Hank

Hank 01

My name is Hank and I am a Tibetan terrier / Schnauzer Mix.  I am a male, neutered, housetrained, and up to date with my vaccines.  I am good with kids and other dogs but I don’t like cats.  Please contact my friend JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com if you are interested in adding me to your family.

Faith

Faith 01My name is Faith and I am a Shih Tzu. I am a female, housetrained, and up to date with my vaccines. I am good with other dogs. Please contact my friend JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com if you are interested in adding me to your family.

Diamond

Diamond 02Diamond has been adopted.  Such a lucky baby.

Bentley

Bentley 01My name is Bentley and I am a Miniature Schnauzer. I am a purebred male, neutered, housetrained, and up to date with my vaccines. I am good with kids and other dogs but I don’t like cats. Please contact my friend JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com if you are interested in adding me to your family.

Allen

Allen 01My name is Allen and I am a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Bluetick Coonhound Mix.  I am less than 1 year old, male, neutered, housetrained, vaccines.  I am good with kids and other dogs.  Please contact my friend JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com if you are interested in adding me to your family.

Kermit

Happily Ever AfterKermit has a new family.  What a wonderful happy ending.

Trixie

Trixie 01Trixie 02Trixie is now with her loving forever home.

Stella

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Stella is living happily ever after.

Sun Sentinel July 9, 2015

Kevin and LynnName: Kevin Fiasconaro

Age: 61

Residence: Boynton Beach

Birthplace: Red Bank, N.J.

Family: Wife, Lynne

Career: Semi-retired auto mechanic

Organization: Destiny for Dogs is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting seniors in keeping their dogs in their homes. It helps by providing food, supplies, veterinary care, short-term foster care in the event of medical and emergency situations, and planning to ensure the pet is cared for in the event the owner is no longer able to. They also are active in the rescue and placement of dogs in need.

How long have you been volunteering there?

One year this August.

Why do you volunteer?

Now that I find myself semi-retired, I have always wanted to be involved with an organization that helps our furry friends, to be their voice and save their lives.

Why did you choose this organization?

My wife and I met JoAnn Goodrich (founder of Destiny for Dogs) when we were going to foster one of her babies. The foster part did not work out; however, we felt like we had been a part of JoAnn’s life and commitment forever. We were attracted to the fact that we could make a difference in helping Destiny for Dogs grow into their new role as a nonprofit rescue.

Describe your volunteer role.

I contact all venues to see if our rescue can be a part of an event, and then I coordinate the fosters and volunteers to be at said event. I also research all emails sent to the rescue that are potential fundraisers.

What are your goals when you volunteer?

Foremost, to find our babies their “furever” homes, and to educate the public that it is better to rescue than buy at a pet store. Also, to raise as much as we can at an event so we have the funds to rescue more babies as 100 percent of all donations go to the rescue.

What challenges have you faced?

I have found that when you are passionate about a cause, you tend to meet a lot of people that get caught up in my excitement and promise the world. Unfortunately, a lot do not follow through. To put it bluntly, too much talk, not enough action with fundraising and volunteering.

What does your organization need?

Fosters, funds and volunteers — also, food, toys, treats, beds, leashes, collars, towels and more fundraising events.

Are any special events coming up?

We are always looking for special venues, so we can get our name out there. For the summer months, we are at local Pet Supermarkets most weekends indoors.

Is there a moment that stands out that made you think, “This is why I volunteer?”

Yes, her name is Abby Leia. Destiny for Dogs rescued Abby Leia along with a dog named Chewy. Chewy had been kept outside most of his life and therefore was very shy when it came to meeting people but was great with other dogs. We rescued them both and watched Abby Leia work her magic in socializing Chewy, so he was able to find his “furever” home. We were getting Abby Leia ready for hers when we found a lump, which turned out to be mass cell cancer. Our director has taken her into her home, and we are all making sure she will have the best life ever.

For more information, visit Destinyfordogs.com or call 561-313-2005.

Gracie

Gracie 01Gracie is a 10 year old lab mix female.  She was rescued from the shelter by a wonderful vet who successfully treated Gracie for heartworms.  She is housebroken for the most part if allowed to go out on a regular basis.  She does great staying in an X-Pen when no one is home. Gracie is spayed, up to date on shots and microchipped.  From Gracie’s Foster Mom, “Gracie loves life!  Life hasn’t always been rosy for Gracie, but she’s kept a positive attitude through even the hardest times.  That positive attitude got her noticed by a shelter worker, who made sure Gracie was safe by finding a vet to treat her for heartworms and a loving foster mom to care for her during the treatment.  Gracie is thriving in her new foster home and loves her new foster mom, Laurie, her foster brothers, Jackson Churchill, her toys and her new bed!  She’s now ready to fall in love with the one thing missing in her life – her FOREVER mom or dad. Please help Gracie find her perfect forever home.  Please contact JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com

Snoopy

Snoopy 02

Snoopy is a 2 year old ChiWeenie boy with a huge personality.  Snoopy is up to date on shots, microchipped, neutered, great in car, walks on a leash, crate trained but still needs some work on potty training.  Want the best home ever for this little guy who was turned into the shelter for no fault of his own.  Then adopted and returned as he should not be with small children. Needs a committed adult family to live with.  Please open your heart and home to this very special boy that truly deserves a “Happily Ever After.”  Please contact JoAnn at 561 313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com if you would like to meet Snoopy.

Princess

Princess 01Princess is a female Chihuahua.  She is 6 years old, weighs 11 lbs.  Up to date on shots, spayed and microchipped. Princess is very smart, energetic and playful.  She is house broken. She gets along well with other dogs and older children.  She enjoys being scratched under her chin and having her tummy rubbed!  Her comfort zone is at ground level.  Princess can be timid when approached quickly.  This sweet little girl just needs to be loved.  Please contact JoAnn 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com for additional information or to meet this very deserving little girl.

Charlie

Charlie 01

Charlie is a male boxer, 4 1/2 years old, 80 pounds, up to date on shots, micro-chipped, and neutered.  He is housebroken, walks well on a leash, and is friendly with children and other dogs.  He is protective of his owners so he will bark at males upon first meeting them but as soon as you let him know it is okay he will stop.  Charlie is very loving, playful, and patient especially with children and other dogs.  He can have high energy if not exercised but is a lazy boy afterwards.  He suffers from separation anxiety so need a home where owners are not gone for long periods of time.  Charlie has a beautiful silky, short hair, light brown coat with white chest and paws.  If you are interested please contact JoAnn 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com

Sweet Potato now Tucker

Happily Ever AfterLittle Tucker is living Happily Ever After

Aiko – White Mini Schnauzer

Happily Ever AfterAiko is living happily ever after and loves to travel with her new daddy.

Rosie

Happily Ever After 01Rosie is a 5 year old Corgi/American Eskimo mix 18 pound girl.  Her new family said it was “Love at First Sight.”  Many happy years to Rosie and her new family.

 

 

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Bailey and Catori now Monkey and Puggie

Monkey (Catori) Happily Ever AfterA note from Monkey and Puggie’s new mommy,

“Bailey and Catori now Monkey and Puggie are doing great!  They are super spoiled.  I’ve attached pictures of them for you.  We love them both very much.  They have amazing personalities and are the most loving pups, ever.”

Thank you for saving them, because they saved me.Puggie (Bailey) Happily Ever After

 

Austin

Austin 023Austin is living happily ever after with his new family.

Noodles Lived on Balcony for 9 years

Noodles 02Meet Noodles.  Noodles is 9 years old and lived on a balcony his entire life.  Noodles has been adopted by his Foster Mom as she wanted this sweet angel to have a loving home and sleep inside with her new family.

Shelly – Westie Mix

Shelly 01Shelly is a 3 year old Westie mix.  She has a new life and a new name, Frances.

Chi Chi

Chi Chi 02Chi Chi is a Pomeranian Chihuahua mix.  Chi Chi has been adopted and now living the good life.

Henry

Henry 01

Meet Henry. Henry is almost a year old and already has been moved from home to home, for no fault of his own.  Other cats didn’t like him so he got the boot.  Henry was rescued from a hoarding situation; all of his siblings have found homes, but poor Henry sits and waits.  He is a good boy and so sweet.  Right now he is in a foster home and they can no longer keep him, so Henry is need of a home ASAP! If anyone is interested in meeting this dapper boy, please contact Sfracasso@the-beach.net or call 786-543-5061

Orange Kittens

Orange Kitty 01

Orange Kitty 02Two male kittens looking for loving home.  They are about 13wks old, both male, have been neutered, chipped, and first shots, weigh 2.5lbs.  Foster mom has two weeks before she goes back to school so she needs a forever home or a new foster home.  Please contact Donna at 561-965-1775 or fladivas@bellsouth.net

Siblings want to stay together

Kitty 03Kitty 01Jazzie (Torti Female) and Shadow (Black Male) are about 7 or 8 months old.  They have been rescued them from a shelter when they were going to be euthanized.  They were brought to the shelter for spay and neuter and the person who brought them in could not take them back.  They were not social enough for shelter life, so they would not have made it.  We brought them home and spent a lot of time working with them and loving them and now they are very sweet and social.  They are a little nervous when they meet new people, but it does not take them long to bond with someone and they are very affectionate.  They are siblings, so I would like to see them go together if possible.  Kittens should always have a playmate anyway and are much happier if they get adopted as a pair.  They are healthy, up to date on vaccinations, spayed and neutered and they both have microchips.  If you are interested in these adorable angels please contact Lisa at 561-714-7922 or gatorlisa04@yahoo.com

Black Kittens

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Black Kitty 07-07-15

These two kittens are looking for forever homes.  One is 3-1/2 months old, spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.  The other is 8 weeks old and will be vetted prior to adoption.  Both kitties are female, use litter box, no fleas, dewormed.  They are typical loving and playful kittens.  If you are interested in adopting either of these kittens please contact Nina at 561-329-4178 or vn_blakeman@hotmail.com

QT now Sheila

QT 01QT has a new owner and a new name, “Sheila”.  She will be living the good life with her new owners who will provide her with all the quality time she wants.

Cappy now Darby

Happily Ever After 01A note from Darby’s mom and dad:

“We thought you should know, Darby owns us.  He sleeps in our bed, has complete lap rights of my husband, and me if my husband’s lab is unavailable.  He is just adorable.”

Dixie Mae now known as Twix

IMG_4006IMG_4023Dixie Mae has found the perfect home and her new name is Twix.  She has a new canine sibling named Rolo and it appears they are going to be best friends.  Below is a message from the new family:

“Just wanted to thank you for letting us take Dixie who is now, Twix (or Twixie).  She slept the whole car ride home.  She is precious and SO FULL of energy!  I think she gave Rolo a run for his money.  We had them meet in the field behind our house and then we all walked together for a bit, then went inside the house.  From the second we got inside till when we told them it was time to go to sleep (because I don’t think Twix would have stopped on her own…Rolo was so ready to sleep), she did not stop running around, playing with Rolo, or taking out almost every single toy from our toy bin.  She ate a nice big bowl of food.”

Thank you again!!

Lela

Happily Ever After 01This is what happiness looks like!

Stone Barrington

Stone 01 Stone 02Stone Barrington went home and will be living Happily Ever After

Tiny Tim – Special Needs Dog

Tiny Tim 02Tiny Tim 03Tiny Tim is a 7 year old Maltese.  Tiny Tim has a deformed leg which makes him so special.  Just ask his new family.

RIP Scruffy

Scruffy 01

“RIP Scruffy AKA Ladybug.  She was 9 years old and only had one tooth.  We took her out of the shelter on a Friday afternoon and the next morning she started having seizures.  We lost this lost soul but at least she knew kindness and love for a couple of days. She was so sweet and cuddly and she broke our hearts. The price of compassion is heartbreak.”

Bailey and Catori Still Together

Happily Ever AfterHere is a note from Bailey and Catori’s new family:

 

Hello Destiny for Dogs, “Bailey and Catori make us laugh or want to squeeze them constantly. Here is a picture of them in their new window seat in the master bedroom. They stare at us out the window while we are in the garage.”

Destiny for Dogs wants to thank Bailey and Catori’s new family for adopting them both together and not splitting up this bonded pair.

This adoption and donation is made in Loving Memory of “Baby Nitro”

Baby Nitro, In Memory Of

Charlie -Shih Tzu

Happily Ever AfterCharlie (left) is most definitely living Happily Ever After!!

Lucy Lu now Zoey

Lucy Lu now ZoeyLucy Lu has a new home and a new name.  Meet Zoey who is now living happily ever after.

Binkie

Binkie 01Binkie is a 2-3 year old Maltepoo.  He found his forever home right away.  Who could look at this face and not want to keep him forever!

Teddy

Happily Ever After 02Below is a note from Teddy’s new mom and dad:

“Teddy is happily adjusting to us and we to him.  He has now comfortably settled into a routine of sorts and seems quite content.  Eating well, loves his walks, loves his play times, and has met many of the neighbors.  He met a few in the family ahead of a big family time on Monday.  Handled it very well, and they all easily saw how lovable and well-behaved he is.  He does like to jump up on people and can get pretty excited, but is learning “down.”  We still let him do that when we come back from being out, since he is so happily loving to see us come back  (which is never more than a couple of hours, and usually just one of us at a time from some shopping, a meeting,  or an appointment.)  No accidents in the house since the 3rd day, so we’re learning what his likely times are to go out and hope to learn how he is trying to tell us, or maybe we can teach him to show us.  We’ve arranged for a fence installation also, which should happen pretty quickly.  All in all, it’s going very well and we love that we are indeed his “forever home” as much as he does….and you!”

CiCi

CiCi 04CiCi found herself a new mommy!

Mushka

Happily Ever After 02Mushka is a Westphalian Longhaired Dachshund mix.  He is 9 years.  Mushka’s foster parents realized how special he was and decided they could not let him go.

Zoey

Flight to ChicagoHere is a message from Zoey’s new mom:

“You gave me new life and to Zoey, a loving family!  We are each very happy and can’t thank you enough!  She is the smartest and sweetest, little 9 pound creature on earth and we are definitely in love.  She already knows me like a book!  I’ve learned Zoey is a clothes horse….loves trying on one dress after another.  Actually, to her it means we are going outside which she really likes.  This morning as she headed out in the back yard, there was a little bunny in the middle of the grass…..I never saw such a race like that before ever!  The bunny won, but he couldn’t find a way out…my handyman had sealed every inch of the fence so Zoey couldn’t ‘escape ….the bunny must’ve found a way out eventually!   Zoey has become the best wrestling friend with my other daughter, Cassandra’s 2 year old Jack Russell.  They play endlessly!  She started school last Saturday …a private class as she doesn’t tolerate other dogs.  She flunked and will have to repeat!!!  Well, she knows she’s a princess!  We thank you over and over.”

Chuck

Chuck - BoxerChuck is a 5 year old boxer mix.  Chuck’s family is moving into a small condo and their pet is not allowed.  They have been looking for a place that would allow Chuck but have been unsuccessful.  Chuck is housebroken and is a wonderful family pet.  If you are interested in Chuck please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or e-mail her at joann@destinyfordogs.com

Jasmine

Happily Ever AfterLook how much love Jasmine is going to be getting with her new family.  Congratulations to Jasmine for hitting the love Jackpot♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Spencer

Spencer 01Spencer is a Jack Russell terrier approximately 5 years old and weighs 15 pounds.  Good with other dogs but not kids.  Spencer is afraid of children.  If you are interested in making Spencer a part of your family please contact JoAnn Goodrich

561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com

 

Gracie

GRACIEGracie is a senior lab mix girl rescued from Animal Control. She has gone to her forever foster home to live the rest of her life being loved and cared for.

Denny

Happily Ever After 02Happily Ever After 03Denny’s new mom says he is a happy boy after a full day.  She made him chicken and green beans to mix with his kibble.  Denny has two other canine companions in his new home.  Love is in the air…or at least in the kitchen!

Milo with new Family

Adopted 03Milo has a new mom and dad and a new sister.  Now their family is complete.

Patty will be abused NO MORE

Patty 01This poor puppy was abused during her short little life, but, thanks to Destiny for Dogs she immediately was placed with a new forever home where she will never be abused again.

BiBi’s Boutique for Dogs – Palm Beach

BiBis BoutiqueSpecializes in color coordinated luxury collars, leashes, harnesses, dog bowls, beds, tee-shirts, coats, and other high quality items for dogs.  All products are tested on OUR animals for safety, functionality, ease of use, and are last but not least, fashion suitability.  Our 5 dogs are always happy to test the treats but less inclined for the bath products!

For more information go to www.shopbibi.com

Need a Budget Friendly Vacation ?

Vacation Dog 01Make your plans today and a donation will be made to Destiny for Dogs

www.cheapvacationtoday.com Vacation Dog 04

Abby Lei, 4 Legged Hero and Inspiration to Others (article from examiner.com on April 21, 2015)

Leia 04Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and genders and most have had a hard start in life.

Abby Lei, a 6 year old Tibetan Wheaton Terrier was rescued from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control in Florida several months ago. Little Abby, like many other dogs has had a difficult start in life. She was found roaming the streets of Riviera Beach, Florida covered in fleas, ticks, dirty matted hair, and starving.

Destiny for Dogs in West Palm Beach, Florida took her in and after a “spa day” Abby was transformed into a beautiful girl outside to match her beautiful soul inside.

Although Abby herself and gone through some hard times, her spirit wasn’t broken and she kept her tail wagging constantly. Abby Lei was able to set aside her own fears and anxieties and be a hero for Chewy, a very scared and frightened Bouvier Irish Wolfhound. Her high spirits were contagious and helped Chewy adjust so well that he was adopted and is now in his loving forever home.

Abby stayed on at Destiny for Dogs and it was soon discovered that she had a lump on her side. Destiny decided to have Dr. Barton at South Dixie Animal Hospital remove the two tumors from Abby Leia’s side. Sadly, the biopsy came back as Mass Cell Cancer. Within 14 days a few other tumors appeared. Leia was seen by Dr. Kosarek, Oncologist who suggested removing the new tumors.

Dr. Barton once again performed Abby Leia’s surgery and was successfully able to remove the entire mass from her leg, getting all the parameters. It was a huge incision and Abby Leia was in a lot of pain. However, still a trooper, she never stopped wagging her tail. Sadly, the biopsy once again reflected Mass Cell Cancer. Thankfully, the Cancer is low grade therefore chemo therapy was recommended by Dr. Kosarek.

Up to this point, Abby Leia’s vet care was almost $2,000 which included the first and second surgery, dental, ultrasound, X-Rays, CBC blood tests, medication and boarding.

Abby Leia is now in a loving Foster Home where she was cared for while healing from both surgeries and now while undergoing chemo therapy. We hope that in the future a special loving forever home will be found for this awesome girl.

Abby Leia receives a chemo pill every other night prior to bedtime. Dr. Kosarek recommended this treatment for a total of six months. Abby is doing great so far with no side effects to date during this two month period.

Abby Leia visits Dr. Kosarek once a month for an exam, CBC Blood Test, and chemo pills. The cost is from $170+ to $200+ depending on the blood and organ levels.

Despite all of her hardships Abby Lei is a true hero, not just by helping Chewy overcome his fears but for everyone she meets. She greets everyone with a smile and keeps her hail wagging. She is not going to let anyone or anything break her spirit. Abby Leia is great with other dogs, large and small, cats, and birds and loves children.

If you would like to assist with Abby Leia’s monthly chemo therapy treatment, any amount would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be made via Destiny’s website www.destinyfordogs.com via PayPal.

Checks may be mailed to:

Destiny for Dogs 326 Macy St West Palm Beach, FL 33405

All donations are tax deductible and receipts provided.

Thank you for opening your heart to assist Abby Leia.

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley

Schotzie – Rest in Peace

Schotzie 03-20-15March 20, 2015.  Our dear friend Ginger  lost her sweet “Schotzie”.  She is heartbroken but is glad to know that “Schotzie and Shadow” will be together.  Rest in Peace sweet angel.

Rest in Peace Papi

Papi 02We lost our dear sweet senior “Papi”.  His dear sweet mom, Mary Sue, held him and loved him as he crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge”.   Papi surely felt the love around him as he left us.  Papi’s mom spoiled him and loved him so much and provided him with such a wonderful quality of life for his last few months.  Rest in Peace angel boy.

Lilly

Happily Ever AfterLilly with her new family.

Snoopy

Snoopy 03Snoopy is now living the good life with his new forever family.

Hope

After Eye RemovalHope has been adopted by his best friend and trainer.  Hope deserves the best life one can have and her best friend will surely give her this.

Bagel

Happily Ever After 01Bagel and her new mom enjoy long walks at the beach where Bagel has already made several canine friends.

Elfie now Joy

Elfie now JoyElfie is now “Joy” which is obviously because her new family thinks she is such a joy.

Tashi now Duncan

Tashi 01Duncan has finally gone home.  We wish Duncan and his new family many happy years.

Puti now Lambchop

Puti 01Puti is living the dream with his new family.

Maggie May Finally Home

Happily Ever AfterOne big happy family!

Frankie with her new Family

Happily Ever After 01We love “Happily Ever Afters!”  Frankie is front and center.

Ozzie

Ozzie 04Ozzie has been adopted and living the good life with his new mommy.

Greta Wishes Everyone a Happy Easter 2015

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Chloe

Happily Ever AfterChloe has found her “Happily Ever After” family.

Lucy and Wynston Loving Each Other

LucyWynstonUpdate from Wynston and Lucy’s mommy who are Brother and Sister that were adopted together:

“Wynston and Lucy are absolutely inseparable!  They adore one another so very much!  They are growing…..Lucy has remained petite, but has grown…Wynston is about 8 lbs. now and Lucy is 6 lbs.  Her appetite is less than his.  They are healthy and happy and have evolved in their personalities, switching back and forth in their bravery and exploration.  Wynston is very loving and affectionate, and they both love affection back!!!”

Lucy Going for her First Bike Ride

Happily Ever After 02Being adopted is so wonderful.  I am going on my first bike ride.  I think I am going to love this type of exercise.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015

St. Patricks Day 2015

Charlie and Valli with their Mom

Happily Ever AfterCharlie and Vallie were both rescued by Lena and will be spoiled forever.  Thank you Lena for giving these angels their forever home.

Zoey Still Happy 2 Years After Adoption

Happily Ever After 03-24-13 CroppedDear Destiny for Dogs,

My mommy and I went shopping yesterday to buy holiday presents for the dogs that you have that are not as lucky as I am and are still waiting for their new homes.

I want to thank you so much for finding me my “Destiny” parents.  I am so happy.  When you found me I was 4 pounds and now I weigh 6 pounds.  I wear all these pretty dresses, collars and harnesses.  I have lots of food and treats.  But best of all, my mommy and daddy love me very much and I love them.

Thank you again for finding me such a GREAT home.

Love Zoey

Tara

TARA   2015Congratulations to Tara.  After being left behind at a camp ground and being taken care of by Hidden River Resort staff, Tara is off to live with her new forever family.  We are so happy for Tara and her new family.

Ginger and Fudge!

Happily Ever AfterMeet Ginger our cute little Morkie mix.  She has been adopted by her new parents Mr. and Mrs. Fudge…Fudge plus Ginger sounds like a great recipe for this new family.  Thank you for providing a wonderful home for Ginger.

Honey is Sweet

Happily Ever After 02Honey 01Honey is a female Pomeranian Terrier mix.  When her family saw her at an adoption event it was love at first sight.  Honey and her family are now living a “sweet life”!

Lambchop In the News

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10 Things You Need to Protect Your Animal From

 

Before you bring your pet into your home there are things you must remember to do to keep your pet safe.  Click on the below picture to print these helpful hints

Caution

Don’t Bring Home a New Dog Before Locking Away These 10 Items

By Dr. Becker

Bringing a new pet into the family is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. There’s so much to remember and do to make your new animal companion’s homecoming a joyful and positive experience, it can be easy to overlook something – even something potentially hazardous.

If you’re planning to add a new dog to your household, preparation for the blessed event should include insuring your home is a safe environment for the new four-legged family member. With a new puppy this is a must, but it’s also crucial for helping an adult dog make a safe, smooth transition to his new forever home.

10 Pet-Proofing Steps for New Dog Parents

1.      Securely seal all containers of household cleaning products such as bleach, detergent, dryer sheets, soap, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. All these products contain potentially toxic agents that can harm or even kill your dog if consumed. Store all containers out of reach of your pet (which might require cabinet latches if you have an especially curious or determined dog).

Also consider getting rid of toxic cleaning chemicals in favor of safe household cleaners.

2.      You’ll also want to secure all garage and garden chemicals, including antifreeze, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers, etc. These items should be safely stowed in cabinets or storage areas inaccessible to your dog.

When it comes to using chemicals in your garden or yard, less is more — and none at all is what I recommend. Lawn pesticides have been linked to malignant lymphoma in dogs, and herbicides are associated with canine bladder cancer.

3.      Food wraps like aluminum foil and plastic wrap may not seem dangerous, but if they contain even tiny bits of food or yummy smells, they’ll be calling your dog’s name. These products can be quickly shredded and swallowed, causing a serious problem in your dog’s GI tract, so make sure to throw all food wraps away in a trash container your dog can’t reach.

4.      All pest control chemicals should be stored out of your dog’s reach, and if you must use them, make sure your pet is kept a safe distance away. This also includes rodenticides, especially products containing bromethalin, which has no antidote at this time. Other rodent poisons with no known antidote include Vitamin D analogs, strychnine, and zinc phosphide.

5.      Keep all drugs in the household, including pet medications, medicinal marijuana, and tobacco products in sealed containers out of your dog’s reach. Common over-the-counter and prescription drugs are the culprits in thousands of pet poisonings each year. Also be careful to quickly retrieve any pills that drop on the floor.

6.      There are certain human foods that are toxic to dogs, for example, chocolate, grapes, raisins, and anything containing xylitol, which should be kept out of your pet’s reach. This also goes for fatty foods that can cause GI upset, or even acute pancreatitis. Also make sure your dog doesn’t have access to the trash.

7.      There are several household plants that are toxic to dogs, so before you bring your new addition through the door, make sure you have only pet-friendly greenery in your home. You can find a list (with pictures) of toxic and non-toxic plants at ASPCA.org.

8.      Puppies and even some adult dogs will chew on electrical wires and cords within their reach, which creates a danger of electrocution as well as a swallowing hazard. Keep cords as short as possible and if necessary, fasten them to walls and/or baseboards to prevent chewing.

9.      There are lots of sharp objects around most homes, such as scissors, knives, forks, paper clips, nails, thumbtacks, etc. Any of these items can cause harm to your dog if she ingests them, steps on them, or comes in contact with a sharp object as she’s playing or running through the house.

Just as you would with a toddler, make sure anything sharp or pointed is well out of your dog’s reach.

10.   Home repair and renovation products, for example, insulation can cause serious internal problems if swallowed, so if you’re in the middle of a project around the house, make sure not to leave materials lying around that could harm your pet.

Lambchop

Lampchop 02Lambchop has a new family and it was definitely Love at First Sight.  What a happy looking family.

Valentina

Valentina 03Valentina is a 6 year old 14 pound Shih Tzu girl rescued from Animal Control.  Valentina’s foster mom loved her so much she has decided to stop looking for a forever home because she was already home.

Bagel Keeping Her Tail Wagging In The Face Of Adversity (examiner.com on 02-25-15)

 

BAGEL HOPE ~ WITH BALL FULL BODY WEBOne of the great things about dogs is not only their constant loyalty to their humans, but their resilience in the face of adversity. Something we can all learn from them. For those that already work in the rescue world, they see this day and day out. Dogs coming into the shelters starved, mangled, neglected, and sickly; yet through their pain they will still manage a tail wag, a gentle lick on the hand of their rescuer as if wanting to comfort them when they are the ones that are hurting inside and out.

Bagel, an eight year old Basset mix female was rescued from the Broward Shelter in south Florida. Her journey then took her to a rescue, where she was adopted by what was thought to be her loving forever home.

However, when she started urinating in the house the family decided to return her. They did not realize that this poor girl was suffering from bladder stones for what could have been over a year. Bladder stones are very painful, however Bagel continued to wag her tail and provide love.

Destiny for Dogs rescued Bagel and took her to Dr. Barton’s South Dixie Animal Hospital where she had surgery to remove the stones and the best medical treatment available to cure her. Bagel went to a wonderful foster for two months then onto another long term foster home. Unfortunately, after a year and a half the foster family could no longer keep her.

So once again Bagel was taken out of the home she knew and loved and moved back into rescue. Right now she is sitting in boarding in West Palm Beach, Florida waiting for another miracle, waiting for someone to walk through that door and fall in love with her.

This little gal is approximately 45 lbs., fully vetted, up to date on shots, spayed, micro chipped, housebroken, crate trained, loves people, especially kids, she is great on a leash and in the car. She is not good with dogs or cats.

Due to her recent bout with bladder stones she is on Uroese twice a day to prevent crystallization of her urine. The medicine is inexpensive and important for her overall health.  Although she has had a sad life and bounced from home to home, shelter to shelter she is a very happy dog and only wants to please.

A teenage girl who cared for Bagel wrote this story about her:

“Hi! I’m Bagel! I love to run, jump, play, kiss, and much more. I know lots of cool tricks that will surely entertain you! I’m very loving, loyal, and protective. I can play fetch for hours but, when the time comes, I’m ready to snuggle and cuddle the day away! I love kids and I’m very gentle and kind. I will always be at the door to greet you when you come home; and when you sleep, I’ll never leave your side. I like to be the main protector of the people I love; so, I do very well with male dogs that are my size or smaller. I take less of a liking to female dogs because I’m a princess and my throne is for my scruffy butt only. If I come home with you, I promise I will be a good girl that will steal your heart.
Hugs and kisses, Bagel.”

Rest in Peace our sweet Onni

 

OnniOnni,

When we adopted you we had no idea what you would be like. What could be wrong with you that someone would give you up? You turned out to be the best most loving companion anyone could ask for. Our time with you was short but full of love and joy and we were thankful each and every day for your coming into our lives.

Rest in Peace our sweet angel

Happy Valentine’s Day from Darla, Jacki O and Spencer

Valentine's Day 2015

12-21-14 PalmBeachPost.com

Bella Wellence

Pictures of Miss Bella our rescue Maltese all ready for Christmas dressed in her candy cane dress. What she wants in her stocking?: Bella says “I have everything I want and need.  I was blind when adopted from Destiny for Dogs, and Mommy and Daddy gave me surgery so I can see again. All I want is to have more furbabies adopted so they will have a forever home like me!”  Owners: Leo & Cheryl Wellence W. Palm Beach FL

This article was posted in the Palm Beach Post on 12-21-14

Rest in Peace – Jack aka Frankie

Jack 01Jack aka Frankie was called to his forever home and will become part of his new “Over the Rainbow Bridge” family.  Sometimes we cannot control what happens but can only hope that this sweet angel knew what real love was before he left us.  His final journey was preceded by the love that Destiny for Dogs showed him by rescuing him and letting him know that he was loved.

Rest in Peace our canine friend and don’t forget to find our sweet departed “Destiny” who will be glad to share her bowl, bed, blanket and toys.

Precious

Precious 01Precious is a female Shih Tzu, approximately 8 years old.  She has gone home to live with her forever family.

Coco

Coco 02This is Coco a male Shih Tzu, approximately 2 years of age and weighs 13 pounds.

Coco has been placed in his forever home.

Othella

Othella 03Othella is a Rat Terrier, 2 years old.

Othella has been adopted and is living happily ever after.

Lorraine and Baby

Lorraine and Baby 8 years modifiedMeet Lorraine and Baby.  Baby is 8 years old and needed a ride to the vet and a little help with some medical expenses.  Destiny for Dogs was happy to help this happy couple.  Baby received meds for a bladder infection, meds for a minor skin irritation, vaccinations and Revolution to control fleas, parasites, heartworm, etc.  We are happy that Baby will be feeling well soon.

January 15, 2015

Sadie (formerly known as Holly)

Holly 01Happily Ever AfterSadie is living happily ever after as a wonderful spoiled baby!

Foxy

Happily Ever Afterheart with pawFoxy has a new Mom and Dad…don’t they look happy?

 

Daisy

Happily Ever AfterDaisy has found a new family of her own.

Zorro Living the Good Life

Zorro 01Zorro is still living happily ever after and his new mommy loves him so much.

Charlie in good hands

0104150953dIMG_1745Meet Charlie.  Charlie’s owner passed a way suddenly on New Years 2015 leaving Charlie sad and afraid (photo on left).  Thanks to Destiny for Dogs Charlie has a new home after just a few days and has a new friend (photo on the right).  Here is what Charlie’s new mom said, “Match made in heaven ! A thousand thank you’s to Destiny for dogs.”

Lucy and Sir Winston

01-13-15 LoveMeet Lucy (left) and Sir Winston (right).  These sweet angels were plucked from the bushes at 3-weeks old and were bottle fed and lived at an office until they found their new mommy.  Mommy adopted the brother and sister together because they loved each other very much and as you can see they are very content in their new home.  Congratulations Julia on your new additions to the family.

Chewy

Chewy 02Chewy has found his new forever family

Leia

Leia 02Leia is a female Terrier Poodle Mix, 4 years old, 29 pounds, housebroken, walks well on leash.  Good with other dogs and would make an awesome family dog.  If you are interested in Leia please contact JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or joann@destinyfordogs.com

Abby is Loved!

Abby 02 Abby 03We love our sweet little Abby.  She has adjusted quite well and is such a happy dog!  She loves to snuggle and cuddle.  She will be spending time with her cousin, “Cooper”.

Thank You for everything

The Lewer Family

Dougie

Dougie 01Of course Dougie has been adopted…look at that face!

Jazz

Jazz 01Jazz has a new forever home.

Dallas

IMG_5954Of course Dallas was adopted.  Who could resist this face…of course we are talking about the dog!!  ♥ ♥ ♥

Merry Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014 Kat's DogsPhoto provided by Kat and Bill Ziagos