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  • Odell

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Odell has been doing great! He loves his toys at his new home and he had fun visiting the Odell Brewery today! Thank you for taking such good care of him during his stay there. I look forward to forever with this precious little man.

    -Ashton Dailey

  • PG (Formerly Shana)

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Hello Animal House!

    We just wanted to send you an update on how our wonderful puppy is doing. We adopted PG two months ago, on April 9, and are so happy that she is now a permanent part of our family! She is the sweetest, most energetic, and happiest dog we could have ever asked for. Please see the paw-written letter from PG herself:
    “My new brother acts like me, is the same size, as me, and likes to play on the floor and cuddle with me, so he must be a puppy like me, right? I just know we are going to be best friends! I’ve filled out a bit since you last saw me. I was pretty quiet and timid at first, but now my parents can’t keep up with my energy. I can never get enough activity. I think I’m a good influence on them though because I’m running with Daddy more and more, we all go hiking in the mountains, and we socialize at the dog park where I always find new friends to chase me. That and belly rubs are my favorite! I don’t know why they keep throwing balls and stuff across the park. It’s like they expect me to go get it or something. What do they think I am, part retriever? Well, that’s all for now! Thank you all for taking care of me and helping me find my forever family!” -Love PG
    Thank you so much for all the excellent work that you continue to do!
    All the best,
    Kyla, Aaron, and Briggs
  • Tosha (Formerly Tankini)

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Just a quick update on our fabulous puppy Tosha (formerly Tankini) we adopted from you guys back in September! Tosha is thriving in her home with her 10 year old Chihuahua buddy Chuck. They constantly play and can almost always be found cuddling together. She has grown from a 2-month-old 7lb nugget into a 25lb 10-month-old energizer bunny that can’t get enough of her playtime! We will be relocating to Lone Tree in a few weeks and are all excited to get out on the bluffs trails and test out some dog parks. Thank you so much for our wonderful firecracker of a puppy and for all you do for the Northern Colorado dog population!

    -Ashleigh, Bradley, Tosha, and Chuck

  • Macaroni

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    I adopted Macaroni two years ago in June. He had two other brothers. His mom was a little lady (chiweenie mix); dad was considered a traveling salesman. Mac has grown to almost 30 pounds and I wonder if his siblings grew to be near his size or smaller? He’s the most wonderful dog and I could not have imagined a better fit for me.

    -Sarah Carroll

  • Tenaya (Formerly Giggle)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    We adopted “Giggle” (now Tenaya) last summer, after tragically losing our dog. She has become the sweetest, most loyal, most snuggly, most obedient dog I’ve ever encountered. I was afraid to rescue another dog but am so glad I gave her a chance. Thanks, Animal House!(I work from home and after a quick morning walk she’s happy to lay next to me all day).

    -Anika Linde

  • Duckie

    Saturday, May 06, 2017

    Hi Animal House,
    Just wanted to give you an update on Duckie. She is a delight and has fit in perfectly with my other 5! Our vet thought she was about 9-12 months based on her teeth and activity level. She loves to play and has a couple favorite toys, which she always has with her. After a couple weeks, I felt comfortable leaving without putting her into a kennel. She has been perfect never chewing up anything or showing anxiety issues. She loves lying in the sun on the deck with the rest of the pack or chasing squirrels on the deck. She also loves going on walks and is a really good on a leash with absolutely no training. She pretty much follows along with what the other girls do. We all love her and are so happy we could adopt her! Attached are a couple of photos.Thank you Animal House!
    Laurie Mangum

  • Buddy

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    I rescued Buddy from your shelter July 2014 and wanted to share an update… I am so grateful for the work you do. Buddy has since changed my life! He is a true companion and has been with me through some major life events. We just celebrated his (possibly) 6th birthday!!
    Thank you so much

    Bianca Bellot


  • Bennett (Formerly Benny)

    Friday, April 07, 2017

    In honor of Wild Wild Woof, we thought we should send an update on the model! Bennett (was Benny) has taken some adjustment on all of our parts to deal with his severe separation anxiety, as well as being deaf. With the non-stop support of Animal House volunteers, our big snuggle bug is happy, healthy, and shows unconditional love. We know how difficult he was at the rescue, and thank you for not giving up on our big, deaf, lazy boy!

    -Lindsay Zanca-Eichlin

  • Tater (Formerly Cedar)

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Adopted in early December 2016, now 6-months-old and busy brightening our lives. Tater is sweet-tempered, play ready, quick to learn and eager to please. Thank you, Animal House, for bringing him from Arkansas – and his foster mom Jan for providing first chew sticks and puppy lovin’! Such a great head start meant he came to us confident, outgoing, and pretty darn easy to train. Plenty more fun and adventures in store!

    -Wayne & Judi Brown

  • Jasper

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Hello,I’ve recently been reminiscing the day we adopted our dog Jasper (aka Enzio when he was at the shelter) from Animal House. It will be a year this April since we brought him home. We love him so much and he has such a great personality. He loves, loves, loves, tennis balls…chasing them, catching them, soaking them with slobber.He is a little love-bug and thinks he’s a 50 pound lap dog. He loves his big brother Obi and all of his human family members too.We feel so fortunate to have found him and make him a part of our home. Our lives are brighter because of him and his brother.I’ve attached a picture of him and his brother on a recent hike. Jasper is the smaller brown dog.Thanks so much for all you do for all of our four-legged friends. We wish we could adopt them all


    Jean Runyan

  • Ducky (Formerly Annie Sue)

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    We adopted Annie Sue, now called Ducky, last Saturday and Drake in October 2016, they are both loving life and have been excellent additions to our family. Drake really appreciates his new sister, they play constantly and although Ducky is half Drakes size, she keeps him in line! They went to Home Depot yesterday and EVERYONE loved them! Thanks for all you do Animal House!

    -Bonnie Sturdevant

  • Sam (Formerly Pharaoh)

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    We adopted Sam (formerly Pharaoh) from Animal House in October 2015. Since the day that she came home she has been the sweetest, most gentle dog imaginable. She’s a definite snuggler! We are so lucky to have Sam as part of our family. Thank you for all that you do, Animal House!

    Stacey Morgan Boesenecker

  • Deuce (Formerly Quentin)

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    I have been meaning to share our success story from when we adopted a dog in July 2016. We adopted a puppy that was being fostered. His name was Quentin and was one of 9 from a beagle mix litter. We re-named him Deuce. (He is our second beagle mix dog. We got Hurri, formerly Hank, from A Soft Place to Land in late May 2015.) These two hounds have become great buddies and love to hike and camp as well as sniff every inch of every trail we take them on. Deuce has traveled with us to South Dakota for a camping trip as well as many around Colorado and hopefully many more as we explore the southwest. (Hurri has traveled with us to Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona and California.) They both love to hike and jog but Deuce especially loves to jump up on things during his walks and jogs (and just around the house-we got a bench that sits in front of our living room window so he can sit up there and look outside.) He is very adventurous and not afraid of much! Ive included some pictures of Deuce (hes the smaller of the two) and Hurri. These great dogs have helped make our family complete! Thank you Animal House! We hope we can help your organization out again some day!

    -Janice and Rocky and Hurri and Deuce

  • Tesla

    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Dear Animal House,

    I wanted to send over a few pictures of our Animal House adopted pup, Tesla. We still haven’t figured out a name for her, our son calls her Tess, but I prefer Tofu. She’s doing great, really likes play with our big dog Miles and wiggle up to new people. Everyone she meets, loves her, even our vet put her up on their Facebook page, because she’s such a looker.I’m always stalking your website, trying to convince the family to take up another pupper, Charley is my favorite this week!Best wishes to you guys!


    Cathy Lee

  • Olive (formerly Suki)

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Hi! I just wanted to send an updated picture of Olive (the little one in the middle, previously Suki) that we adopted exactly a year ago February 16! She got surgery (3 of them to be exact) of her luxating patella a couple weeks after we got her and she has been amazing ever since! She’s a crazy little nut but we couldn’t possibly love her more. Here she is with her dog sisters this week! Thank you for everything, we couldn’t imagine our lives without her!”

    -Amber Arbogast

  • Aurora

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    We would like to tell you thank you again for precious Aurora. She is fitting in wonderfully in our family. She loves her tiny human and running after balls. She sleeps with her tiny human every night and is in great health. Thank you again. We love her.
    -Megan Quirk

  • Ginger (Formerly Megan)

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    Thank you so much for Ginger (she was Megan)! We are so in love with her!

    -Sarah Reimer

  • Rufus (Formerly Toby)

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Five years ago we made the best decision ever, and adopted Rufus. He has been enjoying playing and spending time with his Maltese sister Maja, they are like two peas in a pod. He is the sweetest boy, we just love him so much. Although small in size, he has a mighty personality and loves to be the referee at the dog park. Besides eating, his favorite thing is to get lots of cuddles and love. He is just perfect.

    I am so thankful you guys gave him a second chance at life and brought him to Colorado so he could find his forever home, and finally get the life he deserves. On his special anniversary day we decided to celebrate with steak, balloons, and lots of cuddles! Keep up the great work you are doing!

    -Kristin Webb

  • Dilly (Formerly Charlene)

    Sunday, January 08, 2017

    Hi Animal House,

    Just a quick note to say that we could not be more pleased with how the adoption process worked at Animal House. Your staff was so incredibly helpful — explaining the paperwork, describing the martingale collar, and even giving us a little sweater to outfit our doggy. Thank you for setting us up for success with a free vet visit and bag of food, too! Attached is a photo of our bulldog mix Dilly! (Formerly Charlene.) We are so happy she is part of our family! The kids both claim, “She is the best dog ever!” She has been the perfect snuggle buddy during these snowy days. Thank you and thank you to all your staff!

    Much love,

    Julie Wenzel

  • Captain Benjamin (Formerly Bill)

    Monday, January 02, 2017

    We had to put our Lab down the day before Christmas Eve 2015. On Veterans Day we adopted Bill. We named him Captain Benjamin in honor of Veterans Day. He has been a real blessing, the most affectionate, and loving dog we have ever had. Now he has adopted us.

    -David Finn

  • Apollo (formerly Chandler)

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

    My boyfriend and I adopted Apollo back in 2012 when he was 8 months old, and the runt of what the AH staff called “The Basset Boys.” I stopped at his kennel just cooing at him nonstop, so your staff let me go in there to visit since his big brothers were out on a walk. Apollo curled up in my lap and gave me those big, dopey eyes and I knew I couldn’t stand the thought of him NOT being our dog. My boyfriend picked him up a few days later. He was a little shy at first and stayed right by the door for half of adoption day 1. Finally, he came into our living room by the end of the day. Four years later, he runs the place. We have since moved to Seattle, where he loves to sniff the seawater with his big basset nose. He’s not as crazy about the rain as he was the snow, but he gets a ton of attention out here, which he loves. He was SO good driving across the country in a U-Haul, and we are so lucky he decided to keep us after that! Thanks for everything, Animal House!

    -Elisha N.

  • Hazel (formerly Gem)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    Hi, this picture is of Hazel, formerly Gem, adopted in June 2014. Hazel is quite a character and has a cheeky personality. Her favorite trick is to steal socks out of the bedroom and leave them in various places around the house. She also enjoys guarding the house from marauding squirrels. She sees it as her duty to keep her big brother, Rusty, in line! Thank you for the work you do, Animal House!

    -Elizabeth Sutphin.

  • Boomer (formerly Cleo)

    Monday, December 05, 2016

    Hello! It’s been about a week since we adopted Cleo, now known as Boomer. We are in LOVE! She is such a joyful addition to our family and she already has, and will continue to be, spoiled rotten. Thank you so much for all that you do and for bringing Boomer in to our lives. Thanks again! All my best to you.
    -Randy H.

  • Ella

    Monday, December 05, 2016

    Ella is doing awesome! She gets along great with everyone at our house and is a wonderful fit. I have never met a dog who loves everyone the way she does:) She gets daily bike ride runs and/or walks and has dropped quite a bit of weight. She is the perfect dog for all of us!!! We love her so much! Thank you!

    -Jacquie and Russ and Ella


  • Tenaya (Formerly Giggle)

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Tenaya is such an awesome member of our family. She and Maple have quickly become best friends. Now that it’s getting colder I find them cuddled up all the time. She is also so sweet and good with Solie the crazy puppy! We are so thankful that Animal House rescued her so we could adopt her!

    -Anika Linde

  • Clementine

    Thursday, October 06, 2016


    I hope everything is going well for you all at Animal House. My husband and I adopted our pup from you back in June and we wanted to let you know how much we love her! Miss Clementine is so amazing and I cannot express how thankful I am to have her in my life. She is wonderful to her big brother kitties, Boo and Waffles. Within a month of having her, she met my sister’s five children (ranging from 11 years to 8 months) and was wonderful with all of them. Clementine is well known and well loved with our friends and family as. She goes to work everyday with Cody, my husband, where she has her doggy best friend, Maxine the Labradoodle. Hopefully, when life quiets down a little we can adopt or foster her a doggy sibling. Thank you so much for helping us find our doggy soul mate!

    Thank you,

    Suzie Livingston

  • Yoshi

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Hey guys! Yoshi is doing great in his new home. He loves to go on walks and gets so excited before we go out. Most of all he loves cuddles and butt scratches. He is very friendly to people and dogs. We couldn’t be more happy to have him a part of our family!

    -Sadie and Tommy

  • Asher

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Remember Asher? I adopted him last Fall during older dog adoption month. Asher is doing great! He loves his new home in Alaska! Spends his days with his “sister” Sam at The Dog Wash Resort day camp in Anchorage, AK while I make money for the kibble. We explore the state on our days off!

    -Maria Rivero

  • Luna and Jesse

    Wednesday, August 03, 2016

    Aloha Animal House Staff,

    We want to share a picture of our pups Luna and Jesse who were both adopted from the Animal House about 3 years ago. Our family recently moved to Hawaii, and the pups love the ocean. We are grateful for all that you do at the Animal House and are looking forward to many Hawaiian adventures with the pups.

    – The Engen family

  • Buddy

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Our family adopted Buddy January 2016, after a chance meeting on Christmas Day. To say that he has been a joy is an understatement. His presence in our lives has drastically changed our family dynamic for the better and we could not feel more blessed to have him in our lives. He is loving, affectionate and ridiculously smart, maintaining a constant eagerness to please and loyal demeanor. While we were not prepared for the strong, and flat out ignorant, stigma attached to having a pit mix, we are anxious to take this opportunity to raise awareness and act as advocates to this beautiful and caring breed of dog that has been nothing but an absolute blessing in our family’s life. Thank you to Pete and Brittany for your work in saving and fostering these beautiful souls, thank you to Animal House for your continued work in saving and finding homes for these precious pups and thank you Buddy for finding us and choosing us to be your people, we will work everyday of our lives to be everything that you deserve.
    -Love, Amanda, Darren, Ethan and Buddy

  • Maya (Formerly Ally)

    Wednesday, May 04, 2016

    Hello staff and volunteers at Animal House,
    We adopted Maya (formerly Ally) from Animal House a year ago on May 5, 2015.  We’ve had a wonderful year! She’s excelled in all sorts of classes: obedience, swimming, agility, therapy dog, and we’ll be starting a FitPAWS class soon.  She even passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen test early in her training!  This year has flown past and it’s hard to imagine what our life would have been like without Maya in it.  Her long legs, flamboyant tail, and girl-next-door personality means that we can’t go out in public without people asking to pet her.  She loves everything and everyone – she is hands-down the most social dog we have ever had in our family.  Thank you Animal House for keeping her safe while she waited for us to find her. We are looking forward to many more years with Maya by our side.
    Denise and Ray

  • Lenny and Spider

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Dear Animal House,
    Wanted to give you an update on the most precious boys ever that we adopted from you over 5 years ago.
    We first got Lenny (aka Lanzy) around three months old. He has always been shy, still to this day is true, but the way to his heart is a good game of fetch, chasing the laser or his favorite treat, carrots!  He loves carrots so much he will wait by the fridge until you give him some. He is such a sweet soul and is always by my side unless he's busy playing with his other best friends.
    One of Lenny's best friends, Spider, we also adopted from you. Spider is one of the most perfect dogs I've ever met. One of the cutest stories I will never forget is taking him to Petco and I heard giggling…. I looked over and Spider was licking a little babies toes and the baby and mom were cracking up laughing. Despite not having children of our own, Spider still showed his love and always does to everyone. Some of his favorite activities are long walks in the neighborhood and peanut butter filled kongs.
    Lenny and Spider are enjoying their days now playing with their new sister Willow, kitty friends, chickens and goats. My husband, Dale and I love these boys so much and are so grateful being able to adopt them from you all. Thank you Animal House for blessing us with our boys!
    Krysta Klinzmann

  • Sam (Formerly Pierre)

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Hello, Animal House staff and volunteers,

    I adopted Pierre, whose new name is Sam, last Wednesday. He has already changed my life in positive ways and I'm so glad that I took the leap and decided to adopt him. He is loving and sweet and settling in well to his new home. Everyone loves him, even strangers we've met. Here are a few photos of my new boy, Sam (short for Samwell). Thanks for all that you do, and for taking good care of him until he found his forever home.

    -Mary Guiden

  • Dixie (Formerly Frannie)

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    Hello!! We adopted Frannie on Monday, March 7th, and I just wanted to let you know that we love her so much!!!! We have renamed her Dixie, and she is already responding to her new name. She gets along great with everyone in our family, even my husband who she was a bit cautious of the first day. She is still learning that the baby's feet are not chew toys (though I understand her confusion when the baby has socks on), but we just make sure to keep her feet covered by a blanket and Dixie just sniffs her, gives her a good kiss, and goes back to playing with the big kids and one of her many new toys. I just wanted to let you know that we couldn't be happier with our decision to adopt her and be her fur-ever home!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for facilitating this wonderful opportunity to gain a new, but much loved, addition to our family!!!!
    -Sarah Vlcek-Wetzbarger

  • Lily (Formerly Vanessa)

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Happy Thursday, Happy Tail! 

    Dear all of my Animal House Friends,

    I have been in my new home since April 2015. It didn’t take me long to settle in! Every day, I get up early and play! When mom leaves for work, my brother and I look out the window and watch her leave. Then, we go downstairs and work with dad. I have a big yard where I can run and play with my brother. I have a new name. I didn’t like the name Vanessa and never came when my humans called me by that name. So, they changed it to Lily. I like Lily much better and let them know! My favorite activities are playing inside and playing outside and then snuggling. I like to leave toys all over the house so that mom and dad know that I have had fun! Thanks for taking such good care of me while I waited for my furever family to come and find me!

    Barks and Kisses,

    Lily (Vanessa) Tobin

  • Opie (Formerly Little Smokie)

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    In November 2014 I adopted Opie (previously Little Smokie) from Animal House. He has been such an incredible light and I feel so blessed that I have been able to watch him grow and become braver every day. In 2015 he has made a whole new crew of dog and people friends, climbed a 13,000 foot mountain with my family, and found a love for hiking and running. He has such a zest for life and I am so grateful to Animal House for giving him a second chance. I am attaching a few photos from our adventures and I am excited for more go come.
    Laurel Allison Snider

  • Trooper

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    We wanted to tell you about our new best friend Trooper. My husband and I adopted Trooper at the beginning of June (2015) from the Fort Collins Animal House. He has rapidly become a prominent member of our family circle. Trooper enjoys going on hikes in the beautiful Wind River Mountain Range. He is a fast dog that loves to run and greatly enjoys the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. He has become great friends with my parents golden lab Ranger. Ranger and my dad have been helping Trooper learn to hunt for grouse and pheasants and he is excited to go out for his first season this winter. Trooper loves to go on adventures and is excited any time we get in the car for a trip. Sometimes, he holds our hands while we drive.
    Trooper has made us as happy as we hope we have made him. 2015 will be his first Christmas with us and, as any new parents might, we are planning on spoiling the heck out of him. He is an amazing dog, a fast learner and has such a kinds spirit. This season we wanted to thank you for rescuing our best friend. We cannot imagine our life without Trooper and it is hard to remember what it was like before he became a part of our clan. The work that you do is so important. We recommend your establishment to any of our friends who are thinking about adopting a pet. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for bringing our family together.
    -Love Trooper, Kate and Ryan Reynolds

  • Fievel

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016

    Fievel Lakota!
    We rescued Fievel from Animal House in July of 2014 after making our journey out west, so keeping his original name was only fitting. He was being fostered with Andrea/Sarah (longtime fosters of Animal House) as Fievel needed to be in a home environment as he was considered special needs as he is completely deaf.  Well he quickly got re-labeled from special needs to a special spirit animal.  His split-face coloring is an ode to many of legends from the Lakota tribe and he truly is a remarkable creature.
    From our first weekend with him we took him camping (see first photo) as he needed to get accustomed to our active lifestyle.  A year and a half later he has gone on over a half a dozen backpacking excursions, has climbed 5 14er's and hiked countless trails joins me on my runs and helped me train for the Horsetooth Half Marathon.  He is an exceptional athlete and is built for any terrain, hence one of his common nicknames, F-150 as he is built tough!  After working hard he is a delight in the house and enjoys sleeping in our bed, playing with his 10 yr. old Golden Retriever brother or relaxing in the living room watching football (yup, he even likes to watch sports when he is not out performing them!)  
    We joke that he is smarter than most people (which is probably true!) and excels at any and every mental stimulation.  He learns by the use of hand signals and is proficient in basic dog obedience and is now enrolled in dog agility classes after we realized his potential at the 2015 Doggie Olympics and placing Gold in the Overall Pentathlon category (see photo attached).     
    If he had to pick his favorite activity it would be a toss-up between chuck-it (on land or in the water) and car rides.  Who wouldn't love car rides as much as him, as you never know where you will end up – Poudre Pet Feed to pick out some treats, a trail worth exploring, agility class, or a friend's house where he can play with his doggie friends.  Although, most car rides are into town as he gets to spend all day at my feet while I work in the office, which is a real treat! 
    Thanks Fievel for 'rescuing us' and constantly being by my side and up for anything! Your spirit and passion for life is contagious and I can't wait for our next adventure!  
    -Jamie and Mike Weiss

  • Teddy (Formerly Dawson)

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    First, we have renamed him Teddy.  We considered many names but after living with him for a week, I feel Teddy quite nicely expresses his personality, physical appearance, and mannerisms.  He is truly a little living, breathing teddy bear.
    Teddy is doing extraordinarily well.  In fact, if I did not know better, I would swear he is not a mill dog.  He doesn’t not have any of the characteristics of my other mill dog, Cooper.  He is not afraid of noises, not afraid of me when I stand up, he had no trouble adjusting to the comforts of a soft bed, etc.  Instead, he is acting very much like a new puppy.  He seems to absolutely love his new home, and he truly has become my shadow. 
    He also has taken very well to Cooper and sleeps with him every night, in Cooper’s bed.  He loves going outside and is proving to be remarkably good at learning to go outside to do his business.  I will note, however, that he is a ferocious eater – I am going to have to be very careful to control that so that he does not become overweight.  So, all in all, this is going remarkably well. Thanks again for all of your help in allowing me to make this wonderful adoption.
    -Tom Rewerts

  • Penny (Formerly Bonnie)

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    Dear Animal House,
    My name is Penny, but you would remember me as Bonnie. I was with you for a looooong time before mom and dad found me and adopted me almost 7 months ago. I want to tell you all how grateful I am for the love you showed me and the extra time you took to teach me manners and show me how to be a good girl for my parents. They tell me all the time how good I am, but even better is they give me treats for being a good girl! It's wonderful.
    I don't remember a lot about living at Animal House, but mom says I was really scared and stressed out, which made it hard for other people to see what a good girl I was. But mom and dad saw it. They knew I would be the best dog ever, which is why they took me home and have given me so much love. Dad taught me so many new tricks and takes me on runs alongside his bike! That's my favorite. Mom is for cuddles and kisses. She let's me chew my bones on the couch when dad's not home. And she gives me lots of treats. And you should see the toys I have now! I probably have close to a billion toys now. I don't know how to count but I know a billion is a lot and I have a lot of toys.
    I used to be very skinny, but now I weigh 65lbs and I go for walks ALL. DAY. LONG. This is the best life ever and I am soooo happy! And I couldn't have had this without you, Animal House. Thank you for loving me first and being patient with me while my parents looked for me. They are my pack now, and I love them as much as they love me.
    Love always,
    Penny Lane Patti (the good dog formerly known as Bonnie)
    & Emily Rappaport and Matt Patti (my Mom and Dad)

  • Pancake (Formerly Stella)

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Pancake (Formally Stella) climbed up on her new Mom's back last week. According to Nicole, "Talk about trust! I took her for a piggyback ride. She just held on and when I knelt down to let her off, she just wagged and stayed put! Hilarious!”-Dr. Nicole Vumbaco, Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists 

    After arriving at Animal House in December of 2015 very sick and under emergency circumstances, Pancake received life-saving care from Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists, our shelter veterinarian, and a team of volunteers, including her foster care home. She clearly won the heart of Dr. Nicole who adopted her in January of this year, congratulations to you both, and for Pancake’s wonderful recovery! This girl definitely got her groove back!

  • Hank (Formerly Skip)

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Hi Everyone at Animal House!
    Here are pictures of Hank (Skip) settling in nicely. He has the daily routine down and loves walks and sitting in the sun with everyone. He is just the best little guy and we all love him. Thank you so much for allowing us to give him his forever home.
    -Michele & Emily
  • Arlo

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    In October of 2014 we adopted our wonderful dog Arlo from Animal House. When he came home with us, he was about half a year old and lucky for us, he was already potty trained! He quickly became part of our family. Everyone loves his sweet demeanor and he also draws a lot of attention when people see that he has six toes on both of his back feet! Everyday, Arlo gets to walk to his favorite field close to our house and play with his tennis ball or a nice stick. Some days, he gets to play with his friends down the street, Roscoe and Popeye who were also adopted from the Animal House. He loves road trips, hiking, camping, backpacking but does NOT like to swim or take baths. His favorite snack is peanut butter, but he also loves kale stems. We love Arlo so much and are so grateful to have found a wonderful pooch! 
    Thank you, Animal House!!
    Emily Poulos

  • Becca

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Here are pictures of our happy, happy Becca whom we adopted from you about 15-16 months ago. She's thriving and best friends with our other dog, Leo and Matey the cat. We love her very much.
    -Chris M.

  • Gus

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    Just thought we would give you an update on our overly loved Gus that we adopted from you a little over a year ago! How he had so many homes, We will never understand. He is such a lover and guardian! (even though he thinks he's a lot bigger than his little legs prove) he is so beyond loved not only by us, but all his "cousins" that he gets to run all over the farms and mountains with! We could not be more blessed to have had such an amazing dog child fall into our hands and he is anxiously awaiting the birth of his new "sister" he gets to protect! Thank you all so much for allowing us to find him and not giving up on him after his long run in the shelters and multiple homes!
    -Zoe Reece

  • Tesla (Formerly Allie)

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    Hello! I adopted a dog from you just over a year ago and just wanted to send y'all an update on Allie (renamed Tesla). Tesla has become my inseparable best friend, and is training to become a service dog for me. I cannot express how thankful I am for your having rescued her from the kill shelter in Kansas. I can't imagine my life without her! We have quite a lot of fun together, her life in the mountains near Steamboat and the ranch near Bond is about as close to dog heaven as she could get! Please keep up the wonderful work y'all do rescuing dogs and giving them (and their humans) a second chance.
    -Aila B.

  • Kita

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Kita was adopted December 2014 just in time for Xmas. Kita was so nervous at first, accidents in the car, the house, unable to walk on tile or go in small rooms, but it all passed quickly with a lot of love, patience and encouragement. She has grown into a brave, happy dog that now loves car rides, playing in the snow, swimming at the dog park and cuddling on the couch. We searched the Internet until 3am and finally found our life companion. The professional photos were great in capturing her soul. She has given us so much joy, companionship and love. We were not successful in having children and Kita has filled up those holes in our hearts. We couldn't be happier, we have a beautiful dog to love and take care of. Thank you Animal House for all you do!
    Barbara and Donnie

  • Theo (Formerly Shorty)

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    We adopted Theo (formerly Shorty) a little over a year ago from Animal House Rescue, and he has been such a blessing.  We have two other dogs, and they all get along great together! You can also find him cuddling with our cat Bella. He is the sweetest thing, and can always tell when someone is having a bad day, because he is there to give you extra loving with lots of kisses. We live in South Dakota where he puts on many miles a day. He definitely has no shortage of energy! We cannot imagine our family without him! 
    -The Landa Family 

  • Cowboy

    Tuesday, December 01, 2015

    I was reading through the e-newsletter and realized we could share our “Happy Tail” about cowboy whom we adopted about a year and a half, almost two years ago. He is such a fantastic dog! He is well behaved, happy, and loves his humans. He recently got a brother named Checkers whom he cuddles with regularly. They love going on car rides and going to the dog park together. This spring he even accompanied us on a road trip to California and he loved it!! We could have not asked for a better travel buddy. We were so pleased with Animal House and are so grateful that you brought cowboy into our family.
    Thank you!
    Alex and Joe Floyd

  • Adele (Formerly Bessie)

    Tuesday, December 01, 2015

    We adopted "Bessie" in May of this year and we are so happy we did.  (We re-named her Adele.)  She gives each of us so much love and we are all crazy about her.  She has been a joy and a blessing.  Here she is outside with my daughter this fall. So cute!

    Thanks for all you do,
    The Robertson Family
  • Kaya (Formerly Zena)

    Monday, November 02, 2015

    This is Kaya (formerly Zena). We adopted her nearly 2 years ago and she has blended right into our family perfectly for so many reasons. She is a goofy, energetic girl who loves a good snuggle. 
    Kaya and Buddy (our older shepherd mix) are the absolute best of friends and she has been great for him not only as a companion but medically as well. He has hip dysplasia and was estimated to need hip replacements before he turned 5. He is now almost 6 and the vets claim that Kayas' playfulness is helping to stop the dysplasia and he is now looking at a life with no needed surgeries. 
    She is a true blessing and I thank you for bringing us together! 
    -Leslie Anne
  • Shiloh

    Monday, October 05, 2015

    We adopted Shiloh in August 2010. Newlyweds at the time, we were eager to adopt our first dog together. When we went to Animal House we knew that we wanted a larger dog.  All of the dogs eagerly barked and came right up to meet us, except Shiloh. She stayed at the back of the kennel peering up at us with shy eyes. I knew right away she was the one for our family. Everyone at Animal House was so helpful and told us some personality traits that never changed: she was motivated by food and loved the water.
    Initially, she was so timid, and never barked that we asked our vet if her voice box was damaged. She simply was so shy she didn’t use her voice. The first time we witnessed “Shy” coming out of her shell was when we took her for a swim at the Cache Le Poudre River.  She darted back and forth on the beach, lunging into the water after whatever we threw, it was pure bliss. We still call that stretch of the river “Shy’s beach.”
    To say that Shiloh shows us love every day is an understatement. There is a window from our garage into our backyard. Every single day when I come home and open the garage I can see her jumping for joy in the window. She is so gentle and sweet. We now have a 9 month old son and he pulls and crawls all over her. We are lucky to have our son get to grow up with such a wonderful, patient, loyal dog.  Shiloh has enriched our lives and completed our family. We are so grateful to have her in our lives.
    Brenna Whittey

  • Squirt

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    He's doing great! Such a sweet dog and he is settling in well. Here he is with us in Steamboat on a hike. We named him Squirt. He still has his little issue of pee'ing when he gets excited but we are working on it and it is getting better. The bunnies in our yard are the only ones not happy about our new addition. 
    Jennifer Zwicke

  • Boone (Formerly Billy Bob)

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Billy Bob is now Boone and he is the most spoiled and loved pup! He comes to work with me most days to see all his dog friends and get treats from all the humans. And most weekends he gets to be out using his nose! He also loves visiting Dad at work so he can ride the fork lift. Food wins out among all else… and Cuddles of course! Thank you Animal House, He has brought so much love and joy to our lives!

    Kirsten Free

  • Sprite (Formerly Peter)

    Tuesday, September 01, 2015

    Sprite (formerly known as Peter) came into our lives from Animal House in September 2013. He had been found roaming around an oil field in Oklahoma with another pup. He was transferred to Animal House over a series of weeks.
    He was a nervous pup at first, and as he grew into his comfort zone at his new home he manifested signs of anxiety. Jennie Willis (professor at CSU and behaviorist at Animal Behavior Insights) worked with us to alleviate Sprite’s anxiety. Through counter conditioning exercises, physical exercise, and medication Sprite has transformed from a timid, aggressive pup, to a more well adjusted cuddlier and wilderness explorer. We’ve also worked with local veterinarians at the Pet Wellness Clinic and Pet Urgent Care to find the optimal environment for medical check ups. The patience and understanding of so many of the people in our Fort Collins community in accepting Sprite and working with us to make sure he’s happy and healthy has been a wonderful gift.
    Sprite is now an active, happy dog. He enjoys climbing rocks at Horsetooth Reservoir, playing at the dog park, exploring the Poudre River Canyon, roaming around the Benson sculpture garden, and exploring new trails and natural areas.
    We are so thankful to have Sprite in our family. He gets along well with his cat sister, Aria, and is learning every day to be a little more relaxed.
    Thank you, Animal House!
    Kate Brelje

  • Chloe (Formerly Skippy)

    Tuesday, August 04, 2015

    We adopted Chloe (formerly Skippy) about a year and a half ago. She has fit into our family and gets along with our other pets amazingly well. She loves to cuddle with our Labrador Rosy, as you can see. She has a great personality and makes us smile every day. Our next dog will be from Animal House for sure. 
    -The Bussells 

  • Effie

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015

    Just over a year ago we adopted a tiny little girl from Animal House. We drove over two hours through the snow to pick her up. My two boys held her the entire ride home while we decided on her new name. By the time we got home we all agreed on the name Effie.
    Effie was my birthday present and I have never received a better gift. The love I get from her is unconditional. She has grown from a tiny 4 pounds to 16 pounds. She is eager to learn new tricks and has taught herself to get in her crate when we get ready to leave the house. As soon as I put my shoes on she happily runs to her pink kennel.
    Effie has brought so much joy to our lives. Every time I look into her brown eyes my heart melts. Thank you for saving her life and bringing us together.

    Wendy Veselka

  • Sadie (Formerly Noel)

    Monday, June 01, 2015

    Sadie (formerly Noel) was rescued in Arkansas just before Christmas, in 2013.  We learned that she was found with a litter of newborn puppies, living under a shed after her people moved away.  Fortunately, a whole team of people worked together to rescue Sadie and her puppies, bring the family to Colorado, and foster them while the puppies were weaned.  We're so glad they did!
    We found Sadie on the Animal House website, and we were inspired by her story.  We were also drawn to something that was written in her description.  It was something along the lines of: Noel is looking for someone who will be as loyal to her as she will be to you.  And indeed, Sadie has been the most loyal dog we have ever known.  From her first day in our house, she claimed what would become her spot on our couch, and she claimed us as her people.  From that day forward, she has made it very clear that she would rather be wherever we are.  She even tries to herd us together if we are in different rooms!  
    Poor Sadie came from Arkansas with a number of medical issues, including heartworm.  For most of the first six months that she lived with us, she was on strictly limited activity, and she had to get several painful shots.  But she was a great patient throughout her treatment, and the folks at Animal House made sure she got great care until she was declared heartworm free.  
    Over the last year, we have watched Sadie become more comfortable and confident and playful with us.  She loves to toss balls to herself before chasing them down and pouncing on them.  She LOVES snow, and when given the chance to run around in the snow off leash, she starts bounding around like a kangaroo.  Most of all, she loves going anywhere and doing anything with both of her people.  When we are all on a walk together, she puts on a huge grin and does what we call her "parade" walk, where she just seems so happy and proud to be out and about.   
    Sadie is still pretty nervous around new people, but even in her nervousness she exudes sweetness.  Whenever new people get to know Sadie, they can see how sweet and loyal she is, and her shyness just makes people want to earn her love and trust even more.  She is also still pretty reluctant about going new places or doing new things, but it is fun to watch how darn proud of herself she is once she figures out a new place or a new routine.  
    We are so grateful that Sadie came into our lives, and we are trying very hard to be as loyal to her as she has been to us.  
    -Elisabeth Page Pinsonneault

  • Big John

    Friday, May 01, 2015

    In July of 2008, we adopted Big John from Animal House. He was an eight week old puppy that had grown to be as big as his mama. I still remember the way that my heart melted when we brought him home. I was in love! He was a sweet little guy that loved to snuggle.
    We experienced the growing pains that come along with raising a puppy. Johnny liked to counter surf. He once ate half of a birthday cake that I had left on the counter to cool. He learned though, and so did we. He has always been a sharp guy and a quick learner.

    He is getting older; you can see it in his face and the way that he stands up a little but slower than he used to. He loves to be near any of his family members, and always seeks out someone to lay next to. He is an excellent big brother. He allows ear tugs and fur pulls, and patiently waits by the dinner table for his (human) brothers to be done eating, so that he can see what goodies they left him on the floor. He is and has been such a great companion. We are thankful for him everyday, and could not imagine our lives without him!
    Sarah Still

  • Missy

    Saturday, April 04, 2015

    I adopted Missy in June of 2012, when she was 10 months old, and I could not be happier! When I first adopted her, she was sweet as could be, but she was shy, especially around men, and would not look me in the eye.
    That changed quickly though! After some training and lots of love and attention, she has become a confident, sweet, loving pup that is a huge part of my life! I got her while in college, and she stayed with me and even moved to Utah with me after graduation! She now loves being outside, playing with other dogs, treats (of course) and taking up as much of the bed as she possibly can!
    I could not be more grateful for Animal House and how they took care of my sweet girl, and I recommend everyone looking for a pup to adopt from there!
    Kelsey McCallister (Proud mama of Missy)

  • Hunter (Formerly Peyton)

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    We had known about Animal House for several years through a friend, Pete Stevenson, who volunteers and takes the dogs for runs and hikes. When we were looking for a new pup, we immediately thought of Animal House. 
    We adopted Hunter (formerly Peyton) from Animal House in November. He is doing great! He is the happiest and friendliest little dog and we just love him. He loves to play with other dogs, is the fastest pup racing around the dog park, and loves adventures. Hunter has been hiking and snowshoeing, and is looking forward to a summer of camping. 
    Hunter's brother Eli was also at Animal House and lives close by.  We have gotten the pups together once and it was a happy reunion! 
    Erin & Bryan Bibeau
  • Griffin (Formerly Heston)

    Sunday, February 01, 2015

    Griffin (formally Heston) started his journey as a stray in Kansas and made his way to Animal House in late October. He spent a long 2 months at Animal House waiting for his forever home. I think many people passed him up because he would bounce all over his run and bark and be generally obnoxious in the shelter. I have to admit I too judge him.
    As a volunteer at Animal House I walk the dogs and work on training with them. One day I came in and saw that Griffin was in need of a walk. I took him on a long hike and he did awesome! I immediately fell in love with him. He was very responsive outside the shelter and had all the qualities I was looking for in a dog. I brought Griffin home at the end of December and he and I started our adventures. Griffin settled in right way. I discovered that Griffin loved to cuddle more then anything. All that crazy excited energy he had at the shelter was replaced by a calm loving cuddly dog.
    Griffin spends his days lounging around the house, playing with his stuffed toys and spending afternoons running and playing at the dog park. Griffin loves the dog park and does great with all the dogs he has met. He has also discovered that playing fetch is the best thing EVER! He loves to chase the ball and always hopes that other dogs will join in with him. Griffin has also become a great hiking partner. He proudly puts on his hiking backpack as we hit the trail. He is amazing off leash and never goes too far ahead. He has even earned the trail name of "Prancing Deer" which shows his excitement and prance like jump that he does through the snow on the trail. He and I continue to work on training and obedience and he is responding quickly.
    I am so happy I was able to meet and adopt Griffin. He has brought so much joy and companionship to my life. I know that he and I will have many many happy years to come and lots of new adventures. Its amazing how different a dog can be once they settle in to their forever home, Griffin is a great example of a dog not to judge on first glance in the shelter setting.
    -Rebecca Rannow 

  • Ander

    Sunday, January 04, 2015

    Our four pugs and two cats were children to us for 20 years. When our last pug passed away on Christmas Eve 2013, we swore we would wait 2 years before adding another fur baby to our family. It was just too much heartache losing 4 of them in the last 3 years, and we hadn't been on vacation without hiring a pet sitter for 20 years. I began volunteering at Animal House in January, 2014 which led to helping with animal care every Friday morning, so I was there quite a bit. I really enjoyed working with the pups. I was doing great helping out each week and not bringing anyone home with me. I would look at the adoptable dogs on the website just sort of daydreaming about who we would adopt if we could. Ander had been on the site for quite some time and he was a pug mix which was ideal. We knew pugs and their health issues, so we thought a pug mix would alleviate some of that since we were familiar with the health issues.  Ander had been in foster care for 5 months, so I never actually met him. I thought that if he was still available when we were ready to adopt, he might be the one.

    Fast forward to May, 2014 and the Run Fur Fun 5k. I was going to run and my husband and kids were going to volunteer. Ander just so happened to be there as well. We met him and his foster mom and gave him some treats. For the rest of that day, every time I turned around, Ander was there. I sat on the ground and he came over to give me kisses and hang out. While that does not seem all that unusual, considering Ander's past of minimal human socialization, it was huge. His foster moms were amazed with his immediate comfort level. I went home that day and discussions about adoption began. A couple short weeks later, the adoption was complete and Ander began filling a void in our family that we foolishly thought we could handle. Transitioning him took several visits. He was extremely shy and unsure about humans and life in general, so we had to take everything very slowly. No sudden movements, no loud noises, operate on routine only. Every single thing had to be predictable for him. Every time we thought we were making progress, we'd wake up the next day and have to start all over again. We felt like we were living the movie Groundhog Day, which led to Ander's new middle name of Murray for Bill Murray.

    I began taking Ander running with me. He was used to daily runs in his foster home, so I figured that would be another familiar thing for him. Our runs became bonding time – and training time since he would panic any time a cyclist or walking/running human got into what he considered to be his personal space. Luckily Ander is a VERY smart boy and is very eager to learn – his foster moms even taught him sign language! He loves to “work”. Due to his territorial nature at home (he’s also part Aussie and Border Collie), we have provided him several “safe” beds in the house, so that when Ander feels scared, he knows he can go into those beds without fear of anyone touching him. It took a while, but with patience and routine, Ander has allowed all four of us into his inner circle and is willingly still working on his trust of others. He continues to love running and hiking (we figure he has to be part mountain goat) and requires that exercise to keep his brain working and satisfy his inherent instincts. We continue to work with him daily, and he has come a long way in the last 7 months. We know he will continue to shine!

  • Kanga

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    Kanga is a happy pup these days.  She is coping wonderfully with life with a steady owner and she is even breaking out of her shell a bit.  She's much less shy than when I first got her and she is making my life even better.  I was in a crazy transition period and I would say I still am, and Kanga has been there every step of the way.  She is the one to wake me up in the morning with her big smile, she is the one to cuddle me when I'm confused, and she's always surprising me with her amazing ability to cope with such a disability.
    Currently she is home with me and my family in NY and flying wasn't even a slight problem for her.  She was at my feet the whole way, still smiling as per usual!  She has really warmed up to her grandma and grandpa, and she loves the east coast.  To get around easier I have made her some boots with padding in the bottom so she can walk wherever her heart desires.  When she has her "paws" on she can't stop wagging her tail.  What a 180 turn this pup has made since the first time I met her when she was scared and skiddish.  She still has her doubts about all of us humans, but she is slowly learning that we are all not that bad.
    She is the best thing in my life right now and I couldn't be happier to have this wonderful dog by my side.
    -Logan S. 

  • Joolz

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014

    We had no idea last May when we adopted Joolz from Animal House that it would be like getting two dogs in one.  Joolz goes to work with me at United Way of Larimer County almost every day and has become a bit of a fixture there.  She sleeps under my desk most of the day, enjoys her daily walk along the Poudre river, and sweetly approaches everyone she meets looking for treats and a good rub.  Everyone loves her and remarks how sweet and calm she is.  She’s a model citizen, never barking or creating chaos.
    It is quite certain that squirrels do not share this opinion of Joolz, as she transforms into an alert and focused sentry in our Old Town backyard as soon as she gets home.  True to her genes, this Manchester Terrier mix has no fear and no tolerance for anything resembling a rodent, fuzzy tail or not.  She’s incredibly athletic and can make it from the back door to the back gate in less than two seconds.  She’s also incredibly strong, and has been seen to leap vertically six feet in the air, which definitely sends the squirrels scattering in every direction. 
    Joolz is very fortunate to have an amazingly tolerant sister, our red Husky Bella, who was also a rescue.  Even though Joolz is much smaller, she has that big small dog attitude of dominance and eagerly takes over Bella’s bed and crate.  Most recently, even when Bella is enjoying her bed, Joolz will find her way on there to share in a snuggle.   No worries, Bella lets her have her way with kindness and grace.
    Joolz has brought us much joy (and perhaps a little occasional consternation) since her adoption, and we’re very grateful to have her as our newest family member!
    -Lisa K.

  • Carter

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014

    I always said I would never have more than 2 dogs, but when the email from Animal House came across saying they needed help fostering dogs, I thought 'I can bring another dog into the house for a little while'. 
    I arrived at Animal House to have my dogs meet the foster, and out came this tail-waggin', happy-go-lucky pup, Carter! My first thought was that he would probably get adopted by the end of the week- don't get attached! But, after having him at the house and seeing how happy he was with my other two dogs, Sasha and Holly (formerly Holly Berry at Animal House), I couldn't resist getting attached. 

    Carter easily wiggled his way into my heart and family. I took him to a few adoption events, where he became distraught if I even walked away to check out the food truck! In August, I showed him off at the Super Adoption event, where he got lots of attention, but no forever home. By the end of the event, I knew that he was meant to stay in my family. 
    I had Carter for about 9 weeks as a foster, and now happily call him my 'foster failure'. I am so lucky to have been his foster momma and now to have him as my 3rd fur baby! He is such a playful, happy and loveable dog! Thank you Animal House for setting me up with the best 'foster failure' I could imagine! 
    ~Samantha Smeak
  • Channing

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014

    We are writing to let the wonderful Animal House staff and volunteers know just how big of a difference you have made with a young girl and her now best friend Channing. 
    Jessica has been dreaming of a dog who would be her companion/best friend – stay by her side and enjoy life together. Her parents finally acquiesced and decided it would the right thing to look to a rescue dog first. Given the parents knowledge of Animal House – Jessica scanned the adoption dogs on the website, spotted Channing, read his profile and fell in love immediately. 
    It took about a week to meet Channing which was the longest week of Jessica's life. However, it did give Jessica time to make a list of all of the things she would need to get for Channing. The day finally came and Jessica met Channing at the home of one of Animal Houses faithful foster families. After the introduction Jessica described Channing as "perfect." 
    Channing is now enjoying being the constant companion of a young teen girl and enjoys the big back yard where he can run uninterrupted and play fetch. He loves lounging right by Jessica's side, giving constant kisses and just being outright adorable. These two are hooked at the hip! 
    Thank you Animal House for your wonderful mission and for saving this precious soul – you have made a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
    -Rex Smithgall and Family
  • Whiskey

    Tuesday, August 05, 2014

    Whiskey is a prime example of what we call a "foster failure". I began fostering Whiskey in early May and right away knew that Whiskey had chosen me to be his forever person. I tried to show him off at foster events and social gatherings with the intent of finding him a forever home. Whiskey showed no interest in meeting new people. He loyally sat by my side and snubbed everyone that wanted to pet him. 
    Whiskey's mind was made up. He had already chose his forever home. Since adopting Whiskey last month, he has settled in even more. We went on a 1200 mile road trip. He happily rode shotgun (his choice) most of the way. He was the perfect travel companion. 
    Whiskey's injuries that he sustained before coming to Animal House are starting to heal and his excited wiggle has turned into best dance moves in Northern Colorado. Whiskey has proven himself to be the most loyal dog I've ever known. He sticks by my side wherever I go, except for the basement (it's scary down there). However, he does wait patiently for me at the top of the stairs. 
    I couldn't imagine my world without him. I feel incredibly blessed to be his chosen one. –Jourdan Jiruska
  • Neville

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    For anyone that's ever met the little bundle of multiple personalities named Neville it's easy to say he is very special not only as a dog but as a pet and most recently our family member. 
    He continues to strive with his uniqueness, pinch of aggression, and his knack for the best cuddles. He has picked up a few new hobbies including a traveler, and clothes model (most likely not his choice but he seems to enjoy it). 
    All in all we couldn't be more happy to have him as our latest edition to our animal family.
  • Skip

    Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    My spouse Jack and I came to the Animal House looking for opportunities to volunteer. Suddenly Jack found a Chihuahua that took his heart away. Skip had been at the shelter for a little over 9 months but hadn't been adopted because of a few behavioral issues.
    We (Jack) decided to look past those behaviors and Skip came into our home a little timid but ready for love. Jack immediately gave him that love and Skip reciprocated. Jack and I are not the only occupants in our home, there are also 2 other Chihuahuas; Taffy and Charlie. Fortunately there have been no problems between the dogs. 
    Taffy, Charlie, and Skip have figured out where they fit in the grand scheme of the family. The bond between Jack and Skip has instantly helped Skip to get over his shyness and turned him into a sweet kind puppy. 
    As I stated earlier, Skip had been at Animal House for approximately 9 months. He is just the example of why shelters like this are imperative. These types of shelters help to allow the right kind pets to find the kind owners. 
  • Atlas (Formerly Jack)

    Tuesday, May 06, 2014

    I just wanted to give a brief update and share some pictures of Atlas (formerly Jack). We adopted him from your shelter about a month ago and he is doing great. He loves walking and running with us daily, going to daycare or the dog park to see friends, and is already so well behaved. Patrick and I feel very fortunate to have him in our lives. He is such a loving little sweetheart that wants nothing more than to be near us. -Nicole B. 

  • Henry

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Henry's doing great! We adore him – so far our only problem is keeping our daughter from taking him! He gets along famously with our other dog, we couldn't be happier!
  • Jacques

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Thumper and Jacques are getting along really well. I'm so glad we decided to get a companion for Thumper.  He appeared to be depressed and would just hang out in his bed all day and look sad.

    Jacques is a little pompous and cocky and made himself right at home the minute we brought him in the house.  He has been a good role model for Thumper and has brought him out of his shell.  As you can see from the photo, they sleep together.  

    They also like to "rough house", baring their teeth and biting on each others' ears and legs, but only in play.  When they're outside, they chase each other around the yard.  Thumper is a little bullet.  We are very happy that we adopted them.  They're very entertaining and have brought us a lot of pleasure.

    Wishing you and the staff of Animal House a Happy New Year!
  • Oscar

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Loving life in Teton Valley, Wyoming.

  • Neville (Formerly Shorty)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Neville (Shorty) is doing really well. His appetite is now normal. He used to be hesitant to take treats or eat his food, but all of those hesitations are now gone. He was also pretty timid in the beginning. He was very calm and almost stiff when we first brought him home. But over the last couple of weeks he has really come out of his shell.
    We take him to the dog park where he loves playing with other dogs around his size. He loves to walk, but is also a great cuddle buddy on the couch. He does well in his crate at night, but isn’t too excited about the crate during the day when we are gone. We are trying several different methods to get him more comfortable with the crate. I’m sure it will just take time.

    He starts training at “Come, Play, Stay” the first week of January. I will be sure to mention his stress of being alone to the trainer and see if they have any specific recommendations. He does really well with all other animals and people. He was even helping to train some aggressive dogs at Petsmart. A trainer was working one-on-one with a dog, and had Neville approach him a couple of times to see how he would react. Even with the dog growling, Neville was extremely calm.

    I feel extremely fortunate to have found Neville. He has been an absolute dream dog. I am so happy Animal House was able to take him in. We plan to get Neville a companion in the next couple of years, and will definitely be returning to Animal House for our next pet. I love what your organization does and have full intentions to donate in the future.
    Lindsay Mason
  • Izzy (Formerly Sage)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    This July, I adopted my dog Izzy from you guys and it was by far the best decision of my life! She has become such an important part of my life and I love her very much. She is an extremely smart dog as she is learning new tricks all of the time and never likes to be too far away from me. She is such a faithful companion and has grown like crazy since I first got her. Izzy is such a nice dog and she barely ever barks. She absolutely loves playing in the snow, going for walks, and riding shotgun on road trips.
    Since i first adopted her, I have graduated from the University of Wyoming and moved for my first job. She has a massive yard to run around in, however, she learned how to jump over the five foot fence around my house as I was driving away to work! It was very hard to scold her when she did this because I know she just wanted to be around me. I have taken her into work a few times and she behaves very well as she is loved by everyone I work with. 
    Izzy is such a unique and loving dog and I am very blessed to have her in my life. It makes me so happy to see her every day after work and so nice to have a companion with me while I am getting settled in a new place. 
    Thank you all for what you do!
  • Lucy (AKA Goose, formerly Duchess)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    In the summer of 2012, we adopted Duchess (now Lucy, or just "Goose").  She was a gentle girl with some signs that her previous home wasn't the best place and she hadn't had an opportunity to blossom. 
    Right from the get-go, we saw what a darling girl she was: well-mannered, gentle, obedient and smart.  Although a little shy at first, she's never shown us anything but what a heart of gold she's got in her!  She never ceases to amaze me with her gentle nature and how well she understands what we ask of her. 
    True to her Labrador roots, this girl thrives the most when we take her outdoors or to lakes and will spend hours running, sniffing, swimming and playing fetch.  She can't get enough of it!  She gets along with everyone in the house, and even when she get's a little "spooked" (she's wary of people in large dark jackets and really, really tall people), she still wags her tail like crazy, even if she won't come say hello.  It's a true testament to how completely loving and wonderful she is. 
    Here are some pictures of her with us – both outdoors and loving nature and companionship as we do, and snuggling with her favorite little kid. 
    We are so happy to have brought our "Goose" home from The Animal House.  Thank you for all the wonderful work you do to help these dogs find the people that will love them and give them the family and life they deserve! 
    Many, MANY thanks,
    The Thomas family.
  • Josie (Formerly Janie)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    We adopted Josie (formerly Janie) from you all June 1st, 2012 and she has not only given us the most abundant love and joy to our lives, but she has also made our family more together than we ever have been.

    Josie loves to squirrel watch, jump through leaves, dig in our backyard and run figure-eights in the backyard before bed to wear herself out if she is not already tired. Josie loves goes on a long walk each night and just you can see it by the way she acts when she comes back and during the walk.  

    She is our protector and makes sure every one is safe and sound each night by doing her "rounds" by going from room to room, jumping on our beds just to make sure we are there. As a family our lives have became extraordinarily and changed for he better all because our love Josie joined our family. 

    Our family couldn't have welcomed a better dog into our lives, and we are so happy we were able to adopt her.
  • Lady (Formerly Ladybird)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    I just wanted to submit a Happy Tails story to you guys.
    I adopted Lady (formerly Ladybird) from you guys back in March. I had actually fostered her the summer before and wished I could keep her but she was adopted quickly. When I saw she was back up for adoption it broke my heart.

    She’s the sweetest dog I’ve ever come across and loves to cuddle up. She’s learned lots of new tricks and behaviors since coming to live with me. I am so happy to have her back in my life!

    Thanks for all you guys do!
    Kelly Gavin
  • Autumn

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Autumn (now Deja) is doing wonderfully! She is now fully potty trained and an absolute sweetheart. She has also taken quite a liking to my cat, Ginger! Here is a photo of them.
  • Phoebe

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    We are coming upon a year from the date we adopted Phoebe, a 2 year old Flat Coated Retriever Mix.  She has changed so much since she came to be our doggy daughter.  

    She was so quiet and timid when she arrived, but has become a happy, funny girl.  She loves being in the kitchen with me while I cut up fruits and vegetables and with my husband when he's slicing cheese. She has a toy that she takes outside through her doggy door in the middle of the night even though it takes several tries to get it through.

    She loves doggy daycare 2 days/week and plays non-stop while there.  We have enjoyed having her with us during our running, hiking, backpacking adventures.  She did a 3 day backpack trip to the Rawahs over the summer and did great.  She loves to cool her belly in streams along the trail.  Her "Aunt" Wendy lives down the street and, when we have traveled, Phoebe has enjoyed staying with Wendy and her doggy cousin Lexi.  

    Retrieving is not her favorite but chasing the ball and relaxing with it once attained is a favorite pastime.  She comes to happy hour with us to several of the local spots that have dog-friendly spaces.  She makes the oddest "wookie" noise sometimes to get our attention. She loves snow and we recently went on a yurt trip up past Cameron pass with her.  She did laps around the yurt, pouncing on piles of snow and eating it to refresh herself. Her doggy daddy, Jeff,  helped Phoebe watch the ground squirrels from the deck.

    She is such a sweet and special doggy and we are so fortunate to have her in our lives.  Below are some photos from our family adventures.  Many more to come…

  • Sage (Formerly Luther)

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    He is doing amazing.  He is slowly but surely coming out of his shell.  He sleeps on the bed with us at night, loves wearing sweaters when it is cold, has a tremendous appetite and loves when I come home from the grocery store because he knows he is so cute he will most often get a new toy.  

    He loves playing in the big back yard and runs all over the place.  He loves playing with his brothers and sisters in the day and being a snugglebug at night.  He is great addition to our family and he is so fun and get along with everyone.  

    He is looking forward to Santa visiting him so he can get some more new toys because he loves playing. He is a forever member of our family.

  • Willow

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    I have been busy keeping up with bikes, going for long walks, snuggling.. and playing with my toys! I figured out how much fun those toys can be, and I make my family laugh with how silly I get with them :)

    I nearly always have a smile on my face :) but with all the playing, I do love my naps so here are some nap time pictures :) thank you again for everything, we are all so very happy!

    Love, Willow

  • Zoey (formerly Bindi)

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Hi Animal House Staff:

    My name was Bindi when I was adopted over Thanksgiving last year by a great family. They renamed me Zoey because it just sounded more like me. My new mom and dad just love me – they are always laughing at me and I hear them say I am so funny. I've learned so much from new friend Lacey (see the pics) and we do everything together. I have a basket full of toys and I like to have every one of them out in the middle of the room. My new family and I go on walks and car rides which are lot of fun and there is a great backyard for me to run in with Lacey.

    Everyone says I am very well behaved for just getting into the family but I am still a puppy and do still get into some "puppy trouble" like chewing on my mom's shoes or her basket of flowers. I got a "time-out" on my bed for that stuff – not so bad really – I think I am too funny for them to get to angry me!

    Thank you all again for finding me a GREAT family – all of you are so wonderful!

    Wags…Wags….Wags….. Zoey (Bindi) Helme


    Thank you Animal House for bringing Zoey and all of us together…She keeps us in smiles all the time!

    Lisa Helme

  • Izzie (formerly Sugar)

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Here are several attached pictures of Izzie (known as Sugar at the shelter). We adopted her in December of 2010 and she has been a wonderful…and very spoiled… addition to our family. One photo is of Izzie and myself and the other is of Izzie and my mom (at the vet!) and another with our other dog, Boo.

    Thanks so much for all you guys do!

    Kelly Gavin

  • Ginger

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Hi Stephanie,

    Ginger fit in immediately – quite amazing, really. The picture is from this morning. She is very content!

    She has no bad habits that we have noticed. She didn’t even bark for her first 3 days here. She is great with the kids and the neighborhood dogs. She doesn’t at all mind the violin, viola, bass & piano playing that happens here – she was just curious about it.

    She did bolt out the door a few times in the first few days, but even that is much better already. She does have a funny way of “teasing” – she seems to know what things she shouldn’t pick up (like a sock, or stuffed animal) and she picks them up & dangles them in front of us to get a chase game going. But she is very good at relinquishing whatever it is. So we are coming up with some chase games that don’t involve socks or toys. But we haven’t found her actually chewing on any of these things yet.

    We do need to work on training her to come back reliably and to heel properly  – although I think she is catching on very quickly. It’s really all the family members who need to be trained to be consistent.

    Erika Lehmann, PhD

  • Bo

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Hi, Alice and Ali!

    I hope you are having a good start to the New Year! I just had some pictures developed from the past 6 months and thought I would share.

    Bo has continued to develop his personality and has become more and more delightful! We now call him our "dancing dog". He gets so excited about taking walks, going for rides in the truck, his food, etc. He starts dancing all over the house, letting out little yelps of joy, and holding his tail high. I have shared a picture of him in the midst of a dance step, sleeping on one of the rugs near one of the cats, and leading Bayley out in the middle of the wheat field.

    We did have one scare. Right before Christmas, he refused to eat dinner and seemed "off". It was so unusual that we called the Vet Hospital at WSU (our vet was not available) and they told us to bring him in. He spent two days in the hospital recovering from pneumonia. We can't be sure how it happened but the vets think it probably was aspiration – he had been eating his food much too fast. He recovered beautifully and his lungs are clear now. He now has a bowl with dividers that slow down his eating (from a few seconds to about two minutes). All of the attention he received during the illness has helped immensely in socializing him. He is so much more interactive with visitors now, and actually will approach more easily.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that Bo is a vital part of the family and doing well. We can't imagine life without him.

    I hope this is a wonderful year for both of you and for Animal House.


  • Steve

    Monday, January 28, 2013

    I adopted Steve in October 2012.  When I got him he was shy, scared and timid.  He now is opening up and doing great.  He has been a great companion on the trails and I am very grateful to have found him. 

    Thank you Animal House for your hard work!
    Eileen Mondino

  • Tucker (formerly Scooter)

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Hi Animal House!

    I adopted Tucker last July and wanted to let you know how he is doing!

    The moment he stepped into his own backyard, Tucker knew he was home. I don't think he sat still the entire first few days – there was so much to explore! He claimed my bed as his own and still snuggles with me every night, no matter how much I might object to him taking up the ENTIRE queen size bed.

    He loves to be outside just to watch the people and dogs walk by, and loves when we get to have play time with his best friends Riley and Bones – they can play for hours and have endless amounts of energy! We go for walks almost every day on the trail by our house, and just the sight of his leash sends him into a frenzy.

    As we found out a couple months ago, Tucker absolutely LOVES the snow! He likes to chase the snowflakes as they fall and gets confused when he can't catch them! He will also sit and watch the squirrels play outside for hours, never once taking his eyes off of them.

    Tucker is the one who drives me insane yet keeps me sane all at the same time. He has been a wonderful addition to my life and I am thrilled every day that I was able to adopt him. Thank you!


  • Zeke (formerly Mojo)

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Hello, Animal House!

    I adopted a rat terrier named Mojo last April 2012. His name is now Zeke and I wanted to let you know how he is doing!

    He will be 3 years old in March and he is probably the best thing that has happened to me and my family. He is the happiest and athletic little guy! He loves to play with rubber balls in the back yard and when you throw them, he can jump incredibly high and brings them right back to you. He also gets extremely excited when you ask him to go for a walk or to go in the car, it makes his day every single time. When he's not enjoying himself outside, he is the biggest cuddle bug. He'll nap or relax with me on the couch, sitting as close to me as possible. He also loves to sleep in my bed at night (sometimes he is a bed hog though!) He also loves to play in the house, we bought him a few toys like a rope and a stuffed fox and his favorite game is tug-o-war.

    It's amazing to see how much he learns around us and develops so much. He has learned so many words that he can tell when he gets a treat or gets to go outside. He is very good at entertaining himself as long as he is around people. He has also been experienced with meeting other dogs and people and has become so sociable.

    Thank you guys so much for giving us the opportunity to bring home the best companion ever. You had taken such excellent care of him before we met him and we are so thankful for the happiness he has brought to our home.

    Thank you!

    Liz Kerner

  • Murphie (formerly Pumpkin)

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013


    Pumpkin is now Murphie… :)

    And she is doing great! We have really enjoyed her the past few months… She tests my patience everyday, but we have been doing really great adjusting…

    What can I say? She is almost 20lbs, she was just over 6lbs when we adopted her. She loves to go on walks, play in the snow, and play with all the 'big' dogs. She also like terrorizing our cat, Mama. They are still trying to adjust… She has done wonderful learning to stay in her kennel, it was a rough first couple of weeks, but she continues to do better all the time. She has a little 'excitement pee' issue, again – always working on getting better.

    She is well known in our neighborhood – everyone just loves the Murph. We hear 'cutest dog ever' a lot… :) People also wonder what kind of dog she is… I call her my 'pound puppy', but our vet seems to think she may have a little poodle or Shih Tzu in the mix. She doesn't mind getting groomed, although they said it took 3 people to trim her nails – not a fan of that.

    We are really looking forward to the spring, then we can spend more time outside. Its been so cold, our walks have become pretty quick!

    Thank you to Animal House – we are very happy with Murphie. I was leery of getting a dog, she requires a lot of work – but she has been worth every minute of it!!!

    I hope her mom and all of her siblings are doing good, I am sure Animal House found awesome homes for them also!

    Thank you again – Katie
    Katie Chalfant

  • Gypsy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Update on Gypsy:

    We've had her 3-4 weeks now and she's been perfect, extremely well behaved. Great with the horses. We've had her on hikes, in the truck, and in stores. She plays with my neighbor's border collie. She's learning to fetch and already knows about a dozen other commands. Everyone who meets her adores her.

    Debi Candelora

  • Send Us Your Happy Tails!

    Monday, December 31, 2012

    If you adopted a dog from Animal House Rescue, we'd love to share your story here!  

    Tell us how your pet brightens the day, how he keeps you laughing, or how he tries your patience.  Email us: web@animalhousehelp.org

    We, the employees, volunteers, and supporters of Animal House, love to hear from the forever homes of our alumni.

  • Copper (formerly Inigo)

    Friday, December 28, 2012

    Dear Animal House,

    I adopted Coop at Thanksgiving. He is a shy boy and is learning to not be afraid of men. His partner is Xena, an eleven year old rat terrier.

    When he is not carrying around 3 or 4 of his toys in his mouth, he shares a dog bed with Xena. He has his own, but likes to snuggle close to her.

    He is playful, kind, and a perfect dog to complete my family. We take lots of car rides to run errands and go to the barn to see my horses. His toys are always near and he tries to take them outside, but he will drop them at the backdoor to pick up when he comes back inside. He loves his toys.

    Thanks for hooking me up with a sweetheart of a pup!
    Pat Geddes

  • Sammy

    Saturday, December 08, 2012

    Hi Animal House,

    We adopted Sammy almost 1 year ago and we are moving to Iowa.

    I have attached a couple photos of Sammy. Once we brought him home, he adjusted immediately. He potty trained and learned basic commands very quickly. He is also a great apartment dog and is very quiet. He loves
    all other dogs and has shown interest in cats, although he has never been able to get close enough to one.

    Sammy was a little underweight, around 35 lbs. when we first brought him home. He has since gained a little weight and has learned to control his eating. We recently took him to the vet (Advanced Animal Care of Colorado) to update his shots, and he was deemed perfectly healthy!

    Sammy has a few quirks that make him a very funny dog. At the dog park, he doesn't like to play fetch or tug-o-war. He does like when other dogs chase him, so he has a habit of "stealing" others' toys so they will chase him to get it back. When other dogs lose interest in chasing him, he will drop the toy and run away. He also really dislikes water. He has learned to tolerate bath time, but he does not like swimming or the rain. However, he loves the snow.  He also loves his crate and will nap in there, with the door open, all afternoon.

    Robert and I are looking forward to our change of careers and location, we hope Sammy will like his new big house and yard! We will send an update after we are all settled!

    Thank you for the amazing dog!
    Megan and Robert


  • Boots

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012

    I wanted to wish the whole Animal House Crew happy holidays. I am very thankful for my dog Boots he has become a very mature, wonderful dog with an amazing personality, who joins me in all of my adventures in life. He is quite the companion and I don't know what I would do if he wasn't part of my life. Thank you for everything and I am sending you all pictures of fun adventure over the past three years.

    Richie Parkhill

  • Verse

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    Hi animalhouse,

    We wanted to tell you that Verse, who we adopted about six months ago, is doing great.

    When we first adopted Verse, he was very mouthy when exited. He would lock onto an arm, when we returned home, and would only involuntarily let go. Our assumption is that he never learned how to "play well", since the only time he did have an owner was when he was a puppy, and we all know how a lot of people play with puppies… His welcome is still a bit overwhelming, though he has gotten much better. Recently we figured out that the situation is best solved by putting a yummy raw hide between his teeth.

    Food is Verse's favorite thing in the world, and only playing with our first dog Uni (yes, together they are the UniVerse) or intensive face rubbing comes close.

    I attached two pictures for you; feel free to use them on your website.

    All the best,

    Kurt and Karina Waage

  • Baxter

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    I wanted to say thank you, and I wanted to tell you that Baxter is doing amazingly wonderful. My husband declared him to be the "perfect dog," and I couldn't agree more. He's still scared of loud noises, but he is so happy–esp around other dogs. He thinks cats are curious creatures to wag his tail at, and he loves chasing squirrels. He won't fetch, but he also doesn't want to leave our sides.

    He's the most loving dog I've ever met. He's been a blessing; he really has. I love him dearly. We take him on vacation with us and have moved to Austin with him. It's challenging at times to find a rental that will accept pets, but I would never DREAM of giving up Baxter so that we could have a nicer, one-year rental. A rental is short-term; my beloved dog is forever! I don't understand how a wonderful dog like Baxter was ever given up in the first place, but I'm glad that you all went to Houston, Missouri to snatch him up, because now we have him. Thank you.

    I wanted to send you this thank you, because it really means a lot to me that you found Baxter and kept him alive so that we could adopt him. I didn't know I could love a dog this much, and I thank you for sending him our way.

    Attached is a photo of Bax and me from our vacation last year to Gunnison.

    I hope you're well, and that Animal House is thriving.

    Bonnie Emerick

  • Rocket (formerly Lucky)

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Hi Stephanie,

    We stopped at the store that we got a coupon for first. Mark took Rocket/Lucky in to the store with us and he was just sniffing at everything. Lots of good smells there. Any we bought food, toys, and treats for him. He sat in my lap almost the whole way back home. He does hate trucks. Started barking at every one we passed in town.

    We feed him after we got home, and he seemed very happy. We have our new Velcro pet. Our other dogs were like that too. So Mark and Rocket/Lucky and I all feel very comfortable together.

    I set up an appointment with Dr. Church for rabies shot on Oct. 19Th. I will have his amputated leg checked and see if I can get some tips to keep it from atrophying. I have attached a couple of pictures of Rocket/Lucky on his new bed. Will send more pictures later. Thanks so much for saving this dog. He's so sweet and deserves a good home.

    Thanks again for all the good work you guys do!

    De Pruett-Boushele

  • Shiloh (formerly China)

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Hi Ali,

    We met you at the Odell's beer fest tonight. I'm e-mailing you a couple of pictures of Shiloh (aka China). We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work. Without you we wouldn't have been able to find such an amazing dog as Shy. She gives us love every day.

    Thank you,
    Brenna and Grant Whittey

  • Bowser (formerly Indiana Jones)

    Sunday, September 02, 2012

    We adopted Bowser (Indiana Jones) from Animal House when he was about 8 weeks old. He is now about 6 months old and fits into our family great. My kids love him.

    He has brought a great joy to our lives and he makes a great companion for our 2 year old Great Pyranees. He follows him around like the little brother he is.

    We just wanted to say thank you to the Animal House for allowing us to adopt Bowser and to say what a pleasure it is to work with you. You made the adoption process quick and easy.

    Tom and Heather Winchell

  • Tillie (formerly Yoyo)

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    This is Tillie (Yoyo) all grown up!

    We adopted her (one of Frieda's puppies) in December of 2011 and now can't imagine our family without her. She has grown-up to become a great dog who LOVES to run, hike, and play.

    She is very gentle and is quickly becoming the type of girl that goes with us everywhere. It is so fun to watch her features change as she grows and guess what breeds may be in there. Her fuzzy puppy fur became a little bit of a mo-hawk.

    We are so thankful to the Animal House and to Tillie's foster family for giving her a wonderful start. We're also very curious about her siblings and what they look like now. Thank you Animal House!

    Kate and Nathan Galloway


  • Ms. Coco Chanel (formerly Twist)

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Hello to everyone at Animal House.

    We adopted Twist (now Ms. Coco Chanel) on June 19th. She became my instant buddy and has not left my side since. However, she is terrified of men, including my husband and would not go near him. Which broke his heart since he picked her out to be his new lap buddy.

    We started by having him share some of the food from his plate. This worked to the point that she would go to him as long as he had food, but no other time. She would not go outside with him or walk with him. After some research I purchased an Adaptil pheromone collar for her, and that has helped her anxiety around men greatly. The first day with the collar she greeted my husband at the door. We still have a ways to go so she can get over her trust issues, but as the photo shows we have some real progress going on.

    Coco adjusted to Carlo the Dachshund and Patches the Calico Cat immediately. All three are the best buddies and run and play all day. Even the cat gets into the act. It’s an all day game of Cat and Mouse…Patches is the cat and Carlo and Coco are the mice. After Carlo lost his big brother in April, Coco is just what he needed to get out of his funk.

    We were pleasantly surprised when she came home to find she was housebroken and had some leash training and would walk beautifully on the leash. We often wonder what her young life before now must have been like. She has some basic training, yet she is terrified of men and it takes her a bit to warm up to women. She loves children. We know she has had litters of pups, yet she plays as if she is still a pup herself. What has her life experience been until now? And she is terrified of the dark. Will not go outside after dark and we leave a nightlight on for her. She does not care to sleep in our bed like the other animals. My recliner is where she wants to sleep.

    She is a delightful little dog and we believe in the coming weeks and months she will begin to feel totally comfortable with my husband and learn to trust that there can be happy endings. We are not going to let her go as she is not disposable to us. Little by little we notice when she has a bit more confidence and trust. And she is the best dressed dog in town. She loves her dresses.

    Thank you for all you do for the animals.

    Vikki Weber

  • Spartacus (formerly Andy)

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Spartacus (aka Andy) has been with us for just about 2 months now and we absolutely LOVE him.  He loves us too of course by making us laugh, helping us exercise and just spending as much quality time with us as he can fit in his totally cool and busy dog life.

    He is very smart, very well behaved, a snuggle professional, and one of the cutest dogs ever.  We are most fortunate to have him. Thank you for making the adoption so  easy. You guys are great!

    Michael, Jennifer, and Caroline

  • Riley (formerly Samantha)

    Sunday, July 08, 2012


    My boyfriend and I adopted Riley this past April and just wanted to let you know how she is doing.

    Riley became apart of our family the second we brought her home. She and our other dog, Bones, get a long great and are always together. They absolutely love each other. Riley is a quick learner and quickly picked up commands and tricks. She is so eager to please and loves to give kisses.  Although she is still fairly young, she is very smart and knows the rules.  We couldn't have found a better dog to bring into our family.

    Riley is always ready to play and loves going for walks, playing fetch, hiking and to the dog park (where she not only figured out how to swim but also loves jumping off the dock)!   Anywhere where she can play in water is her favorite place to be and we have even bought her a kiddie pool for these hot summer days. She is always ready to play but knows when to calm down at night and loves to snuggle.

    She is such a wonderful dog and we are so happy we got to adopt her.

    Thank you!
    Jen and Chris

  • Rocky Road (formerly Evan)

    Friday, July 06, 2012

    We are still very much enjoying our boy, Rocky Road, who we adopted from you on April 3rd (or around that date).  He was under the name of Evan. 

    We were curious as to his breeds (thought we had a good guess), so I did the DNA test. He is Lab mixed with Australian Cattle Dog & something else).
    I recall Rocky had a presumed brother, Eddie.  I am perfectly OK with you forwarding this report to Eddie's new family.  I also understand that you probably have more to do with your time than forward emails around, so will not be crushed if this never makes it to them either :-).  I've attached a recent picture of Rocky.

    Thanks for all you do for the dogs (and the people who benefit from having them)!!


  • Hannah & Liberty

    Friday, June 29, 2012


    I got a call yesterday asking if all was well with Hannah.  Yes! She is a happy girl!  I just adopted a rescued retired Greyhound from "Friends of Retired Greyhounds" exactly 1 month to the day from the time I adopted Hannah.

    It was apparent that Hannah needed a friend so now Liberty is with us.  It's wild and wooley when the girls wrestle in the yard but they have a wonderful time and sometime "race" the parimeter of the yard. 

    Liberty is 4 years old and is nothing but muscle.  She was in a prison training program for about 3 weeks being socialized and trained for basic commands.  The girls are really happy together and it makes me feel good that they are friends and have each other when I have to be at work. 

    They have a soft doggy door so they can be inside and cool during all this hot weather.  They play in the morning when we water the plants in the yard and again in the evening when it's cooler.  They are flat out and asleep inside when it's hot outside.
    Hannah is in a huge crate at night and is doing well with that.  It's at the foot of my bed.  Liberty is too large for the crate I had so will need to purchase another super size crate like Hannah's for her.  In the meantime, she is on the bed with me so we are all together at night. 

    Both the girls love people and are delighted when we have visitors.  Liberty had 14 visitors when she had only been with Hannah and me for a couple of days.  She was delighted with the attention as was Hannah.  Hannah and she are wonderful with children, too. 

    So, we have a full house now and it seems to be a very happy time for all of us.
    Where you see bare dusty dirt in this picture is now mulch so that if we ever do get rain, it won't be a mud bog out there in the yard.  I'll take another picture so you can see how much better it looks now.
    Hannah has been to see our vet and Liberty goes tomorrow.  Both girls seem to be doing very well.  Hannah has boundless energy and Liberty is just the friend to play and wrestle with.
    Thanks so much for my beautiful Hannah.  I just love her!

    Wendy Ellis

  • Maggie

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    Dear Animal House,

    It’s hard to believe that one year ago, we adopted Maggie. After fostering her for 18 months, Maggie knew from day one of foster care she found her forever home. As a dog who exhibited fear aggression, we knew we had to be patient and calm when helping her learn to trust people. After six months of fostering, Maggie started to demonstrate signs of trust by greeting people at the door, sitting on their lap on the couch and actively and excitingly meeting new people and children on walks. Hard work was starting to pay off and it was an amazing feeling.

    Our other two dogs have shown Maggie how to act in a home and overall, enjoy the traits of being a dog. Maggie LOVES to play fetch, run along the fence in the backyard (and create her personal race track!), get brushed, enjoy belly rubs and best of all, sleep on our bed!

    We are so thankful we opened up our hearts and home to fostering and were extremely blessed when we crossed paths with Maggie (thanks, Shanel!). Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences and even though, we have taken a break from fostering since Maggie’s adoption, we continue to encourage as many people as possible to foster for the Animal House. If you can open up your heart and home to a foster dog, we guarantee the experience will be life changing.

    We honestly don’t know where Maggie would be today if Animal House hadn’t taken her in and if we hadn’t started fostering her. All things happen for a reason and Maggie was always meant to be our dog. Patience really is the greatest virtue.

    A HUGE thanks to the Animal House staff for all you do! It’s your initiative to specialize in second chances and passion for dogs that makes your organization stand above the rest.

    Colleen & Jason

  • Bishop (formerly Rex)

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Hi Animal House!

    I adopted Bishop in April 2012 and just wanted to check in and let ya'll know that Bishop is doing amazing in his new home. I couldn't be happier with his progress!

    After the first initial shock of entering a new home, he started warming up to me very quickly. He is a silly dog, and a playboy! He loves playing at the dog park, running laps in the yard, or just laying around on the couch with his roommates, Rizzo and Victor.

    Thank you so much!


  • Domingo (formerly Bug Bug)

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Dear Animal House,

    My boyfriend and I adopted Domingo (fka Bug Bug) from you on 2-25-2012, after a heartbreaking loss of lil' man Bender in October, and we couldn't be happier! He has made a wonderful addition to our family and it didn't take long for him to fit right in. 

    We learned early on that he has a very unique and loving personality! Anyone that he meets is instantly drawn to him because he is so inviting and so very sweet. Be careful though…..you may get smothered in kisses! We feel so lucky you have let us bring him into our lives and we can tell how grateful he is to have us be his humans.

    Thank you a million times over for helping us heal from one loss and gain an amazing new companion for life! We are truly grateful!

    Sara, Bobby, Trixie and Domingo

  • Charley Bear

    Friday, June 01, 2012

    Hi Animal House —

    Just wanted to drop a note to let you all know that my husband and I are over the moon with our fabulous new furry friend, Charley Bear (aka Charley Murphy), whom we adopted about a month ago. 

    He's a great dog, really special and amiable and entirely too smart. He fit into our family with completely ease. We go for long walks and have already clocked lots of hours at the dog park, which is about his favorite thing in the world except chasing squirrels.

    He's learning "fetch" and has picked up a couple other new tricks, including how to get David to pet him for hours at night while he watches TV.

    Thanks again for rescuing Charley, and for all the great work you do at Animal House!

    Cheers —
    Trai & David & Charley

  • Willis (formerly Goofy)

    Friday, June 01, 2012

    Hi Animal House!

    My husband and I adopted Willis (aka Goofy) back in October of 2011 and have had a splendid time experiencing life with him.  Together, we have explored Kentucky, Moab, numerous hot springs,  the Rocky Mountains, parks, forests, lakes, and everywhere in between.  The pictures we have included are just a small sampling of our fun times together.  

    Willis, a German Shepard mix, has the sweetest deposition I've ever seen in a dog.  The only disciplinary problem we had with him was his eagerness to greet everyone (strangers on the street, other dogs, kids, etc) with a multitude of licks and tail wags.  

    For his large size we still marvel at his willingness to cuddle up close and his fear of water sprinklers.  We love Willis deeply and appreciate Animal House for bringing us together.

    Thanks for all you do,
    Cheryl and Daniel Bowker

  • Hannah

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012


    24 hours later (we got home at about 6:30 pm in a down pour on Wednesday evening), Hannah was doing just great! 

    Thank you all, for the most wonderful companion.  She is very happy to meet people.  Seems to temper her approach depending on whether the person is young or old. 

    My neighbor across the street has a Golden Doodle and she and her sons came over early last night (without Piper, as Hannah is still healing).  Hannah went wild for the children. 

    Later, my Women's Bible Study group came and they are older than I am (65) and Hannah was gentle, soft, sweet and loving.  Later, at the end of the night, she went around to each woman and "kissed" them on the cheek by putting her head up close and placing her nose on each one's cheek.  In fact, one of the ladies was on the other side of the table and she said, "Hannah, I didn't get a kiss." Hannah went over to Dee and "kissed" her and everyone else on that side of the table, one at a time.  She is precious! 

    Hannah can go in and out via a soft doggie door arrangement across my sliding door.  I put up some 6 foot fencing along the back fence where is used to dip down so you could see the greenbelt behind my house. I used reed fencing and it gives the illusion of a solid 6 foot fence so no problem trying to jump out.  

    She is using raw hide chews and has not approached anything in the house to chew on.  She doesn't beg for food at the table and lies down off to the side.  She crates nicely at night for bed time and sleeps through the night at the foot of my bed. 

    When it's time to go outside, she waits for me to go with her.  She is a great dog!

    I am truly blessed by all the good work that the staff at the Animal House has done and also by Ellen who did a great job!

    Just wanted to share with you.  Wendy

  • Reggie (formerly Bartholomew)

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    My fiance and I adopted Reggie from Animal House about a year ago, and we quickly fell in love! Reggie is the sweetest cuddle bug ever, and he quickly earned the nickname Potato from how much of a couch potato he is! Don't let  the snuggles fool you though, Reggie is a ball of energy. We love making him happy with hikes, walks, bike rides, visits to the dog park, and even runs on the treadmill in the morning when we don't have time to walk him.

    He loves all dogs, people, children, and even cats, we couldn't have asked for a sweeter dog! He even plays with our two dachshunds, but lays on the floor while he does it so he doesn't hurt them. In the future Reggie will be a working dog that will visit children's hospitals and other places that could use his loveable, calm, happy energy. All in all, Reggie has just been an amazing addition to our family. He makes everyone around him happy and we are so grateful to the Animal House for making that happen.    

    -Love Erica J. 

  • Waylon

    Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    I have been meaning to write you a little blurb about Waylon for months!Well, here it is finally! He is doing great, and we just adore him.

     "My husband and I adopted Waylon in December 2012. He is a quirky, little pup who continues to win the affection all who meet him! He is the ultimate fuzzball (a pocket St. Bernard, as Animal House dubbed him!).

    He has grown quite attached to his stuffed mallard, and would love to snuggle with our cat if our cat would only let him. I adopted Waylon 5 months after my first dog of nearly 10 years died. I think we were made for each other. I needed a friend, and a dog full of love and cuddles. Waylon has helped my heart heal and has brought me plenty of laughs.

    Despite a past history of being fearful and hesitant of touch, he can't get enough of it now! Believe me, he makes a point to make sure you know exactly where his belly is in case you want to scratch it! People are often surprised that he accompanies me on trail runs. He isn't exactly the athletic or "cool" looking mountain dog one would expect to see running in the Rockies. All the same, he enjoys himself and still outruns me. We are thankful to have found such a gentle and affectionate dog.

    Animal House was so patient with us as we came back week after week to look at and walk the dogs as we tried to determine who was the best fit for our family. It was a wonderful experience to work with them. Thanks Animal House for helping me meet my best friend!"
    All the best,

    Whitney Johnson

  • Maggie (formerly Petunia)

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Hey Animal House,

    Just wanted to give you guys an update on Petunia who we renamed Maggie whom we adopted in March.  

    She's put on weight and her coat is coming along nicely, she got a clean bill of health from the vet and seems happy as ever.  She loves to chase frisbees and tennis balls and has a ball playing with her favorite cat squeaky toy. 

    Her personality comes out more and more every day and we couldn't love her more!  Thank you for helping us find her!  I've also attached some pictures of her playing in our yard, hope you share them with everyone who helped her!

    Katie Buchan

  • Mojo

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    About 2 years ago My husband and I adopted 4/13/Mojo, a white husky mix, rom you. He is an amazing dog, and has fit in amazingly with our family and lifestyle. He is my running buddy almost every day, his favorite run is along the Horsetooth trails. He has participated in many 5ks all over Colorado. He is also an excellent hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and camping companion. He has traveled and explored all over Fort Collins, Steamboat, Grand Lake, Estes Park, Moab UT, Wyoming, and Idaho just to name a few. Attached are a few pictures of Mojo enjoying his life with our family. Thank you for all you do for the wonderful dogs like Mojo. Without your shelter we never would have found our wonderful Mojo.

    Thank you,
    Jacquie Holt

  • Charlie

    Wednesday, April 04, 2012

    I adopted Charlie in June 2011 after meeting him a few times at Animal House. At first, he was such a shy guy, I didn't think he wanted to come home with me. But, after a few meetings, his sweetness broke through his hesitation and after some good cuddle time, I knew I would love to bring him home.

    In our first few weeks together, Charlie and I discovered that he was nervous about a wide array of things – crates, wooden bridges, idling cars, teenagers on bikes, crossing wide roads, etc. One by one, The wonderful people at Animal House supported me with tips and encouragement as Charlie and I worked through his sources of anxiety so that he could strut along confidently through the neighborhood, head and tail held high. He's now sufficiently confident to march across bridges without hesitation and to keep his cool beside even huge idling trucks or packs of cycling kids. 

    Charlie even "wiggle dances" up to strangers that he senses have gentle dispositions. When he first met my boyfriend, he was too nervous to take treats from his hand. But now, Charlie gives the most beautifully happy dances and kisses whenever my boyfriend arrives.

    Charlie is such a joy to have – silly and affectionate, and yet gentle and peaceful. He is such a blessing, and I'm so grateful to Animal House for promising to care for him until he found a permanent home. Thank you!


  • Pearl (formerly Maizey)

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    We adopted Pearl back in July 2008 and she is in her forever home.
    Thanks to Animal House and all Adopters for all you do to help save our beloved animals. We humans are the ones truly blessed.

    Pearl and her cat, Chet, sleep together every night. I mean, Chet and his dog, Pearl… 

    Pearl (7) loves to go for long walks and enjoys writing on her “Butt-book” as often as possible.

  • Buddy (formerly Sparky)

    Friday, December 30, 2011

    Sandra –

    He looks pretty goofy here but you know he's in a safe home when he regularly exposes himself like this.

    This is Little Buddy, formerly Sparky, adopted from AH in Oct 2007. What a joy he is, and he's so well loved. And we love you and your crew and all that you do to care for our furry friends.

    Liz and Ross, and Buddy Moncrief

  • Riley

    Monday, December 19, 2011


    Thank you for what you do for the animals!

    We are grateful every day for our dear, sweet Riley, who mended our broken heart after our Jasper died, and continues to bring us love and joy every day.

    Laura & Tim Thomas 

  • Lilly

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    To the wonderful people of Animal House,

    I thought I would just write a quick letter updating you all on Lilly’s new life with me!

    I (officially) adopted her back in September just before my birthday. She was the first dog I ever walked as a volunteer at Animal House and I immediately knew she was meant to be my dog. After months of job searching and even having her adopted by another family for a while, I was able to foster her.

    After fostering her for a few months over the summer my feelings were solidified that she was meant to be my dog. She has absolutely lived up to my expectations for an amazing canine companion! She lives quite a wonderful life with boating during the summers, trips to the dog park, and long hikes in the snow during the wintertime.

    She gets many compliments on how beautiful she is and she is wonderful off leash! Lilly is slowly coming around to men in her life, and has over time fallen in love with my boyfriend Bryan, which is really great to see! She takes her time with new men but never shows aggression towards them, which is amazing.

    She is quite the princess when it comes to her treat preference, as she will mostly only eat wet treats such as jerky or others similar to that! She is beyond intelligent learning tricks very quickly with the help of her absolute favorite snack of hot dogs!

    Lilly is amazing at cuddling and has decided to take over the other half of my bed as her own, which is absolutely okay with me! Overall she is everything I ever wanted in a dog and I am beyond thankful to have found her at Animal House. She puts a smile on my face every single day and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Thanks again so much for being such a wonderful shelter!

    Kim & Lilly 

  • Riley (formerly Shayla)

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    Here are pictures of Shayla, now Riley, that we adopted from you. We love her very much and she is having a great time running on our 35 acres! While she has torn up a few things, like all pups will, she has been a amazing dog and we adore her!

    Debby & Karl

  • Whit (formerly Charlie)

    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Hi All!

    I just wanted to send an update on how Whit (formerly Charlie) is doing! He is really the best dog! I can't believe anyone would have given him up. He was exactly what I was looking for in a pet and has been a wonderful friend.

    We walk every day and I think he really enjoys living up in Estes. He gets to explore all the natural area and goes after rabbits as much as possible. He's got a wonderful and kind spirit; I can't wait to get home to see him every day! It was exactly what I needed. He is still managing to jump fences whenever possible, but has learned to come back to me whenever he sees me. He's doing so well!

    Thank you guys for all you do!

  • Eddie (formerly Wishbone)

    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Just wanted you guys to know that Eddie, formerly Wishbone (Jack Russell Terrier), is the most wonderful addition to our family. He is a very sweet dog, and it's amazing the transformation of him and his coming out of his shell. He is definitely my dog, though he does sleep with Vic during the day time when he's sleeping.

    We are overjoyed that we found him, and that he chose us to be his parents. Dr. Mahoney says he's perfect, and that he is a very lucky dog!

    Thank you!
    Judy Scott

  • Lola

    Monday, December 05, 2011

    Here is an update on lola…. she is very spoiled as you can tell. She has been doing great and has made such a difference in my life! I can't believe it's been a year since she came into my life…..thank you So much once again for such a wonderful dog…..Margarita Carreras

  • Clinton (formerly Jack)

    Friday, September 09, 2011

    The dog God was watching out for my son and I on July 14th when we visited Animal House and found "Jack".

    I have had a pet (cat or dog or both) for 40 years and Jack, now Clinton, is unquestionably the nicest, well mannered, loving, friendly, laid-back, dog I have ever come across. It would have been a shame to have destroyed this wonderful pet. He adapted to his new environment immediately and my one worry: that it would upset the "cat balance" was never been an issue.

    Clinton (named after George Clinton who was on the radio when we got back in the car after the adoption, and who was singing "Atomic Dog") is now a permanent member of our family and has found his forever home. He adores going to the dog park every day with my son and 'running with the big dogs', although not their size. We are saving our pennies so we can get the DNA kit and determine the makeup of this lovely pet.

    Thanks to all in Arkansas and his former family (he had to have had some good care/training previously) and Animal House that provided a path for Clinton to our dog door. He is truly a WONDERFUL pet and is getting lots of love and attention.

    Thanks so much Animal House.
    Sincerely, Susan and Carey

  • Cleo

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    We adopted Cleo in July of 2007. At first we were worried about what we had gotten ourselves into. She was very skittish around people, especially men. She was scared of everything (including drive-through windows)! Here we are four years later and Cleo is a different dog.

    She has learned to trust people and how to play. She loves her toys and going for walks. She completed basic obedience class and even learned a few new tricks. She's very well-behaved and calm and everyone who meets her just loves her. She is more trusting and confident. She will do anything for a treat and is most comfortable curled up on a couch or bed. She's getting pretty gray nowadays but still has a lot of spunk and personality.

    We couldn't imagine our life without her!
    Tim and Hannah Planansky 

  • Macho (formerly Sulley)

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    To All at Animal House,

    My name is Erin and I adopted Sulley just over a month ago. I've attached some pictures for you guys. My husband and I renamed him Macho. We absolutely LOVE having him in our house! He fit right in with us and I couldn't imagine our now family without him in it.

    He is a quick learner! He learned his new name pretty quickly as well as a unique whistle that my side of the family has. He doesn't like going into his crate when I leave to go to work, but he calms down and goes to sleep after a while (or at least I think he does…he's usually asleep when I get home later).

    He loves to be loved! He also loves loves going on walks! Everyone who meets him absolutely loves him. He has a little girl in our complex as a friend and all he does is just lick her but she loves it. He always wants to snuggle with you under the blankets and on the couches or lays on top of the couch like a cat. My husband took him for a ride in his tractor trailer for a day and he seemed to like it.

    I'm pretty sure without stress and with good nutrition there are some hairs that are growing back around his burn spots! I can't remember if they were there before or not, but they are coarse and stick up further than the rest of his hairs.

    Anyhow, just wanted to send y'all an email with some pictures. Let me know if they came through! I'm sending this from my cell phone.

    Thank you guys again for letting me adopt Macho!!!
    The Fishers

  • Indiana Jones (formerly Tank)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Hey all,

    Just thought we'd write in with an update on Indiana "Indy" Jones (formerly Tank). We adopted him close to a year ago and could not be happier with him in our lives! Everyone always compliments us on how handsome, well-behaved, playful, and friendly he is – and every bit of that is true! Indy has yet to meet a person, dog, or cat that he isn't completely in love with. (He might be a little too interested in squirrels and birds, however!)

    He is smart and a very fast learner. Loves his treats. He is athletic and strong, but gentle as well and enjoys cuddle time and a giving lots of licks. We've started hiking as a family, and he's a natural; sniffing a thousand things at once and really engaged with the world around him. He goes everywhere with us – the coast, the mountains, festivals and farmer's markets and restaurant patios – anywhere dogs are allowed.

    We're so thankful that Indy came into our lives, made "Foster Fails" out of us, and fit into our little family so perfectly!

    Jen, Bryan, and Indy Escalante 

  • Weston (formerly Clark)

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Weston (formerly Clark)

    We adopted Weston (formally Clark) in November 2010 from the litter of pups you rescued from Arkansas. We wanted to provide you with a recent photo.

    He is 10 months old and 36#. He has been a great pup and some of his true colors have appeared. We named him after Edward Weston (famous black and white photographer) and the pup was initially just black and white and now he has some tan accents.

    He loves to point at anything that moves: butterflies, rabbits, birds, grass hoppers…you name it! He can 'sing' on command and is a great joy to have around. He enjoys being up in the mountains for skiing, biking and hiking.

    Thanks so much for providing us with such a great friend!
    Barb Allan and Greg Mazu

  • Peanut

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Hello to all the wonderful people at Animal House Rescue!

    We just wanted to give you a little update on Peanut. We did keep his name the same since he seemed to respond to it and we didn't want to throw a third name at him to learn. But his name really sums him up- he's just a round little Peanut! He has been a wonderful addition to our family. We've had him for just over 3 weeks now and he's settling in great.

    He still has some timid qualities, but we're seeing him open up a little more every day. He's had a few accidents in the house, but we're working through those. He is picking up on the idea of coming to us or running to the door when he needs to go outside like our other dog.

    Bella, our 6 year old Chihuahua, is just in love with him! She loves to groom him and just be around him. She's always had that motherly personality and it made us realize how lonely she was all by herself. So it's perfect that Peanut loves the attention from her! Finding a dog that Bella got along with and vice versa was our number one goal. They have fun playing together and resting together.

    He does great in his crate during the day while we are at work. We're getting Peanut more used to a leash and try to take them out for a walk together every day. He's just brought so much joy and laughter to our family and we couldn't be more happy! His personality is still coming out and we've enjoyed watching him play with his toys and running around chasing Bella in the yard.

    Thank you for saving this little guy and knowing it was meant to be for us to find him at your rescue.

    ~ Scott and Nina Roys (and Bella!)

  • Summer (formerly Snickers)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    I wanted to send an update on Summer (formerly known as Snickers)
    She is such a cuddly addition to our family. She loves being outside and spends the day sniffing around our backyard. She loves to wrestle with the other dogs and even puts up with her sister Vienna, a black and tan dapple long hair who is known for her fiesty, princessy ways.

    Summer is excellent on her leash and has the cutest demeanor and personalty. She has quickly become a favorite with our vet when we take her in for check-ups.

    Thanks for saving this girl – our dachshund "trifecta" is now complete!


  • Max (formerly Gumdrop)

    Wednesday, March 02, 2011

    Dear Animal House,

    My husband and I are so happy with our new 6 month old pup, Max (formally Gumdrop)!

    The first night we didn't get much sleep, as we worried if he'd sleep though the night in his new crate. Max was the only one who dozed into the night and for a full eight hours! It was amazing how much he loved his new crate.

    We've had him now for an entire month and we couldn't be happier. We were rescued by a rescue pup! He's so happy, attentive and loves all…dogs, people, cats, even horses!
    Kudos to the foster family who had Max before! They did such a wonderful job socializing him and just teaching him puppy basics! Plus we are impressed by his intelligence! He picked up all basic commands in a matter of days!

    Thank you so much for all the amazing things you guys do!
    Suzy & Marek

  • Homer

    Thursday, February 17, 2011


    I picked Homer up Monday afternoon. He is a good boy and seems very happy here with Darling. We are starting him in obedience class tonight at Petsmart; he goes to the vet this afternoon to get his dog license and check up.
    He is well behaved in the house just like you said and truly a love bug, as sweet as can be. He has been in a shelter since last August and that is probably only part of his story; the rest we will never know.

    Thanks to you and everyone who helped him along to get to this point. We think he is a prize, truly a beauty. Come see us in Golden if you get down this way.

    Charlie and Jane Barthel

  • Vandal

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Vandal is getting used to our home and our schedule. He loves his bed and spends a lot of time there with his toys. After only 3 days he already sits and waits at the door to be let out/in, and is really starting to get the 'sit' command!

    He gets really excited when he sees Killer (the cat) and runs toward him like, "YAY a play buddy!!!". Killer isn't into the playing yet–haha–but they're getting used to each other.

    Thanks to Animal House for your help finding, taking care of and getting Vandal ready to join us in our life! He is a joy to us and I hope we are for him as well!

    Joe, Carissa, Killer the cat, Guido the guinea pig, and Vandal the puppy!

  • Syd

    Monday, February 07, 2011

    Syd is wonderful. He and Wilbur get along very well, although Syd bosses him a little bit. He eats well, and kisses anything that stops moving long enough. He loves to crawl under the covers at night and will maneuver so he is next to his favorite human of the moment.

    He has adapted well to the winter program of moving from the sunny window to the fire. He does defend his territory by barking at anyone walking by, particularly if they dare to have a dog with them.

    My vet and I watch his weight and we just tested his blood to make sure there was nothing going on that would make his neck lymph nodes seem a little bigger than normal. All normal.

    He eats well. He loves to go in the car, has several coats, and does not understand if he has to stay home because it is too cold. He did great in obedience class once he figured out what we wanted him to do. He likes to be praised and will crawl on top of the laptop if he doesn't get attention quickly enough. He has had one shower, which he tolerated.

    He is a fully integrated member of the family and we love him a lot. Thanks to Aniimal House for helping us come together.

    John Beck and Dru Brenner-Beck

  • Cheyenne

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    Cheyenne is celebrating his year anniversary today (1/27/11) of living with Blue and me. Cheyenne is enjoying retirement in Englewood. He loves LOTS of attention, long walks, and food. He is a very happy dog.

    Older pets are wonderful to adopt. Thanks for taking such good care of him before I adopted him.


  • Xena

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    She's 6 months and easily the smartest dog I've ever had in my life. She picked up all the basic commands within a few hours and never forgot them, she is so good at them she goes through the order even if I don't say anything.

    Her personality is by far the best I've come across, very playful and is another person of the family- she has her own spot on the couch at night and decided she needed a pillow in bed because I use one. She's also decided that she can walk herself by carrying some of the leash in her mouth.

    After having her for the first 2 weeks, it was very fitting to keep her name since she never whines or cries and is very strong with her personality, and the way she likes to play wrestle with me.


  • Cappuccino (formerly Scruffy)

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    I just wanted to thank you for letting me adopt Scruffy…..His name changed to "Cappy" as he immediately responded to the name.
    (Short for Cappuccino).

    He apparently was already potty trained….when he wants to go out he goes and hits his leash that is hanging by the door! We are getting along great!

    Thank you all for helping me find my best friend!

    Love you too!
    Deb Sheridan : )

  • Lila

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    Just wanted to give you guys an update on Lila. She is doing great adjusting to her new environment very well.
    Thank you for giving me the chance to have such a great dog! 

    Margarita Catreras
    Lola's forever mommy 

  • Sadie (formerly Eclair)

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    Dear Animal House,

    We would just like to thank you for all you do, and especially for saving Sadie, formerly Éclair. It constantly amazes us that anyone could have abandoned her. But their loss is our gain.

    We brought her home in March as a 4-month-old puppy and we’ve been learning from each other ever since. She’s very smart, thanks to her border collie side and generally figures out what we’re trying to teach before we figure out how to teach it. Whether she listens is another matter :) She’s actually quite good for her age. She’s still just over one year old so there’s a lot of puppy left in her.

    Despite the retriever in her, she’s been reluctant, until recently, to do much fetching. But she’s suddenly gotten very good at Frisbee and is fetching the tennis ball even when other pooches are around. Her favorite things are doing zoomies in the back yard, licking lotion off of legs in the morning (we call it lotion legs), eating greenies for dessert and just about everything else as long as it involves being with us.

    Erik and Emily Wilmsen

  • Josclynn (formerly Godiva)

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Hi Ali,

    I absolutely LOVE my new puppy! Attached is a photo of her in her favorite place-someone’s lap! She loves to snuggle and is an absolute joy to have around.

    Have a great holiday and thank you for all you do.


  • Pasta (aka Noodle)

    Friday, December 10, 2010


    I am enclosing a picture or two of Pasta Noodle. He has fit in like a missing glove here in our home! We did a DNA test on him and he is mostly, Chihuahua and then he is Doberman!!! a little poodle and some German short-hair pointer?

    Funny little fellow, acts like a Chihuahua though, he knows where all the laps are and to kiss you on the mouth! Took him awhile but he has noodled into our bed and Kevin said no way in the beginning.

    We love this little fellow and wish we could take a bunch more!!

    Keep up the good work and a donation is on the way!

    Alice and, I am sure, Kevin DiSabatino

  • Leonard

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010


    Wanted to let you know that we adopted Leonard, the little 8-year old Doxie around two months ago. He is doing really, really, well with his new “forever family.” We love him dearly!

    He has full access to the back yard (although he prefers the front yard). He absolutely LOVES being part of the family and hates it when we have to leave. He is spoiled rotten with lots of dog toys, beds (although he prefers our KS bed), treats, and, most important, affection. There’s not a day that goes by that he doesn’t get kisses from everyone in the family!!

    We love him dearly and thank you for helping bring him into our family.

    The Steele Family

  • Maggie (formerly Taffy)

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    She is growing fast – but still smaller than we had expected at 6 months… which is great! She weighed in about three weeks ago at 37lbs… I'm sure a bit more than that now. :)

    Her and Lucy are so fun together, and Maggie now makes Lucy look minuscule. She loved the first snow… literally ran around eating it all morning, and was wiped the rest of the afternoon. My husband took her hiking up Grey Rock last weekend, and Maggie spent most of the time off leash… and Shea said she did just great. We're headed to Denver for thanksgiving – and combining our two families (which means 6 dogs)… so the girls will love it!

    She is such a delight. Here are some photos from this last week or two. You have any new pups around to keep you busy?

    Hope you're well,

  • Hampton (formerly Victor)

    Tuesday, November 09, 2010

    Dear Animal House,

    I just wanted to give you an update on the pooch formerly known as Victor. His new name is Hampton (after Hampton Court in England, not the hotel chain) and he is the perfect addition to our family!

    Hampton and our Jack Russell, Sophie, are absolutely best friends. We didn't realize how much happier Sophie would be with another dog – she is in heaven! This absolutely couldn't have worked out better for all of us. Hampton clearly loves life and spends his days chewing on Sophie and making us laugh. We've just started an obedience class with him and he's picking up on everything very quickly. I think the sky is the limit on what this boy can learn.

    Thank you so much for rescuing Hampton and helping him find his forever home – we can't imagine life without him! And also a very special thank you to his foster parents. His transition to living with us was effortless – he was already happy, healthy, house-trained, crate-trained, and very well-mannered. Thank you for loving him!

    I promise to send more pictures and updates as Hampton grows up. I'm excited to see what Hampton thinks about snow – I have a feeling he's going to love it…

    Thanks again,

    P.S. Sorry it took me so long to send pictures, but he's a very tricky dog to photograph. He's so busy and active that most of our photos come out blurry!

  • Remi (formerly Ada)

    Saturday, October 30, 2010

    We just wanted to send you an update on our puppy Remi previously Ada) that we adopted nearly a year ago, last January. She has blossomed into a beautiful, goofy, and smart girl. Most people guess she is mixed with Vizsla and lab, though it's still anybody's guess.

    She knows tons of tricks (sit, down, back up, stand, spin, sit pretty,
    dance, crawl, bang-play dead, fetch up your collar, and roll over) and loves going hiking and playing fetch with her chuck-it in the park.

    She loves other dogs, and adors her feline brothers and sisters. Any person that crosses her path is an instant friend. Thank you so much for taking such wonderful care of her. We can't even imagine life without her now!

    Sam and Will

  • Ranger (formerly Til)

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    I just thought I would give you a quick update on Til, who we've renamed "Ranger". He's doing very well, learning and growing every day. He's really won our hearts and is helping us heal from the loss of our 12-year-old lab/shepard this summer. Ranger does pretty well with basic commands but he's definitely got a lot of puppy spirit :)

    Ranger got his fist experience with snow this past weekend and had a ball. Here are some pics.

    Take care,
    Brianna and David Miles

  • Elliott (formerly Vlad)

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Hey, Shanel/Ali/Sandra –

    I'm attaching an update on my previous foster pup, Vlad now Elliot – the little border collie mix that I so adored but so pleased that he has found a great home. His new owners have really been committed to making it work.

    When Vlad/Elliot first went to their home, the first night was great. But then he really started to act out, nipping at kids, separation anxiety, the works. You could tell how much she adored him but she didn't know if he was happy or not.

    We talked through different items, obedience, doggie daycare, mood around him, etc and just the basic fact that he needed time to settle in to his new place…and she really ran with it. And I have to say he has done a 180 once again and is thriving at his new home. 

    It is so wonderful to hear how much they wanted to make sure he was in an environment that worked for him. And they are just so in love with him it really touches my heart. This was one dog that I honestly could have thought about adopting myself, and seeing/hearing how he is being loved and treated just makes me know he is in a very great place. :-)

    Thought you all would like to read his story of settling in. And Sarah sent some great pictures of him!




    Here's the photos I promised!

    Elliott continues to make progress! He has been going to Day Care 1-2 days a week and they say he does very well. I am told he has made some friends with dogs that stay there frequently! He is starting to pick up on our routine. He learned how to fetch, and LOVES to run around the fenced in ball fields we take him to at the Wellington Recreation fields.

    The veterinary hospital informed me that they are building a dog park behind the clinic that should be ready in the spring! So excited for that.

    Today he ran errands with me….even had his first trip to Poudre Pet Supply and PetSmart. Still a shy guy, but definitely coming out of his shell! And everyone that meets him just adores him! He is definitely falling into place in our family!

    Sarah Volner 

  • Bella (formerly Spirit)

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Bella is doing terrific! She's really thriving with her dog brother Fozzie and is set to start learning flyball soon. She's found her favorite spot on the couch and has settled in just like she owned the place!

    It's a joy to have her in our family and she seems to be enjoying herself quite a bit, if kisses and snuggles are any indication.

    Thanks for checking in on her! I've attached a picture of her in her favorite spot!


  • Doug (formerly Taber)

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    BTW, I don't know if you want this info, but perhaps you can pass it on to someone who would: My husband and I adopted "Taber" from Animal House two years ago next month. We renamed him Doug and he is awesome.

    He's feisty and independent and very lovey. He's also pretty funny — even when he doesn't mean to be. I've attached some photos. He really brought some life into our other dog, Whiskey (a neurotic hurricane katrina rescue) and has taught her to play. They are a really good team.

    Thanks Animal House!

  • Griffey

    Monday, October 04, 2010

    Griffey is such a hoot! My 95 lb boxer and he play chase from the back of the yard in the house around the coffee table and back out again, changing direction only to jump from couch to couch to tease the big dog!

    He loves to snuggle, we took a long nap on the couch yesterday and he falls asleep on his back in my arms as I rub his tummy and chest. I am so happy that he has fit in so seamlessly!

    He loves my old sheltie but the sheltie pretty much ignores him choosing to let the younger kids play until they drop! He is a joy!


  • Billie (formerly Baya)

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Billie (Baya) won a bronze medal in the Doggie Olympics pentathalon this year!!! She blows my mind!!!! Her Iowa shelter dog brother, Scout, is passed out in the background.


  • Toby

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to let you know Toby's been doing great lately. It helps to have calmer weather but he seems to be settling into his new home. Thought I would share a few photos.

    Best of luck on your fundraising event!

  • Lizzie

    Sunday, August 01, 2010

    Dear Animal House,

    Last year, we adopted a Catahoula Leopard Dog named Odelia, now Lizzie, from you. We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful dog she has turned out to be. She has a great temperament and is very affectionate and loving with everyone she meets. Everywhere we go, people ask about her breed…she definitely grew into a beautiful, unique dog.

    We are so happy to have her and are thankful for the work you do to save lives like hers. Thank you!

    The Strufing Family

  • Smokey

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010


    Thank you for your email! Smokey is doing absolutely amazing. He and his older brother (Willie the Chocolate Lab) get along wonderfully and Smokey is a very active and happy dog! He is super cuddly and loves to play fetch, play with other dogs and terrorize the mailman.

    Some of his special talents include being the fastest dog on the face of the earth, being an amazing watch-dog and he can do a back-flip with a soccer ball. Everyone who meets him loves him and we are very happy he is apart of our family! 

    If there is anything we can do to help contribute to the Animal House we would love to help! Thank you for your correspondence.

    The Sambur Family 

  • Dax (formerly Domino)

    Wednesday, July 07, 2010

    Hello Sandra,

    I'm just writting to give you guys an update on how Domino, now known as Dax that i adopted on january 30, 2010 is doing. He is great!!! he loves my other dog Izzy and gets along with all of my cats, as you can see in the last picture i sent that is my cat Ellie sleeping on Dax's face, they sleep together constantly.

    He fits right in with my group and is super smart. It only took him a few days to learn the basics of where he was to go to the bathroom, and the commands "wait" and "leave it" were learned the day after i took him home! I couldn't ask for a better dog he is great!

    Also he now weighs about 75 pounds and he is still growing, he is going to be quite a big man :)

    Thank you all so much!

  • Slinky

    Saturday, July 03, 2010

    We signed up for the next obedience class at the place you recommended. Today, Slinky had her first Dog Park experience at the one down Horsetooth and had a great time and has shown herself to be an enthusiastic swimmer and is good around other dogs.

    My 5 year old is especially, passionately in love with her and the two spend hours playing fetch in the yard, hiking with Daddy, and just romping around together, looking for mud, bugs, and adventure. Attached is a picture of the two of them. Clearly… Slinky is home :-)


  • Tabitha

    Friday, June 18, 2010

    Hi Shanel,

    Tabitha is doing great as a foster dog, and we'd like to adopt her!


  • Lola Uley

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Dear Animal House,

    My husband, Dan and I adopted Emerald now lovingly named Lola Uley (<– named after our favorite ice bar nestled in the heart of Crested Butte) back in March 2010. Lola quickly became an absolute wonderful addition to our family!! She quickly became best friends with her big brother, Tobias. Lola and Tobi play for hours on end and even at times share the same bed at night.

    Lola is such a loving, sweet dog – our Vet even joked that she was quite possibly the happiest dog she had ever met and we couldn't agree more! Lola is such a joy to have as a part of our family, we couldn't imagine life without her!

    Some of Lola's favorite things are playing in her backyard and watching the horses, going for walks (no matter the time of day), chewing on her endless amount of toys, rough-housing with her big brother and swimming in the lake!

    We are so grateful for what you do and for saving Lola's life so that she could bless and be a part of ours!! I have attached a picture of Lola and her brother Tobi relaxing in the summer sun!

    Jami & Dan Wiens

  • Benny (formerly Bernie)

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    Hi Sandra-

    Attached is a picture of Bernie (formerly known as Benny – adopted Nov. 2009) and his new family. He has been a handful and I think he is mixed with the world's most stubborn breed…whatever that may be! We love him and have been working on his training everyday. He likes to bolt so it is no wonder that he was found as a stray with his brother. The chihuahuas he lives with have taught him how to be a lap dog and he loves to cuddle, too.

    Also, is it possible to give my information to whomever adopted his brother Danny? I'd love to meet them at the dog park sometime if they are willing. I live in Fort Collins.

    Lauren Kalash

  • Petey

    Monday, June 07, 2010

    Petey is doing just great. He has adjusted very well to living with me. When he's not sleeping the day away, he's sitting in my lap while I play guitar or running in circles excited for a car ride. I can't believe he waited so long for a forever home. He's the greatest.


  • Mistletoe

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010

    Hi Joana,

    Wanted to update you! We are so in love with Mistletoe, she's such a cutie :) Things are going really well. The first day was the toughest, but we figured out a game plan. She was peeing non stop, I think because of the pressure on her bladder. So I started taking her outside every 30 min, and now she doesn't pee inside at all. She's so good, every time we go outside the first thing she does is pee, -and poop if she needs to. Mistletoe and Shadow, our other dog, have gotten used to each other now, and are playing up a storm. When she's not playing she's snuggling up in our laps and sleeping. So all is well, and she's not needing to pee so often now, the swelling from the surgery has come down.

    We go to bed at 11pm, so she lets us know she needs to get out of her crate and pee at 4am. The I put her back into the crate again to continue sleeping, and it works really well. Thought you'd enjoy these pics underneath:)

    Thanks again for taking care of her, we're so glad it worked out that we got her, she's a sweetheart -and so small! :)


  • Zander (formerly Bumble)

    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    Hi all –

    I've taken a bunch of pictures of Zander (Bumble to you), but am finally getting them organized. I thought I'd send you a few to show you much he's grown up and a little taste of how he's settled in here. There's a variety of pictures. One of him is with his older sister Macey. As the picture shows, they are inseparable. There's one I call "Zander looking pathetic" because he was trying to make sure I knew he was there while I was eating dinner. When you get to the one of my glasses, please refer to the question on your application about what you would do if they chewed up something of value. The rest are just a few of my favorites. I'm having a painting done of him and I'll send you an e-mail when the painting is done.

    I can't tell you how much of a cherished member of our family he is. His is still quite mischievious, but he's growing up and getting better all the time. He just had his 1 year check up and vaccinations – he now weighs 66 pounds and was declared perfectly healthy and happy. He loves playing with his big brother and sister, but he is most definitely a Mama's boy. He's very sweet and loving and I just couldn't ask for better. I do know he could not possibly be more loved!

    Karen Echols 

  • Oy (formerly Atticus)

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    The picture on the right is at a local park, when he decided that my glove was better than the tennis ball. Oy is about 14 weeks old in this picture, and in the month I have had him we have both taught each other a lot.

    The picture on the left is Oy after he had burried a small teddy bear. Once I quit laughing at him I got the camera and snapped this picture after asking him where the bear was. I was not suppose to know even though he was digging the hole RIGHT under me.

    And just on Sunday, Oy got to snuggle with my Grandfather, who does not let dogs on his lap. Oy was 1 day shy of turning 4 months, and my grandfather is 9 days shy of turning 85.

    Thank you again for helping me find this great puppy!

    Jamie O'Dell
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
    (Oy's Human) 

  • Snickers (formerly Bobby)

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    On February 4, 2009, we adopted "Bobby" from Animal House and he became "SNICKERS" and a wonderful addition to our family. He is obedient, loving and quite a "shadow" to each of us. If one of us is gone for a few hours, he delights that person with an excited welcome when we return…..he misses us! He quickly learned which rooms he was not welcome in……and he became attached to all three cushy beds that we bought him! He loves long walks and does great on a leash. What can I say? HE'S PERFECT!

  • Lucy (formerly Sadie)

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    When Lucy was found, she was severely underweight. The nice family who found her did not have the heart to take her to the pound where she did not have much hope to be adopted. Animal House came to the rescue and took her in.

    Having just lost our beloved Boxer, Kylie, who was a member of our family for over 8 years, we were not expecting to fall so in love with this spunky rat terrier when we agreed to foster her. Her big expressive eyes and perky ears were quite comical when coupled with her little underbite, but her loving nature and fun personality quickly stole our hearts!

    Named after Lucille Ball due to her crazy antics and loveable disposition, little Lucy became a wonderful addition to our home. She even goes to the office with us every day and has become the office mascot! She has been learning to walk well on the leash, sits pretty, speaks and gives kisses. She loves to play, play, play. From chasing squirrels to playing with all dogs..big and small, she then curls up on our laps for some snuggle time.

    She is so full of life and we are so thankful to Animal House for giving her a second chance to be loved. We Love Lucy!! Now…we need to get a Ricky for her to play with!

    Kris Wells
    Rite Clicks, LLC

  • Bella

    Monday, February 16, 2009


    Last week we adopted the English Bulldog puppy Bella. We just wanted to thank you guys for picking our family. We are so very happy with our new little family member! EVERYONE loves her especially her new friend Indy. They get along so well and make the perfect playmates (I attached a cute picture of them!) Bella seems very happy and is soaking in all the attention and affection.

    We also wanted to thank you guys for what you do for the animals! We are so glad we got to donate our money to such an awesome organization!


    The Domagata's
    Bob, Jamie, Indy and Bella 

  • Sprocket (formerly Chuck)

    Thursday, February 05, 2009

    We adopted a little mixed terrier, tan dog from Animal House last June out at the dog show at Centerra. He's a wonderful dog and I thank you for saving him and keeping him safe till we found him and adopted him. He is a loving little guy, and just wonderful with the grandchildren when they come to visit. He loves everybody!

    About a week ago when I was taking him for a walk on a retractable leash, I accidentally dropped the leash. Sprocket spooked when the hard case of the leash hit the ground and he started running. He is a very fast runner and I couldn't catch him. I headed for home as fast as I could to get the car and go out looking for him. We were about a 15-minute walk away from home. When I got home, there he was, laying on the front porch. I didn't know he knew the way, especially with the plastic case of the leash making a racket on the pavement behind him. Even terrified, he knew his way home.

    We'd like to help with your the shelter's needs. I will put a check in the mail tomorrow and try to give again whenever we can. You do good work – it should continue.

    Thanks for Sprocket!

    Sue and Hal Squier 

  • Wishbone

    Tuesday, February 03, 2009

    Hi Animal House,
    I just wanted to give you an update on Wishbone: we graduated an eight week training class. Also, my dad taught her commands in Spanish which now she only responds to. I am not sure how that is going to workout. :))

    Regina Apodaca

  • Penny (formerly Sugar)

    Saturday, January 31, 2009

    Penny's new mom stopped by today for a grooming appointment. Heather reported that Sugar is doing wonderfully and they couldn't be happier!!

  • Juma (formerly Scarlet)

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Hello Animal House,

    We adopted "Scarlett" (now named "Juma") from you guys in July. She had come from Eureka, KS with 2 other skinny pups. We just thought you might like an update on her.

    She is fully integrated with our family (even the cat). She is an AWESOME dog! Very athletic, sociable, obedient, and smart! And a magnificent jumper! She is a total joy.

    She accompanies me to work and we take several walks a day. She also enjoys the dog park and fetch, tug-o-war, and will chase rabbits and birds when she gets the chance (but never catches anything).

    What a great dog! Thanks!

    -Christy, Jaedyn, Barry, and Juma 

  • Farley

    Tuesday, January 06, 2009


    I just wanted to let you know that Farley is doing well and I am really enjoying him.

    I am using TLC dog walkers for days that I work and he likes Claudia. He gets along with the cat, although I am afraid Wally likes him more than he likes Wally. I have also discovered that pig ears are really bad for his digestion. He seemed to really like the pig ear, but never again. I have contacted Elizabeth Wilkins to discuss attending her play groups so he stays socialized.

    Mostly however, I am just enjoying taking him for walks and having him hang out with me. He is a really good companion and I am still amazed that no one adopted him.

    Thank you again

    Lisa Claypool 

  • Teddy

    Tuesday, January 06, 2009

    Dear Friends,

    Teddy here, checking in. Things are good and my coat is super soft. I did not finish my kennel club classes, yet. However, I know how to sit, stay, heel, shake hands and give kisses. I am very gentle.

    Thanks for saving my hide in Kansas. I love Fort Collins and the family you hooked me up with, too.


    Teddy Kloberdanz aka Ted E. Bear, Ted, T-Bone, or just "T" 

  • Pearl (formerly Maizey)

    Monday, December 29, 2008

    Hi Sandra and Ali,

    Just a short note and pictures to let you know that Pearl is a great dog and we are thrilled that she found her way to us.

    Thanks for all you do to help rescue and find homes for all the strays that come your way.

    Beth and Clarke Wright
    And Pearl


  • Kenya

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Hi Shanel!
    Here are some great photos (the photo with 2 dogs is Kenya reuniting with Banjo by coincidence).

    We were lucky enough to get Kenya from Animal House as a puppy when the shelter first opened. We knew she was meant for us because we were engaged in Africa and her litter name was Kenya! She was the last of the litter left when we visited and we knew she would be a great dog for us. She loves to go to dog park nearly every day to play with other dogs and has learned a multitude of fun tricks including "take a bow", "sit pretty" and "speak" as the most advanced. She is extremely smart, loyal and sweet so we cannot imagine our lives without Kenya.

    THANK YOU ANIMAL HOUSE for help making our house such a happy home!
    Jennifer & Mike Guerriero

  • Taj (formerly Kevin)

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008


    Taj (formerly Kevin) is doing great!! We have had a wonderful time going through his different puppy stages. He is a clown and a great companion… always making us laugh. :) Over the summer he went hiking with us quite a lot, and lately he has been loving the snow. 

    Happy holidays!
    Carrie and Sid Murthy

  • Ginger & Buffy (formerly Ndora)

    Saturday, November 08, 2008

    You said my dogs would love this recipe … they did! While the dog biscuits were cooling in the oven, I cracked the door to let some extra heat into the kitchen. When I went downstairs, our 2 1/2 year old rescue lab stuck her head inside the oven (cool enough by then, fortunately), and devoured 1/3 of the biscuits before we heard her and stopped the gorging!

    The next day I made another recipe and made sure to get everything into an air-tight plastic jar. Both dogs do love them!

    Our other dog we got from you as a puppy last June — formerly "Ndora," Buffy is now over 9 months old. My two girls are very compatible — Buffy is doing so well and we are so happy with her! She is beautiful — feathery tail — more a very light golden retriever than a lab.

    Marilyn McCord 

  • Clara

    Saturday, November 08, 2008

    Hello Animal House,

    Casey and I finally got around to downloading a few pictures of Clara and thought you'd like to see what a beautiful dog she's growing up to be. Ever since we brought her home from your shelter she's been a real source of joy not only for us but for those who meet her. We've of course had some fairly frustrating puppy moments but it's been fun to see how training and maturity has caused her to leave some of those things behind. As she grows she becomes ever more athletic and has truly grown to enjoy the outdoors with us.

    We can't imagine having a dog that fits into our lives better than little Miss Clara and we're truly grateful for your organization and the obvious care that you provided her before she came into our lives. Enjoy the pictures!

    Katie Greller 

  • Murphy (formerly Synsa)

    Monday, November 03, 2008

    HI. I am just writing because my dog, Murphy, and I are celebrating our 1 year anniversary. I adopted her from your shelter a year ago today. Her name was Synsa at the time and we had quite the introduction when there was a little dog-fight on the premises before I got her home!! That was the beginning of some struggles over the past year, but after some training and moving into a house where she has a yard and a doggy door, she is one great dog!!

    I am so thankful to you and your team for taking such good care of her and wanted you to know that she has turned into a great little girl…she has some doggy friends and definitely has toned down her aggression. She loves to play fetch in the yard and is just spoiled enough that she lounges with mommy on the couch and has secured a place for herself in mommy's bed.I am attaching a couple of photos for you as well.

    Thanks so much and I hope you are doing well!!

    Amy and Murphy Brown