April showers don’t bother Ruth at all. This petite two-year-old little girl recently came to the Sanctuary from a partner organization in Tuba City, Arizona. She is settling into life at Dogtown and every day brings her a new experience. A sudden light snow squall isn’t anything new for the dogs here in the high desert. But a photographer in sandals who was unprepared for the cold was.
Ted was resting rather elegantly under a tree in his run a few days ago. Ted is an English pointer who came to Best Friends from an overcrowded shelter. Pointers have a noble and classic air about them. Ted does, too. Until his ball rolled off, and then he was absolutely transformed into the class clown.
Violet is a new addition to the goat herd and she’s loving her new life! She is every bit as cute in person as she is in photos. Her favorite location (besides the lunch counter) is perched atop “her” boulder, watching all the activities going on around Horse Haven.
Despite her mountain goat tendencies, Violet is a Nigerian dwarf goat and they are known for their friendly and curious personalities. Violet is true to that type and we are loving every minute of time here.
Happy, joyful, full of fun, all Lab. All these words describe Priscilla perfectly.
Priscilla must sport an e-collar to allow a spot on her flank to heal. The best guess is that she had a bug bite there that was itchy. She made it more itchy by chewing at it and couldn't leave it alone. The e-collar instantly prevented her from being able to reach that spot, and the healing began.
Napping is an important component of looking and feeling your best ― especially if you are a resident of Marshall’s Piggy Paradise. Tippy Toes always looks her best and is a volunteer favorite because of her charming and gentle ways. She loves it when volunteers fuss over her. She enjoys having her ears gently scratched and will roll over for a belly rub at the slightest invitation.
Ever wonder how we choose names for the animals at the Sanctuary? They get a name when they arrive — before we really know them — and sometimes it’s challenging! Naming Holy Moly though was easy. This big, gorgeous, rambunctious boy was rowdy. When he gets the zoomies you can’t help but scratch your head and mutter, “Holy moly.”
Koda is new at the Sanctuary. He was adopted as a kitten, but things didn’t work out in his home. Koda had been behaving in a way that seemed a little aggressive. Lucky for Koda, we understand that sometimes the only way a cat can let you know something is wrong is by acting in a way that demands your attention!
There has never been a more energetic, focused cookie catcher in the whole wide world — or at least here at the Sanctuary. It’s good to be involved with sports and have a hobby or two. Wilson is a well-rounded fellow in that regard. Wilson’s hobbies are geology and archaeology. His penchant for excavating large holes in his run is legendary, but did you also know that he collects rocks?
Congo knows how to lay on the charm. He has great manners, gets along with most other dogs and is a googly-eyed love bug who aims to please. Congo has been with us since 2012. He was in a prison dog program, but he was young, and that environment was a little too chaotic for this sensitive guy. He arrived with some behavioral baggage, but in the years since, he has worked hard to overcome them. He recently went on his first sleepover with a volunteer and it was a complete success.
On a sunny winter afternoon I reacquainted myself with Tiny Tim. It took all of one minute. Happy Feet (one of his many nicknames) has never met a stranger. He is bright, playful and always eager to “help” a volunteer with whatever task is at hand. Folded towels need to be inspected, toys need to be tested, etc. He is a busy boy.
Cowboy and Pancho are great friends, and on a sunny afternoon they were caught napping together. Horses will only lay down to sleep when they feel really safe. In this case we aren’t sure if it’s their other horse friend or the turkeys that made them feel so secure. But it doesn’t matter all that much. They are safe, and their enjoyment of the warm sun is written all over their sleepy faces.
I caught this guy in mid-yawn. Poor Eli, now all I can do is compare him to a basking shark ― not terribly dignified, but not too far off. He is in good health despite having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). He is a smart guy and loves food puzzles, which helps him use his brain and regain his joy of eating.
Tabasco is a petite female hound. She’s about four years old and loves nothing more than to play fetch. She’s sweet, a bit silly and eager to please. She came to us from a neighboring community. Seems she’s been an outside dog, but we have high hopes that she’ll get the hang of life inside a home.
If you are looking for a lot of hound in a pint sized package, contact us to learn more about Tabasco.
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During the cold and gray winter months, you can find Chauncey and his best friend, Henri, cuddled up together in their warm cozy bed on top in the laundry room at Benton’s House.
This friendship is pretty special. Some might even say it’s magical.
Henri arrived with some pretty severe health issues and had been given only a few short months to live — three to be exact. That was more than three years ago.
The word “tortitude” is a word used to describe the irascible attitude of tortoiseshell-colored cats. They can be strong-willed and independent — yet not so independent that they won’t let you know when they need something from you. Eliana’s tortitude comes into play daily. She uses that strong will to overcome her mobility challenges. There is no keeping this feisty feline from her favorite bed on the catio.