Bill came in
up to him.
him for a
then had to
said I got
to take ggp
in to see us
and was so
happy to see
said he has
his bed and
It was so
good to see
Sissy has been a wonderful addition to
our family. She has settled great in.
She is a lovable an caring, plus she is
a lap dog. We love her to death
Hi, Mary Jo!
it back just fine and the boys' reunion
was one of the most precious things I've
ever seen. Perry ran over as soon as he
saw Sheldon and tackled him, put his paw
on him as if to say, I'm never letting
you go again! They romped, played, and
snuggled all night. As we speak, they're
outside playing and running around with
our little boys. Sheldon is much more
outgoing and playful with his brother.
They're clearly making up for lost time.
Sheldon has taken to my 5 year old, Ben,
as 'his'boy and follows him everywhere
which is great as Perry does the same
with my 2 year old, Zachary. My cats
have finally found their courage and
come out of hiding. It took them awhile
to realize there were actually 2 dogs
and not just one who was all over the
place. :) all in all, life is great and
we're looking forward to a lifetime of
love and fun with our sweet boys. :)
Thank you so much
for all your help with the boys!!
Thought y'all would
like to know about Ben and Jerry, the
Great Pyrenees puppies abandoned in OK.
They are now Perry and Sheldon and with
the same family in NE. What a wonderful
ending to a very sad beginning. Thanks
to all of you who helped this happen.
Gives me goose bumps to be part of
April---------- Now called
Just wanted to say thank you so much for Emma daffodil
Campbell! She now lives the princess life she always meant
to have. She is such a loving dog and so eager to please us.
She is a great addition to our family.
Ronnie is doing great! He loves his new home and family. He gets along
really well with our other dog (Cleo) and the kids love him. He is full of
energy and is catching on to new tricks and routines quickly. We love him a lot
and want to thank Checotah Animal shelter for all they do, and have done for us!
Marcey, aka "Sue"
Just wanted to send an update and a HUGE thank you for this wonderful
addition to our family! She is THE best dog ever!!! She has such a wonderful
personality, she is SO smart, I've never had such a great dog! She loves living
on the farm, chasing the cows, swimming in the ponds, following the boys
everywhere on the 4- wheeler, jumping across the hay bales, keeping the rabbits
out of the garden and all the other jobs that come with being a great farm dog.
She is so happy and its contagious, you can't be outside without her making you
smile. Such a blessing to our whole family :o)
Jax, Harley and Emma
Hi ladies! This is Lee and as I promised I would write back and tell you how
adopting these wonderful fur-babies has brought so much happiness into our
lives...especially mine. In 2008 I lost my job of 3.5 years, I was devastated
but knew before-hand it was coming...politics are just that way I guess. Anyway
I still was raising my 17 yr old daughter, my son and his wife and new baby and
I had just begun a new relationship with a wonderful man after being widowed
twice and being alone for the past eight years...little did I know that this man
would become my husband. Should not have been a surprise, because we both share
a great love for animals. The next two summers I had become pretty ill and did
not know why, but it seemed as if I would become so ill during the summer months
that it was very hard to function normally. My doctor ran numerous tests and
said it was probably a virus I had contracted and just couldn't shake off due to
handling one of my baby-ducks that was attacked by a skunk. He (duck) was one of
five babies my husband had bought me and I raised them from lil' peeps so I had
to try and save then even after the skunk killed 2 of my babies. Pretty soon, I
became far more ill and had a constant pounding in my ears /head, I had lost my
up-close vision totally and was running out of ideas as to what had been causing
me to be so ill. At that time, my daughter Terrie told me of a wonderful lady
named Kate in Checotah who had dogs/puppies for adoption. I was too ill to
travel but by then my now husband David and I decided we would like to add a
member of fuzzy puppy likeness to our family. Terrie sent me pics of several of
Kate's dogs at the shelter and one in particular "Pretty Boy" a shepherd-mix
looked like he could use some love. He was brought to us by my daughter and when
he got here he was very skiddish of men. I assume prior to him being at Checotah
Shelter that someone had probably beat him. We even brought him in our home
trying to bring him out of his shell...he was obviously very frightened. It took
several months of spoiling him and lots of human contact before he learned to
trust us and that he would no longer be hurt by anyone ever again. This past
summer he became my ice-cream buddy and on very hot days we would share a
popsicle or 3..lol! No one could ever tell to see him now what a rough start he
had, he is a big boy! He has a buddy (Dog) whom we acquired through a lil' 80 yr
old man who could no longer care for her. He is the big blonde boy in the pics I
have enclosed. Over the last two years "pretty-boy' now Jax is his human mommy's
buddy, he has given me his heart and his love even when I couldn't talk to my
husband or kids of my medical problem (I was diagnosed in Dec.2010) with a brain
aneurysm. I recently went back for an angiogram in 2011 and after many Prayers,
the love of my husband, children, friends and of course and never the least the
love and companionship of my fur-babies Jax, Dog, Harley, Baby, Emma and Nanuk I
was told by my neuro-surgeon that the aneurysm had been healing itself! How's
that for the power of love that is unconditional and prayer. I still believe too
had that lil' duck had not been sick, I probably would have never found out I
had an aneurysm that could have killed me...I am so grateful for the love of my
family and friends and the un-dying devotion/love that my fur-babies give to me
everyday. JAX, HARLEY AND EMMA were all adopted from the Checotah Animal Shelter
and I would highly recommend their facility if you are looking for a best fur-babie
friend that will take over your heart and always give back that un-conditional
love that only our 4 legged (and some-time 2-3 legged) babies can do! Thank you
so much Kate, Debbie and the volunteers @ the shelter...God bless each and
everyone of you for all you do for these wonderful critters!! Sincerely, Lee
> *enclosed are pics of Emma (the smallest) Harley (the darker of the two bigger
ones) and Baby our lil girl we rescued shortly before Jax came into our lives.
And of course Jax and Dog, I swear he is smiling/laughing in the one picture...lol
Hello, My name is Cheryl Case and my family and I came in on 12-30-11 and picked up
the sweetest baby we have ever seen. Her name is Leila, she has come into our
lives and made us the happiest
family!!!! I'm adding some pictures and will be sending you lots more!!! Me and
my family want to thank you all so much for bringing us together, we love her as
much as she loves us. I also want to say that you guys were the sweetest to us
and we want to thank you for being so kind to us and allowing us to bring home
our little angel. Hope you guys have a wonderful day and thank you again for
Allen,Cheryl and Leila!
Hi, it's been a bit over a month since I adopted Suzy the
long haired Chihuahua, which
I renamed Gidget. She has
become a total fixture in my
life. She's always wanting
to snuggle, and has become a
foot warmer, because she is
always at someone's feet
while on the bed. She's an
amazing little dog, and I am
so glad that I adopted her.
She's definitely become my
little girl. She's quite
pampered as well. She's even
become playful. Thank you so
much for allowing her to
become part of my family.
We adopted Boomer when he
was 6 weeks old and he was the runt of the liter. He's
turning a year old on nov15th. He loves to play with his
dachshund sister that's 4. He's a funny little Guy he loves
to play all day. He does have a hard to break habit of
jumping on the kitchen chair to see if there's any left over
food on the table lol. He is a social butterfly doesn't meet
a stranger he gets to howling/crying he just gets sooo
excited very sweet boy we love him so much. Everyone at the
shelter is awesome, I take him to visit and he's always
excited to see everyone.
Cheeto Pico de Gallo
fellow is Cheeto
Pico de Gallo. When he was at the shelter his
name was Co Co.
He lives here in OKC with 3 brothers and a
sister. He stays by my side constantly so I call
him my shadow. He is precious to me and I am
forever thankful for my shadow. One
pic is of my
Cheeto to me at Shawnee.
Thank you all
and God Bless,
Miss Suzie Rae
Here's a picture of Miss Suzie Rae - the
lab mix we adopted on the 13th. She's made herself
right at home and rules the roost. (She does
mind her Daddy but I'm just a lap as far as she's
concerned.) She's spoiled rotten but we love her to
Thank you for all the good you're doing
for the animals and their new parents!
PS - Take stock in tennis balls. She
can lose them quicker than anything!
Charli and Chewy
are some pics..Charli with her BFF
Chewy..he's a Chiweenie that my boyfriend
adopted from Paws here in muskogee.
Charli is so smart..she has learned to sit,
shake, dance for treats...her favorite thing
to do is lay in my lap and just chill out!
She does really well now with my 3 1/2 yr
You know..the first time I looked at your
website and saw her pic, there was something
in her eyes that told me that she was my
dog..knowing nothing about her at all, I
never waivered from her. I looked at her pic
everyday for a week, and everytime I did, I
wanted her more. couldn't wait to get her
and I'm so glad that I did!
Thank you for everything! -)
This is Reese's. We adopted her in June for my daughter who
was suffering from depression after her father passed away.
I have 4 children and while she is definitely my
15-year-old's puppy, she has bonded well with the whole
family. She has been a great addition. She is kennel
trained, pretty much potty trained and will sit on command.
She is growing like a weed :) Thank you for your service.
The Streeter-Simon Family
"We adopted our Chihuahua, Abby, around a month ago. She is
the sweetest little thing. Her and our Great Dane, Harley,
have bonded together really well. She is not as scared and
shy as she was when we first got her. She gets along with
other dogs and visitors we have also. She gets lots of love
and attention. Her favorite thing is to cuddle with us and
sleep in our laps. We don't need a leash when we walk with
her because she sticks right next to us. Every morning she
likes to go with us in the car to take the kids to school.
We love her very much and we are glad she is part of our
Just wanted to say hi from me and Carrie.. Carrie is doing
great. She s spoiled , loved ,etc . Its been 3 months I
still am as excited over her like a kid in a candy store.
I look every other day or so she looks so different. Her
coat is beautiful.. She sleeps right by me.
I know I have said thank you to you and staff, I really am
thankful.. I am glad her life was saved.
I can promise and do know she is happy. I am going order her
a coat boots and a t shirt pink with rhinestones its says
Tell kate and staff hello . Keep in touch
Carrie and Stephanie
Checotah Shelter and the GREAT staff :)
I wanted to give you a update on my baby girl "Carrie ". We
just had the one month anniversary on
9/14/11. I don't have a word or words to express how much I
love my english bulldog :) On May 17th I sent a
email asking if the shelter may have one up for adoption .
Shortly after sending the email a member of the shelter
Debbie told me no english bulldogs were at the shelter. She
let me know if one arrived at the shelter, she would contact
July 30th 2011 I checked my email . I saw that it was from
Debbie at the shelter. Well my english bulldog had arrived.
I was so excited !
Debbie told me she was abused , full of ticks and half
straved to death. Attached to the email was a picture of
her. First think I thought how could anyone let her or any
animal be abused ? She was very underweight and I was more
than ready to be her mama , give her a home and lots of
love :) I was already making plans after saying YES I love
and want her.
My baby girl is one of the greatest blessings I have ever in
my life received. Along with the blessing of just getting
her, I got the :package" deal. English bulldogs most likely
come with a costly adoption fee. I not only didn't have to
pay an adoption fee, but she
was spayed , her shots up to date and had to have surgery
for the removal of stones. Kate another staff member noticed
was wrong . The stones were hurting her .. Thanks again Kate
for realizing it :)
The shelter is amazing. Before any adoption they have to get
a clean bill of health. They want homes of course for the
they want to make sure the babies have great homes and
owners. The shelter isn't a type that gets them and fetch to
just get rid of them.
I want to praise Glover Vet that looks over the babies
before going to a new home. I highly recommend adoption . I
have found it very rewarding and the rewards only get
better. I am happy I have her to love , care for and spoil
:) She's doing amazing ! Her coat is shiny!
She never has to worry about her next time to eat ! She's
the perfect size now :) I am a very proud mama and I am
pretty sure she's
Check out the shelter .. rescue one that doesn't know what
love is .. than watch the change .. its priceless .. it
bestest friend :)
thank you thank you thank you ..
Carrie is everything in a bulldog and more :)
We will keep in touch .. We will come down that way some
time and visit.
Steph my baby girl (carrie)
It has been awhile since I sent an update about my two
special babies, Herman and ManMan. So I thought since
Man-Man just came back from the groomers today and Herman
enjoyed his doggy day out last week I would update you.
Herman is still maintaining without any medication for his
COPD and emphysema. He is still very anxious and has a fear
of being left so he follows me everywhere I go. He does not
like the doggy seat belt and somehow manages to escape and
hang that little tongue out like a rebel without a cause. He
loves his sweaters but prefers to only wear them when out
and about to look good for the public. He manages to get it
off once we get home and manages to place it in the wicker
basket full of dog toys. Not sure why or how he knows to put
it there other than he knows it is his spot. He sleeps on a
pillow at the top of the bed between me and my husband and
loves to wake us up in the mornings for his walk.
Man-Man is doing wonderfully. He maintains his Mohawk that
he had when we first got him and wears a sweater now to stay
warm. He doesn't mind his sweater being on when inside but
prefers not to wear it when he wants his back scratched. He
prefers to sleep on a pink camouflage bed that was intended
for one of the other girl dogs that he shares the house with
but they have gladly let him have it, as you can see in the
picture, unless it is night time in which he prefers to
cuddle up at my feet with my electric blanket. ManMan still
does not seem to realize that he is minus a hind leg and is
getting along as if he never had an issue.
We have continued to take them to Honor Heights Vet as well
as the groomers there because they know them and really
lavish them with love and compassion.
I am so thankful to have these two wonderful babies in my
life. They have truly become "my babies" and I cannot
imagine life without them.
Thank you for allowing me to share in their lives!
I wanted to let you all know that Herman and ManMan are
doing great. We just returned from the vet as we got our
stitches out today. I wanted to take Herman in and have him
double checked due to the Congestive Heart Failure. We got a
diagnosis change. The doc says we have Emphysema. Right now
he will need no meds but as he ages we may have to place him
The doc says ManMan is doing amazingly well. When I took
the babies in the nurses flocked to both of them. ManMan got
lots and lots of kisses and so much attention that he didn't
want to leave the room. Herman got doted on and enjoyed his
treat. The doc says ManMan is all clear and doesn't have to
return unless he has another issue or in a year when shots
are due again. Herman will have to have regular
visits...however we are optimistic that he will be fine.
They are both adapting very well to their new environment
and have taken over the house. "ManMan is the boss of the
bed and one of the recliners. Herman has the other recliner
and my lap.
We are SO glad we took both of these wonderful babies. We
have already fallen in love with them..
Thank you for allowing us to share our life with them.
ManMan and Herman went to the groomers yesterday and had
their "doggy day out". They love their new doo's.
I can't thank you enough for allowing to me have these
two special "boys" in my life.
I can't imagine a day without them.
I adopted a collie/heeler/shepherd mix puppy yesterday and
just wanted to let you know that he is settling in with me
just fine. I am profoundly deaf and had to put my service
animal to sleep this week. This was rather sudden so I had
not made arrangements for a new service animal. With a
three year waiting list to receive another service animal, I
was left with no choice but to train my own, which is why I
visited you yesterday.
I named the puppy Neville and have found him to be quite
intelligent and eager to please. He is already responding
to his name and to several commands (sit, leave it, come,
stop and no). He has adjusted to walking on a leash and is
already picking up on the leash training and housebreaking
(has not had an accident in the house yet). He is very
responsive to sound so even though he has not been trained
to respond to sound (that training will come later), he is
already alerting me to my phone, door and alarm clock
through his own natural responses. He is a very alert dog
and has an amazing attention span during training sessions.
He seems to be picking up new commands after 2 or 3
sessions, which is amazing.
I have ordered his training vest and should have it next
week. He still has a lot of training ahead of him and I
will try to keep you updated on how the training is going.
For now, I just wanted you to know that he will have a life
full of adventure as he will go everywhere I go and he will
have a life of purpose and love.
Thank you for taking care of him and the other dogs that you
give a home to while they wait for their permanent home.
Without you, Neville would never have come into my life at
the time I needed him the most.
Tammie D. Willis, M.M., M.Ed.
Update: June 2,
Here is one taken outside
after a training session. (The picture above) I
should have his service dog in training cape next
week. I'll be sure to send you one where he is
He is doing wonderfully with
the training. He has already mastered or nearly
mastered 6 of the 15 basic commands and is starting
to pick up on the leash training. He is also,
setting quietly for up to 2 hours at a time at
work. (He works for 2 hours and has puppy play time
for a half hour). He has sat through a variety of
staff meetings with a variety of people and has
For the most part, he is
house broken (I didn't get the door open in time
this morning which led to his first accident since
he came home with me) and is just a joy to have
around. Everyone loves him and he is quickly
learning that he has many aunts and uncles who all
want to take a turn entertaining him during puppy
I can't wait for you all to
see him in his little "I'm a Service Dog in
Tammie D. Willis, M.M., M.Ed.
Update: June 7,
I thought I would give you an update on Neville. He made
his first trip to Wal-Mart today. It was just a
socialization trip where he gets used to being in a public
place and responding to commands in the midst of all the
distractions present. We just worked on the "sit" command
today and I must say, he has that down. The biggest problem
is that he is just so adorable that everyone wants to pet
him. He also got a chance to pick out a new toy while we
were in the doggy toy aisle. He picked out the ugliest
orange stuff doggy he could find and a new ball.
He is still doing well the other parts of his training. He
has 6 more commands to learn including the dread stay
command where he will have to stay while I leave the room
for 20 minutes. We will probably be working on that one for
a while...but that's okay since he's not old enough to start
the advance training just yet.
I've included some new pictures. I don't have his cape
yet. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow but in the meantime,
check out Neville at work.
hanging out in his chair in my office. He's
laid claim to this chair as his spot.
studying NSU's emergency procedures.
is encouraging students to fill out their FAFSA
paperwork for financial aid.
asleep while doing paperwork.
He has really adjusted well to being in the office with
me and everyone just loves having him around.
Tammie D. Willis, M.M., M.Ed.
Update: June 13,
As promised. Here is little Neville in his service dog in
training cape. I didn't get the patch on it yet in the
first picture but did for the second one. He has visited
Wal-Mart, a grocery store, a General Dollar and Love's so
far. He continues to go to work with me everyday and has
sat through a number of different meetings. His command
list now includes: Sit, Down, Come, Wait, Okay, Let's Go,
Leave It, Drop It, Bed, Stay (about 70% of the time and for
about 2 minutes at a time) and Hurry (command to pee).
He is growing so fast and his personality is really starting
to shine. He loves to cuddle and play fetch. He will play
fetch for hours. He also loves his Mr. Binky (the ugly
stuffed animal dog he picked out at Wal-Mart). He wants to
take it with him everywhere he goes and gets a bit miffed at
me when I make him leave it at home. He absolutely hates
baths but loves to run and play after a bath, which has on
one occasion led to another bath because he rolled around in
a pile of old leaves and mud. Oh and how he loves his tummy
rubbed. Whenever you go to pet him, he flops down and rolls
and his back giving you prime access for tummy rubs.
He is a dog that communicates well too. When he wants to go
out, he goes and sits by the door. When he is out of water,
he brings me his water bowl. He does the same thing with
his food bowl. He also wakes me up each morning when my
alarm clock goes off with puppy kisses. He tells me when
someone is knocking at my door in my home as well as my
office. It is just amazing what he picks up and how
quickly he learns it all.
I was recently contacted by someone inquiring about training
a service animal. She may be contacting you the near future
to meet Neville's siblings. I told her that if she adopted
a pup from you all, I would help her train her pup into a
Enjoy the new pictures and I will continue to send you
Tammie D. Willis, M.M., M.Ed.
Sorry it has taken me so long to provide another
Neville Update. Things have been incredibly busy
between work and training Neville.
Oh how he has grown. While he has gotten quite a
bit larger, his loyalty and love has grown just as
much. He is currently sitting on my lap as I write
this email. His training is going well. He seems
to embrace it as though he knows what I need him to
do. He has all his commands down cold and is
already performing 4 of his 5 basic service skills.
He tells me when someone is at the door, when my
alarm clock goes off, when someone text messages me
and when my fire alarm sounds. He has one more
basic service skill to learn which is to notify me
when someone calls my name. After that we will
start working on the more advanced and personal
service skills such as alerting me to microwave
ding, an oven timer, dryer buzzer, sirens and cars.
We are still working on socialization skills such as
not jumping on people, asking to be petted (i.e.
sitting patiently), waiting without whining and
other things he needs to be able to do in public.
He still goes everywhere with me including Chili's,
frequent Walmart trips, getting a haircut and going
to the office with me daily. He has made lots of
He's has some interesting habits though--he likes to
try to depants people and for those of you who know
Russ Wade--well, lets just say that Neville thinks
Russ buns taste good. Neville has picked up on his
training so incredibly quick that sometimes it is
hard to remember that he is still a puppy. He takes
his job seriously and is so eager to please which
makes watching him hang from Russ' butt so
incredibly funny to watch. He has such a fun
personality that matches how hard he works and how
smart he is. All around, he is a wonderful pup.
I'm so glad that we found each other and couldn't
ask for a better friend.
I've included some pictures. Some of them are newer
and some of them show Neville in all his glory.
Tammie D. Willis, M.M., M.Ed.
Watch for more from Ms. Willis as she
promises to keep us posted on lucky Neville!
Rowdy & Shane
My name is Rowdy, I am an apricot poodle and my brother is Shane, a
black poodle. We were dumped into a ditch and abandoned by
our first people. We didn't have any food or a house to get
out of the rain and after awhile without food I was too weak
to go on and Shane had to try to protect us both. Then a
woman who helps unloved dogs spotted Shane and he ended up
leading her to me, I had fallen into a hole and was too weak
to climb out. She pulled me into her lap and just loved on
me until Shane got brave enough to come near. Thank
goodness she showed up because I wouldn't have lasted much
longer. She took Shane and I to a place where other dogs
were staying and she cleaned us up, gave us food and water
and a warm bed to curl up in. Shane and I were still
scared but we learned to trust the woman who brought us
A few weeks later some people came in and said they read about us
in a newspaper ad and wanted to see us and only US!!
We loved visiting with them and being carried around but
they left and we stayed at the dog place. Two days later
we were so surprised when those people came back for us
and took us to our forever home! Now we are loved
and spoiled, fed good food and we have a big fenced-in yard
to run and play in. Finally now we can sleep without
worrying what will happen to us. Finally.
Before and After Pictures
Rowdy & Shane