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Envisioning a world where every reservation dog and cat is well cared for

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Update: Ikea

Ikea arrives on transport - 6/15/13
Ikea arrived on the 6/15/13 transport from Leech Lake Reservation. He was petrified and would not come out of his crate. We had to take the top off the crate so that we could coerce the scared boy to come out. So often, many of these beautiful animals we bring down from Leech Lake are scared ... many have spent 10 days at the Impound (the stray day hold), are then transported in a crate along with many other dogs and cats from Leech Lake to the cities (a 3.5 hour trip) ... despite all the love our transport volunteers provide, it is still all new and very frightening for these precious animals.

Ikea was taken in at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society/AHS. He was given lots of love and attention by the animal care staff at AHS and given the time he needed to adjust to his new surroundings. On Thursday, 6/20 we were contacted by AHS that Ikea was not doing well. He was throwing up, had diarrhea, had blood in his stool and was very lethargic. He tested positive for parvo. As Jenny and I were preparing to head up to Leech Lake Reservation for the Puppy Roundup and vaccination clinic, we were thrown into immediate crisis mode to figure out what options we had for Ikea. We needed to move Ikea out of AHS as soon as possible so that we would not risk other animals at the shelter. Jenny contacted our temporary foster Heidi (yes, our volunteer extraordinaire!) who was already temp fostering 2 other dogs (who were in transition). Heidi immediately said yes, she would take Ikea and we would do what we could to nurse him back to health. Jean (LLL volunteer and foster with Carver Scott Humane Society) who has taken many of our parvo pups said she would provide whatever assistance to Heidi in caring for Ikea. We had a network of support lined up, and the transferring of animals began so that Heidi could focus on caring for Ikea in a quarantined area in her home. Heidi picked up Ikea on Friday, 6/21 and brought him home.
Ikea when he arrived ... getting weighed.

We are happy to report that after 9 days of amazing care by Heidi, Ikea is now doing soooo much better!! He is no longer throwing up and his symptoms are almost gone ... he has also come out of his shell. Heidi shared with us yesterday that Ikea walks like a perfect gentleman on leash as well :) Yesterday, the sweet boy got a bath ... let's just say he wasn't a big fan of a bath, but he took great pleasure in shaking and splashing Jenny and Heidi with water and soap!! :)

Ikea will hang out with Heidi a little longer till he is completely symptom free, after which we will work to get him back to AHS to be placed up for adoption.

Ikea when he arrived on 6/15 ... he did not want to walk so was carried by AHS animal care staff to his kennel :)
Ikea getting loving from foster Heidi (6/29/13)

Ikea going for a walk (6/29/13)

Happy boy!

Bath time for Ikea ...

Bath time for Ikea AND Heidi!! :)


Handsome, sweet smelling Ikea

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Update: Abey

Abey arrives on the May 4, 2013 transport
Abey (a-BAY) arrived on the 5/4/13 transport from Leech Lake Reservation. He was absolutely terrified when he arrived. It took a very long time for him to come out of his crate and when he finally did he was able to avoid the slip lead and took off. AHS staff at Golden Valley spent 20 minutes trying to corral Abey to come to them. Abey would have nothing to do with coming near anyone!! He would cower in fear ....

After weeks at Golden Valley it was clear Abey was not doing well and needed to get into a home environment or possibly a smaller shelter. Thanks to our volunteer extraordinaire, Heidi, who provides temporary foster care for us as while our animals are in transition from one shelter/rescue to another, or if they are needing medical care or some socialization we were able to get Abey into a home environment. The first night Abey was in Heidi's home he would have nothing to do with her ... and it took Heidi hours to catch Abey in her back yard so that they could turn in for the night :) We think Abey could easily get an award for being super skilled at not getting caught!! :)

Well, after a couple weeks with Heidi and Heidi's dog Rio, it appears that Abey is coming around very nicely. We had the chance to visit Abey last night and he has come out of his shell and is not only enjoying the company of the short term foster dogs that come through Heidi's home (and the companionship of Heidi's dog Rio), but he is also much more comfortable around people. He's a beautiful boy with a wise old spirit :)

Thank you Heidi for taking Abey into your home ... it sounds like Abey is fitting in so nicely in Heidi's home that he may not be leaving :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 Leech Lake Legacy Raffle

Tickets can be purchased at our upcoming Lagers for Legacy fundraiser (7/31/13) or from Leech Lake Legacy/LLL co-founders Marilou and Jenny, and other volunteers. Email us at info@leechlakelegacy.org and we will hook you up with a LLL volunteer who is selling tickets. We will also be having a Dog Wash fundraiser on 7/20 at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley (more info to come soon). Raffle tickets can also be purchased at our Dog Wash fundraiser.

For more info on the 1st prize 'Dream Vacation' visit

Monday, June 10, 2013

First Annual Lagers for Legacy Fundraiser

Email info@leechlakelegacy.org to purchase your tickets ($25/ticket - includes 2 drink tickets) and your Limited Edition Lagers for Legacy pint glass ($10/each + tax).

Let us know how many tickets you would like to purchase and how many pint glasses. We will email you a paypal invoice (if you would like to pay by credit card) or you may also mail us a check.

Don't miss out on a night of fun while supporting a great cause!! :)

Baby Legacy .... he hopes you'll buy one of his special Limited Edition pint glasses :)