Sanctuary In The Woodlands

Priyanka with mascots for Woodlands Eco Realty.

Priyanka with mascots for Woodlands Eco Realty.

I met Priyanka on facebook at some point. Same way I meet all the crazy dog ladies. We attract each other like magnets LOL.

She owns a real estate company, Woodlands Eco Realty & Executive Rentals- Buy/Sell/Lease, which helps fund an assisted living home for seniors, Acorn Manor Assisted Living Homes, who are allowed to bring their pets. How cool is that?? When the human passes away, their pet goes to live the rest of their life at the organization she founded: Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary.

I became a little obsessed with Priyanka and the magic of the sanctuary and asked if I could visit. She obliged and gave me a tour of her real estate office, the assisted living home, and the dog sanctuary. They are all in the Woodlands just a few miles from each other.

Our visit was amazing and I was so inspired! This was the first animal sanctuary I’d ever been to. The dogs were clearly all loved and cared for and seemed very happy. She even cooks them homemade vegetarian meals! Despite the Houston summer, it was really nice under all those trees and the place felt like a zen oasis. I wanted to hang out and play with the dogs, then lay down for a nap LOL.

We made plans to come back and photograph several of the dogs. There are adult dogs that were rescued as puppies and now could do well in their own homes. BUT, Priyanka is very particular..

If one of these dogs speak to you, you’ll be asked to fill out a lengthy application and then visit Pure Mutts for at least an hour. The dog will need to choose you. If not, sorry about that! Well, that’s kind of how it goes.

Priyanka believes that each one of these dogs has a very specific mission to provide in a human’s life. She is only present to care for them until it’s time for them to complete their mission with their person. Cool, right??

Pure Mutts is our latest Pocketshots beneficiary. $25 from every session will go directly to them. If you’d like to make a personal donation to the sanctuary, you may do so here.

Say Hi to the Pure Mutts Gang available for adoption!

(Commentary by Priyanka)

LULU  “She’s about 7 months old and was found in Houston as a stray. Skin and bones and very yellow from sleeping in her own mess. She spent 2 days in the ER and was very scared. She’s a little shy and very sweet. Once she realized she was safe, she turned into a happy-go-lucky fat sweetie dog!”

LULU

“She’s about 7 months old and was found in Houston as a stray. Skin and bones and very yellow from sleeping in her own mess. She spent 2 days in the ER and was very scared. She’s a little shy and very sweet. Once she realized she was safe, she turned into a happy-go-lucky fat sweetie dog!”

COPPER  “Thrown with siblings on the side of the road near a gas station. Mother and siblings were all run over and killed. He witnessed all of it..so I believe he has emotional scars. He was adopted out 2X but refused to eat.  Another dog named Coco at the sanctuary raised him. She passed away last year and now he’s open to meeting new people. He has really blossomed and is ready for a home all his own.”

COPPER

“Thrown with siblings on the side of the road near a gas station. Mother and siblings were all run over and killed. He witnessed all of it..so I believe he has emotional scars. He was adopted out 2X but refused to eat.

Another dog named Coco at the sanctuary raised him. She passed away last year and now he’s open to meeting new people. He has really blossomed and is ready for a home all his own.”

SCARLET  “She likely got loose during a Houston thunderstorm and ran into a stranger’s house. The family took her to the vet and the vet fell in love with her and called me to take her. She is a fence jumper. Must have at least an 8’ fence to adopt her. She has an amazing personality & about 2.5 years old!”

SCARLET

“She likely got loose during a Houston thunderstorm and ran into a stranger’s house. The family took her to the vet and the vet fell in love with her and called me to take her. She is a fence jumper. Must have at least an 8’ fence to adopt her. She has an amazing personality & about 2.5 years old!”

SHEILA  “She and 11 siblings wound up at the shelter after their mother passed away about 5 years ago. The shelter was going to have to euthanize the puppies when I stepped in and took them. Most of the puppies were adopted. She loves car rides. Really thrives with other dogs around but is sad without them.”

SHEILA

“She and 11 siblings wound up at the shelter after their mother passed away about 5 years ago. The shelter was going to have to euthanize the puppies when I stepped in and took them. Most of the puppies were adopted. She loves car rides. Really thrives with other dogs around but is sad without them.”

Behind the scenes!

Behind the scenes!

SHILO  (Sheila sibling)

SHILO

(Sheila sibling)

TINKERBELL  (Sheila sibling)

TINKERBELL

(Sheila sibling)

PEANUT  “Peanut was hit by a car and was lying on the side of the road for 2 hours. I was driving with some real estate clients when I got the call. I asked them to get out of the car because I needed to pick up this dog ASAP. I left them on the side of the road. LOL. I took Peanut to the vet where they amputated a leg.  I figured I’d never hear from those clients again. But they called the next day to see how Peanut was doing. We stayed in touch after that and hey wound up buying a house from me!”

PEANUT

“Peanut was hit by a car and was lying on the side of the road for 2 hours. I was driving with some real estate clients when I got the call. I asked them to get out of the car because I needed to pick up this dog ASAP. I left them on the side of the road. LOL. I took Peanut to the vet where they amputated a leg.

I figured I’d never hear from those clients again. But they called the next day to see how Peanut was doing. We stayed in touch after that and hey wound up buying a house from me!”

MILEY  (Sheila sibling)

MILEY

(Sheila sibling)

MILO  (Sheila sibling)

MILO

(Sheila sibling)

Behind the scenes!

Behind the scenes!

CINDERELLA/PIGGIE  “She’s about 3.5 years old. All of her puppies were adopted out at the shelter. They left her to die there, so I went to get her. She was found after Harvey.”

CINDERELLA/PIGGIE

“She’s about 3.5 years old. All of her puppies were adopted out at the shelter. They left her to die there, so I went to get her. She was found after Harvey.”

HARLEY  “Davidson’s sibling. Black tongue. They were abandoned in a home after the family moved away. Then Harvey hit. A real estate agent found them & called me so I took then into the sanctuary. About a year old.”

HARLEY

“Davidson’s sibling. Black tongue. They were abandoned in a home after the family moved away. Then Harvey hit. A real estate agent found them & called me so I took then into the sanctuary. About a year old.”

DAVIDSON  (Harley sibling)

DAVIDSON

(Harley sibling)

BUSTER  “So happy go lucky and about 2 years old. On Thanksgiving I received a call to help with 2 stray pregnant dog by Hobby Airport. We had to trap them because they wouldn’t let anyone near them. 2 more dogs were discovered at that time so I took all 4. I built them their own cabins on the property because we were at capacity.”

BUSTER

“So happy go lucky and about 2 years old. On Thanksgiving I received a call to help with 2 stray pregnant dog by Hobby Airport. We had to trap them because they wouldn’t let anyone near them. 2 more dogs were discovered at that time so I took all 4. I built them their own cabins on the property because we were at capacity.”

FRECKLE FREDDY  “About 9 months old. A sweetheart. His family kicked him out but he wouldn’t leave. People would throw food at him to feed him. Someone finally took him to the vet. He stayed there 13 days. He had Parvo. They called me Xmas Day to get him. He’s so sweet and ready for adoption.”

FRECKLE FREDDY

“About 9 months old. A sweetheart. His family kicked him out but he wouldn’t leave. People would throw food at him to feed him. Someone finally took him to the vet. He stayed there 13 days. He had Parvo. They called me Xmas Day to get him. He’s so sweet and ready for adoption.”

SARA  “She was abandoned at a dog park. We aren’t sure how she lost her front paw. She’s about 6 months old. My friend visiting from Holland named her Sara. She’s delicate, dainty, & sooooo sweet. She still tries to use her paw and really needs a prosthetic one.”

SARA

“She was abandoned at a dog park. We aren’t sure how she lost her front paw. She’s about 6 months old. My friend visiting from Holland named her Sara. She’s delicate, dainty, & sooooo sweet. She still tries to use her paw and really needs a prosthetic one.”

More Sara!

More Sara!

Sara & Stacy behind the scenes!

Sara & Stacy behind the scenes!

SASHA  “Sasha was found in a neighborhood close to the woodlands. She is scared of everything and lady who found her contacted me. I usually only take dogs from the shelter. But Sasha looked like Moti and Heera. I have soft spot for dogs that look like Moti. Due to her shyness and fear I knew she won't make a good adoption candidate if she went to the shelter. So here she is. She is a loving sweet heart.”

SASHA

“Sasha was found in a neighborhood close to the woodlands. She is scared of everything and lady who found her contacted me. I usually only take dogs from the shelter. But Sasha looked like Moti and Heera. I have soft spot for dogs that look like Moti. Due to her shyness and fear I knew she won't make a good adoption candidate if she went to the shelter. So here she is. She is a loving sweet heart.”

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CHLOE  “She was rescued by a client who found her on the side of the road. She’s very shy, probably because she was taken from her family too soon. She’s about 2 years old.”

CHLOE

“She was rescued by a client who found her on the side of the road. She’s very shy, probably because she was taken from her family too soon. She’s about 2 years old.”

Big thanks to Stacy

& my sister Dawn for assisting!!

robyn arouty