Happy Tails

We love hearing from our alumni! If you have a “Happy Tails” story you would like posted, please email us your story and photos to happytails@omhs.ca

 

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Iris

She is an amazing dog! I am so glad to have found her. She was obviously crate trained on top of the obedience training we knew she had. On the first night she was a little antsy and moving around to different spots then looking at herself in the mirror. The first time I let her off leash in the yard was hysterical – she started just moving around sniffing, suddenly realized she had all this space and got the zoomies. Then she discovered there are paths between the swales (there are 6 curved rows to the ‘permaculture’ garden) and started racing down one and up the next until she realized I was in the middle of one over from her and hurdled it to get where I was, thought that was great fun and hurdled the next 3, then raced back. I think she will be great at agility! She comes when I call, and will go back into the house on her own when she thinks its too hot to stay out in the yard and will race in ahead of me if I ask if she wants treat.  Thank you again for everything!- Jacquie 
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Hazel & Harriet

The girls have been adjusting well. The cat and dog have adjusted well to the girls also – we have had no instances of bad behaviour when they are all out together. Thank you for allowing them to become part of our family, we love them so much! -Alana
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Minette

Minette is doing great!  The family has fallen in love with her and we think she is pretty comfortable here already.  She has lots of energy and loves to play.  She also seems to really enjoy being carried around like a baby which my girls just love.  There hasn’t been any odd behavior that we have seen.  She insists on being in the same room with us at all times like you mentioned.  Overall we are very very pleased with her and are grateful that you were able to match her personality to us perfectly.   Our experience with OMHS was wonderful even with the Covid restrictions – I don’t think there was anything that could have been done to make the process easier or improved. -Deanna

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Daisy

We thought we would send an update on Lita (we have renamed her Daisy).  She is a wonderful addition to our family and is an amazing dog.  She’s made friends with all of the dogs on the street and is wonderful with all of them.  She loves people too, so on our walks meeting other dogs and other people = heaven. Alfie (also from OMHS) and Daisy have decided life is pretty good together! We were frankly amazed that our cat only took 3 days to accept Daisy, day 1 there was some hissing (to be expected) but that was really it.  Even when Alfie goes bonkers chasing his toys or quite literally falling off the couch while being a nut (and landing on the dog), Daisy just shakes her head and looks at him like he is crazy.  Daisy has even decided to “share” her dog bed with Alfie (or in reality the cat took it over as Daisy has another that she likes much better).
Thank you to the wonderful foster homes she was in before and for OMHS taking such great care of her, we can’t believe how lucky we are to have her in our lives.- Shannon, Mark, Niall and Paige
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Candy

Candy is doing really well, she has grown comfortable around the new surroundings much faster than we expected. She plays with all her new toys with so much energy, like a little toddler, it’s the cutest thing to see. We’d started her introduction to Yellow and Bloo and although at first Yellow and Bloo were slightly confused and surprised, they’ve now gotten to become great friends. Wherever Yellow goes, Candy’s just a step away. Yellow’s chaotic, curious energy ended up matching perfectly with Candy’s and Bloo’s been very sweet with sharing her toys. We’re looking forward to seeing her grow even more at home as time goes on.- Neha
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Pekoe & Chai

Pekoe and Chai have adjusted really well so far! They left their safe room on Friday and haven’t looked back haha! They’ve even been cuddling with my boyfriend who visits a few times a week! They’re also eating well, and love to play & cuddle. Honestly the only surprise is a good surprise, and it’s how fast they adjusted. I was prepared to not be able to cuddle and play with them for a bit, but here we are! I honestly can’t thank you all enough, the adoption process was so smooth. It’s probably really difficult during covid to safely adopt and I think it was executed really well. I really appreciate all the quick email responses, and the through phone meeting as well. It’s clear based on how these two are that your animals are well cared for and loved. I hope future adoptions go as smoothly as mine, and that you’re all safe and well! -Amanda, Pekoe & Chai 
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Mr. Happy Pants

Mr. Happy Pants has adjusted to our home wonderfully. He loves rolling around in his ball and running on his wheel. He also enjoys the occasional treat here and there. He always seems ready for our play time and I believe he loves it. Mr. Happy Pants showed no unexpected behaviour and his behaviour lives up to his name, he’s always super happy! I love that you strive to better serve the public and animals and so I only have positive feedback: good work and thank you for being safe during Covid! Finally, thank you for allowing me to adopt Mr. Happy Pants!!- Brigitte 
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Toshi

Just thought I’d let you know that Toshi is doing very well. He’s such a great companion and is for sure loving life. He knows how to open the bedroom door to let himself in at night, loves to run through tunnels, gaze out the window and find treats in his puzzle. He even makes daily appearances in my online kindergarten classroom. Thank you OMHS for giving me the opportunity to give this silly boy his forever home!- Heather
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Chuck

Chuck Norris is adapting well to my apartment. He’s slowly getting more comfortable with the whole thing, however he definitely likes his tower in my office the best, as he stares out the window. I bought him a couple of puzzle toys, and he definitely enjoys playing with those. One of the first things he took to, was actually the bag I was given to help carry his food out — I guess it had the smells of ol’ and he loved laying on it. I bought him a few toys so far, and he loves the teaser the most — I’ve actually tired him out while playing with it, and I’ve learned why they call them cat-like reflexes haha. He’s starting to love the soft toys I got for him, seemingly overnight he’s started playing with them all. I notice he startles himself, and he’ll run the entire length of may apartment (and often back). He loves exploring anything and everything, including behind one desk that I now want to explore behind because of how much he loves it. He definitely loves when I brush him, always purrs, and often flops on his back so I can brush his belly.
I’ve definitely enjoyed  every moment with Chuck Norris so far. Very happy I made the decision to adopt him, and I look forward to some great moments with him!
Thanks to all your staff and the wonderful work and services they provide.- Scott
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Henry

We have absolutely fallen in love with Henry! He was very shy the first few days but he came out of his shell much quicker than we expected and he has the sweetest personality. He is always on the hunt for some attention in the form of scratches, cuddles or playtime. He is still nervous of loud noises and sudden movements but we’ve seen huge improvements in his confidence already so we’re sure that won’t last forever! We spend most of our evenings taking turns playing with him until he tires out (which takes a while!) and he’s been great at sleeping through the night. When he’s lacking some much needed attention he doesn’t hesitate to tell us with one of his adorable squeaks and tends to follow us around the apartment rubbing at our legs until we get the hint and pet him. He’s fitting in so well with our family and we couldn’t be happier!

Our only feedback about the adoption process is that we were so impressed with the counsellor we spoke to about Henry before we adopted him. She was so knowledgeable and overall it was a great experience. Thank you so much!!- Sylvia & Khaled

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Tikka

Tikka is doing very good!, she is such a sweetheart and loves everyone. The first couple of days she was a bit scared as expected but she’s gotten used to my home and is gaining tons of confidence! She is a bit timid around my other cat but everyday she’s getting more comfortable with him. I slowly introduced them and I hope with more time together they will get along nicely and be friends. Tikka is the perfect kitty, I’ve had no issues with her. I love her so much already and I can’t wait for her to feel completely comfortable in her new home.- Faith
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George

George is settling in so well! He is so affectionate. I just love him already so much! I cant believe how affectionate he is..he will literally hug me, purr all the time. He is very curious..and is always exploring. He has been playing so well, whatever toy he loves, he will take it in his mouth and put it in his favorite spot. He is also so vocal. I just talk to him back and ask him what he wants. I think he just wants to be held and picked up. He purrs instantly! He is so adorable. Quite the character! For some reason, he loves to chew the branches of this wreath I bought. I had to take that down. 
I wanted to thank you for doing what you do. I have always been an animal lover!! He is such a perfect fit for me! 
-Sung Mie 
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Dennis

This is long over due, but I just wanted to share how Dennis is doing. Its been less then a year since we adopted him and he has been doing fantastic. He did really well with his training. He is great with other dogs of all sizes. He goes to daycare  once a week to get some of his energy out and to socialize, play and meet new friends. He has been a great addition and is personality entertains us everyday.

*Please note, while Dennis does not look the happiest in his expression, this is just his permanent facial expression. He is loving life!*
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Mango & Joey

Hi There, Mango and Joey are doing well. They like to play a game we call Piñata fetch.  We fill the paper rolls with food and hang them for the guineas to have hours of fun.  They are very friendly, gentle, loving and they make very funny noises.  We thank their foster family for giving them a good start and helping to get them ready for their forever home with us.
Angela, Louis & Nathan
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Maisie

Maisie has adjusted very well to our home! Almost immediately she seemed comfortable in her new space. She has been very affectionate with us and enjoys cuddling (on her own terms). Within the first few days she was sitting on the couch next to us and even sat on our laps for a short while. She recently discovered our bed and has been enjoying many naps on it. We have been trying to get her to exercise more, and she has taken well to changing after foam balls. 
Maisie let’s us know when she’s had enough, and we are getting to know her warning signals and respecting her boundaries.  She seems happy and comfortable here and we are enjoying having her part of our home! 
We are extremely happy with the process and grateful for all of the staff at OMHS. 
Cheers!
Sarah, Kasey, and Maisie 
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Lily

Lily (formally Cher) has been an absolute joy to have and is adjusting well. She was very active and talkative the first night however seems to be mellowing out a bit and getting used to her new surroundings. She is very cuddly, affection and loves to play. She loves to jump and be up high and is enjoying her 6 ft cat tree. 
We are so grateful to have a new addition to our family especially in this difficult times. Thank you to everyone at OMHS for making the process easy and quick while making sure we were well informed of her personality and needs ahead of time. Thank you for everything!
Regards,
 Kelly
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Mak

Hi OMHS!! Mak is doing great!! He’s such a superstar 🥰 he has been so good & is learning so much from his big brother & sister. He’s loving his walks & gets so excited when we get to the backside of the arena that’s about a quarter mile from home– ZAMBONI SNOW MOUNTAINS!!

He did really well at his first day of class, although he wanted to meet everyone much more than learn. We finally got to hear his silly playful grumbles the last few days! He and Lu play for a few hours in the yard every morning- they’re currently still napping from this morning’s fun. We usually end up playing with his floppy frisbee or Kong alligator at some point in the day which gives us time to practice sharing, leaving it & bringing it back. He’s even started to go in his crate on his own for some quiet lay down time here & there. We’ve had zero accidents in the house/crate!
I’m sure he is so thankful for all the work y’all did to find him his forever home! We’ll never forget you & all you did for him. He is family and️ we love him dearly. The Gillett Pack
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Barley & Lucille

Lucille first came to us at 8 weeks old as a foster puppy. She was just supposed to stay a few weeks before finding a forever home, but after she was diagnosed with a heart murmur, she needed to stay in foster care a little longer. After nearly a year of fostering, a number of vet appointments and a heart surgery, she was officially ready to be adopted and we just couldn’t say goodbye. Lucille was our 6th foster with OMHS but she became our first foster fail this past February. 
Lucille stole our dog Barley’s heart from day one. Barley is an OMHS alumni too and was adopted in 2014 (previously named Molson). These two adore one another. They are regularly curled up together on one of the many dog beds in our house, playing with tug toys, wrestling and often will follow each other from room to room. 
We can’t thank OMHS enough for all that you were able to do for Lucille. After all of your team’s hardwork, she is doing great and very happy. She is a playful and curious girl. She loves window watching, napping on the back of the couch (she’s kinda cat like) and playing fetch in the yard with her favourite ball. Thank you to everyone at OMHS who not only helped us with Lucille but also matched us with our Barley. They’re both a perfect fit for our home and couldn’t imagine life without them!
Kayla & Graeme
 
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Oliver

Thank you for entrusting Oliver to our care.  He is doing amazingly well!  He is already eating from our hands and loves to come out on top of his cage to play and run all over our hands and up our arms.  He is extremely curious and loves anything new, whether it be food or toys.  He is very active and we usually are able to have a play time with him a couple times a day.  He is a wonderful addition to our family and we are all enjoying him tremendously.
Thanks again for everything.
Laura, family, and Oliver
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Freyja and Gwynevere

Freyja and Gwynevere came into our lives at 7 weeks old as fosters. They were adorable balls of fluff and looked like they stepped right out of a Royale toilet paper commercial. It was hard not to fall in love with them. Once they were ready to find their forever homes, it was clear to us that they already had. Danny and I decided to apply to make the two of them official members of our family and we are so glad we were able to. They make us laugh every day and have the funniest personalities. Freyja is the silly, adventurous one who can always be found up to no good, or goofing around with a toy. Gwynevere is a bit more distinguished and cuddly. She makes the perfect lap cat and always seeks out the coziest spots. We have to check under blankets and pillows before sitting down because there’s always a chance she’s curled up napping under something. We are so appreciative to the staff at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society who supported us as foster parents, and later adopters. Everyone was so knowledgeable and gave us advice whenever it was needed. I’d say we did a pretty good job raising these two and we can’t wait to spend many, many, many more years with them
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Clementine & Siggy

They are both super sweet and seem to be adjusting well. Clementine is more outgoing and she’s getting pretty comfortable around us, while Siggy is really shy but we’re starting to see her playful personality come out more. Sometimes they’ll get bursts of energy and start running around their cage and pen and the way they play together is super cute. We’re so happy we’ve adopted them, it’s really nice to have them around making all their little noises. In regard to the adoption process, I found it straightforward and thought everyone was very friendly. I also thought the changes in light of covid were effective and didn’t negatively affect the experience at all. Clementine! -Claire & Evan
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Moira

Moira is doing incredibly well! She confidently roams the apartment like she owns the place. We have learned that she loves to play with lasers! Her favourite game is to run up and down the hallway trying to catch the red dot.  She is also an independant kitty and is very okay to hangout and play by herself. If I am working in my room I can usually hear the jingle of her toys in the other room- it’s very cute! Moira is quite talkative kitty and any time we see her or say hello to her, she gives a quiet trill in response! She likes to make sure you know where she is and is always seeking pets and chin rubs.  If we can’t find Moira sitting at the window watching the birds fly by, she is usually curled up at the bottom of my bed taking an afternoon nap. Moira is an absolute joy and we feel very lucky to have her in our home. I would highly recommend anyone interested in adopting an animal to go to the Oakville shelter first. You were all so helpful and informative.  We want to thank them for choosing Moira’s name! We love it so much. It suits her well. We can’t thank you enough for everything. -Kali, Ariel, and Moira
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Roscoe

Roscoe is such a playful sweetheart!!! He has adjusted very well to his new forever home. Roscoe loooooves to play and run around. He also loves to cuddle up with me while I’m working. He is so cute when he follows me around the house. He is a curious and affectionate kitten. He is the sweetest boy and such a perfect match for what I was looking for! I found the entire process seamless. I appreciated the initial interview – that helped me to gauge a sense of his personality/fit. Very thorough and clean adoption process during this difficult time. Wonderful staff/volunteers – I really found each of you exceptionally helpful!! 
The only thing that has surprised me is how hungry this little guy is! I purchased a slow feeder – that definitely slows him down, but he still eats his wet food very, very quick and loves to beg for food. Admittedly, it is mostly cute. Thank you so much for everything!!!- Jessica
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Lucy

Hi! Thought I would give you an update on how Lucy is doing with us. We have had Lucy just over 2 months now. We are so in love with her, and although we have only had her a short while, it feels like she’s been with us forever. She is the perfect addition to our family. Lucy immediately made herself at home on the first night! She loves cuddles with both Drew and I (definitely a lap dog!) and playing outside in the backyard. She is so smart and has been doing very well with training. I think she is about 24 lbs now, growing every week. I can’t believe how much bigger she is from when we got her; although its easy to compare size when she tries to sit in our laps LOL.  We are so glad to have brought Lucy home, and we can’t imagine how we ever lived without her. Thanks for choosing us to be her forever family!
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Rayne

As promised, I wanted to send you an update we received on Rayne. No issues on the way home.  Rayne actually travels quite well.She had no problems in our house.  She has energy!  She went into each room and splattered all the toys everywhere!  We were laughing our heads off.  She doesn’t know which toy she wants.  I have ordered a new Jolly-ball and some other toys and Kongs to help her teeth, etc. She ate no problem and took her evening meds without issue. She explored the whole house and jumped on all the furniture.  She’s having a touch of difficulty with where to go -downstairs with us or upstairs with my Mother.  She prefers the whole family in one room.  Hopefully she sleeps with us tonight. All in all, so far so good.  Just wanted to let you know she’s safe and sound. -Jon
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Mini

Mini is doing great.  She currently is in a smallish cage but will be getting a larger cage this week.  We felt that she needed a home that wasn’t overwhelming where she felt safe to get use to us and her new surroundings.  The first couple of days she was very timid and really didn’t want us putting our hands in her cage but would enjoy us petting her through the wire.  We spent time just resting our hand in her cage but not near her so that she would get use to us.  Now 8 days later she is happy to step up onto our finger with zero hesitation.  Yesterday we let her out of her cage for an hour and had no problem taking her out or getting her back in.  She’s a cheerful little bird who likes to chatter away to herself….although we had a couple of days where we thought she had multiply personalities as she sounded like she was having full blown arguments with herself (she’s good now). We spend a lot of time singing and talking softly to her and she seems to like and respond well to that.  We also have her cage in the family room/kitchen. Most of the time her cage is on the end table but when it’s quiet during the day I do move her so that she can see and get use to the whole main floor.  She certainly is a sweet little bird and we are very thankful to you and her foster family.
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Tyler

We adopted Ty from OMHS a few years ago and just adore this quirky, lovable little guy. He has brought us all endless hours of amusement and he is so loving and sweet. He still wakes up ridiculously early and gets very noisy and loud around dinner time but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for giving us Tyler, he has made our family whole.