Slacking off

Hello DMRS friends!  So yes, I know I have been slacking off in regards to updating the blog and I apologize!!! Been so busy, and now that our new website is up and running,  I have been procrastinating when needing to update here.

I decided to take a little break from helping dogs that really need it because our finances have been so tight this year (well it is every year)  but 2012 more than any other.  We have been inundated by special needs dogs and have had a very difficult time raising funds for them.  Dogs with HUGE vet bills, many dogs with special needs both behavioral & medical, that adoption fees were waived.  It was so tight that I had to transfer some dogs to other rescues because we couldn’t even afford to have simple spays and neuters done anymore.  Now when things get like that, I get very sad and discouraged.  I wonder if all this is worth maxing out my credit cards and risking losing the home where many of the dogs are housed until they find their own forever homes.

But you know what – every dog is worth it, every dog deserves a chance, every dog deserves love, respect, a roof over their heads, good food, and a human companion to keep them safe forever.  So I got back up and kept on going, but wish that things will change financially, wish that I would win the lotto so I can provide more for these loving, deserving souls.

But I still feel discouraged that we don’t get enough donations to help dogs like Spankee, who has Legg Perthes Disease.  I understand that many people do not want to donate because 1) times are tough, but people can always make room for a $5 Starbucks Coffee everyday and 2) they can’t get a charitable tax receipt as Dhana Metta is a Not For Profit Society and not a Charitable Organization…

Because of this, dogs like Spankee sit waiting.  He has been with us since January and needs a $3500 – $4000 surgery, we only have $600 in the pot for him.  We like to use Canada West for these types of surgeries as they are the best, and we don’t like to cut corners on health and well being.  (Thank you Dr. Kuzma for seeing Spankee for a consult at no charge!) Poor Spankee has to wait until the funds come in to have his surgery which means he waits for his forever home.  He is an awesome dog, full of spunk and character. Loving, playful and quite the darling.  But his leg hurts and it does bum him out sometimes.  We would also be willing to adopt Spankee to a home with a waived adoption fee – if they were willing to have his surgery taken care of – I know that is a long shot, but I am putting it out there regardless.


Before Spankee, there was Fogell – who broke his leg in 2 places and we only had 5 days to raise $4000.  Thankfully, enough people donated to his cause that we were able to fix his leg and he has found his forever home, with his Foster Mom, Yvonne!  Thank you Yvonne for taking him on – knowing he was going to be difficult, but also knowing that he is so so worth it!  And thank you to Dr. Francis of Canada West for fixing Fogell’s leg!


April came to us in February, in horrible condition.  She had suffered at the hands of her owner for far too long.  She was emaciated, had a raging case of Demodex, was terrified of people, so terrified she would never stand up straight, always crouched down in fear.  Her vet bills were also very costly.  She is doing so well, that when I look at her, I know that putting out the money from my own pocket was worth it.  To see her stand up tall and proud, to see her go up to people and say hello, to see her have a full body of fur, to see her eating, playing and loving life…  Her Vet bills came close to $700. I would like thank Gail for being kind enough to donate a portion of her vet bills.

April arrives

Bella came to us last year, a sweet 2 lbs chihuahua that looked like she was on the verge of death.  She couldn’t stand up or walk very well.  She was thought to have scoliosis, but this was unlikely.  There hadn’t been any xrays done for her when she started deteriorating at the age of 1.  At the age of 5, she came to Dhana Metta and we were able to take her to Canada West to see a neurology specialist.  She was diagnosed with Atlantoaxial Subluxation of her neck.  After 7 months of being in a neck brace and living with a wonderful foster mom – Jennifer thank you! – she is now walking so much better, eating, and being a yappy little 3.5 lb chihuahua (yes she gained some weight).  We have not had any help with Bella’s vet bills – and we would like to thank Dr. Sharp for allowing the rechecks at no charge, this helps us very much indeed.

bella pink bows

My heart has always been with animals, since a small child.  I have done so many different things in my life, all that were never very rewarding in the end.  Helping the dogs find happiness, seeing the smiles on their faces, knowing they are safe – now THAT is rewarding in so many ways.  Sharing life with these beings that provide unconditional love, beings that forgive humans even when humans can treat them so horribly, beings that we could learn so much from – gives me peace.  I am never lonely, never bored!

I give all of me, physically, emotionally, and financially to help them, and sometimes I need help too.  Please donate even though we can’t provide a tax receipt.  We can do so much more with your help.  Just knowing in your heart that you helped save a soul is the best reward you could ever have.

Thank You everyone for your patience!



Dhana Metta

Help Us Fix Fogell!


Fogell did very well in Surgery on March 10th, 2012.  Even though it took longer than the specialist anticipated, it was successful and it cost us less than we were expecting.  We would like to send a HUGE thank you to all the people who donated to help Fogell get better, and a GIANT Thank you to Dr. Dave Francis of Canada West Vet Specialists for being so kind and compassionate!!!  Thank you to Dana and Elena for taking care of Fogell and sending me photos while he was at Canada West.


Fogell feels much better now! He is on the road to recovery, and hopefully after he is fully healed, and rechecked, he will be up for adoption. We won’t be accepting applications until such time. He will need to be in recovery for 10 – 12 weeks.


The donations that came in exceeded the surgery costs, and covers all aftercare.  We are also able to use some of it to fix Daisy’s and Chicklet’s Cherry eye.  Thank you so much everyone for helping.  Donations are always needed, as dogs that need medical care always come in.  We hope in the future we can avoid financial struggles that prevent us from providing only the best for our dogs.

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New Website

Just a heads up that Dhana Metta has a new website located at! This blog will remain available for all of our veteran supporters, however, all updates will be done on our new site and via Petfinder.

We have a few new features that we hope will help make things easier for everyone, including online adoption and foster applications, and a centralized contact form. We have implemented a monthly donation program through PayPal, so supporters can now donate $10, $25, $50, or $100 (for the big spenders) each month without having to lift a finger!

We are also starting a newsletter, so please be sure to sign up by clicking here: Subscribe to our newsletter!

Thank you so much for your continued support!


Jack is likely a Wheaton Terrier Mix – with what we don’t know.  He is about 8 years old (that is a guess), and weighs in at 56 lbs.  He is a very affectionate dog, he likes to lean on people, it is cute.  He still gets excited and jumps up, which we are working on.  He listens very well.


He is very good with other dogs, but does get grumpy with the more hyper dogs that get in his face…he never bites, he just lets out a little quiet growl to let them know he doesn’t like their behavior and to leave him alone.

He lets the small dogs jump on him and he tolerates it very well.  When he has had enough, he just rumbles a little under his breath.  He will make an awesome addition to a home that does not want a highly active dog.

His adoption fee is $395.  He has been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, flea treated and microchipped.  You can email us to request an adoption application or you can download one from the Adoption Process Page of this Blog.


Chiklin – adopted

Chicklet is a sweet little chihuahua who must have had a little bit of a rough life.  He is young only about 2 or 3, and his teeth verify that, but the white around his face makes him seem older. He was very scared when he arrived, but is coming out of his shell nicely.  He barks at me when he wants water or food…or even when he decides that he wants to play…and when he plays with me, it is soooo cute!


He is pretty small so any yard will need to have proper fencing, where he cannot squeeze out and escape.  He has tried to find ways out of my yard.  He is crate trained and likes to sleep under cover.  He seems to be house trained as he has not had any accidents outside of the crate, however may have accidents in a new environment.

He is fine with other dogs, but does tell the off the wall pups off.  He likes to play with toys, little tennis balls and small things.  He likes sweet potato and duck treats alot, but doesn’t groove on any milkbone type treats.

His adoption fee is $495.  He has been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and flea treated.  You can email us to request an application or you can download one from the Adoption Process Page of this blog.

Mr. Brown – adopted

Mr. Brown is a cute little terrier mix who is about 1 year old.  He weighs in at about 8 lbs but is a little underweight.  He is a playful little guy, loves people and is fine with other dogs.  He barks when put into his crate for bedtime, but stops fairly quickly.  He is crate trained, and is still working on his house training, but that shouldn’t take long with a routine and schedule.
Mr. Brown

Mr. Brown is a little sensitive and should never be harshly reprimanded.  He should not be in a home with small children as he does not like to be grabbed. Mutual respect training is what this little sweetie needs.

is adoption fee is $395.  He has been neutered, microchipped, dewormed, vaccinated and flea treated.  An adoption application and home visit is required.  You can email us at to request an adoption application or you can download one from the Adoption Process Page of this blog.


Spankee is a young tike, about 7 – 8 months old and full of beans!!  He is super playful, with people and dogs.  He is nippy when excited, but this isn’t a major issue.  He bounces up and down and likes to jump up on people, which we are trying to discourage, but he can’t help it, he is so happy to see you!


We don’t really know what mix Spankee is, but our guess is a long haired chihuahua mixed with a wiener dog or a spaniel. Doesn’t matter though cause he is a sweetie!  He is still working on his house training routine, and is doing well.  He is crate trained now, with some barking after being put in the crate, which stops after about 3 minutes.

He doesn’t like to be left alone, and will bark to let you know about it, but this too is starting to get better.  He needs someone who will be consistent with his training, and someone who will not coddle him making his separation anxiety worse not better.

Yankee’s adoption fee is $395.  He has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and flea treated.  An adoption application and home visit is required.  You can email us at to request an adoption application or you can download one from the Adoption Process Page of this blog.

Tofu and Nori – adopted

Tofu 5.2lbs and Nori 4.2lbs are Chihuahua sisters that are about 16 weeks old.  They are very, very timid chihuahua’s when you first meet them but once they have gotten comfortable with their surroundings they are spunky, energetic and loving puppies. It took them about 2 weeks to get comfortable enough to come out of their crate so you will have to be patient. Because they are so timid we would prefer these girls went to homes without small children.

They are crate trained and almost 100% trained to use pee pads as long as they know where to find them. They are both very well behaved with other dogs. Not sure how they are with cats since we do not have one.

Tofu and Nori

Tofu is a very playful chihuahua that loves to run around and play with her chew toys when she has gotten all her energy out she loves to cuddle up with you under the blankets. Nori is a very sweet, loving chihuahua that always wants to know what you’re up too, she likes to play fetch, sit with you buried into your lap, and when you’re talking to her she gets excited and will whine back to you.

Nori does get very anxious when leaving the house and going for car rides, she foams at the mouth and throws up this will need to be worked on by taking her out for short trips and for short amounts of time. Overall they are amazing little chihuahuas! They do not have to go together, but they sure do love eachother!!!!

The adoption fee for these deserving little girls are $495 (each) – includes spay, vaccines, deworm, flea treatment and microchip.  An adoption application and home visit is required.

Louie – adopted

Louie is about 4.5 years old.  Our breed guess – Shihtzu x Jack Russell.  He weighs in at about 13 lbs.  He is a great dog, fully trained, house trained, leash trained.  He knows his commands very well.  And yes he does shed.  His coat is soft and wirey, and can get fairly long.  Grooming him at least twice a year, would keep the shedding to a minimum, and keep him clean in the rainy months.

Louie Louie

He likes to play with other dogs at the dog park. Louie is not fond of young children, he is terrified of them.  He will run and hide from the children and cower in a corner or under something to get away from them….No Children for this sweet boy.  And he needs a cat free home as well.

He is an adorable guy, with a nice disposition.  He is energetic and sassy.  He is happiest running off leash at the park and at the beach.  He has a great recall as he has taken a couple  levels of obedience.  He will test his owners, so you must show him what you expect of him and be very consistent.  Louie is a very social guy, but really needs quiet time. Fire alarms, vacuums’, loud sounds in general really stress him out, more that your average dog.  Having active owners would be ideal for Louie, as he will get bored just being an indoor dog.
Louie’s adoption fee is $395.00  He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations.  Please email us for an adoption application.  A home visit is also required.

Jessie – ADOPTED

Jessie is 5 years old and weighs about 7.7 lbs.  He is a very sweet loving little man, but is shy upon first meetings. Once he gets to know you, he loves to cuddle and love you.  He loves to burrow under the covers, like most chihuahuas do.  Sometimes I look all over for him and think I lost him, but he was burrowed under the blankets the whole time.

Jessie is also camera shy, I will try to get a head shot later this week.

Jessie is fine with other dogs, but is a little abrupt on first meetings, is fine with cats, and would prefer a child free home. He might like to be with another dog, but he may also love to be an only child.  He is house broken, and will use peepads if necessary.  He is leash trained, and crate trained

He has been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed.  His adoption fee is $395.00 An adoption application and home visit is required.

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