Our Rescue Work
Our Rescue Work
Opening our home to Chesapeakes who needed a brief place to stay was a rewarding experience and that shaped our knowledge of how these dogs find themselves in trouble. They find themselves in need through no fault of their own and we feel it is the responsibility of their breeders and their owners to provide for their needs and to protect them. And, in cases where the owner does not or cannot uphold their responsibilities to their dog, the breeder should step in as a safety net. We hope to see a day when the majority of breeders would be the ultimate protectors of their own and where rescue volunteers can stand for the dogs who have no one to look out for them.
Over the years, we brought a lot of foster dogs into our home. Each one taught us a great deal about training, structure, and the breed. and the photo gallery below pays tribute to them. Not all of them are represented here, but they are all very dear to us.
We are no longer able to foster rescue dogs. We maintain space in our home so that we always have room for dogs of our own breeding that may need to come “home.”
If you are interested in adopting a rescued Chesapeake, please reach out to:
Lucy was found tied to a mailbox in the hot sun in West Virginia.
This beauty came into rescue with a severe case of ringworm. We had to shave off her coat in order to apply daily treatments.
Lily holds the title for longest foster stay at The Weatherdeck. We just placed her in June, 2015 after 3.5 years in foster care. During that time, Lily raised the litter of 8 pups that she brought with her into foster care. And, she gained the courage to face new people and situations without fear. Lily is a true rescue success story.
Lily preparing to march in the St. Michaels, Maryland Christmas parade.
Lily chose Thomas as her person during her stay with us.
These pups were born into rescue. Their mother came into our care about a week before she delivered pups.
One of Tigerlily's puppies. Born into rescue.
Unlike their mother, these guys got an ideal start at life and went into homes that will never abandon them.
One of Lily's daughters.
A son abandoned this little girl at his father's house where she was tied to a tree until the father decided to take her to a shelter.
This handsome boy's entire litter and parents were seized by animal control when someone reported that they were locked by their owners in a barn with no human contact or care for 6 months. Kodi parents were a Chesapeake and a Chocolate Labrador.
Phish, shortly after coming to our home. He was malnourished. He has lost the tips of his ears due to frostbite. He was seen running stray and ranging about 20 miles along the Potomac River where he was eventually pulled from the freezing waters of the C & O Canal in January. Because of the steep banks of the canal, he was unable to pull himself out of the water. His rescuer took him to a nearby shelter who called us for help.
Phish savored every minute of his nice warm bath after running stray for six months along the C & O canal. He was pulled out of the freezing waters of the canal in January by a hiker who saw him unable to get out of the water.
An enormous puppy with an equally enormous heart.
Hooper was still trying to build some muscle to keep him warm. So, he wore a beautiful sweater when he marched with the other Chesapeakes in the Cecil County Christmas Parade in North East, Maryland.
Max's owners dropped him off at a shelter with a torn cruciate ligament. CBRR&R volunteers raised funds to pay for the surgery that he needed.
Karma was a cute little puppy that went into a home where her owners worked long hours and didn't have enough time for her. She was dropped at a shelter with urine burns from being left in a kennel for too many hours.
Mattie was found running through 8 lanes of traffic in Southern Maryland, near Mattawoman Creek (thus the name). She needed a home with no other dogs so we found her a wonderful one.
A healthy, beautiful boy who came into rescue in the prime of his life. We knew nothing of his past. We guessed he was just unfortunate to start out in a home that was either ill-prepared for a normal Chesapeake or one that simply wasn't up to the commitment of owning any dog.
Otis never received monthly heart worm prevention prior to coming into rescue. As a consequence, he was infected with heart worms and had to endure painful heart worm treatment. Thanks to CBRR&R, he got the treatment that he needed.
Another perfectly normal Chesapeake who ended up in a shelter where Kennel Cough took a strong hold of him. When we went to evaluate him, he was not eating and was unable to lift his head. We loaded him in the truck and immediately drove him to an emergency vet. Fortunately, he did not have pneumonia. We took him home and nursed him back to health.
Sammy and two of his litter mates were dropped at a shelter by their breeder. Sammy had pneumonia. We nursed him through that and then a series of developmental problems began to emerge…one after another. CBRR&R funded his care from his general veterinarian and specialists in orthopedics and opthamology. Sammy was making progress, but passed away unexpectedly.
You can guess, from her name, why this little girl came into rescue. A smart little girl who passed her Canine Good Citizen test after only one week in foster care.
Snuffa and his two sisters were delivered to a shelter by their breeder. They had a bad case of demodectic mange. He went on to travel all over the world with his owner who worked for the State Department.
These two little girls were dropped off (with their brother) at a shelter by their breeder. They had severe demodectic mange and secondary skin infections.
Tilghman's owners were moving and couldn't take him with them. A very easy boy to live with.
Too much for her owners to handle at 6 months old, Annie needed a home that would provide leadership in addition to love.