Happy Tales

Happy Tales

Coco’s Happy Tale

Carol and Coco

Coco is another of our sweet Cocker Spaniels that never made it onto the Web site.  Word of mouth led her to Carol before we could even post her.  Coco came to us from a local shelter and she needed to be spayed and groomed before we could get photos of her to post to our Web site.  Her foster mom had heard that Carol was looking to find a new companion after her beloved Brooke had passed away from cancer.  So, a meeting was arranged and that was that!  Carol has a new companion and Coco has a new forever home!  All is well in their world.

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Butterscotch’s Happy Tale

Chad, Tara and Astyn (formerly Butterscotch)

Butterscotch is one of those lucky rescue dogs that never made it onto the RMCR Web site.  On the day that she was surrendered by her former owners, she went to an adoption event in Colorado Springs.  Chad and Tara happened to walk by and noticed her.  After talking it over, they decided that they would like to give her a new home.  They submitted an application and after it was processed, they welcomed her into their home and are now calling her Astyn.  Tara wrote to say that she fits right in to the home and that she really wanted to play with the resident cat.  At first, the cat wasn’t so crazy about having a canine sister, she was getting braver and we assume that by now they’re good pals!

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Komiko’s Happy Tale

Karston, Kristi and Kris in the back; and Kolben and Komiko in the front

Kris sent the following update on Komiko and we thought we’d share!

Komiko is settling in nicely, and has made it her mission to rid our yard of squirrels. However, as she can’t climb trees, I think the squirrels are having more fun harrassing Komiko than the other way around. We have also found out that Komiko does not like carrots or lettuce, but loves tomatoes, and steals them from my garden. We have a good routine going, and she is ready every morning to take Kolben for a walk to school, and then to return to go on a car ride to take Karston to school. She looks forward to that every morning, and wonders why we don’t do it on the weekends. She seems to be quite “protective” while on the leash with other dogs. This had me a bit concerned, so I took her to the doggie park to see what her behavior would be, and she was just fine, so I think it is truly a bit of a protective mode. She is a very happy dog and minds very well. She walks well on a leash, but when we go to a more high-grassy area, her flushing instinct kicks in, and she is in heaven: Nose to the ground, running through the high grass in hopes of flushing out some birds. She loves people and kids. We have had many compliments about how beautiful she is, and we all agree: Her coat is shiny and soft, and she is just a very nice-looking dog.

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Zebie’s Happy Tale

Dodie with Poppi

Dodie sent the following note to us about her new life with Zebie, who she now calls Poppi.  We’re so happy to have been a part of this perfect fit!

I lost my 14 year old cocker last November 3rd. From January through April I fostered a cocker/terrier mix. Then I knew that I wanted/needed to have my own little girl again. I looked on-line at various sites, and found a pretty little dog I was interested in, but she was already in a foster to adopt situation. I kept watching, and Zebie (now Poppi) appeared, and I quickly sent an application in to adopt her.

Within a couple of weeks, John called, and asked if I wanted to meet Zebie. “YES! I DO!”  I met her at her foster mom’s home on a Sunday afternoon, fell immediately in love with her and brought her home with me. She made herself right at home while I acquainted her with her ‘outhouse’ and various other things – like her bed, her crate, and her toy box — all those important things, and she just settled in. She was napping soundly 30 mins. after we got home.

She’s been here with me now, for a month. Its as though she’s been here all of her 6 years. She loves playing with the neighbor’s dogs through our shadow box fences, and occasionally we exchange ‘play dates’so they can all really play together for an hour or so. She loves her Kong treat ball – empty or full, having her ears scratched and her belly rubbed…and very big, very wet kisses if you happen to be within 6″ of her tongue!! Naps are also high on her list of things to do.

She doesn’t like to have me out of her sight for too long, but is o.k. when I have to run an errand or two. She’s still a little skittish when people/friends visit, if she’s not yet met them. They all know to approach her gently and let her make up her mind when she’s ready to befriend them – it doesn’t take all that long. She does have to check them out pretty thoroughly however.

She’s very, very good at making me laugh, its like having my own, personal, little clown around all the time.

I’m so thankful to the RMCR for getting us together. I am amazed at their professionalism and caring and effort – not only for the dogs, but for the new owner(s) as well. Just is very nice to know there are caring people like that, to find these little dogs new and happy homes. And I thank them for all their work and concern and thoroughness.


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Tonic’s Happy Tale

Today truly was a lucky day for a little boy named Tonic.  Dumped at a shelter with his brother and sister at barely eight weeks of age, his future could have been very grim.  Instead, he came to Denver.  His sister caught the eye of Becca, but it was Tonic who would go home with them in the end.  Wrapped in loving arms, their vehicle filled with everything he would need to grow up happy and loved, including the perfect little brown collar and lead, they took off to start their new lives together.  Before leaving, however, they allowed us to capture the moment that will remain in our hearts for a long time to come.  Have a good life, Tonic!  And blessings be upon John and Becca!  Because of you, Tonic is one lucky boy!

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Missy’s Happy Tale

Missy, a Cocker mix, arrived in the Rescue a scared, distrusting and defensive dog who had known life only as a too-small crate in the basement. After four months with RMCR, she had blossomed into a playful, happy, confident little girl who loved to be with her people. Nancy was looking for a new companion after losing her beloved Cocker, Copper, and expressed an interest in Missy. When Missy showed up to the adoption event, looking super cute after a trip to the groomer, Nancy fell in love! Missy’s foster mom knew it was a good match when Missy curled up next to Nancy after a few minutes with her, and then saw Missy trot off happily with Nancy to her new life. We wish Nancy and Missy all the best!!

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Tucker and Mojo’s Happy Tale

Tucker and Mojo on a recent outing in Montana

Matt and Tami adopted Tucker and Mojo on Easter (2011) weekend, and have been enjoying their company ever since.  As first time dog parents, they had a lot of learning to do, but Tucker and Mojo have seemed to train them quite easily.  They have quickly become members of the family, and they can’t imagine not having them around.  It has been so fun to watch their personalities evolve as they have become more comfortable in their new home.
They’ve been taking “the boys” to obedience classes for the last few weeks, and have seen a remarkable improvement in their behavior and comfort.  They are both very affectionate, but in different ways.  They both like to snuggle on their mom’s lap (which she loves) and follow both of them around from room to room when they are home.  They also very much enjoy “helping” their dad work out in the garage.
They were very excited to be able to take them camping, hiking, and on outings.  They really seem to enjoy spending time together outside, and this picture shows them on a recent outing to the mountains.

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Honey Graduates from Obedience Class

This is Honey. On this night, she defied all odds by graduating from obedience training classes. As you can see here, it took every ounce of energy she had.

Honey, resting after the ceremonies and dabbing the sweat from her brow, was quoted as saying, “Whew.”

Her proud momma secretly thought to herself: “Is this a reputable doggie school or not?” Jus’ sayin’.

Later, beaming with pride, Honey’s momma gave this statement for the record, “I’d like to thank The Academy, my Parents, and the makers of Puppy Training Pads.”

Honey is just another of RMCR’s success stories.  We’re very proud that she is coming out of her shell and was so successful at obedience class!  Way to go, Honey!

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Bear’s Happy Tale

Mitch and Bear

Bear came to us from Utah in February and was adopted, but he misbehaved and chased the owner’s cat unmercifully, so they brought him back.  The same day, Mitch and Bonnie came to our adoption event at the Southlands Petco and saw him.  They fell in love and he’s now in a happy, loving home.  Here’s what they have to say about Bear and RMCR:

We adopted the Bear about a month ago and he has been nothning but a joy. He must have a very loving foster home because he was so full of life and joy. He is pure Cocker, has lots of love to share, so funny and full of energy. Bear just loves his new sister dog and she is so happy to have another friend to spend the day with. We didn’t expect him to adapt to our house and routine so fast, but he is so smart. Like he had been here his entire life. Everyday there is something new to his personality.  He likes to go for walks, play with his toys or just hang out in the back yard.  He is so cool. My Sandy who was our first cocker died last October after 14 great and loyal years and we were heart broken, but Bear has shown us that we can start over and be happy. Thank you, Cocker Rescue; you do great things in dogs and peoples life . THANK YOU.

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Lucy’s Happy Tale

Lucy and Gwen

Lucy was a sweet puppy mill mama who came into the rescue scared of the whole world. Gwen was looking for a dog to replace her beloved cocker, Teddy, and to keep her mom Lenore company during the day. After meeting Lucy and thinking it over, Gwen and Lenore were sure of the match, but Lucy was still hesitant around strangers.  Despite Lucy’s lukewarm welcome, Gwen and Lenore took her into their home, and Lucy now knows where she belongs.

What were thought to be cataracts turned out to be Asteroid Hyalosis, a condition that causes visible floating crystals in Lucy’s eyes, which sparkle like stars.  A friend of Gwen’s said it best, “St. Lucy is the patron saint of those who are blind or have issues with their eyes.  Her feast is celebrated on Dec 13, the longest night of the year.  The name Lucy means “light”.

We hope that Gwen and Lucy continue to be the light of each others lives for many years to come.

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Charlie’s New Home

Charlie with mom Michele and Sadie

Charlie has a wonderful forever home with Sadie, a 3-legged Cocker, and his new mom, Michele! Michele said he has lost a few pounds already, which means he is getting plenty of exercise in his big back yard and on walks. She said, “Charlie is a LOVE muffin and such a doll! He’s working on learning how to use the doggy door. He’s found a couple of toys that he likes and he loves going for walks. Charlie has met my mom and several neighbors; he’s quite the gentleman.”

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Bella’s Forever Home

Bella and Chris at the Pet Expo

Bella is a gorgeous, young American Cocker Spaniel who drew a lot of attention at the Pet Expo in Colorado Springs. A group of women saw her and immediately phoned their friend Chris to tell her to drop everything and get over there. When Chris arrived, she could see why her friends were so excited – Bella was one of a kind and just had to go home with her, even though Chris’ husband wasn’t available to meet the dog. No worries with her husband, though. He was soon under Bella’s spell and loves her dearly. Bella is working daily on house training, leash training and obedience training, so it’s a good thing her new mom is retired and can spend all day with her.

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Chaps (now Dakota) Happy Tale

Dakota ready to take Sharon and Jerry home!

Chaps found his forever home with Jerry and Sharon when they met him at the Pet Expo in Colorado Springs. They loved his coloring, his adorable face and his sweet disposition. We couldn’t agree more! Chaps (now Dakota) loves exploring his new yard and going for walks where he can make new friends. We love his new name – Dakota – since our President and Founder, Kathryn Glass, is from North Dakota!

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Foxy’s (now Roxy) Forever Home

Roxy capturing mom and dad's love

Dwight and Gay were still recovering from the loss of their beloved dog, but they decided it was time to save another life. Dwight saw Foxy’s picture on the website and told Gay he thought they should meet her. When Gay sat down at the Pet Expo event, Foxy immediately covered her face in kisses, which sealed the deal. Foxy, now Roxy, has her new parent’s full attention all day and is pampered just as she deserves. As heartbroken as she was over her recent loss, Gay told us as they left the event with Foxy, “Thank you for getting me over the hump.” We can’t imagine a better ending!

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Ace Has A New Home

Ace with Sean, Deb and Allison

Sean, Deb and Allison were looking for their first family dog when they saw Ace at one of our adoption events. He’s a friendly boy who loves people, but there were other dogs they wanted to see as well so they held off for another week and visited him again at a another Petco adoption event. It was a hard choice to make since a couple of dogs caught their attention, but after talking it over at lunch, they came back and announced Ace was the one! Deb and Allison sat on the floor and Ace immediately jumped into their laps and snuggled. He had adopted them as well!

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Harley Henry’s Happy Tale

Rod and Harley Henry

Normally, our Happy Tales are about rescued dogs that find new forever homes, however we had to make an exception when it came to Harley Henry.  Harley’s owner, Rod, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago and is now in a wheel chair.  Rod was facing a move into an assisted living situation that would not allow dogs, so he contacted RMCR to help place Harley into a new home.  Harley never really assimilated into life at his foster mom’s home.  He moped around and looked out the window, hoping that Rod would show up to get him.  On weekends when he went to adoption events, he stuck close to the male volunteers, following them wherever they went and sitting in their laps. Then Rod called – he’d found an assisted living complex that allowed dogs and asked if he could take Harley back!  As you can see, the reunion was touching.  Harley knew within three miles of home that he was on his way back and was standing in the window looking for his house.  All of us at RMCR fell in love with Harley and we are so pleased that he could be reunited with Rod.  Best wishes for a long and happy life, gentlemen!

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Dexter’s Happy Tale

Dexter with Kevin and Family

Kevin was looking for a playmate for his Cocker Spaniel, HuckelBerry, when he saw Dexter’s photo on the Web.  He contact RMCR and drove up from Pueblo for a visit.  He decided then and there that Dexter was the one!  Unfortunately, they had to drive back to Pueblo and wait for the adoption proces to be completed, however we’re happy to report that they are all together now and are doing well.  Good job, Dex!

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A Happy Tale About Max

Linda and Maddox

 Linda is another one of RMCR’s valuable volunteers. She started volunteering because she loves Cocker Spaniels, but didn’t have either the room or the time for a dog of her own – until she met Max. When we were desperate for fosters, Linda agreed to take Max until space became available, but instead fell head over heals for him. Now called Maddox, they make a great team and RMCR gets to share yet another short success story about a rescued dog and a proud foster failure.

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Heidi’s Happy Home

Barb and Mike with Katie and Heidi

Heidi came to us from Utah where this youngster was found as a matted messy stray. Her ears were so painfully infected that she didn’t want us to touch her head when we groomed her the first time. Heidi’s little head has a permanent tilt to it perhaps because of chronic ear infections; however, the infections are cleared up now and she is as healthy as they come. Mike and Barb fell in love with her pictures on our website and could hardly wait to add to her their family. Heidi adopted this wonderful couple and their dog, Katie, so she will have a fur-ever family of her own to love and kiss for many years to come.

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Casey’s Happy Tale

Tom and Shirl with Casey

 When Casey came to us as a stray from Utah, he was terribly matted and filthy, but just as friendly as could be. That sweet personality and good house manners won the hearts of both his foster mom and dad from the start. When Tom and Shirl applied to adopt him, it was clear they would be the perfect parents who could offer him a great life, but that didn’t make it any easier for his foster parents to let him go! Casey loved Tom and Shirl immediately and settled into their mountain home as if he had lived there his entire life. The best part is that the foster parents have visiting rights! Casey, we hope to see lots of you in the years to come!

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Bess and Beverly Find A Forever Home

Kris and Cheryl with Bess and Beverly

Bess and Beverly have been together their whole lives starting at the puppy mill where they were probably born as litter mates. They were bred for their unusual and striking coloring and produced puppies for the mill for a few years before they were given up to the rescue. When we first got them, they were very timid and cuddled tightly together in the back of their crate. Slowly they came out of their shelter and started to embrace the good life at their foster mom’s home where they learned to play and interact with people. They were at an adoption event at the Park Meadows Petco when Kris and Cheryl stopped by to see Bess after noticing her on Petline9 the previous Saturday. Once they met the girls, they decided they could not split them up and adopted both of them! Now the girls each have a lap to lay in when they aren’t taking a walk and exploring their new forever home.

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Chase’s Happy Tale

Kay with Annie and Jim with Chase

Jim and Kay had previously adopted Annie from RMCR last year.  An avid Cocker lover, Jim began to volunteer transporting dogs from foster homes to the vet, meeting incoming transports and taking dogs to foster homes, and shuffling dogs from foster homes to adoption events.  He was very adamant that Annie was “the only dog” and Annie agreed!  That was until he met Chase.  Chase came to us a very sick little boy.  He had a liver shunt and was in danger of dying without surgery.  The surgery was to be done at the Colorado State University Vet School in Fort Collins.  Jim took Chase up multiple times in preparation for the surgery and also for the actual procedure and they developed a strong bond.  Once Chase was well enough to be adopted, Jim couldn’t resist!  Now Chase has a happy forever home with Jim and Kay and Annie doesn’t seem to mind too much!!

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Buster’s Happy Tale

Buster with Seth and Kelly

 Buster, a strikingly good looking young male Cocker, is very shy around men but loves women. When Seth and Kelly stopped by one of our recent adoption events, Buster immediately caught their attention. They left the event to think about it but soon returned. Apparently Kelly called her mother to tell her about Buster and her mother said, “Get back over there and adopt that dog!” After passing muster with their resident female Cocker, Buster was soon on his way to his forever home. Within a day or so, he was sleeping on the bed between them and settling in beautifully. This lucky dog even shares a backyard with the dogs next door so he has lots of playmates!

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Boots’ Happy Tale

Shirley and Boots


Boots tn_Boots2 tn_Boots1Shirley saw Boots on out web site and that was all it took.  She lives in Arizona and sent her daughter from Arvada over to look at him.  It was love at first site and Shirley took her daughters word for it!  Once the home check was coordinated, Shirley headed to Denver to meet her new pal.   Now both are back in Arizona and settled in comfortably.  Her daughter is more than willing to baby sit at any time.  Sounds like they have a wonderful set up!  Good luck, Boots.  Enjoy sunny Tucson!

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Travi’s Fur-Ever Home

Chelsea with Larry and Mary

Travi, a former puppy mill dog was painfully shy and fearful when she arrived in Denver about a month ago. At her first Petco adoption event, this beauty spent the majority of the as far away from people as possible and faced the opposite direction so she wouldn’t have to look at anyone. Three weeks later she was at another Petco adoption event when she found Mary who cuddled her on her lap for quite some time. (Little did we know that Mary and Larry were there to inspect our volunteers to see what kind of a rescue we ran! We passed their test!!) Mary decided she would foster-to-adopt this shy girl. The first week was challenging with Travi being very fearful of the doors and not wanting her front feet to be touched, but she won Mary’s heart when she joined her in bed one night. Larry decided Travi’s new name should be Chelsea after the English soccer team; he even bought her a blue soccer jersey to wear when he takes her to the nearby soccer park! Chelsea is slowly becoming comfortable around her new parents who are doting on her just as she deserves. When we left their home, they were discussing sweaters and booties for Chelsea to wear when it snows! We think Chelsea picked a great fur-ever home.

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Benji’s Happy Tale

Allen and Elaine with Benji

 When we first saw little Benji as his previous owner relinquished him due to her allergies we knew that he would not be in foster care for long. Cockapoos in general are very popular dogs, let alone a 14 month old cutie like this one. Allen and Elaine took no time at all in deciding that Benji belonged with them. Likewise, Benji made himself right at home by wandering into their bathroom and grabbing the toilet paper off the roll. Manners aside, he won their hearts immediately and now has a wonderful country home and parents who are home much of the time.

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Every Princess Should Live Happily Ever After

Princess with Janet and Helen

Helen and her children have had dogs nearly all their lives, so they know a good dog when she walks through the door! When Princess, who was found as a stray in another state, walked in Helen’s front door and immediately came over to Helen to sit by her side, it was clear that this adoption was meant to be. Helen and her daughter, Janet, just rave about how quickly and easily Princess settled into her new home as if she knew she belonged there from the start. Princess has bonded with Helen and stays by her side day and night, watching over her and snuggling with her just as a beloved Cocker should!

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A Happy Tale for Tess

Tess with Michelle and her new family

Tess came to us from an Amish puppy mill outside Independence, MO where she was kept in a cramped cage and bred as frequently as possible during her four years of life. Luckily, the breeder decided to get out of the business of Cocker Spaniels, which is how she came to Colorado and found a forever home. She had been with us for about a week and was at a Petco adoption event when Michelle and her daughter saw her fresh from the groomer. Tess is just a love bug, which is amazing considering her initial four years of life, so she quickly won the hearts of her admirers. Was it a just coincidence that Michelle just happened to go to that particular Petco on that particular day just as Tess got out of the grooming salon or was it destiny? Judging by the happy faces in the picture, it’s a happy tale no matter how it came about! We’re just thrilled that another precious Cocker was saved from a lifetime of abuse at the hands of a puppy miller and given a fresh start with a loving family in a forever home.

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Nixie’s Happy Tale

Beatrix and Don with Sammy and Nixie

Don and Beatrix were looking for a companion for nine year old Sammy when they stumbled across our web site.   They asked about a couple of the pups, but decided that Nixie would be the best fit.  They came to visit him at one of the Petco adoption events and they only had to look at him to know he was the right one.  Sammy seemed to agree.  Nixie settled right in, even falling asleep on Don’s lap as they drove home that afternoon.   Sammy is teaching Nixie how to fetch and play with toys.  All in all, we think he’s going to have a good life!  Way to go, Nixie!

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Jovi’s Happy Tale

Kathleen with Jovi and Kealy

New mom, Kathleen, says it best:

On the day Jovi arrived, I knew this was a good fit. Jovi ran around and around in the house, his rear end wiggling enthusiastically the whole time. Kealy, of course, was a little overwhelmed by all of Jovi’s energy that day, but they have now settled into a playful relationship. I opened the door to our backyard that day and Jovi galloped out, down the stairs, and proceeded to run in circles throughout the entire yard. There is a retaining wall in my back yard which is only about 3 feet high. It was just joyful to see Jovi leap up and down and up and down from the upper level to the lower level and back again.

Some of the most fabulous things about Jovi are, of course, his beautiful face and soft coat and his wonderful personality. His size is perfect for our home and yard. My house is scattered with his toys, kind of like a big playpen. Something for him to chew on is always just a few feet away! I don’t mind at all! He has already torn apart a stuffed squeaky toy, looking for the plastic squeak-maker, just as my terriers have always done. We play tug-of-war every evening. Jovi and I have taken some long walks and he meets many dogs along the trail. He is always friendly and ready to play with them. Whenever I push the ice dispenser on the front of my refrigerator, he jumps and jumps in anticipation of the cube that will surely fall to the floor into his domain. The tricks he knows are the icing on the cake. What a lovely dog.

And we add – what a lucky dog!!