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Our Sanctuary Dogs
Our Sanctuary Dogs are our "Resident Lifers".  Due to a variety reasons, these dogs are considered "unadoptable" so they will live out the rest of their lives here on our Sanctuary.

We are committed to giving these dogs the best life possible, but it costs money to do so.

Would you please considering sponsoring one of our dogs on a monthly basis?
For a monthly donation of $30.00
you will be feeding a Sanctuary Dog of your choice.

Each dog shown below needs your help.

Please read their Bio and click on the SUBSCRIBE Button for the dog you would like to Sponsor.

This will set you up for an automatic monthly deduction directly from your account.   (This is powered thru PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal Account to sign up). 
(You can cancel at any time if you are no longer able to provide the support.)

Thank You.
This is Beabull.  He is a 'complex' dog.  He is one of our Sanctuary Dogs.  At 10-mos old, he was 'surrendered' by his owner in Colorado Springs in 2007.  His name was 'Charlie'.   He was passed around to various foster homes, a doggie day care center and the vet to be neutered.  During those 'changes', Beabull bit a couple people.  *I* believe it was the stress of the changes.  In five days, we were the 4th place he landed. 

That's confusing for any dog ...

Regardless of WHY, Beabull was considered a 'vicious dog'.  While Beabull IS 'selective' about people, is he by no means what we consider 'vicious'.  I had to 'battle' to keep Beabull from being put down for one of the bites.

Obviously, we 'won' and Beabull is alive!!

Due to the release I signed with the rescue group who originally took Beabull, he is with us for LIFE.  All these years later, Beabull is still here and will remain here.  He is good with female dogs, rides GREAT in a car.  He ADORES Mike!!!

He knows *I* am his food source and 'house keeper', so we do well together.  He LOVES to race around the yard, but mostly he loves to hang out with Mike.

We are giving Beabull all we can ... but it costs us to provide his needs. Beabull LOVES his XL antlers more than anything!!
We have quite a history with this pretty girl. Her momma, Eureka, a 'pit mix' came to us from the streets of Pueblo, CO in April 2007.  Eureka had her own story.  She was very emaciated.  Once she started to put on weight, she filled out in all the 'wrong' places - she was pregnant.  Eureka was a beautiful blue girl who was VERY SHY with people.  She tried to nip me when she first came to me.  Then she was my best bud.  HER best friend was my Vivian, a blue fawn.  Eureka gave birth to (7) pups on May 7, 2007.  One of those pups was Java.  The day BEFORE Eureka gave birth, a litter of (10) pups we'd taken from Colorado Springs broke with parvo.  BOO!!  It was too late - we had to ride out the storm.

I jumped and got Parvaid (available from Wolf Creek Ranch) for Eureka to 'feed' it to her babies and we dosed the babies as well.  We also used it for the other pups - lost all but two of those (10) puppies.  It was a very BUSY and SAD time.  We did all we could, but (4) of Eureka's pups also came down with parvo.  We 'only' lost one.  Parvo is a horrible virus that often kills  puppies.  Those who survive it ... they are 'different' due to the high temperature.  We've pulled MANY puppies thru parvo.

So Java was one of those pups, as was Lollie, another of Eureka's pups.  The other survivors went to homes, as did Java.  Lollie remained with us in the house because she is VERY SHY of new people.  Java was too, but her adopters were VERY PATIENT with her.  However, after two years, Java attacked a neighbor puppy and the ONLY option was to return her to us.  Of course we took her back.  Java was very shy - we had to almost start all over with her.  Even now, Java doesn't always want to be touched - she jumps away.
So we had Java with the inside dogs for about 1-1/2 years.  One day, Java attacked one of our other dogs, Star-Baby.  The cows came up to the fence and Java got overly excited and turned on Star-Baby.  There is something 'skewed' with Java, due to having had parvo.  So we had no choice but to put her in a kennel, separate her from the others.  Because of Java's 'sketchy' antics, we have decided that Java must remain with us.  She's too unpredictable.  We are prepared and able to accommodate her, where others may not be.  It is better for Java - she has a cozy kennel, gets her 'own' pool in the summer months.  She is next to Beabull and they run back and forth in their kennels.  Silly dogs!!

So with the history we know about Java, she will remain with us. We love Java-Juice, as I call her, and she loves us, in her own way.  She's a gorgeous 'seal brown', lanky girl who runs like a gazelle!!  By all appearances healthy and happy.  Java LOVES her Kong and antlers and gobbles the sweet potato chews.  She lounges on her Kuranda bed and hangs out.

We are thankful for the support to help these dogs.  Anywhere else, their lives could be in danger.  We know and understand them and love them, quirks and all.  We are often criticized for having 'these kinds of dogs', taking up space for 'more adoptable' dogs.  That may be true, but don't 'these' kinds of dogs deserve to live too???
In 2006, a litter of pups were transported to us from North Texas to find homes in Colorado.  Two of those female pups went to a home together.  Bear & Bronco is what they were named.

In 2013, their owner needed to move and couldn't take the girls.  They were released to another rescue, since we had moved to Texas.

In 2014, I learned they were at risk of being put to sleep.  A friend offered to transport the girls down to us in May 2014.

In December 2014, Bear wouldn't use her front left leg, so we took her to the vet.  Turns out, she has a huge cancer mass on her shoulder.  Surgery was NOT an option, so we took her to the Bridge.

Bronco is doing well 'alone'.  Bear had been the 'leader'.  Bronco is now 9 yrs old, spayed and very healthy.  SWEET, loving, quiet and gentle.  We'd sure like to see her future years in a HOME.  She is currently listed on our Available Pets Page.


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One day in October 2004, we received a phone call about a young 'pit bull' found eating trash at Walgreen's in south Colorado Springs at a busy intersection.  So of course, we took her.  We find that Harriett (Hari) is APBT/American Bulldog, better known as a 'Colorado Bulldog'.  Hari was about a year old.  Very thin and dirty from surviving the streets.

Hari is dog friendly and loves people, especially kids.  However, she has a strong prey drive for small animals - dogs, cats, squirrels, rabbits, chickens, etc.  Hari also developed some hip issues and has a couple skin tags.

Over the past few years, Hari has lost control of her bladder.  Hari is now pushing 13.  She LOVES her pool and often just 'soaks'.  She still likes to play some, but she wears out quickly. 

Due to her strength and tenacity to get any prey she set her site on - digging, tearing or climbing chain link - we didn't feel comfortable adopting her out.  Plus, she fell in love with Mike - went EVERYWHERE with him and was always at our shop where she loved to greet our customers.

Hari hangs out in the house with the other dogs.  Her incontinence continues and keeps me busy washing blankets.

So Hari is one of our 'lifers'.


We took Shamrock from Grand Junction, CO.  He is deaf.  Best guess he is a Dalmatian/Bully breed of some kind.  While we have placed dozens of deaf dogs into homes, that just doesn't seem to be in the cards for Shamrock.

When we were under fire from the state of Colorado, another rescue took him in.  They actually placed him in a home ... only to get a call about a month later that he had been DUMPED at a kill shelter in Nebraska.  The rescue contacted us.  Although we had already moved to Texas, Mike happened to be in Colorado wrapping things up.  We made several calls and arranged to get Shamrock back to Colorado.  A couple more 'hand offs' and we had him boarded at a vet/boarding facility until Mike was ready to return to Texas with the last load.

Shamrock came back very sick.  While at the vet, they treated him and we continued the meds.  He was still having HORRIBLE stools!  I took a sample in to a vet here and ran every test known and there was nothing.  Still, the diarrhea continued.  We changed food, put him on a raw diet, pumpkin, more meds - nothing cleared it up.  Put him on Diatomaceous Earth and that cleared it up.  NO CLUE what that was!  He still has very random nasty stools.

It's a shame because Shamrock is a sweet, loving, eager-to-please boy who knows 'rough' hand signals.  He is good with a female unless there is food involved.  That was new too when Shamrock returned.  He can be a 'wild child', which 't-boned' a couple attempted adoptions.  I don't know - Shamrock seems to be happy and content here.  It takes extra patience with a deaf dog sometimes and Shamrock is one of those.  But we love him.