Here are a few thank you notes we've received from families who have adopted our rescues.
Thanks for allowing us to adopt this great dog.
She is wonderful with my kids, and plays a mean game of fetch. She is extremely smart and listens very well.
She loves her big yard and my daughter refers to her as "HappyPapi."
It's got to be hard to watch an animal that you've taken care of leave when it's been adopted, so I wanted to let you know that Kodi (Elton/Elvis) is doing great!! Kodi and his big sister Bella get along great, they love to go for hikes and out on the boat. I could not imagine a better addition to our family :) Kodi is very loyal and loves to cuddle. I cant thank you enough for saving him. Out of curiosity I did a doggy DNA and it said he is 50% Siberian husky 25% lab and 25% Tibetan mastiff. I guess that's the mix for a perfect dog :)
We adopted Rupert from your shelter last October 15th. Rupert has grown into a loving, affectionate member of our family. He loves going on runs with us and playing with other dogs at the park, especially on muddy days when there are puddles to roll around in. He is still a Velcro dog, hating to be away from our sides. We love him so much and around the anniversary of his adoption wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and your wonderful shelter for our Rupert.
Hi! I thought you might enjoy some pictures of Carly. I entered her in a Halloween Pet Contest. There were 30 dogs in the contest. Carly and her sister Baylee won. Baylee took second place and Carly took third. Carly is very loving & sweet. She's also a handful at times, always busy doing something. WE LOVE HER VERY MUCH! Thank you for taking such good care of Carly and all the other animals that need a home. I hope they all find good loving homes. Thanks again for adopting Carly out to me.
Take Care, Judi Wadsworth
I dont know if you remember, but my name is Jenifer, I work on an island in coastal Georgia. I adopted a dog, Tex, now known as Choctaw. He wanted me to tell you a few things---
It has been far too long since I have had my person write to you to tell you how life is. Well, its been quite an experience these past 8 months. I have 2 cats that finally understand that I want to play, and have started playing back with me...boy, did they take some convincing. My back yard is huge, and I stay home if my dad is home and work in the yard with him (I am pretty good at digging holes), and I have lots of neighboor dogs that come over to my yard to play. I have decided that squirrels are the most challenging of all creatures, they run up the trees when I chase them. Well, I have been working on it, and I'm telling you I can make one big jump/step up those trees, and soon I will be able to climb them. Other days I go with mom to work on the island. I have become quite the boat dog, will run down the ramp and hop on the boat, no problem. I like the front the best, it gives the best view. I learned to swim this summer, I guess it had to go with the boat thing. I was a little unsure, but now you should see me, I can swim through the waves!!! Two weeks ago, mom talked me into tubing, it was great fun. Leaning on her makes it much easier. I still get in trouble sometimes (like when I jump on moms desk at work, although that has happened in quite awhile). Well, I have been in on the beach and in the ocean since 7am (dont worry, I am drinking lots of water), and then mom gave me a cool hose down...my bed in her office is calling me to come to nap time, so off I go until the next adventure. Thanks for taking such good care of me when I was with you, and teaching me how to deal with cats...funny creatures. Bye for now.
Dear All God's Creatures,
I just wanted to send you a short email to let you know how Panda is getting along. I adopted this adorable little kitty back in March. She was full of personality when we got her and that hasn't changed at all since we've had her. She's yet to meet a person she doesn't love or a lap she can't wait to sit in. I'm attaching a few pictures so you can see how much she's grown. FYI - we had her spayed a few weeks ago and the vet was sad to do it because she's so pretty! Trust me, though, I don't think the world could stand another Panda!
We enjoy her so much.
Hello All God's Creatures
I wanted to let you know about this awesome little fellow who joined our family on March 14, 2010. He has taken over our house and our hearts. I never dreamed he would adjust as quickly as he did, nor did I have an inkling that he'd have such an amazing personality!
In short, we just love him to pieces!!!
He's very intelligent and loves everyone in the family. He eats well and runs all over the house, particularly enjoying the stairs, where he often peeks at us from near the top stair. If someone moves out of their seat on the sofa or in a chair, guess who runs to get in it and lay down there? And looks up to say, "You move, you lose!"
I still cannot believe that he wasn't adopted before we arrived, but I firmly believe he was chosen for us by God! I I really had not intended to get another cat so soon after losing our Sam in December, but I fell in love with "Calhoun" when I saw him on the website and just prayed he was still there. And thank goodness he was.
I was also most impressedwith your facility when we came to pick Max up. Everything was clean and happy, and all of the kitties greeted us as we walked in. The staff was wonderful as well. I have told many people how nice it was adopting from you.
I have to give credit to all of you for helping to shape our new family member's personality, because its more than obvious that he was well-loved and well-cared for for the duration of his living with you.
Thank you for all that you are doing there at All God's Creatures. We sure love our new baby!!
Dear All God's Creatures,
We changed Obie's name to Jerry Lee. Our vet tells us he is a very happy and loved dog; he just needs to loose a few pounds! It is so funny, my husband has been laid off for a year and Jerry Lee goes everywhere with him. He walks into businesses that my husband goes to and immediately Jerry Lee is announced by employees, "Here comes Jerry Lee!" My daughter says he's like Norm on Cheers!! The guys on the garbage truck bring him dog treats every week!!!! Do you think he is rotten? We love him very much and thank you for allowing us the privilege of adopting him.
Sincerely, Diane Merrell
Dear All God's Creatures,
My husband and I adopted Fargo in early December. He seemed to know exactly why we'd come to the shelter- to take him home! He quickly became one of the family. Fargo is honestly the sweetest dog we've ever seen. He's so calm and well-behaved and never gets into anything. If you walk close to him he rolls on his back so that you will rub his tummy! He was abandoned by his previous owners and had a rough life so these days he takes it easy. He loves to nap on his bed and take walks. We're so glad we were able to rescue Fargo and give him the loving home he deserves.
Thanks to everyone at All God's Creatures for all that you do.
Erika & Art Harris
Dear All God's Creatures,
We decided to re-name Rio, Patches! Not sure why, it just stuck with us. We LOVE him!! He is the sweetest thing on earth! I wanted to say thank you again for all your help! You didn't have to go out of your way for me like that!
Patches is such a brave puppy! He sleeps a lot right now, but I've been told that is pretty normal. He was a little scared at first in the car ride to Wal-mart, but we bought him a stuffed animal as big as he is and he cuddled right up with it and fell asleep. He has been completely comfortable with us since then. He follows us around everywhere we go, even just across the room. We bought him a little plush bed that he never wants to leave. He immediately jumped in it and fell asleep. I already attached a few pictures for you so you can see what I am talking about!
Thank you so much for allowing me to adopt such an adorable puppy! I'll keep you updated on his progress.
Wrangler is adapting very well! We are so pleased with him, and he and the boys are getting along fantastically! He's already housebroken!!! Thank you so much!
The Dover Family
Howdy! Just wanted to drop y'all a line and tell you how Dempsey is getting along! He is a wonderful loving boy and we just adore him. After his first escape attempt, we are a little hesitant to let him off of the leash when he's out in the yard until we know he won't make another break for it, but we are going to start training him on the underground fence next week when my dad comes home from Alaska! Dempsey sleeps in the bed with me and the girls Abbie and Lexie and he is doing so well at night! He sleeps straight through. He has become fast friends with Charlie, our other male border collie/spaniel mix. Perhaps they have bonded because they are the only two men in a house with 6 women (four female dogs and me and my mom)!! He does get a little upset when we leave for work, but we are trying some positive reinforcement strategies to help him feel calmer when we leave. He meshes so well with our existing "pack" that it feels as if we were all meant to be together! He does very well on the leash during our walks; I walk him and Lexie (the small black dog in the picture) together since they are roughly the same size. He plays easily with all of his new friends, even 10 year old Brandy who can be a little.....grumpy. Thank you so much for bringing him into our lives and for helping us to get him back when he escaped!
Sarah & Felicia
Just wanted you to know that "Cruz" is a good boy! We love him very much. I think he is going to be a BIG dog! He is around 7 months now. I took a picture of him (at his favorite spot in the house). He has lots of fun running around on the farm, and has made a good buddy to our 2 other dogs.
Thank you for allowing us to adopt him!
Dear All God's Creatures,
Although it's late, Happy Holidays and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! Here are photos of our babies and their new stroller which they love to ride around the block in. Grandpie has retired now so the girls won't be alone during the day . However, I'm sure they enjoy their alone time.
We want to thank you again for bringing them into our lives, a fullfillment only an animal can provide. We love them as though they are actual children. They mean the world to us. Without them, life would be very dull. If you get a Black pom, my sister would love to have it as hers passed away a couple of years ago.
Ashleigh, Starr, Gabbie, & Mia Bella
Dear All God's Creatures,
Faith is getting along so good. She is part of the family now. She finally quit chasing the cat. Yeah! She gets along well with our other dog, but she prefers to be with us. She has made herself at home and in the home. I never thought my husband would have a "house dog." Oh well! Merry Christmas to all!
Debbie Waters & Faith
Dear All God's Creatures,
I hope you all are well. I am very exited about the cat's first Christmas at home with us. They have made leaps and bounds with their socialization. In the past week, in fact, Prada now sleeps on my chest at night. Armani sleeps beside me, and Versace with either me or my daughter. It has taken them a long time to want to do that. We love them so much, and we think they are happy. They are definitely spoiled.
Dear All God's Creatures,
I have a handful of photos of Mickey and Sylvia (and Kikiboo) to mail to you but I thought I would give you a taste so to speak of what's going on with all of us.....Kikiboo has no problems with the new kitties, no hissing, popping, growling or anything....Kikiboo and Sylvia eat their soft food 'gravy' side by side....Mickey is settling in quite well...he used to bite (Mr. Chompers) but now he rarely does it, he does love to snuggle against me and watch tv at night. They are not sleeping on the bed with Kikiboo and me yet, but that first couple of days, Sylvia got up on the bed and Mickey does some now at night for a bit!
Last night I kept wondering why these precious kitties had not been adopted and then I became very aware of the reason.....they were waiting on me!!!!!! God wanted me to have them!!!!
Enjoy these photos (my camera bit the dust 2 weeks ago so these pics are from the first 2 weeks they became Hicks' kitties).and there is one of Kikiboo too......OH by the way Mickey and Sylvia want to be among your success stories on your website!!!!!!!!
Pat and Cats
The angelbabies: Wascal, Thumper, Miss Kitty, Braxton and Buddy and I wish you a crisis-free day!
Pat and Kikiboo, Sylvia and Mickey
This is Phil Snyder and Mary Beth Steele, we adopted Levi (who we have since named Carter) about a month ago. We meant to send an email sooner but we have both been busy with the holidays and school. Carter is doing fantastic, he is best friend's with Payton (our Goldendoodle) and has adjusted well to his new home. He follow's Payton everywhere and when they are sitting he will either stand under Payton (but not for much longer he already weighs 47+ pounds) or partially over him or most of the time right on top of him. We haven't had any chewing problems and he has only had an accident in the house a couple of times.
Carter loves the dog park, his stuffed duck, cuddling on the bed, rough housing with Payton, and his bone. We have a bin of toys upstairs in our bedroom and Carter will run up stairs dig out whatever toy he wants and bring it down to play with. He also likes to pick a toy out one by one play with it for about 10 seconds then go get another one. Carter has learned, sit, lay down, paw, high five, spin, roll over, belly rub, crawl, come, and we are still working on stay. He does great on the leash. Mary Beth takes Payton and Carter on runs a couple of times a week.
We are thrilled with Carter, Payton is soo much happier now that he has a friend and Carter seems to feel the same way! Thank you so much for such a great dog. We have attached a couple of pics so you can see how well he is doing and how BIG he has gotten!!
Phil and Mary Beth
Dear All God's Creatures,
Pearl wanted you to see what horrible conditions she was living in here and asked if you would call the humane society for her!
She's doing really well with house training. She's really a feisty little dog, and when she hears or sees a dog on TV (I watch "The Dog Whisperer"), she will go and sit in the middle of the floor and watch! And she finally consented to sleep with me - on top of the cover but right up against me.
Thanks for all the hard work you do with all the precious furry ones.
Dear All God's Creatures,
I adopted Felicity back in early July and wanted to send you and update and let you know how she is. We've changed her name to Lulu and we love her so much. She is such a great kitty. When I got her home she spent about a week under the bed, but once she ventured out she has become queen of the house. She is quite a girl of leisure. She is so loving and cuddly. She loved to climb right up on your chest when you are laying down, get right in your face and give you kisses. So cute! She's like having a real live teddy bear. I just breaks my heart to think someone would want to give up such a sweet, beautiful, loving kitty like her. I'm so glad we have her.
Thank you for doing all you do. You and your staff are great people!
I would like to introduce you to Grand Pa, my foster "Senior Citizen" dog. Denise had rescued him a couple of years ago in the middle of a peach orchard- filthy, matted, shivering, and starving - just a genuine mess! As always with our AGC dogs, she immediately groomed him and took him to Dr. Rauton to be checked out medically. We couldn't determine his age but he is hard of hearing, has cloudy eyes, skin lesions- yet his sense of smell is super strong. Grand Pa is blackish/gray in color with a white chest, stands knee high and looks to be a cross between a Schnauzer/poodle and Breed X! After checking the Internet, he really looks like a Portuguese Water dog. He doesn't bark at all but when really hungry; he will give a "squeak/yip" sound.
After the horrible fire at Denise's barn, she became really concerned about Grand Pa's safety with so much going on. She asked me if I would consider fostering him and thank heavens he came to live with us. The beauty of my "platapus foot" pet is he is so darn adorable being both lovable and devilish! Like most rescues, it only takes a touch, smile or "dog biscuit" to immediately see the love and willingness to please me all the time. He is one "happy camper" and now feels totally at home with my other two rescues and kitty cat.
Denise told me that initially he really didn't enjoy riding in the car mainly because he has never been in a car that much. My other two dogs go so many places with me and I didn't have the heart to leave Grand Pa at home by himself so now, he happily rides and stares out the window "enjoying the wind and local scenery." He handsomely prances right along with my other two on our daily walks and is learning to be a wonderful, gentle therapy dog when we visit the nursing home and Senior Citizens Center. The seniors really enjoy meeting him and interacting.
Every time I return home and Grand Pa is in the back yard, he happily lopes with his "hobby horse" gait up the wheel chair ramp to the porch. He then rolls extensively over the dog beds and manages to bring in every leaf, piece of wet grass and clumps of dirt from the yard! After sleeping a good part of the day, he gets revved up and wants to play at night of course right when my favorite TV show (Jeopardy) comes on.
Sometimes I have to point him in the right direction -- yet he is so lovable, entertaining and fun to be around - I only hope and wish that each of you will have the opportunity to experience a "Grand Pa!"
The following is a letter from Charlie, one of our rescues that has found his permanent home.
Congratulations! Today is your day! You're off to great places! You're off and away! Dr. Seuss
I was off and away to great places from the time I was born - found in a drain pipe and rescued by "All God's Creatures"- then off to my adopted home. The family I adopted likes to travel and camp. Now I didn't know anything about camping but as long as you don't leave me, I am up for anything. If you leave me, I whine and boy I can do a great whine! So, we are off and away to Panama City, Florida. Did not see a lot of the scenery on the way - figured I should sleep just in case this camping thing was hard. Turned out - nothing to it! Family does all the hard work and all I have to do is bark at the people and make friends. Made one very good friend while in Panama City. Every time I took my family for a walk, my friend would run out and play. He sure could give a good belly rub. Now if you have never had a belly rub, you really should try it. Panama had the best sand for digging. I would dig so deep - the only thing you could see would be my eyes! Left Panama City and returned home.
Restocked and headed for Stone Mountain, Ga. That is one big rock! Something I learned quickly about camping is you meet the nicest people. I was out late for my final "business walk" and this truck came by. A lady who was camping next to us rolled down the window and yelled "Hey, Charlie". (Mom said it is bad when your dog is more popular than you are!) What can I say - when you got it, you got it and I am kind of cute. Once we returned from Stone Mountain, we were off and away again.
This time to Unicoi State Park near Helen, Ga. I like this place a lot. It had some nice streams that I could walk in and of course, you have to drink the water. I visited Anna Ruby Falls. Talk about a lot of water - well, you just have to see it. Anyway, to get to the falls you have to cross a bridge. Not too crazy about bridges, but being the brave pup that I am - I crawled across on my belly!
The next point of interest I visited was Brass town Bold. This is the highest point in the state of Georgia. You got it --I climbed the path all the way to the top. Wow! What a view! People stopped to talk with me on the trip up and on the way down. As I was taking a rest, an elderly Japanese man came by and stopped. He got down on his knees and placed his hand on my face and rubbed my ear. I told him my name was Charlie. Did not understand anything he said to me, but then he kissed me on my nose and left. Love is love no matter the language. A very nice family came by after that and we had a good visit. They wanted to know all about me. I explained that I am part beagle/hound and anything else they would like for me to be -- that I am a pound pup from All God's Creatures and, I told them about Miss Denise and her good work. When I finally made it to the bottom, my tongue was dragging and my legs were 2 inches shorter but it was worth the trip for all of the hugs. I think I could get used to this travelling thing.
At the end of each day at home and after my last snack, I take a short trip from one room to my bed. As I snuggle in for the night, someone rubs my head and whispers "Nite, Charlie - I love you - great places."
"Nite, Miss Denise,
Nite Miss Beth,
I love you,
(Charlie's adoptive parents are Bess and Tommy Tripp of Edgefield)
Hello to All,
Kramer, D. C. and I really enjoyed our time with you all at Paws in the Park. We are so thankful to have been able to adopt Kramer. He is a very sweet little boy. He makes us laugh and we just love him so. We really needed him and we will give him a good home.
Now Kramer wants to tell you all about his new home and Mama and Daddy. First thing, I am happy and loved. I have a big yard to run and play. Daddy and Mama play lots with me. I love to go in the care with them. I sleep in Daddy's recliner at night. How about that, pretty neat! I believe I have them in my paw. They feed me good too. Mama and I have a little thing we do together that makes Daddy laugh - we howl together! Mama calls me her "Funny Boy". All three of us are happy and we love each other. Thanks to All God's Creatures pet rescue and adoption, I now have a good home.
Kramer, DC. and Mary Brooks
North Augusta, SC
Dear Ms. Holcomb,
Thank you, thank you, thank you - for taking, and placing, little Ms.
Olivia and Mr. Pittsburgh ("Kimmel"). I kept check of your website and
noticed when they were posted as available for adoption. . . .I looked
again, just this morning, and noticed that they are no longer on the
adoption page. . . .which, I hope, means that they have found a wonderful
home, thanks to you.
I found that little 'odd couple' on the side of Hwy 176, between Goose
Creek and Holly Hill. I was coming home for the weekend, and decided that I
did not want to fight with the traffic on I-26; instead, I opted for 'the
scenic route', as I call it, and headed up 176 towards home. I was
approaching the Holly Hill Country & Golf Club on Hwy 176 when I saw
something in the road. . . I thought it was a piece of rubber from a
tire. .and then it looked like a crow. . .then as a got closer, a
squirrel. . . .then a cat. . . .and when I had almost stopped completely in
the road, I saw that little black tail curled up in the air. It was
'Kimmel', walking around in the road. I went around him, yelling, "Oh,
no. . . no!" As I started to pull off onto the side of the road, I
saw something white in the grass, and thought, "Well, bless his heart, his
Mommy must have been run over." I didn't realize that white spot was
another puppy until I walked up on her. Mr. Kimmel tried to run, and
little Olivia rolled over in the grass. They were only inches from the
white line, just over in the grass. And the grass was taller than them!
When I tried to pick her up, she screamed. I am recovering from knee
surgery, so even though Mr. Kimmel couldn't run, I had to 'chase' him down.
Each time I would reach for him, he would let out a yelp; when I finally
cornered him and touched him (to pick him up), he screamed. . .and
screamed, and screamed. The only thing those two babies knew about a human
was, literally, "Human has come to hurt me!"
Luckily, I had Lilliput, my Jack Russell Terrier and co-pilot, in the
truck. She smelled the babies and put on her best 'alpha female' routine,
and the little ones snuggled down in the back seat. Because the puppies
were so terrified on a human touch, I was planning on taking them to Dr.
Rauton on Saturday morning and having them euthanized. My husband,
however, said, "Well, honey, what about All God's Creatures, in Johnston?"
I'm glad he did. And I'm thankful that you had 'space' for them at the
time. (I got home with them around 9 p.m.. . .between the two of them,
they drank over 30 ounces of water in less than two hours.)
I called Dr. Rauton's office on that Monday morning (when you met my
husband there and picked up the puppies) because I wanted to pay for the
care that they received that morning, in addition to the donation that we
made that day. I also wanted to offer to help with their other/continued
health care costs ($$ for spaying, neutering, heart guard meds, etc., while
they were awaiting adoption, or if their new owners needed any help with
those costs). Since I'm a little late in offering to help, I'll just put another check in
the mail, in the name of Olivia and Kimmel! Thanks, again, for everything.
- I appreciate you!
SCE&G S02 Compliance Projects
Williams Station, Goose Creek, SC
It hardly seems like it has been a year, but it must have been. You may not remember me, but I adopted a lovely shar-pei mix from you. At that time she was going by Miley, and we renamed her Kalifornia. I just wanted to let you know that she is the sweetest thing ever, and has helped me so much in just the short time she has been with us. We make weekly trips to Aiken (she still hates being in the car) to play with my mother's dogs, and she loves our home.
I just wanted to thank you so much for helping to bring this huge ray of sunshine into my life. By the way, she is over 30 lbs now, more than the 25 you said... and that is PERFECT. I do not know where I'd be without her love every day. She brings joy to everyone she meets everywhere she goes.
I cannot thank you enough,
Kris & Kalifornia DuVall
I just wanted to share with you that Beatrice- a black lab, walker hound mix puppy I got from you last February is absolutely wonderful! She is such a happy, loving dog. She is so smart, well behaved and loves our first rescue, a foxhound named Oliver. My husband was a bit skeptical when we first saw her- a little shy, bad skin, etc. But, I knew she would be great. I couldn't ask for a better dog, friend, or playmate for our first. I'm so glad we found her! Thank you for all that you do!
Doug and Stephanie Billings
Having lived in the country for many years, we were always home for “walk-on” dogs, usually more than one. So when we lost our last dog, I didn't wait for a replacement - I just visited Denise Holcomb of “All God's Creatures” fame and tried to select one, maybe two dogs.
One of her residents was named “Frazzle” because she was in such terrible shape when they found her - and no one had taken her because many thought she was so ugly. Of course, that was all the more reason to pick her first! I looked at the others and couldn't make a decision so I just took two more dogs. One was a perky black and white short hair male; the other a rather shy whiskey-colored mountain feister.
We kept them in a pen for several months next to two Brittany Spaniels, two horses, and various wild life. They passed their time aggravating and entertaining one another. They have been trained by Leroy and Gracie Collier who do a great job keeping our animals and us! Now, our three rescues have graduated to being “yard” dogs. Every morning when I get up they are watching the house waiting for movement (and treats). They love interacting with our indoor cats (also rescue animals) who have a glass door between them, thank goodness! Then they are off chasing squirrels, “helping” Leroy, and running beside the golf cart when Jay takes it out on the property. If they could talk I think they would say that they're enjoying a great life in the country at the old Blocker House!
Seeing what a wonderful services All God's Creatures provides has made me a staunch supporter. As a result, I agreed to become a board member in order to promote this organization and its needs. I hope that each of you who read this column has it in your heart to help us continue this much-needed service in our county. Denise once told me that she believed that God put creatures on this earth for us, and it is our responsibility to take care of them -- I agree.
Betsy Martin, Edgefield
We were invited to the Peach Festival right after we moved to Trenton. We
watched the parade and saw the dogs from "All God's Creatures." When the parade
was over, we walked to where the trailer had stopped with the animals. That is
when we saw Lobo. He was a small Chihuahua sitting on a bale of hay looking very
scared. We held him and knew we were taking him home. He is the sweetest, most
loving dog we have ever owned and our hearts are full of love for him.
After about a year, we decided that Lobo needed some company. We then adopted
Buddy, a Rat Terrier. Buddy was a very angry dog towards people and there were
times we wanted to take him back; but, love prevailed and now Buddy is a loving
dog. He likes his attention and has turned out to be a wonderful playmate for
Lobo. Now donít misunderstand - Lobo is still the boss at our house. Thank you,
Denise, for caring so much and loving these dogs. I know that sometimes it is
very difficult for you to adopt them out because you get so attached to them.
You are a wonderful person for what you do.
Donna and Rodney Mitchum, Trenton, SC
“No, we can't take another dog!” Or so I thought. After all, we already had a feisty, likes-to-bite-people, miniature Schnauzer named Pepper (better known as Stinky).
A few summers ago, we boarded Pepper with Denise Holcomb at “All God's Creatures” for a trip to the beach. When I picked him up at the end of our trip, I half-apologetically asked Denise if everything went okay, or if Pepper had been any trouble with the other dogs. “No,” she said. “in fact, he fell in love with one of my dogs, Lacey, and followed her around the entire weekend.” Well, we finally found someone/something that made Pepper behave! We had to have that dog, Lacey. Lacey, a cute, two-year-old Beagle/Bassett-mix, had been with Denise for about five months and was considered “un-adoptable.” She was too shy, and had already run away from one adoptive family. But we knew she liked Pepper, so we took a chance and brought her home.
Within two minutes, she squeezed through our fence and was gone. Denise came over, found her, and brought her back to the house. Indeed, Lacey shied away from people, but with patience she became accustomed to us, and is now the darling of our household. Her sweet face mirrors her sweet personality, and she has “tamed” the wild Pepper. Pepper dotes on her, and is obviously still in love after all these years. What a couple! - And what a blessing!|
Jana and Mike Gruber, Edgefield
Dear All God's Creatures,
Here's my favorite pic of my favorite rescued pup! His name is Cotton, and I'm just a proud owner of this fancy poodle, adopted just last month. He couldn't be a more satisfied creature than he is now - he's already claimed my entire family and most all of my comfortable furniture. Thanks All God's Creatures for bringing him to me.
C. Clark, Edgefield
Dear All God's Creatures,
When Laurel and I first moved to Edgefield almost three years ago, I called Denise Holcomb to tell her that I was hoping to find a Jack Russell terrier to adopt. She assured me that she would alert me if one came in to the shelter. Within a short time, she telephoned me to say that I was in luck. I drove right out to All God's Creatures, but I saw no Jack Russell in sight. “There he is.” said Denise, indicating a scruffy yellow dog that was looking eagerly up at me. “That's a Jack Russell?” I said. “Absolutely!” she said, managing to convey complete conviction. It took three visits for me to convince myself that pure Jack Russell or simply scrappy terrier mix, this was the one, wonderful dog for me. I brought him home, named him “Abner,” and have loved him passionately ever since.
We came upon our cat, Flora, at Denise's booth at the Trenton Peach Festival two years ago. Remembering how long I took to make up my mind about Abner, Denise sweetly told me she would be happy for me to have the kitten as long it was today. In the face of this ultimatum, we made a speedy decision and have never regretted it.
Both Abner and Flora are splendid pets and friends. Because of our happy experience with them, I can wholeheartedly recommend the animals that Denise, Tara, and Beth offer at All God's Creatures. Give Denise a call!
Leonard Todd & Laurel Blossom
Dear All God's Creatures,
Last June a compassionate couple saw a beagle on the side of the road. She was barely alive after being hit by a car. Instead of pretending not to see her, they contacted All God's Creatures. She was taken to Johnston Animal Hospital. With a lot of love, great medical care, and prayers she survived.
In October I adopted this precious baby from All God's Creatures. Her name is Kirby. My other two dogs, “Sweet Pea” and “Blossom,” were also adopted from All God's Creatures. Along with Kirby, they are the joys of my life. I want to thank the couple who noticed her, and I would also like to thank All God's Creatures for rescuing her.
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