In 2012, we adopted a little Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog named Foxtrot. We renamed her Foxy. She is an absolute doll. We have enjoyed her and she has brought so much joy to our family. My husband and I are now empty nesters; and we moved out of our long time home in Broken Arrow to 9 acres in Bristow. Foxy loves being in the country.
Foxy loves fruit and vegetables, (which is kinda weird); her favorite food is apples. Foxy loves to play ball and while she loves her humans; her biggest joy is playing with other dogs.
My children think of her as a baby sister and she is quite spoiled.
After the passing of our other long time dog, Peaty; and the leaving of her cousins who have been visiting for a year- ( at one time we had 5 dogs here) we are searching for another younger dog to be her friend and playmate.
I would highly recommend using ARF- or if you are going to get a new dog- PLEASE get a RESCUE.
Our story with Foxy has been a very happy one.
– Georgia and Craig Philson
Our family adopted Buford back in November of 2016. He is such an amazing little big guy and could not have asked for a sweeter more loving puppy. He has been such a blessing to our family. He even has his own recliner. 🙂
Thank you for everything ARF does to help these animals.
– Kasper and Audra Holmes
My husband and I adopted sweet and wobbly Weebles in October of 2016. We love our littlest family member, and are so thankful for the energy and fun she brings to our house. Thank you for rescuing her and giving us the opportunity to adopt and love her.
– Michelle Cuellar
My family adopted Goose (now called Max) from ARF in December. He was one of the best presents ever. He is 3 years old and acts like a big ol clumsy teenage. He weighs 80 pounds and can knock you over when he is excited! He loves to walk or lounge in bed. Thank you ARF for introducing us to our forever baby.
– Marci and John Carpenter
Hayden and Azalee
I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how Hayden and Azalee are doing. In November 2016 we adopted Hayden and she is such a wonderful dog. She’s a very lovable dog that seems to get along with everyone including Max, our Boston Terrier. Then in January 2017 we adopted Azalee. Azalee seems to be a little skittish when it comes to meeting new people but she gets along with Hayden and Max extremely well. While Max sleeps with me both Hayden and Azalee sleep with my mom. They have the run of the house and the back yard and are such a wonderful addition to our family.
– Bill and Millie Carter
After losing our Jack of 16 years, we didn’t think we would get another dog. Then we met Abby at PetSmart. We still weren’t sure we were ready to open our home to another dog but after I went and spent time with her at Muddy Paws I fell in love with her. So on August 23 of this year she came home. We love her and are so grateful to ARF for saving her from the dog pound. We consider her our best present under the tree!
– Julie Smith
Just sending a quick note to thank you for introducing me to my sweet little sidekick Opie (previously called “Fox”). I adopted him in June 2014 and we’ve been best buddies ever since. He is so sweet and cuddly, and he is the perfect addition to my family. We celebrated his second birthday today (April 12)! I just love him to pieces. Many thanks to you and the ARF team! xoxo
– Kelsey Hewlett
I adopted Baxter from ARF (original name Egus), exactly 6 months after my 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle mix passed away. Baxter was a handful at the age of 3 months. But he loved playing around with his big brother, which was an Aussie/Border Collie mix. Unfortunately his big brother passed away very suddenly at the age of 4 on August 9, 2015. Baxter has been a good addition to our family at the age of a year and a half now. He’s the sweetest boy. He loves going for walks, car rides or just hanging out on the couch.
I have adopted a 2nd dog from ARF as well on Feb 10, 2016 for Baxter so he can have another brother to run around with.
– Tracy Tharp
I adopted my toy poodle Curley from ARF in September of 2014 and it has been nothing but amazing! He’s the sweetest, smartest, and most gentle little dog! He’s fit right into our little family and I have no clue what I would do without him! Thank you so much for all you do!
– Kristen Bailey
I adopted a Red and White Border Collie from your organization in late Aug 2011. At that time you had given him the name Finley. I renamed him Zipp when I adopted him, not knowing at the time how well that name fit.
Since I adopted him, he has been quite busy. He went through basic and advanced obedience and passed his Canine Good Citizenship test. After he got his basic obedience down, we started Agility. He recently earned his NA and NAJ Titles from the AKC and is now working on his Open Titles. We are competing this weekend in the TDTC Agility Trial at the Fairgrounds. He is, as of Sept 2015, the third highest dog in Lifetime Performance Points in NDAL, the National Dog Agility League, out of over 400 dogs in the league. Since last spring he has started Herding Training. I have not trialed him yet, but have great expectations for him in that venue also. He also is a very good Frisbee dog. We do Agility Classes three times a week and Herding Training twice a week.
Zipp has never met a human being he didn’t like. He regularly charms everyone he meets. At home he has yet to have an accident in the house and I have never caught him chewing on anything inappropriate. He has a very good off switch in the house and sleeps every night in his crate with the door open. And I should also mention he is extremely quite in the house, rarely barking.
– Jack L. Withrow, MSG USA (ret)
The wee Maltese whose ARF name was Mopsey has been a member of the Wheat household for three months now.
He found us while he was an inmate at the South Memorial Animal Hospital. We saw his photo on the internetweb thing and we arranged a visit. The folks at the clinic were absolutely wonderful, and we could tell instantly that they had taken good care of this previously abandoned dog and that he was ready to adopt us.
Gizmo, as we call him, has been just dandy. This six year old rescue is pretty laid back, and spends his time in our laps, or at our feet, most of the day.
We got him one of those pads that keeps him warm on cool days.
Gizmo doesn’t chew the furniture or dig holes in the carpet. He doesn’t bark much, although he frightens away the night time alley monsters and day time squirrels.
Casa Wheat is safe from the squirrels. And the UPS dude.
We take him to the spa every month, where he gets a shampoo, trim and pedicure.
In between visits to the spa, he gets a bath in the kitchen sink, which is just the right size. The wee Gizmo gets the zoomies after his bath, and rips circles around the house until we can nab him for a good brushing. Giz loves the brush.
I can’t say he is completely potty trained, but in 90 days he has only had about three accidents. We take him outside every few hours, and he gets a treat for being good.
The other day he was able to sneak outside with a chew toy, which he promptly buried in a secret, and very wet place, thus his dirty face.
It is great fun to watch him carry his special toys about the house, trying to find a place to bury them. Sometimes I think Gizmo is going to wear all the fur off his nose when he buries a chewy in a dark corner.
Giz is a great little dog. And we are really happy that he found us through the ARF organization. I really believe that the Giz rescued us!
Keep up the good work!
– Mike and Judy Wheat
I adopted Carob in August of 2013. She was my first dog and the only one I looked at before deciding to make her a part of my family. She is the sassiest little 12-lb pup who enjoys out-running all the dogs (including big ones) at the dog park. We take her on every adventure with us including kayaking! ARF is by far the best rescue, making sure that the dogs are taken care of before and after a dog is adopted. I appreciate them greatly for the many rescue dogs they care for and for giving me Carob!
– Candace Leslie
My ARF “success story” happened a while ago, six years in fact, when I adopted THE sweetest dog on the planet through ARF. She was named Sugar by her rescuers and was being fostered after having surgery on a damaged front leg. I’m not sure anyone knew for sure what had happened to her. Ruby (as I renamed her) was possibly a dachshund-pomeranian mix, about 4 months old. She was a fragile little thing when I brought her home but she healed beautifully and warmed up to her new family (me and my four children AND a corgi we also adopted through ARF) in no time. Now 6 years old, Ruby is happy, healthy and playful and a gentle, loving pet. She even gets along great with our kitty, Liam. Thank you ARF for helping so many animals find their FUR-ever homes!
– Sally LoVoi
We adopted Gordy (né Reverend Green) on May 21, 2015. He is the highlight of my life. Within 3 days of the adoption, my husband and I could not remember life without our little Gordy, nor do we want to.
Gordy is so smart, stubborn, and full of character. He fits in to our family perfectly. He is so funny! He has adjusted fairly well to living with us, though he is not without his quirks. But we wouldn’t have it any other way! Gordy is indeed the king of the household, and he knows it.
His new favorite trick is waving when we say “hi” to him. He also does cute little counter-clockwise circles when he is excited to go outside, or to get a treat. He has the sweetest smile with his crooked teeth!
We just love our Gordy and we’re happy he loves us, too!
Thanks again, ARF, for letting us adopt our sweet Gordy!
– Erin and Jason Walin
Chewy (aka Bubba)
Just wanted you to see how beautiful this boy is now. It has taken many months to stop some habits he had but he finally trust me and I love this little guy, I’m sure way more than he loves me. He’s quite a social butterfly though. He loves kids. When he sees someone with a dog he’s more interested in the human than the dog. Likes cats and they aren’t sure if him but he’s so pushy they have no choice. He’s such a sweet boy and I can’t imagine not having him. What a sweet and cute boy I got. Thank you for this sweet little boy. I named him Chewy but most of the time I call him Bubba and occasionally it’s Bubba Chewy. He seems to answer to Bubba.
– Pam Teehee
Just a quick update on Sonny, now Belvedere. He is doing awesome. We are so so lucky to have him. He’s the best dog we have, he’s super friendly and outgoing to everyone, people and dogs. He has had no accidents in the house at all! He loves going to the dog park to play with his friends and he’s all signed up and ready to start daycare next week. He’s only going one day a week. The picture of him is where I find him every morning after breakfast, in our bed. He seems to prefer to sleep in his kennel at night but likes to take a nap in our bed. Thanks so much for saving him and letting us adopt him. He was so worth the trip to Tulsa. He’s an awesome awesome boy.
– Brenda Kerns
On December 31st 2014 I adopted my first cat Sinatra. I LOVE HIM. He is the perfect cat, he is fluffy and loveable. He loves to play with his toys and doesn’t mind being brushed. He’s my first fur baby and I just wanted to share how happy and thankful I am to have him in my life. He is so sweet and smart. He loves Salmon wet food and he has a little castle that my boyfriend and I made for him. I couldn’t ask for a better furbaby!!!! Thanks again!
– Mackenzie Fo
Just wanted to give you a quick update on Louis. Adopted him the end of January 2014 in Tulsa. here are a few random pictures of how he is now ruling my house.
What a fine pup.
– Michael McCauley
I adopted my baby in April. Her name was Oshie and I had been looking for a special needs cattle dog to teach sign language to. A friend of mine told me about Oshie and I contacted Jaynie immediately. Oshie came into our home like a rocket, which is actually what we have named her.
Rocket’s first hurdles were learning how to interact. Since she is deaf, she cannot hear her siblings cry when she plays too rough. She would be so pouty when nobody would play with her. Her next task was learning to look at me, so I could teach her signs. We used a vibrating collar to teach her to pay attention, giving her lots of praise along the way. She now knows almost ten signs.
Rocket has brought so much joy to our lives. She is a remarkable dog and we are so happy that we have had the privilege to bring her into our family.
– Johna Marlin
I just wanted to give you all an update on a dog we adopted about a year ago from ARF. His name was Roan then, but we have since changed it to Biscuit. He is doing very well and everyone just loves him! He’s very playful and loving and he keeps his “brother” Jackson on his toes.
Thanks for everything you do. Without ARF, we would have never gotten to meet this little cutie.
– Lauren Ross
I wanted to share my story with you all and thank you for what your organization does. I adopted McGill (now Miguel) a year ago while I was volunteering at PetsMart in Tulsa.
It’s hard to believe how much a dog can change your life and become such a huge part of a family! Miguel has so much personality – he is the perfect combination of sweet, playful, and downright hilarious at times! He loves to watch TV and bark at the various dogs that come on or look out the window and bark at rabbits. He has also figured out that if he acts like his leg is hurt during a walk he will be swept up in the warm arms of whoever is walking him and be carried home. Upon his arrival into the warm house, Miguel is running around and happy as if nothing is wrong. He has done this numerous times in cold or rainy weather, but he is smart enough to never do it to the same person twice!
I have found that a very special bond exists with rescue animals and I certainly have that with Miguel. Miguel has completely won over the hearts of all my friends and family as well! I hope to help out this organization and other rescue animals in the future. You all can be assured, however, that this dog had a very happy ending and is extremely loved!
– Jenna Fleming
I adopted Franklin (formerly Destro) two years ago in June. He quickly became a huge part of my life and he brings me so much happiness every day. He is definitely an indoor dog who loves any type of pillow, blanket or soft surface he can curl up on! I learned he is also a healthy little dog as his favorite treats are carrots, pumpkin and zucchini. Franklin quickly became friends with my parents’ two dogs Sophie and Ralphie (also rescues) and he loves to go visit them at their house. Franklin is a very sweet and gentle baby who is always by my side. He is the absolute best little dog and he adds so much joy to my life. He is always there to make me smile when I’ve had a rough day!
I wanted to give a big thank you to the foster family who took care of Franklin before I adopted him and thank you to ARF for helping me find my best friend!
– Lauren Smith
We adopted Coco July 2013 when she was 12 weeks old. She was a year old on May 4th. We have named her Coco Chanel but her adoption name was Crouton. She was one of the puppies that was born to a Labradoodle that was rescued from a hoarder in Arkansas. Coco’s dad was a parti colored poodle and as you can see she takes after her dad. We love her so much! She has been to puppy kindergarten and Obedience Training 1 and I plan to take her to Obedience 2 in the fall. Everyone who sees her thinks she is a beautiful dog. She also loves her siblings Lily the Shih tzu and Vegas the Maltese.
– Vicki Smith
She is amazing and has made herself right at home as if she’s always been a part of the family. She even answers to Harley so I’m guessing she likes her new name! I named her Harley in honor of my late husband because we used to ride our Harley Road King all the time! Thank you for allowing Harley to come home!!!!
– Deanna Lowry
Macy continues to grow and is getting smarter every day. She is fully settled in to her home, and is so friendly and loving to everyone who comes to visit. She is about 65 lbs, and when fully stretched out toe to toe, is about 6 feet long! She loves tummy rubs and lots of attention. She also likes to go out into the back yard and lay under the pine tree and watch for birds, squirrels and the occasional bunny that comes by!
Very good dog and a welcome part of our family!
– Bruce Wallace
My wife and I adopted a 1 year-old female Maltese named Annie about a month ago. I just wanted to take some time to let you know we are SO HAPPY with Ellie in our family (we renamed her).
Ellie (formerly known as Annie) has brought much joy to our family. When we got her she was already house-trained and really well behaved. After getting spayed it took about a week for her real personality to come up one more time. Right now she is playful and loves to sleep! She is a real cute girl and my wife enjoys buying her different outfits (they are all pink and purple).
I am very pleased with the service that ARF provided when I wanted to adopt Ellie. Every person I dealt with in the ARF team treated me in a respectful and tactful way. I also received prompt service even though ARF is run by volunteers. From the time I contacted ARF and applied to adopt Ellie it took even less than a week to have the process completed.
Everything is going really well.
PS. Thank you for working hard at what you are doing. We are very satisfied with your work!
– Agustin Banuet
Sparkle and Shimmer
We wanted to check in and let you all know how happy we are in our forever home! They changed our names to Sparkle (Cribbage) and Shimmer (Parchesi)…We are completely crate trained and are working on house training…we sure hate going outside to do our business in the cold… brrrr! We are full of energy, but our brother and sister are lots of help! We sometimes get to sleep in bed with them! Mommy and Daddy said as soon as we can be trusted not to wet the bed we can sleep with them anytime we want! We are saying our prayers for our friends at ARF to find their forever homes too!
Thank you for taking our Mommy in and taking care of us all!
– Sparkle and Shimmer Dunsmore
We adopted Calypso in May and couldn’t be happier. She has adjusted well into our family. She loves the lake and going for car rides. She has become a great companion to our jackrat and has a very sweet, funny personality that everyone falls in love with. We are so glad ARF picked us to be her family.
Sherbet has put on some weight and it totally works for her. She is a HUGE cuddle bug and loves to play with string…even if that string is attached to the shoe that you are trying to tie. Haha.
About a month after we adopted her, we adopted another cat, just a little older than Sherbet. The first month was pretty rough, but now they get along incredibly well and are just too cute together.
– Suzanne and Devin
It’s late but I’ve been thinking for two weeks that I should first of all thank ARF and second of all update you on Twizzles. Although Twizzles was a very unique and quirky name, just like him, I couldn’t get comfortable calling it in the dog park. So Twizzles is now Royal (after one of my favorite films. Plus he’s pretty regal) and “owns” his name.
Everywhere I take him people immediately fall in love with him just like I did. I had “puppy fever” for almost a year before I met Royal. I knew I had found my dog when I met him (so sappy I know) and I am so happy he’s a part of my family.
I had a bad day and as I unloaded my groceries from the car and walked toward the front door I thought about how much his face lights up when I get home. Even when things are tough seeing that sweet face look at you with unconditional love makes it all so much better.
So thank you ARF and all of your affiliates for what you do. I know you’ve changed two lives (possibly 3 but the third is a grumpy old cat).
And sorry for being so sappy but we all have experienced those heart warming moments worth sharing.
Just want to give you an update on Bogart. The kids wanted to give him a new name for his new life, Scooter Bug! Scooter – he’s fast! Bug – because I went to PetSmart to buy crickets for our lizard and fell in love with a cute little doggie needing a home!
He is doing great, we have had such a ball with him. Scooter is such a perfect little dog… sweet, happy, minds well, loves to play, the BIGGEST snuggle bug and so much more. We keep him in a crate during the day if I happen to be gone, but goes most places with us when possible… taking/picking up the kids to school, football/soccer practice, trips to KC. He goes into his crate at night with no problem, but he’s just too cute and loves to snuggle so much that he sleeps on our beds… sometimes ours, sometimes the kids! After some research pretty sure he is a Blue Merle Schnoodle. Our vet said, “You know people pay big bucks for a dog like this?” He is priceless!
My 5-year-old daughter said, “Mommy, my life was so happy before… but it’s just so much happier now! Thanks again for saving this little guy, he’s an angel!
– Stacey & family
Just want you and the group to know that Georgette (now “Mercy”) has been a perfect fit for Alex and our family. She is a very sweet, very teachable friend! She attached to Alex immediately, just as we’d prayed. The very first evening she was home she sat whimpering outside the bathroom door while Alex showered. That first night, and every night since, she has slept in bed with him… snuggled right up under his chin, most of the time. She is not making it any easier to get him out of bed in the morning – neither seems happy to see me when it’s time to wake up! So other than the fact that she is not a “morning dog,” she is just perfect!
She is playful, affectionate, obedient… we all just adore her.
Thank you and yours for allowing us the blessing of adding her to our family!
– Martha Meeks