Bo (formerly known as Chunk) is one of the crew!

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All APS Happy Tails are sweet and special, but some just really melt your heart. Just look at those family photos! Here is what APS alum Bo’s family told us about him… “Chunk, now known as Bo, is settled in and made himself right at home. He enjoys playtime outside with the kids every day … Continued

Melody is the Best Buddy! (Adopted April 2020)

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This APS Happy Tail is short but oh so sweet. Melody’s new mom reached out to us just a few days after her adoption with some adorable photos and an update on life with Melody! She told us “Here is Melody in the first few days in her new home! She is the best dog, … Continued

Pepper (formerly known as Jupiter- adopted April 2020)!

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We love all Happy Tails, but they are even better when they are one of our own! Rachel, a volunteer at APS, recently adopted Jupiter, now known as Pepper! Here is what Rachel shared with us about life with Pepper so far… “Hi everyone! I am a newer volunteer and started earlier this year in … Continued

Cooper (Laker – Adopted 2019)

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You don’t need an intricate story to tell a good Happy Tail. This one’s short but oh so sweet.   In September 2019, Carla adopted Cooper (formerly Laker) from the APS of Durham. A “pink” personality type, we knew Cooper was a sweet and active puppy who loved to play. While Carla didn’t know what … Continued

Pete (formerly Hazel)

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“As I sit here writing this, I am having to convince Hazel (now Pete), who is snuggled up next to me, that drinking my coffee is a bad idea.” It’s the little moments like these that teach us how special our pets are—from the silly quirks like wanting to drink their hooman’s coffee to peeing … Continued

A Happy Tail 10 Years in the Making

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Ten years ago this year, kitties Chance and Jelly were at the APS of Durham, patiently awaiting the day their good luck would cash in. By chance or by fate, however you choose to look at it, Bill and Joyce entered the picture. In 2009, Chance and Jelly were the two remaining kittens in a … Continued

Giblet: Two-Time Loser to Big-Time Winner (Adopted Nov. 2017)

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This story starts with a 2017 Thanksgiving APS adoption … actually, it starts much earlier. Where It Starts Mary and Judd had dogs for as long as they can remember: 40+ years. Most of that time, Boxers were their thing. Their last two were adults from a rescue—ailments already treated and behavior evaluated. In 2013, … Continued

Meet Arya

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Meet Arya, a very shy and sensitive girl. To her, lots of things can be scary at first, but she has wagged her tail at every new person she has met. She enjoys sunbathing and cuddling next to her foster parents on the couch. She loves peanut butter Kongs, pupcakes, and enjoys slowly and deliberately … Continued

Boomer (adopted December 2018)

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Gotta Get That Boom Boom Boom  Emma came to the APS of Durham on December 11, 2018, in hopes of finding a new fur baby. Many who adopt know the story: “I went to the shelter to look at a different dog…” But when Emma laid eyes on Boomer, she knew she had found the newest member of … Continued