Day 1 Feb 13th


Today on lucky number 13th of February Kathy Freitas and I made the journey to Stockton Animal Shelter to rescue Eric & my soon to be foster. We arrive about 130pm. Was greeted by Jennifer and Dr. Stefanie Thielemann and meet a beautiful min pin which they called Bambi due to the way he hops and staggers around. 

I carried him to the car where Kathy held him for the two hr drive home. The bumps in the road frighten him but not car sickness. After about an hour he fell sound asleep. When we arrived home we let him roam freely on the grass in the yard and he was excited to smell our dogs scents and the grass. Boy did his little tail nob wiggle! Kathy carried him to the front door while i got a our 3 dogs All Wonder Dog rescues, (2 failed fosters) out in yard. This worked extremely well as they could get familiar with his scent too. Kathy entered x pen in family room with the foster that we discovered on car ride responds multiple ways to the name "Chico"! Then i let our 3 pups back inside to greet through x pen gate as saranique recommended. There was a little growling from foster "Chico" as all three smelled pen. A verbal correction and they calmed down. So everyone got rewarded with some Peanut Butter in a Kong. Which Chico loved! Guinness was ecstatic to meet him so we let him in first to x pen as Guinness loves all except cats! The greeting went well. So we let Guinness 25 # Boston Terrier and chihuahua mix out and Pee Wee a 10 # Rat Terrier & chihuahua mix in. Pee Wee seemed a little scared but Chico was curious and they politely smelled each other. Leia only wanted to steal treats and toys and didn't want to really meet Chico. Later after a few hours they smelled each other through x pen. We were very afraid of her reactions as Pee Wee's introduction didn't go so well a few years back. I have learned so much about their different personalities. Leia is a very pushy 22# Boston Terrier & chihuahua mix.


 Kathy took my 3 dogs on a walk and Chico got to explore freely the family room and eat in kitchen. Inside he scoots around pulling himself forward with front legs and drags hind end. Loves his blanket scented with Young Living Lavender Essential oil more than dog bed. Is very curious about everything and sudden noises or loud noises scary him.

We offered dry food with a splash of water as Chico was not interested in water but gobbled down the food. Chico is suspected to be 2-3 yrs old and neutered. He is 9.5 #s and vet said he shouldn't be more than 12 #s. Chico has mobility and balance issues due to cerebellar hypoplasia. He is not in any pain and will not get better. Very wobbly on his feet and falls down. The more excited he is the worse his spasm like motions get. He is happy in x pen but was upset being put in crate for the night at first, whined until I and pups settled in bed. His front legs are pretty strong and he can be very quick. Collars and harnesses make him ancy and very almost scared in turn he gets spastic. He has excited urination didn't even do it in house but outside...he will "run" and fall over scare himself and pee or if you try to pick him up quickly to right him he will pee. Poo is yet ro be determined. Wears belly band fine. Cone was a no go! He started flailing around. Diaper was challenging as he struggled and wiggled and play bit at my hands. But he left it alone once on. 

He was not afraid of my husband but did one time attempt to bite. Which was just a warning as Eric was standing over Chico.


Dinner: Eric and I ate Chico stared and got excited at sound of chip bag. Dog feeding went well. He ate it all. But excitedly barked while preparing food for all 4 dogs. 

As I write this he rests peacefully with a few ticks and hits crate and scares himself. He is a little sleeper as if I move he watches everything. More to come soon.


Chico is so gorgeous and sweet. It's heart warming to experience his joy!












 It is so important to remember that many of these dogs that shut down in a shelter just need quiet space and a little bit of patience and attention. Unfortunately shelters in this country were never built to contain the number of dogs and other animals who are stray or surrendered.  At San Francisco Animal Care and Control, staff and volunteers help to socialize the animals, and work with many rescues to save many of these lives. 


This video shows Twiggy and Wally - both whom had shut down due to noise and stress. When brought to a quiet room to socialize, they were both calm, quiet and sweet as can be. 


Sometimes it is just that simple. 









We had a very merry time at Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley last Saturday! A beautiful Sunday day lent itself to a good turnout for dog adoptions and photos with Santa Fundraiser! 


A very big THANK YOU to Blake Foss, our wonderful Photographer - check out his pet portraits: Critters by Blake.


Also a special thanks to Lucy Mercer, David Belrose, The Belrose Theater Costume Shop and Michael Pritchard (our Dear Old Santa!).


Check out the photos below - even the Mill Valley Fire Department stopped by! 











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Today is the first day of our #GivingTuesday impact countdown! During the week leading up to #GivingTuesday on November 28th, we are sharing stories that show how Wonder Dogs benefit from the support of our donors, volunteers, and fosters. 


Our first story is about Bebe, a lovable girl who came to us with severe visual impairment as well as neurological and ​senior-related medical issues including seizures. ​As soon as we got Bebe, we took her to the vet where blood work and x-rays showed liver disease and musculoskeletal problems. We got her started on pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds, and liver supplements to stabilize her symptoms and improve her quality of life.


WDR founder Linda then fostered Bebe until she was adopted into her forever home where Bebe is now happy and comfortable.


On November 28, 2017 your donation to Wonder Dog Rescue could be DOUBLED! That’s because on #GivingTuesday Facebook and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised for U.S. nonprofits through Facebook. Additionally, Facebook is waiving all fees for donations to nonprofits on #GivingTuesday. Click on the Donate button on our Facebook page starting at 5am on Tuesday, November 28th to help us impact the lives of the dogs who need it the most.



Our second #GivingTuesday impact countdown story is about Bella Luna, a petite senior who was in terrible pain from severe dental disease when she arrived at Wonder Dog Rescue.Bella could barely eat because of her mouth, and she required hand cooked foods and many small feedings. After​ ​​her dental surgery and a few weeks of TLC from one of our fosters, Bella Luna became a total love bug who was ready to go to her forever home.


Today she’s living the good life with a wonderful ​woman who loves to snuggle with her.










On Thanksgiving, the third day of our #GivingTuesday impact countdown, we want to express gratitude to the foster families and volunteers who make our work possible. We would not be able to impact the lives of so many dogs without the support of our generous and selfless volunteers and foster families. 


Some of the things our enthusiastic volunteers help with are staffing adoption events, office work, and grooming, walking, and transporting dogs. Experienced fosters enable us to rehabilitate dogs who need medical and psychological support before they can be adopted into their forever homes





For our fourth #GivingTuesday impact countdown story we want to tell you about a very special little girl named Coco. Coco came to Wonder Dog Rescue when she was only 9 weeks old and very sick. Coco’s original family was overwhelmed by her severe medical issues and knew that Wonder Dog would get her the care she needed.Coco suffered from water on the brain (hydrocephalus) and a seizure disorder.


Though her survival chances seemed slim, medical tests revealed there were treatments that could help her. Coco needed 24/7 monitoring for the first few weeks, as we struggled to get her seizures under control. She was adopted after her health stabilized. Unfortunately, a year later that family could no longer keep Coco and brought her back to us.


Coco is currently living with a WDR foster family. The good news is that Coco is a happy and active three year old who loves to play and wrestle.




Our fifth #GivingTuesday impact countdown story is about Brownie, a senior and one of our “fospice” dogs. Shelter dogs like Brownie are sometimes too ill for adoption, so we make them available as Permanent Foster/Hospice dogs and pay for their medical care.


Brownie was facing euthanasia at SFACC when we pulled him out. He was cranky, visually impaired, and had horrible dental disease. Still, he won the hearts of one amazing Wonder Dog foster family and they decided to take him in. Brownie received dental surgery and began to enjoy life. He loved to travel and camp with the family. Sadly, Brownie also had cancer, and in the end, this is what took his life. Despite the sadness on our parts, we take comfort knowing that Brownie truly enjoyed the end of his life thanks to the WDR fospice program.






READ the article in Reader's Digest that includes our own Bear from Wonder Dog Rescue!


11 Tear-Jerking Stories of Rescue Dogs That Found the Homes They Deserve


This story proves that simple acts of kindness really can change a life. When Bear was found on the streets of Lodi, California, as a stray, he had several wounds and injuries from being attacked by a larger dog. He spent his days in a shelter, but Bear longed and yearned for a forever home. As the days grew longer and Bear was still homeless, Wonder Dog Rescue in San Francisco saw his potential and wanted to give him a chance to find a loving home. Read more....



















It is with heavy hearts that we have to let you know that Browney has passed away. He was an older guy who had lymphoma and our dear foster, Andee Porter, cared for him through this.  Run in Peace, Browney. May you have all the fields to run in! 


Browney was rescued from SF ACC. As a senior dog needing a dental and having a bad heart, he didn't have many options for making it to safety.  Wonder Dog stepped in after one of our great foster homes offered to take him in.   Brownie went to their doctor and received preliminary treatment. 


Andee tells me that Browney is also an affection hound and loves being back in a home, on the couch and crawling onto a lap. He is feeling much much better and is eating like a beast and getting frisky. We anticipate his making a full recovery, and hopefully gracing someone's heart and hearth as a loving adopted fella!…

I received this information last night about one of our Hospice dogs who came into rescue with congestive heart failure.  Derek and MaryAnn, we all send our tender regards.  Thank YOU for giving her such a good home at the end.



From MaryAnn:  


I wanted to let you know that we had to put Sisi (who we called Ava) to rest this evening.  She had an episode similar to the one she had in February, but just couldn't beat it this time.

We are heartbroken but at the same time so thankful to you for rescuing her and giving us the opportunity to spend these last nine months with her.  She was a beautiful and fiercely loyal companion and we loved every single minute we spent with her.  She was funny and playful and at the same time intense and dedicated.  We have so many great photos and memories and learned so much from her.  We are thankful she is at peace now and just hope we made her as happy as she made us.

Thank you again for everything you do.…

Cricket came into rescue with non-working back legs and incontinency issues. Despite her problems, she was adopted by a wonderful family, former adopters. They had the time and love to give to her.  Well, Cricket has wheels to get around.... but watch her on the skis that her "dad" built to allow her to run in the snow!  Thank you, Mark and Andee



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