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or this spring issue we take you to the canyons of The Colorado Plateau where exploring the spectacular landscape can be a joyous adventure. The steep cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and daily weather extremes also make this an environment filled with perils. For Danelle and her dog, Taz, a winter run in the canyons near Moab quickly became a life and death situation. Read more about the heroics of Danelle’s best friend. Just to the south in a northern Arizona canyon, a man comes across a dog in desperate need of help. The rescue and rehabilitation of this precious fourlegger he names Riley becomes a life-changing event for both the man and his new best friend. Southern Utah hosts the largest animal sanctuary in the nation. Tucked into a stunning red rock canyon learn more about the dogs of Dogtown and the life saving work of the staff and volunteers at Best Friends Animal Society. During a backpacking trip to a remote section of the Grand Canyon we never expected to run across so many friendly, but mostly neglected stray dogs. Many years later, we are happy to learn about a group of dedicated volunteers who make regular trips into the canyon to help improve the health of these dogs. Learn more about Havasupups Rescue on page 32. Rving can be a great way to bond with your dogs and enjoy a great adventure. Renting one might be more reasonable than you think. Christine Derr writes a travel log about her multiple dog trips in rented RVs. Regular contributor Dina Eastwood’s newest dog jumped onto her daughter’s lap and the rest is history. Dina writes about one of the new joys in her life—a rescued pug named Harley. Also read about Buddy Om, a certified therapy dog who accompanies his yoga instructor mom, Gina, bringing joy to local senior centers and giving seniors an extra incentive to join a weekly yoga class. Woofs and Wags,
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Rescue Me – The Almost Death and Life of Riley
Gnarley Harley, the Rescued Pug
Dog of the Day - Taz: A Real Life Lassie
Zachary Anderegg risks his life to rescue a puppy who is trapped at the bottom of a slot canyon. This event changes both of their lives forever.
Read about Dina Eastwood’s newest family member – a fifteen-year-old Pug plucked from a crowded Los Angeles animal shelter.
Taz is an amazing dog with an incredible story. When her guardian and running partner slipped on black ice and fell down a steep cliff, Taz was there to save her life.
HavasuPups Rescue 32 In one of the most remote locations in the United States, stray dogs in need of medical treatment, vaccinations and loving homes are getting the help they deserve.
Buddy Om, a Therapy Dog Yogi 36 Buddy Om puts a smile on the faces of seniors, and helps to
motivate them as an assistant Yogi.
Miranda Lambert– Country Music’s Fairy Dog Mother
Best Friends Animal Society
When it comes to dogs, Miranda Lambert has a heart of gold. Her rescue organization, MuttNation, goes the extra mile for pups in need.
Tucked into a beautiful red rock canyon near the small town of Kanab, Utah, is a priceless gem doing good for the animals.
Traveling Canine – RV Trips with My Dogs 52 Christine Derr shares what she has learned about the art of RVing with dogs.
On the Cover: Dina and Morgan Eastwood with Coco, Chica, Tango, Winnie and her newest rescue, Harley.
Archibald Brindleton, the caped crusader of Frenchies, shares his love with the world and spreads happiness wherever he can.
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How far would you go to rescue an animal? If you saw a stray dog in your yard, would you take the necessary steps to keep him safe and find his home? Would you stop your car on a quiet street to pick up a stray? Would you stop along a highway to pick up a soaking-wet dog? Would you help an animal if it meant getting dirty, being late for work, missing an important meeting? WOULD YOU SAVE A DOG IF IT MEANT RISKING YOUR LIFE?
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a deep ravine. Now change the ravine to a slot canyon in a remote part of Arizona with temperature extremes, loose rocks, and deadly flash floods. Put yourself at the top of this narrow, twisted fissure in the earth's crust and look down 350 feet (the equivalent of a 35 story building). Would you rescue
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an animal at the bottom of that canyon? Zachary Anderegg, who likes to be called Zak, did exactly that. His story is told in his book, Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself. It is an amazing story with more than one important narrative. Caring For:
I was curious about Zak's motivation to rappel down that canyon—not once, but twice—to save an emaciated, almostdead puppy who would probably not survive.
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rescue me | riley
I asked Zak in an interview why he did it. His
Zak knew what it was like to be the target of
answer: â€œBecause there wasn't any reason not to.
cruelty. Zak had been bullied and abused as
I didn't ask myself Should I? but rather How am I
a child, and he identified with the puppy. He
going to do this? What can I do to effect change?â€?
did what a dog would do: he just went in! He
Zak reinforced my thoughts about dog heroes. "They don't question it," he said. "If someone is barricaded in a room and the dogs are asked to go in, they don't worry about their own safety. They just go in."
lowered himself all the way to the bottom of the slot and managed to get a few drops of water into the puppy, then pulled himself back up the sheer rock wall. He then went to the closest town to get a pet carrier and returned to the canyon the next day. He rappelled back down
Zak added that when he saw the dog down at the
to the bottom and managed heroically to bring
bottom of the slot canyon, he felt a connection. "It
the lifeless puppy to the surface. Zak literally
brought back my past," he said. "I needed to bring
risked his life to save a dog.
I asked Zak if he had particular character traits
The connection Zak felt was a compassion only
or if his training as a Marine enabled him to
another victimized individual would feel. From his
complete such a task. He said it wasn't because
assessment, he knew someone had purposely put
he was a Marine, that he had always been
the puppy in the deep canyon crevice to suffer
focused and disciplined and had a can-do
attitude. He joined the Marine Corps because
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rescue me | riley
Zak reinforced my thoughts about dog heroes. "They don't question it," he said. "If someone is barricaded in a room and the dogs are asked to go in, they don't worry about their own safety. They just go in." he was that way. And from his experience as a victim of bullying when he was young, he knew the importance of intervention. "If you see someone being picked on or in trouble, you either do something or not; if you see a dog who is victimized, it's the same thing." I asked Zak how long he thought the puppy had been at the bottom of the canyon and what kept him from giving up. What made the puppy a survivor? "He had been down there a long time. He was in the final stages of starvation. He was in a very primitive survival mode. But he
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rescue me | riley persevered. He didn't succumb to despair. I think animal survival skills are much stronger than ours." "And what made you a survivor?" I asked. "I believe we're all born with a certain amount of emotional reserve. We each have a different amount. The influences around us add or subtract. I think I had a fair amount of that reserve, but my experiences as a child drew it down. When [I was] finally in high school, when someone showed an interest in me and helped me out, he replenished those reserves." Zak's concern and compassion certainly added to one little puppy's reserves. Riley, as he was named, was a fighter and all he needed was someone to be on his sideâ€”someone who believed he was worth saving. After efficient and dedicated vet care, Riley's organs slowly began to function, and within
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rescue me | riley a few days he was able to stand. Today Zak and Riley continue to give support and encouragement to victims of bullying. Riley is now almost 7 years old and weighs a healthy 78 pounds. He lives the life of Riley with Zak and his wife Michelle, his canine brother Kohi, and two cats. He loves to hike, play with his toys and snuggle with his family. He has a good-natured disposition and is gentle and patient with children and everyone he meets. He is definitely grateful to be alive! Visit Rileyâ€™s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ canyonpuppy/. Watch the video of his actual rescue by searching Canyon Puppy on Youtube.
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The online argument over Harley’s appearance was getting heated, with adjectives—such as hideous, gorgeous, ugly, and pretty—being thrown around like vicious barks. It had started over an Instagram post of our newest family member, Harley, a 14-year-old pug with enough personality to fill a whole house. The video I’d used—of her sitting on her rear end, paws in front like a T. rex, and barking for “more raspberries”—had garnered thousands of views. Some commenters called her disparaging names, while others defended her cuteness. I wondered aloud what our family had gotten ourselves into with this new addition.
Her facial features were delicate and tiny, with a pink, oversized tongue that looked like the logo used by the Rolling Stones
A lot, evidently. My pug-obsessed daughter, Morgan, had spotted Harley’s photo on a rescue’s web page. “Mom—we have to have her! She’d fit in perfectly. Look at her.” I could hardly comprehend her odd appeal; the tiniest head with copious neck fat that she wore like an Elizabethan collar. Her facial features were delicate and tiny, with a pink, oversized tongue that looked like the logo used by the Rolling Stones. “Go meet her. See what you think,” I instructed. Morgan went to the shelter and sat down on the clean, cold cement floor. She turned on her phone’s facetime, and we watched as Harley walked over and plopped down in Morgan’s lap. Just like that. She was meant to be ours. I was filling out an adoption application two minutes later. I didn’t ask the shelter director many questions. I was told the old gal had been dropped off by her family six weeks earlier. They were moving and couldn’t take her. During the shelter stay she’d been treated twice for a stubborn urinary tract infection.
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She was between thirteen and fifteen years old (and they determined a July, 2002, birthday was the closest to correct). Other than that, she was fine and ready to head to her new home in Pebble Beach. A family friend drove her up from the shelter, and I met him in Santa Maria for the hand off. She climbed from the passenger seat to the driver’s side, and I violated the law for three hours, snuggling this new fuzzy baby in my lap while we ventured home. There’s a lot more vacuuming to do now; Harley sheds more than the other two pugs. Her coat is softer, too; more lush. I push the raucous Dyson vacuum within a quarter inch of her. She doesn’t move. She can’t hear it. She is stone deaf. It’s just one of the myriad of health problems we weren’t aware of when we adopted her. She is fully incontinent but slips out of her doggy diaper within minutes. (We call her “Harl-dini.”) She coughs and gasps all day—something the vet determined is not a sickness, but “old-Pug syndrome.” (We also call her “The Great Gaspy.”) She had broken her right arm at some point in her life, leaving her
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right front paw turned inward, but she hobbles around the house at lightning speed. (Tests prove she is not in pain.) The television is turned on for Harley in the morning (muted), so she can bark at the commercials. She flies out of her seat when any form or breed of an animal is shown—real, cartoon, or animated. She is feisty and fearless with our other dogs and she breaks protocol at mealtime; she sits on her bottom and barks furiously at us when food is anywhere near, as if demanding to be fed here and now. Strangely, her favorite foods are carrots, berries, and oranges. She’s been known to turn up her nose at bacon. We aren’t sure if she is part of the canine family. We are sure she was meant to be part of ours.
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frequented the Moab backcountry trails, sometimes logging up to 30 miles per week with Taz by her side. Taz was an athlete himself, an energetic puppy who had grown into a real “adventure dog.” On that day they hopped into her truck, ready to stretch their legs. Running into Moab’s rugged terrain was nothing out of the ordinary for them and they headed out from the familiar Amasa Back trailhead.
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But most of us never have to put that to the test. December 13, 2006, was a day that started like any other for Danelle Ballengee and Taz. The four-time Pikes Peak Marathon winner and six-time, four-sport “U.S. Athlete of the Year”
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Most of us dog lovers pride ourselves on how extra special our relationship is with our beloved canine. They’re our best friends, our running buddies, our adventuresome sidekicks, and so much more. We like to believe they’d do anything for us, tapping into their inner Lassie if the occasion arose to rescue the person they love the most.
But halfway through her ninety-minute trail run, everything changed. Hitting a small patch of black ice, Danelle slipped. After sliding down a steep rock face, plummeting across several ledges, and eventually landing 60 feet below, Danelle’s pelvis was shattered. Terrified and in shock, she realized no one really knew where she was. “It was a remote section of the world,” she said as she reflected on that day, “and in the middle of December not too many people are out there.” She was stranded. In excruciating pain, she managed to drag herself
through the rocky canyon, making it only a quarter mile in five hours. All the while, the dog she had rescued years before safely made his way down to her and stayed faithfully by her side. She had connected to Taz “right off the bat” when she met him as a six-week-old puppy at a rescue facility. “He was really energetic and hyper,” she said. “In retrospect, I was an adventure athlete and I wanted a dog that could keep up with me . . . it
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dog of the day | taz was that sixth-sense sort of thing. I just knew he was my dog.” Taz went everywhere with Danelle in the years that followed his adoption and that day was no exception. Night fell and the temperature dropped into the twenties while Danelle fought to stay alive. Sustained by a tiny puddle of water and doing hours of short, tight sit ups at night to stay warm, she knew by the third morning that she was in a truly desperate situation. Those sit ups were her only range of motion. “I was pretty close to dying. I asked him to go. I think there is a connection between you and your pet,” she said. “I distinctly remember him looking at me and tilting his head like he does when he’s listening to me, and he turned around and took off.” In nothing short of a heroic effort, Taz sprinted miles back down to the trailhead where a rescue effort was gathering after Danelle had been reported missing and her truck had been found. “Taz wanted people to see him, he
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wanted people to know there was a problem. He knew he couldn’t get caught and he wouldn’t let the animal control people catch him,” Danellle said. When they finally realized that the brown stray was Danelle’s dog and that he wanted them to follow, Taz dutifully took off back down the trail to his person. Taz arrived back to Danelle before any of her rescuers that day. She had started to see black spots and knew that her demise was imminent. When Taz got to her, he was winded and
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immediately started drinking out of her puddle, something he had not done in the days prior. Danelle remembers feeling depressed and wondering who would take care of her beloved dog, as she watched him gulp down the last of her life-giving water source. “His demeanor had changed. I thought he was trying to tell me about the adventure he had just been on, but once I heard the ATV I realized what he was doing. He was saying ‘you don't need this puddle anymore’ and he was excited. He started licking my face.” Danelle was airlifted to a nearby hospital where surgeons saved her damaged pelvis and stopped her internal bleeding. With the injuries she sustained, doctors believe she should not
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“We have this special bond that’s at this whole other level.” Danelle more than anyone can attest to the special relationship between a human and a dog. good jog and will often chase bunnies while he's out in the woods. “They’re always young, no matter how old they get,” says Danelle of her aging rescuer. She spends quiet time cuddling with Taz every day and says it’s like meditating to be around his energy.
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Twenty-one years ago, Scott and I and another couple took a road trip to a lesser-known part of the Grand Canyon. After our full daysâ€™ drive from Monterey, we spent the night in Kingman, Arizona, and early the next morning made the 100-mile drive to the Hualapai Hilltop trailhead that leads down to the Havasupai Indian Reservation, population 208. The only way down other than by helicopter is by mule or on foot. After hiking the eight-mile trek down into and through the canyon, we arrived at the small village of Supai, the most remote community in the lower 48 states. Two miles past town are the campgrounds situated along Havasu Creek between numerous breathtaking waterfalls. The turquoise-colored water flows through a spectacular red-rock canyon. The trip was one that left us with memories to last a lifetime, including the impression the many stray dogs had on us. 32 | coastalcaninemag.com | Spring 2016
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We made friends with the dozens of strays that roamed the land looking for a pat or a hand out. Most seemed to be in decent condition other than some ticks and fleas and hunger. They constantly begged for food. We wondered what it would take to get a team of veterinarians into the area to perform basic veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries to improve the quality of life for the dogs on the reservation. Being as remote as it was, the effort would be a challenge. We are so happy, decades later, to find out that there is a group in Arizona dedicated to helping the dogs of Supai.
Nine years ago, Danyelle Schott and some friends took the same hike into Havasu Canyon. They befriended many of the strays, but Danyelle became very attached to two puppies in particular. After they left the canyon, Danyelle could not stop thinking about the puppies. She called down to the cafĂŠ in Supai to find out if the puppies were still around and was told that they were fine. She knew, though, that ultimately, the fate of the pups was not good. She had been told that the competition for food was fierce, there were many dog fights, people ended up getting bit due to the food aggression, and at times the dogs were rounded up and killed. Spring 2016 | coastalcaninemag.com | 33
She talked with her good friend who ran Wildhorse Ranch Rescue (WRR), and they brainstormed about what could be done for the Havasupai dogs. WRR agreed to create a HavasuPups program. Danyelle agreed to run the program. At first, she networked with other groups who were already involved with helping the pups. Her first trip back into the canyon was seven months later, and on that trip she found one of the puppies she had been so worried about. She brought him back out of the canyon and adopted him. He had been living under a house, and with little human contact, was very shy. She named him Havasu Trooper. Today he is still a little shy with strangers but is a loving and intelligent dog.
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Over time, Danyelle and her volunteers have been able to build a relationship with the Tribal Council, the appointed native animal-control officer, and the other natives on the reservation. Her approach was to respect their culture, and at the same time begin to teach compassion toward these strays and educate the native people about why spay/neuter and vaccinating was beneficial to the animals as well as the community. Over the last nine years, the values of the community have been changing. The Havasupai community is starting to treat the dogs as pets rather than pests.
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Danyelleâ€™s team has been flying in approximately 2,000 pounds of food every few months, setting up spay/neuter and vaccine clinics several times a year, and flying out dogs and puppies who need to find loving homes. All of this is done with the blessing, cooperation, and assistance of the native community. Dogs and puppies who donâ€™t have homes are flown out of the canyon, placed in foster homes, given medical treatment, spayed or neutered, and put up for adoption. The dogs are very popular and have been adopted out to families all over the country. They are mostly Cattle Dog
or Labrador mixes, very friendly, and highly intelligent. HavasuPups has found loving homes for approximately 400 dogs over the years and has performed twice as many spay/ neuter surgeries and provided vaccinations for dogs and cats in the community. Parvo and distemper used to be a common occurrence in the canyon, but are now a rarity. Dog bites have plummeted from 100 per year to eight per year. All this has been accomplished on a shoestring annual budget of about $15,000 and with the help of 30 volunteers. Veterinarians donate their time for clinics, supplies and food are mostly donated, and the tribal council provides funds for the helicopter transports and provides lodging for the 12 volunteers it takes per trip to put on a spay/neuter and vaccine clinic. Surgeries are performed in a shed on a table. Tools are sterilized beforehand and wrapped in surgery packs. One per pet. There is no sterilizing equipment once in the canyon so they can only perform as many surgeries as they have surgery packs. Although this article focuses on the dogs who have been helped, HavsuPups also helps improve the lives of cats, mules and horses in the canyon. For more information about their work visit http://www. wildhorseranchrescue.com/ HavasuPup.html
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BUDDY OM: THERAPY DOG/YOGI Buddy Om wasnâ€™t always the calming presence he is today. Six years ago, he had been picked up as a stray and ended up at Monterey County Animal Services. Gina Puccinelli was searching for a dog to be a companion to her dog, Bella, when she spotted him. He was a young Terrier/Chihuahua mix. He was in the back of his kennel, huddled in a corner, shaking, shivering with fear. Gina walked around to the other side of the kennels where it was quieter. She knelt down to his level and he approached her, head down, cautious. She took him out of the kennel, and he perked up. She introduced him to Bella, her Cocker Spaniel, and they connected immediately. The shelter staff was amazed at how he was coming out of his shell. They said he generally didnâ€™t come out to meet people. Gina knew he 36 | coastalcaninemag.com | Spring 2016
was the one. She signed the adoption papers and took him home. She named him Buddy Om. Not too long after adopting Buddy Om, Gina and her partner split up. Her partner kept custody of Bella and Gina kept Buddy Om. Once the dogs were separated, Buddy Om came into his personality even more. Bella had always been dominant over him so he shrunk into the background. Without Bella around, Buddy Om blossomed into a social
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Mutts know that country music superstar Miranda Lambert doesn't have a heart of gold—it's pure platinum like her music. “Every animal has a special place in my heart,” Miranda says in her soft twang. “My dogs are like my kids, they all have their personalities.” Currently, Miranda shares life with five dogs—all mutts, all rescues. Her first rescue was Delilah, a Terrier mix, found in a shelter in Tyler, Texas. Delta Dawn, a Chihuahua/Pug, was found starving in 40 | coastalcaninemag.com | Spring 2016
the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-in. Cher, a tan Chihuahua, weighed about one pound when Miranda spotted her at a shelter. Someone had brought the month-old puppy in after hearing it crying in a dumpster. "After hearin’ her story, I knew she was mine." Jessie and Waylon are Golden Retrievers Miranda found on a bridge in the rain. "I guess, pretty often, dogs adopt you." "There's so many loving, amazing pets just waiting for a good home." Delta Dawn and Cher accompany Miranda on tour. At each concert stop, Miranda holds a Tail Waggin’ Tailgate Party for concertgoers (called Ran Fans). Thirty to forty local animals are introduced to
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and they are hands-on to make sure every dollar donated goes directly to help animals in need. They rescue, rehab, rehome, shut down puppy mills, hold adoption events, take part in spay/neuter initiatives, and last year relocated 356 pooches from “high-kill” shelters to no-kill shelters. Their new mobile rescue vehicle is a 30’ unit outfitted for emergencies, vaccinations, and spay/neuter services.
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“Its such rewarding work, and it is truly an everyday thing in my life.” Don’t be surprised if you pass Miranda on a dusty country road, trying to catch a stray. “People just dump 'em by the side of the road, or they are just randoms runnin' around. I'll spend 30 minutes sittin’ on the side of the highway, tryin’ to catch one.” One of those random rescues appear in Miranda’s video “Little Red Wagon.” Miranda has raised over $2.3 million over the past seven years. Last year’s annual “Cause for the Paws” event put on by MuttNation raised over $600,000 to fund shelters across the nation. The foundation’s Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative distributed $175,000 (with minimum donations of $3,000 per shelter). Miranda raised over a half million dollars to transform her East Texas hometown’s “high-kill” shelter into a no-kill shelter. "Pedigree® helped me renovate my hometown shelter in East Texas and donated over 20 million pounds of food to shelters across the country. Feeding [shelter animals] better food increases their quality of life and gives em a better chance at adoption." With Animal League America, MuttNation sent a rescue unit to help animals displaced by the 2013 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. Also, as part of the Pedigree Feeding Project, Miranda helped choose five communities whose animal shelters would receive FREE pet food for a year: Chicago, Illinois; Detroit/Flint, Michigan; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Nashville, Tennessee.
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Every year my husband and I—and usually one of our dogs—make the seven hundred-mile trip from Monterey to Kanab, Utah, home of Best Friends Animal Society, the largest animal sanctuary in the country. For us, it’s a pilgrimage of the heart. The last hour or so of our trip takes us along the Arizona Strip, the highway that runs parallel to the Utah-Arizona border. The red-rock country, complete with weirdly beautiful rock formations, first materializes then gradually takes over the landscape. Beautiful. We head north at Fredonia, and about seven miles later and having crossed into Utah, we are on now Kanab’s Main Street. In the twenty years that I’ve been going to Best Friends, Kanab has gone from NO stoplights to ONE stoplight, and now there are TWO! We stay on 89N until, about five miles out of town, we see the turnoff for Angel Canyon and Best Friends. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary sits on thousands of acres of exquisite landscape. As we make that sharp right turn and head down into that beautiful canyon, a sense of peace and joy engulfs me and, so help me, every danged time the tears just start to flow. This place is like no other.
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I first visited Best Friends in the mid-nineties and have been back dozens of times since. Utah's Office of Tourism now lists a visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary as one of the 25 must-do activities in the state. Their (trademarked) tagline is “Together we can save them all.” My first visit to the Sanctuary made me a believer. I remember my main impression from that first visit was that I couldn’t believe how much they do with what they have. Today, I come away saying “Look at what they have
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My husband, Dan, and I like to volunteer at Old Friends in Dogtown. The senior canine citizens at Old Friends are housed in octagons. Five of the eight "slices" in each octagon house two dogs each. Dogs are assigned based on compatibility. Each slice has an indoor section and an outdoor section. Indoors, the floors are heated and there is a raised bed for each dog. Each outdoor section has both sun and shade, structures for the dogs to play in and on, and places to dig, snooze and hang out.
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animal-friendly accommodations, either on or off the grounds (Kanab is a dog-friendly town). Best Friends caregivers provide a basket with toys, blankies, treats, grooming tools, and even a "report card" for dogs on sleepovers. Dogtown is the next best thing to a forever home. In addition to many volunteer opportunities, Kanab’s unique location offers easy access to nearby national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. A great way to plan your vacation is to start at the Best Friends website, www. bestfriends.org.
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As I added more dogs to my family, and started fostering dogs for rescue groups, it was not as easy to camp with multiple dogs. Inspired by friends who travel regularly with their pack of dogs in their RV, I started to look into an RV vacation with my dogs three years ago. I was surprised at how affordable it was to rent an RV.
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Philanthropic Frenchies By Carie Broecker
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time answering his “Ask Archie” column, writing his blog, and exploring and reviewing dog parks and open spaces. Archie recently had the opportunity to meet the fire chief for his city and has been appointed the department’s official Fire Safety Dog. Archie will
Archie visits an ailing James Rice to spread hope and happiness. be tasked with delivering fire safety messages to the public, looking dapper in his fire safety uniform. In July 2014, Archie welcomed a sister into his world. Mirabelle Roseblossom Merriweather is his constant companion and playmate. Archie’s Mum and Pop, along with the help of some professionals, created their caped crusaders’ costumes for Halloween. The retro Batman, Batgirl, and Robin costumes will also be worn at a fundraiser this summer for the local humane society. The adorable trio includes a third Frenchie, Mirabelle’s boyfriend, Marcel, who will be wearing the Robin costume. Although these caped crusaders do not actually roam the streets fighting crime, Archie is currently on a lifesaving mission. When James Rice contacted Archie to ask if he would help get the word out about his GoFundMe page, Archie and his Pop went one better. They packed their bags, jumped in the car, and went on a road trip from Ontario all the way to the southern part of West Virginia to raise money and awareness about James’s plight. James hadn’t been feeling well for several months. When his doctors finally found out what was ailing him, he was in end-stage kidney failure. He was hospitalized immediately. James and his wife soon found out that his health insurance was not going to cover the hospital visit, would not cover treatment, and—most importantly— would not pay for him to have a desperately needed kidney transplant.
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With James unable to work due to his illness and the time-consuming treatments, he began to fall behind on car and house payments. He lost his car and was at risk of losing his home. But even worse, he and his wife feared he might also lose his life. Not because there was no treatment available, but because of the cost of treatment. This is the story that spurred Archie and his Pop into action.
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On the road trip to visit James, Archie stopped along the way visiting with folks, getting his picture taken, spreading James’s story and, collecting donations. James and his wife were thrilled and humbled to meet Archie and find out all that he and his Pop were doing for them. To date, James’s GoFundMe page and other fund-raisers have raised over $10,000 to help with household bills and medical treatment. Their goal is $22,000. Visit Archie’s Facebook page at www.facebook. com/ArchieBrindleton. From there click on the link on the left for Archie Brindleton’s Happy Heart Mission for James Rice to watch a video about James’s story and to get to his GoFundMe page. And remember, Archie loves you!
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