Thankful Day


Qannik is sitting on Richland Balsam enjoying his time with The Herd.  He loves his family, because his previous life was harsh.  When we adopted him, his ears were bare from fly bites, his neck had open cuts from where he had a rope tied around his neck, and his feet were mangled from standing on a wire mesh floor.  He came to us from the wonderful people at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.


Cheoah is curled up on her blanket, warm and happy.  She loves being so warm and happy, because she was found tied to a tree behind a foreclosed and abandoned home.  The call came to us via the caring and concerned leaders of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and Cheoah found her home.


Ruby is loving life living with Tartok over at The Thundering Herd Annex (the hu-grandparents house).  After scoring the rolls we have already told you about, Ruby this week was able to snag a half loaf of bread and 3 hamburger buns – on different days.  She is able to perfect her counter surfing skills because the excellent volunteers at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation sprung her from the shelter and the magic got her to her new home.

Today’s post is aimed at all of our local readers in and around Western North Carolina.  We received this email from Sarge’s today:

Sarge’s van has made its last delivery. After 14 years and many miles, “Old Reliable” has gone to its final parking spot. Now we are shopping for its replacement. We need a gently-used stretch van of recent vintage. It will be used regularly for transporting animals to adoption events, to their new homes, and to out-of-state rescue groups. Just last week, we rented a van to carry 22 rescued dogs and pups to an adoption center in New Jersey. The more companion animals we save, the more we need a van. Please make a generous donation to our “Keep ’em Rolling” fund now.


Their fall newsletter is out as well and you can view that by clicking here.

The members of The Herd are forever grateful to the volunteers of Sarge’s and the other rescues who helped to see that they were able to make it safely to Chez Herd and live out their lives as dogs should.  If you are not in our area, please contribute whatever you can – time or money – to your local rescues.  A life depends on it.


  1. Wild Dingo on October 31, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Is Ruby going to make the Olympic team for counter surfing? i think so! Qannik’s story makes my heart heavy but happy he’s found you. sigh.

    PeeEssWoo: I thought it read “Richard” as well! LOL…

    yeah sarge!

  2. Mochi on October 25, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Paws crossed that they can get the money they need for a new vehicle soon!


  3. princess eva on October 25, 2009 at 1:04 am

    At first we thought you said Qannik was sitting on RICHARD Balsam and we were thinking that Richard must be really small or Qannik’s butt is really big. But then we made Momma read it to us again.

    We hope that Sarge’s can quickly raise enough $$ to get the new van soon! Our momma tries to do at least one transport a week and knows the challenges involved.

    Princess Eva

    p.s. are there any local auto dealers that would donate a van? Maybe if their name was on the van somewhere?

  4. NCMountainwoman on October 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    What heartwarming stories. How wonderful Sarge is and folks like you who adopt these great animals. I checked the link and got the address so we can send a donation to help out. Thanks for sharing the stories.

  5. Huffle Mawson on October 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    It makes me and my mum very sad that people could treat their dogs like that.

    Huffle Mawson

  6. Jack on October 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I love hearing your rescue stories. And of corse, all your adventures now. It makes me appreciate what a good life I’ve had. Four paws up fur the rescue people!

    a-roos to yous,
    Jack a-roo

  7. the Army of Four on October 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    We love hearing about fellow rescued pups who find their forever homes! AND about the wonderful bipeds who do great rescue work!
    Tail wags,

  8. Ozzie & ZoZo on October 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I hope they get the funds quick. I want all the fuzziez out there to find furrever homes. Just today John was talking about volunteering a local shelter because he has some time on his hands. He thinks it will break his heart but it would do the puppers and kitties some good to get some love.

    You all should love your hoomans very much.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Oz and Zozo

  9. Denns the Vizsla on October 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Good job giving homes to the rescue Sibes. I always like stories that end that way.

  10. The OP Pack on October 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    The stories of your pups and Ruby are so heartening to read. We hope Sarge is able to find the funds needed so that more pups can be saved.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  11. Khyra on October 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    We are now on the Sarge’s email list since we had made a pawnation bakhk when woo shared it ‘here’ –

    It sounds like Sarge’s humans and The Last Resort Reskhue humans are made from the same great mold!

    Paws khrossed fur them and fur all the other groups that have to exist (Mom was already sad since she had gotten an email from her transport furiends about a GSD that was going to be left tied to a tree…she wants the same done to the ‘people’) –

    PeeEssWoo: Way to go Ruby! Grrrrrreat mold chekhk on the bread and rolls! Merdie is famous fur snagging bread too!

  12. Steve & Kat on October 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Obviously Sarge has sure helped expand your family so I hope lots of pups out there will help expand Sarge’s family with some new wheels!


  13. MAXDOG on October 24, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Hey there guys. Such sad stories with such happy endings! Wow, you guys are amazing! We are so happy your pooches found you and that you guys have such a wonderful rescue operation around there. All our best wishes to Sarge’s.

  14. Stella on October 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Great post, DK! When we can attach the word Rescue to a dog we know and are fond of, it makes a bit of a difference. But they are all worthy, these pups, so I hope everyone will help a little. We are sending some green papers!


  15. KB on October 24, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Your dogs are so lucky that Sarge found them and sent them your way. Unlike most dogs, they probably have a good idea what an easy and pampered life you give them. I hope that Sarge gets his new van and keeps on rolling!

  16. Norwood on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Sarge’s has brought joy to not only the dogs saved but obviously the families. I sure hope enough money is contributed to keep it’s services rolling. I love that photo of qannik on the hill. So cute

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