4 years ago I adopted Hailey. Back then you were amazed when she
crawled into my lap at our first meeting and curled up. Well 4 years
have gone by. We have since moved into home with a backyard and more
exercise space. There is not one moment nor one minute that I would
trade for having her in my life.
2017 marks Hailey's nomination for "Hero Dog" status by her vet.
Why? While home on a Saturday, just myself and Hailey, in November
of 2016. I suffered a heart attack. Hailey's love and devotion, by
whining and licking my face, arms, hands, neck, and hair kept me
from passing out. I was able to pull it together enough to call 911.
Without Hailey the doctor could not say I would be here today. When
I returned home Hailey gave me a greeting that was way over the top.
Then during my recovery period at home, she never let me from her
sight and curled up next to me every time it was rest time (as one
of the pictures shows).
I would not trade Hailey for a million dollars. Her devotion and
unconditional love is heaven sent. Hailey is a very healthy and
happy girl. She loves her dad and her home. She is loved by the
neighbors and loves seeing and greeting them. Yet she is very
protective of dad and her home.
Thank you Tailwaggers 911 for bringing Hailey and I together. This
truly is a rescue success story in BOTH directions. I rescued her
and she rescued me right back.
This week on May 17 it will be 3 years since we adopted Suri from
Suri was on the Georgia transport in 2013 on Valentines day. She
then went on to her Foster Mom, Emily for the first 5 months.
She was a bit of a handful at 5 months old when we adopted her, but
after 3 years now she’s learned so much and we love her to pieces.
Attached are some pictures of her and the good life she has now
along with her “sister”, Halle Bear.
Thank you Tailwaggers for all you do and for bringing this little
nut into our lives.
Jeff and Linda Uttech
with deep sadness and heartache that we said goodbye to our Princess
Southern Belle today. Cancer had quickly taken over her little
body. She brought joy and love to so many, there is such a
void in our hearts and our home without her.
Bleu is doing great and has lots of friends up at camp! He just
wanted to say thank you for helping him find his forever home
Cherokee Rose &
Here are Cherokee Rose (left), formerly Janet from the Three’s
Company litter and Azalea (right), formerly Cheese from the Pizza
litter. We are celebrating Cherokee Rose’s 5th birthday this month.
I brought her home five years ago St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Azalea
arrived in November of 2014. They are both doing very well. Healthy,
happy, full of fun, full of love. I hope many more of your fine dogs
find homes this St. Patrick’s Day!!
Ever since I found my furver home with the butler family I have been
so happy! I was adopted 4 years ago and I want to thank my foster
mom Erin for taking care of me when I first arrived! I am turning 3
years old this year and never been healthier! I got my DNA tested
and I am part coonhound and part cattle dog which surprised my
family, but they still love me anyways! I enjoy napping and cuddling
with Michelle (or basically laying on top of her) and going to the
dog park to play with other dogs! My family says I snore very loud
and have deadly farts, but they still love me unconditionally and I
shower them with kisses. I just want to update you on my wonderful
life and I wouldn't trade my family for any amount of treats!
Hi everyone! Just a heads up about Nacho and her new life. She does
great up north and thoroughly enjoys kayaking with us. She is such
an easygoing girl that she doesn't even see to notice her life vest.
Thanks again for all you do for these incredible pups. Without your
dedication we would not have this little gem in our lives.
Thanks a bunch,
Holly, Jeff and Nacho (Tilly)
This is Azalea (formerly Cheese from the Pizza Litter). I adopted
her from Tailwaggers 911 in November 2014. She enjoys sharing time
and space with all the animals on my hobby farm. Here she is
pictured with her buddy Stuart, one of my cats. She loves to run in
the woods on our long walks. Even when she gets knocked over by her
sister Cherokee Rose, (formerly Janet from the Three’s Company
Litter) adopted from Tailwaggers in March 2012, running along side
She is learning all the basic tricks. Azalea learns quickly as she
is very attentive. Her background is a little sketchy. I am not sure
what mix of breeds she is: hound, boxer, lab, pit bull terrier is
the guess, and I don’t know what happened to her tail, but she has
a sweet and gentle nature. She is also very goofy J. I am enjoying
both of my Tailwaggers (long and short).
Cherokee Rose (formerly Janet from the Three’s Company litter) who I
adopted from Tailwaggers 911 in March 2012.
She has been a great dog from the beginning. She has had so much fun
growing up in the country. Over the years we have done basic
training, agility, canine cross training and advanced manners. She
earned her Canine Good Citizen title in November and went on to
qualify for therapy dog registration. She is now a registered
therapy dog. Cherokee Rose enjoys coming to work with me where we do
therapy at a specialized therapeutic school in Oconomowoc. We also
do the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program at our
school and we are volunteering at local schools and nursing homes.
I adopted Azalea (formerly Cheese from the Pizza litter) in November
2014. She is also a great dog. She is high energy, smart and a very
quick learner. I have started her in all the basics and agility. She
will be following in her sister’s footsteps to do great things.
Thanks for bringing these wonderful dogs to Wisconsin!
Gus May 2,
It is with heavy heart that a write you this Email about our
precious rescue dog Keesha, (formerly Trinity).
Keesha passed away last week Saturday morning at the vet’s office,
she had just turned 7 yrs.
I know you have many rescues and aren’t expected to remember them
all, but Keesha stands out. She was the only surviving puppy out of
a letter of 5 or 6. She needed to stay with mama a little longer
than usual, so we adopted her at about 3 mo of age. Keesha had
dental problems for which she had 2 dental surgeries to remove teeth
growing upward, and apply enamel because she was born without out
She had a happy life with us in New Berlin, WI for 6 ½ years, with
our other dog, Oreo, and eventually Jazz – we fostered for
Tailwaggers 911 for about 1 year, until we adopted Jazzberry, giving
us a 3 dog home.
We moved, with all out pets, to New Mexico 5 months ago. Keesha was
able to enjoy the beautiful weather, and our almost 1 acre enclosed
back yard .
It is will heavy heart that she passed away unexpectedly. I wanted
to notify you of her passing, since we adopted her from your
rescue. She did have a good loving life with us for the short 7
years she was with us, and we did everything we could to keep her
healthy, but her death is a sad mystery.
Ken & Linda Taczala
May 5th 2015 Me & my boyfriend adopted Drago pronounced Dra: go
formerly known as Liam from Lily & Dukes litter.
It was love at first sight with his baby blue eyes although now they
have turned to a light brown but still cute as ever.
He was 10lbs when we got him at 7 weeks & 1 day now a year old as of March
16th 2016 he weights 69lbs!
When we first brought him home it was like he was living with us his
entire life, since it didn't seem to bother
him that he was away from his brothers and sisters.He really is the
best dog anybody could ask / wish for.
He loves everyone & greets them all with a lot of KISSES! Drago also
loves all animals he comes across.
He enjoys going for walks, the dog park, playing with other dogs &
cuddling! Tricks Drago has learned are sit, paw,
down, kisses, stay & up. Drago is quit the jumper since he can jump
higher then me & I'am 5' 4". I will say he
is definitely a momma's boy. We also had a wonderful time meeting up
with one of his brothers ( Bruno formerly
know as Lucky) at a gorgeous dog park. Hopefully we will be able to
meet up with Bruno & his mom again.
As you can see Drago is one happy dog. Thank you so much Tailwaggers
for saving all these dogs, you bring so
much happiness to them & everyone around them.
You guys are the real HEROS.
Dear Tailwaggers 911,
Today is the 2 year anniversary of Banana (Nanny) coming into our
family. We are ever so thankful to you for bringing her into our
lives. She has grown into a loyal and fun-loving member of our
family. She still enjoys chasing tennis balls, tearing the stuffing
and squeakers out of toys, long walks and swimming. This year she
has also taking up a new found joy in chasing birds. She and Cooper
are wonderful friends and companions. We thought you may enjoy some
recent pics as she still loves to pose for the camera.
Thank you again and also for all you do for the doggies,
The Goelz Family
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I adopted Maggie (aka Julia) 6 months ago and she has been a
wonderful addition to my life...a
very sweet and gentle girl, who makes me laugh every day. She is a
great companion, who loves to play,
snuggle on the couch, get ear rubs and butt scratches - and she is
slowly winning the cats over to her side,
too (at least 2 of the 4 so far)! She is crazy about going for
walks and car rides, and motivates me to get
out outside much more often, especially in the winter. The snow and
cold doesn't seem to bother my
"sweet Georgia peach", shown here sporting her first winter jacket
and enjoying a stroll in the January weather.
We adopted Buford in late June of 2011 from you. He was originally
from Georgia. Nine days later we adopted Sophie (the chocolate girl)
from "Found" in Chicago. She was originally from Tennessee. You'd
think they were litter mates! They are amazing together!
Thanks so much for all you do!
Luka former TW911 pup Mosticolli dreaming about how nice it is here
in WI. Thank you to everyone that helped get him here!!
The Johnson Family
Pickles came to live with us almost 4 years ago on January 27. She
is a joy!!
She loves her furry friends at Dawgs In Motion, loves to fetch her
ball and watch the squirrels at the bird feeder.
We are so thankful for Tailwaggers911 bringing her to Wisconsin for
Shadow & Sasha
In August 2011 Shadow (aka-Snoop Dog) came part of our family. He
has been a great joy to us and anyone e that he comes in contact
with. I have had many dogs in my life, but Shadow is one of the
most loving and loyal dog I have ever had. In March of 2015 Sasha
(aka-Renée) came to us. She is one of the sweetest dogs you would
ever want to meet. She makes sure we get a hug and kiss’s at least
every hour of the day. Her and Shadow have grown very close to each
other. Shadow showed her the routine of “potty time” and where the
treat bin is. He has been a great big brother and loves his little
sister, who is bigger than him. Sasha loves her brother, and where
he is you will find her.
We found that Sasha joint our family was one of the best things we
did for Shadow, and we have no regrets. He has someone to play with
and handout with now.
Thank you Tailwaggers for all you do.
We adopted Kota( formerly Genie) in July 2012. Best dog ever!
Hello Tailwaggers Community!
We adopted ZuZu (formerly Lou Lou) in March 2015. After a rough
start, determining that she has food sensitivity issues and a
reaction from a bug bite that almost sent her into anaphylactic
shock, ZuZu got to know the excellent staff at Best Friends
Veterinary Clinic really well. As a matter of fact, ZuZu has
become a celebrity of sorts at the clinic. She can be seen on their
in house video demonstrating how to trim the nails of a nervous
When she isn't staring in video's, she LOVES playing in the snow!
The deeper the snow, the more fun she has. Nothing is more
enjoyable than a Nylabone or rubber toy – except for spying out the
front window. Squirrels are the enemy.
ZuZu is a loyal walking partner, guardian for the kids, cuddler, bed
time tucker-inner, and perfect house guest.
Thank you for bringing ZuZu to Wisconsin! She was meant to be with
Nick, Debbie, Evan & Owen Balistrieri
I still can't thank you enough for being a loving home for (Pizza)
Annabelle as a foster mom. When we first met her she was such a
scared and shy pup. She has come a long way, and I wanted to share
that with you. She is still hesitant with large men, but she is much
more trusting of new environments and people. She even passed the
How our family has grown. We adopted Garth in May of 2014 and Brooke
February of 2015 from Tailwaggers. They became best friends even
before we got home. Garth came to us as a little sick puppy weighing
8lbs. He has grown up to big a healthy guy, with an old man's sole.
Brooke was a little over a year when we picked her up from
Gretchen's. She is our princess with the diva personality. She runs
the household and the dogs worship her. Yes, I said dogs. In July we
adopted my daughters almost 2 year old lab. He is the typical lab
all puppy and does not know his size. Things in our house have been
crazy fun, with lots of love.
Thank you Tailwaggers for bringing such wonderful gifts into our
We are so blessed to have Callie. She is a wonderful dog. She is
wonderful with our children and she transitioned into our home
seamlessly. One of my three children tells me at least once a day
how much they love Callie and how thankful they are that Miss Sandy
(Callie's foster mom) let us have her. She is a gentle soul. She
loves sniffing for squirrels, the dog park and lots of belly rubs.
We are all head over heels for her.
Bob is growing like a weed!!!!And is such a beautiful boy. Just
can't get enough of that cute face
Beckett came to us as foster number one and less than a week later
we knew we were foster failures; she was so shy at first and still
is shy with new people or new dogs, but watching her over these past
months come out of her shell and become the beautiful loving dog
that she was meant to be has been the best!
She loves sitting on the recliner, chasing her brothers and sister
around the yard and car rides!
Mr. Benson came to us as a foster dog, but quickly wormed his way
into our hearts and became our second foster failure; he did not do
this by being on his best behavior, because he is a chewing machine,
but he did it by being such a “boy”, he has such an out-going
personality and hasn’t met a dog or person he doesn’t like.
Hey Tailwagger Angels!
It's me Waldi (formally Foghorn Leghorn from the Looney Tunes
I am 2 now and am spoiled rotten, whatever that means! I have become
quite the ball dog and I like to roll it back to you with my
nose....if you can't reach it, no worries! I'll just get it and roll
it to you again!
I love to burn around with my dachsie bro Shadow and my sister
Lilly. My BIG sis Nya and I like to play a little too, but she
doesn't even stand to play....she rolls around laughing and hugging
me! Ozzie and I like to go for longer walks together....we both love
to sniff stuff! He and Nya are fluffy Samoyeds....I could use some
of their fur about now!
My other pastime is going up north......the chipmunks are so much
fun to chase around! I'm not a fan of swimming, but the boat rides
Well, I have to go dream up my next adventure! Never a dull moment
with me around!
Hi! Meggy here. My name was Mirage when I came to WI on Nov. 15,
2014. My folks were only going to foster me, but they fell in love
with my sweet personality so they adopted me. Since then I have
grown bigger than my sister, Dixie, who was rescued through H.E.L.P.
We go for car rides together and to the dog park where I'm much more
interested in meeting new people instead of dogs. We also had our
photo taken with Santa and our good friend, Karma (Ziva.) Our
favorite thing is to help our mommy bake by inspecting and getting
rid of any crumbs on the floor. We also love sleeping in front of
the fireplace. It's a good life here in WI.
We rescued Jill 4 years ago in January. She now has 3 human siblings
to love and protect, lots of doggie cousins to romp around with,
and a cozy couch in front of a fireplace to snooze on. We are so
happy we found Tailwaggers911 and our sweet Jilly Bean.
We saw Yeti (now Casey) online at Tailwaggers as a potential
transport from Georgia. It was love at first sight. We offered to
foster but knew immediately we would adopt. He arrived on February
8, 2014. He was just skin and bones and weighed 4 lbs. He was
thought to be 10 1/2 weeks old but the vet thought he was only 6
weeks. He was so small, we thought he would be a purse dog. Our
other 2 dogs are 150 lbs and 110 lbs. He grew rapidly and is now 70
lbs of high energy. We did his DNA despite questions of
reliability: 25% lab, 25% English cocker spaniel, 12% bull mastiff
and the rest indeterminate but likely toy breeds. He brings lots of
Kudos to Tailwaggers911 for a great job!
I wanted to send our Pupdate for Onion from the pizza litter but now
known as Captain. He came from Georgia on the November 2014 trip and
we adopted him in January of 2015. Exactly one year ago. It all
started when His foster family needed someone to watch him over the
holidays. We puppy sat for Captain over Thanksgiving 2014 and again
over Christmas 2014. Soon after that we knew we wanted to keep this
sweet boy. So much so that I put in an adoption application, and
unbeknownst to me my husband put in an adoption application too!
After his last puppy sitting with us he was ours to keep. Captain
has grown to be such a nice dog. He's a puppy at heart; loves his
toys, LOVES other dogs, especially his brother and sister Boston
Terriers, the dog park, and kids. He has free range of the house, 5
roaming acres, and even took a trip to the Smokey Mountains with us
New Years 2015. He is one lucky puppy, but we're even luckier! Thank
you Tailwaggers 911 for bringing us our "Onion" Captain.
Thank you, Jenessa and Scott Kastelic
This is Millie! We adopted her July 2015. I believe she was on the
May 2015 transport. Millie is a wonderful dog! She loves
Wisconsin. Millie enjoys going for walks, playing with her friends
at doggy daycare, riding in the car, and giving her human siblings
Olivia and Nathan lots of kisses! After lots of playing, she likes
to cuddle on the couch! Millie has brought so much joy and love to
our family! Thank you for saving her life! We are so blessed to
have her in our family!
The Differt Family
This is Daphne. She is such a lover and happy she is with us. We
think she loves her home.
Robin and Tom Julius
adopted Chibs (previously named Claus) through Tailwaggers last
February. He is growing up from a puppy into a beautiful dog. I
included some pictures so you can see his progress. Chibs follows
my older dog, Kita, around everywhere she goes. Kita tolerates just
Thank you for what you do!
This Caramel, formerly Harper, from the June 28, 2014 transport.
Thanks so much for bringing us our Caramel. We got her straight off
the transport and haven’t looked back since. She responds well to
training, is as sweet as can be, and loves to do everything with
us. We’ve taken her camping several times (which she loves!),
trick-or-treating (our lady bug!) and on vacation up north (where
she doesn’t like water, but rides great in the boat). She is my
running buddy several times a week, our car ride companion when the
kids go back and forth to school (or anywhere else), and our coach
potato every day of the week. In 2016, my daughter is adding a new
task to the list: 4-H show dog!
Peanut (Kitty) was adopted 6/1/14. Best puppy in the world!!
She is the baby of the family! She absolutely loves to cuddle. With
our love & understanding, she has come a long way.
She's very smart & has learned to shake paw, give high fives, and
Tailwaggers 911 is the best!!
Luka's 2015 from hot Georgia to chilly WI!!! New Friends made and
siblings to play!!!
I named my girl Stella, she is 1 years old today. Attached are a
She was 4 months old and 17 lbs when I got her, now at a year old
she is a gorgeous 60 lbs. She is super smart, knows spin, down,
sit, side, finish, heel, give paw, weaves through my legs, and bang
your dead, among many other obedience and tricks.
She makes me laugh every day and is just a joy to have around.
Thank you for doing what you do and am very glad I have Stella in my
Here's from JoJo my fishing buddy, snuggle bug, co pilot and best
My forever comforter and companion. Just an all around wonderful
dog. Big thanks for selecting me to have
the opportunity to adopt this ( my most favorite breed) Cocker.
Hi Janet and Dawn,
Just wanted to let you know how Bella is doing. (Yes I added a "B"
to her name. Ella was too close to my last dog Allie, and I kept
calling her the wrong name.)
I think we have the food all figured out. The first week I had her
was not good. The second week she only lost it twice, and since then
she has only lost it one other time. I feed her 3 times a day, which
is working for her.
Bella had a great time Thanksgiving weekend. One evening there were
4 dogs, most of the time there were 3. Bella and Zoey, a little
terrier mix were the youngsters and were constantly playing. Zoey
would keep putting her front paws on Bella along with biting at her
(all in play of course). Every once in a while we had to tell them
to calm down. My sister had a crate for Bella and she was so funny
when she would steal toys and take them into the crate. One time she
almost dragged Zoey into the crate because neither dog wanted to let
go of the toy.
Last week she went to daycare on Tues and Thurs. These were her
first full days. Tues she was still pretty nervous because there
were so many dogs, but Thurs was better. As she continues to go each
week, she will get more comfortable. They just got elevated feeders
at daycare and her eating was no issue.
Lately Bella has been totally infatuated with squirrels. Today I
could not get her away from my patio door. Usually after she eats I
throw toys to keep her moving, but today none of her toys worked.
She just wanted to sit and watch squirrels. I even had to wipe the
drool off her mouth once!
Bella is a wonderful dog, and I'm so glad I decided to adopt her.
She is such a sweet fun loving dog. Everyone who meets her agrees
that she is a very beautiful, sweet dog. Sometime when I'm heading
down to Brookfield or New Berlin, I'll had to stop by with Bella. I
know she would be very excited to see you again.
Mac & Dozer
Hello Tailwaggers Community! Mac (Big Mac) & Dingo (Dozer) here
with an update. We are doing great and are loving life with our new
family here in Sheboygan, WI. We were adopted about a year apart
from each other from Tailwaggers, but quickly became the best of
friends. We love playing together, taking naps together, and
sometimes even wrestling in the house. Mom and Dad don't like that
too much, so then they send us outside in our fenced-in yard to run
off some energy. Our family loves us and adores us so much. We
think they're pretty great too. We smother them in kisses (Dingo)
and give ear nibbles (Mac) to show them affection. Once in a while
we get to take a nap with Mom and Dad, going under the covers to
keep Mom and Dad's feet warm (Dingo) and laying between Mom and Dad
with my head on the pillow just like a human (Mac, the Teddy Bear.)
Life is great here and we are so thankful to Tailwaggers 911 and all
of their dedicated volunteers for giving us a second chance and
bringing us to WI to be with our furever families!
Dingo and Mac
Bleu is quite talented at grouse hunting. Thanks you again for all
of the work you do with rescue pups and helping us to be blessed
with this little sausage dog in our lives.
Mike & Steph
Our family adopted Scout from Tailwaggers 911 in February 2013. We
love him to pieces! He loves to visit his friends at the doggie
park, play tug of war with his toys, and take long walks in the
woods. Thank you Tailwaggers 911 for all the love and joy we
received from this beautiful doggie.
The LeBrun Family
We adopted Angel from you a few years back and I just wanted to
thank you again for rescuing her from the kill
shelter down south so that we could have her be a part of our lives.
I know you help a lot of dogs, so you may not remember Angel. She is
a Blue Merle Great Dane that you saved shortly before Thanksgiving
about 6-7 years ago, I lost track of time.
She was only about 90 pounds and was being fostered in Illinois.
Shortly after the fosters got her she gave birth to four puppies,
only three survived.
Although she is not a fan of new dogs, she absolutely loves every
person she meets and she loves our other resident Dane (Tonka) who
we rescued less than a year after we got Angel. She makes sure that
she sniffs each of our boys
thoroughly to make sure they are OK as they lay on the couch, which
is no small feat considering they are both over six foot now. She
loves to nibble on our nose or chin to greet us when we come home.
She keeps watch over the yard
on sunny days, but refuses to stick her nose out of the door if there is
even a hint of rain. She snuggles
next to me on the couch or in bed to keep me company. She is just
about one of the best things that has happened
to our family. I know we do not have much more time with her, as
Great Danes do not have long life expectancies,
but we are so grateful for the time we do have with her and wanted to
THANK YOU for all that you did
to allow us to have her as part of our family.
Just wanted to share with Tailwaggers and Deb, Ziko ' s foster mom,
how well he his doing. He is a puller!
I am so excited that we just completed our first ever dryland 2 dog
bikejoring race at the Dirty Dog Dryland Derby.
We placed towards the end of novice class but we LOVED doing it.
Thank you so much for saving the life of this wonderful friend. I
love him SO much.
Earlier this summer, our family lost one of our much beloved dogs
Meisha. We weren't sure if adding a new dog to our now two dog
family would be the right thing. Our 13 year old male Mikko bonded
so closely to Meisha it would be most difficult for him. While on
vacation in July, I briefly saw Jacques bio on the website and knew
I had to meet him. After all, his name was Jacques and our last name
was Jacque it had to be. After waiting almost 2 months because he
had some medical problems, they notified me that my husband and I
could visit him. It was love at first site. We waited another week
for him to be cleared from surgery. The "meet and greet". Needless
to say, I was worried about Mikko. It wasn't great but tons better
than I expected. Miya and Jacques hit it off immediately. We spent
the next long holiday weekend together. By the end of 5 days, Mikko
and Jacques were in the same room together. I was delighted. We put
in the application for adoption on Labor Day and never looked back.
Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful dog back to Wisconsin.
He has been nothing but a delight bringing much needed laughter and
happiness. I know Meisha is looking down at us and thanking us for
allowing that next rescue into our hearts. Thank you Tailwaggers 911
for your patience with me and allowing us to meet and keep this
We adopted Jake (formerly Stars) in August of 2014. We have been so
delighted with him ever since! He is very smart and he really
wants to follow his learned commands and please us. He is so sweet
and likes to play and snuggle, too.
I am sending pictures that we proudly took in the end of August,
after he had his first grooming appointment and looks extremely
Congratulations on your Top Choice Award/Best of Greater Milwaukee,
Dog Rescue and thank you for helping us find such a wonderful dog!
The Balister Family
JoJo is such a trooper. Loves anything and everything. Boats,
swimming, baths, etc.
Up north at a cabin with four dogs total and dozen people his most
favorite place. We get three weeks!
We are at Ziko's adoption anniversary about now and our family would
like to send you and update and thank you! We love him SO MUCH!
And a special thank you to his foster mom, Deb ... who went out of
her way to help us make the transition. We are so very grateful.
Our wild boy has learned to bike with us this year, has gone to
obedience class, has discovered that he loves swimming at the cabin,
and is settling into being a contented country boy who prefers being
outside as much as possible.
Thank you for all the work you do to save lives like his!
Nicole, Eric, Abe & Soren Espe
This is Finley (formerly known as Larry). He was part of the Three
Stooges litter that arrived in Wisconsin on April 28, 2012. When he
came off the transport he was just a puppy who was afraid of grass
and ate food faster than any dog I've see. Now he is a thriving 3
year old handsome boy living in Madison.
Finley lives a spoiled life of couches, sleeping in beds and gets to
spend a lot of time with his two Black Lab cousins. He is an
incredibly fast and smart boy who likes to show off his tricks and
fetching talents. He loves weekends in northern Wisconsin running
free and playing in lakes. Who knew he was going to be a water dog?
I adopted Finley when I was in a tough spot in my life and I needed
something positive to focus my energy and love on. He has been with
me through thick and thin and I'm happy to report that we are both
in a happier place. Truly a "who rescued who" situation.
Thank you for bringing Finley into my life!
Mocha & Dixie
I just wanted to thank you for connecting us with Connie and Marv
Borchardt so that Dixie and Mocha could meet up to play. We all had
a lot of fun visiting at Connie and Marv's home in Port Washington.
The girls especially enjoyed the get together. I attached a few
photos from the play date. It was also really cool for us to see
Mocha again; she and Dixie are SO MUCH alike in looks, demeanor and
sweetness as well :)
Also, I wanted to let you know that Dixie girl is doing very well
receiving chemo treatment through UW Madison. She was enrolled in a
clinical trial a little over a month ago and she is really feeling
and looking great. We are so thankful for the amazing veterinary
care through UW and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for
chemo options for their pets.
Adriane & Tom Story
We adopted Linus from you guys in the summer of 2010. He was listed
as a lab mix, but we did testing to determine his breed and found he
was 50% Boxer and 50% Weimaraner! We loved him right away and knew
he was the dog for us. He was the second dog we were fostering from
Tailwaggers and was our "foster fail". We had another dog at home,
a boxer/lab named Lucy, who was also a puppy at the time and the two
of them were best of friends. They played hard together: wrestling,
tumbling, playing chase full speed in the yard. It was a show of
real athleticism. But they also snuggled in the house. Lucy admired
Linus and followed his lead.
Linus had an amazing spirit. He loved people and other dogs, and
was loved in return. He would follow you around the house, always
wanting to be with you. Even if you were a stranger coming to fix
the furnace - he would be right there politely watching. He was
very high energy and excitable and learned to channel it. For
instance, every night when prepping his dinner he would jump in
place. It was a sight to be seen, he could really get up there. His
hobbies included chasing various animals out of our yard, catching
birds that few by (!!), and running the agility course at Dawgs in
He really was the perfect dog to us. Smart, calm, and confident.
Loaded with energy, but gentle and affectionate. A real companion
for us, our kids, and for Lucy dog. We're blessed to have had 5
years with him.
About eight months ago Austin was in an ATV accident that left him
paralyzed from the chest down. Before the accident Austin met Libby
shortly after we had adopted her from Tailwaggers 911. They got
along great from the start; she was involved in almost all our daily
activities. Libby is a very kind hearted dog, but she does have a
hard time meeting knew people, but she never had a problem with
After the accident Austin was sent to a facility down in Milwaukee
for about 2 and half months, where he gained enough motion in his
right arm to operate a powered wheelchair. He was then able to come
home and we waited a few days before we reintroduced him with Libby.
When the day finally came Libby was so excited to see a car pull in
the drive way, but was very taken back by what got out. She has
never seen a wheel chair before. Austin called to her in his normal
way and it only took her a second to recognize his voice, but she
didn’t know where it was coming from. She kept by passing the wheel
chair in search to find him. Finally we got her to see that it was
him in the chair and she couldn’t figure it out. She would hide
every time the chair moved but, after a few hours of working with
her she got over her fear and realized that it was him in the chair
and everything is fine.
Austin was always hesitant to go for walks down the road, but
knowing Libby would love to go he got over the fear and now we go
for many walks and Libby is always there trotting along. She obeys
all the tricks he has her do even though he can’t hold a treat. She
now like always has to be everywhere we are and he is normal in her
heart. It’s great to know we gave her a second chance in our family
and to see her give him a second chance with no judgment!
And just for a little update he now has slight motion in both arms,
starting to move two fingers and starting to wiggle some toes!! Miss
Libby Lou keeps maturing and a joy to all, her new favorite activity
is running along with me and her best friend Bentley the horse when
we go for rides!!
Diggety (named Skipper when we adopted him) is the greatest dog a
person could ask for. He lives with his buddy Buster and enjoys
lots of walks and playing ball in the backyard. He is very kind and
sweet and we just love him. The one picture is a heart sticker on
his head that he brought to me on Valentine's Day.
Thanks so much for all you do Tailwaggers!!
Diane and Diggety
Dan and I adopted one of your pups a little over 2 years ago. His
name was Moonstone. We named him Milo and I thought I'd send you an
update. He's the sweetest, happiest dog. He's a 70lbs ball of
energy, but is quite the snuggler too :) He loves everyone and wants
to be friends with every dog he meets, even if they want to have
nothing to do with him :) I've attached two pictures I took of him
yesterday. Let me know if it didn't work. Anyway, thank you for all
you do! Adopting Milo was the best decision we could have made!
Karma instantly took over one of the recliners! At almost 6-mos. Old
she doesn't fit in it anymore. The snow is weird. Somedays I like
its really deep I pushed my hound nose in deep, and then jump up
bunny! I didn't like it when I first came to WI. Too Cold ! I have a
loving house with good food, treats, and lots of toys. I am growing
so fast! I'm going to start puppy day care once a week to play with
doggies. I hope to find my brother one day.
Bleu and mom snowshoeing in northern Wisconsin
He is a special little fella and we'll give him a great home.
Cocoa is a wonderful, funny, sweet, affectionate, adorable pup! We
ate all so happy that we are all together.
She is ours and we are hers! Sincerely, Jeanne and Dick (and Riley)
Weymouth. Wisconsin Rapids and Minocqua
I adopted Giblet July 2014 and now her name is Gypsy due to her past
roaming the streets in Georgia and traveling here to Wisconsin. She
came to me such a well-behaved girl and a wonderful temperament that
matched mine. Quiet yet playful, excitable but calm. She always
greets me when I come through the door like I've been gone for days
and showers me with kisses and twisting in circles. My parents live
in an apartment but I always sneak Gypsy through the patio door
because grandma and grandpa so look forward to seeing her. She races
through the door and lands on grandpa's lap and kisses him and
always licks his glasses blurry. They love her just as much as I do.
She loves going for walks and chewing on her bones, and when she
gets tired, she just goes up to bed. We love to snuggle in bed. I
couldn't have asked for a better companion. Thank you
Stevie after going to the spa (groomer)
Well, here is Gus now-(formerly named Prince Charming back when we
adopted him as a puppy in 2007.) Just look at him now! He's 7 yrs
old now, but you'd never know it-he still has tons of energy. He has
been the best dog ever-he loves everybody, gets along with other
dogs, loves to go for walks with me. It's been great watching Gus
grow up along with our son Aaron, who is 10 now. We still live in
Cedar Grove. I'm so glad I found him on your website that day years
ago. I look at your site sometimes, looks like you've had many other
dogs since then.
I praise you and your other volunteers/fosters for finding
loving homes for these homeless dogs.
Maggie & Diego
I adopted Maggie and Diego from Tailwaggers 911 in November of 2011.
I already had a boxer at home, and I wanted a friend for him.
Maggie and Diego came as a pair so he got two friends! Maggie has
been deaf since birth, and I wasn't sure what to expect. She learned
sign language quickly and definitely uses the other two to help her
understand what's happening (for example to run to the door bc we
are going to the park!) Maggie and Diego are a real joy. They enjoy
chasing animals on the 3 acres I live on, going for off leash walks
with some of their dog friends, and snuggling with any and
everyone! I couldn't have gotten a better pair of pups! Thank-you
settled into her forever home over this past year and we couldn't be
happier that she's part of our family. She's exceptionally sweet,
unimaginably adorable, a little too smart, and truly content. Wynona
loves being loved, and gets lots of attention. She also loves any
type of outing (to the lake, to the dog park, on a family vacation,
or just walking around the neighborhood). She successfully completed
classes at (the unfortunately now closed) ZoomRoom, which greatly
improved her confidence and helped us manage her shyness. Here are
some pics of her enjoying some outings and easily mastering one of
the various "brain toys" we have to challenge her near-genius
intellect :). Thanks Tailwaggers for all that you do, and
particularly for bringing Wynona into our lives! Lisa
Hi, I’m Peanut. I used to be called Bonnet when my family met me at
the May 2014 Transport. I’m not so small anymore. Now that I am
almost a year old I have grown to 45 pounds. If there’s one thing I
brought this family, it has been energy. My best friend is a
Bassett Hound named Buddy. He is now seven, but I got him to act
like a puppy again too. When we are tired, we love to rest
together. Did you see what I do to beds if I get bored? That was
my last cloth bed. I sleep on a Kuranda now and love it. I just
need to be sleeping in the same room as Buddy. The family stays
active by chasing me, walking me, and playing ball with me. I enjoy
playing furniture tag, roughhousing with my teenage boys, and
watching the neighborhood out the windows. And the snow – I love
romping through snow drifts. Sure am glad I came north and adopted
The Zweifel family
We adopted Abby on May 4, 2009. She was about 16 weeks old. When
she was with you her name was Brittney , but her foster mom didn't
think it fit her so she started calling her Abby and it stuck.
She is a fantastic dog! She has energy and love's to run laps around
the back yard, or play keep away from the horse's when we are at the
farm. But at the same time she can lounge around the house and take
it easy too.
Her favorite things are her stuffed toys with squeakers in them. She
is so gentle with them, other toys are chewed to pieces. :-)
She did have to have an operation last year for Bladder Stones. Her
bladder was full of them. Since she has been on special food with a
higher Ph to stop the stones from forming. The vet said its just
something in her bodies chemistry. So that means special food and no
I sent 2 pictures. She is with her boys in one, its cute as far as
their ages, Gaige is 7, Abby just turned 6, and Collin is 5. The
other photo is her lounging on my mom's patio after running around
with my brother's dog who is in the background.
I hope this is what you were looking for in an update, might have
been a bit long but when you have a great girl there's a lot to say.
Meggy (Mirage) here. My Mommy and Daddy wanted to foster me but they
failed because they adopted me instead. I have lots of fun with my
sister, Dixie. We play and chase each other around the house. I have
a big brother, Bear, but he's really old so he just watches and
barks at us sometimes. I weigh about 20 pounds now. I'm even in a
puppy class now with Karma (Zena.) Life is great!
Hi my name is Moxi! I
got adopted by a wonderful mom and dad and one cat brother. He's
very silly and we like to play a lot. Sometimes he sleeps right on
top of me which is annoying since he is way bigger than me. I'm
trying to adjust to the snow and cold, since I came from Georgia.
But my mom bought me booties when it was really cold and we can
still go for quick walks. I am very happy in my new home and
love to be cuddled and lay on my mom's lap. My mom loves me sooo
much and says I am the perfect dog. I don't cause any trouble at
all. I'm sure glad my mom saved me and gave me a good home, thank
goodness for Tailwaggers 911 and all the dedicated wonderful people
that work there!
Hi, my name is Bear
(formally named Stripes) I was adopted in July of 2014. I was
originally listed as a Collie mix but later found out I am an
Australian Shepard and Pekingese mix. I enjoy car rides and
burrowing my way under the covers when it is time for bed. My
favorite nap spot is right on top of the pillows. My family loves me
very much and I can tell because they give my delicious rawhide
bones. I can’t wait for summer because I love to camp with my family
and doggy friends. Thanks for reading, just wanted to give you a
tailwagging update. I was in a transport with my brother Stars. I
am curious to know how he is doing!
Cooper (aka Bones) is by far one of the most animated dogs we've
ever had! He's a unique looking dog who looks super skinny but eats
a ton! His incredibly soft and velvety coat is mostly tan with
slight patches of white which shows the Springer Spaniel mixed in
with the Veszla, which is the breed he most closely represents. We
love to cuddle with him and pet his ears which feel like the edges
of your favorite blanket! His ears often flip over, as seen in his
photo, and he doesn't seem to mind one bit. They also flap in the
wind as he runs through the fields and woodlands like a deer with
his super long legs... he's really fast and can literally leap 3
feet straight up in the air. His eyes are very cool with the way
that they match his coat exactly, and he has awesome tracking
abilities when he sees a bird in the sky or a squirrel in a tree.
He absolutely LOVES chasing squirrels! He would have made a great
hunting dog if that's what we would have wanted him for! Instead,
he's just our cuddle-loving, playful, sometimes naughty, and super
fun pup! We're all very happy to have him as part of our family,
especially his best friend, Rudy (our 10 year old Golden
Retriever). Thanks for saving him! The Feuersteins (Stephanie,
Eric, Keaton, Hannah, and Ella)
Kentucky (now Star) in 12/13 and she has been a fabulous addition to
our family! Our two teen daughters had only had cats until we
brought Kentucky/Star home and are still amazed how we got along
without her. She is SO sweet and lovable and very, very smart! She’s
been the ‘star’ of the training classes she’s attended and is hoping
we make time for another one soon. Kentucky/Star loves playing with
other dogs at doggie day care once a week and really enjoys her
daily walks. She likes to run and play, but also cuddle and have her
belly rubbed. In the photos, you see Kentucky/Star with some toys,
rolled onto her back for a belly rub, and so tired out from the
excitement at Christmas she didn’t even notice when presents were
stacked on her! She is the BEST dog for our family! THANK YOU for
caring for her until we came along!
This is my dog Cash. I adopted him two and a half years ago as a
puppy. He is the love of my life, always happy and playful. He
listens very well and gets along great with all other animals on our
farm. Especially, his older brother hunter, the two are inseparable.
He as truly found his forever home as a dear part of our family. I
could not have asked for a more perfect dog.
Thank you for all that your organization does.
We adopted Pepper in December 2009 when he was nine months old. We
particularly liked how there are no kennels involved in TW911, only
fostering, and they did an excellent job evaluating him and us to
assure he went to the right home. We renamed him Jimmy and the name
suits him very well. He is now almost six years old and we have
enjoyed every single day with him. I work from home so once every
two weeks he gets to socialize at Central Bark Day Care, plus we
visit a dog park nearly every weekend. We have taken several levels
of obedience classes at Dogs Best Friend in Madison. Then it was
onto Canine Good Citizen and we kept going! Jimmy is now a certified
Therapy dog. In this capacity he welcomes young children to read to
him at libraries through the Reading Education Assistance Dog
program (READ). He has been known to place his head in the lap of a
reading child, which is purely a delight to witness! He has also
comforted bigger kids during stressful exam periods for UW-Madison
students in the lobby of their dorm. We cannot imagine anyone giving
Jimmy up however that mistake luckily turned into our fortune! Thank
you for bringing Jimmy to us.
Jean & Mike
Mr T really has been livin' the good
life. We recently moved to our first house, and he loves playing
with the neighborhood kids. The photos are captioned, and 2 are a
bit old. Mr. T's 2nd birthday is in April, so I'm sure he will get
another party. Thanks Tailwaggers for bringing our family together!
I rescued Polly about a year ago and she is truly a joy! We have
taken a couple of training/obedience classes and she learned very
quickly. We went on a 5k walk your mutt run(she wanted to run, I
wanted to walk). She still loves her soft squeaky toys and she
doesn't even destroy them, she just like to hear the squeak. I am so
happy I rescued her and she has her Forever Home!
Thank you for your help in bringing her to Wisconsin
We adopted Donkey back in September. We immediately changed his name
to Wilson. He's been a fantastic addition to our family. I don't
know how we got along without him. We live just a few miles from a great
dog park and Wilson and our other dog Mia are lucky enough to go
almost every day. Wilson is very loving and gentle and he
thinks he's a lap dog. He loves all people and dogs and loves his
spot on the couch. I've attached a couple of photos of
Wilson(formerly Donkey). ~Jon Kelley
Here are some recent photos of Ziko (and
family). We adopted him in August 2015. He has a pack of his own now
to run and play with. He sure like country life. Thank goodness for
a big yard with invisible fence and dogs parks because, boy, can he
RUN! And run he does!! He has discovered that he really likes
playing in the water too.
We love him so much. Thank you for saving
his life so that he can make our lives better!!!!!
-Nicole & Family
Hi, my name is Zeppelin,
and I came here in January of 2014, and found my forever home in
February. I don't much like the snow and cold--unless we're going
for walks or to the dog park! I'd really much rather sit in the sun.
I LOVE to snuggle--my mom says that 73 lbs is too big to be sitting
in laps, but I prove her wrong every day! I always make sure to lay
in the MIDDLE of the bed, so that you HAVE to snuggle me! I have a
human sister, and I love playing with her and her friends. She does
lots of activities, so I get to go for lots of car rides when we
drop her off! At first I wasn't sure about the open windows, but I'm
brave now and stick my nose out so I can smell all the smells
better! I also love tummy scritches, ear scritches, cheek scritches...
really, I like scritches anywhere! I have lots of doggy friends that
I get to play with too. I'm really living the life here in
Just sending an update of Kyla for you. She is doing well, she loves
to chase chipmunks, frogs, and adores playing with children. She
loves to play and destroy her toys, but most of all she loves to
snuggle. Even though she's 47lbs she sits on me like a lap dog. She
is now 18 months and is starting to mature and become less crazy.
She still loves her walks/runs, but most of all she loves playing
fetch. She loves to go to the dog park and up north to play around
with other dogs, she is very social.
Thank you so much for allowing her to be apart of my family. She has
snuggled her way into my heart and knows how to melt it every day. I
have attached a few pictures of Kyla over the past year.
Kaikai is doing great. She loves to run
and has a great time in the snow. Her favorite thing to do is to
hunt for a bone that we burry in the snow. Unfortunately still
hates garbage day and the noise the garbage trucks make. Can't
imagine life without her, we're so lucky she rescued us! Happy New
The story of our
Rescue guy is an exciting one, at least for our family. In August
of 2011 our little guy came to live with us. He was known at
Tailwaggers - 911s as “Snoop-Dog, or Locke”. He is known as
Shadow is a very
special and loveable little guy. He has brighten our lives, and
always has nothing but love for us. He is spoiled, but who cares,
he deserves all he gets. He loves his Rawhide Bones he gets. He
gets one a week when we go shopping. He knows this as he goes
through the shopping bags looking for it.
He has a brother and
sister here (cats). Took a while for him to get use to them. The
male cat and Shadow are best of friends and play and lay with each
other. The female Cat tolerates him.
Shadow loves to be
with us, and if he knows we are going in the truck, he is the first
one to the door. He is the perfect rider in the vehicle, sometimes
you forget he is with you. He loves to sit with either one of us,
or if we are sitting on the c ouch, he loves to curl up between us.
Shadow had a long
trip to come to us. He came to Wisconsin from Alabama. He was very
sick and was not expected to make it. Shadow is very determined and
refused to give up. When Shadow chose us as his parents, he came at
a very sad time in our lives. We had just lost our puppy of 14
years. Shadow could never take the place of Gizmo, but he created
his own spot in our hearts.
We are grateful to
Tailwaigers-911 for allowing us to have Shadow. He is very special,
and very loving. One thing we notice is he is grateful for anything
we give him or do for him. We could not have asked for a better
companion than Shadow.
Attached is current
pictures of Shadow, and the story of him that was provided by
Thank you for the
service you provide. If we could we would have a house full of
Shadows, but one at a time is enough.
Wayne and Mary Metz
My Name is “BO”, which is short for Humphry Bogart because I am so
handsome. I live in West Allis, Wisconsin with my dad – Dave. I am
a Rescue Dog from TailWaggers911, but I found my forever home now.
I am seven months old and weigh 44.4 pounds, but I may grow a
little more. I love to chase tennis balls, tug on my rope, pull on
my toys and chew on my bones. I like to be outside or inside with
my dad. My favorite time is laying on the couch and having my belly
Jake (stars), was adopted in August 2014, he is currently almost 9
months old and is an awesome doggie! He completed basic obedience
training on Monday January 19th at K-9 obedience training in
Menomonee Falls. We are very proud of him. He knows sit, down,
stay, and come. He walks (heels) well on his leash. He has fun
personality and is very playful pup. My boys, husband, and I adore
him. We are very happy to have him as part of our family and look
forward to enjoying him for many years to come.
The Balister Family
Hello from Rocco (formally known as Acorn) whom we adopted in
October of 2014!
He is just over 6 months old now and doing great! He is an active
dog that loves to run and play with other dogs and people. He enjoys
going to doggie daycare 2x/week and is learning a lot at dog school
so that he can join us at all the running and triathlon events in
and around Madison this spring and summer. It's only a matter of
time before he starts participating in some 6 legged races himself!
His nickname is Mr. Wiggles because his tail never stops wagging.
One of our favorite features are his big bat ears that went from
floppy to straight 1.5 months after we got him! :)
Thank you for bringing him into our life!
Megan Dolan & Jeff Sweet
Hi from Sneakers and the Spiering Family!
Sneakers has been a wonderful addition to our family - he plays so
well with his sister Socks! They love tiring each other out by
trying out their latest wrestling moves on each other. Sneakers is
such a good boy and is quick learner! He has learned all sorts of
new tricks and makes us laugh each and every day with his adorable
Thank you Tailwaggers for rounding out our family!
We adopted Ollie (mojo)
on the 5/3/14 transport (if memory serves!). We were so surprised at
how tiny our puppy was! He was the smallest dog on the transport,
both in age and in size. We fell in love with his playful nature. He
was afraid of his collar, didnt want to be alone (ever), and was
very nervous around men especially. We are happy to report that
although Ollie is stubborn and barks at me while I am on my
computer, He is a sweet and affectionate, playful dog! He has
completed a manners 1 class and learns very quickly. He is extremely
treat motivated which made is training a breeze. None of the
veterinarians or dog experts in our life seem to have a clue what
breeds Ollie is. We were told a retriever mix. He has short legs, a
long body, ears that wing off is little face and white markings. We
are constantly told how adorable he is. He has grown to be about 18
pounds at 10 months of age. We also rescued a big brother for Ollie,
named Sully. Sully (13months) came to us when Ollie was 6 and a
half months. They are best friends. They constantly play and cuddle.
Although Ollie loves to snuggle with his people most. We are
thrilled to have our little buddy Ollie and cant imagine him not
having a life. He brings our life lots of excitement and love.
This is Tai checking in. I am doing very well in my forever home. I
have a brother Dusty...hes a cat. We watch birds and squirrels
together. I like to play with my toys and run outside with my dog
friend next door.
We go up north and I get to run in the woods all day! I chase
rabbits and squirrels. I only watch the deer because they kinda
scare me. We have campfires and if someone drops a hotdog....its
Sometimes we go on the pontoon boat. I haven't mastered swimming yet
but working on it.
My mom says she is glad we found each other. We are Best Friends and
she lets me ride in her car almost everywhere. Sometimes we go to
the dog park - thats my favorite! I have a lot of dog friends!
Well thats my update. Thanks for helping me find my forever home!
Our 2 year old puppy Scout has brought fun and joy to the LeBrun
We adopted Mary Kate,
from the Olsen Twins litter, in October of 2012. We changed her name
to Gemma and have loved every moment with her. She is a constant
companion for her big brother Bernie Mac and our giant Siamese cat
She is just so smart! As you can see by the one picture, I love to
dress them up for holiday events, ha ha, poor creatures.
How they put up with me I'll never know. I cannot imagine our lives
She is a charm, a clown, a tiny dancer and a dear friendly
Thank you Tailwaggers for helping us find her! XXOO
doing great. Hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since I
adopted him. He has claimed my bed as his own but he is always good
at sharing it at night. He has learned lots of tricks (speak,
shake, wave, high five, etc.) but his most recent is roll over. The
one picture is of him showing off that skill. He loves the neighbor
girls and they enjoy visiting him so he can show off his skills and
they give him treats. He gets so excited that he goes through all
the tricks he knows, one after the other just to get the treat. My
favorite is when I go to let my dogs in from outside he is always
standing at the door and runs to find his friend Bolt in the yard
and tells her it is time to go in. They both come running full
speed in a race to get inside first. I am so glad he is part of our
family. He is such a GREAT DOG and a very GOOD boy!
The puppy you knew as Hera has been doing great as Annika. She can
jump up about 5 feet if she wants to, she loves chasing balls and
squeaky toys – and spinning around when she gets really
excited. Healthy, happy, smart, and strong, she is alternately a
hilarious ray of sunshine and pain in the buns – when she wants to
be a real terrier, which is what she looks and acts like
(Knowledgeable friends say maybe mostly Australian Silky Terrier –
that gray fluff on her haunches). She sheds like mad and loves to
go hunting independently if she can slip away – but she comes back
when she’s done – knows her way around the neighborhood. They love
her at the Doggy Office, where she stays if we go out of town, and
she’s a squirming little lover at Mayfair Animal Hospital, too. She
loves grass baths, but her favorite place is licking in the
dishwasher. She’s up to 21 pounds now that she’s 2 ½ years old. So
glad she came to live with US!
Winston (2.5 years now, and about 60lb) has been such a joy in our
home. He was "Valedictorian" of his puppy class, and was
house-trained very quickly. He also knows an array of tricks, and
can anticipate his "routine" when the treats come out. He became a
big brother to Cecelia (born December 2013) and the two have grown
into such good friends. Cecelia loves to give Winston treats (both
out of hand and from the high chair), and he is happy to receive
them! He takes them very nicely as well. His best doggy friend is
our neighbor's Goldendoodle, and it's adorable how much they love
each other. From playing to cuddling, the two are inseparable. While
he loves to wrestle with his doggy friends, he also loves hikes at
the nearby 160-acre dog park. In the summer, he goes swimming at a
different dog park, but doesn't like to jump in. While he is all
rough and tumble when playing, he is also gentle and cautious. If
he's outside and the village runs its tornado siren testing, Winston
will often "sing along," matching the pitches as best as he can. He
is a big sweetheart, and it's clear that his main goal in life is
just to be a good boy and love his family with all of his heart. We
are very fortunate to have adopted such a great dog!
Thank you, Tailwaggers, for all that you do!
Ben, Rachael, and Cecelia Meline
We are thrilled to pass along an update of Buck (a.k.a. Devon).
Buck entered our family just over two years ago. He was originally
going to be adopted by my sister but, when I saw those big ears, I
feel in love. Buck is well loved and cared for by a big family. He
has a mom, dad, and is lucky enough to have two feline brothers who
tolerate his energy. On the rare occasion, he and one of his kitty
brothers have been known to snuggle.
Buck loves staying active. He goes to doggy daycare once a week to
hang with all his friends (human and dog alike). He has regular
play dates with my sisters two English Bulldogs; he loves them with
all his heart. Buck also makes frequent trips to the dog park to
run around like a crazy man (sometimes the bulldogs come with).
We get a lot of questions about his breed. He gets a lot of 'what a
handsome dog', 'is he a dingo', or 'look at those ears'!
Buck has been a wonderful addition to our family. He is kind,
affectionate, and ready to cuddle under a blanket at a moments
notice. We are so lucky to have him.
-Erin, Joey, Buck, Yuki,
Hi there! Jenn, Steve and our lovable Mousse puppy here! We adopted
Mousse from Tailwaggers911 in July of 2013 at 6 months old, and he
we couldn't be happier! He is the sweetest and we still call him our
puppy even though he is 2 now. He's such a baby. He loves cuddles,
and is a quick learner, and loves to play outside! Everyone who
comes to our house loves to pet and play with the Mousse! We feel
super lucky to have him, and we spoil him like crazy! Thank you
Tailwaggers911 for rescuing him and his siblings from Georgia!!
Lots of love, from Mousse's family!
We adopted May(Misha) from Tailwaggers 911 on March 27, 2014, and
she has been a wonderful addition to our family!! We lost our 13
1/2 year old Golden in March also, which left our other senior
Golden very sad and lonely, but this spunky, funny little puppy has
breathed new life into April,(yes, April and May), and in return,
April has taught May a few things about being a respectful dog, and
knowing when to play and when to cuddle. May has graduated from
Puppy class and basic obedience, and has plans to start basic
agility and then get her CGC. Her most favorite thing is going for
boat rides and fishing. Thank you so much for rescuing her and
bringing her all the way up from Georgia, and please know that she
is treasured and loved dearly by her entire family.
Brian, Karen, April and May Karthauser
Keep up the wonderful work!
My husband John and I adopted Dawson (who kept his TW911 name) in
October of 2013. He is the sweetest, funniest,
dog I have ever met in my life. It's hard to even remember what life
was like before he was in it - he is my constant companion around
the house, and he is always game for our weekend adventures. We've
loved him from the moment we first met him at his foster mom's
Though we initially had to work through some of Dawson's anxiety
issues, left over from his time as a rural stray, he has made
amazing progress! I think that being fostered by Tailwaggers 911
started him on the journey to feeling safe, secure, and loved. He
has always been a good boy, but from the moment he joined our
family, I've watched him become a more confident, social, and
easy-going dog before my eyes. We are so grateful to be a part of
that, and grateful to Tailwaggers 911 for bringing him to Wisconsin.
I have attached two pictures - one of Dawson looking very dashing in
and one that my husband took of the victorious moment when Dawson
stopped being afraid of car rides. (Don't worry - he was on my lap,
and I had a good, firm grip on him. He was just having so much fun
looking out the window.)
So, thank you, Tailwaggers 911 for all that you do. You change the
lives of these rescue dogs, giving them hope and a second chance.
But you also change the lives of the families that adopt them. We
love Dawson, and without you, we would never have found each other.
Slayer... She's 5 years old now, was adopted at 6 months. She is the
best and sweetest dog ever.
Loves her cats Ozzy and Wally and still spunky as ever. everyone wants to
watch her and have her over, and
always gets compliments on how well trained and behaved she is!
We adopted Skywalker in October 2014 and are so in love with her.
She was one of 5 puppies from the Star Wars litter that were cared
for along with her mother by a wonderful foster family. She has
grown a little bit and is a snuggly, energetic, sweet, strong and
athletic little puppy. We are thrilled that she is now a part of our
family and we are thankful to Tailwaggers 911 for saving her life
and bringing her to us in Wisconsin!
This is Lucy (Padme)
adoption date August 2014.
Lucy is loving 7 month
old-9 pound puppy with lots of wet kisses.- Her first snow fall Lucy
wasn't sure on how to accept the white cold flakes but now I cannot
get her in the house cause she loves the snow. Lucy and Lucy's big
sister Hope (adoption date December 2008) actively play by chasing
each other up and down the stairs, play tug-a-war, and who can bark
At night they sometimes
snuggle like peas in a pod.
We're so happy that I've
adopted Lucy, she brightens up our day. (Hopes too).
"Max is the daily center and joy of our lives. He has it made here
with his large yard, dominant sister kitties and his many
neighborhood dog friends. Food is his favorite thing and he is
hovering at 30 lbs- the vet said a perfect weight. So we exercise
him a lot, take him camping, take him to doggie day care and to the
dog park every week, where he is Mr Popular. He also plays fair with
his human toddler friends. Max has grown into an over-sized lapdog
that cannot get enough play or attention. He loves to kiss and play
with anyone especially if the person has a high voice. Max knows the
words Sit, Stay, Down, Dog Park , Doggie Day Care, Home, Grandma's,
Gentle, Leave It (kind of), Off, Come, Wait, OK and No. Max never
wanders from us or from home and his recall is great as long as
there no bunnies or skunks around to chase. We love him so much and
are glad to give him a kingly place in our home.Thank you Tail
Waggers for bringing us Max!"
Soren (his name was Rio when we got him) almost a year ago. He has
become such a great part of our family. We love his playfulness and
energy. He is SO sweet. He’s also spoiled because I get to take
him to work with me every day. I would like to work on training him
to be a visiting pet or therapy dog once he’s completely acclimated
to his new “normal” life. He’s a very handsome boy, and gets told
so wherever we go. He loves playing with other dogs and our cat,
Millie. When he’s playing with little dogs he’ll lay on the floor
so he’s the same “height” as they are. I love that about him, and
I’m thankful he had such a great foster place where he socialized
with many other animals.
It was the beginning of
May when Odin (batman) came to his forever home. Over the last few
month, he has grown so much! He loves kids and can get along with
anyone. He had some health issues in the beginning but now he's as
healthy as can be. Odin's living the high life with our family.
Toby first in 2011 and the adopted Bella about 1 year later. They
joined our dog Bodhi and have become a Pack. They love running,
chasing and protecting their 3 acres of territory (bunnies
beware!!). As you can see by the pictures, Toby and Bella are very
close and often snuggle together. They have given us such joy and
filled our home with love, licks and tail wags.
We are so
thankful to everyone at Tailwaggers911 for their passion and
compassion for animals. Tailwaggers and Habersham brought us these
2 furry family members and we will forever be grateful!
This is Pickles :-)
We adopted her on January 27th, three years ago.
She was the 1000 Dog adopted through Tailwaggers911. Pickles is a
Terrier mix. She is so very lovable, playful and smart.
She loves to give us kisses and loves giving kisses to her furry and
human friends at Dawgs In Motion Day Camp once a week.
We are so very blessed to have Pickles. She is wonderful! We love
her so much and cannot picture life without her!
Bob and Barb Blasing
We adopted Spike from Tailwaggers almost two years ago and I can't
begin to tell you what a wonderful addition to our family he has
been. We will always be grateful to you guys for giving him to us.
Judi & Frank
We actually came to Tailwaggers after a puppy foster mom of yours,
Lyssa Schmidt, had been fostering. Her dog, Mara, and Dixie are best
friends. They play together all the time (see the attached pic of
them at the dog park together).
Dixie is SO smart I took a video of her the other day playing with a
squeaker toy. hen I played it back a few days later, she got up
right in the middle of the clip and went to the other room to grab
that EXACT toy and brought it back!
We're so happy we were able to give her a good home. She cuddles
with us every night at the end of the bed (yes, even all 40 pounds
of her haha) and is a huge snuggle bug. We couldn't be happier!
Thank you Tailwaggers!
I think its safe to say my little Lily Pad saved me.... She is my
little angel :). Her name was Infinity when I got her, but I named
her Lily Pad Ashley. Since I got her, we have been up to a lot. We
like to go to the dog park, go up north to run around all weekend,
kinda learned to swim ha (still working on that), learned to sit and
shake, not one accident in the house since the 3rd week she came
home, my parents try to kidnap her every chance they get (spending
time with grandma and grandpa is very special), playing with all
types of doggies, got an ice cream cone for her first birthday, etc.
I could keep going all day. She is my everything.... Here are some
pics from this past year.
Thanks for bringing her into my life.
This is Savannah (aka Frannie). She is the most perfect little girl
& adapting very well. Thank You for all your services. We are so
blessed to have Savannah.
Thanks to Tailwaggers for Myrtle! She
came from Georgia as a member of the Dukes of Hazzard litter in
early summer 2013 and joined our family that July. She is a total
sweetheart and full of boundless energy. She loves to play with
other dogs and run in the field. Her favorite game around the house
is playing tug. Her favorite treats are yogurt and apples.
Zeke is in
the foreground, playing with his friends at daycare, with a big
grin on his face. He loves it there and goes every Wednesday. Zeke
is having his 10th (as best as we can tell) birthday on Jan. 31st
(as best as we can tell). He's very healthy and we hope happy. We
love him and are still trying to iron out some of his and our issues
but since day one Zeke has been a very treasured member of our
family. Thank you again so much for bringing him to us.
Mary and Greg Rynders
He was named Rupert the German Shepherd. He is now Kirby and when
we received him from TW911 he was 61 pounds. He is now 102 healthy
pounds and makes sure Mama is always in sight. He also loves to
ride in boats and go for walks. He gets so excited when anyone of
us return home that he cries and runs in circles. He has become a
great part of our family. we think we should have named him Sheriff
because when the cats break the rules, like jumping on the counter,
he takes care of that by coming to get us and pointing out the bad
things that cats do.
We love having him and he has truly become part of the family. Boy,
did he get big!
Tom and Lori Helgren
Here are a few pictures of our Caramel pup, who came up on the 6/14
transport. It's funny, but even after 6 months, we're still finding
out new things about our girl! She hates water, she loves to chew
her toys, and she is the sweetest, most gentle sweetheart ever.
Thank you for bringing her to us!
adopted Chia in July and would couldn’t be happier to have her as
part of her family! She is the most precious and sweet little girl
and we absolutely ADORE her! She loves her walks, boat rides and
being my second for a paddle board trip around the bay J I would
have to say, her favorite part of the day is curling up on the couch
with us as night. I sure hope you can’t overdose on love or she is
in big trouble!
Tailwaggers, for our sweet baby girl!
Paul, Kellie, Sam and Alex
Ollie (Twix) came to
live with us in March. He gets along great with his big (little)
sister Pepper, even when she is stealing his toys and bones. He
lets her have her way like a true gentleman. He was even extra
careful around Pepper when she had knee surgery this summer. He is
a big fun loving boy always up for any kind of action, hiking,
camping, swimming, you name it. Even international travel! It was
just Canada but he was still excited.
on the right is our wonderful Tailwaggers 911 dog Oreo who we
adopted over 3 years ago. The picture on the right is my sons Beagle
Lou, who was visiting, Oreo and the yellow lab mix, Savannah, who is
sleeping on top of Oreo. Savannah is our new rescue dog who thinks
that Oreo is the best. Although she is twice as big as Oreo, she
thinks of her as her mother. When we are ready for another dog we
will come back to Tailwaggers 911. The process was so great and we
could not be more happy with our sweet little Oreo.
Kathy and Ray
We got Garth last April and I can not imagine life without him. He
is quite the lover, but thinks he is a cat. He keeps us moving and
that is why we got him. So grateful you brought him into our lives.
Now to convince the husband he needs a playmate!!!
We adopted Sarge two years ago this February. He loves his green
and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. He is full of energy but
to cuddle under the covers and snore in your ear. He's great with
and loves doing tricks for treats. He absolutely hates the vacuum
cats. He is our little ray of sunshine and we couldn't have asked
a better dog!
We are thankful to have Sarge in our life! Thank you Tailwaggers 911
for rescuing Sarge's pregnant mother from Georgia!
Love, Cassie Petersen and Derrick Fameree
I'm just sending along
an update on Gozer (who used to be called Coco), who we adopted in
April of 2013 ( though it may have been May by the time things were
finalized). Gozer has been such a wonderful addition to our family,
and we've enjoyed going through various training classes with him.
He is such a smart boy and is incredibly attentive! He and our lab
Rasputin bonded almost immediately (she's one year his senior) and
in addition to wrestling, they like to clean each other's ears (kind
of gross, but very sweet) and fight over toys. Gozer and our cat
Dragon enjoy daily standoffs, though they're always in good fun.
Since adopting him, we've been working diligently to socialize Gozer
and address a few of his behavioral issues. He can be aggressive
towards other dogs at times, but we've worked consistently with The
Dog Den in Madison (where we also take our dogs for day care), and
they have helped us to increase our understanding of how we can
manage some of his issues. We love Gozer so much and enjoy the
goofiness he brings to our daily lives.
Thanks for all of the incredible work that you do. We look forward
to following and supporting Tailwaggers for many years to come.
Sarah and Justin Ugoretz
(and Gozer, Rasputin, and Dragon)
When I first
saw Zoey on the Tailwaggers911 website I knew she was the dog for
us. We went to go see Zoey for the first time in July 2013. It was
love at first sight. We had lost our first black lab, Luke on
January 25 of 2013 after 12 1/2 years with us and were so sad
without a dog in the house. We took her home right away and she
immediately fit right in. She has been the sweetest most lovable
dog and we are so thankful to have her. She gets along great with
our two cats and any other dog we meet. We are so thankful to
Tailwaggers911 for rescuing her and bringing her to Wisconsin so she
could be part of our family.
Our little guy is turning 2 years old tomorrow on January 17! When
we adopted him he was 7 months. Spud has added so much laughter and
happiness to our lives. He loves to run around our yard or late
evening chases down the hallway, he actually talks and tells us when
it's dinner time or when he wants something! Thinks he is a
Doberman guard dog with homeland security! We love our Spud! Seems
like his breed is featured in many commercials now too! Also, a
Our sweet Ivy is doing
great! She loves playing with her older sister, Holly, who has
gotten much more energetic with Ivy around. They love going in the
car together and alternate whose head is on top of the other in the
back seat! Ivy goes to Doggie Day Care 2 days a week and has lots of
friends there and that gives Holly a little break from all the
excitement. We often wonder about Ivy's other litter mates from the
"12 Dogs of Christmas" - maybe you will get updates from some of
them too! We love hearing about all the dogs that you rescue. Keep
up your important work...the dogs and their humans thank you!
Sadie bonding with Lizzy our other dog.
We met Dylan at a meet and greet, and instantly fell in love with
his cute little face, and wonderful personality! He loves everyone
he meets, loves to lay in peoples laps, and will lie on his side
while I comb him for a half an hour or more. We have another rescue,
Mickey, and they are both the same age, so they just play until they
drop. Dylan loves to chew on bones and is a great eater. He was a
stray and somewhat thin when we got him, but not any more! He is a
healthy happy boy!
In April 2013, we
adopted an amazing, fun loving, smart, beautiful doggie named
Breezy. Breezy who is now named Josie loves to spend time with her
family and especially her 5 year old "kid". She get along with
everyone and has the "mommy" personality due to having puppies
before she was adopted. She is a GREAT dog and we are so lucky to
have found her.
Thank you Tailwaggers911 rescue and the great people who took care
of Josie before she found her forever home with us.
~ Meghan, Ryan, and Makayla
My name is Aaron and I was adopted about a year and a half ago. I am
still a youngin, but my mom and dad call me an ol' man because I
love to move the blanket and pillows around on my moms side of the
bed (just after she makes it, of course!) and sleep all day.
I also love to go for walks with my parents and frequently enjoy
visits from my dog cousins. I have a ton of playmates to choose from
and I love it!
I'm originally from Georgia, but Tailwaggers knew I was meant to
live in Wisconsin with my mom and dad (I'm the apple of their eye,
you know!) But the real reason Wisconsin is the best place for me is
because I'm a huge Green Bay Packer fan, I mean, I share the name of
the quarterback! My Aunt's and Uncle's like to call me Rodger's
I also really enjoy going for rides in my dad's JEEP- he's a
fanatic, but I love when the top and windows come off just as much
as he does! Mom doesn't get it, but dad tells her, "it's a JEEP
thing, you wouldn't understand."
Anyway, I'm doing great and LOVE my family, best of all, they sure
do LOVE me!
Thanks for bringing me to my forever home. Tell momma Paula I said
hi and I miss her and the girls!
Lots of love,
Found walking along a Georgia highway, Dixie was a one year old when
we adopted her in late December of 2012. She and her big brother
Buddy-Boy - also a mixed-breed rescue dog - are inseparable. They're
perfect examples of the joy that rescue dogs bring to a family. A
sweet ever-happy little girl who enjoys to lay in the sun or go for
walks, Dixie most of all loves to be around her people. And her
people love having her around, too!
We feel so fortunate to have found our beloved sweet amazing gentle
dog through tailwaggers. We know the work you do is amazing! One
cannot imagine how much love this dog gives and receives. We feel
very blessed. I am always sharing with others the wonderful
organization you have created. I hope and pray many more dogs are
This is Squirrel from the fall litter. His name is Oliver now. He’s
a great puppy. Loves to play with, ok…. sometimes chase, the
kitties. He also plays with them like he is a cat too! Loves walks,
rides in the car to play at the dog park and any reason to go out
and get attention. Thank you to Tailwaggers, especially his foster
Kids were sad to say goodbye to him when they headed back to
Luanne and Pete
Here are a number of pictures since we adopted him in November. He
keeps us busy, always playing and waiting for something new and
interesting to smell.
He knows how to sit, shake (with both hands if you ask), and lay
down upon request. He's been trained to go outdoors for the bathroom
by use of bells hanging on the doorknobs leading outside. This
method works wherever we go as long as we show him where to go out.
Best of it all he is bilingual! He understands english and german.
He is up and ready to go at 6 or 7 daily. After breakfest he usually
entertains himself with toys or countless attempts of making friends
with the 4 cats in the house. He has been semi successful so far.
One will allow him to lick and smell him but when he has had enough
he runs off. As the day goes we usually play catch for an hour
either inside or outside which he loves. He gets really excited when
we go on car rides or when his mommy gets home.
He has a well balanced diet but his FAVORITE thing to have is his
carrot snack daily. He's too excited to eat it so he plays with it
for 15-20 minutes until he sits down to enjoy it.
He's added a lot to our
lives and haven't had a regret since he has been with us.
I adopted a little Jack
Russell from you probably 6 years ago. Her name was Steph and she
was brought up from Kentucky (I think) along with 35 other Jack's
that were rescued. She was very ill when she was transported up.
They were unsure if she would make the trip so she was brought up
front in the van and one of the transporters held her and put a warm
bottle of water on her belly. The poor little thing only weighed 5
pounds and you could see every bone in her body. I immediately
started crying when I saw her, she was so fragile and sick. She had
a broken tooth, a wound under her chin, her poor little butt was
stained yellow from her having to sit in her own filth. She had
blood under her nails from trying to claw out of the kennel she was
in. Dawn was unsure of letting me take her because she was so sick.
I swore I would nurse her back to health so once she ate a little
and drank I was allowed to bring her home. When I arrived home my
husband was sleeping, I woke him to show our new baby. I bathed her
then put her in bed with him. She immediately crawled up to the top
off his head and peed, I knew right then that she would be a perfect
fit to our family. At the time we had another Jack named Gary, God
rest his soul, he took to her right away. For the next couple weeks
after we got her, I carried her around like a little baby. She had
kennel cough so I was constantly wiping her nose. As she started
putting on weight and acclimating she became the alpha dog. Now keep
in mind she was only about 6 pounds at the time but would boss Gary
(he was about 17 pounds so twice her size) around, clean him
constantly and hump him when ever he sat still - heck she would make
him sit still. If he would move she would nip and growl, he was
genuinely scared of her. Now she is about 12 pounds, bossy, spoiled,
lazy and the queen of the house. She has brought us so much joy and
now we are all about adopting. ADOPT DONT SHOP!!!! Thank you all at
Tail Waggers and keep up the awesome work you do for these dogs.
My fiancé and I adopted Luke back in September as we felt our house
was missing a little furry friend. We changed his name to Lambeau as
we are both huge Packers fans and even got him a Packers collar.
Lambeau is now 7 months old and we have never been happier. He is
such a cute dog with his own personality. He's now potty trained and
sleeps in bed with us every night. Who knew that a 12lb dog could
take up most of the bed?! We have taught him how to spin for treats
and stick his tongue out. He is such a smart dog. He is now our world and we are very excited to spend our
lives with him
Thank you guys!
Jordan & Courtney
is my Nala, she is a great dog. She likes to play fetch with her
ball and torment her 2 canine sisters. Nala loves belly rubs, but is
not fond of car rides, though she is very good in the car. Last year
in March she started having grand mal seizures. The seizures
happened every 3 weeks and after consulting her vet, we decided to
put her on Zonisamide. Nala did not have another seizure until this
past Saturday 1/10. I am considering changing her to a raw food
diet. I am wondering if any of her siblings have seizures, as I
would like to be able to rule out genetics.
Hi TW911! Attached are a
few recent pictures of Zoey (formerly Zelda) and one from the day we
brought her home! We adopted Zoey from the February 2014 transport.
Zoey turned one in November and is weighing in right around 56
pounds. Though sassy and a little stubborn, Zoey is sweet, silly,
smart and snuggly. She gets along well with her min pin sister Penny
(pictured) and loves making new friends, both human and furry ones!
She loves to run in our yard, go for walks and wrestle. She
definitely belongs in Wisconsin, because Zoey absolutely LOVES the
snow and cold!! She has been a wonderful addition to our family and
we can't thank you enough for bringing her up from Georgia and
fostering her until we found her
Jenna & Brian
I adopted Hallie about five years ago from you. She is doing great
today, and lives in sunny Arizona now with her best friend Kaden and
her new little friend, Isabella. Hallie did have a cancerous tumor
in one of her toes a few years back and had to have a toe removed.
Luckily the cancer has stayed away since then, and other than a
little limp every once in a while, she doesn't miss a beat! She has
come such a long way from when I got her, and is such a wonderful
Thank you for all you do for the dogs!
We adopted "Coconut" or Marcel as we call him about two years ago
and he is fantastically amusing! We never dreamed that the very
laid back puppy who we met at the foster home would turn into such a
comedian, but he has developed.
He loves to play with other dogs, both at the dog park and his one
day a week at doggy day care. He is a bit skidish of things that
move unexpectedly and of course the mailman. He has trained us to
get off the couch in order to let him out, only to find that he has
stolen the warmest location on the couch. One day he might decide
to come to his name when called, but until then, we have treats as
He's the best!
We have adopted 3 dogs
from Tailwaggers and they are the best dogs!!! They love each other,
our grandchildren, our tiny cat and of course us!! They enjoy their
daily walks twice a day, or to run around the 26 acres near our
home. They are well behaved and almost always listen. When we
entertain people can't get over how well behaved they are!! Zele the
lab and Sammy the mini golden are both 3. We got them when they were
1. Emma is our newest addition. We got her 3 months ago and is 1 yrs
old. We love our pets!!
Adored by her
5 person human family but perhaps not by the 2 felines of the house!
I can’t say
enough about the TW organization. Our adoption experience was
fantastic. I love that all the dogs are fostered and that there is a
seven day trial period for adoption. I tell everyone who is
interested in adopting a dog about Tailwaggers!
We hope to join the foster program in the future!
Thank you so
much for all you do!
The Sadowski Family
Remi & Rosie
Loves to cuddle weather it be with us adults, the kids or the cat!
Remi is a great friend to our kids and loves everyone he meets. His
personality is fun and entertaining and keeps us on our toes. Remi
loves to play with his "babies" and his sister Rosie. He loves
sniffing around on our walks around the property just as much as his
naps on "the dog couch".
Rosie (was Plum)
Is our terrier with attitude. She is the leader of the pack and
let's everyone know it, even though nobody is phased by it.
Regardless she is a delight! She loves a good cuddle as much as her
alone time. She also loves her walks around the path and playing
with her brother Remi. Rosie is loved by everyone!!
Bruklin & Belle
We adopted Bruklin(black
lab/spitz mix) when she was 2 months old. She turned 7 this past
December. Two years later, we adopted Belle(brindle Plott hound).
She was also 2 months old when we brought her home.
Unfortunately,Belle lost her battle with cancer this past August at
age 4-1/2. Bruklin is still going strong!
The Schaefer Family
Derry (formerly known as Demi) has filled a place in both our hearts
and home. We brought our sweet girl home in mid-October of 2014 and
knew right away she'd pick us to be her forever home.
Being a Georgia girl, Derry wasn't accustomed to snow but since
settling in Wisconsin she definitely has developed a penchant for
winter sports like sliding, diving, and grabbing mouthful after
mouthful of the cold white stuff.
Our Derry is so smart and full of love and challenges us daily to
find ways to keep her mind and body active.
We love our Derry Girl! Thank you Tailwaggers!
The O'Connors in
from Duggy( formerly Angelo) adopted by our family in July, 2013.
Duggy's foster mom indicated that this pup loved to swim and he sure
Any lake we are near he jumps in to show off his beautiful swimming
He is a dog with a great sense of humor, finds all kinds of things
to play with, loves
all other dogs and people. We are very happy to have Duggy in our
Browning's family just want to say thank you for our sweet coon
A 45 minute trip to the dog park a day keeps the naughtiness away
for our sweet boy.
He becomes a lovey dovey couch potato for the rest of the day! He
loves all dogs, people and even cats but loves
his two human brothers best of all. Thanks again,
January 15, 2015
brought Ruby home 8 years ago. On a regular basis, she tucks my
daughter in at night,
she lets her wrap her up in blankets to snuggle, and loves to play
She is a great dog.
Tailwaggers! Here are some pics and an update on Teddy, formerly
Jerry from the May 2013 transport.
doing great, he took an obedience class which he loved and learned a
He loves playing in the snow but wishes it wasn't so cold because
that limits his walks.
His favorite activities are checking up on his kitty brother
(although I think the kitty wishes he'd find a new hobby)
and giving kisses to his baby sister and her baby friends who come
you for all you do and especially for transporting our wonderful
doggy to us!
January 14, 2015
Dake and Matt Schroeder here :) we just wanted to thank you once
again for being a doggy foster family. Kenya is amazing !!! Smart as
a whip and has gained 9lbs since we got her! She LOVES the dog park
and follows us everywhere . We actually got the dog dna test for our
family Christmas gift should find out in a few weeks super exciting.
She passed rescue university dog class and we started an agility
class with her which she is extremely good at . Just wanted to
update you on how great our baby girl is doing! Hope you and your
family have a great holiday season !!
Matt, Kenya, and tootie fat cat :)
We just wanted to send you a few pictures to say "hi." Banana is
doing very well and loves swimming with Cooper. We are thankful each
day that she has come into our lives. Thank you for helping us find
Have a great summer,
The Goelz Family
Awesome shots like this one don't happen very often! Jaxx was still
in the boat after I put it on the trailor. He gave me that look
like "aren't you going to help me?" I reached in to lift him out
and this is how he ended up - 1st and only time EVER! My son quick
snapped this photo for EVERYONE to enjoy! Thanks to all of you at
Tailwaggers911 for allowing this to happen! :)
I thought you would appreciate an update about one of the dogs you
rescued from Georgia.
We got our dog, Sophie (AKA Tiny) from your organization in Jan. of
2013. We fell in love with her the minute we saw her picture online.
The day we went to pick her up we knew she would hold a special
place in our hearts. She has the sweetest personality, is very
inquisitive and loves all people and other animals. Since joining
our household she has gone through basic training classes, has been
CGC certified, and in Mar. of this year she received certification
as a therapy dog through Pets Helping People. As a therapy dog she
performed at two school presentations for elementary children and
just finished a 5-week session at the Germantown Library as part of
the Read to Rover program. Initially she was invited to be a
substitute dog for the summer programs because one of their regular
dogs was unable to come in. However, after the program began she
quickly became a favorite of all; the kids, the parents and the
librarians! Before the 5 weeks was up the head children’s librarian
asked if we would like to come back in the fall. We are looking
forward to the reading program to begin again in Oct.
I would like to thank you again for all you do to save the lives of
so many dogs. It breaks my heart to think of what would have
happened to Sophie had she stayed in Georgia. She brings so much joy
to us each and every day and we are honored to share her with others
as a therapy dog.
Jim and Lorraine Bahr
Meg is Marvelous
Meg has been a treasure! She had a great week. She is
truly a sweetheart.
Meg is used to our house, yard, and neighborhood. She
is respectful in the house and out in the yard and neighborhood.
Meg does well with eating, pooping and peeing,
sleeping, and taking walks.
She gets lots of exercise- two walks a day (4 block
radius). She frolics in the yard. She runs after balls and plays
with toys in the house. She has a puppy friend named Ben that comes
over to play with her and another one named Gordy that she has
played a little with.
Meg is curious and smart. She comes to her name. She
understands being trained and when she is pleasing us.
She has jobs. First, she has to wake up Daddy in the
morning. Then she has to go out with me and get the paper. Next, she
has to bring the paper to Daddy. (I carry it). Last, in the
afternoon, she has to go with me to the mailbox to get the mail.
Meg is very close with Mommy. We are working on her
closeness to Daddy. She will approach and eat from his hand, and
kiss him and put her head on his lap. Other times she is timid. She
may growl. We are using praise and rewards. We are trying to help
her understand that we are a pack of three.
The house has been dog-proofed for Meg. This summer
it needs more tweaking.
Currently, she has me home all weekend with her. Then
school days, she is in her crate for a couple hours in the morning,
(I come home for a lunch break), then a few hours in the afternoon
(then I come home from school). We only have a few days of school
left. We are teachers.
Meg will go to Geneva Lakes Animal Hospital of
Walworth for her vet clinic.
Meg has been a welcome addition to our family. We are
blessed by having her.
June 9th, 2014
husband and I recently celebrated what we call our "Ralphieversary."
It was this past February that we marked one year of having Ralphie
in our lives. We have been so happy and lucky with how he's worked
out with us and our other dog, Sammy. In fact, the two of them have
a good play session going on right now. We've completed beginner
obedience training with Ralphie and are two weeks into an
intermediate class. He's still fond of destroying stuffed toys, but
at least he's eased up on the other things like blankets! He loves
to play but also enjoys a good snuggle on the couch. We've taken
Ralphie to visit family at the major holidays, where he's been
well-behaved with the grandmas and other relatives.
months after we got Ralphie we pieced together that you know our
Realtor, Kathy Bartels. She helped us buy our first house back in
the summer of '14. What a small world it is. She has some cute dogs,
wanted to drop you a note and share some photos. Thank you for
fostering great dogs like Ralphie as they find their way to their
forever homes. We love Ralphie and work every day to make sure he's
a happy, healthy pup. He's brought great joy to our lives and I
think a lot of fun to our other dog's life, too.
April 8th, 2014
continue to go great with Luke. We are in love and couldn't imagine
him leaving. He fits in perfectly! He is outstanding with both kids.
He loves Alina's hugs. Yesterday when Jacoby had therapy, Luke sat
behind Jacoby and wrapped one front leg around Jacoby and rested his
paw on Jacoby's lap. Jacoby continue his therapy like that. Luke
gets very excited when West comes home from work. He can't wait to
sit and cuddle with him. As for me, the second West leaves for work,
Luke is in bed with his head on my shoulder, nose to my cheek, and
paw resting on my stomach ready to go back to sleep. I love to
cuddle so he's got me too. So the answer is Yes!... If I said any
different this family would be very upset with me. We are extremely
happy to have him, thank you for making this possible for us! You
and your family including Maggie and Addison are welcome to come
visit us anytime.
April 7th, 2014
name is kaitlin Koenig and my family and I adopted bear the Shepard
collie mix from Tailwaggers 911
about 4 yeas ago in the fall. I just wanted to say he is the best thing
that has happened to the family
and I thought you'd appreciate an update! This is him now with me at
work! I work at a doggie daycare
and he goes with me everyday! He's the best!
January 12th, 2014
sending you a couple of photos of Myra adopted last November 2012.
She has been a real joy and welcome
addition to our home. She will turn three this coming April. She
only weighed 55 pounds when she
arrived but she is now a healthy 70 pounds.
is friendly and 'pals' with our much smaller cat Tara.
January 6th, 2014
thought I would send a picture of "Bones" who is now "Cooper." He's
doing well, but he does
not like the snow or cold weather! He loves his new big brother Rudy
as well as his new people!
January 3rd, 2014
just a few of the pictures. He is hard to capture, being so dark-
but we did our best.
e and b
January 3rd, 2014
like to send you a family picture of us and our newly adopted dog
from Tailwaggers 911! Argo is a great addition to our family! He is
a 4 yr. old Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd Mix that we got from
Saukville, WI! Thank you so much for sharing this handsome boy with
us! We are very grateful for your wonderful program! We will
definitely let people know to adopt through your organization in the
Elle and Grant Moxon
October 30, 2013
very much wanted to come to the anniversary party but got called
away on something else. Nala is doing great – still, and of course.
This photo is at our cabin. She’s a great companion in the fishing
boat. She & Wilson remain attached at the hip – such good buddies.
They’re equally good for one another. She sleeps on the bed with me
at night and likes being under a blanket in this colder weather. Her
health has been perfect – no more mange at all. And you can see the
scars on her face are healing up. Should be gone relatively soon.
She continues to make me laugh out loud every day – she is such a
funny dog. My favorite is how she jumps straight up in the air at
least 6 times as she goes into the kitchen to get her nightly
“cookie” – her favorite thing in the world. She still goes to doggy
day care once a week and to the park about one a week. We also play
fetch in the backyard a lot – she insists, whether I want to or not!
She’s very persuasive!
thought you’d like to know that she is still doing really well, is
exceptionally happy and truly loved by all of us.
October 30, 2013
I'd send you another pic of Jaxx from this past weekend. We were up
north at our parent's cabin in NW Wisc. Jaxx sure has fun up there
and this trip he spent some time figuring out how to swim.
I think he sees all of us in the water having fun which caused him
to join right in.
just finished a 3-month obedience program with Jaxx and they both
did very well.
It sure is fun having Jaxx in our family!
Dave, Jane, Nick, Ben, and Jaxx
September 4, 2013
adopted my Siberian Husky from you last summer (she was fostered by
Jeanine Campbell) and I have
2 pictures for your happy tails, one of her enjoying the river at
Grantosa dog park,
the other is on the way home from dog park with my other rescue dog
(from a rescue in Illinois).
August 22, 2013
an update on what Sadie (Petunia from the flowers litter) has been
Sadie is such a great pup! People are always telling us how adorable
she is and are impressed by how well behaved she is. We have been
spending time at the beach and this weekend she finally was brave
enough to try swimming. She realized how awesome it was and even
swam out to the sandbar with the family! She always gets to meet
friendly pups while playing at the beach too.
We thought she needed a dog bed as adorable as she is so I made her
the "crate" and she loves curling up in it when she needs quiet time
or after a long day of playing. The kids love her and she has been
wonderful with them. They were pretty excited when she finally was
big enough to wear the "Lorax" collar they picked out.
We couldn't have asked for a better dog to add to our family. Thanks
July 18, 2013
you to see some pictures of Flynn (Clyde from the Ma Barker clan).
He has been with me now for more than 7 months and is a real joy. He
has grown quite a bit and put on lots of pounds and has lots of
beautiful hair. I think he is a very handsome guy and so do others
who meet him. He loves walks and being outside whenever he can be
there. People tell me he looks like a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
Retriever. Thanks, again for all you do.
June 20, 2013
thought I would send you both a quick email and some pictures of
Cooper (f/k/a Rodeo). We adopted him back in late November and he
has been a great addition to our family!
is learning to love going camping on the weekends and enjoys his
daily walk. Our backyard has a small woods, so he is on constant
bunny, squirrel and bird patrol at the patio door. :-)
for bringing Cooper into our lives - he is great with our kids and
we love him so much!
wanted to share this happy tail with you! Good luck as you continue
to rescue more dogs!
June 6, 2013
wanted to send you a quick e-mail update on Allie (Queenie). She is
Shawn and I think she is the happiest, friendliest dog we've ever
had, and she and Archer are getting along perfectly.
They nap together, wrestle together, play chase in the yard...and anytime
she experiences something new,
she waits for him to show her the way. It's really cute!
as we know, Allie had never swam or been on a boat before. She is a
little cautious in the water
until she gets her bearings, and then she goes crashing from the
shore into the waves to catch tennis balls.
As you can see, she's enjoying herself. I just wish she would teach
Archer how to fetch :)
are some pictures from the start of the summer.
June 3, 2013
Cotton & Willy
(formerly Cotton) and Riley (formerly Willy) are doing wonderfully.
I adopted them in 2008 from you!
April 9, 2013
to update you both on how Indigo, who I named Roxie, is doing.
Roxie is fitting right in with the Family. She loves to play with
the kids and go for walks. She also just loves the snow and
sometimes I can’t stop her from sticking her nose right in it or
rolling around in it. She’s slowly learning that the cats in the
house are not puppies and can’t play like she does. When Roxie is
calm they actually will all lay by each other. She is responding
well to all of the training and we plan to start more obedience
classes once she recovers from her surgery (spayed) she had on
Friday. Everyone who meets Roxie just loves her! She is truly a
blessing to have in the family.
wanted to share with you that with the recommendation of my vet I
did a DNA test on Roxie. I wanted this test for many reasons
including the ability to create a targeted training plan, a diet and
nutrition plan, and I was extremely curious to know where the long
fluffy hair came from. I used Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed
identification test. The genetics test results supports that Roxie
had an Australian Shepherd parent and a parent that was a mix of
mixes beyond the past three generations. The other breeds that were
part of the other parent were Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, and Leonberger.
I found these results very interesting but I can see a lot of
Australian shepherd traits in Roxie like being very active,
energetic, and watchful. She also is very eager to learn and
responds well to reward-based training. I’ve also noticed a couple
herding tendencies in her as well.
attached some pictures I thought I’d share to show how much she has
grown and what she loves to do.
for all you do to help these animals! I hope one day I will be able
to help by fostering or adopting again once Roxie is a older and all
April 1, 2013
such an amazing member of our family. I am so happy we decided to
adopt him. He takes turns sleeping with the kids at night, and he
even gets his own blankets. And he has a big kennel with room to
move around in during the day. Although he is never home alone for
more than a couple hours. Our work hours are great so that there is
only a couple hour overlap that he is home alone. He loves to nap in
the sun on the kitchen rug by the back patio door. He went thru
puppy training and intermediate training and graduated with flying
colors. He is really smart and listens well. He loves his daily walk
which usually ends up with a run thru the back field, he can just go
and go! Well I just wanted to let you know that he is great and a
true member of our family. I included a picture of him and the kids
at graduation a month ago and one of him watching the kids go to
school, one of his favorite spots on the back of the couch.
Deanna Showen and Family
April 1, 2013
Our family welcomed a new baby boy, Maxwell (Max) on 2-25-13. Here
are some pictures of our two rescues with him. They are so good with
him! Angel, the white Boxer does not leave his side. Our little boy
is going to have the best childhood with these two dogs. Thank you
and your team for what you do that we were so lucky to have the
chance to adopt our two furry babies ;)
With a smile, The Gould Family,
Mike, Naomi, Alexis, Max, Angel & Bango
March 13, 2013
We adopted Curly in July 2012 after fostering him 24 hours (we
just fell in love with him almost immediately!) and he has been
such a joy since. Curly really is the sweetest, happiest and
most loveable dog we could ever ask for! He’s definitely an
attention hog and is not afraid of socializing with every dog
and person. Everyone knows Curly in our neighborhood – I think
more people remember Curly’s name than ours, and he is always
looking for a friend to play with or a person's face to lick!
Outside of his love for socializing, I think we’ve created a
monster….the baristas at Starbucks also love him and turned
Curly on to a ‘Puppy-cino,’ (a cup full of whipped cream) and he
now gets one with us during our weekly Saturday morning visits.
He also loves playing with and running around the yard with his
two Lab cousins - sharing toys and treats. He's very spoiled!
We recently submitted a DNA test after initially being informed
he was a Boxer or Terrier mix (we figured there might be
Shepherd mix as well)….we were sure surprised at the results!
He is a German Short Haired Pointer Mix crossed with Labrador
Retriever / Chinese Shar-Pei Mix. Who would’ve thought?
Curly has been a wonderful addition to our family and we don’t
know what we’d do without him!
Jeff Kohnlein and Sarah Socha
January 16, 2013
I wanted to send you a picture of our Ziggy. He has been with us a
little over a year.
He is smart, loveable, funny, cuddly, curious, active
friendly with his doggy friends
loves to sit on Peter's lap and fall asleep.
He also LOVES to be with both of us. If one of us aren't home he is
We have had a fun year with this doggy. Early in his life with us we
started taking him for obedience classes at Happy Hounds, in
Germantown. The class was fun for us and him but we discovered that
he loves to play with dogs. So once a week, Ziggy goes to Happy
Hounds and plays with his buddies. Ziggy also passed the Canine Good
He loves to learn. At home we have taught him many things. When
Ziggy came he did not know how to play. He did know how to walk on a
leash, and he would come when you called him. But he did not know
what to do with a ball, or any toy. Happy Hounds taught him how to
go after a ball. We taught him how to go fetch Tug, a rubber ring.
Ziggy also know how to jump through a hoop. We taught him toy
identification and are now are putting the toys under boxes for him
to get. He loves this game. And he is funny when he plays. First he
asks to play the game by bring the toys to us. Then we play the ID
game. He wants to do it again. When we do it the second time it
becomes HIS game. He makes the rules. The only problem is: WE have
the treats. We have found that he is not after the treats. He is
more concerned to please us.
December 27, 2012
I adopted Erika from TW911 in June. Since then, she has grown! I
certainly cannot pick her up with one arm like I did back then.
Anyway, I thought you might want to see a few recent pics. I
also had her DNA tested. It turns out she is (ready?) primarily
a mix of American Bulldog, Cane Corso, and Pomeranian. Yup, Pom.
She also has some small amounts of Springer Spaniel, Bedlington
Terrier, German Shep, and Border Collie. Just the perfect
combination to make a beautiful little mutt. She gets
compliments all the time.
She still enjoys biscuits, squeaky toys, and running really
fast, especially after squirrels. I would appreciate it, if you
can, forward this email to her foster moms in Hales Corners.
They did a wonderful job with her. (She is so good with ‘leave
it’.). Her obedience training at the Zoom Room went very well
I don’t know what I’d do without her – she is a treasure.
November 21, 2012
Here's a more recent pic of Lacey and Elizabeth. Lacey even let's
Elizabeth dress her up. A neighbor's dog a few houses down has
become quite smitten with Lacey too. So much that he even tried to
come into my house. She's been hinting for a four legged brother!
October 19, 2012
Hi Tailwaggers 911
I thought you might like to see our
little Pixie's DNA (well she is not so little anymore, nearly 50
lbs)! She is doing fantastic She is a sweetgirl who we adore. Pixie has a little
brother who is also about 8 monthsold. They love to play together.
We are so grateful you rescued Pixie,
she brings so much joy to our home.Pixie is always loving. She can be full
of energy running everywhere and
then she poops out and likes a long nap on the ottoman. One of her
favoritespots is sitting on the
"dog" chair in the front den and looking out thewindow at people and dogs walking (she
straddles the arm while sitting - it is so cute)! Recently we discovered she
enjoys crawling under the dining
room table and napping as well. Sometimes she will slide off the
ottoman andstop halfway - LOL!
Aside from Leo, her best buddy is the yellow lab next door (Vegas) - she has play dates and
they chase each other all over theback yard. Pixie has made some new
friends at doggy daycare as well as bothPixie and Leo enjoy getting out a couple
times a week and playing all day long.
She is such a good girl who has really
bonded with all of us. Thanks again for saving our sweet Pixie! Patti, Kevin & Mackenzie Foster
September 24, 2012
I love Sara! Renamed her Birdie :) she is wonderful. Thank you for
bringing her into my life!!! She's one on right- jack is on left.
He's my parents English setter and they love each other :)
September 4, 2012
wanted to give you an update... Sheila (Fergie) now weighs 27 pounds
and LOVES her big brother! They play all of the time. She goes in
to have her spay surgery the 3rd week of September and all of her
shots are now current. We continue to love and enjoy her every
August 28, 2012
Today is Abbey's (AKA Abba) one year adoption day !! Sassafras will
celebrate her 2 year adoption day August 12. I can't thank you
enough for these 2 wonderful dogs. They are still Beast friends, and
I am not sure what one would do without the other. They are a
perfect match. ( or I would do without them either !! )
Thanks Tailwaggers !!
August 7, 2012
Hi, Tailwaggers 911
Thought I'd just send an update to let you know how grateful Mark
and I are for Ginger (we are calling her Maddie now). We have gotten
married and moved to Salt Lake City and are having so much fun with
her. She is such a sweet dog and is very much loved!
Thanks for everything you do!
August 7, 2012
My husband and I adopted Leroy from Tailwaggers from the July
30th, 2010 transport from Georgia. I check your website and
facebook page often and am always amazed at what you all do for
these dogs. Since adopting Leroy, our lives have certainly
changed but have been greatly enriched more than I can explain.
We always knew we wanted a dog, we just had no idea the
wonderful impact he would have on our lives.
A month or so after adopting him, we took Leroy to obedience
classes and while he is by no means perfect, he knows the
basics, and will pretty much do anything for a treat ;) He is
polite and friendly and will gladly clean your face for you if
given the chance. We learned quickly that the only toys that
are tough enough for him are bones designed for the heaviest of
chewers. Maybe one day he'll graduate to being able to have a
noise making stuffed pig but I think that's a ways down the
road. In the mean time, he's going to have the cleanest,
sharpest teeth! He loves his daily walks and we recently
started taking him on hiking trails in one of the state parks.
He loves the sunshine, whether it's basking out in the yard or
just a sunbeam he finds coming through the window in the house.
Aside from walks, the only other thing that makes him happier
is a ride in the car. He loves to sit at our front window and
keep an eye on the birds, squirrels, and bunnies for us.
I could go on and on...Leroy is the best dog we could have asked
for. He has been the most wonderful addition to our family.
Thank you for all you do. I attached a few pictures of Leroy
being Leroy :)
Tess & Matt Kuba
Today, March 28th is the 2 month anniversary of our adoption of
She is "delightful". A silly, play full, absolutely adorable little
lady who is extremely affectionate. She curls up in our lap whenever
one of us sits down.
She is healthy and well.
Gets a new toy every week when I go grocery shopping :-)
Loves her cube toy with cloth squeeky balls that she has to pull out
of the cube.
Loves to fetch her frizbee.
Loves to chase Robins but can't catch them.
Pickles goes to Dawgs In Motion once a week to play with her 4
friends. She gets a weekly report card. It seems she likes to flirt
with the male dogs!
She no longer needs to be kenneled when we go out. She still greets
with lots of kisses like we were never coming back.
Here are some pictures of Pickles.
We are so very happy she came to live with us! Thank you
Tailwaggers911 for rescuing Pickles!
one with Colton was taken today. The other is with Lacey's
sister, Pixie from last week. This is a rare shot because Pixie
still hates Lacey after 6 months. LOL
Just had to send these and say Thank You! We just love our
Hyde! Is this a happy dog or what?!
Mocha & Miley
I wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that I am
doing really well. I have been enjoying life in my new home.
Attached you will find a photo of our favorite spot in the
house...the big sliding glass door that looks out to the park
behind our house. Mocha and I love to hang out there during the
day. My 2nd favorite spot is looking out the front window. As
you can see from the 2nd photo, my big furry sister Mocha is
very tolerant of me being in her space all the time. When my
Mom pets Mocha, I like to get right in there to get some of the
petting action too!
I have only gotten into trouble a few times here, which is
pretty good considering I am still learning the ropes. My mom
looked a little disappointed when I chewed her rug and my brand
new dog bed, but she didn’t yell or get all mad. She just
showed me what I can chew on. I also snuck out of the fence
once, which scared my mom. I found a little hole that the
bunnies must have made and somehow miraculously wedged my body
through the hole. Luckily I like to stay close to home and my
mom was standing out in the backyard when I did it, so she ran
around the front of the house to get me. This weekend, she and
Ari got additional fencing and patched up any spots that even a
bird might squeeze through.
Other exciting news…
I got a bath yesterday. Ari asked his mom if she would teach
him how to bathe me. I always visit him in the bath tub. I
like to lick him, because he tastes good and it makes him
giggle. Ari thought it would be fun to bathe me, so he put on
his swimsuit and climbed in the tub with me to help his mom give
me a bath. My fur is really shiny and soft now! Everyone says
I smell good too!
I get to go to the vet tomorrow for a check-up. I am not sure
what to expect, but Mocha was just there and she seemed okay
when she came back, so it can’t be too bad.
We finally made it to the place my family calls “Mocha’s Happy
Place” – otherwise known as the dog park. I LOVED it!!! I ran
and ran and ran. I played with a ton of dogs. I loved chasing
and being chased. I even got to meet Luke a gigantic
Newfoundland who Mocha knows. I can’t wait to go back!
I also love that my mom comes home at lunch to let Mocha and I
out to play. She bought me my very own chuck-it (a smaller
version of Mocha’s). I love to chase the ball, but I don’t
quite realize they want me to bring it back. My human brother
Noah gets home from school at 3:00 pm which is great. He lets
us outside too and pets my belly a lot. Between all of my time
in the yard and my morning & afternoon walks, I am pretty tired
when I go to bed at night. But then I am really excited to get
up the next morning and start it all over again!
Thanks for helping me find my forever home!
(Formerly known as Merry)
Kaleb is doing wonderful. I have enrolled him at Therapy Dog classes
Pet's Sake in Mukwonago. We are very pleased with his instructor and
training. Kaleb also seems to be coming out of his shell and is
much better to my commands. There are 3 dogs in his class and they
getting along fine. I've learned to say "leave it" when the dogs get
rambunctious and want to play. After that we are all fine. I'm not
where I am going with his training, but am excited to see his
sure once he gets certified, there will be all sorts of doors
opening up to
us. He is now playing with some squeaky toys and a rolling treat
When we first got him he wasn't interested. I think he realizes that
his new mom and dad and waits patiently at the door for Harlan to
from work. I thank God every day for bringing him into our lives.
March 21st, 2012
December 19th, 2011
(formerly known as Calvin), is doing great. Bolt and him are
getting along good. I had to take Bolt tonight for some shots
and it he was so excited to see her when we got him. It was
very cute to see how excited they were to be back together.
In the morning when my alarm goes off he snuggles up next to me
for some loving and petting before getting up.
He LOVES to play ball. He knows when I get home at night that
we are going out to play. He is so fun to play ball with
becuase he is so intense about it. It is like a game of speed
ball. He runs full speed to gets it and drop the ball on his
way back so that you throw it again immediately.
His favorite thing is food/treats. My friends are amazed at how
fast he eats. Every night right before bed I let the dogs out.
When I let them in he sit immediatly by the treat jar looking
for his bedtime snack.
He has learned to high five, wave, shake, heal, stay and roll
over. Bolt also taught him how great it feels to lay in the
baby pool this summer. When I first brought it out he didn't
want to go it but after a long game of ball he learned quickly
how good it felt to relax in the pool. Bolt now is try to help
me teach him to speak.
November 8th, 2011
My family adopted Zoey this past summer.
Zoey has been a part of our family for about 4 months. She fit right
in with our family! She goes on long walks, runs, lounges by the
pool, rides in the car, and has even been apple picking with us. She
LOVES people and they love her. She is a big dog, but a gentle giant
and her favorite thing (besides car rides) is to just sit with you
and be petted. She gets compliments every time we take her out and
is always friendly & wanting to meet new people. She is only 2-3
years old so she makes us laugh with her playful puppy energy and
loves being outside (and watching squirrels and birds). She is the
sweetest dog and we couldn't be happier that she is a part of our
Thanks for helping us find Zoey! She has become such an important
member of our family!
Tom, Mary Ellen, Shanna, Alyssa, Brennan, & Riley (yellow Labrador)
November 3rd, 2011
We adopted Giggsy about two years ago from you. He is the love
of our lives. He loves to cuddle and also has to be the center
of attention. He is so easy going but if he sees a squirrel or
rabbit he obsessed with them for hours. He loves to chew on his
bones and isn’t afraid to let them drop right on your toes. I
think it does it to make sure we know he is there. Giggsy is
such a great dog and I wish every home had a dog like him!
David and Stephanie Doggett
November 2nd, 2011
November 2nd, 2011
This is "Cooper" ( aka: Loverboy) that we adopted in September.
As you can see he loves sunning himself and does very well as
just being CUTE.
Hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoy him as part of our
November 1st, 2011
Derby & Tuck
Always alert Derby and Tuck are so happy to patrol their Delafield
home keeping the yard free of squirrels
November 1st, 2011
Hi. My name is Jon and in August of 2011, Riley joined our family.
I’m 7 and I’ve wanted a dog since I was 4. Only a black puppy would
do. Mom let me have a Webkins when I was 5 and my password… black
fluffy puppy! As you can see, I’m determined and worked on my mom
and dad for quite a while until they agreed I needed a dog. When we
adopted Riley and took him to our Vet, they picked out a birthday
for him and guess what, it is the SAME exactly birthday as mine.
What a coincidence and it made it real in my heart that Riley was
meant to be mine. We’ve been going to puppy training school
together and Riley learns really fast and loves to respond to
commands. I’m not sure if he loves to work or loves the treats, I
think both. Thanks Tailwaggers911 for bringing Riley into our
family. He’s the coolest, smartest, cutest, softest, best dog
November 1st, 2011
Sally & Fergus
Sally tied for best duo with my other dog as SuperFergus!!!
I've attached one of Fergus also (also a shelter dog!!)
Sally is doing great. We've started beginning agility which has
really been alot of fun for both of us. I've been really lucky
and she's fit in so well with Fergus.
November 1st, 2011
Nada & Beth
We wanted to send this picture along for a Halloween party the dogs
went to for Day care. They are doing amazing, the best of friends,
our best friends, and the cutest dogs ever (as you can see from the
Happy Halloween and a big thanks to Tailwaggers for them!
Nada & Beth
October 30th, 2011
Here’s Sassafras (adopted 08/10) and Abbey f/k/a ABBA (adopted
07/11). Life in our house is one big dog party. It’s great having
two dogs, one keeps the other one busy (right now they are playing
tug a war with a oatmeal cover; garbage pickers? Yes!!). Sass is a
great dog. I wondered what I was getting myself into with another
dog, but it all worked out very well! Sass actually trains Abbey;
she follows her everywhere. I am not sure if we’re luckier to have
them or they’re luckier to have us.
Either way, Thanks Tailwaggers for bringing us our two “Beast
September 16, 2011
This summer we had plans to visit family in the Devils Lake area,
being first time dog owners, we didn't want to leave her with
anyone. We found a hotel
that allows dogs and packed all of her things! She was the best
travel companion a family could ask for, she hiked at Devils Lake,
loved her "bye bye in
the car" and even went to the Dells. Thanks Tailwaggers 911,
September 14, 2011
I can't believe it's already been over a year since I adopted
Mortimer the Moose (Buck)!!
He has been an amazing addition to my life! Thought you might want
to know that while he's not the mellow dog we all thought he'd be,
(that act turned off as soon as the couple that approved the
adoption left LOL), he has been an absolute love! He's also 83
pounds now! The vet feels he was a Christmas baby, so this year
he'll be 2 already!!!
It's been a year since I fell and ended up in a walking cast for
almost 5 months. He was amazing the whole time, including helping to
get me back inside right after I fell so I could get to the phone
and call for help. So because of that, we're going to start making
periodic nursing home visits in the next couple of months!
Apart from our 2 daily walks & potty breaks, we go to one of several
Milwaukee & Ozaukee County dog parks at least once a week.
As for your concern about my cats and him, I'll send you a picture
regarding that too.
Anyway, I hope you keep up the good work and find these babies
I took this picture at the Patrick Cudahay War Memorial Lagoon Park
a couple of weeks ago, hope you enjoy!
Caroline Barrow August
I just wanted to let you know we are truly blessed - Lucy is a
wonderful awesome addition to our family. When we go to the dog park
- she is so well socialized she gets along with all the dogs. Her
favorite is an Airedale terrier and it is so funny to see her run
figure eights around the dog. She is the fastest dog in the park.
She is a pal to our corgi, Bix. They play gently together each
taking turns dominating and mostly they like sitting at the patio
door together watching for the squirrels outside.
For us, she aims to please, she's smart and is just the sweetest
animal. She even licked the vet on her initial exam. He couldn't get
over it. Can you tell we are smitten. Thank you Tailwaggers. May 13, 2011
Holli & Duke
We adopted Holli and Duke back in July 2007. Holli had come from a
southern state pregnant with 9 puppies. Shortly after she arrived in
Wisconsin she had her litter. The first time I saw her I fell in
love but we would have to wait to take her home, she was needed to
be a mother. We thought it would be great to adopt her along with
one of her puppies. She had 6 girls and 2 boys. She seemed to be
especially close with one of the boys so we took him and named him
Duke. They are great together. They have brought so much joy to our
lives. Back in November 2009 we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. The
main requirement when purchasing a home was a big fenced in yard for
my “kids” . They love their new home. This past March we added
Rex to our family. Rex was rescue from our local animal shelter.
We want to
spread the word that adopting a rescue dog is a wonderful
experience. So many unwanted animals need homes. We are so
thankful to Dawn and Tailwaggers 911 for bringing us Holli and Duke.
Chris DelGreco & Gary Sparks
Holli, Duke and Rex May 10, 2011
My name is Sunnie. I came to my forever home 1
½ years ago. I have a doggy brother named Blaze and we play every
day. I also have two human brothers that I adore. My likes are: Any
toy I can chase, Frosty Paws a frozen treat for dogs, of course my
food (I am a lab) sneaking between mom and dad at night to sleep,
daily hikes, and in the summer any place I can swim. My
dislikes are walking on a leash, (hey I am a free spirit) and having
to wear my sweater when it is really cold and windy. (How
embarrassing) I love being part of the family, picking up kids from
school, playing hide and seek (I am really good at tracking them)
and cuddling up next to them watching a movie. Hey, my life is great
now, my family loves me sooo much, thanks for pulling me out of that
April 18, 2011
Bailey came to us a little over a year ago. She came with a warning,
she had "man issues." My husband was up for the challenge & I knew
his patient, kind demeanor would eventually win her over. It took a
few weeks for Bailey to really warm up to my husband, but we have
been 3 peas in a pod ever since! This little girl has stolen our
heart & we love taken her on hikes, to the dog park, & the many
lakes around where we live. She is the first grand-dog for my
husband's parents & they love having her come to visit! Our many
nieces & nephews love treating her like their very own pillow pet &
she loves it as much as they do! She's really found a special place
in our hearts & home. Our lives wouldn't be the same without her &
have never looked back. It was sad to think there were so many that
passed her up because of her shortcomings. She's truly a wonderful
dog & you'd almost never know she ever had "man issues" if you see
her with my husband!
Hopefully one day we'll be able to add a brother or sister to her
life but we'll have to wait until we have a bigger house to do that!
The Danaheys - Matt, Kate & Bailey (Blondie) April 3, 2011
I can officially announce even though I am not gainfully employed at
this moment, that Timmy my latest rescue dog has managed to secure
a position with Linden Grove Nursing Home in
His duties will include cleaning up the dining room floor after
residents have dropped morsels, shaking hands with staff, and
entertaining residents with his multiple gifts of chasing his tail
until he is dizzy, sitting up only to fall over sideways, and
cocking his head sideways when people are asking him silly
questions. He will also be responsible for frisking all resident’s
pockets for any contraband such as leftover cookies, biscuits, or
He went today for orientation and for the first time in his life
went through automatic doors, rode on an elevator, fended off
walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and crutches, and still managed to
bring many smiles and laughs to residents and staff alike without
barking snotty once.
At the end of his tour his mission to inspect the kitchen was
thwarted as it was just prior to dinner and all involved thought
they saw through this ploy.
So give Timmy Tuxedo a kudos as he will be added to the therapy dog
roster at the Home this week.
Thanks Dawn and Donna his Rescue Moms for keeping him in hiding for
a year until I could find him; he is a very sweet and happy dog. April 1, 2011
I just wanted to update you on Winston. He's doing well and
beginning to come out of his shell. We had a canine behavior
specialist from the Washington County Humane Society come to the
house and she gave us some great tips which have been very helpful.
He's starting to come around with my husband, but he's still not his
favorite person. He's fantastic around me and the kids. We have a
couple more weeks of obedience training left at the Humane Society
and this has been good for him as well. He's very smart and picks
up on commands very quickly. I did look into doggie daycare for him
at a local place, but they recommended I give him a few more months
to "get comfortable in his own skin" before giving that a try. All
in all he's doing really well and acclimating nicely to his new
home. We love him!
Hartford, WI March 11, 2011
Lady came into our lives three years ago and was a new Mom when we
met her. We knew that her puppies would be adopted right away, they
were all so cute! We fell in love with Lady the first time we met
her out in Dawn's front yard...she greeted each of us with a nuzzle
and a kiss and then laid her head on my Mother-in-law's lap. That
was all we needed in order to know that we had found our newest
family member. Since coming to live in her new home with a fluffy
brother and a human brother and sister, Lady has learned to play and
is not quite as afraid of loud noises as she used to be. She still
isn't fond of sudden movements and has some trouble around garden
hoses and brooms but she is learning to trust more and more every
day. When her fluffy brother goes for his haircuts she sits by the
door looking for him until he comes home again and she welcomes him
happily! I think she really enjoys being a part of our family and
our family definitely enjoys her.
Jodi Huckstep March 10, 2011
Mico was adopted into his Furever home in June of 2010. Initially
he was shy and afraid of new things and had some health issues but
now he is full of confidence and enthusiasm and is physically in
great shape. He's turned into quite the handsome boy with a lot of
muscle and a beautiful dark chocolate coat. It helps that he gets
plenty of outdoor exercise, alternating walking and jogging anywhere
from 3-7 miles daily which he looks forward to every day. He's
smart and learns lessons quickly. Our long term goal is for him to
become a pheasant hunter. He's already shown great potential
for it. He loves to ride in the car and I think he would prefer to
drive if he could. He's an awesome dog who's grown considerably
in a short time, both physically and mentally. I never imagined I'd
have another dog ever again after the passing of Chase, my 13 y/o
chocolate lab so thanks TW911 for bringing the love of a dog back
into my life. I can't imagine anything more fulfilling! February
Loves: belly rub sessions, dog parks, chasing tennis balls and
rabbits, playing tug-of-war, people, climbing the highest snow banks
she can find, hide-n-seek, and her ultimate past-time: sleeping.
Dislikes: loud noises especially thunder and motorcycles, when she
wants to go to bed and no one else is she gets all annoyed and will
sit and stare at you until you go to bed, and being away from her
We adopted our little wiggly butt in September of 2009. She came
from Alabama and you wouldn't even guess it the way she has taken to
the Wisconsin winters. She thoroughly enjoys running up and down the
snow banks, getting to go out on the lake and run around like a
crazy girl, catching snowballs only for them to disappear and then
she rolls around in the snow trying to find them. She had her first
experience on the boat and jumping into the lake this past summer
which still makes us laugh when we watch the videos from it. She
truly loves people so much that she gets so excited she cannot help
but fall over onto her belly and start spinning for belly rubs.
After the day is done, she wants nothing more than to curl up and
snuggle with you or sleep. She loves her peace and quiet. Most days
we will come home and she is all spread out as she in in the picture
above. You cannot help but smile.
Thank you to Tailwaggers and the Rombca Family for believing in
Millie and giving her a chance. She was so close to losing that
chance at life which to this day still surprises me. We have been
and continue to be blessed by her every single day. She brings so
much joy and laughter into our lives. I love nothing more that to
come home to a dog who wiggles her butt so much that she loses her
balance because she is so happy to see you. The Rombca's were a
great fit for her as foster parents and I spend everyday thankful
for their big hearts. THANK YOU. February
We adopted Lily in July 2008, and
welcoming her into our family was our best decision ever! Lily was
around 12 weeks old when we got her. She was a bit aloof as a
puppy, but with lots of love and affection, has grown up to be a dog
who is very attached to her "people". She loves to cuddle, and she
enjoys snuggling with anything soft - blankets, pillows... We were
curious to know what breed she is, and it ends up that she is quite
the mix. DNA test results show that she is part beagle, part
poodle, part schnauzer, and part afghan hound! We like to say that
she's the only Schnafoogle in the world. Everywhere we go, people
ask what kind of dog she is, where we got her, and they compliment
her on her lovely coloring. In 2010, we relocated to California,
and it seems to suit her just fine. No more walks in the snow and
ice! Every day we feel so lucky to have found such a sweet and
Thank you, Tailwaggers! February
Lily & Lucas
Age: Almost 2 Likes: Belly rubs, treats, the dog park, belly rubs, new toys, belly
rubs, dinner time, belly rubs, breakfast time, did I mention belly
Dislikes: The UPS man, the vet, and the vacuum
Favorite toy: My mom's slippers
Favorite pastime: Car rides!
Likes: My dog bed, sitting on my Mom's lap, the dog park, snuggling,
and chasing balls
Dislikes: Nail cutting time, sirens
Favorite pastime: Collecting my Mom's socks and putting them in my
We adopted Lily (Sabrina) in August 2009 and figured the best way to
initiate her into the family was a two-week long camping & road
She took to it like a champ. She was great in the tent and loved
for hikes in the various National Parks. Here is her picture in
After having such good luck with Lily, we decided she needed a
and finally decided on Lucas (Bryce) and adopted him in February
The bond was immediate and they are the best of friends and
We are convinced they are the best dogs ever and love them to
Thanks Tailwaggers! February
About a year after I
adopted Philly we were listening to Bob Dylan and he suddenly
started to sing along. I am not kidding – sing along. As time has
passed he has many things he will sing to but certainly not just any
music. He likes Bob Dylan, Brent Dennen, and a whole handful of
others. I have a clip of it on YouTube if you want to see for
Brad has tried to
see if Boston will sing to music, but so far to no avail… Philly is
the vocalist in the family. J
Tony DeStefanis February
adopted Bourbon at Christmas time 2009. As a young family, we didn't
like the name (even though Bourbon is tasty!) and I asked my kids
who wanted to rename him "Rodger" after Aaron Rodgers. Now we call
him Rodger, Rodgie (pronounced Raji, as you might imagine), or as of
February 6, MVP. He's an MVP like Aaron; Most Valuable Pet.
Rodger is a black lab mix but someday
we will find out what the 'mix' is. He's from the South so could be
coon hound; who knows. We fell in love with his coloration and his
delightful personality and he is the perfect dog for us. He's smart
and can train easily although we could probably spend more time
doing that. Most of all, he is a lover. He loves to cuddle and
clearly knows that Mom is the pack leader. Since he came to our
house, the boys didn't want to let each other be the one to sleep
with the dog, so for 9 months they and the dog all slept in one twin
bed (the bottom bunk). It got a little crowded so we got rid of the
bunk beds for a queen size bed in their room and now all three boys
(two humans, one dog) sleep in one bed together. That will change
someday, but for now it's golden. Rodger gets comfortable, puts all
4 legs up in the air and snores like an old man. That is when I
know he is really content.
Rodger doesn't like to chase balls or
sticks much, he does it but is not obsessed with it. He's very
social and just likes to hang around his "people". He hasn't
learned how to swim yet; he's been in water but not over his head so
he really just splashes around. He is pretty good on walks and
LOVES the dog park. Very good etiquette and gets along well with
other dogs. He is topping out at 60 pounds even -- 17 months old
now so he's probably done growing up. He's stopped wanting to eat
twice a day. More like once.
We hope to be able to take him camping
this coming summer, but for now he still has a little separation
anxiety that he is starting to grow out of so he sleeps in his
kennel when we're not home. He loves it! He's a Lab after all, and
he has the occasional chewing issue....but he really likes the
garbage most of all.
But the cutest thing that Rodger does
is always, always, always--if we're gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours he
welcomes us home with a shoe. Always a shoe. He doesn't chew them
he doesn't do anything with them but present them to us as a welcome
home gift. Every single time. And we think HE is the best gift of
We adopted him in
December 2009 when he was 9 months old.
He is the best dog ever. He is smart, courteous, healthy and happy.
We have been the lucky recipients of his love and companionship.
He is very social and must greet every person he meets with a
tail, and is also the greeter for all dogs at the dog park! He
to be chased by other dogs and is usually trying to tease other dogs
into doing this. He sleeps next to us on his own bed and greets us
each morning. We are moving towards getting Canine Good
Citizenship so as to take him on hospital, etc. visits.
He is such a joy to have around!