Shadow taking a break
during her quill removal.
One of the 5 pups.
Another one of the 5 pups.
If you would like to make a donation to help
other dogs like Shadow and her babies, mail to CPR
in care of: Barman's Country Store 230 South Main Colville WA. 99114
You can also donate to help by
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Just one word...... PAIN!
A total of 92 quills were removed from
chest and mouth.
THIS ANIMAL NEED NOT HAVE BEEN DUMPED WITH HER PUPPIES!!
the quills below and take a look at:
Shadow is a very well
trained, well mannered girl. She knows sit, down, outside, stay,
come up, and shake. When you tell her "Good Night" she rolls on
her side, puts her head down, and pretends to sleep. She is great
with everyone, and gets along well with all the other animals. She
loves to cuddle, either laying her head on your chest, or putting
her head under your arms. This is one of the sweetest dogs I've
ever met. She isn't as big as a "hunting" lab, and we're told she
is a purebred "companion" lab. She obeys off leash, comes when
Shadow's story began when
someone dumped her, either very pregnant or with newborn babies.
Colville Pet Rescue's involvement began when Bob and Coralie Shaw
found a puppy on Artman-Gibson Road and, at almost the same time,
Jeff and Linda Hall found another 2 puppies by their barn. Both
families kept the puppies a few days until Colville Pet Rescue was
able to place the 3 puppies into a foster home with Michelle
Hamlin's family, a tireless volunteer who is always ready to help.
Almost two weeks later, on May 5, mom and her two remaining babies
were found. Diane Martin saw her lying by Kitt-Narcisse Road, full
of porcupine quills, and called Wes Thomas. At the same time, Katie
Sell saw her, and went home to get her father, Wayne to help, and
Kelly Hughes, and his three children, Brandon, Christin, and Joshua
also saw her and came to help. Shadow could neither eat or drink,
and had simply lay down, either giving up or hoping someone would
help her. The 3 families were able to get mom and one of her babies
into Thomas' truck, and the Sell family returned with Thomas to his
home with mom and babies. The Hughes family stayed behind to get the
other puppy, that had hidden in a rock cave. While Thomas and Sell
began removing porcupine quills, a kennel and bed were made ready
for her. Soon, the Hughes family arrived with the other puppy. They
all pitched in to help with porcupine quill removal - at total of 92
quills. Shadow, although full of quills, was lucky that there were
only a few on the interior of her mouth. Shadow and her 2 babies
will be checked by a veterinarian, and then will be fostered by Lea
Dallman's family, another family always willing to give help when
needed, and provide foster care. Shadow has been very well trained
and knows sit, stay, and even knows how to load up in a truck.
It is a happy ending, but this is a story that shouldn't have needed
to be told. Shadow and her babies have a happy ending - they were
lucky. There are a lot of dogs that don't have their stories end
this way. Please, if you have a dog you can't keep, of if you have
found a dog, please call Colville Animal Control, 684-3131 or the
Stevens County Sheriff, 684-2555, or call Colville Pet Rescue,
If you are interested in one of
Shadow's pups or Shadow just write to: