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Animal Rescue of Fresno

by Wendy Hunter


Anyone who says that size doesn’t matter, never spent three long days in a building the length of an airplane hangar, while crammed into a tiny space the size of a postage stamp. Thus began the great 2017 Fresno Home & Garden Show, where the spas are spacious, the crowds are colossal, and the cinnamon rolls are bigger than your head. At the Fairgrounds early in March, it seemed like almost everything was larger than life. Well, except for our 10×10 baby booth, which had just enough room for a couple volunteers and a handful of dogs; but only if you held your breath.

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by Wendy Hunter


People will do just about anything for their pets. You know what I’m talking about: You dress your dogs, coddle your cats, baby your birds, and pamper your ponies. You feed them filet, serve them salmon, shell their seeds, and core their crab apples. They snooze on your sofa, nap on your lap, squat on your shoulder, and nuzzle your neck. They’re spoiled rotten, and you know it. But the world’s a scary place. Would you rescue Fido from a flood? For sure. Would you scale a spruce to save Simba? Certainly. Protect Polly the parrot from predators? Positively. Battle bad guys for Black Beauty? You bet.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Senior Dogs

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


You may not know this about me, but I live with my parents. I know, it’s scary. My folks have cute little habits, like turning the TV up loud enough to puncture your ear drums, and dropping crackers on the floor during Happy Hour. My mom never tastes recipes while cooking, and my dad refuses to close snack bags. Stale pita chips anyone? But hey, they’re housetrained, and will even shake your hand.

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by Wendy Hunter


What do you get when you combine fifty-five dogs, two cars, 480 miles, and four sleep deprived ARF volunteers? You get a recipe for chaos, confusion, and the craziest road trip since Thelma and Louise. I’m talking about the “Heaven Can Wait” pilgrimage, where Animal Rescue of Fresno transports lucky dogs from California to Oregon several times a year. With adorable critters like Chiquita, Mr. Big, and Emma Lou, what could possibly go wrong? Don’t ask.

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by Wendy Hunter


In this world of terrorist threats, ridiculous political nonsense, and far too many shootings, we could really use a hero. And I mean a REAL hero. I’m not talking about stereotypical vigilantes like Batman, Spiderman, or Wonder Woman. There’s only so far you can go with a flashy car, spandex, and a push-up breastplate. The dictionary defines a hero as: “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” But what about a champion like Underdog?

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Back from the Brink: Bebe’s Story

IN THE October 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


At Animal Rescue of Fresno, we have all kinds of dogs. Big ones, small ones, and everything in between. Dogs who bark, dogs who never bark, and dogs who bark just because they can. We have critters with long hair, short hair, curly hair, floppy ears, pointy ears, tiny tails, and tails of mass destruction. But for the most part, we have mutts. We don’t get a lot of purebreds at our facility, but when we do, it’s usually a Boxer. And that’s because Boxers are the favorite breed of Linda, our fearless ARF leader. She’s absolutely mad for them. If there is a Boxer in need, Linda’s on the case. She is, to put it mildly, a Boxer freak.

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Saving Shiraz: Why Microchips Matter

IN THE September 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


This tale of heartache and homecoming comes to you from the world of OMG-that-is-unbelievable. Introducing Shiraz, a sweetie with a happy smile, and a fondness for stuffed playthings. She was adopted in 2010 by Daisy, a law student, who wanted a companion animal for her dog Merlot.

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by Wendy Hunter


Shortly after relocating back to Fresno, I moved in with Marty, an old childhood friend. We had a shaded condo with a gigantic fireplace, and a lovely little pool just steps from our porch. We had great neighbors, who for some inexplicable reason, put up with our boisterous weekend BBQ and swim parties. We shared our home with three crazy canines, all with distinctive personalities. Marty’s dog, Boo, was a huge Husky/Wolf hybrid, with a stunning white coat, and a habit of hiding in my closet whenever thunderstorms appeared.

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ARF: Pooh & Piglet

IN THE July 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


As an ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) volunteer, I have done a lot of things. I have cheered when excited families choose a lucky critter to take home, and I have wept with broken-hearted people surrendering their beloved pet for reasons beyond their control. I have also witnessed heartless humans relinquish senior dogs because they have a new, improved, younger pup at home, and there is too much turmoil in the house. I have stood in stunned amazement, when our resident groomer takes a pitiful, mangy, matted mess of a mutt, and trims and shaves him until he resembles nothing even close to his former self.

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ARF: Sponsor a Sanctuary Dog

IN THE June 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


At first, you just hear the bark. Wait, was that a seal? Then you see a flash of fur, and he’s off like a shot from a cannon. Before you can blink, he’s at the kennel door, teeth bared, and drool weeping from those slobbery jaws. For most visitors to ARF, this is their one and only impression of our resident Icelandic Sheepdog, Chachi. Though his name evokes memories of Happy Days, he can seem more like Cujo to the outside world.

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by Wendy Hunter


If you missed the gigantic Fresno Fairgrounds Home & Garden Show back in March, you sure missed some big excitement. And I’m not just talking about the massive cinnamon rolls. I could talk about those amazing doughy dreams all day long, so warm and gooey, with melted icing and crunchy walnuts, smothered in dripping butter, layers and layers of decadent heaven just melting in your mouth…uh wait, where was I? Oh right. It was a fantastic three days for ARF’s animals that weekend, but not a great one for us volunteers, as we had to adjust our belt buckles a couple of notches afterward. It was a tough job, but we were willing to take it for the team, if it meant just getting one dog adopted.

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by Wendy Hunter


A boxer is a different breed of athlete. For some experts, boxing is considered to be the sport that demands the most from its contenders. It requires strength, endurance, power, determination, and the will to survive. As mentally exhausting as it is physically, climbing in that ring commands a great deal of confidence. In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone’s title character goes from guzzling raw eggs and living in a studio the size of a coat closet to being the greatest boxing champion in the world.

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by Wendy Hunter


You are a dog. You are a spoiled dog. You are a dog with one crooked ear, and you snooze on a squishy sofa, gobble up leftovers, and bark like mad when those squirrels hijack the bird feeder. You have a human. You love your human, even though she owns a crazy calico cat that hisses in your ear, and refuses to let you drink from the toilet.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Stray Dogs

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Wendy Hunter


My sister has a gigantic Pit Bull the color of coal with a head the size of a cinder block, and a bark that’s louder than a Boeing 747. She also has a cattle dog mix with amazing grey eyes, serious ball-chasing skills, and a crazy Jekyll & Hyde personality. To say there’s never a dull moment in that house would be an understatement.

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