A Bark-n-Brew Blast!

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There was great fun to be had by all who attended our Bark-n-Brew event this past Saturday! Two-legged participants enjoyed making new friends and tasty brews offered up by Shannon Brewery, while four-legged participants enjoyed playing, ear scratches and belly rubs on the dog-friendly patio.

shannon-4shannon-20shannon-12shannon-21It was a great turnout, and we thank everyone who joined us to make this day special! A huge thank you to Shannon Brewery for opening their doors for this fun event and That’s Amore food truck for providing some good eats.  A portion of the sales from this event will be donated to Legacy Animal Foundation to help an animal in need.

Here is further evidence of the day’s fun:

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Kane’s Hope

15541267_626077780898507_8508203135673729959_nKane wandered into a homeowner’s garage. After several unsuccessful attempts to shoo Kane out of the garage, the homeowner called Animal Control to come and get him. Upon Kane’s arrival at the shelter and seeing the condition Kane was in, the rescue coordinator contacted the rescue group A Chance To Bloom for help. It was evident, Kane was going to die if someone didn’t take action right away to save him.

The obvious signs indicated Kane suffered from a disturbingly bad case of mange. So much so, he had eaten three legs to the bone trying to find relieve from the itch and that were now severely infected. He was extremely malnourished with spine and pelvic bones protruding to the point of causing raw spots on his skin, and so little muscle mass it was difficult for him to move. It appeared from the look in Kane’s eyes, he had given up hope.

A trip to the vet also found Kane was anemic from worms, heart worm positive and had a broken tail. In spite of it all, Kane showered everyone in the vet’s office with his sweet and loving demeanor.

Only a few days following vaccinations, de-worming, antibiotics, spray gel for his wounds, medicated baths every other day, and lots of supplements to boost his body’s immune system, Kane began to brighten and his skin started to show signs of improvement. The vet commented that with the right care, Kane stood the chance to be a very handsome and strong boy. But that care was going to come at a great cost.

Kane will need to undergo more treatment and medicine to get healthy enough to endure neutering and heart worm treatment. Legacy Animal Foundation has agreed to cover these costs so those who took him in could care for him without the worry of how to pay for it.

The caring, tireless efforts of A Chance To Bloom with the generous donations given to Legacy Animal Foundation have bestowed a hope within this precious boy–the hope he thought he’d lost. Kane now has a chance to bloom!

Your legacy begins today! Make a difference in the life of an animal in need — donate now.

16463731_1819049498361192_6154369702651316075_oUpdate: Kane has made a remarkable transformation! Following treatment for mange, worms, open wounds and neutering, he has become one handsome fellow. His foster care has provided some amazing TLC and has gone above and beyond to ensure his future is filled with puppy dreams with play groups and proper socializing.  Kane is ready for adoption–you can see the eagerness to begin a new life in his sparkling eyes!

 

Arlo’s Journey

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Giving the gift of hope for a brighter, healthier future is what drives those of us who raise money for Legacy Animal Foundation. This gift was recently given to Arlo, one of the sweetest puppies one could ever meet!

At his young age of 6 months, Arlo was tied to a truck and dragged for approximately three-quarters of a mile down a dirt road. He was only freed from this horrible nightmare when his collar broke. Animal Control received a report on the situation and responded to find Arlo suffering from deep wounds to his legs, chest and paws.  Skin and tissue had  been ripped from his body. That’s when a local rescue group, Houston K-911 Rescue, stepped in to offer Arlo the kind of help he so desperately needed.

Arlo was taken to an emergency hospital in serious condition and in severe pain.  Immediately, veterinarians began to treat the wounds and place him on medication to manage the pain.  A few days later, Arlo was taken to specialists at Texas A&M to be evaluated by a soft tissue specialist. Daily, he endures the unwrapping of dressings, the removal of dead tissue, and re-dressing of wounds.  Each time, the doctors report he does so with a grateful attitude as if he knows he is being helped.

While so many have stepped in to cover the cost of Arlo’s hospital bills, his medical expenses continue to climb.  Legacy Animal Foundation offered to help.  With the generosity given to our foundation, Arlo will get the much needed skin grafts he needs to complete his healing.

This sweet little boy has gone through so much.  Yet, thanks to a lot of caring people, Arlo is one step closer to being the healthy and happy little puppy he truly deserves to be!

Update: A month has passed since our report on Arlo.  In that time, he has been released from the hospital in the care of a wonderful foster home to finish his recovery.  Yesterday was the first day without a cone.  He got to run, play and eat every bit of peanut butter out of his kong just like the other dogs in the house.  He no longer has bandages on his feet.  His foster mom reports that Arlo is really enjoying his first Christmas and discovering the “free supply” of toys hanging from the Christmas tree. It is so wonderful to hear about the joy this sweet puppy is finally beginning to experience!

Your legacy begins today! Make a difference in the life of an animal in need — donate today.

 

Our Youngest Hero

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We met Gus when he attended a Legacy Animal Foundation fundraiser with his family.  He seemed quite taken by our cause and told his mom and dad, “this inspires me!”  Gus is 10.

Two weeks later, we received a cute little gift bag with the note pictured above, along with a sizable cash donation.  Little did we know, Gus was having a birthday party the week after our fundraiser and decided to forego birthday presents for cash donations to benefit the animals served by Legacy Animal Foundation.img_2518

Gus’ friends rallied to his call. No doubt, the promise of cupcakes and birthday fun had a more to do with it than raising money for animals in need! Nevertheless, the report from Gus’ dad was that all who attended cheered Gus’ intentions and big heart to save an animal who needed help.

IMG_2522.JPGWe cheer Gus, too! It is young people like you who will be the next generation of leaders to carry on the work we’ve begun. This is the start of your legacy, Gus! Thank you for caring, helping an animal in need, and being an outstanding example to all.

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Yappy Hour Fun

13913762_1363633403650954_8980680901001596712_o.jpgThe day could not have been more perfect for our furry friends with lots of sunshine, a dog-friendly patio, mutt loaf galore and lots of prizes at this weekend’s Yappy Hour held at Pickles BBQ & Icehouse in Watauga, Texas.  The day’s event was all in support of Legacy Animal Foundation.

14237605_1777569219199552_1321630074588497418_n.jpgFur-babies enjoyed a little pampering by My Favorite Groomer who was on site performing basic grooming services and offering great maintenance tips for pet owners.  Afterward, those who took advantage of the service strutted their new manicures for all on the patio to see.

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Lucky Dog Training Center wowed the crowd with a training demonstration, encouraging pet owners that their Fido could, too, do handstands and such!  The pup audience, however, seemed more interested in the Mutt Loaf–a meatloaf concoction from Pickles’ doggie menu–than the show!

Throughout the afternoon, raffle drawings delighted those who attended with prizes offered from Three Dog Bakery in Alliance, Painting with a Twist in Keller, Castle Hills Pet Supply and more. The grand prize–a 3-day RV rental from Professional Sales RV–was vied by all who attended. Congratulations to Tim Stark on purchasing the grand prize winning ticket!

While much of the day was focused on the dogs, human participants had fun too.  Pickles’ staff worked extra hard to keep food and drinks flowing, and music entertainment was provided by local artists Orlando Salinas and Russ Hewitt.

14329963_1403252553022372_3052067320460897959_n.jpgThe festivities ended with Top Dog recognition going to Ethel with the most “Likes” on Facebook. It was a close race, and in our eyes, every dog who attended was Top Dog!

All money raised at this event will go toward helping animals in need. Legacy Animal Foundation thanks everyone who came to the event, and all who supported it by donating their time and prizes. You are making a difference in the life of animals!

A Delicious Fundraiser

 

IMG_4238What is a delicious fundraiser? It is a day of good food enjoyed by great friends while raising money for a wonderful cause. That is exactly what occurred today at BJ’s restaurant in Southlake, Texas.  The restaurant committed to donating 20% of the day’s food and soft beverage sales to Legacy Animal Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who joined us today.  By simply enjoying a meal with family or friends, you helped an animal in need!

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Fish, Fun and Friends

IMG_2065What do fish, fun and friends have in common?  A day at Fish City Grill!

Fish City Grill in Southlake, Texas, named Legacy Animal Foundation it’s First Tuesday charity.  A percentage of the day’s sales were donated to LAF.  All we had to do was eat and have fun with friends!

Our many thanks to everyone who came out to join us!

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Paint Your Pet With A Twist

IMG_2058Friends, new and old, gathered Saturday night with paint brushes and canvases in hand to tackle the most daunting of tasks: painting their pets! What was the twist? They were also raising money for Legacy Animal Foundation.

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According to Painting with a Twist artists, this was the largest attended painting class they have held to date with 50 people registered.

Not only were there some amazing likenesses of people’s pets (see below for just a few examples), friends enjoyed food, wine, great music, and at times, a little friendly competition!

Thank you to Painting with a Twist in Keller, Texas, and to everyone who joined in on the fun!  We are deeply touched by your willingness to help animals in need … and, of course, by your very Van Gogh-like painting talents!

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Chocolate’s Christmas Gift

IMG_0531There’s no better Christmas gift than the one that brings life, smiles and love to a family. Legacy Animal Foundation was a small part of giving that gift to Chocolate and his mom.

Taken from Mazie’s Mission Rescue Clinic‘s blog site, here is Chocolate’s story:

It took Equeria weeks to get the scruffy brown dog to trust her. She would leave food out for him, then watch him scatter if she tried to get closer. Maybe you know the feeling. You see a hungry little face with darting eyes, and find yourself determined to see that first wag of a tail.

Once he decided to call her friend, she gleefully brought him into the house and named him Chocolate. And even though Chocolate was coming out of his shell, he still had a long way to  go — fear and trauma don’t heal completely overnight.

Over the weekend, Equeria’s kids had some friends over, and as the sounds of children having fun sometimes do, they spooked Chocolate and he darted through the fence. He chose a poor space to escape though, because there was a piece of metal sticking into the gap between the poles. Chocolate was torn down the whole right side of his body.

Equeria loaded him into the car and took him to her vet. The vet could see the damage; could see the air coming in and out of the opening in his chest cavity, and told her Chocolate needed to be euthanized. Equeria looked down at her scruffy, injured friend. She had worked too hard for his trust to break it now. She said, “No”, and loaded him back up in the car.

The next vet she went to told her something similar. Again, she said, “No”, and loaded him back up in the car. Equeria refused to give up.

As a last resort, she took him to Dallas Animal Services to see if there was anything they could do — anywhere to tell her she could get help. And they did. They called a group called Sponsor Adoptions to help the single mom find a vet and funds to save Chocolate. She took the last $250 out of her checking account, and they started an online fundraiser to cover the rest. They also called us at Mazie’s Mission.

Dr. Shults had never seen an injury like this, even in her practice that specializes in taking animals with special medical needs. She wasn’t sure if she could save him, but she also refused to give up. It took her hours to carefully stitch up Chocolate’s right side and place drainage tubes to suction the fluid out of his chest cavity.

This story was seen by Legacy Animal Foundation (LAF) volunteers on social media sites.  After making contact with Mazie’s Mission, we learned that Chocolate needed further help.  He developed a lung infection and additional funds were needed for treatment.  LAF jumped in to give that help.

Chocolate is alive today because his mom and a lot of caring people refused to give up — possibly one of the best Christmas gifts ever!

UPDATE:  Less than three weeks later, we received an update from Chocolate’s owner:  “Chocolate is doing great! He is trying to play with the cone on, jumping around and playing with the other dogs.  He’s more clingy … but I’m loving it — my 90 lb. lap dog! He is healing very well.  We are so grateful!

Your legacy begins today! Make a difference in the life of an animal in need — donate today.

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe In Winter

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Photo courtesy of John Talbot

It’s cold outside. To protect ourselves, we take great care to bundle up with coats, scarves, gloves and heavy boots. Often, that’s not enough to warm us against the elements.  Just like people, pets (even those with a heavy fur coat) have an intolerance for cold weather. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe in this wintry weather:

– Only allow your pets outside for a few minutes at a time. Frostbite can occur quickly on ear tips, paws and the end of the tail.

– Put Vaseline on their pads to protect them from getting irritated from salt.  When back inside, wipe their paws and bellies–if they lick those areas, salt can be toxic.

– Use pet-friendly salt on sidewalks and steps.

– Take short haired or small dogs out in fleece lined coats or sweaters to keep their core warm.

– Use dog booties.

– Keep your pets on leash.  Pets often get disoriented in the snow– it blocks scents normally used to find their way home.

– Do not leave your pet in a parked car.  Small pets can freeze to death within an hour.

– Give your pet a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts.

– Young, ill or old pets are extra sensitive to the cold.  Take them outdoors only long enough to relieve themselves.

– Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars.  When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. Bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give a cat a chance to escape.

– Horse owners: give your horses access to a barn or three-sided run-in to escape the wind and cold.  Blanketing a horse will help it stay warm and dry.  Give your horses access to unfrozen water and give it more forage during extreme cold to create heat and regulate body temperature.

– Keep antifreeze out of reach of pets and clean up any spills from your vehicle.  It is a lethal poison for dogs and cats.

– Avoid frozen ponds, lakes and other water.  The ice may give way under your pet’s weight.

– Recognize problems: if your pet begins to whine, shiver, starts looking for a place to burrow, seems weak, take them inside immediately.  These may be signs of hypothermia.

Remember, if you are cold, your pet is cold!

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