Happy Tails

Here at JR's, we're all about finding the perfect match between dog and human(s). Our hearts are truly warmed by hearing the success stories of our happy dogs in their new homes. We've seen first hand how far they've come and are forever grateful to our wonderful adopters for giving them a chance. So, here we will share our "Happy Tails"- stories of love, commitment, and lots of slobbery kisses.

Do you have a great JR's success story? Did we help you find the most perfect dog ever? We'd love to hear all about it! Please email info@jrspupsnstuff.org with the subject, "Happy Tails" and we'll be sure to share your story here!

Charlotte - Adopted October 2017

Update on Charlotte, the deaf dog with vision impairment ! Nothing will hold her back! 10 months ago when my kids saw her at the Petco adoption event, it was love at first sight. We were not considering her in the beginning, because of her special needs and her age and we had plans to adopt a puppy, but she had that something special that made my kids fall for her. She was not as well mannered as we hoped for , she was stubborn and had some anxiety when left home alone, but with a bit of training and a few treats she just blossomed. This 7 yo girl is now trusting, calm and well behaved and turning heads wherever she goes with her pack. I want you to know that I was biased and afraid to consider her for adoption , although Terri, our JR'S Pups N Stuff counselor suggested her. The adoption events are held for a good reason !!! And we are so appreciative of all the hard work put into saving these furry kids ! Thank you JR'S Pups N Stuff! This pic is from Charlotte's first boat trip! For sure she is up for more adventures!

Jenga- adopted June 2017

A little over one year ago we adopted Jenga from JRs. She is our protector and we are hers. It hasn't always been easy. We've had LOTS of bumps along the way, but there isn't a day goes by that we aren't head over heels in love with her.

When we first got her she would pull the leash like crazy and bark and lunge at every single dog she saw. She had anywhere from 5-8 reactive episodes every day! She would react to dogs, people, bikes, and even statues. Over the first few months she slowly became increasingly protective of our home showing signs of aggression to anyone near or in our house she didnt know. She stopped letting strangers get close to us.

We were first time dog owners and while we often felt like we were in over our heads, I think our inexperience worked to our advantage. We had no other "easy" dog to compare her to and were not ashamed of getting professional help. We were open to knew ways of doing things because we didnt have a way we were used to.

The first day our certified behaviorist came over to the house Jenga went insane. She was snarling, barking, and lunging at her. The behaviorist was startled by her aggressive behavior. She told us most dogs she sees have an 80% success rate but she said with Jenga it could go either way, maybe 50%. We were crushed.

We couldn't give up on her and were convinced not to let Jenga be a statistic.

Fast forward to today 7 months later and Jenga is a completely different dog:

- She can loose leash walk at my side

- She is learning how to accept strangers into our house (including our behaviorist) with a slow introduction routine that begins outside

- Her leash reactive episodes are down to 2-3 per month at the most and I have no doubt that they will completely disappear one day

- She has even been counter conditioned to our doorbell and ignores it when it goes off

Her transformation was not easy but she was worth every minute, every penny, and every tear. She has made us better dog owners and we will do everything we can to keep her safe for the rest of her life.

When we first started looking for help I searched the internet constantly, trying to find a success story with a dog like her. I couldn't find many, so I want to share her story.

Dont give up. The greatest factor for your dog's sucesss is your attitude.

We are forever grateful for JRs for bringing her into our life. Lots of love from Jenga and family.

Update: We are now working on safely introducing dogs to our home with our behaviorist so we can hopefully bring home some dog foster brother or sisters. I think she will do great since she has always preferred dogs to humans. Stay tuned.


Mykonos - January 2018

We had some extenuating circumstances to consider when someone recommended JRs for our pup search. One of our children has a disability and is non speaking. We needed a friendly, flexible pup who would grow into an understanding of many different forms of communication.

In January, we found our guy. He was called Bubba then, but his name is Mykonos or Myko (meek-oh) now. He'll be 5 months old in a week or so.

Perfect in every way for us. He and my daughters love each other. And I am more attached than I ever anticipated.

Little did I know that my mom, who has dementia, would fall, break her hip, and end up in a rehabilitation center. This happened a week and a half ago. She's never met my dog and truly doesn't really remember who her kids are. Happy to see us, anyway.

Today I brought him to visit her. She was widowed 40 years ago, left with 10 children between the ages of 7 and 21 to raise on her own. Life was mostly serious and a lot of work for her.

I can truly say that I haven't seen her as engaged, happy and talkative in decades. She was radiant.

He left a swath of joy behind him as he wagged his tail up to each patient and staff member we saw. Everyone brightening at the mere sight of him, and then even brighter when they recognized he wanted to meet them as much as they wanted to meet him.

Look what you did today, JRs. Just look.

Forever grateful for this match that proves every single day that it was meant to be.


Tasha - January 2011

We adopted Tasha in January of 2011. At the time we did not know what a perfect fit she would be for our family. Even after introducing two kids into our family she has been nothing but welcoming, calm, and loving. She loves to greet everyone at the door and sometimes I think she is more interested in humans that other dogs. Tasha is wonderful with our kids and they have adopted her as their own. They have even taken up feeding her, walking her, and picking up after her! She loves to be wherever we are and we are so happy to have her. Thank you so much!


Baylor - December 2016

We adopted Baylor (the black one) from JRs in December of 2016. She just turned one year on Tuesday and we can't imagine our family without her. Being part border collie (the other half is retriever), she is loaded with energy so we decided to get her a little sister to help her burn off some of that energy. We adopted Panda from another rescue group in April. She is also half border collie (the other half is Great Pyrenees) and the two of them are best buds. They wrestle and play all day long and our three daughters are in love with the two of them. Thank u to everyone who took such good care of our puppies before they joined our family!


Penny - Adopted February 2017

Helping my elderly parents find a dog who would fit their lifestyle and ages took more time then we expected. When my parents applied and were approved, they saw a few dogs over time but given my parents ages, finding the right match proved to be difficult. As we headed towards the year mark and having to almost reapply at JR's, my mom said "well, maybe Dad and I aren't meant to have another dog at this point in our lives" and behold literally a few days later "Snow" appeared on Facebook looking for a forever home. I showed my mom and she was interested in meeting "Snow". Long story short, "Snow" now Penny choose my Mom and accepts my Dad. I never believed dogs actually choose their people until I witnessed this experience. Penny is my Mom's shadow literally. Penny spent her first few years in a puppy mill so she has some insecurities in life but definitely is coming out of her shell and it's wonderful to see the light and love in my parents eyes again. Thanks Jr's and all the foster in this rescue for their commitment and love shown to these dogs until their Forever Family comes along.


Jojo- Adopted 2009

My wife and I adopted Jojo back in 2009. He was 3-5 years at that point. We are celebrating his 11-13th bday this year and although he has slowed down some, he is still full of life and vigor. I can't say enough how much he changed our lives. What an amazing dog! His favorite place is Harrington beach near Belgium, Wisconsin. He loves to chase the waves and frolic in the water. He has brought so much joy to our family and is quite the schmoozer to guests at our house. When we got him in 2009 he had many issues, abondoned/neglected past and aggression towards other dogs. I am happy to report that he has several dog buddies now and his best bud Levin (neighbor's black lab) and him are two peas in a pod. Thanks JRs, we love what you do!


Bo- Adopted December 2016

An update on Bo (formerly known as Slim): Bo has been part of our family for nearly 5 months already. He had a very rough start in life and spent months rehabilitating in foster care until he found us. Once unable to use his hind legs because of abuse & neglect, he now rears up in play and happy greetings! Even a body riddled with BBs cannot dampen the love this boy gives to his canine sister, Angie, or the rest of his forever family. We are so grateful to JRs!


Tundra - adopted February 2017

Losing our dog to being hit by a car some months ago was a very sad and difficult time in our family. We were lucky enough to find a great puppy through JR's.

We adopted Tundra ( previously Dug) at the end of Feb when he was about 10wks old. He has grown a lot and is a great family dog. At his 5 mo mark (5/14) he was up to 30lbs. He is a sweety, smart ( potty training was super easy) , a great walking buddy, and cuddler. He gets along well with kids and other dogs. When he wags his tail against his ceramic bowls it sounds like chimes/hand bells! He just graduated puppy class with flying colors. Our family couldn't be happier!


Oakley - Adopted September 2014

My husband and I adopted Oakley (formerly known as 'Rico' from Lola's litter) when he was just 2 months old. He was among a litter of 7. When we met all of the sweet puppies we really wanted to find one that would naturally bond with us. When we entered the kennel of puppies at the Cedarburg Farm the pups were being fostered at, all of them came swarming toward us jumping up and nibbling on my husbands ripped work jeans. Oakley was more reserved, patiently waiting in the back for his turn to meet us. When he finally got his chance he stole our hearts. He snuggled right into my neck and at that moment we knew he was the one! He is such a sweet boy and we could not have asked for a more beautiful, loving and adorable pup like him! He is now pushing 90lbs and loves to cuddle! We can't imagine our lives without him. Thank you JR's Pups-N-Stuff for bringing him into our lives!


Daphne - Adopted June 2014

We adopted Daphne (formerly Nevada) in June 2014 after having previously put a deposit on a different dog that became sick. JR's worked with us and, being in our area the next weekend, came to our home with a litter of 10-week old puppies. Daphne not only wrestled with her siblings and chased a tennis ball, but she also fell asleep in my husband's lap and we knew she was meant to stay with us. Daphne is now two and has not only fit perfectly into our active lives, but continues to bring us happiness, kisses, cuddles everyday. We can't imagine our lives without her; thank you to JR's for bringing us together!

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Tyson - Adopted July 2014


We adopted Tyson July 9th 2014! I've been meaning to give you an update but I guess we've just been busy with life!! My husband and I couldn't be more happy with the decision to adopt Tyson! (We brought him home the day we got our engagement pictures taken so it was a memorable time in our life in more ways than one!!!) He is one of the most compassionate loving pups! I love that you foster your pups because I really think that helped him get a head start on not only socializing with other dogs but also with children! He loves being around people and other dogs! We take him to the dog park regularly and he loves sleep overs with our nieces and nephews! One of his favorite things is swimming!!!! He will swim all day if we let him!! We're still working on being brave enough to jump off the pier but he loves boat rides and playing fetch with his 'floaty' toy!!! Thank you so much for all you do! I can't imagine our life without him! There is no doubt in my mind we will adopt from JR Pups n Stuff in the future! (Sooner rather than later if I can convince my husband! (-: )


Daley - Adopted July 2016

I couldn't love her more. She's been such an angel, love bug, wonderful gift to me and this world. We start her training classes tonight.

I hope you are doing well and loving the Summer.

Wishing you well from a VERY HAPPY DOG MOM. Can't believe it's already well over a month already. What fun!


Wilson (Dec 14) and Yetti (April 15)

We adopted two Great Pyrenees through your organization that are currently with us. Wilson joined us December 14, 2014 and Yetti joined us April 21, 2015. These two pups(!) are nothing less than amazing. We had rescued 2 others previous to them but lost them early in their lives due to illness so we had lots of experience with the breed before these two joined us. We were not sure about having two at first but now we know it was the absolutely right thing to do. It has enriched both their lives and ours.

Wilson was very thin and very scared when we picked him up from Megan (foster mom). They had just received him in their house so had not had much of an opportunity to work with him. However, we knew as soon as we saw him, that he was coming home with us! When we got him home he would not even come through the door to come into the house and was absolutely petrified of every little noise! In working with him he has come to a comfortable weight (!) of around 115 lbs. He is not fat as you can see from the picture. He is very comfortable in the house and out in the yard although he does prefer to be close to us most of the time.

Yetti had just been weaned from a litter before we got her from Karen (foster mom). She also had only been there for a short time so Karen had not had the chance to work with her. We had looked at another pup a few months earlier at Karen's so she knew we were looking for a female companion for Wilson and called us as soon as Yetti arrived. Yetti had some skin issues when she came and exhibits characteristics that indicate she might have been an environment where she was harshly disciplined. She was not much underweight which was good but took a long time to get comfortable in the house. She is not afraid of noises as is Wilson (actually she makes enough of her own) so she helps calm him when he gets scared.

The two of them have bonded amazingly. They are very dependent on each other and watch over each other at all times. They want to go everywhere together and both of them get upset if one goes somewhere without the other! Yetti is the high strung one. She runs and barks at everything and has a path worn all along the front fence in our yard! Wilson, on the other hand, is the laid back one. He just sits and watches her run and bark. Oh, he barks but not nearly as much thankfully. Her bark is loud but his is deep and thunderous! They are very protective of each other and of us. Yetti in particular will not let anybody she does not know approach us and we have to carefully introduce folks to her to make sure they understand she won’t bite (she is very threatening but has never bit anybody. She will nip only if someone is aggressive toward her and that only happened once). She uses her bark to discourage anybody from approaching. That's one reason we thought she might have suffered some abuse. Another reason is she is very sensitive to discipline and extremely obedient to commands. If you raise your voice she will immediately sit and look at you for guidance. No need to ever do more with her! Wilson, on the other hand, is the typical stubborn GP. He is very intelligent and knows everything we say and is also very obedient. But, you must occasionally deal with the stubborn side. It isn't hard, just never let him get away with it!

To say it is a joy having them in our life is an understatement. They provide the love, protection and ability to help us through life every day!


Wendy - Adopted July 2015

My fiance and I adopted Wendy a little over 6 months ago and we really hit the jackpot! Wendy was recovering from surgery and readjusting to life on 3 legs when we got her. Since then, Wendy has gotten so strong and fast, many people at the dog park don't realize she's keeping up with her other pals on just 3 legs. Wendy has been very patient and kind to our cats, sometimes they even stop by to snack on her kibble. Friendy Wendy's love of kids has made her a neighborhood favorite. Wendy was originally from Alabama, but with her fluffy coat, she is living up Wisconsin winters and loves to play in the snow! We were so happy when we were able to include Wendy in our engagement photos, she's really rounded out our little family. Thank you to JR's and specifically Wendy's foster family - Megan, Joe, and Eleanor- we know they saw her through her most challenging moments and we couldn't imagine loving Wendy even more than we do.


Chance - Adopted October 2015

My husband, daughter and I adopted Chance (formerly known as Bart ) in October of 2015. When I saw his pictures on JRS website, for some reason, I just knew he was meant to be ours. And as you can guess...I was right. Although I'd be lying if I said it was all "sunshine and roses" in the beginning.

The first month was unexpectedly hard. I was anticipating some adjustment period, but not as long as the one we had. Chance was very guarded (emotionally) and very insecure. He was EXTREMELY nervous around my husband and would often resource guard me from him. My husband couldn't even get close enough to touch him or walk into a room without Chance getting nervous and defensive. He also would growl, bark and lunge at our cat, every move she made. It was beyond discouraging and frustrating. Over a few weeks it even seemed to get worse. I even had the thought in the back of my head that we had made the wrong decision in adopting him. He was adding so much stress to my life, I was questioning if this was all worth it.

Well, let me tell you, it was. I had to keep telling myself "give him more time, this isn't fair to him". I thought of all that had happened to Chance over the last year...6 months in a shelter, getting moved to and from multiple fosters. So much stress. Could I blame him for the way he was acting? What good would I be doing him by giving him back? So we stuck it out. Am I'm so glad we did.

So much in him has changed. Through dedication in training and persistence with my husband, he is a different dog. So much more confident. My husband can full on hug him now and Chance loves giving him big wet kisses everyday. He and my cat can now lay peacefully next to each other (although he still gets the urge to chase her every once in a while...all in good fun). He's just so much happier and I feel like he finally knows he's somewhere that he's going to be forever. Don't get me wrong, there's still things we have to work on, like his separation anxiety. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

So my advice to all who choose to adopt. It's probably going to be hard. There is going to be an adjustment period. Don't give up. Give that dog the proper chance to succeed. I promise. You won't regret it.


Libby - Adopted September 2014

We adopted our "Libby" in September of 2014. She has been a very welcome part of this family. She is the most gentle, kid loving dog ever! She always loves to play, but also loves her cuddling time with "her" kids.

Libby always knows when we have a kid missing, she wont relax until she counts all three. She chases the cats all of the time, and keeps most of the squirrels out of our yard. Snow is her favorite!

Unfortunately, this last spring, Libby tore her ACL in her right hind leg. After surgery she healed very well, and we are still trying to take it easy. Libby has a hard time taking it easy.

We are very fortunate to have been able to adopt Libby, she has been a blessing after the tragic loss of our last dog, Mia.


Mitzy - Adopted June 2015

We adopted our little girl this summer and could not be happier! Mitsy or Moo Moo (Macie at adoption) is the sweetest girl we have ever met. When we adopted her, we were not aware of her past and from her behaviors, the vet assumed that the first few months of her life were not happy ones. She was not house-trained and afraid of everyone and everything, she did not like walking on a leash and if a car drove past, she'd be ten feet in the air. If you met here today, you could not say she was the same dog. She is extremely intelligent, it took us a few short weeks and no accidents in the house, she even will come get you if she has to go outside. Though a little afraid of new people, she has opened her heart up to so many, excited to see their faces any chance she gets. We go on several walks a week and she now is a proud dog walking, instead of a timid little gal. She has so much love to give and shows us every morning with tons of kisses! We had a little gal, Ming, prior to adopting Mitsy and the two are best friends and play constantly. Though the beginnings of a new pet can sometimes be rough when you don't know the past or are in training, it is amazing what reward you get for sticking by them and helping them work through it all. I can honestly say she knows we rescued her and that she has something amazing, but nothing less could be said on our end as well. We have an amazing dog and a fantastic addition to our family.

Thank you for everything you do!


Gracie - Adopted November 2015

We adopted Gracie (formally known as London) about 3 weeks ago. We couldn’t have asked for a better dog. She is completely housebroken (never had an accident) sleeps peacefully in her crate all night without a peep. We didn’t think she could bark until yesterday when she chased a squirrel up our tree and barked her little head off as she was trying to get up the tree to get it. We didn’t know if she would like the snow last weekend, but after a few minutes she ran around like crazy, burying her head and tossing the snow around. She seems to really like her pretty new pink coat too. She was a little underweight when we got her, but with the way she eats, I’m sure she will fill out soon. She already seems to be getting bigger. We want to thank Cathy who did our home visit, and a big thank you to Emma, who fostered Gracie and took such good care of her until she could come to her forever home. Thank you!!!![attachment=0]IMG_1642.jpg[/attachment]

Janet - Adopted January 2015

Hi, My name is Janet. As you can see, I am a very happy dog. I've been in my forever home almost a year now (Jan. 8, 2015).

I was very shy at first -- I didn't want to come out of my crate if anyone came over to visit. Now I look forward to having guests. A dog can never get too much petting.

I passed my Canine Good Citizen Training with flying colors much to the surprise of my forever Mom. (When we go for our walks I have difficulty heeling -- the beagle in me needs to sniff out everything). What I am good at is sitting when a car passes us by when we are taking our walks. That way my Mom knows I won't dash out in front of the car. People smile at us and are amazed at how well behaved I am.

My forever Mom says I am the love of her life. She wanted a dog to keep her company, especially during the long Wisconsin winters. Well -- that's me! I am a "real lap dog". I love to snuggle next to her and put my head on her lap when we watch TV.

The folks at JR's Pups n Stuff suggested I would make a much better companion for my Mom that the one she originally picked out from the gallery of photos. They sure made the right choice for us.

My Mom calls me a "Puggle Plus" --part beagle, part pug, and part something else that gives me a beautiful long furry tail. She thinks maybe there is some golden retriever in me. No matter what my genealogy is, I am one happy dog thanks to JRs for matching me with the perfect owner.


Griffin - Adopted April 2015

Lori is amazing! If it wasn't for her I would have been lost through this process. She let me come out to her farm in Theresa,WI and just love on all of the JR pups that were there at the time. I wasn't really connecting with any of them, but little did I know that Lori was so observant to my personality and lifestyle and she was taking mental notes...

The moment that Griffin (Chandler at the time) came to her farm she texted me and said she thought she had the dog for me. I came the very next day after work and fell in love. He was the perfect size (30lbs), a little older (1yr) but still energetic, and had one blue eye! He honestly wasn't super into me when we first met, but I saw how much he had bonded to Lori over the short time he had been with her and I gave it a shot. I came back the next day, and my heart grew three sizes to welcome my new buddy into my home.

I am a single, career oriented woman and it gets lonely sometimes. in addition, living alone I knew a dog would help me feel more safe.

Needless to say I don't know what I would do without Griffin in my life. He is truly my best friend and so very loyal. He is the best snuggler, awesome on road trips, and gets along with EVERY dog at the dog park. He loves to go hiking with me, and play in his new huge back yard. He learned how to be potty-trained very quickly using the bell system, and is doing a great job at pulling less on the leash when we go for walks. I am so looking forward to the years ahead and to share many more memories together. He is truly the light of my life, and I cant wait to get home everyday to see him.

Thank you again for your organization, we will always be so grateful.


Pickles - Adopted November 2013

My husband and I absolutely have a success story with JR's Pups-N-Stuff. We adopted our fur child, Pickles, in November 2013 and have been smiling ever since. She has such a loving, easy going personality that compliments our family. We take her with us everywhere, including on our vacations up north where she loves to frolic in the lake and help us "catch fish". Pickles is our best friend and always keeps us entertained with her goofy antics.

I was so impressed with JR's Pups-N-Stuff's adoption process and foster families. Pickles, previously named Becket, was left outside without food and water before your agency intervened. Pickles was brought to Wisconsin where she was nursed back to health and cared for by her foster mom through JR's Pups-N-Stuff. We had the opportunity to see Pickles in her foster home and we were really impressed by the foster mom. You could tell that it really mattered to her that her foster dogs went to the right family. Thank you JR's Pups-N-Stuff for bringing Pickles into our life!


Paisley - Adopted June 2015

This is Paisley, Paisley Bear as we so lovingly call her. She is the love of our life and a great sister to our lab Freya. Its hard to get a good picture of her, she never stops moving! From what I hear, a lot of you followed her story and she has been healthy as an ox since we have had her..she did get a bit of mange back but she fought it like a champ! When we first got her she wasn't really a runner, in fact she fell a lot, she just watched Freya run around for hours..but after a few short weeks of exercise and good food and lots of playing Freya soon had a running buddy. Paisley loves to be outside running around and chasing a ball and her sister. She loves to roll in icky stuff *sigh* but I still laugh when she does it. She graduated from Puppy Class at the top of her class and her best friend there was a Newfoundland named Neko. She is my little lover and cuddle buddy. I could talk about her for hours. She is amazing and I thank JRs for saving her from the south and bringing her up here for a chance at a good life. Which she has...she is spoiled rotten. We will be throwing her a 1 year birthday party at the Zoom Room soon which is something we cant wait to celebrate!

For those of you that don't know, Paisley came to JR's with Rickets, which is a severe nutritional deficiency that left her with deformed front legs and an emaciated body. She was in rough shape, to say the least. But with good food, supplements, and love from her foster mom, Paisley was able to recover! And now look at the great life she has!


Poppy - Adopted April 2015

We adopted Callie April 17 of 2015. Her foster mother Maureen was kind enough to bring her to us for our meet and greet since we have another rescue who is a special needs dog. Maureen is terrific, and I send pictures of Poppy to her from time to time.. Robin, who came for our home visit was also terrific. I still remember when she came, she took one look at the girls toy box and said “Well, too bad they don’t have any toys to play with !!!” When we got Callie , she was estimated to be about 14 weeks old. We renamed her Poppy, since I am a garden designer, and all of our dogs have had flower names. She was 24 lbs. at the time. She is now about 10 months old and weighs in at about 65 lbs. She fit in immediately with our other 2 girls, Daisy a 7 year old Weimaraner. And Iris, who is a 4 year old mixed breed rescue. We had lost our 3rd dog Rose in March, and made it about 1 month without a 3rd dog. We originally found a dog on Petfinder named Brigitta that we absolutely fell in love with online. Huge mistake. We hadn’t even filled out an application, or been approved, so by the time that all happened she had been adopted. What was originally a frustration turned out to be all the reasons we would definitely adopt from JR’s again. I like to think that Poppy (Callie) was just waiting for us. I loved hearing that her litter was brought up to Wisconsin WITH their mom, and that she had already been adopted. So often you hear about just the puppies getting rescued. I also love that all the dogs go into foster homes with trained volunteers instead of a shelter environment. We got our last rescue right off the transport, and she was definitely just shut down and traumatized. All of Callie and her litters medications, neuter/spaying were up to date, and the entire process was very coordinated. She has settled in so nicely with our other 2 girls and they are best of friends. We had her DNA blood work done and as it turns out she is predominantly Akita, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Lhasa Apso. What a mix!!! Thanks JR’s for running a top notch operation, and helping us to give Poppy her forever home.


Barneby - Adopted October 2014

We adopted Barneby (the name he came with...was cute so we kept it). He was rescued in AL and spent a week with his foster mom in Milwaukee. He is a poodle-yorkie mix we think. We hadn't really inteded to get a yorkie because they are not usually great with kids and we have three. When we walked in to the house to meet him he was friendly and went right up to one of our children and put his head down on her leg...he chose her. We were getting the pet for her (and me) because she has been asking for years and promised to care for it.

We brought him home and he made himself right at home. He loves his yard and has made friends with all the neighbor dogs. Though we were told he was found along a highway he arrived housebroken and knew to try to sleep in our bed! He became a bit territorial after a few weeks so we brought in a trainer and got some pointers on fixing this behavior. He has totally come around as he settles in and has become the MOST wonderful pet (and the 4th child). He's gentle and kind with the kids, doesn't beg, though he loves cheese sticks and is always willing to share one, has turned out to be a fantastic runner (he wakes me at 5:30am every day for our 4 mile run) and has ultimately helped me lose 20 pounds and get healthier! We wish he would leave the poor squirrels and bunnies alone but otherwise is an amazing, animated and wonderful fur baby :) We couldn't be luckier. Thanks for all you do!


Gibson - Adopted March 2015

We adopted Gruff n/k/a Gibson on March 21, 2015. Gibson came from Dixie's (German Shepherd) litter of 10 pups. He was 2 mos. old when we adopted him. Our son picked him from the website and it was love at first sight. He is everything that we could have asked for in a pup. Gibson is the joy of our life! He is now 8 mos. old and is approx. 70 lbs. He is a sweet loving BIG boy, who thinks he is a lap dog!

JR's Pups, you have an awesome organization! Our experience with you was well beyond our expectations. Joe & Megan were awesome foster parents to Dixie and her pups. We are so grateful to have Gibson be a part of our family.


Frannie - Adopted April 2015

After losing our rescued coonhound, Deidra, in March of 2015, we didn't think we'd be ready to adopt another dog again for quite some time. However, we quickly realized that the best way to honor her memory would be to save another dog in need. We found Frannie on JR's website in April and thought she sounded like a perfect fit. Since then, she has transitioned seamlessly into becoming a part of our family (not to mention that she and our other dog, Donkey, have become inseparable)! We are so grateful to the amazing work that JR's does for homeless dogs throughout the country. The Facebook page in particular has been a great way to post updates on her progress as well as a way to watch the growth of her 10 (!) puppies that she had when she came into rescue. A HUGE thank you to Terri for fostering Fran and putting up with the shenanigans of her large litter! Frannie is one of the silliest, sweetest, and happiest dogs we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We can never thank you enough for saving her life and letting us take her home.


Brandy - Adopted May 2015

I adopted Brandy (formerly Dooley) in May of 2015. I love remembering the day I picked Brandy up because she jumped up to give me lots of kisses, like she knew I was her forever mom. After being a stray, Brandy is still working on her behavior when meeting certain new people and animals, but once she gets to know and trust someone, she is a total sweetheart who is always ready to give kisses or accept a belly rub. Brandy's high energy level makes her my number one running buddy--we've even competed in races together! Brandy and I just started agility classes and we hope to compete together in the future. Thank you JR's!


Cooper - Adopted March 2015

Our dog "Cooper"( his name was Harry) is doing really, really well! He is truly a great addition to our family.

We live by a little lake and he loves being outside! In the late spring he jumped into the water without realizing how cold it was, so it has taken him all summer to get back in beyond his feet.

We also have a toy poodle and a cat, and he always wants to play with them, but unfortunately he gets too rough and they just run and hide from him.

He does have a bigger dog friend so that helps.

For some reason he hates going in the car, so all of our walks have to be around home now that he is too big for me to lift him.

He's a great dog, he has gone through his first level of obedience training, I am hoping to take him again this fall for the second level( although, I don't know how I will get him in the car, as he probably weighs 70 pounds or more)

Thanks for doing what you guys do!


Liesl - Adopted April 2014

I thought about how I would respond to your email without writing pages and pages, because I could. I could talk about my adopted girl from JR's pups-N-Stuff to fill a book because she is the perfect dog for me. Liesl, fna Corona, came into my home April 2014. I believe that she knew I was the one for her when I first met her at her foster mother's home and she seemed to know that my home was her home from day one. She bonded to me right away, which I find interesting, because she is a bit shy with strangers upon first meeting them. Liesl is so affectionate and loving. My life is enriched, certainly, and my heart is filled with love for her. I am grateful to all the folks at JR's. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Gunner and Lincoln - Adopted October 2014

It is almost 1 year since Gunner and Lincoln (Cheech and Chong to you) joined our family. Adopting 2 puppies at once was an experience to say the least. Our 12 year old Dachshund Sparky did not know what to think. They all get along well now. Gunner and Lincoln like to wrestle and do many laps in the house. Gunner is a little lover and Lincoln is very clever. They enjoy being outside and can’t wait for meal time. Know that they are loved and being well taken care of. Thanks for bringing us together.


Maggie - Adopted October 2014

Yes, I am so happy with Maggie! I adopted her from JR's Pups-n-Stuff in October of 2014. At first she was so shy and quiet, I didn't know she could bark. She saw her reflection in the dishwasher door and suddenly barked at it! She soon took over the job of guarding our place from intruders, barking at anyone who approached the door. It has been fun watching her turn into a real dog, charming her way into the hearts of all my family when they see her. She and I live in a senior independent living area and have a porch where we can greet and meet passers-by (where many stop to pet her). This is only since the end of winter as she came here from Alabama and was horrified at the snow and cold. I am hoping she adjusts a little to the cold this coming winter or we will be inside exclusively till spring.


Frankie - Adopted July 2014

I adopted EJ just over a year ago. I had recently lost a mini dachshund after a lengthy illness. It was time for a change, a new dog with lots of energy, and I found him! When I went to meet him he was jumping and bounding feet in the air. I thought, this is exactly what I need and I took him with me that day.

I wanted to rename him, and I picked Frankie, although I though I should keep EJ as part of his name. So his full name became Frankie Elton John.

He got a DNA test for Christmas last year which determined he was part Manchester Terrier, Saluki, Smooth Fox Terrier and several others. Frank loves to run around and can outrun just about anything. He is big buds with my partners dog Duke. He keeps him young. He is very playful but when he's done for the night he flops right over.

Frank is a super funny little dog that makes me smile. I even got his name tattooed on my shoulder. Thank you for helping me find my buddy!


Libby - Adopted March 2015

I'd be happy to share our story! We adopted Libby (Topaz) on 4/1/2015. Our previous dog had died unexpectedly last year due to intestinal twisting. In spring this year my husband and I decided to start looking for another dog to adopt. We met a few different puppies, but we knew that Libby was part of our family when we were at the foster home she fell asleep next to me with her belly in the air and her head hanging off the couch. From the beginning Libby has proven to be extremely smart and very loving. We could not have asked for a better dog to share our lives with!


Moxie - Adopted December 2013

I got Bella in Dec 2013 from you. Her new name is now Moxie. She was 5 when I got her. She is my joy to live with. She is the only dog that I have ever had that stays with me when we go outside. She loves to go for car rides and watch things from her car seat.

I am so honored to have her in my life, thanks much!

I had a hard time getting a dog, others told me I was too old, did not have enough time to spend with one, did not have a fenced in yard, etc. I am so glad you thought I would be a good partner for Moxie. She is one sweet little girl.


Allie and Rosie - Adopted December 2013

My husband and I were searching for a puppy. We knew we wanted a black dog because, like black cats, no one seems to want them.

We also wanted a chow in the mix as that is another hard adoptable type. We had lost our doggie Sara in 2011 she was 13 ½ lab/chow mix rescue.

In 2013 we were ready! A petfinder search found Bama (chocolate lab from AL high kill shelter) and her nine ADORABLE beautiful puppies (1 brown & 8 black)! We had our home interview on a Saturday in Nov 2013 and Barb (foster mom) let us come over on Sunday morning (what quick turnaround). We were in LOVE!! We had questions Jean and Barb responded so quickly each time we had such a great experience. We ADOPTED Allie (Helena) and a few days later we also decided to adopt Rosie (Rosa). We brought the pups home December 2013. They are the BEST! Rosie at 8 weeks was house trained! (Thank you Barb) the foster mom was working with them and Allie followed a few weeks later no more training pads for potty time!

They LOVE to swim! They play together so well share toys, play silly chase games. We are getting ready for their 2nd birthday in October lots of new toys!! I am going to do a DNA test on one of them just for fun so if any of the parents of the other puppies want to know the results I should have them back in October.

We do wonder how Bama and the other puppies are doing. We are sure they are bringing as much happiness to their families as ours are to us!!


Maggie - Adopted May 2015

Here is Maggie! She was formally called Megan. We adapted her at the end of May and we love her to pieces. She is a very smart and loving dog. She has definitely filled a void that was left with the passing of our last pup. Here she is already for the Packer game! We think she likes her new home, we know we like having her here. One of the many fun things she does is to sneaks up and takes our socks at the end of the day and place them in her bed. She doesn't chew them but just places them there. So cute! We thank her foster mom, Kathy for taking good care of her and teaching her so many things. We have added "roll over" and "play dead" to her command list that she learned super fast.


Lilly - Adopted May 2015

We adopted "Lacie" the beginning of May. I changed her name to "Lilly". Because my fiancé an I are older, we cannot have kids of our own, thus, Lilly replaces this missing link. She is nothing but a barrel of fun. I immediately took her to puppy school and she did so good. But these small dog mixes are always so smart, given half a chance. She potty trained very easy, however, we have a doggy door, open into the garage, and another which opens from the back garage door into a fenced yard. The only time we had any trouble was when it rained, and little princess did not want to get her feet wet. So, I started standing in the rain with her. That is now old news. We have only had her 4 months but she trained well, and we can leave her in the house, uncaged when we go shopping or out and about for awhile. After losing my last dog to old age, (14) last August and then to top it all, I lost my 30 year old son in February, I needed a distraction. Lilly was it, and I would not give her up for anything. We love her way to much!


Roscoe - Adopted April 2015

We adopted Butch Cassidy, who's name is now Roscoe in April of 2015. When we first met him, he was a very shy dog. On the day he came to his new home, he spent most of his day exploring the house and the yard. He quickly became a very friendly younger brother to Harvey, our 10 year old Beagle/ Shepard rescue dog. Suddenly, Harvey was acting as if he was a puppy again also. Roscoe is now feeling right at home running around the back yard, playing with Harvey, or stretching out for a good nap on the couch or in bed. Roscoe graduated beginner puppy class recently and is a well behaved puppy. Every puppy can present some challenges, but he has had fewer of those challenges than we would have expected.

The main thing we can say is he is very happy with his home, and he has brought a lot of love and happiness to both of us and to his big brother Harvey. Our family is now a little bigger and happier with Roscoe in it. Thanks to JR's for all that you do.


Bert - Adopted June 2015

Bert has settled in very nicely with us and his manners have improved tremendously. No more play biting, no jumping. He still likes to destroy toys, but those squeakers are annoying, so who can blame him? He truly loves every person and dog he meets and is so amazing with kids, much to our surprise.

The Saturday after we adopted him we started training classes at the Animal Motel. I can’t say enough how much I recommend this training class. He graduated last week but we have enrolled him in another 12 week class. As the trainers have told us, Bert knows every trick in the book. He is the only dog that our trainer can remember who walks on the cone, over the cone or picks up the cone during training exercises. He keeps all of us in the class laughing, for sure.

Thank you again for the tremendous work you do, the sacrifices you make and your tireless support to give so many a second chance. Speaking from experience, our lives are just not complete without four-legged kids.


Beamer - Adopted April 2014

My husband and I adopted Beamer (formally known as Daisy) on April 14th of this year.

We couldn’t have asked for a better furbaby, it was like she was meant for us.

She loves to play with toys, being sassy, and play with all of the dogs in the neighborhood. She loves being at the race track with us. (my husband and I both race BMW’s and she’s become some what of a mascot)

We are so blessed to have her in our lives.


Stella - Adopted July 2014

We adopted Baby Girl, a beagle/boxer mix, in July of 2014. The morning after her adoption, before we even fed her breakfast, she jumped our fence and was gone for 2 1/2 days. We thought we would never see her again. Thanks to the help of JR's Pups N Stuff and 24 Hour Pet Watch she was returned to us. She had an injured paw. She has fully recovered from these injuries and is very happy in her forever home. Her name is now Stella, after the movie "Streetcar named Desire". STELLA is an easy name to call out.

We wanted a dog that would get along with our 14 year old bearded collie "Yogi". Not only are they best buds, but Yogi actually has a new prance in his step and seems to be doing better than ever. Since my entire family are dog lovers, we always have dogs visiting our home. Stella is great with all the other dogs happy to share her yard, toys and even her bones. The other reason we wanted another dog was that since we lost our beagle "Bailey" the rabbits were taking over our yard, eating everything they desired while being protected by their friend Yogi. Stella has hunted all these rabbits and our yard is now rabbit free and my garden is doing great.

Stella loves that she has the run of yard, although we did have to put an electric fence around our real fence, as she saw a need to jump the fence and clear the whole neighborhood of rabbits. Stella has a doggie door and is able to let herself in and out of the house. We also have a lake home and Stella loves to run and swim there. Boat rides are her favorite past time.

Stella has become an important part of our family and we don't know what we would do without her.


Charlie - Adopted June 2015

There's a saying that says you don't pick your dog it picks you, and that's how our story starts. We originally were looking for a large dog, but after attending Jr's dog event at PetCo in Delafield in June, Kiely (now Charlie) found us. She's perfect! She was so timid and shy when we first got her, she's getting better every day. We try to take her everywhere we can and she's becoming quite the adventurous one. She LOVES swimming, going for boat rides and playing with other dogs(she can be quite the little instigator). You can't look at her and not smile and fall in love. She's a perfect fit in our family and we're so thankful that our friend told us about Jr's!!


Sam - Adopted March 2015

We adopted Samoa (now known as Sam) in March and he turned 1 in April. Every week we can see something more he's picked up on. He's very smart and the minute one of us puts our shoes on, he's standing by the door, ready to join us. He absolutely LOVES the dog park here in West Bend and runs and plays for an hour at a time. We are 1 block from the walking/bike trail and he loves to go for long walks there too. Our son even took him to the Kettle Moraine for a 7 mile walk and he never even slowed down. He just had his first taste of the "lake life" this Labor Day weekend and had 4 other dogs to play with in the water. He slept ALL DAY on Tuesday!

As an added bonus, both my husband and myself have lost weight because of all our dog walking!


Harper - Adopted November 2014

Harper (formerly Ciara) is one of the best things to ever happen to me. She is a great companion and very well behaved pup! She loves a good belly rub, going hiking, and playing with her furry friends! With her rough start to life down south, she came to Wisconsin with an injured foot and cautious heart. It took a couple months of sleepless nights to build her trust and break her anxiety, but she has really come around.

Thanks JR's for giving my girl a second chance at life. She really is my best bud!


Darwin - Adopted December 2013

My husband and I had wanted a dog for over 10 years at the point when we built our home in 2011. When we decided to build, we kept in mind that we needed a lot of open space for our future Newfoundland. We applied to many breeders over two years and were turned down for one reason or another. I had given up and lost hope of ever getting the dog we wanted. Then, in the fall of 2013, I got the itch to start looking again and saw Nanook on Petfinder. He was listed as a lab/newfie puppy mix and SO adorable. I set to work on filling out the online forms and crossing my fingers that maybe a rescue would give us a chance. Within a week we had a reply and after another we scheduled a home visit. The visit went well and we were told that, while we may not get the puppy we wanted, we were approved for adoption. Yay! Finally!

I believe it was two days after the home visit when I received a call from JR's with the information for Nanook's foster mom. As soon as I arrived home, I gave her a call and found out that he was available, but that another family was also interested and they are adopted out on a first come, first serve basis if approved. I left work early the next day and we drove out to see Nanook and make a good impression with the foster mom, but I had already known that I was going to take him home even if I had to beg.

Darwin wasn't the dog we originally had wanted. He's definitely lab, but too small to be a Newfoundland, and that is ok. He's a great companion and so full of love. One of the friendliest dogs I've known and chock full of personality. Everywhere we go, people fall in love with him. Darwin turned out to be just what we needed and every day I'm thankful to JR's for giving us a chance. Without them we might still be on a waiting list. Darwin has been such a treat, and the perfect model of what a rescue dog can be. I recommend this organization to everyone I know who is thinking about getting a dog or a puppy.


Harvey - Adopted February 2013

This is Harvey AKA The White Shadow. He was adopted in February of 2013. He was found running in Oklahoma chasing cows. He was thought to be a wheaten terrier mix that was about 2 years old. After having him for a while, I had decided he was a lot younger (he just celebrated his 3rd birthday), had basset hound, golden retriever, and some sort of terrier in him, just can't figure out what. When we first met I had decided not to take him, changed my mind the next day, and drove back out to get him. I'll have to say he hasn't been the easiest pup I have ever adopted because he came with a few ailments. Had a huge wart on his foot, which JR's kindly took care of removing, had a peeing and pooping in the house issue and also brought with him a fungus that you can only get in the Gulf of Mexico, which he is still struggling with. He also has a BB lodged in his leg! Still with all this he has a happy attitude and a well demeanor, which is his saving grace. Harvey loves the water, camping, fetching anything you throw, sleeping in my bed, and of course all his canine, and feline brothers. He also has a fetish for rabbits and other rodents which is the terrier in him.

Harvey now is wart free, and potty trained! The BB will stay, but the fungus must go, unfortunately with surgery. He is one happy little dude which we all love and our lives wouldn't be the same without him here...where he belongs. Thanks JR's for the great adoption experience! Nice to get another one off the streets! I recommend you, all the time.


Milo (Adopted Aug 2011) and Lucy (Adopted Jan 2014)

I adopted both of my furbabies from JR's, and both dogs are the loves of my life.

On August 3, 2011, I adopted Milo (formerly Bolow on the website). Milo is the sweetest, kindest, best dog in the world. He is always happy, loves all people, is great with kids, and thinks that his 65 pounds can be made into a lap dog at all times. He is not content unless he is touching a human. Don't even think of going to sleep without Milo laying his head somewhere on your body. He also has a knack for knowing exactly when I am sad and will bring me his toys and climb into my lap to cheer me up. He also knows the word "kiss" and is more than happy to give any person/animal he meets plenty of kisses. He made my life complete.

In early 2014, I decided Milo needed a buddy--in particular, a sister. On January 28, 2014, I adopted Lucy (formerly known as Martha). Lucy was a puppy and exactly the ball of energy Milo needed. The two immediately became best friends and have been inseparable ever since. In fact, Lucy and her brother George both met Milo for a meet and greet, and there was no doubt Lucy was the dog for Milo--and me. She is always so happy, loves going on walks and exploring. She is my little swimmer and always wanted to be in the pool with me. She is a cuddler and loves snuggling with you under blankets, but her absolute favorite things are pillows. If there is a pillow anywhere, Lucy will be laying her little head on it. She is the sweetest dog and seeing her and Milo together absolutely melts my heart everyday.

They have brought more joy and love into my life than I ever imagined possible. Thank you to their foster moms for taking such good care of my babies until I found them, and thank you to JR's for rescuing my pups, who turned around and rescued me.


Tara - adopted March 2015

I was at a JR fundraising event when I met Tara. While I loved all the dogs there, I really was not looking to add another into my current mix of a special needs Carin Terrier and two cats. However I gravitated towards her despite not really liking the breed to be quite honest! I loved how she was so friendly with all the dogs and especially the kids. She didn't care what they did to her, she just wanted to play! I told my boyfriend about her, about how I felt she was the perfect dog but he said not right now. Well a few short months went by and I could not get her out of my head, checking the website constantly to see if she had gotten placed in a home. One day I decided to message her foster and before I knew it I was filling out an application and she was meeting my other animals. We brought Tara home on May 30, 2015 and could not be happier. Her tail is always wagging and she loves to cuddle as much as she loves to play. She truly brings a little something extra to our lives and aways keeps us smiling. I am glad I listed to the little voice in my head and decided she was the dog for our family.

Simba - Adopted September 2015

We just adopted Simba about a week and a half ago. He is truly just right for our family. He is a little cuddler and is starting to help us explore the nearby parks in our city. We are quickly falling in love with this sweet boy. Thanks for helping us find our fit!


Parker - Adopted August 2015

My boyfriend, Andy, and I adopted Parker (black and tan coonhound/lab mix) from JR's Pups n' Stuff on August 21st, 2015. We have only had him for 2 1/2 weeks and cannot imagine our lives without him! We are very grateful to JR's for giving us the opportunity to be puppy parents.

Since we adopted Parker, we have changed his name to Copper (like the Fox and the Hound). He sleeps in his crate at night with his stuffed Fox sleeping pal. He has lots of toys and has really started to enjoy playing fetch though he is also content to just chew on his bone or rope toy by himself. He loves to go to the dog park and run free (especially in the bushes where he can chase the birds). He is still a little shy around new people and new doggie friends but he is getting better at socializing. He is enrolled in puppy classes at Petco and is learning to respond to his new name, learning "come", "lay down" and basic commands.

He had his puppy exam at the vet and is doing very well! He is now up to date on all his required vaccinations and some that are not required. He is a healthy, happy puppy.

At home he relaxes and spreads out on the couch or his dog bed. He enjoys being close to his puppy parents and loves snuggling. He goes on 3-4 walks a day and loves to chase bunnies, squirrels and birds. He is a great puppy with a good mix of puppy energy and relaxed personality. Life wouldn't be the same without him! He is a part of the family.


Bear - Adopted June 2015

When we first came to JRs, my husband and I had a list of three dogs we wanted to meet. However, when we met the first one, we were really disappointed. He wasn’t the dog for us. On the heels of this, instead of waiting for our next visit I begged my husband to go to the Waukesha Petco event with me to just "look at the puppies." When we got there, there were so many beautiful dogs I just wanted to pet them all. But one little munchkin stood out. Bear (fka Sven) was a muscular puppy with the most soulful eyes I had ever seen. He was getting over mange but I could care less. The minute I held him, I looked at my husband with a small tear in my eye and said "Please?"

We immediately went into Petco and bought him everything he needed (including a stuffed Wookie that he sleeps with every night), but again we had to wait for the home visit. I was so scared for him and our roommate's dog to meet (as well as other potential adopters). But it turns out they were immediately best friends and we were the only ones to set up a visit! Because of his manage, Miss Lisa had to keep him for a while, but he's been with us since June 7th 2015 and I couldn't imagine it any other way. He's playful, cuddly, and protective. He takes to kids like he's their dad and filled a giant hole in our heart.

We couldn't speak enough kind words about JRs. And are planning on moving into our own house in a few months and again plan to grow our family with JRs.


Gracie - Adopted November 2014

Our story is a lesson in thinking you know the type of dog you think will mesh the best with you and your pack (furry and otherwise). I originally wanted to rescue a senior dog but after looking into one particular dog, realized she wouldn't have been a good fit with our other two dogs. We continued the adoption process anyway knowing that JRs was going to have an adoption event in Racine Petco and we would be meeting two dogs that I had spoken to their fosters about.

Upon entering Petco I was greeted by a little black and white girl and her sister. She came up to me as long as her lead would allow and put her front paws on my jeans. I love all dogs and greeted her back thinking, well you're a little sweetheart but where are the two I REALLY came to see. I met one of the two dogs and didn't feel an instant connection. I knew that no matter what I would feel that emotion and just "know". My husband and I continued to walk around and ended up in the back penned area of dogs. I took one look at him and said, "Should I get in there instead of just watch?". He said, "Honey we are here for you to find your pup, do whatever you feel you need to do."

That's exactly what I did. Little did I know, little miss from the entrance of Petco was in the pen and made a beeline to my lap, curled up, kissed me and fell asleep. It literally took seconds. That is how Gracie picked me. I never for a minute had a say about anything...she let me know I was her person and I certainly couldn't argue with that adorable face. It's a feeling unlike anything I have ever experienced. I also instantly knew her name...Grace...he handled the entire chaotic puppy frenzy at Petco with such Grace...there was no other name for her.

Her capacity to love amazes us still every day. Her gotcha day is November 25…it will be one wonderful year with her. We are looking forward to many more.


Adelaide- Adopted October 2015

I adopted Adelaide last October. She is a prize! She is such a good girl. She is the first dog I have EVER had that isn't destructive in one way or another. She's so cute with her one ear up and one ear down and she is a star at the dog park. She is a little stealth bomber, sneaking up on dogs by crawling on her belly and front legs until they get just that certain distance away and then she pounces! She rushes up to meet and greet them. She makes everyone laugh. I am totally in love with this little girl and her and my other rescue get along great and play hard every day.


Luke - Adopted March 2015

My husband and I adopted "Bobble", a black lab/German Shepherd in March of 2015. It was a lovely experience working with the volunteers as they really help you look for the right dog for your family. We have been given the opportunity to give "Bobble" a loving home where he is playful, full of energy and greets us with slobbering kisses! He's a big teddy bear! We renamed him "Luke".

Lauren - Adopted July 2014

First best thing I have ever done. I adopted my dog over a year ago. When she arrived it was evident she was very mistreated. Her name is Lauren. She was found in a dumpster with three puppies. Lauren did not want to play and wanted little human contact. Now I call her "Dumpster to Diva". Lauren is happy all the time. Spoiled. She loves hugs and kisses all the time. She has a silly grin on her face and is happy. Lauren needed someone she could trust to overcome what was done to her. I highly recommend your organization. Thanks for adding this joy to my family.


Timmy - Adopted April 2014

It was Spring of 2014 and my precious Black Lab had been an "only child" for three years since the loss of my loving Great Dane/Black Lab mix in 2011. We enjoyed countless adventures, all of which can be difficult with multiple dogs in tow. How I knew the time was right remains undetermined, but our household was definitely ready for four more paws. I would not spring a puppy on my beloved 12 year old senior. Besides, my full time work schedule would not be fair to a small house breaking bladder. After a long day, I couldn't even imagine returning home to chewed up property and boundless puppy energy. So I searched the country for a 3-5 year old. During a ladies' night at my house, a dear friend of mine found "Sterling" on my computer. Sterling was not the age or even breed I was searching for. She continued encouraging me to focus my attention on this guy, however. Sterling was being fostered by Jean with his friend and possible brother Ruger. Following a successful meet and greet with my Lab and a Milwaukee area Petco adoption event featuring JR's, this goofy Black and Tan Coonhound once dumped roadside was part of my household. His name was now Timmy. All I can say is that this dog has an amazing temperament and he does everything with me, literally. First of all, he has rarely chewed anything and has had nearly zero "accidents." Timmy is a welcomed guest among friends, family and in the community. He regularly runs my four mile route with me, both on and off trail (and leash). Timmy swims, kayaks and also naps very well. He is a regular at several area shops and restaurants. Timmy has brought countless smiles into a local hospice and continues to do so during frequent visits to an assisted living facility. I could not be more grateful to JR's for all they do and for connecting me with this wonderful and special companion!


Madelyn Elizabeth - Adopted July 2014

Wow, where do I begin? My husband and I had been casually looking at adopting a dog for a while. We'd visit our local humane society every few weeks and met a lot of great furry friends, but none of them seemed right for us.

We came across JR's Pup-N-Stuff online and saw a lot of pups we wanted to meet. Once our application was approved, there were two or three dogs we requested visits with, one of which being Miss Madelyn Elizabeth, the adorable hairless boxer mix. (Madelyn had demodectic mange and she had very little hair at this time.) When we met her, we instantly knew she was our baby. Madelyn's foster mom, Kelly, even said, "I think she's picking you!" Madelyn was the first and the last dog we met through JR's. A few weeks later once Madelyn was spayed, we brought her home with us.

Madelyn fits into our family perfectly. Madelyn love EVERYONE (people, kids, cats, dogs, etc.)! She loves to give kisses, snuggle under the blankets, and play with her friends at doggy daycare. She is the sweetest girl, who manages to make everyone fall in love with her.

Thanks to JR Pups-N-Stuff, especially Kelly who fostered Madelyn, along with our vet, Madelyn is now mange-free and a beautiful girl! Our life feels more complete now that Madelyn is a part of our family. Thank you!


Flora (Adopted Feb 2014) and Marley (Adopted Aug 2015)

Two of our three dogs are JR's alum! We adopted Flora (formerly Feta) on February 14, 2014 at the age of about 10 weeks old. Flora is our Border Collie mix who loves to chase all manner of animal out of our yard and up trees. She loves long walks, playing in the water, and belly rubs. Flora was an adorable puppy and has grown into a beautiful dog. Marley, an Australian Shepherd mix, joined our family about six weeks ago, in early August, after being surrendered by her former owner to JRs. Marley is three and came to us knowing tons of commands and being fully potty trained. Someone spent a lot of time training her. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. She is a high-energy playmate for Flora, which is what we were looking for. Marley, too, loves long walks and playing in the water and she is almost always ready to snuggle. Although Marley still gets a little stressed when we leave the house (we think maybe she was left alone for long periods of time by her previous owners), she does calm down in her crate and she's very happy to see us when we return.

We can't imagine our lives without these two beautiful girls, or without our Boxer rescue, Jessie. We encourage all of our friends and family to adopt through JRs!


Murphy - Adopted January 2014

Almost 2 years ago, we adopted Murphy. It was hard at first seeing as how we had bought our first house 2 months prior and had our first daughter a month prior. Everyone said we were crazy for rescuing a dog, especially a mastiff, during all that commotion. My wife and I said we wanted our daughter to like dogs from the start. As you can see, they're best friends. He is her protector, playmate and scapegoat when things go missing. Murphy completed this house and he is truly the best dog I have ever had. Even if he does lay on my face. I feel comfortable going to work every day knowing he is here to watch over my wife and daughter. Thank you, JRs.


Walter - Adopted September 2014

After 10 years of saying "I don't want a dog", I finally caved into my husband and started looking at adoptables online. I saw a photo of an Australian Shepherd online one day and said THAT's the dog I want! In browsing petfinder.com, I saw a sweet Aussie mix - who happened to be a tripod. His was name was Benji and I fell in love with his sweet face instantly. My gut just said he needed to be a part of our family. JR's was having an adoption event the very next weekend (a short hour drive away) and we were able to meet Benji. I was so nervous during the process, wondering if someone else was going swoop him up into their hearts & home before us.

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect furever friend, he's my very first dog (grew up with only cats). Now affectionately named Walter, he & I are attached at the hip and we're BFF's. I can't imagine life without him by my side, hopping along with me wherever I go (literally). Thank you, JR's, the fosters and to all who had a hand in helping Walter come so far.


Devy - Adopted January 2015

After I lost my dog to cancer I swore I'd never get another dog. About 9 months later I found myself stalking rescues facebook page when I found JRs. Then I decided to do the application process so when I was ready, it would be quick. Well...I guess I was ready right away, when I saw "Bellatrix" on the website. Adopted her in January and she's been keeping me on my toes ever since. 10 months old now. Love everyone in this rescue from her foster mom, Carol, to her home visit volunteer, Emma. Thanks everyone!


Dexter - Adopted September 2014

Below, is the first picture I ever saw of our Dexter. Little, scared, and a bit pathetic looking. My boyfriend and I had just begun fostering for JR's and were looking at the list of dogs needing foster. I instantly wanted him, but then realized he was only 2-3 months old and tried to convince myself otherwise. Puppies are hard work and something we had always said we didn't want. But I kept going back and looking at that picture. About a week later, Dexter (then Lawrence) had arrived to Wisconsin and still didn't have a foster! I was at a Petco Adoption event with our current foster, and there he was, in a puppy pen, barking his little head off. And I just knew. He had to come home. I packed him up in a little kennel (the only available one that day was hot pink, he was very embarrassed) and carted him home. My boyfriend was quickly convinced as well, and we signed adoption paperwork as soon as we could. Now, just about one year later, we can't imagine our lives without this spunky little terrier mix. He brings us so much laughter and joy. We're so thankful to everyone from JR's that helped save our furry child. We continue to foster and volunteer with the wonderful JR's family of dedicated and loving individuals. And we will continue to spoil our Dexter with many trips to the dog park, bones, tennis balls, and love for the rest of his life.

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Addie - Adopted May 2014

When I saw her I knew she'd be the perfect addition! I wasn't looking for another dog, but Tootsie was too cute & perfect to pass up. She joined our pack which included Cali a beagle mix, Bandit a German Shepard mix & Zoe a vizsla. Now known as Addie, she still has lots of love for her foster mom, Kathleen, who we see while training at the Milwaukee Dog Training Club. Addie loves going to obedience & agility classes and now does demonstrations in the community! Huge thanks to all the volunteers who worked to bring my goofball up from a kill shelter in the south. We are both loving life!


Nala - Adopted July 2014

We had lost our Aussie in May '14 and my husband did not want another dog. I hated not having a dog and fell in love with Nala (fka Olive/Olaf) online. I applied and only told my husband a few days before the home visit. He agreed to do the visit but wasn't thrilled about it. Once approved, Joe spent a lot of time on the phone with me answering my million questions (Nala had been treated for heart worm and I knew nothing about the treatment) before we scheduled a time to meet. Within moments of meeting our "mellow yellow" giant we BOTH were in love and it was no question she was meant to be part of our family. Nala has been with us since July 2014 and we can't imagine life without her. We are so appreciative of all that JR's does!


Daisy - Adopted April 2015

We found a wonderful addition to our family with Daisy (formerly Honey). She is feisty enough to keep us on our toes but generally a well behaved little lady. We don't know what we would do without her as she is a perfect fit for us!


Tuffy - Adopted April 2015

Tuffy, fka Tibit, has been a blessing in my life. We have been together for 6 months now and he continues to share love and laughter with me everyday! Lisa and JRs Pups N Stuff did an excellent job of helping me find the perfect low key quiet guy for my life in a condo. Thanks for what you do!


Sid - Adopted April 2014

This is my first and only son, Sid. We also call him Sidmon... We adopted Sid from JRs in March of 2014 when he was only about 3 1/2 months old. He was found in Alabama and unfortunately he had a pretty bad break of his right front elbow which was casted down south and fixed as best as they could manage. I knew nothing about why it was broken, what or who did it and none of that mattered to me because when I saw Sidmon's face on JRs Facebook page my heart lit up and I knew immediately that I was supposed to be his mommy. I had adopted from JRs 4 years prior with my parents and already knew them to be a wonderful rescue. When we met Sid he was very scared and barely came out to see us. With some patience and complete understanding he quickly became a momma's boy. His injury in his right elbow will never be 100% "as good as new" due to the severity of the break but what's important to know is he is an awesome Frisbee player and he doesn't let ANYTHING stop him from having fun. JRs stepped in and gave my boy a chance by saving his life... For that I will always be grateful. They aren't only a rescue, they are a community of animal lovers devoted to saving those in need and making happy families. I am proud to say I am now a home visit AND foster volunteer for them and loving every minute (and now Sid teaches other puppies not to be scared anymore!) Sid is loved more than I can explain and he will never know a bad day again for the rest of his life. Thank you, JRs Pups N Stuff, my heart is full because you brought Sid to me.


Midge - Adopted July 2015

We moved from an apartment to a house just to get a dog! When we met Midge we knew she was the one. She makes us laugh every day and we are so grateful to JRs and her foster family for bringing her to us! On our one year anniversary, Midge tried on my wedding dress...doesn't she look fabulous??


Chica - Adopted April 2014

I started the adoption process with JRs last spring, looking for the perfect dog to help me through recovery from a horrible case of mono. They found my Chica, fka Anna, who was in a shelter in MO, got her into a foster home, vetted, and transported up. Jean delivered Chica to me straight from transport, and it was truly a perfect fit! I honestly don't know what I'd do without my snuggle bug!


Trapper - Adopted September 2014

Trapper Jon PupE, came up with his mother and siblings from Alabama. Unfortunately, he lost several of his litter mates to Parvo. With love and commitment, 3 pups made it through. Out of all the dogs we've had, I can honestly say he's been the best overall with people, dogs and kids. Have to say it has a lot to do with the foster families commitment and love!


Buddy - Adopted February 2015

Buddy (aka Goober) we adopted him in February this year. He is such an amazing addition to our family! We couldn't have found a better fit for us. We also foster with JRS. We love this rescue and organization. Such an amazing people!


Bama - Adopted October 2014

We knew it was meant to be when Bama (fka Billy) peed all over us the first time we met him! This little guy was the perfect addition to our family. He provides endless love and laughter to all who meet him. Thanks JRs and especially Jessie for bringing us together!


Olive (Adopted 2013) and Ellie (Adopted May 2014)

We spent a lot of time waiting for the 'right' dog. Olive (right) was our first adoption. She was heart worm positive and was nursed back to health, thanks to the awesome fosters with JRs. A year later, we adopted Ellie (left). Turns out she also had to be treated for heart worm. We love them both so much. After we adopted Olive, we knew we would stick with the JRs family for any future adoptions and continue to encourage those we know to go through them. We have been blessed to have met so many great people through JRs. JRs always helps the underdog, when everyone else has given up on them. Olive and Ellie would not be here today without the love and support of the rescue. Thank you!


Thor - Adopted August 2015

We were heartbroken after our first dog, Comet needed a new home. We spent several months watching the JR's Facebook page and searching for our forever dog. Finally, our forever dog found us. We kept seeing posts about a very special dog named Thor. Thor's litter was born from a stray in Alabama. He spend the beginning of his life living outside, so he was a little timid of new noises and places at first. But with the support of his foster family with Katelyn, Thor conquered his fears. He is one brave pup. Something kept bringing us back to Thor, so we finally requested to meet him. It was love at first sight, and Thor adopted us. We kept Thor's name because he truly is a super hero. He has filled the puppy-size hole in our hearts and brought the kind of happiness only given by a dog back into our lives. He has the most gentle soul and spreads his super hero power of love wherever he goes. We are forever grateful to JR's and all of the people who gave Thor a chance. Not only do we have our perfect, forever dog, but we also have made a close friendship with Thor's foster parents. We love being a part of the JR's family and hope to be able to give back to them in the future! As we like to say about Thor, "Who rescued who?"


Chief - Adopted December 2014

Chief, FKA Odie, was brought in to rescue in November 2014. He was in bad shape, with bronchitis and weighed in the mid 90s. Jodie, his foster mom, took such great care of him and nursed him back to health. Chief joined our family December 18th, 2014. He has two furry siblings, Clark the Pyr and Josie the lab mix. Chief is a regular Beethoven, the center of attention wherever he goes! He's now 140 lbs and has the prettiest coat.