Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:47


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Well, hello, Dolly, as they say in that famous show. And what a big hello Dolly loves to give, gathering dog and people friends whenever she walks down the street. This sweet girl was sent packing when her family no longer had time for her.

Luckily for Dolly, the Clark's of Maryland couldn't wait to welcome this sweater-wearing party girl into their home, having just lost their previous furkid to illness. Dolly moved from her foster home to the Clark's house, quickly getting to work teaching Mom and Dad to fetch food, treats, toys, and love. But the Clark's wouldn't have it any other way.

They are pleased as punch to have had AFTR fix them up with their own little Dolly.

Hello, Dolly, indeed.

Friday, 11 March 2011 04:46


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Dude, formerly Bailey, had been in two homes in his short 11 month old life. That was, until he found the the Lyons Family.

Dude's story to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies theme:

Come and listen to a story about a dog named Dude
An obnoxious fox terrier who was ready for a feud
Then one day he was barking at the door
And up through Interstate 70 came the Lyons to adore.
Good people that is, came clear from Martinsburg,West Virginia.

Well the first thing you know Lil Dude's a happy boy
The Lyons' said "Dude, put that down and get your toy"
Said "obedience school is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the van and off they went to learn.
Tricks, that is. Teach him, correct him, teach and again.

Well now its time to say good luck to Joel, Sissy, Susie & Patty and all
Saturday, 02 April 2011 04:28


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When I first picked up Ava in mid December in MD, I thought, "Oh, she's small and dainty, not a rough & tough fox terrier at all", but she soon proved me wrong, having an attitude.

Fortunately the resident dogs thought her adorable & let her get away with much more than they usually tolerate. She was soon playing away with the springer and getting along with the grumpy Welsh terrier male. Christmas came & went, with Ava making herself at home, playing with wrapping paper, running around in the snow.

She got adopted locally (SE PA) by a wonderful woman who knows enough about WFT's to challenge Ava's intelligence by giving her things to do, as well as love, cuddling and enough outfits to keep her warm.

Now as spring is showing up here finally, emails like this one from Ava's

Saturday, 02 April 2011 04:27

Baby Face Nelson

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Baby Face Nelson and CW Moss arrived in Atlanta December 22, 2010 - and they were so cute that it was love at first site!  True to their namesakes, they "stole" many hearts everywhere they went!  They arrived in Atlanta after traveling from Omaha to Chicago to Long Island to Baltmore and finally Atlanta.

They made the trip just fine and both were happy to sit in laps and be cuddled all the way home from the airport. We didn't mind holding them!  Baby Face Nelson loved snuggling on Terrys lap, and giving little kisses. Does it get any better than that?

On first blush, it is easy to see that Baby Face Nelson, the smaller of the two, called all the shots between he and CW Moss, who was larger. Baby Face Nelson was the more self assured of the two, but CW Moss warmed up to hugs and snuggles

Saturday, 02 April 2011 02:05


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Hermann came to us on December 30, 2010. He settled in like a dream and has just been loving life here in Arlington, VA. He was house-broken in just a few days too. We became his "forever home" a few weeks later.

He is just such a joy to be with...curious, smart and affectionate! He also likes to chill on the sofa.

He has moved from being in his crate while I'm at work, with a break at noon, to staying out of his crate all day. I still come home at lunchtime to let him run around outside and play with him. He even lets me have my lunch! Hermann loves to take walks and is great on the leash...where did he learn to "heel" so naturally???!

Thank you, Celia, this April update on Hermann:

Here's the latest from Hermann, our very own from the MO 11 gang!

Yesterday Hermann was so funny I

Saturday, 02 April 2011 02:05


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Minnie is one adorable and lucky little girl. She started out life in a puppy mill, but little did she know how much her life would change in December 2010!

On December 15th, Minnie went from being a little midwest farm girl to becoming a City Slicker! She boarded a flight in Missouri and winged her way east to the Big Apple - New York City!

The day she arrived, we scooped her up from the Pet Airways lounge with all of her collars and leashes firmly placed, and tried to let her paws touch the ground of the airport parking lot for a bit of a wee, but she didn't seem too keen on producing anything right then and there, so we all hopped in the rental car to make the trip back to Manhattan where she fell right to sleep in the back seat. We took a quick stroll around my two favorite and

Saturday, 02 April 2011 02:01


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From the time she arrived from Missouri, three year old Sissy was the social butterfly and the "girly girl" of the Missouri 11. With her cheery disposition, sweet temperament and “happy dance,” this darling girl charmed both of her foster homes and then her forever family. When she arrived on her Pet Airways flight, it was clear that life in a puppy mill didn’t snuff out her joy or curiosity. Despite bearing litters for profit, Sissy was never afraid of people and thought that everyone she met would love her … and we do!

Sissy was fostered with Franklin for the first month after she arrived in Baltimore. She made excellent progress in her leash manners, ability to get along with other dogs, and being comfortable riding in a car and visits to the vet and pet supply stores. Like many puppy

Monday, 29 November 2010 01:40


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Zazu, 10 – 12 years old, was surrendered to a family relative to care of in May 2010. In early August 2010, she was surrendered to a local shelter with a report that she’d been recently spayed and in poor physical condition – a tender abdomen, prominent hip bones and backbone, the hair around her eyes so matted and dirty that her corneas were irritated, and severe dental tarter and periodontal disease. The shelter contacted the vet hospital however they had no record of having spayed Zazu. They vaccinated and de-wormed her and did a heartworm test which was thankfully negative.

With limited resources to attend to the obvious medical treatment that Zazu needed, the shelter turned to AFTR. Our local volunteer went to the shelter on a Sunday and by Monday Zazu was at a first rate vet for

Friday, 08 April 2011 01:35

Toby - now Ivan

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Toby wasn't very different from many of the Fox Terriers who come to AFTR. Health issues and a sad circumstance led to a Fox Terrier who definitely didn't have a bouncy Fox Terrier 'tude.

Here was Toby when he first left is owner’s apartment shows a dog with obvious health problems and without proper grooming. Besides badly infected eyes and respiratory infections, Toby was significantly underweight, had a severe cough, and had mild seizure activity prompting concerns of epilepsy … or worse.

Having survived near starvation, infections and the after effects of neglect (his elderly owner was unable to care for him properly), Toby was placed in a loving AFTR foster home. His foster Mom, Lisa, advocated for his health. She ensured that he had quality food and clean water, exercise, play

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