Friday, April 15, 2016

Teddy

Did you see Heather's post? Ellie adopted Teddy awhile ago when she moved to Provence.  He had lived in the shelter for four years without being adopted.  He was not scared of Ellie's wheelchair or breathing equipment as many of the others were.  Unfortunately with Ellie approaching the end of her road, Teddy needs a new home.  He is in France.  Do you know people in France? I don't.  If you do, will you please reach out to them and ask them to share Heather's post?  Because I have a past life as a big whore who said stupid things, even stupider than now, I do not use social media. Oh and I'm super competitive.  Social media is simply not for me.   But if you do use it, I'd like to ask you to share Heather's post on your platforms.  
I'll be back soon with thoughts on fruit platters and the best muffin recipe in the world.

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  1. What a handsome boy. I hope Teddy finds a good home soon! He's been through so much. Thank you for this post, Stephen.
    Cheers

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    1. Me too! Thanks, Loi! If you post his photo on ig I will come to Maine and fill your freezer with homemade ice cream!

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    2. Then You can swing by the SONS food truck!!!!!

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  2. Oh what a sweet dog. I will pass the info about Teddy on.
    I have to say it makes me ponder about all of those who have pets and the owner is struggling with a terminal illness. What kind of support is out there ?

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    1. I know it's such a complicated issue. It's all just so heartbreaking! I wish I could adopt him. Even if I went to France to get him I worry that kind of trip would be too traumatic. I hate hate hate to fly but I would if I could bring Teddy back. Maybe we can both get tranquilizers at the vet.

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    2. im worried it would be traumatic for him, I mean. I know it would be traumatic for me!

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    3. He should be with you and Barbie. Many dogs have flown that distance. Is there a quarantine period?

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    4. It doesn't look like there is. And apparently France is a "rabies free" country so I think that makes it somewhat easier to get him in the States. do you know anyone who's done it?

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    5. I know this sounds crazy, but I recall reading about dogs flown to Europe by breeders. The owner at Growing With Plants blog partner does this because he raises pure breed dogs . I believe he is now flying a dog to the Netherlands. I could send you his e mail?. Just trying to be helpful.

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    6. I would love that! Please! Salonstephen@gmail.com

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    7. Will do and here is a link to transporting by air from Air France.
      http://www.pettravel.com/airline_pet_rules/airfrance.cfm

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  3. Oh- That makes me feel like crying. How wonderful that he loved and was so loved during your friend's journey. Life is full of sadness sometimes. Hopefully, someone will spot this beautiful baby and offer him a home. xo Diana

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    1. Me too! It's such an incredible story and I know we are all believers in rescue dogs and their incredible love for their owners I just wish he were on our continent!

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  4. Oh, I wish I did have friends in France. He is such a beautiful dog and would make such a lovely friend! Prayers going out for Teddy finding a forever home.

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    1. Thank you! Doesn't he have the sweetest face? I can't imagine anyone had a dry eye reading her post about the day she adopted him.

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  5. Thank you so much for this post...you are a wonderful friend to Ellie, me and Teddy!
    And ps. yes, he really is the wonderful, soulful dog that I say he is...

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    1. oh I can just tell he is! What's really causing my dogilogical clock to thump with fury is the photo of him back at the shelter! It's making me so upset I can hardly stand it. I feel so bad for both he and Ellie. I'm sure it ripped her heart out knowing he had to go back

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  6. This whole situation makes a heavy heart but I'm sure we all have our own triggers. One of mine is Teddy. Crazy thing is for some reason I was wondering about him and looked at his IG page for any update only then to see Heathers post...Ellie must have so much on her mind and I'm sure she's worried about Teddy too. His eyes just kill me.

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    1. I know! I think what is lighting a fire under all of us over teddy is that we can help him it's just a matter of logistics and are those logistics viable/not too much for him to handle. I worry that even if we can get him over here to the states that for him to fly as cargo for that long is cruel. I know people do it but is he strong enough to handle the stress? I'm trying to get him a private plane! haha I'm thinking we could do a big thing where we bring rescues from teddy's shelter in France and have a marathon adoption event. And a company based here in Columbus called NetJets could have some fabulous PR. I know I kept looking at his photos and the one that wrecks me the most is him at the shelter again.

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    2. Wow, I thought the same thing about NetJets. It may be too much stress for him to fly as cargo.

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  7. Poor Teddy. I hope someone adopts him soon. I would if I were able to fly him to Australia, but our quarantine laws are strict and he'd have a horrible time for 3 months on arrival. Im sure this is also weighing heavily on Ellie's mind. It's so good of you to post about this, hopefully someone will help out. x

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    1. I know I think it would be such a boon to Ellie's spirt if we can get him into a good home soon! The laws for the US do not seem too extreme. I don't think he would have to be quarantined unless he went to Hawaii which we'd have no reason to do because there are many of us who want him here in continental US. We need Johnny Depp to smuggle him out of France like he smuggled his dogs into Australia!

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    2. Haha yeah let's get Johnny Depp on the go with this!

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    3. Yes, Australia's quarantine laws make it a no/no for Teddy's adoption here. Johnny Depp smuggled his in but then had to smuggle them right out again! But people do fly pets all round the world to places with easier quarantine regs. In Colombo we knew some Canadians who were flying their whole menagerie home to Ottawa - not only dogs and cats but also monkeys and a mouse deer (don't know what that is - just remember them telling us).
      Do hope Teddy finds a good home soon and quickly, wherever it is. He looks such a darling and I'm sure it will greatly set Ellie's mind at ease to know. Pammie

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    4. I know Hawaii also has very strict quarantine laws due to its isolation. He does look so so sweet!

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    5. Oh if only Johnny Depp could fly Teddy out! So funny that he was again in the news yesterday facing his day in court about the whole quarantine saga with that wooden promotion he and his girlfriend did for the Australian Quarantine services. No doubt we'll all be watching that on every international flight upon arrival to Oz..... Thought you might enjoy this - we have a political satire show on our national broadcaster called The Insiders and there is a very clever video editor who does mashups, one on Trump went viral a month ago.. this is the one he did over the whole Johnny Depp saga a year ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JLTf8bK7CA

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    6. Stephen
      I've just read again all the comments about Ellie and poor Teddy - and feel so sad. I can see you are trying so hard to find him a new home but are worried about him flying long haul so I suddenly thought of a French friend who lives in Aix which isn't a million miles from Teddy's refuge. She already has a couple of dogs and mightn't want any more but I've sent her a message with a link into Lost in Arles where all the address/contact details are and asked her if she knows anyone who might be able to give him a good home. She's a very kind person and a great animal lover.
      I'm hoping she might be able to help but I can't promise anything. Pammie

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    7. Oh Pammie thank you so so much! Getting this info to as many people in France as possible is the best help of all. Thank you!
      Heidi, that isn so funny! The video of Depp and his girlfriend is so bizarre! It kills me that they really don't think it's a big deal. No one could love ther dog more than I love Barbie but I don't think I could let that blind me to why such an isolated land like Australia would have such strict quarantine laws! They come off as such asses.

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    8. Have just sent another message to a person who lives in St Remy de Provence - really just over the hill from Les Baux. Nothing may come of it but it's worth trying. Clearly has to be a local solution, if there is one. Pammie

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  8. This is killing me also Stephen. I would adopt him in a second, he'd fit right in here with our people-person-pony Scout. One of my best friends brings her dogs here from France as puppies, I think the flight isn't too bad. I think the last time she flew one in to South Carolina? Not sure how the vaccinations etc would work for an older dog, but if he's been at the shelter all these years and then to our Ellie they would be updated I'm guessing.
    The photo at the shelter is killing me the most you're right.
    Funnily enough today we're headed out to a country house party and the owner has 8 or 9 dogs, she's rescued a few of them from foreign countries so I'm going to ask her about this. I'll let you know what she says. XOX

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    1. It seems it's even easier to get an older dog in due to the decreased risk of parvo I assume. I would be thrilled if you could adopt him! How amazing would it be if one of us could? Yes please get some details from your friend!

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    2. Dani, I am going to call the shelter in a bit but I know that the dogs always leave with all of their shots...

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    3. Thank you Heather! It looks like to come into the US we need his paperwork. Not sure if he needs to be microchipped or not. But if he does I'm sure we can work on that

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    4. I'm just back from my friend's house in the country which is Dog Heaven. Most of her dogs were rescued from different places, the latest one, Murphy, just arrived from Georgia.
      My friend told me that laws around bringing in dogs were quite strict at one time due to rabies, quarantine was 6 months. Here in Canada that was lifted just a few years ago, I'm wondering if it is the same for the US. There's an organization called Veterinarians Without Borders that helps dogs find new homes (though usually from dire straits, that's how Murphy found his way to Dog Heaven).
      Gosh it was lovely to be around all of those happy dogs.
      I'm going to send my friend this link, she was very curious about Teddy! I have told her about Ellie before, sadly she lost her husband to ALS three years ago. He was a very lovely man.

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    5. Dani, have your friend contact me if she interested for more info! My email is on my post. :)

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  9. I love that you are thinking about Teddy.....wasn't there another little guy too? Teddy will find his home and you'll be a big part of that. Blessing to you Sweetie!

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    1. Hello, Rose! Thank you! Valentin found a good home. I think he is more suited to Paris life than big Teddy is.

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    2. Valentin actually ended up in Provence! He was scooped up by the owners of the house Ellie was renting. They fell in love with him! :)

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  10. there must be someone in france that can take him. that long haul flight would be so hard on him. this is killing me. could he fly all the way to california?

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    1. I am trying really hard to find someone local...but am crazily moved that so many are interested in him!

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    2. I agree that local would be ideal. I think such a trip would be so difficult on him! But we will get him here if we need to!

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  11. YES< they can make it to CALIFORNIA . I have flown TWO black LABS from ITALY home to SAN FRAN 20 plus years ago............along with TWO cats and TWO SONS...............BUT I AGREE better off in FRANCE with NO TRAVELING.WORKING on it on my END STEPHEN..........as you know I am up early today headed to stand on my feet for the next 8 hours selling MY CRAP!!!!!!!Will check in tomorrow and see what is happening!!XX

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    1. I wish I could come to the show! If you hear from Penelope please send her my way!! I just worry about Teddy in the cargo!

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    2. I sent your Post to HER‼️‼️

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  12. Stephen Andrew, I love you. Period. I just do.
    Thank you for the comment telling me about Teddy. I sent the link to a friend (an American living with her Italian husband in Umbria:) She wants a dog and I'm hoping we can talk her husband into it;)
    I will post on IG, Now, will you come fill my freezer with ice cream too?!!!:):)
    Also, could you email me sometime. I've been wanting to ask you a question and chat and can't find an email for you.
    xxojoan

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    1. Joan, I have my Cuisinart ice cream maker and like fourteen bowls and will travel! I will even bring my own chair to perch next to yours and dans on the terrace :)

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    2. just posted on IG and asked people to share... lets get this boy adopted!!!

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    3. Thank you so sooooo much Joan! Make a list of your ice cream flavors!

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    4. PS may I call you Joan of Bark?

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  13. I'm so very sad for Teddy! He had just found his place and his happiness and security. Also sad for Gracie as she and Teddy had such a special bond. I wish beyond wishes that Gracie could keep Teddy. I don't know the behind story. I just know rehoming dogs is so very hard on them. He is such a doll. I'm going to post on My French Country Home's page - Sharon. I can't remember exactly her last name. I know she has two dogs already, but I feel like he would fit in very well there. Prayers for Teddy and all involved. I send my love to you all even though I'm more heartbroken now than I was before over Ellie's story. This has got to be extremely difficult for her - this piece about Teddy. :( <3

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing Heather's post with her! I know it is heart wrenching all around isn't it? I really think with so many of us focused on helping teddy into a new home we can help!

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  14. Thank you for your reply! I'm so sad to read that he's back at the refuge and so sad about poor Gracie. Losing her Mom and Teddy too. Too much, just too much. I forgot to sign my name about, but it's Valorie. I did message Sharon at My French Country Home on FB. Fingers and toes are crossed. Prayers and good wishes for all. xx Valorie

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing it with her! I would be so thrilled if he were adopted in France. All this true dog love does inspire me to organize rescue events!

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  15. I will share, you never know.. what a beautiful dog, too... and his person.

    :-(

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  16. Stephen - I think you need a sibling for Barbie. Why ever not... :-)

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    1. Thank you for sharing Teddy! I would take him in a heartbeat! I just hate the thought of him having to arrive via cargo! I think it would be very best that he find a home in France. But if he does end up in North America, I know he will have dozens vying to bring him home. Also, Heather is very well acquainted with Teddy's shelter and she assured me it is a truly lovely shelter with volunteers who care deeply. The dogs play outside and are loved. doesn't mean I'm any less eager to get him adopted! Just glad to know he is not out in the cold without love.

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    2. Won't you please adopt him, Stephen? Teddy needs a forever home and you would make Ellie so very happy. Teddy is young and healthy, and dogs are often shipped by cargo. France would be the optimum choice for a home for Teddy, but nothing is coming to fruition. Meanwhile Teddy continues to sit in the shelter. He deserves a new family to show him how much he is loved and a home with a warm bed. Please adopt this sweet dog.

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    3. I'm looking into it and he's weighing heavily on my heart, too. But the bottom line for all of us is his well being and I'm not comfortable sending a dog on a journey like that at this point.

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    4. Stephen - I wonder whether Teddy could be sedated for the trip? It breaks my heart thinking of both Ellie's and Teddy's situation.
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    5. I worry about that for a few reasons but mainly that it would wear off during the trip and he would wake up very upset. I'll know more after I talk to Barbie's vet tomorrow

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  17. I posted it on my FB page. It's also important to remember that anyone with friends in the UK could probably adopt him fairly easily, since both France and the UK are Eurozone countries and just a ferry or chunnel ride away. So if you have UK friends share this with them! I have family in England so made sure they saw this. Perhaps his home is just across the Channel in England!

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  18. I echo the post above by unknown - It would be so gratifying to know you would adopt Teddy if arrangements can be made for his flight. He is only five and would be fine on the flight as long as he was well crated. Where there is a will, there is a way. I am so impressed and touched by all the love shown for Teddy. I don't know you, but do follow your blog and think you would be the perfect Teddy parent.

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    1. Hello, Jill! Thank you. I know-it's just wonderful how much love he has coming his way. I am going to talk with Barbie's vet tomorrow and ask his opinion on the matter. I couldn't trust him more so his thoughts will mean a lot to me.

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    2. My fingers and toes will be crossed. I just know your beloved vet will agree Teddy can make the journey. My husband's neice and family fly their dog from Hong Kong to Canada every summer. Same age as Teddy.

      Barbie and Teddy .... perfect

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    3. Oh Jill you know I've had to stop myself from already ordering Teddy a monogrammed beach towel. Just trying not to lose my head and let my increasingly unstable emotions make a decision that's not actually best for him. There's no way I could get from Canada to HK! Haha

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    4. A monogrammed beach towel!! Teddy will have his blog soon.
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    5. Dear Stephen:

      If you decide to bring Teddy over, please let me know where I could send money to help cover the cost for the trip for dear Teddy. I really want to help.

      In The Capital.. on IG

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  19. I am so sorry to hear Teddy is back at the shelter. So heartbreaking losing his lovely family, hope someone is able to give him a good home soon. xx Lillian

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    1. Ms Lillian Plummer, I love your name! It's 7x7 symmetry! I know I am so hopeful that all this attention is leading to him being adopted quickly! I think of much more time passes, he will be bound for America or Canada soon.

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  20. What a kind heart you have! Thank you for trying to help Teddy. I think he has the sweetest face and the most loving eyes. I bet he would be great with kids as he obviously adored Gracie in Ellie's photos. However, any home would be appreciated as long as he is well treated. I would take him if I could, but alas. Looking forward to your next brunch post.

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    1. Thank you so much! I know, he has the sweetest eyes! Heather has met him and says he really is the sweetest dog!

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  21. I'm just an admiring reader (of both your blog and Ellie's) but think you would be a wonderful human for Teddy. If you decide to adopt him, I would love to contribute to the cost of the venture. I'm lucky enough to have two wonderful creatures who call me their human, and they are great for each other (although the Great Dane does occasionally knock over the Black Lab with his big-dog enthusiasm and awkwardness). I'll keep an eye on your blog to see what transpires with Teddy.

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    1. Hello, Nancy! Thank you so much! How funny, I can't even imagine having such a big dog! They have such wonderful temperaments!

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  22. Thank you for all you are doing for Teddy, Stephen Andrew. I am another reader of your blog, Ellie's blog and Heather's blog who fell in love with Teddy when I read Ellie's first post about him. Like you, I would seriously consider adopting Teddy if there was a minimally traumatic, safe way to transport him to where I live in the U.S. I have not found a way to do that, but I have emailed Jeanne Henriques, who writes Collage of Life and Expat:Vietnam, asking her to email you, Heather and me her advice on the subject. She is about to have (or just had) her dog Tika transported from VietNam to New Hampshire or Boston and, I believe, had Tika transported internationally to VietNam when she moved there 4 or so years ago. Please keep us (your faithful readers) apprised of Teddy's status as you learn more, and let us know if there is more we can do to help him.

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    1. Thank you so much! I so appreciate you helping to get some insight into this from someone who's done it! I am surprised to learn how many people send their dogs on such long trips. I will let you know if I hear anything! Thanks again!

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    2. Heather sent me the link I wrote them last last on the cost.........waiting to hear back!!

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    3. I wrote them last night.Still NO answer from them.

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  23. Stephen, please check your e mail concerning an e mail I received from Joe, who breeds dogs and flies them to new owners by international travel.

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  24. you are a kind soul. Has a home been found yet? xxx

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    1. Thank you FF! No, not yet. But I've heard from people who know people in France and are circulating his information.

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  25. Has anyone contacted Air France to see the cost of flying Teddy to the States?...apparently if you fly with him the cost will be less....

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    1. I have not. If you look into it, and I were to be his adopter, my preferred airport would be Ronald Reagan in DC. I've heard is best that they do have an escort on the flight. I am still apprehensive for him to fly as cargo though.

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  26. Sharing with a friend in France -- hey, you never know, right?

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  27. t, this is so weird the same thing happened where your comment is in my email and not on the page.
    T is sending Teddy's info to a friend in France and I'm very appreciative! Thank you. I still think it would best if he could find a home there.

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  28. OKAY........AIR FRANCE does fly into D.C.
    PET PROGRAM for AIR FRANCE is 1-800-556-9000. Just called and because they use PET FORWARDERS she couldn't give me a RATE!TO get a rate to ship TEDDY call 1-443-340-8566
    OR CLUB PET INTERNATIONAL at 703-471-7818
    OR OHL at 610-461-3232.
    YOU DONOT NEED TO BE ON BOARD is what AIR FRANCE TOLD ME.

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  29. Oh my gosh, I just want to give you ALL a giant group hug for what you're trying to do for sweet, sweet Teddy. This dog has been on my mind and in my prayers as much as our beloved Ellie, Gracie, and David have been. I cannot imagine the emotional pain they must be going through worrying about him ON TOP of everything else. I pray that somehow a final gift in finding Teddy a forever, loving home will help ease Ellie's heartbreaking transition. We all love her so....

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    1. Thank you Stephen for posting this and for caring about our dear Ellie so much!

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    2. Hello, Georgina! Thank you so much and welcome. I couldn't agree more. I would be so so so thrilled for Teddy to have a new family as soon as possible. It's such an unfair situation. My French is very bad so it took me a little bit on the shelter's website to read his caption starting with "this dog has no luck". Breaks my heart.

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    3. Thank you, Stephen! I couldn't agree with you more. Ugh...it's just heartbreaking all the way around. I also live in the US (we're almost neighbors. I live in Michigan) otherwise I'd be begging and pleading with my husband to adopt yet another fur child. I just can't imagine him being put in cargo and transported that way - even though I know people do it all of the time with their animals safely. I however, am one of those freaks that can't even leave my dog-child unattended in my privacy fenced in backyard for 5 minutes, for fear of abduction, escape, injury, etc....yes, I'm fully aware, I do need therapy πŸ˜‰

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    4. I'm exactly like you are with your dogs! I agree! I heard from so many people that cargo is okay but I just don't think it is

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  30. Hello Stephen,

    Please tell me you are going to adopt Teddy. I cannot bear to think of Ellie's sweet Teddy languishing in a shelter. He needs to be with you - Ellie would be so relieved and happy. He is a special dog, obviously highly sensitive to human feelings. And a perfect companion to your dear Barbie.

    I am like Georgina, thinking constantly of Teddy, wanting to hear he is heading to Ohio to be with you and Barbie.

    There is a special connection between you and Ellie. You receive special mention in her last blog posting. Teddy is an extension of her - he will love you to pieces!

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    1. I totally agree with you Jill! Stephen has a special place in Ellie's heart - that is quite apparent. I LOVED that she made it a point to mention him by name in todays blog...oh God here come the tears. I also feel like Teddy needs to be with him too. It's the getting him here in cargo that's the problem. Still praying for someone with a private plane to offer their services to fly Teddy first class to his new American home.

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    2. Heather heard from the shelter today and they will not permit such a long distance adoption. I'm very disappointed because there are so many of us who would adopt him here. I've been so wrapped up in how to get him to me and if he'd want a yellow or blue bed that I didn't stop to think how I know dog rescue works. I have been thinking about both of them so much and also wish we could all do this for her, knowing it would bring a wave of comfort to her.

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    3. Oh, no.....to say this is disappointing is an understatement. I'm with you Stephen, never thought for one second about whether they'd adopt overseas or not. I guess we're all going to have to step up our game just a bit and keep sharing this sweet dogs story until someone in France finally finds out what an amazing little gem he is. I believe with all my heart that it will happen. So sorry, Stephen.... I would have imagined that beautiful boy sleeping on a yellow bed. Xoxo

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  31. My Dear Stephen,

    Where there is a will there is a way....it's not over til the fat lady sings....if at first you don't succeed, try try again....it takes a village...well, you get it. :)

    I understand why Ellie cares deeply for you...you do have a heart of gold....

    So you haven't met Teddy in person, so the shelter is claiming you have to do, but that isn't true. You have met Teddy......Ellie introduced you, she introduced him to all of us...and it was love at first sight.

    So...heather knows you, and she knows you are loved and adored by ellie, and also knows friends of ellie's that know you (Contessa, Penelope) that can vouch for you...why wouldn't the shelter want Teddy to go to a forever home that has this much love to give him?!!

    International adoptions are done all the time....please don't give up....Ellie and Teddy are worth fighting for.

    And by the way, a yellow and blue toile bed would be beautiful. :)

    ~Tracy





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    1. Hello Tracy! I hear you loud and clear. I'm not giving up on finding Teddy a home. Because Heather is friends with these people I don't want to put her in a bad spot by bombarding them but I intend to have a conversation with them (and an interpreter) about if I could be vetted by them in a way they are comfortable with.

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  32. Stephen- I just wanted to make sure that you got the e mail from Joe that I sent you.

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    1. Yes, I did! Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help and putting me in touch with Joe!

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  33. If somehow it works out for Teddy to come here I'd be happy to chip in....maybe a Go Fund Me?

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    1. That is so sweet, Rose. Thank you. I would hope to cover the cost myself if bringing Tredy here is even possible which it appears not to be currently, but if things change I will certainly let you know. Thanks again!

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  34. It's devastating what Ellie is going through. If there is a separate fund to get Teddy relocated, please let us know.

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    1. Thanks so much. Unfortunately an international adoption has been absolutely refused. I'm disappointed as I loved the idea of it so much but I am also supportive of the shelter's rule as it does protect their dogs to keep them in the region. All this did make me realize I should probably rescue another dog. And I might be tempted to name him Teddy O'Connell. I guess I should ask Ellie if that's okay haha

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