This week's Adoption Day was back at the Petsmart in Mesquite. It was a very busy day. We all had fun showing off our dogs that attended to the many people that stopped to visit. It is hard to say what the highlight of the day was as there seemed to be so many of them. I brought a couple of first timers (Chester and puppy Cadet) who were both a little bit shy and timid at first. Lizzy, our German Shepherd Husky mix is so friendly with other dogs that she put both Chester and Cadet at ease. It only took her a few moments before she had both of them feeling comfortable and wagging their tails. By the way, I am counting this as one of the highlights of the day.
And Chester's first time to Adoption Day was a real blast for him. After Lizzy made him feel at home he enjoyed himself so much. He really liked getting out and what a good dog he is. He walks on a leash perfect, no pulling what so ever. He enjoys being hugged on and petted and was just a joy having here today. Who ever adopts Chester is going to get a wonderful pet.
Foster Dog Aubrey was back with us today. She has taken off the last couple of weekends and we were all glad to see her again. So many people raved on how pretty she was as they always do. Aubrey is always glad to see us at Adoption Day too. She makes everyday a highlight!
A few weeks ago Lizzy had some interest from a couple (Mark and Gwen) who came out to our shelter to visit her. They also wanted Lizzy to meet their dog Boo, who is a young Black Lab, to see if they would get along. They got along just fine, but on the way to the park they saw puppy Gig'em (C-Stat and Cadet's brother) and wanted to meet him too. So after Lizzy had her turn Gig'em was up. He first jumped in the pool to play in the water, then he jumped out of the pool and tried to get Boo to play and then back into the water again. This went on a few times and it was pretty much decided that Gig'em was going to be the one that they adotped. They left the shelter to think about it and gave us a call back letting us know that Gig'em was their choice and that they would like to do a home visit this coming Sunday. Well, that's how the meet-and-greet went. Today at Adoption Day we saw Gwen at Petsmart with a basket full of puppy stuff for Gig'em. How cool is that. Seeing Gwen getting ready for her new family member was another highlight of the day.
Sally has all of their attention with the cookies she's handing out. She makes them all sit before they get one
Lets talk about the two puppies C-Stat and Cadet. C-Stat's first time to Adoption Day was last week and today was Cadet's first time. Last week C-Stat had some issues with the leash, he did not like it. This week was Cadet's first time to experience a leash, she did not know what to think about it at first but Jasmine said she was going to teach them how to walk on a leash and took them both off thru the store to learn, and they did learn. They actually did great. Jasmine and these two pups were like paper and glue, together all day long. Watching Jasmine teach the pups how to walk was a highlight too.
And here I think is the biggest highlight of the day. C-Stat got a application taken home to fill out. A really nice family spent time playing with both the pups on their way out of the store. This family lost their dog three years ago and have now decided that it was time to adopt another one. They left to think about it and a little bit later the mom (Sarah) came running back in asking for an application. Let's keep our fingers crossed because I have a really good feeling about this and do believe C-Stat has found her forever home.
A wonderful Adoption Day, great dogs, terrific fellowship with our crew and nice weather. We will be at this Petsmart in Mesquite again next Saturday, please come see us if you can.
BILL ANOUNCES: Straydog radio show covering the events of Friday, June 12, 2015. Bill and Juana here early Monday morning and we are catching up on last week’s shows. Juana, what happened on Friday? I know that it got up to 92 degrees and the weather is the same every day now. It didn’t rain on Friday; but there was a 20% chance of rain.
JUANA: It was a good day and a hot day and it didn’t rain. We had a full crew. We decided to change our schedule just a little bit for the summer. It was the first day that I moved the afternoon feeding to 5:30 or almost 6:00 in the afternoon. It’s a little cooler. But the time we are done feeding it’s a lot cooler and there’s shade in most of the kennels. It’s a lot better than trying to feed the dogs at 2:00 in the afternoon, which is the hottest part of the day.
BILL: We’ve done this in the past, but not every year.
JUANA: We haven’t been able to do it, when we didn’t have enough people to do it. Some of our crewmembers are going to come in at 2:00 and leave at 7:00. We have less people in the daytime. We aren’t feeding the dogs their meals at 2:00, but we still have the rest of our chores to do. We have more time for caregiving, because we aren’t feeding the dogs at 2:00 and that’s much better for the dogs.
Some of the first photos that we took was of Sherri doing walks and playing with Blondie. Blondie is one of our ballplayers. She’s about 10 years old and she hasn’t slowed down. She tires more easily, but she still has it. She waits for her ball and she runs and gets it. She loves her tennis ball. She really does.
BILL: Ballplayers never give up. They just want to play their whole lives.
JUANA: Sherri gets to Straydog very early and she has time to have coffee with and talk to our overnight crewmember, David Ford. I hadn’t seen puppy Gig’Em all morning. Then Sherri told me that David Ford commented that Mackenzie fell on Gig’Em’s back leg, when he was feeding the puppies. The pups and get along so well with Mackenzie, but they get so excited at feeding time. Mackenzie is a big girl. She weighs about 90 pounds. She’s a full-grown Lab. When David feeds them, he always puts Mackenzie in the feeding gate. Before he had time to put Mackenzie in the feeding gate, she fell on Gig’Em’s back leg. I was calling and calling Gig’Em and he wouldn’t come out. He was in pain and he was limping very badly. He wouldn’t put any pressure on that back leg. He had a home visit scheduled for Sunday and I didn’t know what to do, except to send him to the vet. I put him in a crate until it was time to take him to the vet. I only let him out for potty breaks.
Meanwhile, James W. was doing kennels. He wasn’t doing walks. He was petting some dogs, when he was filling up their pools.
We were also taking some dogs to the vet to see if they had ringworm or not. We would feel so much better if the vet told us that it wasn’t ringworm. We were so worried about the fact that we might have ringworm again. We would feel better, if we knew. We waited until after lunch and Sherri took several dogs to the vet to have them checked out.
There's Sherri playing ball with our soccer player, Cesar. He loves to play. He’s such a good baby. He’s blind, but he can hear perfectly. We took him to the vet about a week ago. He had a sore between his toes and I was worried that it was a problem with his bone. I took him to see Dr. Dumeyer and she said that it had nothing to do with his bone; it was just an infection between his toes. She put him on antibiotics and he’s doing so much better.
We are using the little park too and our dogs are getting more time in the park. They love it so much. This is Cooper. He lives in H2 and he’s a brindle Boxer mix. When he finishes going to the bathroom, he runs to the door and we let him in.
Unfortunately, we are worried that Portia has ringworm and she went to the vet with Sherri. It looked very suspicious and it was really red. She couldn’t go to the park and we put her in quarantine until we know for sure.
Little Big Boy hasn’t had any symptoms of cancer, since Dr. James removed that mass on his throat. He’s doing great. He goes to the park and he runs around and enjoys it. He’s doing very, very well.
We love talking about Colt. He’s blind and deaf and he’s so amazing! He loves his routine. There’s Sherri bringing Miss B, Fatso and Colt back to their kennel after their outing in the park. They get along so well.
There’s Pokey-mon. He’s over 15 years old and he’s slowing down. He’s tired, but he is still eating. He’s not sick. He has arthritis in his back and he doesn’t have any signs of anything else.
I asked James W. to help me put a shade tarp on top of Spencer and Gina's kennel. From noon on, the sun is right above their kennel and there’s nowhere to hide. Gina was trying to dig underneath the back of their kennel to get cool. That’s very dangerous. James W. came to help me and we covered their kennel. It wasn’t a perfect job, but it will be okay for now. James W. told me that Spencer was enjoying the shade immediately.
There’s my puppy Gig’Em. He wasn’t feeling very well. I gave him Rimadyl and I called Morton Clinic. They told me to bring in any dogs that we needed to bring in.
We didn’t find any more dogs with ringworm after we thought we saw ringworm on Portia. Portia is a very energetic girl, so Sherri didn’t get any good pictures of her at the vet. Sherri was trying to hold her, so the doctor could check her out.
There’s Charlie, our dog who suffers with Muscular Dystrophy. He was the first dog, who we thought might have ringworm. I found a medicine that is used for horses and dogs and it’s some kind of purple spray. I don’t want to advertise Tractor Supply, but this seemed to be helping. I started putting it on Charlie’s sore on Wednesday. By Friday, Charlie’s sore was almost clear. I was very happy.
Selena, who kennels with Embry and Luna, had a little circular sore on her leg. We sent her to the vet to see what it was.
While Sherri was at the vet, I asked James W. to take over walks. I gave Sherri the camera. There’s Charlie waiting for our vet. There’s Dr. Dumeyer checking Charlie and Selena for ringworm. She said that Charlie was a maybe, but it was hard to see, because it was clearing up. Selena’s sore was just a sore. It wasn’t ringworm. Portia might have one. It didn’t show under the backlight, but Dr. Dumeyer cultured it. The light only indicates whether or not it’s ringworm 50% of the time. All of the other dogs were clear.
They took an x-ray of Gig’Em’s leg. It wasn’t broken. His hip is just bruised and his leg is fine. He was old enough to get his rabies shot. She sent him home with Rimadyl and she wanted him to rest. We put him in a crate for a few days. It is nowMonday and he was adopted yesterday. He is now in his forever home and he’s doing well.
There they are coming back form the vet.
There I am with the purple spray that helps with ringworm.
While Sherri was at the vet, we started dips. We had a bathtub that someone donated a while ago. We put it in the park and James and Wayne set it on bricks. We mixed Bayer Tree & Scrub and started treating for fleas. Lacie, Gordo and Lucy have been working at Morton Clinic and people are complaining about fleas. And we've seen fleas at our shelter, which is very unusual. Because of all of the rain we’ve had, the fleas are really bad this year, and Frontline isn’t working. We can’t give the dogs too much Trifexis or anything else, so we had to use something else. We know that the Bayer Tree & Scrub solution works. Dr. Cornelius told me about this and it works. We set up the tub and we will leave it out all week. As soon as we see a dog with flea problems, we will dip the dog. We won’t rinse them. We will just soak them and that’s it.
BILL: Do we still have fleas in their kennels? Does bleach kill fleas too? It must.
JUANA: We also have to clean the kennels. We have to bleach the kennels. We have to take every precaution step by step. Lucy and Shelby came to work early. They were supposed to come at 2:00 and they came earlier. We dipped all of the H1 dogs. Every one of them got dipped. There’s Demon.
There’s Gig’Em coming back. Lucy gave him some hugs and we brought him back inside to his kennel.
There’s blind and deaf Jack in the pool.
There’s Ms. Rose. She was very happy after her dip. She was rolling around in the grass.
There’s Tinker Bell. She was trying to swim.
Bitty was so good. She even sat there and let us scrub her.
There’s Noble. I saw fleas on him and they were bad. After we dipped him, I didn’t see any fleas on him. They were all dead. He wasn’t very happy, but afterwards he felt great.
We really had a busy and a good successful day.
BILL: Okay, we’ll be back tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog radio show covering the events of Thursday, June 11, 2015. Bill and Juana here on Thursday evening and we are going to do today’s report. Juana, what happened today at Straydog?
JUANA: It was really hot and sunny. It was really bad. Lately, we’ve been saying that it’s hot, hot, hot. On Wednesday, we had a five-minute rain. It cooled off for a little bit and then it was more humid afterwards. And, because of that, it’s very sad to say that I think we have the “R” word again.
BILL: Oh no! Ringworm? Who?
JUANA: I think Charlie started it this year. We will talk about that in our Wednesday report.
The first thing we did on Thursday morning, after we finished our regular chores, was bleach every single kennel again. We are doing this every other day. I hope that we’re wrong, but Charlie has two very round spots on his tummy. Melanie was the walker of the day today and she was trying to check the dogs before she took them to the park. So Stephanie and Ronnie started checking the dogs before Melanie took them to the park. We found Charlie’s spots late in the day yesterday. We started bleaching the kennels and checking all of the dogs for ringworm. It can really flare up from one day to the next. One day they will all be clear and then the next day one ringworm spot will appear. The second day another two or three spots will appear and then on and on. That’s what has happened in the past. Charlie had spots yesterday and today we have a maybe on Skylar and a maybe on Polly. Polly’s spot looks like ringworm. Skylar looks like she has a hot spot. I am going to take them to the vet first thing in the morning. In the meantime, we are taking precautions and treating these dogs as if they have ringworm. This is horrible.
Besides dealing with the possibility of ringworm, the flies have been so bad. Everyone asks the same thing that we have asked for years. Why do flies like some dogs and not others? We’ve never googled it. They never bother some dogs, but then they bother others. For instance, Toby and Blondie have been here for over 10 years and they have been kennelmates for years. Toby has the worst time with fly bites and Blondie never does. The flies don’t bother Blondie at all. Travis has the same problem. They beat up on Travis’ ears and never touch his kennelmate Maria’s. They bite Wolfie’s ears and never bother his kennelmate Jenie at all. In other cases, like Cesar and Marie, they both have a problem with flies biting their ears. David and Wayne live between Cesar and Wolfie and they never have any problems with the flies.
BILL: That would be interesting. They should be able to make a repellant to find out what is in the blood of the dogs, who don’t have this problem.
JUANA: I have been mixing Seven Dust with Vaseline and putting it on the dogs’ ears. This is the best thing that we have for this problem. We want to thank Dr. Cornelius for this recipe. I mix Seven Dust and Vaseline with a little spoon.
BILL: Is it half and half?
JUANA: The Vaseline is white and the Seven Dust is grey and I mix it until the mixture is dark grey. It is less than half and half. There’s more Vaseline. It is the only thing that I have known that works on our dogs. It seems to help a little more than other remedies. I just don’t understand why some dogs have a problem and others don’t.
BILL: We will have to google it and ask around. Maybe someone will write in.
We also had a volunteer visitor with us. It was baby Emma. She’s not a baby anymore, even though we will probably call her that forever. She was helping us water and walk our dogs. It was so hot and I wanted to get our chores done. I didn’t even want to take pictures. The heat was unbearable. After Shelby, Lucy and I finished watering all of the outside kennels, I came back to H1. Emma had been with us and was watering outside, when she got too hot and she decided to go inside. She went into H1 to change her clothes. Then she started helping David Ford, our overnight crewmember. David was cutting up vegetables for Noble. Emma was helping David and giving Noble some broccoli. She didn’t have any shoes on, because her shoes had gotten all wet and she looked so cute. Diabetic Noble knows that he only gets vegetables as treats. He was sitting there waiting for Emma to drop a piece, so I asked her to give him some vegetables.
There’s Shelby and Lucy watering the kennels. Our crew had already left, because it was almost 6:00 in the evening. I have been thinking about changing our feeding schedule. Some dogs aren’t eating in the afternoons. We have about ten dogs, who haven’t been eating their afternoon meals, because it’s just too hot. No one wants to eat at 2:00 in the afternoon. The only thing that anyone would want at that time is water. We are going to do what we can to start changing the feeding schedule.
We also have a bleach situation everywhere. There is bleach and buckets everywhere. There’s Skylar with a bleach bucket.
Poor Charlie doesn’t understand what is going on. [He is our dog, who is suffering with Muscular Dystrophy.] I am doctoring him for ringworm and I will be taking him to the vet in the morning to check his sores out. We are still taking our dogs to the park, but we are checking them before they go to the park. We only have a few dogs, who might have ringworm at the moment. If it gets really bad and if we have 20 dogs with ringworm, we will have to close the park.
Storm is doing very well after recovering from TPLO surgery. She is back outside with her brother Thunder and Vicki. They are doing very well. Vicki is very nice, but she loves Thunder more than she loves Storm. Storm likes Vicky, but Vicky tries to stay near Thunder and she stays away from Stormy. Vicky is not jealous. I think she just wants Thunder’s protection, but Stormy has been very nice to Vicky.
Two of our newer rescues are Copper and Lizzy. Lizzy is up for adoption again. This is Copper and we called him Canelo at first. Our crew didn’t understand that name, so we changed his name to Copper. We also have a Cooper. There is a lot of confusion between Cooper and Copper. I have to look at Copper and remind myself of the hound in the Disney movie, “The Fox and The Hound.” Cooper is a Boxer mix and Copper is a hound. Copper is super-friendly and very young. He gets along with everybody and he just wants to play. Lizzy is available for adoption again.
Mark and his wife decided to adopt Gig’Em and not Lizzy. Lucy and I will be taking Gig’Em on his home visit on Sunday. Gig’Em is our baby. [We bottle-fed Gig’Em, C-Stat and Cadet, when we first rescued them.] Ms. Lizzy is such a beautiful girl and I know she will get adopted. They decided to adopt Gig’Em because he loves the water. That stole Mark’s heart. He wanted a dog that would swim.
BILL: We will be back tomorrow with another show.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog radio show covering the events of Saturday, June 6, 2015. Let’s do the Saturday report, Juana.
JUANA: Saturday was a good day and it was hot in the morning. Bill, you were there at 6:00 in the morning and it was already hot.
BILL: It was. It was about 70 degrees.
JUANA: We had a full crew, thank goodness, and Sherri was helping us that day. One of the first photos is of Sherri feeding the Chihuahua gang.
There’s a beautiful picture of the sun coming up over H2, which is the Bollinger building. And there's one showing our pond, which is almost full. These are just amazing pictures of the early, early morning with the sun coming up.
BILL: The pond is more than half full now and for years it was only about one-quarter full. There was no wind at all and that makes the day hotter.
JUANA: Then you took Noble on his morning walk. Noble loves to walk down the driveway all of the way to the dumpster and back. Noble and Bill usually meet Charlie the kitty. Noble and Charlie met and they started kissing. They are so cute.
BILL: We didn’t get to go down to Charlie’s place, so he followed us back. I didn’t see him for the rest of the day. He stays near the RVs. There I am by the back gate with Noble.
JUANA: Tally was right there and watching you come back.
We have a small park that we use exclusively for the H2 dogs. It’s very nice and it’s better than what we had. We now use both doors in H2 to take the dogs outside and the dogs already know the new routine. The dogs use the closest door. They know. They go out there and sniff. Then they go back to the same door and wait to come back inside.
There are the puppies coming to meet you. Most of the dogs love to dig under their shelters and make cool scoopy holes. That’s where they sleep. There’s Gig’Em under the shelter and C-Stat was coming to meet you. Cadet, for some reason, is a little more standoffish. She’s more timid. She doesn’t come out and greet us.
There’s Noble resting in H1 after his long walk. He’s stretched out on the floor.
We attended another Adoption Day event on Saturday. Sandy-girl and Copper went with David to Adoption Day. We named him Canelo and no one could pronounce it. Shelby suggested that we change his name to Copper. We also have a Cooper. Copper is named after the hound dog in the Disney movie, “Fox and Hound.” Copper looks like Copper in that movie and he is a copper color, like a penny.
Another dog, who attended Adoption Day for the first time, was C-Stat. We bottle-fed C-Stat, Gig’Em and Cadet, when we first rescued them in February. Lucy and I are heartbroken, but we have to find good homes for them. We can’t bring them home and we realize it. They deserve their own forever homes. C-Stat got a lot of attention at Adoption Day. His personality is outstanding. He’s very friendly and very funny. He loves attention. He’s an amazing dog.
There’s Copper. He’s very, very friendly. I know that he will find a forever home. He has the best personality and he’s very friendly. He’s a super dog.
There’s David driving off in the van that was donated by the wonderful couple who rescued Leyla and we are very thankful to them for this wonderful donation. We are really happy to have the van and we are so grateful to them.
There’s Mr. Friendly and Polly.
Wayne had just mowed the park with a push mower.
There’s George Jr. caregiving Spencer. We know that Spencer will find a forever home. He’s such a handsome big boy. It will just have to be the right family. I have a feeling that they will come.
Jimmy, who was feral, is getting so much better. He comes up close to the fence. He runs and plays and barks. He still won’t let us touch him. He knows that this is his home and he knows his routine and he knows when it’s feeding time. He’s doing so much better.
Angie Manriquez asked us to take Portia. She didn’t have the space to keep her. I want to move her to a bigger kennel. She loves to play and she needs more room than that temporary kennel. She loves the park and she runs all over the park, but she also likes to sniff around the park. In the big park, you would think that she would run in circles, like she does in her kennel, but she doesn’t. She runs back and forth and all over the park.
We also have a tri-fold mailer. We’ve been having our crew help us prepare it for mailing. We hope to get some funds in, because we really need to raise some money. This mailer is on the raffle.
Also, Ms. Noel Baker, our longtime contributor loves what we do and she contributes to us all of the time. She’s also a cat lover. She’s a dentist from Tyler. She goes to Wal-Mart occasionally and purchases 50 pound bags of dog food and bleach and other supplies and we really appreciate it. It’s so very helpful, especially right now. We are very, very short on funds.
Mr. Rivers was supposed to come and get the “Three Amigos.” They were three dogs that we were keeping for him temporary. He came to see them and they recognized him. He gave us a bunch of reasons why he couldn’t take them. Sherri said that he came to say goodbye to them. I was on the phone with him, because I was at the hospital. I was trying to get him to tell me if he was planning on ever coming to get them. He asked that we try and get them adopted. I don’t mind, because they are such good dogs. I wish that we had known sooner. We still need to have them neutered. He surrendered these dogs to us and it’s so very sad. I wish that he hadn’t come to see them, because it was heartbreaking for these doggies.
BILL: Unfortunately people find themselves in situations, where they can’t keep their dogs. It’s just too bad.
JUANA: Spice is recuperating from surgery in H1. Rudy and Spice are both in separate kennels in H1. They go to the park together and their kennels are near each other and they see each other all of the time. They are doing very well. As soon as Spice gets her ecollar off and her stitches out, she will be able to go back with Rudy. Then they’ll be more comfortable.
There’s Mr. Gig’Em. Look at his beautiful face. He’s my boy. He will be adopted very soon. In our next show, I will talk about Gig’Em and his adopters. These adopters became contributors and we’ll talk about all of that in the Sunday show.
There’s Jack and Jill and Rose and Henry. They are best buddies. All four of them go to the park together. Jack doesn’t know who the puppy is sometimes, but Jill knows. Jack doesn’t see as well as Jill. They are all doing very well. Jack has to go to the park on a leash. Jack and Jill can’t see or hear; but Jill can see a little better than Jack. She knows the ramp to the house and the way to the park. She never bumps into anything. Sometimes, if we close the gate, she runs into the gate. She doesn’t expect the gate to be closed.
BILL: Somebody like blind Cesar, who can hear, can go to the park on his own.
JUANA: No, he can’t. We have to put Cesar on a leash to take him to the park or he’d probably run away or run to the office. But he can hear.
Anyway, Henry is doing very well. He has heart failure. Since we brought him inside and put him with Rose, he’s doing better. Like Shep, we had to bring him inside, because he can’t take the heat or the cold of living outdoors. Jack and Jill are doing very well. Jill had a prolapsed rectum and we are doctoring her three times a day, as Dr. Dumeyer instructed, and she’s doing much better. Thank goodness, her boo boo looks a lot better.
BILL: We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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