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.
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.
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 Friday, July 8, 2016. This is Bill and Juana here and Freddie is also in the background. Juana, I’m sorry that you have had missed some shows, because you were in Mexico and then you have been covering the night shift. You’ve been covering for our overnight crewmember David Ford. He broke his foot.
JUANA: It’s nice to be back and doing the shows. I was only in Mexico for five days. I have been here, but not on the show. Every day here is super, super hot – steaming hot. Friday morning was nice. We thought it was going to be a warm, beautiful and settled day, but things happened and we couldn’t believe that they were happening.
BILL: Mornings aren’t usually that bad and it gets up to about 95 degrees in the afternoons.
JUANA: You are probably wondering happened and I will tell you.
Katrina was the walker in the main park, Pat Arnold Park. Jacob was the H2 walker, which is the walker in Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. There’s Katrina bringing Chip and Daylight back to their kennel. They always expect a pat on the head and a cookie for being good, when they get back to their kennel.
It was probably about 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning, when Jacob came over the walkie-talkie, because something was going on with Ozzie and Ariel. Jacob seemed to be very worried. Ariel has always been a healthy girl. The only bad thing about Ozzie and Ariel is that they are very, very skittish. They haven’t been able to go to Adoption Day, because they are so skittish. But they are both so very sweet.
They get skittish around new people or new things. Ozzie still has a dislocated patella, but he can now walk. We were never able to raise the money to take him to the DVSC and Dr. James isn’t able to do this kind of surgery. It is a specialized surgery and the DVSC is the only place, where he would be able to get that done. He has a torn ACL and a dislocated patella. He’s been on medicine and we have been walking him on leash. He has scar tissue and he limps sometimes, but not all of the time. Anyway, that wasn’t the problem. We have been thinking about bringing both of them indoors for some time, because he has arthritis and it hurts and we can’t separate them. We haven’t brought them inside, because we just didn’t have the space. Today we had to do something, because Ariel started having a seizure and it was so scary, especially for Jacob. He had them in the park and they were acting fine. On their way back to their kennel, Ariel just lay down and went into a seizure. He didn’t know what it was. He called me right away and I ran over there with Wayne right behind me. Wayne carried her inside. We took her into the kennel office, which was the closest place at that time. I got a wet towel and I kept talking to her and loving on her. I thought that if I couldn’t control the seizure, I would take her to the vet. After about five minutes, she came out of it and we put her on the floor and she was barking and acting normally. I have learned over the years that you don’t rush a dog to the vet for the first seizure. It might never happen again. We used to always take a dog to the vet for a seizure, even if it was a first-time seizure. The last dog we took to the vet for this was Pepper. He wasn’t having a seizure; he actually had a stroke. This girl was having a seizure. Even if a seizure happens in the middle of the night, we wait. The vet usually waits to see if the dog comes out of the seizure. We can’t afford to do an MRI, because we just don’t have the money. If she has another seizure, we will keep an eye on her and put her on Pheno and pray that nothing else happens. A dog could have a seizure due to a neurological problem or a tumor on the brain and there isn’t much you can do about those things. It’s not that we weren’t responding to the dog. Over the years, we have learned that we don’t rush to the vet for the first seizure. We owe so much money to Morton Clinic and we couldn’t just rush her there. She came out of it almost right away and she walked around, wagged her tail, listened to us and wanted her cookie. She was totally back to normal. But now we were forced to bring Ozzie and Ariel indoors and put them in H1 and change their routine. That seizure was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was so very sad and funny at the same time. She is my Ariel and Wayne had to carry Ozzie inside. He was so stiff and nervous. They were both terrified. By the very next day they had decided that they were inside dogs. When we take them to the park, they run back to the opposite gate, to go inside, and they want to get right back inside. At first, they were terrified of the change, but they got used to it right away. They love their bed. Ariel has been okay. She hasn’t had another seizure and he is still walking okay. This picture is right after the seizure. I was thinking about moving dogs in this photo and worrying about how I would be able to bring Ozzie and Ariel inside.
This is Skylar. He has hot spots on both of his sides.
He has spots on either side of his body on both hips. You can’t see his hot spots. Jacob put his hand right on top of the hot spot to show it to me. That’s where one is – under his hand. Skylar has had hot spots for about a month now. He is doing a lot better. We are still applying Animax and they look like bald spots and not hot spots. Initially, we gave him Cephalexin and put him on Sulfodene, which is a remedy for hot spots. We get it at Wal-Mart, but Sulfodene hurts. So after he started to get better, we changed him to Animax.
This is Gina drinking fresh water.
George Jr. was working in housers’ section of kennels and he had just cleaned Gina’s kennel and changed her water. It was George Jr.’s next to last day here at Straydog. His last day was Saturday.
On Tuesday, July 5th we had a home visit scheduled for Soullie in Denton. When I was still on the day shift, I had been talking about Soullie to Christopher and his wife. I told them everything that I could think of about Soullie, including bad things. It’s not that I didn’t want her to have a wonderful home, but I wanted them to know the truth. Potential adopters have to know everything that I know about the dogs, so there are no misunderstandings. Soullie goes crazy during storms and I was very hesitant to let her go for that reason. She’s very, very sweet and she has never been adopted because of that. This man was still very interested in adopting her. I was confident that it was what he wanted and it was on him. Christopher and his wife had another female dog and their dog is very submissive. Soullie is the sweetest dog ever and she gets along with all other dogs. She has never shown any aggression, but she escapes and jumps out of her kennel and we had to bring her indoors. Before we brought her inside for jumping, she had been living with her brother Luis and he beat up on her all of the time. She has never been anything but submissive. But her terrible fear of storms and firecrackers and her jumping worried me. Christopher came to Straydog three times and spent time with her and he was confident that he wanted her. He was going to be on vacation for a few days and he wanted to adopt Soullie, while he could be with her 24/7. We sent her to him with some Ace pills, to give her during storms. David took pictures of the home visit and she was officially adopted on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the very next day, Christopher texted me and asked me to call him, when I could. The two girls had a big fight over a toy. They tried separating them and hiding the toys. Soullie got to the point that, as soon as she saw the other dog, she went after her. It was heartbreaking. He was so upset, because he really wanted her. His wife was frightened of Soullie, because of the fight. I don’t blame them for returning her. It’s sad, but they had to do it. David went to get Soullie. She seemed upset. I don’t know if she realized what she did. She’s by herself in H2. She’s been by herself for a very long time, because she was jumping. I don’t know what happened. Maybe she likes being by herself. Maybe she wanted to be top dog. She had the best opportunity to get a wonderful home, but she messed it up. Soullie is one of Lexi’s pups. Lexi and Goldie’s owner kept momma Lexi and her mate Goldie. He never could keep them inside his fence, so he lost them and they probably have already been put down. He had already brought us their nine puppies and we still have Embry, Soullie, Luis, Chubs, Ty, Naomi and Aggie. We only found homes for two of the girls. If only he would have spayed Lexi back then, she wouldn’t have had nine pups. Soullie is such a beautiful girl. Chris spoke so highly of Soullie. He said that she was wonderful, very sweet and very smart. Maybe she needs to be an only dog and live with a retired person, who can take care of her during storms. David is going to put her as dog of the week and he is going to try and take her to Adoption Day sometime.
On Thursday evening, Wayne told me that Natalie wouldn’t eat and she wouldn’t get out from under her shelter. We tried getting her out with a water hose and everything. Wayne and I finally got underneath the shelter with a leash and we had to drag her out. We thought she might have hurt her leg again, so we walked her to the park. She walked fine. She jumped into the swimming pool and she wanted to stay there. I thought she might have a fever. When she started walking, she had diarrhea that was all bloody. It was horrible and it really scared me. I called Morton’s, even though we are trying not to take anyone to the clinic unless it’s an emergency, because we owe them so much money. I spoke to Gordie and he said that it sounded like she might have pancreatitis. I told Dr. James that she was 10 years old and she’s always been healthy other than possibly tearing her ACL. I wanted to do some blood work and see if she had an infection or pancreatitis. It wasn’t pancreatitis. It was just a stomach infection. Dr. James sent her home with Metronidazole. She did very well during the night. On Friday morning, she hadn’t had any episodes of diarrhea, so we put her outside with Brian. She was walking and having fun with Brian. He was so happy to see her and they had only been apart for one night. They were in park two. They used to live in housers’ section. They now live in central in Annie’s old kennel, so they go to park two. She just had a stomach infection. It just worries me, because when they get old, they can go downhill so quickly.
Collin was so very sick a week ago Sunday. His lymph nodes were so swollen on his neck. He looked like he had a pouch on his neck. I told George to have Maci take him to see Dr. Dumeyer last Sunday. She aspirated his lymph nodes. It was not lymphoma and she said it was some kind of infection. He has been inside all week. Even though he doesn’t look good in this photo, he is better. He is just so sweet. He just looks sad or sick and obviously he doesn’t feel 100% better, but he’s probably 95% better. He’s still taking medicine and staying inside. I asked the guys, if we had tried taking Kayla to the park with Collin. They love each other. He is inside and he loves being indoors. Obviously, in this hot weather, they would all love to be indoors. I went to get Kayla and she was jumping around her kennel. She wanted to go outside. I brought her to the park and she was so happy to see her brother. I don’t know if they are siblings, but we rescued them together. The people at Explore USA in Canton rescued them and asked us to take them. But back to our report, he was sniffing and walking around the park and peeing. They were so happy to see each after almost a week. Kayla was especially happy to see him.
After their park playtime, I brought him back indoors and I brought her back to her kennel. We will keep them separately until he completely recovers, but I asked our crew to bring them to the park together. And when he is better, he will go back to their kennel.
There’s Natalie. I kept checking on her. She was running, walking and barking. Her ears were perked up and she was back to her normal self.
There’s Bernie and Mr. Pokey.
Oh my goodness, Pokey must be 17 years old already. He was a year old, when I first met him in 2001. We got him around 2000. Big dogs don’t usually live this long. Look at him. To be a Chow Chow this old is very rare. There’s his white face and he’s smiling in the park. He really loves his cookies and he’s doing well.
Then we had another episode. It was Rosie! She was fine all morning, but then she appeared to be in pain. I took her temperature and it was 102 degrees, which wasn’t bad. I didn’t know what to do. I gave her a little piece of Rimadyl and she was fine. I don’t know if I should have taken her to Morton Clinic. I don’t know. Her stomach was probably upset. She wouldn’t eat, but she didn’t have diarrhea. I will have to wait and see what is going on with her.
I want to show you some pictures of Minnie and her adorable puppies. They are such pretty, pretty pups.
This one is blurry.
They are weaned and they are eating by themselves. I can move them. I close the doggie door and feed Minnie outside, so she won’t eat their puppy food. She had her first heartworm treatment and she is waiting for her second treatment. She’s not nursing them anymore. Sometimes they appear to be nursing. They don’t have to. She is just such a good girl and she doesn’t shoo them away. They are eating and getting big. We took them to the vet for the first time last week. The little girl weighed 2.5 pounds and her sister weighed 5 pounds. The big one was exactly twice her sister’s size. It was amazing!
Barbara is such a wonderful lady. I got to meet Barbara on her first day at Straydog, before I went to Mexico. She came from Michigan to volunteer and help us for a week. She and I have been texting. She wants to adopt Minnie. She is going to call Morton Clinic and find out when she can come and get Minnie. She wants to pay for her heartworm treatments. I haven’t talked to Stacey or Erin yet, but I’ve already told Barbara that she can adopt Minnie. I think we can skip the home visit.
I finally moved dogs to bring Ozzie and Ariel into H1. Every little move that we do isn’t easy. We have to move a lot of dogs around to accommodate everybody. There is a lot of moving and it causes a big commotion. It’s commotion after commotion and then we have to see if it’s going to work. We had to take Fritz2 and Fletcher from H2 and put them outside where Ozzie and Ariel were. There is no reason for Fritz2 and Fletcher to live inside now. We put Ozzie and Ariel in H1 and I had to move Elizabeth from H1 to H2. I had to move Josie to a crate in order to put Ozzie and Ariel in a big kennel. It is hard and it keeps changing.
While all of this was going, I was also walking around and George Jr. was caregiving Minnie and her two pups. I had to stop and take that picture. We aren’t skipping anything and the day goes by so fast and crazy.
There’s Katrina doctoring doggie George. He has a big hot spot on his face.
Then I ran back to where Wayne was bringing Ozzie and Ariel inside.
As soon as Ozzie realized something was different, he put the brakes on and he wouldn’t go up the ramp. Ariel was fine. She went inside and Wayne had to carry Ozzie. He had to carry him into H1. He was terrified. Ozzie was trying to grip the floor with his nails. But now he is committed to being an inside dog. They both are. They love it.
This is why I love Straydog! This is Dupey, Sherri’s dog. She works for us part-time.
On Tuesday or Wednesday, after the fireworks, Dupey wouldn’t eat. She thought he was just so afraid of fireworks that it made him sick. She was very worried, because he would never lose his appetite and he was so sick. So she asked us to take him to Morton Clinic. I can’t remember if he had heart failure or renal failure. His kidneys or liver wasn’t working. He was very, very sick. She was told that she might have to let him go. I freaked out. I asked her to keep trying. I know she has to work and Dupey was probably terrified at the clinic. I asked her, before she made any decision, to bring him to Straydog. He often came to Straydog with Sherri on Saturdays and he stayed in H2. I asked her if we could go and get him. Dr. Dumeyer agreed. Sherri said okay and she said that if we could help her, we should do that. Tyler went and got him and brought him to Straydog. He knows the routine. He peed, ate and took his medicine. I thanked God that we were able to do this. I don’t know if he’s feeling better, but he is doing very well. Sherri was able to take him on Saturday evening and she was going to keep him on Sunday. Then she will bring him back to Straydog, when she goes to work on Monday. We will continue this regimen until he completely recovers. I am so happy for Dupey and so happy for Sherri and so happy for Straydog that we were able to do this.
BILL: Okay, we’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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We are all so disappointed that Soulie's forever home did not work out. Last night a bad fight occurred over a toy and the love between the two never came back as things went south and stayed. Today David picked up Soulie and brought her back to Straydog.
Soulie has found her forever home. Her new dad Christopher has been looking for a companion for his dog Wandi for a while now. After a couple of visits to the Straydog campus spending time with her, and checking out other possible dogs to adopt, Soulie ended up being the lucky one to take home. The home visit went great, Wandi was so excited she could not sit still and wanted to play and play. She showed Soulie all over the back yard, the garage and the house. What a win win for the both of them.
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