<GOODBYE. FAREWELL. HELLO. HERE WE GROW...>
We have to admit something to YOU.
As HUGE as we stand behind - and Advocate for - Spay & Neuter to prevent unwanted additions
to the pet overpopulation here in Los Angeles - and Please Do Not Judge Us - we need to tell you
The Mutt Scouts has GIVEN BIRTH...to a BRAND NEW BABY...RESCUE.
Feel SO much better for being honest with you.
Now for the details:
Many of you know that the Scouts have been pridefully working together for YEARS.
Over TEN of 'em at this point.
When Nikki and I started Rescuing together, we were as independent as you can get.
Our houses were overflowing with.....LOVE and Poop.
Our homes were hospitals, kennels, classrooms, nurseries, dwellings full of excess Joy, and at times, arenas of profound sadness.
And this was Always for THEM.
Dedicated to THEM.
These beautiful creatures that did not ask to be born, that did not ever decide it would be okay to be abandoned, or beaten, or discarded, or forgotten.
We promised them another option was in the works.
And if you were not perfect, if you were missing a leg, or an eye, or were disfigured, then you just met your biggest fans.
We have always LOVED the Special Kids.
Beauty lies in the Soul.
Goodness Resonates in the Spirit.
And LOVE, well, LOVE is born from within.
Eye contact, a feeling, empathy, dependency, a connection, a back-story. Who is to say why we LOVE?
We are just glad that we do.
So it was.
Both of us Rescuing, and Plotting, and Working, and Trying, and Failing, and going Forward.
The Scouts became known as a group not afraid to get their hands dirty.
Immediately, it became apparent we would need to throw in our additional skill-sets to build our Voice, and our Cause.
Nikki was The Photographer. Throngs of amazing, real, captured images that have burned a place in my heart, and likely yours.
I was The Writer. I looked into these animals eyes and did my best to bring you their truths - as they would want to speak it.
Sharing their secrets. What I thought you might wish to know about these especially Special Lost Souls.
Together we were a Team.
All Of It For Both Of Us: AN HONOR.
We expanded, and were SO unbelievably fortunate to work with so many of you fine folks.
Kudos to you all our fellow Rescuers, Networkers, Leaders, and Integrity-Rich Citizens.
Thank you for your Assistance, your Guidance, and your Support.
Thank You, too, to those that we do not exactly cherish.
You taught us who we did not want to be. And there is Value and Merit in that as well.
Rescuers get a bum rap for being neurotic balls of energy.
Listen, those kinds of people exists everywhere in Life.
But where else are you going to find a group of individuals that WILLINGLY set their hearts up to be broken AGAIN AND AGAIN?
Individuals that put others' lives in front of their own...and dedicate their worlds to protecting innocence?
And then, with heavy heart cracked in two, sleep a distant memory, and the notion of a vacation a literal joke: These same women and men Keep on, Keep Forward, and Keep the Fight. ALL to help homeless cats and dogs find their way, on to a Gentler, more Nurturing, Kinder, and more Joyous Fate.
Why do we do it?
They are a reflection of us, you see. We know what it is to be lost, and alone, and hurt,
and we want to do better for those victimized by lesser humans.
It is not a judgement. It's a judgment call.
And it is not a hobby. It's a way of LIFE.
Thank YOU to the many we have worked with as a Team.
We both know how we absolutely WON the Team Lottery. Humbly, The Scouts have been an Eclectic, Charming, Savvy, Compassionate, Skilled, and Focused Band of Heroes.
Such Dedication. Impressive amounts of Compassion. You Shaped Us.
These last few years have been Epic.
United we have accomplished much to be Proud of.
My hope is that you wear that around as a Badge of Honor. You deserve that.
If all these kids that we Saved could write you, their words would be all the armor you need for negotiating Life's darker corners.
Thank You to the many of YOU that have supported us here, on Facebook, on our Blog, at our Events.
Make no mistake: Your Likes and Shares and Donations SAVED LIVES.
Thank YOU to our BRILLIANT Adopters...who shared our vision and SO MANY of You have become Animal Advocates after your world was expanded by Adoption.
That is so unbelievable cool to see. So Moving. That is how we advance. Thank you for taking these rehabbed Survivors into your Families, your Hearts, and your Worlds.
And truly: THANK YOU to the dogs. The kids. The pups...and a few cats too!
YOU are the reason we are here.
You Trusted us.
When let down, beat down, and disposed of - when you had no real reason to Trust even your own shadow, you made an exception to our extended hand.
You let it pull you close, hold you, and introduce to you words that you had never heard:
Thousands of pups that we have collectively worked with to Heal,
Give Hope to,
and send Home, to begin again.
This time, the right way.
There are far too many names to even attempt to mention.
And that is a GREAT problem to have.
All the hoarding dogs, the special needs, the sickly, the abused, the lost that we joined in to rehab. Our Seven, Georgie, JJ, Noni, Holly, Myrtle, YuLin, YuDee, Theo, Hands Solo, Rhoda, Penny, Aurora, Moses, April May & Mary. Our Bugle, Bert, Thor, Polly Pocket, Teena, Katrina, Oscar, Vida & Val...and literally thousands more.
Over ten years worth of names.
Each one of your spirits guided us forward to Save The Next.
We have a treasure trove of SO many beautiful faces from the years gone by.
I sit in silence for a minute.
Overwhelmed. Overjoyed. Moved.
It Lives In You, this thing we do.
It breathes and resonates and it Grows.
When once there was one place to Life Save, Story Tell, and Support...
Now There Are Two.
As we move forward, Nikki will now be the voice you read here on The Mutt Scouts page, and she will share with you what her vision is - what kind of new territory she will move toward, moving forward.
I know, and it is Exciting, but I want her to share it with you.
This will be my last Mutt Scouts post.
I am moving, but not far.
As some of you know I opened a LA Rescue Based dog + cat store recently. Echo Bark Inc. Still am opening it actually.
Building a business ain't for babies. What I am seeing once doors were opened, is a need to create a Rescue that will be housed above the store - a new Non-Profit 501c3 - where we can continue to Rescue, as well as advocate for the Community, and aim to impact more, more, and then more. More animals. More People. More Life Saving. More rehabilitation. More Story-Telling, Shot Clinics, Seminars, Spay/Neuter days, Adoption Events, these are all where I wish to head.
Same Affection. New Direction.
As the store grows, we want it to give back to a rotation of local rescues.
Just a few weeks open and I can tell you things. What Joy it brings to have a constant flow of folks in that build their lives around their Adopted Companions. Having been in the shelters for years, this is a welcome perspective that you should all experience.
I can tell you more. Clearly we must ALSO take care of the Humans as well as their companion animals.
The humans care for these kids. And if we are single minded...if we do not "like" people because we do not Trust them, or take the time to do for them - to Care for the Caretakers - then how ever will we be able to Effectively Accommodate, and Save these Dogs and Cats that require our HELP?
Both of these ventures are NEW, and forming, and would appreciate
You know and Love TMS - and thank you for continuing to do so.
Please stay tuned as Nikki will share what is next up for The Scouts,
as it develops. More Solid, Passionate rescue, to be sure.
Please find room in your heart for another Non-Profit Rescue:
I want to introduce you to The REAL Bark.
You might recognize our logo...a familiar face.
Yes, Thor is an Inspiration to many.
His absolute Celebration of Life in the face of struggle, is Epic.
Genius Artist Roy Guzman captured Thor's big, open, friendly smile.
The REAL Bark is even newer than new. It is JUST starting.
From the beginning.
A little frightening. But that can be a good thing.
We will need you to people it. To LIKE it. To Share it.
To Help Build it. To become the town citizens.
To Guide us, to Join us, and To Celebrate with us.
To Kindly follow our stories. To Share them.
To Volunteer. To become Desktop Advocates.
Please Click Here to LIKE The REAL Bark on Facebook: www.facebook.com/theREALbark
Please Click here for our Website Landing page & Video: www.theREALbark.org
(If it does not load, come back a little later, please. Told you we are brand new :)
There are now TWO places for you Join, Volunteer with, Support, and Share.
Thank YOU for that.
And that is a Beautiful thing.
I am looking at the pics of Nikki and I so young, and over the moon with receiving our 501c3.
We had already been rescue partners for years but this paper meant something special to us.
And it always will.
When you Rescue a Dog, or Cat, or Human - or any animal - and Advocate for him or her - it is FOR LIFE.
That is the bond that will hold us, while we stretch out in new directions.
Love you Nikki.
Know you will do Amazing things.
Thank You Mutt Scouts.
Years building The Scouts with you made me a Better person. A Bigger Person.
I will always support you, and hold such profoundly fond memories.
Hello Echo Bark Inc.
Hello The REAL Bark.
There are so many in our shelters and streets who need Lifting to Safety,
that are ready to put their TRUST in us.
We have some work to do.
A whole lot of work to do.
Thank YOU most loyal, supportive, and Rescue-Centric Friends.
There are SO MANY Lives in peril that need US to rally...
Let's Go Save Some More Lives.
And with a tip of the trucker cap, and a toothpicked grin,
I humbly say Goodbye Scouts, and offer my Most Heartfelt Thanks.
I'll be right over here.
And Here We Grow...
Be Well, Friends.
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2 months ago
<THEO: SAFE, HAPPY & HOME - AT LONG LAST>
This Adoption Picture Says It ALL.
Knowing what tragic shape he was in, and that he had given up, and had ZERO trust in humans, and what his Rehabilitation required...and then to look at this boy now, Smiling, Dancing around, and SO VERY LOVED, is EXACTLY WHY We Do This Daily.
CONGRATS Stav, Adi, and brother Bisly:
Thank you for answering Theo's dream of having a FAMILY to Protect, Want & Love him.
THEO: If you only knew, little man, how many hearts Worldwide you have Touched & Inspired.
Live Like Yesterday Never Existed...and that Today & Tomorrow are All That Matters.
Thank You: Hope For Paws, Eldad, Annie Hart, our many Scouts...and all of YOU Brilliant, Supportive Humans out there, that Took Note, Watched, Followed, and Cared about
THEO's Journey Back.
MUCH RESPECT & APPRECIATION to Queen Latifah, and her Awesome Producers, Staff & Crew, from The Queen Latifah Show, who Thoughtfully Wished to share Theo's Journey even wider. WATCH THEO's Segment HERE:
PLEASE SHARE THIS PICTURE FAR, FAR OUT THERE.
LET US SHOW THE WORLD WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH COMPASSION & AFFECTION.
Yes, sadly, awful things happen...and we humans - with Humility, Kindness & Grace - can Heal-Repair-Apologize-Honor-Nurture these animals that have been so let down. THANKS for being part of that.
Theo's Original Video: youtu.be/jxEQFTpwJG0
You Want to Help Others Like Theo?
The Mutt Scouts Will Be Running for THEM.
Please Consider a $5 or $10 Pledge Toward Our Race.
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6 months ago
<THEO: The Queen Latifah Show - TODAY - SNEAK PEEK>
This little SURVIVOR pup, that has won the hearts of MILLIONS, will be appearing with Queen Latifah, TODAY, Monday, September 22.
Check Your Local Listings & Set your DVRs, and See What Is Happening In This Pic.
Here is the episode link:
In Los Angeles: 2:00 pm CBS (channel 2) & 7:00 pm KCAL 9.
Eldad of Hope For Paws, Jf from The Mutt Scouts & Theo meet with Queen, and catch people up on what has been going on with this little unassuming HERO, who fought daily to stay alive, as he lived hidden under dumpsters & trailers for over a year.
PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR & WIDE.
Then head on back here later today for a NEW and UPDATED photo of Theo, that is SURE TO CAUSE A SMILE.
THANK YOU to Queen and her Amazing Staff & Crew, to always-Supportive Eldad, ever-Dedicated Annie Hart...and to YOU.
Yes, YOU all have been so hugely Compassionate, Thoughtful, and Enthusiastic from THE MOMENT Theo became a Mutt Scout. You reinforce our Trust & Inspiration in the Worldwide Animal & Human Community, and it is an Honor to Have Happened Upon Such Kind, Fine People.
Have You visited Hope For Paws on Facebook? Now is a Great Time.
You have NOT SEEN Theo's original video?
#MuttScouts #Are #Watching #THEO #Shine
PLEASE SHARE. THANKS!
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Hope For Paws & The Mutt Scouts will be on the Queen Latifah show today, September 22nd. with special guest star: THEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxEQFTpwJG0 You can see PART of this interview here: queenlatifah.com/lifestyle/heroes/hope-for-paws-mutt-scouts-theo-rescue/ - BUT you will have to check your local listings to see THE WHOLE THING :-) I posted a bunch of photo updates from behind the scenes (plus other rescue stories) on our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75 Later on today I will post last night's intense rescue story!!! The potential for disaster was just HUGE, but with some amazing help from Lisa Merkin who did some crazy brave stuff that I would never expect anyone to do, we were able to save the dog! Special thanks to the neighbor who agreed NOT TO SHOOT me or Lisa (but warned us that next time he might). Have a great week!!! Eldad
6 months ago
<THEO: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...>
No Doubt, this is not a Euro-Rock band set to take America by storm. Just a few of us Scouts - and Theo Supporters - who went along to our visit, and taping, on the The Queen Latifah Show.
From left: two-time Mutt Scout pup-adopter, Todd, Nikki, JP, Jf...and photobombing this moment is the sweetest little Pittie and girlfriend to Theo, Crouton.
Eldad from Hope For Paws also joined in the fun.
Queen Latifah was Amazing, so very sincere, and SUCH an animal advocate. Her entire staff was Gracious, Inviting, and full of Charm. And little Theo was nervous for his BIG MOMENT when......
...Not that fast...
You'll just have to tune in and watch.
Monday, September 22nd. Check your local listings.
PLEASE SHARE this post, so that other Theo lovers, can tune in and see what happens to this unsuspecting HERO.
There is SO MUCH information The Mutt Scouts would like to share with the public regarding Compassionate Care for our animals, and how we can be Better dog & cat guardians, and make Better choices for our animals. We shared a bit more on the QL web, after the taping. It would be a full honor to return to this fine show, to invite more discussion about our shelters, our streets, and our communities, and how we can ALL move - united - to reduce pet over-population, neglect, and reduce the euthanizing in our County and City Shelters. Telling stories of Survival, like Theo, are such a GREAT way to bring all those points home...
Do what you can in your World to Help others, Help THEM.
Give an extra hug to the pups and kitts in your Life, that make each day a Happier, more Exciting, and WAY More Loving Place To Live.
Happy Weekend Y'all.
To Help Us Save More
To Pledge To Our RACE - yes we are running - To Save More Lives.
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6 months ago
<THEO UPDATE - TELEVISION DEBUT>
Well now he went and did it.
Theo is hanging out with Royalty - Today.
Yup, Theo will accompany The Mutt Scouts & Eldad of Hope For Paws, and Theo's bestest buddy & former Pit Bull nurse-maid, Crouton, to meet with Queen Latifah, and be guests on The Queen Latifah Show.
We are So Very Excited, that this former little ravaged soul, who was a street dog for over a year, living under dumpsters & trailers, after his family moved away and left him - has warmed so many hearts with his Bravery & Willingness to move past the devastation he lived, and learn to TRUST again.
With over 8 Millions views to his Awesome viral video that also features Annie Hart - who was instrumental in lifting Theo off the streets, and into our hands to Rehabilitate - Theo will represent for all the animals that live on the streets, desperately waiting for us to show them the way out....and into a New, Safe, Loving & Trusted World.
More details, air-time, and so on, as we get them.
Please send Good Vibes our way for Theo's TV debut.
We Love that Theo Inspires folks to Adopt.
More Lives Saved is a GREAT thing.
PLEASE SHARE this post so others can be Updated on Theo.
If you have not seen Theo's video,
HERE you go:http://youtu.be/jxEQFTpwJG0
To Help Us Save More
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6 months ago