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Archive for December, 2009

Cozy and loveable. Red and frightful. No matter how the dogs saw Santa – today was a huge success.  Every other Saturday, Petsmart lets our rescue show up and take over their front entrance with our loveable fosters.  Today was a special day – Pet Photos with Santa!

Mini dogs with red bows and jingle bells, huge dogs with Rudolf antlers, spotted dogs with Santa outfits.  What a mix there was, but everyone was in their Christmas best!  It was fun to just try to get the dogs to look at the camera.  Most aren’t natural models so it takes squeaky toys, bouncing balls and quite a few variations of some pretty incredible and annoying noises (not really sure where they come from – deep within, I guess).

SueAnne and Danny both got new website photos with Santa.  Neither were thrilled about it.  BUT being there, they were seen by so many people.  I’m hoping that soon they will get some great applications. They are just too precious to not have a home for Christmas!

Because today was adoption event – last night was bath time! Ooooh nooo!  All four do great but it’s not their fav, too bad.  Today they are clean and shiny – and I love that!

Griff kept watch to make sure those wet things didn’t get out and shake all over the place.  He did a great job.

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Adapting to a new home is never easy but Josie couldn’t have found a more perfect place.  Though we’ll always know her as Josie Girl, she answers to Bella and it suits her.  She’s truly spoiled rotten and pink is her new color! It’s always fun to hear a few updates about what’s going on with the pups who have found their forever home.  Josie, along with her two brothers and various family and friends, have really meshed. She’s learning more and more.  When she’s not chasing her bro’s up and down the stairs and all around, she’s playing catch with her fav toy – one she protects at all costs.

What a treasure she was to us.  Our first!  Special girl!

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Not sure why this never posted – but it’s great! Well, it’s great now.

Nov. 21st.

Sprinting down the street, I watched a tan blurr stop every few moments, bury her head in a bush or around a mail box, and then trot, ever so proudly to the next curious spot.  No, you’re not supposed to chase a dog – but what do you do when they are free.  When they won’t respond to you.  When there’s an empty field at the end of the street, only leading one way – busy streets.

The cold made my throat scratchy in three strides and my bare feet were already feeling the pains.  But … Sunny was happy to be free and enjoying all those tempting sights and smells that she has to calmly pass each day on a leash, never permitted to leave the sidewalk.

On her fifth or sixth prance through the field, I left her. Pebbles and I went for the car – the lights would help us.  I grabbed a bowl of dog food to entice her by sound.  It was dinner time after all.

Twenty two minutes later, no Sunny.  Almost beat and on the brink of tears, feeling defeated by the darkness, I drove home the few blocks to see if just by chance, she was going to kind enough to come home.  My neighbor was just stepping off my stoop, smiling.  She had found Sunny and put her in my backyard.  Sunny had come home, to my utter surprise.  She did love us!

Her chance at freedom is long gone.  She will never jolt me so hard that her leash snaps again.  Sunny is forever limited to “running free” under the shadow of our eight-foot, plank-on-plank, holeless cedar fence.

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This week, we’re babysitting some fosters.  Since Sunny was adopted, we are watching a few friends while their foster mom has surgery and recovers for a few days.
SueAnne is a little old woman. She’s dear, loves you like a grandkid and is a little cranky to the youngsters. While she doens’t quite settle in, she wants nothing more than to be next to me. She begs for your attention, wants it all on her! That special spotlight.

Danny is a sweetheart – no joke. He’s genuinely kind, completely interested in me (not the Ladies or the Bubbas). Gotta love that.  He’s going to learn a few obedience commands here but does really great. His foster mom is great with him. You can tell he’s spoiled but doesn’t act like it.

They are a fun addition to the house for right now.  Pebbles begs Danny to play but I don’t know that he knows how to play with big dogs as all his foster family are itty bitty chi types.  And Abbi just follows SueAnne around. She has quite an affinity for the little ones.

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New Girl at the house.  Abbi!  She’s been here almost a month, so it’s about time to write about her.

Friday ~ Browsing through Craig’s List, I spotted someone giving away their dog – a must go as they were moving.  After seeing the picture, I fell in love with her. But no, I didn’t need another dog.  Pebbles was doing great and we were just about to be therapy dog certified!  So, I just wrote and offered to help find a family for that dear girl if they didn’t by the time their flight took off.

Sunday ~ I went on my observation visit to see if therapy dog work really was something I wanted to do.  It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve those in assisted living facilities or children’s programs.  Pebbles is going to be perfect for it – save the doubts some of the other registered TD owners’ had about her.

Her size for one – at only 30 pounds (they with their 80+ pound dogs) sort of sneered at her petiteness.  How could people stuck in their beds reach over to touch her? How could people in wheel chairs bend their backs? I got a little worried.

Her excitement – their dogs were way mellow. Boring almost. The dogs didn’t even wag their tails to greet someone.  Was that good?  Would Pebbles’ natural glee when meeting a new friend be bad?

Only one? – yes, I only have one dog. Oh.  They all had at least two td’s. Hmm. I was only getting started, did I really need so many? Would I do it so often. Well, yes.  When you only have one they told me – you run the risk of putting the seniors into regression if the dog misses a visit because she’s sick or even worse, what if she dies? What do you do after that?

So, excited, tense, and somewhat sullen – I drove home anxiously.  Almost home, I got a call from Abbi’s owner.  They needed me to help – so I turned around and went to pick her up.

A lab look-alike, this adopted pup was pure white and up to my hips. No bending over to pet her head. She had a really cute curly tail. I was in love.

Sweet, mellow, soft and fuzzy, droopy eyes and a thick neck. She was beautiful.  In just two days, she was a keeper.  I couldn’t imagine how perfect she would in our home.  Pebbles was sooo thrilled. A big dog! What fun! A new playmate, one that will always be here no matter how many fosters come and go.

A few weeks later – she’s hanging out and has developed her presence. She does great with the Bubbas, loves playing with Pebbles, enjoys foster friends, drawn to people, gaining confidence.

I’m excited to see how she melts into the household even more! She’s a jewel!

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Sunny Girl got adopted Sunday.  A whole new family for Christmas! I’m sooooo glad.  She was really getting good – starting to really respond to the rules of the house. I was so proud of her

Thurs, I got word that finally an app came around for her that actually looked fantastic for her!  They were looking to adopt two new pups and had fallen in love with Sunny by her pics online.   By Saturday, they were practically sold and set up their home visit for Sunday.  I was out of town, so a foster took her and that was the last time I hugged Sunny.  She stayed with her new fam and new pup brother, Spud – her half size twin.

It was the perfect time for her to be adopted – she’s was doing GREAT! I had been more and more surprised each day at how well she was doing.  She had definitely gotten the shin-dig at our place – knows what she can and cannot do.  Yes, she still tried to get Pebbles’ food – it just must be better.  No she didn’t always stay, she tried but then gets too excited or too disinterested.  She’ll get there.

One night, not too long ago –  she was in snuggle mode.  Just wanting to be held the whole time, no play.  I like that side of her.

Go Sunny Go!!

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