Potcake of the Month Contest

Share your Potcake story! Each month we choose a winner and feature them on our website!

August Feature

Penny

Penny came from Andros, Bahamas. She was found in a marina called Morgan’s Bluff with three of her pups and was also pregnant with thirteen more. Today she lives with two other dogs, Teddy and Ellie Mae, chickens, goats, and a cat. She’s a couch potato but loves to rough house with Teddy. She’s goofy, sweet, and the protector of the house. Penny was a fence jumper when she first came to us, but now she would rather figure out where the food is, and boy does she love food! She was still thin when she came to me, but now she’s going on a diet! Penny loves to sit in the kitchen during dinner time looking for any type of scraps, and she’s even grabbed play-doh that fell. There is nothing she hasn’t tried to grab if it falls. Penny loves to go on walks and likes to swim. She’s a great travel buddy. Penny has traveled with the family all the way from Florida to Maine. She loves the cooler weather and running through the woods. We love her to pieces and are very happy to have provided her with a home!

-Rachel

July Feature

Sadie

We arrived on Andros for our annual spring fishing trip on March 13th, 2022. On our first day there we noticed a beautiful, but awfully thin, female Potcake hanging around the lodge.  It was obvious to us she was nursing pups. The locals told us she was a stray and no one claimed her as their’s. As I shared my meals with her, she quickly became our friend and I named her Sadie. We found her den and saw her beautiful eight puppies. She was a devoted mom and trusted us with them. It was a moving experience and we hated to say goodbye at the end of our 10-day fishing trip. We had friends in Behring Point buy as much dog food as they could find and feed her for us at her den. The morning we departed I smooched her and told her I’d be back for her. Fast forward to the end of April and I arrived back in Andros for the sole purpose of finding Sadie and her pups to bring them back to the U.S. and find them homes. Not more than five minutes after I got out of the taxi at the lodge, she came walking up the driveway. I was overjoyed as she seemed to remember me and her tail was wagging when I called her name. Over the course of a week I managed to capture five of her six surviving pups. It was exhausting work; I never slept more then four or five hours at a time because my mind was on high alert listening for Sadie and her pups. She was amazing and so smart; on two different nights she brought puppies to my room in the middle of the night. She got my attention with a distinct high-pitched yelp; I’d sit up in bed and go open the door. Sure enough she was sitting 20’ away with them; I imagined her saying: “Here they are, now catch them”.  And I did. I hired a vet to come to the lodge to give Sadie and her puppies their exams and vaccines. On April 27th we departed Andros for FL. All the dogs handled it well and we were hosted by dear friends for a couple of days before making our way home to Anchorage, AK. We decided to keep Sadie and one of her male pups we named Frankie. We found homes for all the puppies with family and friends; none had to go to rescues. We have three adult golden retrievers, and after about a week-long transition everyone got along great! The whole experience was very rewarding and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. We love Sadie and Frankie and are so happy to have them and give them a loving home.

I couldn’t have done this whole journey without the help of some very special people. A special thank-you to: my hosts at the lodge; Fiona at the Bahamas Humane Society; our friends Harry & Shae Neymour; Roy & Sondra Armstrong of Potcake Rescue; their friend Toothpick; veterinarian Dr. Keith Cox; and John & Wendi Skinner

-Jennifer Anderson

March Feature

Miles

Miles is a true Potcake, he loves to toss himself on his back, belly exposed, and roll around. He does this while at the dog park, in the morning on the bed, in front of my parent’s Chiweenie, and just about anywhere else. “Potcakes gotta Potcake” I’ll exclaim! Miles LOVES our Saturday hike with friends. He’ll start whimpering the second he knows where we are going and by the time we get there is a ball of excitement. He’s great off-leash with recall but will bulldoze or jump over anything in his way at full speed, so he stays on a leash when other people and small pups are around. Miles isn’t a cuddler but he is very protective of me and our home. In the mornings after I wake up, he will lay curled up against my legs before moving from the bed to the sofa in the living room. I adore Miles and his companionship is everything to me. I will be forever thankful to the people who worked hard to get him to me.

-Wendy

February Feature

Meet Cayman

This is my boy, Cayman. He came into my life almost 12 years ago. I decided to name him Cayman after the Cayman Islands. I thought it would be fitting since he came from the Tropical Islands.

He is 100% a momma’s boy. Almost 3yrs ago, I moved out, and whenever I would facetime my parents, he would recognize my voice and run straight to the front door anytime he heard, “Where’s your momma?”

Some of his favorite things are hide and seek, which he always sniffs me out within minutes, going on walks, treats given by my little niece and nephews every time they come to visit, chasing momma around the house, and a select few stuffed animals that he guards with his life.

Some of his least favorite things are when someone other than him play fights with me or when there’s no hint of people food in his breakfast or dinners. He won’t touch it!

His favorite place to sleep is in our hall closet and under my parent’s bed or up on the couch when no one is home, haha. We love him so much!

-Shannon

January Feature

Meet Bimini

The story of how Bimini and Fritter were rescued and came into our lives is one of my favorite stories to tell. My friend Ashley and I had been staying at the Marina named Morgan’s Bluff in Nicholls Town for nearly five days when we found two puppies abandoned on an old shipping vessel. These poor puppies had no food, no water, and were very scared! Ashley, Fritter’s adopted pet mom, and I knew right away that we were meant to find them, and they were meant to find us. After they began to feel safe with us, it was love from that point on. So we decided to bring them back home to Florida. I remember calling my soon-to-be husband and saying, “Babe, so I brought home something. Well… more than something, it’s a puppy, and I named her Bimini!”. At the time, he was also weeks away from adopting our other dog, Chipper. So before we knew it, we were mom and dad to two puppies, who quickly became best friends. Bimini and Chipper now live spoiled, comfortable lives with my husband and me and our three kids. Bimini is quirky and sometimes shy, but she’s an excellent pet. She rarely acts up, but when she does, I jokingly remind her that she’s living the good life now as an American and could otherwise be foraging for crabs and trash off the beaches. Haha, I think she loves her life with us, and we love her.”

December Feature

Meet Fritter

Fritter loves going anywhere as long as she’s with Mom and Dad. She loves all food but will especially eat her veggies (asparagus is her favorite veggie) Fritter LOVES running around the beach and soaking up the sun. Sometimes she still digs for crabs in the sand like all her potcake crew back in the day! Fritter was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease at age 3 and is well taken care of with daily steroids and monthly injections- she’s high maintenance. Because of this she gets scared easily and needs extra cuddles and love. Anyone she knows she absolutely adores. She is truly a blessing to our lives and our favorite adventure buddy. We love our little Fritter.

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