Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
DRC is so fortunate and proud to have so many wonderful volunteers across the US and Canada and we are especially proud of our friends at "Pilots N Paws" and the amazing volunteer pilots that help us save so many doodles in need each year.
In honor of our friend Joe Radford, the Pilots N Paws pilot missing since March 13 please enjoy the following DRC Tribute to Pilots N Paws and the wonderful pilots who have helped us save so many.
And thank you to all of you who make what we do possible with your continued support, encouragement and friendship....
TERRI THE LABRADOODLE ARRIVES IN NJ!-THANK YOU PILOTS N PAWS! - 2011
Last week DRC was asked by another rescue to take an adorable 9 month old F1 Labradoodle girl from North Carolina into our program....Terri was rescued from a neglect situation where she had been kept outdoors 24 hours a day and was completely ignored by her owners.
When this sweet pup was hit by a car a few months ago, an animal lover who had witnessed the neglect decided she had seen enough. She took Terri into her home so that she could recover from injuries and then be placed with a loving family willing to provide her with the love and attention she deserves.
It was then that this good Samaritan reached out to a local rescue for assistance and they in turn asked DRC to take Terri into our rescue program. Knowing that we had a wonderful foster-to-adopt family in NY State Liz suggested we bring this adorable girl up to NJ.
Thanks to Pilots N Paws pilot Mary McCutcheon (pictured in the middle below) who not only flew Terri to NJ from VA, she also fostered the pup in her own home for a week until bad weather conditions improved for flying. I had the pleasure of meeting Mary and Terri at Caldwell Airport when they arrived. I also had the pleasure of meeting our new volunteers the Nielsens.
Terri is now safely in her foster home with the Nielsens in NY state and it looks like she may be there to stay! The Nielsens have fallen in love with her and have renamed her "Annie".......
Thank you Mary, thank you Nielsens and thank you Pilots N Paws!
MEET 4 OF THE "LITTLE EXPLORERS!"
THANK YOU PILOTS N PAWS! -2011
These sweet little guys came to us from Durham, NC. A lady there had an “oops” breeding between her 5 year old Goldendoodle girl and her male Golden Retriever and ‘lo and behold 63+/- days later 9 beautiful Goldendoodle puppies were born. The lady didn’t really want the hassle of trying to find homes for all the cuties. To make a long story short, DRC now has eight 8 week old Goldendoodle babies in our program. These cuties are being fostered in pairs by DRC volunteers. These 4 are being fostered in Georgia.
A big thanks again goes to the wonderful folks from Pilots N Paws. Retired pilot Keith Decker and his wife Suzy picked them up to fly them from Rock Hill, NC to McCollum Field in Kennesaw, GA this past Friday. Elizabeth, Maddie (my 2 DDs) and I met the Deckers’ plane shortly after noon. We had been waiting a bit as the flight was running a little late. I forgot to bring the flight information with me, but the airport staff were aware that the puppies were arriving. Each time a plane landed that looked like it might be Keith’s the landing staff would direct the plane in and immediately ask if they had puppies on board. Finally Keith’s plane landed and the landing staff chalked the plane’s tire so it wouldn’t roll away. He then stuck his head in the passenger side of the plane and came out holding a snuggly puppy and waving us over to the plane.
We walked to the plane and met Keith and Suzy. The snuggly puppy had flown in Suzy's lap the whole flight as co-pilot. After all introductions were made Keith walked around to the other side of the plane to open the cargo door to be able to open the crate that sat right behind the seats and proceeded to hand over 3 more snuggle bunnies.
We had a blast at the airport and it took us a while to get out of the airport and on our way back home. A couple of other planes landed shortly after Keith from Pilots N Paws and as we were getting puppies out of the plane. Everyone from the other planes came over to love on the babies and tell us stories of the rescued fur kids. I think we almost had one or two adopted right there on the tarmac. :) We even had to go inside the Atlanta Executive Jet Center because other staff members wanted to meet the pups but could not leave their posts.
When we finally got home we had 4 tuckered out little guys. My family and I are fostering 2 of the pups and Karen B. from a neighboring town is fostering the other 2. DRC crew thought it would be great to name the 8 pups after explorers. So the puppies’ names are Amelia, Smith, Cabot, Hawkins, Gilbert, Drake, Hilary and Hudson. We have Gilbert & Cabot, but DH calls them Hoss (he is a big boy at 6+ pounds) and Little Joe (barely 3 pounds). DH is into westerns and has been walking around all day whistling the tune to Bonanza.
OMD! We have puppies everywhere!
Vet name tag says Hatchet but soon to be Smith...
Tagged as Timmy but soon to be Drake.
Leo/Hoss/ now Gilbert.
Jason/Little Joe-Now Cabot.
After an exciting day by plane & automobile...
Hoss(Gilbert) is the biggest pup & Little Joe (Cabot) the smallest, Smith & Drake are close to the same size in the middle of pic above. Here is a pic showing of Gilbert & Cabot sleeping this afternoon to show size difference in 1 litter.
PILOTS N PAWS AND SOME SALSA ON THE SIDE
Dallas Pilot/Restauranteur Mike Karns Flies Kill Shelter Doodle to Safe Haven-2011
Many thanks to pilot Mike Karns of Dallas, Texas for saving the doodle and the day!
Thanks to Mike, DRC was able to transport Liam, an 18 month old Labradoodle, from a kill-shelter in Oklahoma to foster care with DRC Texas Director Tracy Farmer in Keller, Texas Monday evening.
A restaurateur by trade, (he is the owner of the renowned Dallas Tex/Mex restaurant chain El Fenix http://www.elfenix.com/) and a licensed pilot, Mike has always been passionate about airplanes and animals. So when he heard about the Pilots N Paws animal rescue transport program from friend and DRC Board member Kim Konradi, and DRC's need to tranport a doodle in desperate need from Oklahoma to Texas, he saw the perfect opportunity to use one passion to realize another.
With one days notice, Mike graciously gassed up his plane on Monday afternoon and happily took off for Oklahoma. When he arrived in Tulsa he was met at the airfield by a Pilots N Paws ground volunteer and one stinky, filthy yet incredibly sweet, well-mannered and extremely grateful Labradoodle boy who was at first rather unwilling to go for a spin in the sky.
Mike did a fantastic job of reassuring his passenger that he was perfectly safe. (We think he mentioned something about first-class, reclining seats, cocktails and dinner and a movie.) With that Liam strapped himself in, made note of his exits, put his tray in the upright position and off he went arriving on time and on schedule in Dallas one hour later. Last we heard Liam was "chillin" with his foster family and looking forward to chips, salsa and margaritas at El Fenix.
Thank you to Mike for making this rescue possible, Pilots N Paws for their wonderful program, DRC Texas Directors Kim Konradi and Tracy Farmer and DRC Vice President Liz Syring for coordinating the entire rescue effort.
Liam is available for adoption and looking forward to meeting his new forever family and his new life!
The joint efforts of DRC volunteers included myself, Charles Rocheville, Christina Bailey, Dick Parker and Pilots N Paws volunteer pilot Brad Milligan involved flying these two shelter doods across the state of Oregon, over mountains that developed a surprise storm during the flight. Most rescue dogs when flying in a small engine plane sleep during the flight. Brad says that 2 old Harley sat quietly looking out the window the entire flight. What was initially scheduled to be a 2 hour flight ended up being a 5 hour flight as the pilot needed to fly around the storm. There were no oxygen masks for the dogs to handle flying a higher altitude over the storm.
They are now being evaluated and cared for by foster Dad Dick Parker and soon will be posted on our Petfinder listing. Enclosed is a picture of the doods and Brad and Charles at the airport. Great teamwork, mission accomplished!!!!
KINGSTON!-THANK YOU PILOTS N PAWS! - 2010
Congratulations to Kingston and his new family! Kingston went from unwanted, embeded collar, neutered, 2 foster homes. This guy had been through the mill. He still some training to do but he has a sweet personality and love his tummy rubbed and his neck scratched. He will be part of a family now and the mom and new sister (human) can't wait for him and dad to come home. Kingston was in Ca, and flew to AZ thanks to Pilots N Paws! He's off to NH on Monday!
KIT AND CABOODLE! -2010
Rescued from a kill shelter in Kansas thanks to Pilots N Paws!
Jet has landed!...2011
Thanks to Pilots N Paws pilot, Don Lawton, Jet has been safely flown from Oklahoma to Texas.
Jet was found as a stray in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a broken leg and was taken to the Tulsa Shelter. The shelter contacted DRC to come and help this little guy.
Thanks to Liz, transportation was arranged to have Jet flown into Texas so that I could get him X-rayed at the clinic I work for. Dr. Rouquette determined that Jet has a femoral distal salter harris fracture...try to say that 3 times fast! It will require surgery because the break is right along his growth plate and if it doesn't get stabilized, the leg will not heal properly and will be shorter than the other.
I will hopefully be taking Jet to Alvarado to have surgery tomorrow. I will update y'all on Jet's recovery after his surgery.
He is such a sweet boy and is always wagging his tail and giving kisses although he is in tremendous pain. I look forward to seeing this little guy heal and get the forever home he deserves, thanks to the efforts of DRC.
KOOPS!-RESCUED IN IDAHO AND FLOWN TO SAFETY IN NEVADA THANKS TO PILOTS N PAWS!-2010
CLYDE!-RESCUED IN IDAHO AND FLOWN TO SAFETY IN CONNECTICUT THANKS TO PILOTS N PAWS!-2009
BARLEY!- RESCUED IN MISSISSIPPI AND FLOWN TO TEXAS FOR SURGERY THANKS TO PILOTS N PAWS-2011
IVY! - RESCUED FROM WESTERN TEXAS AND FLOWN TO SAFETY IN DALLAS THANKS TO PILOTS N PAWS!-2010
DELILAH! - THANK YOU PILOTS N PAWS!-2011
Oh Jacquie, this is just a WONDERFUL tribute to the fantastic PilotsNPaws volunteers, both ground volunteers and pilots have helped us save so many. As the point person for these flights I had lost count of how many air rescues we have been able to provide thanks to these worthy volunteer animal advocates. Our hats are off to PilotsNPaws volunteers, without all your help none of these dogs would be in their happy forever homes today! And our hearts are still heavy with concern over our dear missing pilot friend, Joe Radford (with the Red Plane), he is a very kind hearted man and he is still in our prayers, hoping he will be found soon.