sent, she has probably grown a few inches again. Her weigh-in last week indicated that she is about 47 lbs! Luckily she hasn't quite grown into her adorably huge ears yet. Chloe loves to be outside, and sometimes she will just sit on the back stoop and enjoy the day. She loves running, playing with the cat, kisses, cuddles and finding trouble. She works very hard in the backyard, digging holes, moving sticks, and burying things. She is looking forward to a big snowstorm, so she can run and jump in the snow. She is learning lots of tricks, and because she is so smart, she learns really fast! She knows her left and right paws, and lots of other tricks.
Thank you for all of your help with her adoption, we could not be happier, and we love her so much! I think she loves us too, if you can judge love by the amount of kisses she gives.
Hope you enjoy the pictures from various events over the last few months! She especially enjoyed the playdate with her foster moms Ella and Loren!
Samantha, Javed, Kal-El (the cat) and of course Chloe
Hello Kristina and Kelly,
I'm going to bombard you with photos today. Ukee (previously Taco), named after our favourite place in Canada (Ucluelet), is doing great! He's comfortable and confident and well-adjusted. Kelly, you and Brandon did an amazing job with him and I say that to everyone who asks where we got him.
The kids, Dwayne and I love him, but it's impossible not to. He comes everywhere with us and he's already a hit at the barn. When we're there he stays on leash while the other dogs roam, but he's learning to respect the horses (he's amazing with the horses already), asks to go outside if he has to pee or poo, which he also always does at home, and he's playful and sociable with all the other dogs and people. He's only had two accidents since he arrived, and once wasn't at home. Dwayne installed a bell at our kitchen door and within one day he was ringing it to go out.
We take him for walks several times a day and for the most part he's super interested in everything around him, the remainder of the time, he carries his own leash and plays tug of war - typical puppy. One of our cats already likes him, the other does not nor will she ever, but they've come to an agreement to stay away from each other. Our big project is to work on recall and he has days when he's great at it and others where digging in the garden is more important. Speaking of garden, he's helping me prepare the soil for next year.
His favourite way to start the day after we go for a walk is to curl up on my lap while I drink a coffee and try to answer work emails.
Anyway, he is loved and we're so happy to have him with us.
Just to let you know how SirJames (now named Joeybear) is doing. He is an amazing addition to our family and we're so grateful and fortunate to find him on your site.
It's been almost a year since we first adopted our sweet Banjoe. We can barely remember life without him! We are so grateful for ARF for bringing this incredible addition to our family. He's gentle, adventurous, spunky, and mischievous ... in the very best of ways! It is an understatement to say that he is loved. He is completely spoiled and adored by every adult, child, and animal he meets! THANK YOU thank you!
Sara and Andrew
Kristina, Lisa, and ARF crew,
Rypley has settled into our family quickly! She loves walking trails (that she excitedly turns into an hour run followed by a two day rest), fetching with her penguin stuffy, sleeping in the funniest positions, and playing with all of her doggie friends. She really loves her best bud, Kingsley - my brother's English Bulldog. She's already learned simple commands and her leash manners are always improving. Her feline sister, Callie, is now not only just tolerating sharing her home, but is beginning to nap just inches away from Rypley!
We are excited for Rypley's next month with us as we finish our Awesome Dogs puppy classes and maybe even get to see her first snowfall. If she loves the snow half as much as she loves falling leaves, she'll be the happiest winter puppy around :)
Paul and I are so in love with her! She is the perfect fit into our lives and we couldn't be more grateful for her and grateful to ARF. ARF set her up with a start to life that gave her everything she needed to succeed and become the happiest and healthiest dog she can be.
Thank you so much for making our adoption process so smooth and for taking such good care of our sweet Rypley until we took her home.
Lindsay, Paul, and Rypley Parsons
This update is long overdue. We adopted Rosie in 2010. She was about 18 months old and terrified of everything, but mostly of being alone. We had our struggles getting to know one another for the first year but it was love at first sight.
I know that a few people involved with ARF remember her. When we had our training at Awesome Dogs, it was mentioned that whatever has happened to her was "awful". She was broken and afraid.
Well....not anymore! Rosie is confident, loving, intelligent, obedient, as well as sneaky and pretty talkative! She has a multitude of great tricks, dog friends and a fan club.
She only has 2 remaining fears. One being loud noises or yelling, the other is not being with me. Pretty acceptable!
Anyways, ARF is doing a fabulous job. I recommend your organization at every chance and from my heart and my son's heart. Rosie is a huge success story for you all.
Leigh Ann Jackson
Just thought you may like an update on Poppy! She's doing great, loves to hang out with our cats and us!
I just wanted to give you an update on Glimmer and Mallory. We adopted these two as kittens almost a year ago and they are doing very well. Mallory was very comfortable and easygoing right off the bat and is still a very cuddly and easygoing little girl. Glimmer was much more skitterish when we first brought her home, but within just a couple of weeks she did a complete turn-around. She is now the most cuddly, affectionate, and funny cat. She never misses bedtime story time with the kids and always knows when one is having a nap on the couch and she always curls up with them. They get along very well together and are either chasing each other around the house or will be curled up on their cat tree or a couch or a bed somewhere. They couldn't have turned out to be any better than they are. They are great with the kids! I am so glad we decided to adopt these kittens from A.R.F.
Thanks so much!
Since adopting Callie (known before as Clare) on April 18th, 2015 she has come a long way! Callie, who was once very shy and nervous, is now a fun, loving, and easygoing pup! Currently she is almost 6 months old and weighs 42.5lbs! She has many dog friends that she has met at the dog park, but especially loves her doggy cousins, Riley, Ellie and Carter. We recently adopted Link, Callie’s little feline brother, and she is very eager to play with him. She is learning a lot from having such a small furry friend around her. Callie is a VERY intelligent dog, and catches on to tricks and commands with ease. Her favourite things include water, ice cubes and carrots! She loves to take walks, go to the Farmers’ Market and dog park, visiting relatives and will never turn down a good nap!
Next week we will be taking her up north for the week where she will get to spend lots of time in the water and go fishing with us! I know she will have a great time =)
We are so thankful to ARF and Callie’s foster family for all the work you did! She is such a wonderful addition to our family!
Hello A.R.F. Friends,
My husband and I would like to let you know what a great addition Ermy (formerly Carolina) has been to our family. We have been fans and supporters of A.R.F. for some time but decided on a whim this January to adopt a cat.
Ermy adjusted to us and our resident cat, Aziz immediately. She is so sweet and chatty, and loves to snuggle and play. She follows my husband around the house. We feel we really lucked out finding her.
We cannot express enough gratitude to everyone at A.R.F. who volunteers their time to help all of the wonderful animals. We would like to send a special thanks to Ermy’s foster Mom, Janeva, for helping us and sending us baby pictures of Ermy.
We had been talking about adopting a dog for some time after we lost our dog Simon who shared the last 10 of his 14 years with us. Luckily we came across the ARF website one night and the rest is history. The ARF team were a pleasure to deal with, took the time to match us with a perfect large puppy and because we were from out of town they were also very accommodating.
It was very important for us to have a dog that was tolerant around kids since we have a young daughter and often times a house full of her friends. We wanted our daughter to grow up with a dog and Poppee absolutely adores children. We adopted Poppee back in Feb 2014 when she was three months old and she has proven to be an amazing companion! Poppee is so gentle with everyone that she meets.
Poppee has been a great addition to our family. She is the smartest dog!
Whenever people ask what type of dog that Poppee is during her long walks (this is a constant question because she is so cute and fluffy), we always say that she is a beautiful Canadian mutt that was rescued by ARF. Followed by a long explanation of where ARF rescues the dogs from and how they are placed in foster homes before being put up for adoption which gives them some needed socialization skills with people, children and other animals.
A special thank you goes out to ARF and especially Nancy and her family for fostering this lovely dog until we were given the chance to adopt her. Nancy, her family and the rest of ARF have a huge spot waiting for them in heaven for doing what they do.
Our spunky Valencia (ARF's Paysley) will turn two this June. We adopted her late September 2013 and she has settled so well into our home and brightens our lives so much! She's always smiling and so happy to see us. She loves walks, tossing a ball in the yard, trips to the dog park, trying to sit in the laps of guests, and curling up on the couch between us. She's so smart and has such great personality. We'd be lost without her. We're so happy we decided to adopt and are so thankful for all the hard work and effort of the ARF team. The process went so smoothly and everyone was really great and supportive. We recommend adoption to everyone we know looking to add a pet to their family.
Thank you, ARF, for all you do!
Shortly after having our baby, we had to put our old rescued dog down. We knew we wanted our son to grow up with a pup, so we started hunting for the perfect fit.
We found Tarlo (now Norman) and knew that he would be a great fit. Norman and our baby are a month apart in age and best friends. They have grown up together over the past year. Sometimes they are up to no good, but there are always giggles to be had. The two of them are in cahoots and we wouldn't have it any other way! There is just something about a boy and his dog!!
Just wanted to send a follow up email to say THANK YOU! Lil has been with us for 6 months now and she has been the best dog we could have asked for. She has sooo much personality and love to give. She has come a long way in terms of her shyness and now loves to play with new dogs. She takes a while to warm up to humans but once she does she will never stop kissing them. The transition went very smoothly so a big thank you needs to go to Kelly and Brandon for all Lil learned during her time with them, she knew so much already coming into our home and it made a big difference. Lil loves to visit our friends and family with us and has taken a liking to my parents dog, Molly, who has actually never much liked other dogs until Lil came around. She enjoys helping with yard work (digging mostly), daily walks and going to the dog park whenever she can. Lil loves to play with her feline brother like he's another dog, and Ron does his best to put up with it. She is spoiled rotten and is always happy as can be. Kenley and I are very happy we were able to work with such a great group!
We are owned by Scamp, the big loveable mutt! He is 7 yrs old now and is one of the loves of our life. We adopted him as a 12 week old puppy and he was a scruffy looking little thing and his litter mates were blonde curly golden doodle looking pups and Scamp didn't look anything like them! He wasn't the most attractive puppy but he looked like he needed a home!
Well he turned into the most handsome smart loyal kind dog we have ever had! He was so easy to train and fit into our life on the farm and cottage too! He is a gentle soul who also loves his brother Finn! Everyone that knows Scamp loves Scamp! On our walks I'm often asks what kind he is and I always say he's an ARF Ontario lovable mutt and explain how we rescued him! In that way Scamp is an ARF Ambassador and hopefully others will think about ARF when thinking about adding a furry family member to their home!
Thank you ARF for helping to fill our life with joy!
It will be four years this August that we were blessed with the adoption of Alize from ARF.
Alize was a shy and timid girl when she came to us but with time, love and patience she has become a lively loving girl who adores her people and big brother Winslow, and cats Kitty and Frosty. We couldn't have wished for a more loving and loyal dog then Alize.
With the support from her foster mom Kathy, and training lessons from Jodi, Alize quickly became part of our family.
I love that we can reach out to ARF at anytime for support and guidance. Without the endless and selfless work of the ARF rescue team and volunteers we would have not been gifted such an amazing dog. Thank you Kathy and the rest of the ARF team.