picking your own new home.

Posted: May 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm

we picked up little taylor from the airport last night..i think she was a bit shell shocked. it was a long trip down from yellowknife, waaay up north. once she got home, she was nervous and shy but sweet. today she was better but still a bit shy.

i got the brainstorm idea to introduce her to alex..

they were about the same size, same age..might be fun!
so i introduced them..it went fine. they liked each other.
but taylor also wanted to meet nova and the rest of my guys. i was a bit nervous, nova is sweet but she is also a 90 pound uncoordinated, extremely playful dorky puppy.

i did not want taylor squished or overwhelmed. taylor was pretty sure she wanted to take the risk so what the heck..i opened the gate to the big dog yard.
and taylor moved in…i think it might be permanent.
the big dog area has 3 things that taylor REALLY likes….REAL grass to roll around in over and over…a big giant king sized bed to jump on and off of and roll around some more. PLUS not one but two (nova and hannah) energetic large breed puppies to chase and play keep away with.

this afternoon taylor is no longer shy…she picked where and who she wanted to hang out with and my bed room crew just grew once again. i love it when dogs get to make their own choices.
welcome taylor..glad you are happy…i think…depends how much you happy maniacs continue to disrupt my sleep!

new saints

Posted: May 22, 2019 at 9:23 am

Saints welcomes hannah, a sweet 11 month old BC or aussiX. hannah came to us because of a congenital malformation, her bladder drains into her vaginal area, she is missing an urethra so she leaks urine. this is non repairable. hannah is a very sweet dog and she quickly became nova’s best friend. i have to say with all of the oldies here, the youthful abandon of joyful and continuous play is a bit of a treat. i got such great pleasure watching nova and hannah playing catch me if you can and king of the castle on the shavings pile and romping and running thru the pond. last night at bedtime it was several hours of me getting jostled around as they wrestled and played bitey face on the bed. even alex eventually became tired of barking at them and climbed over top of me to squeeze into a safe spot on the very edge of the bed. i think even mystic and luna are somewhat grateful to hannah, nova finally has a young friend which gets them off the hook for entertaining her. they like me just get out of their way and let that youthful joyfulness wear itself out.

speaking of alex, he is doing so well. there is no doubt that he gets easily wound up and barks his fool head off. but he has a good and gentle soul and even tho he sounds quite vicious when chasing after nova and hannah, he is actually just playing…loudly. there has been absolutely no sign of aggression, he listens really well (as long as he isn’t drowning me out with barking!) he is an affectionate and cuddly little guy with a bit of anxiety but the great thing about him is when he starts to feel overwhelmed, he comes to me for a shoulder massage to help him calm himself down. alex reminds me of the ADDH kid who wants everyone to love him but who actually annoys the shit out of everyone he comes in contact with. and the sad thing is these kids (and dogs) can feel that negative energy no matter how well we try to mask it. it just makes everything worse for them. it took me a long time to learn to really love the unlovable, the pain in the ass, the annoying as all get outs. but believe me when i say…when these irritating misfits begin to feel unconditional love and truly feel they have value..their world changes dramatically…for the better.

new dog arriving today from the north…apparently her name is Tay-Tay…i think we will just call her taylor. taylor is terrified of men and is a terrier mix about 8 yrs old. tammy and i are picking her up at YVR this evening.


Posted: May 17, 2019 at 9:53 pm

Where to start? Many things have happened but Frick it’s been busy, apologies!

Sam, the lovely lab x who got adopted and moved to the island with her new people last summer has sadly passed away. Sam had some cancerous masses and some organ troubles, then she was diagnosed with an internal bleed. It was time to let her go. Condolences to Sam’s people, Tricia and Richard.

Rudy had a sore on his tail earlier this week. Could’ve been fly drop maybe, whatever it was it was itchy and he’s now got sores on his bum from trying to rub the itchy spot. We had the vet come out and assess, tomorrow his treatment will begin. Poor guy. 99 problems.

Harry has 99 problems too. He’s back for a visit while Priscilla is on a holiday. Harry has terrible arthritis, he’s in kidney failure and has seizures on top of it all. We are hoping to work out a better med regime so he can feel a bit better for awhile longer. Such a good boy.

All our rabbits got vaccinated against RHVD-2 this past week. Scary, that virus!

Mocha and Molly are both doing well, we love updates!Seriously, how cute are these photos!


loving alex.

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 8:28 pm

they say you shouldn’t attribute human emotions to animals..they have a fancy name for it…anthropomorphism. it is apparently a bad thing, that’s why they gave it a serious (ie difficult to pronounce) name.
except here is the thing..i have lived with literally thousands of animals in my rescue career.
and they have emotions…fear, love, hate, anger, joy, grief, envy, compassion…i have seen it…they feel complicated shit inside them just like we do.

i find myself in conflict when i am trying to tell one of their stories. i want to tell their story with their feelings without adding my own. and that is a hard thing to do. mostly i kind of guess based on what one would reasonably expect any living creature to feel under a certain set of circumstances.
so am i anthropomorphizing?…maybe…i don’t think so but you can each decide.

the last dog who rocked my soul to my socks was clyde. clyde was many years ago and i eventually euthanized him because he was dangerous. but that didn’t mean that i hadn’t seen into his soul and despite the danger he presented…deep inside there was a really good dog. i should have probably euthanized him sooner before disaster struck. but once i saw him, i loved him, broken beyond repair that he was.

now alex has come in. there is no fear that alex will follow in clyde’s footsteps. while he has a bite history, he is not an unpredictable time bomb like clyde was. and alex is not broken beyond repair…he is just beat up and bruised by what life has tossed at him, he has great potential to heal.
alex has moved my soul in much the same way as clyde. alex is a very good dog with a bunch of unhappy shit going on in his soul and head.

so here is his story, complete with anthropomorphizing…and you can decide if what i think has happened to him emotionally is complete BS.

alex is a 6 yr old multipoo…he knows sit, down, stay. he knows how to dance for a treat, shake a paw, and roll over. someone had him and loved him enough to teach him stuff. so i know at some point, he had a good home.
but alex ended up in a california shelter (i have no idea why..lost as stray? abandoned by his family? only alex knows). the LA shelters are not like our BC shelters that hold maybe 20 dogs? the california shelters hold hundreds of dogs. so there is this little once loved pet in a building filled with hundreds of barking, distraught, upset dogs and his family was no where in sight.
i know he was afraid, in fact i know he was terrified. who in their right mind of any species wouldn’t be?
alex was lucky, he didn’t end up in a barrel full of dead dogs in the shelter back room. but he did end up in a crate in a van full of other stressed out dogs and drove a thousand miles to a pet store adoption event in canada. and alex was lucky again because he was adopted…(i am guessing but i bet his adoption fee was somewhere around $400.)

but alex didn’t feel all that lucky, i think he felt “holy shit, where am I? who are you? what is happening to me? why is everything so unfamiliar, confusing, scary???”
three weeks into the adoption alex was barking in the hedge thru the fence at the neighbor…more stranger danger!!
his new mom didn’t like him doing that so when he ignored her to stop, she reached in to grab him and alex went kungfu mighty with his teeth up and down both arms. this was not exactly the future therapy dog she envisioned.

so alex came to saints. and i look at him and i see this poor wee little bastard who has been tossed away, traumatized in the worst possible ways, sucked into the rescue train with little regard to what he was feeling emotionally, mentally, spiritually and then set up with almost perfect finesse to fail.
and here i go anthropomorphizing again..i can clearly see what he needs to heal.

he needs kindness and patience. he needs to be loved at this very minute for who he is..not for who he could or should be. he needs predictability and stability in this kindness, patience and love.
and one day, that little dog who trusted in life, trusted in his family, basked in the fun and joy of learning tricks with someone he loved..he will come back again.
he just needs some time and understanding with a bit of anthropomorphizing to see things thru his lens in life….these past few months for him have not been pretty.

welcome to saints sweetie.

Plant sale!

Posted: May 5, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Julie and Moneca go above and beyond every year. They host the annual plant sale, raising much needed funds for SAINTS, Elizabeth’s Wildlife, FVHS and Mission Community Foundation.

We are forever grateful to have such a dedicated backbone of supporters. Thank you Julie and Moneca (and you too Joyce!) for all that you do! There’s still lots of beautiful plants available to buy next weekend. 

A week from today is Mother’s Day, and what a great gift idea it would be to pick something up for her from the plant sale! All, I repeat, ALL the money raised goes to charity. It just doesn’t get better than this!

Meet Pearl the second

Posted: May 3, 2019 at 9:43 pm

I want to give a huge shout out to Steven for fixing the doors on the MP building! Steven, you rock! Thank you!

I don’t know what he did or how he did it, but both these doors look great and they open and close better than they ever have. So awesome!

Has little Pearl been introduced yet? She’s the little sweetie that was waiting out at Chilliwacks CARE center for a spot with us. She’s definitely a skin dog, adorable and friendly as all get out. Shelagh has been going at Open House prep pretty hardcore, we are about six weeks out with plenty to do. This is our showcase weekend. Our chance to show others what we do. And what exactly is that?

Happy animals. Lives not only saved, but worth living. That’s what we do.

molly has passed away

Posted: May 2, 2019 at 7:31 am

she had so many health issues stacked against her and yet on sunday she won the luck of the draw and went home with tracy, one of saints dedicated volunteers. we are so sad that molly and tracy did not have more time together but molly had a home at the very end of her life, she had a best friend whose tears anointed her with love as she passed gently away. thank you tracy for loving her. our deepest condolences on your loss.

Conan has passed away

Posted: April 28, 2019 at 4:04 pm

you can’t help but admire a cat who is so horribly horrible in so many ways and yet is perfectly happy in his utter horribleness.
that was conan the barbarian, the most uncivilized, intentionally destructive, bad boy biker cat that i have ever met.
he sprayed everywhere..counters, toasters and stoves. Heck he would jump up on the counter while you were doing dishes and spray 2 inches away from your nose.
he knocked pictures off of walls, stuff off of the counters, he would grab you by his sharp teeth and claws when he felt like it and wasn’t above terrorizing the other cats when he was bored.
conan did not care about manners, or cooperation, or following civilized rules…he LOVED being a barbarian and it perfectly suited him too.

and i have to say…in some really twisted way, i too loved his barbarian ways. you just had to love a cat who had so much fun being a total badass.

all of that changed a couple of years ago..conan started to get old. he stopped whacking cats, dogs and people as they walked by. he stopped wrecking stuff, even his commitment to spraying urine everywhere possible started to wane. and this past year now that he was in his very late teens, he has been such a gentle and loving cat, his motor constantly purring, his head gently butting your face. no longer interested in creating havoc all over the place.

conan was an incredible cat, he had the strength of the mighty but even the mighty can’t forever fight off ancient old age. today conan said he was done, he was ready to rest and so we took him into the vets.
conan passed peacefully from this world. i truly hope where ever he goes next he gets to rabblerouse to his hearts content.

i love you conan and will so very much miss you….you were a one in a million cat.

2 saints passed away yesterday.

Posted: April 27, 2019 at 6:33 am

yoda suddenly stopped eating and was sleeping a lot. renee took him in to the clinic and sadly he was in severe kidney failure. because it came on so fast we did try rehydrating him with fluids and giving anti nausea meds but there was no positive effect after 24 hours so renee took him back for euthanization. she said he passed peacefully away with his head on her shoulder. yoda loved cuddles and he loved food, he had plenty of both here.
rest in peace yoda…you were super cute, had a ton of character and will be greatly missed.

we also lost stanley who really has been hanging by a thread since he came in. he had some significant health issues, diabetes and severe dental disease. surgery was not a viable option due to his age and body condition. yesterday it all caught up with him and he nose dived and crashed.
stanley was a great cat, a strong cat..he had survived what would have brought most of us to our knees. his last few months consisted of a full belly, his choice of several clean and very soft beds, a quiet and comfortable companionship with the other cats, and very many human hands and hearts who loved him well.
rest in peace stanley, life may not have always been kind to you but you lived it with dignity and a truly gentle soul.

We are hiring!

Posted: April 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

Have you been waiting for an opportunity to join our team? Want to make a difference in the world rather than just going to work and collecting a paycheque? If the ad below sounds like you, hit me up at info@saintsrescue.ca!

S.A.I.N.T.S Rescue is looking for a full time person who is passionate about helping senior and
special needs animals. Searching for someone who is kind, gentle, reliable, and enthusiastic.
Must be comfortable with cats, dogs, farm animals, rabbits, and birds. Work will include feeding,
handling, medicating, and cleaning of the animals. Heavy lifting and hard work is a daily part of
this job. Wages are minimum wage until training complete, then $15 hour with medical and
dental benefits. Must have excellent work ethic, be able to work as part of a team and
independently, have a reliable vehicle, and a cellphone. Hours are varied and include shiftwork,
evenings and weekends, Criminal record check required.