SCCR is looking to expand to the Bay Area and we need volunteers. We need fosters, people to pull from shelters, transport, do home visits, adoption counseling, volunteers to work events and who knows what all. Do you have a talent or skill that you would like to offer? Contact Elizabeth Mazzetti at 805 687-4674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are starting out by pulling a 5 year old girl from the San Jose shelter next week. We have found a wonderful foster home in Antioch and are looking forward to working with Lynda and her family. Patti, also from Antioch has helped us with home visits and transportation. Our goal is to build a team of 20-30 volunteers from all over the Bay Area to cove the northwestern part of California. We are rescuing Cockers, one dog at a time!
June was a hard month for us here at SCCR. We had to say goodbye to not one but four of our sweet old boys and one not so old. Three of our Sanctuary kids, Paulie, Cookie and Clifford passed away. They came to us old and grey but full of love and life. Their foster families loved them like their own and gave them perhaps the best last years of their lives. They had snuggles, cuddles, treats and long walks. We also feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to get to know these special dogs and offer them the best quality of life we could for as long as we could. We would not have missed it for anything. If you would like to be a part of our Sanctuary program we are always looking for new Sanctuary foster homes. Your donations make this program possible, without you each one of these dogs would have never made it out of the shelters.
We also had to say good-bye to two of our adopted dogs last month, Sonny and Bo. Sonny and Bo were adopted from SCCR 5-6 years ago as happy, healthy boys. We remember them in their prime, sweet and loving boys. Sonny just passed away of old age. It was quite a surprise to us because we just remember that handsome young man who got old and grey on us while we were not looking as the years slipped by. Bo surprised all of us when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was too young, too sweet and too much in love with his mom to go, but go he did. We are so thankful that Sonny and Bo had such wonderful parents. Gil give Sonny a life any dog would envy and is thinking about adopting two more SCCR dogs in Sonny’s honor. Bo and Debbie were a love match. They were inseparable. Bo’s life was too short, but that boy was Loved.
Rico and Suave are two absolutely adorable 6-9 month old buff puppies. We do not get puppies in very often and it is always fun when we do. These two were a hoot. They were silly, sassy, sweet and all boy. Well it didn’t take long to find them wonderful homes. Both puppies were adopted this week. Suave went home Monday with Magnus, a 6 yr old cocker and Gil, a single gentleman, who is a long time cocker owner. He reports that both dogs are settling in well and he loves the puppy energy in the house. Rico went home on Wed to a family with a 7 year old boy named Zach. Zach and Rico (now Jack) were best friends from the second they lied eyes on each other. They rough house, play tag and keep away until they are exhausted then they rest and are up and at again. They are in heaven!
Samantha and Diane were a mother, daughter pair that came in from the LA shelter. They were very sweet but became hysterical when they were introduced to another dog. We decided to split them up and see if their behavior changed any. It was exactly what they needed. Samantha, the 1 year old daughter caught the eye of Teya, a Santa Barbara woman who had adopted Marlow from us six years ago. Marlow was now 8 years old and wanted a little sister. We brought Samantha over to meet him no sure what to expect. After a gulp of surprise she decided he was pretty ok and Marlow was in love. We were also a little concerned about her eyesight. She seemed to have a depth perception problem. When she had her vet exam we were surprised to learn she was blind in one eye and partially blind in the other eye. We had no idea. We will be taking her to the eye specialist and we will let you know what she says. We hope we can restore as much of her sight as possible, but in the mean time Marlow has taken her under his wing and protects her from anything she is fearful of.He is a marvolous big brother and exactly what she needed.
In the mean time Diane, the moma, was fostered with a sweet, self-confident Cocker named Dresden. She very quickly became bonded to him, making us certain she would do well in any new home. She ended up being adopted by a wonderful couple from Madera. They plan on getting her a buddy as soon as we can find her the right match.
A big thanks to Sue from Cocker Connection who helped us rescue these two girls.
The Sacramento picnic last Saturday was a resounding success. We had a huge turn out and the prettiest group of Cockers you have ever seen. The food was fabulous and the raffle prizes amazing. It was a perfect day and everyone had a wonderful time. Carole Barone not only won first place on the cash raffle but she got picked for second prize too! Then she donated all $750 right back to SCCR!! Wow, we love you Carole!
Thank you, everyone, for your help in making this event a huge success.
Chewie was adopted by a wonderful couple in Shell Beach after having a very rough start in an abusive home. He was so anxious his mom had a bit of project on her hands getting him to relax and enjoy life normally. We just got a progress report from his mom that we wanted to share with you.
I just saw the newsletter that you sent out, and thought that it would be a good idea to send you an update on Chance (formerly Chewie). We’ve almost had him for two months now, and I could not imagine our lives without him. He is 99% less anxious than when we first got him. He’s able to just lay down and cuddle all day and be a lazy little pup, which is amazing. When I first met him, I would never have imagined him doing this- but right now he is curled up sleeping under my arm. He’s a pampered little man now.
We go to the beach all the time and he loves it. His favorite part is meeting kids- whenever he sees little kids he starts whining and trying to get to them. He’s very gentle with them and loves playing with them. He knows “sit” and “stay” and he taps his ball before it gets thrown for him. He goes running downstairs and sits at the front door when “Puppy Walk” is announced. And he and Max, our other cocker spaniel, are friends who are growing more and more attached every day. Max got stung by a bee last week and he only wanted to curl up next to Chance, and Chance was so worried about Max- he was as anxious as the first day that we met him.
I also wanted to let you know that we spread the gospel of rescue and Second Chance Cocker Rescue specifically. I meet so many people at the beach and at the dog park who compliment me on my beautiful well behaved dogs, and I always tell them that they are both rescues. A lot of people are surprised that there are rescues for specific breeds, and a lot of people are surprised that rescues can be well behaved and ‘normal’. So I always tell them about your work and encourage them to adopt. So many people tell us that our dogs are lucky that we adopted them, and I always always tell them that WE are the lucky ones. Thank you so much for rescuing our little man until we could find him. He’s a forever part of our family.
Winston was found last month in LA County abandoned in the backyard of a house that had just sold. The buyers started to moved in when they found him hiding in the back yard. He was a mess. His family left him alone with a bag of dog food, torn open so at least he had something to eat. Being a Cocker, he had eaten way too much of course. We got him cleaned up, checked by a vet and then introduced him to Melanie and her family from Toluca Lake. It was love at first sight. Winston has found his truly forever home.
Our spring raffle was so successful last year that we are going to do it again this year. Tickets are $2 a piece or 12 tickets for $20. The prizes are:
$500 first prize $250 second prize $250 third prize
Every donation made in in honor of Mr. Marvin from Sacramento will enter you in the Sacramento drawing. Mr. Marvin came from the Tehama County Animal Shelter. He was found abandoned with another dog in a backyard. They don’t know how long they were there, but Mr. Marvin was curled up next to his dog pal who had already died. Mr. Marvin was emaciated, had cherry eye in both eyes and needed to be neutered. He probably has never known the comfort of a lap or dog bed or kindness from people, but he is a true survivor and a sweet, loving, gentle soul. He is now in a trial adoption with a new family. Keep your fingers crossed! Donate in Honor of Mr. Marvin.
Every donation made in honor of Sammy will enter you in the Santa Barbara drawing. Sammy had been wandering the streets of Lancaster for weeks trying to survive on his own. He was skittish, scared and starving. A local rescuer, Debbie, managed to catch him and brought him to us in Santa Barbara. His teeth were a mess and after a teeth cleaning where he had to have 22 teeth removed, he is so much happier. He is now a pampered, sweet, loving little boy waiting for his permanent home in foster home where he gots tons of love and two square meals a day. Life is good! Donate in Honor of Sammy.
For every $20 donation, you will be entered 12 times and once for every $2 donation. If you would like to help us sell tickets contact Elizabeth at email@example.com
All proceeds of this raffle will go to pay off the medical expenses for Mr. Marvin, Sammy and our other Cockers.
Join us in celebrating all of the Cockers we have rescued, the families that have taken them into their hearts and homes, and the volunteers whose dedication and commitment make it all possible at our Cocker Reunion Picnic. We hope that all of our Cocker Spaniel alumni and their families will be able to join us. Dog lovers and everyone who loves happy endings are invited, as well.
We will be serving a BBQ chicken lunch with a vegetarian option for a $15 donation. We will have raffles, great food, vendors . . .
The Sacramento picnic is on June 11 at Tahoe Park, cross streets are 10th and 60th Streets, Sacramento, CA. RSVP before June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Barbara picnic is on July 9 at Toro Canyon Park, Area 2, Carpinteria, CA. RSVP before July 3 to email@example.com.
We hope to see all of you there!
Bella’s Story, by Anne
Last year (2010), I lost my 15-year-old Cocker Megan. I felt my life no longer had purpose, my son grown and living out of state.
In December, I found Bella! Bella is a special girl coming from a local Cocker Spaniel rescue. Bella is 12 years old and fills my days with smiles and joy. We live in a senior apartment complex where my neighbors all know her and always are met with a wiggle. Bella is totally deaf, but she knows my every move. When I go to take a nap or to bed at night, within a few minutes she moves to my bedside. She’s close to me all the time, she is with me at all time.
PURPOSE– is what she gives me, to take care of a senior dog. Not knowing what her life was like or why she was given up, make her that much more deserving of a permanent home with ME.
Two old gals just loving each other, me and my Bella.