Knightly by Jeanne Frey Rhodes (

Knightly by Jeanne Frey Rhodes (

Unfortunately, Knightly is heart worm positive. If you would like to contribute to his fast-kill heart worm treatment, the rescue that has pulled him would very much appreciate any help you can provide. No amount is too small. Visit, click “donate” and then “In honor of Knightly.” Many thanks, in advance.

Knightly by Jeanne Frey Rhodes (

Knightly by Jeanne Frey Rhodes (

Knightly is doing so great. He’s been with us for two weeks and is just so lovely. He has a very interested adopter, but we’ll have to see how he gets along with the other critters in her house to know whether it’s a fit. Keep your paws crossed. I’m taking backup applications if you want to email me at Thanks!

Knightly: From Sad to Happy (very fast)


See this sad fella?

Sad, sad Knightly at the shelter. Way too overwhelming for this sensitive boy.

Sad, sad Knightly at the shelter. Way too overwhelming for this sensitive boy.

Here’s what he looks like 48 hours after being in a foster home. Amazing that the  quiet space in my garage was all he needed to detox from the noise and harrowing experience of the shelter.  And then a little play time with a couple of my dogs.

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I wish I could post video here, but my blog isn’t equipped for it. His wrestling sessions with Crespo are pretty hilarious.  Here’s a little sample:

Throwing head back and laughing hysterically (in dog language), while Crespo goads him into playing.

Throwing head back and laughing hysterically (in dog language), while Crespo goads him into playing.

If you’re interested in adopting Knightly, check out his petfinder link:

My pal, Jacinta, may be able to put his wrestling debut on his petfinder link. Please go check him out. He’s a lovely, sweet and submissive fella. And I suspect someone hit him now and then, because he can’t seem to believe when I lift my hand to pet him that I’m not going to strike him :{ He’s so easy going and mellow too; I can’t imagine anyone losing his temper with this Teddy Bear of a guy. He’s timid and shy but warms up quickly and I’ve even gotten kisses already. In other sad news, he is heart worm positive. He needs someone who will see him through that and give him the love he deserves.

Another friend of mine is taking over fostering him tomorrow and I’m really going to miss him. He’s a super easy and calm dog. Please share and help him find a home. He loves other dogs,  ignores cats, and like kids. However, he really startles from loud noises, so he’ll need kids who will be gentle with him and respectful. He warms up slowly but then very surely. Comes bounding when I call him and we’ve only known each other 48 hours.  I can’t say even all of my own dogs do that. Please share Knightly’s story and help him find a home.


See that little blur at the end of Knightly’s butt? That’s his tail wagging. Timid, but happy.


UPDATE (4/14/13): I’ve had Knightly a week and I’ve decided to keep him here another week. He’s come so far I don’t want to change his environment while his confidence is building. Plus, he’s the easiest house guest we have ever had. He had some interest at an adoption event Saturday with a lovely couple I thought might come back and adopt him Sunday, but they didn’t :{ Hopefully, the right person will come for him soon.



Cody: Adopted!

4 1/2 long months in the shelter, one week in a foster home and adopted :}

4 1/2 long months in the shelter, one week in a foster home and adopted :}

Guess who got adopted today? Cody Coyote! So happy for him! I did tell his adopter that if it didn’t work out, I’d have him back in a heartbeat, but let’s cross paws that this is forever for Cody. I’ll ask his new dad to send me a picture of them together and post it when I get word that he’d never give Cody back. Not ever. Until then, let’s hope our boy warms up quickly to his new life. Big thanks to all who helped and shared his info.

Sweetie: Everybody Needs One

Sweetie is available for adoption. And she's a little optimist; psyched about everything!

Sweetie is available for adoption. And she’s a little optimist; psyched about everything!

Today’s guest blog is written by my friend, Lannette, who has fostered many a puppy and kitty in her day. And even entire litters of them. Here, her latest find(s):

“Who does that? That’s so sad! Who could just dump puppies by the side of the road and leave them?” This is what I’ve been hearing almost every day for the past week and a half. But it happens all the time. This time it happened in my neighbor’s front yard. Two adorable pups, about four months old, appeared at some point Saturday night and were waiting, in the exact same spot, Sunday morning for their “family” to come back for them. Except their family never came back.  So, a quick call to my friend, Renee, and we were in touch with the PASS Program. (PASS is an acronym for Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender).

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This is Scar. He’s a little worried from having been dumped. But taking a break from that right here.

So to add to our pack of three cats and two dogs we now have the two pups; a Catahoula mix the size of a pony and an insanely cute and happy Black Mouth Cur mix. The Catahoula was so despondent about his situation that he had to be carried into the house where he simply lay on the floor with his head down for most of the day. The kids named him “Scar” because, they joked, he was emotionally scarred but it also sounded “tough.”

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Oh Sweeeet-aaaaaay!

The Cur, however, is happy to see ya, happy to be here, happy that the sky is blue and happy that it’s raining. She’s pretty dang happy. Her name is Sweetie. She is sweet — super sweet– but that’s not where she got her name. My daughter named her after the assistant of one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta so her name isn’t “Sweetie” it’s “SWEE-TAAAAYYY” as Kim regularly yowls when her wigs need arranging. Unlike her namesake however this Sweetie is happy to see you, will come when she’s called and is very likely to bury your wig in the yard.

And she needs a new family, because hers never came back.

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Scar is a standout, with beautiful Catahoula markings and the mellowest demeanor of any puppy ever he was sought after as soon as his photo hit Facebook. His adoption is pending and he’ll be going to his new home as soon as he’s fixed, which leaves us with this sweet little nut we call Sweetie. She’s happy and she loves you. She really, really loves you!!!! She’s about five months old, has had all the necessary vet work for her age and will be spayed soon. She wants to play, she wants to watch TV with you, whatever, Sweetie’s up for anything. She’s getting better with the leash and doesn’t “go” in the house. Cute, funny, goofy with a little bit of mischief but really nicely behaved. Sweetie does fine with other dogs, both low energy and high energy dogs, is fine with kids, and fine with cats. She’s a great puppy and will be an awesome companion.

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So put your wigs up where she can’t get to them and please contact PASS for an adoption application to make Sweetie part of your family.
Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) works with owners or finders of pets to determine and implement the best solution for them to keep the pet from entering the shelter in the first place. PASS was created to fill in that gap by helping the public find resources to help them keep their pets or pets they have found out of the shelter. PASS offers resources such as pointing people to low cost medical options; help with behavioral resources; food; advocating on their behalf; lost and found resources or rehoming their pet with ad placement.  

PASS does not have a facility to house the pet during the rehoming process – we ask owners or finders to foster the pet.  All pets in the PASS Program are up to date with age appropriate vaccinations, spayed or neutered and microchipped before adoption.   PASS is an all-volunteer program.

p.s. Did we mention Sweetie ignores cats? She does:

Sweetie could not care less about cats.

Sweetie could not care less about cats.

Email:, Phone:  225-366-7277



Cody: Husky/CataGoofball


Cody is my weekend foster. I don’t especially have a thing for Husky’s, Shepherds or Catahoulas, all of which I think he may be. And I didn’t go to the shelter, lock eyes with him through the chain link and say, “Wow. That’s my boy,” as I have done with another dog or two (or 10). Nope.

I had just heard on Facebook that Cody was there the longest — since November when he was picked up as a stray — and that he wasn’t doing well. He was getting skinny and he had to be carried back to his kennel if someone took him out for a walk. And a whole bunch of us volunteers felt bad for him, including my friend, Sharon, who had taken him to some offsite adoption events, but couldn’t bring him home as a foster because her male dog doesn’t often tolerate other males.


So I picked him up Friday afternoon, intending to have him only for the weekend and to keep him in my indoor/outdoor kennel, provided he wasn’t a barker. And Sharon offered to take him to another offsite adoption event for me Saturday, as I had to work. 

 When I picked him up from the shelter, he was kind of a nervous wreck. He was even afraid to get into my car, so I had to lift him in and put him in the kennel I keep in the back. I don’t like lifting strange dogs and putting them in places they don’t want to go. Call me a chicken, but I can only imagine them ripping my face off under the circumstances. I’m happy to report, Cody didn’t. In fact, he just slumped in my arms like a baby.

I got home and decided to throw my dog, Crespo, into the car too and take them both to the dog park, but I was a little concerned about how the introduction might go. Cody seemed very friendly, wrestling with a dog in the lobby of the shelter as we were leaving, but you just never know. And my dog is a huge hulk weighing in at 85lbs., so sometimes other male dogs find him intimidating and decide to go for a pre-emptive strike against him.

I kept Cody in the kennel and let Crespo sniff him through the bars. No ill will. In fact, both boys wagged tails. So I threw Crespo in the car and drove the five minutes to the dog park, where they had their introduction in the parking lot, both of them leashed and one in each hand. Yeah, maybe that was stupid. But it worked out fine with no growling or posturing.

The first five minutes at the dog park proved terrifying for Cody and I kept him leashed, just in case I needed to get to him right away. And also because I wasn’t sure if he was one of those dogs who would take off and try to elude me at all costs. The first thing he did was tuck his tail and curl his body into a big horrified question mark. But by minute six, he morphed into a racehorse/bucking bronco/kangaroo and had a ball. And when I say kangaroo, I mean, all four of his feet left the ground simultaneously more than once in a dog-on-dog mad dash. One time, Crespo stopped short and Cody wound up squarely on his back, as if they were horse and rider. Fortunately, Crespo thought that was hilarious. 

Cody reminds me a little of Napoleon Dynamite during the big dance scene...

Cody reminds me a little of Napoleon Dynamite during the big dance scene…

...or a kangaroo.

…or a kangaroo.

Trying to get in on a little tug-o-war with Crespo and his girlfriend, Dottie.

Trying to get in on a little tug-o-war with Crespo and his girlfriend, Dottie.

An hour later, Cody and Crespo piled into the car as if they were old friends. Well, that’s not really true. I still had to pick up Cody and carry him to the car. He doesn’t like cars. Even if one drives by us on the street, he’s really worried it’s going to run us all over. He’s very skittish. I guess if you spent the last four months of your life in a cage, you’d be afraid of everything too. 

Back at my house, he wasn’t thrilled to go in the backyard kennel, so again, I had to carry and deposit him in there. And he wasn’t even interested in eating a bowl of food sprinkled with frozen bits of brisket I keep in my freezer for special dog treats made of leftovers. He was really having none of my big time foster dog hospitality at first.

But when my husband went to check on him in the morning, the food bowl was empty. And our second trip to the dog park was instantly a good time for Cody.

There were five adoptions at that offsite Saturday, but Cody wasn’t one of them :{ He did have a delightful time, however, and seems just fine with all kinds of people, and even did well with cats. Sharon was planning to bring him back to the shelter for me if he wasn’t adopted, but my husband and I decided to give Cody a few more days here with us. At first, he barked on and off  in our outdoor kennel, and we can’t subject our neighbors to that. But he’s since settled down and if he continues to be quiet out there, we’ll foster him longer. Cody’s a very sweet boy. Please spread the word to help him find his Forever Home. If you’re interested in putting in an adoption application on him, please email me at It’s possible for us to ship him to the northeast on Rescue Road Trips (


If he goes back to the shelter, you can find him at:

Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge

2680 Progress Road | Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: 225.774.7701| Fax: 225-775-6403
Shelter open: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; closed Monday.

His impound # is #29293


Wouldn’t you like to make this your permanent nose to kiss at home? I’ll tell you what, Cody sure would like it.