January 7: HERE WE GO AGAIN! The last few years many Virginians have lobbied at the General Assembly on behalf of chained dogs. We try to get more humane legislation passed every year but each year the same groups lobby against humane anti chaining legislation. The same politicians vote against it. Last year, there were a few improvements to make a chained dogs life a tiny bit more comfortable but it’s still not where it needs to be. While chaining your dog around the neck 24/7 is still legal in most of Central Virginia I will keep going back to be their voice. Below is the new Senate Bill 272 (SB272). Thanks to Delegate John Bell for sponsoring SB272 this year and to Daphna Nachminovitch for all of her hard work and advocacy at the General Assembly! If you want to be their voice PLEASE reach out to your legislators and let them know you support this legislation! You can find your legislators at this link: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov
Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge will be hosting a few “postcards and pints” events this month to help get the message to our legislators. Stay tuned for details over the next few days as we work out details!
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that outdoor tethering of an animal does not meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate shelter if it occurs (i) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except when the animal is engaged in conduct related to an agricultural activity; (ii) when no owner is on the property; (iii) when the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; (iv) during a heat advisory; or (v) during a severe weather warning. The bill increases certain minimum tether length requirements to meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate space by requiring that a tether be at least 15 feet in length or four times the length of the animal, whichever is greater. Current law requires the tether to be at least 10 feet in length or three times the length of the animal, whichever is greater. The bill also authorizes the governing body of any locality to adopt, and make more stringent, ordinances that parallel certain state provisions related to care of companion animals. https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+SB272
SENATE BILL 272 (SB272)
January 4: Meet Blue! This gorgeous young pup received a new pen today. His person adores him. She takes him inside at night but needed a safe place for him during the day when she isn’t at home. We delivered a new pen today for him and next week end Tracey Triggs and other volunteers will make this pen bigger by adding two more panels. Page Paws out of Page County is helping with his neuter and vetting. We are all happy to help Blue and his owner. She loves her dog and is working with all of us to make sure Blue is living his best life....happy and healthy. DDB Blue Ridge loves working with families to help their pets live their best life with the family who loves them ♥️♥️
January 4: Meet Brownie! He is the 2nd surrender of 2020 #offthechain to DDBBR. This sweet boy just wants to be loved on and to play. He is dying to RUN in a fenced yard or take a long walk with his people. We just got him today so he is boarding with Hercs Haven until we get him to the vet and then into a foster home.
He’s great with kids, all people, and dogs! He’s petite...about 35 pounds. Please fill out an application if you think you can foster him and help him get ready for his forever family! Here is the link.... https://www.dogsdeservebetterblueridge.org/foster
Thanks to Patty Whitmer, Dot Terry, Tracey Triggs, Ginger Winters Staron, and Roz Willis for your hard work today and for always being an advocate for chained dogs. Much love.
January 4: DDB Blue Ridge had our first field day of 2020 today in Page County! It was jam-packed with lots of amazing dogs and we ended up getting our first two 2020 surrenders off of chains ♥️♥️♥️. Our first 2020 surrender is a sweet fella named Snoop. We’ve heard his story before.... his previous owner adored him but passed away and no one in his family would take Snoop. They were going to take him to the shelter but the caregiver of the owner who died took him home because she was afraid he would end up being euthanized. They didn’t have room in their home so they kept him outside. When we visited them today they made the selfless decision to surrender him to us with the promise we will find Snoop a wonderful, loving forever home! We know he is great with kids and gets along with dogs. We will take him to the vet next week and get to know him better. He is boarding with Hercs Haven until then.
Will anyone consider giving this sweet man a chance and foster him? We were told when his previous owner was alive Snoop was spoiled and was allowed inside the house. He was an “inside/outside’ dog before. Please fill out a foster application here if you would like to foster him after he goes to the vet next week: https://www.dogsdeservebetterblueridge.org/foster Thanks to our rescue partners Patty Whitmer with Page Paws, Dot Terry with Little Big Dog Rescue, and Tracey Triggs for teaming up with DDBBR peeps Ginger Winters Staron, Roz Willis and me today. It takes a village.... Much love to all of you! xoxoxo
FIRST FIELD DAY OF 2020
December 26: Update ROSCOE..... ADOPTED 🙌🙌🙌
Happy Gotcha’ Day, Roscoe!! This sweet 7 month old pup has found his forever family! His new mama, Haley, is a vet tech at the vet office where Roscoe was treated when he was first surrendered. After it didn’t work out with his first foster, Haley agreed to foster him and within a few days she knew he was meant to be her best boy 😍👏🐾
Roscoe was one of pups from a DDB Blue Ridge surrendered litter of puppies running loose in Louisa County a few months ago. He had a broken toe when we pulled him and was the puppy all the other litter mates bullied so had a few little injuries as well. He’s gained so much confidence and is now a happy boy who is excited to be living in his new forever home!
December 25: UPDATE RAMSEY (formerly Brownie)! ADOPTED ♥️♥️♥️
It was a Christmas Day Adoption! 🎄🙏🙌🎁 Today Ramsey spent his first Christmas inside a home being treated like a beloved family member. Imagine how happy I felt when I went to thier door today to complete our adoption contract and saw the back of Ramsey’s head sitting in one recliner watching TV and the back of his foster mama, Anita Cline Honbarrier’s head sitting in the chair next to him watching TV 😍. The picture of a happy family! I’ve also attached photos of his previous life on a chain....what a difference in his life between then and now! I’ve known Ramsey for about 2 years...since he was a young pup. I watched him become more fearful and withdrawn over time as he spent 24/7 on a patch of dirt with a chain around his neck. On a day when it was pouring rain back in October his person decided to surrender him to us and we were thrilled to help him find his way to his forever home.
Anita has done an amazing job fostering him, working with our trainer Christopher Kirtley, and teaching Ramsey how to trust and how to love his life.
Thank you all for your support, shares, volunteer hours, and donations! Stories like Ramsey’s are why DDBBR exists. Happy Holidays to everyone!
December 24: Update And new photos from MILO’s foster mama! Ohhhhh...I’m so excited! “Meet Milo! This handsome gentleman is a 6yr old lab mix who found himself homeless this holiday season after his mom passed away. Thanks to an awesome group of volunteers and some good timing, Milo is now here for the holidays ❤🥰 I'll get to know him better as he settles in over the next few days, but so far he's awesome! He's a pretty mellow guy who loves sunbathing, sniffing around, and getting lots of loving. He loves people and dogs and did great on a cat test. Did I mention how handsome he is?!" #happyholidays#milo#adoptme
December 21: CYRUS UPDATE!! This man continues to show us the resilience of dogs! 💪🐶 Going from living on an abandoned property that had burnt down🔥🏚, breaking free from his chain ⛓and searching for help at the neighbors house🙏🙏, with open sores and wounds from scratching his skin raw, to this! 😍Playing with another dog, hair growing back, in a warm house. He will never have to break a chain to beg for vet help again. It was worth this difficult surrender, something we could never have even considered without your help! Your shares, likes, words of encouragement, volunteering, fostering, and donations are what keep the wheels on this bus! We are $3,700 towards our $10,000 goal and only 10 days left! Would you help us reach out match goal? If you aren't able to donate, please share and help spread the word! Thank you!!
December 20: Thanks to Companion Animal Fund for our recent spay and neuter grant! Sprocket is the 2nd recipient of these funds. He was neutered yesterday and had 17 teeth pulled. When Sprockets owner unexpectedly passed away recently we took him into our program. On the ride to the vet I knew without even looking at his mouth that he had some serious dental issues because of the foul odor. According to his foster, he is doing great today! She reported, “ he was out of it yesterday but is back to his normal self already! He just did his dinner dance 😂. He is on pain meds which I’m sure are helping!” We are so happy he can now eat without pain and that he was neutered. This means he is ready for his forever home! If you’re interested in adopting Sprocket please fill out this application: https://www.dogsdeservebetterblueridge.org/adopt
THANK YOU CAF for this spay/neuter grant! Together, we are preventing the birth of thousands of unwanted and homeless animals 💚💚💚
COMPANION ANIMAL FUND RECIPIENT
December 20: We received this amazing update from one of our adopters! What a great, feel good happy ending for this sweet, very neglected dog we pulled from a nasty outdoor pen over a year ago ♥️. Thank you Marcia! “THIS IS VERY LONG: Tomorrow will be one year since Sam came to live with us. Formerly named Boy, then Boyd. He was thought to be 12-15 years old. Nobody knows how long he lived on a chain or in that filthy pen where Kimberly and her team found him. Typical of the neglected, rather than abused, dogs we have taken he “lived behind his eyes.” Shut down, no expression, withdrawn, could not engage. He ate, never had an accident in the house, came when he was called, yet was so very passive, just got along to get along. It took 3 months for us to be able to pet him slightly without him simply moving away. Slowly, now and then we would see a hint of a wagging tail. It took 6 months before he began to engage, to allow his eyes to focus on us, to share that he was present and to give us the gift, cautiously, of that wagging tail. We’ve been around the block enough times to know he needed space and time to trust. And once again, I had someone teaching me patience. We took him to the vet for a routine check and he was terrified. But then when we brought him home he relaxed for the first time. He began to follow me everywhere and watch us closely. We thought ah, he is beginning to understand he is home. Then I began to wonder where my socks were disappearing to. And Sam got very very sick. Serious surgery and $2500 later the vet found 4 pairs of socks in his intestines. Needless to say, Sam has made me the meticulous housekeeper I never was! And yet as he was recovering from that surgery his step began to have spring to it when he was out and about “making his rounds” – several times a day inspecting every inch of our 2-acre fenced house compound. (For some reason he especially loves my strawberry gardens.) And checking out the 4 chickens that live in a coop under a grove of pine trees. Of all my dogs he is the only one who knew immediately how to use the dog door we finally installed. (Somehow, he must have used one in a long ago previous life.) Last fall someone left a 5-week-old kitten at our front gate. She immediately bonded to Sam. She is a baby and a real pain in the ass. She throws herself at him, hangs on his neck, bites his ears and hollers at him for no reason. His gentleness and sweetness, let alone his tolerance for kitten abuse, touches us. From the first every day I told him that he will be with us forever. He sleeps in his bed near mine and doesn’t go to sleep until I drift off. His eyes watching me are the first thing I see when I wake in the morning. Thank you Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge. We love you Sam. Welcome home.”
WE LOVE YOU SAM
December 19: Meet ROSCOE! DDB Blue Ridge pulled him and his litter mates 3-4 months ago from running wild in the back woods of Louisa County. He is now 7 months old, neutered, and fully vetted! He was returned to us today from his foster because they have a senior dog who just isn’t feeling the puppy energy.
He is good with other dogs and cats. He’s a real snuggly boy and desperately wants a family to call his own. He is boarding with one of our vet partners tonight so he’ll be in a kennel. Can we please find him a comfy, loving, inside home for the holidays?
December 19: His life has improved immensely since his surrender well over a year ago (check out that before photo 😲)💙 His people love him so much, particularly his dog brother, Bodo, and his human baby brother!!!
Update from his adopter, Emma:
The two bestest friends, you'd think they were twins. Bodo (left) has been with us all of his 11 years now. Gizmo (right) just joined us last year, courtesy of Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge. (PSA: Be careful who your friends are at work...You could end up with a best friendog as a result . . .) We have no shame in promoting our amazing, adoptable dogs!
December 19: Shout out to Reason Beer and their generous patrons who raised over $350 for local dogs in need in November 🙌🍺💙🐾 Not only did they make us their charity of the month, but they also donated beer to our Barktoberfest event in October! Please go check out their tasting room in Charlottesville...the people are nice and the beer is legit 👍 Beer is always a wonderful holiday gift for those you love.
THANK YOU REASON BEER!
December 18: Miss Daisy spent some recovery time with our friends at Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services & Specialty last night and today just to be monitored after the tumor was removed from her leg yesterday by the awesome team at Georgetown Veterinary Hospital 🧡 She's doing great and is back with her foster pack tonight. We're certain she is relieved to be free of that massive tumor 👏 Thank you for all of the positive vibes and love you sent her way! Again, we couldn't provide this serious medical care to local dogs in need without your donations, shares, and support.
MISS DAISY UPDATE
December 17: Thanks to Companion Animal Fund for our recent spay and neuter grant! This sweet girl, Sadie Rose, is DDBBR’s first recipient of this grant money 😍
She was spayed and vetted at Woodworth Animal Hospital yesterday.Thank you CAF! Each dog we S/N prevents many unwanted and homeless puppies from being born. We appreciate you and thank you for helping so many small, local Rescue groups with our spay and neuter costs!
COMPANION ANIMAL FUND RECIPIENT
December 17: PETER UPDATE! When Peter's person died and a family member chained him outside, you could see his spirit deteriorate. We cared for him for months until we were finally able to negotiate a surrender. NOW LOOK AT HIM!! Peter (AKA Jelly ♥️) lives with his two sisters, Peanut & Butter in luxury! Dog bed on top of a bed! Now, that's the life! Thanks @shephcamp63 #peteroffthechain#offthechainva
December 17: Today was Daisy’s surgery day. A few weeks ago we met her while visiting dogs in our community. Her owner allowed us to temporarily foster her while they try to convince their landlord to let her live inside OR find another home for themselves that allows dogs to live inside. Daisy is an older gal...we think between 11-13 years old. She had a pretty gnarly tumor hanging from her leg, an ear infection, and an infection in her foot. Dr. Nancy Handley of Georgetown Vet performed the surgery today and found that this tumor was more vascular than they anticipated. Daisy is doing fine but we decided to err on the side of caution and board her at VETSS tonight so if there are any complications overnight she will be in the company of doctors and vet techs! Because of her advanced age we think it’s best for her.
Please send all the positive vibes, thoughts, and prayers for Miss Daisy tonight! She will be back at her temporary foster families home tomorrow night. The Fretwell’s are an amazing foster for DDBBR and are already in love with her. They report she is a perfect house dog...no accidents in the house and she is not destructive. At her age, she just seems so content to snooze on the sofa and stroll around the fenced in yard!
Thank you all for your donations, shares, and support! These older, sick dogs we find deserve the very best care and we are willing to provide it. We couldn’t do it without your support though! They might be in the twilight of their lives but shouldn’t those last years be comfortable and free of pain? We think so and Daisy does too! 🥰
We will post new post-op photos of her soon without the tumor! Stay tuned to learn about Daisy’s progress.
December 17: This sweet boy was surrendered #OffTheChain to Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge today 🙌🐾😍 We started working with this family in Spring of 2019. When we first met them they had ten dogs and now they have one dog. Duke is the 9th dog surrendered...the other 8 are all living in loving homes now and Duke will find his own family soon! The bigger dogs were all chained outside and the smaller ones were living inside a very tiny camper with thier two people. The camper had no electricity or plumbing. These folks needed help with their dogs but also help for themselves. Fast forward 8 months and with the help of Animal Control, Social Services, the county SPCA, DDBBR, @Page Paws, Valley Rescue Allies, Little Big Dog Rescue, Tracey Triggs, Monica Good, and Gina Troyer a LOT of good has happened for the animals and the people! About 5 months ago DDBBR took Duke to the vet and he was neutered and fully vetted but after healing and fostering at Hercs Haven he went back to his chain. Because he has been living outside again we are getting another heartworm test and deworming. He will also receive a bath, nail trim and ear cleaning with our vet partner, Woodworth Animal Hospital. Tomorrow Christopher Kirtley will pick this little meatball up and give him a soft place to land but also do an assessment on him. We need to ensure he is dog friendly before we place him in a home! He is super friendly with all people! Please don’t tell Duke I blasted this on Facebook but he is a roly poly now! OMGosh... I think he’s been overfed and doesn’t get exercise so he’s gained about 15 pounds since I saw him last. His head looks a little small on his full figure now but he’s still the cutest boy on the block 😂 Once Chris does his assessment we can start promoting him for a foster home! Please stay tuned to see his progress as he learns to live life inside as a beloved family member.
December 17: ACE UPDATE! Ace has changed so drastically in the last couple weeks!! On his first car ride, he wasn’t able to jump out of the car on his own. His first time inside a house, he was nervous about new floor and clearly had only known grass and dirt. His tail was always between his legs when he met new dogs for the first time off a chain. But look at him now! Snuggling on the bed with his fosters, wearing a Santa hat, and ready to take on inside life! Ace wants you to know that without your support, we couldn’t have pulled him and given him a shot at inside life. He is so grateful to have a home this holiday and a warm bed to snuggle up and dream of all of Santa’s goodies that are coming. A generous donor has heard stories like this and graciously offered to match up to $10,000 if we can raise enough to match it! We are $2,280 in and know we can make it to our goal! Double your impact today! Can you help us bring more dogs inside this holiday season so they can enjoy life as a loved family member?
December 16: Meet Daisy! Today DDBBR took Daisy to the Georgetown Vet for surgery to remove a large tumor off her leg and have her spayed. Daisy is not surrendered to us but her owners are trying very hard to be able to let her live inside with them. They currently rent from a landlord who doesn’t allow dogs inside his properties. We have had Daisy in our foster program and can report that she is house trained, not destructive, and is a perfect inside dog! Daisy’s family is going to tell their landlord that they have a good reference now to allow her inside. We will send a letter or talk to him to let them know that Daisy will not destroy their property and she is a perfect inside companion. If the landlord still won’t allow her to live with her family DDBBR will continue to foster until Daisy’s family can find housing that allows their furry family.
December 16: This is Duke. Tonight is the last night he will spend at the end of a chain in the cold rain. I am supposed to get him tomorrow. Please send positive thoughts that all goes well. He has lived his entire life chained up. When we first met him his chain was too short and his “house” was not up to code. We involved Animal Control and worked with them. Even though he got a nice new house and a longer tether this was not a good environment for him. Duke was attacked by another dog on the property on one of our visits there. A few months ago, DDBBR took Duke to the vet for neuter and full vetting but they wanted him back so we had to put him back on his chain. That’s a difficult thing to do but the only legal thing to do so we did it. Now, the time has come where the family can not take care of him anymore and wants to surrender him to us. We will take him to Christopher Kirtley who will board him and also dog test him for us. We need to ensure he is dog friendly! We already know he is super people friendly 🥰 We are all rooting for the best outcome for this sweet dog! He has the body of a bulldog. Very short legs and the stance of a bulldog. His face looks more pittie/boxer mix but he is definitely mixed with a bulldog somewhere. He is a total cuddle bug and smush face. I can’t wait to see him again tomorrow and take him off of his chain. Duke is one of many dogs I wake up thinking about on freezing nights about 3am. He will be one less dog I will worry about tomorrow night 🐾🐾🐾
December 16: This morning Ned from Hercs Haven dropped Sadie Rose off at Woodworth Animal Hospital for “the works”! This means vaccines, deworming, a 4DX test, and a spay surgery. Thanks to Martje for giving her a very thorough bath with a deep tissue massage ❤️. It took 3 soaping ups to get the stink and fleas off of her. Martje said she was in heaven during the bath and loved being wrapped up in a big towel and carried out to her comfy dog bed in her heated kennel. Alandra met them at the vet and reports that Sadie Rose “was just wagging that cute little butt of hers” 😂
Send all the positive vibes to this sweet girl! She needs a foster home to go to while we get her ready for adoption. Please text me at 301-697-1774 if you have questions about her OR fill out this foster app and we’ll call you soon!
SADIE ROSE UPDATE
December 15: I got to visit Betty Boo today. She is doing so much better since going into her foster home! Her previously infected dew claw doesn’t seem to be bothering her anymore and she gets up and walks around on her own. This old girl shows her age as she moves pretty slowly and is a little unsteady on her feet occasionally. She’s quiet, gentle and I think, happy. You might remember that she had to be shaved because her fur was deeply matted all the way down to her skin. I can’t wait to see how gorgeous it will be when it grows back in! #seniorgirl#bettybooweloveyou#fosterssavelives
BETTY BOO UPDATE
December 14: Meet Sadie Rose! She is DDB Blue Ridge’s newest surrendered dog.
Today we were supposed to be delivering her a new house and pen but her family make a difficult decision last night to find her a home where she can live inside. Due to some life circumstances and some health issues it has been very difficult to care for her the way they want to. She is 5 years old. Sadie Rose is spending the night at Hercs Haven and on Monday will go to the vet. She will need a foster home! Stay tuned for more details as we get to know her better.
MEET SADIE ROSE
December 14: This sweet boy received a new insulated dog house today, big bag of food, flea and tick preventative, lots of lovin’, and other supplies. We’re following up next week with a longer chain and medical. Thanks to DDBBR volunteers Tara, Carolyn, Kimberly, and Josh for visiting with Dog on today’s rainy morning!
December 11: Camilla update! You may remember that we pulled Camilla from the Fluvanna SPCA earlier this year. She had been in the shelter more than a year! Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue took her into their program from us and we just received this update from her adopters: “Hi. Thought you would enjoy an update on Cami. She is blossoming into an absolutely delightful girl. She demands love and attention. One of her favorite activities is long walks thru the woods. Just the two of us go for these walks so we are really bonded. Much to my surprise she plays with toys outside and runs around in keep away with her brothers. We are so happy to have her as part of our life. To all the people who passed her by...you have no idea what a lovely girl you passed on. Our gain.”Camilla wouldn’t even interact with people when we first got her. We actually thought she was hearing impaired for a while...and now she demands love and attention!! My heart is so full! There’s a perfect person for every dog. Some journeys are just longer than others.
December 11: Update recently surrendered dog, Sprocket 😍 Sprocket’s foster mom sent this encouraging pupdate tonight! “Sweet boy is settling in!! Today we took a bath and cuddled up in a blankie to stay warm after. We are now hanging out on the couch watching some netflix🤓 Mr sprocket has not snarled or growled once! He was fairly interested in our kitty at first but has lost interest quickly. I’m sure after taking care of his manly hood this boy will be the perfect man!!”Sprocket is in need of dental surgery and has an appointment at Georgetown Vet tomorrow!
December 11: We have copy and pasted the update that Milo’s trainer/care giver posted today! Milo is staying with local dog trainer and Southern Hospetality, LLC. Owner, Chris, for now but we will need a foster home for him as soon as he is healed from his neuter surgery! Chris dropped him off at Woodworth Animal Hospital today.....“Milo is all checked in at the vet for his neuter appointment! Poor guy has no idea what he's in for! 😬 So far despite having not been exposed to much of the world Milo has really been taking things in stride. He is nervous but also extremely curious about new things and new places and loves to walk and explore. He has previously spent his life chained. How amazing it must be for Milo to be able to move more than 20 ft in any direction I will never fully comprehend. Right now his favorite activities are sniffing and peeing. He pees on literally everything. The world is his oyster. And if oysters grew better after being watered with dog pee, Milo would be a very successful oyster farmer. Hopefully the neuter, coupled with the eventual novelty of finally having access to new things on which to baptize with a golden shower wearing off . . This will become less of a favorite activity! I'm also happy to report that Milo seems to have pretty good doggy social skills. He is nervous but friendly and proactively seeks out interaction from other dogs. He has met several dogs (both males and females) of all different sizes and ages and so far has done great with all of them!Everybody wish Milo luck today as he says goodbye to his manhood and is officially inducted into the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of rescued dogs! Don't worry . . If there's any residual grief over the loss of his "boys" I'll distract him with cheeseburgers and a few new fun things to pee on until he forgets all about it! He was eyeing the office Christmas tree in the lobby on the way in. Seems only appropriate to let him pee on some Christmas balls since he's about to lose his! 😳”.
December 11We have copy and pasted the update that Milo’s trainer/care giver posted today! Milo is staying with local dog trainer and Southern Hospetality, LLC. Owner, Chris, for now but we will need a foster home for him as soon as he is healed from his neuter surgery! Chris dropped him off at Woodworth Animal Hospital today.....“Milo is all checked in at the vet for his neuter appointment! Poor guy has no idea what he's in for! 😬 So far despite having not been exposed to much of the world Milo has really been taking things in stride. He is nervous but also extremely curious about new things and new places and loves to walk and explore. He has previously spent his life chained. How amazing it must be for Milo to be able to move more than 20 ft in any direction I will never fully comprehend. Right now his favorite activities are sniffing and peeing. He pees on literally everything. The world is his oyster. And if oysters grew better after being watered with dog pee, Milo would be a very successful oyster farmer. Hopefully the neuter, coupled with the eventual novelty of finally having access to new things on which to baptize with a golden shower wearing off . . This will become less of a favorite activity! I'm also happy to report that Milo seems to have pretty good doggy social skills. He is nervous but friendly and proactively seeks out interaction from other dogs. He has met several dogs (both males and females) of all different sizes and ages and so far has done great with all of them!Everybody wish Milo luck today as he says goodbye to his manhood and is officially inducted into the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of rescued dogs! Don't worry . . If there's any residual grief over the loss of his "boys" I'll distract him with cheeseburgers and a few new fun things to pee on until he forgets all about it! He was eyeing the office Christmas tree in the lobby on the way in. Seems only appropriate to let him pee on some Christmas balls since he's about to lose his! 😳”.
Thank you to all in our community who donated supplies for outdoor dogs in need! This generous donation is very much appreciated and will be delivered to many pets in our area. We received 144.66 lbs of dog food + 17 cans of cat food, 30 packages of treats, collars, leashes, toys, tarps, pee pads, 22 blankets, and assorted other items!
DDBBR loves our giving community.
OPERATION FIREPAWS A SUCCESS
December 8: MEET MILO! Milo was surrendered to DDB Blue Ridge today. The only owner he ever had passed away the day before Thanksgiving. She was a friend and client of ours and we are honored to be able to take him into our fold and ensure he lands in a loving forever home as we know she would have wanted. He is about 6-7 years old. He is super friendly with all people and kids. We took him to our friend and trainer Christopher Kirtley to stay for a bit so we can get a good assessment on him. Chris will dog test him and give us a report soon. Then we will know what type of home he will need. He will be neutered next week. Today, the kind team at Autumn Trails Vet gave him vaccines and a 4DX test. He was dewormed and treated for fleas and ticks.
Stay tuned for more info about this handsome dude! He’ll be available soon
December 8: Meet Sprocket! This sweet boy is our newest DDB Blue Ridge dog. He was surrendered to us today. The only owner he has ever had passed away the day before Thanksgiving. His mom loved him so much and she was a friend and client of DDBBR. We will provide Sprocket the best care and make sure he lands in a loving home as she would have hoped for! He is spending the night with a temporary foster but his foster has to go back to her house in northern Virginia tomorrow so we need another foster for him ASAP! Please share. He is a senior min pin. 14 pounds. Looks like he might be losing his vision. He needs dental work which we will pay for. He has several rotten teeth that are painful. We visited the kind team at Autumn Trails Vet today and he was vaccinated and dewormed. Can anyone take this old boy into their home? His world has been rocked and he is anxious right now. He had to leave the only house he has ever known.
December 5: On Sunday, DDB Blue Ridge will be getting one goat named Bella, a chained dog named Milo, and another little senior Min Pin from a property where the owner sadly passed away the day before Thanksgiving. Leah Lamb is taking Bella to join her little crew of goats. We’re certain Bella will enjoy having some goat company. We are taking Milo to Christopher Kirtley for a few days so he can be properly assessed. Once he spends a few days with Chris and his crew we will know if Milo is dog-friendly and know what type of home will be a good fit for this sweet boy. WE NEED HELP with the little senior min pin. Unfortunately, they don’t have a photo to send us and we weren’t able to get a photo since he or she was an inside dog and was taken to someone else’s house after the family learned of the owner's death. On Sunday, we will take both dogs to the vet for vaccines and need a safe place for this little senior dog to go if only for a few days until we can learn more about him or her (I don’t even know the sex of the dog yet).
A DOG & A GOAT
December 5: ACE UPDATE from his amazing fosters Blair McDonough and Bridget Lane! He’s getting more and more confident each day in this loving foster home and will be ready for his forever home in no time 💙
December 1: Update Betty Boo! I picked her up at VETSS and transported her to a possible foster if all goes well with the meet up between Betty Boo and the fosters two dogs. Roz Willis took over from there and I know she’ll update all of us later. Betty Boo had to have a lot of her fur shaved due to such extreme matting and the filth in the mattes. She also had a dewclaw that had grown into her paw so she is on antibiotics for this and will keep it wrapped for a little while. She is nervous as would be expected. She has never lived inside a home...only outside on dirt mostly. She didn’t know how to walk on the floors inside the vet but this is something she will get used to. Thanks to the amazing team at VETSS for taking this old, nervous girl under your wing and giving her the attention and care she needs and deserves.
Later that day...
We got to spend a little time with Betty Boo today to help get her settled in at her foster home. She was a little shy at first and tucked herself into a corner. She met Ozzy and Ellie and everyone seems fine with each other. Betty Boo had some dinner and enjoyed the fire for a while. We got a crate all set up for her in case she wants a safe, comfy space for some alone time while she adjusts. She is with a lovely couple and we think she will be very happy there. After living outside for 12 years, it will likely take some time to decompress and adjust but she’s in the perfect place! She’s already gorgeous but when her coat grows back in (from being shaved due to extensive matting), she will be a knockout!
BETTY BOO UPDATE
December 1: Sweet Daisy enjoyed sleeping inside last night! Her temporary fosters report she got a much-needed bath, ate well, slept well and has had NO accidents! She likes the other dogs and has no interest in the cat. She enjoyed exploring the grass and just wandering about the yard this morning. What a wonderful update! She has some medical needs and we will be discussing these with her owner to try and give her the best life possible.
Later that day...
We got to visit Daisy again today and what a difference a day makes! She had some spunk in her step and wasn’t the least bit shy about bouncing around for attention. I even caught her eyeing some biscuits on the counter when she thought nobody was looking! She looked considerably better after her bath yesterday and still hasn’t had a single accident! We are working on trying to get in touch with the right family member who owns her to discuss her condition and options. For now, she is safe, loved and happy! #fosterssavelives#daisywantsthebiscuits
November 30:Thanks to all our volunteers today. It was an unusual day because we had to make two separate trips to the vet with two other dogs (Betty Boo and Daisy). Other than vet visits we helped a lot of other dogs with some fresh straw, food, and other essentials. We had two different dogs named Bruiser today.
Bronx, Diesel, Nellie, Bruiser 1, Milo, Bruiser 2, Charcoal, Cici, Roo Roo, And Chance all received lots of love and special attention today. We’re going to schedule a spay for Charcoal and are waiting to hear from Bronx and Diesel’s owner to find out if they want them to be neutered. Thank you Michelle Moshier, Alex, Juliana Bush, Kimberly, and Nancy for giving your time on this dreary, cold day to help make these precious dogs lives comfier.
DDB BLUE RIDGE FIELD DAY
November 30: Meet Daisy! We visited a property today and learned a new dog was out back and staying there temporarily because a family member moved somewhere where they can’t have her. When we saw a big tumor on her belly we called her owner to ask if we could get her checked out at the vet and they agreed!
Daisy is 12 years old and a very sweet lady. She was born with a defect on her front paw and the vet found it has become infected so she is being treated with antibiotics for this. The doc said her tumor is able to be safely removed so we’ll talk to Daisy’s owner about the next steps and make decisions about the best path to take. Stay tuned for her progress! Thanks to Michelle Moshier and Alex for transporting her to VETSS today, Roz Willis for picking her up at the vet and transporting her to a temp foster, the Fretwell’s for fostering, and Cathy Shifflett for coordinating medical care! It takes a large village.
November 30: Meet Betty Boo! This old gal was surrendered to DDB Blue Ridge today. It was a heart-wrenching experience for me and her owners. We’ve known this family for several years and have become very fond of them. We’ve been through quite a few situations with them over the years and they are part of our DDBBR family. They have had Betty Boo since she was a puppy. Tears were shed by me and them but, in the end, they chose to let her twilight years be spent living inside to ensure she is more comfortable. We’re not sure if Betty Boo can survive another winter outside and when her time comes we all agreed she should have dignity, be warm and comfy, and have access to pain management if needed. She had a stroke over the summer and hasn’t been the same since then. Thanks to DDBBR volunteers Juliana Bush and her mother, Nancy, for taking Betty Boo to VETSS for us. Thanks Dr. Edie Oliver for taking such great care of our girl. Thanks to Michelle Moshier and Alex for assisting at this property today. Betty Boo will stay at VETSS tonight. We are looking for a foster to take this sweet girl into their home. I don’t want to call this “hospice” foster because she may have lots of time left OR she may not. She can be a DDBBR foster dog for the rest of her life if no one wants to adopt her. This means we will cover any medical needs, food, etc.... for her foster family. If you are interested In Fostering her please fill out an application here: https://www.dogsdeservebetterblueridge.org/foster-applicati…
If you think you MIGHT be able to help but need more info please feel free to call me at 301-697-1774.
MEET BETTY BOO!
November 27: Update Kai! He has settled in quickly at his temporary foster home with Toni Hoy! He will stay there until Sunday when his new foster mom Emily will take over! DDB Blue Ridge has temporary custody of Kai and is fostering this 13 yo distinguished gentleman until his person can find a new home where he is allowed. He had a bath and was vetted. Results from his senior blood work show his creatinine level is elevated, but the Dr. suspects dehydration. Kidney function normal! He is on meds for Lymes disease and Vetprofin for arthritis. He has transitioned from living on a tether outside and into a comfy home very nicely! We know Kai is happy to be away from the buzzards who were harassing him! I suspect he’ll be thrilled to never see a buzzard again
UPDATED ON KAI
November 27: ACE Update! We just got this update from Ace’s Fosters 😍😍😍. Oh, my heart! Look how he has transitioned from life on a chain to life inside.
From foster moms Blair and Bridget....
“I came home from an overnight trip and he has come out of his shell so much in 24 hours!! He’s on every couch and bed in the house and playing with toys with buffy and roughhousing with Borden. He really is trying to take anything he can. He even tried to gently sneak my cell phone out of my hands and walk off with it 🤣
Ace kept trying to sneak off with this Santa cap so I gave him the full experience of wearing it 😆 “
ACE IS LOVING LIFE!
November 23: When Jonathan and Ashley agreed to give Poppy a chance we were all hopeful that their other DDBBR adopted dog, Dixie, would take her in as a little sister and love her! We weren’t sure if she would be cool with a new little one getting lots of attention. Turns out, we were worried about nothing! Dixie has accepted this little one into her life and Poppy is now her BFF. Love getting these awesome, happy updates from our adopters!
UPDATE ON POPPY & DIXIE
November 23: Meet Kai! This 13 year old Cattle Dog/Norwegian Elkhound is off his chain and into temporary custody with DDB Blue Ridge until his person can find a place to live where Kai is allowed. His person is letting us help so he doesn’t have to spend the winter chained outside and also will get him away from all the buzzards who have been harassing him. Stay tuned for more details on his journey with us!
November 20: Meet Harley! DDB Blue Ridge had a field day in Augusta County today. We delivered a new house, straw, pine, no tip water bucket and other essentials to this sweet girl today. Will follow up soon about a spay as well as a big pen for her so she is not chained. Thanks Dot Terry for helping us out today! You da best, lady!
November 20: DDB Blue Ridge had a field day today and we met some really amazing dogs and a very nice woman! Today was our first time meeting so we got to know each other and left some food and straw. We’re going to deliver a dog house soon and talk about some spay and neuter and some fencing/pens! Thanks to Dot Terry for going out with me today. It was super fun to cuddle with these nuggets!
November 17: He found a foster home! Tonight is the first night Ace will ever spend inside someone’s house. We are doing a trial run and hope this is a good fit but if it’s not that’s ok because this is the beginning of his journey to learn what type of home he will thrive in! He’s off a chain and beginning to learn how to be someone’s beloved pet. Thanks to Alandra for transporting him tonight from boarding to foster! Thanks to our amazing foster power couple, Blair and Bridget, for giving Ace an opportunity to learn how to be an inside dog and beloved pet. We’ll get an update from his fosters over the next few days and will update. We’re all rooting for you, Ace! You got this boy. You are now in loving and capable hands. No matter what it takes, you WILL have a happy ending. Stay tuned for Ace’s journey to his forever home!
NOVEMBER 13: This family was one of the first DDB Blue Ridge families we became close with. The man who owned Ace is a bear hunter and I’m a tree huggin’ animal lover. You might be surprised to know we actually like and respect each other even though we don’t agree on many things! Ace is the 6th dog he has decided to surrender to us. I appreciate that if he decides one of his dogs is not a good Bear hunter or if they age out he does the right thing and contacts us. Trust me, some decide on other less humane alternatives.
November 1: PRINCESS WAS SURRENDERED to DDB Blue Ridge today!!!! 🙌🥰🐾
We are thrilled to announce this sweet Shepherd will be available for adoption after she is spayed next Tuesday. Today I talked to her owner and she was the one was actually initiated the conversation and said to me, “if you can find Princess a home where she can live inside and get more attention and care that would be good, wouldn’t it?”. We had a great talk and both of us were crying at one point. I let her know that I admired her making the selfless decision to let her go even though she loves Princess. She wants more than anything for Princess to not live on the chain and be inside a home. She could not live inside her house because she has cats inside and Princess can NOT live with cats.
DDB Blue Ridge is going to help this woman with all the cats on her property. She is completely overwhelmed by them and the constant breeding. She is doing the best she can to take care of them but it’s difficult, financially and emotionally. Some have been killed by dog attacks and others hit by cars. She only wants these cats to be safe and well cared for.
BIG THANKS to Betsy Ballenger from The CAT Action Team. She is going out there with me next week to trap. BIG THANKS to Renee Clark with Cats Cradle. Looks like we can team up with them as well. Today Roz Willis drove out there to get surrender paperwork signed for Princess and took photos of the cats she could get to who need help! We’ll post them once she gets the photos and info all together for me.
Here’s to the beginning of a new life for Princess! She will never be on a chain again 🥰
Thanks to all of our supporters and donors. Without you this work would not be possible.
November 1: Tonight I saw an updated profile photo from our adopter Jonathan Knight and Ashley Knight. It was our adorable pup, Poppy! Imagine how good that makes all of us at DDB Blue Ridge feel when we see our adopters do this...it’s pretty awesome.
I want to give a shout out to my amazing DDBBR sister Sara Senn for saving this pup along with her litter. When we were in the field that day I didn’t think he would let them go but Sara went above and beyond to make sure we got all four of these puppies surrendered and into amazing homes.
When we can rescue Pit Bull puppies it is a huge win. Pit bulls are the most euthanized dogs in shelters and the hardest to place in homes with rescue groups. Getting them while they are young pups and placing them in good homes is the best way to save them. Thank you, Sara, for being their voice that day. Look at the good you did. Love you, lady.
GO SARA SENN!
November 1: UPDATE PRINCESS!
DDB Blue Ridge received a report from Dr. Reeder this afternoon. Princess is heartworm negative but Lymes Positive. She is loaded with hookworms which is why she is so thin. The doctor suspects a Bladder infection but still waiting to get a urine sample. She is healthy enough to be spayed and the surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday. She will board with Animal Hospital Of Waynesboro until then.
If anyone is interested in fostering her for about 5 days after her spay please text me at 301-697-1774 or comment below. We can’t take her back to live outside when she is healing from surgery. She must have a clean, safe, indoor home while she heals.
We will have a conversation with Princess’s owner about alternatives for her living situation since she will only get reinfected with the hookworms eventually if she is chained in that same area again. For now, she is being pampered and treated like royalty by the kind team at the vet office
October 31: Kittens and cats everywhere in Goshen, VA! Who are the TNR people in this county (AUGUSTA)? They need help there or this will never end. I wish DDB Blue Ridge could take this on but there is no way we can handle it with all the dogs whom we have to help.
Today we found what we always do here....a crazy amount of cats and kittens. Until there is a TNR group to help it will never end.
We did what we could today. We had a plastic tub with a hole cut into it for the kitties to go inside. We stuffed it with tons of straw and left it on the person's porch for the tiny outdoor kitties who just roam around. When we go back to this property we will bring another and hopefully, these shelters will help keep these outdoor kittens and cats warm with cold weather coming.
If anyone can help these kitties at this property please text or call me at 301-697-1774. I’ll give you the physical address and all of the people in this area will be so happy to stop the constant litters of kittens here.
KITTENS, KITTENS EVERYWHERE!
October 31: Meet Princess! DDB Blue Ridge has been visiting this dog for about a year now but today when we stopped in to deliver straw and food we found her to be much skinnier than usual so her person agreed to let us take her to the vet. She will be vaccinated, fully vetted, and spayed once Dr. Reeder tells us she is healthy enough for surgery.
Tonight she is staying with the kind people at Animal Hospital of Waynesboro. We will receive the results of her heartworm and tick-borne disease test, fecal test, and get the results of her overall health.
This 5-year-old Shepherd is truly an amazing dog. She has been chained a long time but shows no fear and no aggression. She is so damn smart and loving! While she is under our care we will spoil her rotten, as it should be.
Thanks to all of our donors who allow us to be able to take dogs in need to the vet and deliver food and other supplies!
Thanks to DDB volunteer, Carol Reynolds, for going out with me today. She is a natural in the field. So happy to have Carol on our team!
October 30: Happy GOTCHA Day, Ronny! Ronny (left) came to us at about 8-10 years old with a very large abscess on her neck, overweight and with some eye issues. Surgery removed the abscess and she has lost about 12 pounds now and is stunning!!
She was fostered with The Fretwells, who previously adopted Sampson (right) from us. Ronny was one of those dogs that just didn’t want to be indoors and it has taken months for her to really enjoy it. She has quite the personality and is best buds with Sampson.
These days she races the other dogs up the hill each morning, sings the song of her people when dinner is running late and taps her paw at her dad when she’s ready for bed. When Ronny’s ready for bed, it’s time to go!
The Fretwells fell in love with her and decided to make it permanent! Congratulations Ronny! You couldn’t have found a more perfect home!
October 30: We covered 4 different counties.....Albemarle, Nelson, Orange, and Fluvanna. 176.6 miles on good old faithful Gertie (our van). Thanks to DDBBR volunteers, Celeste and Kimberly, for spending the entire day with DDBBR! 6 properties were visited and all were what we call “cold calls.” We’ve never met these folks but knocked on their doors today to see if they would like any help.
One door slammed in our face but that’s ok! One property needed a call to Animal Control. One was reported to us but when we arrived there were no dogs outside. At the other 3 properties we met some great humans and dogs (Some kitties too).
Sweet girl S’mores will receive a new doghouse, a large pen so she can get off the chain, and she will be spayed and vetted soon! Lulu and Maverick are inside dogs but Lulu needs to be spayed (maverick is already neutered). Maverick will receive another basic vetting.
Dog food, flea and tick preventative, straw, water buckets, and cat food was given out today. Thanks to all our donors for your continued support so we can offer this service to our community. (Not pictured: Lulu, S'mores, and Maverick) #Grateful
DDB BLUE RIDGE FIELD DAY
October 29: Picked up a dog house today for our next fence build dog, Shadow! Thanks to Girl Scout Troop #8125 for building this for Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge! They put a personal touch on this house and painted it a lovely shade of sage green plus tagged it with their troop number. Girl Scouts really know how to rock it out and give it some flair.
SHADOW RECEIVES A PERSONAL DDBBR HOUSE!
October 27: Congratulations to Poppy on her new home! Poppy is one of four puppies recently surrendered to us. She has gone into a foster to adopt home with the Knight’s who previously adopted Dixie, another Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge dog! Thank you to the Knight’s for opening your hearts to another of our dogs. We know Poppy will have a wonderful life!
October 27: Congratulations Portia, now Stevie, on your new home! Stevie is one of four little nuggets recently surrendered to us. She will be fostered by her family until she is six months only. We’ll spay her at that time and then make the adoption official! Stevie’s new sister, Roxy, did a great job or showing her around today. They seem to be best friends already! #puppybreath#fostertoadopt#adoptdontshop#rescuedogsrock
CONGRATS PORTIA, NOW STEVIE!
October 26: Congratulations on your ADOPTION, Milli! This beautiful girl was heartworm positive when she came to us. She was treated and is now heartworm negative! She was adopted once but returned to us when the family felt like she just wasn’t the right fit for them. Milli and her new mom seem to really understand and appreciate each other. We are confident this match is a real love connection! #fosterssavelives#adoptdontshop#rescuedogsrock
October 26: Little Pippa went home today!! The Owens family just couldn’t resist her and we are thrilled for everyone! We don’t spay and neuter until pups are six months old, so the Owens family will foster Pippa until then. We will spay her and make the adoption official at that time. Congratulations to Pippa and her wonderful new family! #fostertoadopt#puppybreath#pippathepuppy#adoptdontshop#rescuedogsrock
PIPPA THE PUP
October 26: Casey #OffTheChain TODAY! Woot woot! Much love to all the Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge volunteers for giving their Saturday morning to build a fence for sweet Casey. It was a very good day working alongside such kind and fun people. We finished by noon. Special shout out to our fearless fence leader, Lisa Hyatt! She has taken our fence build program to another level and DDBBR is so lucky to have her amazing leadership and expertise.
October 25: UPDATE Ramsey (formerly Brownie)! Tonight this sweet boy finally went inside a home! He is fostering with a dear woman who is a friend of mine. When she saw the video of him we filmed at the vet and saw how afraid he is she was drawn to him and wanted to help. Anita Cline Honbarrier used to have a dog with similar fears and feels comfortable helping Ramsey come out of his shell and learn how to be a happy, beloved member of a family!
Before he went to Anita’s tonight he met another family who might be interested in fostering but we all agree having him inside a home this week end will help us all decide which type of home is best for him. It’s hard to know right now because since DDB Blue Ridge took him off his chain he has only been in boarding. Now we can see if he will become comfortable, if he has separation anxiety or not, if he is house trained...etc...
Since I have known Ramsey I have never seen his tail wag....it is always tucked. I have never heard him bark or make any type of sound. He is just so inside himself and doesn’t know how to “DOG” yet. He LOVES cuddles and just wants to be next to all people but even while he is being petted and loved on his tail is tucked and he is nervous. He did relax for a minute tonight when he sat on Anthony’s lap. He really bonded with him tonight within 15 minutes.
Ramsey is in the beginning stages of his journey. I have no doubt this beautiful boy will eventually come out of his shell and learn how to relax and enjoy life but it will take some time. He was chained his whole life on a tiny patch of dirt with minimal socialization and no exposure to the real world. Everything is scary right now. A door shutting, walking through doorways, getting into cars.......all of this is new and overwhelming for him but he will be OK. He is one of the the most gentle, loving souls I’ve worked with. We are all rooting for Ramsey! You got this, sweet boy ❤️❤️❤️
October 13: Congratulations on your ADOPTION, Bear! Sweet Bear fell perfectly in step with his foster family right off the bat and this weekend they made it official! He loves farm life and adores the kiddos as you can see from the photos. We couldn’t be happier for this guy’s whirlwind story. He went from chained to adopted in less than a month! #offthechainva#fromlonelytoloved#fosterssavelives#adoptdontshop#rescuedogsrock
October 10: Thanks to our new DDB Blue Ridge volunteers... Badrani, Carol, and Danielle for going out into the field with me today! We went to 3 houses and met 27 dogs between these 3 homes. One was surrendered and already has a foster home! Two dogs are waiting to be surrendered to us and we are currently working on finding fosters for them so they can get off their chains.
The rest of these babies are going to be a process. We have prioritized a few to get medical attention sooner. One dog named Bear Bear was limping and had an injured back leg so he’ll get medical care ASAP. Lots of them need spayed/neutered and a few just need to be up to date on their vaccines.....it was a lot to process but thanks to our stellar and super organized volunteer, Badrani, we have thorough documentation! Yay for her because I’m super terrible at paperwork 😖
It’s a work in progress and we are working with the appropriate people to make sure all ends well for the dogs and the humans 😍 stay tuned....just know we NEED FOSTERS so be pro-active and put an application in so it’s already done if surrenders happen.🙏. Here is the link to foster, y’all!....
FIELD DAY + 27 DOGS!
October 10: Meet Brownie. His person wanted to surrender him to Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge today and, Oh, how I wanted to load him into the van today!! 😞
Because we don’t have our own facility (YET!) and we didn’t have a foster lined up we are going to try something different.
Brownie was nervous and a little fearful today so we’re going to take this slow. We will set up a vet appointment where he will be neutered sometime over the next week or so. We are looking for a Foster who is willing to give us one week after his neuter. We will have a trainer come work with Brownie and we’ll all get to know him better during this week. Once we do that, we will know better what his needs are and how to place him in the right home.
He is a very handsome approx 1 1/2 - 2 year old boy who has only known life at the end of a chain. We want to change his life forever! Please consider giving us one week to try and figure out his best path moving forward. We will most likely set the appointment sometime late next week.
Please call or text me at 301-697-1774 if you want to discuss this or fill out our foster application here: …
Thanks to our volunteers today.... Carol Reynolds, Danielle Berry, and Badrani De Silva
You all were amazing!
October 9: Happy GOTCHA Day, Chance! This beautiful boy was surrendered to us with 2 other dogs and three kittens from a property where the resident was being evicted and the landlord wanted to help the animals get into a better situation.
He went to stay with experienced fosters Jamie & Preston and they decided they had to make it permanent! He is affectionately called Mr Marshmallow and it’s obvious why! Congratulations on your spectacular new life, Chance!
October 9: Morning session with these sweet babes! If you’re interested in adopting one of these cuties please go to dogsdeservebetterblueridge.org and fill out an application. They are ready for their forever homes!
October 5: Drum Roll Please 🥁🥁🥁...
Introducing Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge’s 4 new puppies! Meet Poppy, Portia, Pippa, and Penny ❤️❤️❤️They are 6 weeks old and up until 3 days ago lived in the dirt with their chained mom, Alibi.
Sara Senn is taking mom to the vet this week and we are working with her owner to try and convince him to stop breeding and let us have her spayed so she can live inside!
October 8: DDB Blue Ridge visited a property that was reported to us and thank God someone let us know about them. We had to walk through the woods about 1/4 of a mile to get back there and what we found was disturbing. The owner refused to let us see the mama and puppies inside the house and the dog inside the shed so we let him know we couldn’t help him. We help those who want to do the right thing. We will not enable an abusive living situation.
We called Animal Control in this county and they happen to be one of the best we work with. Very early this morning they went out with additional law enforcement and left with all 7 dogs, 4 adults and 3 tiny puppies. We will reach out to this county tomorrow to see if they want our help with any of these rescued babies. We are so grateful to our area Animal Control Officers who help us out when the situation is way above our ability to help. They work so hard and many times only get negative feedback when they often deserve praise. Please call your county and city ACO’s when you see animals who need help! They are trained and equipped to deal with these situations.
Sometimes we feel like trying to save all of them is like scooping water from the ocean with a teaspoon BUT for the ones we save it means the world to them ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you to our brand new volunteer Carol for going with us and handling this like a pro. Thanks to my DDB sister, Petrina Ray, for being there with me once again to deal with this cold call. #ItTakesAVillage
October 8: UPDATE ON ADOPTABLE ROSEY 🌹her foster shared this update on our sweet Rosey who is finally learning to dog: “After 3+ months of living with me, Rosey FINALLY decided she was secure enough here to help herself to the couch!! ❤️ Her crate has always been her sanctuary and preferred sleeping spot. Some rescued animals just need a little extra time to adjust to life off the chain, but it is so exciting when it happens. She is available for adoption through Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge. This little lady has come a long way and deserves a furrrever home!”
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October 7: Happy GOTCHA day, Donny! This sweet boy was surrendered with his sister several weeks ago. They thrived in their foster home and now have both been adopted into their forever homes! Donny will enjoy a wonderful life with his people and Greta and Bailey, his new siblings. Congratulations Donny and family! #adopted#fosterssavelives#rescuedogsrock#adoptdontshop
October 7: MACK UPDATE from his amazing fosters: “This guy is doing SO WELL. He had his weight taken at the vet today and he is a whopping 74 pounds! We are so proud of his progress. When he was first taken in by @ddbblueridge and shortly thereafter came into our home, he weighed 57 pounds...and this was about 20 pounds *heavier* than he was when he was taken from his neglectful owners. I literally cannot imagine what he must have looked like essentially 40 pounds lighter than he is now. He is healthy, happy, great with cats, dogs, and kids....and he’s still up for adoption!”
WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE OUR FOSTERS 🧡💛
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October 6: DDB Blue Ridge Field Day 10/5/19!
We did a cold call here yesterday and met this lovely lady, Rory! She needs a new dog house so we’ll be delivering one to her this week! Rory is an inside/outside dog but needs a nice house for the times she is outside. Happy to have this new girl in our DDB BR family 🥰🐾🥰🐾
October 6: DDB Blue Ridge Field Day 10/5/19! It’s Blackjack! This sweet senior boy received a new doghouse today along with straw/pine, flea and tick preventative, treats, and lots of love. He kept shaking his head around so we checked his ears out and discovered an ear infection in his right ear. We will get him to the vet in the next couple days to get this treated and his people agreed to neuter him as well.
This family just moved here and are planning to build a fence so great days are head for Blackjack when he can get off his chain! 💚💚💚
October 6: DDB Blue Ridge field day, 10/5/19 🐾🐾🐾
Yesterday we visited our 3 hunting dog friends! They received flea and tick preventative, straw and pine, food, treats and lots of love. These 3 beauty’s love when we visit. They are also happy it’s the time of year they get to leave their pens to run in the woods when their man takes them hunting.
October 6: DDB Blue Ridge field day...Saturday, Oct 5 🐾🐾🐾
This lovely girl is Shadow! We delivered food, flea and tick preventative, and straw and pine. She received a snazzy new collar and a DDB tag....royal blue is her color 💙💙💙
We will take Shadow to the vet soon since she is long overdue for a wellness check and vacinnes. We’re hopeful Shadows owner will agree to a spay. She’s on the list for a house and we will be doubling the size of her pen!
Shadow is such a good girl and just wants ALL the lovin’ 😁
October 4: Dixie is doing well at her foster home! Yay! Thanks for your shares to help find her a safe place to stay while she is waiting to be spayed in 4 weeks.
October 4: Bear update from foster!
“Dude is tuckered out. He was a full blown farm dog today. Helped feed the horses and everything!”
Can you imagine how happy he is being able to “dog” on a beautiful farm after being confined to a 10 foot tether on a patch of dirt?!?!
THANK YOU FOSTERS!!!!
October 3: Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge met with some great dogs and humans today! Meet Heidi, Cotton, Rocky, And Chip 😃
Their people really want to neuter two of these boys (cotton and rocky) who have been impregnating un-spayed females on this road and we are happy to oblige! The 13 year old chi/Pom mix, Heidi, could use a grooming and vacinnes/basic vetting. The senior dog, Chip, needs a wellness check and his eyes checked out. He’s an old man and his eyes are giving him some trouble! We left some food today and treated all dogs with flea/tick preventative. They’ll all be vetted soon!
Glad to have these lovebugs and nice people in our DDBBR family ❤️
Heidi, Cotton, Rocky, And Chip
October 3: Ruger Update!
We visited Ruger today and brought some pine bedding, a bully bone, food, and lots of lovin’! His person is working with us and animal control. He took Ruger to the groomer for a bath yesterday and we will be getting him to the vet soon. At this time, he doesn’t want to surrender so we’ll bring a house to Ruger soon and make his living space as comfortable as can be living outdoors and we’ll make sure he is healthy. We are still talking about having him neutered and if he agrees, Ruger can go on our list for a fence build. He is a doll and part of our DDBBR family now
October 2: DDB Blue Ridge Field Day! Today Sara and Kimberly met the most adorable one year old girl, Princess! We left a bag of food, treats, water bucket, and some pine bedding for her. She received a collar and a DDB tag with contact info and flea/tick preventative. We’ll deliver her a dog house and more panels for her pen to double the size. Princess goes inside during bad weather and she gets to run free outside her pen frequently while playing with her family. She is a very happy girl and we’re happy to have met our new friends today 😍
October 2: More DDB Blue Ridge Puppies! On today’s field day DDB left with four 6 week old Rottweiler/Pit puppies. 3 females and one male. They are fostering with Sara Senn and Lloyd Senn and they will announce their names soon! Pups were born outside to a mom on a tether and they have been living outside with their chained mom since birth.
Mom is Alibi, the pit and dad is Elkton, the Rottweiler. The owner has agreed to let us take Alibi to the vet next week. She is very thin and we want to get her checked out by a doctor. We are still in talks with the owner about having her spayed. Her owner is giving it thought which is progress!
Honey Bear also lives here and is just one of the sweetest, most gentle Rottweilers I’ve known. We will update the pups soon!
ALIBI, ELKTON, AND HONEY BEAR
October 1: Update DIXIE! This 5 year old sweet lady is the mama of the 5 puppies Dogs Deserve Better got surrendered last week. We went back for her today. She is not being surrendered but the owner agreed to let us get her vetted and spayed! NO MORE LITTERS! 🙌😍
Dixie and DDB-BR had a bit of a long day together. She hoped in our van around 12:15 and we headed to see Dr Donald Peppard at Georgetown Vet. When he examined her he confirmed she is in heat again and we need to wait 4 weeks to have her spayed. She was completely infested with fleas. They were crawling on every inch of her body. She was given a NexGard and sprayed with frontline flea spray to kill the live fleas who were eating her up. She is heartworm negative (YAY!) but is diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis(a tick borne disease). She will be treated for this with Doxycycline.
We didn’t want to bring her back to the trailer she sleeps in at night because it is also flea infested. We also don’t want her to get pregnant again there so she’s being boarded for two nights at Woodworth Animal Hospital.
Turns out, some of those pesky fleas hid in places we didn’t see them at the vet and reappeared later so Dixie went to Kimberly’s house around 3:30 and received a nice massage and flea bath before she headed to Woodworth! 🛁 She loved it!
On Thursday Dixie will hit the road again with us and go talk to her person about some options. One of which is, we foster her for 4 weeks until she can be spayed and then we take her back to a trailer free from fleas and with no chance she will have another litter!
So...that being said, who is willing to foster this sweet petite 35 pound girl for 4 weeks??? Raise your hand 🙋♀️ OR text/call kimberly at 301-697-1774!
October 1: UPDATE Ruger, the silver lab. We were able to meet with Ruger’s owner today but he doesn’t want to surrender at this time. Ruger has some medical issues we will address soon and start working on trust and building a relationship. Circumstances change sometimes and people change their minds. Animal Control is aware and are working on this as well.
We’ll continue to update as we go along and appreciate all the great Lab Rescue leads everyone shared. We’ve saved them all for future reference and feel hopeful with time Ruger will be living inside a home. Send him positive thoughts and prayers ❤️❤️❤️
September 29: DogFest 2019 was a success! Thanks Patricia Boden for all your hard work to bring this fun event to our community every year. Thanks to our volunteers who helped us table and sell merch today. Thanks to our foster families for bringing Mack and Ronnie out so they could get some exposure 🐾💚🐾💚
September 28: Bear’s foster sent us this AMAZING update today! This boy is such a gem! He’s going to make a fantastic companion for some lucky family!
Bear had a big day today! He was in a crate last night and after barking for about 15 minutes, he settled down and slept all the way through the night.
He learned to navigate the tricky stairs. He socialized well with several dogs, including a very small dog. He met the pig and thought he was weird but kinda cool. He likes to make the goats jump. He thinks horses are the biggest dogs he has ever seen. He met the barn cat and was pretty cool about it. He practiced a little bit of recall off his leash and was excellent. He has had no potty accidents in the house.🤞🏻He rode in the truck to a horse show and practiced his leash manners while he waited.
He learned that toddlers are small but maybe a little bit scary, but also that they almost always have ketchup or peanut butter on their faces to lick off. He handles kids playing without getting stressed and without joining them and jumping or getting too rough.
The most interesting thing I observed is that my two-year-old got sick around the middle of the day. Just spiked a high fever and started feeling really poorly. Bear noticed and checked on him repeatedly, just putting his nose on my son’s hand on the bed. He knew something was up. Very perceptive and very gentle!
All in all a big day and a very successful one. He’s a natural!
MORE ABOUT BEAR!
September 28: Hard work, patience and tolerance are just three of the things that make Jeffrey a Hufflepuff! This gorgeous boy is a retired hunting dog and patiently waiting for his forever home!
September 28: Troy is a modest fellow, seemingly unaware of his handsomeness. Add his patience and loyalty to that and he’s an obvious Hufflepuff! He’s still in search of his forever home!
September 27: UPDATE PIXIE! Pixie has been renamed “Cassidy” by her foster mom....soon to be ADOPTED mom! Cassidy was surrendered a few weeks ago from a situation where she was left in a house 24/7 without electricity in the extreme summer heat. She was inside there with two other dogs and 3 kittens. Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge took ALL of them....even the kittens!
Since then, Cassidy has been fully vetted other than her spay. She was in heat when we pulled her so need to wait a bit to spay her. She is ending her heat cycle so we have scheduled her spay soon.
Her new mom, Kate, is amazing! Kate and Cassidy have already developed a strong bond and Kate told us that Cassidy is hers 😍. We will finish the adoption paperwork after Cassidy is spayed.
Look at how much her life has changed! She is now loving life taking hikes and having her very own kind human who takes such great care of her! She was infested with fleas, hot as hell trapped inside an abandoned house, and in heat when we found her. Now, she is so comfortable and healthy and living her best life with an amazing mama! Doesn’t get any better than this ❤️
Thanks to all of you who support our work and donate. We couldn’t do this without you. Most of the dogs we pull need lots of medical care due to years of neglect. We get discounts at our vets but it’s still our biggest expense by far. We feel like it’s worth the investment though because if a dog is suffering from medical issues they do not have good quality of life.
Thanks to our fosters and adopters! We can continue to keep pulling new dogs in need because all of YOU step up and save these precious souls.
September 27: UPDATE BEAR! What a difference 48 hours makes ❤️. On Wednesday, Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge pulled Bear off his chain. Since then he has been fully vetted and neutered! This one year old big boy is a gem. He is so smart, happy, and eager to please!
This afternoon we transported him to a foster family. We introduced him to his foster dog brother, Murphy. All went well but Murphy let Bear know he was the boss and Bear was not reactive at all. In fact, he backed away but still was wagging his tail like, “hey dude, let’s play!” 😂
We will see how things go here and are hoping it works out. If it does, after a few weeks we’ll start promoting him for adoption. Our fosters can give us lots of insight after living with our dogs so we can make sure to match them to the perfect forever home!
Thanks so much for connecting us to this lovely family Amanda Reefer Urban!
Amy Hammer... FYI, Murphy (formally Chase) is an ADA alumni 😍
Thanks to our vet partner Animal Health Care Center in Waynesboro for taking such great care of this sweet boy! Thank you Cathy Shifflett for managing all of his vet care.
This sweet boy has a great story since his rescue a few weeks ago. Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge pulled him from a situation where his people were getting evicted and were not really living there anymore. They left him and all the other animals inside the house without electricity. It was pretty stinky to say the least! 3 dogs and 3 kittens using the bathroom inside without having access to outdoors!
Once he was surrendered our amazing fosters offered to foster him temporarily. We were going to send him up north to an wonderful group but Preston Almallen and Jamie Almallen became attached and very fond of him instantly. We regrouped and they offered to be his fosters for longer term until we could find his forever home! Yay for Chance! Chance is neutered and fully vetted! He is ready for ADOPTION now so we’re only accepting adoption applications! If you are interested in this beautiful boy please fill out an application.
She has hit the doggie jackpot with her new family! She has a loving family who includes two awesome children who love to play with her. She also has a few doggie brothers and sisters to play with and she is loving life! Here is an update from her foster mom:
”Little Gracey has settled in so well! She loves playing with her doggie brothers and sisters and her kid sister and brother too! She also loves all the toys!! You can tell she is feeling so much better and has her puppy spunk back! We love her so much!"
When I texted her foster dad tonight and expressed how grateful we are after how we found her he said, “It’s divine .... we lost a dog about two months ago and she seems to have that spirit. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Little Miss Gracey, it’s amazing that we found you and saved you. It’s even more amazing that you landed with this family. What an incredible success story! This is what keeps us going and keeps us motivated to save the neglected, chained dogs in Central Virginia.
Thanks to all our donors and supporters. We could not afford to do this without you. - Kimberly
She transferred into the foster program at Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue and went straight into a foster to adopt home! How exciting! Her people know she is slow to bond but worth the wait and they are going to take their time getting to know her. She has a new Setter friend to play with, too! Camilla spent more than a year with Fluvanna SPCA before she came to us. She learned some important dog behaviors at The Animals' House while with us and we hope this is her happily ever after! #camillatheelegant
Today I was fortunate enough to welcome a sweet pup named Dallas ( and his human!) to the DDBBR family. Dallas was given a new insulated dog house, no-tip water bucket, food bowl, a longer tether, a leash, as well as a big bag of dog food. We will be getting him to the vet soon for a skin issue and to update his vaccinations. 🐾❤️
A big thank you to this family for welcoming me into their home and allowing us to help Dallas. It’s been a great Saturday.