December 23, 2014
Nipsy Blue-Eyes, aka Pip, has "...been an excellent addition to our household...."
It’s been almost six months since we adopted Nipsy Blue-Eyes, now called Pip. From the beginning, she’s been an excellent addition to our household. She came to us extremely well behaved – calm, quiet, and polite, with sitting as her go-to position and crate-training and potty-training already covered – thanks to the dedicated training she received while in your care. At first, she was a little frightened of new experiences – car rides, dishwasher sounds, the family cat – but she quickly overcomes her fear and is now calm and content around all sorts of unfamiliar things. She’s also best friends with our 60-pound shepherd mix, Loretta – they got along great from the start. Every day - from the way her tiny row of bottom teeth sometimes sticks out to the pitter-patter of her little feet following down the hall - she makes us so grateful to have found her. Her life now consists of a nice long walk first thing in the morning, high-quality food including balanced homemade meals, plenty of chew toys (she likes to chew!), lots of running and playing in our big backyard, and lots of cuddles on the couch in the evenings. Rest assured she’ll have this life for the rest of her days. Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Safe Harbor program for the superb and necessary work that you do!
Pip’s new pack
December 23, 2014
"...We are grateful you rescued and saved Kohl and also thankful for the wonderful training he received from Safe Harbor...."
Dear Handler and Brett:
It is with much gratitude and thanks to God I write to share Christmas wishes. There are no words to describe the journey we began in July of this year with Kohl. For the first several weeks Kohl was extremely shy and would frequently hide in the bedroom closet or behind furniture.
WIth totally unconditional love, near constant companionship, playing, exercising and much positive reassurance, Kohl has completely evolved into a very happy, self confident dog. Kohl has become comfortable around other people and he really enjoys socializing with people and other dogs. I was unsure if he would evolve to the degree he has and candidly the transformation is remarkable. He is no longer afraid or timid. He is self confident, sure and certain. His tail is constantly waging and Kohl walks and runs with purpose and pride.
We begin each day with a three mile walk, a few days a week he greatly enjoys going to a doggie day care where he has many friends where they play and run together. Days away from doggie day care he accompanies me to the office where he greets fellow workers and visitors. He makes the rounds to co-workers who keep Beggin Strips in their desk drawers. He loves greeting visitors and they enjoy seeing Kohl.
Summer days have been filled with long walks, hikes, boating and trips to Colorado. He loves traveling by car and has adjusted well to the automobile. We've only had a bit of snow, but he enjoyed running and playing and making snow angles - laying on his back rolling around in the snow. It was beautiful to watch.
Kohl is eating extremely well and gained 10 pounds since his adoption.
He has filled out nicely and with 3 to 6 miles of daly walking is very fit. Every two weeks he is bathed and groomed, he tolerates the bathing and loves the grooming. And, of course every 3 months a routine veterinary check-up. Gladly he is feeling and doing very well.
Kohl loves being loved. He is very affectionate and loves being stroked, touched and brushed. He soaks up love and attention and we simply shower him with care, affection and love.
We are grateful you rescued and saved Kohl and also thankful for the wonderful training he received from Safe Harbor. Merry Christmas and may God Bless both of you, your loved ones and all of the animals in your program.
John and Kohl
December 15, 2014
"Sweet Pea" aka "Beta" Update
I just wanted to touch base with you and your husband in regards to Sweet Pea who is now known as "Beta" :) I'm sure your husband told you but we ended up adopting Beta last Thursday night. Although Sweet Pea does a great describing how incredibly sweet she is, we named her Beta because in the technology word, it means "test run" which is what she is for us as newlyweds without kids yet. I had a lot of questions for Brett so I appreciate him being so patient. We absolutely fell in love with her and just had to take her home. I wanted to provide you with an update on her:
That night after we left the prison, we took her to PetSmart where we got her bedding, food, toys, cleaning, etc. She was a great dog in the store and was eager to check everything out. She made 2 friends while she was there and everyone wanted to pet her. After we got home, we gave her a tour of the house and got her all settled in. She was scared of the back yard but it was only because it was dark. She is much more comfortable with it now. We gave her a bath (which we were nervous to do just because we didn't want to scare her) and she behaved like an angel. She just stood there licking us and let us finish washing her which ended up being about 15 minutes with the shampoo you guys gave us. We let her sleep in the bed with us because we were nervous she was going to be scared that first night but she immediately fell asleep and was the best cuddler ever. She slept all through the night and didn't have any bathroom problems. She's now used to her own bed which is next to our bed and sleeps all through the night even until 11am on Saturday :) . She's had a couple of accidents in the house but is learning what is outside and is getting better every day. She eats a half cup of food twice a day per Whitney's suggestion and takes her medicine consistently every morning. She loves her new toys, especially her long squeaky red dog toy. We left her in a crate kennel thing while we went to Walmart yesterday and she was perfectly fine...she whined a little but when we got home, we saw her laying there relaxing with her tail wagging. We also took her to the Stoll dog park in Overland Park yesterday where she made lots of new friends and everyone commented how gorgeous she was and how incredibly fast she is. She went 20 minutes in a nonstop sprint and wasn't even out of breath when we called her back; not a single dog could catch up to her :) . We are still working on exactly what outside is, her knowing her name, and being obedient when we tell her to "come here", "sit", and "stay" although she is getting the hang of it. My husband plans on working with her all week and with how quickly she learns....I'm sure she will get it by this weekend. Also, red is her color :)
Overall, I know I'm giving you a lot of information but I want to just so you know how great she has been and I could tell you guys truly cared about her so I figured you wanted to know. We have stated to each other several times that we couldn't of asked for a better dog and you guys did an AMAZING job with her. She is truly an angel of a dog and we joked that we should've just called her "good girl" in stead of "Beta" because she hears it so often :) I promise we will take great care of her and are just completely in love with her. She is a great addition to our new family so please pass that on to your husband. We have an appointment with Wendy this Thursday. Beta is in a home that truly loves her and she just looks like the happiest dog ever. She is constantly being played with, loves to cuddle, and gives millions of kisses. Thank you so much for all the work you did for her, we (&others) have been truly impressed....
Lastly, please let us know if you come across any puppy (under 12 weeks or so) Rottweiler Terrier mixes or anything around that sort of mix. That is the type of dog we are interested in next so that Beta can have a buddy. We will be looking towards the spring/summer time but I wanted to give you a heads up in case anything comes across. We would love to adopt from you guys again.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!!
December 15, 2014
"...MY NEW HOME IS EVERYTHING A DOG COULD ASK FOR...."
I JUST WANTED TO GIVE EVERYONE A REALLY BIG THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT. MY NEW HOME IS EVERYTHING A DOG COULD ASK FOR. I HAVE A BIG SISTER NAMED BETHANY AND WE GO EVERYWHERE TOGETHER--JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY MY MOM TAKES US IN THE CAR FOR ROAD TIME. THE FRONT SEAT IS WHERE YOU WILL USUALLY FIND ME.
MY NEW PARENTS SAY THAT I AM THE BEST DOG IN THE WORLD, MY DAD WILL NOT QUIT BRAGGING ABOUT ME, WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE MY LETTER AND PHOTOS WITH MY GOOD BUDDY AT LANSING....IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS PATIENCE AND TRAINING THAT I AM SUCH A GOOD GIRL.
THERE IS A WALNUT TREE IN MY BACK YARD AND I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THE SQUIRRELS, I HAVE NOT CAUGHT ANY YET, YES ME AND SISTER WORK HARD ON PROTECTING THE WALNUTS.
IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU ALL I HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY FOREVER HOME. YES CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR ME THIS YEAR. WILL BE GOING TO PET SMART WITH MY BIG SISTER NEXT WEEK I AM GOING TO TELL SANTA THANK YOU--BECAUSE OF YOU ALL I AM GOING TO HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER--PLENTY OF BONES, A WARM HOUSE, AND FINALLY A FAMILY.
MOM AND DAD FEEL THEY ARE THE LUCKY ONES-THEY THINK THAT I AM THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO THEM.
MOM SPOILS ME AND SISTER EVERYDAY --- SHE WORKS FROM HOME AND SPENDS ALL DAY LONG WITH US. MOM IS THE ONE THAT CHANGED MY NAME FROM "DD" TO BEYONCE---SHE SAYS IT IS BECAUSE I AM A SINGER. SHE TELLS ME THAT I DO NOT BARK I SIGN.
I AM READY TO START LOOKING FOR RUDOLPH SOME OF THOSE SQUIRRELS COULD BE ELVES IN DISGUISE. PLEASE TELL EVERYBODY THANK YOU AND MANY BARKS AND LICKS TO YOU ALL--HAPPY HOLIDAYS
DD AKA BEYONCE
October 29, 2014
Della is an angel
Just a quick update for you. How do I begin to tell you just how wonderful and blessed it is to have Della as a pet and as a work companion. Brett, she has touched so many lives in such a positive way! Just today I had one young girl having a mental “melt down”. She had withdrawn herself to the corner of the room and put a chair in front of her to block anyone. I was called in to help. Della walked in, went under the chair, and laid down right next to the girl (almost in her lap). Within a few moments, the girl was petting Della and her wall started to come down. This afternoon, I came to my office after teaching and found a young girl sobbing waiting to talk with me. She is working through sad and significant family issues. As soon as Della walked in with me, this young girl threw her arms around the dog and started sobbing. I gave her a few moments of loving on Della and let her just pet her. It didn’t take long before the girl calmed enough to start talking through things. I can honestly say that situations like these are not sporadic or rare. Rather, Della’s love and calming presence directly help me to connect with students numerous times a week and sometimes, multiple times a day. She is such a blessing and I really want you all at Safe Harbor to know just what a difference your efforts made, through your work with her, in the lives of the kids she helps.
Della has a fan club of numerous children who stop by every morning to say “hello”. She has a dog treat dispenser that the kids love to use. She gets so many treats that I have to cut them up super small and limit the kids to each giving her only one treat per visit. As it is she probably gets 50 in a day. Fortunately, one “Pupperoni" treat can be cut into about 15 small pieces! The staff adore her as well. Teachers often drop by my office for a “Della break” or a “Della recharge” as they call them.
Della has been a HUGE hit this year with a behavior plan we implemented school wide. It promotes positive behavior with a recognition of a “Bob Cat Buck” for following our rules to be Respectful, Responsible, Ready. The kids can save their bucks to buy lots of different items, privileges, and special treats throughout the building. By far, the most popular items are those involving Della. Kids can buy the privilege to each lunch with her and a friend; kids can buy the privilege of taking Della to recess; they can even pay to to have their picture taken with her (one of the most popular purchases). It has been great. On most days, Della has at least 15-20 kids come in who have paid to eat lunch with her. All she does is lay on the picnic blanket with them and let them love her to pieces. Talk about a win-win!
The big mystery this week is “What will Della be for Halloween?” The kids are all trying to guess and begging me to tell them. The big “reveal” is Friday of course. She is going to be a bright red crayon. I found an adorable costume that is basically like a coat. It does have a pointed hat but Della truly doesn’t seem to mind a hat. I’m going to be a piece of paper. She will be leading our Halloween parade in the afternoon.
All in all, Della is an angel and my family and the school family all adore and love her. Thank you again so very much for all that you do. You all together make an incredible difference in the lives of countless people and animals. You have literally touched over 1000 lives with Della alone. Please pass my thanks and blessings along to everyone who works together to make Safe Harbor such an incredible program that positively affects so many people. God Bless You!
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Safe Harbor holds dog adoptions on most Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Please join us on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lackman Rd. (15200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy).
These dogs were adopted on Saturday:
Watch here for the dogs who will be brought to PetSmart for adoption on Saturday.
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**We are always in need of supplies!!
Here is our WISH LIST:
Martingale Training Collars,
Leashes (retractable or 4 foot nylon)
Soft Training Treats,
especially Nylabone Chew Toys,
and Kong toys,
Fans that attach to crate doors for transporting,
D-Cell Batteries for the crate door fans when transporting dogs,
Bedding (towels, sheets, wash cloths, blankets, etc.)
*Donations are tax deductible as applicable by law and can be brought to us at an event or mailed to us at:
Safe Harbor Prison Dogs,
P.O. Box 536, Bonner Springs, KS 66012*