Harbor Happenings
#GivingTuesday Edition
Rescued Dog Completing His Bucket List
Hi, my name is Zeus. Bellwether Harbor took me when I was surrendered with three other dogs, because my family couldn’t afford medical care for my roommate. They didn’t know at the time that I had cancer which was discovered after I arrived. I was afraid I was a goner then and there. Instead I went to live with a foster family.

My days since being transferred to Bellwether Harbor have been fun. I didn’t dare to dream about my bucket list but now I’m checking them off, one at a time. The Bellwether gang has been terrific. My foster family lives in the country with room to run and other animals that like to play. 

Within a couple of days, they took me for ice cream on a hot day and completing my bucket list began. Since then we have gone for rides in the car and I love playing in the snow.

Bellwether Harbor gives abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats a chance for a happy life with great families. I’ve talked to some other dogs and heard about the five heartworm-positive dogs that weren’t in great shape. Now they have been medically cleared and headed for a forever homes. I don’t know the ins and outs of finance, but they really care about us and provide what we need. For me it is to live out my days on the farm with freedom to go in and out, be loved, and special treats to make my days complete.

Won’t you help Bellwether Harbor rescue other cats and dogs? #GivingTuesday is a perfect time to make that donation and help an animal find a forever home.
Zeus enjoys completing
his Bucket List!
2nd Grader's Generosity Touches Veteran
Animals bring people together for good. #GivingTuesday is all about providing help to others. Please help Bellwether Harbor with its mission of rescuing abandoned, abused and neglected animals. We would appreciate any support you can give.

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Meet Irv and River who both love Chihuahuas
What happens when you mix a unique portrait of a Chihuahua, a second grader with a huge heart, and a Kent City veteran? You get a heartwarming story that left few with dry eyes.

River Botten, a second grader at Fremont Christian School, loves Chihuahuas, mainly because her aunt, Natacha Valmont, currently has three, two of which she adopted through Bellwether Harbor.

The pair attended a reception at the NCCA Artsplace where paintings of dogs and cats that were adopted through Bellwether Harbor were displayed, and also featured on their annual calendar. River loved the portrait of Coco, a cute Chihuahua mix, and asked her aunt to purchase it.

When River found out that a veteran adopted Coco, she asked her aunt to contact Bellwether to see if she could give the portrait to the vet, and thank him for his service.

River made a thank you card that said: “I bought this picture of Coco and I thought you would like it. Also, I want to thank you for fighting bad guys for our country so we can have freedom.”

The exchanged happened on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, just a week after Veterans Day.
Irv Byxbe, and his wife, Marci, arrived at Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter in Fremont with Coco, and flowers for River. He explained how much the picture meant to him and why Coco is a big piece of their family.

“When I first met Coco at Bellwether , I picked him up, he cuddled with me, and I knew he was the one,” Irv said as he petted Coco. “Coco keeps me calm. I have a disease from being a veteran. Whenever I come home, he gets excited to see me and rolls around and is cute to watch. I find comfort when Coco is in my lap, Coco keeps me calm,” Irv said.

He further explained that he wouldn’t have a dog if it weren’t for the K9 Camo Companions, a nonprofit based in Sparta, whose goal is to give back to Veterans who served in the United States military by matching them with a companion dog that is rescued and trained under the Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) standards.

K9 Camo Companions paid for Coco’s adoption fee for Coco, and pays for all of Coco’s needs.

 “I wanted to give this (picture) to you because you served our country and gave us freedom,” River told Irv. “It was an honor to serve you, and my country,” Irv replied.
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