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The Gray Paws Pack!

We humans are Darla Poole Brescia and Joe Brescia – but who cares about us!!??  Here are the real stars of the show!

Dog Rescued to Sanctuary Anna is 8 years old and was rescued from a hoarding situation in Armstrong County, PA. She is sweet and beautiful and getting stronger every day.
Senior Dog Sanctuary PA Madge-ic  joined the pack in February 2018. She was found in her home sitting in the recliner, looking at her elderly human that passed away, and was laying on the floor next to her. Madge was very sad at first but with lots of love and patience – She has become a happy girl!
Senior Dog Sanctuary Jazzy is our Jazzy boy! We don’t know much about him. He was picked up by Animal Control in the Pittsburgh area and was never claimed. He is a big sweet old galoot! He fit into the pack immediately and is so loving and affectionate. We are so happy he is here!
Senior Dog Lottie was surrendered to a shelter in New York City and rescued by a local group. Lottie was severely overweight and her belly dragged on the ground. She was in a foster home for many months that took great care of her and now she is a more reasonable weight although we have some work to do! Lottie became a wonderful pack member immediately! She is the sweetest little chubby girl!
Senior Dog Charlie Charlie joined the pack on July 16th, 2017. His human dad has dementia and when his daughter was called about Charlie, she said, “just keep him. I cannot take care of him anymore.” So he is with us now and we will take care of him till the end of his days. He is such a puppy despite being 13 years old!
RIP – Cheyenne (aka Shy Shy) joined the pack on June 21, 2017. She lived well over 10 years chained to a box. She came with a severely infected tooth that created an abscess on her cheek. She had many mammary tumors that were open and seeping. Cheyenne was a bit shy. We had her medical needs addressed and slowly she is coming out of her shell! She’s beautiful!
Buddy Senior Dog Buddy joined the pack on April 29, 2017 at the age of 12. Buddy was in a loving home for all of his years. His mom was diagnosed with a health problem that prohibits her from taking care of him. He is truly the sweetest, most loving little fur ball ever! He has the most positive energy. Welcome home, Buddy – we will take good care of you!
Senior Dog Resident Gray Paws RIP – Maggie (aka Maggie Mae!) is our newest resident. She joined the pack on December 9, 2016. She was rescued by SPAAR and was in a wonderful foster home for 6 months. She was very frail and skinny when she was rescued. But months of love and care brought her to us in great condition for a 13 year old baby! Although she has a benign tumor on her leg and a heart condition requiring medications – she is still perfect to us! She is very sweet and gentle. But she also loves to run and follow her pack mates. We love her so much!
Gray Paws Resident Lady Lady (aka Lady Bug!) joined the pack on June 19, 2016 with her brother, Harley. She is 13 years old and her human mom could not take them to where she was moving. She is so sweet and affectionate. She regularly lays next to Harley and cleans him up! She has started doing that to the other dogs in the pack too. We love you, sweet girl!
Gray Paws Resident Harley Harley (aka Harley Bear!) joined the pack on June 19 with his sister, Lady. He is 15 years young! His human mom could not take him to where she was moving. He is a challenging, ornery boy! He snarfs things off of the counters and eats tissues! We are working with him to be the best boy possible. Welcome home, boy!
Gray Paws Licky RIP – Licorice (aka Licky) joined the pack on February 20, 2016. She was 14 years young! Her human mom passed away and a very kind neighbor was doing her best to take care of Licky. She had a few benign lumpy bumpy spots and was a little gimpy but we adjusted her meds and she was free moving for a long time!  Over time however, age caught up to Licky, like it does us all.  She began experiencing neurological problems most likely from a brain tumor.  We made the decision to let her go.  She was a sweet, silly girl!
Gray Paws- Earl RIP – Earl joined the pack on November 28, 2015.  He was 12 years old and was found as a stray in Ligonier, PA.  He was in terrible shape and the vet was going to put him down.  Thankfully Officer Amber Noel with Helping Hearts and Healing Tails nursed him back to health!  He was the sweetest thing!  His poor little feet were damaged most likely from a life living on chicken wire in a Beagle Hutch or Puppy Mill as a stud.  We were so sad to lose Earl after only 8 months with us.  He developed a very aggressive form of lymphoma.  Rest in peace, sweet boy…
Sunny Sunny joined the Gray Paws Pack on October 18, 2015. She is a 10 year old Blue Heeler – Australian Shepherd – Cattle Dog mix. She is beautiful! She was rescued and living in a boarding facility for 4 months before being spotted as a perfect resident for Gray Paws. She is absolutely loving the other dogs (although she wants to herd them!!) strolling in the yard and sleeping in a soft bed. Welcome home, Sunny-kins!
Sammy joined the Gray Paws pack on July 18, 2015.  His elderly human mom had him for 13 years and could not take him to her new assisted living home.  Even though he is 13 – he is full of spunk!  He loves to play with toys and fetches like a champ.  His mom must have been very good to him because he is a social lovable little guy.  He fits in perfectly with the pack of MANY Beagles!
sissy RIP – Sissy joined the Gray Paws Pack on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the ripe old age of 16.  Sissy’s human dad died and was buried on St. Patrick’s Day.  Her mom was not able to keep her.  Sissy came with some very serious physical issues.  We were very sad to see her go to the Bridge only 10 days after joining our pack.  She is most certainly with her dad taking long walks and receiving lots of hugs and kisses….
20150227_135217-1 Faith (aka “Faifers”) joined the Gray Paws pack on February 27, 2015.  She is 11 years old and another discarded hunting Beagle from WV.  She is one smart pup and learned the doggie door in only a day!  She gets along with everyone in the pack – especially the Beagles!  It always fascinates us how the Beagles gravitate toward one another!  She is a very gentle shy dog and is always in the back of the pack for treat time.  Her little face seems to always ask for approval, “Is this ok? Am I a good girl?”   Yes, Faifers!
reese RIP – Reese Peese was the puppy from a pregnant Beagle (Shyla) that we rescued in 2005. Shyla has since passed. Reese’s siblings were placed in loving homes!  She was the sweetest, most gentle dog.  I always used to think that dogs that were so shy and timid must have been abused at some point in their lives.  But Reese always lived with us and came by her disposition naturally.  She was just a sweet, gentle little spirit…. We were so fortunate to have her for 13 wonderful years…st in peace, baby girl…!
hershey RIP – Hershey (aka “Hershey Kiss” or “Kissy” or “Kistopher”)  joined our family in December of 2008 when she was 5. She was a walking skeleton. She and her sister, Sheba, were being surrendered to a kill shelter and a friend of a friend contacted us to help. We just could not let that happen! They were both so sweet and affectionate despite their deteriorated physical health. Both of them became healthy and playful again with us! Sheba passed to the Rainbow Bridge several years ago and Kissy joined her in June 2017. She was losing that spark in her eye. We had to let her go. We miss her very much.
DSC_0056 RIP – Roxie Ruby the Rottie was adopted in 2012 at the age of 8. She is was our “Biggest”. 110 pounds of cotton candy! She struggled with Cushing’s Disease but we managed her symptoms well for over a year. She was so lovable!  She would snore and grunt in her sleep – like many Rotties do!  Sadly, Roxie Roo developed a very large fast growing tumor on her neck.  The test came back lymphoma.  Roxie unfortunately rapidly declined within a week.  We did not want her to suffer and we helped her to The Bridge on December 21, 2014.  Rest in Peace, Roxie Roo.
Cotton RIP – Cotton Ball was found running in traffic in 2012. Our vet thought he was about 7 years old then. He was a total brat! ? As the little dogs usually are!! He was very demanding but also very sweet!  Unfortunately Cotton was diagnosed with a prostate or bladder tumor – neither of which were operable.  We had him on palliative care for several months and he remained happy and playful!  (you can see a video of him playing on our Face Book Page)   We let Cotton go to The Bridge on December 14, 2014.  You never know how much you miss a little warm dog on your lap until he’s not there any more…  Love you, Buddy.
DSC_0044 Mama Mia was rescued from a shelter in WV in 2013. She was not even 2 years old and emaciated and pregnant – for the second time – according to the vet. All 9 of her puppies are now in loving homes! She is the baby of the house! We always tell her – now that we are truly a Sanctuary – “No more puppies in the house!”  She and Hershey are the best of friends.  They play constantly!
20140525_191320-1 RIP – Brandy Boo Boo joined the Sanctuary in November 2013 at age 15! She was rescued from a shelter in Ohio. Her picture was posted on FB and we just could not stop looking at it. She was meant to be with us!  Brandy had an attack of Vestibular Disease in the fall of 2014.  It scared the daylights out of us!  But she is one strong dog and she managed to fully recover.  Brandy has since gone to The Bridge.  You can read more about her under the “Featured Resident” tab.
Sara Seraphina (Sera), age 12, was added to the pack in April 2014 with her son, Henry, age 8. Sera is a petite Beagle-ator and we call her Serapheenie Teenie Weenie!  Sadly, her son Henry passed away after only five months with us in September.  Click here to learn more about Sera and her beautiful boy, Henry!  In Loving Memory of Henry
Ginger Ginger joined our pack on Sunday, November 2, 2014!  She is 10 years old and was rescued by Forever Home Beagle Rescue.  She is a doll!  She has a crooked little face that the vet thinks is from an old injury; maybe from being hit by a car or maybe even kicked by someone…. We sure hope not…   ?  Ginger’s belly is as soft as velvet and she loves to have it rubbed!  She is Joey’s sleeping buddy.  Her face is right in his face all night long!   We just love her!!
Missy1-1 RIP – Missy joined the pack on Saturday January 31, 2015.  She was 14 years young!  Her mom went into an Altzheimer’s facility and her dad could not take care of her any longer.  She had the sweetest little personality.  She would gallop in the yard and her white paws made her look like a Clydesdale!  We made the decision to let Missy go to The Bridge on January 1, 2016.  Her Renal Disease got the best of her and she was tired.  Rest in Peace, Little Miss Miss.

  We are so eager to expand the sanctuary so we can help more doggies!!