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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Update: Meet Luna ... yes, Legacy's sister!

Luna - November, 2011
A couple weeks ago I asked my contact and friend, Carrie, at the Animal Humane Society if she would be willing to reach out to a certain adopter [Carrie was the amazing writer of the recent article in the Animal Humane Society/AHS, Animal Tracks, that featured the partnership of Leech Lake Legacy and AHS ... and Legacy (well, baby Legacy) was featured on the front cover of the magazine]. In September, 2011 Leech Lake Legacy transported 13 puppies from Leech Lake Reservation. These precious 13 puppies spent five days in my home ... and then after 5 days, 10 of them made their way to AHS to be placed up for adoption. Luna was one of the 10, and Legacy (her brother) was one of the 3 who remained with me as they were too sick. I fostered Legacy and (Lenny and Lazarus) through Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation. Ultimately, I adopted Legacy as he had wiggled his way into my heart. I have often wondered how his sibling Luna was doing ... they resembled each other in so many ways when they were tiny puppies ...
Legacy on the front cover of Animal Tracks!

I was so happy to receive an email tonight from Emily and Stan (Luna's adoptive family!):

Co-founder, Leech Lake Legacy


My name is Emily.  I recently received an email from Carrie from AHS and found out that you and your organization saved our pup Luna and that her brother, your pup Legacy, was on the cover of Animal Tracks!!!  My husband Stan and I then did some internet searching on your organization and ended up finding some pictures of Luna and her 12 siblings, as well as blog posts about their rescue.  What a cool thing to learn about Luna's history. 

We cannot thank you enough for saving our Luna and so, so, so many other animals. 
Luna is such an awesome dog - she is so sweet and loves absolutely everything!!  She has a dog sister, Roxi, our 5 year old Yellow English Lab.  Luna loves being outside and loves to run and sprint or prance after squirrels.  We have a fenced in backyard and she could stay out there all day long...even in the winter.  It always amazes me that she doesn't get cold out there when it's frigid or blizzarding.  Roxi wants to come in right away and Luna is still running around completely unaffected!  We went out West several times this winter on ski trips and she was in absolute heaven in the mountains.  Luna also just loves the dog parks that we go to frequently.  She loves playing and running with the other dogs.  The second we enter the fence, she is just gone!  She'll run and run and run and finally come back to us.  Roxi has always stayed within eyesight of us, if not 10-20 feet away, but not Luna, she's gone, but she'll always come back :) 

Luna when she arrived - Sep. 1, 2011
She also loves toys of all kinds - stuffed animals (that she carries around everywhere), nylabones, balls (that she will play with even by herself), and especially toys that crinkle or that have little squeekers that she can squeek rapidly.  When I vacuum and put the toys on a table/couch/chair, she drags them all back down by the time I'm done.  It's funny because Roxi was never particularly fond of toys.  I bought so many toys to find the type of toy Roxi would like, but she was always like "thanks but no thanks".  So it's great that Luna loves them.  Now whenever Roxi wants to play with Luna, or visa versa, she grabs a toy and then Luna will steal it from her...Roxi lets her and then they start their 'dog play'...it's so funny.  Luna will also tell you that she wants attention or wants to play by bringing you one of her toys and dropping it in your lap as a gift.  
In the summer, we spend as much time as we can on the water - swimming and boating - and Luna loves it.  Roxi's favorite thing to do is swim and Luna is right there beside her.  Roxi likes to float on inflatible floaties and has taught Luna how to as well...everyone thinks it's so funny.  Luna is great around all our neices and nephews too.  She is so light on her feet...she'll sneak right up on you!  I often wake up in the morning to Luna's sweet face about 1/4 of an inch from my face..somehow she manages to not touch her nose to my nose and subliminally wake me up!  She'll also often lay her head on your lap...she's so sweet.

Another photo of Luna from Sept, 2011
I've attached some pictures of Luna! 
Also, we were curious about what kind of dog Luna was, so as a little Chistmas present we did a doggy DNA test (just a saliva swab) and found out what type of dog she is.  It's kind of fun and nice to know since everyone asks.  If you're interested, I've attached the details.  
Thanks so so so much for all that you do!!
Emily & Stan

Luna and her sister Roxi
Luna ... like her brother Legacy, she has ears with personality!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Photo fundraiser for Leech Lake Legacy

Here's an easy way to help support Leech Lake Legacy and to make a difference for the animals of Leech Lake Reservation .... 

For a $40 donation to Leech Lake Legacy (through July 31, 2013), you get a FREE pet portrait session and 1 FREE 8x10 print at Photographers Guild in St. Paul, MN.

Call The Photographer's Guild today and schedule your session. 

Ahnung (Legacy's sister) has had a couple photo shoots at Photographers Guild!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Update: Cyna (formerly Jocelyn)

Cyna and Ethan :)
We got an update on one of our adorable pups who arrived on the 12/21/2012 transport from northern Minnesota. Cyna (formerly Jocelyn) was one of 4 puppies, originally from Red Lake Reservation). Leech Lake Legacy partners with Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue to help in the placement and transport of animals from Red Lake. Our weekly transports include animals from Leech Lake and Red Lake Rez, the Bemidji Impound and Roseau Impound.

A big thanks to the awesome staff at the Buffalo Animal Humane Society for taking good care of our pups and loving them till they found their own special homes :)

Here is a link to photos of the 12/21/12 transport:

This morning we got updated photos of Cyna who is a growing girl ... and adorable as ever.

"She is doing very well.  She is up to 50lbs and still ALL puppy.  Our vet says she will be around 75lbs when full grown and she will always have floppy ears. J  She is smart and has learned all the basic commands, Sit, Say, Go.  She loves going for walks, but is also comfortable just sitting in the yard watching everything.  We still have her on a leash when we are outside since she appears to like to chase cars, birds and people.  We can only hope that she gets over that. 

She has been a good fit for our family."

 And here are more photos of this sweet girl ... 

Baby Cyna and Ethan
5 month old Cyan .. and still growing!!
Cyna and her siblings (when they arrived at Red Lake)
sweet innocent Cyna :)
Cyan (fka Jocelyn) .. her beauty shot at AHS :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Update on one of Kiki's pups Kodiak

Kodiak (now 'Zeus)
Thanks to our partner the Animal Humane Society for featuring the Leech Lake Legacy and AHS partnership in their most recent Animal Tracks magazine that we were connected with the family of one of Kiki's pups. Kiki was a beautiful 1 year old shepherd mix who was rescued, along with her 4 pups, by the Leech Lake Community Services Officer, Rory Haaland in July, 2012 in an abandoned house. To read the full story of Kiki be sure to stop by one of the Animal Humane Society locations to pick up their most recent issue of Animal Tracks. In November, 2012 we also wrote an update blog post on Kiki: http://leechlakelegacy.blogspot.com/2012/11/kikis-bittersweet-story.html.

Kodiak's mom contacted us via our facebook page and wrote the following: "I am the "Mommy" of Kodiak. Now named Zeus. I was so surprised to open up this magazine [the AHS Animal Tracks magazine] and find an article about our dog and his family. We are so happy to hear that his "Fuzzy Mommy" is doing so well and horrified to hear how bad his life started out. Zeus is an 85 lb healthy puppy. He is well loved and adores his entire family. Many thanks are due to the people who saved this entire family of dogs. Thank you. Our family wouldn't be the same without him."
Animal Tracks magazine featured the LLL/AHS partnership

Thank you Tammy for adopting Kodiak/Zeus and for providing him with such a loving home. I passed a long your photos to Kiki's mom and she was thrilled to get an update :)

I wanted to also share an update on Kiki. Kiki had stem cell therapy treatment and her kidney values have improved dramatically. She will go in for a recheck in 3 weeks and we will continue to pray that her kidney values continue to improve :)

The following is a link to photos of the Leech Lake Legacy 'K3' transport where Kiki and her 4 pups arrived .. you will see Kiki and her adorable 4 pups :) Thanks to the amazing staff at the Buffalo AHS site for taking such good care of them!


Kodiak at Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji

Kodiak - Buffalo AHS

Baby Has Two Mommies. :)

I haven't written a blog post for a very long time but I just got home from the weekly Leech Lake transport and wanted to share a little story with you.

We had a bunch of cats on this transport including a momma with a three-week-old kitten.  I was in the van loading up the dogs and cats, and the crate was handed to me which contained the momma and kitten.  I set the crate up at eye level and tried to peek in to see the baby.  Imagine my surprise when I saw two adult cats and no baby.  I was harassing Tom (the guy who had transported the animals to me) about there not being a kitten in the crate.  He kept telling me that the kitten was in there - I just needed to be patient.

The two female cats were smushed up next to each other and all of a sudden I could see movement between them.  Slowly but surely, a little paw showed up and then another paw and all of a sudden a little orange head popped out between the two mommies.

The kitty sqqqqqqquuuuuiiiiissssshhhheeeeddd herself out from between them and somersaulted to the front of the crate where she sat and stared at me for a minute, probably trying to figure out what the heck I was.  She then turned around and burrowed herself in between her two mommies and I heard her latch on and start eating.  It was completely adorable.

I did have time to get a picture. :)

Have a great day.