We love getting cards, letters and pictures
from former POTL animals and their new families! If you'd like to be
featured as one of our success stories -- we'd like to hear from
Beaudreaux was a 9 year old male poodle who was surrendered by his
owner because he "didn't get along with my 10 month old
granddaughter." This poor little guy was traumatized by a move into
a foster home with larger dogs. He turned out to have chronic
allergies, resulting in a painful ear infection. And, it was
becoming increasingly clear that at 9, although that is not very old
for a poodle, it was going to be difficult to find him a new home.
Beaudreaux was so unhappy about losing the only home he had ever
known that he started developing behavior problems. And, then, POTL
was contacted by an angel, Marilyn Broadaway.
Marilyn had just lost her 8 year old poodle to leukemia and she was
touched by Beaudreaux's picture and story on our website. Although
she had other dogs, Marilyn just had to have another poodle. We
wondered if Beaudreaux would act out during the home visit but he
walked in the door, flew to Marilyn's lap and stayed there. Marilyn
reports that Beau is doing beautifully. She has conquered his
allergy problems and he loves his new home. For proof, here is a
picture of Marilyn and Beaudreaux. Now that is one happy little
camper! Thanks, Marilyn and Robert, for having room in your hearts
and home for Beaudreaux.
Remember Missy? Well, Missy has a new baby brother, Jay Mattherly,
who was born around May 12, 2004, and she wanted to show him off ---
here is a picture of Jay.
Hi! My name is Kellie Matherly. You may know my husband
Jason and me from our visits EVERY Saturday to Petco in
Longview. Anyway, we adopted Miss McGoo (Missy, to us) about
a year and a half ago. I just wanted to let you know how she
is doing. Jason got Missy for me as a birthday gift in
May of 2002. I was having a hard time adjusting to our life
away from our families, and I was nervous staying alone in our
house after dark. I wanted a very small dog, Jason wanted a
very big dog, so we compromised and got Missy.
When we first adopted Missy, she was
underweight, and we could tell that her original owners had beaten
her. At first, she dug up our back yard to the point that we
considered giving her back. I could not be more glad we
reconsidered. Since then she has grown physically and emotionally
into a beautiful, caring dog.
Her favorite activities are sitting in the
recliner with her "daddy" while he watches TV and playing with her
sister Ella, a pure bred Great Dane, who Missy believes is her
puppy, despite their CONSIDERABLE size difference. I cannot
imagine my life without Missy. Her enthusiasm and concern for her
people is contagious, no matter what kind of day we've had. She
just makes me smile. In her eyes I can see so much love. She and
Ella recently were bitten by a copperhead while they
were defending our yard. We spent the entire night in the
emergency vet's office, but it was worth every minute and every
dollar. Missy keeps me company, she makes me feel safe, and she
has won the heart of every single person she has ever met. She is
truly my best friend and the best dog in the whole wide world.
Thank you, POTL for making our story possible.
Erica & Sam
Below is Erica and Sam. Sam is one of our foster dogs. Erica
recently had a birthday and instead of presents, she asked her
friends to bring sacks of dog food and cat food for the POTL
animals. This is the second year that Erica was so generous as to
give up birthday presents in order to help feed the 80-85 animals we
have in foster care.
Happy Birthday, Erica! Sam and her POTL friends thank you very much!
Pat & Taffy
Taffy was a miniature blonde poodle who turned up on someone's front
lawn one morning -- tangled, dirty but still a loving and friendly
little spirit. She was turned over to a fellow rescuer. We don't
know her full story: where she came from or how she was separated
from her home. About the same time, we got a call from one of the
nicest ladies we've ever met, Pat McDowell, who was looking for a
small travel companion. We introduced Pat to Taffy and the rest is
Taffy (aka Blondie) sends her regards!! We have just returned from a
3 month+ driving trip through rural TN, KY, MO, KS and AR. Taffy
month+ experienced snow for the first time in rural south central
MO...about 10" deep! Her commitment to purpose (relieving herself
outside) was impressive. She did set some speed records! Given the
same circumstances (snow up to my shoulders), I would NOT have been
She continues to be a lively and delightful companion who goes with
me virtually everywhere...and attracts people (of all ages) like
flies to honey!! She stands on her hind legs in shopping carts and
visits with everyone who sees her. Our walks bring children running
to visit with her.
We did participate in obedience training; she learned quickly and
does well. She is inclined, however, to "selective listening"!
Thanks for bringing us together a year ago last Thanksgiving!
Pat Lewis McDowell 'n Taffy, too!
Rowdy's New Family
Rowdy is a 15 pound Westie who had been tied to a tree in the
backyard the Monday night before Christmas when his owner went out
of town (during a storm). Being left outside in the backyard all the
time, he became an escape artist desperate for attention. A kind
neighbor "rescued" Rowdy from his home situation and brought him to
Pick of the Litter. She made a generous donation which helped get
him neutered and ready for a new family.
than 24 hours after Rowdy was placed on the POTL website, a family
from the Dallas area was interested. Following a home visit, they
came to Longview to meet Rowdy. That meeting was a success and Rowdy
went home with his new family. Here is their letter:
Wanted to let you know that Rowdy is doing wonderful in his new
home! We have been playing fetch (which he is very good at) follow
the leader/catch around the house and played in the snow yesterday.
Rowdy follows me wherever I go! He loves to sleep in my lap. We have
all been playing together.
Attached is a picture of Austin and Rowdy in Rowdy's crate before we
all went to sleep last night. Austin wanted to check it out! They
are really having fun playing together!!!!! Austin has been letting
him outside and feeding him also. (A little to many biscuits the
first day though...but he understands now.)
Just wanted to give you an update.
Sally & Austin :)