A Very HAPPY Ending

Happy and Harley waiting to come into our program

At the same time that we met Silverado and Sierra, we received information about two senior German Shepherds that has spent the last three years of their lives outside living in a stall at a horse barn.  The owner’s were losing the farm and if a rescue would not take them in, they would be forced to put them to sleep.  Upon meeting the two dogs named Happy and Harley, it was clear they needed some TLC.  Harley, a 12 year-old white male, was the father of Happy, a 9 year-old red and tan.  Both were pretty scruffy looking and needed to be seen by a vet for a checkup and to make sure their shot records were up to date.  Harley was slow, having some trouble walking because of issues with his hind legs and extremely long nails.

Bath time for Happy

Harley getting cleaned up

Harley getting cleaned up

After the two were seen by a vet (Harley was diagnosed with Lyme disease and arthritis, Happy was healthy), we arranged to pick the two up and bring them to a groomer for two very long baths and grooming session.  Harley’s health had deteriorated further, he was having difficulty getting up and holding his bladder.  Happy was clearly nervous and doting on Harley.  After the groomer, we brought them to a Tier Haus Farms and into our foster program.  We knew at that point that Harley was not adoptable, and probably didn’t have much longer to live.  However, in his last week he would be surrounded by a family that would care for him, let him roam around the farm and try to enjoy a little bit of life.

Happy and Harley together at their new foster home -Tier Haus Farms

Happy and Harley together at their new foster home -Tier Haus Farms

After a few days Happy easily integrated into his new foster home, that had four other German Shepherds, a lot of cats, geese, chickens, and other farm animals.  The transition helped Happy when a short time later Harley passed away.  We knew that

A Harley Memory

A Harley Memory

if Happy did not find a forever home, that he could comfortably retire with his foster family.  A supporter of Sedona had contacted us after recently loosing their dog named Buddy who lived to 14 and a half.  They also owned a farm, and had two other German Shepherds that like their mom, were missing their Buddy.  On the first meeting, it was clear that Happy was a perfect fit.  Happy is now enjoying the good life he deserves.

Happy keeping cool at the pool

Happy keeping cool at the pool

Happy's New Pack

Happy’s New Pack

Silverado and Sierra Together Forever

Silverado and Sierra together at York SPCA

Silverado and Sierra are brother and sister, living together since they were puppies.  Their owners had them for 6 years before surrendering them to the shelter because of a divorce.  Entering a shelter is always a stressful situation for any dog.  Most reputable shelters will attempt to place a ‘bonded’ pair like Silverado and Sierra together, so as not to disrupt their lives any further.

Placing two large dogs like Silverado and Sierra together can be difficult.  Usually adopters will be looking for just one dog, and many times have other animals, which means bringing in two dogs is not an option.   During the summer, the shelter was getting over crowded and they were not having much luck finding a home together, so York SPCA reached out to Sedona for help.

After meeting Silverado and Sierra, it was clear how attached they were to each other.  When we took Sierra for a separate walk, Silverado paced around the fenced in play area, waiting for her return.  During play time, they would chase after the same toy together, never fighting over it and they would come up together waiting for a treat or more attention.

Silverado and Sierra were with Sedona for a little over 3 months, which is about the average amount of time a dog stays in our program before finding a forever home.  Although initially, we had some inquiries into adopting them together, most people that contacted us were interested in one or the other but not both.  In rescue, patience can be a virtue and the wait for the right home that would keep them together paid off.  We received an inquiry from a family that had recently lost their 6 year old German Shepherd after a year of intensive care for many medical issues.  They had a hole in their lives and Silverado and Sierra were soon to fill it.

Despite living about 6 hours away from Silverado and Sierra, their new owners were committed and willing to make the trip to give Silverado and Sierra a forever home.  Their new home included another friendly dog, a fenced in yard, an active household and two loving owners.

So many toys to choose from

So many toys to choose from

When's NCIS coming back on?

When’s NCIS coming back on?

We love our new backyard

We love our new backyard