We have provided this page for you to tell everyone about your Cecil County SPCA pet! The "Your Pet Tails" section has pictures, stories, and even web-movies of many of our adoptees that have attained celebrity status with their new families. The "Rainbow Bridge" section is set aside for pet memorials and tributes for those that wait for us on the other side of the Bridge. Many of you have asked where you can find many of the animal and pet stories, poems, and anecdotes that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, or even at the shelter, well our "Favorite Stories" area is where you will find many of them!
If you have a favorite pet from the CCSPCA tell everyone about him/her here! To have your pet listed send us a short writeup and pictures by mail or email.
We recently adopted a couple of lab mix puppies from a litter of 5 born on Oct 25, 2012. Bella (her original name), awnry and defiant is doing great and so is her brother Sampson (formerly Brandon) who is equally awnry and stubborn. Bella and Sampson love to wrestle in our fenced in yard and they also love to go visit their brother Rambo (formerly Guinness) at our daughters house in NJ.
All three puppies are doing great, getting big and are such an awesome joy to have around. They are learning to swim, camp and soon boat. Greatest thing we ever did.Dorothe (Theodora) McMahon
In September I adopted 2 Chihuahua’s, Rudy and Bella (formerly known at Princess) from your shelter. I wanted to let you know that they are doing great and have adjusted well to their new home. Both are very playful and full of energy. They love to play with toys and run around outside. Bella is becoming less scared and timid and will now slowly approach people. They are wonderful little dogs and I feel very lucky to have been able to adopt them. Thank you for helping homeless pets!
I have attached a picture.
Thank you again!
Pictures of Foxy in her new home. She appears to be loving her new life.
October 16, 2012
Dear Friends at ESAL,
I just wanted to give you an update on Frankie (n.k.a. Frankfurt Oscar Adams), the 6 year old dachshund that we adopted from there in September. We are so happy with how well Frankie has settled in to our family. He is the sweetest little boy, an excellent snuggler at night & is getting along great with his new feline brother, Mr. Kitty (also rescued from CCSPCA in 2009, f.k.a. Zebra Fish). Frankie is also an avid camper now! On chilly autumn nights, he enjoys being wrapped in a blanket & held by his new mommy, as he drifts off to sleep by the campfire. Frankie loves going camping so much that when we’re home, & it’s time for him to go outside, he makes a beeline straight for the camper door! He enjoys playing fetch with tennis balls & his favorite treats are raw carrot or dried sweet potato sticks. Frankie likes wearing his doggie sweaters & “strutting his stuff” on walks around our neighborhood. He especially loves to wear his Ravens jersey & watch the game with daddy! We couldn’t ask for a more loving, happy, protective & loyal furbaby. Frankie has truly been a blessing to us. Thank you for all the hard work & effort that each of you put in to caring for & finding homes for all the cats & dogs there. Keep up the great work & God bless you all!
Steve & Karen Adams
I just wanted to update you on Noodle, the wonder springer we adopted way back in 2001. Noodle is pushing 13 years old now, but doesn't seem to know it and he wants you to know that, even though we have moved to Williamsburg, VA, we always have the Cecil County SPCA in our thoughts and prayers. This past December, Noodle earned two Master Preferred Agility titles to add to the Obedience Championship and Canine Therapy Dog titles he already has - he wants to thank-you for sending him home with us way back when...we can only thank-you twice over for saving this little man for us and keeping him safe and well until we came to Cecil County and met him. The attached is a photo of Noodle earning his 10th "Double Q" in agility...
Diane Sparks and Family
I wanted to send this photo of Gracie, the Sheltie we adopted in July. She is with her "step" sister Mya...lol.
She is just the sweetest thing and has brought much happiness to us. She was not house trained and is very quirky but so smart and listens so well... We are getting there. She also does very well with most other dogs, too.
We love her. Thanks for taking care of her until we found each other!
I have wanted to come back for a visit and still hope to do that soon. I thought you may want to see how "Coal" was growing up.
He was born in Dec 2010 but we could not take him from you due to the snow storms between then and April 2010.
My wife Dana is the one who processed the paperwork with you.
We feel we have given him a great environment and he is treated well. He has grown long, tall, and stays thin.
You wouldn't tell by looking at him, but he's close to 120 lbs.
I adopted a dog from your shelter in late November and just wanted to take a minute to thank the staff. (I’m so sorry for the delay in this email). I came in the evening before Thanksgiving and adopted a puggle. We’ve renamed him Max (since his real name wasn’t known). He has adjusted to our home just fine and wanted to send some pictures and again say thank you for all you do for the animals. I tried to adopt from a few local shelters and with all their rules and regulations, they were a nightmare to deal with. Max attends a doggie day care three times a week for ½ days and he absolutely loves it! Mom loves it because it exhausts him!!!! J
Thank you again for all your efforts!!
It was many a year ago, my son and I stopped to look at the kittens.The "Cat lady" showed us all the cats at that time.Finally she told us about one that was found with a broken tail.We took an instant
liking to the kitten.Was it the fact it had a broken tail or the pretty silky coat of hair ? I don't know. The next thing we found ourselves with a new cat.We named the cat "Midnight" because of his shiny black
coat.He has gone from being a stray to being one loved and spoiled cat.
Many a year has pasted since then and thought you would like to see a picture of the cat today.
Kept up to good work .
Re: Chip...adopted September 26, 2011
Director Deeming and Staff:
Thank you for your careful attention to Chip while he was in your care. As one example, we are impressed by the monthly flea and heart worm preventative he received while at the SPCA. Most especially I thank you for continuing to advertise over the several months you had him. If not for that, we likely would not have actually taken the step to come to meet him.
Chip is a delight. He is extremely intelligent and well behaved. His previous owners have trained him well. Be assured he has found a good home with us where we find it easy to provide devoted care. We have bonded well. He is a great addition to our home and we are gratefully indebted to you for your work in safeguarding him during his time with the SPCA.
Rebecca and Ronald Demmler
I wanted to write and let you all know that- my goodness- the Duncan you have come to know over the 6 months is now a changed kitty!! He is the perfect fit for our family. I am certain he purred for the first 24 hrs he was here- even in his sleep. The picture on the couch is him after just 4 hours at home!! He loves the boys even as they "smother" him with love, and I've never heard him hiss once! I set him up in a small area at first to get comfortable with his surroundings...but he chose to leave his little confinement within the hour and made himself right at home. I think he investigated every inch of our house while we slept that night and I even woke to him purring and rubbing his head on me. I think he may have been saying Thank You :) We just love him so much!!!
Conowingo Elementary School collected items for the SPCA as a Paws- a-tively Drug Free way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. We actually received a crate from one student and were able to fill it with items for homeless pets in the SPCA shelter.
I have included the weeks activities as well as pictures of some of our 5th grade morning announcers.
I will do my best to get the items to you next week.
Dawn L. Reed, School Counselor
Conowingo Elementary School
Hello all, just wanted to give you an update on Rose. She has made a complete turn around from when I brought her home. She is a little pistol! She runs and plays with her big sister Lucy. She loves to snuggle and is a very happy girl. I’ve attached quite a few pictures for you.
I appreciate your confidence in me and the ease in which you created for me to rescue another dog. I recommend you to EVERYONE!!! The Stanton SPCA is literally a mile from my house but I prefer to travel the extra 15 or so miles to visit your facility. And actually it is more like 20 miles since I take the long way around because I have an extreme phobia of bridges and I won’t/can’t cross the Chesapeake City Bridge J.
Thanks again, and I will keep you posted of her continued happiness!
Just wanted to update you on our adoption of Rex. He has become a instant part of the family with no aggression towards kids and a great demeanor all around. The only problem, which it is not, he thinks he is a 72 lb lap dog and very affectionate and loving. He has actually become a hit of the neighborhood since he likes to play fetch. Anyhow just wanted to thank you again for allowing us to adopt such a wonderful dog.
John, Ma and Chris
On February 24, I sent you an update on Drake (you knew him as Charles) that we adopted in January of this year. Since our last update, Drake has become a Certified Therapy Dog through Paws for People. We visit the residents at Abby Manor Assisted Living Facility, many of whom have Alzheimer's disease. To see these people light up when Drake comes to visit is priceless. They look forward to his visits on Sundays and he loves all of the attention and affection he receives in return.
To think, since the beginning of this year, Drake has gotten a new home, a new family, and a job! To say that this big guy is very loved is an understatement! We knew as soon as we brought him him that he was very special, but now we get to share his kind heart and gentleness with so many. This is proof that shelter pets have unlimited potential if just given a chance.
Thanks again for bringing him into our lives.
They both look so happy! I can't thank you enough for everything you guys do!!!
Sarge is doing really well at my house...he is such a good boy! So far no issues...aside from him digging in the water bowl...LOL...oh well what can I say - he's a crazy red head!
My husband, Mack Andrews, adopted Traveler as a buddy for our dog Barney. I just wanted to let you know that he has settled in quite well, he and Barney are the best of friends now. He has filled out more and has gotten over his shyness and timidness.
We are so happy he is part of our family.
The Andrews Family
Hello Cecil County SPCA!
My husband and I adopted "Sam", the Wheaten Terrier mix in July. We decided to rename him Barley for a fresh, clean start with a new family! I just wanted to send a few recent pictures and tell you again how grateful we are that you rescued him from the kill shelter in Virginia and helped bring him into our home. We love him more than anything and are so happy to have him in our family.
Thank you again for taking good care of him and for everything you do for all animals!!
Hillary and Jeremy Hurlbutt
We adopted Jackson "aka Willie" on May 8th. He is a smart, happy, loving dog and is doing great! I wanted to send a quick email to update you all and say Thank you again.
The Boyle Family
Dear Cecil County SPCA,
I adopted a wonderful little black mutt from you on November 14, 2009. I knew from the moment I stuck my hand in Miss Lola Bean's (“Dixie” when she was with you) kennel at the pound and she nuzzled up to me that she was my soul mate. Though she is not a purebred by any means, she is a terrier through and through. She is a stubborn, joyful, bouncy, expressive little thing with goofy ears and a giant heart. Her hobbies include running in circles, prancing, going on long walks, barking at dogs, sitting funny, letting people pet her, jumping, snuggling with me, acting big and ferocious (she weighs 22 lb), and being the cutest pooch on the block. I cannot be happier to have found her.
The adoption process was a breeze, and the staff who helped me were extremely friendly and enjoyable to work with. Lola came to me in great health, and I wanted to say thanks for taking such wonderful care of my girl until I found her!
With great appreciation and much puppy love,
Jennifer Brown and Miss Lola Bean
Just wanted to report on the dog we adopted Saturday. Bruce is great find for us. We came to look at some of your scruffy terriers, but could not resist his dignified bearing.
The ride home went great. He is completely housebroken and sooo gentle. Now if only our cats were gentle to him. Our old cat has attacked the poor dog a few times, but we are making progress. Bruce just relaxes in the bedrooms while I am gone. We do have to work on finding food that he likes.
The neighbors are all quite taken with the gentle giant, and the neighborhood kids come to visit him. We take lots of walks so he is meeting the suburbs.
Thanks so much for your help on Saturday. Everyone was so nice and your shelter is impressive. I will recommend it to anyone looking for a dog or cat.
Again, we appreciate your good work and care for the animals.
We adopted two pets last year from you and we never imagined how great
they would be. We adopted "Icey" now Fred the cat. We got him in Feb
2009 he had a lot of adapting to do but he is a happy camper these
days. In Oct "Roman" the dog who is now Buck. The moment he walked
through the door he thought he owned the house. He thinks everyone
likes him. These have become great friends and get along with
This picture was not setup. Buck is not happy when anyone touches
his toys or bed. We look forward to adopting another pet in the future.
The Chambers Family
Just wanted to tell you about "Ruby" who we adopted in January and renamed Aspen. She was very scared when we first took her home, but she has blossomed into a wonderful, happy pet! She is a complete couch potato and will snuggle with you all day if you let her, but she also loves to run outside, fetch her ball and swim in the creeks by our house. She still shows some anxiety, especially around men, but she is becoming more confident. She is the perfect dog for our little family! Thank you for taking care of her before we found her, we are so grateful to have been able to adopt her.
Caity and Mike
Dolly is so happy to have a yard to run around in, going for walks and hunting rabbits. There must be something living under our shed because Dolly is determined to chase something from under there. She is such a sweetheart. The kids love playing fetch with her.
I just wanted to give you an update on "Kandie" , now called Poppy, who I adopted from your shelter in January. She is doing great! She gets along with my other dog and with my cat and they tolerate her never-ending pestering as best they can. She had some pretty significant issues with separation anxiety when I brought her home, which not surprising given her history of being shuffled around so much at such an early age. I've been doing some behavioral modification with her and she has shown some real improvement. Poppy is just full of energy, exuberance, enthusiasm and joy. These are all perfect qualities for my next agility dog. We've started her basic groundwork in agility and she's already learned a few of the obstacles. Last night she had her first group class and did fantastic! I'm really looking forward to forming a great partnership with her over the years.
ADCH C-ATCH Ollie SCH JCH SACH TM (All-American)
Poppy CSPiT (Crazy shelter pup in training)
In Jan. 2010, we came in and adopted Charles, now Drake. He is doing just wonderful and could not be happier. He has 2 puppy sisters and a puppy brother and just loves having someone to shower him with attention and belly rubs. We came in looking for an older lab and he turned out to be perfect! Very laid back and calm, but does try to play with the younger ones when he is in the mood. He has his very own orthopedic bed and is becoming very very spoiled. Our family can't believe he was ever picked up as a stray. He must have been very loved at one time, as he is very affectionate and knows basic commands. We are very lucky to have found him. At 94 lbs., he is our "big boy". Thank you so much for saving him for us. Attached are pictures of our Drake having fun in the snow.
The Douglas Family
A previous graduate of the Cecil County SPCA. Skamp went to MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue where he found his furever home.
Dear CC SPCA,
Not sure if you remember Copper (Whippet) but he was with you for quite a while (he needed a tall fence so about 2 months) until we came and picked him up. This was September of '08. He is currently sleeping in a king sized bed as a spoiled Prince Dog. He is very happy where he is, has two brothers, and all the hands and faces he can lick (I don't know if he was at your place but he is quite the kisser). Anyway, he has a big yard and some other pups to keep him occupied so thanks for the lovely animal and keeping him around so he could have a home.
I just wanted to write and let you know how happy we are with our adopted black lab mix, "Molly". We have her now for 9 days and absolutely LOVE her!! She is nearly potty trained and she is great with the daycare kids that are in my home each day. Have a wonderful new year, as we will do the same with our furry addition!!
Lori, Ken, Colin, Ryan, and "Molly" Dehner
Who would have guessed that Shrimp - now Luke (aka Cool Hand Luke) would blend right in. Who are the other two? The light colored one is Precious; the dark colored one is Ginger. As you can see he has had no trouble adjusting! Come to find out he is a little clown with quiet a personality and Smart. At first a couple of little grumpy low growls, but we figured he was not feeling too well and the new surroundings had him a little stressed. I would give him a hug and a pet, and in a low voice a bit of reassurance that all is OK. I held him while we let him see how the girls play. By the second day he reached out to play with me and I got the first kiss. By the third day he and Ginger were playing like the puppies they are. Precious got into the action today and all three were racing around the yard. Luke got a good bath the first day - boy did he like that. Stood like a gentleman and snuggled right down in the blanket. His first meal was chicken hearts and gizzards with a side helping of dry, which is chicken and rice base. I think eventually we will get all four legs full. I should tell you we have a tendency to spoil our pups. He is a good boy - which he hears alot. What a different dog in four days.
Happy tails to all, Gary & Cora Bechard
just wanted to let you know that Ladybug (we call her Nelly) has settled in very nicely. After a couple of days of grumbling, my other dogs accepted her. They are playing off and on all day and She loves to go for a walk. Nelly is now one of the pack, and is sleeping on the bed with the rest of them . She spends a good part of the day walking around with a toy in her mouth looking for a place to hide it. A very funny girl. She received her check up from our Vet and everything is fine.
Hello everyone at the Cecil County SPCA.
My father and I were in last week on Friday and adopted Reno and Lilly. It’s only been a few days but I Just wanted to give you an update: Reno – now known as “Fritz” is doing very well. He slept in my Mother and Father’s bed last night, since he does not like the crate very much. He has totally bonded with my father but does have some separation anxiety. He is great on a leash and is very calm in the house. They are very, very happy with him. If I know my mother, she is sneaking him all kinds of special treats. He does not like my one dog Lucy too much and was very interested in my cats but that is Ok. We have plenty of time to work on that. Lilly – I could not be more in love with a dog! She was a little depressed Friday night but when we got up Saturday morning it was as if someone plugged her in. She ran downstairs, ran up to my husband and licked all over his face, ran to the door and ran outside with the big girls. She has established her place in the “pack” and follows the other two around like she has been here all along. She goes right to the back door when she has to go potty and if I don’t notice her she comes and gets me and runs back to the door. She goes right out in the yard and does her business and comes right back in, she is definitely an inside girl. She took a little walk with me Saturday and Sunday and is very good on a leash. She has been to the vet and has been to the groomer to get bathed, a little trim and nail clipping. I’ve attached a before and after picture of her – just look at the difference in her demeanor. She is truly a happy girl, and so am I!
Here is our baby girl. Thank you so much for letting us get her. Please let me know in a email if you got the picture so I will know if I have to send it again.
The Kraus Family
Xmas 2009...Robbie the Aussie (adopted from his breeder, he would not herd), Lucey (was Molly) the Eng setter and Cherie (was Cherry) the pointer. Lucey we adopted from you July 2007 and Cherie March 2008. This was the family visit to Santa they had a great time visiting and seeing all the other animals.......the difficulty is getting a setter to set when you need them too. Lucey and Cherie are best of friends, they run, sleep and eat together, you should make a package deal- with every setter you get a pointer :>) We couldn't be luckier in the two dogs we adopted from the Cecil Cty SPCA, if we had more room we'd be back adopting again but 4 is our limit right now....Jimmy the German Shorthair is missing from the picture. Keep up your good work with the animals and may they all find homes!
I adopted my dog, Boober, from the Cecil County SPCA in November of last year (a stray that you named Barry). He is a senior Yorkie, who was emaciated and had to have all his teeth pulled. I just wanted to give you an update. He is the most sweet, lovable and best friend anyone could ask for. He is thriving and loving life. I have attached a picture of him. Thank you again for all the great work you do. Boober has been a most welcomed addition to our family. We could not be more grateful to your shelter.
On July 17, 2008, my wife and I adopted this little fuzz ball from the CCSCA, which we dearly love. Lucy is a very loveable member of our family and loves to go everywhere including to her vet, Dr. Fritz in Aberdeen. I want to thank all of you wonderful people that genuinely care for dogs and cats and gave me and my wife an opportunity to have such a wonderful and loving pet as Lucy.
Sincerely; Phil and Tela Vass Aberdeen, MD.
>I wanted to write and let you know how Honey(now Fox) is doing. I > adopted her a bit less than a year ago. She was sooooo shy! She and my > other dog Bailey got on together beautifully right from the start but we > did have a few 'difficult" months. She's a VERY smart dog who noticed > very quickly that I used a certain place to "do my business" and the > cats used the same place cause their box was there so she most sincerely > believed this was the where she was supposed to do her business as well > - and it was the ONLY place she did her thing. You can't fault her > logic..... It took quite a while to persuade her otherwise but now she > takes herself out the cat door, does her thing, finds herself a sunny > patch and suns herself for hours in the yard. She rarely leaves the > yard, but when she does it is for one of 2 reasons: > > 1 - She heads back into the woods on my property to find some "wet dirt" > - she discovered the wonders of mud fairly quickly and truly loves her > mud baths - the results of which she enthusiastically shares with everyone > > 2 - This one I discovered just recently - She cuts through the woods to > visit one of my neighbors. This woman just had surgery and is confined > to a wheelchair for some time. She called me recently to ask me not to > holler at Fox when she wanders a bit because Fox is coming to visit > her. Apparently when Gladys is out on her patio Fox comes over and just > quietly sits with her. When Fox is ready to leave - or hears me calling > - she goes and jumps in the pond, takes a swim , rolls in the dirt and > comes home. Gladys considers Fox's visits the highlight of her day. As > a result of this information I am looking into working with Fox to turn > her into a therapy dog. We'll see..... > > Anyway, I wanted to let you know she's turned into a very happy and > (usually) well behaved dog. She is still uncomfortable with males - > especially boys between about 9 and 16 - but she is getting better. She > is terrific at the dog park, very gentle with the other dogs, but if she > can find a partner to run with she will run til she drops. If another > dog or person seems to bother/frighten her in any way she refuses to > engage - she runs over and sits behind me - I am her "safe place". > > I can't thank you enough for her. she's great company for both Bailey > and me. > >
Patti Kalina >
We wanted to give you all an update on Lucey (who was Molly) that we adopted in July 07. She was the little setter blind in one eye...to this day that never bothers her. She is doing wonderfully and is the apple of our eye, probably too much so. Lucey thinks life is just a wonderful thing, it's a pleasure to see, she runs, she plays, she climbs in any lap that happens to not have a dog in it, she lays in her pool, she sleeps, she loves to go for car rides, what a life!. She is quite spoiled....we can't help it, she finds the most wonderful place to be if not out running hunting birds or anything else that flies is in our lap or bed having a good snuggle. We have had her 2 years now, she still wants and needs to run a lot but we see her spending more quiet down time now then she did when we first got her, this is good! She has 2 brothers and 1 sister she lives with, they all get along very well.....one is a little pointer female Cherry (now Cherie) adopted by a friend from your facility in 08 and now with us, more info and pics to come on her later. Someday we hope to have another rescue setter but right now the dog beds are full.
Thanks for saving Lucey from who knows what.
Sincerely Wendy and Steve Williams
Hi All ~
Just wanted to send you a few new pictures of Sam. He's been with us for three weeks now and is doing very well. He fits into our family perfectly. Sam's days are filled with walks, playing with toys, doggie snacks, kisses, and swimming in the pool. With him in his pictures are Brody (St. Bernard), Annabelle (German Shepherd), and our 8 year old daughter, Emma. We cannot thank you enough for keeping him healthy and safe until he arrived with us. Keeping all of you in our thoughts.
Warmly, Candice and JP Lank Bear, Delaware
I sent an email previously but I had the wrong email address. Your kennel was spotless and all the animals looked so healthy and well groomed. I have never seen a rescue like it. What a staff you have! They answered all my questions and walked me through my adoption as if Czar was a person. I thank you for his medication. It was so generous. I will and have referred people to your website and your SPCA. It's so nice to see people who are doing their jobs and not acting as if it is a job. They truly love animals and my friends and I felt that all the way home. It was such a pleasure not only for me but my friend and her children. We talked about the experience all the way back to Dover. Thank you and your wonderful crew. It was such a memorable time for us all .
Hi Cecil County SPCA,
I wanted to give you an update on a dog I adopted in June her name at the spca was Amanda and she is a chinese shar-pei mix. We have renamed her magnolia and I couldn't imagine my home without her. She has been such a great and loyal friend and has given me so much appreciation for animals and how important it is to rescue a dog rather then purchase a puppy. Magnolia certainly deserved a forever home and a second chance with a family. When we adopted her she had issues being aggresive with other dogs, and I am happy to report that she now goes to training classes and to the dog park a few times a week and absoloutly loves playing with other dogs! She is a little spoiled though and gets plenty of new toys and treats and I can't resist letting her cuddle up in bed with me at night. I'd like to thank the Cecil County SPCA for giving us the opportunity to take Magnolia home and for all the joy we have gotten so far from having her as an addition to our family.
Tiffany Minicozzi and Nick Tomeo
Hello to all my Friends at the Cecil County SPCA shelter. My new name is Maverick and my owners, Frank and Beverly Eurice, have really made me work real hard. If it's not retreiving tennis balls out of the Gunpowder River, then its overseeing the property where I live. It's a whole acre, fenced in and trespassed by many squirrels and rabbits. The squirrels are the hardest to cover as they live in the trees. I am enclosing a few photo's of my river and me for your scrapbook. Thank you for saving me for my two new owners.
I thought you guys would be interested in seeing some photos of one of the boys you helped save :) Enjoy and thanks again for all that you do!!!
Kelly McDevitt MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue
I just wanted to tell you that we absolutely love Minny! She is settling in nicely, and appears to be quite comfortable and at home given that she was sleeping on the antique sofa in my mother's living room yesterday. Her coat is looking better already, and she had a bath Saturday evening. She did not appear to mind it. I made her a blanket and gave it to her for Easter yesterday. She seemed to really like curling up in it. She is enjoying daily trips to the park, and is leaving for her beach houses today for a few days. We will be in touch with pictures of Minny in her new homes. We thank you so much for our little bundle of joy. She is a delight!
We thought you might get a kick out of the photo of Cobalt watching TV. He cries if he sees a cat on the screen. In the second picture, he's resting with his brother after the trainer had been to visit. He now takes treats gently (most of the time) instead of snapping our hands off. He's getting better on the leash and is having fun chasing birds and rabbits. He's a great guy.
Bonnie and Tom
We adopted Curly March 2005, when he was a year and 10 months old. Changed our whole life. Now he is 5 1/2. He is the best dog that ever existed anywhere. Everyone who sees him asks about him, he has such presence. Smart and sweet, well mannered. We hike several miles through Amish farmland about 5-6 days a week. He is learning agility. He loves his life and us. He helps us remember how to live in the moment and be happy. He thinks he is a person. Always happy. Carries his teddy bears everywhere. Goes with us everywhere.
Chris, Brooke and Curly
Cobalt is doing great. We're amazed by several things. First is that he's housebroken. THANK YOU! Second is that he's a really great dog and it's baffling that he was with you for so long.
He's really playful and especially loves his bones. He gets along with his brother and loves running in the yard. He grunts and snorts like a pig which is hysterical. The vet says his helath is excellent.
He loved the snow. I've attached a picture where he briefly rested from running in it. Also a photo of him with my niece. He's great with kids.
Thanks again. We love him.
Bonnie and Tom
Just wanted to update you on Dylan, who I adopted in September of 2006. He's still doing great. I graduated from vet school, and the two of us have moved to Canada. Fortunately, Dylan adores the snow, because we see lots of it. He gets to come to work with me, and go out on horse calls (he loves the car). I am amazed at how well he adjusted to the move, and change in climate. He loves going to our cottage and taking a swim. He also loves to romp in the snow, but hates the snow booties I bought for him. He has also developed into quite the ham. He knows just how to make me laugh - - and loves to do it. He is mostly impeccably behaved, although he's more of a ladies man, and sometimes barks at men. He also has a bit of a stubborn streak, but that too makes me laugh. No matter how hard I try to train him to sleep on a blanket on the bed and the sofa saver on the couch, he always sleeps next to or under them, in a very purposeful way. He's even great with my 1 1/2 year old niece, who, when asked what kind of dog she wants, says "Dyl, I want doggie like Dyl, so nice, he gives kisses." Who wouldn't want a speckled fellow in their life? He's good natured, LOVING, and generally fabulous. Please find the attached photos of Dylan. There is one of him under the covers, one of him romping with some friends, one of him barking at a singing Christmas dog, and one of him wearing his reindeer hat (not his favorite, but he's amicable enough to allow a few photos to be snapped before shaking it off). When I think of the things I am thankful for in this New Year, I definitely think of Dylan. He is a wonderful companion and best friend, and I am VERY grateful that you gave me the opportunity to adopt him. He is very loved.
Hope all's well in Cecil County,
I'm so sorry it took us awhile to send new pictures. Life has been very busy and now with 2 new girls we are busier than ever! Susan had requested an update last time I called, so here it is: The girls are doing so so well. We love them so much and they have made our family feel joy every time we look at their beautiful faces :) Their personalities have really come out and they are so funny and so different from one another. We call Prudence our little sweetie. She loves to be held and cuddled and she sleeps curled next to my side almost every night. She has learned her sit command recently (it took a LOT of patience!!) and she is so proud. She follows me all over the house, even if I leave the room for a second! She is always the one to initiate play time with her sister by biting her on the neck and yelping. She loves her toys and running in the park. She is the lady! On the flip side we call Pheobe " our little goofball" She's a comedian! Funny and happy all the time, wags her tail constantly and suffers from " extreme greeting disorder", lol. If we even leave the house for 5 minutes, she greets us and jumps around like we've been missing for hours. Prudence usually hides from her tearing about the house. She's been a little tougher to train but is learning well. We consider her house training and not chewing on the furnishings huge accomplishments for her. We almost have the sit command down, but she's learned "come". She loves to cuddle also, and has no problem making herself comfy on the bed. She steals her sister's chew toys everytime, even though she has her own. Prudence comes to me as if to say, "Mommy, she did it again" and I go and take it back and give it to Prudence. This goes on and on! Even though they act like competive siblings, they cuddle together and clean each other and play all the time. I know we did the right thing by taking both of them. We have a lot of dogs in the neighborhood and they have also made great strides in their socialization. They now sniff and greet other dogs at the park and on their walks. They even spent a weekend with my Dad's new rescue when we visited him in CT. One of the pictures I'm sending you is Phoebe with my Dad's dog, he had a major crush on her. Their Nana has made them many beautiful sweaters for the winter, she custom designed a pattern just for them. They have even been in a gallery show, a friend painted their portrait!! (attached) We are so happy we have found these beautiful souls and have them in our family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Please let the former owner know that he did the right thing and they are so happy. I'm sure it was very hard for him to let go. Also, if other members of the litter or household have been adopted into the Philadelphia area and want our info, we would be happy to get together. I know there are privacy issues but we are open to it if other adoptive families are also. I would love to know how they are doing as I could have loved all of them! I hope you enjoy the pictures and I'll try to keep you updated.
Lauren, Jim and Isabella
Happy New Year!!! Just wanted to give you an update on Wagner. He has really settled in nicely. He follows the older ones around all the time and has learned all their good habits. He is so darn affectionate...I could hug and kiss him all day long and he'd be content. He is our little clown....he teases the others and then runs under the dining room table so they can't get him. And he loves toys, especially balls and stuffies. Oh, I love this little guy!!!! One of the best gifts I ever got. He and Nickleby are fast friends because they are the closest in age, but Nigel is very protective of him and Nell treats him like he's her baby. It's weird but he takes to men right away and is wary of women. He absolutely loves my son but when my daughter-in-law is here, he goes under the table. And she's a sweetie...she absolutely loves him and fusses over him all the time. I guess it will take time. He cleaned up on Christmas....got tons of toys from family and friends. He doesn't know what to play with first, but his favorite toy is a Cuz ball. Although my friend, Carol, made him a coat, he still won't allow me to put it on him...and the others love their coats. I guess I'll have to work more on that with little treats. I've attached new pics of him. Thanks, again, for giving me this precious treasure!!!
I just wanted to thank everyone at the Cecil County SPCA for all their hard work and dedication. After losing our golden retriever of 10 years back in August we decided to adopt a dog and came to your shelter. We did find a dog that seemed to work well for us at first, but however did not work out in the long run. Everyone there was so helpful in resolving the situation for us so we could find the right dog and not have to go through losing another dog again. While we were there, my daughters and I found Reeses (Sparkle). We instantly fell in love with her and decided she was the dog for us. Keeping in mind that my daughters are 3 years and 18 months, I knew that we needed a dog with a lot of patience. Reeses has picked up right where our golden left off. She is lovable, sweet, and has a lot of tolerance towards my girls. They absolutely love her and we could not be more thankful that we found a dog that fits in so well with our family. She is getting lots of love at our house and we are very happy to have her. Thanks for being so helpful and doing what you do everyday! We are forever greatful!
The Cabral Family
Yesterday, I adopted "Kelly" whom I saw in your ad in the Cecil Whig. I had a set of criteria (based on experience) of what I'd like to find in a pet: small, female, short-haired, housebroken and spayed. Quite a list of "wants". Obviously, I would have considered a pet with slightly different attributes. During lunch yesterday, my fellow employees saw her photo in your ad and immediately told me I should check her out. I loved the ad - "ready to sit on someone's sofa for the rest of her life". She sounded PERFECT! I called and inquired about her. I figured I would go see her after work on Friday or on Saturday. My fellow employees said "if you wait, she'll be gone. Go NOW!" So, off I went to Chesapeake City. The nice young man brought Kelly out and we went to the "get acquainted room". It didn't take long to find out she had ALL my "wants" and I wanted her. I really think we are soul-mates! I soon found out, she had alot more to offer than I realized! She ran to the car and proceeded to settle down and take a little snooze while I drove back to work. At the office she was quiet, all prim and proper. She greeted everyone who came into my office and laid nicely on the floor while I worked at my computer. Then, time to go home and meet the family and neighbors.
Upon arrival at home, she quickly introduced herself to the two pitbulls next door. Although they were going totally bonkers wanting to play with her,she just looked at them as if to say, "You'll get used to me soon enough" and went on about the yard. Then she met "Daddy". She quickly won him over with her winning ways. Then, she met her "brother", a 13 year old ready to meet the rest of the family. In came Rich, my son-in-law. She took to him right away and sat in our porch swing with him until we went inside. I went in to play on the computer while dinner was being prepared and she promptly took over the pallet that was in the room and laid down. Next to come home was Esther. She waited in the hall way for Esther to come around the corner. She started to wag her tail and gave her "that look". Esther was immediatley hooked. After dinner, we laid on the bed and watched some TV and did a little bonding. She had her final outing for the evening and when I said let's go to bed, she ran to the bedroom and immediately jumped into her new bed and settled down for the night. She never moved all night!
The next morning, the alarm goes off at 6 am and up she jumps, ready to meet the world. A little outing and then she informs me she wants breakfast. After breakfast, she lays on the pallet in the room where I get ready in the morning. My husband then gets up. He goes to the kitchen and I tell her "go find Daddy" and she runs to the kitchen and greets him with "that look" and wagging tail. She spends a little time on the couch with him and then escorts Shadow to the yard for his morning outing all the while trying to kiss him. I then left for work, leaving her in Daddy's and Shadow's care.
I appreciate that you give the dogs names because of affection and recognition covenience. However, I found that "Kelly" didn't really suit her....so she is now aptly named "Sweet Pea" because of her affectionate winning ways! Anyone who would see her would feel that she's been there forever because she has just made herself at home and interacts with everyone so well. Thank you so much for this wonderful companion who is the light of my life!
I am writing to give you an update about a dog we adopted from you last year. He is a blue Doberman, and we think he was 2-2 1/2 when we adopted him. We had been looking for a little dog to add to our pack for a few months. We looked at a few shelters as we knew we wanted to adopt. I went to your shelter on a Weds afternoon, and walked up and down the aisles. All the dogs were going crazy and then I walked past the cage of a sad looking Doberman. He was standing, but his head was hung low and he looked at me as if to say "Can you take me home?" He did not bark or approach the front of the cage. Even though I was there to scout for a little dog, I couldn't help but be drawn to this Doberman. So we went into a visitation room and he was prancing around and playing with toys. He was a different dog when he was in that room then he had been a few minutes before in his cage. He was happy. So I filled out all the paper work and the adoption application, then it was time to go. My heart broke to have to leave him there that night. The only thing left was to convince my fiancé that he needed to be part of our "pack".... I went home that night and broke the news to Dave about my new love affair with the blue Dobie. He was hesitant at first and then he said, "Well I did always want a Doberman". An old college room mate had one and Dave had great memories of playing with him. I was relieved and elated! So we got the call from the Shelter that we were approved and we decided that Friday afternoon would be the day. We arrived there very late on Friday as you were about to close. We were heartbroken. We had come with everything prepared. A new collar, a new leash, treats, and a "doggie seatbelt". I think you saw the look on our faces and brought us inside to take the dog. We went to his cage and he started to jump up and down and his little nubby tail was wagging as hard as it could. He sat still while we put the collar and seatbelt on him. He jumped in our jeep and off we were. On the way home he rested his head on Dave's shoulder....the rest is history. We named him "Blue" (ok so we aren't very creative!) And we love him to death. He watches TV with us, makes sure we know when someone is at the door and sleeps with us at night. He has fit in perfectly with our other dogs, and is part of the "pack". We adopted a 6 month old puppy a few weeks ago and he plays with her ever so gently. We cannot express how grateful we are to you for bringing this sweet boy into our lives. We can't imagine life without him. His nubby tail still wags every time we come home and he is a "couch cuddler". Blue goes to Doggie Daycare twice a week and they love him there too. He can run and jump and play with all of his daycare buddies. Blue is just a great dog.....what else can we say?? You are a wonderful organization and we are so grateful for the wonderful care you gave Blue until we found him. THANK YOU!!!! Thank you so much!!
Dave & Andy
Sir Charles, one of the 9 puppies that were born here at the shelter, enjoying his new life. Seen going for a ride in the car, napping after his swim in the river and just cheking things out.
Hello everyone. I wanted to give you a quick update on how Paris did her first night in her new home. It would appear she is not used to being walked to do her business as we have now walked her last night and this morning and there is no action on her part. But that certainly is something to work on and the only negative about her! She was perfect when applying the DMSO to her belly, we gave her the heartworm monthly pill and she ate it without any hesitation...well she spit it out but quickly picked it up and chewed. We introduced her to a pig's ear treat and she proudly walked around with it until she realized she could chew it. Ah youth, so much to learn! She is incredibly sweet, followed us around the house with quiet enthusiasm, and knew all about sleeping in a bed but being very calm and quiet about it. My husband would always walk our first lab, Bailey, to the elementary school in the morning to say hi to the custodian, teachers and any children that may already be on site. Paris ( we may be calling her Gilda as we are both professional, classical singers and both have performed "Rigoletto") was perfect and enthusiastic about meeting everyone including the kids. The custodian and one of the teachers got teary-eyed as they miss our Bailey but were so happy to see us with another beautiful blonde lab to keep the a.m. tradition going. Thank you for posting her picture on the web and making it possible for us to adopt her after the sudden loss on April 24 of our beloved 11.5 year old lab Bailey. We will take great care of Paris and keep you updated on her progress with us. Candace
We would just like to let you know that we are very happy with Bradley, which we adopted on 2/25/06. He is so much more then we had expected. We knew he was gently and wanted to be loved, but we didn’t expect him to be house broken and he listens very well and learns things easily. We did change his name to REDZ because of his beautiful color. We just wanted to say
Diana and Tom
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