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Thanks to BatteryMinder and Concorde!

cloudninerescueflights : May 29, 2014 9:01 pm : Uncategorized

When I write on the blog, I typically focus on the flights we perform and the dogs we save. The reality is there is a great deal of work behind the scenes that makes these flights possible, most of which goes into keeping our aircraft safe and operating in tip top condition. We also work with suppliers to get discounted or donated parts to allow us to focus more of your donated money towards direct operating costs (i.e. fuel) so we can save more puppies. I focus a great deal on safety and reliability, and one of the important aspects to reliability is keeping the battery properly while the plane isn’t flying. We do this with a BatteryMinder battery tender.

Recently, we upgraded to a Concorde battery (donated by Concorde – a far superior battery to the previous one we had installed). This required a change to our battery tender, for which BatteryMinder was kind enough to donate the modification. Combined, these donations saved us enough money for about two hours worth of fuel.

I want to thank BatteryMinder and Concorde for their donations that help keep us flying. Thanks to the support of companies like these, we’re able to save more homeless pets. Thank you, BatteryMinder and Concorde!

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Farewell to an Old Friend and the Inspiration for Cloud Nine

cloudninerescueflights : September 8, 2013 4:14 pm : Uncategorized

It’s no surprise to anyone that the Cloud Nine family has dogs of our own. About two weeks ago, we had to say our goodbyes to Duke, our rottie mix.

Almost 7 years ago, having always been an animal lover but never having had a dog, I walked into the local SPCA in my home of Williamsport, PA with no intention of adopting one. I was actually there with a friend who was looking to adopt a rabbit. “Well, might as well look at the dogs while I’m here…”

There he was, this big and beautiful rottie mix. He was different than the others; he spoke to me. He was clearly energetic, yet attentive and oh so eager to please. Duke was only a year old, but had been in the shelter for 6 months after being surrendered by his human. They didn’t give a reason why he was surrendered, but my guess was that his first human didn’t expect the energy this wonderful dog had. After interacting with him for a bit, I walked out of there with this 75 lb dog (who quickly grew to over 100 lbs once eating a regular diet) and not a clue what to do with him. I had never had a dog before, and had minimal interaction with them growing up, so I was thoroughly unprepared and unequipped.

Duke was a perfect first dog for me. Being so happy and eager to please, he taught me how to teach him what to do. He was always loving and attentive. I remember when I first brought him home, he had definite separation anxiety issues. He seemed afraid that I would leave and never come back – I’m sure spending half his life in the shelter left him uncertain about humans who would temporarily come and go in his life. Millions of dogs in shelters have this same feeling, but never get to know the joy of a loving home.

It was Duke who ultimately was responsible for my getting into animal rescue and founding Cloud Nine. After adopting him, I started volunteering at the same SPCA where I adopted him. Then I learned about how bad the animal overpopulation epidemic in this country is, the role that transport plays in eliminating that epidemic, and wanted to make a difference in a big way. Duke patiently spent many weekends with dog sitters while I was off around the continent rescuing homeless pets. To date, almost 2,000 homeless pets have been saved by Cloud Nine thanks to Duke’s inspiration.

If any dog is a model for rescue dogs, it’s Duke. He was a dog who was loved by virtually all, and was regarded as a great judge of character – if he didn’t like you, there was a good reason for it. There were very few people who he didn’t like, though. He loved virtually all, and his tail was wagging constantly. Our dogs will always be rescues, and Duke is a big part of why. We will never forget Duke, and we miss him. Terribly so.

If Duke would have had a last wish, it would have been for affection, treats, and to save others homeless dogs. It was always obvious to me that he knew where he came from, and how great of a life he had. All dogs deserve a loving home, and it is with that mission that Cloud Nine continues to fly to save homeless pets around the continent. We will continue to fly in Duke’s memory, saving homeless pets so that they may have the sort of wonderful life that Duke had, and so that others may know the love that I have known from my dog.

Blue Skies,


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Cloud Nine Answers Your Questions: Can a Ghost Dog Save a Real Dog?

cloudninerescueflights : October 2, 2012 9:07 pm : Uncategorized

In addition to providing you with status updates on our fundraising, we’ve decided to also answer your pet-related questions weekly. The intent is for it to keep focused on hypothetical pet-related questions, but all questions will be considered. If this is popular and our fans want us to keep this going, we will continue to do so after the fundraiser. We’ll be more encouraged to do so if this helps us raise money, so keep those donations coming in! To ask a question, simply visit our website by clicking our logo in the header or footer of this email and contact us, or reply to this email. Questions don’t need donations with them to be answered, but it certainly would be appreciated!

We start off with a ‘What If?’ question that a coworker’s daughter asked me earlier this week: Can a ghost dog save a real dog?

Children come up with great questions.

First, we must answer the question of whether or not ghost dogs exist. Traditionally, we don’t hear about ghost dogs, just ghost humans. These lost souls are forced to wander the earth aimlessly in purgatory, as they were neither sent to Heaven nor Hell. This is how we end up with ghost humans haunting places like graveyards and the DMV.

Dogs don’t fall into this category. All dogs go to heaven, as all dogs are good, exempting them from purgatory. There are no bad dogs, only bad humans. Therefore, there are no ghost dogs.

What about an angel dog, that has gone to Heaven and chooses to return to Earth to help living dogs?
Yes, Virginia, there are angel dogs, and they do come back to Earth to help the living dogs.

We rarely see the documentation of this (this would be intentional, as angel dogs don’t wish to be seen or heard), but we do have evidence of it. You may recall that several years ago, a dog pulled another dog off a busy highway in Chile, after he had been hit by a car, ultimately saving his life:

This hero dog disappeared after saving his fellow canine, and was never seen nor heard from following this event. Truly an angel dog in disguise.

So what is your ‘What If?’ question that we can answer next week?

Blue Skies,

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