Congratulations Buttercup on finding your forever home!
Congratulations Buttercup on finding your forever home!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Bill and Juana here early Wednesday morning and we are going to do yesterday’s report. Go ahead Juana; start us off with what happened yesterday.
JUANA: Tuesday was a very different kind of day, because of the weather. It’s been so very hot lately, but it was raining Tuesday. It started lightning and thundering before 6 a.m. Luckily, we finished feeding the dogs before the storm started. It turned dark quickly around 7:00. It rained off and on all morning. Around 1:00 it stopped completely and the sun came out. The rest of the day was so very hot. Only in Texas, do you start your day in a sweater or jacket and then change to a rain suit and then you put on shorts and a tank top and you are burning up. That was the weather.
Here at our shelter all of our dogs were nervous. They go crazy, because they hate this kind of weather. They hate thunder and it was so very loud. But some dogs don’t care at all. Noble doesn’t care. It doesn’t bother him. He can sleep through it. Dogs like Terry and Brownie were so nervous. Brownie was trying to climb out of her kennel. We had to bring her indoors and put her in a crate. Our dog with Muscular Dystrophy, Charlie was so nervous. We brought him in after he ate and, even in his kennel, he was so nervous. I left his kennel door open, because he was so nervous. Then he was walking around in the kennel office. I put a bed and cover down for him and he just lay there. He didn’t get in any trouble. He was just walking around.
Our crew had to stop working. We only had Wayne, Ronnie and Stephanie. It was a hard day and we were so shorthanded. We had to stop walking the dogs and Wayne and Ronnie couldn’t do kennel work, because the lightning was so bad. Stephanie and Ronnie got to spend a lot of time with Charlie and they brushed him. Charlie enjoyed it. But when the thunder got loud, he tried to hide. We didn’t give Charlie or Terry any medication. We try to avoid giving them Ace pills as much as possible. We only give it to Terry, when she gets very nervous. We brought her indoors and that calmed her down pretty quickly. We put the radio on and turned it up loud and she was fine. I got pictures of the rain.
We had a vet visit scheduled for Monday for Zack. He had x-rays taken two weeks ago and Dr. Shirey put him on Clindamycin. The doctor said that there were some changes from the last set of x-rays that we took. And, I was worried, because Zack wouldn’t put any pressure on his leg. The doctor thinks he could have an infection or it might be cancer. He put him on Clindamycin for two weeks and he wanted to take x-rays again. He wanted to compare the x-rays that he took yesterday to the ones from two weeks ago and they looked worse. So now he thinks that Zack might have cancer. The doctor took a biopsy of Zack’s bone and sent it off to the lab to see if it’s cancer. We might want to take Zack to the DVSC and get a second opinion. The only reason that we have been trying to save his leg is because he has hip dysplasia. He is such a strong dog and we will have to pray that it’s not cancer. If it’s just an infection, they might have to give him another kind of medicine. We will have to wait for the results on his biopsy.
Ranger is doing pretty well. He’s finished his eye drops. I think the sand is irritating his eye. The last time we were at the vet, the doctor said that the ulcer on his eye was almost healed. Sometimes we see that his eye is red and hazy and he has some green discharge. I noticed that he had the green discharge on Tuesday. I sent him to the vet, so Dr. Shirey could check his eye again and he did a stain test. The doctor said his tears were normal and there was a little bit of scar tissue, but that’s not the reason he has discharge. Ranger’s kennelmate Beauty loves to dig and kick the sand and dirt up and, for some reason, Ranger is always behind Beauty. Ranger gets dirt in his eye and he’s not smart enough to move. He will stand there and his face will be completely covered with sand. We try to keep it clean, but that’s what I think is happening. The doctor said that the ulcer has cleared up and we should just give him eye drops for the sand and he should be okay.
George Jr. and Maci were coming back from school on Monday. They were on 31 from Athens and they found a puppy in the middle of the road. She was very, very skinny. There weren’t houses around and she was right in the middle of the highway. It looked like someone had dumped her. They stopped and she ran to them. They could see all of her bones. They picked her up and brought her here. We didn’t have the space for her, but I had to take her. We were too shorthanded to send her to the vet on Sunday or Monday, but I sent her to the vet on Tuesday. They named her Wendy. I think we will call her Wendy2, because we already had a Wendy. She’s a black lab and she might be mixed with hound. She’s such a beautiful little puppy. She’s about four or five months old. Dr. Shirey didn’t want to spay her now, because she’s too young. He wants to wait until she’s six months old. Dr. Shirey made an appointment for us to bring Wendy back in a month and she will be spayed. She got her first round of puppy shots. She’s only about 20 pounds. Gordo called me after her fecal test and told me that she was infested with hookworms. She’s vomiting and I asked Gordo if we were overfeeding her. He said that she had so many worms in her system and they were trying to take over her body and that’s why she was vomiting. We wormed her, when she got here. She’s such a good puppy and she will have to be in quarantine for a few weeks, because of the worms. We don’t want to spread hookworms around here. She will be spayed in a month and then she’ll be ready to go to Adoption Day.
Bug was returned. The lady that adopted her last Saturday decided that it wasn’t the right time for her to get another dog. The lady lost her old dog a month ago. Sometimes people are so upset at losing their companion and they want to adopt a dog to replace them and fill that hole. Sometimes you just can’t do that. I don’t think I could. The lady wanted to try. She had Bug with her and she said it was too much for her and she wasn’t able to handle it. She returned Bug. Bug was very happy to be back with us. She came in and kissed Noble. She went to her bed at feeding time and she was happy to be back with Rose and Henry. They were dancing and running around. She had a blast. Bug was very happy to be home. I think Bug, Rose and Henry won’t be put up for adoption for a while. It’s too much trouble. We rescued them from such a bad situation and now they know that this is their home. And we have so many other dogs that need homes. Bug, Rose and Henry are very old. Bug has a gall bladder problem. Henry has a heart murmur and Rose is so very, very old. We have another three Chihuahuas, who’ve been with us for about a year. One of them won’t even come to us and she will have to be a sanctuary dog. The other little back female, Tia, will probably also have to stay with us. She will come to me and I can hold her, but she is very skittish with other people and they’ve been here a year. We have so many dogs that need homes; I won’t worry about the Chihuahuas.
Spice and Rudy are doing well. I didn’t see Rudy all morning. I was calling him and calling him to give him his thyroid pill and his eye drops. He was buried under his shelter and he wouldn’t come out. He was so scared. He was so afraid of the storm. After the storm, he came out and he ate. He’s just a big baby. He doesn’t shake during storms. He just hides and he won’t come out.
Stephanie was the walker of the day. We didn’t miss any of our chores. We were behind, but we got all of our work done. We couldn’t work outside during the lightning. Ronnie and Stephanie stayed a little over and Wayne stayed until 5:00. We took care of everything. All of our dogs were happy and it was a good day.
Pokey didn’t want to come out, because he thought it was still raining. Gracie was so ready to go to the park. Pokey poked his head out and saw that it wasn’t raining, so he wanted to go to the park. He had fun too.
I got pictures of Stephanie walking Fatso, Miss B and blind and deaf Colt back to their kennel after their park visit.
Some of the kennels had water in them, but they weren’t flooded. Our crew changed all of the water buckets, worked in the kennels and gave out cookies. We had to give our dogs extra time to eat, during the storm. And we had to hand feed some of the dogs. Some of the dogs wouldn’t eat and, after the crew left, I tried to feed them again. The weather cleared up in the afternoon.
There’s Bug in the park with Rose and Henry. She was running all over the park and she was as happy as she could be.
Ranger was lying in a scoopy hole and Beauty was right in front of him. Beauty kicks dirt and Ranger is right there. I am going to have to bring them indoors. They are getting old. They are probably 15 years old. I have Jack and Jill’s kennel available. Blind and deaf Jack is doing so well. He won the lottery and he now has a wonderful life with Ms. Cathy and her family. His kennelmate Jill is now in heaven with Ms. Pat. I am very, very happy for Jack and I still miss my Jill.
BILL: Did we get today’s report on big dog James?
JUANA: We took big dog James to Dr. Lay in Tyler a week ago Monday. Dr. Lay reports to either Erin or me every day. I talked to Dr. Lay on Friday or Saturday and he asked me if he could take James to his house. He had been caring for James 24/7 and his clinic was going to be closed on Saturday and Sunday. He wanted to take him home and watch over him and give him his medicine. James already has a feeding tube in his tummy and he’s doing very well. On Monday, the doctor was going to put a catheter/balloon in his esophagus. Erin said it went well and he’s doing very well. The doctor has to do two more procedures and blow up the balloon a little at a time and it will ultimately be 20 mm. The tissue has to be stretched over time. James has a catheter in his esophagus, but they are still feeding him his food and medication through the feeding tube in his tummy. When it’s time for him to come home, we will continue feeding him through the feeding tube in his tummy. James will have two more procedures to stretch the esophagus, before he will be able to eat and swallow on his own. He’s doing very well at the doctor’s home. We got a picture that the doctor sent us of him hugging James. He’s in a beautiful backyard with five other rescue dogs, who are all seniors. He enjoyed being at the doctor’s house and he liked looking at all of the birds. I am very happy that we got to meet Dr. Lay. He is an awesome doctor and James is doing well.
BILL: We will have another report on big dog James on tomorrow’s show. We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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