Nothing warms the heart of a dog rescuer more than knowing a dog has found a happy forever home.
Please email us your "Happy Tails" story so we can share it!
Please email us your "Happy Tails" story so we can share it!
Jegs was overdue at the Bethel pound when a Cavalier loving family was told he was there. They took him to their home and then called another Cavalier happy family. It was love at first sight. Jegs was pretty nervous of the world, but with love and some positive reinforcement he is just a happy spunky guy. He loves going to dog daycare, chasing birds, and going for car rides!
Elsie & Reilly
Elsie was adopted from BFK9 in 2013. She's the black Chow mix. Reilly was adopted from the pound before BFK9- maybe around 2006
Mama was our first rescue (with her four pups ) July 2011, 3 pups went
to ADPR and one pup SOPHIE stayed with me and her MAMA. Mama was feral
when rescued. Look at her now, with Ruby her foster sister!
Hunter is the Golden Retriever mix Nick and I fostered and adopted in the fall of 2012. As you can see he's become an integral part of our family.
He goes sno-going, boating, and hunting with us. He helps guard our home and us when we go for walks.
He is so smart, he learns quickly and is so eager to please us that he has been relatively easy to train.
Soon he will accompany Nick to Anchorage, and later this summer he and Nick will join me in Tacoma, WA where we will have lots more adventures with us travelling and exploring where ever the trail leads us.
I cannot thank BFK9 enough for allowing us to adopt Hunter.
In October 2013 Mazie was found outside in the cold with a fish hook in her lip. She spent five nights in the pound then came to us to be fostered. Mazie was timid, quiet, and wasn't comfortable being touched or snuggled by humans. Almost eight months later Mazie is potty trained, knows how to sit, stay, roll over and come. She has made many friends including Jonas, Indi, Tewey, Peanut and Jegs. She loves being outside and has been biking, cross country skiing, and ran in a 5K race. She went from sleeping by herself on the hardwood floor to sleeping in the bed, with her head often on a pillow. She loves to sleep in on weekends, play fetch and play tug of war. Her mom and Dad are so thankful for her and can't imagine life without her.
Miss Kitty was found in December 2014 while eating trash out of a dumpster. She was full of parasites. Miss Kitty now lives with her new mom Emily, and enjoys her new-found life of luxury.
Jaws is a rescue from Mountain Village. He now lives with his new parents Robert and Julia in Bethel.
Ever since I was little, I have had animals incorporated in my life. I developed a compassion towards animals that is so strong, it has come to define a part of who I am. After working in the veterinary medical field as a technician for several years, I decided to volunteer as a foster home for dogs that were looking for their "fur ever" homes. I was currently living alone, house sitting my parents house while they were snow birding and was becoming very lonely. I knew fostering would be beneficial to both the dog and I. I could not only offer a loving, caring home, I would be able to teach them the essentials to becoming a sociable and trainable pet. Also having some vet tech experience would be beneficial to any of the fosters that came through the rescue group. I chose to sign up volunteering with Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue because my family had adopted a puppy from them a several years back. I started fostering November 2011, I went through two puppy fosters, each lasting about 10 days before they found their "fur ever" homes. The puppy I received on December 31, 2011 was being flown in from Bethel, Alaska. His name was "Obi" but as soon as I picked him up I renamed him, Finn. He was another cute foster puppy, trainable and very loving. I had been contemplating about actually finding a pet to adopt, I wanted that constant companion and avoid the hard transitioning of giving up the foster when they were adopted. I decided to adopt Finn January 14, 2012. It was the best decision I could have made. He is a very unique dog and very special to me. As he has grown, we have had some health issues to address. Having been a vet tech, I was able to pre-diagnose them based on signs, symptoms and manipulation. This just solidified the reasoning of taking him into the vet for professional treatment. Finn's left knee was diagnosed as a luxated patella, he was also was diagnosed with chronic infected anal glands. Dr. Rapp recommended he have the anal glands removed at the same time he had his knee surgery. I was very relieved to have caught both of these issues while Finn was young. His surgeries were completed January 2013 and unfortunately his knee surgery semi failed and had to be revised a few months later. After that was redone, Finn has been doing amazing. He is able to go on my 3 mile jogs and jump and play again. I know now more than ever Finn and i were meant to be together. The chance he would of been adopted by a individual that would have supported and followed through with getting him the adequate vet treatment he needed to be happy and pain free would have been slim. His medical treatment cost me multiple thousands of dollars. But I knew he deserved a chance at a good long life, full of love and fun. Now I try when possible to open my own home to fosters when needed. Finn and I are grateful for the rescue groups and happy to lend a paw.
We have had Daisy (formerly Memphis) since April 2013 from AARF in Anchorage but she was sent with her other 2 siblings from Bethel Friends of Canines. She was 2.4 lbs and only a puppy when we got her and our niece Adi named her. She loves chasing bubbles, going on car rides, going to little dog meet up on weekends, going to doggy day camp (where I hear that her best friends are Patches, Oreo and another dog named Daisy), she loves babies and kids especially. My sister has twins and she is always so loving and careful around them, always trying to give them kisses and cuddle next to them. She goes to her roots of Bethel a lot and loves walking on the tundra, going on boat rides and playing on the sandbars with her cousins Minnie and Morgan. She comes to work with me and everyone knows and loves seeing her. She is very friendly with everyone she meets. I'm so happy that we have Daisy. Life would not be the same without her.
This is Mac adopted from AARF. He's an amazing pup. His new favorite thing is running while I bike. We love him so much.
Rosie was scheduled to be shot in Napakiak. The Hogdsons rescued this puppy and decided they couldn't live without her! She coordinated with BFK9 and AARF for transportation to Anchorage. She now lives with her new family, the Hogdsons!
We adopted Susie is August 2013. We could not have asked for a better dog, she makes our family complete! She is so well behaved and has definitely made herself at home. Everyone that meets her instantly falls on love with her!
We can't thank you enough for saving and fostering susie! She has truly been a blessing!
KC & Willow
KC (alias Casey) with his also adopted sister Willow. KC's first visit to our cabin a few weeks after we adopted him on Feb. 11, 2012. Thank you Bethel Friends of Canines, Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue, and Carol Grobner for rescuing and fostering KC! I could not imagine my life without KC and Willow, they are very dear to me and they own my heart and soul.
Adira was fostered by Brede and Melody in anchorage through AARF..
I saw Adira's photo on their FB page and I'm not sure what and why she touched me so much and I already had 3 dogs so I didn't really need more , but she did and we had a visit with her which was a little nuts with our 2 young heelers but overall went well.. I had always wanted a lab and it just happened so fast... When we got her she had frost bite on her paws and she was still under weight prob from feeding all her food to puppies she was trying to take care of..
Immediately after joining our family she fit right in. Even my 12 year old schnauzer loves her. Adira can lay on your chest and look up at you with those beautiful eyes and she tells you thank you everyday.. She is an amazing , loving cuddle bug and super smart..
She has 2 sisters ( 1 is a blue heeler and other is a schnauzer) and 1 brother who is a blue heeler also and the bro to the other heeler..
Adira loves everyone she meets, loves to ride in the truck and we are hoping she will like to go to the cabin with us. We couldn't ask for a better baby girl... Thanks to everyone for their hand and part of rescuing this precious girl Adira Raven... We added the Raven since we have a Ripley and Riley
We adopted Comet from AARF in February. We knew he was the dog for us when he walked right up to my husband and gave him his paw.
He loves to give high-fives and go on walks. He does very well with clicker training.
We're planning on bringing him and his fursister Bryndle on a hike to flattop this summer.
We absolutely love Comet and even though he steals Bryndle's toys occasionally, Bryndle adores him. He's the perfect addition to our family. Thank you for rescuing him from the pound!
This is Frances. She was found living under a house in Tuntutuliak when she was 6 weeks old. She was brought to Bethel and lives with her new parents Theresa and Nick and her feline brothers Farley and Dickon. Rosie, the gray dog, was rescued from Nunapitchuk a few months later. She joined the family and immediately became best friends with Frances. Rosie and Frances are wonderful additions to the family. Thank you Bethel Friends of Canines for helping these dogs have a chance!
Ada was found by a police officer in the village of Nunapitchuk who wanted to save a friendly little dog that had been left by her former owner. He contacted Bethel Friends of Canines and within 30 minutes a temporary foster home in Nunapitchuk had been found until Ada could be brought to Bethel. Ada (formerly known as Fifi) went to her new foster home with foster mom Jennifer when she got to Bethel. She had found her forever home, and was adopted within a week by her foster mom. She loves her mom Jennifer and her canine roomate Masha!