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Wordless Wednesday #263 – Foster Maggie

October 27, 2015 6 comments

Foster Maggie

 

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Fetch-For-Fosters: A program that proactively helps rescue dogs to get adopted

July 6, 2015 5 comments

Woman Rubbing Noses with PuppyIf you’ve read my blog, then you know that I am a big believer in dog training and helping people to better understand their dogs through dog body language. You probably also know that I am also a huge supporter of animal shelters and animal rescues.

The biggest issue many rescue organizations face is making a dog more adoptable. Training is key to making this happen. How a dog behaves is one of the biggest factors that impacts whether a dog will be adopted. It is a key factor in keeping an adopted dog in their new home.

Today, I would like to introduce you to someone who has a novel new idea that I hope will become a model nationwide. Fetch-for-Fosters is the brainchild of dog trainer Katie Grillaert of Fetch Dog Training and Behavior. It is a new program focused on proactively addressing a dog’s training needs while he is still in the shelter or in a foster home; before he is adopted, and where needed, working with the adopter to ensure his forever home really is his home for life.

Below is my interview with Katie Grillaert.

 

What is Fetch-for-Fosters?

Fetch-for-Fosters is a social entrepreneurship initiative, meaning that we are using business methods to try and solve a social problem.

Our vision is to shape and support a rescue community that both understands and prioritizes the value of training.  I’d really love to see a trend toward proactive dog training, rather than reactive.

Fetch-for-Fosters provides low-cost training and behavior services to rescues and shelters in order to facilitate the adoption of pets; as well as to help them stay in their new home. We prioritize education and promote training techniques that are effective, ethical, and that nurture the human-animal bond.

Our Fetch-for-Fosters staff are talented trainers who have been accepted into a training/behavior internship with Fetch Dog Training and Behavior. The program allows them to see a diverse range of dogs and students as they work toward their own goals. For example, one of our trainers is also a veterinary student with a special interest in shelter medicine and behavior. I mentor the trainers through this entire process, so we maintain a high quality of service for all of our rescues.

The program is new, but if things continue to go well I am excited about the growth goals that I have been brainstorming… but I’ll just have to leave you with that teaser for now.

 

I love the idea of helping a dog to stay in its home. What motivated you to create Fetch for Fosters?

My first dog, Petra, was a rescued Belgian Malinois. She was my shadow. She read my mind. I was heartbroken when I had to euthanize her due to serious behavioral issues due to extremely poor breeding and poor puppyhood socialization. Her sacrifice is what drove me deeper into behavior modification and rescue. Every time I can help another dog, I can honor her a little bit.

I have been fostering and doing volunteer training for a long time now, including through the birth of my business Fetch Dog Training and Behavior. As the business grew, I continued to volunteer, but found myself with limited time for volunteer work. (This saying is so true: “Entrepreneurs: The only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks.”). I wanted a way to formalize giving back to my community, but also to make it sustainable.

I’m fascinated with the way for-profit companies can provide social benefit. For example, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. created a fortified yogurt for malnourished children in Bangladesh, improving health outcomes and creating local jobs. They are a sustainable business, but do not return any profits to their shareholders – it is all reinvested in the social business.  (http://socialinnovator.info/ways-supporting-social-innovation/market-economy/social-business-partnerships/partnerships-betweeen/grameen-danone-partnership-b) This is my current answer for my local community, in my area of expertise and passion.

 

How does the program work?

Our service contract is with dogs in foster care – the actual rescue. We will provide email/phone support when the dog is adopted so that we can advise new owners on what work we did with the dog, and how this relates to the settling-in process. In fact, we’d love to disclose this to adopters before they even adopt the dog – that piece is up to the rescue, as we are not involved in the adoption process.

If adopters have questions beyond the scope of work that we already did, or beyond the initial two weeks, we might refer them to our training business or another local trainer. This is for their benefit – there is a real importance to the trainer being able to observe the dog in its new home, form a connection with the dog’s people, and make sure that the trainer is getting the full picture before making a training program. This avoids wasting time and money (at best), or the behaviors worsening.

 

What kinds of issues do you generally see?

Adolescence is a frequent time that people decide to re-home their “annoying” dog, so we see a lot of regular goofy teenage behavior. First-time fosters do quite well with a session or two to help them understand how to communicate with their youngster, and how to develop good behavior.

Separation distress and leash reactivity are both quite common as well, and those are things that we want to address immediately so that they don’t become big and costly – they rarely resolve on their own, and in fact they can get worse quite quickly.

It’s also not uncommon for us to work with fearful dogs, usually puppy mill dogs, to help them conquer their fears, and especially to help their fosters understand how to support them.

We are also able to address any training issue – house training, manners, puppy issues, polite walking, chewing, digging, grooming, barking, and so on.

We can also offer limited services for fear, aggression, and anxiety. Hopefully most dogs in rescue will not have serious fear or aggression, but sometimes these issues pop up when the dog has already been accepted into the rescue. We can help the rescue address management and safety concerns with the foster, and give our professional assessment of the issue. Long-term behavior modification assistance may be available, but this takes a large commitment from the rescue.

 

Do you provide the rescue updates on the dogs you work with?

We will disclose personal information upon request if the legal owner of the dog has given us permission to do so. In general, it is the rescue’s responsibility to follow-up with owners and track the progress of the dogs they have placed.

 

What is the cost, who pays, and what does it cover?

I want this program to be sustainable – helping my community for a long time. If your organization – even your nonprofit – could not function without some key people, then I think you should be putting things in place to make sure those people stay happy and available to you. That’s my goal. Therefore my trainers for Fetch-for-Fosters get reimbursed for their travel and time spent with the dogs. Because they are paid, there will always be space on their schedule for foster dogs. I think this will be fundamental to the program’s success.

We directly invoice rescues for their training sessions. A $45/session for a training issue (this is something I think we should highlight) with my regular Fetch-for-Fosters staff, includes:

  • Approximately, one hour with the trainer.
  • Our summary of the session and homework for the foster family, which is shared with the foster and the rescue.
  • Two weeks of email/phone support with the adopter once the dog is adopted. (We’ll also provide follow-up support to the foster family, but we may ask that we see the dog in-person again if there are many questions, or if they are complex.)

Most rescues will only need these regular training sessions, as that is the category where most adoptable dogs will fall.  However, we do offer behavior consultations for $75/session, and we’ll staff an experience behavior consultant for this. Often behavior consultations need at least one follow-up, if not more.

Our fees allow us to purchase insurance and to pay our professionals for their time. The other overhead costs are supported by Fetch Dog Training and Behavior, which is one major reason why it makes sense for me to operate this as a social initiative of my business, rather than a non-profit – it keeps our costs significantly lower.

Donations for training, submitted directly to the rescue, are tax-deductible. We do accept online donations to our program, but these are not tax-deductible. Online donations may be earmarked for a specific rescue, or may enter our general pool and distributed as a scholarship.

 

Do you only work with foster dogs?

Our work is entirely with dogs in foster or shelter care. We support adopted dogs through their two-week transition to the new home if we have already provided them services during their time in rescue, so that the adopter understands exactly what work we’ve done with the dog and how that may relate to helping their dog settle into his new home.

We do not work with “owned” dogs; we’d refer someone to our business or another local dog trainer. I believe that training is a really important part of owning a dog, and should be planned for just as are veterinary and food expenses. Good trainers spend a lot of time on their education and professional development, and deserve every penny that they make. If they couldn’t get paid for their work, they wouldn’t be able to get really good at their craft – and that would be a loss for everyone, foster or not.

 

How does a rescue organization contact you if they want to be a rescue partner or want you to help one of their dogs?

Any interested rescue can send an email to info@fetchforfosters.org and we’ll provide our program information right away. There is no cost for rescues to become a rescue partner. By becoming a partner, they  are able to schedule our services whenever they need them.

We’re able to do some special services for our partners as well, such as running a group class for their foster dogs. So far, we’re doing this on a case-by-case basis, brainstorming together to address a particular need.

It’s been a lot of fun for me to work with the rescues to see what we can accomplish together, and we are all excited about the potential for growth – which, of course, is how many dogs and families we can positively impact.

You can learn more about Fetch-for-Fosters on their Q & A call this week, on Wednesday, July 8, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central time . To join the call, go to their Facebook event page by clicking here

 

Katie GrillaertKatie Grillaert is a professional trainer and behavior consultant specializing in work with fearful and aggressive dogs. She holds two certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA) and is also a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She is pursuing a degree in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Human-Animal Interactions at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Wordless Wednesday #183 – Foster Dog Maggie

April 16, 2014 11 comments

Maggie sleeping

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Touch! #handtargeting #Maggie #puppymilldog

Maggie and her bully stick

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Maggie on dog bed

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When did you KNOW that your dog was “the one?”

February 27, 2013 38 comments

The first time I saw Jasper, it was here…

Jasmine and Jasper

He was in impound with his sister, waiting to be examined by one of our vet techs before being fostered or put up for adoption. I fell in love with his handsome little face right then (I also fell in love with his sister). I practically begged to foster them…just for a little while. But I should have known then,  he wouldn’t be leaving. He was home the moment he walked through my door.

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Daisy

The first time I saw Daisy, she was cowering in a kennel much like the one Jasper was in. She was terrified as hell and my heart broke when I saw how she cowered and flinched when people came near her. I knew then that I would foster her. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I worried someone inexperienced would adopt her and place her in a situation where she could be further damaged.

But it wasn’t until two weeks later, when I picked her up after being spayed, that I knew that she was mine. Her vulnerability drew me in and captured my heart. She needed me. She needed someone who understood her. There was no way I would give her up to someone who didn’t understand her needs for space, time and patience. She was home.

Cupcake was different. She had already been living in a foster home and was more than likely going to be adopted soon. Besides, I had already had a talk with myself about how I would not be falling in love with her. Two dogs was more than enough thank you. I couldn’t possibly take on another. I was sure she would be moving on to her forever home soon and then I would foster yet another dog in need of help.

But then, one fateful night, she went missing, and I was distraught. I was a complete wreck. I imagined all sorts of awful things happening to her. I worried she would be killed by a coyote or would starve to death or be hit by a car. It wasn’t until she was found and finally started to recognize me again that I started to have an inkling that she would be staying.  At that very moment when she recognized me and sighed and leaned into me, I knew. There was no way Cupcake would be leaving my home to go to another. She already was home. She had been all along. I think she knew before I did.

I suspect that most everyone has had that moment, the one where  you just KNOW that this dog is “the one.” With each of my dogs it was different. Jasper was love at first sight (he had me at “Hello”). With Daisy it was much more gradual. It started as a strong sense of responsibility towards a dog in need and slowly grew into something much, much more. With Cupcake, it took a traumatic event to make me realize how much I loved her. Like I said, I think she knew she was home before I did.

So what was your moment? When did you KNOW that your dog was “the one?” Was it love at first sight? Or, did it take time to bond? I would love to hear your story.

Cupcake, a.k.a. Cuppers, a.k.a. Cupperdoo

Cupcake, a.k.a. Cuppers, a.k.a. Cupperdoo

We are a family

June 18, 2012 24 comments

Daisy, Jasper and Lady at the dog park

There’s just something special about that moment when a family settles into itself. A kind of peace or easy comfortability that takes over as everyone adjusts to each others’ personalities and style.

When Lady first came to stay with us there was some adjusting to do, as there is with any foster dog that you first bring into your home.  There were schedules to sort out, toys to be shared, anxiety to be dealt with and personalities to be melded. Lady was nervous and shy and scared, but she was also possessive of me, the toys and the couch. She was used to fighting for her own bit of space and any encroachment upon that space by Daisy or Jasper was met with bared teeth and a snap. Daisy handled it by hiding in her kennel and Jasper handled it by veering away when he saw her about to snap at him. She was in charge… at first.

We worked hard to help Lady understand that she didn’t need to compete for any of those things any more.

I am a firm believer that a chaos-free home makes for a chaos-free dog, so we made competition less of a reward and sharing more of one. Possess the couch and you are no longer allowed to be on it. Possess a toy and it suddenly is gone. Possess me? I walk away. For me, creating an environment that is balanced and relatively drama-free is so key to helping a dog adjust. And slowly, over time, Lady started to understand how things worked in our family and she started to settle in and adjust.We started to be a family.

It was at this point, when we had just started to meld as a family, that Lady went missing  for 12 days. When she returned, we had to learn to adjust to one another again. Many of her old habits returned, understandable given what she had been through, but Daisy and Jasper were a little out of sorts too.

Getting back into our routine helped. Walks at the dog park, scheduled mealtimes, defined playtime – all these things helped us to adjust to one another again. To become a true family.

It’s funny how quickly and easily we have settled into one another now. Daisy checks on Lady as much as she does Jasper. Lady chases Daisy just as much as Jasper does. Lady and Jasper, being Shelties, have become a tag team when it comes to barking at strangers. They look at one another with a signal only they can understand and then off they go! Daisy has come back to spending more time in the living room and Lady is less interested in the couch. Jasper and Lady even share their bones – taking turns on who chews and who watches.

A family knows each others’ strengths and weaknesses; they know each others’ needs. They check up on one another to make sure they are okay.  They have fun together and they love one another. We are a family.

 

 

 

Little Lady Lost – The Latest

November 23, 2011 25 comments

Update (3:50 PM CST) – No new sightings of Lady today. There was one sighting north of Yankee Doodle, but this dog had a collar so we are sure it is not her.

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Normally, today would be my Wordless Wednesday post and I would be trying to decide which picture to post. But, today is not a normal day. Instead, our search continues.

I pine for normal days.

Here is what I know about losing a dog so far…

– The ups and downs are uncomfortable and often extreme – fear, hope, discouragement, hope, frustration, hope, sadness, hope. Repeat.

– People can be amazing in a time of crisis. Twice yesterday I had complete strangers offer to help because they had heard about Lady’s story. One couple Michele and Steven live in my neighborhood and offered to get the signs from the city so we could use them again. Another, Dena, a teacher in Dakota County,offered to drive around for a few hours and look for Lady. I even ran into her last night and she said she would keep looking.

– Spreading the word is so very important – fliers, signs and word of mouth. I received 6 calls yesterday. All people who thought they had seen Lady and wanted to help. God bless them for calling. It widens the search area quite a bit, but the fact that people were watching out for her and were willing to call me or Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and report it is wonderful. It means that there are hundreds more eyes out there than just ours. It makes a huge difference.

– Sometimes when helping you to find your dog, people also help someone else find their missing dog. Yesterday, I received a call from a Joanne, who thought she had seen Lady. It wasn’t far from where we were looking (based on a previous call), so I asked a lot of questions and texted her a picture. She called back and apologized (no apology necessary, trust me) because she had run into the owners of that dog and they were looking for him. Because she was watching out for Lady she noticed a dog running by itself and reached out to help. She was able to tell them where he went. That is wonderful isn’t it?

Also, while out on that same call about Lady, volunteers and staff for Minnesota Sheltie Rescue came across another dog who was in the same location as Lady iss suspected to be (in fact, we thought it was her at first). This dog iss clearly lost as well. A trap has been set for him. I’m hoping we catch him and he is reunited with his owner soon.

– There are SO many people who have lost a pet and had it return. I have received Comments on my blog, on Facebook and even on Twitter from people who have been through this with their own pets, or a foster pet. The fact that so many have come back, even months later, gives me hope.

– Taking care of yourself in the midst of searching for a lost dog is so very, very important. Although, Estelle and the other staff and volunteers from Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, have said repeatedly that I need to take care of myself so I can be healthy and ready to help when that ONE call comes in, I haven’t taken it as seriously as I should have. I reached burnout last night, or maybe it was shut down. The ups and downs, the constant searching, the handing out of fliers, posting signs, talking to people and sharing the message, while all valuable, is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting and I couldn’t do one more thing last night. So while many, many volunteers were out looking for Lady (based on two very good eyewitness accounts), I came home. I was emotionally void and physically spent after chasing down leads and searching several locations over several hours last night.

So today I am taking a step back to take care of some of the things I have been putting off because the search had consumed so much of me, my life (and Daisy and Jasper’s lives). I’ll be working from home, but I will be focused on the work I neglected at my job while I was out searching for Lady. I’ll also be conserving my energy for the calls that come in so I can race to where she was seen and help catch her. What I have realized is that if I am shut down when that right call comes in then I am no help to Lady at all. That’s what happened last night and I can’t let it happen again. And, you can’t forget that life has to go on too. The world can’t wait until you can catch up again.

So here is where we stand as of last night.

Yesterday, we received several sightings in Eagan, back where Lady was first seen on Friday and Saturday evening. The first caller saw her running across Pilot Knob Road from Wendy’s and Chilis area towards U.S. Bank and a tire shop. Pilot Knob Road is a very, very high traffic road with 4 lanes, so this was frightening to hear.

Both me, My brother Tom, Vicki from Tuff Start Rescue and Cindy (who has been there every day) scoured the area or over an hour. No luck. We had given up the search and were heading out when Vicki saw Lady standing in the middle of Pilot Knob Road, trying to cross over. She slammed on her brakes to try and stop someone from hitting Lady, who was next to her driver’s side car door, but was going too fast to stop next to her and ended up flying past her. Because Lady was behind her then, she could not see if she had made it across or ran back to where she had been. Volunteers raced in from everywhere to look for her. With a confirmed sighting it was all hands on deck. They searched for over an hour with no luck, but at least now we know where she is (we think). As I mentioned above, the volunteers came across another lost dog hanging out in the same area and they set a trap for him. Hopefully, he is caught soon too.

In addition to the sightings in Eagan, we received two in Rosemount about a Sheltie that looked matted and muddy. He/She was roaming along Hwy 3 at the intersection of Hwy 55. Both the people who saw him/her called it in right away (God bless them) and I raced out there to see if I could find it and confirm if it was Lady. I did not see the dog, but I did run into an Inver Grove Heights officer and informed her. I also texted pictures of Lady to the people who had called in and they both said that they didn’t think it was her unless she was really, really muddy. Each had described the dog as being black and tan or black and gray. I left the area in relief, thinking that I would rather her not be out there alone where coyotes roam in packs, but you know that still leaves someone else’s dog out there all by itself. 😦

So, the search continues. I think our best bet is the Pilot Knob area, but after talking to my friend Kellie, I am not completely closing the book on the sightings in Rosemount either. When Kellie saw Lady on Saturday morning, she was completely black from her midsection on down. And, she certainly would be muddy and matted if she had traveled out Rosemount way. There’s just no way of knowing. So Lady, we continue to watch for you and search for you and hope you make it home safely soon.

My continued thanks to those of you who have tweeted, shared on Facebook and who have volunteered or offered to help in some way. You are amazing people with huge hearts. I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Thank you.

Please continue to pray for Lady’s safe return and to share her story and pictures. You are making a difference. It’s only a matter of time – at least, that is what I hope and pray every day.

If you tweet, please retweet: Lost #Sheltie in #Eagan #Minnesota. Brown and white. Afraid of people. Tweet @melzpetpals if you see her.

If you are on Facebook, please ask your friends to share with their Minnesota friends a picture of Lady or refer them to her blog post from last weekend. I have pictures and video of Lady here.

Previous Post: Little Lady Lost – The Latest

You can read more about the search for Lady and how she was found in the posts listed below.

Post #1: The search for Lady, my foster dog. How you can help.

Post #2:Foster Dog Lady – Still Missing

Post #3 (This Post): Little Lady Lost – The Latest

Post #4: Thanksgiving Gratitude Despite Little Lady Still Being Lost

Post #5: Little Lady Lost – Chasing the Wrong Things

Post #6: A Sunbeam of Hope? The Latest on Little Lady Lost

Post #7: Little Lady Lost – The Saturday Update

Post #8: Little Lady Lost – Latest Update & Do’s and Don’ts

Post #9: Little Lady Lost – A sense of peace

Post #10: Little Lady Lost – HOME AT LAST!

Post #11: Little Lady Lost and How She Made It Home Again

Foster Dog Lady – Still Missing

November 21, 2011 45 comments


Update (3:03 PM CST, Tuesday) – I haven’t had time to write since my post last night, but we had a sighting about 11 PM last night. Lady was spotted just down Blackhawk road, less than a mile from home! She had seen a sign I had posted yesterday afternoon on Blackhawk (Thank you Maya!) and when she saw Lady, she raced back to get the number and called (people are amazing). Jasper, Daisy and I raced down there and walked around and threw treats. I called out for her. She did not respond, but I know that she is close and that gives me great comfort. We went back this morning and walked the neighborhoods, passed out fliers and hoped she would show herself. No luck, but I am not giving up hope.
More volunteers came to help today and a couple who heard about Lady from their son in New York called Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and offered to help. They have Shelties too so they could understand my worry. They saved some of our signs from the City of Eagan and the city was understanding of our worry and also sympathetic. They helped get the remaining signs out of the dumpster. Thank you Eagan.

I passed out fliers all over that area as did Nancy (bless her soul). She has been out every single day helping out. My friend Deb from MVHS drove the area looking for her and asked people if they had seen her and they said they were watching for her. Estelle and I took down two live traps that had no action, not even wildlife touched the food, and Estelle checked the other traps. Nothing, but given where she was sighted last it makes sense. My friend Karen is coming to help hand out more fliers and Vicki from Ruff Start Rescue is coming with me to check the traps tonight.

If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray she find her way home safely. She’s so close!!! Come on Lady!

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I don’t know where to begin as I write this latest update. First, I am eternally grateful for the kindness of strangers and friends and animal lovers everywhere for their help and encouraging words. Last night was perhaps my lowest period since Lady first went missing on Friday night. I didn’t think it was possible to cry as much as I did, but I think despair and exhaustion took it’s toll. The only thing that has given me hope throughout this whole ordeal is the kindness of so many people (too, too many to count) and the continued sightings of Lady. Knowing that she was at least alive and okay kept me going when I didn’t think I could go on. But yesterday, we didn’t receive a call, not a one, and I began to imagine all sorts of awful scenarios in my mind (coyotes, cold weather, cars, etc.) and I began to worry about my poor defenseless girl out there all by herself, unable to protect herself from whatever dangers that lurked. I imagine this is what all pet parents feel when their pet goes missing and many of your comments have confirmed that. There is no greater fear than not knowing and imagining all the awful possibilities.

There have been no new sightings today, and for that I am sad. I keep hoping for some new news soon, some little tidbit of hope. Perhaps this is the only one for today, but I hold onto it tightly. This morning while out checking the trap closest to where Lady was last seen, I decided to check out an area that is further down the hill from it. I saw some fresh tracks that were close to the size of Lady’s feet and the gait was similar. It gave me hope. I informed Karol and Estelle, and together we decided to place two live traps in that area this evening. It’s more secluded than the other location and is near a pond (fresh water) and there is plenty of wildlife (e.g., rabbits). Plus there was a concrete culvert that she could hide in if she so chose. I am hoping that she is nearby and goes into one of the traps.

I spent most of my day driving around posting signs and handing out fliers – near a warehouse area with lots of truckers, closer to my house in areas of high traffic and further out as well. I dropped off fliers at Chuck and Don’s and the Play It Again Sports store next door. Sadly, all the signs that Julie and Jeff placed yesterday, near where Lady was last seen, were taken down by the city of Eagan. It appears signs asking people to help find a lost dog are not in the city’s liking. It is frustrating to say the least. These signs are our best hope for getting the word out that she is missing. My fear is that by taking down the signs they may lead people to believe she has been found when she has not. Volunteers worked for hours to make those signs and now they are gone, probably destroyed. So now we will focus on fliers, word of mouth and social media to make sure people know that Lady is still missing and to keep an eye out for her.

More volunteers were out tonight and Estelle was handing out fliers. We have more ready to go and many, many people are looking. I continue to hope and pray that Lady will be found safe because of their efforts and assistance. It’s so easy these days to believe that the world is full of bad people, people who don’t care, but this could not be further from the truth. I know firsthand that there many more people with kindness in their hearts and generosity of spirit than I ever could have believed or imagined. Seriously. I am blown away. When Lady makes it home, and yes, I do believe it is a when, I will forever hold in my mind and heart all of you. Your words give me hope and your actions give me faith and encouragement. Thank you seems so small a thing to say, but thank you. Truly.

There are so many people who have offered to hand out fliers, post signs all over Eagan and elsewhere, for checking the live traps morning, noon and night, for spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook and by word of mouth. My thanks to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and all of their volunteers. Karol and Karen who drove through a raging snowstorm to drop off live traps and food to fill them. Meghan, who drove down from up north, while worrying over a very sick horse, to drop off another trap, fliers, and more signs. Christine, a former pet sitting client, who called and said I am with you and came and walked with me for hours to hand out fliers. Jeff and Julie, who helped me paper cars with fliers, visited businesses near where Lady was lost and handed out fliers, put up signs and brought me coffee on a very cold day. Heather from MN SHeltie Rescue, who picked up more fliers, a lock for the live trap and proceeded to spend her Sunday afternoon handing out fliers. Emily from Ruff Start Rescue who was out last night looking for her, checking the traps, and ended up saving a cat hit by a car. Vicki, who offered to check the traps every morning and Cindy who has been out helping, not because she’s associated with the rescue, but just because she has Shelties herself. And Nancy and Dennis who were there at the beginning and con tinue to help today with fliers and searching and encouraging me. And, Estelle, who runs MN Sheltie Rescue and who has coordinated this huge effort to find Lady. She has been there to tell me to take care of myself, to not give up hope. She has shared stories of dogs who were missing and came back in even worse circumstances. You, Estelle, have been a rock when I was not. There are many, many more people I want to thank – Janet Roper, Darlene Arden, Karen C-H, Kellie K, and Kym G, Kim H, Kim T, Kim C, Amy and Rod, Roxanne, Karen F, Maggie M, Kristine T, Pamela, Peggy, AJ, Nancy, Edie, Jen, Mary H, Mary D, Maya Z, and more than I can even mention here. Thank you everyone who has offered a prayer or a thought or a wish to bring Lady home. I believe it is working. I do.

Please continue to pray for Lady’s safe return and to share her story and pictures. You are making a difference. It’s only a matter of time – at least, that is what I hope and pray every day.

If you tweet, please retweet: Lost #Sheltie in #Eagan #Minnesota. Brown and white. Afraid of people. Tweet @melzpetpals if you see her.

If you are on Facebook, please ask your friends to share with their Minnesota friends a picture of Lady or refer them to her blog post from last weekend. I have pictures and video of Lady here.

Previous Post – The search for Lady, my foster dog. How you can help.

You can read more about the search for Lady and how she was found in the posts listed below.

Post #1: The search for Lady, my foster dog. How you can help.

Post #2 (This Post):Foster Dog Lady – Still Missing

Post #3: Little Lady Lost – The Latest

Post #4: Thanksgiving Gratitude Despite Little Lady Still Being Lost

Post #5: Little Lady Lost – Chasing the Wrong Things

Post #6: A Sunbeam of Hope? The Latest on Little Lady Lost

Post #7: Little Lady Lost – The Saturday Update

Post #8: Little Lady Lost – Latest Update & Do’s and Don’ts

Post #9: Little Lady Lost – A sense of peace

Post #10: Little Lady Lost – HOME AT LAST!

Post #11: Little Lady Lost and How She Made It Home Again

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