September 2019 Newsletter – LuckyPet

September 2019 Newsletter

September 24, 2019

LuckyPet Newsletter


September Pets of the Month

 Small dog and her flower tag
"Daisy is fresh from a bath and wearing her favorite pink flower tag!"
Many thanks to Shannan Cook for posting this on our facebook page.
two dogs sitting side by side
And here we have Jasper and Buddy, both wearing their Enamel Jewelry Tags. 
Thank you to Andrea Jaffrey of Warrenton, VA for this nice picture.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted pictures of their pets! If you have a great picture of your pet (showing off our tag would be nice!), you can submit it here.
If you haven't seen your picture submission in our newsletter, check out our facebook page. Once there, you can see lots of pet pics, submit more and chat with us or other pet fans!

A woman with her dog

Is That Your Dog?

No matter how hard we work or prepare, our eventual success sometimes comes down to pure luck.  Take Carole and Katie's story for instance.

Carole King, her husband and her 7-year-old border collie Katie, live in Deer Park, a small town about 20 miles north of Spokane, Washington.  In July, the three amigos road-tripped east to Flathead Lake in Montana for a long weekend getaway.  All was going well until dinner on the night of July 20th in Kalispell, MT.  King and her husband left Katie in their hotel room while they went to eat.  When they returned, Katie wasn't there.  They were stunned and couldn't think of any reason she'd not be there. Carole raced to the front desk, hoping that for some reason, Katie had been moved.

“I said to the clerk, ‘please tell me you have my dog.’ The clerk says no, she left about 4, 4 and a half hours ago,” King said.

She apparently trotted through the lobby, triggered the automatic doors and just kept going.  The clerk at the desk felt terrible but hadn't been able to leave the front desk.  There had been some thunder earlier and King thought that Katie could have panicked and been able to open the room door to escape.

King and her husband searched in circles around the hotel into the night, calling for Katie but without any luck.  The clerk posted on the local lost pets Facebook page.  The next day, the clerk helped King create a flier to put up in the area.
But as often happens in these stories, the hours quickly turn into days and days into weeks. The tight community shared the post on social media and the story spread. More Facebook groups were started. Soon there were many more eyes on the lookout for Katie.  Eventually, King had posted over 500 fliers in the area and many people got to know her and about Katie.  They offered words of encouragement and promises to keep on the lookout. Reports of possible sightings would create excitement but the leads went nowhere.
Eventually, King quit her job to commit to her search for Katie.  She wasn't about to give up. She even bought game cameras and set them up whenever a possible sighting was reported. People admired her dedication. People that weeks earlier were strangers, were now friends.  Strangers took time to help look for Katie and others even brought food for King, their way of helping in the effort.
On September 14, King and a friend worked on putting up new fliers in an area they'd done before, in hopes of reaching someone who might have seen Katie recently and not seen the first round of fliers.  It worked!  The very next day, early Sunday morning, King got a call.  The man on the phone said he'd seen a dog that looked like the flier picture, over by the high school just now, just over half of a mile from the hotel where Katie escaped.  King hurried to the site.  Her heart raced in anticipation as she arrived and looked.  Nothing.
She decided to walk the nearby neighborhood, using her binoculars to search as wide a swath as possible.  A man and woman walked towards her on the sidewalk and as had become her routine, King introduced herself, handed them a flier and asked if they'd seen Katie.  The couple looked at the flier hopefully but could offer no good news.  The best they could do was mention a black dog that they had noticed earlier - but it definitely wasn't Katie.  They wished her luck and kept walking past her.  Then, somewhat hesitantly, the woman, looking at the flier, called back to King.
“She points over to the tree where it’s real dark and says, ‘Is that your dog?’” King said. “And I turn and it’s Katie.”
Not sure what Katie would do, King called her softly.  Katie trotted over and just like that, after 57 days, the search was over.
“I just bear-hugged her, I wasn’t going to let her go,” King recalled. “Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.”
King immediately took her to the emergency veterinary clinic.  
“The doctor walked up to her and she said ‘is this the famous Katie?’ And her eyes welled up with tears,” King said. “That touched me.”
Katie was dehydrated and lost 12 pounds but was going to be okay.
“I really want to thank the Flathead community,” King said. “It was just amazing, the teamwork that was put out to find a stranger's dog.”
And of course some luck; someone who only found out about Katie seconds earlier and happened to be looking at the right place at the right time.
Read more on the Daily Inter Lake news site.


cute dog

From Uncertain Future to the Red Carpet

One glance at this scruffy pooch and you probably were already thinking: "Hey, it's Tramp!" And you'd be right.
Disney's new, live-action remake of the 1955 animated classic, 'Lady and the Tramp' will premiere on Disney's all-new streaming service on November 12th. The new version features many of the original film's familiar characters but this time, acted by real dogs and voiced by famous actors.
Monte, obviously, will play Tramp. A two-year-old terrier mix, he shares his background as a loveable stray with his character Tramp.
Just last year, Monte was one of (way too) many dogs at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, NM.  The shelter is often crowded beyond capacity so rescue organizations such as HALO, Helping Animals Live On, will sometimes help reduce the overcrowding (and thereby prevent the need of more drastic measures) by taking large groups of dogs and committing to finding them spaces in HALO's own shelters or other no-kill shelters until they find their forever homes.
Heather Allen, President of HALO, says Monte was "discovered" at HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, AZ after he arrived there with 50 other dogs from New Mexico. 
“When he got here, his notes showed that he was super-friendly, that he gives kisses and that he loves attention, and knows how to sit and walks well on a leash,” Allen said.
When the animal trainers working on the film visited HALO on a scouting mission, Monte's personality made a lasting impression on them. 
“We knew they were looking for a pet for a movie, but we didn’t know what movie. It was top secret, of course,” Allen said.
When the team at HALO finally saw the promotional pictures from Disney showing the role that Monte had landed, they were rightly proud of him.  They tweeted a quick congratulations and mentioned his humble beginnings.  Soon after, D23, the official Disney fan club posted that not only Monte, but most of the dogs starring in the film are rescue dogs!  And of course all of them now have forever homes, some with their trainers.
Hollywood has a history of rescue dogs starring in films. Among the most notable include Spike who in 1957 was discovered in a shelter to star as 'Old Yeller' and Bud, the star of the 'Air Bud' movie franchise.
While most rescue pets will never see the fame of these lucky dogs, it certainly proves that there are many, many pets waiting in shelters right now, with so much to give to their new forever families.
Read more about Monte on the AZfamily website.

 Video Funny

 dog getting its nails clipped

The Nail Clippers

Watch this good girl barely survive getting her nails clipped!

Malamute behind a gate

Poor Zeus

Zeus the Malamute watches his brothers defeat the gate -but he can't find a way.



Cute Pets from the internets...

 husky being super cute


tiny kitten in a toilet paper roll's center


Dalmation puppy smiling with wrinkly lips


cat peeking it's head out of a hole in the blacktop


a cat taking a selfie of he and his dog friends 

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