MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue

Sunday, November 29, 2009

MaPaw Welcomes 2 New Pups!!

Good evening Puppers ~
We at MaPaw hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving howliday with your families! We have 2 more reasons to be thankful this week.

On Wednesday evening, Rio joined his new foster family. He had been found as a stray and waited patiently for his family to come to the shelter to take him home before the howlidays. Nobody ever came to pick him up and he wanted nothing more than to be in a house for Thanksgiving. Luckily, one of our foster homes stepped forward and Rio was soon on his way. He is settling in and getting to know his new routine.

We are getting to know this handsome fella, so please check out soon for updates on Rio!

On Friday, some of our brave volunteers fought against Black Friday shopping traffic to bring another pup to her foster family. You may have seen the news stories about the 100 sled dogs removed from a Canadian home earlier this month. Papillon is 1 of those many pups!

Check out those ears! She is estimated to be about a year old. She is a friendly, petite gal. She seems to be settling in well at her foster home. She gets along with her foster siblings and enjoys being petted.

If you check out her video, you can see that she certainly enjoys the comfort of the sofa!

Please check out for updates on Papillon as we get to know her!

~ Chloe

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello Puppers ~

It's so hard to believe that it's already time for Thanksgiving!! Almost all of the leaves have fallen from the trees and it will soon be time for Sibe weather (and hopefully lots of snow!!).

We at MaPaw have so much to be thankful for. We are thankful to our members and volunteers that support us throughout the year and allow us to do all that we do.

We are thankful to our foster homes who repeatedly open their homes and their hearts to pups in need.

We are thankful to the many families that have chosen to adopt their new fur family member from rescue. We are thankful for those that have come to MaPaw in search of a new family member.

We are thankful for all of the amazing pups that we have been able to bring into the MaPaw family. And we are overjoyed and thankful when we are able to help those pups find their furever homes.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

~ Chloe

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This Weekend Went to the Seniors

Good evening Puppers ~
As you may know, November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet month. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than dedicating an entire weekend to our beloved seniors!

The weekend started on Friday the 13th with Triska. This 13-year old beauty had been brought to the shelter as a stray and paced her kennel looking for her family. Unfortunately, nobody ever came forward to take this gal home. She clearly wasn't comfortable at the shelter and seemed quite anxious, so the shelter quickly contacted MaPaw for assistance. Tom and Ann stepped forwarded and were soon on their way to pick her up. She was slowly becoming more comfortable in her new surroundings ~ she was clearly enjoying all of the TLC she was being showered with by Tom and Ann.

On Sunday, Triska had 2 seizures. She was taken to University of Penn and after some testing, she was sent home. Soon after they arrived home, she had another seizure. Back to University of Penn they went ~ this time she was kept overnight. She's back home now and is on medication to help control the seizures. She's doing better now and we are so very grateful to Tom and Ann for their dedication to Triska. Please send Sibe Vibes to Triska!!

On Saturday, Rosie said goodbye to her Mum and made her way to her new furever home. Rosie had lived much of her 7 years outside due to the age and health of her owners. Although it broke her Mum's heart, she wanted Rosie to be part of a family where she could spend her days inside on a warm, soft bed. With tears in her eyes, she said her goodbyes and gave Rosie a soft kiss on the top of her head.

Mary and her Mother were so excited to finally meet Rosie! They had looked at her photos on the site, had read her bio and had talked to Deb (the MaPaw member that had been working with Rosie) and anxiously waited for her arrival. It didn't take Rosie long at all to make herself comfortable and everyone was all smiles!

We can't wait for updates!

On Sunday, Falcor joined his foster home. He was originally found as a stray and had been at the shelter for a while. The shelter had become concerned about the stiffness Falcor seemed to be experiencing and turned to MaPaw for help. The shelter also told us that he was a bit shy but would warm up after some pets.

Here he is on his way to his foster home.

It's hard to tell from this photo, but Falcor is a little peanut! Here's a photo of him with his foster brother, Juno, so you can get an idea of how small he is...

Not only is Falcor small, but he's also very underweight. No need to worry though ~ his foster Mum is going to make sure that this guy puts on the pounds!! He's becoming more comfortable in his new surroundings and is even greeting his foster Mum with wags and a couple kisses! We are so proud of him!

Welcome Triska and Falcor! Congratulations Rosie and her new family!

Be sure to spread the word ~ November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!!

~ Chloe

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Catching Up...

Good evening Puppers ~
We just love when we get updates from our pups! And we have some great ones to share with you!

Do you guys remember Halo? He joined MaPaw after he turned up at a shelter as a stray. This poor guy was underweight and filthy. He needed a bath, some good food and a soft bed. Soon after joining his foster family, Halo was ready to begin his search for his furever home. And it didn't take him long to find it! His Mum reports that he is making friends everywhere he goes. Lucky Halo has a dog park where he can go to run off some of his Husky energy! Here's a pic of him with a friend he made at the dog park over the summer...

Dakota had been with MaPaw for a long time, which was okay cause he needed a lot of extra TLC. When he came to MaPaw, he was VERY shy and had no confidence. With a lot of patience, love and understanding, Dakota was finally ready to begin his search for a furever home. Even though he had come such a long way, we knew that Dakota would still require a special home that understood his past and were willing to give him the encouragement he needed to feel comfortable in his new home. When Janet and her family contacted us about Dakota, we knew that they would be the perfect home for him! He's settled in and is becoming more comfortable each day thanks to his family and his sibeling, Bianca. Here's a pic of Dakota resting with his Sis..

It's been just over a month since Mischa and Casino found their furever home together. Mischa is a 12 year old spunky gal whose Mum had brought her to the Hike N Howl to meet with MaPaw to see if we could help her. Her Mum had to move unexpectedly and had no choice but to board Mischa in hopes of finding another solution. After a year of boarding, Mischa's Mum knew she would do so much better in a home. Although they had applied (and been approved) to adopt Casino, Chris and Ed offered to foster Mischa. Shortly after joining their house, they chose to make theirs her furever home. No need to worry for Casino ~ once Mischa settled in her new home, she got herself one handsome brother! Mischa and Casino are loving life now and their family is loving being a 2-Husky house! Here's pics of them hanging out in their home...

Our last update of the night is Matrix. Matrix was found as a stray and amazingly nobody ever came forward to take him home. He quickly settled into his foster home. Matrix first met his furever family at a meet and greet where it was love at first sight. Recently, Matrix graduated his Beginner Obedience class. He was the first of the class to be tested and he passed with flying colors! Here's a pic of him with his cap...

And here's a pic of his diploma...

Congratulations Matrix!

We are so proud of all of our alumni and we love to hear what they are up to!

~ Chloe

Sunday, November 08, 2009

A Goodbye to my Brother, Yukon...

Good evening Puppers ~

This is one of the hardest posts I've ever shared with you guys, which is why it's taken me so long to write it. On November 3rd, my brother Yukon began his journey North of the Rainbow Bridge.

Yukon joined our pack in May of this year. He was a frail guy weighing in at 39 pounds. Clearly underweight, a trip to the vet and some bloodwork confirmed that he had high liver values. He was started on some medication that we hoped would bring the values down ~ maybe to within normal limits.

Even though I didn't want to admit it ~ I really hoped that he would stay. He made us all smile with his goofiness. Looking back, I don't think that he was ever supposed to be anywhere but with us. From day 1, he picked Scout as his favorite (btw - I don't understand how I couldn't be his favorite since everyone loves me). He would follow him around everywhere ~ if Scout looked out the window, Yukon was right next to him looking out the same window. If Scout went to lay on the dog beds, Yukon would be laying on the bed right next to him. If Scout wanted to go outside, Yukon was right behind him prancing in the yard.

After 3 months of his medication, the vets were amazed at the results ~ all of his values were within normal limits!!! We were happy for Yukon, but we were afraid that now he was going to have to start looking for a furever home. We didn't want him to go anywhere cause we loved him so much. It seems that fate also had plans for Yukon...

On August 26th, Yukon was rushed to the vet. He couldn't get up and he was very pale. When Mum came home, Yukon wasn't with her. We couldn't understand where he had gone. I overheard Mum talking on the phone. She said that Yukon had to have emergency surgery and a blood transfusion. Apparently, he had a tumor on his spleen that had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. They had to remove his spleen and he stayed at the vet for 2 whole days. Here's a photo Mum took of him after his surgery...

The vet had said that she thought the tumor was hemangiosarcoma, which is an aggressive cancer. Sadly, the biopsy results confirmed it. His prognosis was not good ~ median survival rate was 2 - 3 months post-surgery. Mum and Dad had decided that Yukon was already with his family and they made it "official" by adopting him.

Yukon came home and he got all kinds of great food ~ chicken, steak, noodles, potatoes, rice, cottage cheese (ok - the cottage cheese is kinda gross) and plain yogurt. He gained 7 pounds after his surgery and he was eating really well ~ 3 times a day!

On the afternoon of November 3rd, Mum picked up Yukon's leash to take him outside. He started prancing around like he always did. Mum hooked him up and we all went out in the yard. Mum was on the phone with Aunt Kathy talking about some pup that needed rescue, when Mum noticed that Yukon stumbled. I heard her say that something was wrong with Yukon. I turned just in time to see Yukon lay down in a pile of leaves. Mum hung up the phone and tried to get Yukon up. He just couldn't get up. She tried to get us in the house, but we just needed to know what was going on with our brother. We could tell Mum was upset, so we just gave up and went into the house. With some help, Mum carried Yukon to the car and they drove to the vet as quickly as they could.

We tried to wait patiently, but couldn't stop pacing. Finally Mum came home, but Yukon was not with her. Mum was crying and I realized that Yukon wasn't coming home. The cancer had spread and Yukon's body could no longer fight. He began his journey North of the Rainbow Bridge with Mum and Dad by his side.

That night, Scout curled up on Yukon's bed and fell asleep.

We all miss him terribly and wish we would have had more time to spend with him. He was such a joy for our family and we hope he enjoyed his time with us as much as we did.

Yukon ~ you will always be in our hearts and we are grateful for the short time we got to spend with you.

~ Chloe

Friday, November 06, 2009

Meet Max ~ MaPaw's Bionic Pup

Good evening Puppers ~
When we were contacted about Max, we knew that we had to help this handsome pup. We had been contacted by a shelter ~ Max had been struck by a car and unfortunately, his owners never stepped forward to take him home. Without the means to provide the necessary surgery to repair his broken leg, the shelter turned to local rescues for assistance.

All of the rescues contacted worked together and luckily, MaPaw was able to make sure Max got the surgery he so desperately needed. A call was put out to our volunteers and so many stepped forward to play a role in his journey.

Here's a photo of Max, taken by Janet, the morning she picked him up to take him to the orthopedic surgeon's office.

Her concern about how she would get him to the car quickly disappeared when she saw this pup bounding toward her with a neon green cast on his leg! Clearly, his injuries could not dampen his spirits! He was a great passenger as he made his way to the surgeon's office.

Janet checked him in and we all waited on pins and needles to know that he was out of surgery. Finally ~ the news we were all waiting to hear. Max was out of surgery and it was a success. Our broken pup has now become our bionic pup after the addition of a plate and some pins.

After his overnight stay, he was ready to journey into Pennsylvania to meet his temporary foster home. Deb picked Max up from the surgeon's office and brought him to her house for a few hours. Here's a photo of him settling into his crate (and yes ~ that's a bag of frozen peas).

Hazel and Gary picked Max up to take him to his temporary foster home with Ann, Tom, Loki and Cody. He settled in for something good to eat...

Throughout his travels, he has been a model patient. He certainly has taken advantage of all of the attention and pets he gets while his leg is being iced...

Later this weekend, he will make his way to his foster home. His foster family will have the challenging task of keeping young Max quiet for the next 6 - 8 weeks while his injuries heal.

Max greets everyone he meets with Husky kisses and is making friends everywhere.

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers that stepped forward to help him! We are so glad that he's here and we can't wait to share updates with you as his recovery progresses!

Woo woo and welcome to you Max!

~ Chloe