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Senior Husky mix sisters face euthanasia if they can't find a home to retire to

Custom_sam_sheepdog_300_thumb By Martha | November 05, 2012 | Comments (71)

Sweetie and Tuffy desperately need a home

I saw this posting and thought it was important to share to see if anyone can help. Senior dogs like Sweetie and Tuffy deserve a second chance and a loving home to retire to.

Two 10-year-old dogs in Spring Valley, San Diego, California are on their last week of life. They will be put down on November 10th if they cannot find a new home and apparently no local rescue will take them in because they are "too old"

Sweetie and Tuffy desperately need a home

Suzanne Buckles placed a Craigslist ad stating, "Will you be the ones to save Sweetie and Tuffy? These bonded littermates recently lost their 90 year old mom. Their 90 year old owner has been moved to assisted care for health reasons and will not be able to live alone again and take care of these two girls. Efforts to place them, have gone unanswered. If I can't help get them a home by Nov 10th, they will have to be euthanized. So sad."

"The dogs are 2 spayed 10-year-old female husky shepherd mixes with beautiful bi-colored eyes. They are bonded litter mates and must be adopted together. Would be good in a house with a decent sized back yard and where they can run in and out of the house or garage freely. They are in great health and very active walking 3-5 miles a day or can hike 4 miles and still not seem tired. They probably could do more miles but we don't have the stats. They have a happy disposition and once they get to know you they wag their tails non stop and are very talkative. They are 10 years old but have the energy and personality of 5 years of age. They cannot be kenneled or confined simply because they never have been their whole life and it stresses them out. I think they would be best with dogs that are not aggressive. Those girls are not food, people or dog aggressive which is really good and rare."

Sweetie and Tuffy desperately need a home

The poster adds, "there is no re homing fee and they come with the offer of FREE FOOD for the rest of their lives."

If you think you can help Sweetie and Tuffy, contact Suzanne Buckles at sweetieandtuffy@gmail.com

 


Update November 7, 2012:

Thanks to the comment below by Suzanne Buckles, who originally posted the ad for help on Craigslist, there is good news regarding Sweetie and Tuffy's future. These two special girls are no longer in danger of being euthanized.

Suzanne says she had a meet and greet with Jessica Steinacker yesterday that "went well and the family is excited about giving the girls a new home".

However, Suzanne is still compiling a list of back-ups, should the placement with Jessica not work out for whatever reason. Suzanne says that local placements are preferred, as the girls will likely be stressed at having to be caged/kenneled for transport.

Suzanne joined the efforts to rehome Sweetie and Tuffy three months ago, and her efforts have finally paid off, with this story going viral in the past two days. According to a comment on a post on the Dogs are Family Facebook page, Suzanne is working with the owner's niece to find the perfect home for the girls (they strongly recommend a home without any cats).

"The owner's niece has been working tirelessly to find someone to take these girls for 3 months and when I found out about it, I joined forces with her. Please note, we tried rescue groups - turned away due to age and no fosters slots open for both girls together. No room in humane society for their size. One shelter had a big cage unused they both could stay in, but director turned them down due to age. No hating please.......you have no idea how we've worked this and are frustrated to not find a solution. We did have one foster, but her eldest alpha dog hated them, started a fight - bit her owner badly requiring stitching. The girls were not at fault and could have ripped the alpha apart in defense and didn't do it. We dont want to put them to sleep. But to quote someone else, "putting them down isn't the most unkind thing you can do".......meaning, it's better than placing them in what might turn out to be an abusive situation - or stressing them out by separating them. They have a family here in san diego, that is willing to take them. We are taking them up for a meet and greet in a few hours. Keep them in your good thoughts that all goes well and a smooth free transition can occur"

To everyone who has offered to help, home, transport, finance or share this story to help save these two girls, thank you!

If you have tried to contact Suzanne and not received a response, please understand that her inbox has probably been flooded. Note in Suzanne's comment below, she says, "I am still attempting to respond to each and everyone one of you kind souls that have replied about them. The amount of email I have to answer to is staggering. It touches my heart to finally get responses like this, as it's been 3 months since I joined the efforts to find them a home. This story has gone viral and our local newspaper had emailed me wanting to to an article on them. Thank you all so very very much!!"

Suzanne has set up a new email address for anyone interested in helping Sweetie and Tuffy. Please contact her at sweetieandtuffy@gmail.com

 


Update November 29, 2012:

Sweetie and Tuffy have a new home! Read the full story here: Good Samaritan saves senior bonded dogs from euthanasia by finding them perfect home

 


Update February 1, 2013:

Sweetie and Tuffy are in urgent need of rescue. Their new home has not worked out and they now face euthanasia within one day if they cannot find a home. Read the urgent appeal here.

 

 

 



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Comments on this Article

So sorry to here about the loss of you pup and that fact that you will have to put down you 17 year old dog, I know how hard it is to have to do that. Perhaps when the time comes and you are over your mourning for the two of them, you will consider adopting one or two dogs from a Rescue or Shelter and give them the loving home you gave to you two dogs.
Madison....so sorry to hear about your pup, and your senior citizen...:-(
So glad to see an update on these two. I posted in the ? first story about the possibility of starting a chipin to help transport, then could not find the story again. Does anyone have the link to the original story? If so, please post it here.
That is just the best news! I am so glad.
Thank you Suzanne for working so tirelessly the last few months to find a home for these two beauties. You are a wonderful person to have done this and we are all so happy that we were able to network and help you help them find a new family to live out the rest of their lives. They truly deserve it. Thank you also to the family that is giving them a home. What wonderful people. Enjoy the rest of your lives with your new family Sweetie and Tuffy. We are all so very happy for the both of you.
Thank you Suzanne for working so tirelessly the last few months to find a home for these two beauties. You are a wonderful person to have done this and we are all so happy that we were able to network and help you help them find a new family to live out the rest of their lives. They truly deserve it. Thank you also to the family that is giving them a home. What wonderful people. Enjoy the rest of your lives with your new family Sweetie and Tuffy. We are all so very happy for the both of you.
You have no idea how much this story weighed on my heart. I felt so sad for these two girls. But now, I AM SO HAPPY! They have a home now. Thank you to the person who took these girls.
Is it definite that they have found a home?
God is so good!! These beautiful sisters have a new loving family!!
I am thrilled for Sweetie & Tuffy AND at a loss of words with the amount of appreciation I feel towards everybody that wanted to help out, including myself, after reading their story! We now know to put things we need help with, on Facebook & SHARE with all our friends...TO GET THE WORD OUT! I'm so happy it was in time for these pretty sisters. Thanks, especially, to Suzanne Buckles! :)
I'm in Riverside CA, we just had to put our puppy Thunder down due to major illness, ans have a 17 year old Shepard mix we are going to have to as well... It's the hardest thing in the world to do. Please contact me should these two beautiful babies,still need a home. 951-743-2245.
Hi Suzanne, thank you so much for the update. So glad to hear that Sweetie and Tuffy have secured a new home!
What a heartwarming ending. Brought tears to my eyes.
Suzanne, thank you for your efforts. It is great to see people come together for these beautiful ladies. If things don't work out still keep me in mind. I can't take them in because I have a very small yard and two cats. I live in FL but would be willing to go to California and personally drive these two beauties to a new home wherever it might be so that they would not have to crated or caged.
Contact info: QUICK! If you think you can help Sweetie and Tuffy, contact the person helping them via Craigslist right away, as they only have a few days left. They can be contacted here: http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/pet/3386212128.html
Thank you for your tireless efforts Suzanne! Good luck for the girls, and their new family.
Hello, I am the one who placed the craigslist ad for Sweetie and Tuffy. The meet and greet went well yesterday and the family is excited about giving the girls a new home. Should this placement not work out for whatever reason, I am compiling a list of back ups - hoping for more local ones, since Sweetie and Tuffy would be stressed out to be caged/kenneled for transportation. I have gotten email offers from around the US, and out of the the country as well, from as far as Israel! Don't worry, Sweetie and Tuffy are out of danger! I am still attempting to respond to each and everyone one of you kind souls that have replied about them. The amount of email I have to answer to is staggering. It touches my heart to finally get responses like this, as it's been 3 months since I joined the efforts to find them a home. This story has gone viral and our local newspaper had emailed me wanting to to an article on them. Thank you all so very very much!!
Has anyone contacted Muttsville Senior Dog Rescue about these two senior dogs? Muttsville is in Northern California http://www.muttville.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Muttville.Senior.Dog.Rescue
Is there a way a collection could help with transportation expenses? I could send some.
If you live out of state try contacting Transport groups. Rescue Road Warriors is a fantastic group!
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