Sunday, March 29, 2020






Wednesday 2/02/2011 Doug Update:  Doug went in to the vet this morning for his second round of dental surgery.  According to Edi, "Doug was so happy to go to the vet this morning.  He just loves everything and everybody.  What a forgiving soul he is."  He settled in to get ready for all that great attention he gets from April and Molly and Ashley and the rest of the girls at Compassionate Care Animal Hospital, where he is somewhat of a Rock Star! 



Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

Adopted ....





Sasha is one of the Missouri 11 who stayed a bit closer to home. She made her way to Oklahoma to fostered and turned into a happy pet for a lucky family.


Sasha came into her foster and just seemed to know her old life was over and she did great from the start. She's a sweet girl, not aggressive towards my other dogs, is using the pet door, is healthy and is just a real joy.She was timid around strangers, but not aggressive towards them. Some common household noises would startle her, but she got better with each passing day. She discovered the full length mirror in my bedroom and is fascinated by it. She loves to run and play, and in true wire fashion will see what she can get into!

I gave her a spa day when she got here - bath and a hair cut - and she seemed to know just how pretty she is! She takes a day or two to warm up to folks, but does fine after that. She likes to be picked up and held and will ask for hugs.


After the time we've spent in the past couple of months, Sasha has shown me that she is ready for her own home. She's a wonderful girl. I wish I could keep her, but I know I can't. She's healed completely from her spaying and is just a lovely dog. She likes to play and does typical Wire Fox Terrier things like help me sort the laundry (don't you know that socks are for the yard, not the wash?), take out the trash (I put it in the trash, she takes it out of the trash) and put away the groceries (She likes the cupboards arranged so she can explore the contents). She's a real sweetheart and I'm sure she'll be a wonderful addition to a lucky family.

I don't think a home with young children would be a good choice for her as she is still occasionally startled by household activities, but would do well with older kids and a home that has a male dog. She seems to enjoy the company of other dogs. She comes when called, but is not too fond of the leash yet. She rides well in the car and is better about being shy around strangers, though still a bit timid with new people and places.


This couldn't happen without your ongoing support.  Help us give all these wonderful dogs the gift of health.  Just click the "Donate" button below to make your tax deductible donation via PayPal.  Or mail your tax deductible donation toKathy Lauer, American Fox Terrier Rescue Treasurer, 8738 Prestwick Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443



Minnie Moves from Missiouri to the Big Apple

Minnie's Story


Minnie is one adorable and lucky little girl.  She started out life in a puppy mill, but  little did she know how much her life would change in December 2010!

On December 15th, Minnie went from being a little midwest farm girl to becoming a City Slicker!  She boarded a flight in Missouri and winged her way east to the Big Apple - New York City! 

The day she arrived, we scooped her up from the Pet Airways lounge with all of her collars and leashes firmly placed, and tried to let her paws touch the ground of the airport parking lot for a bit of a wee, but she didn't seem too keen on producing anything right then and there, so we all hopped in the rental car to make the trip back to Manhattan where she fell right to sleep in the back seat.  We took a quick stroll around my two favorite and quietest blocks and discovered that she was wary of all moving things - of which there are PLENTY here on the Upper Westside of Manhattan!  Minnie decided she'd work on getting the hang of things quite quickly.  She was just being cautious and inquisitive rather than being downright frightened, so that was a very positive sign.  Minnie walked well on the leash IN SPURTS but was rigidly placed a good deal of the time as she let the smells, sights and sounds wash over her.

The biggest event of her first few hours in Manhattan took us all by surprise.  Life for Minnie in NYC just wouldn't be complete without a criminal record... she actually got a summons on her very first walk there because she didn't have a city license tag around her neck!  Two rookie cops in their nice warm police car trying to make quota were not having any part of Minnie's harrowing tale as to why she didn't yet have one.  Hilarious and 100% sure it would be dismissed at her court appearance on March 1, 2011, life for the new Uptown Girl began.  (And yes - her ticket was dismissed!)

Minnie had a banner Christmas weekend.  She was hanging in her room on her favorite little cushion just resting away and not at all fraternizing with the resident dogs at her foster home.  She wasn't interested in any friends that would come over other than to poke her head into rooms where we were all were together and then immediately scurry back to her safe place.  I was a bit worried about her outgoingness too, but the more I worked with her and the more she got comfortable with a routine, she continued to build her confidence.  Then came Christmas Day.  I took my boy pup Burl to a friend of mine's house where he spending a couple of days.  As soon as Burl left  (who she felt safe with and would sit next to safely or sniff inquisitively) she came out of her shell.  Remaining in my household were my female terrier mix Dot and Minnie so I thought it was high time for all the chicks to bond with one another on their own, without worrying about Burl and his slightly grumpy ways so off we headed to the dog run in Riverside Park together where I'm happy to report....Minnie and Dot could not have had a better time!  They just ran and ran and ran and all with no incident.  We returned home from our outdoor frolic and they continued the same kicking up their heels with glee activity indoors. It was a wonderful Christmas gift to us all to see her growing into a happy dog!

Shy and most tentative when she first arrived, Minnie made leaps and bounds whilst in my care.  My permanent dogs didn't make her first days at all easy, giving her nothing but growls and who the hell are you looks, sniffs and snaps, but after a few days of the cold shoulder, they finally couldn't resist her delicate and charming ways.  Burl, who's a bit of a grump to begin with, tolerated her with a "Whatever!" attitude as he does with most of the visitors that arrive here for a spell, but Minnie and my girl Dot could not have been happier running around my apt./dog run/or anywhere else that allowed them to kick up their heels with glee!  They wound up being fast friends over the almost 6 weeks she was with me.  

Minnie followed me around everywhere and with each soulful look or wag of a tail or gentle lick, she made it harder and harder to even think about having to release her to another home.  I cried my eyes out as i took a taxi with her cradled in my arms to meet her new parents, but I knew in my heart that I had chosen the right home for her to live out the rest of her life. Her new Dads, Robert and J.P., couldn't be a more caring couple, packed with a great sense of humor and a tremendous amount of love to give.  They have showered their 14 year old wire hair fox terrier Bernie (also a rescue) with love, and now Minnie is fortunate enough to share in that love.  

New York is where I'd rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.


P.S. Below are some e-mails from Robert and J.P.

Minnie is still so great, but no non-snow pee, yet.  :(  But she sure does love to dig in the snow and walk in the cold.  It is great! And she can jump like nobody's business.  She bounds up to the sofa or to bed.  I wish I had her energy!
But she and Bernie are great on the walks together.  No real behavior problems except that she gets very cranky with Bernie if he comes near her red velvet bone that you gave her.  (She just growls and then he walks away.  No biggie.) 
She doesn't love kids, we've noticed, but that seems OK, too.  She just kind of backs away from them. 

Hi, Cam: wanted to let you know that are still going smoothly for Minnie.  she is playing nicely (and napping nicely) with bernie, and things are great! she is so sweet and cute--thank you for bringing her into our lives!


This couldn't happen without your ongoing support.  Help us give all these wonderful dogs the gift of health.  Just click the "Donate" button below to make your tax deductible donation via PayPal.  Or mail your tax deductible donation toKathy Lauer, American Fox Terrier Rescue Treasurer, 8738 Prestwick Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443





Sugar_update7/14/11 - We received a nice update from Lucie, Sugar's foster mom.  Thought we'd share it with you.  Sugar is a very special case.  Will she ever go off to home of her own, or will she stay with Lucie?  That is yet to be known, but a dog that is traumatized like Sugar was is a very special case that takes a very special person to help bring them around.  Many in rescue end up keeping these special dogs because the work to bring them around to trust us, only to send them to a new home once again is often far too traumatic for the dog and they can back-slide.  So we'll see... On with the update!

Sugar and I had a very informative visit to the Behavioral Veterinarian in May. She informed me that when an animal is isolated from other humans and animals their brain does not develop like animals who interact on a regular basis. Therefore, some of her behaviors such as trust might not ever develop like other animals. Sugar will probably never be a fox terrier who really interacts with her family. The Doctor also told me to leave her alone and let her come to me when she is comfortable. I followed these instructions and noticed a change in behavior within a few days. It was a great investment in Sugar's and my peace of mind.

Sugar loves to come to me when she is in the bed and inches her way to me when I tap the bed. Miss Sugar rules the house from the bed and growls and Casey (my other resident fox terrier rescue) when he enters the room. She loves to have her head scratched and does the foxie head turn showing her pleasure. Whenever I come into the house she comes running downstairs along with Casey.  Sugar is always coming to me from my bed, where she stays almost all the time. If I need to get her to come I either use the squeaky toy or call Casey's name and she comes running with him, since she knows she will get her head scratched along with Casey!

Sugar hoards all the toys.  When Casey isn't looking she runs with all she can collect upstairs to include in her stash! She still runs from me if I move to quickly and it startles her.  She runs into the house from the backyard and hauls up the stairs to the bedroom where she feels safe. She is petrified to walk on a leash and only eliminates in the backyard. I was told by the Behavioral Vet that I should not force her to walk with Casey and I since it causes too much trauma for her. Although, when Casey and I go for a walk she comes to us and seems like she wants to go for a walk.  So maybe someday she'll decide she'd like to join us.

You can really see how much she has grown in confidence from the first picture at the airport to the picture above. She seems so much more at ease now. Maybe she was afraid of me with my sunglasses on .LOL

Thanks, Lucie, for the great update!  We're so happy fate brought you together with Miss Sugar.  She seems to have found a person she can trust and feel comfortable with in you.  Our hearts break for what must have hurt her soul so much, but you are the answer to her pain - just letting her "be" and letting her decide the timeline.  Not many would be able to do what you're doing.

We look forward to more updates as thing change for Sugar!

Sugar's Early Story

Sugar arrived at BWI Airport in Baltimore MD on December 15th on Pet Airways. She was terrified of everyone and everything.  When I walked her it was probably her first time on a leash. Sugar spent the first six years of her life in a cage bearing puppies and based on her reaction to people especially men she was mostly definitely abused.


She came home with me to met my housemate Mike and my resident senior terrier Casey. She was introduced to squeaky toys which made her feel more secure. I would watch her sneak by Casey(when he wasn't looking) and steal all the toys and bring them up to my room and put them on my bed. She now feels more secure and does not have a need to hoard all the toys anymore.


But Sugar's fears of pretty much everyone but me have proven to be a challenge.  While she learned to not fear me as much, she often runs away when I  walk near her. Poor little thing runs so fast down the stairs that she will fall and bump into the wall. I hope and pray that she does not hurt herself. However, Sugar has really made some progress.  Instead of running from me, she will lie down in a submissive pose and let me approach her. She follows me wherever I go in the house and sits right next time when I am on my computer. When she first came to me she would never come when I called her. I started to call her name while squeaking a squeaky toy and she slowly started to come to me. Now, she will slowly come to me when I call her and put a treat on the floor. A few weeks ago, she started to take a treat from my hand occasionally.  She's still working on being able to trust, and it's heartbreaking to think she's been so traumatized by her previous life.

Though Sugar has made great progress with love, patience and medication she still has a long way to go. Sugar will be visiting a Veterinarian who specializes in Behavior Modification next month and I am hoping to learn more about her fear and ways to help her to continue to progress to live a happy and secure life. Sugar has been with me now for 3.5 months and will I will continue to foster her until she feels secure, safe and less traumatized.


This couldn't happen without your ongoing support.  Help us give all these wonderful dogs the gift of health.  Just click the "Donate" button below to make your tax deductible donation via PayPal.  Or mail your tax deductible donation toKathy Lauer, American Fox Terrier Rescue Treasurer, 8738 Prestwick Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443



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