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Hi everyone, my name is Patty Blair and I am the President of Toy Fox Terrier Rescue (TFTR), a national, breed-specific dog rescue group, dedicated to helping Toy Fox Terriers and Toy Fox Terrier mixes across the country who need our help. While we would love to help all kinds of dogs (since we are all dog lovers and several of us own multiple breeds), we are set up to rescue TFTs. You may ask why only TFTs?

Well, for those of you who may not know our history, before TFTR was established, we were a rescue group working under the umbrella of the American Toy Fox Terrier Club (ATFTC), the parent club of the AKC for TFTs. In May of 2009, rescue became a separate entity and TFTR was formed by Patricia Land. When Pat passed away in January of 2013, it was decided to keep rescue going in her memory. I was elected President and have served in that capacity since then, with the help of some amazing women who volunteered their time as board members – Darielle Wiederrich, Dawn Sanchez, Dianne Clark, Leslie Greenwalt, Donnamarie Temple-Burgess, Michelle Tunnell, Samantha Spivey, and Kiersten Cremin. Each one left their mark on TFTR, left their mark on the dogs, and we will be forever grateful to them.

In addition to the past and present board members, we are so lucky to have a group of volunteers who have worked with us over the years fostering, transporting and fundraising. But more specifically, we have had some wonderful people choose to adopt one (or more) of our little ones, who have decided to open their hearts and homes to a little one in need. As a previous National Chair for rescue once said … you have earned your wings.

But like with all groups, time changes things. New faces come onto the scene while some other faces move on. The mutual love of the TFT remains constant and keeps this group going. We are all volunteers, no one is paid for this “work”. TFTR operates strictly on donations from you, from your participation in our auctions, for buying calendars, coloring books, and clothing, for following us on Facebook and for sharing our posts. Your generosity allows us to continue helping the TFTs. When we are low on funds due to high medical costs, we are faced with the decision on whether or not we can take on another dog. So many seniors are coming into rescue due to their owners passing away or surrendering them because they can no longer afford their care. We find ourselves limited as to how many we can help by the balance of our checkbook.

So, on behalf of my fellow board members, Amanda Sentelle, Constance Marie Haynes, Lynette Purciello, Lorraine Dunsmore, Linda Wharton, Chris Chrestay, and newly appointed board member, Laurel Huiras, we want to thank each and every one of you who support us and our efforts to re-home TFTs who need us. Thank you all,

Patty

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We have the 2019 TFTR Calendars available so if you want 12 months of cuteness, get your order in. Calendars are $20.00 and that includes the shipping within the 48 states. You can pay by clicking here and specifying TFTR calendar as the designated fund or via PayPal (our PayPal address is tftrescue@yahoo.com). Please make sure to include your address in the comments field. If you need to send us a check please email us at admin@tftrescue.com. Please help us continue our rescue efforts by purchasing a calendar and get 12 months of cuteness while you are at it! Thank you for supporting the Toy Fox Terrier Rescue!

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President’s Message
December, 2017

Hello everyone ~ For those of you who do not know me, my name is Patty Blair and I am the President of Toy Fox Terrier Rescue (TFTR). As I write this message, many of us are preparing for the holidays, closing out 2017 and turning the calendar to 2018. While 2017 has been a great year for some and a tough year for others, I hope that most of us are ready to bring in 2018 and receive all of the changes and opportunities that are available to us with the beginning of a new year. TFTR is just like you – 2017 has seen some growth, changes, and challenges, while 2018 gives us an opportunity to improve our operations and missions.

Here are a few of our activities in 2017:
• Created and sold our calendars for 2018 – still on sale now;
• Held our annual on-line auction in early November, spearheaded by board member, Leslie, with help from other board members;
• Developed our logo – new clothing coming soon;
• Held our annual Halloween costume contest – with the winner shown on the October page of our calendar;
• Had a coloring book illustrated for us by a good friend of TFTR, Kimberly Dalton – on sale now;
• Formed an alliance with Molly’s Closet, an on-line store with proceeds going to TFTR, as envisioned by TFTR friend Debra Peretti in memory of her Molly, and managed by board member, Linda;
• Initiated a state coordinator system to help spread the work load. Under the guidance of fellow board member, Amanda, we will implement our plans with the state coordinators and TFTR volunteers;
• Held a raffle at the ATFTC’s National Specialty in Topeka, KS in August with board members Patty and Dianne;
• Formed an alliance with DART (Delta Animal Rescue and Transport) – managed by board member, Linda, to help us transport TFTs to their new, forever homes;
• Performed administrative tasks – insurance and software purchases/renewals, board meetings via teleconference calls since we are scattered across the country; renewed corporate registrations; added four new board members to name a few;
• Conducted a couple of fundraising drives for the care of Mojo and the removal of his eyes and for MaKaila and her collapsed trachea;
• And most importantly, under the wonderful talents and watchful eye of board member Leslie, assisted by most of the board members, took care of the TFTs that needed our help – to include conversations with shelters and owners about 50+ dogs, rehoming about half of them, treating a couple for heartworm; making the commitment to permanently care for a couple in hospice, and working with other rescue groups on a handful of dogs.

In 2018, we will transition to the newly elected board in January, set up committees for tasks and jobs required by TFTR, provide resources to our followers, hold our fundraising activities, offer clothing and other items with the new logo, and continue to care for and provide homes for as many TFTs as we can.

TFTR’s current board members, Leslie Greenwalt (WA), Dianne Clark (WA), Donnamarie Temple-Burgess (MN), Constance Haynes (NV), Lynette Purciello (CT), Amanda Sentelle (MD), Linda Wharton (IL), Michelle Tunnell (KS), Lorraine Dunsmore (RI), and Patty Blair (NH) want to thank each and every one of you reading this message for your continued support. Without each and every one of you who donate items to our auctions, buy the products we sell, participate in our contests, donate to our special fundraisers, share our messages, foster, transport and adopt our dogs, we could not continue the “work” we do for the breed we all love so very much ~ the Toy Fox Terrier.

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Lucia Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, or whatever it is you and yours celebrate, and a blessed 2018. With love and appreciation for you all,

Patty

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Buster and Babs posing together!

 

Babs and Buster are looking for their forever homes!  They are currently being fostered together in Knoxville, TN.

Babs is 11 years old and came from the same family as Buster. She is spayed, current on vaccinations, and heartworm negative. Babs loves to be snuggled and petted, she is pretty persistent about getting love! She is on a strict diet and meds to try and get control of her skin allergy issues. She’s the absolute sweetest, she loves to be held and give kisses! Babs is wonderful around children.

Buster is 9 years old, but you’d never know because he has plenty of energy and loves to talk to you! He is not a great fan of children as they are a little too rough with him. He has epilepsy, which is controlled through medication and a special diet.  Buster likes to sleep under the covers, loves blankets, and is a total model in all of his sweaters!

If you think you could give Babs and Buster a home or want to learn more about them, please contact us here! Learn more about our adoption process in our TFTR adoption letter! Click here to download an Adoption Application!

 

 

 

 

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Mojo and foster mom jenny

Mojo and foster mom Jenny

*ADOPTED* Pupdate, sweet little Mojo continues to heal from his surgery with his foster family! His foster mom Jenny says that he is the sweetest little guy. Though he had both eyes removed during surgery, as well as 20 teeth, he just takes everything in stride and has the best attitude! A huge thank you to K9 Heelers and foster mom Jenny for all your help with Mojo!  To learn more about Mojo’s story in previous blog posts, click here.

Mojo is 6 years old, good with other dogs and kids, and no issues other than he loves to steal socks!  He is able to move around just fine using his other senses (though he will appreciate it if you don’t move the furniture around too much on him!). Mojo has so much love to give, don’t you want him to join your family?

If you think you could give Mojo a home or want to learn more about him, please contact us here! Learn more about our adoption process in our TFTR adoption letter! Click here to download an Adoption Application!

If you would like to donate to help Mojo, you can send a donation via paypal using tftrescue@yahoo.com, donate via our website, or donate directly to the vet where Mojo had his surgery – Bear Branch Vet Hospital in Woodlands, TX at 281-292-5000. If you do call the vet, please thank them for their support, they have very generously given us an amazing discount to help lower the cost of MoJo’s surgery.

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Mojo and friends pre-surgery

Mojo healing postsurgery

Mojo healing postsurgery

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Mojo with his foster siblings

 

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Patty and MaxEach month, we’ll be highlighting one of our 2017 Toy Fox Terrier Rescue calendar dogs and our Mr. February is Max!

Max belonged to Patty, our TFTR President. He was a very special boy and taught her so many life lessons in the 7 years he was part of her life. Max was her very first rescue, she picked him up from a Humane Society in Maine when he was 7 months old. A neurologist in Maine diagnosed Max with Cerebellar Degeneration or Cerebellar Abiotrophy. With his debilitating disease, his life was not an easy one but they made the most of it.  His trips around the yard were done in the trailer attached to the lawn mower, and his trips around the lake were done in a cart Patty found at the consignment shop.  He didn’t walk well, and really not at all at the end, but he loved being on his bed with his toys, in the Xpen outside in the sunshine, or just plain snuggled up sleeping on his bed.

And Max just loved his big sister, Bailee the Boxer.  He slept with her on the couch and he stood over her as often as possible!  He didn’t like many people because he was so protective of himself with his disease, but he absolutely loved Patty’s family (her mom, dad, niece, and nephew). Patty says that Max taught her to never give up and to be happy with what we have been given. What a special and wonderful little boy, thank you for sharing his story with us, Patty!

Max & Bailee 12-07We’re having a flash sale on the very last few calendars for $14 – There’s only a limited number left, so buy them now!!! Calendar proceeds go towards helping our TFTR dogs find their forever homes!  You can pay by clicking here and specifying TFTR calendar as the designated fund or via paypal (our paypal address is tftrescue@yahoo.com). Please make sure to include your address in the comments field.

If you’re interested in adopting a TFT of your own, we have a lot of amazing little dogs looking for their forever families. You can find our adoptable dogs here or on Petfinder!

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Laverne 4Laverne is a 9 year old toy fox terrier being fostered in Las Vegas, NV and is related to the Harris County Houston TFTs we placed last year through TFTR! 

Her foster mom says that Laverne is an absolute love who enjoys cuddling, playing with toys, and snuggling with you at night! Laverne is also quite the TV watcher, she would prefer to sit in your lap while watching your favorite shows. She is good with other dogs, but small children would be difficult for her as she is a little nervous.

This adorable floppy eared love bug spent most of her life with just one person and other dogs, so she is a little shy around new people at first, but is very sweet and will warm up to you once she feels comfortable. She would do well in a home with either a retired person or an adopter who works from home, as she loves to be with her people. Laverne is also a bit of an escape artist, so she will need a home with a very secure fence!

If you think you are the right family for Laverne or want to learn more about her, please contact us here! Learn more about our adoption process in our TFTR adoption letter! Click here to download an Adoption Application for Laverne!

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Ethel and Shamrock 2Shamrock and Ethel are loving life with their parents Heather and Shawn! We recently checked in to see how everything is going…

As you can tell by the photos, they are definitely snuggle bugs with each other and their mommy and daddy! They love going for walks and playing with their mountain of toys. These two cuties also love french fries! Sham loves his car rides, while Ethel is still a little nervous. Neither one is a big fan of bath time, but they are getting better with them.

Shamrock was one of five Texas dogs who went to Colorado for fostering, before he made his way to his forever home in Pennsylvania by flying first class with a United Airlines pilot back in March 2016! Ethel traveled from Indiana to Tennessee for fostering, and then made the trek to Pennsylvania to be Shamrock’s sister in December 2016.Ethel and Shamrock

Heather shared that they both clicked from day one and brought out special qualities in each other. Sham plays more, while Ethel is better with food. Sham wasn’t as social with other dogs until Ethel brought him out of his shell. As Heather said, “They are my babies, totally spoiled and they even give each other kisses before snuggles with each other.” Sham and Ethel are so lucky to have such a wonderful forever home!

If you’re interested in finding your own snuggle bug TFTs, we have a lot of amazing little ones looking for their forever families. You can find our adoptable dogs here or on Petfinder!

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Mojo 1*ADOPTED* Exciting news, Mojo has been transferred to rescue as of this weekend!  He is staying at K9 Heeler for a bit before moving to a foster home.  We have scheduled him for his eye and dental surgery at the beginning of February. We are also going to try and get him a halo which will help him not run into things. The approximate cost for all this will be $1,000.

For those that would like to donate to help Mojo you can send a donation via paypal using tftrescue@yahoo.com, mail a donation, donate via our website, or donate directly to the vet where Mojo will have his surgery – Bear Branch Vet Hospital in Woodlands, TX at 281-292-5000. If you do call the vet, please thank them for their support—they have very generously given us an amazing discount to help lower the cost of MoJo’s surgery.

Mojo is 6 years old, good with other dogs and kids–potty trained–with no issues other than he loves to steal socks! Mojo’s previous family was unable to pay for his eye surgery (he has detached retinas). Though he will have both his eyes removed, once he has the surgery, he will be pain free and be able to live a happy life! He has already lost most of his sight, so he is able to move around just fine using his other senses (though he will appreciate it if you don’t move the furniture around too much on him!).   Mojo 2Mojo 3

If you think you could give Mojo a home or want to learn more about him, please contact us here! Learn more about our adoption process in our TFTR adoption letter! Click here to download an Adoption Application!

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IMG_9752Ruckus is five years old and full of love, he would love to find his forever family and be adopted in the new year! He enjoys playtime, especially with his favorite toys, which include a squeaking lamb and an empty, plastic mayonnaise jar. Give him one of these and expect him to be occupied for at least half an hour! Ruckus is a UKC-registered Toy Fox Terrier who is originally from Napa Valley, so he is quite the gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life such as sun bathing, napping at your feet, and mingling with his canine friends.

He has spent some time befriending all sorts of other animals and people, including his veterinary care staff (he’s become a favorite!), two Boston terriers, cats, and even chickens. He did great with everyone! Ruckus is a well-mannered pup who knows his basic commands and how to sit and wait for his meals. He also goes to bed on time, right around 9 pm and is ready to start the day about 6 am. He is currently crate trained and enjoys having his own area to sleep in at night. Ruckus weighs approximately 13 pounds, is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped.

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Ruckus is diabetic. Now, this sounds scarier than it is, so don’t let that discourage you! He will need to be on medication to continue to live a happy and healthy life. We can show you the ropes of giving him his medication and any other special care he may need. At 5 years old, this boy has a lot of pep and life left in him, so we know there is someone out there willing to give him his happily ever after. He takes his medication like a pro and will reward you with plenty of laughs! Ruckus has it all except a forever home. If you think you could give this boy a home or want to learn more about him, please contact us here!

Learn more about our adoption process in our TFTR adoption letter!

Click here to download an Adoption Application for Ruckus!

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