Happy Tails

Please enjoy some of these stories of happy pets from happy adopters. Have your own Happy Tail? Please send it to us at bdar@bdar.org

When we adopted Penny in late June 2018 we had put my husband's malamute down 6 months prior and he wasn't super interested in getting another dog, but he was fine allowing me to adopt a dog into our household.  The two of them are now inseparable. She has him wrapped around her paw and follows him everywhere he goes.  She and my cats have reached an understanding where she mostly leaves them alone, but she still tries to be friends with them even though they slap her when she gets too close for too long.  She loves children and is fantastic with my 9 year-old niece, even toning down her play style so as not to harm her, but also perfectly happy to allow my niece to lay on top of her on the couch.  Penny has even charmed my 11 year old Mastiff, Droopy, into tolerating her laying on him, forcing him to give up half his bed to her, and even getting him to act like a puppy to play with her.  Penny knows no enemies and charms everyone she meets with her sweet face, happy personality, and constantly wagging tail, including my parents who were not big on pitties before meeting Penny.  She is a happy, silly, bouncy dog that makes us laugh every day and we couldn't imagine life without her. 

{Clyde's} brain injury will never go away which means he will always have 'off' days/sometimes weeks, but we feel so good knowing that we are giving him a loving and patient home and that we can help him grow to be his best self! Sometimes we forget that he is really just a puppy! He is only 1 which gives us so much hope that he will forget about his traumatic first year of life and only remember his new life full of love.

He still circles really fast when he gets excited for treats or about going on a walk or to go on a ride to play fetch at the park! He LOOOOOVES his older brother Arlo and looks to him for guidance with everything!

Thank you for all of the work that BDAR and its volunteers do!


"Meet Neville (and my daughter). We adopted Neville last October. He was 6 months old. He has become a great dog! Full of energy, smart and very goofy. As you can tell, he has a best human kid. I am so glad we ran into an adoption drive that October day!

I can not even express how grateful we are that BDAR was able to help her. 

My 6 six year old, well, actually every one has fallen madly in love with her (except the dogs). She is doing very well considering she has never had a home or siblings; bi-ped or otherwise. 

My favorite story so far is Raven telling me she knew what kitty needed. "SHE needs to be brushed". My first reaction as I was pulling on pants was "Uhhhhh, kitty kitty probably won't like that". 

As I rushed back to the room I found d Raven brushing a perfectly content and purring cat. 


His name was Tommy, but since we adopted him in 2017, the year of the Solar Eclipse, we re-named him "Eclipse."  This 15 pound silky Ragdoll cat was advertised from Black Dog Animal Rescue. I had been wishing for a Ragdoll cat but had not been able to find any in Wyoming for about a year.  His owner who had nurtured him lovingly for eight years, had breathing difficulties and was sadly advised to not have him in her home. He went to another owner, then to a shelter in Casper, then  transferred to BDAR .  There he was, a gorgeous Ragdoll cat,  right here in Wyoming!

I applied, was accepted, and within a week we drove from Riverton to Cheyenne to meet him.  He was right there at the door to greet me and willingly came to my arms and the travel carrier.  He soon proved to be gentle and friendly to everyone he met, including classrooms, a  nursing home, and a hospice home.  He was officially certified as a Therapy Cat through the  "Love On A Leash" pet therapy organization in April 2018.  I give thanks to Black Dog Animal Rescue for their part in carefully matching pets with homes.  Because of you, our cat Eclipse is giving much happiness  to others in pet therapy visits, including  Santa Claus!

I just wanted to give an update from our dog Cheddar. She came to use from the litter of 9 that Emmy had, she was being fostered at Lisa's house. Cheddar has become a great family dog. Willow my daughter is 6 years old and those two do everything together. From running through the sprinkler to taking naps to mountain hikes. Cheddar loves to be involved in anything the family is doing.


"I just wanted to let you know how thankful we are to have found Bruce! He is such a delight. He loves the kids and has fit in so nicely with our family! {The vet} did give us some great tips for health changes to look for unique to his missing that rear leg and how to help him be comfortable. Thank you so much for all you do!"

Hello. I am sorry that I haven't written sooner, but I just wanted to tell you how well Nyxon is doing since his adoption in October. He is such a good dog and has quickly become my family's new loving puppy! He is adjusting well to his new life and home. Here are just a few pictures of him. He loves his "sister" so much that he didn't want her to go back to college unless she took him along! Thank you for all you do for these animals! My life has become so much better with Nyxon as a part of it!!