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We thought you would like to read some of the letters and email we receive from people who have adopted Dakin companions. If you have a Dakin animal, and would like to share your story, please let us know by mail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Everyone at the Dakin Shelter,
We adopted Elvis aka Pete from you in April 05, he was a Dixie Dog (Collie/Shepard Mix) who came from Tennessee. I would love for you to pass on the attached pictures of this "Ham". If he sees the camera, he's in front of it!
This boy is a joy to have around! He was housebroken from day one, stayed in the yard w/our Golden (who he became best friends with) and got along fine w/our four cats! He loves our 10 & 2 year old also. If the two year old goes to touch Elvis, or sometimes, like two year olds do, trip over him, Elvis just lays quietly until the coast is clear. We couldn't ask for a better match to this family! He does like to chew, so we need to watch him for that, but I can't think of any other bad habit this boy has. And I can't thank you enough for allowing us to adopt him, and to the Tennessee shelter/foster home for saving this boys life. It's like he has always been with us!
Again, Thank You,
I'm writing to give an update on the dog I adopted. His name was Oz and he
came from Tennessee. Now his name is Banjo and he knows it well. He is such a great dog! I
don't even know where to begin. For starters he just makes me happy whenever I am around him. His personality is amazing and everyone who has
met him, both human and animal, have gotten along with him. He has excellent manners, he comes, he sits, he lays down, doesn't jump or bark
or whine. He stays sometimes, although he is always hoping to come with me
wherever I go. I take him off leash in the woods every day and he loves to
run and chase squirrels and play in the river, but he always comes when I
call him, and cheese is his favorite treat. He was marking a little in the
house when I brought him home (probably because of the other animals) so I
got him a crate which he was very good about until he settled in, but now
we can leave him home with the other dog and he is fine. He loves to play
and he quickly figured out how fun it is to chase frisbees, and he is also
one of the best cuddlers I have ever met. He is great in the car, he is fine around horses, I trust him completely with other cats and dogs, he
loves to watch the gerbils in their cage, and he is an excellent alarm clock (not the loud kind, but the kind that pounces on you and plays with
you until you get out of bed.) He is a very fast learner and it isn't hard
for us to communicate so he has picked up a lot already. I seriously can't
find anything wrong with him and clearly someone spent a lot of time with
him. So, thank you for finding such a great dog. I am so happy to have him.
Elvis has been settling in beautifully and as he does he shows me new facets
of his personality, which can be really funny. He has slept at the foot of my
bed since the first night he came home. He’s very talkative, especially in the
morning and his favorite spot during the day is on one of the window sills of
my porch. He always greets me at the door when I come home from work.
First, Meg has re-named him Mr Mel Gibson, or
"Mel". He is also called variously Fathead, Pumpkinhead, Melvin and
Moose. His name should really be Love in a Fur Suit, and he's nothing but
walking gratitude. Very affectionate right out of the box, and not thrilled
with quarantine because he hates to be alone. He's sneaked by twice and been
rounded up and replaced. He met Hannah on one of his escapes - they came face
to face as she exited my bedroom and he came flying out of Meg's. Everyone
stopped and waited. Hannah (who's 15, calico, and grumpy) hissed and growled,
and he thought for a moment, then sniffed the air and said "Nasty old
lady!", turned and walked slowly away. She looked very shocked, and then
went and sat in a snit and pouted "He did not even try to molest
me!!" Since then we've kept our hands low when entering Meg's room to keep
him in as he's pretty slippery for an ox. Hannah I expected to have more issues
with his presence but has had less. She actually curled up on the towel from
his box and fell asleep the first night. We gave him her dead mouse pillow
which he sniffed but mostly ignores. I think this will be the tone of their
relationship - Hannah with unrequited love for the (much) younger man, thinking
she's still 4 and a man-magnet, and he ignoring her completely.
Anyone who enters Megan's room must be rubbed and must rub in return. He comes right over, all affectionate greetings, then lots of rubbing. He does not like to be scratched near his tail. He turns and suggests to you that rubbing is preferred, and then appears to apologize for being snippy with extra rubbing and purrs. He's just incredible and we all adore him!
I wanted to send you a picture and update of Brewster, who we adopted as a Dixie dog in January of 2004. He was the "best dog" at our wedding in September. He is the absolute light of our lives and we cannot imagine how we managed without him. He is well loved by everyone who meets him. When I bring him to visit the sick kids at my work, he climb right into bed with them and licks them all over. He is truly a loving and kind dog, and we are just so pleased that he came into our lives. I am in school full-time right now, so we don't have the resources to get him a buddy just yet, but when we do, we are definitely coming back to Dakin. Thank you again for bringing this guy into our lives.
Molly and Jason
Dear Dakin Staff,
I just wanted to write to catch you up on our 3 dogs and how they have been doing. Dundee who we adopted last August (a dixie dog from Kentucky) gave us a real run for our money when we first got him. As you probably remember we were very close to bringing him back due to our difficulty in getting him trained and house/people broken. As you may remember from my frantic email last year his nickname for his first 5 months living here was "monster boy" because he was impossible. Our other two huskies, Sasha (was Macha) and Freya who we adopted in September of 2004 are also doing great. Dundee has come full circle and is now the sweetest dog you could imagine. He is happy all the time, very affectionate, very gentle and his new nickname is "Budley" because he follows us around and is a great buddy. He can go off leash, he has been following commands much better and generally has finally settled into our house hold. I have attached some pictures...as you can see all of the dogs have grown significantly in size and personality. Last fall we put up a fence in our yard, which the dogs love!!! Melissa (I think) was the name our adoption counselor with Dundee, so could you let her know how great he is doing? Also if you have an email address for the shelter Dundee came from in Kentucky I would love to send them an update to let them know how great he is doing, or if you could forward this email to them I would greatly appreciate it.
I thought you guys might enjoy these photos of the former Scrot/Secret (now named Big since he's working his way back up to his former 15.5 lb heft):) he has clearly crossed species lines and succumbed to the charms of our rabbit Petrunia. he is one weird cat. he is a kitten in a cat's body. and perhaps also a rabbit in a cat's body!
Hi! Here's a couple of pictures of teddy on the day he came home. It's like
he was born for our family. He loves his big brother, and seems happy here. He
has free reign of the yard abutting a wild life sanctuary, and likes to take
walks. He is incredibly well behaved and doesn't wander at all. Thank you again
so much, and feel free to forward this message to TN. We love him much, and
call him Jed after the Grateful Dead song "Tennessee Jed." Keep up
the good work,
Tim and Heather
We want to thank everyone at Dakin Shelter for taking such good care of
Beverly (now Stella) before she became a part of our family. She's so healthy
and strong now, and we know we have all of you to thank for it.
I am sending a picture of Precious, now known as Zoe (pronounced Zoey), We
love her so much, she is so loving and gentle. As you can see, Zoe and my
granddaughter Kianna who is 2, just love each other so much, my whole family
loves her. She is always so happy and she loves the other 2 dogs we have. She
has won our hearts and boy does she know it. She gives lots of kisses and her
and our Chocolate Lab love to play together, he is male and they have really
bonded. Imagine me, my husband and these 2 dogs all in a double bed, a little
crowded but so worth all the kisses. Thank you so much for allowing Zoe to
become part of our family, now that we have her we can't imagine life without
Mark and Emma B.
|Princess Martha (now Queen Sheba)
Millie, who we've renamed Willa, came to live with us in May and has been a
wonderful addition to our home. She is very good-natured and the gentlest
creature I've ever met. She enthusiastically keeps the world safe from
squirrels, but is very calm with our two cats. They never seemed to worry about
her at all. We have 5 children of all ages who come and go, and she is happy to
get attention from all of them. She has been to several soccer games where the
little girls think she's the "most beautiful dog they've ever seen."
Willa's favorite thing of all, though, is to take a romp in the nearby park
with her friends, Mandy and Sammy. Sammy is a bassett hound and Mandy is a very
short, stubby Springer, so the three of them look like the Hounds of the
Baskerville together. They are really funny to watch--all the little legs and
tails wiggling and running. Willa wishes she got to do that everyday, but lots
of days she has to snuggle up in the kitchen while we're at work because she
hasn't been entirely trustworthy loose in the house. She tends to want to
"mark" her territory a little. I think she's letting us know that
she'd rather not be alone. But in the kitchen, she has been fine, and seems to
snuggle into her blanket and rest until we get home. Then she lets us know how
happy she is to see us.
Willa has a lambskin bed in our bedroom, but she loves to sleep at our heads on the pillows. She is very quiet, sleeps like a log, so if she climbs up, she usually stays for the night. And with heat costing what it will this winter, she will come in useful in bed! She has filled-out a lot since we got her. It took her a while to want to go for long walks, but now she will walk as much and as often as we can take her. She even saved me from a goose attack in the park one day! She heroically tromped after a big goose and scared it off. The only thing she tries to chew on are pens and the remote control. Shoes and everything else are perfectly safe. And as her foster mother discovered, she is not much of a barker. She will occasionally join in with other dogs in the park, but she really is very quiet. As far as protecting the house, well, that's not her "thing". Not even the mailman gets a bark out of her! Anyway, as you can tell, Willa is the apple of our eyes and we love her a lot. And we are very grateful that she got up here before the onslaught of hurricanes in the south. Thank you for taking such good care of our dog.
Vicky and Eric, Lucy, Brendan, Becca, Madeline and Alex, Theo and Kahlua
Hi Does anyone there remember Spencer? he used to be Star.
I got him 3 years ago from Dakin and he is doing better than ever. He's got a
buddy now thats been here for almost 3 years too. He really turned into a big
lazy tiger but he is solid as a rock. Not fat at all. He's 6 years old now
and we love him so much. Here are some recent photos of him that I think you
will enjoy. He was cooling off in front of the fan during the real hot
weather last week.
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Hi Dakin staff, I just wanted to send some photos of Sandy (we have
re-named her Lola) to add to your web site. She has adjusted beautifully to her
new home and is enjoying her 2 cats and long walks in the woods with her new
dog brother and family. She is very fast and runs circles around the other dogs
in the neighborhood. Thank you!
I just wanted to write and say that it was my privilege to be given
the chance to help the shelter by organizing and participating in the Dakin
Animal Shelter Ride For The Animals last year. My main motivation behind the ride was to be able to help raise money for the shelter and get attention for the shelter and its cause. The same day of the ride I left on vacation and left my dog with parents while I was away. When I got home a week later I had found that my dog was happier at my parents house because they were home more often then I was, being as at the time I was single and on the go a lot. But within a week there was a void without him around. So I thought maybe a cat would fit into my life a Little easier then a dog. So I went to the shelter and looked at some kittens. The one I first looked at was yet to be fixed and wouldn't be able to leave the shelter for a couple days. So I looked at a couple more kittens and one that was very shy and didn't want to be held or picked up caught my eye. Because even though she didn't want to be picked up once you were holding her she was happy and content. I fell in love instantly with her. She is now a very happy and healthy cat almost a year old. She is a very vocal cat and has no problem letting you know when she wants to be picked up and held.
There are not words to describe the joy that she has brought to my life. I just wanted to write to say thank you and send some pictures.
Here's an update on Leon. The photos are of him at his favorite windows on
I adopted him three weeks ago from Dakin, and he's adjusting beautifully. First
he got comfortable
enough to try to get onto the sofa, then he learned not to try any more. He
seems like a very quick learner. We're starting classes at Dakin on Saturday, and I think he'll have
He's learning what the strange sounds and sights are, and that he doesn't have
to be scared of them--like
the neighbor's garage door opener, garbage trucks, an umbrella, a clock (?!),
and a plastic horse model. Actually, I just hid the horse toy; he may still be scared of it. :-)
Hello everyone! Keisha (adopted November 2003) and I (Arrow the cat, adopted
in mid-2004) have been meaning to write for some time. As you can see, we have
become great play-buddies. Sometimes Keisha is a little overzealous, though, so
I have to remind her who's boss. I've shown the other two kitties that Keisha
doesn't want to eat us, so they don't hide so much anymore and they even play
with me sometimes! (You would think strays from the streets of L.A. would
be a little braver, but whatever). I still have my sinus problems, but my
people give me antibiotics every month and don't seem to mind too much when I
sneeze. I've watched Keisha become really good at her tricks. She knows
"sit," "down," "come," "stay,"
"leave it," "kisses," and "shake" (though she
sometimes uses the wrong paw for "shake," but that's OK since she's
not going into politics). She often scares visitors with her deep and ferocious-sounding
bark, even though she's really a big lug-nut, but she's learning
"quiet." She also finally learned how to go into her crate on
command, once she figured out that she got yummy treats for doing it. It's
padded out really nicely so she stays comfy (I know because I nap there
sometimes). So, we're happy and healthy and hope our friends at Dakin are too!
We thank the staff for helping us find a permanent home and we want the animals
to know that there's a good home somewhere for you too, so just hang in there.
We are the proud parents of Pablo (Red) & Nina
(Tan/White) Henley-Fernandez. Pablo & Nina were adopted by my wife Diana
almost 5 years ago. She adopted Pablo in December 2000 and Nina in February
2001, they were both 9 months old at the time. I became their proud second
in 2002. We just wanted to let you know that both of our little trouble
makers are healthy, happy, and doing very well. Thank you very much for
your time and hard work.
I'm writing to give you an update on Horatio (formerly Lenny, formerly Jinx).
He is such a wonderful, warm, loyal, charming little guy and has brought
nothing but joy to our home. My two older cats have adopted him as their new
little brother, and they -- at ages 9 and 12 -- are actually beginning to
behave more "kitten-like" themselves since he arrived. Horatio and my
Basset Hound have fallen in love. They snuggle, "wrestle," and follow
each other around the house. Horatio is such a fantastic cat -- thank you for
all your good work.
PS: Horatio even has his own page on Catster.com...voted "5 Paws!"
My family recently adopted a smooth haired
I adopted Riggs who is in the attached pics in 1997 (I think) from your
shelter. I was in school at the time and Riggs had been given back to the
shelter twice. Well, he was very energetic at first, but that suited my life
style fine. He even accompanied me on a 5 month drive around the country after
I graduated school. Now Riggs lives w/ us on the beach north of Boston. He's
the greatest and we couldn't ask for more. Thanks for your part in taking care
of him before we got him.
Hello to all our friends at Dakin,
It's been over a month since we adopted Coco Ann, whom we've renamed Charlotte Foster Poe. She's fitting in with our other Aussie, Truman, quite well. She loves the good food we feed her and her coat is smooth and shining. Lots of running and playing has given her some great lean muscles too. I swear she doesn't look like the same dog that we brought home. She's learning daily. I have to keep reminding myself that at one year old she's still very much a puppy and she wants to know about everything. She's in basic obedience classes at Dakin now and I think she's the star pupil.
Thank you so much for having such a great shelter and for helping us find Charlotte.
Truman & Charlotte Poe
We finally managed to get some pictures of Belle, now known as Grace, from
the Menifee County Animal Shelter, one of which includes our cat, Callie (formerly
known as Sasha ) also from the Dakin. Please tell the folks at Menifee that
Grace is a bit hot right now, but loves her bones and toys, loves her friend
the cocker Merlin and adores! the cat, Grace is a bit timid, but has discovered
the joys of cool ponds, car rides, loves to run in the woods and is learning
some basic obedience commands. She has been to my kindergarten classroom, the
farmer's market, lots of different trails in the woods and walking in town. She
is a wonderful, loving, stubborn girl and we wouldn't trade her for anything.
Her coat has come in thick and beautiful, and she even has some new black
markings on her tail and ears--we think her improved diet and exercise are
having an effect on even her coat! Thanks so much for our girl.
Rumple (Fruitloop) and Buster (Rex) have adjusted to the family. Rumple
thinks our dog Jake is his mother, Jake tries to gently move him away. Our cat
Oscar finally decided that they weren’t going away so is starting to play with
them. Both kitten are purr boxes and greet everyone at the door!
Hi! I was just looking at your website and reading your "Gone Home" page and I just wanted to drop a note to thank you and update you about Mikey (formerly Albert) who I adopted with my friend John back in 2002. Mikey will be having his 4th birthday on April 9, 2006. He has grown and is quite big, but it seems like just yesterday when we adopted him and he was just a little fur ball. All the other kitties were curled up in the back of the cage, but Mikey was so eager to see what was going on outside! I fell in love the first time I saw him and I knew he was the cat for me. He loves sleeping on my head at night and getting into a little trouble now and then, but he is just a great cat all around. Attached is a picture of John, Mikey and me. Thank you for everything Dakin!
Dear Folks at Dakin,
We adopted Bert back in late August, and have been meaning to send this email and a few photos. He's adapted to life in Providence, RI very well, and really enjoys going to the dog park not far from our house and playing with friends. He's also very much in love with my parents' dog, who lives in Pelham, MA. He's still a bit shy around new people, but he's coming out of his shell nicely. I'm sure in a year he'll be a very confident, well-adjusted dog.
Thanks for making it possible for him to become a part of our little family. Life here would not be be the same without him.
Robert & Rachel
Hey, remember us? You called us “Sully” and “Precious.” Now our family calls us “Mr. Sullivan” and “Lia.” Thanks for taking such good care of us as kittens in Summer of ’06. See what healthy cats we’ve grown into?
Life is good! I couldn’t be happier in my new home.
Hi Friends. I’m loving my new home! My family keeps me looking glamorous. Do you know how many scarves I own? I sure am a lucky greyhound.
This past January ’07 I went to my new home and guess what? I got a best friend! You know what else? My best friend is a Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society kitty, too! If you’re a foster family you may remember me and my sibs, we all had flower names. Thanks for taking good care of us, I’m such a grateful gal.
Did you know that I had such a beautiful mane? Look at this coat! I bet my twin sister “Peony” is looking as good as I am in her new home. I’d like to let her know that I have a really great doggy friend that comes to play, as well as my very own toys. It’s super fun here!
Pardon the silly face I’m making, but my big brother cat was making faces at me! This is me at Christmas with my Mom and Dad. They’re the best! Remember how tiny I was when I was sick and lived with my foster family? Well they did a great job taking care of me because now I’m a big girl