Amazing Maise

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me. As a foster people often ask you how are you able to give up your foster dogs. The answer is simple. As much as I love them my goal is to help them and make sure they get the best possible life to fit their needs. I’d rather get attached then know they died because I didn’t help.

Maise came to us with dog aggression, somewhat people aggressive, heartworm positive, in heat, and abused. It was clear to say I jumped head first into rescuing her before I realized how much help she needed. The first day I brought her home I could barely touch her, she would stiffen and growl at me. In the crate if I showed her my hand she would try to eat me. This was not a normal dog our rescue would take, or any rescue for that matter. I actually cried the day after I got her thinking this may be the one I couldn’t help. But I wasn’t giving up on her that easy.

I took baby steps with her. Luckily she was very food motivated. We started desensitizing her with the crate and at feeding time. Then we went to Reactive Rover every Saturday thanks to Christie Fernandez at Training Your Best Friend LLC for letting us join her class! Over the last two months she was with me we started to see a whole new dog. She started to bond with me, and trusted me.đź’ś

I’ll never forget that day in class when we took a break and I sat down only to find her crawling in my lap. I knew at that moment we had saved her. Once I gained her trust she let me do almost anything. This dog is truly amazing. She went from an abused past to trusting again.

When I met the Creech family I was very excited. Maise had to be an only dog who could have her own space and they sounded perfect. After losing their last husky to diabetes and cushings disease they fell in love with Maise’s picture and wanted to know more. Once I got to know them things became more clear that Maise could be perfect for them. I told them all of her flaws and how far we had come. When Maise met them she wasn’t that standoff growly girl I had known from day one, but instead she joyfully walked in their house and rolled over for belly rubs. They opted to do a home trial with her at that point.

After the trial was over we got the good news that they were ready to make her part of the family! My heart was so happy. While I love this dog just like one of my own I sleep better at night knowing she will live a happy life getting all the attention and care she deserves. I wanted to share Maise’s story in hopes that people can see what a little love, patience, structure, and positive reinforcement training can do.

Maise is such a special girl, and we are excited to hear of the new adventures she will have in her forever home. 🌞

~ Megan Adcock

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Dutchess Happy Tail

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Dutchess is off to a better life, better than the life of the stray she had. She will be spending the rest of her many years with Jim and Liz Gallagher in Raleigh. Liz fell in love with her as soon as she saw her picture on our web site. It pained them so to have to wait until she had recovered from her many ailments but it was worth it. Fair winds and following seas Dutchess. Enjoy your new home.

Thanks for your Teamwork… Teamworks!

Behavior Modification Seminar

This past , the Teamworks Dog Training Behavior Modification Seminar provided dog lovers, rescuers, trainers, and parents an opportunity to learn a lot about dog behavior. Some of the topics discussed included “Training Tools for Every Dog”, “Recognizing Different Types of Aggression”, and “Surviving Puppyhood”. In addition to all the great information that was shared, Teamworks partnered with Paws For Life as a rescue organization to raise funds as part of their raffle. Gift baskets of goodies raised $163 dollars which will be used to help us #savemorelives.

If you would be interested in figuring out clever ways to support us or partnering with us, please let us know!!!

About Teamworks Dog Training

Teamworks has an amazing team of trainers that use positive reinforcement to get the best results. They host classes all year long from two convenient locations; in Youngsville and another in Raleigh. Classes start for puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Furthermore, there are 20+ different fun and exciting classes to build a great relationship with your dog! While the classes will help build behavioral healthy traits, Teamworks also offers day school and private/in-home consolation for behavior concerns. Check them out at, and in the meantime, if you want to read more about pet training visit our caring for pets section.

Sugar and Cookie… Everything Sweet

A Sweet Foster’s Story

My son and I started fostering kittens for Franklin County Humane Society of NC in . We had assorted kitties come through our home and stay from one week to maybe three weeks at the most before finding their forever homes.

This past February we welcomed to our home sibling kittens with classic Turkish Van markings and the softest bunny like fur. These kittens were sweetest most gentle kittens and they were very bonded. They did everything together, walking in unison and hooking their tails while they slept. We named them Sugar and Cookie.

Sugar was adopted in early April to a wonderful family who fell in love with her and just had to have her. I tried to have them adopt Cookie too, but they couldn’t adopt two at that time. Poor Cookie cried all the way home he missed his sister so much. Cookie had three adoption applications that fell through, it just wasn’t meant to be. May and June passed and he was growing into a very handsome young cat and we just couldn’t understand why no one was interested in him, everyone who saw him said he was beautiful and gentle but no takers.

On July 12th I received a heartbreaking email from a couple Marco and Ludmila who were interested in Cookie, their beloved cat Pierro passed away. He was 16 and had a bone marrow disease. They were devastated and Marco was looking on Petfinders and was amazed to see Cookie, who was Pierro’s double! and they wanted him. Through many phone calls and emails his adoption was finalized in a few days. The only obstacle was his new family was in Boston MA. So Ludmila his new mom made arrangements to fly down to Raleigh NC early Saturday morning. My son John and I meet her at the airport with Cookie too and it was like we were already best friends. She is such a loving wonderful lady, smart, beautiful and generous. WE spent the day together going to the vet and getting Cookies health records and certificate visiting our home in Knightdale and meeting the other FCHS foster families at Petco. That afternoon Cookie flew home on the plane! He had his own ticket, no cargo for our special boy. Saying goodbye at the airport was bittersweet, we were missing Cookie already but we knew he found his most perfect forever home where he was meant to be.

We receive weekly updates from Cookie and we are friends on Facebook with his wonderful new family. Cookie helps Marco give piano lessons and is pretty much head of the household.

This past summer Marco and Ludmila traveled to the Czech Republic and of course Cookie had a first class seat right next to them. I posted on Facebook how Cookie has become a world traveler. Much to my surprise my sister Linda wrote that she met Cookie on the plane. She and her family were traveling from France to the Czech Republic and they met Cookie on the plane! Such a small world made better with a kitty!

~ Barbara Coe

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Chi-Chi’s Return and Beautification

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Unfortunately, Chi-Chi was  returned to Paws For Life when her adopter died unexpectedly. Not only was she likely sad on the inside, she also looked sad on the outside (not to mention a bit stinky, too). With a quick request to see if anyone in our wonderful community would donate a free grooming session, within minutes Bonnie Keyes, a Kennel Tech at Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel and avid animal advocate/lover offered to help! They provided the pampering Chi-Chi needed to get ready for her new debut to find her next fur-ever family.  This was further appreciated when Chi-Chi was brought in for her grooming session, and to say the least, was not the most pleasant client.  She did not love her toes or face touched but CCC staff was very patient and kind throughout the whole process!! XO

Canine Country Club & Pet Hotel

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Wake County Shelter Adoption Event

CCC is hosting a Wake County Animal Center adoption event, . Will you find your new addition?

Check Them Out & Tell Them Who Sent You!

Help us show them thanks by supporting those that support non-profit Paws For Life! Make an appointment for your furry-baby today!!!

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