Wonderful News! Boston Has Been Adopted!
Boston's new parents met him last weekend at the DFW Boat Expo and fell in love with him right away. We lined up a home visit and it went terrific. Boston's new friend and buddy Duke, a beautiful German Shepherd, accepted him and now Boston has a place he can call his forever home. Congratulations Boston!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Go ahead Juana, let’s talk about what happened Tuesday.
JUANA: Tuesday was a good day. I am telling you, Heather is such a fast learner, just like Maci. She knows how to do kennels the right way, the way I like them. She is also trained to do walks. She’s very good. All of the dogs have accepted her and they love her. She’s a dog person. I hope that Heather will stay with us for a long time. We have lost a lot of people, because they had to go back to school, which is great. I encourage all of our teenagers to go to college. And other people have quit, because of the hot weather. It’s been so tremendously hot this week.
BILL: This summer hasn’t even been as hot as some other summers have been.
JUANA: Sometimes new people just can’t take it. The only person that we have had for over a year is Maci and Wayne has been here for over 10 years. That’s it. Those are the only ones that we still have. Stephanie and David Ford are our overnight crewmembers and they don’t want to work days anymore. We also have so much going on inside and I have to have George and my sister Esther working inside with me. Ronnie quit. It’s been so crazy this past month or so. I hope that these new people will stay.
I want to thank Colleen. She ran her own restaurant for many years. She recently sold her business and she retired. She loves animals and she loves dogs. When she heard about Straydog, she came to Straydog and she worked for us on Saturdays and Sundays. But the heat got to her. She’s older than I am and she just couldn’t take the heat. We are still great friends and she plans to volunteer after the weather changes. She helped me hire this new group of people. We had four new hires and they were in training. She interviewed and prescreened them for me. In the past, when I put a notice on Facebook, I would be swamped with responses and it was a lot of work. It would take me an entire day to go through all of the responses and call people. This time, Colleen put up an ad and she got a lot of responses. She contacted every one of them. She interviewed them and screened them and then she told me which ones she thought would work. She did a tremendous job of selecting Heather and Amber and Chad. Chad’s name is Roger, but we call each other over the walkie-talkie and we say, “Roger,” so we call him Chad. Then we hired one other guy, who we thought would be great, and he only lasted one week. But we’re doing well.
This is Heather and Maci is training her to be a park walker.
Maci was telling me about Travis. We lost Brian about a month ago and Maci noticed that Travis had black skin tags. Brian had skin cancer like this, but he passed away from a stroke. Travis previously had a cancerous growth and it had to be removed, so we watch him closely. We took Travis to the vet and these tags were analyzed. These tags are not cancerous, so he’s doing well. There’s Heather loving on Travis.
There’s Wayne-O working in kennels.
This is Chad (Roger). He’s doing well. He’s learning here. There’s Brody. I really hope that Chad will be with us for a long time.
This puppy is Duke, one of Marcy’s puppies.
You probably remember that Marcy had 11 puppies. One of our long-time friends and contributors, Ms. Bollinger, also volunteers with Operation Kindness. Because of her, we now have a relationship with Operation Kindness in Dallas. It’s a famous no-kill shelter and they have tremendous success in placing puppies for adoption. We are out in the boondocks here and Operation Kindness agreed to take all of Marcy’s puppies. After they were weaned and they got their first puppy shots, they took them and they were all adopted or placed in foster homes. But we kept one, because one of Sherri’s friends saw him on Facebook and she wanted to adopt him. We were planning to do his home visit on Thursday, so we took him to the vet on Tuesday for his second set of puppy shots. He wasn’t ready to be neutered, because he was only three months old. He is such a beautiful puppy and his potential adopter named him, “Duke.”
Mr. Rudy-boy, the last of Ms. Pat’s rescue also went to the vet. He is 14 years old. He was born in 2003, the same year Ms. Pat passed away.
Rudy is slowing down, so we took him to the vet about 10 days before this, because he wouldn’t eat at all and he had bloody diarrhea. After bloodwork and x-rays, the doctor said that his kidneys were failing. He also had an infection. He put him on Amoxicillin. After he finished the Amoxicillin, the vet hoped that he would be better. Rudy wouldn’t take his meds and he’s so stubborn. He still won’t eat, like he should. If he doesn’t want it, he won’t eat it. We have him on a special diet, because of his kidneys. The only thing he takes long term is Tramadol, because he’s so old. He hasn’t even ever had arthritis or anything like that. He doesn’t take anything like Rimadyl or anything else that might hurt his kidneys or his liver. He was going to be checked, because he wasn’t doing well.
There’s Duke. He’s so pretty.
BILL: He looks black in this photo.
JUANA: No he is grey and white. He’s a Catahoula and he looks like his momma and his momma is totally Catahoula. He is just so cute. Dr. James examined him and he is in excellent health and he’s a good-looking puppy. He got his puppy shots and his Bordetella shot.
George didn’t take any pictures of Rudy, because he was holding Rudy. He’s such a stubborn boy. The infection is still there and he hasn’t improved very much. The doctor wants him to finish this 20-day course of meds. I am afraid that he will give up on us. He’s very tired and he walks to the park very slowly.
BILL: It’s getting close. Okay, we’ll be back tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Monday, July 24, 2017. Bill and Juana here with the Monday report. Juana, what happened?
JUANA: We have so many new people working here now and it’s going to be hard for you guys to catch up. This young lady, who was working in Pat Arnold Park, is Amanda. She started about three weeks ago and she’s very good. She’s one of our walkers. There she is with Ty and Naomi in the park. She was brushing them.
This isn’t a very good picture of Sam. He has retired to the Pam Bollinger Building (H2).
Sam used to be an escape artist. We couldn’t keep him contained. He would jump right over the big park fence. You can see his white face. He’s slowing down. We’ve had him here at least ten years.
BILL: It seems like he came to us yesterday.
JUANA: There’s Marissa. She has been with us for almost six months. She was the walker in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. She was going to get Shuby.
When Shuby returns, Marissa will take Copper and Cadet to the Beemer Park and they know they are next. They were all excited. Before we take dogs to the park, we make sure that they don’t have ringworm. We have some ringworm here, but it’s not nearly as bad it has been in past years. Last year wasn’t too bad and this year we have less. We are very excited for that and we are keeping our fingers crossed that it continues.
BILL: With all of the rain that we have had, it could be worse. Thankfully, it seems like it’s less.
JUANA: We are checking the dogs, before they go to the park. That’s what Marissa is doing here. Once she makes sure that they are clear, she takes them to the park.
This is Maci with Heather. Heather started last week and Maci is training her on how to work in kennels. We had a busted water hose, so she was fixing the water hose and continuing to work in the kennels.
We delayed Pinky’s TPLO knee surgery, because Dr. James was planning on going out of town for 10 days. He didn’t want to do it before he left, in case Pinky needed something. Now this Monday, July 24, Ms. Pinky was going to get her surgery. Pinky and Lucy have been living in H1, so they would get used to living indoors and they would be adapted and ready for Pinky to live indoors, while she recuperates. When we first brought them indoors, they were so afraid and they wouldn’t eat. It took them about week to feel comfortable enough to eat. They get so nervous and they are afraid of everything. When Pinky goes to the vet, she is always scared to death. But when she gets back, she knows it’s home and she’s happy to be back with her sister. It’s now two weeks later and Pinky and Lucy have finally gotten used to being indoors and they love it. Dolores Sussman rescued them in Houston and we drove down to Houston to get them. Sadly, their rescuer, Dolores Sussman passed away and she had been a wonderful friend and contributor to Straydog for many years.
There’s Ms. Pinky-girl going to the vet. We have already paid for Pinky’s surgery and we are so thankful that Dr. James has learned how to do TPLO surgeries and he can repair ACL knee tears. He only charges $2,500 and it costs almost $4,000 in Dallas.
We also took Terry to see Dr. James.
During thunder storms, Terry gets so nervous and we have to bring her indoors. When she is in a crate or behind a fence and there’s lightning or storms or gunshots, she tears on the crates or the fencing to get out and she breaks her teeth. She recently broke one of her canines and it was just dangling from her gum. She barely has any teeth left. She’s getting old and she breaks her teeth. When we first rescued her, she broke out of her kennel during a thunder storm and she dove through the window of the kennel feeding office and she cut herself up and broke some teeth. That’s when we found out that she can’t stand big, loud noises. We had to get this tooth looked at. We didn’t get any pictures of Pinky and Terry, because they both stayed at Morton’s.
Dr. James called me, after he finished dental surgery on Terry. He saw several abscessed teeth and he removed them. She is in good shape now.
Dr. James also performed Pinky’s surgery and everything went well and he was very happy with the results. She’s now home and recovering. We are trying to limit her exercise and we are walking her on a leash. She’s feeling so well and she’s pulling and trying to run. She feels great, because her leg is fixed. It’s now been two weeks since her surgery and we are keeping her indoors. She has to have her exercise limited for eight weeks in order to recuperate. I think we might keep Pinky and Lucy inside for good now, because they are now used to it. I don’t want to put Pinky outside and risk her blowing out her other knee. All of our dogs would love to be indoors.
BILL: That’s why we are trying to build the Master Care Building, so we can bring more dogs in. Some of the young dogs enjoy being outside but, for the most part, the dogs love it indoors.
JUANA: There’s Marissa walking a dog to the Beemer Park.
There’s blind Cesar walking in the park. He’s doing well and he’s getting a little chunky. We might have to put him on a diet.
There are pictures of our crew working in kennels.
There’s Heather meeting some of the dogs.
There’s George Jr. He was killing wasps. We’ve had a lot of wasps. After we remove their mud nests, they build them up again.
It was a good, productive day and it’s raining today.
BILL: We’ll be back again shortly with another report from Straydog.
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