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Meet Our Santuary Cats And Dogs!
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   Every once in awhile we have a dog or cat that comes through our doors that is too sick, too old or has behavior issues that leaves them "unadoptable".  We are able to offer Sanctuary for these sweet souls, so they are able to live out thier lives in an environment where they are safe and taken care of and most of all LOVED.
      These dogs and cats need on going care be it for medical, basic needs ( ie: food, treats, toys, special bedding), behavioral training or the many other things required to provide a safe happy environment. We rely greatly on the generosity of the public for help with these items for these animals who have found sanctuary with us in our Few Steps From Home Family.
      If you may be interested in sponsoring a dog or cat that is part of our Sanctuary program please contact us!  We would be happy to provide you with items for whatever pet you choose to sponsor!

GRIZZLY
ALASKAN MALAMUTE
MALE
11 YEARS OLD
SPECIAL NEEDS BEHAVIOR/cancer
GLADWIN, MI

Grizzly here. Almost everyone knows me and belongs to my fan club and those that don't I will be more then happy to let you join my "grizz" club!

Well, here is where I tell you a bit about me. I am 11 year old male Alaskan malamute. I'm a big ' ol boy, I am a lover with people after I get to know and trust them. I do have trust issues. I went through some pretty bad stuff in the past, some which I just can't forget about. New people I am leery of. But I have got much better with meeting others. My foster mom knows exactly what to tell people to do when meeting me and she can read my body language very well to know when Im feeling uncomfortable. If I start to feel uncomfortable then I need to have my space and I need a lot of space cause Im a big boy! I do best with women as opposed to men. I do warm up to men, just not as quickly. Again people need to be able to read my body language and understand when I need my space. 

 My foster mom has an apple orchard and I have discovered I absolutely LOVE apples!!! I guess I don't need a whole orchard, but if you could get me apples from the store even that would be awesome! 

I am a smart boy. Im not just a pretty face! I know commands such as sit, down (sometimes I will do this, mostly when food is near and there is something in it for me), shake although when I shake I slap...Im manly I have big powerful feet what do you expect!?

I am neutered I need to be updated on my rabies pretty soon coming up here and to be reheartworm tested, Ive been on heartworm prevention, flea, tick and internal parasite protection as well.Foster mom refuses to do distemper vaccines at my age. She says they will do me more harm then good at this point. I do have some hip dysplasia setting in, making stairs hard for me to do. I get down them just fine but getting up them sometimes is another story. As I said, going down is easier even when Im trying to go up....Foster mom tells me she feels the same way about stairs. Sometimes we roll down them together. She's soft so landing on her is great. Im currently on some medication for my hips that includes all kinds of good stuff in it likeMSM, Glucosamine, Tumeric, Green lipped Mussels and all kinds of other good stuff. I asked her to get the brand of medication for me because it was named Bayer....and I'm a Grizzly Bear!! 
I also get a fish oil tablet daily. I can move so much better with all of this and my coat is nice and shiny when its not covered in dirt from digging. I LOVE to dig...BIG...HUGE holes....Foster mom yells, I dig more. Im dedicated to my projects.

I LOVE car rides, although tall vehicles, trucks, SUV's etc. are really hard for me to get into and out of. I really have HAD to love car rides since my travels started in California. From there I was adopted out from a rescue in that area to someone in British Columbia. A nice rescue took me in out there when they were contacted about me saying the adopter was not keeping me and wanted to shoot me because I bit him. They all searched for a rescue to help me overcome this and where I would be safe should I never be able to be adopted out safely. From British Columbia I traveled to Oregon where I stayed for awhile with a nice rescue lady then she brought me all the way to Michigan. She drove straight through with no breaks, other then for us to potty, eat and take a quick snooze here and there. It was a fun trip! 

I LOVE to sit on my foster mom. I don't seem to understand HOW big I am compaired to her. She will sit down with me and I sit right ON her. Then I will FLOP onto her more to lay down. I also pin her up against the wall when shes been gone even for a few minutes until I get the attention I feel I need and deserve. I WOO and I WOO a lot at times. although foster mom says I sound more like I am saying WHOOOO like a really deep voiced owl. She calls me her whoey bear. I like that she has little love nick names for me. She loves me a lot. I can tell. 

There is so much more to me... "The Grizz". And there is so much more to my story. But if anyone wants to know more I would be happy to have my foster mom tell you more. 

. Thank you for understanding since I am special needs due to behavioral needs. 

Thank you for reading my story 
Love,
Grizzly aka Grizz, Big Bear, Baby Bear, Whoey Bear, Whooey, Big G and MANY more nick names!
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MAX
Shepherd/Husky Mix
Meet Max. Max has been with us for quite a few years. Max came to us as a bite case. We were told that max had bit a man out of the blue that had spent time with max quite a few times. Max arrived here with us and absolutley hated the people within the rescue. It took Max months before he learned to trust any of us. It took Max a good year and a half to fullytrust Heather and longer to fully trust Joe the gentleman that helps with the dogs in rescue. Max is a very goofy, playful boy. He loves to play with other dogs, go for walks and carry his little toys around in his mouth and play now with his foster mom. Max derves the chance to be comfortable and happy. 
        After attempts to place max up for adoption and failed meet and greets, we decided to pull him off the adoption list due to his unpredicatable trust issues.  We  took Max to an animal behaviorist and consulted with numerous trainers over the years. Some which told us Max is adoptable.  Sadly, at this point we feel for the safety of Max and other individuals, it would be in Max's best interest to remain with us. We will continue to work with Max and his trust issues with new people. If we feel at some  point it will be safe for Max to be placed for adoption we will repost him.  But he is safe here with us for however long it may be.



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Charlie
Chocolate Lab Mix
Meet Charlie. Charlie is a Chocolate Lab mix. Charlie came to us as a bite case where he bit the owners brother over a food dish.   Charlie has been with us for some time with taking steps ahead and 10 steps back.  Charlie definitley has trust issues with men, but also reacts to women when they mess with "his" things. Charlie has not only food aggression but he also has what we here call the "mine!" complex. With this, Charlie feels that certain things belongs to him. Food dish included. Charlie reacts aggressivly when these objects are touched by a human. Charlie has learned the sit and wait command. Once Charlie does this, we pick his food dish up put his food into the the dish then we sit the dish down and give the "ok" command for him to get up and eat.  He recently took a huge step and has started to follow these command for a man. We did foster Charlie out to a dog trainer at one time, where he came back to us after a short time. At this point, Charlie, we do not feel would be safe to adopt out to the general public due to his unpredictable behavior.  
         We have consulted with a few trainers on this subject, all which have agreed with this decision. Here Charlie will remain, continuously going through rehabilitation.  Here he will be safe and have the oppertunity to be in a calmer state of mind with people that understand him. 



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Reilly
Tuxedo Cat
Meet Reilly.  He was found at the farm in the thumb by  a friend of the rescue,  and was brought to us early in the spring of 2019.  He seemed to be a little agitated when he was brought to us. We then had noticed a spot on his forehead.  After taking him to the vet, it was discovered that he had been shot by a BB three times in the forehead and once in the back.  Surgery was performed to see if the bb in his back  could be removed, but it was unsuccessful.  He developed an abscess in his back after surgery, which had to be drained.  He was a very sick kitty, but is a strong little guy and recovered from his ordeal.  All 4 BB's remain in him. 
        At first, Reilly was very agitated and did not want to be touched.  He was very skinny too.  As you can see, he has gained  weight and seems to have calmed down to the point where we can touch him and hold him.  We hope he is no longer in pain, but seems to be ok.   He likes to sit outside in the catio and is very quiet. We think he is about 2 years old. Reilly is safe here and well taken care of as part of the Few Steps From Home Santuary Animals
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AKKADIAN
ALASKAN MALAMUTE

         Meet Akkadian. Akkadian is an eldery Alaskan Malamute that came from a back yard breeders home. Akkadian had VERY little human interaction in his life aside from his owners that were scared of him.
               Akkadian when he first arrived did not like to be touched or handled to even have a leash put on him. It took a  few days to get him used to us by just sitting and talking to him so he would get used to us. One day we decided to leash him with a slip lead and see what would happen. The rest is history. He became our friend from that point on. 
Akkadian will never need to go without water, straw in a dog house or health care again in his life. Akkadian will be forever a sanctuary dog and he will be forever safe! 
        If you would like to donate towards Akkadian's care please click the paypal link at the top or bottom  of our page to help. 

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