Emaciated Dog Back in Loving Home – KiiiTV3.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Emaciated Dog Back in Loving Home – KiiiTV3.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend.

This is an incredible local story here in the Corpus Christi area. The story of a beloved pet digging out of the yard and being lost…..since December! Recently in the news after being found tied to a school jungle gym, the dog was reunited with its owners! I have to confess, the photos are shocking. This poor Weimaraner lost half of its body weight and is so emaciated. She is an inside dog so her survival skills were seriously lacking. But she was released by the vet back into her loving home for rehabilitation!

You know, this happens all the time. It’s so important to have a secure backyard and if possible, never leave the animals unattended. Leaving an animal in the yard when you leave the home is just asking for trouble and should be avoided whenever possible. Dogs get bored and get destructive. Sometimes they get scared and try to escape by digging out. Sometimes a cute female comes along and there is another reason to jump a fence. It’s just bad ownership in my opinion.

But we have had escape artists in the past…..you put them out to do their business and they are gone in a flash….or a neighbor stops by and leaves the door open a split second too long and they bolt out the door before you can even get “Don’t let the dog out!” off your lips. It happens. That’s why proper identification is also a must! Start off with a collar. At least the Good Samaritan will know there is an “owner” and may keep an eye out for your posters, soon to be plastered all over the neighborhood. Better yet, go to your local hardware store and buy an engraved ID tag. Name and phone number is really all you need in my opinion. I was able to return many a stray dog thanks to an ID tag. The last one being a 125 pound black lab who was happy to slobber all over my passenger seat as I chauffered him home ūüėÄ Other people swear by microchip. I am not too familiar with the practice but it sounds very effective. Especially if your dog is injured and lands in a shelter or a vet’s office. They will “scan” the chip and have all your pet’s information in order to provide her with better medical care! Ask your vet about it!

This family was lucky……they just happened to be watching the news and saw her story and knew she was their dog. So happy to be reunited but so crushed to see their beloved dog in such poor condition.


Stolen Urn with Dog’s Ashes Returned After 4 Years

This is a strange story….from our hometown of Corpus Christi Texas!¬† Apparently, in 2007, a man had the urn containing his dog’s ashes stolen from his car. The police investigated and the trail went cold.

Fast forward 4 years to today when a chaplain from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi found the urn on campus along with a note from the remorseful burglar. The urn was taken to a funeral home, assuming the contents were human. A new report went out and the man claimed the urn and his beloved pet’s ashes……

Where Can You Find LolaBelle’s Treats?

One place you can always find LolaBelle’s Treats is the local Farmer’s Market and Festival!

We are regulars at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9am – 11 am.¬† and THIS Saturday (2/19/11) you will ALSO find us at¬†

Seashore Marketplace & Coast Guard Auxiliary Garage Sale


Yard sale in the Seashore Middle Academy school parking lot.

Vendor Fair in the SMA Eaton Gym.

 Market to include;

candles, cookware, clothing, jewelry, woodworking, photography & much more.

Take SPID to Padre Island.  There are only 2 stoplights on the island.  The second one is Whitecap.  Just past Whitecap the school will be on your right.  You will be able to see it from the light.

Corpus Christi Southside Farmer’s Market


LolaBelle’s Treats will be at the Corpus Christi Southside¬†Farmer’s Market THIS SATURDAY with our Homemade Dog ¬†Treats, Dog Food, Toys, Sweaters and Gifts! You have never heard of it?? LolaBelle! Tell these fine folks about the Farmer’s Market! Wait for the Arf!…..ready?…….ARF!

Fallen Marine’s Family Adopts His Dog

 This is such a sad local story. The Rusk family adopted Eli, the black labrador, who was the bomb sniffing dog of their son  Marine Corps Pfc. Colton W. Rusk.

After 20-year-old Private Rusk was killed Dec. 5 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, by Taliban sniper fire, Marines officials told Darrell and Kathy Rusk, his parents, that Eli, his infantry explosives detector dog, crawled on top of their son to protect him after he was shot.

This photo of Colton and Eli is now in a locket around his mother’s neck. “In his last letter we got the day before we buried him, at the very top was a little smudge that said ‘Eli’s kisses,'” said Mrs. Rusk.

Private Rusk joined the Marines after he graduated from Orange Grove High School, and committed himself to the Marines the same week that his best friend, Lance Cpl. Justin Rokohl, lost both legs in southern Afghanistan. Private Rusk deployed to Afghanistan on his 20th birthday, with Eli, as part of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“He wanted to be a Marine since he was 10 years old,” his mother said. “We talked to him about maybe going to college first, but he said he had to fight for his country first.” The dog Private Rusk liked to call “My boy, Eli,” earned a reputation for wanting to be wherever his handler was. Eli didn’t want to sleep on the ground; he slept in Private Rusk’s sleeping bag. They even ate together outside after Private Rusk found out that Eli wasn’t allowed to eat in the chow hall.
“Whatever is mine is his,” Marine Corps Pfc. Colton W. Rusk wrote about Eli in the final days of their deployment in Afghanistan. On Feb. 3, Private Rusk’s family helped prove his words true when they adopted the black Labrador retriever in a retirement and adoption ceremony at the military working dog school at Lackland¬†AFB in San Antonio. The Rusks drove to Lackland¬†Air Force Base from their home in Orange Grove, Texas, along with their sons, 22-year-old Cody and 12-year-old Brady; Private Rusk’s aunt, Yvonne Rusk; and Jan Rusk and Katy and Wayne O’Neal, Private Rusk’s grandparents.

“It gets our mind off the sadness of losing Colton,” Mrs. Rusk said, “just knowing we’re going to have a little piece of Colton in Eli. I just wished he could talk and tell us some stories. Just to know we’re going to be able to share the love we have for our son with something that he loved dearly.”

The family met Eli once when they visited Private Rusk at Camp Pendleton the week he deployed. After the retirement and adoption ceremony, the Rusks took Eli to their home on more than 20 acres of land, which he will share with the family, as well as their horses and three German shepherds.

Jan Rusk,¬†Private Rusk’s¬†grandmother, said this was another way to honor¬†his memories, but it also will help the family as they continue to cope with their loss.

“Eli was a part of Colton, and now they have a little part of Colton back,” she said.

Visit the U.S. Air Force Website for the entire story.

Winnipeg Human Society Cat Midnight Madness!

LolaBelle’s Treats is a big believer in thinking “outside the box” so we salute the Winnipeg Humane Society for producing and airing this hilarious ad promoting kitty adoptions! Check it out and if you are in the Winnipeg area, go adopt a cat!

Snow Coming To The Texas Coast?

¬† Since LolaBelle’s Treats is based here in the Corpus Christi area, we wanted to send out notice to all our furry friends there is a forecast¬†of possible SNOW and definitely freezing temperatures!

And it gives us an opportunity to post ADORABLE SNOW DOG PICTURES!!¬†Be sure to bring your outdoor¬†pets INSIDE or ensure they have shelter¬†with straw or blankets to snuggle up with! With temperatures dipping into the 20’s it is really going to be a cold few days! Visit the webpage of the Corpus Christi Caller Times for the full forecast! http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jan/31/did-someone-say-snow/


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