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Tales with Tails

True life stories and tid-bits about Lucky's Place animals finding forever homes.
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Dog Gone - Darn Near... Ten month old Dale, a 35 pound Airedale Terrier Mix, and his litter-mates recently made Lucky's Place their temporary home. Fortunately, Dale was deemed a match and quickly adopted by a wonderful family from Seattle, Washington. All was well until the first break of their long journey home. During a quick stop for gas last Monday, Dale decided an open window was his invitation for a walkabout - much to the dismay of his new family. Out of sight before they could replace the nozzle on the fuel pump, Dale took off to explore the town of Alpine on his own. Fraught with worry and on a tight schedule, the family was forced to give up their search and proceed home without their new family member.

Social media postings, radio classifieds, posters and word of mouth all served to quickly put Dale "on the milk carton" in Star Valley. A few days later, sightings began to come in and numerous attempts to capture Dale were undertaken by the caring folks of Alpine. Dale, still dragging his leash proved to be too skittish to be even approached, let alone caught by strangers. After two very frustrating days of missed capture attempts, a decision was made to take Mickie, Dale's brother, to Alpine and attempt to lure this very frightened puppy to safety.

Mary Ann, Director of Lucky's Place, Susan and Mickie searched the neighborhoods around the Alpine airport for hours. Determined to find him, they finally received a break from a neighbor who alerted them that Dale was last seen hiding in the woodpile in their backyard. Utilizing Mickie as bait, and being very, very patient, the group waited for Dale to appear. Having finally recognized his brother and seeing other familiar faces, Dale for the first time in days eagerly ran toward a human being. With a wagging tail and jumping for joy, Dale and the group were successfully reunited hence the stressful adventure came to an end. The Seattle family had already returned home, but family member Matt, living in Idaho Falls was in touch with Lucky's Place and happily fetched Dale the afternoon of his rescue.

Lucky's Place is committed to the animals and the communities of Star Valley. We want to sincerely thank everyone who helped in Dale's rescue.

What a Girl!

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Girl now named "Kona" has become our white, fluffy guardian angel. We've now had her for 3 months and it has been an amazing transition to watch her become such a lovable family dog. When we acquired her, she was super sweet, but would not get into a vehicle, go indoors or play. She knew no commands and as a Great Pyrenees, just wanted to roam.

Quickly we could see that working with Kona was unlike any other dog we've trained. Giving her loads of TLC and the freedom to run in the mountains on hikes, developed a close bond and mutual trust. And then she starred to respond to training. She has learned what it means to be a family dog and is now acting the part. We are finding ways to challenge her as she is very intelligent and we marvel at her ability to surprise us, particularly in the mountains. A guardian she is, but she is also so friendly, mellow and gentle with our bed and breakfast guests. We are grateful to everyone at Lucky's Place for rescuing her, tending to her wounds, and affectionately caring for her so she could begin her journey into life with a family.

the Kessler Family

Buddy, the Golf Cart Dog

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Buddy loves to go to work each day in a golf cart with his new owner, Paul. Buddy was abandoned with several health problems and no one wanted him, until Paul decided to give him a try and adopted him. "He is the light of my life and travels in my motor home with me across the country. We spend every second together I really don't mind dealing with his health issues, he is worth it."


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Our Programs
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Low Cost Spay/Neuter

From time to time we will receive grants that enable us to assist the community with a portion of the cost of spay or neutering your pets. Thanks to PAWS of Jackson Hole and Dr. Heather Carlton, Animal Adoption Center in Jackson for their grants programs.

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We offer foster care to dogs and cats by opening our hearts and homes to temporarily shelter for needy animals. If you could only assist in fostering for a short time or on an emergency basis if even for only a few days or a week we could sure use your help.

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Open a place in your heart and you will receive much more in return. Lucky’s Place is NOT county or city owned or operated shelter it does not receive funds from local city governments. It is wholly run and mainained by volunteers.