So there has been a lot of changes needing to take place in my life after my separation from the Captain.
20 years of life together needs to be taken care of and one of the biggest issues was the fur babies we have brought into our lives over the years. I can´t afford to keep all of them and the Captain can´t have any when he lives in Brazil. So we´ve had to find homes for some of the fur babies. Not all, I can´t imagine my life without some….but some have to go.
Nanna moved in May to a wonderful family where she lives with a fantastic Golden Retriever boy and has a great life with loads of walks in the mountains and a sweet little 2 year old mistress who feeds her lots of goodies….I see tons of photos on Facebook of the wonderful life Nanna is living and I´m so happy and content to see she has it so good. I wouldn´t have ever given her up if the situation had been different but when I first have no choice, then I´m glad it´s going as well as it is.
The next girl we´re trying to re-home is Birdy. Birdy has already been out in a new home once and the people seemed fantastic when they were here to get her. I really believed she would have a great home with these people or they would never have gotten her. And I believe for the first year or so she had a great time but then their lives changed and she became a forgotten farm dog. I didn´t get any photos of her and she worried so much that I eventually took contact with the animal control and asked them to go have a look at her. The photos they sent back were shocking. She was so thin and not groomed. This once beautiful champion female did not look good. Long story short, she came back to us and I thought she would just stay with us the rest of her life. Then this stuff in my life happened and when I let it be known that I was going to have to look for a new home for Birdy, one of my puppy buyers from the USA said they would love to have Birdy come live with them in Seattle. Only problem was getting her there and the cost involved.
These good people have a son from Birdy and when he came to live with them they had 2 leonbergers who were 12 years old and these dogs lived til they were 13….which is really long for Leonbergers. However, they got the best care with Brian and Andie, massages, water therapy, you name it, anything to give them the best senior life. So knowing they wanted Birdy who turned 7 years old in May, made me very happy. If she is going to have a great chance at a long life, these are the people to have it with!
We came up with a "blurb" (I have to admit, I´ve been out of the states so long, I had no idea what a blurb was and when it was sent to me, I thought….looks like a couple paragraphs….but apparently it´s a "blurb" so get that straight people ;-) hehehehehe…Anyhoot, you can read the blurb below and there is a link, which will hopefully work if you press on it and take you to a page where you could make a donation to get Birdy to the states if you´d like. Any little amount will be great and we will be so grateful. She deserves to have a great senior life and since it can´t be with me I am so glad it can be with Andie and Brian. Many have written me, concerned about Birdy traveling so far, but she is a mentally strong female who will handle this just fine. I´ll have her checked at the vet before she travels but she was checked when she came back to us from her previous home and was completely fine, so I do not think anything has changed from then, but we will find out.
Birdy needs a new home! And we have one for her. While we can afford to love Birdy and care for this veteran Leo, we cannot afford to pay her way from Norway to the United States. So we need your help.
Birdy is a sweet, loveable, 7 year old female Leonberger. And she is Bamse’s mom! As soon as we found out that Bamse’s mom needed to be rehomed, we jumped at the opportunity. After all - we already love her. Wouldn’t it be great for mother and son to be together again?
We hope to fly Birdy to the United States in September. We have set up a not-for-profit paypal account so LeoLovers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean can securely and easily make a donation. Please follow this link to make a donation:
Please help bring mother and son together again. Any little bit helps. And if you'd rather send a check please contact us at the addresses below for more info.
Thanks and Leolove,
Amy Kippernes & Andie and Brian Holsten
Feel free to contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andie at email@example.com
I know the power of the internet and what can be done when people ask for help. So I am hoping that by putting this out there and asking for help, the kindness of strangers will help give this girl a worthy retirement in the states. Thanks in advance for any and all help you´re able to give and if you´re not able to help it´s ok also. We have full respect that not everyone can help and that for some all they can offer is a prayer or good thought and those are also welcome!
Until next time my friends…...