BUGSY Poor Bugsy. He was found wandering the back roads of Limestone County with his sister, Mugsy. No place for 2 pugs! They were suffering from starvation and Bugsy had HORRIBLE mange. Through the loving kindness and patience of one of LARAS House foster moms, they began to show improvement and were adopted. Unfortunately, Bugs was suffering from “bathroom issues” and was brought back to us. He was sad. And we were sad for him. He was taken to every adoption event we had but no one wanted Bugsy. Then after months at being at the shelter, this lovely lady called. She was interested in Bugsy. We explained that Bugs was old (8 years old) and needed to be on a special diet. It didn’t matter, she LOVED him! It was really love at first sight! Bugsy knew this was HIS mom and she was going to take really great care of him the rest of his life…potty issues and all! Now that’s a Happy Tail! PEANUT AND BUNNY Peanut and Bunny’s human mama had passed away. With no place to go the father/daughter Rat Terriers ended up at the vet’s office and were placed in a cage. Though they were together, they were scared and confused. That’s when LARAS House got the call. We took Peanut the next day to an adoption event (Bunny had to stay behind because she was getting spayed). No one really seemed to notice Peanut. He was old (8 years) and people gravitated to the puppies. But one young man took notice. He took Peanut out of his carrier, walked him around, held and loved on him. He thought Peanut would make a great addition to his family! But what about Bunny? The following day the young man took Peanut back to the same vet to have a minor procedure done. The receptionist wanted to know if he would be interested in Bunny. He didn’t really think he needed another dog but he took a look anyway. The moment he saw her and saw the reaction Peanut had towards Bunny he knew in his heart they had to be together. And they are. Now THAT’S a Happy Tail, uh TAILS! T Mozart, a 4 month old Great Pyrenees, came to us scared, half starved and infested with fleas. He had been wandering a parking lot for days when a concerned citizen picked him up and brought him to LARAS House. He told us that someone was about to shoot this dog for being on their property. During his stay with us Mozart began to fatten up and his sweet personality shown through. He was amazingly trusting and calm with anyone who came by to see him. Then one day we received an inquiry from Petfinder.com. A young man from Dallas was very interested in meeting Mozart. He had wanted a Great Pyrenees and had been looking for 2 years!! They were a perfect fit. Mozart, though shy at first, warmed quickly to his new family. We were sad to see to Mozart go, but ever so happy that he has found a loving, SAFE forever home. Now THAT’S a Happy Tail! JENNY Jenny was picked up along side the road by one of our volunteers in March 2011. She was scared, malnourished, suffering from a bad case of mange and was very frightened. The collar she had on was so tight, it had embedded into her neck and had to be cut off. Somehow through all the abuse and neglect she had received, she trusted the volunteers at LARAS House to take care of her. In just a few short weeks after coming to the shelter Jenny gave birth to 5 puppies. They were beautiful but their immune systems were not strong. They eventually succumbed to the Parvo virus. But wait! Jenny’s story DOES have a happy ending! She was adopted by the volunteer that first found her, was given a loving home and a brand new collar with a pretty pink heart tag with her name on it! She comes to the shelter everyday, plays with her friends and greets every visitor that comes by. Now THAT’S a Happy Tail! STAR Star came to LARAS House via the Constable. He witnessed Star being thrown from a truck on a dirt road. The Constable had a choice to make, rescue the dog or go after the truck. He chose the dog. Star was an instant hit with the volunteers! She was loving, trusting and very smart! One young volunteer in particular had such an attachment to Star that she wanted to adopt her but unfortunately her parents said no. Eventually Star was adopted by a very sweet family in the DFW area. Our young volunteer was happy for Star but sad too. Star lived a life of luxury. Her new parents doted on her, gave her the best of everything. But sometimes adoptions just don’t work out. Star was unhappy and started showing signs of aggression. Through tears and heart break the family surrendered Star back to LARAS House. It took one phone call to a certain young girl that her favorite dog had returned! We think the picture says it all. Now THAT ‘S a Happy Tail! TARA Linc was a gorgeous brown lab mix with green eyes. No wonder a sweet couple picked him up and fell in love. He was adopted! The couple made arrangements to pick him up from LARAS House after their trip to see a grandson graduate in California. The next day Parvo struck the shelter with a vengeance. Unfortunately Linc was one of its victims. One of our volunteers made the dreaded phone call to the couple that their precious little Linc had died. They grieved, we grieved. It was a horrible week. Then along came Tara. Something clicked with a volunteer that she would be a perfect fit for the couple. Would they consider coming to look at her? Yes! And with that first lick, Tara was home. Now THAT’S a Happy Tail! DYLAN/JAX To say Dylan was an “active” puppy at the shelter would be an understatement! He was a handful, but very loving and eager to please. This couple knew he was the PERFECT dog for them. Both runners, they saw Dylan’s “upbeat personality” as a good thing! The day after the adoption, Dylan, renamed Jax, came down with Parvo. Fortunately the family got him to an emergency vet clinic right away and after 3 days in ICU he was back to his active self! Their little boy LOVES “his dog” and as you can see, the feeling is mutual. And THAT is a Happy Tail!