Happy Tales from the Trails

My husband and I connected with Homeward Trails through Craig’s List–we had been thinking about adopting an older dog and offered to foster a dog that was set to be euthanized shortly. Turned out that the dog we inquired about was safe, but we learned that there were so many more that needed our help. Our Homeward Trails contact (and now friend, Lisa Milot) worked with us to find two great pups. We adopted Kelly and Sally, an older pair of bonded, large, mostly black dogs with some health issues. Kelly and Sally were originally adopted into a loving home in Georgia as puppies, but their owner had to go into assisted living.

Kelly and Sally were left out in the backyard of their owner’s home, where her nephew would come to feed them once a day. After three months of this, they moved to a foster home in Georgia with five other dogs, where they stayed for five months with not a single application. Kelly weighed about 90 lbs at one point (that’s 30 more lbs than he weighs now) and had suffered from chronic ear infections and undiagnosed food allergies his entire life–the stress of the transition from his home led to him developing large, open sores from itching himself literally bald. Kelly was often growly with other dogs. He went off to stay with the vet for a bit, leaving poor Sally, who has arthritis, alone for the first time–completely terrified.

We adopted these two large, black, bonded, older dogs–and they are absolutely perfect for us. Kelly is on a special fish-based diet and has not only shed the weight, but developed a fabulous coat and no longer has chronic ear infections. Sally’s arthritis is being treated with supplements. Sally loves to swim, while Kelly prefers to keep his toes dry. Our pups are happy and settled in with us and our routine beautifully. We–my husband and myself, and Kelly and Sally–foster other Homeward Trails dogs now. Kelly and Sally are so relaxed that they quickly help our fosters to feel at home–and the Kelly is no longer the growly dog he once was, but enjoys playtime!

-Daphne, Hyattsville, MD


We lost our almost 19 year old poodle in May 2008. When we were finally ready to get another dog, we decided to adopt a rescue dog. We scoured Petfinder and found Milo and Otis and instantly fell in love. We applied to adopt them, then met them and their foster Mom. She told us they were found in Baltimore in July, and that when they were picked up, they were very dirty and very skinny. When we met them in September, they were no longer dirty and they were no longer skinny.

Milo & OtisYou could tell how well Lynn had taken care of them and that she was truly looking out for their best interests. She told us she wasn’t sure if they were in a home together or found each other on the street, but they were a bonded pair and would only be placed as a pair. Two dogs means twice the fun! We loved them and they apparently loved us, so we brought them home on September 10, 2009. Our groomer says they are two of the happiest dogs she’s ever seen. We love them and of course we spoil them rotten! As you can tell from the picture, they absolutely LOVED all of the snow we had this Winter!

-Julie and David, Lorton, VA

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After losing our American Eskimo earlier this year, we finally decided it was time to start looking for a companion for us and for our dog, Joy, who had come from Homeward Trails in 2008. After contacting HT again, Sue Bell told us about Eli. We met him at the Pet Fiesta and fell in love. But someone else was looking at him and we had to wait through the weekend – a couple of the longest days we’ve had!

EliEli has been with us about a month now and is just a love! And Joy, who previously didn’t like to play or visit the dog park, now can’t wait to get in the car and go and is the frequent instigator in a game of tug of war! It’s so good to see her coming out of her shell.

Eli has brought us nothing but smiles and laughter and we are so happy to have him with us. Thanks, Sue, for finding him for us!

-The Rauscher Family, North Potomac, MD

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