are held by their new owners Emily and Hanna (sisters too)
Adopted Puppies Faith and Violet (sisters)
are held by their new owners Emily and Hanna (sisters too)
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering a very sad event that happened on Monday, July 25, 2016. There will be another show later covering the other events of that day. Juana, let’s talk about what happened that day.
JUANA: We just want to close the book on this story. We had a report on this last Thursday and we set up a “Go Fund Me” account for vet care for Phoenix. We closed the “Go Fund Me” page for this poor dog. This poor boy didn’t make it.
I went to visit him on Monday. It was before noon, when I saw him and he looked horrible. It was very upsetting for me, because I’ve never seen a dog or a human that badly burned. I was very upset and I couldn’t stop crying. I asked if we should continue treating him or if we should put him to sleep. Lacie said that he looked a lot better and he was doing much better than he had been on the previous day. I couldn’t imagine how bad he looked before. I hugged him and I kissed him and I didn’t want to hurt him. He didn’t seem to be in pain. He seemed peaceful and restful. Lacie said he was sedated and he had his head up. His eyes were half open. I petted his little nose and eyes.
At 7:00 that evening, I got a text from Dr. Dumeyer. It said that she was very busy, but she wanted to give me more details and she would get back to me. In the meantime, I got a text from my son Gordie and he said that he was very sorry that Phoenix didn’t make it. Gordie said that Dr. Dumeyer was very busy, but she would get back to me as soon as possible, to tell me what happened.
Then I called Fire Marshall Ronnie Denton, because he and his wife wanted to adopt Phoenix. I gave him the bad news and told him that I would get back with him as soon as I found out what happened. As soon as he answered the phone he said, “I was there.” He told me that he was with Phoenix, when it happened. He said that the doctor was cleaning his wounds and he was under sedation. He went into shock and they tried to revive him. He guessed that his poor body couldn’t take it anymore. Ronnie said that he seemed very peaceful and he didn’t appear to be suffering. I worried that he might be in pain, but I relied on the fire marshal’s experience. This fire marshal dedicates his life to protect people and animals from terrible things like this. And he wanted to keep on trying, because he thought that Phoenix could make it. I put my faith in this fire marshal and we tried to save Phoenix. This fire marshal hoped that he would make it, but he didn’t. We had already gotten three wonderful donations from the “Go Fund Me” page. And Junior has already written notes to those three people, who donated that money. It will go to Morton Clinic and we don’t know how much we still owe Morton Clinic, just for Phoenix. The fire marshal wants to keep his ashes. He said that it must have been his time and it was probably best for Phoenix. Later on, Dr. Dumeyer told me that Phoenix was under anesthesia, when he passed, and the fire marshal and his wife were there with him. His wounds were just too much. She said, “He was such a sweet boy. I am so sorry that I couldn’t save him, Miss Juana.”
It was nobody’s fault, except the people who put him in that situation, where he and their other dog could get burned. As we have already reported, the other dog panicked and strangled himself, because he was also chained to a pole and he was trying to get away from the fire. Unfortunately, we have already heard that the people aren’t going to be charged with cruelty to animals. They will only get a fine for burning trash in their yard illegally. Their dogs were tied up to poles too close to the fire and they left them there. They said that was unintentional. So they are off the hook. It’s just so terribly, terribly sad.
BILL: We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
You can listen to this Special Report below.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, July 14, 2016. This is Bill and Juana and it’s a few days later. We are going to do last Thursday’s report. Every day is hot, so we don’t have to talk about the weather. The weather is terrible now and it’s going worse.
JUANA: We do need to talk about rain, when it rains. It is really hot. It was another sunny, pretty day.
Maci was walking Ms. Reyna.
I didn’t get a good picture of Leonardo. He wasn’t coming to her. She got Reyna on a leash and she went back to get Leonardo.
We bleached all of the kennels that Thursday. I haven’t reported on the ringworm situation. George and Ronnie talked about us being down to one dog with ringworm, which is MoMo. He looks a lot better, but he is still scabby. He is still getting dipped and we are giving him his meds. We haven’t bleached very much lately, because it’s been so hot and it hasn’t been that humid. When it rains, it gets so hot and humid and moist. That can spread the ringworm, because it’s a fungus. But we are still bleaching and we have been successful this year and I am very happy for that.
There’s Wayne hooking up the water hose to the bleach mix in Rosita and Purtis’ kennel.
There’s Jacob filling up a pool.
There’s DJ getting his water hose out of the kennel that he was working in.
Shelby was the walker in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park and she was hugging Kayla. Shelby was caregiving Kayla in the park and you can see Kayla’s beautiful eyes. She was looking right at the camera.
Maci was the walker in the Pat Arnold Park and she was training my niece Blanca. Blanca was walking blind and deaf Colt and his kennelmates Fatso and Miss B to the park.
Blanca took their leashes off and Maci set the timer on her phone.
I got a cute picture of the kitties. Sometimes all of the kittens are on top of the crate, when you pick up the lid of the kennel box. This time there was only one.
They aren’t as hyper as they were. They usually don’t try to get out. They start purring and want attention. We pet them and love on them.
There’s Wayne caregiving Winston, Tarzan and Marshall in their kennel.
He was petting Tarzan and you can see Winston walking around in the background. He’s amazing. He’s an older dog and I think we will be able to find a home for him. He just came up to the pasture near my sister’s house. All of his teeth on one side were hanging out and his eyes were so goopy. He was so super skinny. We rescued him in June and we brought him to Morton Clinic. There’s nothing wrong with him, except he’s so skinny. As soon as we get some meat on his bones, we will take him to Adoption Day. He’s a hound and he barks, like a hound. Ronnie howls at him and then he howls back and gets all of the dogs barking. He’s so cute and he’s such a good dog. He loves the swimming pool. There’s Wayne caregiving Winston and then Winston got in the pool with puppy Marshall.
There’s Ozzie and Ariel, when I took the to the park.
Ariel is doing very well and she hasn’t had any more seizures. They were running to the gate, to wait to go back inside. They were ready and they started dancing around.
They went right up the ramp.
They walk straight to their kennel in H1.
Then they were waiting for the cookies in their kennel. They love being a pair of inside doggies and they are just so cute.
There’s Collin. He’s still in a crate in H1.
Over two weeks ago, he got very sick. His lymph nodes were swollen and he had some kind of infection. Maci took him to Morton Clinic that Sunday and Dr. Dumeyer sent him home with antibiotics. I feared that it was lymphoma, but it wasn’t. Doctor aspirated his lymph nodes and it was just an infection. I am doing this report on Tuesday and it’s almost a week later. I think that I will put him back outside tomorrow. He’s not on medicine anymore and he’s doing better. I think he will be okay outside now. He would be a very good inside dog. He doesn’t tear anything up. He’s very, very calm and he won’t pee in his crate. He waits to go outside. He walks past the Chihuahua Gang very calmly and he’s a very, very gentle baby.
About a week or so ago, we took June to Morton Clinic to be drained.
They drained about two pounds of fluids from her. She has a problem with her heart. She wasn’t eating and she was coughing very badly. She had heartworms and a guy rescued her. He couldn’t take her home, but he took her to Moron Clinic. He said that he wanted to pay her medical bills, if someone would take her. He ended up paying about $1,000 in medical bills. She was an old dog that he found walking on the street. She’s very sweet. Dr. James asked me, if we would take her. He said that she wouldn’t live for very long, but he asked if we could take her and give her love for the last days of her life. Like I said, they drained about two pounds of fluids from her about a week ago. She’s eating and she’s getting used to us. I hoped that I would be able to introduce her to the H1 Gang and that might make her feel that she’s a part of a family. At first, she was very sad and she was barking and she wouldn’t eat. We’ve had her about three weeks and I decided that it would work or not with the H1 Gang.
There’s Ronnie working on tarps. He was trying to give Wolfie and Genie some shade.
There’s Maci taking momma Minnie to the park.
She has heartworms, so we don’t take her outside for very long. But she never gets excited. She’s fine all night long and she doesn’t run and it’s not that hot outside at night. The puppies love to stay outside. They stay under their shelter. Blanca had to go under their shelter to get them out. They had so much fun in the park. There’s Maci playing with the two puppies. They love it.
There’s Minnie walking around the park. She never runs. She just walks slowly and sniffs. We usually keep dogs with heartworms on a leash, so they can’t run, but not Minnie. She doesn’t run.
There’s old Ricky with C-Stat.
They were staying in the shade in the Pat Arnold Park. We are lucky that we have a lot of trees and there’s lots of shade. These trees have been growing for many years.
On Tuesday, Soullie had emergency surgery. Dr. James and his staff were able to save her and we want to thank them. She had to stay there on Wednesday and recover. George went to get her on Thursday. She came home with a big ecollar. She didn’t mind the ecollar. Some dogs hate them, but she doesn’t. She was just happy to be home and she was wagging her tail. She feels good and she can finally urinate. She was walking in the small park two. You can see that some of the dogs were in the big park looking over at Soullie. There’s Brian looking at her and Ronnie was talking to Soullie and petting her.
There’s Natalie looking at her too. Soullie was just walking around. She is not aggressive and she doesn’t mind. Her brother Luis used to jump on her all of the time. He’s now sharing a kennel with Snickers and he doesn’t jump on Snickers.
I was telling you about introducing June to the Hospital One Gang. There I was walking her to the park on a leash.
There’s Sweet Tart. Doesn’t Sweet Tart look like June? Sweet Tart is smaller.
Benji also has the same markings.
I left June off the leash. Everybody came to her and sniffed her. She was a little nervous and her hair stood up. But they all accepted her and she was okay. I told them to leave her alone and let her be and they did. June growled at puppy PoPo, because PoPo wanted to play with her. June was kind of scared. June looked at her as if to say, “I am not playing with you, little girl.”
They all got along. At this point, I was the only one, who would put her with the H1 Gang. They all listen to me and I was afraid to let anyone else do it. That was last Thursday and anyone can put her with them now. They are totally integrated.
There’s Shelby with momma Minnie and her puppies. They were separated by the feeding gate and eating.
It was a good day after all.
BILL: We’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Wednesday, July 13, 2016. This is Bill, here in my office, with Juana on the phone from Straydog. Good morning, Juana. Let’s talk about what happened on Wednesday at Straydog.
JUANA: It was a good day and a nice morning.
The first picture of the day is of Jacob carrying Polly, like a little baby.
Jacob was the walker in Pat Arnold Park. He was there with Friendly and Polly. They are getting old. I know that dogs age much faster than we do. In just a couple of months, we can see how quickly they can age. Anyway, Polly is doing very well. She acts like a puppy and runs and plays and so does Friendly. I was so very happy that we were able to find a friend for Mr. Friendly, when Honey passed away. Actually. months before Honey passed away, we had to bring her indoors, because she had cancer. Friendly lived outside by himself and we finally had to let Honey go. Friendly relied on Honey so much and I was worried that he would never accept anybody else and no one else would accept him. I would have never thought that Polly would be the one, but she is. They are doing very well together and I am so happy that it worked out.
Maci was the walker in Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. Here she is with Harley and Nancy.
Last Saturday was my niece Blanca’s first day. I introduced her to all of the dogs. She came to visit and she planned to stay with us for just a few weeks and then she’ll go back home. She was interested in knowing about what we do at Straydog. Since I have been here, which is 13 years now, she’s heard about Straydog. All of my children know the routine at Straydog, but Blanca had never really known what we do here. She’s doing very well and she is very interested and I liked that. She’s learning and she’s helping us for three weeks. She’s having fun and the dogs have accepted her. It’s great to have her help in this hot weather. The weather is getting worse and worse for our crew and for the dogs. We have to water their kennels a lot to try to keep the dogs cool. We also have to change the water in their buckets and pools. This oppressive heat just wears us out so quickly.
The next picture is of Fletcher and Fritz2 in Ozzie and Ariel’s outside kennel.
As I mentioned on our Friday show, I moved Ozzie and Ariel into H1, after Ariel had a seizure. She’s doing well and she hasn’t had another seizure. They are now inside dogs and they really love it inside. Unfortunately, I had to move dogs out, so I moved Fletcher and Fritz2. They are doing well. Fletcher hasn’t limped. Fletcher was adopted and returned. Our wonderful contributors, who had already adopted Straydog resident Scruffy, adopted Fletcher. Scruffy, who is now Wip, is doing very well, but he wouldn’t accept Fletcher. Unfortunately, Fletcher was returned. While all that was going on, Jazzie2 passed away, due to heart failure. She had been the third member of “The Three Amigos” of Jazzie2, Fletcher and Fritz2, who were left by their owner. Jazzie went so quickly and we have so many dogs, who have had heart failure for years. Bunny and Josie have had heart failure for many years and they are still going. Shep lived with heart failure for many years. Jazzie’s heart must have been very weak. Fritz2 had been by himself for several weeks and he was so lonely, when Fletcher was returned. I have now decided that I won’t let Fletcher go without Fritz2. It wouldn’t be fair to leave Fritz2 behind. Fletcher is a very adoptable dog, but Fritz2 would not have as great a chance. Fritz2 is a very, very good dog, but he’s just very timid and shy. It didn’t take us very long to get Fritz2 out of his shell. He accepted us almost right away. Maybe, if the right person comes along, they could adopt both Fritz2 and Fletcher.
Ronnie was working in Harley and Nancy’s kennel when Harley and Nancy were in the park.
I had to make Ronnie supervisor and move him inside. He took over for me, while I was working the night shift. I am very proud of him. He was such a big help. He learned pretty quickly and he’s very responsible and very reliable and I really, really appreciate all of his help. I am back on the day shift and he’s helping us with kennels and other things that we have to do, to keep on going.
This is a picture of my niece Blanca walking Kayla back to her kennel with Maci by her side.
Blanca has learned a lot and she decided to walk some of the dogs by herself and that’s pretty good. Hopefully, she will be able to take over for a walker in the next few days. We are shorthanded in the kennels. We are actually doing it with two people and it’s not impossible. We are doing it, but we haven’t been able to rake and build up and do things that we really need to do every day. We can’t, because we don’t have enough people, and it’s a lot of work for two people.
On Tuesday, I had a visitor and it was a long visit. We will talk about it on Tuesday.
We have a new dog. We have crewmember Maci and now we have a Maci-dog.
This baby girl came running up the hill to my sister and George’s house. They live right up the road from Straydog. Someone must have dumped her and she came running out of nowhere. This baby girl ran to their driveway and ended up with us. She was confused and lost and she didn’t have a collar or tags. This is also what happened to rescue Sweet Tart. Maci is a Terrier mix, with the face of a Chihuahua, big long ears and a long tail. We didn’t have any space at our shelter, so we boarded her at Morton Clinic. I brought her home on Tuesday. I put her in a crate in H2. She was in pretty good shape and we spayed her. She’s healthy and she didn’t have heartworms or parasites. I didn’t know her personality. I asked the staff at Morton about her personality and if she growled at other dogs. They said that she was very nice and she never charged at any of the other dogs when they were moving her between kennels. I decided to mix and match. I wanted to try her with puppies Tarzan and Marshall. I was keeping them with Ricky and I moved him away from them and put him with C-Stat. Then we introduced Ralph to the puppies.
Ralph is just adorable and he gets along with everybody and all other dogs, but he is an escape artist. He can climb any fence and he gets out, so we had to put him in a kennel with a top. We had to put him in Sam’s kennel. Then the two pups, Tarzan and Marshall, were by themselves in a large kennel, so I decided to put someone else with them. We decided to introduce Maci to the pups in the park. I brought Maci-dog and Maci, our crewmember, went to get the pups. At first Maci-dog seemed stiff. She was okay, but she didn’t appear to like it. Tarzan was very, very friendly, but Maci-dog wasn’t too friendly. She didn’t appear to like Tarzan. So we decided to see if she liked Marshall. Marshall is so very submissive. He got down and tried to lick Maci right away and she just barked in his face.
I decided it might be a puppy thing. We know that Ralph likes everybody, so I decided to move the puppies away and try Maci-dog with Ralph. Maybe she didn’t like puppies. We brought Ralph to the park, just for the heck of it. I wasn’t going to put her with Ralph. I just wanted to know if she was dog aggressive and she is. She went after him right away. We found out that Maci doesn’t get along with other dogs. She has to be by herself. She’s very cute. She’s small. She’s probably only about 11 pounds. I put her back in a crate in H2 until further notice.
Winston has been in H2, because he’s so skinny. There’s nothing else wrong with him. He’s about 11 years old and he’s such a beautiful hound dog. I am sure that he will get adopted. I was sure that he would get along with anybody. He is so super-friendly and so laid back. So we decided to try him with the pups. We put the pups with him and he was just so very relaxed and walking around. He didn’t care. They were fine, so we put them together and it is working out very well.
We don’t have any empty crates, so we can’t take in any more dogs.
I have been worried about our senior dogs, Josie and Demon.
Josie looks fat, but she isn’t. She’s just in heart failure. She had cancer and I think she still does. She has hard little knots on her face, her breast and her side. There is no reason to have her undergo surgery. She seems comfortable. She’s eating and going to the park. She looks chubby, but she’s just bloated. If she gets any more bloated, I will take her to Morton Clinic and have her drained. When dogs start to fill up with fluids, we know that the end is near. I am going to keep her on pain medicine and heart medicine and keep her inside and love on her and keep her comfortable until the end.
We moved momma Minnie and her two puppies.
We’ll talk more about it on our Tuesday report. We moved them Tuesday evening and we brought Rudy and Spice inside. Momma Minnie doesn’t run. She’s just a laid-back dog. The pups are doing well and they look healthy. The little one has doubled her weight in a week. They are almost two months old or about eight weeks old.
It was so hot and we did a lot of watering and caregiving. There’s DJ with Blondie and Tobi.
There’s Maci with Brian and Natalie. Natalie had a hard time last week. She’s recovered and she’s back to normal, after talking Metronidazole. They are back outside.
Even though the puppies are eating puppy food, George got a photo of the puppies clinging to and nursing on their momma. It’s just so funny. They don’t need to nurse. She’s just sitting there and wagging her tail and letting them do what they want to do and being their momma. She’s just so sweet.
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