Senior & Special-Needs Sanctuary Dogs
Permanent Ranch Residents, Not Available for Adoption
Toby is our sweet bulldog mix who was having a rough time getting adopted from the city shelter due to his age and some ongoing health concerns. Toby has hypothyroidism, and although it is being treated with lifelong medication, he still struggles with some skin issues (unfortunately aggravated by being a white bulldog who spent too many years in the sun), a tendency to get cold easily (he never goes outside without his jacket in chilly weather!), and has to have his diet closely monitored as he tends to pack on the pounds. Toby is also missing a toe on his front right foot, which had to be amputated due to a serious infection he had when he arrived at the shelter.
Toby is a fun and silly boy, who will remain on the Ranch getting all the care he needs for the remainder of his years.
Dusty is a senior lab mix who like Toby was having a hard time getting adopted from the city shelter due to age and health concerns. When we met Dusty, he was missing about half of his fur due to demodex. Although this is not an uncommon condition in young pups with underdeveloped immune systems, when an older dog struggles with demodex it is almost always due to an underlying immune system disease, which in Dusty's case has been determined to be Cushing's disease. Although there is currently no cure for canine Cushing's disease, it is manageable, and we are happy to say that Dusty has definitely improved since his arrival, however slow and gradual that improvement may be! In addition to the demodex, Dusty arrived at the Ranch with a luxating patella (knee cap in the wrong place), and generally misshapen limbs. He underwent two major orthopedic surgeries in early 2020 to correct the luxating patella, and has recovered nicely. Although healed to the extent that medical science currently allows, Dusty will unfortunately always walk a bit oddly, but we are just grateful for the improvement he has shown, and the fact that his funny walk doesn't hold this feisty boy back one bit!
Due to his age and ongoing health concerns, our sweet quirky Dusty will live out his years here on the Ranch.
Chloe is our little dachshund and chihuahua mix who, true to her breeds, rules the roost. She is a senior girl who came here from a local shelter. Chloe spent most of her life with one couple, but sadly as they reached their golden years they became unable to continue caring for their dog. Chloe unfortunately moved from home to home for a while, having a hard time finding her perfect fit, so she came here to join our retirement pack. Chloe is a fun and feisty little character, who has no idea how small or old she is!
Frannie is an elderly pit bull and schipperke mix. Most days, this sweet little old lady prefers to just lounge on the couch or nap in front of a warm sunny window, but on occasion her inner puppy comes out and she runs around the Ranch with her younger buddies! Frannie will remain in the Ranch Sanctuary for the remainder of her days, getting all the love and comfort we have to give!
The sweet, precious Miss Diamond has a troubling story that brought her here to us. This poor senior girl was found by animal control locked inside an abandoned vehicle, where she was left to die. The cruelty of the person who would do this is unimaginable! Thankfully the officers found her, though, and took her to the shelter in hopes of being adopted by a loving family. But unfortunately that was just not happening for our sweet girl, and she was running out of time. So we made arrangements with our rescue transport partner down south and brought her to join the Ranch's senior pack right away.
Diamond had some skin concerns along with very rough and unhealthy feeling fur, with several bald patches and a completely bald tail when we met her. But it took only moments for our vet to identify the cause as a thyroid imbalance, and testing proved that her levels were so low that they were undetectable. So with a simple little pill AM and PM our darling Mama-D has grown her hair back, gained lots of energy, and her skin is glowing with health. Not to mention that she has found peace and joy here in her fur-ever home, which she shows us daily with her glowing smile.
Jazzy is a 16-year-old greyhound mix who was surrendered to the city shelter, and came to the Ranch for hospice care. This sweet elderly lady has some joint issues, trouble maintaining her weight, some minor vision concerns, and is deaf, but that doesn't stop her one bit! She still does her best to play with her slightly-less-old housemates, as long as the playtime is brief and followed by a nice long nap. Jazzy is a very beloved member of the Ranch sanctuary, and we are so blessed to have her here for her golden years.
Mama Angel and Gramma Babe are two of our senior residents who happen to absolutely adore puppies. So they have been given the extra special job of helping us raise them! Sometimes, we find ourselves rescuing very young litters of motherless puppies, and no matter how much love we give them, they really do need the influence of a mama dog in order to truly thrive, learning manners and important behaviors that a mama dog can best teach. And boy do Angel and Babe take that job seriously, and with a smile! Babe in particular is very much in her senior years, quickly approaching her mid-teens, but we believe that her love for the puppies helps keep her young. And Mama Angel, well let's just say she's one devoted "mom!" These two girls have definitely found their place as the Ranch's official puppy helpers!
Suzie is the Ranch's own very special little paw-pirate! Suzie is a middle-aged gal, surrendered to the county shelter with her doggie companion after her person died and no other family members were able to care for them. Unfortunately, her companion did not make it out of the shelter, but we were thankfully able to rescue Suzie.
When we met Suzie, she had a very serious eye infection that had been left untreated, causing her to lose vision on that side. Because of the condition of her eye, and the clear need for medical attention, Suzie was having a hard time getting adopted and was on the shelter's euthanasia list. Thankfully we were instead able to take her in and get her healthy! With the help of our truly fantastic veterinarian, Suzie's infection was quickly cleared, making her much more comfortable! Unfortunately, though, her vision was permanently lost in that eye, and the resulting shrinkage left the eye increasingly vulnerable to contaminants and further infections, so it was determined that removing the eye altogether was in her best interest. The surgery did take its toll on our sweet girl, and her recovery was rough, but she has since healed nicely, and the partial loss of vision honestly doesn't seem to bother her one bit. She's one happy little wigglewam!
Due to some anxiety concerns, Suzie will be spending the remainder of her years as a cherished member of the Ranch's senior and special needs pack.
The Ranch's Livestock Guardian Training Team
Permanent Ranch Residents, Not Available for Adoption
Archer, Huntress, and Diana lived with the Ranch's founders before the dog rescue portion of the program was formed, back when the Ranch was solely a horse rescue, and were actually the inspiration for the unique farm dog rescue format that exists as the Ranch's main operation today. These days, this trio works not only as livestock guardians protecting the Ranch's horses, goats, and chickens, but they also help assess and train rescue dogs of livestock guardian breeds, so that we know how they may perform as livestock guardians in their future adoptive homes. We at the Ranch feel very strongly about the many benefits of using dogs to help train dogs. A skilled, confident, emotionally-balanced working livestock guardian dog can help train a new working dog in ways that humans can only imagine. They can even help correct undesirable behaviors in livestock guardians who struggled in a former placement, offering them a second chance to be what they were born to be. We are very blessed to have these three canine helpers as part of our rescue program, helping us provide our unique rescue and rehabilitation service to dogs of working livestock guardian breeds.