Colonel Nugget Harrell – RRI Supporter

Colonel Nugget HarrellI’m Colonel Nugget Harrell.  I was born June 2nd, 2016. I was born deaf, but that is not my claim to fame!  I am extremely smart. I know hand signals, give great kisses, love everyone and everyone loves me!  My mom says I am also pretty darn cute! I am a big supporter of Russell Rescue, Inc. I love to earn chore money for this great cause.  I save my allowance and my birthday money and donate some to Russell Rescue, Inc. Mom says I am the best and most generous Jack Russell in the world!

I am hoping all the Jacks in foster homes will find their perfect homes, soon!  I have the best Mom and Dad in the world, and I am wishing that for you, too!

Colonel Nugget Harrell


Addie: Happy Tails

We just love Happy Tails stories around here!  This one comes from Kathy.  She is Addie’s mom.  Read their heartwarming story below.  Thank you Kathy, for sharing the photos and story with us!  And thank you for giving Addie a wonderful, forever family!  Happy Tails Addie!  We are so happy for you!

“Addie is an amazing little dog!  She was found as a stray in Oklahoma and placed in foster care with Russell Rescue.  After saying goodbye to my 12 year old Corgi, I swore I’d never go through that heartbreak again, but after a few months I couldn’t take the quietness in our home anymore.  I started by looking at local breeders, but by chance I found Russell Rescue online and realized how many misplaced dogs are looking for safe and loving homes.  I saw Addie’s picture and thought maybe she was the one. Her caption read “Can you say perfect dog” and that was spot on!
Russell Rescue took great care to visit our home to see the environment Addie would be living in, and her well-being was their top priority.  Understandably, Addie was a bit hesitant and conservative at first.  She has been with us for 3 months now and what an awesome life we have together!  As she got more comfortable with us, she shared some little tricks that she knows: dancing, sitting up with her paws out, she will even jump thru a hula hoop!  I’m greeted each and every morning with her spunky personality and unconditional love.  She loves riding in the car and of course, our evening walks.  There are 3 little girls that play on their bicycles every evening and Addie ALWAYS has to stop and say hello, get their cookies and dirt kisses, and then we enjoy the rest of our walk.  We end each day snuggled together in the recliner, so thankful for our new life together!”
Addie Addie

Miss Pinkie: Happy Tails

This little Jack is Miss Pinkie. She was adopted last year by Sandra and Rick. This summer she got to float the river! She has a forever family who loves her from now on, and even takes her on incredible vacations with them! Happy Tails Miss Pinkie!

Spotlight Pearl – Updates

pearlJuly 3, 2019

Pearl’s surgery is scheduled for July 15th!

She will be spayed, have several skin tags removed, and get her teeth cleaned.  She will also get a few rotten teeth extracted. We appreciate your donations so very much.

Because of you, Pearl will get the care she needs.  Follow along here for updates.

Pearl says thank you!

July 2, 2019

We reached our fundraising goal for Pearl! Thank you so very much to those of you who donated! We couldn’t do it without your support. And thank you for all the well wishes and prayers for little Pearl. She is well on her way to recovery.
pearl at vet
Her foster mom, Robyn, will be scheduling her surgery soon, and we will update you and let you know how Pearl is doing. Thank you again, so very much! We appreciate you, and Pearl says thank you!

July 1, 2019

You will remember this little gal from her posts earlier this Summer (see below).  Pearl was pulled from a shelter in San Antonio in May. The volunteers described her as a dog who could be the poster child for abuse and neglect.  Her foster mom, Robyn, said that in the 20 years she has worked with Russell Rescue, Pearl is one of the 2 most damaged dogs we have ever taken in. Pearl was riddled with infections on every part of her body.  She was raw, sore, weak, sick and demoralized. She has now recovered enough that we can have her spayed, remove all the skin tags, and get a dental. Her little eyes are damaged from having “dry eye”. She will always need drops, but her eyes don’t need to be removed, as we had first thought.  Pearl is the sweetest and friendliest girl. Her little tail wags all the time. We are hopeful that she will make a full recovery! But we need your help to make that possible!

The vet estimates that the bill for Pearl’s spay surgery, skin tag removal and dental will be around $500.  Pearl is a sweet little gal who deserves a chance at a healthy life. She is only about 4 years old, so she has a long life ahead of her.

Check out the photos and videos of Pearl.  As you can see, she has made great progress since May.  Her foster mom has given her lots of good food, good medicine and a lot of TLC.  But little Pearl has a long way to go before we can begin the process of finding her a forever family.  Pearl must get the surgery she needs before she can be adopted.

Can you please help our girl get this life changing surgery by donating?  No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate at with PayPal and all major credit cards.  Please notate that your donation is for Pearl in the name field.

Russell Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  Donations made to Russell Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the contributor.  Follow along here for updates. Thank you from Pearl!

May 31, 2019

We got an update on Pearl this week from her foster mom, Robyn!  Read below to see how she is doing! We will update again soon!

“First:  I got to have a bath.  Aunt Foster used that smelly shampoo, but it feels real good to be brushed-scrubbed all over real gently in warm, soapy water.  Then we went to the vet, (I didn’t like that! Blood tests, ow, ow, ow!!!) But THEN! Because I was so good, we went to WalMart and I got to ride in the basket and we got a treat and got some pets and rubs from real nice people.  We had a treat at the bakery section, YUM!! Whew, I am worn out! My main man, Dr. C. says I am doing well, but still have a long way to go.”

PearlMay 20. 2019

We got a couple new pics today from Pearl’s foster mom, Robyn.  She says Pearl is doing very well. She has settled in and made herself right at home.  Pearl’s skin is looking much better after 3 sulfur shampoos and one sulfur dip. Pearl has discovered that she can jump up on the bed and really enjoys rolling around in the soft blankets.

Here she is this morning after breakfast. All that eating and playing made her tired! Overall, she is doing much better. Pearl goes back to see Dr. C in another week for a follow up and to determine what needs to be done about her eye issues.  She also will need to be spayed and have a few moles removed. But, she is well on her way to recovery!

We will continue to keep you posted on Pearl’s progress.

Spotlight Pearl

Update May 20

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Update May 12

PearlWe got an update on Pearl today from her foster mom, Robyn.  Pearl had a vet visit on Friday. Even after only 3 days in her foster home, you can tell she is feeling better.  Check out her video link below. We will update again soon!

“Pearl went to the vet Friday.  Dr. C thinks that all of her problems are due to massive infections.  The good things are: She is only about 4 years old. She is heartworm negative.  She has pretty good teeth. And, her blood work was good. At the vet, she got 2 different eye drops.  She also got ear wash and ear drops. She is now eating a special food – Science Diet for Sensitive Skin and Stomach.  She has a lime-sulfur dip and has to be dipped everyday. She also has a special shampoo. She is taking prednisone and ketoconazole pills.  Pearl still has several things that need to be addressed. She needs to be spayed and have a few moles removed. She also needs to have her eye issues addressed.  She goes back to Dr. C in 2 weeks. For now she is going to be medicated, eat and sleep!”


Pearl’s Story

PearlThis is the newest member of the Russell Rescue family.  Say hello to Pearl. She was on death row in San Antonio, Texas just a day or two ago.  The volunteers described her as a dog who could be the poster child for abuse and neglect.  Her skin is red and flaking. She has infected ears, skin, and teeth. She is missing much of her fur and possibly has ulcers on her eyes.  Even with all that, the volunteers described her as still being sweet and very trusting. Pearl was picked up yesterday from the shelter by Russell Rescue volunteer, Debi, and spent the night there.  She arrived at her foster home this morning. Robyn, her foster mom, will make sure she gets the vetting and care she needs to begin her journey to recovery. Pearl has a long road ahead of her. We will update you on her journey, and we will work to give her the happy and healthy life that she deserves!  In the meantime, she will be spoiled gently until she is as beautiful outside as she is inside! Make sure to watch the videos of Pearl! You can see how sweet she is. Her little tail just keeps wagging!

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Spotlight Bridget

Bridget SurgeryRussell Rescue Needs Your Help!

Update: April 19, 2019

Sweet little Bridget had her surgery on Wednesday the 17th and is home resting and recovering.  The doctor had to remove 6 teeth and also clean and scrape all the remaining teeth, then stitch up the holes.

Ouch! Bridget also had a lump on her shoulder that had to be removed. You can see her stitches in the photo.  Bridget had the best care in the world from Dr. Mark Schuman, Virginia, Miss Tracy, and Amber. They are a great team and we appreciate them so very much!

They took great care of our little girl! Bridget has had quite a bit of pain, but her foster mom is giving her good meds and lots of TLC. She is doing a lot of sleeping today.  Thank you to the donors who made this life-saving surgery possible. Bridget will now have a chance at a healthy and happy life.

Bridget - SpotlightUpdate: April 15, 2019

We reached our goal for Bridget and her surgery is scheduled for Wednesday! Thank you all so very much for donating! We appreciate it very much! We will post updates this week.


This precious little gal is Bridget, and she needs our help!  Bridget is a sweet little senior Jack Russell that has a mouth full of rotten and infected teeth.  As you can see from the photos, her teeth are in very bad condition.

BridgetHer back teeth are a greenish/blackish color, and the infection is poisoning her little body.  The vet says that most of her teeth will have to come out and that she will need stitches. Bridget’s bad teeth are causing her pain and need to be fixed as soon as possible!

The vet estimates that the bill for Bridget’s surgery will be around $700.  Bridget is a sweet little gal who deserves a chance at a healthy life.

Can you please help our girl get this life saving surgery by donating?  No amount is too small…it all adds up! You can donate at with PayPal and all major credit cards.  Please notate that your donation is for Bridget in the name field.

Russell Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  Donations made to Russell Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the contributor.  Follow along here for updates. Thank you from Bridget!


Bridget’s Story

BridgetTen years ago Robyn pulled a beautiful little rough coat female out of Austin Animal Control. She was about 5 years old and Robyn named her Bridget. A month later we adopted her to Ginger Jones. Ginger had moved from Houston to Wimberly to get away from the bad weather in Houston. We took Bridget to her home. It was a perfect fit. We heard from Ginger several times after that. She loved Bridget and said she was the perfect fit. Three-four years after that she again got in touch with Robyn. She wanted to give Bridget back. She said she had had some health problems and could not care for Bridget. Robyn told her she would take Bridget back, of course. A few days later Ginger said her “caretaker” would take Bridget. She was relieved that Bridget would be cared for by someone she knew and trusted.

Fast forward to April of 2019.

Bridget - SpotlightRobyn and I got an email from a shelter manager in San Marcos. Someone had picked up an elderly female JRT about 12-14 years old. A picture was attached. I saw a dirty, dejected, bedraggled dog standing there with her head down and her eyes squinted. About 4 or 5 hours later our FB admin, Heather, sent us a screen shot of a posting from a woman named Cathleen who was looking for information about a dog in the San Marcos shelter that had a microchip that traced back to an address in Wimberly. She posted her phone number.

Robyn called Cathleen. Cathleen told Robyn that she is dedicated to reuniting lost pets and their owners. She works with shelters in the Wimberly/San Marcos area. She wanted to help the senior JRT. After much snooping and checking and digging she had discovered that it was Ginger Jones’ dog. Ginger however had moved back to Houston. Cathleen found Ginger on FB. When Cathleen called Ginger to tell her that Bridget was in the San Marcos Shelter Ginger said, “ Call Robyn Reed.” Ginger was shocked to discover that her “caretaker” had betrayed her. As Ginger had suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed, she could not care for Bridget. She tried hard to be sure her dog was cared for. She had been sending the woman 50 dollars a month for Bridget’s care! Bridget was never cared for. The poor dog had somehow gotten away from the caretaker and wandered off. That is when she was picked up and taken to the shelter.

Robyn picked Bridget up the next day. She was bathed, fed, and snuggled in. The next day she got her to the vet. Bridget was sick. Her teeth are so horribly infected that she is nauseated and weak. Most of her teeth will have to be pulled.  Note: Bridget is now a Spotlight terrier.

From now on, Bridget will be cared for.

Huge thanks to Cathleen and the shelter manager for going the extra mile for a sweet little old dog. It restores my faith in humanity.