Double J Dog Ranch, Inc. - A 501c3 Sanctuary for Dogs with Special Needs
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HIGHLIGHTS
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2013 was a great year for the dogs!  We could not have done it without you and your generous donations.  Not only are we greatful for the financial donations that keep the dogs healthly and happy but for the time given.  From walking dogs to helping us at events we thank all of you and hope to see you in 2014!
 
 
 
 
I KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE NOTICED THAT OUR WEBSITE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED RECENTLY.   WE WERE GIVEN THE GIFT OF CARING FOR MY MOTHER, DELVERA SMITH DURING HER COURAGEOUS BATTLE WITH HER ILLNESS.  SHE WAS A HUGE SUPPORTER OF OUR MISSION HERE AT THE SANCTUARY. SHE SO LOVED FOR US TO BRING A DIFFERENT DOG TO VISIT HER EVERYDAY.  WE LOST HER THANKSGIVING MORNING AND OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN.  THE WORLD WAS A BETTER PLACE WITH YOU IN IT MOTHER, AND WE ALREADY MISS YOU DEARLY.    REST IN PEACE.....  WOOF-WOOF GRANDMA!
 
 
 
 
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A  SPECIAL THANK YOU TO DR. TRACY RIDGEWAY DVM, HER VET TECH. LAURIE AS WELL AS BONNIE AND AMANDA AT THE POST FALLS PAMPURRED PET, ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS AND EVERYONE WHO CAME TO MAKE THE FUND RAISER FOR THE SANCTUARY A BIG SUCCESS AND A LOT OF FUN
YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE RAFFLE BASKETS AT THE PAMPURRED PET UNTIL THE DRAWING ON OCTOBER 27TH.  PLEASE PURCHASE THEM TO HELP SUPPORT THE SANCTUARY! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A SAD DAY AS THE RANCH LOST A GOOD FRIEND.  THE 'BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL' CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE TODAY AND WE WILL MISS HER DEARLY.  I HOPE YOU ALL WILL HELP US SEND GOOD THOUGHTS TO HER MOM'S KAT AND ANGELA.  KAT RESCUED CRYSTAL MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AND SHOWED HER THE GOOD LIFE AND WHAT BEING LOVED IS ALL ABOUT!  TRULY ONE OF MY FAVORITE DOGS OF ALL TIME.................... 
 
 
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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED WITH THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE IN CdA!  YOUR PARTICIPATION GREATLY IMPACTED THE SUCCESS AND FUN THAT WE ALL SHARED.
 
THE DOGS HAVE A GOOD TIME TOO!
 
WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED US ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE!  ALL OF THE CHEERING WHEN YOU SAW THE WOOF-WAGON AND THE DOGS COMING WAS REMARKABLE.  TRULY BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES.....  FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THE PARADE, CHECK OUT THE SLIDE SHOW BELOW.
 
 
 
 
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WHO EVER SAID GERMAN SHEPHERD'S DON'T LIKE THE WATER HAS NOT MET ELI, THE WATER DOG!
 
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ELIJAH THE STRAIGHT LEGGED SHEPHERD AND HIS BROTHER SCOUT
 WHO IS NOW IN OUR PROGRAM ARE DONATING BLOOD TO RESEARCH!
 
That's right, Eli's brother is now with us too!  NC State University is in the process of collecting DNA samples from affected German Shepherds so that it can conduct research to isolate the genetic marker that is causing the straight leg syndrome.  We are happy that we can donate the brother's DNA and help to be part of the solution.  Here they are below at Dr. Tracy Ridgeway's office getting their blood drawn.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPDATE ON COWBOY!
 
One lucky dog I'm telling you!  Cowboy has been going to Northwest Canine Aquatics for hydro-therapy the last few weeks.  Thanks to Joni Bories and her expertise in providing this therapy, Cowboy is walking better, faster and he even has a spring in his step again!  Truly amazing to watch his progress and we thank Joni for donating her services to him!  We must thank Sarah too for helping with his sessions.  Pure joy watching him in the tank!  To find out more about underwater treadmill therapy please visit: www.northwestk9.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL!  HAPPY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO NEWMAN FROM SOUTHERN IDAHO.  HE ARRIVED SPECIAL DELIVERY VIA 'PILOTS FOR PAWS'.  THIS IS A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION THAT ASSISTS IN THE TRANSPORT OF ANIMALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVERYDAY.  WE ARE HONORED TO BE RECIPIENTS OF THEIR SERVICES.  THANK YOU PILOT BRUCE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION IN BRINGING THIS BOY TO US.  COME AND MEET NEWMAN AUG. 18TH.  SEE THE EVENT PAGE FOR DETAILS.  NEWMAN IS ABOUT 4 MONTHS OLD, DEAF AND WILL SOON BE LOOKING FOR HIS FOREVER HOME. IS THAT WITH YOU?
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LOOK AT HIM GO!
 
Eli our Straight Legged Shepherd
 
 
 
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As we say good-bye to Sherman the German.....
 
We are shocked and very sad at the loss of our beloved Sherman this morning, May 30th.  Sherman was not only deaf but suffered from IBD.  We are not certain what robbed him of his life this morning, but he is gone and what an impression he has left on our hearts.  He will be greatly missed not only by us and his doggie friends at the sanctuary, but many of you who have met Sherman over the past few years and loved him as well.
 
R.I.P. SHERMAN OUR LITTLE GERMAN.....
 
 
 
 
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What a great time we had at the Dog d'Alene this past weekend.  It was so nice to see our old friends and meet new ones alike.....  Check out our EVENTS page to see pictures!
 
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We would like to introduce to you our newest Sanctuary Resident Elijah.  Eli is our 4 month old German Shepherd pup who came to us just a few short weeks ago.  He  has a genetic condition which is best described as bilateral hind limb hyper extension.   What does this mean?  His femoral heads and patellas are luxated and his quadriceps are atrophied.  He has great difficulty walking on his own, but he is getting stronger everyday.  The gentleman who brought Eli to the sanctuary generously gave us a cart to assist him when he is older.  For now, the Veterinarians feel it is in his long term best interest to let him use his legs as much as possible to try and develop his quadriceps muscles.  Eli has a long journey ahead of him as he learns to navigate through life, but we will be there with him every step of the way.  The really good news is that he is not in any pain, loves to play with his new sanctuary friends and as we always say, he doesn't know he is any different..... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I Want to be a Cowboy!
 
  That's right, this is Cowboy.  He recently joined us here at the Sanctuary and we are so happy he did!  This huge black Lab is not only 110 years old, but is blind and both of the ligaments in his knees are torn.  Unfortunately these are such old injuries that they cannot be repaired but we will manage them.  We had the tumors removed from his right eye for comfort but the cataracts that blind him remain.  We aspire to be just like this dog because with all his ailments, he smiles all day long and his tail does not stop wagging.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THEY ARE HERE!
 
We are happy to introduce to you Jack and Frosty, the boys from Boise.  They are 3 1/2 month old standard Australian Shepherds.  They already weigh 18.5 pounds and are happy, healthy, playful pups!  Jack (has the color over his left eye) is both visually (microphthalmia) and hearing impaired, while Frosty (mostly white) is deaf.  They have already started with obedience training and are working on their socialization skills.  They will be ready for adoption soon, and remember it is never to soon to meet one of them and get the adoption process started!  They are getting along great with all of the other dogs at the sanctuary too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Arrivals Coming Soon!
 
We were contacted last week from a fellow rescuer in Boise, Idaho looking for someone to take two lethal white Australian Shepherds pups.  We agreed to bring them to the sanctuary and are very excited to meet the boys from Boise this Thursday, February 16th.  We will update the pictures and let you know more about them as we get to know them.  They will of course be trained and looking for their own families in the near future.  Which one would you like to meet?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jan. 11th is a sad day for us.  We lost Asa today, our beautiful 14 yr old German Shepherd.  He went peacefully, crossing the Rainbow Bridge to join other lost members of our family.  Our hearts are broken and I weep as I write this as he has been such a huge part of our lives for over a decade.  Truly a gentle giant with a heart like no other.....  You are already missed and forever loved big guy..... 
 So very happy you were in our lives.....
 
 
 
Asa, Rest in Peace Friend.....
 
     
 
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Filbert our mini doxie (the little nut) recently had his right eye removed.  We would like to say thank you to The Nelson's for the gift they made towards his surgery.  It is special people like The Nelson's who help make what we do possible.....
 
 
 
 
 
Double J would also like to thank all of our donors for giving during the Holiday Season.  During these tough economic times, we certainly recognize that sometimes personal sacrifices are made to help us take care of the dogs.  Thank you for choosing to support us.
 
 
Please take a look at our adoptions page.  Finding new homes has proved challenging through the holiday's so we're gearing up for a new year filled with wonderful new homes for our adorable adoptables..... 
 
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Take a look at a couple of new faces!  Introducing Miss Macy J from St. Maries, Idaho.  She was 5 weeks old when she joined our sanctuary family.  Thank you to our friends at Hope's Haven in St. Maries for rescuing her, the mother and litter mates and taking such good care of them!  Proud to work with this organization!  Macy is blind in her left eye, and has some vision in her right eye.  She is also hearing impaired.  What a sweetheart.....

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh my, what have we here.....  Not really sure what our little Aussie, Scooter Girl is mixed with but who cares?  Have you ever seen such an adorable, funny face.  This bundle of energy joined us from SoCal.  Our friends at Pal Rescue were instrumental in rescuing her, loving her and getting her on an airplane to join us in Idaho.  She is deaf and visually impaired and a bundle of love.