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This PDF storybook by Jim Degerstrom, Lifeline Dog Rescue volunteer staff and webmaster for our website, is 19 pages with a series of large photos, one per page, and originally created with his grandchildren in mind.
Yes, there are 19 stunning full color photos in a doggy ebook for kids of all ages. Once you study the expressions on the faces of these dogs you might suspect they’re doggy actors. Nope.
These were dogs at the dog park just having fun, and caught at the right moment to make an entertaining story to read to your children or grandchildren.
Jim took all the hi-def photos used to illustrate the ebook at Fleet Peeples Dog Park in Winter Park Florida near Orlando, wrote the storyline, and created this special PDF version for Lifeline Dog Rescue fans.
He decided the title should be Big Dogs and Little Dogs Playing with Sticks, a Photo Story for Kids of All Ages by Lifeline Dog Rescue. Read the story. You’ll see why.
You do NOT have to register or reveal an email address to download a copy, and you may view it online and download later.
Follow this link to Big Dogs and Little Dogs Playing with Sticks (19 pages, PDF, 1.5Mb) to read it online. You may also right click on that link and select “save as” to download immediately to your computer.
Please share this Lifeline Dog Rescue special story on Facebook and Twitter or email copies to friends, family, and coworkers. This ebook for kids of all ages is rated G.
Enjoy the photos and story, and you’re welcome to comment on our blog or Facebook page, as well.
Blue, the female Blue Weimaraner rescued from NC, remains in rehab at Lifeline Dog Rescue to recover from health and social issues. A long list of people helped to pull, foster, and transport Blue when known as Lee, and this Blue Weim rehab and recovery update is for them.
All evidence during initial evaluation points to Blue spending years as a caged breeder. Her 3 year old body shows the effects of nursing multiple puppy litters. We suspect her life was spent in near total darkness because in daylight she squinted her eyes nearly closed for weeks, and still avoids bright sunlight playing at Lifeline.
Blue was a stray and named Lee when pulled from the Lee County kill shelter in N Carolina, housed temporarily in foster waiting to arrange transport, and then transported on private planes by volunteer pilots from Pilots n Paws to Lifeline Dog Rescue in Florida.
Readers may remember the photo showing Blue the female Weim on her freedom flight. The photos above show that photo plus Blue with a happy yet cautious look on her face 4 weeks ago, and a full body side portrait. She is so sweet, and making great progress.
Blue was picked up as a stray so her real name was unknown, and over time we renamed her Blue because she responds to “Here Blue” when calling her to come. That was shortened to “Blue” with equal success.
Blue is very cautious with people, so it’s obvious she spent the 3 years of life without close and loving human contact. In the first month at Lifeline, it was necessary to get down on one or both knees at eye level to establish trust when calling her.That has improved in recent weeks, so she will approach people now including our male webmaster who was bent at the waist and calling her on a photo shoot at Lifeline earlier in June.
The picture here is a photo of Blue from Facebook taken on 3 June 2012 in the sunlight with other rescue dogs lined up for treats during Harley the Weim’s birthday bash.
Emotional issues for Blue are improving daily. There are still physical hurdles to overcome. She arrived heartworm positive which requires long term treatment. Blue has several growths that require surgery. She is underweight.
Despite all this, she is learning to be playful and starting to enjoy her new life of freedom and safety without fear.
Timing for her recovery from physical and emotional issues is unknown, yet could still take months. How could anyone regret the time, cost, and attention spent to save her from death row or being taken to a puppy mill?
Blue will eventually become adoptable, and she will be an ideal family companion in a new forever home. For now, Blue will continue to receive the physical and emotional support she needs living on the 3 acre facility of Lifeline Dog Rescue.
Readers interested in supporting her recovery may make a general fund donation for dog rescue, or choose the option to sponsor a dog and specify Blue.
The birthday party 3 June 2012 was at the Lifeline Dog Rescue facility in Okeechobee, Florida, and guests included all dogs sheltered at Lifeline, 10 rescue doggy guests, and 9 humans including adoptive parents with rescue dogs, Lifeline partners and their rescue dogs, and our webmaster with his rescue dog.
The first photograph here is Harley the birthday boy sporting a huge smile for all the attention he received on his special day.
Harley the male Weimaraner was an owner surrender and is in foster following foot surgery a few months ago that is 90% healed.
The photo collage below and taken Sunday shows a series of 8 photographs from the birthday bash uploaded to Facebook. Follow that link or click the collage below to view the first large version in the series of photos including all comments.
Use the Next/Previous buttons on Facebook to view large pix with comments of all 8 in sequence.
Harley has good reason to celebrate. His foot surgery to remove a large growth on his rear right foot was exploratory because the surgeon warned he risked losing at least one toe in the procedure. Fortunately no toes were lost; the growth had not attached to the tendons so it was less severe than the worst case scenario.
The human guests at Harley’s party were served a great picnic style meal of human food plus salads, chips, pickles, soft drinks, and dessert. One might expect a mob scene of dogs without manners competing for the human food and the cake.
All dogs and doggy guests were absolutely polite and well behaved over food, the cake, and while playing during the entire day.
When you follow the links to the Facebook album of Harley’s birthday party, note how big he smiles in almost every photo. Pictures include his huge birthday cake and lots and lots of dogs lined up for their share.
Happy Birthday, Harley! We wish you many more, and many more years of happy memories!
A new rescue dog Happy Tails story began this week with the recent adoption into a forever home for our lovable Butterfly Charlie.
Charlie the male Pointer rescue dog earned his nickname chasing butterflies and dragonflies around the private lake and 3 acre property of the Lifeline Dog Rescue facility in Okeechobee, Florida.
His athletic leaps into the air were astounding and not easy to capture in a photo. We did manage some lucky and well timed shots that are posted on our Flickr account. Look at Butterfly Charlie leaping after a dragonfly and then view the enlarged version to see the fly in the upper right corner of the photograph!
His new home should be just as much fun. Charlie was adopted earlier this week to Kevin and Sara who own a 2 acre property including a 1.3 acre fenced yard in rural Central Florida west of Orlando. Butterfly Charlie does love to run, so his new forever home is ideal hunting grounds for chasing butterflies.
Charlie’s new human parents had a Pointer before and have welcomed Butterfly Charlie to create even more happy memories. The Lifeline staff is very grateful to Kevin and Sara for opening their home, their hearts, and their lives to another Pointer rescue dog.
Happy Tails to all.
Bert and Christy live near the Lifeline facility in Okeechobee, Florida. The photo here shows Bert (left) and Ernie (right) playing, plus Christy and Bert (inset).
As a reminder to readers, Bert and Ernie were featured in a Lifeline Dog Rescue 9 page pdf download in the Photo Story of Rescue Dogs Bert and Ernie which illustrates how healthy they are now compared to when they were strays picked up by animal control in Miami last December.
Their pdf ebook tells about how both were within hours of being put to sleep when pulled and transferred to Lifeline Dog Rescue. Bert was adopted 3 weeks ago. Ernie is fully recovered and ready for adoption now. Despite their ordeals, both are happy and friendly dogs.
Thank you, Christy, for bringing Bert back to Lifeline for the play date to see his buddy Ernie, and all the other dogs he lived with here. As much as he enjoyed his visit, Bert showed his love and happiness for his forever home as he came to you without hesitation when it was time to leave.
Our twin purebred English Pointer sisters Angel and Flounder, aged 7, put on an unusual display of teamwork last weekend. It was a gorgeous day at the Lifeline Dog Rescue facility in Okeechobee Florida, and the twin Pointers were out with all the other dogs enjoying the 3 acre grassy play area and private lake.
This series of 3 photographs was taken about 1 minute apart and tells an interesting story.
Left: Angel stood frozen on point for several minutes before this photo was taken. What did she see?
Center: Sister Flounder notices her twin on point, and stays motionless ready to spring into action.
Right: Twin Pointers Angel and Flounder converge as they surround the object of curiosity – a stick.
Angel and Flounder were owner surrenders, and are available for adoption from Lifeline Dog Rescue. They are 7 years old and have been together since birth, and obviously they share a bond as well as team instincts for hunting.
Their lifetime bonds as twin sisters explains why we prefer to adopt Angel and Flounder together.
Both twin English Pointers like cats, dogs, children, or strangers, plus walking and swimming. They are obedience trained, housebroken, come when called, walk on a lead, and know the commands sit and stay. Flounder is sweet and goofy. Angel is especially loving and likes being close to people.
To check if these lovable and entertaining sisters are still available for adoption, visit the profile of Pointer Angel and the profile of Pointer Flounder in our adoptable section. If adopted, the link will take you to their adoption and forever home story.
Finally, want to see full size photos of the pictures shown above with these twin Pointers at work? View their set of 12 purebred Pointer Sister photographs on Flickr.
Note: Like a challenge? Try telling them apart in those 12 photos without looking at the name in the text. Have fun.
This big and lovable purebred Weimaraner was one of the first dogs featured for adoption when our website launched. He may or may not still be available depending on when you read this blog post.
The photo here shows Jester fetching a ball in the lake at Lifeline Dog Rescue on 4 December 2011. His first few tentative attempts in deep water were comical.
We captured video footage of him struggling to stay afloat, yet within 5 minutes he was swimming like a champion. A video is planned once we sign up for YouTube and edit his swimming debut.
Jester was a victim to foreclosure because his family was forced to move into an apartment that did not allow pets. As mentioned in his adoption profile on this site, he is an awesome dog that loves kids, other dogs, and (now) swimming and playing fetch. He is not sure about cats as he did not live with any. Jester is not crate trained but does not need one.
This well behaved sweet male Weimaraner rescue dog deserves a good home with a family that understands that dogs truly just wanna have fun!
Note: Mouse over the tab for “Our Dogs” in the top navigation from any page to see if Jester is still listed in the drop down menu. If he’s still shown, there may be time for YOU to adopt Jester, our wonderful male purebred Weimaraner rescue dog.