Jon and Des~
When I started looking through petfinder for a dog, we weren't even sure of our timeline for adopting a new family member. Then I ran across a posting by SEPR and things started rolling right along :) We looked at SEPR's website almost daily and really got serious about when to head up to SD to meet all the dogs. SEPR had guessed that Max would really match up with us, so on August 6th we went to meet all the pups. Long story short, we took home Max that day :) Max is doing so well here at his forever home. It's getting easier every day. He's so much fun. We did the doggy shut down for the 2 weeks and No Free Lunch as well. He picked up on the rules so quickly. We knew he was getting comfortable with us when Jon was getting ready for work one morning and Max was bored so he went in his crate on his own. He's always happy to see me when I come home at lunch to let him out. We were unsure about him and the kitties, but now he just avoids them and gives them plenty of space. He's moved on from wanting to chase and seems more curious now than anything else.One day he managed to snag his gentle leader from the small doggy paraphernalia basket I have on top of the crate and the little monster chewed part of the plastic clip. It's still functioning, thank god! Lesson learned :) At first, Dork-a-dog (one of his many nicknames) hadn't learned (or cared?) that frogs pee on you when you bite them. We usually got him away from them in time, but he's so quick!! He would drool and lick his chops after he'd dropped the poor frog. Max is so smart- he's learned off, drop, heel. and leave it ( a MUST with the kitties), and also brings his rope bone and kong to us when we play. Every time he gets out of his crate he grabs a toy and prances around the house with it, just one of his funny routines that make us glad to have him in our lives. He's so spoiled that he has a bed in his crate, the living room and in the shop. He's putting a little weight on and is filling out to be an even more handsome boy. He runs the property with us everyday and when the weather is good, Jon hops on his little motorcycle and Max runs with him for a mile or two. It really wears him out! After the doggy shut down, we started introducing him to our friends and neighbors, They have all LOVED him and tell us how good looking and well behaved he is. He has met 2 other dogs and he walks well with them, so we are taking things slow and hoping he makes some doggy friends to keep him social. Max makes us laugh every day, he loves to roughhouse with Jon and go out to the garden with me. He's basically happy as long as he's along for the ride (even if the ride is only from the mailbox to the garage) and he's so deserving of a good life after how his started out. Thank you SEPR for helping us find our goofy, lovey, laid back Max.
Jon and Des~
I brought Jaya, formerly Jewell, home as a foster last spring. She was happy to have that painful leg removed. The first thing is she fit in with the rest of the pack quickly. Everyone liked her. She wrestles with Monster (lil one), she will play tug o war with Foxxy (red), and follows Chance (blonde) around the backyard for the rest of the day. They all pile into the car, Foxxy and Jaya will share a window. They do everything together. The pack chose her.
My thoughts was she was missing a leg. Why would anyone want this funny looking dog compared to the four legged beauties Sioux Empire Pit Rescue has? I named her Jaya because it means Victory. She has past exceeded my expectations. She fits in my lap better then any other 60 lb dog. She is a clown and comedian. I enjoy her bear like growl when she plays. And those floppy ears I can't stop laughing at. I've never had a dog that drools so much (down the side of my car). Grown to appreciate the sloppy kisses, the ones from my chin to my forehead. And she is so appreciative for a good neck scratch. We are so happy to keep her in the our family.
Thank you SEPR.
Amanda R ~
There is so much happening with SEPR and it couldn’t be more exciting. SEPR would love to see you at all these great events! Make sure to mark your calendars and tell friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. The more exposure SEPR has means better event attendance, better fundraisers, more potential foster families and ultimately more adoptions into forever homes!!
Monthly Adoptions Days = Oct 1 & Nov. 5 1-4pm at Petco (41st St. & Louise Ave.) This is a chance to come check out available dogs for adoption. Meet and get to know your new furry friend.
2nd Extra Adoption Day = Oct. 15 1-4pm at Nyberg’s Ace parking lot (12th St. & Kiwanis Ave.) Since adoptions have been slow lately, SEPR has partnered with Nyberg’s Ace to help you have a second chance to meet your next family member.
Pooch Pictures in the Park = Oct 22nd 11am-5pm at Terrace Park/Japanese Gardens (blocks east of West Ave & Madison St) Bring your pooch or multiple pooches for a photo session. You can have pictures taken of your dog, or your dog and family…up to you. Session will be $20 (cash or check) with all proceeds going to SEPR. This great opportunity is possible through Innate Impulse Photography by Tate` Walker. Appointments will not be necessary and will be as you come between 11am and 5pm. For and additional $5, you can enter your photo in the SEPR’s 2012 calendar contest.
Howl-o-ween Doggie Carnival = Oct. 22nd 1-5pm at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse (W. 41st St.) SEPR will have a booth at the carnival promoting the organization as well as handing out treats for all the doggie trick or treaters. You can even make a day of it…grab your furry loved one and get your picture taken at Japanese Gardens and then zip down to the Doggie Carnival. What better way to help SEPR and it only takes a day.
It’s going to be a busy month, but SEPR is gearing up for it and ready for the challenge. Be sure to visit SEPR website or visit SEPR on Facebook. With your help of promoting, these events are sure to be successful. If you want to help out with any events, please contact SEPR…volunteers are always welcome! Most importantly, pass the word!
Not sure what to say with this, but Scooby is awesome. I picked him up in February 2011 when I was off work due to a surgery. It was just me at home except every other weekend when my 5 year old son was here. Scooby and I had a long ride back from Sioux Falls to Bloomfield, Nebraska. We stopped in Yankton to pick up my son Ryan. When he saw Scooby in car he was so excited, as was Scooby. They were best friends from that point. That nite they fell asleep together on the couch. Ryan went back to his moms on Sunday and Scooby was left with me. Scooby isn't much of a cold or snow dog lol. He is a big lover. He enjoys everyone that comes over to visit us... my neighbors like him as well. I have since that time been granted custody of my son Ryan. That was great for me - except now Scooby doesn't sleep with me any more. Every night we walk to Ryan's bedroom to read a story and Scooby is on our heals, when I get done reading the book Scooby jumps into bed. Those two have been almost inseparable. We go for rides in the car and pickup and Scooby loves it. We run and play in back yard a lot chasing his toys when I throw them. When people come over I tell them that he is one of those vicious pit bulls as he is licking them and all excited to see them...they can't believe it. He is always excited to see people and can't wait for us to get home from school and work. He loves to be petted all the time. We are so glad to have him in our lives. Family pictures are coming soon and he will be right there in the front. We are so happy to have him and many thanks to SEPR for letting us adopt him. My daughter is also panning on her senior pictures with him - we couldn't have asked for a better dog. We hope we have many many years together.