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A busy weekend!

From: Cheri C.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:53 AM

Happy Tuesday!

I hope this rain is about done!  I don't know about yours, but my doxies (well, except George, he's not afraid of a little water!) think they will melt in the rain, so they sure don't want to go outside and potty in it!  Molly told me yesterday that she had to take an umbrella out with her Great Dane Zena, so I guess our stubborn little wieners aren't the only divas! (I would really love to see a picture of that!)

If you are looking for some fun this weekend (it's supposed to be nice outside!), there are back to back events to participate in!


Saturday, 4/27:

Spring 2013 Bark in the Park

  • 10 am-4 pm
  • Hefflinger Dog Park
  • 112th and Maple
  • $10 per dog

Games, activities, raffles, doggie style show, vendors, goodies, prizes, rescues, photo booth, and more!  Lots to do and see--great time for all!

I spoke with one of the Dog Park Advocates and they are hoping to raise enough money to open another dog park soon.  Maybe out southwest, like in the Walnut Grove area off of Q Street.  The more people that support the dog park, the more dog parks we'll get in Omaha! :)

She also said they needed volunteers.  So if anyone is interested in volunteering to work the event, please let them know.  Contact them via their fb page.


Sunday, 4/28

Spring Terrier Games

  • 12:30 pm-3 pm
  • Chalco Hills Rec area
  • 154th and Giles
  • $5 per person  (kids under 10 and dogs free)
  • $3 hot dog meal

Fun activities, raffles, vendors, exhibits, goodies, food, lots of rescues with adoptable dogs, free nail trims, free eye screening by Harvey Oaks (Probably Dr DiMari that did surgery on RJ), $25 microchipping, and lots of fun!!!

Great event that benefits dog rescues!  (And you don't have to be a terrier to attend. ;)


HUA Garage Sale

Reminder if you are Spring Cleaning that there will be a Garage Sale for HUA on May 18th.  You can purge your house of unwanted items and donate them to be sold for a good cause!  Contact Bonnie at: [address removed] to arrange for drop off of your donations.


HUA Rudy

Here's a story that will hit all you doxie lovers out there....

Last week, an HUA Director received a call from the Animal Emergency Clinic in Omaha asking if they could help with a dog named Rudy.  Rudy, a two year old dachshund, was attacked by a Malamute.

Brace yourselves for this next part:

The family stated they wanted Rudy euthanized as they had just adopted him that week and were not attached to him.  (Note from Cheri--WHAT???  I can't print the other words I said when I read this...)

The vet techs at the Animal Emergency Clinic immediately contacted HUA to see if they could help Rudy, as they couldn't bear to follow the family's instructions.   HUA, of course, stepped in and is paying the vet bills and taking care of Rudy.  Rudy has since been transferred to the Mobile Animal Clinic and is doing much better.

This is an example of where your money goes when you donate to HUA.  Definitely worth it!

I don't know how anyone could say that they are "not attached" to this dog, b/c I'm already attached to him just looking at his sweet little face in this picture....


One more comment on HUA....

Molly and I made a little trip to HUA yesterday.  (It's just over an hour from Omaha.  Great way to spend a couple of hours--dog therapy!)  I wanted to see the little girl named Gretel that is a long haired twin to my Daisy.  We spent the morning holding, petting, loving, and getting wet sloppy kisses from a wide array of dogs, most of them wieners.


My favorite, of course is Gretel, but she is an absolutely terrified mill dog that has fear in her eyes.  She doesn't enjoy being held yet, and is just waiting for you to hurt her.  She runs when you come near her and is always in a state of panic.  I don't know what that horrible mill did to her, but it makes you want to cry.  I can't wait to see her blossom, but it will take time....probably a long time.


Her "partner" Hansel is very protective of his Gretel.  He would check on her frequently and stand in front of her if he felt she was in "danger."  I think he will come around much quicker than Gretel.  He would come towards you like he wanted to be petted, and then he would back up.  he would let us hold him, though.  He was mostly interested in playing with his buddies.  He's a very happy boy to be out of that mill!


Their buddy Monty also came from a mill, and he is such a sweet friendly guy!  he came up and gave kisses and nibbles right away! He was happy and trotted along with his buddies, sniffing and exploring.  He is definitely glad to be free of that mill!

It's really interesting to see how 3 dogs react so differently to their mill experiences.  It's sad...heart wrenching....infuriating....  But they are all on the road to a brighter future.

To check any of these or the many other HUA dogs out, go to their website at


On my soapbox...

Last thing way we can all help to stop puppy mills and the abuse of these sweet animals, is to not support the millers themselves.  This means, not buying that puppy in the window....the one with the waggily tail....

mill mamas....

We need to not support the retailers of puppies such as Pets R Us in Rockbrook and Tully's Kennels. Although they say they don't buy from puppy mills, they often buy from brokers who get their dogs from puppy mills.  They just have a middle man and a lot of paperwork to make it look legit, when really, that little puppy in the window has a mommy and daddy living in filth and poor health being neglected and abused every day.

puppy mill parents...

The puppies coming from these places often have genetic defects, or are ill.  Often the store gives a "health guarantee" and will be happy to replace the sick dog they sold you....but they won't pay the vet bill for the sick dog you just took to the emergency vet....

Recent mill rescue

I'm not condemning anyone who may have previously bought a dog from these places, not knowing they got their puppies primarily from puppy mills.   I knew nothing about dog rescue and puppy mills until I got involved in this group.  I didn't know exactly what a puppy mill was, just knew it was a bad place.  I had no idea of the inner workings, and the deceit they use to make money off of these poor animals.  They prey on the unsuspecting people that have a heart and can't resist that sweet little puppy....the puppy breath....the fuzzy face....the waggily tail....

Teeth of a mill dog.

But if we all refuse to support places such as Pets R Us and Tully's, and we tell our friends and family, eventually they go out of business.  Then the puppy mills have no one to sell their puppies to, and then they go out of business....  I know this is the simplified version, but each little step we take, and each time we educate someone else, we get closer to shutting down another miller and saving their dogs from a life of misery.

Mama of a cute little puppy....

Along those same lines, the owners of Tully's opened a new business in downtown Omaha.  It's called the Downtown Hound and specializes in doggie daycare, boarding and grooming.  I would urge you NOT to support this business as once again, it would be supporting people that buy puppies from puppy mills and keep puppy mills in business.

Now that's just my opinion, and you may choose to do otherwise, but think about the fear in poor little Gretel's eyes and remember that something horrific happened to that little dog in the puppy mill...  Even if you are only one person, your one person, plus my one person, plus my friend's one person, plus....well, we eventually add up to quite a few people!  We CAN make a change and we CAN help!  For more info on puppy mills and how you personally can help, go to  They have a lot of info on puppy mills.


OK, I'll hop down off the soapbox for today.

I hope you have a great day and look forward to a nice and fun weekend!

Thanks for listening!




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