ABC Rescue Update

Kara Staroski

Do you think some things work out for a reason? Some days in rescue things go smoothly, dogs are adopted into their perfect homes right away and live happily ever after. Some days we hit roadblocks at every corner. We had a case recently where a beautiful Beauceron ended up in our rescue program, this is Abby’s story.

I first heard about Abby via email several months ago. Abby’s owner was an experienced dog person, someone who had even put obedience titles on her Dobermans. She acquired Abby secondhand through a back yard breeder. She had owned Abby since she was a puppy and had done an incredible amount of training with her. Abby’s owner poured her heart out to me, admitting that with health issues and not being as young as she once was she wasn’t able to meet Abby’s needs. As I reassured her that we match the dogs to their perfect homes (NEVER first come first serve) I could hear the relief in her voice. She really loved Abby and truly wanted the best for her. As we worked out the details I learned Abby lived in Idaho. Perfect, I thought to myself, I already knew the perfect foster.

Sidney Wilcox, the Region Four Director, has fostered over a dozen Beaucerons since I have known her. I knew she would be a great fit for Abby, to evaluate her and help figure out the next step in her life. Sidney responded immediately that she and her family would be able to take Abby in. Over the next few days arrangements were made and Abby went to live at RiverRim Ranch. My first emails about Abby were all positive, she was everything her first owner said, sweet, intelligent, and VERY well trained. Sidney told me if she entered her in a Rally trial she could get her Rally Novice title on her that weekend. We got pictures and videos of Abby posted and waited for applications to come in.

One of the hard parts about being rescue chair is disappointing people. Often for every dog we post we may have a dozen people (or more!) apply. Some people are eliminated from the running rather quickly, their landlord doesn’t allow dogs over 50 lbs, their veterinarian tells me something along the lines of “Wow, I’m surprised they want another dog, we haven’t seen their current dog in several years and they would only let us do a rabies vaccine.” Once we eliminate those folks then we move to step two, Googling and checking Facebook profiles of the applicants. One applicant had multiple ads in classified groups for various dogs. Red flag. Another had a Go-Fund-me set up to get a knee surgery on a dog she forgot to mention she owned on her application. As I moved through the applicants there were several good ones. But were they the right fit for our perfect Abby? Abby is VERY smart. She needs a job, so we wanted her to go to a home where she could possibly do a performance sport, or at the very least be an active companion. Finally, Sidney and I found what we considered the best home possible for Abby. Our little Idaho lady was heading to the Pacific Northwest! The family’s application sounded wonderful. They had researched the breed and even attended shows to meet up with breeders and other adult dogs. They were looking for an active hiking buddy and possibly a dog to try agility and barn hunt with. This was perfect!

We gave the family the great news, and then Covid-19 started sweeping across the USA. Everything came to a screeching halt when Sidney’s entire county was put into a mandatory stay-in-place order until June; over two months away. I gave the hopeful family the bad news. They were understanding, and asked me to keep them in mind for a future dog. So what to do with Abby? She was safe and sound at Sidney’s of course, but she really deserved a family of her own. Sidney came to me with an idea. She knew of a family local to her who had asked her about training a dog for them to be their hearing assistance service dog. They were experienced dog folks who lived close enough to Sidney that she could be there to support and educate them as needed. I am the last person to recommend a Beauceron as a service dog. We all know that they are slow to mature and their failure/washout rate is very high. It didn’t take much to convince me as Sidney and her friend Gabby began sending me videos of them training Abby. Abby was such a fast learner! Within a week she was alerting to the sound of a telephone ringing, and a fire alarm going off. I was incredibly impressed! Once the family submitted their application they took Miss Abby on a trial run. This brings us to present day. Abby is thriving and now, officially, has her forever home! I think of all the twists and turns in her road of life. There are so many different ways her story could have gone. As I go through the photos her new family has sent me, and I hear about how Abby not only is bringing them joy, but a little more piece of mind I know we have given them both a happy ending.

Kara, ABC Rescue Chair

Maggie

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Maggie

This is our newest addition to the foster program. Maggie is a senior girl who was seized by animal control from what we think was a hoarding situation. Maggie was in sorry shape, skinny, filthy and terrified. She has been in our program for almost two weeks and is THRIVING! She likes other dogs, is housebroken, good in a crate and even has basic manners. This is when we wish our dogs could talk. Someone along the way really loved Maggie and worked with and trained her. We will always wonder how she ended up emaciated at a kill shelter. Maggie is being foster in Illinois.

Maggie

Rescue Update

Yeager: the adult male down in Florida is ADOPTION PENDING! Yay!

Abby: Adult harl female in Idaho, we are currently not accepting additional applications on her. We think we have the ideal home lines up for her!

Maggie: This is our newest addition to the foster program. Maggie is a senior girl who was seized by animal control from what we think was a hoarding situation. Maggie was in sorry shape, skinny, filthy and terrified. She has been in our program for almost two weeks and is THRIVING! She likes other dogs, is housebroken, good in a crate and even has basic manners. This is when we wish our dogs could talk. Someone along the way really loved Maggie and worked with and trained her. We will always wonder how she ended up emaciated at a kill shelter. Maggie is being foster in Illinois.

ABC Rescue Update: Violet

Kara Staroski

The Beauceron Rescue world lost one of our special seniors last week.

I remember the very first photo I saw of Violet, a sad, scared, older dog in an overcrowded kill shelter. Rescue was able to pull her and get her into a safe foster home. During her initial veterinary exam the vet guessed her to be around 7 or 8 years old. After spending several months with two different fosters Violet was adopted and transport was arranged. She was going all the way from Oregon to Southern California. More then halfway down the west coast. One of the transporters noticed a very faded identification tattoo in Violet’s ear. From the breeder’s records we learned that she was almost 13 years old. Her new adopter backed out, afraid of the commitment of taking on an older dog. As rescue chair, I was scrambling. How was I going to adopt out a 13 year old dog who we had just transported 16+ hours from her previous foster home? What was I going to do with her?

Photo sent to ABC Rescue of Violet in the shelter.

Then Violet’s guardian angels stepped up, the Fryer family. They adopted this old lady, figuring they would give her a good retirement home for the last months of her life, knowing she was already on borrowed time (Beaucerons have an average life expectancy of 11-12 years). At first when I saw Facebook posts from Carly, I would hold my breath, thinking it would be the final good bye post for Violet. But it wasn’t. It was pictures of her bossing around the younger Beaucerons in the home, lounging around at the barn with her mom, going to dog shows as a spectator. And BIRTHDAY photos! Violet celebrated a 13th birthday with her family. Then a 14th. And then a FIFTEENTH. Her eyes had gotten a little cloudy, but she still looked happy and sassy. The best part of Violet’s photos were the comments from all of the people who’s lives she had touched. Person after person commented on what a wonderful dog she was, or how she had brightened their day.

Violet, happy, smug, and sassy with her family.

A few weeks ago I got the news that Violet had passed at 15 years and 8 months of age and my heart broke. Even though I never got to meet Vi I always feel a sense of responsibility for the rescue dogs. And Violet had tugged at my heartstrings. I am sharing Violet’s story for two reasons. First, to thank everyone who was involved in her rescue. She had two fosters and many transporters. Thank you to Josi Dahl, Shyanne Gates, Jalien Watson, Jean Tornquist, Carol Cossey, Karla Davis, and anyone I missed who helped this girl along the way. It takes a village to keep our rescue dogs safe, and so many of you rose to the occasion. What a difference you made to one senior dog.Thank you to Carly Fryer and family. You probably gave Violet the best years of her life. Second, don’t forget about the older dogs! Everyone wants a puppy, but adopting an older dog can be such a beautiful thing. Even if you think you may be giving a dog just a comfortable place to live the last few months they have left…you never know, they may surprise you.

RIP Violet 5/18/2004 – 2/1/2020

ABC Rescue

Kara Staroksi

Adopted!

Congratulations on your new home, Athena!

Adopted!

Congratulations on your new home and family, Finn!

Adopted!

Congratulations, Kazi on your new home!

Foster Needed

Charlie Brown is a young Beauce mix in California. He is in desperate need of a foster!

Adoptable

Abby is new to the program! Abby is a six year old female who is being fostered in Idaho. Keep an eye on the ABC Rescue Facebook page and website for updates as we get to know this girl.

Adoptable

Courtesy Listing: Mayhem is a handsome young man who needs an experienced home. He is good with older children and female dogs. He has lived with cats as well. Located in Arizona.

Incoming

Paris is brand new to the ABCR Program. This beautiful lady was pulled from a high kill shelter in Florida. Stay tuned for updates!

Incoming

This handsome man is Yeager, and he is brand new to the program. He is a fine gentleman who adore children and gets along well with other pets. He is located in Florida.

Adopt Athena

Name: Athena
Age: 8 months
Gender: Female
Location: CA
Cats: Seems good with appropriate introductions
Dogs: Dog selective, prefers males.
Kids: LOVES children, and despite being a young bouncy Beauceron is careful with even little squirts. We would LOVE for Athena to have a tiny human of her own.
Livestock: unknown
Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
Training: Athena is being fostered by a trainer. She is working on her leash skills, house manners and basic obedience. Athena responds well to food and is eager to please. New owners will need to continue her training, at 8 months she is really still a baby.
Reason for surrender: In her previous home Athena got into a fight with the adult dog. There was no injuries, but her previous owner wanted to make sure it stayed that way. So Miss Athena found herself in our rescue program.
What does Athena’s foster have to say? Athena has been a fun foster! She loves my male Beauce and they are constantly playing. She is very sweet with my 6 year old daughter and loves kids. Athena is going to make a great dog for a lucky person. She is actually on the lower energy scale as far as Beaucerons go, but don’t get me wrong, she is STILL a Beauce!
Who will be Athena’s ideal new family? Someone who understands that Athena is still a great big puppy. She will need a home who enjoys training and wants to continue Athena’s education. Athena is a biddable dog who would excel at nosework or rally.

If you are interested in Athena please apply here.

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Mattie

Name: Mattie
Age: 8 years
Gender: spayed female
Kids?: Yes, lived with grandchildren and was excellent with them
Other dogs?: Lived with other dogs, needs proper introductions to strange dogs. Can be dog selective
Cats?: No
Livestock?: Unknown
Location: Texas

How did this dog end up with ABCR?

Mattie’s owner passed away, so this poor girl found herself homeless.

Who will be a good family for this dog?

Mattie is a sweet, easygoing girl who will thrive in a quiet home. As far as Beaucerons go she is low energy, so she might be an excellent fit for a first time owner to enjoy the breed. She does need thyroid medication.

What does this dog’s foster home say?

Mattie is very sweet and seems to be adjusting well. She did great at the vet today and was quiet and polite for her nail trim. So far she is mellow, enjoyed a couple walks and she was very polite on the leash. She is slow to warm up to strangers, but

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Mattie

she is very snuggly with me, like a giant lap dog!

Chianti

Chianti

Name: Chanti
Age: 5 years
Gender: female, spayed
Kids: Good with Children
Other dogs? Good with other dogs. She will guard her food from other dogs (NOT PEOPLE)
Cats?: Good with kitties
Livestock?: Good with livestock, was raised on a ranch
Location: CA

How did this dog end up with ABCR?

Chanti had a rough start in her life. She and her littermate were sold to a ranch, and on Chanti’s very first heat cycle she was bred to her brother (we assume accidentally) She was rehomed from that situation, where she was then surrendered to ABCR when her owner found herself going through some major live changes.

Who will be a good family for this dog?
Chanti will make a great family dog! She is not as active as some Beaucerons, but would still make a great jogging/hiking partner. She is housebroken and has great manners.

What does this dog’s foster home say?

She does need to be fed separately from the pack, she will guard food. But doesn’t guard toys. She has no problems with humans taking toys, treats, or food, just other dogs. Other then that Chanti is a GREAT dog. She is sweet and goofy, always wants to be with you.

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Lyla

Lyla is a 5 year old Beauceron mix who is looking for her forever family.

This sweet girl was dumped in an overnight drop box at a shelter in Florida. We can’t figure out why someone wouldn’t have the decency to try to find this sweet girl an actual home instead of abandoning her like garbage in a drop box. She is so good natured and a wonderful dog. The only thing we can think of is that she was positive for heartworm, and her family couldn’t afford the treatment.

The good news? The heartworms are treated and gone, and Lyla is now spayed, up to date on shots, and healthy!
Lyla is excellent and quiet in a crate, dis housebroken.
She is polite with other dogs and showed only slight interest in chickens when exposed to them.
She is wonderful with older (5+) children
Lyla is being fostered in Texas.

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Lobo – ADOPTED!

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ADOPTED

 

Lobo is a 3 year old neutered black and tan male Beauceron with cropped ears. Lobo is your typical young male Beauce boy, he is goofy and bouncy. Lobo was surrendered to rescue when another dog in the household began fighting with him. His family came to the difficult decision that living the crate and rotate lifestyle was NOT fair to Lobo. They do think he would get along just fine with an easygoing female. Lobo is reserved with strangers and needs time to warm up to people he doesn’t know. He was shown briefly when he was young, but he much prefers the quiet, homebody lifestyle. Lobo has basic manners and training, and is housebroken and good in a crate. He is being fostered in CA.

 

Lobo was adopted in November of 2018, he is enjoying life with his family in the pacific northwest.