Monday, April 7, 2008

Walter News!!

We are happy to announce that Walter the Old English Sheepdog has found his forever home! (no, it's not with us!) Mom has been working with Critter Crossings, a rescue organization located in California. She "met" the founder, Julie, through our MySpace page a while back and they exchange bulletins about dogs in need all over the country.

When Julie learned about Walter she knew of a great home for him so she emailed Mom to talk about it. Come to find out it was THE PERFECT home for him, his new Mom is retired so she can be home with him all day, she loooooves alien Sheepdogs like him and she's been involved with rescue for a long time so can deal with any issues he has. In fact, she's on the Board of Directors for Critter Crossings. He will have a Sheepdog brother and a Cocker Spaniel sister plus plenty of foster friends coming through. You can't ask for more than that!

In case you haven't figured it out yet, we had a bit of a problem.

We're in Texas and he had to get to California...that's way over a thousand miles away. We thought he could probably hitchhike, but the humans didn't think so. His new Mom had a really nice man named Norm come to our house on Saturday morning to drive him all the way to his new house!!

That morning we were up bright and early waiting. Mom packed him a care bag (with some of OUR toys, hrrrmph), treats (also ours) and food (you guessed it). We hung around the front for a while waiting for Norm. (We look like stair steps in this pic!)
Mom kept taking pictures and hugging all over him, geeeez....we're sure if she abandons us to visit California for vacation she could probably visit him again. You see what we wake up to? It's not least she put a hat on though. His ride showed up and we were all like "WHOA"!!! Walter got a WHOLE luxurious van to himself for the ride with great big windows to look out at the world. He hopped right in and settled on the couch in the back.Ok, we admit it. We were kinda sad to see his limo pull away...not as sad as the Humans but still. He wasn't so bad after all, especially for an Alien dog.He left here about 9:30 Saturday morning and arrived at 4 pm California time on Sunday afternoon. Norm said he spent more time watching out the windows than sleeping, they stopped every few hours for walks and to stretch out. We hope he loves his new family and doesn't forget about us too soon. His Mom is going to call him Oliver for Oliver Twist...she is from the same town as Charles Dickens and the saying "Please Sir, I want some more!" made her think of him. We think it's a pawsome name and hope he'll take to it fast.

We all want to send out a HUGENORMOUS thank you to Critter Crossings and Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund for helping Walter find his forever home. They are what true rescue organizations are all about, helping the animals who really need it regardless of breed, age, condition or temperament.
-Tucker-Doodle, Bear, Samantha and Dot-Spot (and Maryann, too)


Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
Sure is great to know that Walter, I mean Oliver found a lovely forever home! I know you are going to miss him!
Thanks for letting us know!
Kisses and hugs

The Zoo Crew said...

And I'm sure Walter/Oliver would send out a HUGENORMOUS thank you to YOU for being his angel and rescuing him from such a horrendous life locked up in the mud.


Shannon, mom to TZC

Louka said...

Yay! I'm so happy he found such a good forever home! Congratulations to you and your mom, too, for doing such a good deed and taking him in when he needed you.

Kirby said...

Yeah for Walter/Oliver! I'm so happy he found such a perfect furever home. He couldn't of wished for a better place to recover and get lots and lots of love. Maryann, you are to be applauded for all the work you do with the animals and the brats deserve extra treats for sharing their home, food and toys with less fortunate dogs like Walter. Please keep us up to date on Walter if his new family provides updates.

Your pal,

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh my dogness! This is excellent news for Walter! We are so happy for him but are going to miss his upside down biking that he would do. I hope you get updates to share with us!

Sophie Brador said...

Fantastic Walter/Oliver news! That is so great. I'm going to miss him on your blog, but maybe his new peeps will blog for him too.


P.S. We saw the puppy on out bloglines, but we can't see him on your blog. Very strange, but we think he is adorable,

Peanut said...

oh oh we are so happy for walter-oliver or whatever his name is. :) Mom says she is going to go check out critter crossing right now.

Hammer said...

Hi Mates
You and your mum all did good finding Walter, now Oliver, his furever home. We're all real happy for him. Every dog deserves a loving, safe home.
HAPPY BARKDAY TO YOU BEAR TOO !!! We hope you have a pawsome day full of yummie food, and lots of licks and hugs.
Love from Hammer

Snowball said...

Congratulations to Walter. I hope that he will be happy in his new home.


Luckie Girl said...

Hey guys,
I sure missed you loads. I am glad Walter found his new forever home. :)

Gus said...

thanks for the walter update, keep us posted on him, and also on the injuries someone (who shall remain anonymous) inflicted on the girls


happy said...

So happy that Walter has found a loving home! You guys have been so wonderful in taking care of him!

Maggie & Mitch said...

We're so glad that Walter/Oliver found his forever home! That was quite a ride he took!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Aw.. It sure was nice to know Walter. I hope he'll be happy in his furever home

~ Girl girl


How exciting! Walter, me mean Oliver, has a furever home of his own now. I am so happy for him. Rescue is the greatest thing in the world.

Where in Texas do you guys live? Is it close to Houston? I bet we'd have a great time if we could meet up sometime.

LOVE ya...Mona

Ferndoggle said...

Congrats to Walter/Oliver on his new home! And how great of you guys to "share" all of your toys/treats/food with him!

Your Mom is the best!

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Mack said...

Oh we love happy endings! And what a great guy Norm was for transporting him!

Crikit, Sparky & Ginger said...

Hi ya'll! OMdoggies how wonderful fur Walter oops Oliver to now have his furever home! golly the big ban fur a big loveable fur. Hope his new famileee will let him blog or at least groom in fron of the bathroom mirror, that is our so favorite pic of Walter oops we mean Oliver. Ya'll are such a great pack to love him back to health.

Happy Barkday Bear! Hope you get more spoiled fun then usual.

Love Licks & waggin TX tails

pees ess how is Dot's head and who did it! curious minds wanna know

TAPhillips said...

Happy Barkday Bear! We're glad your housemate found a new home!
Gomer & opie

Lady Kaos said...

Awww, how cool!! I'm so glad you guys took care of Walter/Olliver until he could find his forever home. You guys did a great job saving him from his last home and taking care of him.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Walter aka Oliver! Well done finding him a new home :)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Congrats to Walter! Our foster, Ulee, went to California too and she has a fantastic life. California humans know that Texas dogs are the best!

Steve and Kat

Lisa said...

Hurray for Walter/Oliver!!!!! That looks like a way cool ride he had. A WHOLE van all to himself. Cool!

wally said...

Yay! I'm so happy for Walter-now-Oliver (I know he probably didn't feel worthy of a name so much like "Wally") ! I knew you were doing a wonderful thing when you rescued him. Think about his old life and think about where he is now! It makes me all smooshy inside. You guys are the nicest.


Sparky said...

Good bye Walter! Enjoy your new home!

Izzie said...

First, happy birthday Bear!

Second, I hope we get updates and PICTURES of Wal...Oliver. Mama got a little sad just seeing that he's left the Pack!

The Daily Echo said...

Another very happy ending! You should all be proud for sharing all your stuff with Oliver, and letting him take some of them with him on his new adventure. Two paws up for you all and your Mom!