Tonto was adopted! He met his new family a few weeks ago at the Auto Show and has now found his forever home. Congratulations Tonto!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Saturday, April 16, 2016. Juana, what happened on Saturday?
JUANA: First of all, we have to make something clear. On yesterday’s radio show, we said that it was Saturday, April 15. It was actually Friday, April 15 and this is the report for Saturday, April 16.
There was a home visit planned for Tonto this Saturday. We were having an Adoption Day event and we can’t thank all of our wonderful volunteers enough. I won’t mention any names for fear of leaving someone out and they are all so wonderful. We couldn’t do this without each and every one of them. Before David came to gather the dogs who were attending Adoption Day, I wanted to take pictures of Tonto. I was pretty sure that he was going to get adopted. I wanted to take pictures of Marie, Banjo and Tonto in the park together. A few weeks ago, when we put Banjo with Tonto and Marie, Banjo was afraid of Tonto. He was the same way with Marie. He’s always been afraid of big dogs, but in no time at all, Tonto and Banjo were the best of friends. You can see how happy Banjo is in this photo. He loves Tonto and Marie.
After running and running, Tonto jumped in the pool.
Then Banjo, who has never liked the water, jumped in the pool and he was drinking the water. He only went in, because Tonto was in there.
Look at Tonto’s beautiful eyes!
There they are running. They are amazing!
Tonto and Banjo had a wonderful time together. Marie was content to sniff around. She’s not that playful. We were keeping our fingers crossed for Tonto, because he is such a wonderful dog and he deserves a good home. I can let you know that he was adopted. Banjo and Marie also deserve good homes. They are such wonderful dogs and we will always be here for them. After his park time, I walked Tonto to a small kennel, so he could dry out. I brushed him, before he went to his new home. He is so loving. He has the best personality and he’s such a good boy. His family has reported that they are enjoying him and that he is such a wonderful, wonderful dog.
We want thank DJ’s wife Katrina because she likes to volunteer here. She had the day off from work and she came to help. In this photo she was raking Fred and Ethel’s kennel. She loves dogs and they love and accept her. We had to put Ethel in the feeding gate, because she wants all of the attention. She’s jealous of Fred getting attention and Katrina was petting Fred.
There’s DJ working in kennels.
There’s Tyler. He was still working in Kayla and Collin’s new shelter.
We introduced Snickers and Luis in the park on Friday. So far, so good. There they are in the Beemer Park. They are still doing very well together.
Jazzie’s kennelmate Luigi is in H2 and he will be having surgery on Tuesday, so we reintroduced Jazzie and Skylar. They have lived side by side in separate kennels and shared a fence line and they have dug into each other’s kennel several times, but they had never live together before. We put them together them on Friday and they are doing very well together.
We moved Wup and put him in Skylar’s kennel. Charlie-dog has also used that kennel, because it’s a small kennel. Even though there was some barking through the fence, Skylar and Jazzie gave up. Wup was good and he never really barked at them.
Wayne was the walker in Beemer Park. There he is taking Skylar and Jazzie to the park.
David Rentz came down and we got the dogs ready for Adoption Day. Tonto was number one. Charlie the Cat came out and met us. I asked David to wait and see how Tonto would react to Charlie the Cat. Neither Charlie nor Tonto showed any aggression. So Tonto is good with cats. He didn’t pay any attention to Charlie and he just kept on walking.
Fletcher and Speck also went to Adoption Day. This is Speck on her way to the van.
Daylight went to Adoption Day too. There she is with her kennelmate Chip.
Shelby was walking Daylight to the van. She was walking on her back legs, because she was pulling on Shelby to get to the van. She was hopping like a bunny rabbit. She loves to go to Adoption Day.
George Jr. was the walker in Pat Arnold Park. There he is taking Blondie and Tobi back to their kennel.
We had a good day and our crew was following our routine. Shelby was working in Beto and Rowdy’s kennel.
Luis and Snickers were enjoying the day.
DJ and his wife Katrina were caregiving Talena. Volunteer Katrina is such a good person and she does a wonderful job. If she ever needed a job, she would be great. All of the dogs really like her.
There’s Newly playing in the park.
We had some unexpected visitors. Tina Hampton, who is a rescuer at Happy Tails, brought a friend and came to visit us. They were going to an open house at Black Beauty Ranch, when Tina realized that they were passing by and they stopped to visit. We were about to do our afternoon feeding. We got a little behind, but we were able to get caught up. We are always happy to see a friend, but we discourage visitors during our 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. feedings. But no one ever came to visit at 6 a.m. We welcomed them in and walked them around the shelter. It was a quick walk, because they knew that we were busy at that time.
I brought Tina to visit blind and deaf Colt. Tina is in red.
I asked Tina, if she remembered him, because she brought him to us. He was born blind and deaf and she didn’t have experience with that type of dog. She asked us to take him. At that time, we had Jack, Jill and Conrad. They were all deaf, but Jack and Jill could see a little bit and so can Conrad. That makes a huge difference. We lost Jill and the Blantons adopted Jack, but we still have Conrad. Thankfully, we were able to help Tina and take Colt in. Colt does so wonderfully well. He is amazing! He goes to the park and he can run in the park and he knows his schedule. We do everything on a schedule and the dogs know the timing of everything. He knows when he goes to the park and when it’s time to eat. He can sniff, when someone new is nearby. He knew right away that I was with new people.
Then we walked around and brought them to see everyone in H1. Tina’s friend Pam was very impressed with our shelter. I also introduced Tina to Charlie-dog and told her about his Muscular Dystrophy and how he is on a feeding tube. They also met Tuffy. He’s probably enjoying his last few weeks, but he’s hanging in there and eating cookies from Pam’s hand. Tuffy has lung cancer.
There’s Charlie going to the park wearing an ecollar in the evening after they left.
There’s Charlie walking all of the way down the ramp.
We don’t put him on a leash anymore. He follows us. He likes to pee on the tree.
Then he walks to the park.
That was our day.
BILL: We’ll be back again shortly with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Friday, April 15, 2016. Juana, what happened on this wonderful day at Straydog?
JUANA: I can barely remember. We’ve gotten so far behind. The pictures that I have here are helping me remember. We tried to find a friend for Snickers. We lost her kennelmate Big Foot and we are never prepared for that kind of loss. We wanted to try to find a kennelmate for Snickers, because she’s been sad and lonely. She’s very sweet and she loves people, but she’s very picky when it comes to kennelmates. Snickers and Big Foot were rescued together and had been together ever since. Snickers is not friendly with other dogs through the fence and I thought it might be hard to find a new friend for her. I thought I would try her with Chester. I was afraid that it wouldn’t work. Chester will try to pick on Annie, when he can. Annie isn’t strong enough to stand up to him anymore and he knows that. Snickers is a strong girl and if she and Chester got into a fight it wouldn’t be good. Wayne thought it might work out because, when Chester likes another dog, he’s submissive. We took them to the park and introduced them. Chester was trying to be a good boy, but Snickers wasn’t behaving. She was growling at him.
Chester was wagging his tail and he wanted to play, but she wasn’t having it. I asked Wayne to hold Snickers and let Chester go. She still didn’t want it. I didn’t feel comfortable enough to let her go. You could see that their tails were both up. They both want to be alphas, so it wasn’t going to work. There’s Snickers on a leash.
Then we thought about trying Snickers with Luis. Luis has always been an alpha dog. Luis is not aggressive but, when he gets excited, he jumps on his kennelmate and that was poor sister, Soullie. Soullie tried to escape all of the time, no matter what kennel we put her in, and we had to make her an inside dog. She’s been indoors for a long time. We had tried Luis with Vicki once and, at feeding time, Luis jumped on her. But we decided to try Snickers and Luis and it was unbelievable. Snickers started wagging her tail right away and she liked him right away. You just never know. He’s been lonesome for a long time and we couldn’t find a kennelmate for him, because he would jump on them. I felt so comfortable. We let them both off their leashes.
They ran all over the Beemer Park and they were playing. You would think Snickers was with Big Foot. We walked them towards Snickers’ kennel, which is Angel and Puppy’s old kennel. Luis was sniffing and peeing all over the place and Snickers didn’t care and she went to get a drink of water.
Snickers was relaxed. There was no aggression and they seemed to trust each other. Luis was sniffing all over the kennel and Snickers just went to lie down.
It’s almost automatic and we have never figured out why some dogs like each and others don’t.
This was a day of moving dogs around. Luigi tore his ACL and he was scheduled to have TPLO surgery at Morton Clinic. Since he’s been outside with Jazzie for a long time, I didn’t want to wait until the last minute to bring him indoors. It’s not good to bring an outside dog from the vet and put them indoors. It’s a new environment and a new crate. They are already upset after surgery. I like to bring them indoors before surgery, so they can get acclimated to their new spot. I wanted to bring Luigi into H2 and give him the kennel, where he will recover after surgery. That meant Jazzie was going be by herself. Skylar lives right next door to Jazzie and Luigi. There’s Luigi and Jazzie in their kennel.
When Jazzie and Luigi and Skylar were young, they used to dig into each other’s kennel under their common fence. It was okay, if they dug into each other’s kennel, they would never fight. But, if we tried to walk them together, Skylar and Luigi would fight. If they dug into each other’s kennel, it was kind of okay, even though we still saw tension. So we brought Luigi into H2 and we brought Skylar and Jazzie to the Beemer Park to introduce them.
They’ve known each other as neighbors. Jazzie hesitated and Skylar wanted to play. They were fine together and we took them off their leashes and they were fine. We walked them to Jazzie and Luigi’s kennel together. Skylar now has a big kennel to run and play in. They did fine for the rest of the day.
This pairing will only be until Luigi recovers from knee surgery, which will take several months. Then I will have to move Skylar. We will cross that bridge, when we come to it.
The same thing happened to Chip and poor Betty. We had to bring Betty indoors, because she had cancer. I couldn’t find the right kennelmate for Chip, even though Chip likes everybody. We finally put Daylight with Chip and they get along so well. We had to move Daylight away from Midnight, because Midnight was picking on Daylight. Chip and Daylight are now best friends. Betty has recovered and I want to put her back outside. Maybe I could put Daylight with Skylar or put Luigi with Daylight. That’s why we call it, “Mix and Match.”
The rest of the day went okay. There’s DJ doing kennel work with Blondie and Tobi.
There’s Jacob walking Friendly and Polly in Pat Arnold Park. Jacob is putting medicine on their ears. The flies are biting some of the dogs’ ears and we have medicine for that.
Maci was walking dogs in the Beemer Park. There she is bringing Jazzie2, Fletcher and Fritz to the park.
We had already put Wendy and Cole together in Annie’s kennel. They were living in separate kennels in H2. Cole has always been an H2 dog because, since we rescued him, he rips up his kennel and tries to escape. He is incorrigible and he is terrified of storms. We’ve had him for over a year and I hoped he had forgotten how to dig. Puppy Wendy and Cole had been going to the park together. They would run and play. So we decided to put them outside together and they have been getting along very well. They are still getting along great and it’s been a few weeks. Cole hasn’t tried to dig out or misbehave. He’s been a very good boy.
At this time we still had Tonto. He hadn’t been adopted yet. He was living with Banjo and Marie in Marie and Cesar’s kennel.
Blind Cesar is recovering from TPLO knee surgery in H2. He will have to stay indoors for at least a couple of weeks. I hope that I will be able to put Cesar back with Marie and Banjo, when he recovers. We put Banjo with Marie and Tonto, because his kennelmate Teddy was adopted into a very good forever home. Brothers Marco and Banjo were living with Tabitha, but Marco kept picking on Banjo. I had to separate them and I was trying to find a special spot for Banjo. I was so happy that he got along great with Tonto and Marie. Marie is the sweetest dog and she gets along with everybody. I hoped that Banjo would accept Cesar, because Tonto had a home visit scheduled and I was pretty sure that he would get adopted.
As you know, we lost Portia and she had a kennel with a shade tarp on it right outside of H1. This is a great kennel, but it floods when it rains. Cooper has been living inside, because he is a climber and a jumper, but he’s a healthy dog. I wanted to put him in Portia’s kennel, because he wouldn’t be able to jump out of it. He jumps up on the doghouse and he tries to watch the dogs in the park and that’s fine. If that kennel didn't have a tarp on it, he would get out.
Tyler is rebuilding Collin and Kayla’s shelter. There’s Collin lying on the new platform and he loves it. When Tyler rebuilt Gina and Spencer’s kennel, they loved to lie on their newly floored platform.
Shelby came by that evening and I told her about all of the moves we made. She couldn’t believe that Luis and Snickers got along so well. Everyone was surprised that they got along.
We never would have believed that they would get along so well, but they do. We are doing this show on May 2nd and I can tell you that they are still together. It was another successful match.
BILL: We will be back soon with another report from Straydog.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, April 14, 2106. This is Bill and Juana and it’s just a few days later. We are getting caught up. Thursday was a nice day and it got up to 74 degrees. Did it rain that day? There was a 20% chance of rain.
JUANA: No, it rained that night. It didn’t rain during the day. We had a very sad week. We lost two dogs. And, Gracie Erin passed away on Monday. On Monday morning around 8:30, I received a call from one of our contributors, Teddy, who lives in Denton. Teddy had adopted Gracie Erin and she said that she wasn’t feeling well and she wouldn’t eat. She used to love her morning walks with her other dogs and she wouldn’t even do that. She feared that Gracie Erin’s cancer might have come back and she was planning to take her to the vet that afternoon. Then Teddy texted me that evening and let me know that she had to let her go. Her vet said that it was time. It was a very sad day, because we also lost Portia that day. It was a very tough day.
On Thursday, we followed our normal routine. Jacob was the Beemer Park walker. While he had Jazzie in the park, he went to greet blind Cesar. George had Cesar in the temporary kennel near the front door of H2. The dogs in the big park don’t bark at or bother each other very much through the fence.
There’s Cesar walking. We have to walk him on a leash, because he’s recovering from TPLO knee surgery.
There’s George giving Wolfie some Tussin. He still has a cough and I think that it’s kennel cough. We don’t think it’s contagious, because no else has gotten it.
There's a picture of Ronnie building up a kennel.
There’s Maci walking C-Stat and Mackenzie to Pat Arnold Park.
There’s Ronnie caregiving Fred and Ethel. Fred now loves to be petted. He likes to be touched. He loves to have his butt scratched and he will give us kisses and he’ll take cookies. But don’t try to put a leash on Fred’s neck or walk into his kennel with a leash. Then he won’t let you near him.
This is the shelter that Tyler is rebuilding. It’s Collin and Kayla’s shelter. He had to tear it down. Even the floor was completely rotted. He had to start from scratch. Tyler said it was in really bad shape. He said that there was no saving that wood at all.
This is Jacob bringing Collin and Kayla back to their kennel from the Beemer Park. (
There’s Ronnie playing with Gina and Talena in their kennel.
Stephanie took the loss of Big Foot really hard. She is still crying.Here she is comforting Big Foot’s kennelmate Snickers.
Snickers is by herself now. I think she knows that Big Foot is no longer with us and she’s sad.
Two days ago, which was Tuesday, we found out that Luigi had torn his ACL on his back left knee. The doctor gave us a surgery appointment for him for the next Tuesday, the 19th, which is today. Luigi is now at the vet and our overnight crewmember Brandy didn’t feed him after midnight last night. We moved Luigi to H2 over the weekend, so he would get used to being indoors. He’s very nervous and he doesn’t like to try new things. I will talk about all of the movements that brought Luigi to H2 in another report.
It was Thursday and that means our dear volunteer Ms. Polly came and brought treats. She brought us teacakes. They were amazing! This lady can cook! She greeted all of our doggies and they all know that she’s bringing them treats too. She brings different treats for different doggies, depending on their dietary restrictions. They love her. Here she is greeting Bug, Purtis and Oreo. Our crew and all of the dogs love her and not just for her fabulous treats. She’s just so sweet.
We can’t feed Charlie, our dog with Muscular Dystrophy, anything by mouth anymore. He can’t get anything down. We have to feed him with a feeding tube. Here I am feeding him with his feeding tube. It doesn’t bother him at all. We are feeding him three times a day and he gets twice as much as he got before. We feed him at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. and he sleeps through the night.
There’s Tuffy eating the treat that Ms. Polly gave him. It looked like a Slim Jim. Josie and Tuffy hold treats with their front paws and chew on them. There’s Tuffy enjoying his rawhide stick. He loved it. I know that he isn’t supposed to eat treats like this, but what the heck. He has terminal cancer. At this point in time, Tuffy is enjoying life and he’s still feeling okay.
We took Peanut to the vet for the third time, because something was going on with her liver. Her tests indicated that her liver was finally back to normal. The last round of antibiotics that Dr. Shirey gave her cleared it up. As soon as she got back to Straydog and we took her out to potty, she ran inside. She ran to her little crate and gave Benji kisses. Peanut is a timid dog, but she and Benji were so happy to see each other.
Fritz ate that morning, but then he wouldn’t get out of his doghouse. I went out to check him and he seemed too warm. I checked his temperature and it was normal. I finally got him out and he ate a cookie. He wouldn’t eat anything all morning, after he ate breakfast and he ate that very slowly. He was drinking water. We will keep an eye on him. He didn’t have diarrhea and he wasn’t vomiting. He just wouldn’t get out of his shelter. We will have to wait to tomorrow to find out what was wrong with him.
BILL: We will be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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