Monday, December 17, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Swim Fundraiser and other news

The swim fundraiser at Joshica's Planet Canine was a HUGE success. The donations netted enough for us to spay/neuter 4 dogs. This is a tremendous help and we look forward to having another swim fundraiser before summer.

The vaccination clinic at TSC in Niles vetted over 120 dogs and over 10 cats.  Everyone was on their best behavior.

Did I take my camera to either of these events??  No, I forgot!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Events

We have had a hard few weeks.  We had quite a few sick animals that required medical attention.  We are desperately in need of donations.  We also have many WONDERFUL pets who would love a home for the holidays!  

Here is where we will be this month.. come see us and our dogs!

December 1st- Low Cost Vaccination Clinic 10am-2pm (TSC in Niles) - If your pet needs vaccines, come and get them done at a great price!!

December 8th- Planet Canine Swim Fundraiser 1pm - 6pm (Elkhart) - Come swim with us! Pets love water and you will love having a nice tired pet!

December 15th- Santa Paws Pictures 11am to 3pm (Pet Supplies Plus in Goshen) - Who doesn't like Santa pictures???

December 16th
- Regular Adoption Even 12pm to 3pm (TSC in Niles)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

R.I.P. Laddie

I probably shouldn't be writing this right now since I am so upset, but I need to let everyon know tht Laddie passed away at aproximately 3:30 am November 22, 2012.
 Laddie was supposed to stay at the vet office for treatment for three days. I was called Wednesday morning by the office to inform me that he would be sent home later that day, but if he wasn't better by Friday morning to bring him back in (I have my own thoughts on why he was sent home when he had only been there one night with a holiday in-between the three nights...)
  When I went to pick Laddie up, he was lethargic, listless,you name it. I inquired about an IV since he still had the port in his arm,  but the tech said I wouldn't be giving any IV fluids. The veterinarian was not in the office so I couldn't talk to her. Was I mad?  Heck, yes!
   As Laddie settled into his crate at our home, he showed no interest in water, Gatorade, or his specially made rice/cottage cheese/chicken mixture (The tech said he had no interest in eating and only took one or two laps of water there. WHY send him home???).
   I went to bed at 11pm. I finally fell asleep around midnight, but still worried.  At 3 something a.m., I woke up to one of the dogs whining (it was Tess). I opened up he room so that she could lay on the couch. I checked in on Laddie and saw that he had had more diarrhea and he was cold. I knew then that even a trip to the ER was not going to help.
  I will cancel the Chipin account after the holiday. Thank you to all the wonderful, caring people who had texted and called.

R.I.P. Little Laddie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Laddie is in ICU!! Chipin please

Laddie the 8 month old Dorgi is in need of financial and emotional assistance!  Laddie is a Dachshund/Corgi mix from a shelter (he survived the kill list there) and is now in ICU with parvovirus.  All the prayers and donations MUST help him pull through, as he is a survivor!! He is currently being treated at Seven Oaks Veterinary in Plymouth, IN over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Donations can be sent directly to Laddie of Dream Paws Rescue; c/oSeven Oaks Vetrinary Clinic; 2664 North Oak Dr.; Plymouth, IN 46511, OR click on the PayPal button, OR go to Chipin and donate there. 

Laddie has a special place in our heart as he is one of the perfect adoptable fur babies. He is good with cats, dogs, and all ages of children.

Please help Laddie's dream come true,
Ann Pinard-Missad

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Hello All,
  Get ready for another swim fundraiser!  December 8th, we will be at Joshica's Planet Canine from 1 to 6pm swimming dogs and selling items.  The cost of each swim is $10 for a 15 minute swim. To compare, the normal price is $50 for a 30 minute swim.  What a savings!!!  Call now to book your swim time.

Joshica's Planet Canine
4411 Wyland Dr.
Elkhart, IN (off of CR 17 and Beck Dr- Industrial Park)

TSC Sunday November 18th

Puppies, puppies, puppies!  Bluetick Coonhound pups and Jack Russel/Aussie pups.  Whew!  Help will be needed to show off these cuties. Noon to 3pm TSC in Niles, MI next to the WalMart. 


Tink in her new home!!!

Valporaiso Adoption Event SUCCESS!

What a great time we had in Valpo this weekend (November 10 and 11)!  There were so many people looking at dogs, cats, and items to purchase.  I sure wish we had brought more money; we could have bought some bling collars for the dogs!

Even though we do not have Chancey in Indiana yet, so many people looked at her picture and took one of our cards to get more information on her. A short-haired medium sized German Shepherd or Collie mix, she ran from animal control in Ohio all over the highway!  She narrowly escaped a semi's wheels.  Luckily, our temporary foster in Ohio has her at her home now awaiting transport to Indiana this Saturday and her foster mom, Tiffany :-)

Looking for gifts??  Check out the items at TSC in Niles this Sunday being sold by the rescues.  There are many hand-made items.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

TSC Event this SUNDAY (October 21)

Everyone get out of your house and run over to TSC in Niles to see what the we have available!  After lunch, drive over and spend an hour or two visiting the different rescues and shelters that have come to partake in the festivities.  The event is from noon to 3pm so make sure you give yourself time to visit ALL the animals.
 We have so many different breeds available. Are you looking for a herding breed? Take a look at Sapphire or Lacy. How about something small, yet active?  McTavish is for you!
 In addition to Dream Paws Rescue, Animal Aid, South Bend Animal Care and Control, Hope Rescue, and others will be there.
  EVERY third Sunday from noon to 3pm at TSC come visit Dream Paws Rescue

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Notre Dame Blessing of the Animals

WOW! Could it be any colder? Even though it was raining and very cold, a number of humans and their canine companions came out to Notre Dame for the Blessing of the Animals, the Dog Walk, games and prizes! I want to thank Jeff, Jennifer,Gary W., Liam, and Gary M. for assisting with all the dogs we brought as well as set up and tear down. Congratulations to Jennifer and Gary M. for their winning raffle tickets. That was so awesome! We held a vote during the event that this would be our last outside event for the year, LOL. We were too cold and I don't know about anyone else, but I was very tired after.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Isis the Bloodhound and Helios the Golden mix: SAFE!

Isis  and Helios both came from the Pike County Animal Shelter in Ohio.  Sadly, this shelter is like so many in that they have very little room.  When they run out of room, adopters, and rescues, well...  they make room the only way they can.  This shelter is so small, that the staff doesn't even take in cats. 
On our trip to Pike County to pick up some puppies and McTavish (the Chinese Crested), we also transported Isis and Helios to their rescues!!!  What a full truck. We made it back home safely after getting a late start back (okay, I admit, I missed the exit going towards Ohio!).

This is just one shelter we work closely with.  The others are South Bend Animal Care and Control (on Facebook; South Bend, IN) and Shelby County Animal Shelter Shelbyville, KY.

Making Dreams Come True!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Mario and Kelly passed their TDI (Therapy Dog) test Saturday.   Happy, happy, joy, joy!! We are so proud of you.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let us help!

Looking to add a new family member?  Let us help!  We have many deserving dogs that would love to have a new home!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Today was a BUSY day!!  Ginger and Glory all went to their new homes!  Also, Leeda will be leaving on Monday!  We are so happy for them!  We know that they have the best new pet parents!!  We can't wait to hear how our girls are doing.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Still Waiting...

These loving dogs are STILL looking for great homes.... can you provide them with a forever home??





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Update on Aspen

In a strange turn of events, we had the pleasure of returning a dog to his family today.

Aspen came to us from a local overcrowded shelter (if rescues do not pull from these places, they are forced to euthanize).  It was not unusual for us to pull dogs from these shelters and give them a new chance at life.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.  While Aspen was in foster care, we noticed that he did not enjoy being in a house (really did not like it!).  We tried adopting him out, but still these issues continued.  Upon getting him back, we heard about the story of a Siberian Husky named Aspen who was stolen from a Berrien Springs home (Here is the original story:,0,1829011.story

Well, today it was confirmed that our Aspen was actually the Aspen that was stolen from the pen.  Aspen has a microchip, but it had shifted in his body, so when the first shelter scanned him, they could not locate it.  After some searching, we found the microchip and confirmed that our Aspen was truly the stolen Aspen.  We are so happy to be able to reunite an owner and their dog!  The story of his return will be on WSBT tonight at 5 and 6.  Here is a link to the print article:,0,2215548.story

We are so happy that Aspen is back with his family!  He immediately went to them and was OVERJOYED to be back with his people!


Here is Hunter in his new home.. I think he looks VERY happy!  Good boy Hunter!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Some things to think about..

Ever thought about fostering?  We need foster homes.  The more foster homes we have, the more lives we save.  Its that simple.
Touching words... those who have been blessed with dogs, understand the hurt the comes when they pass... but sometimes, we need to reach out and help another.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ginger.. still waiting....

Ginger and Leeda playing!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ginger LOVES water!

Ginger playing in the water!  She is such a water dog!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

To put a smile on your face :)

Glory and Lilly Playing

Lilly's Happy Dance

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aspen was groomed!

Our precious Aspen boy in his new home!  He is looking very handsome after a day at the doggy spa!

Princess Ginger!

Our Princess Ginger is back available for adoption.  She is a GREAT girl who will make a great dog for a loving family.  Ginger needs a fenced in yard, so that she can run and play.  She loves water, so if it had a pool (in-ground, above ground or kiddie pool) she would be in heaven.  She also loves her canine companions to play with, so we would like to place her with another canine companion.  She would make a great 4H project dog, or just a beloved companion.  Are you interested???

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Goodbye Obi-Wan.. we will miss you..

Today our sweet Doberman, Obi-Wan, lost his heroic battle with cancer.  Obi-Wan was an ambassador for his breed.  Such a sweet boy with a heart of gold.  He was one that made friends wherever he went.  We will miss our boy, but are glad that he did not suffer. 

  Obi, we will see you again at the Rainbow Bridge..

Monday, July 16, 2012

Way to Go!!

Congratulations Ruger, Sarah, Skip, Ginger and Precious!!  All five found forever homes this month!  That brings our number to 26 dogs that have found forever homes so far this year!!  Congratulations to all our new families!

Also, Aspen and Hunter both have adoptions pending!  Aspen has gone home to his potential forever home and Hunter will be going shortly.  Congratulations to all!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rio and Autumn

Pictures from Rio (deaf Aussie) and Autumn at the LaPorte County 4H Fair!  We are so proud of them!!
Look at all those ribbons!!!

Such a happy Puppy!


Osiris, Autumn and Rio!

Way to go everyone!!!

HUGE Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ginger, Precious and Sarah - All have adoptions pending!!! Yeah!!

Also, congratulations to Ivy - she found her forever home!!! She is so happy and well loved!!

Lastly, Congratulations to Rio and Autumn (Previously adopted deaf Aussie) who kicked tail at the LaPorte County 4H fair!! They were awesome!! We are so proud of them! Pictures and Video are coming shortly!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Did you know??

Did you know that you can register your mixed breed (or purebred dog without papers) with national recognized kennel clubs and earn performance titles with them???

AKC has a Canine Partners Program.  This program allows any mixed breed dog to participate in performance events at AKC events!  This means that you can earn titles in Obedience, Rally, Agility and Therapy with your rescue dog!!  It's easy to sign up! 

If you have a purebred dog (like Sarah), but do not have AKC papers, you can register in AKC with the Purebred Alternative Listing!  This allows you to earn titles with your purebred dog in AKC!!

For more information visit AKC Canine Partners

ALSO!  You can obtain a tracking number from ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) for any type of dog and earn Rally, Obedience and Agility titles from ASCA!!

For more information visit ASCA

Lastly, UKC (United Kennel Club) allows mixed breed dogs to register and participate in UKC events (Obedience, Rally and Agility) as well!  You can register under their "Limited Privilege Registration" and start competing!  UKC also allows deaf dogs to participate!!

For more information visit UKC

Need a place to train for these events??  Visit Joshica's Planet Canine for classes in Obedience, Agility, Therapy and Rally!  Training your dog is a great way to bond with your dog!  Both Ann and Lacey participate in different events - Ann does Conformation, Obedience, Canine Freestyle and is dabbling in Agility.  Lacey does Conformation, Obedience, Rally,  and Agility.  They both work with rescue dogs (with the exception of conformation)!

Barkin' at WalMart with Purina!

Sara and Ruger enjoyed a semi-hot day at WalMart in Elkhart today.  The event was hosted by Purina who handed out free bandanas, bracelets, and balloons. For those rescues that participated, Purina gave coupons for Purina foods.

Ruger participated well by showing off his sit (when he wasn't focused on the dogs next to him!) and yipping once in a while to get more people to come over to the tents. Congratualtions Sneha on his training!

Sara was shy at first, but really warmed up to quite a few people as they came up to the pen.  She appeared to especially like one gentleman that could not adopt her due to his schedule.  Ah well, we will find the perfect family for her soon.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all our Dad's out there.  Whether they are a Dad to human or animal children - we love them all the same!  Have a GREAT Day!!

Friday, June 15, 2012


On Saturday, we will be joining PetsConnect! and Pet Refuge for a GIANT adoption event at the Football Hall of Fame in South Bend from 11 am to 3 pm!  We are SO excited to be teaming up with these great organizations to help find homeless pets new homes!  Stop by and let us introduce you to your next family member!!  Abby, Buster, Ruger and Sarah will all be there looking for new homes!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday June 16th

We will be joining PetsConnect! and Pet Refuge for a GIANT adoption event at the Football Hall of Fame in South Bend from 11 am to 3 pm!  We are SO excited to be teaming up with these great organizations to help find homeless pets new homes!  Stop by and let us introduce you to your next family member!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Puppalooza at the Niles Public Library

Come out and meet your new best friend at the Niles Public Library on Saturday from 1-5 pm.  Ruger, the Min Pin, Buster, the Shepherd mix and Ivy, the Black Lab mix will be there!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Love an Adult Dog Adoption Drive

For the month of June, we will be holding a special event for our adult dogs (one year and older).  Our adult dogs include Ivy, Esme and Skip.  For the entire month of June, our adoption fees for these dogs are reduced by 10% for an approved applicant!!  These dogs deserve loving homes and we hope that this special event will help these deserving dogs find loving homes!!

ABC Clinic

On June 12th, Ginger the Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix puppy is heading in for her spay!!! Although it may take 6 weeks to get in for a spay/neuter appointment, it is well worth the wait. The care and friendliness of the staff is overwhelming.  We highly recommend their services!



We will not be at "Puppa-Palooza" today (Tuesday), but we will be there on Saturday!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Adoption Event in Niles

We will be at "Puppa-palooza" on Tuesday at the Niles Public Library from 3pm-7pm and then again on Saturday from 1pm-5pm!  Stop by and let us introduce you to your next best friend :)  Or at least stop by and show a dog with no home some love!  See you there!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ivy, Skip, Esme and Buster

Can Ivy, Skip, Esme or Buster get some love this month?  Ivy has been with us since October!  That's a long time... we don't know why people keep passing her up.  Skip is a great boy who would love to have a family.  Esme needs a special person to love her.  Buster.. well, he is a puppy... why can't he get some love???

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ivy Graduates

Ivy graduates from Basic Manners tomorrow (Monday).  We are so proud of the progress she made in 6 weeks!  Now onto the next step... finding her a forever home!  She would love people to come see her graduate!  Stop by Planet Canine at 7:45pm and cheer on the graduate!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Welcome Buster, Ruger and Abby!

Welcome Buster - Shepherd Mix puppy, Ruger - Miniature Pinscher puppy and Abby - Border Collie.
We are happy to have you with us!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the parents out there (whether your child is two legged or four legged.. you are a parent to us!)

Enjoy your day!!

Rio Update (We are SO proud of him!!)

An amazing Rio update!!
Rio and his family have been visiting the dog park almost daily.  Rio is going up to people for attention and LOVES to play with the other dogs!  He is also working VERY hard at 4H (showmanship, obedience and agility!).  He is making such great progress and his new family is absolutely WONDERFUL with him!  We are so blessed that Rio found them!!

Friday, May 11, 2012


Our newest newsletter is now available!

Click HERE!!

Thank you for thinking adoption!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ivy sits waiting....

Our Sweet Ms. Ivy has been waiting a long time for her perfect home.  See, sweet Ivy isn't perfect.  She has some flaws, she knows this, we know this.. but we also know that she will make someone a FABULOUS pet.  Where, oh where, could Ivy's forever home be??  She would make a GREAT pet for an older couple.. or a family with older children...  She would love to be the "dog child" of a couple, or the beloved companion of a single person.

We wonder day after day why Ivy has not been adopted...  We know that most black dogs get overlooked because they are common.  But our Ivy is anything but common!  She is special to us!  We also know that our Ivy doesn't like to be hugged... but she still wants affection.  She would love to cuddle with you on the couch and have you give sweet pets on her head.

Let's see if we can get our Ivy adopted this month!  She deserves to have a family of her own!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Belle is missing!!

Belle - our little black and white rat terrier is missing! She slipped under her adoptive moms fence around Notre Dane! Please keep your eyes open for her!! If you spot her, call Ann at (574) 255-0131 Thanks!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Donations Needed

We DESPERATELY need to buy Esme a heavy-duty cage.  We have one picked out from and it costs $232.96 (including shipping).  Esme destroys cages, which is making it difficult to house train her.  This cage would change her world for the best!  Please donate to help us buy this cage!!  Even $5 would be helpful.  You can donate through Paypal (link below).

Click HERE to see the cage!

Thank You!!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Faith Update

Hi,  I wanted to let you know that we rescheduled the recheck appt with MSU for Faith to - May 31st.  We did not go on the 24th.  She is doing great, but I can't give more information yet.  To me and a lot of others, it seems as though she can see better since the drops.  Jennifer

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Forever homes needed!

Our girls, Ivy and Esme, have been waiting patiently for a forever home.  They like being with their foster mom, but would really LOVE to have a family of their home.  Both girls have been with us for quite some time and we just don't understand why people keep overlooking them.  They are both fantastic dogs!

Skip, the gentleman of the bunch, is still very sad from losing his forever home.  We know that his broken heart would be mended if he had a new family that loved him dearly.  He is great boy who really deserves a new, loving home.

Can you help these great dogs find new homes???

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Welcome Belle and Miyavi!

Belle and Miyavi have arrived!!  We are so happy that Belle and Miyavi were able to join us this weekend.  Miyavi already have a home in Fort Wayne, but Belle is still looking for her forever home!  Check them out on our "adoptable" page!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Thank You!!!

Thank You to everyone that came out for our fundraiser today! It was a HUGE success! We are so grateful for everyone's generosity!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Come see us Sunday!!

Come out and see us Sunday at Joshica's Planet Canine!  Various dogs will be available for adoption and our canine swim fundraiser will be going on.  There are still a few  swim spots available!  We will be there from 9AM - 6PM!  We are hoping that Ivy, Esme, Mario and Skip find their new forever homes!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Come see us tomorrow!

Come out and see us tomorrow at Tractor Supply Company from 12-3pm!  Lots of great pets looking for great homes!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pretty Girl Faith!

Update on Faith!

Dear Faith's Followers,
Thank you for all your care, concern and donations toward Faith.
Since our first visit to MSU Faith has been receiving drops in her eyes twice daily until our next visit back to MSU on April 24th for a recheck.  I will plan to give another update after that visit, but we do know now that if she does have the surgery to remove her cataracts, it wouldn't be until she is about 8 months old.  Faith will be 4 months old on April 16th.  She has been growing like a little weed, weighing 5 lbs now.  As of yesterday, she is looking like a different little girl because she went to the groomer.  I asked that the hair around her face be cut very short so that I could get the drops in her eyes easier.
To give you some idea of what life is like for Faith each day....  Faith has her own room, and this is where she sleeps and eats, or just needs to be to keep out of trouble.  She does have 3 big brothers that would love to eat her food and play with her adorable toys, so we like to have a room for her own to keep her things safe.  However....Faith doesn't really want to be in her room unless it's bed time or nap time.  She LOVES her big brothers and wants to play with them or even just lay with them all the time.  Her favorite is Bubba - a 97 lb Doberman, second favorite is Drake - a 82 lb Retriever, and the third is the "father figure" to all others and the best dog in the world... Hogan - a 65 lb Golden Retriever and he is actually the one she loves to sleep with, and he lets her.  Two other absolute favorite things Faith loves is being outside and playing with a cap to my bottled water. 
Faith's  personality is absolutely precious!   To look at her just brings a huge smile to my face.  Her being blind has not stopped her from one second of happiness and joy.  She lives each day to the fullest!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Update on Faith!!

Last week, Faith traveled to Michigan State University for an evaluation to see what stage her cataracts were in.  We found out that Faith has cataracts in both eyes, but still has some vision. She will have to wait until 6 to 9 months of age to be evaluated as a surgical candidate.
At this time, Faith must receive topical medication in both eyes twice daily (no missing a dose!!) to control the inflammation.
Cataract surgery costs between $3100 and 3700 for both eyes performed at the same time. An example of the surgery can be viewed at

REMINDER: Swim Fundraiser at Joshica's Planet Canine April 22nd for Obi-Wan's chemotherapy costs. Call 574-522-8584 NOW.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Exciting News at Dream Paws!

This month has been VERY exciting here at Dream Paws!  Yesterday, Cessna took off (literally... by plane!) to her new home!  Her new "Puppy Parent" is a pilot, who flew in to pick her up (he is also the one who brought her over from a shelter in Ohio).  Our latest update was that Cessna arrived safely and is playing nicely with her new Border Collie sibling!

Trooper looks like he FINALLY found his forever home!  Yeah Trooper!  So proud of your patience!

Today, Rio got to meet horses for the first time.  He thought they were interesting and did not shy away from them.  One of the horses even came down to sniff him.  It also seems that he lacks any interest in herding.

Mario is in his new foster home and adjusting wonderfully.  He loves to help his new foster mom pick up sticks in the yard and loves to meet new people!  He also told her that he needed (or wanted) a bath by getting into the bathtub by himself!

Check back soon, as we might have some new additions arriving at Dream Paws in the next few weeks!

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Check out WSBT's story on Faith!

WSBT story on Faith!

April's Calendar

Our Adoption Events for April are posted under the "Events" tab.  Come out and meet some GREAT dogs!  Our famous Trooper, who has been with us for quite some time, would LOVE to find a home!!

We are now on Facebook!

We have joined Facebook!  Please "like" us!
(Link on right side of page)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Update on Obi-Wan Kenobi :-)))

Obi-Wan is in his second chemo treatment. His blood work came back within normal limits (we are really watching his liver values) and his lymph nodes are very small!!  We are heading in the right direction for remission. YEAH!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Swim Fundraiser for Dream Paws

Joshica's Planet Canine (in Elkhart, IN) will be holding a swim fundraiser for Dream Paws on April 22nd from 9 am to 6 pm!! This fundraiser is SO much fun!  Planet Canine has an indoor, heated swimming pool for your family pooch!  The cost is $10 for a 15 minute swim!!  They have life jackets for the dogs and it is open to ALL dogs of every age, shape and size!  Food will be available as well.  Come out, swim your dog and meet our loving dogs who are looking for great homes! Schedule your 15 or 30 minute swim today by called Planet Canine at (574)  522-8584 (tell them its for Dream Paws) or Call Ann at (574)255-0131 or Email us at

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring is around the corner!

Spring is upon us! Remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour tonight!

Also, remember to stop by and see us at Tractor Supply Company in Niles, MI on Sunday from noon to three! Mario and Rio will be there!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

I saved my Foster Mom!

 While my foster mom went out to get the mail, she placed me on the zip-line so I wouldn't follow her out to the road, but could keep an eye on her.  In the distance, I heard a strange noise and barked at her to tell her I didn't like the noise.  My foster mom wasn't listening!  I strained,pulled, barked some more, and eventually pulled my collar over my head- setting me free.  I ran to my foster mom, pushed her against the mailbox, grabbed her boot in my teeth and tried to pull her back to the house.
 I know she was frightened, but I had to get her off of the road away from the scary noise. Just as I pulled her off of the road, a propane tanker came barreling down the street right where my foster mom was standing!!!  The trucker got out and apologized.  He hadn't seen my foster mom  AT ALL.  It scares me to think what would have happened if I couldn't have gotten her away from that horrible noise.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Congratulations Gracie (Doberman), Hunter (Doberman), Gabriel (Rottweiler mix), Castiel (Rottweiler mix) and Knox (Cattle Dog) on finding forever homes :)  We are so happy for you and your new families.   We are happy that we could be a part of your journey!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Trooper is going to Flyball!

Trooper and Ann will be at Joshica's Planet Canine on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm for a novice flyball class.  Come out and see this EXCELLENT training facility and meet our sweet boy, Trooper!  He REALLY needs a home!

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Prayer for Shelter Dogs

Tonight I say a prayer for all of the dogs sleeping (or not sleeping) in shelters near and far.

May a person with realism, vision and acceptance walk past your gate.

May they see that the jumping dog in front of them is desperate to say hello.

May they realize that with a bit of training, you can learn polite greeting manners.

May they understand that you are not perfect, but that you can be trained to be a good dog.

May they understand if you are shy and overwhelmed, and see that with love, encouragement and confidence you will come out of your shell. May they understand this may take quite a few months.

May they see that the thunder and bluff is just that; and with training that teaches you in a peaceful way to get the distance you want from whatever “monster” that scares you, you will learn to resolve your conflicts with the world constructively and gain confidence.

May they understand you are curious and inquisitive and need to explore the world, but also you will need clear boundaries and kind but constant guidance.

And may they decide to make a life commitment to you. For who you are. The brilliant, the challenging, the aloof, the goofy, the exuberant, the serious, the silly, the reserved, the obnoxious, the funny, the athletic, the laid back, the complex and beautiful; the real dog that makes you the completely unique you.

Divorce is not an option in adopting. This is not fast food or Disneyland. This is real dog, real relationship and real commitment.

May you feel the touch of a kind hand and hear a gentle word.

May you take a car ride to your forever home.

When you mess up, may you be forgiven.

May your new family understand that it can take months and sometimes years of training, guidance and learning to help you be the best you can become. May they make that commitment to you.

May they accept you for the dog that you are in spite of all of the training. And may they smile at your imperfections as much as your achievements.

May they protect you, nurture you, give you exercise and adventures together.

And may you someday fall asleep on the bed, sighing in deep contentment, peace and security, spooned against your forever friend.

This I pray for you my friend, and for all dogs. This I pray.

Sleep in peace and we will both dream and pray for your forever home.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Purdue University and Obi-Wan

Obi-Wan's foster mom will be taking him to Purdue onThursday to see if there is a Lymphoma study he is applicable for.  In the event that there is nothing available, he may start on chemo (CCNU) at the South BEnd Animal Clinic in Osceola. Special Needs Dobermans are in the process of donating money for two treatments and we have monies set aside to complete one more treatment ($340 per treatment average).  Pass the word everyone!!!  We need monies for three more treatments (6 total) and liver panels.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Obi Wan

Obi Wan has stated his Predisone treatment today.  The Prednisone is only to slow the progression of the disease. The longer he is on Prednisone, the less chance that the chemo will work. PLEASE help Obi Wan get started on his chemo. We would really like to begin treatment no later than two weeks from today's date.
If you have met Obi Wan in person, you would understand why we are so willing to help hm live a longer life.
If you haven't met him, you NEED to!  He has the greatest personality.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Obi Wan and oncology consult

Please send positive vibes and wishes for our dear young boy, Obi Wan. He is heading up to Grand Rapids Wednesday for an oncology consult. His lymphectomy came back positive for follicular lymphosarcoma.  He is going up north to see what we can expect and how we can help him out!  We have started him on B.S.S.T. (herbal immune system enhancer) and the prebiotic/probiotic mixture will begin when he returns.

It will be hard to teach tomorrow as my thoughts will be with him all day.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Amadeus and Hunter!

Paws are crossed for Amadeus and Hunter, who are both trying out their new families!  We are so proud of our boys, and hope that these are their forever homes!

Esme, Trooper, Emma and Ivy are all still waiting for their forever families to come along!  They are VERY sweet dogs who would love to show you how sweet a dog can be!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you to the Kiefer Family (including Hiedi!), a family of fellow Doberman lovers, who helped us support the rescue of more Dobermans!

Doberman Kisses from all of ours!

Monday, January 23, 2012

We have joined Good Search!!

Please help us raise money for Dream Paws by searching the internet using Good Search.

Directions for use:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter Dream Paws Animal Rescue in the "enter your favorite charity or school here" and click "get started"
  3. You will have to register (name and email address)  OR you can click "continue without registering"
  4. When done, you will be back at the home page.  Under the search bar, it will say "We give money to Dream Paws Animal Rescue (Mishawaka - IN) every time you search the web and shop online"
  5. Then search away!  You are earning us money.  It saved my cause, so I didn't need to enter Dream Paws every time.
You can also download a search bar to go across the top of your browser page, so you don't have to go to every time.
We hope that you will use Good Search and help us earn much needed money!  Please pass the information onto your friends and family as well.  The more people who search, the more money we receive!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Happy Boy!

Trooper looks so happy posing with Santa... do you know what he asked Santa for this year?
A home of his own!
So far, he wish has not been granted.  Let's see if we can get this happy boy a home soon!

Obi's adventure at PetSmart

Obi Wan is in his new home!!!  This morning he went shopping at PetSmart with his new family.  While he was there, a fresh, young, tiny, yappy critter came around the corner of one of the aisles and blasted him with yaps.  Obi, after a minute or so of this, decided he had had enough. With one big, bad, 'WOOF!', the little critter stopped yapping, shook, and skittered back to his owners.
I wish we could have been there to see this!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Foster homes NEEDED

We are in need of foster homes!  We specifically need a foster home for Esme (Terrier Mix).  She needs a person who will establish rules with her and is familiar with positive-based dog training.  If you can help, email us at


Thursday, January 12, 2012


Click HERE to see our December Newsletter!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Have you met?

Have you met Trooper?  
He is a GREAT boy who is looking for his forever home!  Trooper loves all people and all animals!  He really would love to cuddle with you at night or go for a long walk in the afternoon.  He would love to have some children to play with and maybe another dog or two.  If you think that you can give Trooper a forever home, please let us know.  We want to get this amazing boy an amazing home as soon as possible!


Congratulations Chip on finding a forever home!  We think you will enjoy your new home!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Join Our Mailing List

We have placed a link to join our mailing list on the right side of the screen.  Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from Dream Paws Rescue and be the first to get our newsletter!!.  In addition, we will inform you of vaccination clinics and other helpful information.

Thank You!