Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Shyla's Gotcha Day!

Hello friends!

A Gotcha Day anniversary is a good opportunity to bring you up to speed.  Many of you remember Shyla from our original pack.  She arrived when she was very young - only about a year old.  She was left in an overcrowded, overwhelmed shelter and had mere hours before some tough decisions had to be made.  She was emaciated to the point of it clearly being a case of neglect (there's a fine line between neglect and abuse!), and looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights from the noisy, chaotic environment she found herself in.  We slowly put some healthy weight back on her but over time, it became clear the early malnutrition had taken a toll.  There were significant nerve abnormalities in her hindquarters which we knew would cause some serious issues eventually.  Fast forward ten years (now) and those serious issues have arrived.  This is a good day:

Peaceful slumber is a win for our senior sweetheart.  Due to significant chronic nerve pain, tremors, and now a fracture which was recently found in her spinal vertebrae, we consider any day that she can relax a good day!  She's on a cocktail of potent meds which was carefully crafted by our amazing veterinary team who have followed her throughout her life.  The meds relieve her discomfort (on most days) and even allow her to play from time to time.  Despite her challenges her loving, gentle demeanor prevails.  Tomorrow is her GOTCHA DAY and we've been the lucky ones.  She's an inspiration for many and we look forward to a few more good years with our sweet girl.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


"One who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure"

Friday, February 19, 2016

Meet Melee!

Now that you've met Shanuk, we'd like to introduce you to our "little guy".....Echo's Melee (Melee or "Monkey" for the cutest moments).  For those that diligently followed us in the past, you know it would take a very special bundle of energy to bestow a name linked so closely to our beloved Echo!  This guy seemed to fit the bill.  He arrived when he was 18 weeks old, filthy, terrified, and straight out of a not-so-pleasant puppy mill.  Although we had fostered numerous Siberians of all ages, this was our first experience with a puppy mill refugee.  It was sobering and heartbreaking.  Melee came to us completely unsocialized with absolutely no self-confidence or the typical canine skills you'd expect even at that young age.  He was a scrawny little guy who trembled nonstop for the first two days.  With our pack's help, he began to realize life wasn't so bad.  His charming, affectionate personality began to emerge after a couple weeks and he was cuter than cute.

It didn't take long for Melee to become completely enamoured with big brother/surrogate Mommy Shanuk.  Wherever Shanuk went, Melee followed.....

Today Melee is a perpetually happy, confident young man who's ready to take on the world!  Which is a good thing because we've got some important jobs for him in the near future.  :)

"I've got this Mom!"

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Girl's Prerogative

I don't always eat my breakfast.  But sometimes I'll change my mind if one of the pretty
cereal bowls is part of the presentation.

It's a girl's prerogative to change her mind.  It's just why they love me!

           Love - Shyla 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shyla meets Shanuk

"If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you
with a new hello"

Watch as Shyla chose a new companion.
Join us for a new beginning.