Herbie, Itsy and Tippy are making remarkable improvements. The staff and volunteers at Safe Haven in Yerington are miracle workers. Here is what a few weeks with great people can do...
Herbie's health improving
Tippy's eyes getting better
Tippy and Herbie sharing a moment
Itsy out for a walk
Our Gabbs dogs have come a long way since leaving that nightmare at OAS. Even their wolfie friends are improving too... and getting use to the camera.
The wolfies enjoying the sun
There is even an update on Dixie. While it was first thought that she may have passed away while at OAS, there is now evidence that she is alive and is with Steve Markwell as a personal pet. The photo below was taken at a distance of the dogs that he was keeping as personal pets while in AZ delivering the OAS dogs. As you can see by the last known picture of Dixie, this dog looks very much like our girl... of course she, as all our others Gabbs Dogs are starting to get up there in years.
Dixie and Able, we promise to not give up our search for you. We love you and you deserve the very best love and devotion.
On February 12, we learned that sweet Turtle passed away peacefully during the night... as a couch potato. She was very much loved, comfortable and warm. She may not have been the perfect dog, but to her guardian she was perfectly imperfect and that made her special.
Turtle at the Gabbs Ranch
Turtle lived with lots of other dogs which helped heal her heart, including fellow Gabbs Dog Joe, who misses her terribly. Her rescue Mom and everyone else awaits the reunion in heaven... Can you imagine the parties for rescue parents??
Aaron was rescued by El Dorado County Animal Services South Lake Tahoe Shelter from the Gabbs site, along with Buddie and Buster.
Aaron at the Gabbs Ranch
Aaron loved the water and would always play in his water bowl, no matter what the weather was like, however he always cleaned up well. He was adopted by a wonderful family that stopped by the shelter in January to let them know that he had passed away. The family was very teary eyed giving the news; it was easy to see see how much love they had for him.
Okay... not going to go into a lot of details about the horrible conditions at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS) in Forks, WA. If you would like to read about it, you can go to this Website, this Facebook page or google it. What I will say about it is this... for the five Gabbs Dogs that were sent there, it was hell on earth!!!
In 2008, Steve Markwell agreed to take Abel, Dixie, Herbie, Itsy and Tippy, back to OAS to work with them. In the beginning we believe (and hope) it was a good place that like all hoarding situations just got out of control. Upon police inspection in 2012, Itsy and 125 other dogs were found to be living in crates, in their own filth, and with little to no water.
Itsy at OAS in 2012
It became a battle of wills between rescues and Markwell. On December 21, 2013, Markwell disappeared into the night in a big rig with all the dogs. On December 24, 2013, he turned up somewhere near the Nevada/Arizona border, with the Guardians of Rescue announcing his arrival in a secret location and hopes of taking ownership of all the dogs. We all waited with baited breathe, as it continued to unfold as a soap opera.
And then it happened... on 12/28/13 Guardians of Rescue announced they had obtained legal custody of the OAS dogs. Well of course all we could think about were our Gabbs Dogs and when we could get them... the sooner the better. On 12/31/13, our good friend Robin Wenham, and Gabbs Dogs Guru, started the trek to Arizona to pick-up our Gabbs Dogs and bring them back to the Nevada desert where they belonged.
Hold on to your socks folks because it is not all good news...
Abel is MIA. It is rumored that Abel was one of Markwell's favorites and that he kept Abel. All we can do now is pray that Abel is being treated better than all the others that made it to safety.
We won't stop sending good thoughts your way Abel!!!
Dixie is also MIA. It is rumored that Dixie passed away early on as OAS, before things got bad. Her name is not listed in the police report from 2012, nor is it on the list from the transport that just took place. Run free Dixie!! Many of your Gabbs friends are in Heaven too!!
Dixie we will love you always!!
Robin, did however find Herbie, Itsy and Tippy... looking a bit older, a bit skinnier and ready to relax, or bark their head off.
Herbie, Itsy and Tippy at the Arizona Camp of Freedom
The road trip back to Safe Haven was almost poetic, then the van broke down. It was just a small bump in the road compared to what these dogs have been through. The three of you are now safe. You will always have food, you will have have clean digs and you will have have room to stretch and hands to rub your bellies (when your ready). Live it up now!!
Checking out the new digs!!
Being able to walk around!!
Filling up the bellies!!
Itsy's smile says it all!!
One last thing to add... it seems our friends picked up some new friends while at OAS. A couple of wolf hybrids that were starting to shut down from the horrible conditions, made the trek to Safe Haven with Herbie, Itsy and Tippy. Thank you Robin and Thank you Safe Haven for saving our "Honorary" Gabbs Dogs!
On 12/31/13, we received word that Dancer had passed away. He was getting sick and his old age finally got the better of him. He was well loved here on earth and will be missed by many, especially his Mom. We love you Dancer!! Give some high paws to your Gabbs Buddies in Heaven!
Who could forget Miss Ruby Delilah? Not us, that's for sure. Miss Ruby had found what we though was her forever home back in 2010. But recently Safe Haven got a call from Animal Control that they had captured Ruby running as a stray. Everybody knows Ruby's unforgettable and lovable mug. Turns out her family had hit a very rough patch, but Ruby was safe and back at Safe Haven looking for that true forever home. Luckily it didn't take long... Ruby was always destined to be Ranch Greeter. From the ranch in Gabbs, to a new ranch in Lovelock... Ruby found her last home.
Ruby checking out the new digs!
Good luck 'ol girl. We know you will be right at home. Keep all those ranch hands on their toes!!