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Friday, December 31, 2010

A Happy New Year for Lucy - Adopted August 2010

Lucy is doing fantastic. She is unbelievable as she has the best disposition of any dog I have ever seen. She is full of love and kisses but at the same time when you go for a walk she also makes you feel real safe. She is about 70 pounds now and is very powerful. Her weight right now is ideal as she looks good. I will send you a couple pics taken this morning.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank you to our foster homes!

Thank you guys for finding Rudy (aka Major) a good home; he really is a good boy. It was really hard for us to watch him go, thankfully we took some photos. Even though we still have our two boxers, it is very quite without him!

I've been reading your blog posts about adopting senior dogs & as you guys know we adopted our first foster, a senior named Bubba. It took a couple of days for his personality to come through as he had just gone through several surgeries when we got him. I have to say we were really impressed with him from the get go. He knows his commands complete with hand signals, he is house trained, good with the cat & just fits in as though he has been here all along; it is hard to believe someone gave him up. Our minds were pretty much made up the first week we had him that we would keep him. What better feeling than to know that your improving a seniors quality of life & that they know home, safety & love. We will for sure adopt a another senior in the future. Thank you guys - keep up the good work!

Yvonne & Christian

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why Adopt a Senior Dog

Adopting a Senior Dog

There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about rescue dogs and in particular about senior rescue dogs. Ok let’s start from the beginning. First, let’s address the reasons why dogs end up in rescue.

Some people feel that if you adopt a dog from a rescue, you would be inheriting someone else’s problems. Dogs lose their homes for a number of different reasons. Most of them are not problems that the dog has, but are problems that the people have. Not all dogs in rescue have behavioural or health issues. We live in a very fast society. When people want things they want them right away. It is quite common for a very expensive, well-bred dog to outlive their usefulness, especially when people buy them on an impulse without doing any research. Or the people no longer want to take responsibility for them. Other reasons can include things like death or illness of an owner, not enough time, change in schedule, new baby, loss of a home, allergies, or change of lifestyle. These are just a few reasons, as you can see.

Too many times, our hearts are broken because we have several great seniors that are so often overlooked for adoptions.

Why would you adopt a senior dog?

Senior dogs have had some training in obedience or house manners. Although some dogs while being in the shelter get confused and scared of being uprooted from their regular lives and may forget all that they have learnt. However, once in a new home they soon remember with a refresher course and some gentle reminders. Senior dogs are no longer going thru the puppy stage and chewing everything in sight. Yes that includes your shoes, furniture, cell phones, carpets, and walls (and it doesn’t stop there!) They understand to stay off furniture, and not to chew, and were at one point socialized in their lives to get along with humans, other dogs and pets. Another great thing is; there are no surprises. You know how big the dog is going to be as they are no longer puppies and have stopped growing! Senior dogs are grateful that you have adopted them and they are always thankful. They appreciate love and attention and are quick learners. Yes! They are quick learners. You can definitely teach an old dog new tricks! They know what is expected of them and will openly give their love to you.

Another misconception that people have about senior dogs is that their vet bills and health issues are more than that of a younger dog. Let’s face it vet care and medication is needed at any age. It may or may not be more for an older dog. Age really is just a number. Older dogs need all the same things that younger dogs do. They need good nutrition, exercise (although may be less intense and physical), regular trips to the vet, love and attention.

I have met many people who want puppies. I personally would prefer to adopt a senior dog, myself. By adopting a senior you are making a strong statement about compassion and the value of all life at any age. You are setting a wonderful example for your children and giving them life lessons that will be forever valuable. Yes a puppy has her whole life ahead of her, but so does a senior dog. You can give that senior dog the best years of his life.

My friend, who recently let go of their senior gal, told me that she had a hard time coming to terms with adopting another senior so soon after the passing of her dog. After some thought, she decided to go ahead and adopt another senior. She felt that giving a home to another senior in need was a tribute to her old gal and it actually helped to ease her pain. Saving a dog from euthanization allows for them to have quality time for whatever period they have left. It allows us to focus on the positives and to deal better with our loss.

There are no guarantees about length of life with any dog. Quality of time together is what matters more than quantity. Please consider adopting a senior today. It truly is one of the most rewarding experiences.

Please visit our website and meet our seniors

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zephyr (aka Zeffie) a happy ending for a beautiful girl!

I know many of you remember sweet Zephyr. Everyone wanted to meet her as she
had such a lovely personality. But she was a little older, she was very
chewed up and looked to have walked a hard road in her life. But she was
always quick to give kisses and loved everyone.

She went home with Chantelle to Vancouver where their vet examined her leg
which looked like a shark had gnawed on it. Along with many bite scars, a
ripped ear, torn eyelid the vet discovered an imbedded canine tooth in her
chewed up leg bone. Yes, this sweetheart had been used as a bait dog for

Well look at her now. She went home with a wonderful family in the North and
loves the snow. She is flying, free and absolutely adored.

Enjoy the photo.

Pixie (previously Gretchen) - a true Christmas Story!

Shannon has found her little match. Here are some pictures of little miss Pixie!!
She is tickled with what a smart little gal pix is.

We went for a visit on sunday. Her favorite toy that she brings to bed every night is Maxine's green frog.

She sleeps cuddled in Lou's afghan everyday.

She has some great dogs looking down on her from above and making sure she is a good girl!!

Merry christmas.
Love Kerri and Lexi!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas from Carley

Hi Jen, Kerri, Sherri and Chantelle,

Well, its been 6 months that Carley and I have been together now, and I can’t begin to tell you how much she has enriched my life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect dog, she is all I could have asked for. The only time I am not with her is when I am at work, and the rest of the time, we are always on the go. She loves going to the dog park and if we can’t make it there, we always do our long neighbourhood walk. When I take her to the Island, she loves the trails and the beach. She travels well, usually just lying down in the back seat, and when we are on the ferry, she loves all the attention from her many admirers. ;p I have to admit, she has been spoiled a bit… ok, lots, but I love seeing her little butt wiggle while doing the “kidney bean”!

I have attached a few recent photos for you as I have a zillion of them! Again, thank you all very much for everything you do, and if there is ever anything I can do to help out, please let me know, it would be my pleasure. I have “unofficially” made Carley a WBBR ambassador!

Merry Christmas to you all!
Kisses from Carley and Hugs from Linda

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays from WBBR

I can't believe how the time flies and its another year over again. WBBR is especially thankful to everyone who volunteers, donates and supports us all throughout the year. We have helped a number of dogs in need and we wouldn't be able to do this without your continued support. WBBR is very proud of all our volunteers and the tremendous amount of effort and team work that has been shown by everyone. Thank you to for your dedication and love to this worthy cause.

This year we experienced many successes, including the Pub Night Fundraiser and the launch of our new website, to name a few. We have met many new friends along the way but yet we have had to say goodbye to some old friends too. They say that some people come into our lives and pass quickly, while others come into your lives and no matter how long they stay, the leave footprints on our hearts. For this we are eternally grateful and will always remember them forever, as they will always live on as long as we keep their memory in our hearts.

We at WBBR wish everyone a very wonderful Holiday Season and all the best of Boxer loves and snuggles to everyone in the new year! We look forward to even more successes in 2011 with our WBBR family.

Chantelle, Kerri, Jennifer & Sheri


A Rescue Dog's Christmas Poem
Based on the epithet that: "A dog is not just for Christmas".

'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full - we are lost but not found,
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care,
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie - come fetch your new ball!!"

But now we sit here and think of the days...
we were treated so fondly - we had cute, baby ways,
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew -
now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash?

We "jump on the children", "don't come when they call",
we "bark when they leave us", "climb over the wall".
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors they made.
If only they'd trained us, if only we knew...
we'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse - let to roam -
now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye...
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."
So now here we are, all confused and alone...
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer...
we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads...
of a home filled with love and our own cosy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears -
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn -
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year -
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat...
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

~Author unknown~

Tonight's my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleepin' all cozy upstairs,
While I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree.

What's THAT now . . . footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a c*t or a mouse?
Who's THIS down the chimney?
A thief with a beard - And a big sack for robbin' the house?

I'm barkin'. . . I'm growlin' . . . I'm bitin' his butt.
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scared his strange horses, they leap in the air.
I've frightened the whole bunch away.

Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again,
The stockin's are safe as can be.
Won't the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow . . .
And see how I've guarded the tree.

by Shel Silverstein

Monday, December 13, 2010


The much anticipated 2011 WBBR Calendar is here and ready to be purchased!
These make wonderful Christmas presents for all your friends and family! And great stocking stuffers! Order today and it will ship before Christmas!

What a wonderful way to celebrate each month with a new WBBR dog. And all the proceeds will go directly to help WBBR dogs in need.

CLICK HERE & ORDER TODAY just in time for Christmas!