A Sweet Paws Rescue Story! (Shared with great appreciation from www.thedodo.com)

Dogs Who Grew Up On Meat Farm Together Reunite After Months Apart

"When he saw Sophia, it was obvious they remembered and loved each other."

DEC 28, 2016

Kenji and Sophia grew up together on a meat farm in South Korea. They had puppies together, and comforted each other through their rough lives. Finally, both dogs were rescued — but ended up being adopted by different families.
Kenji and Sophia were rescued by a group called Jindo Love and sent to the U.S. to find homes. Kenji was taken in by Sweet Paws Rescue in Massachusetts, where he soon met his new mom, Lindsay Goldstein.

"He's the sweetest dog," Goldstein told The Dodo. "He's so calm and affectionate, and loves attention and belly rubs. When he's excited he lets us know with his deep howls." 

Kenji was the perfect addition to his new family and was adapting well to his new home, except for one thing: He wasn't a huge fan of other dogs. He loved people so much, but wasn't into hanging out with other dogs — until he was reunited with Sophia.

Kenji's family knew about Sophia and the deep bond the pair had shared, and decided to try and arrange a reunion. They tracked down Sophia's family and found a time for the two families to meet up. Kenji and Sophia hadn't seen each other since their days in South Korea, and their families weren't sure if they would remember each other ...

... but as soon as they saw each other, it was so clear that they absolutely did.
"When he saw Sophia, it was obvious they remembered and loved each other," Goldstein said. "He's not great with other dogs but it was clear he loved Sophia!"

Kenji and Sophia were absolutely overjoyed to see each other, and couldn't stop hugging and cuddling each other. They ran, played and jumped all over each other, and it was like they'd never even been separated at all.


"He had more energy than ever that day and loved running around the yard with her," Goldstein said.

The reunion was absolutely adorable, and Kenji and Sophia were so happy to see each other healthy and safe. Maybe the reason Kenji wasn't into other dogs was just because he just missed his best friend Sophia too much. 

A Barktoberfest THANK YOU!

Sweet Paws Rescue would like to thank:

Peter Hoare for allowing Sweet Paws Rescue to use and abuse his property!

Our volunteers, the heart and soul of SPR!

The individual donors, fosters and adopters who without your unwavering support, we couldn’t do what we do!

And a big thanks to these local businesses for their generous donations and continued support:


SPR has an ISO!

We have exciting news! We recently rented a property in Groveland, MA to serve as our main headquarters and isolation facility (ISO). This will allow us a lot more flexibility on what we can do for our rescues and more space to store our supplies and donations.

It's going to take us a few weeks to raise funds for everything we need to outfit our building properly. There's plumbing, electrical, painters, construction, alarm systems and security, HVAC and other contractors that have to come in and make the place what it needs to be in order to accommodate our dogs in a clean, safe environment.

In order to pass inspections as soon as possible, we’ve jumped right in with the building construction and started stocking up, but every dollar we spend on getting ready, is a dollar we’re not spending on the front-lines of rescuing these pups. We need YOUR support to get us where we really need to be!

There are 4 great ways you can help:

  1. Donate to the ISO fund on our website, you can click on the link below, or copy & paste this URL in a new tab: http://www.sweetpawsrescue.org/donate/. If you’d prefer to mail in a donation, please write ISO fund in the note and send to: Sweet Paws Rescue, Po Box 752, Essex, MA 01929
  2. Make a purchase from our ISO Amazon wish list (CLICK HERE)! (If you need a receipt or would like to personalize your donation please email barbara@sweetpawsrescue.org)
  3. Send us a Home Depot Gift Card! Gift cards can be mailed to the PO address above.
  4. “Fund a purchase” – you can donate towards items we’ve already had to buy in order to open our doors! Just specify on your check or in your donation what you’d like to fund.

We couldn’t do it without you! And remember, SPR is a 501 C 3 Non-profit Organization so ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Gunner's Medical Fund

Meet Gunner...a local purebred yellow lab. Gunner was brought to the vet to be put to sleep because they couldn't afford diabetes treatment. The vet wouldn't euthanize and asked for a rescue...that's where we step in! Gunner is now in our care and spent the night at Tufts.  Dr. Hammond said Gunner has no Ketones and they stopped the iv insulin. As long as all goes well they are ok with him being discharged to a foster! 

Of course with this level of care comes associated medical costs, so please consider donating to Gunner's medical care. As a 100% volunteer organization, all proceeds go directly towards helping our dogs in need. Thanks for your support!

adoption updates

Shadow Update

Here is an update on Shadow! 

After Shadow was surrendered to SPR he was brought to our vet, Ipswich Animal Hospital, where he was diagnosed with Steroid Responsive Meningitis Atreritis (SRMA). SMRA is treated with either prednisone or a combination of prednisone and azathioprine. The long-term prognosis with these patients is excellent. About 80% of patients recover fully and never relapse. While, of course, our vet wouldn't presume to see the future for Shadow, he wouldn't have treated him in the first place if he thought Shadow's suffering would be permanent or long-term. His temperature was normal within 12 hours of starting therapy at IAH, and he is currently free of symptoms, living with a certified veterinary technician and her family, barking like a mad man, and playing for hours with his foster siblings; human and canine. Our vet says that Shadow has a long way to go still, many months of therapy, and maybe a setback or two, but he is in no way suffering or in any pain. He is a typical six month old pup who is enduring life with an attentive and loving family, 5 meals a day, a few pills morning and night, and a paw to the face when he takes liberties at chasing the cat. 

lost dog

20 Helpful Hints for Finding a Missing Dog

Given our current search for our amazing founder's missing dog we thought it would be helpful to share some important, helpful tips in trying to locate a missing dog with the rest of our followers. We understand that every situation is different but these are some great guidelines to follow if your 4-legged loved one ever gets too far away from home.

  1. Search your neighborhood both on foot and by car. Dogs are crepuscular, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Search at other times as well, but focus on those two time periods. Cover the paths where you normally walk your dog, as well as surrounding areas. Draw a circle on a map with your home at the center. Extend the radius out a few miles so you can cover the area in a comprehensive, methodical way. 
  2. Grab a leash, and take along some really stinky, yummy food you know your dog will love. If your dog has a favorite toy, bring that along as well. Toys that make noise, such as ones that squeak or jingle, are best. Whether you’re walking or driving, go slowly and shout out your dog’s name in a happy voice. (If you’re in a vehicle, having someone else drive so you’re free to shout out the window is advised). Assuming your dog is familiar with the phrase, “Wanna go for a ride?” say your dog’s name followed the phrase, uttered in the same tone you’d normally use. If your dog is trained to come when called, try calling their name and then giving the recall cue, also using the tone you’d normally use for the exercise.
  3.  If you have another dog, or have access to another dog yours is friends with, take that dog along on searches.
  4. Bring a photo with you, and show it to everyone you pass. (If your dog is not currently lost, be sure to have a photo handy on your cell phone or printed out, just in case. You might also need it to claim your dog if he’s ever impounded at a shelter or humane society.)
  5. If your dog is not friendly with people, you can’t very well ask anyone to try to contain him; in that case, give out the number of your local animal control agency, and your cell number, and ask people to call immediately if they spot your dog. Even if your dog is people-friendly, tell people that if they do see him, not to chase him. Ask that they turn their body to the side (and even crouch down with the body turned sideways) and clap gently, using a happy voice to lure your dog to them. Ask that if they have a yard or other containment area, to coax your dog inside and then call you. Let people know if your dog is dog-friendly, in case they have a dog of their own. And don’t forget to mention the reward; positive reinforcement works for people, too. 
  6. Be sure all of your neighbors are aware of the situation. If you feel it’s safe, knock on doors in your area, explain the situation, and leave people with a flyer. 
  7. Post “Lost” flyers all around your neighborhood, using the map you marked up as a guide. Don’t crowd the flyer with text, as it should be easily readable by passing drivers. Include a photo, preferably in color. The word “REWARD” should appear in large letters. It’s also a good idea to add the phrase, “Needs medication.” This not only imparts a sense of urgency, but dissuades those who might believe in a “Finders, Keepers” policy from “adopting” your dog. It’s best to have small tear-off tags with your phone number at the bottom of the flyer, so that people take a tag rather than tearing down the entire flyer. Place a Lost Dog ad in your local papers, and be sure to search daily through the Found ads. Do the same for Craig’s List online, and any other classifieds sites local to your area.
  8. Give flyers to your local postal workers, and delivery drivers for services like UPS and FedEx. They’re the ones who are all over your neighborhood daily, so they have the best chance of spotting your dog. Give flyers to kids who are playing out in the street, and make sure they know there’s a reward. Alert local pet sitters, since they too are out and about in the community, and normally have other dogs with them that might attract your dog. Give flyers to anyone you can think of who spends time around your neighborhood—bus drivers, taxi drivers, highway workers, utility workers, etc. Tell local trainers too, in case someone decides to keep your dog and then get him trained. The more people you tell, the better the chance someone will call you when your dog is spotted.
  9. Post flyers at your local veterinary offices, emergency clinics, shelters, humane societies, groomers, pet supply stores, kennels, any other dog-related businesses, and dog parks. Post too at laundromats, supermarkets, community bulletin boards, and anywhere else that will allow it.
  10. Spread the virtual word! Share your information on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to include a photo.
  11. Let local rescue groups know, too. If your dog is purebred, someone might try to turn him in to the breed rescue group rather than dropping him off at a shelter. Even if he’s a mixed breed, make sure local rescue groups have your phone number and a description/photo of your dog.
  12. Search your local shelter, and any that are within roaming distance, daily. Don’t just call—you must show up in person. Often the office staffer who answers the phones will not know what dogs are in the actual facility. Also, your dog might have been marked down as the wrong breed upon intake. Be sure to search not only all of the runs (they may have misidentified the gender—it happens), but the medical area as well. If your dog was hit by a car or otherwise injured, that’s where he’ll be, and yet most shelter officials won’t tell you to look there. Find out the number of days your shelter holds lost dogs before they become available for adoption (or worse, euthanized), and be sure that you or someone shows up within that time frame on an ongoing basis.
  13. While at the shelter, search through the “found” books or postings. Someone might have your dog at home and doesn’t want to turn him in.
  14. Search all of the places you can think of that a dog might find attractive. Local dog parks, fields that contain rabbits or squirrels, woods, garbage dumps, and dumpsters behind restaurants are all good bets. When you search on foot, be sure to keep an eye on bushes and under cars, as those are common hiding places for a frightened dog, or one who is napping.
  15. There are companies that will, for a fee, search for your dog by generating flyers and employing a voluminous contact list. This can be especially helpful if you work full time or are otherwise too busy to conduct a full-on search effort on your own.
  16. This one might seem odd to some, but you might contact a pet psychic. Yes, there are many…let’s say, “non-talented” folks out there calling themselves psychics. But some are talented enough that they can at least let you know the type of setting where they “see” the dog, which could provide the clue that helps you to find him.
  17. If you spot your dog on the street, be sure to follow the body language suggested in point #5. You could even try running the other way, encouraging him in a happy voice to chase you, until you get the chance to put a leash on him.
  18. For other ideas on how to catch your own dog when he’s off leash, see my blog Stop Chasing That Dog!
  19. Think positive. Visualize your dog home safe and sound. Most importantly, don’t give up! I know of a few cases where a dog was lost, and someone took the dog in for a few months and then gave it up to a shelter.
  20. Keep looking; organization, hope, and perseverance are the most valuable tools you have. Here’s to your dog getting home safe and sound.
 Opie's missing dog poster

Opie's missing dog poster

We can’t thank our amazing friends and followers for their help, thoughts and prayers. We wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t be what we are without your love and support. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

All the best,

Sweet Paws Rescue team

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Looking back on 2014!

We are so proud of our accomplishments in 2014 at Sweet Paws Rescue! Here are our 2014 stats, as well as some of our favorite rescue stories.

  • 600 dogs saved in 2014, 143 were momma dogs and their litters. (Over 2,000 dogs have been rescued since our start in 2011!)
  • 50 free spay/neuter surgeries above and beyond our normal rescue dogs.
  • 3 orthopedic/amputation surgeries.
  • Over 12,000 Facebook followers!
  • Over $5,000 raised from SPR gear since we opened our online shop.

Barkley and Nestle: Two local rescues from Maine, father & son labs who lived outside their entire lives and were dumped at a shelter in what was supposed to be their golden years. Sweet Paws stepped in, got them adopted together in Ipswich, MA and the boys found love. Barkley recently passed away but certainly knew compassion and warmth in his final days.

Gator: An elderly dog and local rescue from Peabody, he belonged to someone who did not care for him. Frequently picked up by Peabody Animal Control in worse condition than ever, the owner surrendered him. The Animal Control Officer contacted us and is know living a happy and healthy live in his new loving home.

Zeke & Moose: Two local pitbulls. When Moose's Owner went to jail, he didn't no what to do with his dog. So he made a terrible choice and left him on the side of the road locked in a crate in a New England snowstorm. Luckily a Sweet Paws partner spotted him and saved Moose. Zeke was a stray in Saugus picked up by the Animal Control Officer who was going to have to euthanize him until Sweet Paws stepped in and is currently working to find him a new home.

Sadie & Slade: Two black labs who could no longer get the care they deserved, they were taken on by Sweet Paws to be rehomed. It was later discovered that Sadie had a severe ACL issue from an old injury that required extensive surgery. SPR raised funds and now they can both focus on being goofy, typical labs in their new homes!

Dangers Hiding in Your Thanksgiving Feast

Ahhh, Thanksgiving! The perfect time to celebrate and remember how thankful we are for family, friends, the feasts we are preparing…and of course for our fur-babies!

With the spirit of giving in the air, it’s also important to remember what NOT to give. As tempting as it is to share some of that T-day feast with the pups, don’t lose sight of the fact that many of the foods we enjoy can pose dangerous health risks for Fido & Fluffy.

Below are 10 foods to avoid sharing with the pups this Thanksgiving day. Keep these out of their holiday bowls and you’ll have at least 1 more reason to be thankful – a pup with a happy belly!

  1. Cooked bones: Turkey and ham bones can splinter in your dog’s digestive tract or cut their throat. In addition to not sharing, be sure to dispose of the bones carefully so your pup doesn’t sneak a taste when you aren’t looking.

  2. Turkey skin: Although very tempting, turkey skin can be extremely dangerous to your dog’s health. The skin is difficult to digest and can make your dog sick. It also holds the butter, marinades and spices, which can upset your dog’s stomach. Only give your dog white meat from the turkey.

  3. Onions and garlic: These contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs and can lead to anemia. Onions are significantly more toxic than garlic. Cooking does NOT reduce their toxicity. Also avoid giving dogs casseroles that contain these items.

  4. Mushrooms: Mushrooms can have negative affect on many of the dog’s systems and can even be fatal.

  5. Nutmeg: Nutmeg can cause seizures and problems in your dog’s central nervous system if ingested (in extreme cases, it can even cause death). Keep in mind that there may be nutmeg hiding in sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie - both sweet potatoes & pumpkin are good for your dog in moderation, so if you plan to share them, leave the nutmeg out!

  6. Alcohol: It may seem harmless to share a sip with your 4-legged friend, but dogs actually get drunk like humans do. Any alcohol is dangerous, but particularly dangerous are hops in beer, which are toxic for dogs and can even lead to death.

  7. Nuts: Specifically walnuts and macadamia nuts are dangerous and toxic for dogs. Macadamias can cause “Macadamia nut toxicosis.” Within hours of eating them, symptoms may show that include vomiting, tremors, fever, or weakness in your dog. Although these symptoms may go away, they can also lead to deadly shock.

  8. Sage: Essential oils in sage can upset your dog’s stomach so keep this in mind when sharing anything that may contain this herb such as the turkey skin (which we already talked about!), gravy or casseroles.

  9. Cranberry sauce: If the cranberry sauce contains grapes, raisins or currants do NOT give it to the dog. Grapes contain a toxin that can damage dog’s kidneys.

  10. Chocolate, dough & batters: You’re probably already aware of the dangers chocolate pose to your pup, but did you know that raw dough can rise in your dog’s stomach and cause bloating or severe pain? Dough & batters may also contains raw eggs which could cause Salmonella.

So have a safe & wonderful Thanksgiving, and keep your pets safe and happy as well!

If you suspect that your pet has ingested a potentially poisonous substance,

call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

"Fall" Into Doggy Health & Wellness

OK so the kids are back in school, fall is just around the corner, before you know it we’ll be dressing up for Halloween, stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey and making holiday wish lists…WOW does time fly!

In all the chaos, don’t let the health and wellness of your 4-legged family members fall by the wayside. Yearly vet visits and keeping up to date on shots are as important to your dog’s health as feeding them a nutritional diet.

Did you know that heartworm can be a very serious problem for dogs, especially in mosquito-infested areas? Heartworm infection can kill or seriously debilitate infected pets because the worms live in the bloodstream, lungs and heart. The easiest way to ensure your furry loved one never has to deal with the pain and suffering of heartworms is to by using a year-round preventive program, available with a prescription from your veterinarian.

A yucky-but-true tidbit about New England: we have the highest concentration of ticks in the United States. (Not a bragging point, I understand) But it’s easy to keep your pup tick-free and therefore minimize his risk of contracting Lyme disease by making sure you pup is protected with any number of flea & tick products, AND making sure to keep his Lyme vaccination up to date.

Other typical vaccines include DHCPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus), Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Leptospirosis and of course Rabies. In addition to being effective methods of prevention, most boarding kennels, doggie-day cares and even training programs require your pup to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date to join. And it goes without saying that bringing your dog to the vet for yearly physicals is beyond just a good idea, it’s responsible pet ownership.

So before you serve the trick-or-treaters or get lost in the holiday spirit, remember to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to give your vet a call and make that appointment. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to test your smoke & CO2 detectors!