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Update on Lost Dog Trigger: Let us know if we can send you a flyer!

December 9, 2011

Thank you for all of your concern for Trigger. His mom, Jennifer and I, continue to follow-up on every lead we get and it’s been a frustrating and difficult ride. On Tuesday we heard from someone who thought he may have seen Trigger get hit by a truck in Cascade Locks and then run on to I84 westbound and disappear off the highway two exits down. We were devastated at the possibility and Jennifer was searching that stretch of highway trying to determine whether it really was him when on Wednesday we got an even more solid lead from someone we now believe DEFINITELY saw Trigger on Black Friday (November 25th). This would have been four days after he went missing from the pet sitters home. He was with a homeless man who said he needed money for food for his “new” dog. The woman and her husband gave him dog food she had in her car instead. Her sister has two Toy Aussies so she knows the breed and size well. She confirmed the dog had one blue eye and one brown eye and was very afraid and hiding behind the man. She said the man had him on a rope leash which may have been fashioned into a harness. He was no longer wearing his collar or id tags. The woman was able to give us a very good description of the man, and I spent much of yesterday and today speaking with law enforcement officers in Hood River County, The Dalles, Skamania County and Klickitat County just in case he was traveling North or East. It’s not as likely but he may also have traveled West into Portland. He was on foot moving East through Cascade Locks when he left the woman and her husband.
The description we have is that the man is in his early to mid forties. He has blondish brown hair and is clean cut. He was wearing a green military style coat over jeans and a sweatshirt and wore a stocking cap under a baseball cap that may have been a SeaHawks cap. He is carrying a day pack (an old school style).
I have produced a new flyer with a photo of Trigger that shows his size much better. We will start emailing and distributing that tomorrow. Please keep your eye out for a homeless man with Trigger wherever you go. It’s a long shot, but worth the minute it will take to notice. You can be extra eyes for us and if you know anyone along the way East on I84, in Hood River, The Dalles, or across the river in Skamania County, Goldendale, etc. Please send them the flyer and ask them to share it with everyone they know.
On Saturday, our friends from the Sons of Armageddon are going to go up to Cascade Locks and the surrounding area to try to find any homeless camps. The one homeless man who hang out in town has a Boxer and told us he would keep his eye out for someone with Trigger.
This homeless man is somewhere and he very possibly still has Trigger! We have hope again, and we need to find him.
Thank you all so much!!!
NOTE: Trigger has one blue eye and one brown eye. He is very small and weighs between 10lbs and 12lbs.

A fun one year birthday party!

November 22, 2011

On Sunday, I was invited to a one year birthday party for Gracie and her four puppies, originally named Hudson, Harlow, Harper and Hayley . What a blast! Here are their puppy pics, followed by their one year birthday party pics. Soooo cute!

This is Hudson on his first day at his foster home

This is Harlow (with Hudson in the background)


And Hayley

This is the crew with their mama, Gracie to the far left


Cider, formerly Hayley

Eating Birthday Cupcakes!

Gracie and her family

And a video of the puppies reunion!


Scarves from our own Alpaca Family!

November 21, 2011

Yes, it’s true, our five Alpaca boys at the ranch are sheared during summer, mainly to keep them cooler. We have their fiber spun into yarn (and there’s a lot of learning curve here), and then a few fabulous volunteers have knitted up scarves out of the yarn! Alpaca wool is MUCH warmer than sheeps wool. Here are some pics of our scarves. We sold six of them at the jewelry sale on Saturday for $50 — a steal if you compare at $120 or more! And ours are from our Alpaca family, whom we love!!! Awesome!

Our new broken puppy, Edie


On Friday we got a new rescue puppy. Gretchen named her Edie while she was falling madly in love with her. She is approximately 4 months old and was hit by a car. Her pelvis and one leg is broken. She also has a lot of road abrasion and swelling (see pic below). We’ll find out more from the vet today, but she’s on pain medication for now and doing pretty well. She’ll eat and hobble a little bit. Just enough to potty. Super cutie!

12th Annual Jewelry Sale a hit!


Yowza! Our sale on Saturday was slammed from start to finish! We were swamped with a steady stream of happy customers, raving about our selection and how they wait all year for our sale…it was very exciting!

And why wouldn’t it be? Thanks to our awesome donors, we have a virtual river of shiny bobbles that take the shoppers eyes for a magical mystery tour. People make several loops around the room to make sure they don’t miss anything!

This year our sale was the second highest grossing sale ever, and definitely since the economy started to stumble. We raised over $7300!! Huge THANK YOU to our fantastic volunteers. Between set-up, the sale and the pack-up, there were 22 of us!

A fun night with the Sons of Armageddon!

November 15, 2011

This was the second year the Sons of Armageddon Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser for Indigo Rescue. We love them! This a really nice bunch of guys who work really hard to put together a great event with tons of great auction items. This year they had forgotten there was a Duck’s football game and had less of a turnout than they hoped for, but it was still awesome to us!

I brought Reuben to the event and he sure loved all the attention and special love everyone gave him.

Travis (T-Bone) puts the event on. He’s a BIG dog lover!

This pic cracks me up. Every time Reuben heard my voice in the room he would start scrambling to get over to where I was. When I used the microphone to tell everyone about Dig My Dog decals, Reuben was completely bewildered. Where is that voice coming from??!!

Oh, and that’s Wendy helping us promote Dig My Dog!

The Sons of Armageddon raised somewhere between $1200 and $1400 for Indigo Rescue. Thank you guys! You ROCK (literally!) See you at the Beerfest next summer ;o )

Imann celebrates Halloween in her costume!

November 2, 2011

I know I’m a little late for the festivities, but here’s a cute video of Imann on Halloween, wearing her “dog-in-sheep’s-clothing” costume. Isn’t she adorable?!

Imann and I have a had a rough ride this past month. She would do really well on her liquid diet so I would get bold and feed her more gruel (A/D mixed into the liquid) and she would do really well and start to put on weight, then suddenly, just as I would be about to graduate her to the next step, she’d start to vomit again. NO!!! She’d vomit and vomit for days. Even when we’d go back to just liquid she would vomit. I finally got her on an anti-emetic for vomiting and she would still vomit, but much less. A few days of that and she started to do better so I introduced gruel again, and she continued doing well so I tried gruel in a bowl, and although she would still vomit, it wasn’t much. Three days ago I fed her canned puppy food in a bowl and she whined and belched a lot afterward, but she kept it down! She’s been eating that way for three days and only vomited about once per day. I think we’re finally going in the right direction and she’s actually gaining weight!

Here’s another video from Halloween. Enjoy!

A sad day…

October 22, 2011

Today we said goodbye to Sasha. She was seventeen + years old. So many of you knew Sasha, who belonged to Bruce and came to our dog wash events every year. Sasha was the first dog I rescued after moving to Oregon. She was a fawn colored tank of a Pit bull, who had nothing to offer but love, love, love.

Here’s a pic of Sasha getting a gentle bath at our dog wash this summer.

When I first met Sasha, she was living with a jack_ss of a guy who lived in my neighborhood and let her and another male Pitbull run loose all the time. I would round her up and bring her home to him, but she would look at me with pleading eyes and he would drag her up the path into his house. He told me she did not like him and wouldn’t mind him, and I understood why. I asked him if he would give her to me and he said he’d think about it. Weeks went by, and one day Sasha was running loose on Cedar Hills Blvd and was hit by a car. Her pelvis was broken in three places and she could no longer get to her feet. Finally, the jack_ss called me and told me I could have her. I had to pick her up and carry her to my car. She was, as always, full of love. And it was with that love that she won over the heart of Bruce.

Here’s Sasha at our dog wash in 2006.

Bruce told me how he was once working at a job at an 80 year old woman’s house and he had brought Sasha along. He took a break to check-in on Sasha and found her, sitting in the lap of the 80 year old woman who was resting in an easy chair watching TV.

That was our girl. Truly an ambassador for the Pit bull breed. Bruce gave Sasha love and companionship and she gave him the same. He walked her 3-4 miles every day, rain or shine. Sasha left this world peacefully. She had started having seizures and was confused about where she was, or whether she should sit down. When I met Bruce at the clinic for her euthanasia I brought her a plate of chicken and was tickled to see that she had NOT forgotten what that was. She was very happy!

Sasha lived a fantastic dog’s life, and she will be missed by all who knew her.

RIP Sasha. I hope we meet again, someday…

Butters has found a new home!

October 15, 2011

Yes, it’s true. If you scroll back through our prior blog posts you can read about our Doggie Fat Camp champ, Butters, a Yellow Lab who came to our rescue weighing 142lbs and lost weight down to 85lbs in just over four months! The trim, active new Butters was just waiting to find his new home so he could start his new life…and now he’s done that! Look at those happy smiles!

The Salmon are Spawning!

October 11, 2011

In mid-October each year the Salmon run right behind our barn! This is such an awesome sight that we wait for it every year. Here’s a video Bill took. At first you won’t be able to see anything, but watch for the little white wiggly thing. That’s her tail! After that you’ll get a great view as she whips past Bill.


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