Category Archives: Dog Rescue Around Washington

RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo

It is with a heavy heart that we announce we had to say good-bye to Fergus on August 1st.   Fergus was struggling with heart failure and had also recently been diagnosed with renal failure.  The two are difficult to treat together at best and Fergus fought hard until he was just too tired.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with his story, you can read about Fergus here:

And also an update post here:

We only had a year and a half with Fergus but it feels like we had him forever.  He came into our lives right after we lost Big B and I think we crossed paths because we both needed each other.  It’s almost as if Big B sent him to me in my time of need and grief.   He fit into our home so perfectly it’s hard to believe we didn’t have him forever.    A couple of weeks ago, we had some photos done by Julie Austin and Fergus charmed her and everyone he met.  Always one to roll over for a belly rub he broke down stereotypes and preconceptions of everyone he met.  He did good work but it was time to rest.  RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo, thank you for letting us love you and loving us back.







I would like to thank Clackamas County Dog Services for trusting us with his care, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always being there for us and Julie Austin for the fantastic photos.

Ella’s Lead Collar And Leash Review

So a while ago (ahem) I ordered a couple of items from Ella’s Lead.  I saw a Walker Bait collar on Facebook and just knew that I had to have one for Minnie.   If the ZA actually happens, Minnie is just wily enough to not only survive, but thrive.   Just like Glenn in The Walking Dead.  This collar has held up amazingly well and  I couldn’t be happier with it!

Minnie's Walker Bait Collar
Minnie’s Walker Bait Collar
Pretty Pink Princess
Pretty Pink Princess


Because I wanted this to be a fancy, sparkly collar it would mostly be for ‘going out’.  Rebecca and I decided that she also needed an every day collar.   We decided on black leather with pink and gold.  I *love* this collar and it’s been worn every day for months and held up remarkably well.


I also got basically the best leash in the world.   I wanted something in pink and orange to match her new collars and I also choose a style I hadn’t tried before.  This on has a handle with a clip and the other end also has a clip.  There’s a floating ring on the length of the leash that you can use to make it a slip leash.   This is really important if you work with some shy dogs like I do.  Sometimes leashing them up can be difficult but this allows for less stress on everyone involved.  It’s also convenient and quick.   Because I work with dogs all day every day I like to always have a leash on me.  This one lets me wear it around my neck and clip each end onto a belt loop.    That way I’ve always got one that’s convenient to get at but not flopping around or falling out of my pocket.  This leash has been used all day long, every day for months and it’s amazing.  I’m going to order another one soon.

The Wonder Leash
The Wonder Leash


If you are interested in any of these products, you can peruse the site here:

Sir Fergus Of Bravo Update!

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Fergus.  I can say he’s doing so amazingly well that I can’t even believe it.   He’s settled right into our household like he’s been here for years.  His eye is looking so much better, his fur is literally soft and supple and his mobility has greatly improved.   For those not familiar, you can check out his original story here:

He’s had two acupuncture/chiropractic treatments and it seems to be working really well.   He absolutely LOVES his doctor for that, Kelli Taylor and gets so excited when he sees her.    In fact he was feeling a little too frisky after his last treatment and decided to jump over the baby gate!   He tweaked his freshly adjusted back a little bit so we had to delay his hydrotherapy a bit but he’s feeling better today.  We’ve had to start giving him daily eye drops as his right eye doesn’t produce any tears but Dr. Brad thinks he’ll do just fine.

I’ve got some updated photos of Sir Fergus for you to enjoy!

With his improved mobility, for the first time ever Fergus was able to lay on his back and actually roll all the way over from one side to the other.  Imagine how good that had have felt after being to stiff and sore for so long?

Sometimes it’s hard to get photos of Fergus because he’s infatuated with the flashy light!   Haha.

Big thanks to Clackamas County Dog Services, Dog Rescue Around Washington, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care, Dr. Brad Evergreen, Dr. Kelli Taylor, Mindful Healing Veterinary Care and everyone who helped Fergus in his journey back to feeling good.

Sir Fergus Of Bravo

I guess it’s time to formally introduce my newest foster, Sir Fergus Of Bravo.  On 2/28/12  Fergus was found by a nice lady in Oregon after he wandered down her long driveway and tried to cuddle up next to her house.   Can you imagine stepping out of your house and finding this poor lost and sad soul curled up on your porch?

The condition that Fergus was found in.
Fergus when he was admitted to Clackamas County Dog Services.
Fergus upon admission at Clackamas County Dog Services.

His kind savior immediately sought medical attention for him by delivering him to Clackmas County Dog Services.  Weighing in at a measly 37 lbs they immediately started IV fluids and medications and most importantly….FOOD!

Amazingly, Fergus didn’t appear to have any long term complications from the starvation.  He ate well and put on weight at a reasonable rate.   His muscles were so atrophied that he had some trouble walking but that didn’t stop him from winning over every one he met.   Fergus continued to recover and by 3/5/12 he weighed in at a whopping 46lbs!   At that time the director reached out to me to see if I would be able to provide a medical foster for him.  I agreed and on 3/16/12 through the help of two transporters Sir Fergus made the trip up to WA and landed with me!

He made the trip like a champ and was checked out by Dr. Evergreen that very day.  He heart and ears were good and he was up to 48lbs!    He found some elbow dysplasia, an eye lid tumor, several nasty teeth that needed to come out and most likely  a partially ruptured disc in his back.   Poor guy.

I took him home and introduced him to the back yard right away.   He marked everything out there and then came in and cuddled up on his nice, comfy new bed from Auntie Rayanne.

Sir Fergus the very day I brought him home.
Ewww....those mushrooms to help my immune system are gross!
He loves tummy rubs!
Fergus all cleaned up after a bath!
He definitely knows how to work 'the cute'.
Learning how to enjoy a kong stuff with goodies!

Fergus came to me house broken and knowing sit, down, shake with each paw and can catch a treat!   Clearly  he was someones beloved pet that either got dumped or lost.   He was so  very lucky to land in the lives of people who cared and took the time and effort to do something.   Fergus is still gaining weight (he’s at 52lbs!) and getting stronger but will still need some surgery in the near future to complete his journey to full health.

Fergus hard at work behind the desk at EHVC. Working is hard!

If you have any information about Fergus, please contact Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628.

Special thanks to Fergus’s rescuer, Clackamas County Dog Services, DRAW, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care and all of those who have sent good thoughts!

Fergus today.

Dash The Wonder Puppy Update

I thought I should give an update on Dash as his journey has been a long and difficult one. Dash continued to get better and was adopted by a really nice family at the end of February. Although being healthy when he left he didn’t do well in his new home. He had several trips to the vet which culminated in Dash having a CT scan that brought to light a surprising diagnosis. He had no nasal passage on one side and just a pin hole on the other side. This was interfering with his breathing and the only thing to be done was surgery to the tune of $3,500. The family decided they just couldn’t undertake that journey so Dash was returned to me on 3/13/11. He was *so* happy to see me when I picked him up that he practically jumped into my arms! He actually looked great……had put on weight and his coat looked fabulous and he seemed happy and not sick at all, except for the continually snotty nose.

Dash and his sister Lady in his adopters home.

Now, all of this horrible news was coming to me as I was in Atlanta, GA for the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival. It’s really hard to get that kind of news (that your beloved foster pup was gravely ill and needs thousands of dollars of surgery) when you’re far away and can’t really do anything about it. So I got on the phone, DRAW started fundraising and I started calling in any favor I had with every vet I know.

The response I was getting was that this was uncharted territory for the surgeons because they’ve never seen a pup live longer than 72 hours with this particular birth defect as pups need to be able to breathe out of their nose as they are nursing. Luck was on my side and I was able to quickly schedule a surgical consult with Dr. Fry at Cascade Veterinary Specialists for Tuesday, March 14th. Dr. Fry happens to specialize in this type of surgery with Pugs and Bulldogs. He told me it’s ‘terrifying’ and ‘gruesome’ because of bleeding and they would plan on doing a blood transfusion during the procedure. There would be a 25% chance that he could bleed to death during the surgery. *gulp* BUT Dash needed the surgery to survive so we scheduled it for that next Monday, March 21st. Dr. Fry was kind enough to charge just what we’d been able to fundraise for the surgery which was about $2,500 less than his normal fee.

Dash came through the surgery like a champ. I was able to pick him up and bring him home the next afternoon. They sent off a biopsy of the stuff they removed to the lab. Dash’s recovery was remarkable, even though he had to wear the dreaded Donut Of Shame.

Dash After Surgery

He could breathe out of both nostrils right after surgery which must have been such a relief for him. He had quite a bit of drainage and discharge which is typical of this type of surgery but he was eating and generally being a typical Boxer pup. His incision ran from his forehead down to his nose and he got pretty tired of me wiping the snot off his nose but he took it all in stride.

Dash doesn't let a little thing like life threatening surgery get him down!

On Friday March 25th we got Dash’s histopathology results back. The results were interesting to say the least. It wasn’t a birth defect but a cartilaginous benign tumor called a Chondroma. It’s rare to see a benign version of this tumor so once again we are in uncharted waters because we don’t know if the tumor will grow back. There’s no way to assure clear margins unless you also removed the roof of his mouth, etc which obviously isn’t an option. I choose to believe that the tumor will not grow back and that Dash will have many, many years of fun and happy ahead of him. Because of the ambiguity of his future I think Dash will be staying here and become an official member of the Fitzgerald family. He’s clearly likes being here and I genuinely enjoy having him around. He’s a really good and special puppy.

There are many people that need to be thanked for helping Dash along his journey:

Diana at Clackamas County Dog Services for taking in a sick little pup and nursing him back to health, Karin and her family for adopting Dash and spending a ton of money on diagnostics to figure out what was wrong, Dr. Steven Weinrauch at Banfield in Woodinville for putting in motion the plan to get Dash surgery, Dr. Brad Evergreen and all the staff at Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always taking such good care of Dash and for the support for all the DRAW dogs and especially Dr. Fry at Cascade Veterinary Specialists for saving Dash’s life. I’s also like to thank each and every person who donated money for Dash’s surgery. It really does take a village to save a puppy and I’m humbled and honored to have been a part of this scary and stressful yet wonderful journey.

Thank you!

Ella’s Lead Custom Leashes

I guess I never realized how picky I’ve gotten about leashes. They’re either too long or short, the fabric gives you leash burns on your hands, the clips suck or they’re just plain ugly. Granted in my line of work I use leashes all day long. I’ve been moaning and groaning about not finding the perfect leash for a while now. Finally I just sat down and checked out Ella’s Lead and had a couple made up. I ordered Saturday and had them in my hands today! I chose a traditional style and a slip lead and I couldn’t be happier. They are sturdy which is a must for me, easy on the hands (and eyes) and are exactly what I want in a leash (finally!).
The first is the Eco Lead in Desert Camo, 7 feet with stainless steel hardware and no tubing. It’s super soft material!

The hardware
And the second is a slip lead, 7 feet, mountain rope in black and olive. This one will be mostly for work as it’s super handy to have a slip leash on you at all times when you work with dogs.

Slip Lead
Who knew leashes could be so gratifying?

You should also friend them on Facebook and enter their frequent contests!

Dasher, The Most Famous Reindog Of All!

First of all I should mention that I don’t foster puppies.   They are messy and smelly and chew things they aren’t supposed to.  I like fostering elderly dogs and the young adults that just need someone to show them what’s acceptable and what isn’t.   A little boot camp, ya know?    You should also know that I’m a sucker for a charity case.  And Boxers.   Make that a 99% starved to death eight week old brindle Boxer puppy with pneumonia and I’ve got “Sucker” written all over me.  DRAW works very closely with Clackamas County Dog Services in Oregon and when the shelter director, Diana, asks you personally about fostering a dog well…’s hard to say no.  Especially when she knows exactly the type of dogs you like.

Little Dash (short for Dasher) was impounded as a stray at large on December 21st.  Just an eight week old pup he was almost starved literally to death.   Add to that pneumonia and a really bad case of worms and you’ve got a really sick little puppy that may very well not recover.  Here’s how he looked when he was first taken into the shelter.

Dash when he was first rescued at the shelter.
Dash at the shelter.

Knowing he was too sick to be left in the shelter the director took him home to start nursing him back to health.   Then she started working on me.   Diana said for the first few days when she woke up in the morning she wasn’t sure if he would have make it through the night.   Dash is a fighter and *did* make it.  With a lot of work and a lot of love and a lot of care Diana got him ready for transport up to WA.   

Dash sitting pretty at Diana's.
Scooter shows Dash the fine art of napping.

His pneumonia was clearing up and he was putting on weight steadily.  Still a little skinny and still a little stuffy he made the trip like a little champ.  He pooped in his crate (way to go, little guy!) and was introduced to all the critters at my house.  My cats were less than thrilled.   My dogs were more tolerant.  It’s like they knew he needed some TLC and guidance.

Dash learns how to play.
Sweaters help to keep me warm!

Dash has settled right in and LOVES the other dogs!   His favorite place to sleep is right on top of one of his brothers or sisters, especially if it’s right in front of the warm fire.

Dash gets comfy with Doogie.

Dash’s very *best* friend however was a little more surprising.    Dash and Gimli have a serious bromance going on.   I keep breaking up the play, worrying that Dash is being too rough with Gimli but Gimli just keeps going back for more so he must love it! They wrestle for hours at a time and seem to really enjoy body slamming each other and annoying the heck out of the other dogs and cats.

Dash isn’t available for adoption yet as he’s still recovering from his pneumonia and once he’s healthy he’ll need to be neutered.   He’s coming along nicely with the help of many people.  He’s a very lucky little pup and I’m very lucky that he came into my life.   A Christmas miracle!

Truffles Update

Sometimes doing dog rescue can be really, really hard….soul crushing even. Then something like this is delivered into my inbox and I get the warm and fuzzies and renewed inspiration to keep going. A little bit of history; Truffles wandered into a yard of a DRAW volunteer and in her area Pit Bulls have no chance to get out of the shelter. She ended up at my house and was a total joy while she was here.

Miss Truffle Luffle Ding Dong

Truffles went to a wonderful couple who just sent this update!


Michael, Truffles and I wanted to wish you a merry Christmas. As we round into our 6th month with Truffles, I thought you’d enjoy a little status update (reprintable for the website, if you’d like).

When Truffles joined our family in June 2010, she was shy and quiet. Having spent several months between being homeless, a shelter dog, and a foster dog, we weren’t surprised that she spent most of her time watching us trying to figure out the answer to the question “what next?” Since then, she’s really come out of her shell – she loves to be a dog “about town” – whether it is going for walks, or meeting people and other dogs. She’s attended Good Dog 101 to reinforce some basic commands and we’re hoping to continue working on the training in the upcoming year as we work towards Canine Good Citizen.

At first, she wasn’t sure about going for rides in the car, but she’s become a real princess – so much so that at times she’d rather go for a ride than a walk. She loves hanging with her people – whether that’s going for long rides as we run errands (all the while, watching out the windshield from the backseat), following us all around the house, or enjoying snuggle time. She’s quite the snuggler – so much so that her nickname is Bug… as in Snuggle-Bug. If she’s not up on the couch snuggling with us, she’s usually moaning pitifully to encourage us to let her up on the couch (and it’s really hard to resist her sad-dog face!).

She has several doggie friends that come to visit her, including a Yorkie, a Chihuhua, and a Pomeranian mix. She really enjoys her outings to our local pet stores (including the Bellevue All the Best where her Labrador friend, Bella, works) where she’s spoiled rotten by all the people that dote on her.

Truffles enjoys playing – especially with Michael. She has a few favorite stuffed squeaky toys that she likes to have tossed for her to go fetch. When she brings them back, she’ll either play her version of keep-away or, if we’re not paying attention and she wants it thrown again, is quite happy to put it in your lap and leave it there so that it’s clearly obvious to us that we should play some more.

Our most recent adventure was to the Humane Society to participate in Santa Paws – the pet pictures with Santa. When we walked into the entrance, there was a collective “awwww” from all of the volunteers, at which point, Truffles tail wagging went into overdrive and she proceeded to make great friends with everyone. Our favorite picture of her with Santa is attached. My tactical error was to be standing to the photographers left – which is precisely where she’s looking instead of at the camera.

Truffles is the perfect name for her – as you said, she’s sweet as candy and she oinks like a pig searching for truffles. At the time of writing, she’s curled into a doggie ball at my feet quietly snoring away dreaming about whatever it is that doggies dream. It seems like every day one of us comments to the other how lucky we are to have this sweet, quirky dog in our lives. In the short time we’ve had her, we’ve shared big adventures and are looking forward to more to come in the future.


And they sent along Truffles pic with Santa!

Truffles and Santa

August In Hottie Land

August in Hottie Land


DRAW will be hosting a booth at Rebecca  Corey’s event, Saving Lives & Laughter on AUGUST 14TH at the RENTON IKEA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.   She will be taping a one hour special along side Tails Of Joy animal rescue founder and comedy great Elayne Boosler and local comic Alycia Wood.  This is a very special event because there will be a dog adoption outside of the theater from 4p-7p before the show.  Please come save lives and laugh.  It’s a WIN WIN!!  Tickets are $20.00 (cash) at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please go to :

If you make it down, stop by the DRAW booth and say hi!   Pokey will be there as well as several other DRAW foster dogs being super cute and working the crowd.


DRAW will be hosting a booth at Pit Bulls On Parade, 8/21/10 from 10-3 at Reber Ranch in Kent.   This was a fantastic event last year with a huge turn out and many Pit Bulls received their GCG’s!   The vendors were top notch and there were simply too many cute, well behaved dogs to count.    I’ve been looking forward to this event all year.  Pokey will also be making an appearance at this event and maybe we can find her forever home this summer!

Reber Ranch  29606-132nd Ave SE  Kent, WA 98042


Hottie will be performing with Discontinued Trim at Prowling for PAWS!  LOCK UP YOUR CUBS, THE COUGARS ARE ON THE PROWL!  Discontinued Trim Productions presents two unique evenings of burlesque & variety to raise money for PAWS organization. Shows are Friday, August 27th & Saturday, August 28th. Come one night or come to both!

PAWS of Lynnwood is a nonprofit organization which finds families for homeless pets and rehabilitates wildlife. They also have a cat adoption center in Greenwood called PAWS Cat City.
Please check out their website:

This benefit show pays homage to the Cougar, with all proceeds benefiting homeless domestic cats. To raise funds and help this excellent work continue, we invite one and all to experience two different nights of a spectacular mix of Burlesque, Drag, Impersonations, Aerial, Juggling, Comedy and Belly dancing!

Want to donate more? Bring item(s) from PAWS’ wish list, and receive one free raffle ticket! (One ticket per person)
Let’s add to the fun, we’ll give you one free raffle ticket if you’re dressed in animal print!

Showtime: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Tickets are $15 presale, $20 door. Presale tickets sold:
NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

Hosted by Maggie!
Friday, August 27th
Debora Spencer, Hottie McNaughty, Iva Handfull, Jacqueline Hyde, Kitty Baby, Lydia McLane, Man Johnson, Minetta Lane & Violet Tendencies, Moorea Malatt The Naked Folksinger, Randy Andy, Renten w/Gale Force and Seraphina!


Haven’t had enough yet?  Well, you can catch Hottie the following night at Burlesque & Cabaret Behind The Pink Door

The Pink Door   1919 Post Alley  Seattle, WA
11:00 till the Wee Hours
Please call for details

No Reservations / $15 Cover / Recommended arrival time 9:30 to 10:00

I have no idea who else is performing but I know it’ll be good!   Come on down and share a martini with me.

Carina, DRAW and AFF

There’s been some recent drama regarding a local Washington dog rescue organization.  The founder of Animals First Foundation (AFF), Carina Borja, has pled guilty to nine counts of first degree theft to the tune of $530,000 and is awaiting sentencing.    Unfortunately my rescue partner and co-founder of Dog Rescue Around Washington (DRAW) shares the name Carina.

I’d like to publicly state that these are two entirely different people.

She is not the Carina, founder of AFF (Animals First Foundation) nor does my rescue, DRAW (Dog Rescue Around Washington) have any connection or affiliation with Carina of AFF.  The only thing they share in common is a first name.  Until further notice, Carina is no longer using her legal first name, which IS Carina, and is going by only her alias, which is Violet.  She is connected ONLY with the following email addresses:, and

Please make a note that they are not the same person. There is no connection, correlation, affiliation or relationship professional or otherwise.   At this point I have no idea what is going to happen to the dogs currently in this rescue organization.   I wish only the best for the dogs and they will weigh heavily on my mind until this mess is over.   Please feel free to contact me or Violet with any questions or concerns you might have.