As we promised, we have great updates for you this week from alumni all over the region.
Huck Finn '22
From Marko, Huck Finn's dad, "It has been a fun filled year with our boy by our side. Trish and I have brought him on so many adventures. Western North Carolina has made him a true mountain dog. He loves hiking through the woods, stopping along the way to take in the beautiful views and the wildlife all around. Finn loves to swim, which is why we always have to make sure that each hike has a creek near the trail. Rivers, lakes, pools, the ocean, you name it he's jumping in. One of the great things about Finn is that he is an incredible road trip companion. As a result, he has been on many trips to visit friends and family. Finn has become especially popular. It is impossible not to fall in love with him whether you're a bypasser on a trail or a close friend. Trish and I are incredibly lucky to be his parents. We say that every day and truly can not imagine our lives without him."
Chick & Grace
Chick had her last sutures out recently at Community Vet Center! She has one spot a little inflamed, meds and cream for 10 days (and cone) and she will see the oncologist on 12/27 to make sure the hemangiosarcoma has not metastasized beyond her skin! She is living her best life chasing down the beach bunnies every morning with Grace!
Peaches came to rescue earlier this year in TN and was flown to Florida to be fostered. She is 12 and somewhat deaf and blind. She lived on a farm in TN but her owner died. But fast forward to now and her mom, Pat, says, "As you can see Peaches is doing great. She has gained a little weight. She loves the doggie park. She has enriched our lives and Rylee and Morgan's too. Peaches has blossomed and came out of her shell. Her eyes tell you everything."
Mocha (formerly Mandy) '22
Mocha, formerly Mandy, was one of the several puppies rescued from the hoarding situation in Arkansas in April. From her Dad, Pierre, "She's doing great and loving the backyard and her brother."
Jager has been the absolute light of our lives for these past almost 2-1/2 years. His rambunctious spirit is matched only by his sweet and endearing nature. He fit seamlessly into our growing family like he was always meant to be there, and has put smiles on our faces that have never left. His big brother, our Weimaraner named Houston, has loved having a little brother to bark at mailmen and delivery trucks with, snuggle with on the bed or couch, and play/swim with in the backyard! True to his name, Jager is an incredible and persistent hunter! He is the scourge of all backyard critters, and has spent many a day rooting out, chasing down, and catching mice, lizards, frogs, toads, and even the occasional bird! One of his biggest challenges was learning how to walk on a leash, but he mastered that and soon we began taking walks all over the neighborhood, to the local park for playtime, and he had become my running companion too.
Jager has become a very well-traveled pup! From vacations to the Emerald Coast in Florida to visit friends to road trips to the Northeast to see family, he did it all. He is such a great car companion and road-tripper! He would just prefer we not spend too much time in the north during winters, as he very much prefers sunbathing in warm weather to playing in the snow.
Over the summer my (Peter/Jager’s dad) work in the military required us to relocate and move to Omaha, Nebraska. Jager handled the move like a champ and immediately set out to tame his new backyard, which has bunnies and even an occasional possum to chase and hunt.
Thank you for all the great updates this week. We are excited to share them and are looking forward to getting more emails soon!
Happy 1st Gotcha Day Anniversary to these very special pups. Gertie, Camo, Flint, Josie Wales, Peppers, Marty and in memory of Milo who we lost earlier this year. What wonderful families they have all found. Here's too many more memories.
We have great PUPdates for you this week for Sunday Alum Day! See how Chick '22 is doing post surgery, check in on Rumble '22 after heart worm treatment, see how Olaf '22 looks with his toy Olaf, and drop in to find out what Brynn '18 is doing in NYC!
Chick '22 is feeling better after having several lumps removed. In fact, so much better that she is back to giving the side-eye waiting for breakfast each morning!
From foster mom Vicki: "I got a text message from Olaf’s dad and he is doing great. They are best friends, Olaf goes everywhere with him and his dad could not love a dog more. You can even hear the love through his text messages. He said he and Olaf are both living their best lives together."
From mom Julia, "It’s been a while since I shared an update about my favorite girl Brynn . She is now 11 and still holds 1st place dog x4 years now in our yearly turkey trot. We moved to NYC last year so have been exploring together w new running routes and of course always escaping to go to the ocean and boat rides. Love this girl so much!!"
Keep those PUPdates coming!! We love hearing from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Biz, Fritz, Cash, Willow, Dottie, Saban and Nova are all gathered here to share updates with you this week!
We haven’t heard from 2019 Alumna Dottie in a couple years, but we see she is just as spoiled as the day she came to rescue and was fostered by the Sasser family. Her forever mom Sherry says this is a typical nap pose for Dottie…poor girl LOL!
Dottie came to rescue with 5 other GSPs that ended up in a shelter in NC for not being good hunters: Lady, Harnett (who sadly passed away last year), Harvey, Hector (now North) and Haynes (now Glover).
From Saban's mom Christine, "I just wanted to update you all that Saban is an absolute doll and he’s adjusting to life with his new GSP sister, Piper. Although she’s a lot younger (and a little on the wild side), he keeps up with her and is very patient with her juvenile ways. I can’t say thank you enough for bringing this sweet guy into our lives!"
From Nova's mom Ellen: Nova at high tide on Sullivan's Island. A quiet moment before she took off to play in the surf... Sh'es fascinated with the tidal pools and loves to run back and forth.
Fritz '20, Cash '21 and Willow '22
One of our longtime foster volunteers, Darrin, has some sad news that was tempered by some happy updates on 3 of the GSPs he fostered. From Darrin:
It’s with sad news that our beloved senior crossed the rainbow bridge a few days ago. Although he didn’t come from SEGSP, he was a rescue from Kansas and he is the reason we started fostering. Remmi was the perfect foster brother for many of the rescues, Fritz, Cash, and Willow. Along with some others that didn’t stay as long, Colby, Archie, Fergie. On to some happier news I have alumni updates on 3 of the dogs that Darrin fostered:
Fritz (2020 alum) is loving his dual state living situation. It’s about the time of year when he comes back to SC from CO. He enjoys all the freedom and adventures out west, then gets to kick up his feet for the rest of the year.
Cash (2021 alum) is doing awesome in the mountains. Last year he saw his first snow. He is still living the puppy GSP life. The entire family adores him.
Willow (2022 alum) made the furthest trek to Alabama and had some adjustments to be made. She fits in like a glove and is so spoiled. You can’t help but to smile when her butt wiggles. She also lives the adventurous life of hikes, boat rides, and ATV runs.
Our 2010 alumnus Biz (aka Biscuit, Bizzy) just turned 15! From his mom Kate, “He can’t hear much at all and doesn’t see well but he still dashes to guard the fence line to warn us of all passing dangers - trucks, bikes and butterflies! He‘s not eating much anymore and I worry if this means the end is near. As much trouble as he has been in the past, he has wrapped his soul about my heart and I shall be “undone” when he leaves. He and new hubby, Doug, are special pals.
Keep those updates coming! Send a photo and short update to email@example.com. We can't wait to hear from you!
We've got some great alumni updates for you this week on some of our more recent alumni. Check out below what's happening with Hank '22, Bandit '20, Walker '22, and Jäeger '21, !
Our recent alum Hank is doing very well according to his new dad David. From David, “He is doing excellent! He is so happy living with us and goes everywhere with me. Thank you for choosing me. He is about as GSP as a GSP can be if you know what I mean. But he is really thriving in his new life. He goes to work with me each day and patrols the yard when we come home at night. I’ve never seen a dog that would rather run outside than get a treat. As long as he has his people and space to run, he is happy and behaves well. I’ve attached a couple of photos of him and want to thank SEGSP again for bringing him into our life.”
Bandit '20 and Walker '22
Check out alums Bandit 2020 and Walker 2022 who are doing amazing things these days.
Bandit an already established Master Barn Hunter has now learned to Dock Dive which has to be his favorite thing ever. Right next to being a chewy.com model, he still loves to play dress up. Bandit earned his first dock diving title (DJ) in just five jumps, with a personal best of 14 feet 5 inches. Not too bad for a 7 year old. Bandit recently also earned a intermediate trick title (TKI) - Stealing Hearts Like A Bandit - CGC TKI ATT RATI RATS DJ
Walker in his short six months since adoption has earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen Title (CGC), passed the AKC Temperment Test which is also a title (ATT), earned his Novice Trick Title (TKN), learned to Barn Hunt adding a Novice Title (RATN), and also continuing agility and dock diving training. He is a busy boy which is best for that puppy brain of his. - Walker's 2 Fast 2 Furious CGC TKN ATT RATI RATN
Both boys will be featured in an upcoming coffee table book "Tails of the Treasure Coast". The book is being produced by a local photographer as a fundraising effort for a local rescue.
From the Kurilla Family: "We just hit one year with our sweet Jäeger, and he is such a joy! He loves running around playing with his GSP brother Jax, and his Catahoula sister Kahlua. He has so much energy, and if you even say the B word (ball) he goes INSANE.
We are so incredibly grateful for you all bringing him into our lives. We couldn’t imagine our lives without him making us laugh, constantly. Here are some pictures of him this past year! Thank you all again for ALL you do!"
Thank you for continuing to send us updates! We LOVE hearing from you.
This month we celebrate 8 different pups and their one year gotcha anniversaries! Help us congratulate Willow, Minnie Pearl, Tucker, Jager, Maya, Sonny and Samuel on a year with their families. Check out the pictures of the fun they are having below.
We need YOU! We are running low on alumni updates... please flood our inbox. Hearing stories and seeing pictures helps drive the rescue volunteers.
We have two lovely updates for you this week for Sunday Alum Day. Check out Edith story. She was one of our originals. And a super cute photo of Blue with a quick update. Both are doing great!
This is Edith. She was one of the originals, a foster with founder Beth Cochran way back when. From her mom, Sue, "We believe she is now 14 years old. Edith was a true feral huntress found running loose in Tennessee. When outside, there was no controlling her. Not one, no-pulling apparatus ever worked, ever. Edith still, will pull to this day, if allowed. She was terrified of everything, everyone and hated loud noises. She was around 1 1/2-2 yrs old with at least a litter of puppies under her belt.
David and I realized quickly that Edith was not going to be your typical pet material, and after making a few strides with her, my husband decided to my dismay, that we should keep her.
I used to keep an upholstery needle and a spool of thread in my car because she would silently chew through my seatbelts. I had to replace the visor, two head rests, the steering wheel and the back of one seat. To be fair it was a 20 year old car, but still. I’m embarrassed to say, had not discovered putting a kennel in the car and putting the dog in it. She has howled and cried her way to every hike for years.
Edith has taken a leap off one cliff and fallen off another. She has ruptured both of her Achilles at separate times. She is still hiking and did a thirteen miler last Sunday.
Edith started “slowing” down last year.
Not knowing these dogs stories, to me, is an opportunity to realize there is no point contemplating on what had happened to them 'before', but what we can do to make their lives better going forward, no matter how long it takes.
Our Edith goes way back as far as alumni and in my opinion, should have an award as one of the craziest pointer ever."
Blue, our 2020 alum, formerly Albert, is no longer the skinny, malnourished pup he was when he arrived in rescue. He came to rescue as a stray in MS that was heartworm positive and soooo skinny. We’re so thankful his mom Missy has put some pounds on him... and that she shared this adorable photo with us!
We've got tons of alumni updates today for Sunday Alum Day! Check out what Tucker, Belle, Chick, Grace, Scout and Samantha have all been up too!
Tucker's mom sent in this photo and captioned it, "When there’s so much to keep an eye on that you have to rest while doing it!" Looking good Tucker!
Grace '20 and Chick '21
Grace (2020 alum) and Chick (2021 alum) LOVE their adventures. They go cruising in the convertible and for long walks on the beach. Rumor has it that their Mom, Cindy, also makes them special 'treats' to eat each day too. Sounds like they have hit the jackpot life in Florida!
Belle (2016 alum) is living her best life with her Mom Debby. "She was adopted from rescue at age 2 and is nows almost 8 yrs old. But not slowing down … she loves her grandkids & playmate dogs. She enjoys lake trail runs & wildlife watching as an avid lizard & butterfly hunter. She’s absolutely the sweetest!"
2017 Alumni Samantha (formerly OSHA) and her sister Talluhlah had a Fall photo shoot recently. Check out this adorable photo!
Scout '17 (formerly Onyx) loves to nap. His mom, Taylor, captioned this photo, "If this picture had sound it would be really loud snoring!"
Thanks for another great week in rescue! Keep the updates coming. We love seeing (and hearing) about our alumni!
What a week it has been. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Florida that were hit the hardest by Hurricane Ian. But we know North and South Carolina are also struggling. We hope everyone is safe.
Gunner (formerly Gunny), 2019 alumnus, is doing great and loving life with his sister Jessie. When Gunner arrived in rescue, he had never been in a house played with a tennis ball or chewed on a bone. Looks like those days are LONG behind him now.
Peaches, our senior gal from FL, is loving her forever home with the Sadauskas Family! They wrote in recently to say, "Peaches is having a good time. She just wanted to say hello and thanks for taking care of me before I found my final home."
Daisy is a 2018 alumnae that foster failed with the Quarles family. And what a great 'fail' it has been. According to Dad Drew, "I’m forever grateful she found us through SEGSP. She’s ten soon and recently diagnosed with Cushings which she’s had for years but we could never quite pinpoint it. She’s much better with her meds to keep it under control but we just love her so much."
Stay strong Daisy!
That's a wrap for this week! We hope you enjoyed todays edition of Sunday Alum Day. We will be back next week with more updates.
After a few weeks hiatus (sorry!) WE ARE BACK! And here to celebrate with a new blog post for Sunday Alum Day.
Remember to keep sending in your updates. Did you celebrate a milestone? Or have a fun dinner? Maybe you went to the dog park, or just snapped a cute photo. We want to hear it all! Shoot us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.