“Bun Bun came into our lives in September of 2016. Her original owner was moving to Israel and planned on taking her cat with her. However, when she was checking in for her flight, she was told that she had missed one of the shots that were required for the cat to be allowed into the country. She spent 2 days staying at the hotel in the airport trying to work it all out, but ultimately decided she would have to leave her behind. She couldn’t bring herself to take her to the shelter though. Instead, she came down to the lobby on the way to her flight and told the concierge, who was my sister Melissa, that she had left the cat in her room and asked her to take her to the shelter. The cat was scared but very sweet. My sister couldn’t bring herself to take the cat to the shelter either.
Our mom had lost her cat and had considered getting another one, so my sister sent her a picture of this white kitty with tiger-striped ears and matching heart-shaped marking on her side. My mom fell in love with her immediately. The cat had thick, soft fur like a bunny, so she changed her name to Bun Bun. My mom passed away in October 2019 of lung cancer. Before she passed, she asked me to take Bun Bun because my daughter Lauren loved her and had always wanted a cat. She also felt that Bun Bun would be happy at our house because we have a big screened in patio. Bun Bun loved to be outside on my mom’s screened in deck, chasing lizards and squirrels that often ran across the screen. We took in Bun Bun and introduced her to her new sister Murphy (our Chihuahua/Min Pin rescue dog). They didn’t care much for each other at first. Murphy is very alpha and thought she would dominate this relationship, but a few whacks from Bun Bun’s quick paw gave Murphy healthy respect for Bun Bun.
After losing her first two owners, this, unfortunately, was not the end of the turmoil in Bun Bun’s life. On September 4th of this year, our lives were shattered as our sweet kitty was severely injured in a car accident. The right side of her face was crushed, and we did not think she would live. Dr. Fullenwider and the incredible team at TOAH sprang into action and have practically performed a miracle. They took this beautiful creature who was on the brink of death and helped us nurture her back to life. She has had a difficult journey, as she lost an eye and her jaw was broken. She had a feeding tube in for over two months and a wire that was in place for weeks to set her jaw. She had numerous laser treatments to heal her shattered nasal passage and jaw. Bun Bun’s mental state was very fragile after the accident, as her life and abilities had changed drastically in an instant. Dr. Fullenwider and the team at TOAH has helped us address all aspects of Bun Bun’s healing – physically, mentally, and emotionally. When I bring her in for an appointment, I feel as though I am bringing her to a friend that loves her as much as we do. She has made a better recovery than any of us expected in our wildest dreams. Initially, after the accident, she was hesitant to venture out of her room and would not dare try to jump on even the couch. She now is living her life almost as she did before the accident. She jumps on the back of a chair to perch and keep an eye on things around her. She is the ruler of the patio once again, chasing squirrels on the screen and hunting down lizards that now realize that even with one eye, she is super quick and not to be messed with! She is also back to putting our dog Murphy in her place. Above all, we are happy to see that she is back to being the loving kitty that adores laying with us and getting a good scratch.
We can’t thank Dr. Fullenwider and the team of TOAH enough for giving Bun Bun her life back. We are forever grateful for their talent, kindness, and compassion that saved our beautiful kitty.”
“I fell in love with my sweet Mindy After discovering her at a pet shop in Cape Coral, Florida. I had been longing for another pet after my sweet little Tiki passed away from cancer 2 years earlier. I was looking around at different places, shelters, pet stores, etc when I found Mindy. I saw her in a little glass case playing with her little friend, a red poodle but did not take her home that day. She stayed on my mind so I went back about 3 days later and she was still there I knew she was my little girl and I needed to bring her home. My husband was with me and he fell in love with her immediately. We brought her home when she was 3 months old. She was very energetic and sweet. We truly loved and doted over her. She has been a great comfort and company to me all these years, She bonded even closer to
Congratulations to our October 2020 Pet of the Month, Dino Foley!! Read her bio below!
“Ever since I can remember I have wanted a Great Dane. I like big dogs and these “Gentle Giants” were perfect to me! Therefore, 8 years ago, when my husband told me there was an all black Great Dane/English Mastiff mix that was 3 months old and weighed 42 pounds, I jumped at the chance to meet her. I knew as soon as I met her that this dog was coming home with us! She was perfect and she got along wonderfully with our other dog.
Dino loves to play fetch! When you throw something she always brings it back to you and drops it at your feet. She likes playing catch but will not play tug of war. She likes to play with all kinds of toys and does not destroy them but just nibbles on them. She loves stuffed animals and has had some of her favorites for 2 years. She truly is a Gentle Giant and we love her dearly.
“In mid-November of 2013, my husband decided to go on a Monday evening walk around the neighborhood. During the walk, a kitten approached him. He seemed friendly. He was purring, rubbing up on my husband and began to follow him around. When he arrived home, the kitten came right into the house and made himself at home. We were never able to find out to whom he belonged and surmised that he was unwanted/abandoned. We called him Drako. It was different for us because we were usually “dog people”. Soon after our house became Drako’s House! We are happy to report that he does allow us to live here as well. Drako enjoys chin scratches, lying in the sun, and trying to steal food from the dog’s dish. He also enjoys looking for obscure hiding spots.”
Congratulations to our August 2020 Pet of the Month; Riley Brown!
After our beloved dog Scruffy passed away in 2015, we felt we had room to help another rescue dog. All of our dogs have been rescues. We still had two other rescues at home, Bailey and Maggie (each with their own story) and they were both getting up in years. Bailey seemed lost without his buddy Scruffy, so we felt an addition, would be good for him and us.
We have worked with the Silky Breed rescue for the 20 years, so we decide to see if they had any available for adoption on their website. Riley had just been posted as an owner surrender, so we contacted the rescue and started making plans to go get him in Castle Rock, Colorado. We bought an RV so that we could take the other 2 dogs and pick him up. We headed out in November. It was very cold when we arrived at his house to pick him up. When I went into the house, I didn’t see him initially but soon I heard him and looked down and said, “you must be Riley!” I picked him up and held him the whole time we talked, Riley didn’t leave my lap the whole trip home, and is still never to far from his mom! He loves his Grandma too and always announces himself before going in her house.
Attached below are some photos of Riley. I’ve also attached the link below to the flyer from the Breed Rescue site we saw, and decided he needed to be with us.
Congratulations to our July 2020 Pet of the Month, Koko McKinley!
Congratulations to TOAH’s June 2020 Pet of the Month, Sadie Degregoria!! Read her bio below:)
“Sadie was found wandering in Crystal Hill area near Lakeland/Winter Garden, FL. She ended up at Brantley Nurseries, where my son worked. Sadie was scared and skinny and she was injured (probably hit by a vehicle).
The nursery personnel fed her for a while but it was obvious she would need a permanent home. My son sent pictures of Sadie and we decided to give her a home with us.
After a checkup at Tuscawilla Oaks, Sadie’s health issues were addressed and she was on her way to full recovery.
Sadie enjoys playing with JoJo, our Sheltie, and chasing squirrels in our backyard.
She is loving, comforting, and eager.
Thank you to the doctors and staff at Tuscawilla Oaks for taking such good care of Sadie Girl.”
Congratulations to TOAH’s May 2020 Pet of the Month, Pepper Redfield!! Read her bio below:)
“Pepper has been a beloved member of our family since the fall of 2009 when she was adopted from the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Having been pet parents of smaller “apartment friendly” critters (cats, ferrets, gerbils, and fish), we decided it was finally time to add a dog to the mix.
We originally were looking to adopt an older dog that needed a good home. As a volunteer at the Humane Society, I knew that puppies find homes faster than older dogs, so we purposely tried to not fall in love with an attractive puppy with ears comically too large for her head and instead turned our attention to an older Husky named Shelby. We tried to spend some time with Shelby, but she did not seem too interested in us and mostly stood by the door to the meet-and-greet room, waiting to be excused. We went home that evening to think it over and when we returned the next day, we found Shelby was being adopted by another family that had Huskies in the past and had fallen in love with her.
To our surprise, the puppy was still available, and we decided to spend a couple minutes with her “just for fun.” In the meet-and-greet room, my inexperience with dogs prevailed as I attempted to pet this puppy while my husband laughed at my clueless attempts at interactions with the little dog the facility had named “Petals.” Petals then took a deep yawn, went over to my husband’s lap, curled-up with her belly high, and promptly fell asleep. She clearly knew who the dog person was between the two of us. I looked at my husband and knew he had already fallen in love.
We adopted “Petals” changed her name to Pepper, a name that was much more appropriate for her spunk and energy, and finally brought her home to join our family. Training and socialization were important to us so we enrolled her in puppy classes early and spent many afternoons and weekends at dog parks and around as many people as we could. As a puppy, her potty training was perfectly timed with the melting snow of winter leaving her to desperately search for a patch of snow to do her business as the warmer Wisconsin weather set in. To this day, she still uses a Staples Easy Button to let us know when she needs to go outside.
Pepper has brought us years of fun as we’ve watched her learn and grow. In 2010, she made the long trip with us to Florida where she has enjoyed the last 10 years playing fetch, hiking in the conservation, going for walks, bike rides, and car rides, swimming in the pool, and protecting our yard from squirrels, birds, and the occasional delivery driver. Pepper has been a wonderful big sister to her feline siblings and in 2017 helped us welcome our son, Benjamin. Every night Pepper puts Ben to sleep, not leaving his room, until he drifts off to sleep.
Pepper is now 10 years young. She still has the spirit of a puppy with a body that isn’t quite as fast, but she still does impressively well. Pepper is lovingly cared for by the great team at the Tuscawilla Oaks Animal Hospital. Although she is starting to slow down in her older age, she still enjoys daily walks and swimming in the summer. She is adored by her family and we are so grateful for the joy she has brought to our life!”