Fun family event!!
Come and join us on Saturday, February 11th from 1-5pm at Article Fifteen Brewing in Rockland! Meet our CEO, Buddy and so many other adoptable pups!
We will have great vendors, raffles, food, games, kids face painting, and have your pups photo taken in our kissing booth!
Vendors included are:
KC's Curbside Bistro
A Dogs World Unleashed
Polka Dog Bakery
JB's Indoor Dog Park
Katie Ingle Photography
We hope to see you there!!
Gretyls story is shared to hopefully save another family from the heartache that her family endured.
Please use a registered rescue if you reside in the state of Mass. One that is held to a higher standard by the state (Yes, we do report to a higher agency). When you adopt from a rescue not on this list below it makes it difficult for the state to take action. See below.
This is the story of Gretyl.
I was born on August 26, 2022, after my birth Mom was rescued in Tennessee. I’m not sure when my family and I went to our foster home in Houston Texas, but my new Mom told me that we weren’t able to stay there anymore, and we were sent to a boarding facility in Dallas. The owner of the rescue knew that facility wasn’t set up to take care of puppies, but she sent us there anyway.
I never really felt too well, and I asked to see a doctor, but the boarding facility never let me. I threw up and had to go potty a lot. I was sure that I was supposed to see a doctor before they sent me to Massachusetts, but my new Mommy told me that they couldn’t have, because when I got to my forever home on November 12, I became a lot sicker. I was really tired all the time, my belly hurt a lot, and every time I ate, I threw up. I liked going outside every hour, but my crate was still messy because I had diarrhea so much. I had to have a lot of baths, sometimes twice a day. Mommy and Daddy were really tired being awake all night and working all day.
After a few days, the Massachusetts doctor told me that I had a positive fecal sample. It was a parasite called Coccidia. He told my new Mom that this was why I was only 8 pounds when I was 11 weeks old because this doesn’t let me get any nutrition and stunted my growth. I had to take a lot of medicines every day, and at first, I felt better, but once the medicine was gone, I had to take more medication every twelve hours, and others every 4 hours. Then my sisters Bella and Sasha started to feel sick, and they had to go to the doctor and take medications too. I felt really bad that I made them so sick.
Mommy bought so many different types of food for me, but none of them made me feel better. She had to cook for me every day. I liked the boiled rice and hamburger. That helped a little bit, but I still kept throwing up and having diarrhea all the time. One day when I came inside, I had pus on me. Guess what? The doctor gave me more medications.
All of a sudden, I started feeling very thirsty. Mommy was filling my really big water bowl three times a day. She said that she couldn’t believe how much pee she had to pick up off the floor every day. I was a lot more tired, and my belly felt better when I laid on the hot bricks by the fire. She said that I would burn myself, so I would hide behind it hoping she wouldn’t see me.
She was so worried about me, that she took me to the Emergency Room. The doctor was really nice to me, but I didn’t understand why she made Mommy cry so much. The doctor told me that I had Stage 4 kidney failure and that’s why I was so thirsty and peeing all over the house. I was waiting for the doctor to give me more medications, but instead, she said that there was nothing that could make me better, and Mom should take me home and keep loving me for as long as she could.
Three days later, on January 16, a nice lady came to our house. I didn’t understand why Mommy, Daddy, Sasha and Bella were laying so close to me on the floor, but I was so happy that they loved me so much. All of a sudden, I got really sleepy. But then I saw a beautiful rainbow, and I started running towards it And guess what? Bella loved me so much that she ran over the rainbow bridge to see me just nine days later. Now both of us are here watching over them; but we are so sad watching Sasha searching for us everywhere around the house. Mommy and Daddy are crying all the time too. They keep saying that I suffered every day of my short life, but they are happy that I was able to experience the beauty of what true love feels like.
They wished that the place that was supposed to “rescue” me didn’t let me come into Massachusetts so sick. I wasn’t allowed to go to the Massachusetts quarantine facility so that I could tell the doctor what has been happening with me. I’m sure that my sisters and brothers that were with me on the transport van that had no ventilation are probably sick too. I really wish that the rescue followed Texas and Massachusetts law, providing the health care, vaccinations and paperwork required--because no animal should be neglected as I was, and no family should have to endure the pain of loving and losing me as mine has.
August 26, 2022-January 16, 2023
Thank you so for loving me. You know I love you too, and that's why it's hard to say goodbye and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time and let me hear you say, because you care so much for me, you'll let me go today.
From "May I Go" by Susan A. Jackson
You are loved beyond measure until eternity little one.
As a rescue and being supported by our community we felt the need to give back. We started with Filo who is a 2 yr old Beglin Malinois with the Pembroke Police Department. We are based in the town of Pembroke, and it only felt right when we went down this avenue that we vest one of our own dogs first. We held a great event at Article Fifteen Brewing in Rockland and were able to raise enough funds for Filo's Swat Vest.
We will continue to support Filo and his handler with anything they may need.
We will also continue to partner and support Mass Vest a Dog. Read below and find out what the program is about and how you can help.
Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing support for Massachusetts Police Dogs: helping provide bulletproof K-9 vests, essential equipment, funding for training, and dogs for police / law enforcement programs throughout Massachusetts. From 2000-2008, Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog was a division of the Barnstable Police Association.
The defining moment which inspired the creation of MA Vest-A-Dog was the tragic death of K-9 Cero, who was killed in the line of duty on March 25, 2000. He was the devoted partner of Deputy William R. Niemi of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson, Ohio. Read Cero’s heartbreaking story
Because of the tireless work of our volunteers and generous support from our donors, MA Vest-a-Dog is proud to have provided 632+ vests to the following Massachusetts law enforcement agencies:
Heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful pet people and their companion animals, we’ve met along the way. You gave us so much more than just a donation. You enriched our lives in ways we never dreamed possible. Also, thanks to the individuals, organizations and businesses who have generously supported the cause, including: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Lions Club, school groups, women’s groups, animal welfare groups, pet-related businesses, veterinarians, and those who have accepted donations in honor of First Communion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, etc. Thank you for your support.
Our primary goal continues to be to ensure every Massachusetts K-9 has a bullet resistant vest. While law enforcement agencies provide bullet-resistant vests for their human officers, they are unable to fund vests for K-9 officers. As K-9s are trained to give up their lives to protect their partners and all of us, we believe it is every bit as important to protect them.
A bulletproof K9 vest ranges from $1,350 to *$2,800 each (handler/dept choice). All K9 vests will also protect against blunt force trauma if kicked, punched, or struck with an object, like a bat.
*$2900 K9 Storm™ bullet/stab-protective tactical vest for Massachusetts K-9 patrol teams that are actively assigned to a tactical team or regularly train in tactical deployment.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, & PURCHASE OF DOGS for police / law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts. Grants awarded twice a year, due 6/15 and 12/15.
Essential equipment includes specialized equipment for the K-9 dog (bullet/stab-protective K-9 vests, K-9 first aid kits, canine oxygen masks, reflective K-9 gear, specialized harnesses), training/protective clothing (bite suits/pants/jackets/sleeves/hand protectors/helmets), K-9 cruiser specialized items (kennels, heat detector/door popper units, secure storage units, door panels, window guards/fans, rear A/C systems), training aids (scent kits), training equipment (K-9 agility structures, scent-training boxes).
Training distinct from customary and usual K-9 training is funding for training staff, K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners to attend training seminars or to fund guest trainers. Priority will be given to training that will benefit more handlers (ie: for Trainers or for guest trainers that are invited to conduct a seminar open to multiple departments or for handlers that are willing to present what they learned in a seminar to multiple departments). Training support will not include minimal department-required in-service for certification, additional areas of certification or re-certification/maintenance training.
Purchase of dogs is partial funding of a dog specifically for K-9 Police Law Enforcement work.