Congratulations to Patrick, Handsome and Spencer!
This past weekend was dedicated to home visits from the many applications we received from our Ragtag Rescue Adoption Day event last Sunday. We are so happy to announce that forever homes were found.
Congratulations to Patrick, Handsome and Spencer!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Bill and Juana here early Wednesday morning with the Tuesday report. What happened yesterday, Juana?
JUANA: It was super cold.
BILL: It was 41 degrees in the morning and it only got up to 51 degrees. It was sunny, but it was very windy. The wind was gusting at 25 mph from the north. And it got down to 33 degrees last night.
JUANA: We only had three workers on Tuesday, because our kiddos went back to college. If somebody called in sick, like last week, we would have been in a bind. We had three people, Ronnie, Stephanie and Wayne. They did a great job. Ronnie was the walker of the day and Stephanie and Wayne were the kennel workers.
It was cold enough and we didn’t have to rake. We just had to change the water buckets and cover holes. With only two people, we can’t spend a lot of time in kennels or we wouldn’t have time to give the dogs their caregiving. The dogs don’t really mind this weather. The young dogs get so frisky. Most of the older dogs are indoors. We are still keeping Natalie indoors. I am going to take her to the vet and see if we can put her back outside. She’s not limping anymore and we are still walking her on a leash. I still try to walk her in the park, when Brian comes to the park, because he misses her.
There are buttermilk clouds in the sky or suero de leche nubes, like my Grandma used to say. Luckily, we found a guy, who loves animals and is willing to do whatever we need him to do. I didn’t get a good picture of him, but I will today. He came to interview with us on Tuesday and he also had to be interviewed by the dogs. I put him out there to follow Ronnie for the rest of the day, so he could meet the dogs and they could meet him and see how he did. Ronnie talked about all of the things that we like to do. I also talked to him about our routine. I wanted him to see for himself and follow Ronnie. He did very well. Most of the dogs accepted him. Of course, Rosita didn’t accept him. She usually gets snippy with a new person. It takes her several days to warm up to someone. Even Mario liked him. He went to the park with Mario.
Here we are bringing the Chihuahuas to the park, Allie, Owl and Lee-boy. The other two girls still won’t go to the park. There they are running. There’s Allie-girl.
There’s Wayne caregiving.
I saw Chip and Daylight playing and I tried to get a photo. Chip was so happy. Daylight was showing him her teeth, but she was just playing. Chip is such a handsome boy. They were playing and they were so rambunctious. Chip saw me and he came running to me and she went on about her business.
It was a good day, but we didn’t get a of of pictures, because we were shorthanded.
BILL: We’ll be back again soon with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Sunday, January 24, 2016. This was the day we went with RagTag Rescue to PetSmart in Mesquite. After yesterday’s Adoption Day event, we had another one. We did what we call a Mega Adoption Day.
JUANA: We took 16 dogs. We took 15 dogs in the RagTag Rescue trailer and we took Chester in the van with us. There were only little crates left and he wasn’t able to fit in them. We don’t have that many little dogs. Kate said that some of those crates would be better for cats. It’s space we can’t use, because we have some big, fat dogs.
It was a cold morning. We had a full crew and I scheduled an extra crewmember, because I planned to take Maci with me to do this Adoption Day event. Bill called in sick.
George took pictures of our crew doing kennels. Jacob was the walker of the day. It was 32 degrees in the morning and it was cold. You can see that George Jr. was dressed for cold weather. He normally doesn’t wear that much clothing. It wasn’t very windy. We had a south wind of 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
There’s Maci, when RagTag trailer arrived at 9:00 in the morning and we started taking our doggies to the trailer.
BILL: It’s a trailer converted into about 20 kennels.
JUANA: We took Autumn and Shelia. It was our first time to bring Sheila to Adoption Day and she looks beautiful now. She has filled out and you can’t see her bones anymore. We made a list of the dogs that we were planning to take. I didn’t take Rose, but we did take Henry. I took Coco and she didn’t want to go. The biggest dogs we took were Spencer and Gina. Spencer was so happy. He really loves to go. There’s Kate meeting Gina. We also took Sophia and Talena. They like to go. We took Miss B and she was so happy. We took Patrick, little Henry and Fletcher. We took Teddy and Pinky and we took 12-year-old Beagle Bernie and he is so very sweet. He was barking. He did so well. He was barking at everybody and he was just so cute and as sweet as he could be.
We ran out of space in the RagTag trailer and Kate suggested that we take Chester in our van and we did.
We arrived at PetSmart before 11:00 and it was the first time that I had been to that PetSmart and it’s a beautiful, big store. We walked the dogs first, as we always do, in case they need to go potty. Look at this store. It’s gorgeous! David Rentz and Straydog are there every Saturday. I didn’t know how busy it would get. We started setting up and, almost immediately, people started coming and it was unbelievably busy. Thank goodness David Bonski was there. And, after church, Charlotte and her daughter Jasmine came to help us. We were so very busy. The RagTag Rescue mobile trailer was a big attraction. We weren’t selling tacos, but everybody was coming.
Spencer was such a big hit! We almost had to cover him. Everybody wanted to fill out applications for Spencer. We got four applications for Spencer that day. A lady wanted to meet Handsome, even though he was already taken, and she also wanted to see Spencer. Before she came, we had a family that was absolutely in love with Spencer. They have children, but they aren’t small children. The other couple has a one-year-old baby and cats and another Mastiff. The father of the first family is a retired manager and he is home all of the time and they don’t have any other dogs or cats. They have older children. I think they would be the best fit for Spencer. They just repaired a huge six-foot fence. This photo is of the younger family, but they have a small child and cats, so I just don’t know. Spencer was so clingy to the first family. He seemed to think that they were the family for him. He was loving on them and he was so happy. I have to call them and make an appointment for a home visit.There were so many people asking about him that we were joking that we were going to have to cover him.
We also got an application for Gina. The family lives very close to the PetSmart. They asked about the process. They were very serious. They filled out an application and they immediately went home to get their other dog to meet Gina. They wanted to introduce Gina to their other dog and that dog was a puppy. Gina and the puppy got along very well. Gina was so good. They will be alone together during the day for about three hours. The wife leaves earlier than the husband, but he gets home earlier.
I took a puppy pen with me, because we can’t walk the puppies on a leash, like we walk Autumn. We didn’t have to walk them.
There’s David Bonski petting Bernie.
There’s the lady, who came back with the puppy to meet Gina.
Here's the family. We have the home visit scheduled for Saturday.
There’s Kate holding Coco.
It was a gorgeous day, even though it was windy. We were so very busy. There wasn’t even any time to go the restroom.
This guy said that he loved Fletcher and he asked to walk him. He started signing to Fletcher and the man said that Fletcher was a show dog. He said that he was going to get his fiancé and show her Fletcher. The fiancé wasn’t impressed. So the man thanked us, but it didn’t work out.
This family came out with their Bassett Hound. He was shaved and had been at the clinic. They weren’t looking for a dog. They said that their neighbor had a dog with mange and fleas. Their Bassett Hound pooped and had a tapeworm. They treated him for the fleas and got him shampooed, bathed and shaved. They showed me the bill and said that they didn’t care how much it costs to take care of their dog. They only had the one dog. The wife let the man choose one of our dogs and the man picked Patrick. Patrick was the best and the coolest dog. He and the Bassett Hound got along great. Then Patrick started hugging the lady. He is a hugger. They filled out an application. They have a fenced yard and everything looks good. So Patrick has a home and this family has two little boys. I think the boys are twins. I have to call them, because we can’t do all of the home visits at the same time.
Right at 3:00 a family showed up. As soon as this girl saw Sophia, she started crying. She was so upset. It was very strange. He mother filled out an application. She said that they have three Yorkies and a big dog. Sophia won’t get very big, so she should get along. They look like they would be a good match.
I didn’t get a picture of Pinky, but she got an application. She would be an only dog. I told them that Pinky had a tooth disease. The lady didn’t care. Her husband is a coach. They are working on their house, but they have a fenced yard. The lady wanted to have a dog that she could snuggle with and hug. She said that she would do whatever she could for Pinky and asked if there was anything that a vet could do. I told her that there was nothing that can be done.
It was the craziest, most wonderful day. We really want to thank Kate and Pat from RagTag Rescue for facilitating this and the managers at PetSmart and David Bonski and Charlotte and Jasmine. It was a crazy, wonderful day!
If we could do this every month, it would be amazing.
BILL: We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Saturday, January 23, 2016. This is Bill and Juana here a couple of days later with the Saturday report. It started out at 30 degrees and it got up to about 50 degrees with a little wind. It must have turned into a nice day later on.
JUANA: The morning was super cold and it was below freezing for one of the first times this year. We saw ice in the water buckets. After we fed the dogs, we had to go around breaking the ice in the water buckets. The dogs were thirsty. They were scratching the buckets to break the ice. It was a thin layer of ice, maybe a quarter of an inch, but the dogs couldn’t break it. We have little sticks. I save the ends of the old brooms to use to break the ice.
It turned out to be a nice day. We were all bundled up in the morning. It was cold on Saturday, but it didn’t feel as cold as it felt on Friday, because Friday was very windy. It was horribly windy. Saturday was actually a better day for us. We had a full crew and we were planning to attend an Adoption Day event. David took Genie and she’s just so shy that we don’t know if we will ever find a home for her. I don’t know why she’s so shy.
Daylight has been staying with poor Chip. I wanted to find a kennelmate for him, who doesn’t have to go inside and outside. I don’t want Chip to be lonely. Maybe Betty will get better and she will be able to go back outside with Chip in the spring. Anyway, David took Daylight to Adoption Day and, for some reason, a little dog came right up to Daylight and barked in her face. After that Daylight was in a bad mood and she barked and growled at other dogs and she wasn’t happy at all for the rest of the day. David and the others thought it was because a dog got right in her face and barked. People don’t understand that they have to keep their dogs under control, when they walk them in public. I guess these people let the dog get in Daylight’s face. Daylight was in a really bad mood and she wasn’t a good girl for the rest of the day.
C-Stat and Jet also went to Adoption Day. Look at how high Jet can jump.
There’s my beautiful, handsome C-Stat. He’s just a beautiful, handsome boy. He’s just adorable.
This is Handsome. Last week there was a family that met Handsome and they were very interested in him. They have three dogs and two of the dogs are older. They have one dog, who might give them some resistance to getting another dog. So they were planning to bring that dog to meet Handsome on Saturday. If that worked out, they wanted to have a home visit next weekend.
We also got a call from a different family, asking to meet with Handsome and Spencer. We couldn’t fit two big dogs, like Handsome and Spencer in the van on Saturday. We already had interest in Daylight and Black Labs and Handsome. We couldn’t take Spencer at the same time. We told the lady that the very next day, which was Sunday, we were having an adoption event with RagTag Rescue. We could bring Spencer to the same place, PetSmart on 635 in Mesquite. Handsome is always so excited to be going to Adoption Day. He loves going to Adoption Day.
This is a picture of Cheyenne. She’s a big girl and she’s slowing down. We think she has arthritis in her hips and she is losing muscle. She sometimes has trouble getting up and down. She might also have hip dysplasia. She has trouble walking, but she is hanging in there.
This is a picture of Rosita. There is some ice on the ground that I missed and she is looking at it. It is a cute picture.
Shelby was the walker of the day and she was walking Pokey and Bernie to the park.You can see the ice in Pokey’s kennel and the ice on the bucket.
This is Terry and Brody. They really enjoyed themselves today. It was a really good day.
We talked about taking Fred to the park the other day. Well, he made a liar out of me. You asked me to get pictures of us taking him to the park. As soon as Shelby put the leash on him, he freaked out and ran into his doghouse and he wouldn’t come out. He wouldn’t walk on a leash. We took him to the park, the day before, and on the way back he ran to his kennel. But this time, he never made it out of his kennel. He acted like he would have loved to go to the park, but he was too scared. We think that he has had trauma in his life, but he is coming around.
Because Daylight went to Adoption Day, Chip was going to be by himself. We carried pups Sophia and Talena and put them with Chip, so he wouldn’t be lonely. Sophia was fine, because Talena calms her. They both did well. When I was trying to leave Sophia with Chip the last time, it was cold and she was shivering and that’s why we separated them. This Saturday was a pretty day and she was perfectly fine.
That left Talena and Sophia’s kennel empty and Rudy enjoys being outside. We put Rudy and Spice out there and it was such a pretty day. Spice would normally rather be inside, but she enjoyed being outside on Saturday.
This is a very cute picture. Glenda donated cots to us. Tallie chewed on the one that she had and I got a piece of tarp and I repaired it with zip ties. Then I gave it to Purtis, Rosita and Big Boy. Purtis jumped in the bed and he stuck his little forelegs out. He was lying on the ground with his head through the hole and he thought he was lying in the bed. His little butt was on the ground. It was so cute, but I will fix it for them.
This is Maci caregiving Fred and Ethel. Fred is doing so well and he’s coming around. He really likes Maci and we can pet him and love on him. When he first came to Straydog, he wouldn’t come close. Ethel just gets so jealous and she barks and starts fights. We then have to yell at Ethel and that frightens Fred. We might have to separate them occasionally, because Ethel doesn’t want Fred to get any attention. She’s jealous.
There’s Colin and Kayla getting caregiving from George Jr. They love caregiving.
There’s Maci with her hands full. Ethel was barking at Fred and scaring him. He lets us hug him, but Ethel just wants to bark at him.
This is Spencer going to Adoption Day on Sunday. We wouldn’t leave his kennelmate Gina behind. These are the biggest dogs that we will be taking on Sunday.
This is Mario in the park.
This is Chip. I got behind Chip’s kennel to take a picture and there are the puppies Talena and Sophia in the front. Wayne called the pups, Talena and Sophia, and gave them cookies. I called them to me and they ran to me. They are just so cute. Chip is the sweetest boy. I hope that we will be able to take him to Adoption Day one day. He is Raisin and Oreo’s brother. Cookie, the other sister, didn’t survive spay surgery. When we rescued them, we called them, “The Starving Pups.”
There's Judy and Mario going back to the kennel after they went to the park with Shelby.
It was just a beautiful day.
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