Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year from BDHPI


To all of our Volunteers, Adopting Families & Supporters of BDHPI,

2009 is quickly coming to a close and owe the incredible success of this rescue to all of you!

To date, we have adopted out approximately 360 dogs this year and have 15 that currently have pending adoptions! We cringe to think what would have happened to those dogs without our help.

When we first opened our doors, we only adopted to families within our region, and it quickly became evident that our message was reaching all over the US and even into Canada. We have been amazed at the lengths in which our adopting families have gone to adopt from our organization.

There seems to be no end in sight for all the dogs in need, and it pains us we can't help them all. We can only continue our work through your generous support, and thank you for all you have done so far!

2010 holds great things for BDHPI; Pucks & Paws with the Avalanche, Yappy Hours, 2nd Annual Run with the Big Dogs 5k and our 1st BDHPI Gala! We hope to see you there.

We've all chosen to speak on behalf of the dogs who cannot speak for themselves, and you should be incredibly proud of yourself.

Please have a safe and wonderful New Year's!

All our Best,

The Officers of BDHP:
Lindsay Condon, CEO
Bree Dew, COO
Greg Smith, CFO
Dr. Rand Winton, CMO

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why we do what we do!

Grab a tissue and watch this video...it will show you why organizations like BDHPI exist.

In this video, you will meet an adorable dog, Stanley. Stanley represents every dog we pull from a shelter. I think it is easy to forget that before our foster dogs find their ways to the loving homes of their wonderful foster families, this is their lives, this is their fate.

This video is why I foster, this video is why I help fundraise, this video is why I've slept on dog beds with sick foster dogs in fear they wouldn't make it through the night, this video is why I am am proud to be called a Volunteer!

We realize not everyone has extra time in their busy lives, but this video shows it only takes 1 person to do 1 thing to save a life! I hope it inspires you to make a difference, no effort is too small!

I am proud to introduce you to Stanley:

http://www.blip.tv/file/3014054

"The hard life" according to Hooch


The Morrow-Morris family quickly became what we jokingly call "Foster Failures", after fostering this adorable Neopolitan, Hooch. It was not long before he wormed his way into their hearts and found a forever spot on their couch!

Talk about adopting a dog to match your decor!

Scooby-Dog of the Week


We are always so thrilled to see the high rate in which we are able to our foster dogs their forever homes, but dogs like Scooby always make us a bit sad when they seem to stay in rescue a bit longer than other.

Scooby is an adorable, 6 year old, male, Great Pyrenees/Malamute mix with one blue and one brown eye. He is really adorable! Scooby is a really great dog- he loves other people & animals, knows all of his commands and is a perfect gentleman on the leash! Like a Malamute, he is very smart and does need plenty of exercise, both mental & physical! He has the makings of a great hiking partner! If you're an active person, this could be the boy for you!

Pretty Roxi


Some of you may remember the puppies, Hotai & Buddha who came into rescue with horrible mange. We were all horrified when we first saw the pictures of their hairless, itchy & bleeding faces!



Both have since recovered from their mange, and Hotai was adopted by our very own BDHPI Volunteer, Lisa and her husband Corey. Roxi, as she is now known, has big a brother that she adores, Boris the Boxer!



Without organizations like BDHPI, Roxi and Buddha would have been euthanized at the local shelter due to teh cost of treating mange. We are so glad we were able to step in and save these gorgeous pups!



On a sidenote, Budda is still waiting for his forever home! Check him out here:












Monday, December 28, 2009

BDHPI Alums enjoying winter!

Here are some pictures of former BDHPI's dogs enjoying the Winter 2009

Cassie


Lola, formerly known as Holly





Baxter the Saint

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Riley (formerly Agness) Update



Riley has been such a joy and a wonderful addition to the family! I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have her. She has quite the personality and get tons of love by all and, of course, is a spoiled princess

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dog of the Week- Brandy the Neo


This silly girl has been in rescue since June 2009- why, you ask? We have no idea why! She is wonderful! While no dog is perfect, she has pretty great qualities- she loves dogs, cats and kids. She is housetrained and knows her commands. Neo's can be a tough breed, but not our little Brandy, she is as silly and as sweet as they come.

If you are looking to adopt, we ask that you scroll to the very bottom of our "Available Dog" page- great dogs are still lingering down there. 6 months is far too long to find a forever family in our humble opinion!

We have high hopes for Brandy in 2010; our greatest being that she finally gets her own new last name!




Monday, December 21, 2009

Update on Dudley


Update from Dudley's Family:
Dudley is doing great! He enjoys his walks, especially walking by our neighbors that have horses. Something is actually bigger than him. He likes going for car rides, but falls asleep every time. He has found that chasing rabbits is fun, but catching them probably won't ever happen. He likes Harley and gives her kiss every day. Unfortunately, his kisses seem more like a bath to her but she doesn't seem to mind. But most of all.....He LOVES Roxy (our Rottweiler). They are inseparable! They do everything and I mean everything together. He never leaves her side. They sleep, eat, and play together side by side. They play non stop. If you remember the tire, well they will play until they are both so tired they are laying on the floor with the tire in each of their mouths. He is so sweet and well behaved. We couldn't have had a better match of a dog for us!




Thank You!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Part Elf?

A few posts ago I introduced you to our Cane Corso/Reindeer mix, now I have the pleasure of introducing you to our English Mastiff/Santa Elf mix. Who knew BDHPI had such breeds.

Here is Sutter, adopted by our very own CMO, Dr Winton. Doesn't she look thrilled?


Tramp & Mosse Kangas- both adopted from BDHPI




Hi:)

Just wanted to let you know both boys are doing well. They are both all puppy and pretty destructive lately so they are lucky they are loved. Moose has discovered that sippy cups have milk inside and think they are a FABULOUS chew toy, who needs stuffed Kongs, lol.

We had a rare snowfall here and I was hard pressed to get Moose in the house at all. That dog LOVES snow. I almost feel bad we moved him to New Mexico. Maybe the Air Force will send us back to Alaska, it would be heaven to Moose, silly boy!

Tramp is doing well, while he has the heart of a big dog, I'm pretty sure he's going to not be any bigger than a lab. We are getting ready to take him to his 2nd set of obedience classes. He has mastered sit and come, but doesn't seem to get down so maybe round 2 will help.We are really enjoying both puppies although I am looking forward to less chewing:)

They are about as polar opposite as you can get in personalities but compliment each other nicely. Moose is so mellow, and Tramp is rowdy. But man can the 2 of them together find the trouble:) but they really do keep each other company which is what we were aiming for. Moose is about the best guard dog a girl could want(with another deployment around the corner this is a HUGE comfort) and Tramp is a huge snuggle buddy!

Thanks again for everything ya'll do for Big dogs!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season at BDHP's The Kangas Family


Brittle, anyone?

Have you bought your brittle yet?

www.bigdogshugepaws.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Part Reindeer?


Cooper, formerly known as Barney, was a Cane Corso when he left BDHPI, little did we know he is also part Reindeer.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Burrrr

Here in Colorado we are setting records low temps! When I drove home from work the other night it was a mere 6 degrees.

This is how I found Dot (Mama) and our boy, Deacon..clearly Dottie's nose was cold!!

Do you live in CO? Get your dog food from BDHPI!

Big Dogs Huge Paws has teamed up with PFX Pet Supply in order to supply volunteers, adopting families, and the general public high quality, super premium dog and cat food as a Fundraiser for our organization!

Here is a list of the Brands we will be offering with links to their website for more information about their products:
Natural Balance (http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/)
NatureĆ¢€™s Variety (http://www.naturesvariety.com/)
Merrick (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/)
Fromm Family (http://www.frommfamily.com/)
Old Mother Hubbard (http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/)
Wellness (http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/)
Precise (http://www.precisepet.com/)
Eagle Pack (http://www.eaglepack.com/)
Blue Buffalo (http://www.bluebuff.com/)
In addition, we will also be offering Greenies Treats, Pill Pockets, and Biscuits (http://www.greenies.com/en_US/default.aspx).

*ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE GENTLE GIANTS AT BIG DOGS HUGE PAWS RESCUE, A 501c3 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION!!!

You DO NOT have to be a volunteer to participate in our Dog Food Program - Support Animal Rescue by ordering food through our organization and your purchase will go directly to charity!

Please pass this special offer on to any and all animal lovers you may know - we will be happy to provide pricing and further information to anyone interested.

Please keep in mind that we will be ordering ONCE A MONTH, so plan accordingly.Since there are a lot of brands available, please let me know if you need recommendations. You really can't go wrong because almost all of the brands listed above were selected for the Whole Dog Journal's 2008 Approved Dry Dog Foods List.

Here are a few comments: If your dog suffers from allergies, Natural Balance makes some wonderful hypo-allergenic formula options. Merrick is most well-known for their wonderful canned food options. Old Mother Hubbard makes Wellness products. Natural Planet has an organic formula. As far as the most bang for your buck, Precise is a wonderful option and they sell 44 lb bags. They are a relatively new company who has done no advertising, so their name isn't as recognizable as some of the others, but they have high quality food at an affordable price. We will be feeding all foster dogs the Precise Canine Foundation Adult Formula.

If you are interested in learning more about the pricing, please email lisac@bigdogshugepaws.com.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More pics from the BDHPI Holiday Party

back: Greg Smith (CFO), Claire Whitlock Skinner (Fundraising Director), Bree Dew (COO), Lindsay Condon (CEO) front: Dr Rand Winton (CMO) & Marie Silverstein (Medical Director)

Liz Buckley receiving a Certification of Appreciation for all of her contributions to BDHPI!


Some of our wonderful volunteers: Sherwood & Cindy Elkind, Sabrina Flemming, Susan Nichols & Colin Condon



Monday, December 7, 2009

Why every giant breed owner needs Pet Insurance!


Update for Dusty (one of Jazmine's puppies)


Dusty is a wonderful dog! We had quite a start with him, and I have wanted to write and thank everyone at BDHP for the 30-day gift of Pet insurance: When we had had him a very short time, he escaped into the horse stall and was stepped on and broke his little leg! We had to have our vets at Pet Kare Clinic change the cast on it weekly until it was entirely healed. He has grown into a fine, handsome and thoroughly healthy dog. And the best news is that I did submit a claim to ShelterCare which paid for almost everything!

Holiday Cheer

BDHPI hosted our local CO Holiday Part this past Saturday!

We shared dinner with great friends, watched a slide show that documented many of the dogs we saved, and had a small ceremony where we recognized the Offiers, Directors and Volunteers!


More pictures to follow.






Saturday, December 5, 2009

Decorating Mastiff style


We (The Dews) put up our Xmas tree today. We did not get too far into the project when Dot (aka Mama) decided she would like to help. She helped by laying in the lights, stretching and catching our legs as we tried to step over her!




Friday, December 4, 2009

Tails

Sometimes I come across a newly posted dog and I laugh outloud...this is one of those times.
Meet Tails the GD mix.


What do you get when you mix...

A + B


=





Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sponsor a Foster Dog for the Holidays!

Our annual "Sponsor a Foster Dog" is coming...if you are on our mailing list you will receive the announcement. If you are not on our mailing list, please email me bree@bigdogshugepaws.com and I will get you added.

We've had, and continue to have, a lot of medical cases that quickly empty our rescue bank accounts! We need your help to refill them so we can carry on with our work.

Won't you consider sponsoring one of our Gentle Giants in need?

Poor meeeeee

Bella, known as Alice while in rescue, wants your sympathy and she wants it now!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BIG Brother


Zack ( formerly known as Jason) has a new BIG brother in Cooper the brindle Mastiff! We hear Cooper is a wonderful brother and shares his favorite toys!


We love happy endings!

3 of a Kind

Admiral ( BDHPI alum) , Akaya, and Pluto (BDHPI alum)

We have a family in NY with Newfie fever! They've adopted two from us!