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Nova is the mother of the Nx9 litter. She's a very good mother to them but is still a little scared.  HW-; 2-3 yrs old; 40lbs; hound mix;  40lbs.  8/24/17.  Nova is a sweet lady who can be cautious initially around men.  Once she knows them, she's fine w/them.   She lost her rescue due to her being cautious around men.

Update Jan 26: Nova is a big doll baby.  She is short in stature but big in wiggles and always smiling.  I let her out with me every morning, and she is one of my personal favorites, she will jog beside me waiting for a treat, jump up for lots of rub downs.  She doesn't go to kennels and start anything, just sort of smiles and runs.  She was shy with the guys at first, but loves them now.  The thing with Nova is she acts all mean if you walk up to her kennel and she doesn't know you.  Once she realizes that you are letting her out, feeding, etc.  she stops, she is all bark and no bite.  Never has she attempted, to actually bite.  And I really think she has gotten over most of the issues with men now that they are the main ones taking care of her.

Update Feb 24: This is Nova, she gets along with other dogs and has came such a long way from when she came in to Bridge.  She had a small issue with men, I am assuming that a male had abused her, she really didn't like them.  Now however, she loves the male caretakers.. jumps on them, looks forward to seeing them and is just a happy girl. 

Olay Teen Pup

Olay was brought in as an owner surrender. The owner had a hard time house training her. She is a little timid but still friendly.  HW-; 6lbs; 7 mos old; chi mix; 11/3


Olive was brought in as a stray by animal control. She came in with Popeye. They were picked up on Bay Branch Rd in Lamar. She is very sweet and affectionate.  HW-; 37lbs; 1-2 yrs old; Bassett/lab mix; 11/7


Oreo was brought in as a stray by animal control. He was picked up on Ingram Cir in Hartsville.  He is very sweet and friendly and walks well on a leash.  HW-; 45lbs; 1-2 yrs old; cattle dog; 10/3

When Otis came into the shelter we thought he was a senior dog (aged at 5-8 yrs old).  After taking him to the vet we learned Otis is actually only 3-5 yrs old.  He is a wonderful guy.  There is something wrong with his back leg.  Whatever it is, I don't think it is something we can fix.  Maybe an old injury or he was born with the deformity.  He doesn't jump, due to the weakness in one of his hind legs. 

Otis enjoys being where people are and doesn't meet a stranger.  He walks good on a leash, gets along with the other dogs, is house trained.  Otis was brought in by animal control 10/27/17. This boy must have had a family at some time because he was altered prior to intake.  He came to us extremely underweight and is still working on adding pounds.  He is much better, but still skinny.  Note: Otis was brought in by animal control. He is very sweet and friendly. He has displaced hips & arthritis. He’s on Rimadyl & joint supplements. He needs an inside foster.  3-5 yrs old; hw+; 61lbs; shep mix; 10/27. Med notes: stiff, arthritic, right hind leg bowed with thick knee, crepitus in both stifles, p/c intact - xrays showed dysplatic hips with subluxation - incredibly shallow acetabulus - TREAT with joint supplement, rimydyl 100 mg 1/2 pill twice daily

Soccer with Me: Otis LOVES to play soccer with Melissa.  I was very surprised to see him doing this.  He really enjoys his time out playing ball.  He's not necessarily interested in playing with the ball alone, but if he sees Melissa kicking it, he's up for a game of keep away.  You can tell my watching him how much fun he is having. 

More about me May 31: Smile Maker!  We LOVE Otis and boy does this handsome boy know how to smile and spread the smiles around.  Otis is just about as smooth and cool as dogs get!  He is such a joy to be around and he really has never met a stranger.   Fantastic with all types of dogs,  Otis is the one to bring a nice, calming energy to a group of dogs and show them that being chill and slowing down the pace/energy in the group, is ok. Otis is gentle natured, polite, loving and if given a chance will aim to be your shadow.   His disposition is a perfect match for kids of all ages and sizes and his friendly, happy outlook on life is certain to brighten even the darkest of days.   As if this was not reason enough to bring home Otis, did I mention he loves playing soccer?  Yep! If you dribble the ball with your feet,  he will run and try to get it and when he does, will then haul it around in his mouth.  He's a trip.  So much fun and love in this dog!

Paige- VideoWithWilbur- sponsored for pull fees OctBellyRub -safe

Paige was brought in by animal control. She is part of an animal neglect case. Despite this, she is very sweet and friendly and wants love. She will run and play fetch AND bring the ball back to you. She will also nicely "sit." HW+; 36lbs; 2-3 yrs old; bull/lab mix; 1/8/2017. 59lbs on May 3!!!  Treated for HW's Summer 2018.

More about me: Paige is a beautiful greyish blue Lab/Bully blend with the most amazing hazel eyes. She came to the shelter from a home where she was neglected but she hasn't allowed her past to dim her view of her future. Paige still has a sunny disposition and is very sweet and friendly. She loves being loved and petted and hopes her forever home is looking for a girl like her who enjoys getting affection from people. Paige enjoys running in the exercise pen and is always up for a game of fetch. She's so smart and even knows to bring the ball back so you can throw it again for her! She will also nicely "sit" when told told and no doubt could learn many more commands from someone who'd enjoy training her. Paige met Wilbur outside in the exercise pen and was friendly and eager to play. She is good looks with a lovely personality to boot. If you'd like to have the prettiest girl on the block with the personality to match, check out pretty Paige!

My whole face lit up!!  I am feeling super overwhelmed here at the shelter.  My new human friend had to carry me outside of my kennel and into the open field for photo time.  I was just NOT into it at all but then I saw another 4 legged friend.  I exhaled and smiled!   I'm just as sweet as a summer day is long, but this foreign, noisy place has caused my tail to hide between my legs.  Once I found my new 4 legged friend,  I carefully stood up and very gingerly started to walk around.  I instantly felt much better and new things would be ok.  I'm just as cute as a button and quite striking might I add with my snazzy little red fur coat.  As shy as I am,  a quiet, more patient home where I have other dogs to guide me along, will surely help me be at my best.  Petite and very gentle natured, I'm hoping you can see the great potential in me.    Note: Paisley was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Davis St in Lamar. She is a little timid but still friendly.  HW+; 25lbs; 1-2 yrs old; 9/19; extremely thin

Vol Update Sept 30: Timid girl who lights up when other dogs are near. She will definitely need a canine sibling. Currently sharing with the MA boys.

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Patrick was brought in as a stray near Briar cliff drive in Darlington. He is a sweet boy and was well behaved during intake.   5 mos old; male; 27lbs; 11/2; lab mix


Paul was brought in by animal control as a court case. He is a sweet boy despite having a rough past. He is a gem. He is HW positive.   5 yrs old; 10/18; 35lbs; bull mix; thin 

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Peach was brought in as an owner surrender. Her owner was unable to keep up with her. She is very sweet and friendly.  23lbs; 3-4 mos old; shep mix; 11/1

Pearl was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Swift Creek Rd in Hartsville. She has very good manners and is very affectionate.  HW-; 41lbs; 2-3 yrs old; bull mix; 9/27

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Great in a Group!!  Peggy is a gal who excels while in a busy group.  She is THE ultimate networker, mixer and mingler.  Quickly and deftly introducing herself to the other 3 dogs on our walk,  this lady knows how to welcome everyone into her circle.   A skilled leash walker,  Peggy is sharp as a tack, alert and ready for a new adventure.  Her response to squeaky noises is uncanny and should make her an excellent candidate for advance dog training.   Sporting some of the most expressive ears and an endless smile,  YOU can't help but smile when you see sweet Peggy coming your way.   Bring on in the kids and your doggy friend looking for a companion and see why we continue to be charmed by this sleek jacketed beauty.   Note: Peggy was brought in as a stray from Hartsville by animal control. She is very affectionate and friendly.  HW+; 63lbs; 2-3 yrs old; bull mix; 7/17


Peter was brought in by animal control as a court case. He is a fun loving guy and is hw negative.   10/18; 34lbs; 9-12 mos old; bull mix

Petunia was brought in by Darlington animal control. She was found abandoned on S Main St in Darlington. She is very sweet and walks well on a leash.  HW+; 30lbs; 1-2 yrs old; lab mix; 10/2.

Wooden Structure:  Petunia and Midnight came in together. They lived their whole lives together in board structure that had no door!! The neighbors said they only got food and water by someone sliding the bowls under the bottom of the structure. 

More about us Oct 21: Love them both!! to have been trapped in that box at their home, they sure are well-adjusted sweet girls. I learned a lot about them today. They are both ok with other dogs, male and female. Petunia is more confident, Midnight looks to Petunia for cues. Midnight is bonded with Petunia and looks for her; Petunia is more independent. Midnight is find with cats; Petunia didn't like them.  Both are very sweet girls and a nice size.

Phoebe- VideoWithLuna VideoWithLuna -sponsored for pull fees

Phoebe is a sweet girl who was brought in by animal control. She is HW +.  Bully mix; 2 yrs old; 48lbs; 10/10
Temp Test Results:  ALMOST PERFECT SCORE!!  She scored top marks in having her mouth opened, her belly rubbed and dog test. No cats for Phoebe please. 

More about me Dec 29: Mixer and Mingler!  I'm your go to gal if you have pets in stock who need a girl friend or kids in stock who need a playmate.  Never meeting a stranger,  I'm told I make folks smile and feel loved.  I had the best time meeting 4 other dogs while out walking the other day and everyone said I was a great greeter and was also super attentive to the nice human who was walking me.  Generally my energy level is pretty moderate to low but I'm certainly open to walking at a faster/stronger pace should the need arise.   Friendly and well balanced,  I would thrive in a home where I have daily activities/outings and folks to love on!   No cats for me please!


Pogo was hit by a car and had his leg amputated at Anderson when a Good Samaritan took him in. He is currently in foster and came in today to have his intake done. He is HW negative and a real sweetheart.   HW-; 1-2 yrs old; 50lbs; boxer mix; 9/22


Popeye was brought in as a stray by animal control. He came in with Olive. They were picked up on Bay Branch Rd in Lamar. He is very sweet and friendly. He has some hair loss on his face and ears that did not glow under the black light.   HW-; 40lbs; 1-2 yrs old; bassett/lab mix; 11/7

Prince Teen Pup

Prince was brought in as an owner surrender. The owners were moving and couldnt take him along. He is very affectionate and sweet.  HW-; 8/24; 45lbs; 6-9 mos old; bull mix

Pretty pretty Princess is one special girl! She loves people, loves giving kisses and getting affection, and loves playing and romping with other dogs.  The only thing this awesome girl doesn't love is not having a home to call her own, and we certainly think she should have one once someone realizes what a gem she is. Princess was turned over to the shelter when her former owner was returning to work and could no longer care for her.  Princess was used to living in a home  but she hasn't allowed shelter life to dim her happy go lucky demeanor. Her videos truly show her friendly nature. She enjoys getting petted and loved on but she isn't pushy or demanding.  Her tail is wagging almost all the time. Check out this loving sweetheart and see if you don't agree that she is one special girl!  Note: Princess was turned in as an owner surrender to animal control. Her owner was returning to work and could no longer care for her. She is very sweet and friendly:  HW+; 41lbs; 2-3 yrs old; hound mix; 9/28

R x 2 Pups

Rusty (male, 22lbs),  Rose (female, 18lbs)

10-31-18; Shepherd mix; 4-5 months.  Rose was found as a stray on pearl st in Darlington. She’s a sweetheart. 

Rascal really fits his name!  he is just a fun guy, wants to nothing but play, he likes to be petted and sweet talked but then he is like.. "got a ball?!"  He's good about not jumping up on you, and listens pretty good.  He was fun to take out and be around.    Extremely playful, and full of fun.. he needs to learn a bit of manners in the people world, and dog.  But he got along with Rosa, and Caleb as you'll see in the video.  He would make a great companion.  He will need some manner training, he likes to jump up and run over anything.  I really enjoyed him.  Posted 4/25;  Intake 2/9; male; hw-; 8 mos old; 37lbs.    

More about me June 20: Rascal was born to a mama dog that was one of several tied to trees and used to raise bait dogs.  A kind lady asked that he be given to her when he was a tiny puppy.  A few weeks later eight dogs were seized from this property.  Rascal’s mama was very sweet and loving, even though she had a hard life.  Since she was tied out in the open, the dad remains a mystery.  Rascal lived indoors for a while, but the lady’s son moved away and as Rascal got bigger, she had to put him on a chain outside.  She fed him well, but he was too strong for her to take him on walks or play with him.  He was 8 months old when she asked me to take him to the shelter in February. I brought him to my house to foster, but he was so excited to be off the chain that I couldn’t get him calm enough to walk on a leash without dragging me around!  He isn’t very big, but he is strong and enthusiastic!  He is athletic, also, and probably be great on an obstacle course.  He loves attention and is very sweet.  He just needs some training and maybe some bigger kids to play with him.  He seems to be friendly with other dogs, but he didn’t meet any cats up close. 

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Uniquely me!  That's what I am!  I heard those silly humans talking about me, wondering what kind of dog I was.  One of them even said maybe I was part hyena with my funny face.  Well that IS silly.  But I don't let it bother me.  Actually I have a pretty cheerful disposition in spite of my current situation.  I like meeting new humans and I love playing with my roommate Leta.  Doggy wrestling is so much fun!  I was getting full marks with the kitties too, pretending I didn't even see that kitty lying in the grass next to me.  But then it happened.  That kitty jumped up and darted off and I couldn't resist trying to chase her, it looked like such fun!  I am hoping someone out there is looking for a mid-sized, fun-loving bouncy girl with magnificent ears to join their family.   1 yr old; hw-; 7/18/15; 31 lbs 

Note: This girl will certainly turn heads. She plays well with others, but prefers to be the alpha. If you’re into unwinding on the couch, she’ll watch Netflix as long as you can; if you don’t mind petting her.

4/17/2018 intake; part of the R x 4 litter.  Pics from 9/2.  Had a broken leg. Around 35lbs.  Est DOB: Mid Feb 2018

New pics 10/10/18

Posted Sept 3, 2018.  No intake info.

Ryder- Sponsored for pull fees

I'm a broad shouldered, low riding lover who's never met a stranger. Folks are drawn to me with my welcoming smile, swiveling hips and plenty of affection to go around. I really love engaging people for hug time and kissy time. Hanging out with other dogs helps sate some of my playful, bouncy side and gives me a chance to socialize and stimulate my mind and body on many levels. I'm a great leash walker, more steady and can be a bit strong, especially If I see someone I really want to meet and say "hi" to. I'm not one to hang out on the side lines so count on me to be front and center in your home and in your life. With so much love and doggy goodness to spread around, a home with more sturdy kids that I can care for and other dogs to play with, would surely bring out the best that I can offer as a pet companion. Note: Ryder was turned in as a stray. He is very sweet and listens well. Happy Ryder had a blast playing with Susie! HW+; 2-3 yrs old; bull mix; 4/23/2018; Treated for HW's summer 2018.

I discovered Sandy and Becca tied out with make-shift dog houses outside a broken-down trailer on a cold South Carolina day last December.  As I always do, I drive by a few more times over the next day or so . . . then I get my nerve to pull into the driveway. For the next few days, I took the girls doghouses, straw, food and food and food (they were emaciated), sweaters, and better cable leads that gave them more room to move around.   A few weeks later, the people in the trailer gave the girls to me.  I later learned that the people had taken the girls from a family friend who had raised them from puppies (an unplanned litter). Their landlord told them he could not have the girls, so they were given to the family friend . . where I discovered them tied outside this trailer. 

Both girls are HW negative, 1-2 years old, and 40 lbs, and get along great with the males and females here at my house.  Sandy is more gentle, polite, and low energy--but playful and fun at the same time. Becca is more outgoing, asks for your attention, and is just as playful as Sandy. Medium energy.  

In short, both girls have great personalities. They walk well on leash and would be good candidates for city leash-walking families or country folks! They are typical rescues---so happy to be loved and cared for by a human. 
They stay in a crate and are housebroken.  I never hear them bark except at mealtime Becca gets excited and barks a few times. 

The girls are bonded, eat together, sleep together, but they can be separated if it means finding a permanent home for one or both of them.  They have been with me since January, and they are such easy fosters .  I need to concentrate on getting these girls a permanent home now. They are very happy here, and I can use them as tester dogs with new fosters. They need a home where they can get more attention, though.  They are happy and playful and do zoomies. Posted August 2018.

Husky lovers, look no further, we have your girl right here! Sapphire is the perfect name for this stunner, take a look at those eyes. Sapphire is a confident gal and would be a great fit for someone who knows this breed and understands the Husky personality. She has met several friends, male and female, and been interested in mutual sniffing and friendly play. We can't imagine how a wonderful dog like Sapphire was found as a stray, but someone else's loss could be just the dog you have been looking for. Check out her videos and see if this beauty would make your home complete. Note: Sapphire was picked up by animal control as a stray. She was found in Lamar on Joye rd.  9/21; 1-2 yrs old; HW -; 35lbs; husky


Sarah was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Centerville Rd in Hartsville. She is very affectionate and friendly.  HW-; 34lbs; thin; 2-3 yrs old; lab mix; 11/8


Scarlet was turned in as a stray. She was found on Stem St in Darlington. She is very sweet but is not cat friendly.  HW+; 41lbs; 1-2 yrs old; bull mix; 10/1.  Came in with Lucy.

Sebastian was dumped at a Good Samaritan’s house who is fostering him. He is a very sweet boy and is good with the foster’s children, dogs and cats. He went to the vet for his injury. The foster believes he was run over by the people that dumped him. HW-; 1 yr old; 44lbs; boxer mix; 8/4.   

Oct 27 Update:  Happy and playful; crate trained; house trained; loves other dogs and kids.  Will try to get out of crate if he knows other dogs/kids are in home as he wants to be with them.

Nov 12 Update: He is doing great.  He loves to play with other dogs, great with kids, is velcro to “his people”.  He loves to carry things in his mouth- shoes, toys, anything. He is a hoarder with objects/toys but does not chew them and will easily drop them for you. His personality is fantastic with everything. Happy and playful. Crate trained, but he hates a crate and will bend them to try to get out with the other dogs. He is now able to remain free in house, now that splint is off, and he hasn't had any accidents. Enjoys playing outdoors and is physically doing great in all activities. 

Still in foster. He is out of splint now, just finished up rest time, and now seeing how everything works for him. Will know more soon. Personality is fantastic with everything. Happy and very playful all the time; cracked his splint at least 2x, maybe it was 3, being too joyful lol, but Jeannie said that's not uncommon for his age and great personality. Crate trained, but he hates a crate and will bend them to try to get out with the other dogs while foster parents work. He is now able to remain free in house, now that splint is off, and he hasn't had any accidents. Loves the other dogs and kids. 


Shelby was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Trailsedge Rd in Lamar. She walks well on a leash and is friendly.  HW+; 47lbs; 1-2 yrs old; lab mix; 10/23

Sherlock Pup

This little guy was very sweet.  He was bouncing in the playpen in the oasis, eager for some attention.  Jumped right in my arms and loved giving lots of kisses.  He has an injury to his mouth/lip.  He was very eager to play some with Madison and Arabelle, who were running loose in the oasis.  The pictures make him look bigger, but he is very small - only about 10 pounds.  Note: Sherlock was brought in as a stray from Hartsville. He has a detached lower lip. He was taken to Anderson before he was brought to us and was prescribed Clavamox. He will need surgery to fix it. He is very playful and sweet.  11lbs; 12 wks old; beagle mix; 11/1

Sierra aka Suzie

Sierra was dropped off by animal control. She is very sweet and listens well.  HW-; 34lbs; 2-3 yrs old; bull mix; 10/24/17.  Sierra was adopted out in Jan 2018 and was returned mid Oct when the smaller dog in her home was no longer enjoying her company.  The honeymoon was over!  Her new family called her Suzie.

More about me: Most Photogenic! The camera lady went craaaaazy over me! During a recent photo shoot, she snapped and snapped away and I posed and posed and smiled and wagged my tail. She loved seeing how nicely I mixed and mingled with 4 other dogs on a recent outing. Calmly greeting them and softly wagging my tail, I met both males and females and enjoyed sharing my time with them. During break time from my walk, I happily rolled around in the grass and encouraged my walker to please rub my belly. I could overhear folk saying they did not understand why I had not been selected to go home as I'm so friendly, happy, playful, good with other dogs and sport a unique tiger striped jacket which has all the heads turning! Graced with a more calm energy and cuddly nature, at just 32lbs I'm just the right size for kids of most ages. My name is Sierra and since your reading my note, I'm hopeful you'll give me a shot as your new companion pet!

Siesta Chi

Siesta was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Railroad Ave in Lamar. She is a little timid but still friendly.  HW-; 14lbs; 2-3 yrs old; chi mix; 11/6

Sweet Slater has been tested with other dogs and his handler said he was absolutely great! He has been described as sweet and friendly, and is a beautiful chocolate colored guy. Slater has just one wish, and that is to find a forever home of his very own.  Can you help make his wish come true?  Note: Slater was brought in as an owner surrender. The owner said he was too big for them to handle. He is very sweet and friendly.   HW-; 55lbs; 1-2 yrs old; lab mix; 10/8

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Stanley was brought in as a stray by animal control. He was picked up on New Market Rd in Hartsville. He is very playful and affectionate.  hw-; 29lbs; 1-2 yrs old; collie mix; 11/6

Sponsored for pull fees if pulled with best friend, Malcolm!

Sue was brought in as a stray by animal control with Malcolm. She has injuries to her eyes and will be taken to the vet to be examined.  She has some vision in her left eye.  No vision in her right eye. She is a little more timid than Malcolm but still friendly.  everyone loves Sue and Sue loves everyone; great with males and females; good with cats; aka Miss Congeniality. hW-; 45lbs; 1-2 yrs old; bull mix; 7/1

Update Sept 30: Sue is an athletic girl who loves to run. Malcolm is her anchor. He gives her confidence and helps her navigate her surroundings. She still bonks into the fence sometimes.

Local Paper Bio: Sue and Malcolm with have you at "Hello."  This super friendly, social pair is looking for a huge miracle to come their way.  Sue (cream coat) is not only best friends with Malcolm but she really relies on him to help guide her around.  With partial vision in only one eye,  Malcolm serves as her "seeing eye dog" and to watch them run and play and enjoy each other's company is pure joy!  Sue and Malcolm are both excellent with other dogs and would thrive in a home with kids.   At a recent off site festival,  they were clearly in their element mixing and mingling and charming folks attending the event.  Will you be their hero by adopting them and bringing them home together?  Gosh, they sure hope so!


Taylor was turned in as a stray from Darlington. She is very affectionate and friendly.  HW-; 56lbs; 2-3 yrs old; shep mix; 10/25


Tess was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Milton Dr in Hartsville. She is very timid and really benefit from a foster.  HW-; 43lbs; 1-2 yrs old; plott hound mix; 10/23

Thurston Senior Chi

Thurston was turned in as an owner surrender to animal control. The owner was no longer able to take care of him. He isn't putting any weight on his front leg and will be seen by the vet.  Update: Vet feels either old injury or arthritis is causing his front leg discomfort.  He has been placed on rimadyl and is doing great. HW-; 6.2lbs; 10 yrs old; chi mix; 9/6

Foster update Sept 8: Thurston Came into the shelter through Animal Control on 9/6/18.  He was 1 0f 11 dogs taken from the home of an elderly lady who went into a nursing home.  
Thurston weighs 6 pounds & is (according to the vet) “ten-ish “ years of age….can be a year or so younger or a year older.  He has an under bite.  He is heartworm negative & has already been neutered.  He is currently on Rimadyl for a sore front leg.   He limped terribly when I picked him up from the shelter on Saturday, but it is barely noticeable today.  He is also taking Benadryl & eye drops for redness around the eyes, probably due to allergies.   The vet feels that overall he is very healthy.
Thurston is a very sweet dog.  He has yet to growl or show any aggressive tendencies.   He was extremely timid & nervous when I picked him up on Saturday.  He trembled & shook as he sat in my lap on the way home.  He did the same on Sunday every time I picked him up. However, once in my lap, he would settle down & seem to be content.  I put up my large crate with a blanket inside for him to provide a safe place.   Today (Monday) is the 1st time he has ventured out on his own, even though the door to the crate has remained open.  
Thurston wandered throughout the house today & actually initiated play with my own Chi, Peanut.  He seems much more relaxed & has even come up to me for me to pick him up.  He still trembles a bit when I hold him, but it is getting less & less.  He startled me today when he  barked for the 1st time at a friend as she approached the back door.  He now wags his tail when I talk to him.  He is feeling much, much safer. 
Thurston pooped on the floor outside the crate the 1st night & peed on paper inside the crate last night.   Other than that, he has gone to the bathroom every time I have taken him outside.  He definitely prefers being inside to outside, so he probably lived inside.  With 11 dogs to manage I’m not sure how the owner handled housetraining.  
Thurston is a work in progress, but he has tremendous strides in a short period of time.  I know he must be very confused after been taken from his home & owner.  He loves attention & is definitely a lap dog.   I think he will make a wonderful pet for someone who wants a senior dog.  I think he has many more “dog” years left to provide love & companionship for a special someone.
Update Sept 18: Very sweet.  He is so nervous still, but making progress.  He is not housetrained, but making progress.  He just wants to sit in my lap.
Update Sept 21: Thurston learned how to use the doggie door today….went out & came in a lot of times, usually following my dogs out.  Hopefully this will translate to using the outside to go to the bathroom other than when I take him out.  He did not pee or poop in the house today…or last nite.  Don’t want to jinx him by saying this.

Update Sept 19: The leg is a non issue.  The limp went away entirely after 2 days.  The eyelids are still a little red, but they are much better.  It is hard to get a good pic of him.  He is so insecure & still shakes a lot, but is much better than he was when I got him.    He now barks whenever anyone comes to the door, whereas before he would not utter a peep.  He wants attention & follows me around the room.  If he gets no attention, he will go & get on his blanket in his crate.  Anytime I sit in my chair to watch tv, he comes & puts his front legs on the chair for me to pick him up. He & Peanut sit together in the chair with me. 
I have actually seen Thurston run in the yard….to follow my dogs when they were barking at something.  He has also lifted up & waged that tail at me  a few times, but he usually hangs it, causing him to look humped over.  All of that is insecurity, of that I’m sure. 
It will take some time for Thurston to feel completely safe & secure, wherever he is.  I wish we had an inkling of how he lived with his owner.  He gets along with my dogs but makes no effort to interact with them.   He has never growled.  He is very meek.  He is simply a sweet little lap dog. 
Thurston drinks a lot of water; therefore, he pees a lot.  I take him outside very often, & he always pees.  Last night is the 1st night he did not pee in his crate or on the floor if I didn’t close the crate.   He did poop, however.  I am going to make sure there is no food in the crate at night & see if that will help.  He grazes, so I have not bothered food in his dish.  He does not eat much, but he is eating my food better.

Update Sept 20: My neighbor’s grandson rode a small motor bike in his backyard today, & Thurston joined in the frenzy with my dogs.  They all ran up & down the fence barking at him.  I inserted the mili-second of video just to hear his bark.  I never video, so I am terrible.  Will try to get better footage.  During this time, Thurston was a regular little dog…no shaking.  He lost himself in the moment.  Kathy McD told me to try Appaquelle (sp.?) with him for a few days to see if it would help calm him down & relax him.  I started it today.  I was gone from the house today for 4 ½ hrs. today, & there was no pee or poop in the house.  I was very surprised.  He did not go to the bathroom inside today.   I took him outside quite often.   Will see what happens tonight.  Night before last he did not go, but last night he peed & pooped in his crate. 

Update Oct 5: Thurston had urine tested again & blood work done at vet today.  All was good.   Kidneys/sugar levels good; urine normal; heart good.  His weight is 6 lbs.  Thurston is an older dog that is in good health.  He has had all of his shots except for Rabies vaccination.   His back 2 teeth on either side do have a lot of tartar, & I asked the vet if he was physically able to undergo that procedure.   She said, “Yes”.   He has a lot of life left in him.
Thurston has made much progress this past month.  He learned to go in & out of my doggie door rather quickly.  He is still very nervous around new people…he shivers…& barks…but he is more receptive.  He even goes with my 4 dogs across the street to play with a neighbor’s dog.  He responds positively with my neighbor.  He feels comfortable going outside on his own now.  He puts his paws up on my knees any time I’m sitting down, telling me to pick him up.  He is a lap dog, for sure.
Thurston is still not completely housetrained.  I have worked hard on it, but we still are not there.  I’m not sure that Thurston ever went outside in his previous home.  Perhaps pee pads/diapers were used???   Thurston does not go to the bathroom in the house during the day unless he can find carpet.  Then he will pee on it.  There is no carpet in the kitchen, den, & sunroom, so he doesn’t go anywhere there.  I still crate him at night because he will pee on the floor if I don’t.  He has only peed/pooped in his crate once in the past 2 weeks.  The crate is Thurston’s safe place, even with the door open.  In fact, he pitches a fit if I do close the door….except at night. ….then he goes straight to sleep.  I also feed him in his crate, but that is so my 4 dogs will not eat his canned food.  My dogs eat dry food, but Thurston will only eat that if it is mixed with canned food. 
Thurston is a sweet, loving dog that needs someone to love & take care of him.  He is” yappy” like most Chi’s whenever anything new takes place, but he settles down quickly.  He will make a wonderful companion.  He is not aggressive; nor is he demanding.  He has now blended in with my dogs, & he goes with the flow.  I hope there is someone out there who will take him into his/her heart & into his/her home.

Local Paper Bio: Seniors Rule!   Sweet little Thurston is looking for a human lap to live out his senior years.  When his person went to a nursing home,  Thurston along with 10 of his best friends, suddenly lost their home and best friend.   Thurston has put on his brave boots and has done an excellent job in adjusting to his new foster home.  He has now fully integrated into the pack,  uses the doggy door and is crate trained.  A loving, undemanding little fellow,  Thurston would thrive in a more quiet/sedate home pre-stocked with other dogs.   If you are looking for a loving companion who is small in size but big in heart, Thurston is the pet for you!

Update Nov 1: Thurston is now housetrained; is going outside through the doggie door on his own throughout the day.  I do take him outside the last thing at night & the first thing in the morning.   He is active, is playful  with my Peanut (another Chi);sits in my lap at night when I watch tv; likes to go to walk…walks good on a leash; comes when I call him…is definitely not a flight risk.  He sometimes sleeps on his blanket in his bed.  He also sometimes buries himself completely under his blanket  & sleeps. Other times, her comes to my bedroom & puts his paws up on the bed for me to pick up.  He likes sleeping under the covers.  
It seems like Thurston still does not feel completely comfortable being held because he shakes when I first pick him up.  But, he puts his front paws up on my legs for me TO pick him up.   He does like being petted, but he does not demand my attention.  He goes with the flow of my dogs.  He loves his bed & blanket & will go there to sit or nap.  I  let him go across the street with my 4 dogs to play with a neighbor’s dog.  This gives him exposure to someone else & to a different environment.
Thurston is healthy.  His back teeth could use cleaning, but he is good in every other way….the vet did some blood work on him to check him out.  He is a finicky eater, but he is eating better.  
Thurston will make a very  nice pet for someone who wants an older, little dog (6 lbs.) that will thrive on being loved.   He has really bonded with me during his time here, so I feel that he will do the same elsewhere.    He will need a lot of attention at first because it will take time for him to develop trust & a sense of security.   But, with Time & patience, Thurston will become a loyal companion.  

Tip was brought in as an owner surrender. The owners child was allergic to her. She is a little timid but still sweet.  HW+; 10/4; 31lbs; 2-3 yrs old


Titus was brought in as a stray by animal control. He was picked up on Indian Branch Rd in Darlington. He has a microchip from 2013 that is still registered from DCHS. He has good manners and is well behaved.  Hw-; 65lbs; 5+ yrs old; bull mix; 10/25


Toby was brought in as a stray by animal control. He was picked up on Unity Pl in Society Hill. He has some lacterations around his hindquarters that we’ve cleaned and are treating. He is very mild mannered and sweet.  HW+; 58lbs; 2-3 yrs old; boxer mix; 11/8. Full length tail vs docked tail.


Toro was brought in as a stray by Hartsville animal control. He was picked up on Emmary St in Hartsville. He is very sweet and friendly however he is not cat friendly.  HW+; 60lbs; 1-2 yrs old; bull mix; 101/6

Woody Pup

Woody was brought in as a stray by animal control. He came in with Buzz. They were picked up on Flinns Rd in Hartsville. He is very playful and sweet.  HW-; 29lbs; 6-9 mos old; shep/lab mix; 11/5

Wyatt- New July Photos!  Oh, so handsome in my new tie! VideoWithZoey

July Pictures- So cool in my shades!

Chasing dragon flies in a field on a warm sunny day, Wyatt wouldn't have it any other way.  Sweet as can be, and a gentleman to his furry roommates.  He's developed a small crush on his roommate Cleopatra.  They romped and rolled in the oasis today, taking advantage of the bright sunshine. Wyatt adores children, and loves going out to adoption events to meet new people. Wyatt gets along well with everyone he meets. Wyatt is a real catch! hw-; male; 5/2014; 2-3 yrs old.  Note:  Shown with
Cleopatra (black dog).

More about me Sept 2017: Sweet Wyatt … I would so love to give him better than what I have for him right now.  He is a great dog, but he is strong and full of energy.  There is no denying he is a pit with his big head and jaw, but to me it only makes him look like he’s smiling all the time.  He is a gorgeous boy and I love him.  In his play he means me no harm, but he often scratches or bruises me just from his sheer strength and eagerness to play.  He has had more than 15 female kennel mates since we’ve had him and never a moment of problem.  He plays hard, but there is no aggression … just the joy of a teenage boy.  He gets overwhelmed with my crowd of dogs and is why I keep him in his kennel.  He does great one on  one.  He gets free time 2 to 3 times a day to run.  He has food allergies and a grain free diet is best for him.  I have had him around children before and he did well.  He doesn’t know his strength, so I had to watch him closely with them but he loved all the attention.   He does great and minds me well on the leash.  I know the odds of getting him out with so many wonderful pits at the shelter are slim.

Zea (female, 12lbs)

Zara (female, 11.4lbs)

Zelda (female, 12lbs)

Zelda and Zea,  Zara - End of October

This litter was brought in as strays by animal control. They were picked up on Society Hill Rd in Society Hill. They are very scared and would really benefit from a foster.  8/27; hound/lab mix; 10-12 wks old.  

Foster update Oct 4: They friendly with my kids but timid around new people...from foster Mom


Sweeter than cotton candy!  Zara is a total love bug.  All she wants to do is sit in your lap and cuddle.  She is timid in the shelter surroundings and we had to belly crawl from her kennel to the photo spot.  She crawled over to shy little Paisley and gave her a few kisses too.  Note: Zara was brought in as a stray by animal control. She was picked up on Journey’s End Rd in Darlington. She is very affectionate and sweet.  HW+; 41lbs; 2-3 yrs old; bull mix; 10/31

Foster Update Nov 10: This girl has a permanent grin on her face. Zara snorts when she gives kisses. She met a few of my dogs in the yard, then I walked her in the front door to meet my seniors. She is polite, sweet, gentle. Acts like she has lived here before. Almost hopped right on the couch with my beagle. She sniffed noses with my 2 of my cats and kept walking.  She is an absolute love.