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IGCA Rescue - Arizona Placements 2010

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Ceasar is a 1yr old blue and white male who was placed March 4th, 2010 in Phoenix.  Caesar’s previous owner had purchased him through an adoption event that provided no breed education and Caesar came into our rescue program on Dec 3rd 2009 after his owner realized an ultra high energy IG puppy was not a good fit for his home and he was having difficulty house training him.  After a few accidents in his foster home, Ceasar learned to go outside to potty with the help of a regular schedule and by not having full run of the house.  He now shares a forever home with a black and white shitzu mix named Sally who loves to play as much as he does!  They fell in love with one another instantly and they play all day long!

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Bebop is a 7 year old black and white female placed in Phoenix on March 21st, 2010. Bebop was turned in to rescue Oct 3rd, 2009 because she wasn’t getting along with her Chinese Crested pack mates. Bebop kept to herself for a long time before she began silently sneaking up next to her foster mom. It took several months, but soon this silly little girl began to show her quirky personality—and stole her foster mom’s heart! Bebop now shares her forever home with fellow IGs Phoenix (9f), Giovanni (8M), and Zak (4M -  see adoptions 2007). Bebop has diminishing sight, and will likely go blind. Her new mom would like to let everyone know that “special needs” really just means you get the most special dog. 

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Grandpa (formerlyAlpini) is a blue and white neutered male who was placed in Phoenix on March 23rd, 2010.  Alpini was an unclaimed stray who came into rescue Dec 3rd, 2009 in very rough shape. We did not know how old he was but he is a senior likely older than 10.  He was too thin and had and an infected mouth.  After having a dental and having teeth pulled which left him with only two teeth he gained weight and started to return to his former handsome self.  Alpini's foster parents fell in love with this little old man adopted him.  He spends his days sleeping covered in his favorite blanket, sunning himself in the yard, and sitting on his mom or dad's lap.  He has lots of playmates but keeps to himself and his IG brothers and sisters respect that.  He truly found his forever home!

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Enzo, renamed Rico, is a 4 year old white and red pied male placed in Scottsdale on March 29. Rico was turned in to rescue on March 11, when his owner’s living situation changed and he felt he would be happier in a larger home with a yard. Rico is a very sweet and gentle boy, who loves to cuddle. In his new forever home, Rico enjoys ample play time with his new mom and dad, and his handsome, energetic IG brother, Enzo! The dynamic duo also enjoys going to the dog park to play with their IG friends at the East Valley Italian Greyhound Meetup Group. Rico is pictured left below. Congratulations to Rico and his new forever family!

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Pip is a graceful 9 year old white and seal pied female placed in Lake Havasu City on April 10th, 2010. Pip was turned into rescue on January 9, 2010, after her owner could no longer care for her. Pip spent two years living outside, leading to tremendous weight loss and a lack of confidence toward humans. In her foster home, Pip learned to form strong bonds with her humans, and her favorite place to be was in their arms. When Pip’s new mom first stumbled upon Pip’s photo on the website, it was love at first sight! Everything that followed only confirmed in her heart that Pip would soon become a great love in her life. Pip now shares her forever home with her Yorkish sister, Carrie, and her loving mom and dad who give her plenty of attention and slather her with affection.

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(Red) Caesar is a red and white 6 year old neutered male who was placed in Phoenix on April 17th, 2010.  Caesar came into rescue on December 5th, 2009.  Caesar was originally adopted from our program in 2005 but was returned to our program when he started showing intermittent but very serious aggression toward the other dogs in the house.  When Caesar came into rescue, his thyroid levels were VERY low [this can cause aggression] and he had both ear and eye infections.  We can see a marked difference in Caesar after just a few months on thyroid medicine and Caesar’s eye and ear infections have now cleared up.

Caesar is very content now as an only dog where he has a monopoly on the attention of his new family.  Caesar is pictured here with his new best friend who loves to play with him and cuddle up with him.   Caesar’s owners are continuing to work on Caesar’s leash manners since he is quite a puller and Caesar will be learning to get his teeth brushed, YAY!!!!

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Elijah is petite [7lb.] 14 month old blue and white male who was placed in Phoenix on April 17th, 2010.  Elijah came in to our rescue program on October 13th 2009 after his owner had him for a few weeks and realized that an Italian Greyhound puppy was not a good fit for her home.  IG pups are ALL ENERGY, require a significant amount of time and effort to house train, and can suffer separation anxiety if contained away from the rest of the family for long periods of time.

Elijah came into rescue with respiratory problems.  Eli had an active case of Bordetella prior to coming into rescue but we don’t know how long he had the disease before he was treated.  He was treated for the disease but his symptoms never cleared up.  Unfortunately, even after months of various treatments through rescue, Eli’s wheezing and coughing continued.  Rescue arranged for Eli to have a bronchoscopy to look inside his lungs to see if we could find the cause of Eli’s problem.  The bronchoscopy revealed that one of Eli’s bronchioles [a larger airway in the lungs leading to smaller ones called alveoli] was flattened to the point of being closed.  This could be a birth defect or a result of enduring prolonged cased of Bordetella.  Eli now takes a medicine that helps open his airways and a second medicine that helps relax his lungs so he doesn’t wheeze and cough as much or as intensely when he plays.  In a few years, when Eli gets older and becomes less active, its possible he may not need to take the medicine as often, if at all.

Eli is a cherished little comedian of his household.  Eli loves to play with tennis balls like a cat and he loves to romp with his IG housemate Rusty [see placements 2003] giving Rusty a taste of his own medicine.  [Rusty, like Eli, was quite a pest when he was a pup bugging other dogs to PLAY PLAY PLAY!].  Eli is blessed to have a regular supply of new IG playmates when his mom takes in fosters for us which gives Rusty a well deserved break from ‘puppy sitting’ Eli for his mom.  Eli loves to snuggle up in the big plush couch for naps when he worn himself out and there are lucky nights when he gets to curl up in bed and be mom’s leg warmer.

Elijah’s vet bills were a little over $1600 but this little guy is priceless and well worth it.  Whether there is a specific dog in our program that captures your heart or you just love them all, please consider making a donations to IGCA Rescue to help us continue to help dogs like Elijah.  If you would like to make a contribution, please contact your local representive listed on our main page.  Though we cannot direct your funds to pay for a specific dog’s expenses, we can ensure your donation is noted in Honor of the dog that has inspired your generosity.  ALL of your donation will be used 100% for the vet care of the dogs in the IGCA program.

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Cleo is a fawn and white 7 year old female placed in Apache Junction on April 18. Cleo was originally adopted from Rescue in 2005 but was returned to our program on March 1, 2010, when her owner could no longer care for her. Cleo does not show any signs of illness but recently had a lump removed that turned out to be a hemangiopericytoma, which is a form of cancer. She will likely need lumps removed from this same area in the future as they occur. Cleo is a very social, happy-go-lucky girl who LOVES being the center of attention, and loves to meet new people and dogs. Cleo’s new mom is delighted to give her a loving, forever home where she can play all she wants with her new IG sister, Zoe, and receive all the cuddles she can handle from mom and her new extended family!

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Zoe is a 6 month old red fawn female placed in Bullhead City on April 24. Zoe was turned into Rescue on March 25 when her owner’s life became very busy and she could no longer care for a young puppy. Zoe is a very happy little girl who loves to play with stuffed animals, other dogs, and everyone she meets! She is a typical, happy-go-lucky energetic puppy who is full of personality and pep. Zoe suffers from allergies that cause her to itch, but her new dad is going to help provide relief for Zoe by keeping her on an inexpensive allergy medicine and a high quality dog food. Zoe’s new dad is intent on spoiling his new little girl, and she will have plenty of lovins’ and play time with her new forever family. Zoe might even get an IG brother or sister down the road!

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Ripley is an 8 year old red male placed in Apache Junction on May 2. Ripley was turned into rescue on March 11, when his owner’s living situation changed and he felt Ripley would be happier in a larger home with a yard. Sir Ripley is Mr. Social and loves to greet everyone he meets! He LOVES to be near his humans most of all, but he also loves to play with other IGs. Sometimes he likes to roll his little red ball around with his nose, to show you how coordinated he is. Ripley is overweight and was recently started medication to help neutralize his low thyroid function. His new mom will work to help keep him on his path back to his “high school weight”. Ripley is a very lucky boy, as he will surrounded by females in his forever home! He is so excited to join his new family, which includes two female IGs, Zoe and Cleo (see April 18, 2010 adoption above!).

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Bono, renamed Jou Jou, is a 6 year old blue fawn male placed in Scottsdale on May 2. Jou Jou came into rescue on April 8 after his elderly owner could no longer care for him. Jou Jou is quite shy at first, but once he gets to know you he becomes a Velcro dog. Jou Jou is very mellow and likes to spend time in his bed listening to his people with his big pointy radar ears. He LOVES to go for walks and car rides, and is happy being a devoted sidekick to his human. Jou Jou now shares his forever home with his new mom and IG sister, Zsa Zsa. Jou Jou’s new mom is a licensed human AND pet massage therapist, and Jou Jou is so excited to reap the benefits of her training! He is also looking forward to sleeping with his mom and sister, and to a life filled with all the love and attention he can handle!

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Gracie (renamed Abbie) is a 5-year-old blue and white female placed in North Phoenix on May 16. Abbie was turned into rescue on April 10, 2010, because her prior family struggled with providing enough containment to be successful at potty training. Abbie now shares her forever home with her awesome new mom and dad, and two IG brothers, Grimley and Bones. Abbie is learning all about cats, as she also shares her new home with two feline friends. She and her new brother, Bones, are still negotiating who is in charge of what toys, but like to play and have been observed secretly spooning at night. Abbie LOVES to cuddle and give kisses, and also likes to go for rides in the car. Abbie’s mom recently took over as coordinator for the East Valley Italian Greyhound Meetup Group, so Abbie will enjoy seeing her IG friends and meeting new IGs at the group’s monthly play date at Chaparral Park. At the dog park, Abbie is very social, patrolling the perimeter, checking in with other dogs and their families. She likes to greet all incoming dogs, as well as thank outgoing dogs for coming. Congratulations to Abbie and her new forever family!

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Zeta, renamed Nello, is a 3 year old black and white male who was placed in Whittier CA on  May 22nd, 2010.  Nello entered the rescue program April 1st, 2008.  Nello showed signs of neglect and was apparently kept as an outdoor dog and was used for breeding.  Nello was not used to human contact and was very interested in but cautious of people.  After two years in rescue, Nello is finding it easier to trust people.

Nello's mom fell in love with him the first time she briefly met him in 2008 when she came to Arizona to adopt Dino [see Placements 2008].  We're so happy for Nello that she's been thinking of him ever since and that she contacted us to give Nello a forever home where he will be kept safe and will be given lots of patient love.

Nello loves the outdoors and other dogs.  In his new home, Nello has a large grassy back yard that he will love to run and play in with his new IG housemates Dino and Romeo.  When he's tuckered out, he will get to snuggle up with them on the couch when its nap time and Nello LOVES comfy couches and chairs!

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Tyson (renamed Digit) is a six-year-old white and red pied male placed in Phoenix on June 19. Digit came into the rescue on May 25, 2010, after his former owners had their first baby and couldn't give Digit the attention he needed. Digit is a very social boy, and enjoys meeting other dogs and people. He especially loves to be petted by his human friends most of all. Digit—the big cuddler that he is—plopped into the laps of two IG fanciers at a recent East Valley Italian Greyhound Meetup group play date, and showed off his stellar personality—little did he know they had already applied to adopt an IG through IGCA Rescue! It was love at first sight, and Digit (and his new mom and dad) couldn’t be happier! He now shares his home with a patient IG senior and a baby sister Chihuahua mix. Congratulations to Digit and his forever family!

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LUCA is a 1yr old white and blue pied male who was placed in Surprise on July 7, 2010. Luca entered rescue as a stray, and though we worked hard to find his original owners, no one came forward to claim him. In his new forever home, Luca enjoys spending time with his awesome new mom and dad, and two new IG brothers, Bruce and Louie. Luca has adjusted quite well, and his new parents have learned that he is a talker! He loves to come over to them or the other dogs and just begin talking, but they're still working on figuring out what he is saying! Luca is often found snuggling with his new mom and dad, or laying on top of his brother, Bruce—seriously, right on top of Bruce! Luca has two favorite things to do: either digging in the backyard or saying hello to people with his cold nose pressed against their face. Since Luca joined his new family, he has helped to break his brother Louie (see 2008 Adoptions) out of his timid shell. Now, Mom and Dad have three outgoing dogs running around the backyard, playing with toys and greeting people at the door. Congratulations to Luca and his new forever family!

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Ruhama, now called Ro is an 8.5 year old red and white female who was placed in Apache Junction on June 28th, 2010.  Ro came into rescue on October 25, 2009.

Until joining rescue, Ro lived and worked in a puppy mill and she was likely never handled much.  Ro was very leery of people when she first came into rescue and she would bolt if you tried to approach her.  Ro’s foster homes and her new owner have really helped Ro understand the joys of being loved.  Ro is a curious dog and she learned early in foster care that following people around is a lot of fun and very entertaining.  Ro follows her owner around EVERYWHERE, even into the closet!  In foster care, Ro’s foster home worked with her regularly giving her one on one attention to get used to being approached, petted and picked up.  Shortly after joining her forever home, Ro learned to ‘sit’ and now, when given the command, she sits like a brave little lady to wait for her owner to pick her up or pet her!   Ro even recently hopped up on her owner’s lap for the first time on her own looking for attention!  Ro has learned to love to be part of the family and she now often sleeps on the bed with her owner and the two other rescue IGs that she lives with, Cleo and Ripley [see above].

Ro has Cushings [which is an endocrine disorder].  When she came into rescue, Ro had the typical appearance of a dog with Cushings- her hair was thin, her skin was thickened in places, and she was overweight with a ‘barrel bodied’ appearance.  With proper diet and medicine and lots of love, Ro is now a happy, carefree dog who looks terrific!!!  We are so happy for her that she captured the heart of a wonderful person who looked past her ‘Special Needs’ to give her a permanent family to love her and to call her own for the first time in her life.

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FeFe now called FeBe is a six year old fawn and white female who was placed in Phoenix on July 18th, 2010.  FeBe came into rescue with her housemate Tyson on June 25th, 2010 when their owners wanted to rehome them after having children. FeBe is a very friendly and playful dog who loves everyone she meets.  FeBe is blessed to join Tyson [now called Digit] in their new home that they share with an adorable and fun loving little ChiRat puppy named Biscuit.

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Bella (renamed Ameriga Vespoochie) is a 7 month old blue fawn pied female that was placed in Phoenix on July 31, 2010. Ameriga entered the rescue program on June 3, 2010 when she broke her leg and her owners could not afford the medical expense to repair her leg.  Ameriga was taken to the vet where her leg was fixed and she was spayed. She healed perfectly in her foster home, and within 5 weeks her cast was off and she was as good as new.

Ameriga has settled into her new home comfortably and does not mind all the attention she gets being an only dog one bit! She is always by her parents' side, in their laps or under covers, and it is almost impossible to escape her kisses. She is curious when she takes her nightly strolls and immediately warms up to everyone she meets. She is learning really fast where she is supposed to potty and is having fewer and fewer accidents. She is intelligent and seems to be easily trainable. She is beginning to understand basic commands like 'sit' and soon will learnsome more advanced commands. She enjoys the company of other dogs and is often taken to the dog park. She loves to be outside in the sun and to prance around in the yard. As for being a single dog, she seems to be fine on her own for now by either keeping herself entertained with the toys she has strewn about the house or by enticing her owners to play with her (which they love to do), but may get a companion some time in the future.

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Shiloh is a 3.5 year old red pied female placed in Phoenix on July 23rd. She came into rescue 08/01/2009 when the Humane Society contacted us to help Shiloh find a good home.

Prior to joining rescue, Shiloh was kept as an outside dog [likely from the time she was born] and was not socialized to human contact.  From her behavior and very slow rehabilitation progress, we find it is unlikely that she was ever played with, held, or even petted.  Shiloh was literally as terrified of human contact when she came into rescue as a wild animal.  We suspect Shiloh was provided food, water, and left completely alone because she took no comfort in being with other dogs either.

Many IGs who are neglected in this way exhibit nervousness and constantly pace and bolt.  Shiloh was different.  Shiloh completely 'shut down' and was essentially catatonic around people.  She would stay wherever you placed her and she would remain very stiff, still and hidden as much as possible [whether inside or outside]. After several months of learning her new routine, Shiloh gradually gained enough confidence to take more control over her situation and she began bolting away from humans and through the house to her preferred places outside which, for her, was a step forward from being 'too afraid to move'. Still, Shiloh preferred no contact with people.  It was months before Shiloh was visible in the yard when she was outside because she would bolt out of sight and hide if she sensed you even looking at her through a window in the house. 

A huge challenge for Shiloh was learning to feel comfortable indoors. When she first came into rescue, Shiloh would stay outside in pouring winter rain rather than come inside and she had to be brought in and the dog door blocked to prevent her from going back outside.  Today, Shiloh enjoys resting inside with her IGs brothers and she comes in the house on her own.

Shiloh may never be what folks consider 'normal' [she still won't come when called and still tends to stay out of sight most of the time] but she is happy and much more relaxed now.  She plays and takes naps with her IG housemates and she walks in a more controlled manner around people now instead of bolting.  She sleeps curled up against her dad every night and petting is now a 'good thing' rather than something strange to be endured.  Shiloh will often play bow, leap and prance to greet her humans when they come out in the yard and she will now approach her people in the big outdoors to get a treat.  She will even take a treat from her dad in certain places in the house. 

When Shiloh first experienced a leash, she belly crawled until she was exhausted and finally had to stand up.  Today, Shiloh LOVES to go for walks on a flexi leash in green parks away from noise and traffic. Oddly, Shiloh now enjoys watching people do yard work and will rest in the grass with her front legs daintily crossed just a few feet away if you act like she isn't there.

Shiloh has many happy spoiled years ahead of her and gives her family great joy.  Shiloh shares her home with 4 IG brothers, Gideon, Lucas, Giorgio [2005] and Blue [2009].  Photos courtesy of RedFeather Photography, Mesa

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MARCO is a one year old white and fawn pied male placed in Glendale on July 24, 2010. Marco entered rescue as a stray, and though we worked hard to find his original owners, no one came forward to claim him. In his new forever home, Marco is doing quite well! He loves to chew bones, and be with his people at all times. He likes to play with children and other dogs, is mister macho at the dog park, and loves to meet new doggie friends! He's become the subject of some of his mom’s artistic work (although he's not very good at holding still... ). Marco also loves to jump if you jump! If his new mom or dad starts jumping, he does too! And barks to let you know he's having a good time! Before Marco was adopted, he had his knee repaired due to a luxated patella—but his new mom says that other then a few cold mornings, he's hardly been affected by it at all! He runs and jumps with ease, and it's hard to tell there was ever a problem. Marco's mom says that he has been such a blessing in their lives, and they are very grateful to Rescue for helping them adopt such a unique and beautiful pup. Congratulations to Marco and his new forever family!

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Gracie is a 7 month old red female placed in Scottsdale on August 7th. She came into rescue on July 8, 2010, because her owners were overwhelmed and felt she would do better in a home that understands the needs of an IG puppy. Gracie now lives with her new brothers Lance & Cook. Her new family immediately taught her how to swim and she has become a good swimmer and knows how to safely exit the pool. She has learned to use the dog door. Right away she fit right in. She quickly liked Lance and Cook and they took quite a shining to her. She is getting Cook to play and come a little out of his hidey hole more than usual (for him). She has been learning her "stay" and "come" commands. She took to sleeping in the bed immediately and sleeps all through the night. She loves to give kisses and talks a lot. She truly is the bell of the ball at her new forever home.

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Cosmo is a 4-year-old blue male placed in Bullhead City on August 25. Cosmo was turned into Rescue on July 31 after his family became very busy and could no longer provide the attention he needed, so he tried to let them know by talking an awful lot. His family listened, and now Cosmo is back to his more silent, happy and calm little self in his new forever home! Cosmo is a mellow IG who likes to play and cuddle with other dogs and humans. He is very excited about his new his new IG sister, the beautiful Zoe (see April 2010 Adoption above), who is already smitten with her new brother. The dynamic IG duo has already been playing up a storm, but has also been sure to take breaks to snuggle with mom (Zoe’s favorite lap) and dad (Cosmo’s new favorite lap). Congratulations to Thomas, Angel, Zoe and COSMO!

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Luna (formerly Duca) is an absolutely gorgeous 7 year old seal and white female who entered the rescue program April 11, 2010. Luna was given up by her owners because they were moving and they could no longer keep her. She has severe laterally luxated patella’s in both her hind legs [her knee-caps have moved out of their normal place].  Since this condition was not surgically corrected when she was a puppy, it has crippled her and  her hind legs cannot  be corrected now.  She does not show signs of pain or discomfort. 

    As soon has her foster dad met her she pulled on his heart strings and after months of fostering her foster family knew if the day came there was someone interested in adopting her they would miss her dearly so they decided to adopt her. Luna is fitting in really well with everyone.  She likes to pop her head up over the edge of the couch or the bed to keep an eye on her family and she's a little shark when it comes to getting treats.  She certainly knows how use those little legs!  She also chases (and is chased by) the cat; they really like to play.  Her favorite pastimes are soaking up the sun on the back patio, barking at the other dogs when they play, and enthusiastically accepting belly rubs.  Luna truly found the perfect home.

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Dalilah turned 1 year old on September 1, 2010 and on that day her foster mom and dad adopted her. Dalilah is 6 month old white and seal pied female that came into rescue on February 20th, 2010, when her owners’ felt they could no longer financially care for her     She has adjusted very well in her foster home.  She loves playing with her brothers and sisters and has caregiver qualities by cleaning her brothers and sisters' ears.  She enjoys running in the backyard, playing with her toys and staying close to her mother's side any chance she gets.  She still enjoys a private place by herself to nap.      Her eye conditon is still a challenge for her and she will lose her eyesight in the future.  She gets around fine and does not bump into anything.  She continues to have her medications for her eyes daily and visits the eye doctor for pressure checks.  Her new family has purchased books on raising a blind dog and will do their best to make her transistion as easy as possible.

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Faith is a tiny blue and white female who was placed in San Antonio Texas on September 18th, 2010.  Faith came in to our rescue program December 12th, 2009.  We don't know how old Faith is, but she is likely around 12 years old. Faith was a stray and hit by a car.  After she was stabilized at an emergency clinic she was transferred to the Arizona Humane Society.  No one stepped forward to claim her so they called us to see if we could help her and find her a loving home.  Absolutely! Faith had a broken jaw and her rear right leg was badly skinned in the car accident.  We had to pull all of Faith's teeth after the car accident because her mouth was so badly infected from dental neglect that her jaw would not have healed if we hadn't pulled her rotten teeth. Faith also had a shrunken right eye and a lot of mammary tumors when she came into rescue. After Faith healed up from the car accident, we had her shrunken eye and mammary lumps removed.  Faith is very shy and her overall condition was very poor when she came into rescue.  We suspect Faith was kept as an outdoor dog and was not given much attention.

Faith is now a happy and healthy senior who is learning to love having attention lavished on her and living the good 'indoor life'.  Faith caught the attention of a wonderful IG family in Texas and her story won their hearts.  Faith's new family drove 2000 miles round trip to escort her comfortably to her new home. Faith shares her new home with 3 other IG princesses and a beautiful senior black shepherd who wants to be iggy like her house-mates :)

 

 

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Dusty is a 13 year old fawn and white female placed in Tucson on September 25, 2010.  Dusty was released to us on August 24, 2010 by the Southern Arizona Humane Society so she wouldn't have to stay in a shelter environment while waiting for a good home. Dusty had been with the same family her entire life before taking up residence at the Humane Society.  Dusty's previous owners characterized her as a perfect and well mannered companion but they said that she barked a lot when people weren’t home and this was the reason they turned her over to the Humane Society.  We have to believe there was an unhappy change for Dusty in her prior home for her to bark so much because it is unlikely her previous family tolerated 13 years of “incessant barking” before giving her to the shelter.  After getting to know Dusty, we believe she was likely just very lonely.  Dusty does not exhibit this behavior in her new home where she is happy and where she receives daily love and attention.  Dusty gets to go for walks most mornings before a relaxing day of playing with her housemates and lounging in the backyard between meals and she gets to curl up with her owners in bed for quality cuddle time at night.   Dusty is not complaining!!!

Dusty shares her forever home with three other dogs:  IG Libby, IG rescue Izzy [see Placements 2007] and Mae the Greyt. Many people will not consider giving a beautiful and wonderful companion dog like Dusty a home because she is ‘too old’.  Without loving homes to open their hearts to these sweet abandoned seniors, they can be needlessly euthanized.  Please consider opening your heart and home to a senior rescue.

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Teddy is a 7-year-old fawn and white male who entered our rescue program August 8, 2010. Teddy’s previous owners had health issues and could no longer care for him. Teddy is a happy boy whose favorite thing in the world is his humans! He likes to be the center of attention, and is happy he can be the pack leader in his new home, which he shares with his awesome mom and dad, as well as his two new sisters, a Jack Russell and a Terrier/Aussie mix. He loves to play and to cuddle with his new family, where he is spoiled rotten not only by mom and dad, but by grandma as well! (Teddy gets to see Grandma and his Jack Russell auntie frequently for play dates too!)

Teddy no longer has any teeth as the result of an infection that once occurred in his gums, though this does not stop him from eating a normal diet. His new forever home has continued his regular feeding schedule of dry food moistened with a little hot water, and he does just fine! In fact, he is known for his dashing “alligator” smile! Teddy would like to remind all IG parents that though he has learned to adapt to a teeth-free life, he feels teeth are important and encourages all IG parents to brush regularly (and to get annual dentals) to keep gums and teeth healthy. Congratulations to Teddy and his new forever family!

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BabyDog, renamed Bailey, is a 7 year old red female placed in Phoenix on October 24, 2010. Bailey entered rescue on August 19, 2010, after her owner could no longer care for her. In her new forever home, Bailey is the star of the show! She enjoys life as a single dog, because that means she has all ten hands to herself for ample petting (Bailey shares her new forever home with her new mom and dad, as well as her three awesome human siblings). Though Bailey is a pretty independent lady, she does enjoy seeking attention from her humans and just LOVES to have her belly scratched. She is learning to use the dog door, and, with the help of her new forever family and a high quality, portion controlled diet, she will continue to shed some weight to get back to her slim, gorgeous self. She LOVES to play with stuffed animals, and is absolutely looking forward to having so many humans to play with! Congratulations to Bailey and her fantastic new forever family!

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Romeo is a 5-year-old black and white male placed in Marana, AZ, on November 11. Romeo came into rescue on July 16 as a stray, after our attempts to locate his original owner were unsuccessful. Romeo is a sweet, loveable Velcro IG, whose favorite thing is to sit on the laps of his new family members. In his new forever home, Romeo enjoys playing and cuddling with his two new IG brothers, Cosmo and Piccadilly, as well as his two human siblings. Like most IGs, he loves to sleep under the covers and is looking forward to spending the rest of his life with his wonderful new family! Congratulations, Romeo!

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Bayli is a beautiful 4-year-old fawn and white female placed in Scottsdale on November 20. Bayli entered rescue on October 24, 2010, after her owner could no longer care for her. Bayli is a very social girl, and gets a long with men, women, children, everybody! She LOVES to play and immediately hit it off with her handsome new IG brother, George. The two can often be found starting rambunctious bouts of play, and then taking breaks to cuddle in their spacious dog beds. Her new mom says she is a perfect fit, and it’s as though she has been part of the family all along! In her new home, Bayli will also enjoy some cuddle time with dad as he teaches her the inns and outs of being a Buckeye fan! She also looks forward to seeing all of her IG friends at the East Valley Italian Meetup group. Congratulations to Bayli and her new forever family!

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BONJOUR is a stunning 3-year-old blue male placed in Scottsdale on November 20. Bonjour entered our rescue program November 7, 2010, when his previous owner encountered some financial difficulties and could no longer care for him. Bonjour is a biggy-iggy with a sturdy frame and powerful muscles. He is a little Velcro hound who LOVES to play, and is a BIG fan of giving “hugs” to his humans! In his new home, Bonjour is enjoying being the center of attention as an only dog—though his parents have hinted that Bonjour may get an IG companion down the road! He loves to run in his new spacious, grassy backyard, and at night settles down for ample cuddle time with his new parents. On his adoption day, he helped his new mom and dad celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, and the three of them could not be happier! Congratulations to Bonjour and his new forever family!

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Marshall is a 4-year-old red male placed in Glendale on November 21, 2010. Marshall was turned in to rescue on August 18, after his owners relocated and could no longer care for him. Full of attitude and charm, Marshall is great with kids and loves to snuggle in blankets near the fireplace. He will soon be wearing his University of Iowa sweater. His new forever mom fell head over heels instantly, and believes he is the perfect example of just how truly amazing and wonderful IGs are! Marshall shares his forever home with his fellow Chihuahua companion, two siblings of the feline variety, and his two human siblings. Congratulations to the whole family on finding each other!

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Bugsy is a 7-year-old seal and white male placed in Scottsdale on November 23, 2010. Bugsy came into rescue on August 6, after his previous owner encountered health issues and could no longer care for him. Bugsy is a very sweet and mellow boy who gets along with every person and animal he meets! In his new forever home, Bugsy is enjoying life as an only dog, where all of the attention is focused on spoiling him rotten! He loves to prance around in his sweaters and show off his truly stellar personality. Bugsy is a little Velcro hound at heart, and just loves, loves, LOVES to cuddle with his new mom and dad!  Congratulations to the whole family!

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Bebe is a 3-year-old red and white male placed in Carlsbad, California, on December 3. Bebe came into rescue when his owners moved and could not take him to the new location. Bebe is a small, lovable velcro hound who is very social with people and other dogs. He loves to be petted, sit in laps and cuddle in bed. In his new forever home, Bebe will have AMPLE cuddle time with his new mom and dad, and will enjoy spending time with his new IG sister, Tess. He is super excited that his mom will take him for long walks every single day, and is looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful outdoors when hiking with his new mom and sister. Congratulations to Bebe and his new forever family!

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Bootsie is a 6 year old red fawn and white female placed in Sun City on December 16, 2010. Bootsie came into rescue on June 22 after she was attacked by a large dog and her owners could not afford medical care to properly tend to her wound. Not only was Bootsie bitten at the back of her neck, but she also had low thyroid function that went undetected and was 22 pounds (virtually double her natural weight!). Bootsie received a lot of love and care during her healing process, and had a wonderful and experienced foster mom who worked with her diligently to help her lose weight. In her new forever home, Bootsie is an only dog for the time being and is being doted on constantly, which she thoroughly enjoys! She spends her days sunbathing in the windows and going for lots of walks. She never has to worry for lack of attention, and certainly enjoys being the star. In the future, a playmate might join her, but for now she is simply content being the only princess. Congratulations to Bootsie and her forever family!

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Moezy is a 10 year old “biggie iggy” blue male placed in Fountain Hills on December 31, 2010. Moezy came into rescue on September 10, after his owners’ work schedules were so extensive they could not spend sufficient time with him. Moezy is a social, loving, curious boy who will thoroughly enjoy exploring his new forever home and yard with his new Daschund sister, Greta. He’s looking forward to going to the dog park with his stellar new mom and dad, and also for walks around the neighborhood so he can get the lay of his new land. He’s DOUBLE excited about the snazzy new view from his living room where he can see the beautiful fountain that shows itself every hour! Moezy didn’t know what a Buckeye was before, but now he really seems to like them - he’s even willing to sport a Jim Tressel-esque sweater vest! Congratulations Moezy, our last rescue placed in 2010! Have fun ringin’ in the New Year with your new mom and dad!

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