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Moose (formerly known as Elvis)

Elvis was one of four puppies belonging to The LuvPug Foundation that ARF-Aruba assisted with and coordinated the adoption. Elvis was fostered in Aruba by Cielo, along with his siblings. He then moved into the foster home of Angela from The LuvPug Foundation in Massachusetts. We are grateful for the diligent work these fosters put into making Elvis a great puppy. Transporters Vicky and John gave Elvis a lift to the U.S. We thank these fabulous volunteers for escorting this charming little boy off the island, along with his sister, Priscilla. Jeremy met Elvis and knew he was the canine for his little family. Elvis, who is now known as Moose, has a 17-month-old human sibling. As he grows and develops, Moose will enjoy walks, hikes, lake visits, and trips to dog parks. We are thankful that Moose was such a good fit for Jeremy’s family.
Happy life, Moose!

Gloria (formerly known as Adora)

John and Amii have added Adora to their household in Massachusetts. She is now Gloria. They had recently lost the family cat of 15 years, and knew they needed another one to love. As Adora, this sweet kitty was fostered in Aruba by Benice, along with her siblings. She then moved in with foster Susan in Massachusetts, who said she was a very friendly kitten from the minute she arrived. We thank our fosters, Benice and Susan, for the time and attention they gave to this affectionate little girl. ARF-Aruba’s very own volunteer, Kathy, gave Adora a lift to the U.S. We thank Kathy for offering to give this little furball a ride to the states. Susan said that Adora settled right into her foster home, and of course, Frank the family cat, took right over giving her lots of love. It was at Susan’s home that John and Amii met Adora now Gloria. John and Amii love Gloria, and said she has made herself right at home.
Happy life, Gloria!
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Virgil was fostered in Aruba by Lisa, along with his siblings, before moving in with foster Patti in New Hampshire. Both fosters gave Virgil the care and love he needed to prepare for a family to call his own. We thank Lisa and Patti for doing such a great job. Sharyn and her family offered Virgil a ride to the states. We thank them for their willingness to transport our precious cargo. From Patti’s home, Virgil found his people! Upon meeting Virgil, Bonnie’s family fell in love with him, and wanted the pup. Virgil is officially the newest member of Bonnie’s family, and he now lives in New Hampshire. Virgil enjoys 10 acres of property for romping and playing. Bonnie’s parents live on the property in a separate home, giving Virgil an extended family. Virgil will enjoy lots of walks and car rides. Bonnie plans to include him in pretty much everything she does. We are pleased that Bonnie and her family offered Virgil a forever home.
Happy life, Virgil!
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If you want the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.
Winnie is still Winnie, and she’s a growing girl. As a puppy from the ‘W’ litter, she now lives in New Hampshire. Leigh-Ann and Patrick adopted Winnie in August, and she’s already getting so big. She’s not short of toys, by any means! Winnie also enjoys relaxing with her 8-year-old doggie sibling, Puck. Not only does Winnie have a canine sibling, but she also has two feline siblings: 13 year old Minxy, and 2 year old Willow who happens to be adopted from Nine Lives Aruba Foundation KvK# S1631. We love watching our adopted puppies grow.
Happy life, Winnie!
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Lola (formerly known as Tammy)

Tammy was one of the ‘T’ puppies fostered by Gale and Bert in Aruba. They loved these babies and enjoyed them while they were in their care. Tammy moved in with Lyn in the states, along with her brother Tommy, for continued foster care. We extend our thanks to these fabulous fosters for doing such a good job with our ARF-Aruba babies. Hope so graciously escorted Tammy to the U.S. We also thank her for volunteering to lend a hand getting Tammy closer to a forever home.
Tammy is now Lola and lives with Shankari and Paul in Massachusetts. Shankari says Ozzy, the family’s six year old Australian Shepherd, picked her out. Now Lola is Ozzy’s new fur sibling. Shankari brought Ozzy to meet both Tammy and Tommy, but Tommy barked at him! Ozzy ended up making the decision that Tammy now Lola was their choice. Lola enjoys walks, including beach walks, and gets lots of outdoor play time. Lola even has her own life jacket. We are so pleased that Shankari, Paul, and Ozzy made Lola their newest family member.
Happy life Lola!
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Nala (formerly known as Raji)

Raji was fostered in Aruba by Jackye, along with her two sisters, Rahni and Raina. These three sweet girls came to Jackye needing lots of love and care. Rahni was adopted first straight off the island by an Aruba visitor. Next, Raji traveled to Pennsylvania to be fostered by Tarra. We extend our thanks to both of Raji’s fosters, Jackye and Tarra, for doing a fantastic job of taking care of this sweet girl. Kristen volunteered to escort Raji to the U.S. and into the arms of volunteer Ray who met her at the airport and took over Raji’s journey. He and his wife, Tara, kept Raji as an overnight guest before delivering her to foster Tarra. We offer our thanks to Kristen for her willingness to give our baby a lift to the states, and we thank Ray and Tara for lending a hand in Raji’s travels.
Raji is now Nala and lives in Pennsylvania. Her new forever mom, Amber, fell in love with Nala formerly known as Raji, and decided she would be their new furry family member. Nala has two human siblings ages 9 and 12. She will enjoy walks with the boys, and will have lots of outdoor playtime with them. We are grateful to Amber and her children for choosing Raji now Nala, and offering her the best home ever!
Happy life, Nala!
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Leia (formerly known as Leila)

Leila has moved in with Joe and Melissa’s family in Ohio. She is now Leia, and has several canine siblings, including Lola, another Aruban cunucu adopted from ARF-Aruba. Lola is almost 2 years old, and was formerly known as Valerie. Linda fostered this very sweet girl in Aruba from birth before leaving for the U.S. We extend our thanks to Linda for doing such a great job with Leila and her siblings. Regina, Gene, and their granddaughter offered to escort this cuddly pup to the U.S. We thank them as well, for giving her a lift. Joe and Melissa say that Leia, formerly known as Leila, is already loved by every dog and human sibling she has. They added that it only took a week for Leia and the rest of the dogs to became quite fond of each other. Leia will be enjoying the dog park, walks, and lots of play with the family. We are grateful to Joe and Melissa, and their family, for choosing Leila now Leia to be their newest family member.
Happy life, Leia!
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Kovu (formerly known as Dropy)

Dropy was adopted by Jason and now lives the good life in Massachusetts. Today, he’s Kovu, named after a character from the Lion King. As Dropy, this sweet kitty was fostered in Aruba by Brenda, and then by Laurie in the U.S. Both fosters gave this tiny boy lots of love and attention, and we thank them for their care. Shayna escorted our baby boy to the states. We are grateful to Shayna for volunteering to share her flight with Dropy. Jason says that Kovu is settling in, and he loves his new furry friend. We thank Jason for choosing Kovu, formerly known as Dropy, to be a cherished new member of his family.
Happy life, Kovu!
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Here’s another love story. Nicky the beach dog’s life changed in February, 2021. Vicky fell in love with a dog on the beach that was soon to be Nicky. He was a stray puppy that was extremely neglected and scared. He was known everywhere on the beach, but nobody could get near him. Surprisingly, he did go to Vicky & her husband, and Jill. The match was made in heaven for Vicky and Nicky. First they took him into the hotel room where he had a good night’s sleep. It was probably the first time he’d ever had a chance to relax. Word has it that at one point, he slept for 10 hours straight on the beach after he had decompressed.
Vicky says he picked them, not the other way around. Of course, they wanted him. Much agony and tears went into ensuring this sweet boy would make it to the U.S. Vicky couldn’t bear the thought of this little guy returning the beach. She felt that since he picked them, it was important to do everything in her power to keep him safe and get him off the beach. She didn’t want him thinking she didn’t want him. Vicky contacted ARF-Aruba and asked for help. Volunteer Kathy worked with her to make sure Nicky could get off the island. The day before his flight, Nicky spent the day on the beach, and saw his “friends” for last time.
It was a stressful event for all involved as they jumped through hoops allowng Nicky to fly. He flew off the island in February. He now lives the good life in New Jersey with Vicky. Jill shared that it took them a week to gain his trust. She also shared that she gets doggie sitting privileges when Vicky needs it, and she thinks he’s the cutest pup ever. We are grateful to all involved in Nicky’s rescue, and appreciate their fortitude to never give up. We at ARF-Aruba are thrilled that we were able to help.
Happy life, Nicky!
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Miles (formerly known as Dude)

Little Dude is now Miles and is having a blast with Darlene and her family in Massachusetts. Dude was one of the ‘D’ litter pups fostered by Juliette and her children in Aruba. We extend our thanks to to them for doing such a great job of fostering this precious little boy. Lisa and John transported this sweetheart to Boston. Lisa stated that she was beyond ecstatic giving him a lift to the U.S. She added that the love and happiness she saw when they passed Miles over to his new family was emotional. We are grateful to Lisa and John for their willingness to transport, and know that they will do it again because it was such a positive experience. Darlene says she was crying like a baby at the airport when she first met her baby. She added that her family is loving Miles to pieces, and their little sweetheart is absolutely amazing. He is adjusting to his new home, and has adjusted to a great routine, as well. He sleeps in his crate at night and has a good potty schedule. Miles loves it outside. He has brought so much joy into the lives of his new family. We are thankful to Darlene and her family for choosing Miles formerly known as Dude, to be their very own.
Happy life, Miles!
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Hamilton (formerly known as D-Mac)

Sweet ‘D’ puppy D-Mac is now Hamilton and lives a charmed life with his new family in Massachusetts. As D-Mac, he was fostered by Juliette and her children in Aruba who loved him immensely. Juliette’s girls played with him, snuggled him, and gave him all the attention he could handle. We thank our foster family for their excellent work getting D-Mac ready to become Hamilton as he moved in with his new forever family. Transporters Laureen and Steve gave our little boy a ride to the U.S. to meet Susan and the rest of the family. We offer our thanks to Laureen and Steve for giving D-Mac a lift from Aruba to the states. Forever mom Susan says they are in love with Hamilton. They are fans of Hamilton the musical, and she added that Alexander Hamilton also came from an island in the Caribbean like their pup. Hamilton has been good about house training, and he’s getting used to his crate. He has 2 human siblings and 1 canine sibling named Russ that is also a rescue. Hamilton enjoys his walks with Russ, and the kids love having another dog in the house. Thank you, Susan and family, for choosing D-Mac now Hamilton to bring new light into your home.
Happy life, Hamilton!
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Maisie (formerly known as Cara)

Pupdate! Chris and Anne are thoroughly enjoying their ARF-Aruba pup, Maisie, formerly known as Cara from the ‘C’ litter of five pups. As Cara, this sweetheart of a little girl was fostered in Aruba by Gale and Bert along with two of her sisters, Cali and Cleo. Maisie now lives in Massachusetts. Chris said that as he looks back at her earlier pictures, she has grown so much! Chris added that Maisie has settled in nicely. As the weather improves, Maisie will have a playdate with her brother, Cody, now Murphy. Both pups are really cute with so many similarities between the two. They are almost identical. We are pleased to know that Chris and Anne have made Maisie a valuable member of the family. Happy life, Maisie!
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Shiri (formerly known as Denisa)

It’s another ‘D’ puppy, Denisa now Shiri! Denisa was fostered in Aruba by Gale and Bert, along with two of her siblings, Daisy and Davey. There were actually nine ‘D’ puppies altogether. Thank you, Gale and Bert, for your care and love of these adorable babies. Amanda and Cory escorted our sweet pup off the island to Pennsylvania, along with a Sgt. Pepper’s Friends puppy. They delivered the pups to Pennsylvania where Denisa now Shiri currently lives Fany and her family. Amanda said everything went fine transporting Denisa. Thank you, Amanda and Cory, for your willingness to transport this precious girl. Fany met Amanda and Cory at the airport herself to receive her newest family member while her husband remained home with their three children. They were all so happy to meet Denisa now Shiri, that they were crying. Fany has shared that Shiri is doing well with the family, and they love her. She added that they are adapting to Shiri’s tempo of living. Her housetraining is progressing, and she loves to be outside when it is not so windy. Thank you, Fany, for adding Shiri formerly known as Denisa, to your family.
Happy life, Shiri!

Ruby (formerly known as Garcia)

Garcia traveled from Aruba to Massachusetts to eventually move in with her new forever mom, Kyle, and her family. Garcia is now Ruby, and has a doggie sibling named Misty. As Garcia, this sweet baby was fostered in Aruba first by Esther & Ron, and then by Juliette & her daughters. In the U.S., Christine & Mark took over fostering our cuddly little ARF-Aruba sweetheart. We extend our thanks to all these fosters for the great job they did getting Garcia now Ruby ready for her forever home. Fosters Christine & Mark actually transported Garcia now Ruby to the states themselves, along with her sister, Gira. We thank them for offering our ‘G’ litter puppies a ride. We are grateful to Kyle for choosing Ruby, formerly known as Garcia, to be the newest member of her family.
Happy life, Ruby!
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Bella (formerly known as Foxy)

Foxy is now Bella and lives in New Hampshire with her new forever family. As Foxy, she lived with her fabulous Aruba foster, Jasmin, along with several of her ‘F’ litter puppy siblings, of which there were 10 in total! Foxy moved in with foster Patti in New Hampshire when she left the island. We thank our amazing fosters for doing a wonderful job of caring for and loving this beautiful girl as she waited for a new home. Foxy left the island with transporters Suzanne and Peter. We are grateful to them for giving our sweet girl a lift to the U.S. In fact, Suzanne and Peter are ARF-Aruba adopters themselves! We appreciate their dedication to our foundation. Brett and his son, Dexter, met Foxy now Bella at Patti’s. They decided that this very beautiful girl would fit right in with their family. Bella will be having many adventures since Brett loves to hike. She also has a new doggie sibling by the name of Lulu. Thank you Brett and Dexter, for choosing Foxy now Bella, and giving her a very special forever home. Happy life, Bella!
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Charlie is enjoying his new life with his new forever mom, Tori. As you can see he loves his Massachusetts lifestyle! Charlie enjoys his walks and loves to fetch. Tori states he’s the best!

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Trixie (Formerly known as Skye)

Skye has made it to Pennsylvania, and into the arms of her new forever mom, Tasha! Skye is now Trixie, and has begun the good life with her new family. This very charming little girl was fostered in Aruba by Esther, who nurtured her back to health from illness. As Skye, she was the sibling of Sammy and Skippy, who were all found together in San Nicolaas, then rescued by trapper Jacqueline. All three baby girls were in poor shape, and their survival was actually in question. We are grateful to Esther for all the love and care she gave to this very beautiful pup, and pulled her through. We also extend our thanks to foster Patti, who continued her care in New Hampshire, once she arrived in the states. Patti was responsible for Trixie’s adoption by Tasha and her family. We thank ARF Aruba volunteer Steve for transporting beautiful Skye now Trixie to the U.S. With gratitude, we say thank you to Tasha and her family for giving this sweet and happy girl her forever home. Happy life, Trixie!
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Shyla (Formerly known as Cali)

Shyla, formerly known as Cali, loves her dog walks and runs, and is already at least 25 pounds, which is triple her size from when she first arrived at her forever home in Massachusetts with Abby, Kenny, and Corinna. Abby shared that Shyla is getting better on the leash but tends to lunge across her path in pursuit of windblown leaves! Shyla’s puppy training has begun, and she’s already doing well. Abby said she’s so proud of her. She added that Shyla was by far the youngest dog in the class and there was so much to take in, but she held it together amazingly well, and stayed focused on figuring out what was asked of her. Abby was touched by her trust in her to be her confident leader. As you can see, Shyla enjoys time with Corinna in the snow. She also enjoys cozying up with Kenny in the morning while he has his coffee. Abby is pretty sure that he’s her favorite person. We’re pleased to see Shyla, formerly known as Cali, loving her new life and her forever family. Happy life, Shyla!

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