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Ten years ago today The Lone Star Dog Ranch opened it’s doors to our very first client.
It had been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have a boarding facility that was like no other. To have a place where we lived that would offer home like setting for the dogs to stay, alleviating the stress that comes with traditional boarding.
We had tried to accomplish starting this type of business in California multiple times but it just wasn’t to be, land is far too expensive and we just could never pull it off.
The tipping point was in 2006 a very good friend of mine who happened to be my vet named Sharman Van Zandt who was the same age as me was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she died within 8 months of diagnosis. I told Kirk then that life was too short and I have to got do what I want to do, even if that means selling everything we’ve got and moving away to do it.
I started researching other states and looking for the demographic I knew I would need to support the type of business I wanted to have. I looked at Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas.
Colorado was too cold, North Carolina was too far from my parents, Georgia was too humid for Kirk and I seemed to zero in on Texas. Kirk told me theres no way he’s moving to Texas…( famous last words) ;)
Wes was coming, Jessica wanted to come but had to wait for her husband Doug to graduate from college in California, I would be moving away from my two granddaughters Eva and Lillian not knowing if they would ever join us. Travis said a flat out no, he wasn’t coming, California was home to him and that’s where he would stay….I think that lasted for about 6 months before he said nope, I need to move where my family is and that’s what he did.
The sacrifices were enormous, every single thing we owned was sold. My very successful grooming business in Claremont Ca that had a solid 20 year built in clientele.
Our home in Upland Ca, that we had just completely remodeled from top to bottom, Kirk sold his 50th anniversary Corvette that was his pride and joy.
We sold our house and had to move in with my mom and dad for several months until I could complete the sale of my business. Kirk and Wes moved to Texas months before I did to start overseeing the construction process of both our home and The Lone Star Dog Ranch.
I never wanted to have peoples beloved pets in our care where we locked up the doors and drove away. We knew we would design it to be a place where we all lived and worked and the dogs in our care were just feet away from us 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
A huge thank you to my family for being a part of my dream and living it each and every day. It’s been a very long road to start on a parcel of land that we found on a Google earth search from our homes in California. We knew this spot was gorgeous and we also knew it would be a huge job to see it through. We area family owned and all 5 of us are partners in this venture. We all live on the property with the exception of Jessica who lives in Mckinney with Doug and their 4 girls.
We started with raw land, nothing was here but cattle. We had to bring power and water to even start, and after that every single thing you see every day was built from scratch. We lived in an apartment in Mckinney and drove to the property every day with our dogs Vera and Eunice the Bordeaux’s, Maris my little Schnauzer and Satchmo. We worked on fencing and painting and every aspect that we could do our ourselves to save a nickel here and a nickel there.
It was the hardest thing I have ever done, the most stressful thing I have ever gone through, to have all of the expenses that needed to be paid, and to sit and wait and worry if people would come, if the business would succeed, and wait for money to trickle in way slower than it was going out.
2007 through 2009 was a very bad time economically, it seemed the world was coming apart, banks closing, the housing market plummeting, unemployment skyrocketing and here we were trying to open a dog hotel.
I can’t begin to tell you how much stress it caused me, I felt like I aged 10 years during the first few years and I’m just so incredibly grateful my dad was there for me and lived to see us reach success. My dad was a risk taker an entrepreneur and I had his support every step of the way.
The Lone Star Dog Ranch would not exist without him and when he died in 2010 I didn’t think I would be able to go on without him holding me up, but I was wrong and I did. I realized that he’s here, and he’s there, and he’s everywhere, and when I speak of walking back on the trails and the peace it brings me, it’s because my dad comes with me, every single time.
In 2013 we started to dabble in rescue on our own, with money that a few hundred followers would help donate money toward, the Facebook page grew by leaps and bounds and so did the desire to rescue dogs.
By the end of 2014 Laura Galloway and I had instantly become best friends and I had the closest thing to a sister that I had ever had, we connect together in every single way and we have never looked back since that time.
We started this rescue on our own without the help of anyone else. Laura had previous experience running a non profit in the past, we got some guidance from Kris Munday the president of DDBR on how to write our bylaws and the rest has been just me and Laura getting Dog Ranch Rescue off the ground. We knew we had something special with the followers of the page that we had come to know as the Village and we counted on their continued support and that's just what you've all done. The Village grows every single month by nearly 1,000 people, and we hope that they will all enjoy the page as much as we do.
Not only is the village big, but it’s kind, and its generous. We have never allowed negativity on our page and we never will, therefore our page has a unity to it that you don’t typically find anywhere, and it’s genuine and honest, and on social media that is rare. We are humbled and grateful for it each and every day.
So that’s the story of the beginning of The Lone Star Dog Ranch, which led to the beginning of Dog Ranch Rescue. We thank you for being a part of our village and our stories each and every day. As of this moment we have rescued 606 dogs and we feel like that's a pretty impressive number for just a tad over 3 years.
We thank you for supporting not only our business but our rescue, we are all a big family out here, and we want all of you to know that you’re just an extension of that family. No matter how big it gets, the same feel of unity and compassion will always stay, and we are thrilled to have all of you along for the ride.
Good Morning everyone from Anna Texas and all of us at The Lone Star Dog Ranch, and Dog Ranch Rescue.
Please tell everyone where you are this fine morning and how long you have been a member of the village....
And will you all please join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary... ... See MoreSee Less
People ask me why I volunteer for a rescue in Anna, TX when I live near Houston. I tell them it is because I’ve not found a rescue locally that is anything like DRR. I found them a year ago when I noticed one of my friends (Hi Tracy) reposting some of their posts. I adopted my Mallory in early December and now have two more. Plus I’ve had the privilege to foster Harp, Eclipse, Roscoe, and Baxter plus housing several others on their way to DRR. Love y’all!
I look at this page daily and I love it. I even watched from New Zealand! 2 year at least. Aurora Colorado. Stage 4 incurable cervical cancer but I'm still doing good. When the time comes, I'm going to ask my friends to donate here and Earthrace. My two favorite causes.
Good morning from McKinney. Your page brings light to my day, everyday, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are all thankful for the Eden family. You all are truly angels on earth and Texas is PROUD to have you. Thank you for all you sacrificed to share your God given gifts with everyone! Ps, my son is 7 Months and met Hercules at the Hollywood Feed in McKinney a few months back. That’s the day you got your youngest follower, he looks at the page every morning with me!
Hello from Los Angeles! I love LSDR and everything it stands for. I have never been a part of such a loving, curious, welcoming community on the internet and everyday (for the past 4 years!) I am so happy to come to this page and get the updates on the Eden family dogs, the visitors, and the rescues. When my mom was chosen to adopt Wilma and Betty and we got to come to the ranch and meet Renee and Travis and Bea and Tater I honestly felt like I was meeting celebrities. And I couldn't believe that a little ranch way out in Texas had touched our lives so much that we would do something so out of character as fly to another state and drive 2 days to get our girls home! I proudly and gladly donate every time the village is called upon to help. I usually donate in quantities of 18 - i.e., 18, 36, 54, or 118, 136, etc. In Judaism the number 18 means LIFE and to me, that is what LSDR represents - a new lease on life for hundreds of sweet deserving dogs who just want a new life full of love.
I love your story! It is my dream to do the same someday. Until then I help locally and foster and volunteer. Keep living your dream and thank you for letting us all share it with you. I’ve only been following for a few months but I love the stories and pics. Y’all are a true inspiration. ❤️
Good morning from Daytona Beach area in FL! I think Jayme found your rescue via the Cowboys/CFBR. We had a frenchie at that point and had talked about a rescue one. We thought with all their problems it would be better for our first to be from a quality breeder. At some point I said I’d like a black male to go along with our white female. Few months after the Cowboys a cowering pirate came along on your page. Jayme saw his pic and said, how about this guy they called Blackbeard. I said sure...put in an app. All the while I said to myself they’ll never pick a family 1200 miles away! That was my “famous last words”. Two pirates later, a foster family and their three adopted kids....! Never knew one small pirate would change our lives like he has. We follow your page in awe of what you do and what you did to get there. We admire the guts it took to do what you dreamt of! Your page is truly the highlight of FB in our opinion (and pretty much the only reason we’re on here). We also love that we’ve gotten to know your family outside of Facebook land. We’ve met so many genuine people because of your dream! So, thank you for what you do and how you do it. You have impacted so very many people with your “little” ranch in Texas!
Good morning. I’m from Cavalier Rescue in Alabama and met Wes at auction in Missouri in October 2016 the first time. We’re on our way home from auction today with 7 cavaliers. We love what you do and the beautiful stories you tell about your dogs. Keep up the amazing work that you do. I could barely read this beautiful story of how you got started without tears streaming down my face. Your Dad would be proud. I sure am.
What an absolutely wonderful story to read this morning , on my patio, in Turtle Creek/ Oaklawn just North of downtown Dallas. Having awoken this morning with the sunrise and my sweetest Dog Ranch Rescue , Fitzgerald , still 💤-his soft snoring just one of his many amazing qualities. Happy Anniversary Fitz, myself and his brother Louis are incredibly glad you moved to Texas. 👏💕🐶
Good morning and what an awesome story to wake up to! Hello to the whole village from beautiful Denver, Colorado. I became a member right around the very sad time of losing Mooie and then Ripley. I cried over dogs I had never met and for people I knew nothing about. The way you guys grieved over and spoke about your loss was like therapy for me. You see, I had lost my guy at way too young in early 2016. The amount of sadness in me was threatening to tear me apart; the loneliness was much worse. It seemed that the grieving time for losing a dog had long passed, and it made me feel weak that I couldn't get past my grief, made me feel weak that I cried every single day. Then, I saw how you and Wes grieved over your losses. You each had your world shattered, and you didn't pretend that wasn't the case. In a weird way, that got me through the overwhelmingness of my loss. It wasn't wrong for me to grieve like I'd lost a family member, a best friend, it was and is exactly the right way to grieve, because I had lost a family member, and my best friend. Thank you from me and Apollo for showing me how right it is to love our furbabies so hard that is almost breaks us when they leave. I am so happy I found this whole village that feels the way I feel. Nothing else like it!
Happy Anniversary! Wow, your story sounds like mine. We sold everything.... AND when I told my husband Mitch we are moving to Texas he said "HELL NO!!! They don't like Yankees down in Texas"... Lol! Now he's more of a Texan than the "real" Texans. But don't you dare tell him he's no Texan 😂😂😂
Everyone has a purpose while on this Earth, and it's so beautiful to see you've found yours. Our motto at UT is "what starts here changes the world" and you've done that, too. You've changed the lives of the precious dogs you rescue, and have changed the lives of the people who follow your rescue. You've shown us what goodness is in a world filled with such ugliness. We rejoice with you, we cry with you, and we laugh with you (thanks, Ed). So, from here in Plano, Tx, please let me say congratulations on your anniversary and thank you to you and your entire family. You share with us and allow us to share us with y'all. This is truly a family page full of love, laughter, and a very special light. May those Mooie orbs of light remind you just how important your decision to move to Texas was...the dogs she will always help you watch over. Cheers!
I am in Murphy Texas !!! I may have been around as a customer but now proudly I call myself a lucky volunteer. I used to volunteer and foster for a No Kill Shelter but when you came along, nothing in the world exists like you. I love evertbing6this rescue is and stands for. I love transporting but my love is fostering. I have only fostered a small amount of dogs but have had them as long time fosters. I have been with your rescue for a bit over a year and you have changed me for the better. Thank you for allowing me to be part of you. I believe in everything you do. And thank you adoptive families for letting me be a part of your lives. Love to this Village. ❤❤❤
Good morning from Los Angeles! Thank you to Jordan for introducing me to this beautiful community. I didn’t know the story of your beginnings and it’s so inspiring! I used to just admire and like the adorable photos you posted but within the last 5 weeks we’ve welcomed Mr. Bill into our lives thanks to you! Thank you for saving his amazing, loving, quirky little self. Our lives wouldn’t be the same without him. In 5 short weeks we’ve fallen deeply in love with our new son. Thank you thank you thank you! I am also just in awe of the dedicated rescue work you do. 606 dogs?! You are actual angels! Proud to be a part of the Village!
Talk about Divine Guidance in your lives!! Truly, you have been blessed so that you may bless others: those precious dogs, your family and all of us Villagers. Thank you, thank you for taking a risk in coming to Texas. It’s funny that those of who have been with you for a short time feel as though we were with you from the beginning...when you’re in, you’re in!
Good morning from Fresno, CA. Following for, I guess 3 yrs after a co-worker kept reacting to posts. I can remember spending a BIG chunk of time (I’ll never tell how much...😉) reading ever single post of LSDR starting from the beginning and every comment to every post. Halfway thru, they had me, hook, line and sinker! Obsessive? Perhaps.....🤗 T-shirts, calendars, donations, paver, purchaser of their raw dog food and winner of 2 tickets to the Sanctuary opening - 100% committed to them! I ❤️ this group of people! Both DRR and the Village.
Louie and Gabbie thank you from the bottom of their hearts, as do I for saving all the precious souls you have. If there are angels on this earth I have no doubt you are one of the brightest to shine.
Good Morning from Monterrey, Mexico. I have been a member about 2 years. I love this page, your mission, your passion and the stories, albeit some heartbreaking, you share regarding rescues. I especially love Ed. I have often wondered how you came to be Lone Star and as all your writings, I was enthralled to read how you dreamed amd dream and worked hard to bring t to pass. I am originally from Texas and am glad you chose this state to come to. May God bless you and keep you and yours and make His face shine on you and Lone Star Ranch and all its human and furry inhabitants. Beautiful story, incredible work!
I'm so glad to read your story! I've wondered how LSDR began since joining you in the last year. I became aware of this special place when my cousin adopted Gale. Since i had never heard of it, I investigated. I do love to follow the antics of Pinkie, Edna, and the Queen! Oh, and don't leave out the big red bears! I continue to follow the progress of Sanford, Rosarita and Moxie, too. I wish I had unlimited funds to financially support, but, alas, that is not the case. I do spread the word, however, and say little prayers for dogs like Phoenix......you do such wonderful work. Thank you. Celebrate those 10 years of hard work! Keep on rescuing! See....Texas isn't as bad as you thought!
Happy Anniversary to all of you Angels. I started following your page when a new friend told me about Ed and her antics. And then it happened!!!!!! Hercules. I did not sleep a wink awaiting his rescue from that shelter. I loved him immediately (He is still the love of my life ). I began filling out my application after a long discussion with my husband. I had to have him . But it was not meant to be. Then on Christmas morning, there she was! Holiday. I immediately sent in my app and the rest is history. Just last night she came to a beach restaurant with us. Off she went to each table to say hello. Hung out on the dance floor for a bit...then settled on some guests at a four top and took a nap under their table. I have cried for Mooie, and Treasure and so many other fur angels, and jumped for joy at the adoption of others. I will never forget driving through those gates. It was a terribly sad day ...Dwayne had passed away that morning. Still Travis, Wes, and Renee were so sweet and gracious. Then Travis allowed me a meet and greet with HERCULES. Then Newt, Baby Girl, Sweeps, Daryl Dixon, Jimmy Bobby...❤❤❤❤❤❤. Congratulations Lone Star Dog Ranch. You are amazing.
Happy Anniversary!! The stars aligned for you to move to TX and open LSDR and they aligned for me in November 2015 when my friend Tricia led me to your page. Magnolia’s pic called to me. I was lucky enough to adopt her in February 2016. Your posts inspired me to want to do more. I started volunteering by transporting and then became a foster. I have had the best time loving on all these mill mamas and their babies!! Its amazing to watch the village numbers grow and that is all because of the work your family puts in! Thank you!!!
Good morning from Copenhagen Denmark 🇩🇰 I love the fact that you do everything for the dogs ❤️ no matter the cost and consequences 👍🏽 I just wish more people like you 🙏🏼 I don’t understand how people can treat animals so bad 🤬
I can't remember how long I've been following you. I believe about 3-4 yrs. We were living in Arkansas, but have recently moved to North Carolina. We use to live in Flower Mound, not too far from you. Hoping to move back one day. Thanks for al you do!! Love your Ranch! Especially the pond/ swimming hole.
Good morning from Richardson! I've followed you for the last few years - not sure exactly how long, but it was when a mill auction event caught my attention. You all exemplify so much that's good - love of animals, love of family, the case for working hard to achieve your dream, never giving up, spreading knowledge and showing the power of persistence. The good you do expands exponentially and chips away at the awful each and every day. I sure am glad you chose Texas - and congratulations on the first decade! <3
Happy 10th anniversary. We are lucky enough to live in Anna Texas not too far from Lone Star Dog Ranch. Bella started going to the ranch in 2014 and then we were able to bring Sophie into our family in January 2015 as she was a rescue and was saved by Travis. Both dogs love coming to the ranch and staying whenever we go on vacation or weekends out of town. I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks to the entire Eden family for what you are doing.
Happy Anniversary from Louisiana! How I wish we had a dog hotel like yours near us. I’ve been part of this village since Larry was with you and the first rescues. Many times I’ve wanted to stop FB and the only reason I didn’t because I needed to see what LSDR was up to. Thank you for not only saving all those lives but bringing joy to all of us in the “village”.