7143 State Road 54, Suite 261
New Port Richey, FL 34653
05/19/2013 09:36 PM
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Message From: Alyssa
February 10, 2013
We adopted Blake on Friday and could not be happier! He is the perfect dog for us and has been great in every way. I'm so grateful to Florida Doggie Paws for taking care of this sweet baby and putting me in contact with his foster so I could meet him. Thanks!
Message From: Katie
January 14, 2013
We adopted Shelby- a beagle/boxer mix. She has been a delight! She is playful & loving. We are happy to have her!
Message From: becky crowder
November 22, 2012
I HAD ADOPTED STAR AND BINGO. THEY WERE TWO BEAUTIFUL PUPPIES. UNFORTUNATELY BINGO GOTTEN SICK AND DID NOT MAKE IT. STAR THAN BECAME SICK AND THANKS TO JENNIFER KNAUST SHE RECOVERED VERY WELL. I LOVE TO THANK HER AND THE RESCUE FOR EVERYTHING THEY HAVE DONE FOR THEM. HOPEFULLY REAL SOON I WILL TRY AND HELP THE RESCUE WITH FOSTERING WILL SOME OF THESE BEAUTIFUL BABIES THAT DON'T HAVE HOMES. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ALL. WILL BE IN TOUCH.
Message From: Kimmie
October 8, 2012
Amya “Amaya” AKA: Little Bear
So, this woman my son knew named Jenny was going out of town for 2 weeks. She asked my son if he would watch her dog, Amaya.
See, Amaya was this little thing, no more than 3 pounds. She was this ball of pure fluff with a dark nose and dark eyes. Jimmy loved Amaya and Amaya loved him. Jimmy told me that she was what they call a teacup Pomeranian.
Reluctantly, I said yes, he could have Amaya here to watch her for two weeks. The day came and Jenny dropped off this little thing with her Scooby-Doo sheet. Jimmy called out for me to meet her. I was reluctant. I am not a dog person; I love cats.
Walking into his room, I see this ball of fur with a cute little nose but she’s very scared. Jimmy puts her on his bed and I sit down next to her. Amaya gently looks at me and places her paw on my leg. I pick her up and see that she has a cataract in one eye. I’m told she’s a distemper survivor and skin cancer survivor. Jenny had rescued her from a kill shelter for 5.00 and she was elderly around 12-14 years old.
I felt sorry for this little dog. She was cute. Why would anyone want to kill her? Watching her walk on Jimmy’s floor, I noticed how her back left leg didn’t work really well. Jimmy told me that was from the distemper. Jimmy has tile floors, I was afraid for this little dog who when she tried to walk would slip and slide, she couldn’t get traction. I ordered Jimmy to keep her on his bed and to make sure he took good care of her and left the room.
Over the next few days I would ask Jimmy how Amaya was coping. He would tell me she was okay but wasn’t eating. What? Not eating? Jenny’s gonna come home to a dead dog. Oh Hell No! Not on my watch. So I hit the Internet. I researched. I come up with the solution. I would make Amaya her own homemade dog food. Off to the store to buy organic chicken, brown rice, peas, carrots, ground flax seed, first pressed light olive oil and blueberries. I came home with my bounty for her and cooked away. Guess what, it taste pretty good. I placed some of my triumph in a bowl and prayed that she’d eat. I walk into Jimmy’s room, look at this poor little thing and tell her it’s okay I have something special for her. I lay the bowl down and voila she eats (although one by one she removed the blueberries- who would have known she didn’t like them). She continued to eat her food everyday after that as long as I made the food for her sans blueberries.
She changed. She started putting her head in her paws and doing something we called “oh da shame” (it looked like she was praying for forgiveness). She was cute! Next, she started to “NERF” us. Nerfing is a special type of love. To nerf, Amaya would find you, lay sideways against your body and move her head back and forth all over you. My daughter said she was wiping boogies off her nose but I think it was love.
Over the rest of the two weeks she was with us, I bought her a neon green fluffy doggie bed. Soft enough for a princess, I found a few small toys and discovered she didn’t really care for toys. Shopping for this fluff ball was fun. And so what if I had to cook her food. At least she was eating and Jenny would have a bounty of items to take home with her. The two weeks passed and Jenny came home. Proud of myself, I presented Amaya to her in her bright new neon bed. I also gave Jenny a huge bowl of her homemade dog food. Jenny looked at me stating “What have you done to my dog”? I asked what she meant. In my eyes, all I did was keep her alive (teeehee). Jenny went on to explain that it took her a year to get Amaya to quit eating people food and eat dog food and now here I go making her what Jenny called “gourmet” food.
Jenny took Amaya home. Jenny and I started talking more as I’d find myself calling her asking if she needed more of Amaya’s food, how she was, what she was up to.
A week or so passed and Jimmy got a call. It was Jenny. There was a problem. Amaya was miserable. She was depressed and not eating, she would just lay around doing nothing. Jenny asked the absurd. Jenny asked him if we’d take Amaya. She went on to say that she was no longer happy at her home and wanted the best for her. Jimmy came running in to me phone in hand; “Mom” he anxiously shouted “Can we keep Amaya”? I replied “for how long this time”? “Forever” he said with a huge grin. I talked to my husband about it. Was I crazy? I’m not a DOG person! CATS CATS CATS! I kept trying to tell myself. I reluctantly said “yes” and Amaya moved into our home and our lives.
Over the next year and a half she became my constant companion. If she wasn’t by my side, she was in Jimmy’s room up on his bed.
She could bark in an understandable tone “up-up” when she wanted picked up, it became an endearing annoyance to others in the house. Anytime I was home, she was by my side. She went with us to friends and families homes and was an instant hit. She was dressed and spoiled in the highest fashion sense. In time, when her leg became too much for her to go outside, I laid down puppy pads and got a play pen. The play pen was an epic fail as her new barkable words were “out-out”. Sometimes, Amaya had “accidents” on the floor. A state of the art steam cleaner fixed that and everyone in the house learned to watch where they stepped and to steam clean regularly. After all, it wasn’t Amaya’s fault if she had an accident.
Over time, Amaya lost the sight in both eyes and became deaf. But even with all her ailments, this little pup could smell a McDonald’s French fry a mile away. That was her special treat! We learned to call her Piranha when it came to the French fries as she couldn’t tell where the fry stopped and your finger began.
Amaya succumbed to old age but not without a fight. I was fearful for days when she stopped eating like she used to, that she didn’t bark anymore, didn’t walk around. I was scared, sad and crying almost every night. I called Jenny asking her what I could do. I bought her the best supplements money could buy. I knew a vet was out of the question as in order to be seen she would have to be up to date on her shots. Catch 22, can’t have distemper shot which meant no vet would help. Those last few days, I held her on my bare chest- kangaroo style so she could hear my heartbeat and I could feel hers and we just sat, in silence, in the perfect place of love. About the third night, I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done with her; I gave her permission to leave- to go to God, my parents and grandparents. As we kangaroo’d I told her how I’m sure in heaven my family must have a beautiful farm for all the pets that have crossed over to run and play. But in true Amaya form she wouldn’t listen. Amaya hung on, night after night; I was scared, wondering if she would be with me in the morning. Yet each morning she was still with me, still trying to raise her head, trying ever so hard to please me. I even got a few tiny nerfs from her as I held her and told her time and time again I loved her.
Amaya left on her own terms a few days later. Amaya died alone, on one of her favorite fluffy purple pillows. She didn’t want any of us to see her pass over. Jenny told me that Amaya chose that time as she didn’t want to pass in front of me; trying to spare my feelings and any pain. Boy, Amaya was wrong. My heart has been ripped out. I so wanted to be there to comfort her on her transition from this life to the next. I cry myself to sleep now every night. The absence of her barks; the deafening silence is hard to bare. Sitting on the couch I have this never ending emptiness, remembering how she would lay next to me (my snuggle buddy till the end). I try to remember that she is in a better place, a place where there is no distemper, no pain, no old age. Sometimes that comforts me; other times not so much.
Amaya has been cremated; her urn is a soft Teddy Bear. The teddy bear has a sweater that has been engraved with the words “Amaya” and below it “Little Bear” with two paw prints. I will share her ashes with my son Jimmy and with Jenny. Both will have bears as well. When the time comes, Amaya and I shall be reunited as her ashes will be placed with mine. Who would have thought this little 3 pound ball of a kill shelter rescue pup would earn such a large place in my heart and my life.
Message From: Robin Marsh
July 22, 2012
Can't say enough about my experience with you!! Jack is the most amazing dog! And we love him so much!! Thanks so much for saving this dog and caring for him for 4 months until I was able to find him!!
Message From: Werner and Nancy
July 20, 2012
Thank you so much for bringing Walter into our lives. We are not sure who rescued whom but we are thrilled to have him as a family member. This is definitely his FOREVER home. Thanks to everyone at Florida Doggie Paws Rescue and special thanks to Sammie, Linda and Laurie. You answered all of our questions (and we had a lot if them) and helped us in every way. You guys are awesome!!!
Werner and Nancy Eckstein, Sarasota
Message From: Rebecca Campbell
April 13, 2012
What wonderful program I wish every person could open heart and their wallet to provide for these friends. They do not deserve to be thrown away like the trash.
Message From: Gina Harris
January 1, 2012
I have been looking for a Boxer for a long time and found "Rocky" our star of the family here. I met him and he jumped in the car looking at me "lets go home". He loves us as we had him since forever. He is our pride and joy and I love him to pieces.
Message From: Brian, Lisa, & Kelly Young
December 9, 2011
We are so happy with Lexy! She's a wonderful dog and a perfect fit for our family. Thanks for the wonderful work you do and your kindness and patience during our adoption. Sending lots of tail wags and puppy kisses from Lexy, and from us too!
Message From: John & CIndy
September 14, 2011
We are enjoying our little Blue so much. She's really a great little dog. Thanks for all your help in bringing us together!
Message From: Hank, Mike and Liz
September 3, 2011
I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW HAPPY WE ARE WITH BALOO(aka SAMEE) AND BELL. THEY ARE THE MOST SWEETEST AND LOVABLE BALLS OF PRECEIOUS FUR YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. THANKS TO FLORIDA DOGGIE PAWS FOR ALL THEIR HELP IN BRINGING THESE LOVABLE FURBALLS TO US. ONCE AGAIN THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
HANK, MIIKE AND LIZ
Message From: Cindy Smith
June 27, 2011
My parents adopted Gracie just yesterday and gracie has fit in perfectly so far with there other dog and in the family. My parents enjoy the dog very much. thanks for a great adoption.
Message From: Darlene
November 27, 2010
PJ is amazing. She was 'Maddie II" when we got her. She is so well and happy you would never know she was that scruffy little dog we adopted. We have given her a good home and she has given us love, devotion and fun. Thank you all., Darlene
Message From: Barbara Squitieri
October 26, 2010
I adopted Peanut on the 24th--he is such a cutie and adjusted so well to his new home. The "foster mom" obviously took wonderful care of Peanut--when I took him to the vet they said he was 100% healthy (ps-they loved his shiny coat that she said she uses fish oil in his food)...I will continue this routine. I know that I rescued him but Peanut truly "rescued" me!!!! I would certainly recommend anyone looking for a pet to consider adopting through this agency! Thanks Trudy and Lori!!
Message From: The Martin's
December 22, 2009
We adopted Brownie after seeing her at the Florida Fairgrounds. She choose us as much as we chose her. She is a very loving dog and so sweet. Our kids enjoying dressing her up in dress up clothes and she loves it. Our family is complete with Brownie. We go as a family to the dog park, walks and enjoy family time with her. We want to thank Florida Doggie Paws Rescue and Laurie for letting us adopt a wonderful dog.
Message From: Michelle
September 13, 2009
It has been 2 years since we adopted Toby (the basset hound mix) from you. We love him more than ever! He still enjoys playing fetch, chewing on bones and rough housing with his "sister" Roxy. For a low rider he has a LOT of energy and a big personality -- we haven't met one person who doesn't love, and I mean LOVE Toby. Thank you so much for making our doggie family complete! :)
Message From: Darlene
September 9, 2009
We adopted "maddie" n/k/a PJ a little half Jack Russel half Poodle last May. She is doing so well in her new home. We are all in love with her and she is physically doing wonderful. Lots of attention to her skin itching, and lots of $ for VETS but she is getting much better. I will send a photo soon.
Message From: Michelle
July 10, 2009
Just an updated note about Toby who we adopted almost 2 years ago. He us such a little love bug! He gets along with our other adopted dog Roxy, perfectly. They sleep together, play together and of course, drive us crazy together! We just started using a personal dog trainer to work with both of them, and Toby was so stubborn that I never thought he would learn, but he is finally loose leash walking, sitting, staying and only eating from his food bowl! You guys are amazing. Thanks for adding such a wonderful dog to our family!!
Message From: Jessie
June 7, 2009
We adopted "Sassy II" (now Lucy) a couple of months ago and she's a DOLL. We had a wonderful experience with Florida Doggie Paws and will be coming back to get Lucy a friend soon! Thank you.
Message From: michelle brady
May 18, 2009
June 1st will be the second anniversary of Ozzy (formerly dylan) and Sawyer (formerly callaway) adoption. The joy that they continue to bring to our family is priceless. Thank you once again keep up the great work. They are now up to 8 rescue kitties to keep them busy. Michelle and Katie Brady.
Message From: Jason
March 8, 2009
I adopted Onyx (now Nixie) as a 2.5 month old pup about 3 weeks ago now. I couldn't be happier with her and the support that I have received from the Florida Doggie Paws Rescue folks. It is great work that they do. I wanted to give a special thanks to foster mom Debbie P for taking care of Nixie until I got to take her home and to Kim Turilli for her great post-adoption support to myself and Nixie. Keep up the great work!
Message From: Mary Vettoretti
October 13, 2008
Kaito is a dream dog - he has graduated to the big bed in only 4 days - love my other 2 doxies - so now I have "my 3 sons"
Message From: Jackie & Ed Finke
June 9, 2008
just an update on Marley.. he is now 76 lbs.. yeah, we were gonna get a small dog.. ha... He knows all his commands and loves camping in our RV.. Loves the water and his bath.. wouldn't trade him for anything.. Thank you for letting us adopt him.. Keep up the good work.. Thanks again, Jackie and Ed Finke...
Message From: Jackie Lusby
May 28, 2008
Thank you Florida Doggie Paws Rescue for giving my husband and I the opportunity of a lifetime! We are so proud to be able to foster Lilah until she is ours to adopt! She is such a precious little angel. She is so intelligent, independent, and sweet. We salute Sammie Cushman for being such a great woman and taking Madge and her puppies in, and saving their lives. Lilah is a miracle puppy and we are so pleased to have her at home with us! She is our child :-) We are house-training her and she is doing SOO well with her puppy pads! We can't wait to see you guys again to show you how great she is doing and how BIG she is getting! Thank you so much for all you do, FDPR! You are making the world a better place with each rescue and adoption! We will spread the word about your mission! Thank you so much!
Message From: Jackie & Brian Lusby (and Lilah)
May 13, 2008
This Mother's Day was the BEST for me! We picked up Madge's Puppy #5 on Sunday and have been constantly at her side since then! We named her Lilah, short for Delilah. She really enjoys listening to the radio and watching movies with us on the couch. We are crate training her and learning to interpret the whines to find out what she needs. We are also house-training her and take her out to "tinkle" after every meal. She is the most precious thing we've ever seen. We love her so much and she is really enjoying her new life with us! We can't wait to see how big she gets! She's a very well behaved and intelligent puppy. We are shocked at how easy it is to train her so far! We will update more later!
Message From: Justin Jennifer Marion & Dixie
May 9, 2008
We love Dixie! A big THANK YOU to Sammie and everyone at Florida Doggie Paws for saving her mothers life! All of you are AMAZING! Dixie has quickly fit right in and is doing great! We love her!
Message From: Justin, Jennifer, Marion and DIXIE
May 9, 2008
Welcoming in Dixie into our home has been a JOY! We are so thankful to Sammie for taking wonderful care of her! All of you at Florida Doggie Paws are AMAZING!! A very well organized community! We love DIXIE! She is doing GREAT! THANK YOU!!!!!
Message From: Wagner Family
March 12, 2008
Thank you Sammie and everyone associated with Doggie Paws, our new addition to the family has been a blessing. Mary has bonded greatly with our boy Toby. Thanks for everything you have done with your orginization, because with out you we wouldn't have Mary and thats the sad truth. You all have a wonderful mission in life. A lot of families, both human and canine, will benefit from what you do. Thank you and paw shakes from Ron, Angie, Toby and Mary.
Message From: michelle
February 8, 2008
Update on ozzy formerly (dylan) and sawyer formerly (callaway). Just wanted to let you know the boys are doing great. They weigh 89 pounds each now. They are still just puppies at heart. The boys just wanted to wish their brothers and sisters a happy anniversary, and hope they are just as happy as they are. By the way they now have five cats to keep them busy now.
Message From: michelle & greg
December 11, 2007
Toby is a perfect fit with our family! He has been with us for over a month now and we find something new to love about him every day! His best bud is our other dog Roxy - they love to play and just be around one another!! Thank you so much for our second perfect pooch!! :)
Message From: Dottie
November 24, 2007
The pino's want to thank Kimberly and Jennifer for allowing us to adpot Possum renamed Bandit. He is such a wonderful dog and has brought joy again into our life after losing our own Sammy in a sudden death. Bandit is so good and wants to be loved and he is getting plenty of that in this home. Thanks again for the grest work you are doing. Dottie
Message From: Zodrow-MacDonald
November 13, 2007
Thank you so much for doing this important work. You are all amazing people. It has been a pleasure to go through this process with you. Obie is so perfect for our family - we love him so much, and thank you for placing him with us.
Message From: Wynkoop Family
August 29, 2007
Sedona update: She likes to bite the water when I am using the hose to water the plants. She also loves to sit on the first step of the pool to cool down and loves the ocean. She barks at her food bowl for some reason, which just makes us laugh so much. She adores children, and likes to carry her leash and tug on it on walks. So much personality.. Watching her grow is a joy..
Message From: Amand, GAvin, the cats, & Dallas
August 26, 2007
Thank you so much for blessing Gavin & I with our little (BIG) puppy Dallas! He & Gavin are geting along great. I can tell they will have a life long bond, a boy & his dog is a very special thing! They love to wrestle on the floor & be silly... they even go after the same toys like brothers would, it doesn't matter human toy or puppy toy, they want it if the other has it! It is so funny to watch! Who knew they would bond so fast... looks like Mom has to find her own dog, LOL! Thank you Debbi & your husband too... you both are great people & are such a gift to all the lost little four legged souls out there in the world! Kimberly, thank you also, all the emails back & forth, you are so kind! & also to all the FDPR team for all you do, Dallas thanks you too!
Message From: Sally
August 13, 2007
Curly has made our life complete. He is very smart and well behaved. Just a precious dog with no bad habits. Thank you so much for saving him and taking such good care of him. He has found a wonderful home with people that will love him forever. Again, thank you .
Message From: Tasha
July 12, 2007
Jager and Brandy are a riot to watch :) They have adjusted well to there new home, and are busy almost every moment of the day. We love the addition they have made to our family :)
Message From: Wynkoop Family
July 9, 2007
Sedona is settling right in to her new home. She even went to the beach yesterday and had a blast. Thank you for bringing her into our home, she is such a smart girl!!
Message From: vera p logsted
July 5, 2007
kim, i saw good thing in your future and now i know it's true. just a note to say bisquet is doing fine his weight is a battle but is the blessing i thought he would be . he has bought great jow to walter and i, and all he meets. drop in and see us when you are near. love and a hug, vera
Message From: mildred
July 1, 2007
The adoption of my twins were a dream come true. I did everything posible to keep from crying. I can't stop hugging and kissing them. They are sooo beautiful. The transition was effortless. Anyone can tell their foster parents took very good care of them.
Message From: Lee
June 24, 2007
I am the luckiest person in the world! I just adopted two of the greatest hounds who in less than 24 hours given me more joy, love and happiness than I've had in a very long time.
Message From: Rachel
June 20, 2007
Thank you Kimberly and Pam for adding Dakota to our family. She's only been with us for two days now but it already feels like she's been with us her lifetime. We enjoy her more than words can describe and I told my husband that Dakota is the greatest gift he could have ever given to this family. She's so playful, if it were up to her, we 'd play all hours of the day and night. Our family has enjoyed bringing her to work and in to the local pet stores to show her off. What a show she is too! We've already called her so many nicknames: Kota-girl, Foxy, Princess Puppy, Pretty Lady and Baby. Thank you again for many years of joy you have just gifted our family with. I hope many more families out there can receive the same gift and joy that we have from your service.
Message From: Pam
June 19, 2007
A great big thank you to Kimberly and everyone at Florida Doggie Paws for all the hard work you did in finding a wonderful home for my precious Dakota. It was a pleasure to be able to meet her new family and even though I am sad that Dakota isn't with me now, I'm happy that she has a new family that will love her as much as I do. Thanks again for everything!!!
Message From: Michelle and Katie Brady
June 1, 2007
We went last Saturday to adopt one very special puppy and walked away with two. We are so glad that we did. These two guys have brought so much joy to our family already. Even the cats have accepted them. Ozzy formerly (dylan) and Sawyer formerly (callaway) are a great addition to our family. shelter. We can't imagine life without them now. It's never dull around here with two puppies and three cats. Thank you and God Bless all of you for all that you do.
Message From: Michelle
May 22, 2007
Thank You so much for giving me the opportunity of adopting Toby!! He is a great dog, & now Cocoa has someone to chase lizards with. He has taken to his new family very well. We are so happy to have him be apart of our family & our hearts! The great work and friendly people you have working with your organiztion is the best. Thank you very much Florida Doggie Paws!! & May God Bless each and Everyone of You!!!
Message From: sam affetto
May 21, 2007
i want to say thank you for filling the empty spot in my life. at first when i met lana(lily) she was very adorable and quiet, but now that she has been with me for a week, boy has her outgoing personality came out. im so glad doggie paws rescued her from the kill shelter
(i can't believe there are places that would put these inocent dogs to sleep, because they weren't adopted in a period of time) i can't wait to spend more and more time together as i give her a great home and she gives me her unconditional love, protection and affection. thanks again!
Message From: Jeanine
May 21, 2007
thank you so much for letting me adopt chloe...i knew she would make a great addition to my family...shes in great health and doing well. she had her first vet checkup today! she is on her way to being re-adjusted to her new family and is very happy!
Message From: Debbi
May 16, 2007
Thank you SO much to Kimberly Stephens & The Doggie paws rescue team for bringing 2 new beautiful baby Girls into our family!! There should be more people like you in this world. Looking forward to working with you all in the future. Best Wishes- The Yamokoski Family, J.C., Debbi, Bodhi, Tyler, Raleigh, Mollie, Sadie & Lanie
Message From: Kristen Kinney
May 3, 2007
I am so happy for you guys!!! You finally did it!! Hope all goes well with this...you could get me in trouble wanting to adopt a pet....do you deliver to Indiana? :) Love you guys!!!
Message From: Susan and Lauren
May 1, 2007
thank you so much to Kim T. and Florida Doggie Paws Rescue for helping us find a loving home for our dog Shelby! We were no longer able to keep her and Kim worked hard to find her a stable loving home! Thanks for everything you've done for us and for helping Shelby!!
Message From: Tony & Lynn
April 30, 2007
We adopted Minnie last Wednesday and she has already fit in very well with us and our other Chi, Brutus. She has adopted so quickly to her new home and is a quick learner, she even caught on to her new name (Zeta) the first 24 hours or so. A very welcome addition, I'm glad we decided to adopt and help save a life instead of getting another puppy. (Plus no house training is a plus!) Doggie Paws rescue was very pleasant and easy to deal with. Thank You.