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Bracelet Fundraiser for AZ Cattle Dogs 2012/01/22

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Sweet Winnie - cattle dog

Winnie loves you

The following was submitted by a New Hope Cattle Dog of Arizona volunteer:

“I first met Winnie in the dark and late at night, and I couldn’t really see her. I had an impression of a sweet face and a skinny body that was wagging (yes her entire body was wagging!) but that was it. Winnie came to me for foster after she had been pulled from Pima Animal Care and Control with a severe case of kennel cough. It was so bad that at one point in time the people who originally pulled Winnie from PACC thought that she would die. But she was a tough little cattle dog, and she wasn’t going to let something like kennel cough get her down. The next morning, I was right about the sweet face. I fell in love immediately. Her forehead had a dent in it that just added to her cuteness. We figured that she had been a working dog at one point in time, but something had happened and she ended up fighting for her life at PACC.

Kudos to New Hope Cattle Dogs for all their hard work.

Consider helping them out this month by making a donation directly to their group or buy some bracelets. Valentine’s Day is coming! Each bracelet is one-of-a-kind and comes with a paw charm. Bracelets cost $20 and the entire amount goes directly to the cattle dogs!

one of a kind bracelet benefits cattle dogs AZ

one of a kind bracelet benefits cattle dogs AZ

You can buy them in Tucson at:
Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd in the Albertsons shopping center at Ina

Or online via Etsy.com (add $4 for S&H)

Fundraising: New Hope Cattle Dogs help special needs dogs, happy endings 2012/01/16

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Lady curls up to rest

Lady curls up to rest

January 2012: New Hope Cattle Dogs

Meet Lady! Lady was one of the special needs seniors. She came from Oklahoma where a good Samaritan rescued her from a busy I-10 bridge. She was frozen in place with fear because she is blind and didn’t know where to go to avoid traffic or the edge.

New Hope Cattle Dogs was contacted and a rescue was in order.

When she came she was still scared, in pain and had a huge mat of hair on her back, the first mat we have ever seen on a cattle dog. It took a lot of shampooing and brushing but she started looking like normal cattle dogs eventually.

Lady was only 6 years old and had severe cataracts to the point of total blindness as well as a leg injury. She rapidly learned to trust the rescue group to be her eyes and within a couple of weeks was going outside to potty on her own, limping along at her speed. She received pain meds, a brace for her front foot and hoped for a wonderful adopter although New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue was prepared to keep her for the rest of her life if it came down to it. Fortunately, an angel was smiling down on Lady.

That adopter showed up as a family in Albuquerque, NM. They were looking for a special needs dog that they could give a forever home to. They saw Lady on the website and drove to Tucson to meet her. It was love at first sight. Within weeks at Lady’s new home, she was running around without the brace and investigating the forest in the Sandia Mountains. She loves the snow, her walks with her mom and is living a wonderful life which she so deserves.

Lady was an unexpected success because the rescue didn’t think that anyone was going to want to adopt such a special needs dog. But now she has a new leash on life and is living it with all she’s got!

The Beading Divas love happy endings!

Please consider making a donation to this deserving charity or buying a bracelet or three to help raise funds for the group and their kindness to special needs dogs.

In Tucson you can buy bracelets at:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954

Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd @ Ina in Albertsons Shopping Center

Buy bracelets online – $20 (entire amount goes to charity) + $4 S&

Remembering Bryn – 16 year old Border Collie, Zen dog 2012/01/15

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Bryn the Zen dog with Jim Hoy

Bryn the Zen dog with Jim Hoy

The following was written by Jim Hoy.

OBITUARY NOTICE for BRYN – 11/25/1996 – 1/7/2012

Bryn passed away on Saturday January 7th at her home in Tucson. She was two months past her 16th birthday. She is survived by her human family, Dale, Jim, Phil and Charlie who miss her terribly. Also surviving are her pack members, Xan & Bodhi, her Spaniel pals, Fiona, her greyhound and greyhound foster sister, Violet.

Bryn lived in Seattle for most of her life, before moving to the desert of Tucson. There was worry that this Husky/Border Collie might not adapt to the climate change. It turned out that she loved the desert. She spent countless hours lying on the patio basking in the sun.

Bryn was an only pet for three years. When Dale & Jim brought home 8 week old Xan, Bryn sniffed Xan up and down, checking her out. Suddenly Bryn left the room, and returned with her favorite toy in her mouth. She went over to Xan and dropped the toy in front of the puppy. That began a 12 year friendship which ended with Bryn’s passing.

For all intents and purposes Bryn became Xan’s surrogate mother, protecting her and loving her. In her puppyhood, Bryn (being part Border Collie) herded her share of things: cats, other dogs, and sometimes people.

Bryn came to be what Dale & Jim called, “their Zen dog.” She could always sense if someone was feeling upset or down, and would go nuzzle them, in a much needed effort to comfort them.

Soon after arriving in Tucson Bryn took on a new job: helping train rescued greyhounds. Most of these greyhounds had never been in a house before. Bryn showed them the routine and daily life of a house trained pack.

As she aged her hearing slowly ebbed away. But if you could get her visual attention, she would respond to the hand signals which she learned as a pup, which worked well.

She was seldom late for dinner. Feeding 5 dogs can take some time and Bryn would sometimes bark out that as senior dog she needed her food NOW! Then, after eating she would go around to the other dogs bowls and lick them clean, over and over and over!

She loved to ‘roach’ (lay on her back) with the greyhounds. All the other pack dogs would defer to her, as if they knew she was the wise and loving one. She made many friends over the years, both human and canine friends.

After Bryn collapsed on the patio, Dale & Jim took her into the kitchen and made a comfortable bed for her. She was paralyzed by a stroke and a large inoperable cancerous tumor probably figured in her demise too. At one point the pack sat around Bryn, sniffing her. Xan gave a bark, trying to wake Bryn. Fiona lay down on the bed with Bryn a couple of times, as if to say goodbye. Bryn’s breathing became labored. Dale called the vet and made an appoint to have her euthanized. A half hour before they were to leave, Bryn’s breathing slowed until she passed. They were so thankful to have been with Bryn at home, as she made her crossing over the rainbow bridge.

A number of years ago dear friends, Justin and Ray commissioned Seattle artist Grego Rachko to do an oil painting of Bryn. It hangs on the bedroom wall, looking down on Dale and Jim.

Bryn, you will always live on in the hearts of those who loved you so deeply . Enjoy your herding in Heaven.

————Thank you for sharing Bryn with us. She had the best two daddies (Jim & Dale) in the whole wide world

New Hope Cattle Dogs – January Beading Divas Bracelets – Jan. 8 at Bookmans Ina 2012/01/04

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New Hope cattle dog needs home

Meet me at Bookmans

Let’s learn a bit about the New Hope Cattle Dogs of Arizona and why we should all support this most deserving 501 c3 rescue group whether to buy some bracelets, make a monetary donation or check out the dogs available for adoption.

New Hope Cattle Dogs was founded in 2001. Since then they have rescued over 900 Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD) and ACD mixes. ACDs are great dogs who are very loyal, smart and active. Because of these wonderful traits, they do not do well in shelters. ACDs that get dumped in shelters tend to shut down, become depressed, fearful or even fear aggressive. It is their mission to rescue the dogs before too much damage is done to the dogs. New Hope rescues ACDs from kill lists, strays, and owner surrenders. Some of these owner surrenders occur because a person has died or become too ill to care for their dogs.

On Sunday, January 8, from noon to 2 pm – you can meet New Hope Cattle Dogs at Bookmans located at 3733 W. Ina Rd @ Thornydale, store – 579-0303 – meet Bandit, the cute dog featured above, and buy a bracelet or three.

Australian Cattle Dogs are very smart, fast, and quick learners and if not exercised mentally and physically can become problem dogs. They are the drill sergeants of the canine world. If they don’t have a strong human leader at home, they will take on the job. This can cause behavioral problems such as increased nipping, aggressive territorial demands, resource guarding. etc… Part of their mission is to help ACD owners retrain their dogs. And when that fails they try to find new homes where these wonderful dogs can get the training and exercise they need.

We will learn more about these dogs and their stories as the month progresses so bookmark us.

Many new bracelets have been added to our online store so check it out. All bracelets cost $20 + $4 for S&H. The entire $20 goes to the rescue.

In Tucson, you can also buy bracelets at:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954

Sissy’s Pet Grooming & Salon, 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd @ Ina/Albertsons Shopping Center, 229-9898

January 2012 – New Hope Cattle Dogs – Beading Divas to the Rescue Fundraiser 2012/01/03

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For January, Beading Divas to the Rescue will be selling bracelets for New Hope Cattle Dogs.

According to their website: “New Hope Cattle Dogs’ mission is helping discarded, stray and unwanted Australian Cattle Dogs/Blue Heelers/Red Heelers/Queensland Heelers (ACD’s) that need a second chance at finding a forever home and providing education and training to the public.”

More info coming soon…

Happy New Year from Beading Divas to the Rescue 2012/01/01

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Cheers to bracelets helping animal rescues

2011 kicked off with the finale of our Bead Drive. We cannot keep doing what we do — raise money for animal charities — unless you provide us with beads. We held a contest and the beads came from far and wide and even Canada. People have been most generous not only with the Bead Drive contest but throughout the year.

We love getting a phone call or an email saying that someone wishes to drop off old jewelry that can be taken apart and reused, beading supplies/tools, and BEADS!

So thank you to one and all who have been most generous.

People can always drop beads off at Silver Sea Jewelry located at 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954 or CataVinos Wine Shoppe, 3063 N. Alvernon Way, 323-3063 (thank you Yvonne). It’s a good idea to call first to ensure that the stores are open. For additional drop off venues or pick ups – call our message line – 520-955-9061 or email karynzoldan@yahoo.com

We have also been fortunate to have people make bracelets for us with their own bead stash and some of our beads. People like Noni Davis, Sandra Luckau, Joan Athey, and Naomi Kastler. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone!

In 2011, we raised money for:

January – Greyhounds of Verde Valley – $1,094

February – Greyhound Support Transport – $1,740 – GST won the Bead Drive Contest

March – HEART of Tucson Horse Rescue – $1,640

April – Animal Crusaders Arizona – $2,534 – benefited from 4th Avenue Street Fair sales

May – GREY2K USA Education Fund – $3,255 – they really pushed online sales

June – PACC Partners – $805 – the non-profit arm of PACC – went toward the Train to Adopt program

July – vacation

August – Tucson Wildlife Center – $1,905

September – Casa de los Gatos – $2,260

October – Arizona Greyhound Rescue – $1,760

November – Hope Animal Shelter – $1,760

December – Woofs without Roofs – $2,790


To read how we choose our animal charities and more, please view the FAQ page.

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