Rocky is just two years old, but he spent his
entire life as a "stud". Fortunately for him, he shot blanks, so the would-be
backyard breeders who had owned him, left him (along with his "mate" -- see
"Ellie") at a local groomer who contacted MetroMalts. Rocky, although incredibly
cute, had never been treated as a pet so he had no "social skills". But
MetroMalts found him a home with a couple in N.J. who understand the breed and how to
train and housebreak a dog. His new Mom has told us how much they love him and all the joy
Rocky has brought to their lives. Another perfect match!
Sugar was another dog left at the Brooklyn
CACC. He is only about five years old and has a wonderful outgoing
personality. So why would anyone give up a dog like this, you ask? Well, his
original owners never had him neutered, so he "marked" in the house, plus they
said they developed "allergies" to him. The first thing we did, after
having him neutered, was to dump the name Sugar for Slugger. After careful
screening, MetroMalts matched Tami with Slugger. It was, as one of our members likes
to say, "KissMutt". They loved each other immediately. Tami decided
that even our name needed improvement so she deemed him "Budha" and calls him
"Bu" for short. Well, Bu responded to his new name even better than his
original one. We think he knows this is who and where he was meant to be.
Here is Candy, who, believe it or not, is a
boy! But he IS sweet. Candy came to us from a man who had adopted him in
haste. With a work schedule which kept him away for home up to 14 hours a day, he
had been keeping poor Candy locked up in his garage for two months. He was baffled
that Candy barked incessantly and was not housebroken. Luckily, he was approached by a
wise neighbor who convinced him to contact MetroMalts to find a good home. While
Candy was in foster, it was discovered that he suffered from severe separation anxiety
(two months in a garage will do it). MetroMalts found a wonderful home for Candy
with a retired lady whose dog had recently passed away. Candy is now in a loving,
stable environment; his new owner is absolutely thrilled. And Candy grins all day long.
Emily and Bridget
This is Emily and Bridget. They
were not placed by MetroMalts, but we acted as consultant to their owner to assist in
placement. Emily and Bridget are about 8 years old. Their original owner had died and her
daughter was unable to keep them. But she wanted to do the right thing and find them a
good home. She initially started the process herself, but MetroMalts gave her guidance on
how to evaluate a prospective adopter and gave her our Adopter Agreement to use as a
model. We also listed Emily and Bridget on our PetFinder page to give them internet
exposure. Emily and Bridget found a wonderful new home with an older couple who will spoil
them for many years to come.
When we found Kirby at the
shelter, he suffered from myriad of health problems that left him a scrawny 7.5
pounds, when he should have been 12. He was surrendered by his owners to the shelter
because they were having a baby and didn't want to deal with him anymore. Obviously,
they had chosen not to deal with him for some time given the state of his health -- all
due to neglect. Kirby's new owners provide vet care, good food and lots of love. He has
become a wonderful, affectionate boy who is a great pal for their other dog. It took
a while for Kirby to learn how to have fun and play, but as you can see from his big
smile, he is having fun now!
We named him "Cassanova"
because he came to us on Valentine's Day and because he is such a love. Cassanova's happy
ending is the result of cooperation among National Maltese Rescue, The American Maltese
Association and MetroMalts. All of these organizations came together to help this special
little guy and responded to a request by the Brooklyn CACC to get him into foster care.
Cassy (as he is now called) is about 8 years old. He had severe dental problems and
congestive heart failure. He has flourished in his new home with two very special people,
Rebecca and Joyia, who have not only taught him the typical "doggie"commands --
sit, stay, roll-over, etc. -- but have started him on Agility Training. Cassy lives
with two cats, as well as an Australian Shepherd and a Border Collie. He doesn't seem to
understand that he is the little tyke with a bad heart. He loves going to the big dog run
and playing with his new family. The first photo was taken in February, the second
Gia is our little spitfire -- 4.5 lbs. of pure joy! Despite
her obvious charms, Gia was a two-time loser. We never knew the circumstances of why
she was brought to a shelter in the first place, but she was returned by her first adopter
when they found out she had mammary tumors which would necessitate a rather costly
operation to remove. Because Gia, at six years old, had not been spayed, she was
more prone to these tumors than a spayed dog. But we got her into a foster home and
had the operation (and spay) done. We were relieved to learn that her tumors were
benign. What we also learned about Gia in foster care was that she suffered from
severe separation anxiety. With people around she was cool and calm, but try to
confine her and she was crazed. Luckily, we found a wonderful home with a retired
couple who plan on traveling around the country in their new mobile home with Gia always
beside them. She worked particular magic on the man of the house, as she can spend
hours on end peacefully sitting on his lap. And he just loves it. Way to go,
Ella was found by a nice Brooklyn
couple in Prospect Park. She came out of the bushes toward them as if knowing they
would take her to safety. And they did... They located MetroMalts on the internet and
brought her to us. Ella is about 8 years old and has obviously spent a life of physical
and emotional abuse. It was difficult to even touch her the first few days without
getting nipped. But we could tell Ella was not an aggressive dog, she was trying to
protect herself and Ella is a survivor. We can only guess, but we believe she was an
urban puppymiller's dog who dumped her when she got too old to produce and started to need
vet care. We have learned, sadly, that this happens all the time. After a few
months in foster care, Ella found the home of any dog's dreams. She now lives in a lovely
house on a quiet street in New Jersey, with an owner who is with her most of the time. We
are thrilled that Ella has been given a second chance with a wonderful, kind family.
Winnie came to us from the Brooklyn CACC.
She was only one year old when she was left at the shelter by her former owner. We
figure Winnie was a "Christmas Dog" who was given as a Christmas gift without
much thought. After a few months, the original owners who probably did not have the
time or understanding of how to train a puppy, decided to have someone else take care of
their problem. Winnie was quite a bit larger than our typical dog -- nearly 18 lbs.
when she finally put on some much needed weight. As her coat came in and her
personality developed, we came to realize that Winnie was a Maltese/American Eskimo Dog
mix. She is beautiful, bright, and affectionate. MetroMalts has placed her in
a loving home with a big, fenced-in backyard and another dog for her to play with. Her new
family is taking her to obedience training to be sure that Winnie has a chance to be the
best dog she can be. Winnie was always a good dog, now she will be a great dog!
Leo's only "problem" is one
many of us can relate to. He was just too big. At six months old, he was 10
lbs., destined to grow to 12 or 14, and a petshop reject. No one seemed to want a
dog that wasn't within "standard". What people couldn't see was his calm
temperament, loving personality and incredible charm. But Leo was lucky. When
his prospective new owners saw his photo on the internet, they fell in love with his sweet
face. They are amazed at how smart and wonderful he is. He was fully housebroken in
one week's time. He is now a beloved member of Barbara and Brian's family in
Tribeca. Barbara calls Leo a "relaxed intellect". And what's really
nice is that they love his size! They are all lucky to have found each other.
Murray was another pet shop reject, just like his
brother Leo. Although slightly oversized, Murray was still under 10 lbs. but at six months
old no one wanted him. But MetroMalts found a family that did. When Maureen saw Murray,
she thought he was just perfect. And Murray bonded right away with the whole family
including Casey, their four year old Maltese, rescued from a shelter only one year before.
Murray's new family is just amazed to think that Murray was overlooked by so many. He is
one happy, loving boy who found the best forever-after home.
Taylor is such a beautiful little girl, but,
sadly, was given to MetroMalts by her first owners. Their son was severely allergic to her
even though they were told that the Maltese breed was "hypo-allergenic". They
learned that the word "hypo" means LESS allergenic not NON allergenic. It was a
tragic lesson, particularly for Taylor. But Taylor's new family had been looking for a
second dog for quite some time and are thrilled to have her. Taylor is now their Tiffany's
very best friend. As Taylor's new Mom says, "It's as if she has always been
here." And Taylor's happy face shows that she agrees.