Dog Happy Tails

Jackson’s Story
We adopted Jackson in July of 2009 and all three of our lives are the better for it.  Jackson wasn’t in the greatest shape when we brought him home.  The story was that his original owners left him tied up outside in southern Illinois all year for most the first two years of his life.  He was missing many of his teeth and his jaw had been broken by his abusive owners and never treated by a Vet. This got them arrested and got Jackson into ARF’s care.  He was just barely 8 lbs and his coat was very thin from the middle of his back to his tail. We described him as the “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” of dogs, and after meeting him there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to adopt him. 
Since Jackson came into our lives, our worlds have changed for the better to say the least.  With a good home, good food and lots of love, Jackson’s coat is now soft, thick and beautiful. He now weighs 10 lbs, and he’s gone from understandably being wary of some people, to this little charmer that wants to meet everybody.  Jackson still has that crooked jaw and is missing all those teeth, but he’s perfectly imperfect which makes him perfect for us.  He loves to snuggle, go for walks and especially loves to play in his private yard and gardens.  He’s always on yard patrol and take his job of protecting us from bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks and other critters very seriously.  Jackson is an amazing little guy that has brought more fun, love and pleasure into lives than we could’ve ever imagined.  God bless all of the “guardian angels” at ARF for all that you do.
– Ralph L. Gross & Andrea Lewis  

Dog Happy Tails

Eloise’s Story

Poor Eloise. She’s a great little dog who did everything right. She was loving, outgoing, and asked for nothing more than a little love. For reasons she couldn’t understand she ended up in a kill-shelter in Southern Illinois. Someone just dropped her off because they didn’t want to take care of her anymore. Just when it looked like her time was up, ARF stepped in and gave her a second chance! Now Eloise and her new family couldn’t be happier!

From Eloise’s new dad: “Thanks so much for checking in. She is amazing. She settled right into the flow of family life; it feels like we’ve had her for years.  Her appetite betrayed a bit of otherwise unobservable anxiety — she ate little yesterday or this morning — but it returned this evening.  She’s curious and has been busy exploring all the nooks and crannies of the house.  She also managed to convince me that she needed to sleep with us last night — the first of our dogs ever to manage that feat!  I think she is happy here and we are certainly happy to have her.  You and ARF did a fabulous job with her.  It’s hard to imagine that she has not been a treasured pet all her life. Thanks again!” – Steve.

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