Abandoned Dog Disguised As A Little Lamb Emerges To School Us AllJanuary 26, 2016

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The Messengers.

I believe that dogs come into our lives to teach us what it is we need to know. For most, it happens with our own pets. But for some, like Dukey and Addy, the lessons are more widespread. As a rescuer and photographer of pets, I’ve met many dogs over the years. Too many to count, but I’ve been lucky enough to experience extra special soulful connections with a few dogs. They usually have a specific message they want to share. It’s hard to explain, they “speak” to me in a sense..and it happens with dogs I’ve rescued or fostered in particular. I’ve been sharing many of these messages on my social media for years. Now I want to share them with you.


The Story.

I saw this post the other day on one of my favorite rescue group pages:

We have named this sweet girl Jewels! I went and visited with her this morning and we took her for a little walk in the…

Posted by Boarding for Rescues & Animal Welfare on Saturday, January 23, 2016


Then I heard a little voice loud and clear, “Notice me! I look like a sweet lamb for cryin’ out loud! We’re gonna need some friggin’ help over here..”

This little lamb was discovered in the doggie fetal position when a woman went to check on her family’s house in Wharton, TX, a small town about 60 miles south of Houston. The home had been sitting vacant for about a year. And now there was an emaciated, sickly lamb-looking dog in the corner of the garage and this poor woman was in utter disbelief.

So, she scooped up the dog and off they went to the country vet. It was certainly the right thing to do, but she was not prepared to take on the task of caring for a dog in this condition. Coincidentally, Melissa Parr, the founder of a local rescue group, happened to be at the vet’s office when they arrived. She agreed  to accept responsibility for all the needed care of this dog moving forward. (BTW, I don’t believe in coincidences).


The Commitment.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh Dear God.’ Then I took a breath, and said the same prayer I always do when I rescue a dog. Whether it comes from a shelter, the side of the road, wherever, and no matter what shape it’s in:

Dear Lord, bless this sweet soul you placed in my path to care for, love, and heal, as I know I am here on earth for them.” –Melissa


She named her Jewels.

“Because she is a rare gem. I thought of naming her Ruby, Diamond, or Sapphire. But she’s all the rare and beautiful gems under the sun & moon! Jewels it was.”


The Status.

Jewels is a husky and no more than 2 years old. She has a bad case of demodex mange and a secondary skin infection, which are both treatable. I have seen many cases like this in Houston. But thankfully, with proper treatment, the dogs grow all their hair back and lead healthy lives.

She was so malnourished and weak, the vet technician had to hold her up during the exam, but ultimately they were unable to draw her blood. She was put on a very healthy diet of small meals, vitamins, and rest. The plan was to follow up with more lab work in a couple of days. Melissa and the vet staff prayed she would make it through the night.

The next day, Melissa was going to check on Jewels at the vet and she invited me to come along. We were overjoyed to see Jewels with a bounce in her step and prancing like the lamb-princess that she knows she is. Her eyes showed deep gratitude for all the care she had received in this short period of time. She has the sweetest loving spirit and even snuck me a tiny kiss.


“This is one of the worst cases we have ever seen. It’s truly amazing. No matter what they endure, dogs are still capable of loving. Just pure soul and heart.” — Sandy Cross of Alamont Veterinary Clinic


The Message.

“How I got to this point in my life is not nearly as important as what happens now. Please don’t ask why I was in that garage or wonder how I got there. Please don’t judge my past, the way I look now, or whoever neglected my proper care. They have already been forgiven in my heart. And your pity for me serves no good at all and is a waste of precious energy.

There are many more dogs out there like me. They need your love and efforts. Please spend your energy wisely. Be of service to them in some way. Find a rescue group to learn more. There is plenty of work to do.” –Jewels


The Need.

Jewels will have to be under the vet’s care 24-7 for several weeks before she is strong enough to go to Melissa’s rescue, Boarding For Rescues And Animal Welfare in El Campo, TX which is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

“I don’t do this alone. Our staff, Cheyenne and Ms. Ruth, play a huge part in the healing- body and soul- for these dogs.” God Bless Them For Realz.


If you wish to make a donation towards Jewels’ care, you may call the vet directly at 979.532.5569 OR do so in her name on Boarding For Rescues & Animal Welfare’s website.

Follow Jewels’ Journey on the pages below:

Robyn Arouty on facebook and blog. 

Boarding For Rescues & Animal Welfare on facebook.

All images © Robyn Arouty.


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Family Gives Shelter Dog With Inoperable Cranial Tumor the Gift of a LifetimeJanuary 15, 2016

Tuesday (12/29/15) in Houston, TX.


How It Works

A Shelter. This 3-year-old dog came into Montgomery County Animal Shelter as a stray today.

A Rescue. Lone Star Boxer Rescue was contacted by the shelter and they agreed to take him into their program immediately.

A Volunteer. He was transported to their vet for further tests. There is a tumor on the inside of his cranial cavity under the bone.

A Foster. It is inoperable and his life expectancy is 2 days. He is now in hospice care.

A Decision-maker. I asked Leisha Stinchcombe, the director of the rescue group, “Why did they pull this dog from the shelter today?” Her response was, “Just to make sure he knows love for a few days.”

A Donation. Groups like this can only exist and do this badass work with ourfinancial help. This dog is 1 of 3 terminally ill boxers that Lone Star took into their program today.

Leisha commented:

Adalard is his name. The day may not be easy but we are fierce with determination. This entire network of helpers in the world, who are far greater than me. I am deeply saddened yet humbled by the beauty I see in the unity of many teams. We alone, do not create this, and we cannot always repair. But we LOVE just as fiercely as we fight. Know that. For certain. Adalard. Noble strength.


Wednesday (12/30/15)


What It Looks Like

A Family. Lori Anderson, her husband James, and their daughters Bella and Ellie. It should be noted that Leisha initially declined Lori’s offer for hospice foster care based on the fact she has small children and this was going to get ugly quickly. Lori insisted that Addy come to their home.

Lori said:

I thought a lot about Bella and Ellie and how it will effect them. I think it’s extremely important that the girls learn about giving, loving and helping others in need, especially when they can’t care for themselves.


“The girls (5 and 7 years old) were with me when I picked him up from the vet. I told them about how special Addy is and how we are going to take care of him because he’s very sick.”

 “I wasn’t sure what to expect from this poor boy and was preparing myself for a very lethargic and slow moving pup. Well, to my utter surprise, in walks Adalard, nub wagging, bounce in his step, and ready to receive and give love.”

“I spent some time talking to Dr. Gordon about Addy’s condition, medications and how to help him the most. ‘Spoil him rotten’ was his advice.”

“On our way to the store to load up on toys and treats, Ellie turns around to look at Addy who’s in the back and says to me: “Mom, he’s smiling, look he’s smiling at me!”

“Adalard aka “Addy” has already made himself at home.”

“He is amazing, sweet, gentle, kind, well socialized with fur friends and humans. LOVES his toys.”

Ellie, 5, is featured here playing with Addy. She has Asperger’s Syndrome (higher end of Autism spectrum) and a particularly special connection with animals.

“It is evident that at some point he was part of a human family. We are so fortunate to be able to be part of his life. He may not have long, but his life will be full for as long as he does have.”

 “We want his life to have meaning.”

“Yes, there will be sadness and tears, but it’s important they learn that this is okay.”

Let’s see how far LOVE takes him. You can follow his journey on the pages below:

Lone Star Boxer Rescue on facebook.

Robyn Arouty on Facebook.

All images © Robyn Arouty.

Blog originally appeared on The Huffington Post.


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Walter’s Second ChanceNovember 13, 2015

robyn arouty_MG_3905-EditWatch out, we’ve got a live one here! His name is Walter and a village came together for this guy to be presented to you.. Available for ADOPTION now!_MG_3880-Edit

His story is LONG..and you don’t have the TIME.. But suffice to say, sometimes a second chance in life is all you need..robyn arouty_MG_3955-Edit

He was adopted as a puppy by ADORE Houston Rescue to a family that didn’t have the capacity to appreciate the ENERGY of this Weimaraner/Pit Bull Terrier Mix guy.robyn arouty_MG_3893-Edit

Then he won the lottery and received a sponsored board and train regimen with Matt, THE TEXAS DOGFATHER, where I caught up with him to take these photos..in the foundation of a new building on their property..A NEW FOUNDATION for Walter to build from..robyn arouty_MG_3936-Edit

He LOVES other dogs and people. Check out the video below! (Children over 12 preferred due to his exuberance being a risk in knocking small kids over.)

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The perfect home for Walter would be one of LOVING STRUCTURE. Walter is at his best when there are clear and consistent rules to go by._MG_3918

Any prospective adopters or fosters are encouraged to visit Walter at the ranch where they can see him one-on-one and socially in a group of other dogs. Adopters/fosters will receive hands-on instruction on how to parent Walter to keep him behaving at his best in any situation. They will deliver Walter to the adopter’s home and provide 2 hours of instruction on how to help Walter transition to that specific home and environment.

For more information or to fill out an adoption application, please visit Walter’s page here:


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Homeless Dog Impersonates Jimmy Fallon Characters to Find His Forever HomeOctober 22, 2015

Homeless Dog Impersonates Jimmy Fallon Characters to Find His Forever Home

Are you a big fan of #hashtags? What about thank-you notes? If you love to laugh & be entertained, THISTLE might just be your new best friend!








THISTLE is 8 months old and is being fostered in Houston, TX. Travel can be arranged for the right family. He weighs approximately 45 pounds right now and will likely grow to about 60 pounds.  He is a Lab/Shepherd mix, neutered, and up to date on all vetting and vaccinations.

We love you @jimmyfallon !

Click here to learn more about THISTLE or to fill out an adoption application via The Love, Molly Fund organization.


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Chapter Ten: White Flags & StuffSeptember 16, 2015

Chapter Ten: White Flags & Stuff

I suppose now is probably a good time to tell you that this is NOT your typical rescue story.. _MG_7647-Edit I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the stories we tell ourselves. The ones that make the Universe drive negative feelings & consequences into our lives. And how if there isn’t some kind of intervention to challenge those stories, they just become how we define ourselves. They are the catalysts for our decisions, the orchestrators of our relationships, and the voices in our heads that play over & over. Let me try to explain..

David’s Story:

For the last few years, David has been a witness to the abandonment of neglected and deceased dogs at a remote site just east of Houston where he often goes hiking with his great dane Noble. He has emailed rescue groups and public officials who work in the area, but has been unable to receive any assistance. The thought of doing anything about it on his own has been very overwhelming. He feels very guilty. Sad. Hopeless.

He called me on Sunday for help. But why now? Why did he make yet another attempt when he’s been seeing dogs come & go for over 3 years out there? What was the X-factor this time? I wasn’t sure, but it definitely made me curious & I agreed to help if he was willing to assist with the mission too. _MG_2925 robyn arouty_MG_2890 robyn arouty Most of Monday was spent setting up a great plan and strategy for the 2 dogs David had been seeing a few days in a row. One of them was injured. I contacted my friend Liz to discuss and she put me in touch with Paige who is a vet tech and the director of Foxtail Pet Rescue, who immediately agreed to take on these 2 dogs. In a matter of hours we had enough money raised for all their initial boarding and vetting, a place for them to go, & several new doggie admirers. BAM! Paige named them Reptar (tan dog) & Anjelica (white dog) after the Rugrats cartoon characters. 2 girls.

As you’ve probably figured out, David is the guy in the photo on my homepage & above. He’s gorgeous. Successful in his career. Strong and resilient kind of dude. I hadn’t seen him in a couple of months until he picked me up to retrieve the dogs together yesterday. He said he hadn’t been sleeping much & was not pleased with some of the choices he’s been making of late. It sounded like he’s going through a really rough patch in his life right now.

Our conversation on the ride over was mostly about what wasn’t going well in his life. It hurt me to hear this. I just listened & prayed for his healing quietly. I know David to normally be a very happy & positive person. Not only that, he was such a caring confidant during the time I really needed it not too long ago. He gave me excellent advice about my dogs and was brutally honest with me when not many people were. I appreciated this so much. _MG_2915 robyn arouty The one thing I knew for sure was that David is a total dog whisperer. I brought along all the usual rescue stuffs..slip leads, collars, treats, etc. I asked David the best way to approach this for when we arrived? He said, “Oh, I don’t need the leashes. I’ll get them to walk in the crates on their own.” _MG_2904 robyn arouty After I snorted, I said, “Yeah right! I’m serious, we’re gonna be there in a few minutes. You know these dogs. What’s the freakin’ plan??” He wasn’t joking. I said OK, & that I would listen for instructions & play photographer. LOL! _MG_2910 robyn arouty Well, sure as shit if they didn’t hear his car coming & run up from the dirty ditch to greet us. And then he proceeded to do exactly as promised. Dogs in crates on their own. Check! Whoa. Hells yes & I cried after he hinged the second crate! _MG_2942 robyn arouty With dogs now safe & in tow, our car conversation took on a totally different tone. David was so jazzed and grateful and concerned about the dogs. They looked really bad and he hoped they’d be ok. _MG_2951 robyn arouty He was now out of his own head. He had taken significant action, & was giving of himself. There was power where none was before. That’s quite the change from feeling guilty, sad, & hopeless, wouldn’t you agree? We didn’t solve all of David’s problems yesterday. We saved the lives of 2 innocent dogs. When I got out of the car to say goodbye, his face looked years younger and it was positively full of joy. And I told him so. _MG_2960 robyn arouty _MG_2962 robyn arouty We just CANNOT see this stuff in ourselves. Ok, so I may have lovingly pointed a few things out to him just before I got out of the car. Someone else might have had a problem with that. He thanked me. IMG_2976 robyn arouty Then I told him that I believe the way to find our purpose is through our talents and passion. Everything else just falls into place. David’s talent is training dogs. He understands them in very unique and intimate ways. Now it’s time to do the soul work. Being of service is the best way to do it. It gets you back on the right path..the one you were meant to be on in this lifetime. Building on the success of this mission is a great place for him to start writing his next new chapter. IMG_3004 robyn arouty Oh wait. The dogs. The ones who came into David’s life to inspire him. (And others. But that’s a different blog post & this one is already a quarter of a novel.) They are now at North Durham Animal Hospital. Report from the awesome Dr. Dawson below.. reptar xray 33254921_1902947467_n Reptar: Snapped, broken right femur, Upper respiratory infectionEmaciated, Entropion, Heart murmur, Heartworm negative

Per Paige, “And Robyn, it’s the worst case we’ve seen all year..” _MG_2934 robyn arouty_MG_2918 robyn arouty Anjelica: Respiratory infection, Heartworm negative

Surgery for Reptar’s leg & eyes is tomorrow. If you would like to donate towards this, please do so via paypal.com. Click on “Send Money” & add Foxtail’s email address: Foxtailpetservices@gmail.com. Your donations are tax deductible. All funds above & beyond what is needed for the treatment, surgery, etc. for Reptar & Anjelica will be used towards care of other animals in the Foxtail Pet Rescue program. Thank you so much! These human & canine stories are definitely.. To Be Continued..



“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” —Charles M. Schulz

Reptar video showing injury:

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