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Happy Tails - every story with a happy ending

Every dog deserves to be loved! TDRI works hard at making every dogs dream come true….

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December, 2022


We adopted our wonderful Poppy in Feb 2018, approx 2 years old. She moved into our home and became instant friends with Karl, our olde English bulldog who is now 11 years of age. She takes great care of him - loves to groom his entire face - especially his eyes and ears - she chews on his ears like they're made of leather and he loves it!

Poppy loves the snow and we think it's because she can see a bit better in the brightness. Her sight has lessened but it hasn't slowed her down even a bit. We need to be mindful of not leaving things in her way as she'll bump into them. But it sure doesn't prevent her from running through the house and the yard at full speed.She's still a little munchkin - top weight not over 12lbs. Here she is at a very fuzzy stage pre-groomers. We love her to bits and are grateful every day that she came to us many thanks.

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March, 2022


My name is Beau and I met Joan at The Dog Rescuers in December of 2014 as my family moved away leaving me behind.

I met my new dad in February of 2015 and shortly after him and I moved up north to the middle of nowhere for 2 years of going swimming in Georgian bay and hiking with my dad! Nowadays I’m enjoying my retirement years with my dog dad and my cat friends in cambridge! I’ll be 15 in a couple weeks! Woof you Joan

Kerry & Beau


October, 2021


Frankie is thriving and doing so well with us. 

His dog brother Toby is his good friend. Both boys are rescue boys but both have settled in with us very well. Frankie walked in like he had always lived here!  He loves playing fetch and going on his daily walks/sniffing excursions in the neighborhood. He also really loves to snuggle. Frankie has never met a stranger he didn't like and gets along with dogs and people of any age and size.  He has been a great addition to our family and we are so lucky he chose us! 

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September, 2021


Sadie (Lola) is living her best life. She is so happy. She loves her  stuffed toys, chasing her ball (and squirrels) in the yard, and sniffing all she can sniff on her walks. She loves attention and cuddles. She is learning her manners on walks and is now completely comfortable  with bigger dogs and kids at a distance.  She is getting really good at greeting strangers. 

 We both just love her sooooooo much! I can't fathom how someone could just hand her over. It makes me so sad. I try to remember what Joan said, that the day she was surrendered was actually the best day of her life, as she can now be in a home where she is truly loved. To quote a Dean Brody song, "One man's trash, is another man's gold."

We are so grateful to you, and her loving foster Moms Kim and Val. We feel so lucky to have her in our family. She is such a sweetheart.

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May, 2021

Ziggy & Zuzu

Our babies are so loved!  Ziggy on our boat, he is so handsome and our sweet little Zuzu. They are the best and we love them so much.

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April, 2021


Thedogrescuersinc are amazing!! They hooked me up with this guy who took some time adjusting but the end result is awesome!! Biff has adjusted great! Love this guy and love all the hard work they do to save a great dog!! Appreciate all the people behind the scene who does all the hard work!! You are all loved. Signed Dave and Biff


March, 2021


Just a quick hello to share our happiness at having Gracie now for 3 years. It was March 24th that she came to us, so we made that her birthday. We celebrated by taking her to our local coffee place, bench outside with a peanut butter cookie - which she loves. 

She’s doing so beautifully, coming when called, sitting for a treat, eating well, and even coming up on the couch to sit with me sometimes. We absolutely continue to adore her and feel so privileged to be in her life. She is the sweetest girl ever.Here’s a photo of our girl with those warm, connective eyes.

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December, 2020


Merry Christmas from our Logan Baby, who we adopted from the Dog Rescuers back on April 22, 2011. 


We love this guy to pieces & are so grateful to have him in our lives, thanks to your wonderful team! He has developed quite the personality over the years & his #1 motivation is FOOD & he is very talkative especially when he's! He's an absolute sweetie & has never, ever showed any aggression towards people or dogs.


He has been the best thing to ever come into our lives! 


Wishing you a Happy New Year!


From Logan, Jen & Tony xoxo

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October, 2020


Hi my name is Puma!


I was rescued back in 2016. My brother charger and I were not in a great situation, until the dog rescuers came to the rescue! Then my amazing mom and dad found me and now I am in my forever home. Now I enjoy cuddles on the couch, swimming at the cottage, watching my fave show "Wild Bear Rescue", going to daycare and hanging out with my two best friends Patrick & Riggs. I can't thank the dog rescuers enough for saving me, so I can be the puma princess I was meant to be.


Hugs & kisses, 



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September, 2020

Alex and Ivy

Alex and Ivy have been an absolute joy to add to our family... Alex is such a tough guy on the outside but a sweet mama's boy who loves to snuggle in bed and loves all of his toys on the inside...

Ivy is our little princess.  Alex is her protector and although it took her a long time to show her true colours... She is our sweet beautiful but feisty girl who loves her belly rubs and spa days and sleeping with her human sister in their princess bed.

They have brought such happiness to our family... our hearts are full of love everyday...  Thank you sooo much for rescuing them and allowing them to be part of our family!


August, 2020

Mya (Peaches)

We just wanted to send a quick update about Mya (Peaches) because she is doing great!  She is growing into such a beautiful, smart, and goofy girl who loves playing with her friends at the dog park, going to training classes, and taking family trips in the car.  Her brother Wilson, whom we adopted from you three years ago, is an older special needs guy and Mya is the best sister we could have possibly asked for!  From the moment Mya came to our home she and Wilson have been totally in sync, Kevin and I call them sibling soulmates 


Thank you so much for everything that you do, we are so grateful and can never thank you enough.  Everyone here is happy and healthy and our family finally feels complete!  


July, 2020


Molly is happy and healthy and settled in. We have had a wonderful time with her. She loves car rides and walks every day. She enjoys sitting outside with us in the back yard where she is on squirrel watch. They are terrified of her and we haven’t had the little critters for some time now letting our vegetable garden flourish!  

Patricia bought her a new bed with memory foam.  Molly sleeps like a log on it.  

Thanks again and all the best.  


May, 2020


Dimitri has been with us for about two months and in that time he’s become an inseparable part of the family. He is the definition of a Velcro dog and we love it! He loves his walks - especially when he sees a squirrel or bunny! - his snuggles first thing in the morning before he gets up, and especially the cheese slices, liver snaps and occasional sausage! He’s taken ownership of each sofa in the house and we couldn’t be happier that he’s so comfortable and at peace in his forever home. 

Thank you a thousand times over for bringing us together - all our love to TDRI! 

Andrea, Anthony & Dimitri 


April, 2020


Isla "Izzy" enjoying her new bone in furever home. She loves her new brother and sister fur babies and they love her too. We're so happy to have her in our lives.


April, 2020


Linus is now 6 years old and the sweetest pup.  We have not regretted getting him one minute of any day and we would definitely rescue from you again.  He was 8 months old when we adopted him and had just started to grow hair and  is now fully healthy and happy. Love his little boy !


April, 2020

Oscar & Hannah

​Oscar and Hannah are the loves of our lives. They came into our family within a year of each other and we fostered both of them. We knew they were home and that our family was complete.  They are two of the most loving souls and we are beyond grateful each and every day to have them in our family.  



Maisy & Charlie

​Maisy came into our life in January 2020. TDRI have brought many kind souls into our family and she is the newest addition.  She is now 5 months, full of energy, love and kisses.  We adopted Charlie 10 years ago from TDRI. We are ever thankful to have them in our hearts and home.




Eloise was adopted over Thanksgiving in 2018.  She is the love of our life. 

Laurie Menard




​Our Lexi was adopted from TDRI on March 17, 2012 and at that time we were told she was 2.  She turned 10 on Tuesday--St.Patrick's Day.  Our furball is loved to bits and she is daddy's little girl, our Belgian Malinios!  Even though she came with some challenges (very fearful); she is very balanced dog with us. Oh, we also bought a king sized bed to accommodate her. LOL, Thank you so much for being there and to Mano who fostered her until our adoption.  It is so amazing how she came to us. XO

Diane Havers



Teddy (Apollo)

​Teddy is being a very good loving dog.He has come a long way.  We are very pleased with him. We are just around the corner of a tennis court which is fenced in and have a great time playing ball and going for hikes on the trail. We love him dearly xo

PS..he is already very spoiled!




​Gino just celebrated his one year adoptiversary on New Years Day! His mom said Gino is so gentle and his tail never stops wagging! He worships his sister Tula (a ten year old Basenji) and loves to cuddle with the cat. He is embracing life and living the life he so deserves.


December, 2016


We want to thank you for your assistance in helping us through the adoption process.  We are only two days in and Maggie has become a part of the family.  She really is lovely.  She has met the cat a couple of times and kept impressive self control.  The introduction walk with Vanessa really helped our skittish little Brando – and they are now each other’s constant shadow, with Brando actually learning how to play under Maggie’s lead.With some consistent work on her leash skills, Maggie will be phenomenal!! 

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​"Hi TDRI, thought you might want an update on Trixe (now K-Lee); she is awesome. She and Biscuit are old chums now.The other day she was sleeping, and when she woke up looked at me; the picture below says a 1,000 words - but tell me she isn't full on smiling at me??? Thanks again, she's a wonderful addition to the family with a friendly and loving heart and soul!! She's such a doll... Sometimes at night she'll sleep between our heads, or wake us up by giving kisses. So ridiculously adorable!"

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Hello Dog Rescuers! I'd like to send an update on Jackson (Two).  Jackson joined our pack almost two years ago on June 25th, 2011.  His personality is just as his profile described - "BIG galoot of a boy"! He is a now a healthy 104lbs, and the vet is pleased with his weight loss progress.  When we adopted him, he was close to 130lbs. He loves to swim; we do lots of camping and hiking, and while we're in the woods, Jackson never misses an opportunity to take a dip in the water.  Jackson loves to fetch his ball and sniff for squirrels.  He has yet to catch one, but he is optimistic that one day, he will succeed. Jackson has been very busy.  Would you believe that Jackson has a part-time job? I'm proud to say that Jackson has become a Therapy Dog with St. John Ambulance.  I've attached a photo of him.  We are presently visiting a nursing home once a week, and we also do occasional visits at schools.  Our last visit was at the University of Toronto.  The students loved him. Thank you for the great work that you do.  Jackson is a wonderful contribution to our family, and we are so lucky to have him. With cheer, Matt, Leona & Jackson.




Hi there!I’m sure you must be wondering what I’ve been up to.  Well, I drove off with the tall lady the last time I saw you and she told me that I was going to be staying with her for a few days and then I’d go to a permanent foster home.  Only, guess what?  She liked me so much that she wanted me to stay with her.  Forever!  I was pretty happy about that.  The tall lady is very nice and I was a little weirded out at first but now I really love where we live and all the stuff we do.  She takes me for a walk in the morning and at night and we are going to school too!  So far we’ve learned how to sit, heel, stay and this week we learned “come”.  It’s hard work but I would say that I’m the star of the class.  That’s what the tall lady says.  She also said that we’re going to keep it up and start taking agility classes once we’re ready.  I’m not sure what that is but she says that I’m really going to like it and that I’ll be a natural.  We go to fenced in dog parks and I’m the fastest dog in the park!  All of the other owners are glad when we show up because the dogs chase me around and around until everyone gets tired out.  Not me though!  I also go out three times a week with a man that walks other dogs.  His name is Don.  He’s really nice and we go to parks too with my new friends Rory and Patch.  Sometimes Don keeps me out for 3 or 4 hours because we like each other so much and I get to go on 3 different walks with him those days!  He’s also going to take care of me whenever the tall lady goes out of town.  I’ve already met his cat named Frankie and we get along great!  I’m actually a little more interested in her toys than in playing with her.  Oh!  And there’s this thing called “snow” that I love!  I jump around like a reindeer.  It’s great!  I’ve already got a beautiful new sweater so that I stay warm and I’m looking forward to a holiday called Christmas.  The tall lady has her lights up and she says that there’s going to be a tree in the house!  Crazy!OK, I just wanted you to know that everything is great with me so that you don’t worry.  And the tall lady said to say thanks to you for helping me and flying me all the way over to her.  She says I’m a very graceful lady and that’s because of you guys.  So thanks!Talk soon,Zelda

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June, 2022


Love is what it is all about. There is so much love to go around. The day I fostered Chance was the day my Heart grew three times its size, just like 

Dr. Seuss. Taking a Chance on a rescue dog has been one of the best choices I have made in my life.  I adopted him from TDRI last year. He was 1 1/2 yrs old and full of energy. With patience, love and training he volunteers at Ian Anderson House Hospice as a therapy dog. He put a smile on many faces. I am so happy I took a “Chance” on this dog.

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March, 2022


After two years of fostering Zeke, I feel lucky to be calling him a permanent member of my family as of December 2021 (although he knew it all along!). Zeke is such a perfect gentleman in the home. He rarely barks, never gets into things, doesn't mind being crated and is fine staying home alone. You can usually find him curled up at my feet! His absolutely favourite thing to do is chase tennis balls, snowballs, sticks, or if given a chance, squirrels or geese. He also loves going for strolls around the neighborhood, where he walks politely on leash, or long off leash hikes in the country where he never strays far from me but is always on the lookout for sticks that I might throw. Zeke loves his doggie brother Thor and is slowly getting better at ignoring the cat. I couldn't imagine my home without this lovely boy and look forward to many more years with him!


October, 2021


Thank you so much to The Dog Rescuers Inc for matching us with our goofball Nelson. It has been a year since he has come into our lives and we are so very much in love. Since having Nelson we have been discovering the beautiful trails around our city. He loves his hikes and joining his dad at the disc golf course. He has such a big personality and it shines through every day. Thank you so much for the opportunity to adopt this big mushy goof and having him be part of our family. 


August, 2021


Ruby is such a sweetheart and we’ve come to love her very much. She is a very smart girl, learning things very quickly. Ruby  greets us when we’ve been out with such enthusiasm her whole-body wiggles. 

 Kudos to all for her rescue, her fostering and now with us, her forever home.

Sue and Steven. 

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May, 2021


JR (we call him JaspeR) is doing great with our family.  He became fast friends with our Lab Zoey.  

Our handsome Jasper spends most of his time hiking the trails around Collingwood and the Blue Mountains and watching birds out the win

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April, 2021


Willow is doing really well, and has reached a healthy weight and all of her fur has grown back. She loves her daily walks, and particularly loves when she can run around off leash when we go on hikes out of the city. As always, she is very food motivated and will literally drool when she sees us getting her food ready. 

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December, 2020


Watson is a happy, loving and energetic dog and we are so glad we found him. 

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December, 2020


Thank you Dog Rescuers Inc. for allowing us to rescue Milo. He is an amazing dog and we enjoy him more each passing day.  Happy Holidays and thank you for the work you do to help find homes for all these dogs. 

The Walker's 

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October, 2020


We adopted Belle from your rescue 7 years ago in October.

 Belle is 10 now, we can’t believe it!  She is a nosy girl who loves to snuggle and is not afraid to give you a nudge with her nose or a tap-tap with her foot to insist on her pats.  She has a bit of an affinity for anything grey and likes to doggoflague and go indognito whenever she can!  Belle supervises me while I work at both of my home businesses – Belle is the security detail (she likes to guard the stairs) .I still can’t believe that Belle is the same dog that came to us somedays!  She was fabulous company for Daffy for many years and definitely loves her little sister Maisie even if she is a bug!  My husband and her share a special bond and she likes to sit on his chest when he reclines in his chair and snuggle with him!   She doesn’t look like a “senior” dog and she has been keeping up just fine with her bouncy sister! 

I could tell stories about the girls all day, but we are so thankful to have her in our life!  

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September, 2020


Maddie stole the hearts of her parents the first time they met her.  She has come such a long way from being a very scared and apprehensive Puppy Mill Mom to a quirky and loving part of their family.  During the first several months when Maddie was adopted, she rarely left the confines of her crate.  She would only leave her crate for a brief period of time to use the washroom outside.  Fast forward to now where her old crate is in permanent storage because she never feels the need to return to it.  Maddie's favourite past times are sitting by her big brother Bear (a Bichon/Shih Tzu), playing with her toys, sleeping in her multiple beds, and meal time!  Whenever anyone has food, Maddie will appear out of nowhere to see if she can snag a treat.  Don't be tricked by her cute face - Maddie is one tough cookie.  Thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud noises are no big deal to her.  Maddie has brought so much love and happiness to her new family that they couldn't imagine life without her. 


August, 2020


River joined our family when he was 3.5 yrs old.  It was a bit of a rocky road at first as we had a black lab named Riley who was only a year old.  However they bonded quickly which was a blessing. Riley died  a few years later from cancer,  he was 4.  I had never seen a dog grieve before but River did.  River became the king of the castle and it has been that way ever since.  He has an amazing character and I think he thinks he is people (we know that he is).  He has created such a bond with my family, extended family and our community.    I thank you for him, he has become our Angel and is so truly loved.

Denise, Mike, Joshua, Zachary Chudziak

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June, 2020


Exactly two years ago today we brought home Minnie from the dog rescuers inc.

She is thriving better than ever and has 100% stolen our hearts and is inseparable from her big sister Lacey.

Thank you very much Joan and Constance, 


Patrick and Hayley 


April, 2020


Here is a photo of Romeo with his inspirational message for all during these challenging times!  “There is no place like home”  


We adopted Romeo from the Dog Rescuers just over 4 years ago, when he was a 9-week old puppy!  He was 24lbs then, now he is 130lbs!   As you can see, he is totally handsome!!


Cheers – stay safe!



April, 2020


​Harlee!!  He is the best doggo. Never leaves my side :) 


April, 2020


​Stella, helping out with the new work from home routine. She is doing well though much slower than when we adopted her from TDRI in May 2012. Still likes to carry a stick even though we don’t throw it anymore.  


April, 2020


​Our beautiful Jude. Formerly known as Juno.  She is such a character and we love her so much.




Syd adopted from TDRI in July 2014, is the best thing to have curled up on the couch with me right now.  Who has to worry about isolation, depression when you have a fur baby?




​Choco-Marley adopted around 5 years ago. Best friend we ever had. Sweetest soul. Loves swimming and hiking. Grateful for him every day!'




​Maisy living the life of leisure in her forever home.

Linda Bilanskie




​Simba's Gotcha Day anniversary is tomorrow, March 2nd. 

Simba loves to swim and will happily paddle laps for an hour or more - will summer be here soon he wonders!?

He is living the good life with his family, Heather, Roy, Ella and Jasper



Valentine & Christmas (aka Jack & Molly)

We just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you had a great Christmas. Jack and Molly are fabulous and have been the biggest blessing to our lives and hearts.  Molly is my shadow and the sweetest little girl....She sometimes is so close to me I cannot see her....We could not love her more.  Jack is sweet and loving and turned into such a snuggle bug.  Together they play and cuddle and we cannot imagine them being with anyone else.  They are quite the pair and have filled such a huge void in our hearts since we lost our dear sweet Sam. Thank you so much for allowing us the great pleasure and honour of being their fur parents.  


December, 2016


​We wanted to let you know that Larry (Sandy) is happy and healthy and we love him so much. He is a great addition to our family. His two year anniversary with us was yesterday. We picked him up the day after we moved into a new house. It was crazy. But it all worked out. ❤️

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Dear Dog Rescuers,Jake has been with us for two weeks now and we just wanted to thank you so much for bringing this wonderful dog into our family! We're so thankful to foster parents Julie and Dave for their amazing care of Jake following his surgery, and to Vanessa who helped us through the whole adoption process. Jake has settled in so nicely, he is great in the house and has so much fun with our kids. He loves his daily walks in the conservation area and has already been for a swim in the Grand River! We have been pleasantly surprised with how smart he is and how quickly he learns. He has such a great, goofy Lab personality but is also very gentle when meeting all the neighborhood kids. We are looking forward to many camping adventures with Jake next summer.  Thanks to everyone at The Dog Rescuers for the work you do, and for helping us find a great dog!



Minnie (Mia)

Happy New Year everyone.I thought I would send an update on Minnie (Mia) now that she has been with us for a year!! I can't believe how quickly these months have passed.We all absolutely love this cute and funny little girl. She is so brave and has conquered so many of her fears this year.She has gone from being scared of EVERYTHING to chasing squirrels and rabbits on her walks! She loves to play with her human sisters and doggy brother and her crazy personality is really starting to show.She had an amazing "first" this week when she ventured into the back yard on her own without any coaxing or encouragement! It might seem trivial to some people but it just shows how brave this little girl is. She still stops when she hears a strange noise but her tail and ears are up and then she carries on with her walk.She is a fantastic addition to our family and we are so happy to have her.Thanks to The Dog Rescuers for all your incredible work.Best wishes from The Clarke family 

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May, 2022


Moose came to me earlier this year as a foster dog. At 100 lbs and just under a year old, he was chaos on four legs, but it quickly became clear that he was my kind of chaos. Since formalizing his adoption, Moose has become the super star of his training class, has discovered how fun hiking is, and recently had his first of many camping trips in Algonquin. I grab every opportunity to hike and camp so there's a lot of wilderness, water and canoeing in this boy's future. Like all great partnerships, we've had obstacles to overcome and work through, but like any good adventure, it's about the journey, not the destination! I'm so excited to have a lifetime of adventurers with this sweet, goofy, sometimes still chaotic boy.


February, 2022


Mya is thriving in her new, forever home. With a pretty rough start to life, she is finally getting a chance to see what it feels like to be a part of a family. Mya loves frolicking in the snow and has so many dog friends in our neighbourhood. She is quite the charmer and does a whole-body wag when she sees someone she knows and loves. Mya is fascinated by Canada geese as they fly overhead and takes her role as captain of the squirrel and bunny patrol very seriously. She has become quite the master at fetch and loves playing with her toys...the squeakier and the louder, the better! From licks on the face to morning cuddles, and to all her funny zoomies in between, this ray of sunshine certainly makes everyday better.

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September, 2021


Daisy is doing great. She enjoys her walks, racing out the front door to see if she can find a squirrel or bunny rabbit to chase.  Daisy quickly will jolt up from a nap when I head in the direction of the front door or her food bowl. She’s happy, playful and likes a good cuddle. I’m so glad she came into my life!


July, 2021


Mack has already settled into his new home. He’s determined that his favourite place to hang out is down by the river and drags his people down there every chance he gets. After his morning walk,his biggest chore is determining which couch he’s going to snooze on until it’s time to go outside and play in the water. He also likes hanging out on the deck, on the lawn, or basically anywhere that he can find a patch of sunlight. He’s really fitting in well here!


April, 2021


This is Bosco, our family dog, matched to us by The Dog Rescuers. He just turned 7. We happily received him as a young pup. Every year we celebrate his birthday with a meat cake. This year hamburger. One year it was a pyramid of meatballs. He deserves that and more. He is a truly loved member. Every night he makes his rounds and checks on the 5 children and us, mom and dad. Each of us believes that Bosco sleeps in our room through the night. That is how special he makes each of us feel. A gift to our family. Thank you Dog Rescuers for choosing us. We didn't rescue Bosco, he rescued our family. It was a selfish act, good for our hearts. Duran Family

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March, 2021


Thank you TDRI for bringing Harley into our lives.  She is sassy, sweet, funny and a very special girl who is our absolute love.  She fits so well into our family and home and has bonded with her TDRI alumni siblings Oscar & Hannah.  We can't imagine life without her and are so blessed to have her in our lives.  Thank you for all that you do!

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December, 2020


Boris has been with us for just over a year now.  When he first came last year, he was on his best behaviour and acted as though he was a guest; he was quiet and shy.  We're excited to share that Boris quickly stole our hearts and became an important member of our family.


Now he's clearly very much at home. He gets excited (whining and barking for us to pet him) when we come home from a short trip to the grocery store and feels it's necessary to protect us from all intruders such as the UPS delivery people and the squirrels in the backyard. Boris enjoys routine walks, snuggles, the occasional long hike, trips to the cottage, car rides, and rides on the boat. He doesn't like to be alone and follows his Mom wherever she moves in the house.  To make sure he's comfortable, he's got a bed in almost every room. If he can't find a bed, he'll lay on the most comfortable item that's on the floor which is preferably someone's clothing. His days are filled with sleeping as close to his Mom as possible while she works from home.  All of the family adore Boris and spoil him regularly with homemade liver brownies, hugs, and pets. Our home and family are complete with Boris in it.


December, 2020


Three years ago The Dog Rescuers Inc. saved Maggie’s life, and changed ours forever.

Maggie was old, ill and expensive. Her owner wanted her euthanized. Instead, The Dog Rescuers Inc. stepped in and sent her to us to foster over Christmas.

Maggie was sick and scared, and spent a lot of time hiding under the bed. As she got healthier, a wonderful, ridiculous, giant personality emerged from this little dog. She’s bossy, so when she decided she wanted to stay with us, she stayed. Maggie was 12 years old and we had no expectations, then something magical started to happen... she was our very own Benjamin Button and got younger and younger. I bought her a carrier so I could take her on big hikes with us. I haven’t used it yet! Maggie leads the way, bounding ahead no matter how steep the trail is.

Since The Dog Rescuers Inc. saved this “old” dog’s life, Maggie has been on road trips, flown in airplanes, and ridden on boats and ferries. She’s been swimming in lakes, rivers and the ocean. She hikes mountains and runs the beaches. She sleeps on my pillow, leaning on my head. Maggie is now a 15 year old, 13 pound force to contend with. We have a saying in our house, “What Maggie wants, Maggie gets,”

And what did we get? A new joy and discovery nearly every day. Maggie has taught us never to underestimate the littlest one in the room. She’s shown us that “old” doesn’t always mean “old”. She’s demonstrated the power of sheer determination and heart.

Amidst a crazy world, our crazy lives and many (many!) flaws, we have another saying in our house, “Maggie is perfect,”

And she is.

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September, 2020


Bijou has settled in wonderfully with us. He is an absolute joy, with lots of personality and character. All 3 of us are blessed to be together.
Thanks to The Dog Rescuers for connecting us, and this, our second time after adopting our beloved Bowser.
M and G  

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September, 2020


It's been 6 years since Sabah joined our family after we adopted him from The Dog Rescuers Inc. A lot has changed in those 6 years, including the adoption of our cat Sage and the welcoming of daughter Hazel. Sabah is a Lab/Sheltie cross and comes from a litter of 4. Before I met Sabah, I remember Joan mentioning that he was a particularly affectionate and loving pup. She couldn't have been more accurate! Sabah is the sweetest dog, who loves snuggling with Sage and going for walks with Hazel. Our family can't imagine life without him. Thank you to TDRI! We are forever grateful.  


July, 2020


​Buddy has settled in beautifully. He makes us laugh everyday with his charming personality. He loves to play soccer and has some awesome paw skills. He is loved very much.  We are so blessed and happy to have him as part of our family 


Vic, Caren, Buddy and family


June, 2020


Moose arrived New Years Day and immediately made friends with his new hoomans.  He enjoys cuddling with the cats and his brother Milo. The Moose believes any bed is his bed and often sleeps right in the middle for the night.  A true Northern Gem, The Moose is finally home.


April, 2020


​I want to let you know how I’ve been keeping since I came to live with my Fur-ever Mom (Lori ) almost 4 years ago. I love my new home; I have 3 beds but I sleep on the people bed! I have a basket full of toys and get spoiled with tasty treats. I go on walks everyday and my Mom takes me on road trip adventures where I meet new puppy & people friends. 


Thank you so much for taking care of me when I needed help - you are all so wonderful! 


Love, Max ... and Lori 


April, 2020


​Buddy entered my life three years ago! He is such a pleasure! I adore finding ways that make his tail wag!  Thank You Dog Rescuers!


April, 2020


Miss Lexi was adopted 8 years ago from TDRI. She is now 10 1/2 we think,  slowing down for sure, she loves the winters in Ottawa now.  


April, 2020


Chappie loves his walks, snuggling with the family, sleeping on the couch and the occasional good book.

This lovely boy is living his best life. 




Ripley, previously Skipper, came to live with me on June 22, 2019. I can't even begin to say how much she is loved, by everyone.  Everywhere she goes, which is a lot of places, people fall in love with her. and she falls in love with everyone she meets as well. She has adjusted well to life with a prosthesis. It's not 100% but its close! Having 3 feet hasn't stopped her from anything.  She loves training and loves being active. I can't imagine my life without this beautiful girl, She fit right into my pack perfectly.  As if it were meant to be.  And she is nothing but perfect.  Thank you TDRI, my world is complete with this girl in it!!



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​Duncan James aka Lucky Bernard has some snuggle time with his Dog Mom,  Adopted 7-8 years ago and we couldn't imagine life without him.




This is out Lottie who we adopted from TDRI in 2014.  She is the love of our life, the most incredible dog ever and we just don't know what we'd do without her. She is loved by everyone she meets.  We are so blessed that she found her way to us.  

Collinson Family

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"We wanted to send you a picture of our little girl after her official adoption, we couldn’t be happier with her!" 


September, 2017

Happy & Pugsley

Today is our 1 year anniversary since our family grew by 2! We can't even begin to describe how happy we are that we adopted these two! They are the lights of our life and cannot image it without them. 

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September, 2016


Dear Dog Rescuers,

It has been one year since Jake joined our family and we wanted to thank you for this amazing dog! Over the past year he has had many adventures with us. People often ask us if he's a service dog because he is so gentle, relaxed and well behaved. He's made so many dog friends in our neighborhood and joins in all the fun at the dog park. It feels like Jake has always been a part of our family, we can't believe it's only been one year! We look forward to many years with Jake!

Thanks for the incredible work you do giving so many dogs a second chance!

Best wishes,

Lewis Family (and Jake!)




I just wanted to give you an update on Princeton (previously known as Prince). He is absolutely fantastic! He is gaining weight and his hind legs have become very strong-- he is one very healthy boy! He is, honestly, the happiest dog ever. I cannot express to you how much he is (unconditionally) loved and what perfect companions we are to one another. He is extremely smart and his clicker training is going very well. He is a busy, playful, and active dog, but he loves to relax and snuggle too, which is the perfect balance for me. He is learning target training, which helps to keep his mind stimulated. I can't wait until the milder weather to be outside with him more-- especially hiking through the trails at High Park.Princeton is such a love and he make us smile every day with his goofy, larger-than-life personality. He is PERFECT! Sincerely,Dottie and Princeton



Sophie (Iris)

I just wanted to send you all an update on my progress as my first birthday is approaching at the end of the month.  I have been very busy not only getting very big but I also graduated from McCann’s dog training school.   I love my new home and I’m completely spoilt although my Labrador brother and sister always keep me in my place.   Mommy tried very hard to keep my off the sofa but I must admit it’s my favorite spot of an evening sitting next to  her or one of my boys.    After a long winter I’m really enjoying the summer and having long walks.  I tried my first swim the other day and I’m not a fan of that.   I hope you are all keeping well and want to thank you all for taking care of me after my surgery.   Most of the time people do not even notice that I only have one eye and I get along fine without having two.    My mom has attached some photos of me so you can see my how big I have got since you all saw me last. Give my love to all the vets, nurses and receptionists! Sophie (but to you I will always be Iris)

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