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168 (& welcome 2012!)

January 11, 2012

With the help of our shelter-rescue partners, short-term fosters, long-term fosters, transporters, crossposters, supporters and friends ….

2011 was an absolutely awesome year for Bonnie Blue Rescue!

But before I share our AWESOME NEWS with you …. let’s take a look back!

In 2009, Bonnie Blue Rescue had 5 foster homes and rescued 52 dogs.

In 2010, Bonnie Blue Rescue had 14 foster homes and rescued 93 dogs.

And 2011? 2011 was an even more amazing year than that!

In 2011, Bonnie Blue Rescue utilized 32 foster homes and rescued 168 dogs!

Even cooler than that? Of those 168, 36 were special needs pups –

5 came from a cruelty case in Mobile, AL

6 required major surgery while in the care of Bonnie Blue Rescue

22 were heartworm positive & went through heartworm treatment

15 were super seniors.


I am so very proud to be a part of the Bonnie Blue Rescue crew. I am proud to be a part of an organization who helps all pups regardless of breed, age, disability or special needs status. Who goes above and beyond to save the pups that other rescues walk away from, or ignore. And I am so, so proud of the incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to continue to support our small organization with your volunteer hours, crossposting help, networking assistance, donations, love and support.

From the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU — rescue would not be possible without you.

We cannot wait to see what is in store for 2012!


Considering fostering? Join us in 2012. The more fosters we have, the more pups we can save!

Email us at for more info!


Stella’s FHO Surgery

February 9, 2011

We’ve had many questions about what kind of hip surgery sweet Stella had yesterday, so I thought I’d post some information here so that you all could learn about FHO surgery, too!

Stella’s Story: Stella came into rescue emaciated, heartworm positive, and with a shattered hip and broken front leg (that had healed improperly). After the fact we found out that she had likely been hit by a car and actually had bird shot pellets lodged throughout her body. Yikes!

Before Stella could begin heartworm treatment, she had to put on some serious weight (20 lbs!). Once healthy enough, Stella went through rapid heartworm treatment but when retested 3 months after her final treatment – she was still light heartworm positive. Ugh. Luckily our vets recommended continuing her on monthly heartworm preventative to clear up any remaining worms rather than to put her through an additional imiticide injection.

Stella’s next surgery was her spay! And then a few weeks later, her FHO surgery.

What is FHO? FHO stands for fermoral head ostectomy. We’d never heard of it before it was offered as an option to treat Stella, but have learned a great deal about FHO surgeries in recent months. FHO surgery is also commonly done on dogs with hip dysplasia.

Why FHO? When looking at ways to repair Stella’s shattered hip our options were FHO or a total hip replacement. It is our understanding that of the two, the FHO is a much easier surgery on the dog and appears to have excellent outcome in a dog of Stella’s age and weight category. It is also significantly cheaper than a total hip replacement, which is often a factor in rescue.

How does it work? The short description of FHO is that this surgery works because the femoral head and neck are removed from the femur. This removal allows the fibrous tissue to grow in place of the femoral head form a “fake” joint where the femoral head formed a joint before.

Expected Recovery: The great news is that Stella could be back to using her rear hip/leg as soon as the next few days. We fill thankful that she should make a full recovery and be zooming around the yard again soon!

(Stella getting love from Courtney at the clinic Tuesday evening)

More articles regarding FHO below:


To see Stella’s “battle scar” scroll down








Come Play!

October 26, 2010

Remember sweet Picasso?

He is going to be at the South of the James Farmers Market with us this Saturday from 8am – 12pm!

Come out and meet this funny, snuggly little guy

& his friends Kellum,


& Biscuit!

Come out & play!

Happy Howl-o-ween!

October 14, 2010

from …..


(the skunk)



(the “scaredy-cat”)

because camera flashes + pumpkins = biiig eyes



(our little goblin)



(our favorite hotdog)

Any photos of your pups in their favorite halloween garb? We’d love to see them & showcase them on our blog this month! You can email the photos to

AND …. all of the pups featured here are still up for adoption. Check them all out on our Petfinder page at



September 24, 2010









special girl.

& she’s still looking for a home.

email us at to request a copy of our adoption application!