Category: “Happy Tail Stories”

Bonnie aka Mattie Earp Happy Tail

Bonnie aka Mattie Earp

I was browsing sites looking for another female Siamese mix and thought you might like an update on one of your former kitties. I adopted her from your shelter in Sept 2010. She was less than a year & had been left just inside the gate with her kitten.

She is the sweetest kitty on earth. She had some nystagmus in her right eye (causes eyes to look involuntarily from side to side in a rapid motion rather than staying fixed on an object) so she may have had an neurological injury at some point. She’s a little slow to catch on sometimes but performs all her cat activities well. She likes to nap with me under the covers. Thought you might want to see how beautiful she has become. The first picture is from your shelter. The other 2 are from today.

Thanks for all you do.

Kathy Mauro

Bonnie 2010

Bonnie 2010

Mattie Earp 2016

Mattie Earp   2016

Mattie Earp 2016

Mattie Earp 2016

Charlotte Happy Tail Update

Each year our annual fundraising newsletter features a dog and a cat.  This year’s dog was Charlotte. You can read her original story under our Happy Tail Section.  Her owner Mary Jo just sent us a recent up date:   ( If you are not receiving our newsletter and would like to please email tombstoneshelter4animals@gmail.com with your request)

Email from 3/1/2015

Hi Elaine – Thanks for featuring Charlotte in your fundraising newsletter.  Here’s an update for you and your wonderful staff:

Charlotte and Cassie are doing fine.  Charlotte has had 4 bladder infections since I adopted her in May of 2014, but with antibiotics she came through each bout just fine.  Her numbers look good as far as checking for stones.  She has gained weight and so I’ve cut back her K/d food by a 1/4 of a cup.  Both dogs are thriving and enjoy wrestling with each other.  Little Cassie shows very little fear anymore and she’s much more bonded to Charlotte than me, which shows you how good a dog Charlotte is.  I’ve attached a pic of them.   I’m afraid Charlotte is a little dirty as she was wrestling with Cassie in the snow (this was taken 1-1-2015 when it snowed).  What characters!  You will be receiving a donation from me for all your good work.  Thanks again, Mary Jo Martin.

Charlotte & Cassie 1.1.2015

Charlotte & Cassie 1.1.2015

From Desert Dweller to Beach Comber

His name is Silas. He was born Aug 30, 2010.  His first owner had him until June of 2012 when he surrendered him to the shelter because he kept digging out and he couldn’t contain him.   His next owner lived near the shelter really wanted Silas.  True to form Silas dug out and was returned at least once.  The final time he was with his girlfriend Duchess, a 4 year old St. Bernard Mix. You can just imagine these two big dogs running and barking on the outside perimeter of the shelter with all the other dogs inside. What chaos that must have been!  This was December 2012.This owner also decided not to fix the fence to contain the dogs and they were surrendered to the shelter.    Duchess was adopted pretty quickly to a local family Silas soon after. The shelter volunteers that were there at the time all remember Silas and Duchess as a sweet pair of gentle giant dogs.
Silas  is a bull mastiff and like Duchess  a real sweetheart.  Soon after, a man from San Diego called and inquired about adopting  Silas. He had read about him on one of the many sites we post dogs on for adoption.  I remember talking to our Volunteer and being so impressed that this guy would drive  straight over and pick him up. I just kept thinking “they don’t have bull mastiff’s in Southern California”?  Jason has had other large rescue dogs so was familiar with the breed etc. Soon  after adopting him Silas jumped out an open window, but that issue was soon corrected and he didn’t get the opportunity to do it again  Recently we  received these three pictures of Silas playing in the surf off San Diego.  He is happy and healthy and also goes to play with other large dogs on the family ranch. No digging out of enclosed areas! Once again Love triumphs all!!
Silas

Silas

Silas (2)1.19.2015

Silas

Silas

Silas

 

Happy Tail for Goshey

One of our volunteers at the shelter adopted this beautiful shy girl a few years ago.  Here’s her Happy Tail.

Goshey

Goshey

Goshey

Goshey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goshey was found wandering around Courthouse Park in Deming NM. She was put in a secured area in case her owner was looking for her.  After a day, no one came. She was about 2 months old.  I contacted my husband at work and said ‘We may have another dog !!”.  Another person wanted her but all of her other dogs ran loose and who knows what would have happened to her.  We brought her home and mulled over a name. Since we are close to Apache Indian territory we wanted a name in that genre,  we also have another dog named Quannah .  Goshey is the Apache word for DOG so it was natural.  She has changed sooo much in appearance and attitude.  She gets along well with the other 4 and is a joy.  She doesn’t like the vacuum cleaner though… Hides behind the furniture or jumps on my husbands lap.   But we wouldn’t trade her for anything.

Another Happy Dog Tail

Hi.  I was a stray dog in Yuma.  I was taken to the Yuma Human Society.  Unlike the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, the Yuma Humane Society is not a no-kill shelter.  Dogs and cats who are not adopted within a certain period of time are euthanized—which is a fancy name to hide the fact that they are killed.  The dogs and cats in the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter don’t have to worry about that.  They can live there until someone just right picks them out to take them to their forever home.  But, back to me.  Like I said, I was in the Yuma Humane Society.  Like the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, the Yuma Humane Society takes stray dogs and dogs turned into the shelter because their owners can no longer take care of them to the local PetSmart store for adoption days.  I was there under the name ROMEO because I am SUCH a lover, when Candy, my future owner, came in looking for a dog to take her for walks in the morning and to play tug of war with … well, she wants me to play fetch, but I think it is a lot more fun to hold on and not let her take it from me right away.  Anyway, she brought her husband David by that afternoon and they both decided that they needed me to come live with them.  They changed my name to Canis Maximus Destructivus because I chew up about anything—including a couple of doggie beds and nearly all the toys they buy me.  They call me Max for short—or Max the Wonder Dog (because they wonder what I’m up to next).  I get to take Candy on long walks through the desert and I get to chase rabbits.  I learned how to swim in the Colorado River, but I’m still terrified of the swimming pool.  I brought lots and lots of love to Candy and David.  I know that if you are looking for lots and lots of love, you should look at the Tombstone Animal Shelter or at the PetSmart adoption day for your new best friend.  I heard that Candy and David might be doing just that to find me a new best friend, too, because they saw MY TWIN on the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter website.  Like anyone could be as cute as me!

Mr. Max

Mr. Max

Presley aka Romeow Happy Tail

Presley aka Romeow Happy Tail

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Hi some of you may remember me as Presley aka Romeow I had a bit of an attitude and would growl when my cage was opened now I live here and get tummy rubs and sleep by the Christmas lights. My stocking was filled with toys and catnip, Santa Claws was good to me.

Romeow

Romeow

Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to Charla Henney for entering a picture of her dog Josie, a former guest of the shelter, in a picture contest on the following FB page forhttps://www.facebook.com/theunexpectedpitbull. Josie’s picture won an Earth Related http://earthrated.com/ prize and the shelter has received this wonder gift package. Thank You Charla and Josie.

Josie Pic winner 2014

Happy Tail – “Perfect Fit”

Everyone has heard the term “Perfect Fit”, right?  Well in the animal shelter context it means that an animal has found the perfect place to be.  And a lot of the times they are the ones to make that decision.  When, in our case, a dog or cat is adopted we always  hope and think it will be the right place for them. But sometimes we are wrong… the adopters can be the best there is, true animal lovers, caring people, etc.  But the dog or cat just doesn’t want to be there.  We will get in an animal that has been loose on the streets and we think immediately that it is the owner’s fault that they “dumped” the animal.  Maybe, maybe not!! Maybe that dog or cat just didn’t like where they were.   Or we have an owner that surrenders the animal with all these issues,  they “mark” (if they are male), or they chew,  or they “pull on a lead” when walking, or they fight with another pet or the  best one they “just won’t listen”  all kinds of reasons.  As a shelter we always try to share what information we have with the new adopter so they aren’t surprised and can plan on how to handle these issues.  Sometimes the issues don’t go away and we get the animal back.

Then the “perfect fit” happens.  This year we have had several of these and the newest one was with Sierra.  When she came to the shelter we heard two or three different stories.  What we did know and had observed was her shyness and especially around most men.  After taking her to PetSmart one Saturday and working with her she seemed to come out of it some.  She was adopted to a wonderful young lady that had another sweet shelter dog.  But no matter how wonderful it was Sierra decided it wasn’t what she wanted.  After soul searching and even tears she was brought back.

We called a local lady that had been looking for a dog and thought maybe this was the one. She came to the shelter and said “yes”…. Last week she took Sierra home. Upon calling to check to see how it was going we found that Sierra had a “perfect fit”.  She goes to friends to play with other dogs, goes to the Farmers Market, stays in the yard when gates and doors are open comes when called and is the ‘ALMOST PERFECT DOG”  the “almost” is because she tends to pull when walking so now is enrolled in Doggy School.  Sometimes dogs do know best!!

UPDATE 7/30/2014 – WELL WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT WAS A PERFECT FIT DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY.  WHAT WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER IS THAT IT TAKES TIME, SOME TIMES LOTS OF TIME FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.  ALAS SIERRA IS BACK AT THE SHELTER AND LIKE MISS KATY AND MISS MAYA SHE IS BACK WAITING FOR THAT PERSON THAT WILL GIVE HER ANOTHER CHANCE AND SPEND TIME WITH HER.

Sierra

Sierra

 

Charlotte’s Purpose – Happy Tail Story

Most of us have had several dogs over our life time and they all mean something to us. Once in a while there will be one that stands out, the one that when you see a new dog smile, or look into their eyes you are reminded of your previous dog.  Here is a Story of Charlotte.  She was recently adopted after being at the shelter for  45 days and undergoing surgery for a very large crystal in her bladder, and ulcers.   She has regained most of her health and on the road to a wonderful life and a new purpose.

I want to thank the officers and all the volunteers at the Tombstone Animal Shelter for rescuing Charlotte.  I am now the new mommy for her and if someone told me she was the reincarnation of my old dog, Baby (also a Heeler) , who died 7 years ago, I’d believe it.  It’s as if we just picked up where we left off.  Within the first hour of having her home, as I was sitting in my chair, she jumped up and put her legs on each side of me and laid the side of her head on my stomach and drew in her legs as if to hug me.  Now what dog does that in the first hour of being home?!  I adopted another special needs dog who is very fearful and timid.  When I brought her (Cassie) home, I was trying to lead her out through the back door to the backyard, when she just collapsed and started screaming as if she was being attacked.  As she was half in and half out of the doorway, Charlotte went in through the door then out.  She repeated this several times and pranced around the backyard showing this scared little dog that there was nothing to worry about.  It finally took me 30 minutes with gentle prodding and praising to get her outside. Charlotte never pressed the greeting process and now, while Charlotte has claimed the couch, Cassie sleeps right below her on the carpet.  Plus neither one of them bark!  How lucky is that?!

Thanks again for saving this very special dog—Charlotte.

Mary jo Martin
Benson

Lyric’s Happy Tail Story

Angel

Lyric aka Angel

We were a all Rottweiler family for over 20 years and when our last Rott was
put down because of cancer I thought that now we are done with dogs;
however, my wife started lobbying for another dog. So I finally broke down
and took her to a Halo shelter here in Phoenix. She saw a chocolate
Lab/Pit but I said lets go see what other shelters have. To make a long
story short, we went back and got the Lab/pit at the Halo shelter. We named
her HALO and she is now about 3 years old. Our grandson has a pit-bull and
got another little dog for a play mate. They got along great. So, my wife
said let’s get Halo a playmate. So I went into the internet looking for a
chocolate Lab/Pit. There at the Tombstone Shelter was a chocolate Lab/Pit
that looked just like our Halo. So we called and they said that she was
going to be taken to a PetSmart in Sierra Vista on 04/26/14 at 9am. We told
them that we would come and look at her. Sierra Vista is about 200+ miles
from Phoenix. We got up and were on the road to Sierra Vista at 6am and
arrived there about 8:45. When Elaine brought in the Pup, she looked just
like our Halo, and her temperament was very sweet. I thought wow, this pup
would be a perfect match for our Halo.
Her name was Lyric, but we changed it because we had a Halo so the match
would have to be a Angel. 200 miles later we arrived back in Phoenix and
ready for Angel to meet Halo. They did some butt sniffing and a little
jumping on each other but then they just started playing together like they
were born together, perfect sisters.
Right now Angel sleeps with my wife and Halo sleeps with me, but it won’t be
long before we will all be in the same King-sized bed.
We are very very happy with Angel and very thankful for Elaine and the
Tombstone Shelter for caring for Angel.
I never thought that a shelter dog could be such a catch, but believe me, we
now have (2) and they are both sweet wonderful dogs.
Thank you,
Larry & Merna Neumann, Phoenix, AZ