Below are the beautiful souls that currently bless us with their presence at Dogtree Pines. Each one has a unique story.
All are loved and cared for to the very best of our ability.
On August 4, 2022, this beautiful older shepherd was pulled from a canal in Buckeye, AZ by the Buckeye PD & FD. She was immediately put on the euthanasia list for her medical conditions. "8/4/2022 dog tried to walk but could not stand on either hind leg; hind right leg shook before giving out and hind left leg looked completely useless and mangled; according to buckeye PD, dog was found in a canal." We started "OPERATION SAVE THE CANAL SHEPHERD". We ran right down to save Lady Shepherdly as she became known. Lady did fine for the first month or so and then we started to notice issues with her hind legs. Lady was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (like ALS in people). Her inability to control her hind legs has progressed fairly rapidly. We had a pair of wheels donated and could not believe our eyes when she tore off through the forest her first time. We have since upgraded to a more "off-road" version of wheelchair and she even has a "ski" conversion for winter. She ABSOLUTELY LOVES THEM! She is with me every minute that I am home as she is completely dependent. Dad is OK, but she prefers Mom. We sit on the couch together, sleep together and she is my permanent side-kick. He condition is progressive so we make the most out of each day. Her favorite thing to do is wheel down the driveway to Gram's house to get a treat each day. We love her so. She is the perfect Lady!
Norman came to us from Tucson (TRN) where he was desperately looking for a home before being surrendered to the shelter. He was 107 lbs two old ACL injuries so we named him "Norman Walkwell" ... because he didn't walk well. He began a diet of boneless skinless chicken breast, vegetables and pumpkin. He has lost a whole dog size and now is a svelte 65 lbs. He's had physical therapy, laser & acupuncture, has worn a brace to support his rear right leg and had PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) in his knees. As a side note, when he arrived, he could not roll over. Now he enjoys rolling back-and-forth from side to side a few times a day and kicking his legs in the air like a can-can girl. His new favorite sport is chasing baby squirrels in the forest. He works hard everyday to be mama's #1!!! He doesn't leave my side and wants me in his sight at all times. What a loyal companion he is! We believe Norman is about 16 years old but he has found the fountain of youth.
Welcome to the family, Oliver, March 3, 2019. Oliver was adopted from a breeder by two older men, 65 and 85 with medical issues. Soon after adoption, they realized that a labrador puppy was a little too much for them. Oliver was surrendered to AARF in Dewey and then delivered to Dogtree Pines. Oliver serves as the welcoming committee for new dogs and manages to teach all of them to play, even the ones that clearly have never learned to play before.
NAVI'S START: December 23, 2020, SAVED BY LOVE ❤️ Two days before Christmas, Navi was rescued by the border by Barb's Dog Rescue. He was in such terrible shape, starved nearly to death and covered in lice and maggots. Much of his body was covered only by raw skin but his biggest problem was an infected wound so deep his bone was exposed. After a few months, Navi made his way to the states and to Dogtree Pines to continue his treatment. His wounds were so severe that they had to be treated from the inside out. Medical maggots were delivered to Dr. Delia at Harmony Veterinary Care and inserted into his wound to debride and clean up the damaged flesh. Navi spent the better part of 6 months recovering from his severe wounds but he did make a full recovery. His wound will always show the horrific start to his life but all that has changed now. Barb, at Barb's Resue said that all Navi wanted was a family. Navi has made friends and finally feels safe for the first time in his short life. He has also discovered the "BALL" and lives to play. He's good too...one of the best retrievers we've seen. Navi is a volunteer favorite because of his happy outgoing manner and his enthusiasm to play ball. We call him the Mexican Jumping Bean.
Helen came to us from Yuma with two damaged eyes. She is our token "little". When she arrived, she had scratched ulcers into her eyes (probably due to allergies). It took many, many vet visits and months of wearing the "collar of shame" but her eyes healed with no permanent vision damage. That was three years ago and she hasn't had any problems since. Helen is our little drama queen and likes to get the big dogs all worked up. Despite being the only little, she definitely holds her own. Don't dare go near her meal or else...
HELP “D.O.G. - the dog”. I was contacted by a foster rescue about D.O.G.. "D.O.G. is losing weight to the tune of about 5 pounds per month, vomiting & diarrhea". Prior blood work and x-rays were done and a tumor was suspected. I wanted to bring D.O.G. up to Prescott to get the remainder of his medical work and a diagnosis. A band of determined women got together and arranged a relay transport to Prescott. Once arriving in Prescott, he had an ultrasound and D.O.G. had a mass in his abdomen which was causing a blockage in his intestines. It could be cancer or it could be benign. We won’t know unless they go in and take a look. D.O.G. is only eight years old at the most, feels great, has a great disposition and is a happy guy. After some discussion, we decided that D.O.G. deserves a chance. I accompanied him into surgery performed by Dr. Joy at Harmony Vet Care. D.O.G. had a "resection" of his intestines removing the large growth that unfortunately tuned out to be cancer. He also tested positive for heartworm. We are beefing up his immune system to keep the cancer at bay and treating him via the slow kill method for heartworm. He’s going to live out his best days here at Dogtree Pines and will be spoiled every day knowing that his time is limited. D.O.G. has gained substantial weight and is living his best life at Dogtree Pines.
Back in March 2021, I saw a post about him. He was down at Pinal County animal control and was paralyzed from the neck down. His story was horrific. He was hit in the back of the head with a blunt object and thrown out of a car on the side of the road to die. While he was laying there he got completely tick infested so he had to have been there for a while. The blood clot in his neck caused paralysis and he was in a catatonic state (as described by the shelter). He could not walk and didn’t know how to do even basic things like eating and drinking. I saw that face and I wanted him so bad but knew I could not handle a paralyzed dog in the middle of 10 or 12 others. Luckily for him, Southwest Oasis Labrador Rescue (SOLR) stepped up and placed him with fosters Steve and Nicole Taylor (Angels they are). They saved his life! Three months later Army was walking, albeit like a drunk soldier but was happy and ready to find his forever home which is where I came in. I saw the post and immediately expressed my interest. We take in a lot of dogs but my heart was pitter pattering for this boy. We all thought that Dogtree Pines was the absolute perfect place for our boy to continue his recovery and grow into a big strong boy. Here he is now, part of the pack. He’s so beautiful and so sweet and loves exploring the forest in the back and having his freedom. He accompanies Great Pyrenees Tucker on patrols around the back forest making sure that his fence line is secure. He was one of those situations that was just "meant to be". He is absolutely flourishing!
This beautiful boy Dre was picked up as a stray in Yuma and never claimed. He sat at the Humane Society of Yuma until a foster stepped up. They returned him about a month later for "swimming too much"..in the middle of summer in Yuma no less. He had lost weight and didn't look good. About a month later I had enough of watching him sit around. I, and friend Pilot Randy made a flight to Yuma to pick up Dre, Bernie & 2 littles. Dre was then flown straight to his foster in Scottsdale. There is never a dull moment in rescue. The next day, I spoke to the Foster and we decided to do the old Swaperooski and traded Dogs. She took the very rare green lab, a.k.a. Bakers Dozen, and I took Dre. He has turned out to be the be the BEST boy. He's completely deaf, which I suspect he always was, but acts as thought he was a trained service dog. His favorite thing is to follow his Dad everywhere he goes and then stand in his way. He loves to swim and has this amazingly soft, thick coat. When you approach Dre, he rolls immediately on his back waiting for belly rubs. We love him so much!
Louie was rescued from the euthanasia list at Maricopa County Animal Control in Phoenix. He is 12 years old and has an unresolved upper respiratory infection and a bad heart murmur. Louie was down to his last few days and was deteriorating in his isolation kennel. With the help of Tucson Wet Cold Noses Rescue, Terri Goddard and a few great volunteers, Nicole and Laurie, we put a plan together and Louie arrived in Prescott later that day. Louie went straight to Prescott Animal Hospital to be treated and boarded until he is healthy enough to come home to Dogtree Pines. Louie is a lover and wants to kiss all the ladies. We wish Louie a quick recovery so he can start living his best life at Dogtree Pines.
Bella is a beautiful Señorita (with smelly feeta) rescued from Rocky Point, MX. Bella was supposedly 14 years old but we think she is closer to 12. She had a family at one point, but they tossed her out on the streets of Mexico because she was "dirtying up their house". This poor old gal was attacked time and time again until a good samaritan, Karen Merillo, rescued her. Bella was covered with wounds and was dripping blood. I saw her online and immediately had to help. No senior deserves this kind of neglect. Bella was transported to Prescott via a network of dog loving people. She was taken immediately to the vet. Bella had 5 different types of bacterial infections on her skin (including MRSA), an eye condition that could cause blindness & tick disease. Bella was poked and prodded, biopsied, and cleaned up then she came to Dogtree Pines. One of the biopsy sites would not heal so she went in for surgery. I'm saddened to say, but an abdomen of tumors was discovered at that time. We put humpty dumpty back together and vowed to give her the life she deserved, as long as that may be. Bella has gained weight, all infections are clear, and her fur has grown back. She's happy as can be and can be seen frolicking through the forest with a smile on her face. She is on immune boosters to hopefully slow the cancer but she loves her life at Dogtree Pines and never wants to leave. Sweet sweet Belleza!
Frosty was rescued from the euthanasia list about 2 hours before closing. I had a wonderful dog lover that volunteered, with little notice, to go down and adopt Frosty. He was supposedly old and had trouble walking. Frosty was skin and bones, 35 lbs for a Siberian Husky. The notices from the shelter stated that he wouldn't eat. Upon arrival, he went to the vet for a full exam. As it turns out, poor Frosty had severe dental disease which is why he was not eating. One upper canine had fissured into his nasal canal and was causing congestion and nasal discharge. We got him in for a dental asap. Four hours later, he had 9 teeth removed as well as a suspicious growth on the back of his neck. Three days later Frosty was finally eating, albeit Costco rotisserie chicken and ground beef. Whatever the boy wants, he gets. Frosty is continuing to recuperate and will be moved into the pack when he's ready. He's such a sweet guy and so very affectionate. We hope he gets better quickly and has some good quality time at the Pines. He is loving and as sweet as they come.
This pretty little lady is 13 year old CHANCY. She was rescued by Yavapai Humane trappers last year. She was adopted out to a wonderful elderly couple. Due to severe medical circumstances she was left without a mom and dad. Katrina Karr reached out to me last night wanting a permanent sanctuary for her and today she is a new resident of Dogtree Pines￼. I took one look at her and knew that she belonged right here.￼ She moved in with the pack like she had been here for years.￼ I said 16 was my max but I guess there is always an exception. I could not leave this little lady alone in a house by herself with only neighbors feeding her any longer. This pretty little girl is fitting in perfectly! A second chance for little Chancy.
"Tucker the Great" Pyrenees came to Dogtree Pines when his owner became very ill. United Animal Friends was advertising him for adoption and there were no takers, probably because of his size, his need for property & a job, and the amount this dude eats. That day, I was at my vet office and mentioned him to Dr. Tammy. As it turns out, she has treated Tucker his whole life and knew his owner well. One call later, and we were scheduled to pick up Tucker the following day. Now, we have never had a dog this big and had no idea what to expect. Tucker is the size of a small horse and brings counter surfing to a whole new level. He and Bill bonded almost immediately and Tucker became a permanent of Dogtree Pines. Bill built him the taj majal of dog houses that Tucker absolutely loves. Tucker stays busy guarding the 3-acre fenced property and chasing coyotes, deer & especially javalinas. Tucker is 8 years old.
Every once in a while, we get bamboozled. We got a call about BEAR yesterday abandoned in a house in Mayer after his people moved. With more investigation, and more questioning, I think we didn't quite get the whole story. They said he was 17 years old but I think he’s more like 10-12, at the most. He’s a great boy, very lovable, and appears to have no health problems. What's important is that Bear needed a new home and he got one here at Dogtree Pines. He's such a good boy we barely know he's there.
I was contacted BY PACC911 about Clifford last weekend. He had apparently wandered into a yard of a VRBO and the guest called PACC911 for help. I agreed to intake but then his finder disappeared. A very determined friend of mine, Meagan, called around the local pet hospitals and finally located him. Unfortunately, they had already called AHS for a pickup. At that time he did not have a name and I referred to him as Clifford. I guess it stuck. Arizona Humane Society called today and told me his date was up yesterday, but he was still alive. I was their last call and he needed a solid commitment. Several hours later, with the help as three awesome people, he arrived at Dogtree Pines! Clifford has a lot of medical issues, including viruses he picked up at the shelter, some problems with his eyes, some tumors on his private parts, and who knows what else. He is such a sweetheart, and already has adopted a ball of his own. We believe Clifford is about 10 years old but a hard 10 years at that. Thank you Meagan, Heather & Hailey for jumping into action and getting this boy up here ASAP.
I discovered Cactus and Finley in a small rural Alabama shelter when I was looking for a yellow lab. I was making arrangements to secure Clifford1 and the shelter called asking if I had room for two more. The plan was for Clifford1 to fly out and Cactus and Finley to be transported. At the local foster in AL, Clifford1 was adopted which left C&F coming to Dogtree Pines. I've never done a relay transport before but a schedule was set up with under 2 1/2 hour legs all the way across the nation and volunteers filled the schedule.. There were 21 legs in total with 2 overnights (Dallas & Albuquerque). It was a well coordinated process! What I didn't think about was the toll it would take on two old dogs. It was a rough 2 1/2 days and Cactus let everyone know. The last three legs of the trip (Gallup, NM to Prescott, AZ) were flown by friend Pilot Randy and I. It took just a short time for the two to get settled in and they are living their best second lives.
Cactus, now Petey, found his person in life...volunteer Hailey. He is now living his best life with Hailey and her family. Finley fits in perfectly with the pack and will remain at Dogtree Pines.
A friend and supporter alerted me about these two. They were dumped on the side of the road in Chowchilla, CA and sat for two days, waiting for their people to return. They were finally picked up and taken to a high kill shelter in Madera. Nobody was willing to take a bonded pair and their time was running short, so we stepped in. Labrador Rescue of Fresno acted fast and pulled the two to safety. Of course, there was a hurrican about to slam the west coast so transport was delayed a it until it was safe. They look like they’ve had a bit of a rough life and both are intact, about 10 y/o or so.
Both boys will see the vet and will be neutered asap. Peanut is a feisty little guy. I can tell already. Woody is just a sweet old lab and boy are they bonded!
This boy has the most interesting story...
This beautiful boy was at the Humane Society of Yuma to be euthanized. They called me to see if I could get him out and 24 hours later he arrived at DogTree Pines. He was reported to have vision problems but upon arrival, was noticed that his vision problems were more neurological. We took him to the vet for a full work-up the following day. We were then referred to a neurologist for a closer look. Unfortunately, we had no history to speak of so on a wild card chance, I reached out to the humane society, which in turn connected me with his original owner. She was wonderful and provided all the necessary medical background for Charlie. As it turns out, Charlie has a brain tumor; however, what is effecting his quality of life right now is the swelling around the brain. Charlie will get a shunt to alleviate the excessive fluid in his brain and Charlie will be back in business. Charlie is the queniscential lab - happy as can be! We LOVE him!