We have many success stories, but I will tell just a few of our more memorable ones. These are just a very small portion of the Rescues we did. I didn't start to keep pictures until about 2 years before I retired as Eastern Canada Co-ordinator. And even then, these aren't all that came through our system in 2 years. Our mandate is actually to handle only pure-bred Mastiffs; but as you can see, we get lots of calls about lots of dogs of various ancestry. It is very tough to turn anyone down. Rescue is actually extremely, emotionally draining. You want to place every dog that you get contacted about, but it isn't always possible.
Q: Q had been owned by an actor, who had been down on his luck lately. He had an offer to make a picture in L.A., and put Q in to a boarding facility. Unfortunately, the movie deal fell through, and the actor didn't have the money to get back to Toronto, nor pay Q's boarding fees. The boarding facility turned Q over to us, after the dog had been signed over to them by the actor. Q was a ten year old sweetheart; grossly obese, and very depressed. He needed dentistry very badly, as well. The Canadian Mastiff Club found a wonderful home for him in the Ottawa area, and offered to pay his dentistry bills. These people wouldn't hear of it - paid all his health expenses, and gave this dog a loving home for his twilight years.
PUCK: Puck had been owned by a very famous NHL hockey player, who had been traded to a southern U.S. team. He had left the dog with his sister, who no longer wanted the dog - neither did the hockey player! We found a great forever home for Puck, where he is still loved and spoiled.
A KENNEL: Bill and Waltie Pieper of Wynmast Estate Mastiffs out in B.C. started off with great intentions. They bought some wonderful Mastiffs from some of the top kennels to use as their foundation dogs. They even had a number one Mastiff in Canada and had earned the Pedigree 'Breeder of the Year' award! Greed turned them into, what was in my opinion, nothing more than a puppy mill. The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raided the kennel and rescued 49 Mastiffs in terrible conditions. The Canadian Mastiff Club and the Mastiff Club of America, both assisted in finding loving homes for these poor dogs. Unfortunately, a few had to be euthanized due to health issues. We had one wonderful family drive from Ontario to get one of these dogs, and give him the love and attention he so richly deserves.
Waltie Pieper, actually contacted me and objected to my site, so I stand corrected. Just prior to the Humane Society making their arrest, Waltie had separated from her husband. She was not charged. We had been getting complaints about them prior to the separation, which was the reason we alerted the Humane Society in the first place.
Pictured, is Delta; one of the 49 rescues from B.C. She's pictured here, on her first day in her foster home - one month after having been cared for by the B.C. SPCA - still so painfully thin . She was fostered by Canadian Mastiff Club member, Sheldon Roy.
Delta is now in a loving, forever home.
This is Sophia, another Wynmast Mastiff rescue. She resides in a wonderful home in Seattle, Wa. now. A beautiful girl who still struggles with her shyness after living in a box for the first two years of her life.
A rare picture of Angus with his male owner. You see Angus was terrified of men, and despite living with the Murray family for 4 years, he could rarely bring himself to make contact with any men. Four years? Poor Angus died at age 5 due to kidney failure - a problem also found in several of the Wynmast rescue dogs as well. Mr Murray tells of appalling conditions when they purchased Angus, and a dog too terrified of everything to take anywhere. He was purchased in 2001, from both Walthie and Bill Pieper of Wynmast Estate. So much for Walthie's indignation.........
Please. Let us learn from these stories. Be careful as to where you get your dog from. Buy from reputable breeders. Buy from a Canadian Mastiff Club member. (The Pieper's had been kicked out of the Canadian Mastiff Club for their conduct; and the CMC were the ones who first alerted the Humane Society.) Be sure, when you decide to get a Mastiff, or any dog, that this is a lifetime commitment.
If you would like to make a donation to the Canadian Mastiff Club, Rescue, please make cheques payable to the C.M.C. and mail to:
197 Durham Rd. 39
Some of the dogs that have been adopted:
|Mecca, a South African Boerbel||Sampson|| Bubba, a Dogue de Bordeaux
|Shyanne, a Presa Canerio rescued
from a puppy mill
|We get lots of help from other Rescue Groups as well. We all network to try and find good homes for these dogs. Echo and Otis, left, were found the perfect place, together, by one such group. Our thanks.||Quigley, a Mastiff mix||Simba, an unregistered Mastiff from an accidental breeding between 2 purebreds on non-breeding contracts||Bella, a Bullmastiff||Capone, a South African Boerbel|
|Bruno, a Mastiff mix||Buster, a Mastiff mix||Goliath, a Mastiff||Penny, a Mastiff mix||Turner, a Mastiff mix|
|Roots, a Mastiff puppy||Layla, a Mastiff mix||Petunia, a Neo||Jaida||Jessy|
|Justice a Mastiff/Neopolitan mix. Very sad story. Justice was bred nearly every heat and kept in terrible conditions. She was confiscated by the Humane Society, after being found at the bottom of an empty pool, pregnant, and starving. She savagely attacked her foster Mom and had to be euthanized.|
Every once in a while we get some of those exceptional stories. Those winning tales against the odds. Read below for just some of those heart-warming true tales:
Katie was a female Mastiff/Cane Corso X and a Hurricane Katrina survivor, whom June Towler rescued when she was deployed to New Orleans to do animal rescue work in Oct./05. Katie was in pretty bad shape; broken front leg, demodectic mange, chemical burns, very malnourished, intact, smelly and fleas were jumping off her!
She had such a great attitude, even though she was in pain, that June fell in love with her and brought her home to Ontario to foster and make her well.
Sadly Katie had to be euthanized on May 18/07 due to complications arising from swallowing a foreign object.
This is a tribute to both June and Katie. June for the wonderful work she did with Katie. And Katie for her efforts to get well. They were wonderful together.
Dozer came into our lives in July/06. Bev had e-mailed to say there was a Mastiff at the Clarington Animal Shelter, male, 18 months, brindle. The story was sad; he had been tied to the shelter fence in the middle of the night. The shelter figured out, (after numerous friends had called), that his owner feared that he was going to be arrested, and feared for the dog's safety and tied him to the fence. Dozer had been used as a guard dog for a drug dealer and was very barrier aggressive, unfixed and never leash walked and surely would have been shot by the police. The shelter staff explained that he was a nice dog, but was programmed to be demonstrative, and they were unsure as to how far his training had gone. They did not want him to go to any of the parade of wanna-be gangsters that were lining up to adopt him - ones that knew his previous owner...
Our first meeting I will never forget. The shelter manager went to bring him to a fenced in pen where we could meet. She emerged, skiing across the wet grass, barely able to hold on as Dozer, (so appropriately named), ploughed out in front. She managed to get him in the pen and close the door. He jumped above my head a few times, happy to be free to run at last, having been penned for a week. I wondered if he was too much to take on. I brought one of our other dogs along, Eddie, who is, maybe, 12 pounds soaking wet. I figured if she liked him, he was O.K. She did, warily, like him, at a safe distance. He was fascinated with her and never, ever growled at her. He had since become her ultimate protector. He adores her.
The decision to take on Dozer was a huge one. I walked him for three hours before I decided he was workable and that he was a diamond in the rough - very rough! I thought I was going to die on the way home on the 401 with all three of us crammed into my Honda Civic. I don't think he had much car experience, either - he was determined to drive. First step was getting him neutered, after that, things got much better. It has been seven months and after consulting with an animal behaviourist, completing the family dog obedience class, and constant socializing; he is now the sweet mellow couch potatoe he was meant to be. He loves Cherry Beach and loves wrestling in the sand with his pals; long naps; walks on the Danforth and the Boardwalk; but most of all, he loves to snuggle up in the morning on the Serta Mattress with the pack. His barrier aggression has gone to to the point where friends can come and visit and we can go through the drive-through without drama. He remains a steadfast protector of home and those he loves without all the rough edges. All that work was really worth it - he is a great dog!
Dozer has gone on to pass his Practical Living Course, and has passed his Therapy Dog test with TPOC (Therapeutic Paws of Canada), and now visits at a seniors home periodically. He has taken his Interaction With Children test, and is the official Therapy Dog on the 7th floor of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children!
Way to go Chris Godi!
Just before Easter in April 2006 we received an e-mail from Bev Molloy that there was a year old Mastiff in Oakville needing a home. We were so excited, you see, we had been looking for a rescue for almost 2 months. The next day we arranged to meet with Duke and immediately upon getting out of their truck he ran right over and sat beside me - as though he'd known me forever. He had the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. The people told us how they were living with their parents and they absolutely wanted the dog gone. I had my doubts and wanted to sleep on it - he seemed more than a little unruly, jumping up and biting at me. They told me Duke had never walked on a leash before or eaten indoors because he was too messy. Poor boy, he was just a baby. I went to sleep thinking of him and immediately upon waking knew we'd be picking him up. And we did. Duke came home for Easter and walked on a leash, ate indoors and had his choice of 4 beds. He settled right in by the second day. We did take him to a behaviourist to confirm that he wasn't aggressive just simply trained to play rough by inexperienced owners. We worked out the kinks over the next year. Duke completed 7 different training classes in Obedience and Rally-O. Duke got his Canine Good Neighbour in August and he just got two legs in the Novice Rally-o this weekend (Nov. 10/11) Duke was in a fashion show fundraiser for Neo-Paws last February - he earned his own shoes and coat. The video of the event is on Dogster under Duke Mastiff in Barrie, it's very cute and funny. His photo is also on the Chilly Dogs website modeling our first Mastiffs coat...its a little big on him in the photo, but he's since grown into it this year. Dukey has brought us so much love and laughter, he is truly a doll. We couldn't ask for a better dog, he's loved everywhere he goes because he's got such a sweet magnetic personality. We are truly blessed to have this wonderful boy, he was the best Easter present we could have ever asked for. Thank you so much Mastiff Rescue and Bev Molloy, keep up the good work.
Ron and Karen Neath
Wally was found abandoned at a mall north of Toronto. Despite everything that this boy had to endure, he loved people and other animals. He was a very sweet boy.
A foster home was found for Wally to help him regain his health. A forever home was also found. But despite everyone's efforts, poor Wally succumbed to the health issues brought about by his starvation. A giant thank you to all those involved with the attempts to bring love and hope to the last days of a poor abandoned dog. I hope he found happiness and peace.