What can we say, May pretty much blew us away!
Birth of Georgia Jacks
We had so many third-party requests and posts on our Facebook wall and website that we had to do something. As much as we want to save every unwanted Jack Russell in Georgia, visitors were getting confused about which dogs were ours, which ones were in homes not affiliated with us and which ones were in shelters. Several situations arose because of this, and we had to discontinue courtesy posts because of potential legal issues.
To find the best way to help these Jacks when we can’t, we created a group for posts. It quickly spiraled out of control (not a bad thing!), so a page was set up instead. One of the most hands-on cross-posters from the group stepped up to grab the helm and turned it into the separate, life-saving page it is today: Georgia Jacks. We are also incredibly lucky to have Cara as a crucial member of our volunteer team. We have no idea how we made it without her. She has been a lifesaver when it comes to spur-of-the-moment emergencies, vet trips, shelter pulls and transport, TLC for the dogs … and TLC for Donna and the volunteers as well.
On the heels of a smashing success at SweetWater, we participated in the annual WoofStock in Suwanee. We met a lot of new people and saw lots of old friends. Pumpkin showed up with her agility equipment to give everyone a show. We also drew for the cabin raffle and three lucky winners won a weekend getaway in the Smokies.
The Vet Bills Begin to Mount
Our beloved Peyton, who spent five long years with us, gave us a good scare in the middle of May with some cancerous lumps under his skin. We couldn’t fathom anything happening to this sweet boy and were overjoyed when he came through the surgery with flying colors. But that wasn’t all. He healed with and was adopted by the Childress family in Alabama. Look for a separate update on him soon.
Fancy also landed at our rescue in mid-May with a mystery cough that would not go away. After stays with and evaluations by several vets, she was finally diagnosed with the rare but very real canine flu. She was nursed back to health by her foster, Jane Cox, and eventually went on to be adopted by the original sponsor her pulled her. Stay tuned for an update on her as well.
On top of those mounting vet bills, two little ones (Jack and Jill) showed up at our doorstep. Someone had dumped them in the Walmart parking lot. Nothing like raising puppies! These two also found a wonderful home with the Turpin family and became known as Apollo and Starbuck. Unfortunately, Starbuck left us for the Rainbow Bridge following complications during her spay. We are as heartbroken as her family, but are so happy when Apollo comes back to visit us!