Saturday, December 28, 2013

Duke is ready for a home.

Our boy Duke is ready for a great home. He's been our foster dog for awhile, was heartworm positive when we first rescued him but his treatment is finished. He has that typical goofy Boxer personality and gets along with other dogs and cats. He wants to be your indoor pal - no tossing him in the backyard and leaving him alone. He's polite and quiet, housebroken and will cross his legs for as long as necessary to keep from doing anything in the house or his kennel! He had a previous rear leg fracture that healed oddly, so he has a little "hitch" in his gait, but runs and plays like any normal dog. Duke is an older boy - about 6 years old, 55 lbs. and a spunky fun guy. We'll be glad to introduce you to this love bug!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Puppy Facetime

New babies! Here's Andy - one of four siblings. Mom was a beagle, not sure about dad, but maybe Border Collie mix? We have 3 boys and 1 girl - all black with white markings and maybe 6 weeks old. It'll be a few weeks before they're vaccinated, dewormed, spayed/neutered and ready for homes. In the meantime, they're chilling at the what we affectionately call the WAG "dog ranch".

Friday, December 20, 2013

The WAG family grows

Welcome to new WAG foster family Victoria and Michael with Koa, right after leaving the shelter. She's so happy to be out of those small cages! Thanks to this awesome couple for opening their home to this sweet girl!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Meet baby Belle

These are some scary pictures. This little girl has only experienced about 12 weeks of life and this is what it's brought her. A passer-by found her sitting in the middle of a country road. In his words, "almost as if she was saying 'go ahead, run me over, please.'"  He pulled over, opened the car door and she gratefully crept toward him. A typical dog - trusting humans to make things better. So how could we not try and give her a brighter future?

She's been named Belle - our own little version of Beauty and the Beast. This tiny girl of only 7 lbs. must be tough to have held out in the recent cold weather without a regular food source. She's severely underweight and malnourished

We took her to Monroe Veterinary Clinic for a check-up, not knowing what problems might be uncovered other than the obvious case of mange.

Belle has the most serious case of demodex mange Dr. Jo Wellman has seen. Inflammation from a secondary skin infection has her skin bright pink and her lymph nodes extremely swollen. She's loaded with worms, covered with painful, crusty scabs and very dehydrated. 

But the good news is she's alert, wags her tail and gives kisses. Belle still sports wisps of brown and white hair so there's a beautiful coat waiting to come out. We think a better life is just around the corner for this cutie.

Dr. Wellman sent us home with antibiotics, treatment for mange, prescription diet food, medicated shampoo, conditioner and other goodies.Belle is tucked in a comfy bed with soft blankets, has a bellyful of warm food and is sleeping. Tomorrow is a new day and a new start!

A big thank you to Jennifer and her husband for stopping and saving this baby and Stefanie for bringing her to our attention. Belle will be fostered by Melanie, who does an awesome job of nursing our foster dogs back to health.

Get ready for the awesome "After" photos soon to come! Watch our Facebook page for daily updates on her progress.

Want to contribute toward Belle's care? Donations can be made below or mailed to WAG, PO Box 169, Monroe, GA  30655.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Waldo and pals

Here's Waldo, the former firightened Loganville stray who ran from everyone trying to help him, playing with his friends Ginger, a beagle mix, and pointer mix Roxie. Check out Waldo's impressive "sit" at the end of the video. What a talented guy who's making great strides! He'll make someone a wonderful companion!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A wonderful moment

The nicest thing happened today. Transporting Oreo to a meet and greet in the WAG van, I stopped at the Good Hope General Store to get some gas. A wonderful lady came up to me and offered to pay for our gas as her donation to WAG! Aren't animal lovers the best people? And even though the potential home didn't work out for Oreo, we had a great day and met some new friends. Thank you Trudy!

Monday, November 25, 2013

$2 Tuesday for Rescue

Every day there's a companion animal needing rescue: dogs, cats, puppies or kittens. And every day there's a rescue that steps up for those animals. There's no magic pot of money - rescues are sustained through the support of other animal lovers who believe in their cause and want to help. Have you supported your local rescue lately? Today is WAG's first official $2 Tuesday for Rescue. Donate $2 and you'll help save a life, for less than the price of a Big Mac! Visit our website at for a Paypal link.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Getting ready for Snellville's Petsmart

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Snellville Petsmart on Saturday, November 23. They have a big blow-out planned, music, demos, food and fun. And, of course, some very deserving cats and dogs for adoption! The fun starts at 9 am.

We're getting ready - here are the hardy WAG and Pound Puppies volunteers helping take care of the Snellville kitties. We still have some openings available for new volunteers. Can you offer once or twice a month to help our cats/kittens find new homes? Email for more info!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Eating for Waldo!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Marco' Pizza in Loganville to support the fundraiser for Waldo. We had a great time, wonderful food and raised $80 for Waldo. A huge THANK YOU to the owners of Marco's Pizza for agreeing to donate for Waldo. He really misses their pizza, but you do't have to. Visit

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gone Too Soon - Lucinda Wiseman

Is there any doubt that people who love animals are the most compassionate folks around? And the best continue giving even after they're gone.

We recently learned of the passing of Lucinda Wiseman, a kind, wonderful person who was an early supporter of WAG. She volunteered for awhile until life took her in other directions, but she remained a friend.

Lucinda passed away too soon from cancer, but to honor her love of pets the family requested donations to her favorite causes. As a result, Walton Animal Guild was the recipient of 14 Kuranda beds for our dogs - all donated by people who loved Lucinda!

We're grateful for their kindness. Lucinda's love of animals will continue to keep our rescue dogs warm and cozy. Our condolences to her family and friends for her loss.

Here is the memorial published for this special lady:

For those who knew her:

I hope you are one of the lucky people who got to know Lucinda April Wiseman.

Her strength, her will, her faith, her love of animals and all nature, her love of country, her comic relief, her beauty or just her smile. Knowing one of her many facets is a blessing, but knowing all of them could make your heart explode.

For those who knew her, will it be a cross-eyed cat, a photograph of a beautiful mushroom, or a lonely dog that reminds you of her?

Will it be a comedian, a vintage vehicle or the wonderful smells of a barn hall that will force you to think of her?

Would it be the hum of a tractor, the harmony in a song or the thunder of horse hooves that catches your ear and she comes to mind?

Or did someone just smile at you when you walked in the door and offer conversation that would never include the weather? A person who offered true interest in you, your life, and your loves. Would you remember Lucinda?

If at Christmas time you hear the tiny voice of Linus reciting: "And the angel said unto them, fear not, for behold I bring you tidings of great joy", will you turn and look for her?

Lucinda has battled cancer hard for one year. There was such a tremendous amount of support for her thru kindness, encouragement and prayer from all over the world, from here to Sweden, New York to Italy. A suddenly detected spread of cancer prevented many of her last goodbyes. But she knew everyone would understand. She said, "They know."

Lucinda chose to be sprinkled quietly at her favorite place. Where a flag flies at half staff and the signature sign that hangs there reads: "Heaven is a little closer at the barn". Everyone who knew her had attended service with her for this past year. She was able to witness her service during her life. Thank you to all of you. So many of you did or said just the right things…and continue to do so.

Lucinda was survived by her mother Peggy, her sister Janelle, and brother-in-law Nathan, Great Dane River, Lilly, Echo, Wyatt, Brace, Boone, Laurent, Callie, Pikeur, Romanee, Cowboy, Zack, and Frosty Steven. Preceded in death by Heart, Aubrey, Melodie, Lyrical Bend and precious more.

In honor of Lucinda the family will be concentrating efforts on Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research as it is desperately needed. Lucinda also wanted to take care of Gods creatures. If you wish to make a donation in honor of Lucinda please call: 1-800-752-5308 and donate a Kuranda bed to the Walton Animal Guild, Inc.

And to Lucinda…you loved the fleur-de-lis. Our hearts are exploding because you are our flower of life gone too soon.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More Waldo

Waldo is making good progress - his tail wags and he barks greetings like all the the other foster dogs when we come outside to visit. Getting the leash around his neck was much easier today, he realizes good things happen when we go out on the leash.

We took a short video this afternoon - meet our happy Basset boy!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Here's Waldo!

Meet Waldo, f/k/a Honey Bear. The Bassett Hound mix has been roaming the streets of Loganville for about 5 months and became a local legend for stopping in at some of the city's finer restaurants for dinner. He was captured and escaped, finally captured again two days ago.

His fans named him Honey Bear, but since we already have a foster named Honey the decision was made to rename him. Waldo seemed like an appropriate moniker, since he was Loganville's K9 "Where'e Waldo" for so long. 

He's doing well here, but is scared, of course. We went for a short walk once we got home today. He did surprising well on the leash and only tried to pull away once or twice. Of course, I was carrying chunks of ham to help with motivation. He's spent some time in the kennel, then we went for another short walk and bathroom break. The other foster dogs have met him through the fence and all tails were wagging - his a little more tentative than the others. But he's currently relaxing in a kennel and hopefully all the other fosters will give him pointers on the life of a WAG rescue dog. I think he'll do great. 

Waldo is heartworm positive and loaded with worms, but his sweetness shines through. The community has embraced him and are raising money for his treatment. Marco's Pizza, a true pet-lovers restaurant, is donating a portion of their proceeds from November 11 sales, so let's all go chow down! Thanks to everyone for their support of Waldo!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Many thanks to our supporters!

We're grateful for the support of the following animal lovers: Janine Martin, Deborah Anthony, Leslie White Allen, Sirius Grooming, Kim and Brent Norwood, Chrissy Lort, Katherine Hills, Alice O'Neal, Monica Hill, Elyssa Wright, Daniel Kavanagh, Charles McKissick, Jon Narducci, Andrea Brooks, Nancy Bogardts, Betsy Brooks, Pamela Martin, Mary Ventress, John Brooks, Marie Harrison, Benjamin Cornelius, Anne Marie Burney, Robert Brinkerhoff, Rachel Swartz, Kathleen Deveau, William Bailey, Louis Doboe, Robin DeD'Amico, Mark McDonagh, W. Daugherty, and Kerry Browne.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Love to share in Salem CT.

Here are some more new family photos from our Dog Days weekend. Lots of smiles!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Wow Weekend!

What an amazing weekend at the Dog Days Adoption event in Salem, CT. We took 18 dogs, 14 of them were adopted in awesome homes. Some of these dogs had been waiting for quite a while for the right home, so we're thrilled to see them finally part of a happy family! Thanks again to our support system: Pound Puppies 'n Kitten rescue, Paradox Spay Neuter Clinic, and our dedicated transport drivers, Jim and Terry, for their time and efforts. And a big WAG hug of gratitude to volunteers Dee Dee and Monda who stepped up at the last minute to get us through the weekend. Y'all are awesome!

Check out some pictures of our weekend:

Finally getting off the transport bus!

Getting a quick vet check from the CT doctor to make sure everyone is ok.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Look out Snellville - here comes WAG!

Another exciting opportunity is coming our way. Petsmart will be opening a new store in Snellville, GA., at Hwy. 124 and Ronald Reagan Parkway. WAG, along with fellow rescue group Pound Puppies and Kittens, will be working dog and cat adoptions at that store!! This is expected to be a very busy store and wonderful location for pet adoptions. We'll need new volunteers to help with weekend adoptions and caring for cats in the in-store cattery during the week. But what an amazing opportunity to save more furry lives!

Don't worry - we'll still be visiting the Loganville store for weekend adoptions. But adding another location opens up more adoption possibilities for our animals and that's a very good thing!

Our thanks to Petsmart for inviting us to partner with them in this new location. The store will be opening mid-November - so watch for more announcements coming soon!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New roommates

Welcome to a few new furry faces. Ginger was rescued from the Walton Co. shelter this week. She's a very sweet, timid but spunky girl and has bonded quickly with Cricket, a four month old pup.

Cinnamon is a 4-5 year old poodle and is going to make someone a wonderful pet. I'll never understand why these awesome dogs end up in the shelter.

Arnie was recently given away on a Facebook pet rehoming page, but somehow ended up at the shelter anyway. Their loss is our gain, because this guy is a wonderful gentleman.

Most of these dogs will be traveling with us on October 25 when we go to Salem CT for another Dog Days Adoption event. Getting excited already - can't wait!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Thank You!

Many thanks to these wonderful supporters for their recent donations to WAG: George Ann Ferguson, Donald Mesite, Deborah Gleadall, Susan Keppel, Stephanie Dyar, Countryside Vets, Karla Perkowski Scandiff, Ashley Abercrombie, K. L. Cloudt, Jamie Griffeth, Janet Smith, Heather foster, John and Laudia Shumpert, Michael and Janet Smith, William and Heather Foster,Alan and Ashley Abercrombie, Michael and Barbara Lee Grigsby, Jose and Katrina Padilla, and Michael Phillips. Your donations have helped save lots of furry lives!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A WAG Rescue Dog's Life, Part II

Concrete and kennels are only a small part of rescue. Keeping our dogs healthy and happy while they're waiting for a new home is our most important goal.

Dogs love daily routine. To keep kennel dogs from getting bored, we have several outings each day in good weather. Much like children, dogs like to keep busy with a variety of activities. Climbing, jumping, wrestling and chasing each other, catching balls or playing in the leaves are just a few of the fun doggy things available.

Even bringing in the newspaper can be an enjoyable group activity!

Our dogs have daily romps in the field following the fun cart (or what you might call a golf cart.) Most LOVE to stretch their legs and run beside the cart, ears flapping in the breeze. Our special cart is loaded with snacks and, as the new dogs soon learn, may stop at any time with yummy treats so everyone usually stays fairly close by. 

Hijacking the fun cart is a common canine caper for those too tired to run anymore!  

In the summer, kiddie pools are available for splashing or just lying down and getting cool. Jupiter, a Great Dane mix, has nailed down the cooling-off skill!

Group digging sessions are fun, especially in the "approved" digging zone: under the oak trees where chipmunks sometimes hang out! 

Whether it's fun in the outside play yard or just sitting around socializing, the dogs are always glad to have visitors. 

But, as mother always told you, life can't be all fun and games. Play is important, but so are manners and we want to help our dogs become happy, polite and socialized canine citizens. 

Coming soon: In Part III of  the life of a WAG rescue we'll check out some of the training time spent with our rescue dogs.